Friday, January 31, 2014

Alba Is One Of "The Wright Girls"

Screen says that Jessica Alba has joined Kevin Connolly's comedy "The Wright Girls".

Inspired by the Japanese film " 2LDK," the story follows the co-stars of a past-its-prime sitcom who are roommates in real life.They go from friends to enemies in a single night when they realize they are both up for the same role in a big movie.

"Entourage" star Connolly directs the film from Bert V. Royal's (Easy A) screenplay.

Alex Gartner William Green and Aaron Ginsburg will produce.

Production begins in the second quarter of this year in Los Angeles.

Neeson's Stars In Martin Scorsese's "Silence"

Liam Neeson is set to star in Martin Scorsese's 17th century Japanese thriller "Silence" says Vulture

Based upon author Shūsaku Endō's novel, the story follows 17th century Jesuits who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan. The story follows Father Rodriguez (The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield), a Portuguese Jesuit priest who travels to Japan to confront his mentor, after rumors surfaced that he had abandoned the church.

Neeson's role is unknown at this time.

Ken Watanabe will portray Father Rodriguez' Japanese interpreter. Girls co-star Adam Driver and Japanese actor Issei Ogata also star in unspecified roles.

Scorsese and Jay Cocks wrote the adapted script and talks are underway with Graham King for his ownership stake in the screenplay.

Irwin Winkler, Randall Emmett George Furla, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, and Barbara DeFina will produce.

Production hopes to begin in Taiwan in July

Scorsese and Gori have confirmed that the matter of the lawsuit between them has been "settled in its entirety".

Scorsese has been interesting in pursuing this project since 1991, and over the years has considered Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal to star.

Zachary Quinto Joins "Hitman" Reboot

Zachary Quinto will join "Agent 47," the cinematic reboot of the Hitman video game series says Deadline

Homeland co-star Rupert Friend will replace Paul Walker as the lead--Walker was slated to star in this do-over once he wrapped James Wan's Fast & Furious 7 but he was killed in a tragic car crash half way through production.

Action pic scribes Skip Woods Kyle Ward, and Michael Finch have written the script, from which commercials director Aleksander Bach will make his big screen debut.

We do not know what role he will play in the film. Quinto will do the project after his stage commitments on "The Glass Menagerie

The games were previously translated to film in 2007 starring Timothy Olyphant, Olga Kurylenko and Dougray Scott, The film took in $100 million worldwide despite negative reviews. Woods also wrote that film as well

Over twenty million copies of the five game series have sold since it began back in 2000. The most recent game, "Hitman: Absolution," was released late last year to solid reviews. An HD trilogy re-release of the second through fourth games was released as well.

Chuck Gordon, Alex Young and Adrian Askarieh will produce the new film.

Production is set to begin in March.

O'Sullivan Charts "The Secret Scripture"

Thaddeus O'Sullivan ("Into the Storm" "The Heart of Me") is set to direct an adaptation of author Sebastian Barry's award-wining novel "The Secret Scripture" says THR.

The Ireland-centric story concerns a 100-year old Presbyterian woman who has been in a mental hospital since World War II. With the facility closing, a psychiatrist tries to piece together why the woman is there, not knowing she has been hiding a diary under the floorboards detailing her harsh treatment both during Ireland's civil war and at the hands of an abusive priest.

Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave will play older and younger versions of the woman.

Noel Pearson will produce the film

Radcliffe And DeHaan Are "College Republicans"

"Kill Your Darlings" actors Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan will reunite with director John Krokidas on the true story buddy comedy "College Republicans" says The Wrap

In the 1973-set film aspiring politician Karl Rove (DeHaan) runs a dirty campaign for National College Republican Committee Chairman under the guidance of campaign manager Lee Atwater
(Radcliffe). The pair go on a spirited road trip to drum up support for Rove's candidacy.

Wes Jones wrote the script which ranked higher than the likes of "Argo" and "American Hustle" on the famed Black List.

Radcliffe's reps say he's not confirmed, the role is just one of several he's considering at this point.

Shia Labeouf and Paul Dano were attached a previous version of the film.

