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'Freaks & Geeks' Reunion Likely Happening in Reboot of 'Vacation'

Freaks and Geeks

The reboot of National Lampoon's classic road trip comedy Vacation is already in production with Horrible Bosses writing duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley making their directing debut. Well, Vulture recently got a change to catch up with Daley, a veteran of the short-lived but beloved series "Freaks & Geeks," and he teased that a reunion of some of the cast members just might be happening in their comedy reboot, which is also a sequel to the original franchise. Daley also opened up a bit about the pressure of a reboot like this with such iconic source material, and it just might get more people on board.

 Posted October 13 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Len Wiseman Says Kate Beckinsale is Returning for 'Underworld 5'

Underworld

Just last month, we learned that the developing Underworld reboot was actually more of a sequel in the franchise that would focus on Divergent star Theo James in the role of David, the vampire ally of Selene who came into play when she united with her daughter and sought out the hybrid Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) in Underworld: Awakening. There have been rumblings that the film will feature Selene and Michael's hybrid daughter Eve, because Kate Beckinsale wasn't going to return for this film. However, director Len Wiseman spoke to IGN at New York Comic-Con this weekend, and said that wasn't the case.

 Posted October 13 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Dave Bautista to Give 007 Some Trouble as James Bond 24 Henchman

Dave Bautista

After being one of the most surprisingly entertaining parts of Guardians of the Galaxy this past summer, wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista has reportedly landed another big blockbuster role. Latino Review reports Bautista has bagged the iconic henchman role in James Bond 24. Talk of the role surfaced in August with MI-6 revealing that this bad guy was going to be crafted in the mold of Jaws or Oddjob, but different than any of the villains who have been created before. The henchman's name is Hinx (that might be a codename), and will reportedly have several altercations with 007. This is such a huge role for Bautsita!

 Posted October 13 in Casting, James Bond, Movie News | Comments

Sony's Crackle Officially Bringing Back David Spade for 'Joe Dirt 2'

Joe Dirt

You may remember this past spring that David Spade revealed in a Reddit AMA that he was developing a wholly unnecessary sequel to the 2001 comedy Joe Dirt. But rather than hitting theaters, the film was going to be the first to be distributed by Sony Pictures' streaming video service Crackle, which is where Jerry Seinfeld's popular web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" can be found. Now Crackle has officially announced that Joe Dirt 2 will begin shooting next month with Spade also executive producing and co-writing the film again with Fred Wolf, the original film's co-writer, who will be directing the film too.

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

Billy Crystal to Lead & Co-Write Jim Henson Company's 'Which Witch'

Billy Crystal

Though he's one of the most iconic comedy stars of all-time, Billy Crystal has laid pretty low key over the past decade. With the exception of voice work in Monsters University, the actor has only starred in a handful of films. We would say that he's picky, but those films have been the terrible comedies Parental Guidance and Small Apartments. But we're rather interested in a new project Crystal has lined up as Variety reports the When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers star will write, produce and star in Which Witch, a new animated film at The Jim Henson Company with Brian Henson in the director's chair. More below!

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

Jennifer Jason Leigh Takes the Lead in Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'

Jennifer Jason Leigh

It looks there will be some casting changes after all between the script reading of Quentin Tarantino's latest western The Hateful Eight and the actual film production. When the script was read live at an event at LACMA back in April, it was Amber Tamblyn who read the part of Daisy Domergue, the lead female role, a woman wanted for murder and due to hang for her crimes. She's the prisoner being handled by two bounty hunters and a local sheriff in Wyoming after the civil war. But the group finds themselves stuck in town with four other men as a storm passes outside. But The Wrap reports Jennifer Jason Leigh now has the part.

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

Lea Seydoux Confirmed for Femme Fatale Role in James Bond 24

Lea Seydoux

Briefly: After being rumored back in August, it appears Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux will be taking a role in the still untitled James Bond 24. Baz Bamigboye, who has a sterling record when it comes to James Bond movie news, reports Seydoux is now signed to take a "femme fatale" role in the next 007 adventure sated for release on November 6th, 2015. Production is supposed to begin before the end of the year with Daniel Craig back as Bond, Ralph Fienes back as the new M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Ms. Moneypenny. Still no word on story, but Skyfall director Sam Mendes is back at the helm, so that's great. Since a script read-through will happening next month, stay tuned for more casting news.

