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Billy Crudup Joining Catholic Church Sex Scandal Drama 'Spotlight'

Billy Crudup

Director Tom McCarthy has already rounded up an impressive ensemble cast for Spotlight, his drama that tells the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are all already on board the film, and now THR has word that Almost Famous star Billy Crudup (who just took a role in the Stanford Prison Experiment) is taking a role in the film as Eric MacLeish, a high-powered member of the Boston legal establishment. Read more below!

 Posted August 28 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Charlie Hunnam is Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur,' Elizabeth Olsen in Talks

Charlie Hunnam

Warner Bros. Pictures' attempt to revive the medieval tale of King Arthur is already set for July 22nd, 2016, but so far the only cast member revealed for the film has been Idris Elba in a supporting role as a Merlin-eseque character who trains and mentors Arthur. Now there will be a bit of a reunion in store as Deadline reports Elba's Pacific Rim co-star Charlie Hunnam has landed the title role in the film that will kick-off a six-film franchise plotted by Joby Harold, who is also writing the first script. With Pacific Rim (plus a forthcoming sequel) and this franchise in store, Hunnam doesn't need Fifty Shades of Grey after all.

 Posted August 27 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Looney Tunes' Spin-Off 'ACME' Back to Life with Steve Carell Starring

ACME / Steve Carell

Way back in 2010, Warner Bros. was developing a live-action/CGI hyrbid spin-off of their iconic "Looney Tunes" cartoon short franchise. The film was said to focus on the fictional ACME Corporation, the company responsible for making a lot of the crazy (and often times faulty) products that pop up in "Looney Tunes" cartoons from time to time. Originally Kevin & Dan Hageman were hired to write the script after coming up with an idea similar to the Amblin Entertainment movies of the 1980s, but now X-Men: First Class and Thor writing duo Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz will be tackling the script. But that's not all.

 Posted August 27 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'A Good Day to Die Hard' Director to Helm 'I.T.' with Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

Audiences will see Pierce Brosnan get back into action mode this weekend with The November Man (and there's already a sequel on the way), but that's not the only action he'll be seeing on the big screen. The former James Bond is set to star in I.T., another thriller set up at Voltage Films with A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore attached to direct. But it sounds like there won't quite be as much action as either of their recent projects since the story follows Brosnan as a publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours, causing the young man to use technology to threaten his family, business and life.

 Posted August 26 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ron Howard & Tom Hanks Finally Making Dan Brown's 'Inferno' Next

Tom Hanks & Ron Howard / Inferno

Over a year ago, news surfaced that Sony Pictures was going to round up director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks to adapt Dan Brown's novel Inferno, the latest book in the series featuring symbologist Robert Langdon. Hanks played the character who gets caught up in action and adventure, like an upscale Indiana Jones, in both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and while there's a third book that hasn't been turned into a film, The Lost Symbol, the studio is just marching onward with Inferno, a story which finds our hero suddenly waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. Did you see Fonzie jump that shark?

 Posted August 26 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Chris Hemsworth & Charlie Day Taking a 'Vacation' with Ed Helms

Chris Hemsworth

After being delayed back in the spring of 2013 due to creative differences, it sounds like New Line's reboot of Vacation, the classic comedy starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, is finally back on track. Ed Helms is still leading the film with a script from Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, and the two are also making their directorial debut on the film as well. And now THR has news of two more cast members joining, one of them surprising and the other not. Horrible Bosses co-star Charlie Day is taking a role, but so is Marvel's Thor franchise star Chris Hemsworth. Read on!

 Posted August 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ellen Burstyn Still Going Strong, Now Set to Direct & Lead 'Bathing Flo'

Ellen Burstyn

Since beginning a career in on-screen entertainment in 1958, Ellen Burstyn has earned herself an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony, and already has a legacy that speaks for itself. But she's not content with retirement just yet as Deadline reports she has just signed on to make her feature directorial debut in a film that she will also star in called Bathing Flo, a character piece inspired by events in the actual life of Thruline Entertainment manager/producer Danny Sherman. The story is set in New York, following a man looking for a place to live, who ends up house-sitting for a man in a home occupied by the resident's mother, Flo.