Production hopes to begin in November.

"Chip 'n' Dale" Get A Live Action/CG Flick

Heat Vision reports that Disney picked up award-winning commercials director Robert Rugan's pitch for a live-action big screen adaptation of the classic cartoon chipmunk duo "Chip 'n' Dale".

First appearing in a 1943 animated short and in the 1950s, the pair saw a reboot in the late 1980s with the cartoon series "Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers" as the pair ran a detective agency that helped animal clients.

This new "Rescue Rangers"-inspired adventure will be a live-action/CG hybrid described as an "origin story of sorts".

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing the pic.

Scott Z. Burns Opens "Suitcase Full Of Trouble"

"Contagion" and "Side Effects" scribe Scott Z. Burns is in talks to pen and direct "The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble" says THR.

Based on Maxine Swann's 2011 NY Times Magazine article--described as a "modern day Lolita," the story follows a divorced theoretical particle physicist who meets a Czech bikini model online. The two begin to correspond and plan a life together, but she asks if he would deliver a special package to her - a request that puts him in serious danger.

Emma Thompson Is Mom To "Barney Thomson"

Emma Thompson will star in the dark comedy-thriller "The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson" says THR

Robert Carlyle plays a Scottish barber who, through a series of accidental events, stumbles into the world of serial murder.

Thompson will play Barney's emasculating mother.

Ray Winstone plays a detective inspector in charge of an inept homicide department. Ewen Bremner also stars.

Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren wrote the script, based on the Barney Thomson novel series by author Douglas Lindsay from which Carlyle makes his directorial debut

John G. Lenic and Kaleena Kiff are producing the film

Fox Sees "The Unseen"

Fox has picked up John Travis' Biblical thriller script "The Unseen" says Heat Vision

Based on the short story "Mr. Pettinger’s Daemon" by author John Connolly as part of his  "Nocturnes" collection--The story centers on a hospital cleric tasked with treating a fellow clergyman in a remote parish. Said clergyman has been displaying severe signs of mental illness. When he arrives, he discovers that the root of his colleague's erratic behavior is a biblical force of evil that is trying to surface from deep below the church.

Hutch Parker is attached to produce the project.

MOS 2: Eisenberg Is Lex, Irons Is Alfred

 How about this news....Warner Bros has announced that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons has been cast as butler Alfred Pennyworth in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman/Batman team-up Man of Steel Sequel.

The Eisenberg casting sent social media abuzz for sure partly because the announcement was a time coming and Eisenberg's name came out of nowhere--it's Bizarro World indeed. Like Ben as Bats though--I have a strong feeling the uproar will pass. Jessie would not be my first phone call--yes but I keep thinking of Heath Ledger as the The Joker in The Dark Knight--a skepticism I the time he was announced--Only to have egg on my face 18 months later--relax kids.

"Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman's rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940," Snyder said in a statement. "What's great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He's a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."

About Irons, Snyder added, "As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne's most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne."

There were reports that suggested that the chatter about former "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston was playing Lex in the upcoming movie were true were denied by the actor. We were told that Joaquin Phoenix came up as a contender for Lex. Denzel Washington was also among a list potentials for Lex generated by Thinkmcflythink as were Idris Elba and

MOS 2 will see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck will play Bruce Wayne/Batman amid lots of fallout--while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are set to reprise their roles as Lois Lane, Perry White and Martha Kent."Fast Five" star Gal Gadot appears as Wonder Woman

How big Gadot's role as WW is, is unknown at this point. Godot beat out Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung for the role. Thor: The Dark World" actress is Jaimie Alexander was also linked.

Some time ago there was noise that the production was seeking is a love interest for the Dark Knight in the film. The Type? A woman in their late 20s of any ethnicity.  Adding that she be tall and "possess physicality".

The notice DID NOT give a name for the character, which led to speculation that it was anyone from Vicki Vale to Wonder Woman. A leaked casting call had fanboys thinking that the Amazon warrior was in the pic.

A love interest for Bats suggests that he will have a larger part in the film than expected.

