William Faulkner is notoriously hard to read, the bane of many a high school sophomore’s existence. But James Franco wasn’t one of them. “I’ve been a huge fan of Faulkner’s works since I was in high school and my dad turned me on to his books,” Franco tells EW. And many years later, he’s now turned As I Lay Dying, Faulker’s 1930 tale of a woman who dies and her body is taken to the city to be buried, into a film that uses a split-screen technique to tell the narrative from various characters’ points of view. Franco spoke with EW about his experience making the film, his choices in casting — including Eastbound & Down star Danny McBride, and how making comedies with Seth Rogen helped inform his filmmaking , even in creating a serious drama.
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After more than 15 years of development hell, a film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery-winning 1993 novel The Giver will finally begin production next month — with singer Taylor Swift in one of its supporting roles.
The Weinstein Company announced Swift’s casting today in a release that also names the rest of the film’s principals, many of whom have been attached to The Giver for months. They include Australian actor Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, a boy living in a colorless dystopian world; Jeff Bridges as The Giver, Jonas’s mentor (as well as one of the film’s producers); Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder of Jonas’s community; Katie Holmes as Jonas’s mother; Alexander Skarsgard as Jonas’s father; Cameron Monaghan as Jonas’s best friend Asher; and Odeye Rush as Jonas’s friend and love interest Fiona.
TWC tells EW that Swift will play Rosemary, the last teen mentored by The Giver before he meets Jonas.
Salt helmer Phil Noyce will direct the film, with a screenplay by The Current War scribe Michael Mitnick. Production begins Oct. 7 in Cape Town, South Africa. Its release date has been set for August 15, 2014.
All ended well for Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s books, but it turns out the author isn’t finished with her magical world. Rowling and Warner Bros. have announced that she will adapt her Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, into an cinematic adventure about that book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Rowling’s first-ever screenplay is expected to be the first of a series of new films about the wizarding world that fans know well from the Potter books and movies.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling, in a statement. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”
Scamander has long been part of the Potter universe, ever since he got a brief mention in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. One of Hogwarts’ esteemed former headmasters, his image occasionally popped up in the wizarding school’s living portraits. Scamander had been an expert Magizoologist — a student of magical creatures — ever since a childhood fascination with hippogriffs and he went on to work for the Ministry of Magic. Beginning in 1918, he spent nearly a decade researching and writing Fantastic Beasts, traveling to every corner of the globe in his spare time to research the wizarding world’s most fascination creatures.
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'Labor Day': FIRST LOOK at Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman fugitive drama -- EXCLUSIVE
The guy who is bleeding from his side needs help. But he’s not asking – he’s telling.
That’s the setup for the simmering drama Labor Day, starring Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who takes shelter with the mentally fragile, reclusive single-mom Adele (Kate Winslet) and her almost-teenage son (Changling’s Gattlin Griffith) over the course of one long late-summer holiday weekend in the mid-1980s.
First off, let Catching Fire director Frances Lawrence assure the ardent fans of Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series that their sacred text will always be honored: “The movie is very, very true to the book,” he says. But when he first met Collins last spring, the two hunkered down and hammered out a new beat sheet for the sequel. And together they were merciless about what wouldn’t serve the screenplay adaptation. Here’s three changes readers should expect in the film (in theaters November 22): READ FULL STORY
Fans finally have a little something to sink their teeth into, a new motion poster to promote next year’s Vampire Academy movie. But the poster takes an untraditional twist on typical movie promotional art by using a cryptic animation element.
“The poster’s brilliant. That bold, striking art will grab newcomers’ attention, but is also laced with secrets and symbols that those who know the story will immediately recognize. I love that it’s so clean and simple at first glance but still gives a nod to all the complexities built into the book,” author Richelle Mead told EW in an exclusive statement. READ FULL STORY
The movie adaptation of 2006 bestseller The Book Thief will be released November 15 of this year. Previously, the Fox movie adaptation of Markus Zusak’s story was expected to be released sometime in 2014; the earlier date suggests studio confidence and a possible awards-season bid.
The Book Thief, which in the novel form is narrated by “Death,” will star newcomer Sophie Nelisse as the titular heroine Liesel, a young girl who is shipped off to live with a foster family in Nazi Germany. With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors as well as with the Jewish man her parents are hiding in their basement.
The movie, directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey), will also star Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.
After news outlets reported Wednesday morning that a deal had been reached for The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy to adapt the forthcoming book Boston Strong, about the Boston Marathon tragedy, for the screen, there were immediate questions about the fast turnaround from a national tragedy to perceived “entertainment” in the form of a film.
Casey Sherman is a true-crime writer (his book The Finest Hours is also in development with Johnson, Tamasy, and producer Dorothy Aufiero) who is currently co-reporting and writing Boston Strong, one of three books in development about the bombing. Boston Strong, which will hit bookshelves next April, will take readers from April 15, 2013, the day of the bombing, to Patriots Day 2014, “which is going to be a completely emotional and inspirational day that is going to show the world that Boston and the United States can’t be defeated by either homegrown terrorists or terrorists from other countries,” Sherman explained on the phone with EW this afternoon.
Sherman understands the concerns many have expressed about how quickly it all seems to be coming together, but points out that even though a film deal is now in the beginning stages, it’ll still take years for the movie to hit the screen. “What I want to clarify to people that don’t understand is this [movie option] wasn’t a query that came in from some Hollywood executive in Los Angeles that had their interest piqued by national news. The lead producer on this project is Dorothy Aufiero, who produced The Fighter. Dorothy is a Watertown, Massachusetts, resident. Dorothy Aufiero was in lockdown with the rest of us while this was all happening. She’s as much part of the story as anybody. This was incredibly personal to the filmmakers, and incredibly personal to the writers.”
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Attention all you Divergent fans! The movie may still be shooting in Chicago, but if you are lucky enough to be in San Diego during this year’s Comic-Con, you’ll get to see the first bit of footage ever shown from the film.
On Thursday, July 18, cast members from the film—including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, and Christian Madsen—will all be in the ginormous Hall H for a panel that will include Veronica Roth and director Neil Burger. READ FULL STORY
• Helena Bonham Carter will play the part of the fairy godmother in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. According to reports, this is a slight re-imagining of the classic character and will find Bonham Carter in disguise as a beggar at first. In the oh-too-predictable version of the world, Bonham Carter would have been the wicked stepmother, and Cate Blanchett would have been the fairy godmother. Whether it’s Branagh, Disney, or the actresses (especially Bonham Carter) looking to branch out a little, we’re pleasantly surprised by the news. The project is set to begin its shoot this fall in London.
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