HYSTERICAL screams, tears and even a marriage proposal greeted Twilight werewolf Taylor Lautner when he braved a public appearance before 4000 fans last night.

More than 4000 Twi-hards packed Luna Park last night in the hope of quizzing Lautner and his co-star Kristen Stewart. With the gloomy weather befitting the dark vampire love story, the fans’ loyalty paid off when their idols walked the soggy black carpet stopping for photos and hugs.

Ashley Greene will be participating in the 11th annual production of 24 Hours Plays on Broadway, a program which features six original short plays which have been written, rehearsed and performed, all in just 24 hours.

According to a recent press release, Ashley Greene said, “I’m looking forward to making my stage debut with 24 Hours, doing it for a charitable cause is icing on the cake.”

Celebs who’ll join Greene with this project include Sasha Alexander, Jason Biggs, Josh Dallas, Brooklyn Decker, Ginnifer Goodwin, Zachary Levi, The Hunger Games star Alexander Ludwig, Lamorne Morris, Diane Neal, Rosie Perez, Jason Ritter, Krysten Ritter, Tracie Thoms, and Wilmer Valderrama.

Greene will not be the first Twilight star to participate in 24 Hours on Broadway. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 star Lee Pace (who portrays “Garrett” in the film) was a part of last year’s cast.

Full translation of the Russian review

Cronenberg’s latest films from the point of view of thought and influence could not compare with his “Crash” “Fly” and “Dead Zone” but in Cosmopolis the “action Psychologist” shows his previous might. In the screen adaptation of the novel by Don DeLillo-a post modernist novelist (or American umberto eco) he creates the image of modern world- the world with every technological comfort but which is full of violence. Protesting against universal functionality/purposefulness is a young billionaire-never leaving Manhattan, in just 24 hours he loses all his material and social assets and acquires a real “self”. And wonderful actor -Pattinson, whose talent showed even playing a young vampire, creates the image of a whole generation of baby boom children-young people feeling they should be billionaires just by the right of birth in the environment of “Golden Billion”. Cosmopolis- , expressive, gloomy/impenetrable without illusions -it mostly reminds us of Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” and you should agree that not often do we feel like comparing modern films with real pieces of art.

Le Nouvel Observateur reviewed Cosmopolis and gave it 4 out of 5 stars! The bullet points below are from the Google translation but the links to the French articles are below.

* The film received 4 out of 5 stars noted on Allocine Here.
* [Cosmopolis] is puzzling, annoying, surprising, exciting.
* [Cronenberg] has fun mix of violence and humor, science fiction and gives rise to sorrow, the careless and tragedy.
* [Pattinson] is perfect: annoying, arrogant, talkative and charming.
* Robert Pattinson has merit. And charm. Adding that the car is pleasant, with soft lighting and bar in digital gadgets.
* [Cronenberg's] film is like no other, is a signature elegance, its willingness to move away from Hollywood is constant.
* Cosmopolis is the lament of the crisis.
* David Cronenberg has always loved the mix of genre cinema and philosophy.
* Two worlds collide: the smooth surfaces, brushed steel, glass, lacquer, and the disorder, old furniture, dirty shirts, peeling walls. That, ultimately, that the hero will see his sad destiny tie. The discomfort, although this is the keyword of Cronenberg film.

You can find the original articles HERE for the the Cosmopolis review and Here for the Robert Pattinson portion of the review. There is also a summary of the review but it contains a major spoiler if you haven’t read the book. Click Here for the French version.

Cannes, May 21, 2012 – FilmNation Entertainment has acquired the majority of worldwide rights to The Rover from Animal Kingdom writer-director David Michôd (Hesher). Michôd has written the script based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby).

This deal marks FilmNation’s migration into the acquisition space after ramping up their film investments and development slate. In addition to a full-fledged international sales arm, the banner now effectively develops, finances, and produces projects in-house as well as acquiring filmmaker driven content.

The Rover is set in the Australian desert in a dangerous and dysfunctional near future. Eric has left everything and every semblance of human kindness behind him. When his last possession, his car, is stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals, Eric sets off to track them down and is forced along the way to enlist the help of Reynolds, the naïve simpleton member of the gang left behind in the bloody chaos of the gang’s most recent escape.

David Linde will produce for Lava Bear Films, while Liz Watts will produce for Porchlight Films. Tory Metzger, President of Lava Bear, will oversee the production for the company. The film will also be produced in association with Blue Tongue Films, the directors collective of which Michôd is a member. Production will begin late 2012 in Australia.

FilmNation Entertainment’s Glen Basner said: “I loved Animal Kingdom and am thrilled to collaborate with such an exciting talent as David Michod. This film represents another big step for FilmNation as we continue to invest in high caliber films. The Rover is going to be one kick ass flick.”

Writer-director David Michôd said: “It’s a pretty clearly encouraging indicator for me with a new project when people of serious smarts and taste want to be involved and be involved early. I really feel like I’ve received that tick of approval in a big way today from the good folk at FilmNation.”

Added producer David Linde: “David Michôd has an incredibly unique voice and style that has already been acclaimed around the world. The Rover continues this style of combining powerful imagery with a story that draws you in from the opening scene. We are very pleased that FilmNation has joined us as our partner in both the US and other places around the globe.”

Producer Liz Watts said: “We are looking forward to working with David once again on The Rover – an international story of iconic proportions, imbued with the distinctiveness of David’s direction and storytelling with an Australian background not seen before. It’s fantastic to be partnering with FilmNation on the film, and together with Lava Bear we are all looking forward to getting into production.”