 Posted August 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Cast in Dan Trachtenberg's Sci-Fi 'Valencia'

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

This sounds just about perfect. We've been following the development of filmmaking Dan Trachtenberg ever since his short Portal: No Escape blew up online a few years back. He's been attached to Y: The Last Man and a few other projects, but is now focused on developing a movie called Valencia, a secret micro-budget sci-fi story in development at Bad Robot set mostly in an underground cellar of sorts. Variety is now reporting that Trachtenberg has cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead to star in the film, which will also feature John Goodman (what - awesome?!) in the cast. I'm so glad this project is starting to actually come together.

 Posted August 25 in Casting, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Jeremy Renner Maybe Popping Up as Hawkeye in 'Captain America 3'

Jeremy Renner

Since Scarlett Johansson had a pretty meaty part in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as her S.H.I.E.L.D. agent character Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Wid0w), is there a chance that Jeremy Renner will get the chance to do the same with his character Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) in Captain America 3? Well, it certainly sounds like Marvel has some kind of plan for the bow and arrow expert to pop up in the sequel. Speaking with Collider, Renner said, "There are rumblings of Captain America 3. I don't know what's going to happen there. I've got to find the time, man. I'm trying to stay home and I can't." Read on!

 Posted August 25 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Matthew McConaughey Up for Stephen King's 'The Stand' and 'Gold'

Matthew McConaughey

Following a stellar Oscar-winning performance last year in Dallas Buyers Club and a turn on television in "True Detective" that could end up with him taking home a trophy at the Emmy awards tonight on NBC, Matthew McConaughey is wanted and desired for a couple developing projects. First up, Deadline reports Warner Bros. is very interested in landing the actor for a pivotal role in Josh Boone's adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. It would be a particularly juicy role as Randall Flagg, the film's villain described as the personification of evil, a demonic figure wreaking havoc after a plague has killed most of humanity.

 Posted August 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Steve Martin & Disney Up to New Tricks with 'Magic Camp' Comedy

Steve Martin

Fans of Steven Martin may recall that the comedian and actor has a history with Disney in more ways than one. Martin has starred in Shopgirl (which he also wrote), Bringing Down the House and two Father of the Bride films (a third has been rumored but debunked by the actor himself), all from Touchstone Pictures, which can be found under the Disney banner. But decades ago, before he got famous, Martin actually worked at the Magic Shop at Disneyland, and even performed magic in his early comedy career. And now he'll get his magical groove back as THR reports he will lead the family comedy Magic Camp.

 Posted August 23 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Jennifer Lawrence Maybe Taking a Role in Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

Jennifer Lawrence

While we've heard that the cast of Quentin Tarantino's new western The Hateful Eight would be utilizing the cast that came together for the live reading of the script earlier this year, it sounds like there might be an addition to the cast no one expected. As of now, the return of Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins and Zoe Bell have mostly been assumed with no official confirmation. Kurt Russell seems to be the only one definitely returning since he knew that production was going to begin soon. Now Collider is hearing that Jennifer Lawrence is in talks for a role.

 Posted August 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Sandra Bullock & David Gordon Green Team for 'Our Brand is Crisis'

Sandra Bullock

Following big success with Gravity last year, plans for Sandra Bullock to return to Warner Bros. are solidifying as the studio has just given a greenlight the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. The project has been in development for years at George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures, and Bullock began circling the project late last year during awards season. Now it seems to be coming together as Variety has learned Pineapple Express and Prince Avalanche director David Gordon Green is set to direct the film based on Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary of the same name about American political strategies used in Bolivia.

 Posted August 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ken Jeong Wants to Kill David Hasselhoff in WWE Studios Comedy

Ken Jeong

In this edition of movies that might just be crazy enough to work, we have a wild comedy developing between Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi and the sterling WWE Studios. Deadline has word that The Hangover and "Community" co-star Ken Jeong is being placed in the lead role of a comedy that is currently being referred to as Untitled Celebrity Death Pool. The film will see Jeong playing a struggling night club owner with a massive debt to a loan shark. So in order to get the money he needs to pay them back, he decides to make good on his club's celebrity death pool by killing David Hasselhoff.

 Posted August 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

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