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Elle Fanning to Star in Neil Gaiman's 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

How to Talk to Girls at Parties / Elle Fanning

This summer, Elle Fanning was part of Disney's box office winning revisionist fairytale Maleficent, but now she's heading into much more enticing territory. THR reports the star of Super 8 will lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an adaptation of a 2006 short story by Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline and The Sandman. The story takes place in 1970s London and follows two boys heading to a party where one has no trouble hitting it off with a girl immediately, while the other shy one doesn't have the easiest time striking up a conversation. So what will Fanning's part be in the film then? More below!

 Posted July 10 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Alec Baldwin in 'Mission: Impossible 5' & Will Smith Football Drama

Alec Baldwin

The best thing Alec Baldwin has done in the past decade (besides The Departed) is undoubtedly his Emmy winning role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy series "30 Rock" where he played the NBC and General Electric executive with unwavering confidence, swagger and hilarity. Now Deadline reports the actor is getting ready to take another pivotal superior role as Parmount is lining up Baldwin to play the head of the CIA in Mission: Impossible 5. There's a part of us that wishes he was simply playing Jack Donaghy in the film, but that probably isn't in the cards. Though it likely means that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) will either clash or work with the CIA again in some capacity. And that's not the only role the actor has lined up either.

 Posted July 9 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Scarlett Johansson Joining Coen Brothers' Next Film 'Hail Caesar'

Scarlett Johansson

The cast of Joel & Ethan Coen's forthcoming film Hail Caesar already counts George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes as part of the cast, but it's about to get a little sweeter. Variety has word that Scarlett Johansson is currently in talks to take a role, and it's one that she may have some familiarity with in her real life. The film will see her playing an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as one of her films is about to go into production. Johansson herself announced this past March that she was pregnant, and it sounds like she'll still be that way when the film shoots this fall. More below!

 Posted July 9 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Robert Redford Gets Political Again as Dan Rather in 'Truth' Drama

Robert Redford

As a filmmaker, Robert Redford has never strayed from personal politics, whether it's his early work like All the President's Men or The Candidate or more recent films like Lions for Lambs or The Company You Keep. Now after staying quiet in last year's All is Lost, he'll be diving back into a political topics with Truth, an adaptation of Mary Mapes' memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. For those not familiar, the film will dig into the scandal that followed a controversial report by veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather on "60 Minutes II" that former President George W. Bush received preferential treatment that placed him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. More below!

 Posted July 9 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'30 Rock' Comedienne Jane Krakowski Joins Adam Sandler's 'Pixels'

Jane Krakowski

The cast of Columbia Pictures adaptation of the short film Pixels is already pretty full with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage leading the film about a group of video game experts who are recruited by the government to help deal with the threat of popular 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. In addition, Michelle Monaghan is on board the film as a weapons developer who also turns out to be a love interest for Sandler. Now another cast member has been added with Deadline reporting that "30 Rock" prima donna Jane Krakowski will play the First Lady in the sci-fi action comedy. More below!

 Posted July 9 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Jon Hamm, Danny McBride & More Find 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet'

The Incredible Mr. Limpet

It's been over three years since director Richard Linklater was revealed to be attached to a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, the hybrid animated and live-action film from 1964 that starred Don Knotts as a man who is turned into a cartoon fish. Earlier this year we learned that Linklater was still involved after all these years with the filmmaker's Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly collaborators Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta working on the animation side of things. Now the cast around leading man Zach Galifianakis is starting to fill out with names like Jon Hamm, Danny McBride and more comedy gems.

 Posted July 9 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Dwayne Johnson May Follow Robert Ludlum's 'The Janson Directive'

Dwayne Johnson / The Janson Directive

Universal has found success bringing Robert Ludlum's covert asset Jason Bourne to the big screen with a film trilogy starring Matt Damon, and a spin-off franchise starring Jeremy Renner. Now one more might be added to the mix as Variety reports the studio is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to lead The Janson Directive. Similar to the main character from the Bourne series, the book follows a former consular ops agent who leaves the covert operations behind due to a high number of sanctioned serial killings. Like a less aggressive Jack Reacher, Janson decides to go into business as private security consultant. More below!

