Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks Confirmed for Alex Kurtzman’s WELCOME TO PEOPLE; Brief Official Synopsis Released and Info on a Casting Call
by Adam Chitwood Posted: November 30th, 2010Earlier today we told you that Elizabeth Banks was in talks to star in screenwriter Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut Welcome to People. Now, DreamWorks confirms to us that Banks has officially joined Chris Pine in the cast. Kurtzman directs from a script by himself, Roberto Orci, and Jody Lambert (Of All The Things). Kurtzman and Orci are, of course, the screenwriting duo behind Star Trek and Transformers. Per DreamWorks, the planned PG-13 film is “a drama about a young businessman (Pine) who returns home after his estranged father’s sudden death, only to uncover a devastating family secret, which sends him on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.” Producers are also holding an open casting call for an 11-13 year old male named Josh who is “athletic, independent, and confident.” Hit the jump to check out the full press release which includes where to go for the open casting call.
Here’s the press release. You can also watch Pine talk to Steve about the movie here.
CASTING CALL FOR LEAD ROLE IN UPCOMING “WELCOME TO PEOPLE” MOVIE STARRING CHRIS PINE AND ELIZABETH BANKS DREAMWORKS STUDIOS LOOKING FOR YOUNG MALE ACTOR (AGE 11-13)
DreamWorks Studios has launched a casting search to fill a lead role in its upcoming movie “Welcome to People,” it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios.
Actors interested in the role are invited to attend an open casting call on Saturday, December 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. No acting experience is necessary for interested actors, nor are they required to prepare anything for the audition.
Role to be cast is ‘Josh’: Male, 11-13 years old, Caucasian, athletic, independent, and confident. Interested actors should be able to memorize lots of dialogue. Film will be rated PG-13 and actors should be comfortable with dialogue reflecting that rating.
Details on the open call audition are as follows:
Saturday, December 4, 2010
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Denise Chamian Casting
Sunset Gower Studios
1438 N. Gower St.
Building 35, Suite 270
Hollywood, CA 90028
(Street Parking Only)
Welcome to People is a drama about a young businessman (CHRIS PINE) who returns home after his estranged father’s sudden death, only to uncover a devastating family secret, which sends him on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. Film is the feature film directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK) with a script written by Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK) and Jody Lambert (OF ALL THE THINGS). In addition to Chris Pine (STAR TREK), Elizabeth Banks (THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN) has also joined the cast. Film is scheduled to begin production in January in Los Angeles.
About DreamWorks Studios
DreamWorks Studios (www.dreamworksstudios.com) is a motion picture company led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The new company is a continuation of DreamWorks Studios which was formed in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. The company expects to put into production 5 to 6 films per year that will be distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.
DreamWorks Studios can be found on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dw_studios
by Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub Posted: November 30th, 2010
If you’ve been looking forward to Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, you’re about to be very happy. That’s because we’ve been provided with 9 clips and you can check them all out after the jump. As I’ve said a number of times, Black Swan is one of the best films of the year and Natalie Portman is absolutely getting nominated for an Oscar for her amazing work. In fact, I think she’ll win.
And while Portman is phenomenal, credit has to be given to Aronofsky has taking everything he’s learned over the past few years and created what might be his best work. While I love to nitpick movies, I wouldn’t change a thing about Black Swan. Hit the jump for the clips. The film opens this weekend in limited release.
Here’s the synopsis:
A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), BLACK SWAN takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.
BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.