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Casting Net: Charlize Theron to produce, possibly star in 'Everything Nice'; Plus, Uma Thurman, more

• Charlize Theron is set to produce and potentially star in Everything Nice, an adaptation of Ellen Shanman‘s novel about an ad exec who gets fired, moves back in with her widowed father, starts a flirtation with an old flame, and ends up teaching life skills to sixth-grade girls. One True Thing and Admission scribe Karen Croner is penning the script for Universal. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

'A Million Ways to Die in the West' red-band trailer: Is this Seth MacFarlane's 'Blazing Saddles'? -- VIDEO

Like Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West is a gleefully profane, proudly anachronistic Western spoof set in the mid to late 19th century that features an unlikely hero, a gorgeous blond love interest, at least one big campfire scene, cartoonish violence, jokes about sharpshooting, jokes about promiscuous frontier ladies, jokes about Native Americans who just might be Members of the Tribe (“Mila Kunis” is the new “Loz im geyn!”), and lots — I mean lots – of slapstick humor.

And unlike the classic 1974 comedy, A Million Ways probably won’t break any new ground — though it is pretty cool to see major talents like Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Liam Neeson, and, yes, MacFarlane himself united in the same goofy joke factory. (Another Brooksian touch: The Family Guy creator is the film’s director, co-writer, and star.) Though be forewarned: Given the graphic nature of a few scenes in the following restricted trailer, you might want to wait to watch until after you’ve eaten lunch. And the language is obscene enough to make Mel himself proud. Hosti gezen in dayne lebn?
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'Dark Places' preview: Charlize Theron on playing the 'complicated' Libby Day

Gone Girl isn’t the only Gillian Flynn novel headed to the big screen. A film based on Flynn’s 2009 thriller Dark Places also promises to deliver some creepy surprises. Charlize Theron stars as Libby Day, the traumatized survivor of the brutal murder of her mom and sisters who teams up with a band of murder-obsessed amateur sleuths (self-dubbed the Kill Club) to uncover unsettling secrets about her family.

In her career, Theron has played a murderous prostitute and a narcissistic young-adult author, yet playing a woman as emotionally removed as Libby still posed a challenge. “I like complicated characters,” she says. “And there’s something about Libby — she doesn’t make it easy.”

And Theron didn’t make the role easy on herself. She spent much of a summertime shoot in Louisiana wearing a leather jacket. “Not the smartest!” she jokes. But Flynn, a former writer for EW, gives Theron total props for her transformation as Libby. “She’s mind-bogglingly beautiful in her natural state, and to watch her assume the posture of Libby was really spectacular,” says Flynn.

Flynn even had the opportunity to share a scene with Theron in a brief cameo. “In my cameo, she and I exchange a little glance,” says Flynn. “I’m pretty sure she gave me respect for my acting chops — the look you’ll see in the film is, ‘Wow, Flynn. You’re pretty awesome.’” She’s quick to add, “Not really!”

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Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron find 'A Million Ways to Die in the West': See the first photo

And now for something completely different: Seth MacFarlane wrote and directed a western! Starring Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried… and himself!

A Million Ways to Die in the West, or Sausage Curls: The Movie, casts MacFarlane as Albert, a humble sheep farmer who finds himself humiliated when his girlfriend (Seyfried) leaves him for the dapper gent who runs their town’s local “moustachery” (Harris, natch). Luckily, he learns to find his courage when he meets a more age-appropriate love interest (Theron), the mysterious wife of an infamous outlaw.

Check below to see all four members of the film’s main love square in character. If we know MacFarlane — and we think we do — it’s safe to guess that this confrontation leads into a lavish musical number, right? (Perhaps an updated version of “The Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends”?)

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' to storm theaters Summer 2015

Attention lovers of post-apocalyptic wastelands, biker gangs, and Tom Hardy: Mad Max: Fury Road is set to hit theaters on May 15, 2015 — almost exactly 30 years after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was released.

