• Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is in early talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for writer and director Jonathan Levine (50/50). No details about the plot were revealed. Tatum can be seen next in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, recently bumped to a 2014 release, and 22 Jump Street. He also voices the part of Superman in The Lego Movie. [THR]
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Casting Net: Morgan Freeman in talks for another Christopher Nolan film; Plus, Michael Caine, Rachel McAdams, more
• Morgan Freeman is finding his way back to the world of Christopher Nolan. No, the Dark Knight director hasn’t signed Freeman onto his highly anticipated next original project. (Though Anne Hathaway might make the leap to sci-fi for that film, Interstellar.) Freeman is in final negotiations to star in the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Nolan’s longtime cinematographer. Nolan is producing the film, called Transcendence. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the sci-fi film, but it’s been described as in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. Already signed on are Johnny Depp, Kate Mara (127 Hours), Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind), and Rebecca Hall (The Town). Alcon Entertainment announced Freeman’s casting news via press release on Thursday. READ FULL STORY
Of all the snubs for this year’s Academy Awards, one of the biggest shockers has easily been Ben Affleck’s missing nomination for directing Argo. But Affleck shouldn’t fret too much. Alan Arkin — who was nominated for his performance as the acerbic Hollywood producer who aids the CIA’s real-life rescue of six Americans trapped in Iran — hopes his fellow actor-director keeps all the accolades Affleck’s already received in perspective.
“He’s certainly got an enormous amount of attention for it across the board,” Arkin told EW, “and I think it absolutely secures his place as one of the most important directors in the country. So even though it’s a slight, I think he’s in good shape.”
The four-time nominee, who won in the same category for 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine, has also dabbled in directing from time to time, and he notes that Affleck’s background as an actor lent him an insight that helped the movie. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Rachel Weisz in talks for David Cronenberg's 'Map to the Stars.' Plus: Alan Arkin, Wendi McClendon-Covey
• Rachel Weisz is in talks to star in David Cronenberg‘s Map to the Stars, about the shifting, complicated world of agents, managers, and actors in Hollywood (how meta!), with Cronenberg muse Viggo Mortensen and Cosmopolis star Rob Pattinson already attached. The movie, written by Bruce Wagner, will film in Los Angeles. [Deadline]
• Alan Arkin, dryly saucy in Argo and hitting the town with fellow veteran guys Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in next year’s debauchery-filled Stand Up Guys, is in negotiations to join two other greying bigwigs Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone — plus Kim Basinger — in the boxing film Grudge Match, about two retired fighters (De Niro and Stallone) who go head-to-head again in the ring. Peter Segal (Get Smart) is directing from a screenplay by Tim Kelleher, with rewrites by Entourage creator Doug Ellin. [Variety]
• Wendi McClendon-Covey, totally hilarious as the foul-mouthed, drunken mama bridesmaid in Bridesmaids, is set to play another mom, this time a single parent with a daughter as one of the four leads in Tyler Perry‘s next movie Single Mom’s Club. Perry is also set to star in the film, which he’s directing, writing and producing. [Variety]
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Casting Net: Tim Robbins to star in, direct ‘Man Under’ with Michelle Pfeiffer. Plus: Benedict Cumberbatch, Gemma Arterton, Kristen Wiig
Casting Net: Viola Davis boarding ‘Prisoners.’ Plus: Kristen Stewart to ‘Focus’ on grifting
Casting Net: Jude Law joins Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert.’ Plus: Kim Basinger, Nick Nolte, Soairse Ronan, Jason Bateman
There’s old school, and then there’s OLD school.
Stand Up Guys stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, three of the most recognizable actors over 65 working today, in one movie as retired mobsters reunited for a night of drug, sex and guns-filled debauchery. Pacino plays Val (“Al” – “Val” – go figure), just out from a long stint in prison. Walken is Val’s very Walken-ish double-crossing best friend Doc, and Arkin plays another friend, Hirsch. Lionsgate is releasing the movie, pegged as both a drama and an action comedy, with a December awards-qualifying run, before its nationwide opening Jan. 11, 2013.
If you love minimalist 1970s-era exploitation and action film posters, then you’ll totally dig this exclusive poster for the film with its black silhouettes, bright racing stripes, and all the old school flair of a ’70s poster for Rocky. See it below.
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