• Rob Lowe is set to play a large role in Apocalypse Slough, a 10-part British series ordered by Sky 1. Lowe will play Father Jude in this witty, end-of-days drama, where a group of people “hunker beneath the town of Slough, about 20 miles west of London, to watch the end of the world on TV.” Father Jude holds the position of Devil’s Advocate in the Vatican and is a “charismatic, irreverent, rebellious but also deeply moral man.” [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to The Yellow Birds, a film adaptation of Kevin Powers’ 2012 National Book Award finalist about the Iraq War.
The Sherlock star will star as a sergeant who takes two young soldiers — played by Will Poulter and Tye Sheridan — under his wing. The story focuses on 21-year-old Private Bartle and the teenaged Private Murphy, who meet at boot camp and are deployed to Iraq. Some of the story is autobiographical; Powers served as an Army machine gunner in Iraq after enlisting at the age of 17. READ FULL STORY
Nicolas Cage dials it back — slightly — in David Gordon Green’s Joe, a dark and gritty Southern gothic indie based on Larry Brown’s 1992 novel. Cage plays Joe, an ex-con who sticks out his neck for the poor kid (Mud‘s Tye Sheridan) who joins his tree-chopping work crew. The boy has promise, but his father, a vile degenerate played by the late Gary Poulter, threatens to smother all that is innocent.
The film played the Venice and Toronto film festivals, and though it still doesn’t have a U.S. release date (Roadside Attractions is planning a 2014 release), the European trailer is now available. Watch it below, and then read about Poulter’s tragic story. READ FULL STORY
It’s not every day that a homeless person gets to star in a movie opposite an Oscar winner. In David Gordon Green’s dark Southern gothic indie, Joe, Nicolas Cage stars as a good-intentioned but self-destructive ex-con who can’t resist helping his dirt-poor protege, Gary (Mud‘s Tye Sheridan), the product of a broken home. The desperate teen turns to Cage’s Joe for a job, and when the kid shows up the first day with his dear-ol’ dad in tow, it’s apparent to Joe that Gary is in a hopeless situation.
Gary’s father, Wade, is an alkie degenerate who’s quickly fired for his laziness, but it soon becomes clear that it’s not safe to turn your back on him. He beats Gary for his day’s earnings, he pimps out his own daughter for booze money, and woe to the fellow drunk who’s savoring one last sip in his bottle when Wade craves a toot. It’s a haunting portrayal of ugliness and depravity from an actor you’ve never seen before but will likely have a hard time forgetting.
Gary Poulter was living on the streets of Austin, Tex., when a casting director recruited him to audition for Joe. He’d never really acted before, and decades of addiction had laid waste to his appearance, if not his spirit. “He just had this personality and charisma that you can’t find, that you can’t access with an actor who hasn’t lived it,” says Green. “There’s a look in his eye and a texture of his skin, and he’s missing half an ear. There’s just some beautiful qualities in him that for our purposes, brought out an authenticity of the role.”
At the Toronto Film Festival this week, Green and his two Hollywood stars were present after screenings to take bows and answer questions about Joe. Gary Poulter, however, wasn’t there to bask in the applause that he certainly deserved. He wasn’t back in Austin either, trying to find a safe shelter to spend the night. Gary Poulter was dead. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Elizabeth Olsen for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'?; Plus, Bradley Cooper in talks to voice Rocket Raccoon, more
• Elizabeth Olsen is reportedly in talks to play Wanda Maximoff (also known as the Scarlet Witch) in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Marvel character is the offspring of Magneto (an X-Men character and Fox property) and boasts the ability to reshape reality and alter probabilities. Olsen broke out in the independent world with her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene, but it seems like she has broader, more mainstream plans — she recently wrapped Godzilla and will be appearing in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. [Bleeding Cool]
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• Fresh off a memorable turn as Sally Hawkins’ sensitive mechanic boyfriend in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Bobby Cannavale is set to try out the world of big-screen musicals in Annie, in which he’ll star alongside Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne. He’ll play a political strategist who is helping Jamie Foxx‘s Benjamin Stacks run for mayor. Easy A director Will Gluck is taking another pass at the script before he begins shooting. The Emmy-winning actor (for Will & Grace) can also be seen in Lovelace; Jon Favreau’s Chef, alongside Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.; and the upcoming Al Pacino movie Imagine. [Deadline]
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If you’ve read or heard anything about Mud, writer/director Jeff Nichols’ tale about two boys who encounter a fugitive hiding on an island in the Mississippi River, it’s most likely been about Matthew McConaughey, who gives an electric performance as a handsome rogue named Mud who’s wanted by the authorities after a crime of passion. But as deserving of praise as McConaughey is, the movie wouldn’t work without Tye Sheridan, the 16-year-old who shoulders the emotional weight of the story as one of the young river-rats, Ellis. With his parents’ marriage collapsing at the same time that he takes his own clumsy first steps into the minefield of teen romance, Ellis forges a bond with the idealistic Mud that threatens to put the boy and those he loves in harm’s way.
Nichols needed Sheridan to do a lot of heavy lifting, and he took a chance on the then-14-year-old, based on a recommendation from producer Sarah Green, who was working with Sheridan at the time on Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Sheridan had been cast as Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain’s youngest of three sons in that film after a talent search of 10,000 candidates. “On the Malick set, they referred to him as the Torpedo,” said Nichols, when he spoke to EW at the Sundance Film Festival, where Mud had its American premiere. “When things got a little flat or just needed to be mixed up, they’d send Tye in and he’d just shake it up. No scripts. He just had this natural energy that people responded to.” READ FULL STORY
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