Warner Bros. announced release plans Wednesday for the 3-D movie.

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'A Million Ways to Die in the West' gets summer 2014 release date

In a predicted move, Universal has reunited with Seth MacFarlane and the team behind Ted to produce another R-rated summer comedy.

Given Ted‘s success, it seemed only a matter of time before Universal came on board with the team’s newest project — A Million Ways to Die in the West. EW has confirmed Universal’s announcement today that it would be co-funding the western comedy, giving it a May 30 release date for the summer of 2014.
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Casting Net: Charlize Theron to star in crime thriller; Plus, Luke Hemsworth lands first film role, more

• Charlize Theron is attached to produce and star in a still untitled crime thriller for Paramount, which is reportedly going to be similar in tone to The Departed and End of Watch. The Killing‘s Dan Nowak is set to write the script. The Oscar-winning actress has been stacking up the projects lately, including the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West. [THR]

The third Hemsworth has made good on his promise to restart his acting career. Luke Hemsworth will make his feature film debut in John V. Soto’s The Reckoning alongside Jonathan LaPaglia (brother of Anthony). The story will follow a cop on the search for teenagers who disappeared after capturing a murder on video. LaPaglia will play the cop, and Hemsworth will be the detective on the case. [Deadline]

• Have you heard of Brady Corbet yet? Get to know the name, if not — he already has a pretty stellar resume and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The 24-year-old actor has appeared in Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Funny Games, and Thirteen, and has just signed on to star opposite Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson in the Pablo Escobar pic Paradise Lost. Eat Pray Love and Life of Pi actor Andrea Di Stefano will make his directorial debut on the project, which is expected to begin filming in Panama this month. [Deadline]

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Fred Savage to direct Charlize Theron in comedy 'Ladies Night'

Fred Savage, the child star-turned-prolific TV director, has been tapped by Skydance Productions to helm their upcoming comedy Ladies Night, starring Charlize Theron.

Since moving on from his actor days when he played the wide-eyed grandson in The Princess Bride and Kevin on The Wonder Years, Savage has directed over 120 TV episodes for shows such as Modern Family, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Boy Meets World, but the Skydance project will be his second directorial endeavor for the big screen. His first time directing a film was 2007′s Daddy Day Camp. READ FULL STORY

Oscar-winning, blockbuster-fronting Jennifer Lawrence seems to have the odds ever in her favor

Jennifer Lawrence didn’t just win the Oscar for Best Actress last month. She basically won the whole Oscars. (Apologies to Ben Affleck.) She charmed late-night hosts — and Academy voters — with a disarming blend of bawdy humor and compulsive oversharing in the weeks before the ceremony. She rocked the red carpets with a variety of gorgeous gowns. More importantly, she was the only nominee who arrived at the Dolby Theatre currently fronting a $400 million blockbuster franchise. Certainly, she was wonderful and deserving of the Academy Award for her performance as a dispirited young widow in The Silver Linings Playbook, but as she accepted the Oscar, there was also a palpable recognition that she is The Future: a young, beautiful indie-film queen who can also carry and sell an action franchise.

At only 22, with an Oscar and central roles in The Hunger Games and X-Men, Lawrence appears to be the right actress in the right movies at the right time. “Everyone wants to work with her, whether it’s another actor or actress or a director or a studio,” says David Glasser, COO of The Weinstein Company, which distributed Silver Linings. “I think everybody right now wants to find that great Jennifer Lawrence Project.” READ FULL STORY

Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, & Daniel Radcliffe appearing at Oscars

An Oscar winner and three blockbuster stars have been added to this year’s Academy Awards slate. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe will all make “special appearances” at the ceremony on Feb. 24.

Theron won a Best Actress statuette for Monster in 2004 and was nominated again for North Country in 2006. Magic Mike star Tatum, Dark Knight Rises star Gordon-Levitt, and ex-Harry Potter Radcliffe, on the other hand, will be making their first Oscar appearances.

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