Australian actor Callan Mulvey ("Zero Dark Thirty) was being eyed for the role of the (unnamed) villain in the film. Speculation is that Jason Momoa is up for the bad guy--say perhaps Doomsday or Metallo. Or another notion is that he might play alien hero Martian Manhunter who also happens to like Oreo Cookies. The imposing actor denies that he's up for a role

Singer Justin Bieber uploaded a photo on his Instagram account showing him holding up what appeared to be a personalized script for the film with the hashtag "#Robin" but it turned out to be a prop for a Funny or Die skit.

More rumors ran recently that Girls co-star Adam Driver is the frontrunner to play the character of Dick Grayson, the post-Robin Nightwing incarnation in the film. The original story mentioned that two other actors are in the mix for the role. Less than 24 hours later "Gossip Girl" and "Easy A" star Penn Badgley and "The Perks of Being A Wallflower" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin" star Ezra Miller were said to be in mix for the part. Driver denies any such talk

The speedster The Flash is said to be in the script.

Meantime: The star of The CW's popular Arrow TV series Stephen Amell posted a "Justice League" comic image on his official Facebook page.  We already know that Flash (Grant Gustin) will show up there for a few eps before getting his own show in 2014 Could more of DC Entertainment's "Justice League" be coming to "Arrow"? For now the DC Cinematic Universe will NOT co-exist with the TV heroics...There are rumors about where the films might go as well as the  TV side of things...

These hero introductions would make sense if Warners is ever gonna make a "Justice League" movie.

"Man Of Steel" writer David S. Goyer was back on the keyboard but now--THR reports that  Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Affleck's “Argo,” has been hired to write the latest draft of the MOS 2 script. 

Goyer is in the midst of developing several projects including an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's  popular comic book series Sandman, which he’ll produce with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven return to executive produce the multi-hero film.

Sources say the new movie is going for the tone of the relationship and fight seen in Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns.

The release has been delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons. As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 is no longer doable. Now, the studio is targeting a May 6th 2016 release. They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Evans Speaks

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" star Chris Evans talked to IGN about how both his character and the tone of the series has changed:

"In this movie it's about him trying to not just acclimate to the modern world, but I think it's always been Cap's goal to do what's right and to be of service and to help where he can.In this movie I think the question is, 'Well, what is right?' I think it was a lot easier in the 1940s to know who the evil was -- there's no disputing Nazis are bad! Now it becomes a little more of a difficult answer. There's a lot more of a gray area of 'What is the right thing? Are you of service to that cause? That becomes a tricky dispute for Cap, because things were just done differently in the 1940s. The threats are different now. Precautionary measures that are taken now can be questionable and somewhat suspect in his eyes. So it's a tough hurdle for him to jump."

The story follows the acclaimed comic storyline The Winter Soldier by author Ed Brubaker, who along with artist Steve Epting, in which Captain America's (Chris Evans) sidekick Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is resurrected as a brainwashed super-assassin known as the Winter Solider. The tale also follows that Peggy's (played by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger) niece Sharon (Revenge star Emily VanCamp) meets Cap.

The film could be seen as a reboot of the series already, a very different approach to character from who we saw both the first film and "The Avengers".

"Well, he is a really human superhero. He doesn't shoot lightning, he doesn't fly, he has very meat-and-potatoes-type powers. So I think it's only appropriate that the tone and the theme fits more of a human element. It does have kind of a grounded, political thriller tone to it, and I think that just goes hand in hand with the character. It just works. Like I said earlier, they're also trying to infuse much more human conflict that doesn't necessarily have to do with fighting monsters and doing giant stunts. It's just about him coping with moral issues, about right and wrong, good and bad. That's stuff we can all relate to."

