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'Young Ones' poster: Michael Shannon soaks up screen in parched Western


Whether it’s a Krypton fascist, an ice-blooded hitman, or a conflicted Prohibition-era G-man, Michael Shannon is accustomed to playing menacing. But in Young Ones, the new dystopian sci-fi Western that premiered at Sundance in January, he gets to show another side.

“People are used to seeing Mike play very intense, dangerous characters, but I think he’s much more of a classic movie star than maybe people even realize,” director Jake Paltrow said before the film’s premiere. “I think what you’ll see in Mike is a warmth that maybe you haven’t seen in a lot of things—in this, he’s a flawed man who loves his children so much and is sort of trying to do anything he can to ensure their survival.”

The problem is water, or the lack of it. Two decades or so in the future, water is scarce and drought has scorched the American west, where a family has stubbornly stayed behind with the hopes of revitalizing their farm—if Shannon’s Ernest can persuade the industrial drillers in the nearby mountains to run a water-line to his place. Elle Fanning plays his rebellious daughter, who falls for a rebel on a motorcycle (Nicholas Hoult) who wants some of the same things Ernest does. Crown prince of the dystopian cinematic future, Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), plays Ernest’s loyal but distant son. “The core of the movie—at least in the beginning—is really this friendship between this father and son,” said Paltrow.

Click below (or on the above photo) to see the exclusive new poster for Young Ones. READ FULL STORY

Video: Nicholas Hoult fights Michael Shannon for water in 'Young Ones' trailer


Water is scarce in Young Ones, Jake Paltrow’s latest film, but tension is everywhere as the world fights over the now-precious resource.

The futuristic film, which first premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, stars Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a family struggling to find water in the barren Western-like wasteland opposite Nicholas Hoult, a teenager trying to take over the family’s land for himself.


Casting Net: Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult brave the 'Autobahn'; Plus, Anna Kendrick, more

• Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) will play an American couple on the run from two criminals (Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley) in Autobahn. Joel Silver is producing the action-thriller which begins production next week. Evan Creevy (Welcome To The Punch) will direct. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Guy Pearce in talks to join Johnny Depp in 'Black Mass'; Plus, Joseph Fiennes, more

Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) is currently in talks to star opposite Johnny Depp (Transcendence) in Warner Bros. upcoming crime drama, Black Mass. The film tells the story of famed Boston mob boss and FBI informant, Whitey Bulger (Depp), who uses his double status as a way of picking off any criminal competition. Pearce is currently in talks to play Bulger’s brother on the project which is being produced by Warner Bros. and Cross Creek. [Variety]

Casting Net: Kristen Stewart in talks for a sci-fi love story; Plus, Will Smith, more

• Felicity Jones may have helped put director Drake Doremus on the map with her affecting performance in his lovely indie Like Crazy, and then again in Breathe In, but Doremus is eying a new heroine for his next project: Kristen Stewart. The director is reportedly courting the Twilight star and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) for Equals, a science fiction love story. Moon scribe Nathan Parker wrote the script. [Deadline]


Nicholas Hoult on his awful, 'Puss in Boots'-inspired 'Prince Caspian' audition

Nicholas Hoult has nabbed some coveted roles during his 17-year acting career, which got its first major boost in 2002 when he played the “boy” in About A Boy. These days, the charming 23-year-old Brit (and sometimes beau of Jennifer Lawrence) has graduated into the world of glossy fantasy fare, appearing in films like X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies, and even… Jack The Giant Slayer. (Hey, two out of three ain’t bad.)

But, like every actor, Hoult, who’s included in this week’s New Hollywood edition of EW, hasn’t won every part he’s wanted. “There are hundreds you audition for and give terrible auditions for,” he says. “Sometimes I walk out and I’m like, ‘Wow, that was embarrassing.’” Fortunately, Hoult wasn’t too embarrassed to share his most cringe-worthy casting story with us.

First image of Beast from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' shows some white hairs

Bryan Singer continues to serve as lead publicist for X-Men: Days of Future Past, his grand attempt to knit together the various headache-inducing chronological hiccups of his superhero franchise into one beautiful time-hopping sequel-prequel. Over the weekend, Singer tweeted an image of Nicholas Hoult, back in blue as feral scientist the Beast. Except Beast isn’t just blue now: The image shows that the mutant has developed some Hal Jordan gray hair since last we saw him. Take a look: READ FULL STORY

'Missing You': John Waite on his classic single's new life in 'Warm Bodies'

Rocker John Waite went to the movies in Los Angeles a couple of days ago to see Warm Bodies. His 1984 hit “Missing You” plays during a pivotal part of the Jonathan Levine film–a moment where the action shifts from the terrifying to the tender. “I was really very pleased,” says Waite. “It’s a great movie.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jennifer Aniston joins Peter Bogdanovich film; Plus Sandra Bullock, Saoirse Ronan, and Nicholas Hoult

• Jennifer Aniston is set to join the ensemble cast of the new Peter Bogdanovich film She’s Funny That Way. The film, previously titled Squirrel to the Nuts, tells the story of a Broadway director who has an affair with an aspiring actress (she also happens to be a former prostitute). Aniston will reportedly play a therapist alongside her Marley and Me co-star Owen Wilson, Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Jason Schwartzman, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn, and Cybill Shepherd, who Bogdanovich directed in The Last Picture Show and Daisy Miller. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are serving as producers on the project. [Variety]

• Sandra Bullock is confirmed to star in the animated flick Minions, a spinoff of the Despicable Me movies. Going against type, Bullock will provide the voice for Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain with designs to rule the world, and potentially the new master to the Minions. The movie will be released in 3-D CG on December 19, 2014. Bullock can be next seen in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Paul Feig’s The Heat. [Deadline]


Casting Net: Kristen Stewart to play a muse; Plus Ellen Page's directorial debut, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, and more

• Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks have signed on to star in the upcoming film The Big Shoe. Directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary), the film is about a brilliant shoe designer (Jim Sturgess) whose mother (Susan Sarandon) wants him to get into the lucrative knock-off business. When he tries to go off on his own, she hires a “muse” (Stewart) and a therapist (Banks) to try to convince him to do her bidding. [THR]

• Anna Faris is set to star in Ellen Page’s directorial debut Miss Stevens about a depressed teacher forced to chaperone a group of high school students on a trip to a state drama competition. Miss Stevens will apparently discover her own self-worth over the course of the weekend thanks to her students, making it sound like it could be a huge departure from the types of comedies Faris generally stars in. [THR]


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