WEIRDLAND: Ansel Elgort: Billionaire Boys Club, Thief video

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ansel Elgort: Billionaire Boys Club, Thief video

Sony’s “Baby Driver” has crossed the $100 million milestone at the domestic box office after seven weeks in theaters. The actioner, starring Ansel Elgort as a talented getaway driver, has also taken in $67 million overseas. Remaining markets that have yet to open include Japan, Russia, China, Italy, and South Korea. The film was made for a relatively modest budget of $34 million and performed above expectations following its release on June 28, grossing $39 million in its first seven days. Source:

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer hinted to Wall Street that the studio isn’t ready to roll the credits on its “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchises. He implied, however, that the company will only go forward with fresh installments or spinoffs in the blockbuster series if they get the sign off from “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and “Hunger Games” creator Suzanne Collins. “There are a lot more stories to be told, and we’re ready to tell them when our creators are ready to tell those stories,” Feltheimer said during a quarterly earnings call with analysts on Tuesday. Source:

When Lucasfilm announced plans for a Han Solo prequel (2018) there didn't seem to be an actor in Hollywood who didn't want a crack at playing the younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and the film's original directing team looked at a slew of actors between the ages of 17 and 34. At one point, the short list included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen, and Blake Jenner, before the role was ultimately given to Alden Ehrenreich. 

As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris (Shailene Woodley) attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Will fans of Divergent still be interested in finishing the story if their favorite characters have to be cast all over again? Shailene Woodley and supporting stars like Theo James and Ansel Elgort were a big selling point for fans in the movies, so if they’re not around for the TV series, will those same fans still tune in? We’ll find out soon enough. Source:

Model Vittoria Ceretti, plumed in scarlet feathers, wears a Dior dress, Vanson Leathers gloves and Alexander McQueen belt. Ansel Elgort wears: Levi’s jacket and jeans & Jutta Neumann New York wristband. Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue magazine, September 2017.

Ansel Elgort's father is fashion photographer Arthur Elgort, best known for his work with Vogue magazine. Ansel's parents encouraged him to pursue what he loved, regardless of how much money he could make. At times, Elgort said, there are some frustrating things about the industry. “I don’t think making art should be a business, but it is,” he said: “And you have to remember that and you have to sort of navigate the business.” “I keep it real with my family and friends, and I try to keep it real with myself and my work,” he added.

Ansel Elgort said his girlfriend Violetta Komyshan doesn’t have to worry about his fans because “they love her too.” On meeting her: “I saw her on the street, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, that girl is so hot,’” Elgort said of his girlfriend. “At the time, I was 17 and she was like 15 ... she played hard to get, and finally, I was able to take her out on a date ... We’ve been dating for years and years.” Elgort is a romantic at heart, he admitted. Source:

Ansel Elgort dances and sings in between scenes of Thief, seducing his love interest Violetta Komyshan. Channeling Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, Elgort's character is both vain and dangerous, preening in front of a mirror to flex his muscles after sex and never showing emotion as events transpire around him. "I had created a character while writing and producing this song that was the Thief," Elgort tells Rolling Stone of his creepy alter ego: "I couldn't wait to bring him to life in the video. For the performance, we wanted something colorful and rich. We went with an all-leather outfit and neon lighting while I sang and danced, like a 1980s dance video."

Billionaire Boys Club is currently in post-production for a 2017 release, starring Ansel Elgort as Joe Hunt, Taron Egerton as Dean Karny, Kevin Spacey as Ron Levin and supporting roles from Emma Roberts and Cary Elwes. Plot: "A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a 'get-rich-quick' scam that turns deadly." Judd Nelson, who played Joe Hunt in the 1987 telefilm, has signed on to play the father of Joe Hunt. Billionaire Boys Club (1987) aired on NBC and told the story of the Club's founder, Joe Hunt, who was convicted in 1987 of murdering con-man Ron Levin. The Billionaire Boys Club managed to woo a scientist into signing over the marketing rights to an energy machine and sought investor Ron Levin into a partnership.

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