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Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'

• Reese Witherspoon will star opposite Matt Damon in Downsizing. Alexander Payne will direct from a script he wrote alongside Jim Taylor. Set in the near future, the film follows a man who realizes he’d be better of if he shrunk himself. Payne, Taylor, and Witherspoon all previously worked on Election. [Variety]

• The Fault in Our StarsAnsel Elgort is joining Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener in November Criminals. Sacha Gervasi is directing. Steven Knight adapted Sam Munson’s teen-thriller novel for the screen. The story tracks two teenagers in Washington D.C. who investigate a friend’s murder, and fall in love in the process. [Deadline]

• Liam Neeson will star in a remake of Rupert Wyatt‘s The Escapist. The original had Brian Cox as its lead, a prisoner sentenced to life who breaks out in order to see his sick daughter. Wyatt will produce the remake with Sean O’Keefe writing the script. [Collider]

• Exodus: Gods & KingsMaria Valverde is set to star in Ali & Nino. Asif Kapadia is directing the film, which is an adaptation of Kurban Said’s novel. Christopher Hampton wrote the script. Valverde will take the role of Nino, a Christian Georgian girl, with Omar’s Adam Bakri in the part of Ali, a Muslim man with warrior roots. Set in Azerbaijan, the pair are childhood sweethearts who are torn apart by political strife. [Deadline]

• The Drop’s Matthias Schoenaerts has signed on for director-producer Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, and Amber Heard also star. The film—based on the novel by David Ebershoff’s novel—tells the love story of Danish painters, Einar Wegener and his wife, Gerda. Wegener became one of the first men to have a sex-change operation; he had his procedure in 1930. Lucinda Coxon adapted the novel for the screen. [Deadline]

• Jack Griffo has been cast in Those Left Behind. The cast is composed of Daphne Zuniga, Michael Hogan, Debra Mooney, Colby McLaughlin, Annie Read, Grant Jordan, and Jack Herndon. Maria Finitzo is writing and directing the film, which follows Shelly (Zuniga), a woman who, upon returning home to be with her mother, faces her past in order to move forward with her life. Griffo takes the part of Noah, Shelly’s son, who is accompanied by his girlfriend on the trip. [The Wrap]

Jack O'Connell, Ansel Elgort play drunk founding fathers at Nicholl Awards

The founding fathers have lost the Declaration of Independence. After a drunken night of celebratory debauchery, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson discover a stark-naked Benjamin Franklin tied to a bed in a brothel without the document. They realize they must find it, or else there will be no America. Hilarity ensues. READ FULL STORY

Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort turn to the web in 'Men, Women & Children'


Adam Sandler has said he chooses movies based on where he’d like to vacationBlended took him to South Africa, 50 First Dates to Hawaii. But his latest movie, the dark Men, Women & Children, looks like anything but a vacation.

The film, directed by Up in the Air filmmaker Jason Reitman, centers around a group of individuals who gravitate toward the internet and all it offers, resulting in isolation and sadness. Sandler’s character browses escort websites when he’s not spending time with his also-lonely partner, played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, and Jennifer Garner also star.


Would Ansel Elgort go Bollywood for 'Fault in Our Stars' remake?


This past June, The Fault in Our Stars brought John Green’s tale of the little infinities shared by cancer-stricken teens Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) to the big screen. Along the way, the film became one of the popcorn season’s biggest movies for non-superhero or Channing Tatum devotees.

As of Aug. 26, superfans can weep to their heart’s content in the privacy of their own homes with the release of the film’s Digital HD edition (followed by a Blu-ray/DVD release on Sept. 16). Talking with EW, Elgort predicts the extended cut of the film will be catnip for Green’s army of followers. “We did a lot of scenes that didn’t make it in the [theatrical] release, some scenes that are really beautiful,” he says. “I bet now I’ll be seeing screenshots from [the deleted] scenes all over Instagram.”

Elgort recalls that director Josh Boone was particularly happy to add back in a tender moment when Hazel reads William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow” to Gus as an ambulance takes him to the hospital.

Below, you’ll find another never-before-seen moment between the young loves that takes place after Gus’s sudden trip to the emergency room.


