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Judd Hirsch & Bill Pullman Are Both Back for 'Independence Day 2'

Independence Day

Just recently, we learned that Brent Spiner was going to join returning cast members Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox for the long-gestating Independence Day 2, the sequel that's essentially been in the works for 20 years. And now two more cast members from the original 1996 blockbuster directed by Roland Emmerich have been revealed. The filmmaker himself just posted to Twitter confirming that Bill Pullman, now former President Whitmore, and Judd Hirsch, Jeff Goldblum's character's father Julius Levinson, will both be back in the film. However, the size of their roles hasn't yet been revealed. Read on!

 Posted April 17 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Steve Carell Joins Robert Zemeckis' Adaptation of 'Marwencol' Doc

Steve Carell

Back in 2013 we learned that Cast Away and Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis was going to be at the helm of Marwencol, an adaptation of the documentary of the same name which played South by Southwest and won the Best Documentary award. At the time, Zemeckis was hoping to get Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role as Mark Hogancamp, a man who decides to build a a one-sixth scale model of a World War II-era town called Marwencol in his backyard. However, The Wrap reports it will be Steve Carell signing on for the lead role in the film written by Edward Scissorhands scribe Caroline Thompson.

 Posted April 16 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ryan Gosling in Talks to Star in Villenueve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel

Ryan Gosling

A sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner has been in the works for awhile now, but more recently it's been making some real progress toward getting in front of a camera. In February, Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve was hired to be at the helm of the film that will be produced by Ridley Scott, director of the original film, with a script from Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the original Blade Runner, with Green Lantern writer Michael Green contributing as well. And now Variety reports Drive and Crazy Stupid Love star Ryan Gosling is in talks to take the lead role, though we have no idea what kind of character he'll play.

 Posted April 16 in Casting, Development, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Chris Pratt Set to Become 'The Real McCoy' for Universal Pictures

Chris Pratt

Whenever hearing the phrase "the real McCoy," it always makes me think of an 80s TV show in the same vein as "MacGyver." In reality, it's just a turn of phrase inspired by real life bootlegger Bill McCoy, and it was used to specify when the liquor hadn't been dulled down. Now THR reports The Real McCoy will become a feature film after Universal Pictures won a bidding war against Warner Bros. Pictures to land the pitch that has Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt attached to star. The pitch comes from The Judge scribe Bill Dubuque, and it was intriguing enough to land a solid seven figure deal.

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

Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone Circle 'Whiplash' Director's 'La La Land'

Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling

Last summer, we heard Whiplash star Miles Teller was looking to reteam with director Damien Chazelle for a Los Angeles set musical La La Land. At the time, Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson was also in talks for the female lead, but they've both fallen away. Deadline is now reporting that Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad co-stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are circling the film about an aspiring actress named Mia, who's lonely desperate to fit in, and a cocky yet charismatic jazz pianist named Sebastian, who fall in love in Los Angeles. It's a straight-up, contemporary, romantic musical. More below!

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

Walt Disney & Jemaine Clement Board Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG'

Jemaine Clement

After directing Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks, director Steven Spielberg is moving very quickly to begin production on his next project, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book The BFG (which means The Big Friendly Giant). Shooting is beginning in Vancouver this month, and today Walt Disney Studios announced that it will co-produce and co-finance the film DreamWorks. In addition, "Flight of the Conchords" and What We Do in the Shadows star Jemaine Clement has been added to the cast of the family friendly adventure as another giant in the film, and he's joined by several other supporting stars.

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

Ben Stiller Reveals Cyrus Arnold as the Teen Son of Derek Zoolander

Zoolander 2

Production is underway for Zoolander 2, the sequel to the 2001 comedy starring Ben Stiller as the titular really, really, really, ridiculously good looking male model. The original film had the unfortunate task of opening in theaters just a couple weeks after the attacks on 9/11, and it's been a long road to get a follow-up off the ground, but it's finally on the way. We've gotten some teases of the film with a big announcement at fashion week in Paris followed by a real photo shoot with Zoolander himself, as well as Owen Wilson has Hansel. And now we have a glimpse at a new character, Zoolander's teenage son, played by Cyrus Arnold.

