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Casting Net: Chris Hemsworth boarding 'In the Heart of the Sea.' Plus: Stephen Colbert, Ray Winstone, Anton Yelchin

• Speaking of fact-based films set in the 19th century, Alfre Woodard has joined the formidable cast of Twelve Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen‘s follow-up to Shame about a free man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is dragooned into slavery. The film costars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, and Sarah Paulson. See what I mean about formidable? Yowsah! [THR]

• Stephen ColbertAllison Janney, Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids), Ariel Winter (Modern Family), and Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day) will lend their voices to Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the beloved animated shorts from the Rocky and Bullwinkle family. Colbert will take on the role of Paul Peterson, archrival of Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell); Janney will play Peterson’s wife Paula, and Winter his daughter Penny. Young actor Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) is voicing Sherman. Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) is directing. [THR]

• Ray Winstone (Sexy BeastSnow White and the Huntsman) is in talks to play the heavy opposite Russell Crowe in NoahDarren Aronofsky‘s big-screen take on the Old Testament story. Emma WatsonLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth round out the cast. [Deadline]

• Anton Yelchin (Star TrekLike Crazy) is joining Tilda SwintonTom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and John Hurt in Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive. Because why not a Jim Jarmusch vampire romance? [Deadline]

Alessandro Nivola (Jurassic Park III) has joined the West Memphis Three feature film Devil’s Knot. He’ll play Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the three murdered boys at the heart of the internationally famous case; recent documentaries West of Memphis and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory both allege Hobbs was responsible for the murders, but he has denied any involvement. Reese Witherspoon will play Hobbs’ wife Pam. [Deadline]

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Tonka trucks to get animated, thanks to Adam Sandler and Sony Pictures Animation

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So what substance is going to end up in the dump truck?

Sony Pictures Animation and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions announced today that they are partnering with Hasbro on a feature animated film based on Tonka, the yellow metal toy truck brand known for its virtual indestructibility. Fred Wolf (Grown Ups) will be penning the script.

The project marks Happy Madison’s second project with Hasbro and Sony, after the live-action production of the board game Candy Land.

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Disney's 'Frozen': Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel to voice animated tale

The Wicked Witch of Oz might be turning green with envy (if she wasn’t already, obviously).

Idina Menzel, who won a Tony Award for originating the role of misunderstood Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked, will be playing a different type of sorceress in Walt Disney Animation’s upcoming Frozen, loosely based on 1845′s The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

Kristen Bell will costar as Anna, a young girl who ventures to find Menzel’s Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter that has fallen over their mythical kingdom, the studio announced today.

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Man of Steel meets murdering anti-heroes in 'Superman vs. The Elite' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Most superhero movies try so hard to be the “definitive” story  for the broadest possible audience that a lot of great, strange, and nuanced story arcs from the character’s life in print get ignored.

Thankfully, they sometimes turn up in animation, such as DC Comics upcoming Superman vs. The Elite, a PG-13 rated adaptation of a 2001 comic tale in which the Man of Steel finds himself fighting alongside — and then against — a quartet of young superpowered upstarts who are famous not just for stopping their foes, but killing them.

In EW’s exclusive clip from the direct-to-video film, out tomorrow, we see Kal-El encountering this team of rivals for the first time. As testament to the fact that this isn’t just a kiddie cartoon, one of them immediately puts the moves on ol’ Supes — who looks like he just swallowed some kryptonite. READ FULL STORY

Moviemakers of tomorrow: Check out the winners of the Student Academy Awards

They don’t get an Oscar just yet, but the winners of the Student Academy Awards certainly get a boost as they set out to tell their stories on the big screen.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors a wide selection of student films each year, and this 39th class includes tales both harrowing, heartbreaking and hilarious — from a man placing a desperate bet on a horse to save his dog, to a border patrol agent robbing a cartel to save her own life. The winners in each category will be honored Saturday night, where gold, silver, and bronze rankings will be announced.

Have a look for yourself after the jump — you could  these names again soon at a theater near you.