Territories excluded in the deal are: UK, Latin America, Australia & NZ, Benelux, Scandinavia, Greece, Indonesia, Middle East, Poland, Croatia/Slovenia, Romania/Bulgaria/Hungary, Serbia and Turkey.

FilmNation will represent the U.S. sales with UTA Independent Film Group. The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group, David Linde and Adam Rymer at Lava Bear and Glen Basner and Alison Cohen at FilmNation Entertainment. The producers were represented by attorneys Nina Stevenson and David Boyle.

Animal Kingdom won the Grand Jury Prize for World Dramatic Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival, a National Board of Review Award for Top Independent Films, Best First Film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, and numerous awards from The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts including Best Picture and Best Director. Weaver received multiple nominations and other awards for her performance, including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Michôd is represented by UTA, Australian agency Cameron Cresswell and attorneys Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

At Cannes, FilmNation Entertainment is also handling international sales on The Bling Ring from director Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodóvar’s comedy Los Amantes Pasajeros, the documentary Barca from director Paul Greengrass, and Tracers starring Taylor Lautner and produced by Temple Hill Entertainment. In addition, FilmNation has two in-competition titles: Lawless from director John Hillcoat starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy; and Jeff Nichols’ Mud which is also produced by FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.

David Linde’s Lava Bear Films is currently developing a slate of projects including A Giant directed by Gil Kenan from a screenplay he wrote as well, the Untitled Goffigan Thriller from writer L.D. Goffigan, and the Untitled David Goyer Project, a supernatural thriller project based on an original idea by David S. Goyer.

Liz Watts and Porchlight Films produced Michôd’s debut feature Animal Kingdom. Porchlight’s producer Vincent Sheehan’s most recent release was The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe, adapted from the Julia Leigh novel, and directed by Daniel Nettheim. Porchlight is currently in post-production on the Australian/ German/ UK co-production, LORE, directed by Cate Shortland (Somersault); and feature debut of Tony Krawitz, Dead Europe, working with Producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning. Porchlight has a number of feature films in development including Valve, with Director Andrew Lancaster, and F***ked! A Romance with Red Dog director Kriv Stenders.

 

Dancin’ Till The World Ends

so a few weeks back i got to audition for a commercial for a new Hasbro Twister Dance game for kids. i went, all ready in my bright disney-like attire in hopes that i would be able to dance and look the part. the hard thing about dancing for tv, film and commercials is a lot of the time it is more about ‘the look’ or what they need rather than the dancing. it’s like a casting for an acting job pretty much. the spokesperson for the game was britney spear so naturally we danced to “Till The World Ends”. it was a blast. lots of girls were there and on the top of their game hoping theyd be what the choreographer, director, and producers needed. well, i made it past the first round and then came back the next day for call backs. there were still a ton of girls they had to sift through. with my big smile on, i danced my heart out. after a long evening of dancing, making cuts, dancing again, making cuts again, over and over, they put us on tape and called it a night.

the next day i kept checking my phone for an email with good news. by lunch time i got an email from my agent asking my availability. that’s a good sign because that means they are considering you. after a few suspenseful hours i received an email saying i booked it! i was BEYOND excited. my first real professional dance job was going to be a commercial dancing behind BRITNEY SPEARS!!

a couple days later we had rehearsal and costume fittings. i was having a blast but it all didn’t seem real. finally, the day of the shoot, i headed to set with my three other dancing friends. of course there was delicious food on set and we got to get our hair and makeup done and had two different looks. i felt like a movie star ;] it still seemed unreal and i was sure i wouldnt believe it until i saw britney in the flesh. well the day continued and britney arrived and we began shooting. what an INCREDIBLE experience it was. it was such a blast to be on set dancing behind britney spears!! she was very sweet to us dancers, asked us our names, thanked us for doing the commercial with her, and goofed around with us in between shots!

what an experience. i am so grateful to have gotten to work with chonique and lisette (the choreographers) and ray kay (the amazing director) and the rest of the wonderful crew. what a dream come true. watch for the international commercial airing this summer!

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BREAKING: Twilight Saga‘s Kellan Lutz will star as Tarzan in the Constantin film that will be directed by Reinhard Klooss (Animals United).
The film is fully animated CGI with motion capture. He will act the role in a script by Jessica Postigo, Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) and Kloos wrote the script. Spencer Locke is in talks to play Jane. Warner Bros has long been beating its chest about making a movie about the vine swinging he-man, but the studio will have to hurry to keep pace with Constantin.

The Twilight star and Resident Evil actress will topline what will be a performance-capture 3D adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs jungle story.

Constantin Film’s Tarzan movie has been quietly been in development but is now entering the casting stage.
Kellan Lutz, co-star of the Twilight movies, has signed on to star as the title character and Spencer Locke, perhaps best known for playing K-Mart in Constantin’s Resident Evil movies, has nabbed the role of Jane Porter. The movie will be a performance-capture 3D production.

Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe are directing the movie with Kloos also producing with Robert Kulzer.
Klooss, Yoni Brenner and Jessica Postigo wrote the script, which updates the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs jungle hero.
For example, Tarzan’s parents, billionaire adventurers, are now killed in airplane crash rather than being marooned with their child. And the movie’s villain is the CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan’s deceased parents.
In the script, Jane is the daughter of an African guide and is committed to the conservation and preservation of the African jungle. She eventually works with Tarzan to defeat the mercenary army of Greystoke Energies.

Locke is currently starring opposite Josh Hutcherson and Dane Cook in Detention, directed by music video helmer Joseph Khan, and recently wrapped indie drama Anatomy of the Tide.

Lutz is repped by Innovative, Zero Gravity and Morris Yorn.