 Posted October 10 in Casting, James Bond, Movie News | Comments

Universal Builds 'Dad's Army' with Bill Nighy & Catherine Zeta-Jones

Dad's Army

The man who brought Johnny English to the United States from across the pond is back with a big screen adaptation of a classic British sitcom. Dad's Army is a series that ran on BBC from 1968 to 1977, taking place during World War II in 1944 as the Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. And now Deadline reports director Oliver Parker is working on a feature film adaptation of the show with an impressive cast that includes Bill Nighy in the lead with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon. All of these actors in a UK comedy? Sounds good to me.

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

Bryan Cranston Becomes 'The Infiltrator' for 'Lincoln Lawyer' Director

The Infiltrator / Bryan Cranston

Denzel Washington may be The Equalizer, but now Bryan Cranston is becoming The Infiltrator. The film is the first of seven project that the production banner Good Films has in the works and Variety reports Cranston is attached to star in the film that will be directed by The Lincoln Lawyer and Runner Runner helmer Brad Furman. The film is based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography of the same name, recounting the author's time as a customs and excise agent who goes undercover as Bob Musella and infiltrates BCCI, the bankers behind the Pablo Escobar's infamous Medellín drug cartel. It's a wild and true story. Read on!

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

Steve Carell Heads into Thriller Territory with Director Gore Verbinski

Steve Carell

Later this year, we'll see Steve Carell get serious with Foxcatcher, a role that will likely land him at least an Oscar nomination when the time comes. And while he also has the dumb family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (arriving this week) too, it sounds like he won't be sticking in that territory all the time. Deadline reports Carell will star in an untitled paranoid thriller at New Regency with Pirates of Caribbean franchise director Gore Verbinski at the helm working from a script by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Pursuit of Happyness writer Steve Conrad. Sounds like a good team.

 Posted October 7 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Casey Affleck Goes Back to Boston to Lead Marathon Bombing Drama

Boston Marathon Bombing

Last year, just a few months after the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, it was revealed that The Fighter writing duo Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy had been hired to adapt Boston Strong, a book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge about the city's reaction to the Patriot Day attacks and also the hunt for the two siblings wanted in connection with the bombings. And now the project seems poised to move forward as Variety reports Casey Affleck is now attached to both star in and produce the film. The project will be taken out to studios as a film over the next week after a proposed plan for a miniseries didn't work out.

 Posted October 7 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Game of Thrones' King Richard Madden is Celebrating 'Bastille Day'

Richard Madden

It seems like every week, one of the cast members of "Game of Thrones" books a role on the big screen. That's likely because there are so many characters in the HBO series that the cast is rather sizable, but it's also a testament to just how that show has made many of those actors in demand. The latest star of the fantasy series heading to the big screen is Richard Madden, the deceased former King of the North Rob Stark, as Variety reports he will join Idris Elba in the developing action thriller Bastille Day. The film has been in the works for a couple years and previously had Taken helmer Pierre Morel attached to direct back in 2012, but now it's James Watkins (The Woman in Black, Eden Lake) at the helm instead. Read on!

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

'Breaking Bad' Star Takes a Key Role in 'Maze Runner: Scorch Trials'

Giancarlo Esposito

With a release date set for September 18th, 2015 the cast of the Maze Runner: Scorch Trials has to come together quickly for production to begin this fall on the sequel to last month's young adult sci-fi box office hit. Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are returning from the first film, and we just learned they'll be joined by more young cast members Rosa Salazar and Jacob Lofland. The film also landed a villain in "Game of Thrones" star Aidan Gillen, and now "Breaking Bad" villain Giancarlo Esposito is taking a role in the film as well, but it doesn't sound like he'll be quite so menacing this time.

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

Jeff Daniels Takes a Top Post at NASA in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

Jeff Daniels

This fall, Jeff Daniels steps away from the news desk on HBO with the third and final season of "The Newsroom" and gets stupid again in the comedy sequel Dumb & Dumber To. But next he'll next be taking a prestigious job at NASA as THR reports the actor who has been seen in films such as Good Night and Good Luck and Looper has taken a role in Ridley Scott's developing sci-fi drama The Martian. The film follows Matt Damon as an astronaut who ends up stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive long enough to be able to make it back to Earth as NASA tries to launch a rescue mission. So what is Daniels doing?

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

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