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Last Friday, word came out that "Smallville" star Alan Ritchson had been cast as the hot-headed Raphael in Jonathan Liebesman's upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot, joining Megan Fox as April O'Neil. Today, Deadline discovered who will be playing the remaining trio of alien heroes, and they're not any more recognizable than Ritchson: Pete Ploszek will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard will play Donatello and Noel Fisher will take the role of Michaelangelo, and each will wear motion capture suits similar to what the James Cameron outfitted his actors with in Avatar. Find out more about this young trio below. Read on!
Though the blockbuster zombie thriller World War Z has seen its fair share of development issues on its way to the big screen, we're still hoping that it will turn out better than the behind-the-scenes drama would indicate. So far we've seen a teaser, a full trailer, a Super Bowl TV spot, and I found out at a special WWZ event we attended last week in Los Angeles that the new trailer will be out officially tonight at midnight PST - so check back then. I'll have a full report on that event soon, but in the meantime Paramount has released a new poster for the movie that is actually just as cool as some of these fan made efforts. Check it out below!
We're all obviously familiar with the exploits of Spring Breakers and 127 Hours star James Franco, but don't forget his younger brother Dave Franco is an actor, too. Dave has been working for a few years now, appearing in movies like Superbad, 21 Jump Street and Warm Bodies, and during that time he's become friends with Kick-Ass 2 star Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The two have released two very NSFW shorts together on Funny or Die, not to mention starring in Fright Night together, and now Deadline reports they'll be joining the unlikely pairing of Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in Nicholas Stoller's latest comedy, Townies.
Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd hasn't exactly blown up since the success of that 2011 movie, but he's been steadily working ever since. You may have seen him on HBO's "Girls" or in Judd Apatow's This is 40, but the actor's next film could be a career highlight. Deadline reports that O'Dowd is in early talks to join the upcoming comedy St. Vincent De Van Nuys, starring Melissa McCarthy as a hard-working single mother who takes the risk of leaving her 12-year-old son in the care of a drinking, womanizing, gambler played by Bill Murray. This would be a pretty cool Bridesmaids and This is 40 reunion between O'Dowd and McCarthy, since they both starred in but never appeared together in either of the comedies. More below!
While still probably best known for his acting work on the "The Wonder Years" and his role as the grandson in William Goldman's classic The Princess Bride, comedy fans will recognize Fred Savage as one of the best television directors in the business today. He's worked on a ton of high-profile series, including "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Party Down," "Happy Endings," and "Modern Family," and now he's ready to make the leap into directing feature films. THR reports that Savage is in talks to direct Charlize Theron in the upcoming Ladies Night, a Bridesmaids-style comedy which Theron will also produce. More below!
Producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have been fighting an uphill battle against hardcore fans with their new take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ever since it was discovered that the heroes in a half shell were being converted from mutants to aliens and the title was officially just Ninja Turtles. The movie has encountered a few budget issues, and despite Bay's assertion that fans should just calm down, the backlash continued when Megan Fox was cast as April O'Neil last month. Now Deadline reports that Paramount and Platinum Dunes have cast "Smallville" actor Alan Ritchson as Raphael. Wait, who is that?
As his White House takeover movie Olympus Has Fallen hits theaters tomorrow, director Antoine Fuqua is on the hunt for a new project. Deadline reports that he may have just found one, as the helmer is in early talks to take over directing duties on The Equalizer, a film that would reunite him with his Training Day Oscar winner Denzel Washington. Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe were once set to direct and star, then Denzel slipped into the lead role, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn came and went, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt was the latest contender before he dropped out as well. Read on!
Former "24" star Kiefer Sutherland hasn't headlined a movie since 2008, instead focusing his career on television projects and trying to find a steady audience for his new Fox series "Touch." There's been talk of a "24" movie for quite some time, but potential director Antoine Fuqua recently revealed that the project was dead, so we've been wondering what kind of role would bring Sutherland back to the big screen, and now that question has been answered. THR reports that Sutherland is in final talks to play the villain in Paul W.S. Anderson's disaster movie Pompeii, which takes place in Italy during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
Robert Downey Jr. will be donning his Iron Man attire again when Iron Man 3 hits theaters this summer, but after that, he'll be settling into a more reserved role than that of billionaire Tony Stark. He's headlining The Judge, a new film that sees him play a big city lawyer who returns home for his mother's funeral to find that his father, a judge played by Robert Duvall, is suspected of murdering her. Downey's character will also reconnect with his estranged family members and relationships he left behind, and THR reports that Up in the Air star Vera Farmiga will play a hometown girl who shares a history with him. More below!
Rarely has a film transitioned from "promising indie" to "trainwreck" in a quicker span of time than Jane Got a Gun, the western that was to be directed by We Need to Talk About Kevin helmer Lynne Ramsay before she bailed on the production by not showing up to work on the first day of filming. Warrior director Gavin O'Connor was quickly called upon to replace her very quickly, with shooting rescheduled to start this Thursday, but now the film has received another blow as Deadline reports Jude Law has bailed too after he was slated to play the villainous gang leader who comes after Natalie Portman's injured husband. Read on!
After making her film debut alongside George Clooney in 2011's The Descendants and stealing our hearts as the female lead in the excellent teen romance The Spectacular Now at Sundance, actress Shailene Woodley is well on her way to becoming the next big thing. She secured two major roles recently as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the female lead in her own sci-fi movie Divergent, and now EW confirms that Woodley has won the coveted lead role in The Fault in Our Stars, a new drama written by (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber.
Whoa. Everything appeared to be on track for Jane Got a Gun, the upcoming western which Natalie Portman is headlining and producing. But Deadline is now reporting that director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) has abandoned the project on its first day of production and let everyone know by simply not showing up to the set. Prometheus star Michael Fassbender also left the project just last week, with Joel Edgerton taking his spot and Jude Law stepping into Edgerton's vacated role as the film's villain. Producer Scott Steindorff says the "a replacement is imminent," but they have not found a new director.
When George Clooney exited an early version of the film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. back in 2011, many thought it was the beginning of the end for the long-gestating project. Steven Soderbergh was once attached to direct, but Clooney's departure and ensuing disagreements about budget and re-casting caused him to vacate a few months later and direct Side Effects instead. Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie took over soon after, but progress has been slow since then. Now Deadline is reporting that Tom Cruise is in early talks for a lead role. A move like that should speed up development on this considerably.
Ang Lee may have won the Best Director Oscar for last year's Life of Pi, but it was Ben Affleck that was the golden boy of this year's awards season. The Boston native's Argo racked up tons of accolades on the way to its Best Picture prize, leaving many wondering how long it would be before Affleck himself takes home the Best Director statue. Now he could have his sights set on that very goal, as Deadline reports Affleck and Matt Damon's production company Pearl Street Films has secured the screen rights to author Nathaniel Philbrick's upcoming book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution for Affleck to potentially direct.