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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

Patrick Warburton Will Be Coming Back for Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted 2'

Ted

As one of the few people who gave a positive review of Seth MacFarlane's western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, I'm absolutely still looking forward to Ted 2, the sequel to the "Family Guy" creator's 2012 raunchy comedy about a grown man and his talking teddy bear that he's had since childhood. The film is set for release on June 26th, 2015 with Mark Wahlberg back in the lead, MacFarlane voicing the title stuffed animal, and Amanda Seyfried taking a female lead role (with Mila Kunis likely not back in a large capacity). Now Deadline reports another character will be back too with Patrick Warburton returning.

 Posted August 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup & More Join 'Stanford Prison Experiment'

Ezra Miller

Following a pair of breakthrough performances from Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being A Wallflower, we haven't seen the actor get nearly as much work as we want him to. But now he's lined up what could be a promising indie project with Billy Crudup and Michael Angarano in the Stanford Prison Experiment. Based on the social study of the same name, the film has been in development for over a decade and The Wrap reports it's coming together with C.O.G. director Kyle Patrick Alvarez at the helm. This certainly seems like timely subject matter considering what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri.

 Posted August 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett & More Added to 'Jungle Book: Origins'

Christian Bale / Jungle Book

Following news yesterday that Benedict Cumberbatch would reateam with his The Hobbit trilogy motion-capture co-star Andy Serkis for his directorial debut on Jungle Book: Origins, the rest of the cast has been revealed, including the role of young Mowgli. THR reports Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan have all landed animal roles in the film which is a new telling of the orphan boy Mowgli who is raised in the jungle by the animal kingdom. In addition, Rohan Chand, the kid from Jason Bateman's comedy Bad Words, will play the jungle boy.

 Posted August 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'A Monster Calls' Toby Kebbell & Sigourney Weaver to Fantasy Cast

Toby Kebbell / Sigourney Weaver

Earlier this year, Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones joined the cast of A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the children's fantasy novel by Patrick Ness from director Juan Antonio Bayona. Now THR pegs two more cast members with Sigourney Weaver and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Toby Kebbell joining the story about a young boy dealing with his mother's debilitating illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales. Neeson is playing the titular monsters who befriends the boy and tells him stories, but the two new cast members will be playing human characters.

 Posted August 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Mark Wahlberg to Star in J.C. Chandor's 'Deepwater Horizon' Drama

Mark Wahlberg

After saving the world from giant robots earlier this summer, but not saving movie-goers from making themselves more stupid, Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg will remain a littleĀ  more grounded with his next project. Deadline has word that Wahlberg is currently in talks to star in Deepwater Horizon, the drama about the headline-making oil rig of the same name which exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a catastrophic oil spill, the likes of which haven't been seen since the Exxon Valdez oil spill incident back in 1989. Wahlberg will play the second manager in command on the oil rig in the story about what happened in the 48 hours leading up to the explosion and what followed immediately after.

 Posted August 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith & Their Daughters Making 'Yoga Hosers'

Yoga Hosers

In a team-up that you otherwise might have thought would never happen, Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp are making a movie together. Yoga Hosers is being described by Smith himself as a comic book movie, which we first heard about earlier this summer, but without the pesky source material. Depp is starring in the film along with his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, who will lead the story alongside Smith's own teenage daughter Harley Quinn Smith (named after the Batman character). Production begins this week on the action adventure which is actually a spin-off of Smith's forthcoming horror flick Tusk, and the two teenage girl characters appear in the film as convenience store clerks, which is a little more than fortuitous.

 Posted August 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Shere Khan in 'Jungle Book: Origins'

Benedict Cumberbatch

While it seems like Disney's new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book is ahead of the curve with a fall 2015 release date and a fully assembled cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray, the competing adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic is marching onward. Earlier this month, the studio dated Jungle Book: Origins for release in October of 2016, and now they have their first cast member as THR reports Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the tiger Shere Khan, the man-eating villain of the film directed by Andy Serkis.

