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Casting Net: Chris Pine to narrate high-school debate documentary

• Chris Pine is set to narrate the high-school debate documentary, This Is Not A Club. Ari Levinson is directing the film, which tracks four debate teams over the course of a year as they compete in two-person speech competitions and, eventually, the annual National Speech and Debate tournament in Las Vegas. [Deadline]

• Ewan McGregor will lend his voice as narrator of Humpback Whales. Greg MacGillivray is directing the underwater, 3D documentary for IMAX and giant-screen theaters. It follows humpback whales in their slow recovery after nearly being hunted to extinction. Stephen Judson is writing and editing. Expect it to hit theaters Feb. 13. [Variety]

 Director Benoit Jacquot has enlisted Gerard Depardieu, Vincent Lindon, and Sandrine Kiberlain for his upcoming mystery drama, Bain de Minuit. Gilles Taurand is adapting George Harrar‘s novel Reunion at Red Paint Bay for the screen. The story follows a family man working as a newspaper editor in Red Paint, Maine. Soon, he receives threatening postcards from a stalker, revealing secrets from his past and causing his life to crumble. [Variety]

See Ewan McGregor as Jesus in Sundance exclusive

When the trades announced last February that Albert Nobbs director Rodrigo García was making a small indie starring Ewan McGregor in dual roles, his characters were described as a “holy man and a demon.” But unveiled in yesterday’s announcement of Premieres for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were the more specific details for Last Days in the Desert that said holy man and demon are actually Jesus and the Devil, “in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert.”

In the film, Yeshua—Hebrew for Jesus—is tempted by evil while alone in the wilderness. “You can see the demon as the Devil,” says McGregor. “Or you can see him as another side of Yeshua perhaps, an embodiment of his doubt. He’s there testing him into trying to suggest that his father doesn’t love him, that his father’s not interested in his struggle.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Ansel Elgort to play American piano prodigy; Plus, Ewan McGregor, more

 The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort will play the title role in Van Cliburn. The film tells the story of the Texan piano prodigy who has been credited as bridging the Cold War gap between America and Russia when, at age 23, he won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. Andrew Stern (Disconnect) is penning the script, and Elgort, a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, will perform the piano playing himself. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

'Jane Got a Gun' gets February release date

After three casting changes, two directors, and one lawsuit, Jane Got a Gun is finally making it to theaters. Relatively has announced a Feb. 20, 2015 release date for the Western, starring Natalie Portman.

Portman plays Jane, a woman who is forced to ask her ex-fiance (Joel Edgerton) for aid after an outlaw gang led by Colin (Ewan McGregor) torments her new husband (Noah Emmerich).

McGregor replaces Bradley Cooper, who stepped in for Jude Law as the bad guy. 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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'August: Osage County' trailer: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and more! -- VIDEO

August: Osage County (out Nov. 8) may well become the year’s fanciest movie about a trashy family. It’s based on Tracy Letts’ hours-long, Pulitizer prize-winning play (which we said was “horrifyingly, deliciously mesmerizing”) and is directed by John Wells from Letts’ adaptation. The cast is stuffed from every angle with talent: Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts (as the favorite daughter), and Meryl Streep (as the hated mother).

As the film’s first trailer makes clear, Osage County is a Jenga-like drama of family dysfunction, with funerals and divorces piling atop dinner-table conflicts. Roberts is weary. Streep, with a frizz of black hair, has the juiciest role in the play. Edward Sharpe plays in the background.

Is it foolish to admit I’m most excited for Juliette Lewis?

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'The Impossible' Blu-ray: Tom Holland talks about tsunamis, Shakespeare, and Ben Kenobi -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Naomi Watts was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Impossible, and Ewan McGregor starred as the husband and father who refused to quit looking for his missing family in the devastating aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. But the emotional core of the heartrending disaster film was Tom Holland, the 13-year old English actor who played their oldest son Lucas. Nearly swept away by the wave, Lucas clings to life among the dangerous flotsam and survives to help his injured mother to safety. Never striking a false note as his character veers between terror, hopelessness, and bravery, Holland delivers a performance reminiscent of Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun. The first-time movie actor, who’d starred in the London stage production of Billy Elliot, won several newcomer acting awards for his role in The Impossible, including a Breakthrough Award from the National Board of Review.

Now 16, Holland is poised to star in three upcoming high-profile movies in the next year. But speaking to EW just after coming home from school in London, it’s clear he’s in no rush to hurry matters.

Click below for a Q&A with the precocious actor, plus an exclusive video clip from The Impossible Blu-ray, which is available today. READ FULL STORY

New 'Jack the Giant Slayer' posters: Get a load of these creepy cloud-dwelling giants!

Warner Bros. Pictures has released five posters for Jack the Giant Slayer — Bryan Singer’s heroic re-imagining of Jack and the Beanstalk — via its Twitter feed. This movie is finally hitting the big screen March 1 after many date shifts and a title change. November’s trailer didn’t show much of the giants up close, so here they are! They’re very “dinosaurs dressed as humans.” Get ready for some closeups of jagged, dimpled teeth and eerily beautiful green eyes…. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): 'The Impossible' wave whisperer explains breathtaking tsunami sequence

Translating the raw power of 2004’s cataclysmic Thailand tsunami to film would be an immense feat under any circumstance. But the task was all the more challenging for Félix Bergés, the visual effects supervisor of The Impossible (out in limited release on Dec. 21), who opted to skip the CGI in favor of real — read: unpredictable — water. After more than a year of testing and planning, Bergés and his team had precisely “one and a half takes” to pull off the film’s most pivotal set piece. Below, he explains the process behind the stunning, 10-minute sequence.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.

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Casting Net: Shailene Woodley in talks for YA novel adaptation 'Divergent.' Plus: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Ewan McGregor

Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton are attached to the comedy And So It Goes…, about a realtor (Douglas) who leans on his neighbor (Keaton) when he finds himself dealing with a granddaughter he didn’t know he had. P.J. Hogan (Confessions of a Shopaholic, My Best Friend’s Wedding) is directing from a script by Mark Andrus (Georgia RuleAs Good As It Gets). [Deadline]

• Ewan McGregor has signed on and Kate Hudson is in talks for the romantic comedy Born to be King, about a Hollywood extra (McGregor) who happens to look a great deal like a movie star at odds with his leading lady (Hudson). Actor Peter Capaldi (In the Loop) is directing from his screenplay. [Variety]

• Shirley MacLaine is in early talks to costar with Melissa McCarthy in Tammy, about an ex-fast food worker who ends up on a road trip with her irascible grandmother. McCarthy co-wrote the screenplay with her husband (and Bridesmaids costar) Ben Falcone. No director is currently attached. [THR]

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