‘Carrie’ Remake Gets Pushed Back for a Fall Release

Whether you’re a devout fan of Stephen King’s novel or Brian De Palma’s haunting 1976 film, the modern remastering of Carrie is sure to be anticipated. As Hollywood is wont to do, audiences are in store for a new spin on the cult classic of a shy high school outcast who taps into her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on her bullying schoolmates. Helmed by Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce, the film—which was previously set for a March release—has now been pushed back to next fall.

The October opening only makes sense, allowing the premiere to coincide with horror-mania leading up to Halloween, garnering a larger audience while building hype surrounding the project. For a girl of only fifteen, Chloe Mortez, who holds the titular role, has played some pretty fierce and diverse characters; so it will be interesting to see how she fares followng in Sissy Spacek’s iconic footsteps. With Julianne Moore and Judy Greer rounding out the cast, the talent is there, but in any case, it would be difficult to top the bloody gorgeous De Palma original.

Check out the new poster and official teaser for the film.


Five Of Your Favorite Novels Head To The Big Screen in 2013

With a slew of new page-to-popcorn films in the works, here’s a look at what will be making its way onto the silver screen next year.


French writer Émile Zola’s novel-turned-play Thérèse Raquin has been adapted for the screen many times, but this December we’ll get a taste of director Charlie Stratton’s take on the haunting classic. The psychological tale of affaires de coeur and betrayal centers on Thérèse, a young woman forcibly married to her first cousin, who soon begins a turbulent affair with her husband’s friend. After the lovers conspire to murder her husband, they find themselves haunted by his ghost as their love turns to fiery rage. Elizabeth Olsen takes the reins as Thérèse, with Jessica Lange, Tom Felton, and Oscar Isaac adding to the cast of tortured characters.


After Brian De Palma released his cult-classic adaptation of Stephen King’s novel in 1976, who knew there needed to be another one? But as Hollywood is wont to do, audiences are in store for a new spin on the bloody story of a shy high school outcast who taps into her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on her bullying schoolmates. Helmed by Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce, the film stars budding ingénue Chloë Grace Moretz in the titular role alongside Julianne Moore and Judy Greer in the new adaptation of one of the most frequently banned books in the U.S.


Like a boat against the current “borne back ceaselessly into the past,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most celebrated work of obsession and tragedy will make its way to the screen once again this spring. The long-awaited adaptation will reunite director Baz Luhrmann with Leonardo DiCaprio, as Gatsby, and stars Carey Mulligan as his unattainable love, Daisy. After being pushed from its December release to May, anticipation for the film has only increased, with audiences wondering just what Luhrmann’s theatrical aesthetic will add to the beloved tale.


Adapted from Joseph Delaney’s 2004 children’s novel, The Spook’s Apprentice, this 18th Century adventure film centers around a mystical young boy, Thomas, who becomes an apprentice to the local Spook (a cloaked man who travels the country fighting evil spirits for those who cannot) in order to learn the supernatural trade. Directed by Sergei Bodrov, the film will star The Chronicles of Narnia’s Ben Barnes in the lead role, with Julianne Moore as a cannibalistic, mischievous witch named Mother Malkin. Jeff Bridges and Alicia Vikander also join the cast.


Orson Scott Card’s science fiction thriller has been inching its way to the screen for years. First published in 1977 as a short story, the futuristic tale of alien warfare and adventure is set to hit theaters in November. Featuring Hugo’s Asa Butterfield and Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin, the film tells the story of a gifted boy sent to a space-based military school to prepare for an alien invasion. The sci-fi classic will be directed by actor/director Gavin Hood, who leads Hollywood veterans Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley into the dystopian future.

Jason Segel is ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’

The Muppets, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man — Jason Segel is kind of the standard bearer for mopey, paunchy dudes who are bad at growing up, isn’t he? The first trailer for Jeff, Who Lives at Home definitely reinforces that: Segel plays Jeff, who lives at home with his mom (Susan Sarandon!) and is having a hard time figuring his life out. After a chance run-in reunites him with his brother (played by Ed Helms), they start hanging out again while trying to deal with their life issues in tandem.  (Sample dialogue: "Why do you want to live like this, drifting through this life with no awareness!?") Arrested Development alum Judy Greer shows up as Helms’ maybe-cheating wife and, you know, hijnks and emotional maturation ensue.

It seems winsome and charming in a cheesy way, pretty much par for the course when it comes to Jason Segel vehicles. I’ll be honest — it’s extremely hard for me to see Helms as anyone else but Andy Dwyer from The Office, and his reasonable attempt at being serious is just so… off. It’s like a bear riding a ferris wheel: cute, but get out of there, silly! (It sure is Friday, y’all.) If you liked the trailer, Jeff, Who Lives at Home comes out on March 2.