 Posted August 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Bradley Cooper May Become Mack Bolan for Director Todd Phillips

Mack Bolan / Bradley Cooper

In case you didn't know, after working on The Hangover trilogy together, Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips have formed their own production label at Warner Bros., and they're not wasting anytime lining up projects for the big screen. Deadline reports the studio has acquired Don Pendleton's book series featuring recurring anti-terrorist operative Mack Bolan and will develop the film as a vehicle for Cooper to lead and Phillips to potentially direct as well. Avatar sequel writer Shane Salerno, who had the rights to the series from Pendleton's estate, will produce the film with the duo, in addition to writing the script. More below!

 Posted August 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ving Rhames Confirmed to Return to Action in 'Mission: Impossible 5'

Ving Rhames / Tom Cruise

At one time, there were rumblings that Jeremy Renner might take over the Mission: Impossible franchise from Tom Cruise as the latter superstar seemed to be fading from box office glory. But Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol proved to be a big success, and Cruise is still very much on board to star in Mission: Impossible 5 from director Christopher McQuarrie, and Renner will be back in a supporting role along with the return of Simon Pegg. Now one more franchise star is back as McQuarrie himself took to Twitter to welcome back Ving Rhames to the production, reprising his role as IMF agent Luther Stickell. Read on!

 Posted August 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Robin Williams' 'Absolutely Anything' Voice Role Maybe Not Finished

Robin Williams

Following the tragic death of Robin Williams last week, we reported on four more films that would have performances from the late actor. However, it appears that one of those roles may not be completed as initially thought. The Telegraph has learned Williams' voice role in Absolutely Anything, the film that stars Simon Pegg as a teacher who experiences a series of mishaps after discovering he has magical powers given to him by a group of aliens, voiced by Monty Python veteransĀ John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle & Michael Palin. Williams was voicing a talking pet named Dennis the Dog. Read on!

 Posted August 18 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Jackie Chan Already Approached for 'Expendables 4' & 'Rush Hour 4'

Jackie Chan

You might remember back in 2012 that Sylvester Stallone confirmed that international action superstar Jackie Chan would have a role in The Expendables 3. However, when you look at the crowded poster and trailers, you'll notice that Chan didn't end up in the film, and there's no surprise cameo either. So what happened? Well, Stallone recently explained at a press conference the scheduling didn't work out. Stallone explained, "He's so loved in China, there's so much demand, that he literally couldn't cut those 3 days loose. We'll get him next time though, he's a good friend." And that means The Expendables 4 is in the works.

 Posted August 15 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Dwayne Johnson Still Attached to Make Two More 'Journey' Sequels

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Over two years ago, just after Journey 2: The Mysterious Island hit theaters, Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson were set to return in a third film, with director Brad Peyton and writers Mark and Brian Gunn all back in the same capacity as well. However, it sounds like the direction of the franchise has changed a bit as New Line has just hired Chad & Cary Hayes, the writers behind The Conjuring, to script not just Journey 3, but also Journey 4, both of which Johnson is already attached to lead. As for Hutcherson, THR says the actor isn't attached yet, but as the only star of both the previous films, he's expected to return.

 Posted August 14 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Shannyn Sossamon to Lead 'Sinister 2,' James Ransone Returns Too

Shannyn Sossamon

This past spring, Citadel director Ciaron Foy stepped up to direct Sinister 2, the sequel to the 2012 horror film from director Scott Derrickson (who is moving into Marvel territory next). Now the film has begun production in Chicago according to a press release from Focus Features, who has dated the film for release on August 21st, 2015. In addition, some of the cast has finally been revealed with Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight's Tale) leading the film as a protective mother with twin sons (Robert & Dartanian Sloan) who find themselves in a rural house marked for death. But there's one character from the first film returning.

 Posted August 13 in Casting, Development, Horror, Movie News | Comments

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