Ray Liotta in Talks to Play Bad Guy Opposite Chloe Moretz in ‘The Rut’

Just a small update in terms of casting for The Rut.

Ray Liotta is in negotiations to play the villain in The Rut, an indie drama being directed by Karyn Kusama.

hloe Moretz, recently attached to Carrie, and Magic City actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, are starring in the project, being described as Winter’s Bone meets Whale Rider.

Written by Kevin Caruso, the story centers on a young girl (Moretz) who, in order to win the approval of her father (Morgan), surrounds herself with danger and adventure as she journeys into the wilderness alone to hunt deer.

Liotta will play a nemesis hunter to Moretz, a man who is obsessed with bow hunting and considers Morgan his rival.

Aaron Magnani and Martha Griffin are producing. Teri and Trevor Moretz are exec producing.

Liotta next will appear in Killing Them Softly with Brad Pitt; the Andrew Dominik-directed movie was chosen this week to have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Liotta will also appear in The Iceman, a serial killer thriller whose cast includes Chris Evans, James Fracno, Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder.

He is repped by UTA, Untitled and Hansen Jacobson.


Chloë Grace Moretz on Makeup, Being Starstruck, and PajamaJeans

Check out Chloe’s recent interview with Allure Magazine:

Chloë Grace Moretz is 15 years old and already has a résumé an actress twice her age (which is still not terribly old, btw!) would be ready to retire on. She’s played a vampire (Let Me In), a vigilante (Kick-Ass), and worked with Martin Scorsese for the Best Picture –nominated Hugo. This month, she stars as a bank robber in Hick with Blake Lively and a trippy, hippie teen with a secret in the 1972-set Dark Shadows alongside Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer. We talked makeup and PajamaJeans.

When did you first wear makeup for a role? “I have been doing this stuff [acting] since I was five or six, and so I must have been little. They have always put powder on your face to even out your skin tone. So it’s always been a little bit of powder. Then they just do your hair. I guess the first time I got to wear crazy makeup or the more adult kind of eyeliner stuff would be in 30 Rock. And editorials. Not too much in movies because I always play characters that don’t care too much about their appearance.”

Do you watch when you’re in the hair and makeup chair? Have you learned any tricks? “When I’m in the chair I’m usually listening to music, texting, or reading a book for school or fun. It’s funny; I’m actually going to a friend’s birthday, and I’m like, “OMG, I can do my own makeup and make it look cool.” On New Year’s, I was like, ‘Maybe I can try a few techniques that people have done on me?’ I stole my mom’s makeup palette, and I went at it. I made this cool, soft smoky nude eye and it was pretty amazing. I felt very proud of myself.”

Do you wear much makeup off-screen? “I don’t wear a lot. I wear a little bit of concealer—Neutrogena Cover Stick in number 2—and I wear Chanel powder in Pêche Tendre, and I do just a little Neutrogena blush palette. I’m very minimalist. I wear a little mascara. Other than that, it’s pretty much nothing.”

Do you feel like an adult? “I don’t know. I think I’m definitely not an adult. I just turned 15 on February 10. If you are mature, then you are mature; there isn’t always a need for labels.”

Have you received any advice from older child stars or other people in the business? “Yeah, of course. It’s funny because everyone always asks that! People don’t walk up to you and say, ‘I’m going to give you advice now, kid.’ It just really comes from talking to someone and feeling out who they are and what they are. And how they do this and how they do that.”

Have you ever been starstruck? “Yeah, definitely! I mean, working with people like Martin Scorsese and Michelle Pfeiffer. Michelle Pfeiffer, that was a major point. Batman Returns!”

On Twitter, you said you hated PajamaJeans. Hate-hate or love-hate? “I’m sure if I had a pair, I would wear them all the time—inside. The best commercial on now is [for the Trendy Top]. [Impersonates announcer] ‘Stop that muffin top! Don’t worry about the panties ever showing! Here’s the tube top for your hips!'”

For more with Moretz, like what final has the home-schooled student nervous—it’s not French, which she has “in the bag,” or bio, which “is pretty easy, it’s cell division; not crazy for me”—check out the May issue, on newsstands April 24.


Kimberly Peirce Talks Carrie Remake and Chloe Moretz

Another update in regards to Carrie remake from director Kimberly Peirce:

More coming out of the Carrie remake camp today. The latest comes from director Kimberly Peirce who took a moment recently to clue us in on what direction she’ll be taking with the flick, as well as what we can expect from star Chloe Moretz!

On her official Facebook page Peirce shared the follow with eager fans …

“I am modernizing the story as one has to in order to bring any great piece of work written in one era into the next and especially given how very relevant this material is right now.

Chloe is going deep into character to get this right….sewing her own dresses, spending time in her closet….and so much more….Thanks for all the great wishes. We are on it! And privileged to be working with such great source material.

Look for Kimberly Peirce’s take on Carrie to be in theatres on March 15, 2013.

In the story shy high school student Carrie White is raised by a nightmarish religious fanatic mother and comes to grip with devastating telepathic powers just as she reaches puberty. She eventually uses those gifts for lethal means when fellow classmates use the prom as an excuse to humiliate her before the entire school in a parable about bullying.

Sissy Spacek played the character in the first movie, with Piper Laurie playing her mother, and Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Betty Buckley and William Katt rounding out the cast. Both Spacek and Laurie got Oscar nominations for their work in the 1976 film.


Casting Update: Julianne Moore In Talks To Play Carrie’s Mom In The Horror Remake

Small casting update for Carrie Remake, Julianne Moore is in talks to play Carrie’s mom in the movie. It would be awesome to see Julianne play the mom for Chloe’s character!

The people behind the maybe-not-a-great-idea remake of Carrie had the chance to justify the whole effort by doing once simple thing: casting Sissy Spacek as Carrie’s mom. The actress who originated the role of the telekinetic teenager would have been able to act circles around her replacement, Chloe Moretz, but also establish a nice link to the past, enabling this remake to acknowledge its predecessors, hand a meaty role to a veteran and bring on someone legitimately terrifying in this monster-mom role, all in a single swoop.

But of course, they’re not going to do that, just like they didn’t cast someone with the necessarily vulnerability to play Carrie and brought in Moretz instead. But happily, they maybe have miraculously brought in someone who can do as much justice to the role as Piper Laurie did in the 70s. According to Bloody Disgusting, Columbia Pictures is in talks with Julianne Moore to take over the role. The film is set for a March 13, 2013 release, which means they’ll have to move fast to secure an actress and get production started. And Moore really does seem well-suited to the role, with a good mix of intensity and her own vulnerability that might help you believe not just her terrifying presence, but how she might really be Carrie’s mother to begin with.

With Kimberly Peirce on board to direct, Carrie can’t quite be written off as your standard knockoff horror remake, but it’s hard to know exactly what to make of it at all. Moore signing on might indicate a little more quality, but then again she’s made plenty of crap over the years as well. More importantly, do you think she’s right for the role? Let us know in the comments below.


Sony dates ‘Carrie’ remake for March 2013

Sony has set a March 15, 2013, opening for “Carrie,” MGM’s remake of Stephen King’s horror tale.

Chloe Moretz will star in the title role that made Sissy Spacek famous in 1976. Directed by Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and scripted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, story centers on a shy high-school student who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on her classmates.

MGM’s planning to start shooting the reboot this summer. “Carrie” will open against Relativity’s comedy “21 and Over,” starring Justin Chon, Miles Teller and Sarah Wright.

MGM, which emerged from a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010, has opted to partner with other distributors for its films. It tapped Sony last fall to distribute “Skyfall” and the following James Bond film.


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