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Guillermo del Toro talks about his 'intense' vision for 'Pinocchio'

Over the past five years, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has spent a lot of time and expended a lot of effort not making films. First, he spent a couple of years working on the The Hobbit before finally leaving the project because of its many delays. Then he lost another nine months prepping an adaptation of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness, which Universal ultimately balked at pursuing because of del Toro’s insistence that the expensive period project needed an R rating to do justice to Lovecraft’s vision. The result? Del Toro hasn’t directed a movie since 2008′s Hellboy II.

Now the auteur is making up for lost time. Del Toro is currently hard at work on his sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, but he is also prepping a 3-D stop-motion version of the Pinocchio story, which he is set to co-direct with Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Mark Gustafson. In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly you can see exclusive Pinocchio concept art and read why del Toro is not trying to “top” the beloved Disney version. But the director had much, much more to say about his take on Carlo Collodi’s wooden-boy fable, as you’ll see below.

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'Moonrise Kingdom': Wes Anderson's animated take on the film's imaginary books -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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In Wes Anderson’s indie mega-hit Moonrise Kingdom, 12-year-old Suzy (Kara Hayward) packs an unusual set of items for her runaway adventure with her pen-pal boyfriend, Sam (Jared Gilman): A half-dozen (fictitious) storybooks she stole from the library, three of which she reads aloud over the course of the film. Anderson commissioned six artists to create the books’ evocative jacket covers, but initially the director wanted to take the artistry even further. “At one point in the process, when she’s reading these passages from these books, I’d thought about going into animation,” he says.

Anyone who’s seen the film knows Anderson ultimately chose to simply hold on the faces of his cast as they listen to Suzy read, but with his experience making the stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox still fresh in his mind, Anderson never quite let go of the idea.

So in April, the idiosyncratic filmmaker decided to animate all six books anyway, as a supplementary treat to the film itself. “I wrote passages for the other books that didn’t have any text [read aloud in the film], and we animated that too,” he says. “So we now have this piece where our narrator, Bob Balaban’s character, takes us through these little sections of each of these books.”

You can watch the result exclusively below. (They contain no Moonrise Kingdom spoilers, so feel free to check it out even if you haven’t yet seen the film.) READ FULL STORY

'Wreck-It Ralph' trailer: A bad video game character tries to turn good -- VIDEO

“I don’t wanna be the bad guy anymore.”

Can you imagine Ganon from The Legend of Zelda saying this? Or Bowser from Super Mario Bros.? Or the centipede from… Centipede?

It’s literally in their programming for video game villains to be troublemakers, but in the new trailer for Walt Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph, the smash-loving antagonist in an 8-bit 1980s arcade game decides to prove there is more to him than just 25 cents worth of mayhem. Of course, it creates tremendous controversy in their pixelated world. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Beyonce, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell going 'Epic.' Plus: Adam Sander, Olivia Wilde

Adam Sandler is in negotiations to replace Mark Wahlberg in the family football comedy Three Mississippi. The switch, made due to issues with Wahlberg’s schedule, instantly makes the premise of the film more plausible. Which is easier to believe: that a family headed by Will Ferrell would always win a Thanksgiving tackle football game against Sander’s family, or Wahlberg’s? Sean Anders (That’s My Boy) will direct. [Vulture]

Aaron Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are nearing deals to reprise their roles in Kick-Ass 2, along with Chloe MoretzJeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) will direct. [Deadline]

• Olivia Wilde has joined Amy AdamsJoaquin PhoenixRooney Mara, and  Samantha Morton in Spike Jonze’s untitled new film, reportedly about a guy who falls for a computer voice. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: ‘Thor 2,’ ‘Iron Man 3′ land new villains. Plus: Anthony Hopkins, Bradley Cooper, Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde

Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' stitches together B-movie horror poster

Disney has pulled back the sheet on a new poster for Tim Burton’s stop-motion-animated Frankenweenie, the story of a boy who uses mad science to resurrect his beloved deceased pet.

That central story obviously is a spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (by way of the classic Universal movies) and Burton promises various other famous monsters of filmland will turn up in the story as assorted ghoulish pets. The poster for the 3-D, black-and-white film, which hits theaters Oct. 5, reveals just a few.

Is that a Creature From the Black Lagoon version of a sea monkey in the lower left corner?

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