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'My Left Foot' director Jim Sheridan to adapt WWII book 'Playing with the Enemy'

There are sports movies. There are war movies. Playing with the Enemy will be both, and it’s set to be directed by Jim Sheridan, who has worked in both genres before.

Sheridan will direct the film and re-write its script, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

The film is an adaptation of the 2006 book Playing with the Enemy by Gary W. Moore, about his father, Gene Moore, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers before joining the Navy in 1940. While stationed at a prisoner of war camp in Louisiana, he taught German POWs how to play baseball. READ FULL STORY

First Look: Shailene Woodley faces knives in 'Divergent' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Divergent, the highly anticipated adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA series, only recently began filming on location in Chicago. But Shailene Woodley, who stars as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, tells EW that the younger members of the Neil Burger-directed movie — which includes Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Theo James and Zoë Kravitz — have already clicked. “It’s a good group,” she says. “We’re hanging out on weekends, celebrating birthdays. Everyone just wants to get to know one another. It’s rare to get a big group together and not have any conflicts. It’s really kind of amazing.”

Divergent takes place in a dystopian future where society is divided up into five factions. In this exclusive photograph, Tris is taking the place of a fellow Dauntless initiate, and must stand still while knives are thrown at her head. “It’s about being selfless and standing up for what’s right,” Woodley says.

But don’t worry about those knives: “They’re just rubber,” she says.

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Tony Goldwyn joins ‘Divergent’ — EXCLUSIVE
‘Divergent’ has found its ‘Four’! Theo James talks about starring in the next big YA franchise — EXCLUSIVE

'Jurassic Park' writer to adapt 'Brilliance' for the big screen

Imagine a world where one percent of all humans are born with extraordinary powers. Forget the X-Men. In Marcus Sakey’s novel Brilliance, these rare beings are called the Brilliants. Some can read minds, some can turn invisible, and some can get rich by just “sensing” stock market pattens. In the novel, Federal Agent Nick Cooper is a Brilliant who has the very job appropriate power of hunting terrorist. The suspense story follows Cooper as he tracks down a fellow Brilliant who is intent on provoking civil war.

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Tony Goldwyn joins 'Divergent' -- EXCLUSIVE

Here’s another (and probably the last) big piece of the Divergent casting puzzle: EW has learned exclusively that Tony Goldwyn has joined the Divergent team playing the role of Andrew Prior, father to heroine Beatrice Prior, portrayed by Shailene Woodley.

The Scandal actor (who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on the ABC show), 52, joins Ashley Judd—who recently was cast as onscreen wife, Natalie Prior — Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, and Ansel Elgort. (For more on the rest of the cast, check out our “Who’s Who?” gallery.)
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'Divergent': Ashley Judd cast as Natalie Prior

EW has confirmed that Ashley Judd has joined the cast of Divergent, the big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA bestseller. Judd — who recently abandoned her bid for one of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seats — will play Natalie Prior, the mother of Divergent‘s heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley). (THR first exclusively reported this news.) READ FULL STORY

'Divergent' adds two more to the cast, starts official production

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We’ve been eagerly following all the casting announcements on Divergent — the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA series — and today comes official word from Summit Entertainment that shooting has begun in Chicago along with two new members of the cast.

In addition to Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton, and Kate Winslet as the devious Jeanine Matthew — the filmmakers announced that Mekhi Phifer (E.R.) has signed on to play Max, a Dauntless leader, and Dexter‘s Ray Stevenson will portray Marcus, a high-ranking member of Abnegation (who has close ties with a principal character).
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'Little Children' director Todd Field to helm adaptation of 'Beautiful Ruins'

Beautiful Ruins, the epic romance novel EW counted among 2012’s best fiction, has found a director. Todd Field will helm the project and will also co-write the script with Jess Walter, author of the best-selling book.

The news was announced today by the heads of Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan) and Smuggler Films (Greetings From Tim Buckley), which are set to produce the project. READ FULL STORY

'Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' trailer: Now with more scary demons -- VIDEO

Shadowhunters, your new Mortal Instruments: City of Bones trailer is here! And if you thought the first trailer looked epic, then you’re in for a treat.

Sony’s film, which is adapted from the first book in a a planned series of six novels by Cassandra Clare (five are currently available), stars Lily Collins as Clary, a teenager who discovers that she is descended from a magical line of a Shadowhunters, half-angels with the power to kill demons. YA adaptations have been bombing left and right on the big screen lately (cough, cough, Beautiful Creatures), but so far, so good, City of Bones.

In the new trailer, we get plenty of the golden-haired badass Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), but we also have our first look at Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey as Clary’s mother, as well as a bevy of impressive-looking demons. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Kate Winslet confirmed for role in 'Divergent'

Summit Entertainment confirms (finally!) that Kate Winslet will indeed star as Jeanine Matthews in the Neil Burger directed YA thriller, Divergent. The cast has filled out nicely in the last couple of weeks: in addition to star Shailene Woodley (who just this week was offered the role in the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars), the cast members are as follows:

Theo James as Dauntless instructor, Tobias “Four” EatonJai Courtney as Eric, former Erudite transfer and sadistic leader of the Dauntless faction; Zoë Kravitz as Tris’s friend Christina; Maggie Q as Tori, a Dauntless ally; and Ansel Elgort as Tris’s brother, Caleb.

Production will start next month in Chicago.

Casting Net: Kiefer Sutherland to play villain in disaster movie 'Pompeii'; Plus, Kristen Wiig, Reese Witherspoon, more

• Kiefer Sutherland is in final talks to play the villain in Paul W.S. Anderson‘s (Resident Evil) take on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Consider him the Billy Zane of Pompeii, the history-based disaster romance movie that somehow didn’t get made when Titanic and Pearl Harbor were reeling in the big bucks at the box office. Sutherland joins Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), and Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) in the film that began production in Toronto last week. [THR]

• Christina Applegate isn’t finding any shortage of work after her sudden departure from NBC’s Up All Night. The comedienne is in final negotiations to star in Vacation, a reboot of the franchise that began with 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation. Also set to appear in the film is Ed Helms, who will play Rusty, Anthony Michael Hall‘s role in the original. [THR] READ FULL STORY

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