• Rob Lowe is set to play a large role in Apocalypse Slough, a 10-part British series ordered by Sky 1. Lowe will play Father Jude in this witty, end-of-days drama, where a group of people “hunker beneath the town of Slough, about 20 miles west of London, to watch the end of the world on TV.” Father Jude holds the position of Devil’s Advocate in the Vatican and is a “charismatic, irreverent, rebellious but also deeply moral man.” [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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- Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will be taking on roles in The Big Short, a film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book follows the story of the creation of the housing and credit bubble of the early 2000s, leading up to the financial crisis, which lasted from 2007 to 2010. Along with the casting news comes the announcement that screenwriter Adam McKay will be leaving his usual comedic wheelhouse (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) to pen the script and possibly direct. [Vanity Fair]
- Selena Gomez has been cast alongside Paul Rudd in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving, the story of Ben, a man who takes a job as the caregiver to Trevor, a young man with muscular dystrophy, after losing his family. Gomez will play a “sassy 17-year-old who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip, and whose forwardness and lack of embarrassment about Trevor’s condition causes him to develop a crush on her.” Shooting will begin Jan. 22 in Atlanta [Deadline]
- Christopher Walken, Mark McGrath, Patrick Warburton, and David Spade were all cast in the “first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture,” Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. While Walken and Spade reprised their roles from the original film, McGrath and Warburton joined the cast as new characters. The sequel will be released in summer 2015 on the Sony Pictures Television streaming service, Crackle. [Broadway World]
- Sofia Black-D’Elia (Skins, Gossip Girl) and Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire) have been cast in the remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic, Ben-Hur. Black-D’Elia will be taking the role of Tirzah, the politically minded sister of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), and Santoro the role of Jesus, in the story of Ben-Hur’s feud with his once friend Messala (Toby Kebbell) during the age of the Roman Empire. Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Homeland’s Nazanin Boniadi have also landed roles in the Mark Burnett-produced film, set to begin filming soon in Europe. [Deadline]
• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. The movie is set to be released February 26, 2016. [Deadline]
• Katey Sagal will play the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in Bleed For This. The Sons of Anarchy star joins the previously announced Miles Teller as the former world champ nicknamed the Pazmanian Devil. Writer/director Ben Younger (Prime) will oversee a cast that also includes Aaron Eckhart, Amanda Clayton (John Carter), Ciaran Hinds (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) and Tom DeNucci (Loosies) while filming begins in Rhode Island next month. [Deadline]
• Shortly before the release of A Walk Among the Tombstones, Liam Neeson has already been approached to star in another thriller novel adaptation for film. Universal has begun working on Tell No One by bestselling novelist Harlan Coben with the hopes that Neeson would star. Chris Terrio (Argo) has written the script from the source material that was already made into a French film in 2006. [Deadline]
• House of Cards‘ Kate Mara has reportedly been offered a role in Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Adapted from the book by Andy Weir, the film will star Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) has written the script that has had Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig in talks for lead roles as well with a Nov. 25, 2015 release. [Deadline]
• John Leguizamo, Nick Sandow (Orange is the New Black) and Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) have joined the ensemble cast of Meadowland. Cinematographer Reed Morano (The Skeleton Twins) is making her directorial debut in the drama written by Chris Rossi. Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson star as a couple dealing with the disappearance of their son in drastically different ways with Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Ty Simpkins (Insidious), Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Kevin Corrigan (The Departed) and Juno Temple also appearing as various New Yorkers they come in contact with. Orange is the New Black Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne was previously attached to the film but has since dropped out due to a schedule conflict. [Screen Daily]
• Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is in talks to star in a film version of the musical Hello Again. Based on the play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, the off-Broadway tuner from Michael John LaChiusa follows the sexual trysts of 10 characters in 10 different scenes across several generations. Tom Gustafson will direct the film that partner Cory Krueckeberg has adapted. No word on which character McDonald would play after winning a record-breaking sixth Tony as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at the Emerson Grill. [ShowBiz 411]
• Kevin Pollak (Mom) and Joey King (Wish I Was Here) are heading up north for the indie Canadian road trip movie Borealis. Jonas Chernick (Degrassi) stars in his own screenplay as an unemployed gambler on the run with his stoner teenage daughter (King) from a volatile bookie (Pollack) chasing after them. Sean Garrity is directing the film that also features Jake Epstein (Degrassi), Greg Bryk (A History of Violence) and Cle Bennett (Rookie Blue). [THR]
