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Casting Net: Kate Upton eyed for 'Entourage'; Plus, Richard Gere, Dan Stevens, more

Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton is reportedly being eyed for a lead role in the Entourage movie. Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Dillon are all set to reprise the roles they originated in the HBO series. Although the 21-year-old Upton is best known for her modeling work, she has appeared in a few films, including Tower Heist and The Three Stooges. Upton recently wrapped the adultery comedy The Other Woman (out April 25, 2014) with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. [The Wrap]

SXSW 2013: Catherine Keener on gender-bending role in 'Maladies' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

In upcoming film Maladies, screening at SXSW next week after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival late last year, James Franco stars as James, a troubled former soap opera star who moves to a small town under the guise of writing a memoir. He lives with his sister, who is mentally ill (Fallon Goodson) and best friend, Catherine (Catherine Keener) — an artist who is a cross dresser. In the exclusive photo below, we see Catherine at work on a sculpture.

Catherine Keener on playing viola and mining emotions with Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'A Late Quartet'

Catherine Keener has acted in dozens of comedies and dramas, from playing author Nelle Harper Lee in 2005’s Capote to a single mother in The 40-year-old Virgin, but she’s never played a violist, as she does in drama A Late Quartet, out in limited release on Friday.

Keener takes on the role of Juliette, who plays in an internationally known classical quartet with her violinist husband Robert, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, violinist Daniel, played by Mark Ivanir, and father figure cellist Peter, played by Christopher Walken. The foursome are hit hard when Walken’s Peter announces he has Parkinson’s, and must end his career. In the movie, Keener wavers between tight-lipped emotion and deep, fitful explosions of expression, arguing with Hoffman and seeking solace from Walken. It’s a part the actress critics have called “an indie queen” relishes. EW spoke to Keener by phone about the movie, working with Walken and Hoffman (her co-star in Capote), and loving that her own 13-year-old son plays the cello.


'The Oranges' NSFW trailer: Family awkwardness with Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie

Extended time with your family: sometimes awkward.

Extended time with your family while you’re secretly dating your parents’ best friend: the most awkward.

But that discomfort in real life could translate to plenty of laughs on the big screen in director Julian Farino’s new comedy, The Oranges. When Leighton Meester starts hooking up with the much-older Hugh Laurie, everyone’s relationships in the two neighborly families are affected. The film also stars all the people you wish were in your own family: Allison Janney, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Adam Brody and Alia Shawkat.

Check out the red-band trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'A Late Quartet' trailer: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken make complicated music together

No one strives to be second fiddle, but what happens to the people who find themselves stuck (in this case, literally) in that role? In A Late Quartet — premiering tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival — Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, and Mark Ivanir (Schindler’s ListBig Miracle) play members of a famed symphonic foursome that is rocked when one member (Walken) announces an illness that will end his career.

The event forces Hoffman’s character, who’s perpetually played second violin in the group, to reassess his own goals and passions — both professionally, and personally with his wife (Keener). You can check out the first trailer for the film, the feature debut for co-writer-director Yaron Zilberman, below:  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence may go to 'Ends of the Earth.' Plus: Mickey Rourke, Kevin Costner, and a 'Catching Fire' baddie

• Speaking of Lawrence, Patrick St. Esprit (Sons of Anarchy) will join her in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, playing the small supporting role of Romulus Thread, the ruthless new head Peacekeeper for District 12. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) is directing. [Variety]

• Mickey Rourke is negotiating to star opposite Gerard Butler in Motor City, a drama about a man seeking retribution against the person whose double cross landed him in jail. (Albert Hughes is directing.) If that isn’t hard-scrabble noir enough for you, Rourke is also aiming to reprise his role of Marv in Sin City 2, even though the character was electrocuted in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s first film. [Deadline]

• Next up on the ’80s star double-feature circuit, Kevin Costner has been offered the role of the mentor to Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) in the upcoming prequel/reboot of the Tom Clancy/CIA analyst franchise. (Kenneth Branagh is directing and starring as the main villain.) Costner has also been offered the lead in Three Days to Kill, about an assassin with a fatal illness going off on one last job in France, to be produced by Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp, the same company behind the Taken films. Neither deal is close to done, however. [Deadline]

• Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) is in talks to join the growing cast of Breacher, about 10 crooked DEA agents who begin dying one by one after they use an official operation to mask a robbery. Arnold SchwarzeneggerSam WorthingtonTerrence Howard, and Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) will costar. David Ayer (Harsh Times) is directing. [THR]

• Catherine Keener and Toni Collette have signed up for the new, untitled comedy from writer-director Nicole Holofcener (Please GiveFriends with Money). Keener will star as a new friend to a divorcée Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, who ends up falling for Keener’s ex-husband (James Gandolfini). Collette will play Keener’s therapist, who is also Louis-Dreyfuss’ friend. Got all that? [Variety]

• Lindsay Lohan is in talks for an unspecified role in Scary Movie 5, to be directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Soul Men). Yeah, that seems about right. [E! Online]

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Casting Net: Will Arnett to play Lego form. Plus: James Woods, Catherine Keener, James Marsden

• James WoodsRon EldardLesley Ann Warren, and John Getz (The Social Network) have joined jOBS, the indie biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher), the filmmakers announced on Tuesday. Eldard will play Apple designer Rod Holt; Getz and Warren, Jobs’ adoptive parents Paul and and Clara Jobs; and Woods, Jobs’ onetime Dean of Students Jack Dudman. Josh Gad, Lukas HaasMatthew Modine, and Dermot Mulroney costar; Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) is directing.

• Catherine Keener will star opposite Mark Ruffalo in Can a Song Save Your Life?, the music-driven drama starring Keira Knightley as a struggling musician who meets up with Ruffalo’s struggling music producer. Keener will play Ruffalo’s estranged wife, but no word on whether she is also struggling. Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine costar, and John Carney (Once) will direct. [Deadline]

• James Marsden will play a naval commander with the unenviable job of giving Mark Wahlberg orders in Two Guns. Wahlberg and Denzel Washington play a Navy SEAL and DEA agent, respectively, who work together to steal money from the CIA not realizing the other is an undercover government agent. Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband) is directing. [Variety]

Dermot Mulroney and Josh Henderson (TNT’s Dallas) have signed up for the indie thriller Swelter, about a quartet of fugitive convicts who come to a California small town seeking a fifth associate who absconded with $10 million. Director Keith Parmer (Mob Rules) also penned the script. [Variety]

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'Peace, Love & Misunderstanding': What's so funny? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Perhaps it should have been called Peace, Love & Clothing Optional? Jane Fonda’s latest offering Peace, Love & Misunderstanding finds the Oscar-winning ’60s icon going back to her roots as Grace, a matriarch who never quite moved past her hippie dippy heyday. Grace’s high-strung daughter (Catherine Keener) returns home with her kids (Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff) in tow, setting the stage for a buzz-killing culture clash.

In this exclusive behind-the scenes featurette, Fonda and her on-screen family talk about the project alongside director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) and co-stars Chace Crawford and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Oh yeah, and then there’s that naked dude…. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Thanksgiving, movies, and reasons to be grateful

The gratitude lists emailed among friends and families this Thanksgiving are lovely and thoughtful, expressing heartfelt appreciation for  food, shelter, health, friends, family, babies’ smiles, rainbows, Mom’s lasagna, all that good stuff. The only problem is, when mentioned in the same breath as Mom and rainbows, offering thanks for the genius of Netflix looks pretty puny. But not here: Here’s where movie lovers can offer up movie love in the spirit of the holiday. I’ll go first:

1. Thanks to great American actors whose appearances invigorate every movie they’re in. My choice trio: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Jeffrey Wright, above. Who would you add to the list?

2. Thanks for cup holders and stadium seating in movie theaters.

3. Thanks to filmmakers who know the proper length for their movies. Sometimes 90 minutes is all that’s needed to tell a story; occasionally 140 minutes feels right. (Mostly, the 90-minute range is plenty. Thanks again.)

4. Thanks for the work of great actors already famous in their own countries, stars in the bigger world, including READ FULL STORY

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