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Gina Carano Joins Jean-Claude Van Damme for 'Kickboxer' Reboot

Gina Carano

After taking a surprising turn in Fast & Furious 6, mix martial artist turned actress Gina Carano will bring her acting skills into the fighting arena this time. THR reports Carano has joined the cast of Kickboxer, a reboot/remake of the original 1989 martial arts flick which just landed Jean-Claude Van Damme to return in a mentor role. This time the story follows Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi, a UFC welterweight champion), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand, where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). So what's Carano doing in the film? Read on!

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

Diane Lane & Kyle MacLachlan Join Voice Cast of Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Inside Out

The voice cast of Pixar Animation's next film, the summer 2015 release of Inside Out, is already rather impressive with Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith playing the emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness inside the mind of an 11-year old girl named Riley. But now two more names have been thrown into the mix, but they're not playing any emotions. Instead, USA Today has revealed that Kyle MacLachlan (recently seen on Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") and Diane Lane (Man of Steel) will provide the voices of Riley's parents. Will we get to see their emotions come into play?

 Posted December 8 in Animation, Casting, Movie News | Comments

Movie in the Works Following Barack & Michelle Obama's First Date

Barack & Michelle Obama

There's been plenty of movies made about various Presidents of the United States of America, and most of them tend to be serious, historical dramas like Lincoln and Nixon. And now Deadline reports there's a film in the works about President Barack Obama. But before you get your political panties in a bunch, it's important to note that this is a film about the romance that blossomed between he and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and it sounds pretty damn charming. The film is called Southside with You, and would unfold in the same manner as Richard Linklater's beloved Before Sunrise as it follows the President wooing Michelle on an impressive first date across the South Side of Chicago 25 years ago in 1989. Read on!

 Posted December 5 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Marvel Officially Names Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Doctor Strange'

Doctor Strange / Benedict Cumberbatch

After reentering negotiations to take the lead role in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange, the comic book studio has officially announced that "Sherlock" star and Star Trek Into Darkness villain Benedict Cumberbatch has been given the part in the film from Deliver Us from Evil director Scott Derrickson. The British actor will play neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. This news combined with the substantial awards buzz for Cumberbatch's performance in The Imitation Game makes 2014 one hell of a year for the actor, and it's only going to get better since Doctor Strange will be a big part of Marvel's next phase, including The Avengers.

 Posted December 4 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Ryan Reynolds Closing Deal to Get Deadly & Mouthy as 'Deadpool'

Deadpool

Back in September, some good news came from 20th Century Fox as the studio had finally decided to give Deadpool the feature film spin-off fans have been clamoring for ever since the character was disgraced with his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The casting was perfect with Ryan Reynolds in the role of Wade Wilson, but then the film went and sewed his mouth shut, literally. But now the Merc with a Mouth will be back the proper way with the film slated to hit theaters on February 12th, 2016, and Deadline has confirmed that Reynolds is closing his deal at Fox to reprise his role and give Deadpool his due diligence.

 Posted December 4 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Chris Pratt in Talks to Join Remake of 'Magnificent Seven' at MGM

Chris Pratt

After becoming one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, it looks like Chris Pratt might join another ensemble of heroes as Deadline reports the breakout star is in early talks to join the remake of The Magnificent Seven set up at MGM. Last we head about the project, The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua was mulling over an offer to reteam with Denzel Washington on the project, and it appears as if those two talents are still involved. The original 160 film from John Sturges was a western, and this new version seems to keep that mostly in line as the story takes place after the Civil War, near the tale end of the Wild West era. Read on!

 Posted December 4 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ice Cube Teams with 'Due Date' Writers for 'Rocky Mountain High'

Ice Cube

What's that? A comedy with the word "high" in the title that stars Ice Cube? I don't believe it. Deadline reports the supporting star of the 21 Jump Street franchise is teaming up with Due Date writing duo Alan Cohen & Alan Freedland for Rocky Mountain High, a new project set up at Universal Pictures. The studio picked up the project based on a five-page pitch that Ice Cube worked on himself with Jeff Kwatizetz. The rapper will star in the film, but unfortunately plot details haven't been revealed, so we don't exactly know what to expect. But if you know Ice Cube, that title probably gives us a pretty good idea. Read on!

