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Bill Hader, Josh Gad & More Lead Voice Cast for 'Angry Birds' Movie

Bill Hader / Angry Birds

Though it feels like the hype and love for the mobile game turned merchandising machine Angry Birds has died down, the animated feature film is still coming to theaters on July 1st, 2016 with Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly directing the film for Rovio Entertainment. And today, Rovio finally revealed the full voice cast, and there's a lot of familiar faces from "Saturday Night Live" and other assorted comedy stars bringing the frustrated little birds to life. Taking the lead roles will be Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBridge, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, but there's a slew of supporting voices too.

 Posted 1 hour ago in Animation, Casting, Movie News | Comments

Alec Baldwin Lends Voice to 'Boss Baby' for DreamWorks Animation

Boss Baby

DreamWorks Animation hasn't really had a lot to brag about over the last few years, even with quality franchises like How to Train Your Dragon, they're still struggling to stay on top, and have had trouble pleasing their shareholders. But the animation studio is marching onward and they've just announced a new project called Boss Baby, slated for release by 20th Century Fox on March 18th, 2016. THR has the report on the new project with word that Alec Baldwin will voice a fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby who makes his seven-year old brother jealous in the film described as a fantastical comedy (obviously). Read on!

 Posted 20 hours ago in Animation, Casting, Movie News | Comments

Matt Bomer Joins Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe in Black's 'Nice Guys'

Matt Bomer

Earlier this month, Warner Bros. picked up Shane Black's next film The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and set it for release on June 17th, 2016. Now the cast is starting to fill out with Deadline reporting that Matt Bomer (Magic Mike, The Normal Heart) has landed a role in the film, though specifics on his character haven't been revealed at this time. The story follows Jackson Healy (Crowe), a recovering alcoholic and muscle-for-hire, who ends up working with Holland March (Gosling), a private eye and practicing alcoholic, following the suicide of a fading porn star. But it's bigger than that.

 Posted September 30 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Keegan-Michael Key Joins the Cast of 'Vacation' Reboot with Ed Helms

Keegan-Michael Key

Not too long after updating the progress of the Police Academy reboot and revealing that Paramount Pictures is developing a film about the "Key & Peele" sketch character substitute teacher Mr. Garvey, one half of the comedic duo has a new big screen gig. Variety reports Keegan-Michael Key has just joined the cast of New Line's Vacation reboot, the pseudo-sequel to the original National Lampoon's Vacation from 1983. The Comedy Central star is joining Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, son of Clark & Ellen Griswold (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are reprising their roles), as he takes his own family on a trip to Wally World.

 Posted September 30 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Donald Glover & Elizabeth Banks Fill Out the Cast of 'Magic Mike XXL'

Donald Glover

The cast of Magic Mike XXL has already added some actresses with Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith and Amber Heard joining returning stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias. Now production has begun, and along with the announcement of principal photography, a few new cast members have been revealed along with an official synopsis for the sequel arriving next summer. Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks and Michael Strahan will all have roles in the film that will be directed by Gregory Jacobs, producer of the first film. Read on!

 Posted September 29 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

William Shatner Confirms Potential Role in Developing 'Star Trek 3'

William Shatner

Just last week, a rumor was going around the Star Trek 3 might try to get William Shatner back into the franchise he helped make a pop culture icon with some kind of cameo role that would team him up with Leonard Nimoy again reprising his role as Mr. Spock. Director Roberto Orci wouldn't confirm or deny the possibility, but now, thinking that the cat was officially let out of the bag, Shatner himself has gone and confirmed the potential return of Captain James T. Kirk. Speaking at Wizard World Nashville (via Trek Movie), Shatner was asked about his involvement in the new sequel, and explained how the role came up.

 Posted September 29 in Casting, Development, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Emma Watson & Daniel Bruhl Head to 70s Chile-Set Thriller 'Colonia'

Emma Watson

As the actress is making headlines in her new position as Women's Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, Emma Watson is showing no signs of slowing down her acting career. The Harry Potter franchise star was just seen in Noah earlier this year and she has the thriller Regression with Ethan Hawke and the musical La La Land with Miles Teller on the way. Now Deadline reports the British actress is starring in Colonia, a new thriller set in Chile during a military coup in 1973. She will star with Daniel Bruhl (Rush) as a young couple who become entangled in the military conflict in South America. Read on!

