• Olympus Has Fallen may have fizzled critically (EW gave Antoine Fuqua’s action pic a C), but Millennium Films is hoping to get traction on a sequel, called London Has Fallen. The $70 million pic made about $98.9 million domestically for a worldwide total of $161 million. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman are expected to reprise their roles from the first film. Fuqua (Training Day) will not be returning to direct, but they will use the same screenwriting team from the first film. Shooting on the sequel is already set for May 2014, and the plot will center on a terrorist attack planned during the funeral of the British prime minister. Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell are also expected to return. [Screen Daily; The Wrap]
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• Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine) are in talks to star in the Bobby Fischer film Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as the chess genius. Ed Zwick (Love & Other Drugs, Blood Diamond) is set to direct the movie about Fischer’s historic match against Russian chess champion Boris Spassky (Schreiber). Sarsgaard would take on the role of a priest who helps Fischer get through the trying time. [THR]
• Emily Blunt (Looper) is reportedly in talks to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of Disney’s Into the Woods to play the role of the Baker’s (James Corden) wife. The main cast also currently includes Meryl Streep (The Witch) and Johnny Depp (The Wolf). Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are both in talks for two prince roles. Blunt recently appeared with Colin Firth in Arthur Newman and can be seen next with Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill (out June 4). [Variety]
• Blunt’s Looper co-star Bruce Willis is in negotiations to play a hitman racing against time to find an antidote for whatever he’s just been poisoned with in the thriller Expiration. Brian Tucker (Broken City) wrote the script, and the producers are currently trying to find a director for the project. [Variety]
In the just-released trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s latest project Olympus Has Fallen, things go from bad to worse for the President (played by Aaron Eckhart) and the country. First his Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) gets into an accident which presumably kills the First Lady (Ashley Judd). Later, terrorists attack D.C. from the air and the ground to overtake the White House.
And then…well…you should probably watch the trailer after the jump. It’s pretty spoiler heavy. But essentially, it’s up to ex-Special Forces Officer Banning (“the same guy who was removed from the President’s detail”) to save the day.
What’s curvaceous and a bit naughty, with a greenish palor? This exclusive poster, below, for the upcoming mega celebrity-filled ensemble comedy Movie 43!
Touted as “The biggest cast every assembled, for the most outrageous comedy ever made,” the poster boasts a bada-boom outline of a greenish woman’s body with the movie’s title as the, er, crotch clincher. Helmed by several directors, including Peter Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber), the film stars a serious litany of A-list names, including — take a long breath — Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Chloe Moretz, Justin Long, Leslie Bibb, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, and Uma Thurman.
“Never before have such huge actors pushed the envelope so much,” Farrelly told EW last month, giving us the lowdown on scenes ranging from Winslet on a crazy blind date with Jackman to a potty-mouthed Watts and her real-life love Schreiber playing parents home-schooling their son by totally demeaning him. The movie’s set for release in theaters Jan. 25, 2013.
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Casting Net: Gerard Butler's new goal to defeat Nazis in 'Dynamo.' Plus: Paul Giamatti, Olivia Wilde, Romany Malco
• Gerard Butler is attached to star in Dynamo, about the real-life soccer match during WWII between a team of starving Ukrainian players and a well-fed German team, commonly referred to as “The Death Match.” The project is based on the book Dynamo: Defending The Honour Of Kiev; no director is yet attached. [Deadline]
• Moving forward in time for historical dramas, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) are set to star in Parkland, which examines the assassination of President John F. Kennedy through the prism of Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where Kennedy was brought after he’d been shot. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing. The film is based on Vincent Bugliosi’s tome Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. The project, which is aiming to arrive in theaters next year in time for the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, does not yet have a director. [THR]
• Olivia Wilde, Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Behaire (Shame) have signed up to star in the Civil War period drama The Keeping Room, about two sisters and their slave who fend off Union soldiers from attacking their home. Daniel Barber (the UK film Harry Brown) will direct from a script by first-time feature writer Julia Hart. [THR]
• Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Think Like a Man) has joined Last Vegas, as the hotel concierge at the hotel where four old friends (Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline) have gathered for a bachelor party. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is directing from a script by Crazy, Stupid, Love screenwriter Dan Fogelman. [Deadline]
• Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharoah, longtime comic character actor Bryan Callen (The Hangover), and actress Tika Sumpter (Sparkle) have joined the comedy Ride Along, about a security guard (Kevin Hart) forced to accompany the cop brother (Ice Cube) of his fiancée (Sumpter) on his regular beat. Pharoah will play an informant, and Callen will play an undercover cop alongside John Leguizamo. Tim Story (Think Like a Man) is directing. [Variety]
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Peter Farrelly has never turned up his nose at total silliness, directing such raunchy comedies such as There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber with his brother Bobby. But collaborating as one of a dozen directors on the upcoming ensemble comedy Movie 43 had its own unique perks, not the least of which was getting to see a slew of A-list stars such as Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet let loose.
The movie, set to release Jan. 25, 2013, has a cast and story as celebrity-steeped and plot-twisty as a Robert Altman film crossed with the shameless spunkiness of Jackass. In addition to Watts and Winslet, it includes appearances by: Elizabeth Banks, Halle Berry, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Chloe Moretz, Justin Long, Leslie Bibb, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, and Uma Thurman. Whoosh, that’s a mouthful. With all those actors, more than 15 writers, and several directors, including Farrelly and actress Banks herself, the movie took several years to make.
“It’s the brainchild of Charlie Wessler, who produced most of our movies. Never before have such huge actors pushed the envelope so much,” said Farrelly by phone. “Charlie knows all these people. He went to them, huge stars, like Kate Winslet, and she said, ‘I’m shooting this movie, I’m not free for a year and a half.’ This movie was made over four years, and they just had to wait for a year or two years for different actors. They would shoot for a week, and shut down for several months. Same thing with the directors. It was the type of movie you could come back to.”
The gargantuan waves in the surf movie Chasing Mavericks may look unreal in the film’s new trailer, but the seemingly mythic location that gave birth to them is very much a real place. Mavericks is a spot on the northern California coast where the conditions are just right for waves so mammoth and dangerous that only top tier surfers attempt to ride them (and even then, a few have died trying).
The location was made famous in part by surfer Jay Moriarity (played in the film by Jonny Weston), who was photographed riding them when he was 16. Chasing Mavericks, the latest from director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile), tells the story of how Moriarity got up there — thanks to the mentorship of surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler). Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
• Steve Carell and Toni Collette are boarding The Way, Way Back, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Descendants). The indie drama follows a young boy with an neglectful mother (Collette) and a lout of a stepfather (Carell). The cast also includes Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, and Annasophia Robb. [Variety]
• Speaking of The Descendants, Shailene Woodley is attached to star in The Spectacular Now, an adaptation of Tim Tharp‘s coming-of-age novel, about a teenage girl who confronts an alcoholic classmate. James Ponsoldt (Sundance hit Smashed) will direct. [Variety]
• Boardwalk Empire‘s dearly departed Michael Pitt has found his next project: He’ll produce and star in You Can’t Win, about the loose fraternity of hobos hopping trails in the early 20th century. [THR]
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