Evans also touched upon the interpersonal relationships and how they both ground and make Rogers a more interesting character:

"Cap's such a good guy, it's hard for him to bleed -- not just literally, but figuratively, you know what I mean? He doesn't want to burden anyone with his struggles, so any way we can push him in more of a human direction where he does show weakness and he does struggle and he does connect with people and show vulnerability, I think that grounds him a little bit. It just makes him more interesting. All the relationships, especially with Natasha () and Sam (Anthony Mackie). Even though we do have Winter Soldier, he's not, you know -- we're doing third act stuff right now. For the meat of the film, for the majority of the film, the connections that he makes that I think really bring him to life are with Natasha and Sam"

Anthony Mackie is poised to play Harlem crime fighter Falcon. Cobie Smulders will reprise her role of Maria Hill. She joins her boss in The Avengers co-star Samuel L. Jackson  and Scarlett Johansson. for the film. Frank Grillo ("The Grey," "Warrior") will play the villain Crossbones in the sequel. Toby Jones, has confirmed to Hey U Guys that he will reprise the role of the villain Armin Zola. Maximiliano Hernández said via Twitter that he will reprise his "Avengers" role of Agent Jasper Sitwell in the sequel. Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) has entered talks for a senior leadership role in S.H.I.E.L.D. UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre will play villain Batroc the Leaper, an infamous mercenary in the Cap mythology.

Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are directing the sequel, using a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

"Captain America 2" launches first in the UK and parts of Europe on March 26th ahead of a major global release (including the U.S.) the following week on April 3rd & 4th.

The Russo boys will return to direct "Captain America 3"

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Superbowl Ad Part 1

A teaser for the full ad that will air during Sunday's telecast of Super Bowl XLVIII is online for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Andrew Garfield will return as Peter Parker and Emma Stone is gonna reprise her role as Gwen Stacy. Do these set pics confirm that the classic story The Night Gwen Stacy Died is part of the film? For the record Stone endorsed the idea in August 2012 when The Amazing Spider-Man was still in theaters...Stone was asked by Ryan Seacrest about her character's future to which she said: "I think the intention the whole time has been to tell Gwen's story as close to the comic as possible".

Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle") has won the role of Harry Osborn Osborn of course is Peter Parker's best friend and eventual enemy who was played by James Franco previously. Jamie Foxx will be playing bad guy Electro. Paul Giamatti plays the villain, the Rhino. Sally Field is back as Aunt May. Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osborn--who eventually becomes Spidey's number one foe--The Green Goblin--The character was played previously by Willem Dafoe Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), plays Norman's girlfriend in the film. Former Office star B.J. Novak has an unspecified role in the film. While there was speculation that actress Sarah Gadon ("Cosmopolis," "A Dangerous Method") was going to be the new Mary Jane Watson, given the fact that Shailene Woodley's performance as the character had been cut.  As it turns out though Gadon DOES appear in "Amazing 2" after all as an entirely different character. She is actually playing an android cop.

Here's the Sony Pictures' official synopsis:

"We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp."

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner wrote the script based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce.

The new film is now in post-production to meet its May 2nd 2014 release date.

Both The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 already have release dates--The writers of Amazing 2 are also set to return for the 3rd film. The series will grow from there to include other members of the extended Spidey family

Box Office Preview: Chick Magnets

Hollywood will counter Super Bowl XLVIII with a pair of chick flicks...

, , and face That Awkward Moment (reviews) that happens in every relationship; and star in 's film adaptation of author Joyce Maynard's book entitled Labor Day (reviews).

Pamela McClintock of THR:

Instead of trying to compete directly with Sunday's Super Bowl, Hollywood will attempt to do an end run around the big game by introducing a pair of new comedies targeting females.

That Awkward Moment -- marking the first release from Focus Features under Peter Schlessel's rule -- hopes to entice younger women intrigued by Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, who play three best friends facing pivotal points in their respective relationships.

The R-rated indie film is poised to open in the $10 million to $12 million range, a solid start considering the movie's $8 million budget. Schlessel acquired rights to Awkward Moment for roughly $1.5 million when he was running FilmDistrict and brought the title with him to Focus.

Directed and written by Tom Gormican, Awkward Moment opens Friday in 2,809 theaters and is targeted at women between the ages of 17 and 34.

Jason Reitman's Labor Day is tracking best among women over the age of 45 as it prepares to open Friday in roughly 2,500 locations. The comedy, expected to open in the $6 million to $8 million range, stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith and Tobey Maguire.