 Posted July 8 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Sylvester Stallone to Lead 'Scarpa' Mob Thriller for Brad Furman

Sylvester Stallone

If that trailer for Reach Me left a bad taste in your mouth, Sylvester Stallone might be able to redeem himself with a developing project at Millennium Films from The Expendables franchise producer Avi Lerner. Deadline has word that Stallone will lead Scarpa, a new organized crime thriller from The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman that will tell the story of Gregory Scarpa Sr, a hitman also known as "The Grim Reaper" who was the chief enforcer of the Colombo crime family during the 70s and 80s and an FBI informant for over thirty years. And there's a writer aboard who will please fans of quality mob films as well.

 Posted July 8 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Adds Two More Names + Fake Set Footage

Star Wars

While most of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been revealed, there are probably dozens of smaller roles that have been and will be cast, but since they're not major roles, they won't be announced as news. However, Lucasfilm and Disney have gone out of their way to announce the casting of two unknown talents in the film following their open casting call last year that hit 11 cities in the United States and United Kingdom where 37,000 people came to audition, along with 30,000 more applying online. The two names are Crystal Clarke, an American studying across the pond, and Pip Anderson, an actor from the UK.

 Posted July 7 in Casting, Movie News, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Ken Jeong Joining Kevin Hart to Make 'Ride Along 2' Even Louder

Ken Jeong

Following the recent addition of Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Snitch) to the cast of Ride Along 2, one more name has been added to the mix, and it's a recipe for one of the loudest films we might ever see. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are already returning in the Universal action comedy sequel with Tim Story back in the director's chair. And now Deadline reports they'll be joined by Ken Jeong, better known as Mr. Chow from The Hangover trilogy or Chang in the NBC series "Community" (which just recently avoided death again). However, at this time, with no plot details, there's no word on who Jeong will play. More below!

 Posted July 3 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Liam Hemsworth & Woody Harrelson Reunite for 'Helena' Western

Liam Hemsworth / Woody Harrelson

This fall we'll see Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth together as part of the revolution against The Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, but outside of the sci-fi franchise, they'll reunite again. Deadline has word that the two co-stars will head into a completely different genre with By Way Of Helena, a western revenge thriller from Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) from a script by Matt Cook that made the Black List in 2009. Hemsworth will lead the film as an 1880 Texas Ranger sent to a small, isolated town on the frontier to investigate a series of mysterious murders.

 Posted July 1 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei Pop Up in Apatow's 'Trainwreck'

Daniel Radcliffe

Right now director Judd Apatow is busy in New York filming his latest comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer and many more. But two more names will pop up in the film that we weren't expecting. On Twitter yesterday, Apatow addressed a question from a fansite about whether or not Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe was in the film after being spotted walking a bunch of dogs on the set in NYC. And while Apatow played coy online, other onlookers with cameras saw Radcliffe filming a scene along with Crazy Stupid Love star Marisa Tomei. More below!

 Posted July 1 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Kate McKinnon & Ken Marino Join the 'Loomis Fargo' Heist Comedy

Ken Marino / Kate McKinnon

Following news last week that Jason Sudeikis would reunite with Kristen Wiig for the big screen heist comedy formerly known as Loomis Fargo, even more cast members have signed up for the film led by Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis. The film from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess is still being called the Untitled Armored Car Project, and the supporting cast has just filled out with some more great comedy names. Recent breakout "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kate McKinnon is taking a role along with "The State" member and frequent David Wain collaborator Ken Marino. But that is not all.

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

Andy Serkis Has an Unknown Role in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Also

Andy Serkis

Along with rumors from Lou Ferrigno that another standalone Hulk movie was coming after The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has since been backed up by star Mark Ruffalo, we also learned that motion-capture performance master Andy Serkis was working on the film. Serkis had been working closely with Ruffalo regarding some more intensive motion-capture work to help bring the big guy to life in the Marvel sequel, and the actor's company The Imaginarium is performance capture consultant, just like on Star Wars Episode VII. But now we have word that Serkis actually has a role in The Avengers follow-up too.

 Posted June 30 in Casting, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

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