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Earth to Matilda: Christine Taylor is Coming Back for 'Zoolander 2'

Zoolander

In the fall of last year, we learned that Zoolander 2 was getting back on the runway with Justin Theroux directing the sequel to the 2001 fashion comedy. Ben Stiller is back as the title male model, and Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell will reprise their roles as Hansel and Mugatu respectively. Now we have word on one more returning cast member that should surprise nobody. Christine Taylor, who is actually Stiller's real-life wife, will be back as Time magazine reporter Matilda Jeffries, who became Zoolander's wife too.

 Posted 11 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Matthew McConaughey to Find Super Athlete Tribe in 'Born to Run'

Born to Run / Matthew McConaughey

After taking home an Academy Award for the lead role in Dallas Buyers Club, and getting all sorts of acclaim for "True Detective," you can say that the McConaissance is going strong.  Matthew McConaughey will next be seen in Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees, which could land him another Oscar nod when the time comes, and there may be yet another awards contender in the future for McConaughey as well. Deadline reports the laid back actor is attached to star in Born to Run, an adaptation of Christopher McDougall's book of the same name which was once reported to be adapted by Peter Sarsgaard. Read on!

 Posted 19 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Director Angelia Jolie Gets Brad Pitt Another Big Screen Job in 'Africa'

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

We've already got one project coming up that will see actress turned filmmaker Angelina Jolie directing husband Brad Pitt with the relationship drama By the Sea (see the first look photos here). But it turns out they'll be working together again very soon as The Wrap reports Pitt is currently in talks to take the lead role in Africa, the new film that Jolie was announced to be directing last fall. Focusing on a subject close to her heart, the film is a biopic about Richard Leakey, a paleo-archaeologist known for battling with ivory poachers in Kenya in the 80s as hunters gravely threatened the African elephant population. More below!

 Posted 19 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones & Kate McKinnon Are 'Ghostbusters' Too

Kristen Wiig / Leslie Jones / Kate McKinnon

After we heard that Melissa McCarthy was in talks for a role in Ghostbusters, it looks like director Paul Feig has found the rest of the paranormal investigators. Feig just took to Twitter with a picture of four actresses for the lead roles and not only is McCarthy confirmed to be in the film, but the rest of the crew is all "Saturday Night Live" cast members, though not all of them are the ones many were hoping for. Instead, Kristen Wiig Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the other three Ghostbusters. Deadline says the studio is still in talks with all the stars, but Feig seems to be sure that everything is going to work. Read on!

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

'Hunger Games' Star Liam Hemsworth Offered 'Independence Day 2'

Liam Hemsworth

With only one more film in The Hunger Games franchise left, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth (brother of The Avengers and Thor star Chris Hemsworth) is figuring out his next step, and it sounds like he may be sticking with blockbuster franchise territory. The Wrap reports Hemsworth currently has an offer for ID Forever, the sequel to the 1996 sci-fi smash success Independence Day. It's just a single film for now, despite earlier rumblings of back-to-back sequels, though if successful, we're sure 20th Century Fox would be interested in continuing the story. However, there's no details on who Hemsworth may play. Read on!

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

Move Over Harrison Ford, Disney Wants Chris Pratt as Indiana Jones

Chris Pratt

After making huge waves as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy last year, and probably turning in another solid performance in Jurassic World coming this summer, it looks like Chris Pratt may have even bigger shoes to fill soon. Deadline is reporting that the "Parks & Recreation" star is being eyed to star in Disney's inevitable revival of the Indiana Jones franchise. The studio bought the rights form Paramount in 2013 around the same time they picked up Lucasfilm, so we've known for awhile that some kind of new Indiana Jones adventure would be happening, but we weren't sure if Harrison Ford would come back.

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

Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Reteam on Hurricane Katrina Drama

David Oyelowo & Ava DuVernay

After teaming for the acclaimed Civil Rights drama Selma, director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo aren't going to let their Oscar snubs keep them down. THR reports they will reunite for a new project being developed at Participant Media that is set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. Details are vague, but the drama is described as a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery set against the backdrop of the devastating disaster that struck the southeast coast in 2005. This will be DuVernay and Oyelowo's third time working together since the two also collaborated on Middle of Nowhere.