Casting Net: Ansel Elgort to play American piano prodigy; Plus, Ewan McGregor, more

 The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort will play the title role in Van Cliburn. The film tells the story of the Texan piano prodigy who has been credited as bridging the Cold War gap between America and Russia when, at age 23, he won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. Andrew Stern (Disconnect) is penning the script, and Elgort, a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, will perform the piano playing himself. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

'The Fault in Our Stars': Are those tears of joy, critics?


Perhaps the people who run studios thought Divergent was the big YA novel to launch Shailene Woodley into the stratosphere, but her performance in the cancer weepie The Fault in Our Stars might be the role that makes her a giant star.

Based on John Green’s 2012 best-seller, director Josh Boone’s movie tells the story of a cynical 16-year-old cancer patient (Woodley), saddled with an oxygen tank and breathing tube, and the more-dynamic, free-spirited remission patient (Ansel Elgort) who falls in love with her. “A generation of teens like [Woodley’s character] have been weaned on YA novels, leading to more discerning palates,” EW’s Chris Nashawaty writes in his review. “They can sniff out condescension from a thousand yards. That’s why they’re lucky to have an actress as effortlessly charismatic and natural as 22-year-old Woodley (The Descendants) as their stand-in.”

If you’ve read the book, you know the ending, and if you loved the book, you’re already whimpering. (Beware, fragile souls, the trailer awaits below.) If you’re perhaps older or didn’t read the book, think Love Story and everything that entails — spoilers, schmoilers. As the characters themselves learn, it’s not the ending that counts.

Read more from Nashawaty’s review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

How well do Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort know each other? Let's find out! EXCLUSIVE


After playing brother and sister in Divergent and soulmates in The Fault in Our Stars, it’s safe to say that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort know each other pretty well. But how well? On the set of their photo shoot for EW’s current cover story, we decided to put these two to the test. READ FULL STORY

'The Fault in Our Stars': Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort talk Gus and Hazel's first meeting -- EXCLUSIVE


Can’t wait till June 6th and to see The Fault in Our Stars? Check out this clip below: You’ll see a bit of the early chemistry between Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort) as they meet for the first time outside a teenage cancer support group. Fans of the John Green bestseller will remember that Augustus Waters like to carry around an unlit cigarette as a metaphor — here, you’ll see as he tries to explain why.

On the set of the Entertainment Weekly photo shoot for this week’s cover story, Woodley and Elgort talk about how this key poignant scene sets the tone for the movie. Check it out below!


'The Fault in Our Stars': An unexpected phenomenon's journey from page to screen

John Green is crying again. Not because he’s sad, really. More like the way parents weep at weddings and at high school graduations. This sudden, unstoppable rush of happy tears has become so common for the 36-year-old author as he watches the filming of his 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, that it’s now a bit of a running joke. “John Green cries all the time,” says director Josh Boone, laughing. “This set basically has no testosterone whatsoever.”

This is a love story. It is a story of joy and devastating loss and, most of all, life. It will make you laugh and rejoice and think and feel and will expand your heart in gratitude and humility, and it will forever change the way you hear the word “okay,” and, yes, it will make you cry. If you are one of the millions of people who have read The Fault in Our Stars, you know this already. If you are not, prepare yourself — you will not walk away from this book, or this film, unaltered. Okay? Okay.


New 'Fault in Our Stars' trailer: More tears, more laughs, more pot?


If you’d like to tear up at work, now’s your chance! The new trailer for The Fault in Our Stars is here.

The latest trailer for the film based on the bestselling novel by John Green takes the same romantic beginning as the first trailer, and then adds in more cry-to-laugh scenes, including Hazel’s (Shailene Woodley) discussion with her parents regarding pot, and Augustus’ (Ansel Elgort) already-iconic “It’s a metaphor” cigarette explanation.

Other exciting highlights for fans of the book include an extended look at Patrick (Mike Birbiglia) singing cheesy songs in the teen cancer support group he runs, as well as the assurance that many of Green’s passages made the cut: “I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep: Slowly, and then all at once,” Woodley explains via voiceover.

Interestingly, although fans catch glimpses of Isaac (Nat Wolff) as well as Hazel’s parents (Laura Dern and True Blood‘s Sam Trammell), there is still no shot of famed reclusive author Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe), but we do see Hazel reading An Imperial Affliction. Perhaps Van Houten’s appearance is a treat producers are saving for the actual movie?

Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

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