In ‘Barry Munday,’ the Balls Are in Judy Greer’s Court

In the deliciously off-kilter Barry Munday, out now, actor Judy Greer plays Ginger, a world-weary misanthrope who gets knocked up after a one-night stand with Barry (played by the unexpectedly hilarious Patrick Wilson). Shortly thereafter, Barry, a lecherous schmuck, falls for an underage woman, whose father then bludgeons his private parts in a movie theater. He’s left unable to reproduce after undergoing an emergency operation, which is precisely when Ginger, the mother of his unborn child, re-enters his life. It’s a comedy with heart but, as the delightful Greer explains, no balls.

Although she’s loveable, Ginger is also a total curmudgeon. What drew you to the character? I loved the idea of playing someone who was sort of caustic. She takes a real journey throughout the movie, which is pretty rare for me. I’ve gotten to work with amazing people and do amazing movies, but sometimes my roles don’t have a beginning, middle, and end, so this was a really big one for me. I was also so intrigued by the idea that Patrick Wilson had signed up to play Barry Munday. I was like, What—he’s the most amazing actor and he’s going to play this crazy, weird character?

He kind of plays a buffoon. Patrick is so funny. That’s been established on stage for him, but not so much in film. I’m sure people will be totally shocked and excited by his performance in this movie. Barry is really funny, but in this weird, quirky way, and Patrick’s sense of humor is weird and quirky. I think the two of them are similar in that they both have a lot of heart and they’re both really good people—Barry just isn’t as evolved emotionally. And they both love Van Halen to a degree that I’ve never seen before.

Did you learn anything from this film? Working with Patrick, Chloë Sevigny, and Jean Smart—it was bananas. I really wanted them to be impressed by me and I think that sometimes it’s good to go into a job wanting that. I guess you could say this movie inspired me.

Were you in a rut prior to Barry Munday? I got cast in this movie during the Writers Strike, when there was a frenzy about getting work and about how long the strike might last. Things got really bad. Everything was weird and it felt so business-y to me. I kind of forgot about the art of making movies. This movie was inspiring to me because it reminded me that you don’t need millions and millions of dollars to make a movie, and it’s fun, man. Every single day my alarm would go off really early and I’d pop out of bed, go to Starbucks, and get to work so happy to be there.

Chloë Sevigny, who plays your sexpot sister in the movie, originally eyed the role of Ginger. Could you have seen her playing that part? I think that Chloë would have been an amazing Ginger, and the fact that she took the role of Jennifer after I had been cast as Ginger… I was just so flattered. I was so in awe of her and nervous to meet her. It was so great to meet her and have her say, “I’ve always liked watching your movies.” I was like, Oh my God!

It’s funny to hear you say that you’re still in awe of other actors. I enjoy thinking that they’re not just like us, you know, like the celebrity section of tabloids where it says, “Celebrities are Just Like Us!” I like the mystery and glitz of Hollywood.

Have you ever been photographed shopping for groceries or filling a tank of gas? David Schwimmer and I were having lunch one day in New York, and there was some shot of us in a magazine. My aunt Judy was so excited that she cut it out and put it on her fridge. It was kind of embarrassing.

Speaking of being in awe of actors, you recently filmed The Descendants with George Clooney. This was the second time you two had worked together, after David O. Russell’s Three Kings from 1999. What was it like to reconnect with him? Nothing against George at all, because he is the bee’s knees and everything that anyone says about him is true—he is such a gentleman and so disarming and wonderful—but I was completely star-struck by [director] Alexander Payne. One of the movies that made me want to be an actor was his film, Citizen Ruth. I was already in theater school, but I didn’t know if I was ever going to be an actor. But when I saw Laura Dern’s performance in that movie, I was just like, That is what I want to do. My audition for The Descendants was hard because I was trying to pull it together, but I was just like, Oh my god, you’re so good! I filmed that one in Hawaii with Alexander and Payne and George Clooney and I kept thinking, I’m in Hawaii? With these two? What the fuck! Who am I? It was so bananas!

Do you still get nervous on the first day of filming a new movie? I never, ever sleep the night before my first day of work. It’s not panic, exactly, but I think there is a healthy dose of nerves, which I actually find to be helpful: What’s it going to be like? Who am I going to be friends with? Who am I going to like? Who am I not going to like? What if I forget my lines? I’m not going to forget my lines! What if I look ugly? I won’t look ugly. It’s like talking to my evil twin. She’s always like, “You’re gonna mess up!” And then I’ll talk to a friend who’ll say, “No you’re not! You’re a professional, Judy! This is what you do.”