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Lupita Nyong’o to Star in the ‘Americanah’ Movie Adaptation

Lupita Nyong'oAcademy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (pictured, via) will star in and serve as a producer for Americanah film adaptation.

According to BuzzFeed, the story in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel follows “a young Nigerian woman who emigrates to America for a university education.”

As of this writing, no release date has been announced.

Peyton Reed to Direct the ‘Ant-Man’ Film Adaptation

Ant-ManMarvel has hired filmmaker Peyton Reed to helm the Ant-Man film adaptation. Writer Adam McKay will work on the script.

Prior to this announcement, McKay had been in talks to take the director’s seat himself. Last month, he sent out a tweet confirming that he would not take on that position.

Deadline reports that comedic actor Paul Rudd will star in the titular role and Oscar winner Michael Douglas will play Dr. Hank Pym. A release date has been scheduled for July 17, 2015.

New Trailer Unleashed For ‘The Giver’ Movie

A new trailer has been unleashed for The Giver film adaptation. The video embedded above heavily features Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, who plays the Chief Elder.

Many book fans lamented that the first trailer did not appear in black and white. In response, a featurette starring author Lois Lowry, was released; it showcases black and white glimpses with Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges in the title role and Brenton Thwaites playing the lead protagonist Jonas. What moments from the book are you looking forward to seeing on the silver screen? (via The Huffington Post)

Bill Condon to Direct Live-Action ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Film

BeautyDisney has hired filmmaker Bill Condon as the director for a Beauty & The Beast live-action film adaptation. Variety reports that screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos has signed on to pen the script.

According to Nerdist, the details of the plot have not yet been revealed. Some speculate that the story for Condon’s production will be similar to the one featured in Disney’s 1991 animated movie. The screenplay for that project is based on Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont‘s classic French fairy tale.

As of late, Disney has been working on a number of live-action fairy tale movies. Maleficent hit the silver screen last week and has received great reviews. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella has a release date set for March 13, 2015Jon Favreau will helm a live-action/CG hybrid remake of The Jungle Book. What fairy tale would you like to see get the live-action movie treatment?

Darren Aronofsky is Developing Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam For HBO

maddaddamFilmmaker Darren Aronofsky is developing Margaret Atwood‘s post-apocalyptic drama MaddAddam for HBO.

The TV series will be based on Atwood’s trilogy Oryx and CrakeYear Of The Flood and MaddAddam. The epic story takes place after a Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity in the 21st century, in a corporate controlled world. Atwood recently won the Orion Book Award for the novel MaddAddam.

Deadline.com has the scoop: “Producer Brandi-Ann Milbradt, who is engaged to Aronofsky, brought the project to Protozoa and will serve as executive producer alongside Aronofsky and his longtime collaborator, Protozoa Pictures president Ari Handel. Atwood serves as consulting producer. Aronofsky and his team are currently meeting with writers.”

Naomi Watts Joins the ‘Divergent’ Cast

InsurgentAcademy Award-nominated actress Naomi Watts has joined the Divergent movie cast.

In the remaining three installments of this film franchise, Watts will play the Factionless group leader Evelyn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting for the Insurgent adaptation has already commenced in Atlanta, GA.

Actors Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller have returned to reprise their roles from Divergent. Earlier this year, Lionsgate announced that Oscar winner Octavia Spencer signed on to play Amity faction leader Johanna. Recently, author Veronica Roth sat with Vulture and confirmed that the filmmakers intend to cast an actor to play the character Uriah for Insurgent.

Trailer Unveiled For ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

Warner Bros. has unveiled an official trailer for the This Is Where I Leave You. The story for this film adaptation is based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel.

The video embedded above features scenes with actors Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda. A release date has been scheduled for September 12, 2014. (via BuzzFeed)

Lionsgate to Launch ‘The Hunger Games: The Exhibition’

cvr_hungergames_movieHave you ever wanted to visit Panem? Lionsgate will partner with Thinkwell Group to design and launch “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition.”

According to the press release, this exhibition will feature “interactive displays of authentic costumes, props and other elements of the world of The Hunger Games.” Fans will be able to view it at “major museums and institutions across the country.”

A U.S. tour has been planned for the Summer of 2015. No definitive schedule has been announced, but the organizers have confirmed that the exhibition will open several months prior to release of the fourth installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay Part 2 which is due out on November 20, 2015. What item would you most like to see? (via NYLON)

Joe Hanson Creates ‘The Science of Game of Thrones’ Video

Have you ever pondered about the complexities in the world that George R.R. Martin created in the Song of Ice & Fire series? Joe Hanson, the founder and curator of the “It’s Okay To Be Smart” YouTube channel, has decided to try and provide some clarity with a video called “The Science of Game of Thrones.”

In the video embedded above, Hanson tackles two questions: “Why are the seasons so crazy?” and “What are the secrets behind Valyrian steel?” He also talks about The Wall, wildfire, milk of the poppy, and dire wolves. Fair warning, viewers may encounter spoilers so proceed with caution. (via The Huffington Post)

Disney Reveals Teaser Trailer For ‘Big Hero 6′

Disney has unveiled a teaser trailer the computer-animated film adaptation, Big Hero 6.

The story follows a team of superheroes that were originally developed by Marvel Comics. A release date has been scheduled for November 07, 2014.

According to Deadline, filmmakers Don Hall and Chris Williams served as the co-directors. The cast of voice actors include The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, The Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson, and Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph.

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