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Nick Damici talks about werewolf movie 'Late Phases' and 'Hap and Leonard'

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How did actor Nick Damici prepare to play a blind army vet in the new werewolf movie Late Phases? Painfully, it seems.

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Glenn Howerton was almost Star-Lord in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

While it’s difficult to imagine anyone else in the role of Star-Lord than Chris Pratt, if the Parks and Recreation star didn’t fill the role, it would have gone to another comic actor and master of the night(man).

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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant team up for Stephen Frears' 'Florence'

After a few weeks’ worth of rumors, Pathé International has announced that Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant will officially be teaming up for Stephen Frears’ biopic, Florence. READ FULL STORY

Eli Roth executive producing remake of 'Cabin Fever'

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In what is either the least or most timely film news of the month, it was announced today that writer-director Eli Roth is executive producing a remake of his 2002 flesh-eating virus horror film, Cabin Fever.

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Javier Bardem in talks to play the villain in fifth 'Pirates' film

With Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush both returning for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the hit franchise, fans have turned their attention to which actor will play the film’s villain.

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Stephen 'tWitch' Boss added to 'Magic Mike XXL' cast

Some experience has been added to the big cast of Magic Mike XXL.

Dancer and actor Stephen “tWitch” Boss revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that the film’s writer, producer, and star Channing Tatum had offered him a role in the sequel. And from the sounds of it, tWitch is taking it off.  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Tom Welling and more complete cast of Nicholas Sparks' 'The Choice'

• The final pieces have been put in place in order to make The Choice, the latest Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted to the screen. Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) and Maggie Grace (Taken 2) have completed the cast that already includes Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Tom Wilkinson. Ross Katz is directing the story adapted by Bryan Sipe about a love affair between neighbors Travis (Walker) and Gabby (Palmer). Welling will play Ryan, Gabby’s boyfriend who complicates the relationship and forces her to make a choice between the two. [THR]

• Instructions Not Included star Eugenio Derbez has joined Gerard Butler in the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. The film chronicles what happens when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction and a stubborn satellite designer (Butler) is forced to work with his estranged brother in order to save the world. Dean Devlin, the writer behind Independence Day, will make his feature directorial debut in the film he also wrote currently scheduled for release on March 25, 2016. [THR]

• Lyriq Bent (Saw) has been cast in the supernatural thriller Pay the GhostNicolas Cage stars as a New York English professor whose son goes missing from a Halloween parade. Bent will play Detective Reynolds in the film directed by Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) and written by Dan Kay (Timber Falls) based on Tim Lebbon’s short story of the same name. The Walking Dead‘s Sarah Wayne Callies also stars. [The Wrap]

• Matador star Gabriel Luna has joined the ensemble of the indie police drama FreeheldEllen Page, Julianne Moore and Steve Carell have already signed on for the film about a New Jersey car mechanic and her police detective girlfriend battling for their pension benefits when the cop is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Luna will play a fellow detective on the police force who testifies on the couple’s behalf against the local government. Pete Stollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is directing from a script by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia). [Variety]

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Bryan Cranston to star in 'The Infiltrator'

Bryan Cranston will be starring in the thriller The Infiltrator, based on the autobiography of the same name by Robert Mazur, EW has confirmed.

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Casting Net: Casey Affleck to star in Boston Marathon drama

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• Oscar nominee Casey Affleck will return to his native Massachusetts to star in and produce a film based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The script written by Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter) is based on the book “Boston Strong” by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge and chronicles the massive manhunt to find the two men believed responsible for the bombings and the city’s response to the horrific events. [Variety]

• Steve Carell will continue his trend of taking on less comedic roles in an untitled thriller from director Gore Verbinski (The Lone Ranger). The film will be the third straight Verbinski shoots for New Regency after the horror picture A Cure For Wellness and the large-scale action comedy PassengersSteve Conrad, who wrote the script for Passengers as well as the adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will once again collaborate with Verbinski on this project. [Deadline]

Flight of the ConchordsJermaine Clement is teaming with James C. Strouse for People Places Things. Strouse just finished principal photography, and is directing from a script he wrote. The indie feature stars Clement as a freshly single, struggling graphic novelist attempting to raise his young twin daughters while also moving on from the woman who left him. Other cast members include Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, and Jessica Williams. Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub are producing for Beachside. Beachside’s Tim Foley is executive producing with Summer Shelton. [Deadline]

• Tom Wilkinson will join Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The ChoiceRoss Katz (Adult Beginners) is directing the film about the unexpected relationship of a young couple who meet as neighbors in a small coastal town, The script was written for the screen by Bryan Sipe. [Variety]

Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) has been added to the rom-com action flick Mr. RightAnna Kendrick will star as a woman who thinks her unlucky streak in love has come to an end when she meets the perfect guy played by Sam Rockwell, who just happens to be a hitman. Wu-Tang rapper/producer RZA is on board to play Shotgun Steve, a marksman who works for a rival gangster. Filming begins next week in New Orleans with director Paco Cabezas (Neon Flesh) at the helm from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). [Deadline]

• That ’70s Show star Danny Masterson will play a cutthroat yet lonely hedge fund tycoon who takes a group of friends on a mysterious island getaway in the thriller UrgePierce Brosnan is starring as the island gatekeeper and a designer drug dealer with Twilight star Ashley Greene playing one of Masterson’s friends. The film will be the directorial debut for producer Aaron Kaufman (Chef). [Deadline]

• Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton have been added to the voice cast of the mixed live action/CGI animated movie PaddingtonBen Whishaw is providing the voice of the curious Peruvian bear in the film written and directed by Paul King and Gambon and Staunton will play his Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy, respectively. The movie also stars Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Julie Walters in their natural human forms. [Deadline]

Kerry Washington to star in 'Is He The One' rom-com

Scandal star Kerry Washington has signed on as the lead in MGM’s romantic comedy Is He The One, EW has confirmed.

Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday) will direct from a script by DJ Richardson and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely).

The film opens with a bride (Washington) getting ready for her wedding. Through flashbacks, the film recounts her three serious relationships. It will end with her walking down the aisle, but who will greet her is unknown.

MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman and senior vice president Cassidy Lange are overseeing the project. Todd Garner is producing.

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