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Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson join Daniel Radcliffe in 'Brooklyn Bridge'

Daniel Radcliffe has been set to play the engineer, Washington Roebling, who built the Brooklyn Bridge in the aptly titled Brooklyn Bridge for several months now. But for the film, which is inspired by the bridge’s real-life construction, key to the actual story were Roebling’s father and wife, who have now also been cast.

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'The Boxtrolls' brings stop-motion animation back into the light

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While the bulk of modern cinematic animation lives inside computers, with Pixar-style CG characters dominating the box-office, Laika has carved out its own creative space, with advanced stop-motion animated films like Coraline and ParaNorman that are breathtaking to behold. With The Boxtrolls, the old-school technology is as pristine and delightful as ever, and author Alan Snow’s literary characters spring to vivid life. Game of Thrones‘ Isaac Hempstead Wright voices Eggs, an orphan human child who is raised by a band of trash-collecting underground creatures, and Ben Kingsley gives the proper snarl to Archibald Snatcher, who wants to exterminate the boxtrolls once and for all from the town of Cheesebridge.

In addition to a new Boxtrolls featurette, co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi spoke to EW about the new film, which premieres Sunday at the Venice Film Festival and opens in theaters on Sept. 26, the joys of stop-motion, and the collaborative culture at Laika, where the CEO, Travis Knight, is also one of the chief animators. “We like to think that everbody who works at Laika is essentially a boxtroll,” says Stacchi, “because everybody who works there pretty much lives their lives in darkness and only comes up into the sunlight to collect more mechanical pieces to build their weird machines.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Ben Kingsley joins voice cast of Disney's 'The Jungle Book'; Plus, Rooney Mara, Jason Sudeikis, more

Oscar winner Ben Kingsley will provide the voice of panther Bagheera in Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), will be a combination of live-action and animation with a script by Justin Marks. Kingsley joins previously announced stars Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Scarlett Johansson (Her), and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) as the voices of Shere Khan, Kaa, and Rakcha, respectively, for a scheduled Oct. 9, 2015, release. [THR] READ FULL STORY

'The Boxtrolls' trailer: There's nothing to fear -- VIDEO

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Get ready for trolls! The big mythical beings get a makeover as sweet and stout creatures in the newly released trailer for the stop-motion, animated adventure film The Boxtrolls.

In the trailer,  viewers can get a glimpse at the underground mechanics and high-flying action of the trolls, as well as the extreme love of cheese by Cheesebridge’s townspeople, all of which is portrayed in a unique, eye-catching animated style. Based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls tells the story of a young orphaned boy, Eggs (Isaac Hemstead Wright), who is raised by underground, cave-dwelling trolls.

The townspeople of Cheesebridge believe the trolls to be monsters who are out to steal its children and fine cheeses, when in reality, the trolls are sweet oddballs — who wear boxes, hence the title — interested in dumpster diving and mechanical junk collecting. When Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), an evil exterminator, is out to get the trolls in order to enter the high society of Cheesebrige, Eggs and his friend Winnie (Elle Fanning) must come to the defense of his adopted family.

Can’t wait until The Boxtrolls‘ Sept. 26 release date? Check out the trailer, and its adorable trolls, here: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jude Law to play a literary 'Genius' opposite Colin Firth; Plus Ben Kingsley, Chace Crawford, more

• Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) will join Oscar winners Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Nicole Kidman (The Hours) in theater director Michael Grandage’s film debut Genius. The film recounts the complex friendship between renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth) and literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and is based on A. Scott Berg’s biography of Perkins, adapted for the screen by John Logan (The Aviator). [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

At Marvel's 'All Hail The King' premiere, fans also get first 10 minutes of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Superhero fans were out in full force Monday night as Hollywood’s Arclight theater played host to a special premiere screening of Marvel’s latest one-shot, All Hail the King, starring Ben Kingsley, who reprised his role as Iron Man 3’s Trevor Slattery for the 13-minute short.

EW senior movies writer Anthony Breznican moderated the event, which also included a brief Q&A with Sir Ben Kingsley, screenwriter Drew Pearce, and producer Kevin Feige. The surprise of the night, however, came at the end when fans were treated to a very special screening of the first 10 minutes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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See the gritty new poster for Marvel's One-Shot short 'All Hail the King' -- EXCLUSIVE

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There’s just one more day before Marvel Studio’s new One-Shot short film All Hail the King breaks loose, unleashing Ben Kingsley’s character from Iron Man 3 back on the world.

As part of the debut on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray, the comic book studio is has created this new poster for the 14-minute film, and is organizing a special fan event tonight. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Meryl Streep joins women's-rights drama 'Suffragette'; Plus, Ben Kingsley, more

• Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) is in talks to play political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the upcoming women’s rights drama Suffragette, which also stars Inside Llewyn DavisCary Mulligan. Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) will helm the drama about a woman named Maud (Mulligan) who becomes an instrumental figure to the early feminist movement. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Kodi Smit-McPhee hopes to create a 'new nostalgia' in 'A Birder's Guide to Everything' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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At only 17, Kodi Smit-McPhee is probably best known for starring in somewhat macabre projects — from Let Me In to The Road, his precocious darkness and intense gaze seem to always be on display. Even ParaNorman‘s Norman Babcock was a bit of an outcast. Even though A Birder’s Guide to Everything isn’t exactly devoid of difficult emotional truths (and OK, OK, a gawky high school kid obsessed with birding might still fit into “charmingly misunderstood outcast” territory), Smit-McPhee was thrilled to finally get to work with actors his own age.

“I was into the nostalgia of having a group again — a kid group like Goonies, Stand by Me, going on an adventure,” said Smit-McPhee. He’d never seen the River Phoenix coming-of-age pic till his co-star Alex Wolff introduced him to it during filming. Viewings quickly became an on-set ritual. “We used to go to each other’s rooms and watch the movie all the time. It was really fun,” he said.
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Casting Net: Garrett Hedlund to play Hook; Plus, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, more

• Garrett Hedlund, who starred in Tron: Legacy and has a small role in Inside Llewyn Davis, has been offered the role of Hook in Anna Karenina director Joe Wright’s Pan. The Warner Bros. project, penned by Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift), will have a new take on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan tale. In the origin story, Hook is (initially at least) Pan’s ally. According to the report, Hedlund beat out Jack Huston and Ezra Miller for the role. Hugh Jackman is still in contention for the part of Blackbeard. The film is already set for a June 26, 2015, release. [Deadline]
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