She's unstoppable! Fresh from singing "One Day More" at the Oscars, Susan Boyle has been hired to make her first feature film!
According to THR, the global-singing sensation, will join the cast of John Stephenson's "The Christmas Candle." Boyle will co-star alongside Samantha Barks ("Les Miserables"), Hans Matheson ("Clash of the Titans") and Lesley Manville ("Another Year").
Set in 1890 and billed as a "timeless and inspirational story," "The Christmas Candle" is about angels, and candles, and Christmas, of course!
Eric Newman and Candace Lee wrote and produced the film which also stars Sylvester McCoy ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"), John Hannah ("The Mummy") and Barbara Flynn ("Miss Potter") with James Cosmo (TV's "Game of Thrones").
We don't know yet what Boyle's character is, but she said in a statement that "Everyone on set is a delight to work with and it's a fantastic experience to be part of the team." And she's "really enjoying getting dressed in the period costumes and stepping back in time and although it's very cold filming on location, I'm wearing long johns under my bustle."
Awwww, Boyle is happy to make her film debut
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Previously, in the saga of making the new CG hybrid "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," we learned that the original release date was May 16, 2014, but now, it's been moved a few weeks later.
Paramount is saying the new date is June 6, 2014.
The fighting reptiles will have a few more weeks to bond with their human friend April O'Neil aka Megan Fox who was recently announced to be joining the cast.
No word yet on who will be playing the fantastic Ninjas -- Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. Our heroes will be motion-captured, so, can Paramount just hire Andy Serkis for all 4 characters? He will give depth to our friendly Ninjas, don't you think?
Jonathan Liebesman is directing this extravaganza.
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Is Will Ferrell a comedic genius? MTV seems to think so! The network is giving the "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" actor its first-ever Comedic Genius Award at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards.
Apparently, MTV chose Ferrell because he has “provided a major influence through his work” and “transformed the genre.” Hhmmm, influential and trailblazer!
Taking a cue from Ferrell's "Anchorman" character Ron Burgundy, MTV president, Stephen Friedman, said, "Simply put, Will Ferrell is 'kind of a big deal'."
Watch Ferrell accept his Comedic Genius Award on the MTV Movie Awards airing April 14th at 9 pm ET.
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So Dwayne Johnson (or if you prefer, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is starring in "Hercules" for Paramount and MGM. The studios revealed that the film, initially slated for an August 8, 2014 release has now been moved two weeks earlier to July 25, 2014. Brett Ratner is directing the movie which could turn into a franchise.
Apparently, the idea of the movie came from the comic book world where Hercules appeared in Radical Comics' two limited series called "The Thracian Wars" and "The Knives of Kush." Both were written by Steve Moore with art provided by Cris Bolsin.
I smell "Conan the Barbarian!"
According to Deadline, Paramount and MGM moved "Hercules" because their original date was stolen by Disney/Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." That time table is action-packed and fanboy friendly. One week before "Hercules," Warner Bros. "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will be unleashed together with Fox's sequel "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
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So Angelina Jolie, fresh from directing "In the Land of Blood and Honey," is attached to helm the Laura Hillenbrand 2010 biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini called "Unbroken" for Universal Pictures. Jolie replaced Francis Lawrence who left to work on "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire."
And who's rewriting the screenplay for her? The Coen Brothers! Yup, the Oscar-winning writers/directors of "No Country for Old Men."
Must be nice to be Angelina Jolie huh? She has the Coen Brothers at her beck and call
According to THR, Jolie was incredibly choosy when it comes to writers. Before she came on board, William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese worked on previous drafts.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption is a non-fiction book by Hillenbrand, who previously wrote Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Unbroken tells the real-life tale of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in the Pacific and spent 47 days drifting on a raft. But wait, there's more! He spent more than two and a half years as a prisoner of war in Japanese internment camps. If this didn't happen in real life, I would say the story is too good to be true!
I see great Oscar potential in the material! So Jolie can afford to be choosy so she and the writers don't mess this one up. But with Coen Brothers writing the adaptation, I highly doubt that this one would suck.
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