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Casting Net: Alicia Silverstone to star in 'Who Gets the Dog?'

•  Who Gets the Dog? has found its lead in Alicia Silverstone. Steven C. Miller will direct from a script by Matt J.L. Wheeler and Rick Rapoza. The romantic comedy follows a divorcing couple that fights for custody of their pet. [Variety]

•  Sharon Stone has been cast as the lead in Darknet. Jacques Malaterre will direct the psychological thriller, which also stars Billy Zane, Gina Gershon, and Caterina Murino. Set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, the film takes a deep dive into the world of organ trafficking. It centers on Stone’s character whose husband is murdered when he nearly uncovers a local police officer (Zane) and his involvement in the trafficking that is organized by a blogger (Gershon). Filming kicks off in New Orleans this spring. [Variety]

•  John Malkovich and Toni Collette are joining Noomi Rapace in Unlocked. The story follows Rapace as a CIA interrogator who unintentionally gives information to terrorists. As a result, she must stop an eminent attack on London. Michael Apted is directing from a script by Peter O’Brien. Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom also star. [Deadline]

•  Guillermo del Toro has signed on to voice a part in Extraordinary Tales. The film, from Raul Garcia, is based on the novel by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s broken into five parts, each with a different animation style that takes inspiration from various artists, including Egon Schiele. Del Toro will be featured in a segment, The Pit and the Pendulum, which centers on a man being tortured during the Spanish Inquisition. Christopher Lee, Julian Sands, and Roger Corman round out the voice cast. [Variety]

•  Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, and Stephen Amell are in talks for Whatever Makes You Happy. The film marks Cindy Chupack’s directorial debut. Based on the novel by William Sutcliffe, and an earlier draft by Mark Andrus, the story follows three suburban mothers, all long-time friends, who spontaneously visit their grown sons in New York City. The film is expected to start shooting in New York City in June. [Variety]

• Noah Wyle is set to star in Shot, an indie film from director Jeremy Kagan. The film explores the aftermath of an accidental shooting by a teenager against an innocent bystander. William Lamborn and Anneke Campbell penned the script, based on a story by Kagan. Production kicks off this February. [The Wrap]

Newcomer Zephyr Benson is joining Chris Cooper in Coming Through the Rye. Benson will play Gerry, the brother to one of two teenagers determined to find author J.D. Salinger. Jim Sadwith is writing and directing the film, which is currently in production. Alex Wolff and Stefania Owen also star as the aforementioned teens. [The Wrap]

•  She’s All That’s Rachael Leigh Cook will star as a neuropsychologist in Mindgate. Based on a script by Spanish sci-fi novelist Juan Miguel Aguilera, the story centers on a scientific project that would create a mental connection between healthy volunteers and quadriplegic patients, in effect allowing the patients into gratifying sexual relationships. Aguilera is directing, marking his foray into feature film. Mindgate is scheduled to shoot this May. [THR]

'Ass Backwards' trailer: Alicia Silverstone is a beauty queen mean girl

No one wants to run into the mean kid from childhood as an adult. Especially if that mean kid is now a mean adult.

For best friends Kate (Burning Love’s June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (Happy Endings’ Casey Wilson), that person is Laurel. Played with a vicious coolness by Alicia Silverstone, Laurel is a former beauty queen who eviscerated a younger Kate and Chloe at pageants. “I love the way the two of you aren’t embarrassed about where you are in life,” she says to Kate and Chloe.

But, these two don’t seem easily dismayed and accept the opportunity to go back to their old pageant stomping grounds for another chance to compete at the anniversary show. And the girls hit the road with a killer soundtrack, some fabulous hats, and an optimism that we haven’t seen since Romy and Michele went to their high school reunion. Written by Wilson and Raphael, first trailer for Ass Backwards looks like silly fun. There’s even a pantless scene.

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'Clueless' reunion: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, and the rest of the gang get back together -- VIDEO

When she first walked onto the screen in July of 1995, it was love at first sight. America was immediately smitten by a ditzy, glitzy Beverly Hills  fashion plate named Cher Horowitz. Well, almost everyone. When Alicia Silverstone first read writer-director Amy Heckerling’s script for Clueless in the back of a limo coming home from shooting one of her iconic ’90s Aerosmith videos, she didn’t get Cher. “I thought, ‘Who is this girl?'” says Silverstone. “I had nothing in common with her at all. I thought she was a materialistic, annoying little bitch.” As if!

Over the past 17 years, Silverstone and the rest of the cast (which also includes Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, Jeremy Sisto, Breckin Meyer, and the late Brittany Murphy) have not only come to embrace Cher in all of her well-intentioned matchmaking adorableness, they’ve also come to appreciate how a little $15 million high-school comedy changed their lives. In Rudd’s case, that mean teenage guys coming up to him for years, saying, “Dude, you got to make out with Alicia Silverstone!”

Check out video of the cult teen comedy’s class reunion.

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