 Posted September 29 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Game of Thrones' Star Lands the Villain Role in 'Maze Runner' Sequel

Aidan Gillen

Irish actor Aidan Gillen is no stranger to enormous fanbases since he's better known for playing the series regular character Littlefinger on the HBO fantasy epic "Game of Thrones." And now he's gearing up for some big screen adaptation work too as THR reports Gillen will be taking a role in Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, the sequel to this month's box office hit which has been fast-tracked for release on September 18th, 2015. Fox announced the sequel would head into production next month after the first film performed very well at the box office, following in the fast sequel steps of the Divergent franchise. Read on!

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

John Slattery and Liam Neeson Also Part of Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted 2'

Liam Neeson / John Slattery

Briefly: With production on Seth MacFarlane's comedy sequel Ted 2 shooting in Boston right now, some small casting tidbits and other details have been trickling online. Morgan Freeman has already been revealed to have a pivotal role as a civil rights lawyer helping Ted with some legal troubles, and Mark Wahlberg revealed his Flash Gordon motorcycle. And now we have word from MacFarlane himself that his A Million Ways to Die in the West star Liam Neeson will have a small role in the film, and EW has learned that "Mad Men" star John Slattery is also involved somehow, likely in cameo roles. No word on their characters, but they're both welcome additions to the cast, and hopefully have hilarious roles in the film.

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

Tim Burton Eyes 'Ender's Game' Star to Lead 'Miss Peregrine's Home'

Asa Butterfield

With Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz poised to hit theaters this winter, director Tim Burton now has his focused on his forthcoming adaptation of the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 20th Century Fox recently pushed the film back again to March 4th, 2016, but it sounds like that's not stopping Burton from getting the cast together as The Wrap reports Asa Butterfield, star of Hugo and Ender's Game, is wanted to lead the film about 16-year old Jacob Portman, who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a “hollow,” a creature thought to be imaginary.

 Posted September 24 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Michael Pena Finds Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Starring Matt Damon

Michael Pena

Briefly: Following word that Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig were in early talks for a couple of female roles in Ridley Scott's forthcoming sci-fi drama The Martian starring Matt Damon, another talent has entered the fray as well. Variety reports End of Watch star Michael Pena has entered talks to take a role, but much like Chastain, his involvement depends on how the rest of his schedule shakes out. Likely, Pena would be part of Damon's crew in the story of an astronaut forced to be left stranded on Mars and must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home. It sounds like a promising cast is slowly coming together, but with November 25th, 2015 coming, they better hurry, because production has to start soon.

 Posted September 24 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' Lands Two 'Games of Thrones' Stars

Lena Headey & Charles Dance

After landing former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith, the adaptation of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies has picked up two more cast members from a revered fan favorite series. Lena Headey and Charles Dance respectively play Cersei and Tywin Lannister on the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones" and now they've both landed roles in the film that adds zombies into Jane Austen's classic period romance novel. Burr Steers is directing the film with Lily James in the lead as Liz Bennett, who has her socially forbidden love affair unfolding in 19th century England made a bit more complicated by a full-on outbreak of zombies. Read on!

 Posted September 24 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Viggo Mortensen Rumored for Role in Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'

Viggo Mortensen

Now this sounds like a pretty flimsy rumor, but the prospect is so enticing, that we just couldn't help but bring it to light. The official cast for Quentin Tarantino's latest western The Hateful Eight hasn't been announced yet, and production is supposed to begin early next year. Kurt Russell seems like a lock since he knew the estimated production start before the official news surfaced from The Weinstein Company, and there have been rumblings of Jennifer Lawrence maybe taking a part. Now the latest rumor from The New York Daily News says Viggo Mortensen has been talking with Tarantino about a juicy role. More below!

 Posted September 23 in Casting, Development, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

'Game of Thrones' Star Peter Dinklage Set to Lead Thriller 'The Thicket'

Peter Dinklage

Plenty of fans love Peter Dinklage on the hit HBO fantasy series "Game of Thrones," and now he'll get his own lead role on the big screen. Hollywood Gang sent out a press release announcing that Dinklage will lead an adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's novel The Thicket. The story follows a young man named Jack who is forced to go on a journey to rescue his sister after she's kidnapped by a killer called Cut Throat Bill and his whole gang. He can't do this all himself though, so he enlists the help of a bounty hunter named Shorty (Dinklage), the son of an ex-slave and street-smart prostitute, to join him on this dangerous quest. Read on!

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

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