From Paramount and Indian Paintbrush, Labor Day cost $18 million to make. It's the first time that one of Reitman's movies has opened nationwide; the rest have all opened in limited runs before slowly expanding. Labor Day, about a woman and her son who bring a stranger home over the holiday, was originally supposed to debut in theaters late last year, but its release was pushed back.

The wild card of the weekend is Disney's animated blockbuster Frozen. Disney is releasing a sing-along version of the family film in 2,057 theaters on Friday (the total location count is 2,754), and it's not inconceivable that Frozen could beat the competition, considering it made $9 million last weekend.

On Wednesday, Frozen -- which is heading into its 10th weekend in nationwide release -- raced past the $350 million mark at the domestic box office, pushing its worldwide total north of $812 million.

The soundtrack, featuring the movie's nine songs, is also doing blockbuster business and returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the week ending Jan. 26. Frozen is the first soundtrack since High School Musical 2 in 2007 to spend at least three weeks at at No. 1.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

RED BAND Trailer: "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

Universal has released RED BAND trailer for Seth MacFarlane's "Blazing Saddles"-style western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West

MacFarlane directed and will star in the film from a script he and his "Ted" collaborators Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild wrote.

Using MacFarlane’s signature adult humor, the script deals with just how dangerous and painful life really was in the late 1800s. The story follows a farmer (MacFarlane) who wimps out of a gunfight, causing his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) to leave him. He enlists the help of an outlaw's wife (played by Charlize Theron) to help him shoot, only to find himself falling for her. But trouble comes calling when her violent hubby (Liam Neeson) returns. Giovanni Ribisi (Ted) is also on board the comedy playing Seth's equally-spineless best friend.

Sarah Silverman plays the town’s well-worn prostitute, who engages in all sorts of lewd activities but refuses to have sex with her fiancé (Ribisi), believing that as Christians the couple should wait until marriage before lying down together. "CSI: Miami" co-star Rex Linn the small-town sheriff.

"Ted" producer Scott Stuber is set to reteam for the film Jason Clark and MacFarlane will also produce the film.

"A Million Ways To Die In the West" opens May 30th.


Russell And Lawrence Set To Clean Up With Miracle Mop Movie

David O. Russell is in early talks to rewrite and direct an Untitled Biopic about Joy Mangano says Deadline.

Mangano was a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs with her self-wringing Miracle Mop invention.

Russell's American Hustle and The Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence is being courted to play Mangano.

Annie Mumolo ("Bridesmaids") penned the initial script. Elizabeth Gabler and Rodney Ferrell have since reworked it.

John Davis, John Fox and Ken Mok are producing.

Jake Gyllenhaal Is "Ezekiel Moss"

Jake Gyllenhaal will star in the Prohibition-era drama "Ezekiel Moss" says Variety

It's the story of a widow (Amy Adams) who supports her spirited son by running a boarding house in a small and highly religious town. She soon falls for a mysterious drifter (Gyllenhaal) who can physically inhabit the spirits of the dead.

Keith Bunin penned the script from which actor Philip Seymour Hoffman will direct.

Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh and Cathy Schulman will produce the film

4 More Set To "Rock The Kasbah"

Despite his troubles, Shia Labeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Kate Hudson have joined the comedy "Rock the Kasbah" says Variety

The story follows Bill Murray as a burned out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, the Afghan Star.

Bruce Willis also stars.

Barry Levinson will call action using a script from Mitch Glazer, who also wrote Murray's 1988 underrated holiday comedy Scrooged and the 1998 adaptation of Great Expectations.

Bill Block, Steve Bing and Jacob Pechenik will produce the film. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston serve as executive producers.

Production  begins this June.

Rebecca Hall's Life Takes A "Tumbledown"

Rebecca Hall ("Iron Man 3") will star in the rom-com "Tumbledown" says  Deadline.

Hall plays a woman unable to move on after the death of her husband. She eventually meets a brash New York academic who has a different take on her husband's life -- and death.

Hall takes over for Rose Byrne
Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner and Joe Manganiello also star.

 Sean Mewshaw's directing from a screenplay by

 Kristin Hahn Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand are producing the project.