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

Adam Sandler's First Movie at Netflix is 'Ridiculous 6' with Huge Cast

Adam Sandler

Back in 2012, news surfaced of a developing comedy at Warner Bros. Pictures from Adam Sandler called Ridiculous 6. However, last fall, that project was revealed to be dead. But when the project was nixed, we actually thought there was a good chance the film would get revived as part of Sandler's new deal with Netflix to star in and produce four original films for the streaming service. And now The Wrap has learned that Ridiculous 6 will indeed be Sandler's first movie for Netflix through his Happy Madison production banner, and he's assembled a huge cast of his usual suspects, but also some satisfying talents too. Read on!

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

Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast' Again, This Time at Disney

Emma Watson

Way back in 2011, Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson was attached to a new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast from director Guillermo del Toro. However, in the years since, the film has never really gained any traction in development, mostly because del Toro is just too busy. At one time Watson was also supposed to head to Disney to lead their live-action Cinderella adaptation, but she never closed a deal. Well, now she's headed to the House of Mouse for real this time as Disney has just announced that she has now signed on to lead their new live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast being directed by Bill Condon.

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

Margot Robbie Finds Herself at 'Dangerous Odds' in Gambling Drama

Dangerous Odds / Margot Robbie

Ever since her breakthrough role in The Wolf of Wall Street, the stunning Margot Robbie has been landing some big roles. She next stars alongside Will Smith in the con romantic drama Focus, and she'll be part of Suicide Squad in the DC Comics universe at Warner Bros. Pictures. We'll have word on how Robbie fares in the indie sci-fi flick Z for Zachariah sometime soon, but in the meantime, The Wrap has word that the actress is attached to star in Dangerous Odds, a new project that Warner Bros. just picked up that will see her playing Marisa Lankester, a beautiful insider within the world of illegal sports betting. More below!

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

Julia Roberts to Produce & Star in Adaptation of 'Batkid Begins' Doc

Batkid Begins

While we're covering the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, there's also the smaller Slamdance Film Festival going on nearby, and that's where a documentary is screening called Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World. The film tells the story of the event gone viral where San Francisco pulled out all the stops to put together a Make-A-Wish event for a five-year old boy named Miles who was diagnosed with leukemia. His wish through the charity was to be Batman for a day, and the city's law enforcement and over 25,000 citizens helped create the citywide spectacle that will now also be the basis of a drama. Read on!

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

Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan & More Suit Up for 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Sophie Turner / Cyclops & Jean Grey / Tye Sheridan

After scouring Hollywood for young talent, director Bryan Singer has finally found the stars who will play the younger versions of the familiar mutants Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment of the comic book franchise. Singer took to Twitter to make his casting announcement, revealing that "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner will play Jean Grey, Mud star Tye Sheridan is Cyclops and Drumline: A New Beat star Alexandra Shipp has landed the role of Storm. We're getting a little bit closer to the original X-Men line-up from back in 2000, but these are still very young versions.

 Posted January 22 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyed for a Major Role in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

Chiwetel Ejiofor / Doctor Strange

Now that Marvel Studios has Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed to play Doctor Strange in the Phase Three film of their cinematic universe, it's time to fill out the rest of the cast. THR has word that Marvel has their eye on Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) for a leading role in the film, but there's no specifics on what character he might play. Reportedly some sources are saying that Ejiofor is wanted for a villain role while others say the opposite. All we know about Doctor Strange right now is that Cumberbatch is playing the title character, a surgeon named Stephen Strange who becomes the titular sorcerer supreme.

 Posted January 22 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Zac Efron to Star in 'Mark & Dave Need Wedding Dates' for Fox

Zac Efron

After bringing some pretty big laughs in last summer's hit comedy Neighbors, young star Zac Efron is sticking with comedy for a new project called Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. As if the title wasn't explanatory enough, THR reports the film will follow two brothers who post an online ad for wedding dates. Presumably they'll encounter some bad options in their search, making for some comedy. The film will actually reunite Efront with Neighbors producers and writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, who also had scripting duties on this new comedy set up at Fox. But just who will be directing?

 Posted January 22 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

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