• Robert Pattinson is attached to star in The Childhood of a Leader, the directorial debut of Brady Corbet (Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene). Juliette Binoche and Tim Roth also star in the WWI-era pic, which Corbet co-wrote with Mona Fastvold. Pattinson currently has two films in post-production that will likely hit theaters in 2014: David Cronenberg’s Hollywood drama Maps to the Stars, and The Rover with Guy Pearce and Scoot McNairy. [Variety]
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Here’s your alternative programming for Valentine’s Day next year. While romantic comedy remake About Last Night and romantic drama remake Endless Love will draw in the date night crowd (and – let’s face it – all the single ladies), Kevin Costner movie Three Days to Kill will be your dose of thriller action. Relativity announced Tuesday that the film will be released on Feb. 14, 2014. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: 'The Terminator' in talks to play the Exterminator in 'Toxic Avenger' reboot; Plus, Olivia Wilde, more
• Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a reboot of The Toxic Avenger to play the Exterminator, who helps the Toxic Avenger (a weak kid who has an unfortunate accident at a toxic chemicals plant) learn to use his newfound powers for good. So, they team up to take on the evil polluters. Writer and director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is leading the adaptation, and Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz (directors of the 1984 cult classic) will serve as executive producers. [Deadline]
• Olivia Wilde (TRON) and Mark Duplass (The League) are set to star in Reawakening, a medical thriller about some students who figure out how to bring people back from the dead. David Gelb, who directed the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, will make his feature narrative debut on the project. Besides her turn in the independent comedy Drinking Buddies, Wilde can be seen next in Ron Howard’s Rush. Duplass also has a number of acting projects on the horizon including the JFK assassination drama Parkland. [Variety]
Women in Film is once again honoring women and those who support women in an industry that tends to be more of a boys club. The Los Angeles-based organization announced the recipients of their 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards this week, and among the honorees are Laura Linney, George Lucas, and Hailee Steinfeld.
The awards will be presented at WIF’s Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, June 12. The event will also celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.
“Our six honorees illustrate the wide spectrum of creative innovation coming from women, and it’s a privilege to be commemorating all of their successes,” WIF president Cathy Schulman said in a statement. READ FULL STORY
The first trailer for the newest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet is now online, and there’s plenty of ancient grudges, unclean civil hands, and death-marked love on display in this peek at the film.
While the other buzzy Shakespeare adaptation of 2013 — Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing — went the route of a fresh, modern interpretation, this Romeo and Juliet is going back to the play’s Elizabethan roots, with period costumes, a shoot in Verona and other Italy locations, and a young pair of actors playing the leads. The film’s Juliet, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), who shot the film when she was 15 years old, is much closer to Juliet’s age (nearly 14) than most actors taking on the role these days, and the film’s Romeo, Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) was 19 during production.
But as traditional as this adaptation is, the trailer has some modern touches, like the song “Skin” by industrial pop artist Zola Jesus. The preview also does some interesting things structurally, kicking off with the very last lines of the play, and concluding on quite a sweet, romantic note (complete with a ride off into the sunset) that we all know is not how we’ll see Romeo and Juliet’s tragic story end when the film opens in theaters later this year.
Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
• Jada Pinkett Smith is set to star in and co-produce a new drama for Overbrook Entertainment — the production company that she started with Will Smith. Entitled La Escribana de Uraba, the film tells the story of a journalist reporting on the murder of an employee of a multinational corporation and will shoot in Colombia this fall. Smith has not been on screen all that much lately, but is producing both After Earth and Will Smith’s directorial debut, The Legend of Cain. [Variety]
• We noted the negotiations last week, but it looks like Brad Pitt is officially staring in the WWII drama Fury, which was just acquired by Sony Pictures. David Ayer (End of Watch, The Fast and the Furious) will direct. [Deadline]
Back in December, we gave you an exclusive first look at Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford as Ender Wiggin and Colonel Hyrum Graff in Summit’s upcoming sci-fi adaptation of Ender’s Game (due Nov. 1), based on the popular novel by Orson Scott Card. Today, a second official image has hit the net (via fansites like EnderWiggin.net), and it introduces us to Ender’s Battle School companion, Petra Arkanian, played by True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Joseph Gordon-Levitt signs up for 'Sin City' 2. Plus: Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard join Kevin Costner thriller
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt will get his dark and mysterious on for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, playing the new character of Johnny, who will figure prominently in the intersecting stories in the hard-boiled sequel to 2005′s green-screen film noir Sin City. He’ll join Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, and Rosario Dawson, reprising their roles from the first film, as well as newcomer Dennis Haysbert. As with the first film, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are sharing both writing and directing credits on the film. [Deadline]
• Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Amber Heard (The Rum Diary) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) are joining Kevin Costner in an untitled comic thriller to be directed by McG (This Means War), production companies Relativity Media and EuropaCorp announced Monday. The film follows a retired secret service agent who embarks on one final mission while under the influence of a hallucinatory experimental drug he needs to stay alive. Luc Besson (Taken) and Adi Hasak (From Paris With Love) penned the screenplay.
Casting Net: Maggie Gyllenhaal joins Michael Fassbender’s band in ‘Frank.’ Plus: Ashley Tisdale, Stephen Lang, Vinnie Jones
Casting Net: Ricky Gervais in talks to star in ‘The Muppets’ sequel. Plus: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Eddie Redmayne, Berenice Bejo
Casting Net: Mireille Enos, Scott Speedman sign on for ‘Queen of the Night.’ Plus: Jon Bernthal to play Robert De Niro’s son
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]
Casting Net: George Clooney lands Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, John Goodman for ‘Monuments Men.’ Plus: ‘Captain America’ 2 finds its Crossbones
Casting Net: Arnold Schwarzenegger reviving Conan the Barbarian in new film. Plus: Adam Sandler, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler
Casting Net: Johnny Depp embracing ‘Transcendence.’ Plus: Bradley Cooper, Rhys Ifans, Katt Williams
Casting Net: Natalie Portman attached to western 'Jane Got a Gun.' Plus: Hailee Steinfeld, James McAvoy, Mark Duplass
• James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) has joined Jessica Chastain in the fascinating cinema experiment The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which will explore the lives of a married couple in two separate feature-length films from their respective points of view, subtitled Him and Her. McAvoy takes over for Joel Edgerton, who had been attached in the role. Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) will direct both films from his screenplays. [Variety]
• True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in an adaptation of the Daniel Handler comic novel Why We Broke Up, about a high school sophomore dealing with her split from her boyfriend, a senior. Handler penned the screenplay, and TV comedy director Beth McCarthy-Miller (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) will direct. [Deadline]
• Mark Duplass (Humpday) will play a supporting role in the Osama bin Laden drama Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. [Deadline]
• Rapper-actor T.I. has joined the Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief as a bounty hunter. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy team for cop comedy. Plus: Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Chloe Moretz, Rupert Everett, Tom Cruise
Casting Net: ‘Iron Man 3′ lands new villain
Casting Net: Chris Pine to engage in ‘Mantivities.’ Plus: Amy Adams, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper
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