Production begins late March in Massachusetts

Larson Takes "The Good Luck of Right Now"

Brie Larson is in talks to star in a film adaptation of author Matthew Quick's book "The Good Luck of Right Now" says Variety.

The Philadelphia-set story follows the lives of four people, all outsiders, who come together.

Larson plays a librarian who believes she was abducted by aliens, and falls for a quirky young man who takes care of his dementia-stricken mother.

 "Little Miss Sunshine" filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are set to direct using an adapted screenplay by Mike White

  Bruce Cohen, who produced the film adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook, will do the same here.

Craig Seeks "The Whole Truth"

Daniel Craig is attached to star in the courtroom drama "The Whole Truth" says Deadline.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but we do know Graig will be portraying a lawyer.

 Frozen River director Courtney Hunt is calling action from a script by Nicholas Kazan.

Richard Suckle will be producing the pic

Kyle Chandler Marries "Carol"

Kyle Chandler ("The Wolf of Wall Street," "Zero Dark Thirty") will join the film adaptation of author Patricia Highsmith's "Carol" (aka "The Price Of Salt") says Deadline

The film traces the complex relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. One is a twenty-something girl ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Side Effects" actress Rooney Mara) working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life, the other is a wife trapped in a loveless marriage (Cate Blanchett)

Chandler plays the jealous husband of Blanchett's character.

Sarah Paulson plays Blanchett's ex-lover and current confidante.

Phyllis Nagy penned the adapted script. Filmmaker Todd Haynes ("I'm Not There," "Far from Heaven")  is set to direct the film

Boy A director was previously linked as director but vacated over scheduling conflicts.

Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley and Christine Vachon will produce.

Haynes and Blanchett worked together on "I'm Not There".

Production begins in the Spring.

Chadwick Boseman Has Wise Thoughts In "Gods of Egypt"

Deadline reports that Chadwick Boseman has joined the epic fantasy Gods of Egypt.

The story is set in ancient Egypt. "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Horus, the god of the sky, who teams up with a human thief  (Brenton Thwaites) and Hathor, the goddess of love, on a magical quest to avenge the death of his father, Osiris.

Boseman is set to play the god of wisdom Thoth.

Gerard Butler would play Set (aka. Seth, Sutekh), the god of the desert, storms, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion. Set killed his brother Osiris, prompting Set's nephew Horus to seek revenge. Failing in the attempt and being disfigured as a result, it's up to a young human thief in love with a slave to help defeat the mad god. Geoffrey Rush will “play the sun god Ra, the father of Set and Osiris who is also Set’s ultimate target.” Australian newcomer Courtney Eaton (Mad Max: Fury Road) plays a slave girl who catches the eye of Thwaites.

Alex Proyas will call action using a script he wrote with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama ("Dracula Untold")

Proyas and Basil Iwanyk are producing.

Production begins shortly to meet its release date of February 12, 2016.

Murphy And Howard Will Soon Enjoy "The Free World"

Cillian Murphy and Bryce Dallas Howard will star in the thriller "The Free World" says Screen.

The film will tell the story of Mohamed “Mo” Lundy (Murphy), a man attempting to adjust to civilian life after a brutal 20-year stretch in prison for crimes he did not commit. His world collides with Doris Lamb (Howard), a tragic and mysterious woman with a violent past, for whom he will come to risk everything, including his new found freedom.

Writer Jason Lew will make his directorial debut with the film. Lew previously wrote Gus Van Sant’s Restless.

Laura Rister will produce the project.

Production begins this Fall.

Another Trio Goes It "Alone"

Ivana Milicevic, Mark Margolis and Meadow Williams have joined the indie drama "Alone" says THR.

Mark Kassen plays a 35-year-old veteran battling PTSD who finds kindness and comfort in the company of a rebellious New York City high school student ("Game of Thrones" actress Sophie Turner), much to the dismay of her father (Ray Liotta).
Matthew Coppola's calling action using his script.

Mark Olsen, Iliana Nikolic and Kassen will produce the film.

The film begins shooting in New York next week.