• John Carroll Lynch, who will soon appear as the villainous clown on the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Freak Show, has been cast as Jerry Sandusky in Happy Valley. Director Brian De Palma is set to reunite with his Scarface star Al Pacino as the late Joe Paterno in the film about the Penn State coach’s legacy and the abuse scandal that ultimately lead to his firing shortly before his death from cancer. The script written by Dave McKenna (American History X) is based on Joe Posnanski’s bestselling book Paterno. [The Wrap]
• Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) will star opposite Elisabeth Moss in the psychological thriller Queen of Earth. Waterson replaces Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery who withdrew when scheduling didn’t work out. The film from Listen Up Phillip director Alex Ross Perry follows two best friends trying to reconnect with each other on a beach vacation. [THR]
• Joey Kern (Workaholics), Luke Edwards (The Wizard), Bree Williamson (True Detective) and Brad Greenquist (Water for Elephants) have signed on for the meta horror film The Beginners Guide to Snuff from directing duo The Butcher Brothers (The Violent Kind), aka Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores. Kern and Edwards star as two actor brothers trying to make it in Hollywood who decide to actually kidnap an actress (Williamson) while making a pretend snuff film in order to make it as terrifying as possible. They soon realize they picked the wrong girl. Greenquist will play the dark head of security at a theme park in the movie written by Cory Knauf, Adam Weis and Altieri. [THR]
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'Kill Your Darlings' director discusses the nude scenes he cut out... and the one he put back on Blu-ray -- EXCLUSIVE
For Kill Your Darlings, first-time director John Krokidas finagled a spectacular Young Hollywood cast to echo the gathering of Allen Ginsberg and other young Beat poets at Columbia University before they became famous. Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston, and Elizabeth Olsen play the coterie of ambitious free thinkers whose mission to rewrite the rules of literature is dramatically impacted by a real-life murder in 1944.
For the lead role of Ginsberg, Krokidas turned to Radcliffe, who won over the young director by insisting on auditioning even though the Harry Potter star could probably have had the role with just a nod. “We did a couple of scenes from the script and a couple of improvs, and it was just one of those moments where I saw all of these colors come out of him that I hadn’t seen previously in his work [as] the one character that we’d known him for,” says Krokidas. “I just saw the character that I had been writing for so many years come to life in front of me.”
DeHaan plays Lucien Carr, the magnetic but troubled ringleader of the group who catches Ginsberg’s eye — as well as the obsessive devotion of a former mentor, David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall).
The film debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, attracting headlines and causing some clutched pearls as “Harry Potter” portrayed a famous gay man experiencing his intellectual and sexual awakening. Just imagine if Krokidas had kept in the nude scenes that left absolutely nothing to the imagination!
Below, in addition to a deleted scene from the Blu-ray release (out March 18), the young director discusses why DeHaan was the perfect Lucien Carr, which cast member became his unofficial therapist, and why he cut out several instances of male frontal nudity — and which racy scene can be seen on the Blu-ray. READ FULL STORY
'Kill Your Darlings' trailer: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan caught in 'an endless circle of living and dying' -- VIDEO
It’s the perfect combination of poetry and … murder?
A film festival favorite, Kill Your Darlings follows a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) as he first encounters William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) in New York City in the 1940s and launches what would eventually become the Beat Generation, a group of post-World War II writers characterized by their overall rejection of standards, sexual experimentation, drug use, and more. Beat literature included pieces such as Ginsberg’s Howl, Kerouac’s On the Road, and Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, all of which helped hook America into a new obsession with the culture. But Kill Your Darlings takes things back to an event that occurred before the “Beat Generation” term even existed.
The film tells a lesser-known, much darker story, revolving around an event that occurred in 1944, after Ginsberg met a man named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Well before Ginsberg wrote Howl, he befriended Carr in school. But when Carr murdered professor David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), Ginsberg was left with a lot of questions.
Kill Your Darlings presents a new chapter in the history of the Beat Generation, one of “obsession and murder.”
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Elizabeth Olsen also star.
Watch the trailer below:
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• Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson will play spouses in the dark comedy North of Hell. Wilson will play a successful business man, and Heigl, his controlling wife. Anthony Burns (Skateland) is set to write and direct. Heigl hasn’t really been on the scene much since 2012’s One for the Money, but she has a number of films in the pipeline, including The Big Wedding (out April 26) with Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams, and the animated flick The Nut Job. Wilson has a number of projects coming up as well, including The Conjuring (out July 19) and Insidious: Chapter 2. As far as we know, none of them will feature Wilson playing ping-pong with Lena Dunham. [Deadline]
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