• 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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• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]
• The famously hard to reach Bill Murray has committed to starring in Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah, about a down on his luck music manager who accompanies his last client on a USO tour in Afghanistan, gets stranded there without money or a passport, and discovers a promising young talent. He gets inspired and accompanies the girl to Kabul to compete in The Afghan Star, an American Idol-like singing competition. Mitch Glazer (Magic City, Scrooged) penned the script. Murray will be appearing next in George Clooney’s The Monuments Men (out Dec. 18) and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Here’s a Nazi Germany story you may not know: There was a real platoon tasked with going behind enemy lines to retrieve art masterpieces stolen by the Nazis, and the men — featuring museum directors, curators and art historians –enlisted with that very idea in mind. “We’ve got to do our best to protect bridges, landmarks and art before the Nazis destroy everything,” George Clooney’s character explains in the trailer for the new movie The Monuments Men. Based on Robert Edsel’s book, the based-on-a-true-story action-thriller has a lighter tone than most World War II Hollywood pictures.
In addition to leading man, the film will be a Clooney tour de force, which will feature the Oscar-winner also directing, as well as co-writing and producing. The dream cast will also star Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett and has an Oscar-bait ready release date of Dec. 18.
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Michael Shannon on 'The Iceman,' playing General Zod, and that Angry Sorority Girl email -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
No one plays imposing and unsettling quite like Michael Shannon. The looming 6’4″ actor, best known for his characters in Revolutionary Road — for which he was nominated for an Oscar — Take Shelter, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, commands attention in every scene he’s ever done, wielding a hollowed-out stare that can even shake audiences seated in the last row of the theater. There’s always a hint of menace behind those unblinking eyes, the potential for something wild and dangerous — even when his character’s intentions are pure.
In The Iceman, which opens in theaters on May 3, Shannon plays a man whose intentions are most definitely not pure. Richard Kuklinski was an infamous mob killer who admitted to more than 100 murders after he was finally captured in 1986. At home, in a leafy New Jersey suburb, he’s the loving husband to Winona Ryder’s willfully naive wife and doting father to their two daughters. But when he goes to work, he’s the grim reaper, dispatching victims with extreme prejudice.
In a way, playing a cold-blooded murderer is just a prelude for what’s next. In Man of Steel, the ginormous Superman reboot that flies into thousands of theaters on June 14, Shannon plays General Zod, the hero’s Krypton-born arch-enemy. It’s by far the biggest movie he’s ever appeared in, and millions of boys and girls will get their first glimpse of that powerful glare, pure, delightful kryptonite to their young moviegoing hearts.
Click below for an exclusive video from The Iceman, in which sweet, soft-spoken Richie has his first date with his future wife, and then read a interview with Shannon, as he discusses playing Zod, that hilarious Funny or Die soliloquy, and why he used to be terrified of Bill Murray. READ FULL STORY
Fox Searchlight has acquired Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and is eyeing a late 2013/early 2014 release date, EW has confirmed. If you need 11 incentives to see the movie: Ralph Fiennes, Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson are all in it.
Screen Daily first reported the news with this plot summary ”The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.”
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Deadline writes that Melissa McCarthy is close to a deal to star in The Weinstein Company’s St. Vincent De Van Nuys, a dramedy that was named one of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays by 2011′s Black List. (The script was awarded the same number of votes as Quentin Tarantino’s then-unproduced Django Unchained.) The project, written and directed by Ted Melfi, already had Bill Murray attached to star as a misanthropic retiree who forms an unlikely friendship with his 12-year-old neighbor. McCarthy would star as the boy’s single mother.
Wes Anderson doesn’t win a lot of awards. In his seven-film career, he’s gotten just two Oscar nominations, one for screenwriting on The Royal Tenenbaums and one for Best Animated Feature for Fantastic Mr. Fox.
His latest, Moonrise Kingdom, was somewhat of an awards wild card. Though it enjoyed critical praise and a healthy run in theaters ($45.5M domestic gross on an estimated budget of $16M), it premiered at Cannes in May. Regardless of Anderson’s history with awards, an early in the year premiere can make the possibility of awards recognition an uphill battle. You’re not only trying to convince people that it is an awards worthy film, you also have to remind them that it exists.
But there is hope for Moonrise, yet. Though it was overlooked for any SAG or Director’s Guild nominations, Moonrise won the Gotham Award for Best Film, and was nominated for five Film Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson), Best Cinematography (Robert Yeoman) and Best Supporting Actor (Bruce Willis). The film also snagged a Golden Globes nomination for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. The big question is whether or not Anderson will get any Oscar nods this Thursday, perhaps his first for directing a non-animated feature.
Though he’s currently shooting his eighth feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel with Bill Murray, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, and Owen Wilson, Anderson took a few minutes to speak with EW about awards, his favorite unsung heroes of Moonrise Kingdom, and casting Bruce Willis in an unlikely role.
Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman attempt to get 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III' -- TRAILER
Although writer-director Roman Coppola (CQ, screenwriter on Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited) recently told EW that he’s wary of drawing overt connections between the title hero in his film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and the well-documented lifestyle of his film’s star, Charlie Sheen, it’s difficult not to draw them watching the film’s first trailer. Over the course of 11 short seconds, Sheen’s character is called “a big fake liar,” “incredibly irresponsible,” and “crazy [and] selfish.” His playboy past gets in the way of his relationship with the girl of his dreams. And he’s plagued by fanciful fantasies involving scantily clad women, some of whom belong to an organization called the Secret Society of Ball Busters.
On the other hand, the word “winning” is never uttered, there aren’t any tigers to been seen, and Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman are around to make Swan’s personal crisis look much, much cooler.
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