January Jones Goes To War In Good Kill

January Jones has joined the drama Good Kill says Deadline.

The project centers a fighter pilot (Ethan Hawke), who have been assigned to operate remotely control assault drones. After killing Taliban forces for 12 hours a day, he begins to question his objective and asks himself if he is creating more terrorists than he is disposing of in the endless war

Jones will play Hawke's wife.
Zoe Kravitz  and Jake Abel will play his flight crew while Bruce Greenwood portrays his superior officer.

Andrew Niccol will be directing from a script he wrote.

Mark Amin, Nicolas Chartier and Zev Foreman are producing the film.

The film began shooting last year in Morocco. Production will resume next month in New Mexico.

Felicity Jones Nabs "Rosaline" Role

Felicity Jones is in early negotiations to join "Rosaline" says  Variety.

Based on Rebecca Serle's debut novel--When You Were Mine--A contemporary high school-set take on "Romeo and Juliet" that follows Rose whose boyfriend Rob is stolen by her cousin and best friend Juliet who is rumored to have suicidal tendencies.

 Lily Collins was linked to play Rose then "Girls" star Allison Williams was up for the title role in while Dave Franco was due to play Rob. Deborah Ann Woll was eyed for Juliet. Now the trade notes that there are no actors currently attached-save for Jones. No word on what Jones' role is yet.

The film will use an adapted script penned by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Two-time Tony Award-nominated theater director Alex Timbers has signed on to make his film directing debut here. Timbers replaces Michael Sucsy who vacated even as major roles were already cast.

Shawn Levy will produce the film

Topher Grace Works From "Home"

Topher Grace will star in the supernatural thriller "Home" says Heat Vision.

The story follows a man (Grace), recently released from a mental institute, who inherits a mansion after his parents die. After a series of disturbing events, he comes to believe it is haunted.

 Patricia Clarkson is in talks to co-star

The Last House on the Left's Dennis Iliadis will call action using a Adam Alleca, penned script.

Leonardo DiCaprioJennifer Killoran, Jason Blum and Graham King will produce.

 No production schedule has been released.

Wes Craven was originally due to helm the Black List entry starring Brittany Snow

Perrey Reeves Still In Ari's Life For "Entourage" Film

Perrey Reeves has signed to reprise her role of Melissa Gold, the long-suffering high-society wife of Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) in the upcoming film adaptation of the HBO series "Entourage" says Deadline. Reeves appeared in most of the series' 96 episodes, but it took extensive negotiations to get her to return for the film.

Series creator Doug Ellin wrote the script from which he is due to direct. The film would continue to follow the Hollywood lives of actor Vincent Chase, his manager and agent, his under-appreciated TV actor brother and the childhood pal/driver who form his inner circle. The story starts six months after the TV series left off.

Deals to return have been reached with the entire cast - Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven

Billy Bob Thornton will play a billionaire cowboy-turned-film financier who sends his twenty-something son to keep an eye on things on set of the latest flick he’s financing - Vincent Chase's upcoming big-budget Dracula movie.

 Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton would play Chase's girlfriend in the pic.

The movie is currently shooting around Los Angeles.

Thor 3: Marvel Veep Co-Writes Script

Senior vice president of Production and Development for Marvel and executive producer on "Thor: The Dark World" Craig Kyle is co-writing the superhero sequel "Thor 3" says Deadline.

Christopher Yost, who co-wrote "The Dark World" with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, will co-write "Thor 3" with Kyle.

Fellow Marvel suit Kevin Feige says: "I am proud of Craig and have enjoyed working with him over these past years. His creative instincts have helped shape Thor and Thor: The Dark World at every level of the filmmaking process. The entire team at Marvel is very happy to continue collaborating with Craig as he continues as a screenwriter working with Christopher on the forthcoming chapter of Thor’s adventure."

"The Dark World" marks Marvel's third highest grossing film behind "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3".