 Posted December 4 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Now Jonah Hill & Miles Telller Want to Star in 'Arms and the Dudes'

Jonah Hill / Miles Teller

Though previous reports pegged Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg as taking the two lead roles in Arms and the Dudes, a film being produced by director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) and Bradley Cooper through their new production banner, it appears both actors have fallen away from the project. Eisenberg was already rumored to reprise his Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice role as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Suicide Squad (which just confirmed an impressive cast) and LaBeouf never entered formal negotiations. But their replacements sounds pretty damn great with Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill signed on and popular young star Miles Teller entering talks to join in the fun.

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

'Game of Thrones' Star Maisie Williams Likely to Lead 'The Last of Us'

Maisie Williams

During Comic-Con this past summer, there was a rather uneventful panel for the video game adaptation The Last of Us. Yes, producer Sam Raimi was on hand with the game's director Neil Druckmann and game studio Naughty Dog's co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra also appearing on the panel, but since there was no script, concept art or anything like that yet, they just talked for a little while. However, one tidbit of information that was discussed was a meeting with "Game of Thrones" series regular Maisie Williams (she plays Arya Stark), though she wasn't officially signed on to the film. But the actress herself seems to confirm she's attached, but she's waiting for some key pieces to come together. Read on!

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

Dwayne Johnson to Get Animated for Disney's Nautical Tale 'Moana'

Dwayne Johnson

Disney just recently dated their next animated project Moana for release in just under a couple years on November 23rd, 2016. As of now, all we know is the plot of the film, focusing on the title character, Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. During her journey she teams up with the legendary demi-god Maui to traverse the open ocean on a voyage where they will encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. But now a voice cast is finally starting to come together with The Wrap saying Dwayne Johnson is in talks now.

 Posted December 3 in Animation, Casting, Movie News | Comments

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto All Confirmed for 'Suicide Squad'

Suicide Squad

After weeks of casting information surfacing little by little, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment have officially announced the cast of Suicide Squad, and it's one hell of a line-up. Will Smith will be playing Deadshot, Tom Hardy is Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, Jared Leto is The Joker, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) plays Boomerang and Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) is Enchantress. All of these characters form a super villain team recruited by the government for secret missions. Production begins in April and lasts through September with an August 5th, 2016 release set.

 Posted December 2 in Casting, DC, Development, Movie News | Comments

Felicity Jones Joins Tom Hanks for Ron Howard's 'Inferno' Adaptation

Felicity Jones

Back in October, Sony Pictures announced they were pushing back their release of Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's novel Inferno all the way to October 14th, 2016, after previously being set for the same weekend that Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters next year. Now the project is rounding up a supporting cast to surround Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon, who hasn't graced the big screen since Angels & Demons in 2009. Now Deadline reports his female companion this time will be Felicity Jones, fresh off her recent performance in The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking's wife. Read on!

 Posted December 2 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Will Ferrell to Lead Untitled Shakespeare Theater Comedy at Sony

Will Ferrell

We're still waiting to get a glimpse at the comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart after the first trailer was delayed from release last week to sometime this week (though you may have already seen it if you saw Horrible Bosses 2 over the weekend). In the meantime, Ferrell has already lined up a new comedy at Sony Pictures that was developed at Mosaic, the production and management company that represents the Anchorman star and has produced several of his biggest films. The project is a currently untitled comedy that takes place in the intense, competitive world of a Shakespearean theater company. More below!

 Posted December 2 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Jean-Claude Van Damme is Now the Master in 'Kickboxer' Remake

Kickboxer

Though action star Tony Jaa (of Ong Bak, The Protector and the upcoming Fast & Furious 7) was previously slated to star in the remake of Kickboxer from Honk Kong filmmaker Stephen Fung. However, scheduling conflicts will keep Jaa from being in the film, but fans of the original film should be pleased with his replacement. The original film's star Jean-Claude Van Damme has stepped up to take the master role in the film who mentors Kurt Sloan (Alain Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po. Read on!

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

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