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Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito join live-action 'Jungle Book'

Christopher Walken is officially king of the swingers.

Disney revealed today that the Oscar winner has joined the cast of its increasingly star-studded live action Jungle Book remake. Walken is set to voice the ape monarch King Louie, a part sure to be as flamboyant as his upcoming turn in NBC’s Peter Pan Live. (In Disney’s 1967 animated musical, Louie is the one who sings the jazzy classic “I Wanna Be Like You.”)

Also joining the film’s ranks: Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito, who already has experience playing a classic Disney character. (He portrayed Once Upon a Time‘s genie-turned-magic-mirror way back in season one.) This time around, Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack that adopts human child Mowgli (played in the film by 10-year-old first-time actor Neel Sethi).

The two newcomers join a cast of high-profile voice actors that already includes Ben Kingsley as noble panther Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as mother wolf Raksha, Idris Elba as wicked tiger Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as the hypnotic snake Kaa. Sethi will be the only actor to physically appear onscreen throughout the film.

Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' trailer: The rise and fall of the Four Seasons -- VIDEO

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Beloved Broadway musical Jersey Boys gets the big-screen treatment this summer, and the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s film adaption of the Tony winner aims to tell the story of the rise and fall of the hit 1960s quartet the Four Seasons. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Gwyneth Paltrow may join Johnny Depp; Plus, Andrew Garfield, Abigail Breslin, more

Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man 3) and Ewan McGregor (The Impossible) are in negotiations to join Johnny Depp‘s Mortdecai. The story follows Charles Mortdecai, an art dealer racing to uncover a Nazi bank account full of gold. The project is expected to start production later this year. [Variety]

99 Homes, a story of a man who loses his home due to foreclosure, has snagged Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) for the lead role. Garfield’s character will find himself so desperate that he starts working for the man who took his home, going so far as to assist him in illegal activities. [THR]

• Abigail Breslin (The Call) will be returning to the world of the walking dead in Maggie, where she’ll play the titular role — an unfortunate young woman who is infected by a virus that is sweeping the globe. Arnold Schwarzenegger will play her father. [THR]
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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.

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‘Seven Psychopaths’: Sam Rockwell psycho-sweet-talks Olga Kurylenko -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Sam Rockwell is all crazy eyes and toothy grin in the upcoming comedic blood bath Seven Psychopaths, also starring Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, and Colin Farrell, but he still knows how to charm the ladies. Well, kind of.

Check out an exclusive clip from the movie below, which opens nationwide on Oct. 12. Rockwell, as dognapper-actor-loony killer Billy, tells his sexy gal pal, played by Olga Kurylenko, who’s also shacked up with a deranged mob boss (Harrelson), that he’s helped her out by stealing Harrelson’s prized pooch. The chat doesn’t go so well.
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'Stand Up Guys' with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

There’s old school, and then there’s OLD school.

Stand Up Guys stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, three of the most recognizable actors over 65 working today, in one movie as retired mobsters reunited for a night of drug, sex and guns-filled debauchery. Pacino plays Val (“Al” – “Val” – go figure),  just out from a long stint in prison. Walken is Val’s very Walken-ish double-crossing best friend Doc, and Arkin plays another friend, Hirsch. Lionsgate is releasing the movie, pegged as both a drama and an action comedy, with a December awards-qualifying run, before its nationwide opening Jan. 11, 2013.

If you love minimalist 1970s-era exploitation and action film posters, then you’ll totally dig this exclusive poster for the film with its black silhouettes, bright racing stripes, and all the old school flair of a ’70s poster for Rocky. See it below.

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'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

Toronto Film Festival Q&A: Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken on 'Seven Psychopaths' and their triple bromance

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They play speech-giving, gun-toting psychopaths in In Bruges director Martin McDonagh’s zippy, blood-drenched comedy Seven Psychopaths, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. But in person Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are really just big softies at heart, and good buddies who like tea, each other’s movies, and do soft-core porn? (More on that below).

EW.com sat down at the Toronto fest on Sunday with Rockwell and Harrelson, and separately with costar Christopher Walken, who’s totally dead-pan funny as Hans, a philosophical dog-napping business partner of Rockwell’s super chatty, psycho killer Billy. Colin Farrell (an In Bruges alum) stars as Billy’s friend Marty, an L.A. screenwriter working on a screenplay about psychopaths, and all the guys, while on set, fell for a little pooch named Bonny, a white, fluffy Shih Tzu belonging to Harrelson’s character, scary mob moss Charlie. Bonny’s kidnapped by Billy and Hans, leading to violent consequences. READ FULL STORY

Toronto Film Festival: Midnight premiere of 'Seven Psychopaths' with Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken total madness

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You know a movie’s going to be a festival hit — or at least feel that a movie’s going to be a hit — when hundreds of fans slog to a midnight premiere, potentially boozed up but still edgy with excitement, laughing and yelling their approval.

The Midnight Madness premiere of In Bruges director Martin McDonagh’s violent comedy Seven Psychopaths, starring a litany of actors who’ve played past cinematic psychopaths, including Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson, brought out film nerds and nerdettes alike. Costars Abbie Cornish, in swooping red, and Olga Kurylenko, in a glam black gown with an Angelina Jolie-ish leg slit, came as well, along with a non-human cast member: a sweet, sedate shih tzu in the movie named Bonny. READ FULL STORY

'Seven Psychopaths' red-band trailer: Now with more Christopher Walken profanity!

If you’re like me — and I hope you’re not — you probably watched the first trailer for Seven Psychopaths and thought to yourself: “Well, I’m intrigued, but before I commit to this movie, I’d like to be sure that it features Christopher Walken using the F-word and Colin Farrell using the S-word.” Thankfully, there’s a new red-band trailer which features lots of R-rated invective straight from the brain of Martin McDonagh, the writer/director of Psychopaths who’s like an Irish David Mamet. Watch the new trailer: READ FULL STORY

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