Hanks & Ryan Travel To "Ithaca"

"Sleepless in Seattle" Joe Versus the Volcano and "You've Got Mail" duo Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks will reunite for "Ithaca" on which Ryan will make her directorial debut reports Deadline

Based upon author William Saroyan's novel "The Human Comedy," the action is set in 1942 in a small California town where a fourteen-year-old teen is determined to be the best bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen.His older brother has gone to war, leaving him to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother. He also struggles with a message that will change him forever..

Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid also star.

Erik Jendresen ("Band Of Brothers") wrote the adapted screenplay.

Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Ryan and Jendresen are producing the film.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman will executive produce.

Production hopes to start this summer.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Billy Bob Thornton Tags Along With The "Entourage"

Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to join the upcoming to join the upcoming film adaption of the film version of the HBO series "Entourage" says EW.

Series creator Doug Ellin wrote the script from which he is due to direct. The film would continue to follow the Hollywood lives of actor Vincent Chase, his manager and agent, his under-appreciated TV actor brother and the childhood pal/driver who form his inner circle. The story starts six months after the TV series left off.

Deals to return have been reached with the entire cast - Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven

Thornton would play a billionaire cowboy-turned-film financier who sends his twenty-something son to keep an eye on things on set of the latest flick he’s financing - Vincent Chase's upcoming big-budget Dracula movie.

 Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton would play Chase's girlfriend in the pic.

The movie is currently shooting around Los Angeles.

Avengers 2: Soo-hyun Kim Is A Bad Chick

Korean actress  will play a bad gal role in the superhero team sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" for writer/director Joss Whedon says Twitch. Kim is experienced in doing action and is fluent in English. She will take part in sequences set around Seoul's Gangnam neighborhood along with Incheon City.

The sequel DOES NOT follow the Age of Ultron comics storyline--in which the big bad Ultron was created by Hank Pym who becomes Ant-Man. James Spader will both voice Ultron, and he'll have to do some kind of motion-capture as well--This news puts to rest the most popular theory suggesting that Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr,) robot butler J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany) operating system from the Iron Man Films would turn into the villain.

Marvel vets RDJ, Chris Evans Chris Hemsworth Scarlett Johansson Samuel L. Jackson Jeremy Renner Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders are all expected back Two time Iron Man co-star Don Cheadle is involved this time out according to USA Today

Thomas Kretschmann has landed the role of 2nd bad guy Baron von Strucker. In the comics, the seemingly immortal Strucker is one of the leaders of Hydra, and an enemy of both S.H.I.E.L.D and The Avengers cc seemingly beat out rumored candidates Marton Csokas and Dougray Scott who were being considered for the BvS role. The character will have Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her twin brother Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) apparently working for him in the sequel (American Horror Story favorite Evan Peters plays a different incarnation of the speedy superhero in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"--now in post-production--that film hits screens May 23rd 2014.).

Radar Online has an unidentified source that claims that RDJ is campaigning to get his pals Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster a role in the movie.

Production on the 'Avengers' sequel is slated to begin in March to meet a release date of May 1, 2015. Bad Taste reports that scenes for the film will be shot in parts of northern Italy, including the Bard Fortress 

Emma Roberts Is "For The Dogs"

Emma Roberts will replace Hailee Steinfeld as the female lead in the action thriller "For The Dogs" says Deadline.

Based on author Kevin Wignall's novel and centers on a solitary assassin (Sam Worthington) who agrees to help a bright teenage girl (Roberts) exact revenge on those who mercilessly murdered her parents and younger brother.

Oren Moverman will re-write a script by Paul Leyden from which Jonathan Mostow wil direct

Worthington, Leyden, Anthony Rhulen, Navid McIlhargey, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz will produce.

Taken 3 Nabs Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker is in talks to join the action sequel Taken 3 says Deadline.

Liam Neeson is reportedly closing a near $20 million deal to return as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who likes to beat up bad guys.

Maggie Grace will return to play Mills' daughter. No word yet whether Famke Janssen will be back as Mills' wife.

"Taken 2" helmer Olivier Megaton will return to direct while Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are back working on the script.

Beeson will produce the film.

Production could begin as early as March.

The first "Taken" had good reviews and took in $226 million worldwide from a $25 million budget. Taken 2 despite having poor reviews, still made an impressive $376 million from its $45 million budget.