 Posted April 13 in Casting, First Look, Photos | Comments

Olivia Munn to Play Psylocke in Next Summer's 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Olivia Munn / Psylocke

Perhaps the only thing more abundant than Disney's plans for a new live-action adaptation of their animated classics is news of yet another cast member joining the mutant ranks of X-Men: Apocalypse. And today brings one more addition to the comic book sequel with director Bryan Singer revealing on Instagram that "The Newsroom" and Magic Mike co-star Olivia Munn will be taking the role of Betsy Braddock, who fans probably know better as the psychic warrior Psylocke. The character was only briefly glimpsed in X-Men: The Last Stand, but this will be the first time the mutant will be prominently featured.

 Posted April 13 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Ian McKellen to Play Cogsworth in Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'

Ian McKellen

British actor Ian McKellen has become very well known for his franchise roles as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and now he's heading into Disney territory for a perfect role. Variety reports McKellen will play the clock Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Cogsworth was the beast's butler before the curse placed over the castle turned everyone into various pieces of furniture. In the animated version from 1991, the clock was a rather worrisome uppity little fellow, constantly clashing with the suave energetic Lumiere, the candelabra, a role that has yet to be cast.

 Posted April 11 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Kingsman' Vixen Sofia Boutella Taking a Major Role in 'Star Trek 3'

Sofia Boutella

Briefly: While we still don't know if Idris Elba will be taking the villain role in Star Trek 3, the sci-fi sequel has just gained another cool cast member instead. Deadline reports Sofia Boutella, the literally sharp assassin from this year's fun spy action adventure Kingsman: The Secret Service, is taking a lead role in Star Trek 3, scripted by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, directed by Justin Lin and set to arrive July 8th, 2016. But much like everything else about the film, details on her character are being kept under wraps. She could make a great addition to the Enterprise, or she could be a killer secondary villain. Either option works.

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

Julianne Moore Asks 'Can You Ever Forgive Me' for Fox Searchlight

Julianne Moore

Fresh off winning an Oscar for her stirring performance in Still Alice, the wonderful Julianne Moore has lined up her next project. Variety reports the Boogie Nights star is in talks to lead Can You Ever Forgive Me, an adaptation of Lee Israel's 2008 memoir of the same name that's set up at Fox Searchlight. The story certainly sounds different as it follows Israel's real-life exploits as a respected biographer who fell on hard times and began creating counterfeit letters "written" by deceased authors and celebrities in order to sell them just so she could pay her rent. However, the forgeries raised some eyebrows, so she changed her game.

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

Brent Spiner Confirmed to Somehow Return in 'Independence Day 2'

Brent Spiner

It looks like Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox won't be the only returning original cast members from Independence Day who come back for the sequel from director Roland Emmerich. The filmmaker took to Twitter to reveal that Brent Spiner will be back for Independence Day 2. In the original film, Spiner played Dr. Brackish Okun, one of the scientists who worked on the secret government program studying aliens before the invasion happened in Independence Day. He was a weird guy, and we would have thought that he died after his encounter with one of the aliens in the first film, but apparently he's alive and kicking.

 Posted April 10 in Casting, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Ryan Gosling Heads Back to Disney for del Toro's 'Haunted Mansion'

Haunted Mansion

Like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling got his start on Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child star. Since then, he's become quite the heartthrob and an amazing talent on the big screen, and now he's headed back to the House of Mouse. The Wrap reports Gosling is currently in talks to take a role in Guillermo del Toro's long developing adaptation of Haunted Mansion, the classic Disney theme park attraction. The project has been in the works for years ever since del Toro made the announcement at Comic-Con back in 2010. Can it finally come together soon?

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

Jennifer Garner & Robbie Amell Joining Kevin Spacey in 'Nine Lives'

Jennifer Garner / Robbie Amell

Just after hearing that Christopher Walken would work with Kevin Spacey for the first time in the comedy Nine Lives, the cast has just gained two more members. TheWrap and Deadline have two separate reports saying that Jennifer Garner and Robbie Amell both have roles in the goofy-sounding film from director Barry Sonnenfeld that follows Spacey as a workaholic businessman looking for redemption himself after an accident leaves him trapped in the body of his family’s cat. As we've noted, this sounds plain silly, but with Europa Corp. involved, we're not sure what to expect, especially with this kind of cast aboard. Read on!

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

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