• In Summer 2011, Rose Byrne delivered audiences the one-two punch of Bridesmaids and X-Men: First Class. It looks like she’s aiming to double up on success again. Thursday it was announced that the Australian actress is in talks for not one but two films. She is in talks to join Tina Fey and Jason Bateman in This Is Where I Leave You, based on the Johnathan Tropper book about squabbling siblings following their father’s death. Byrne would play an old crush of Bateman’s character in the film directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night, Big Fat Liar). The other project, Townies, is a raunchy Universal comedy whose cast already features Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Bryne is up for the part of Rogen’s character’s wife. [THR] READ FULL STORY »
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The latest trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth entry in the soon-to-be 25-year-old franchise, brings in a little more of the series’ trademark irony. In it, John McClane exchanges plenty of bullet fire, as well as some barbs with his son, Jack—last seen sitting on the kitchen floor in his jammies in the first Die Hard, and currently played by Jai Courtney, fighting some nasty Russian heavies alongside dear ol’ dad. It’s also made clear that McClane’s phrase “007 of Plainfield, N.J.” is in reference to his kid and not himself. But as someone who grew up in North Plainfield, I can attest that it’s still meant to be deeply sarcastic.
The original 1988 film was somewhat of a corrective to the he-man kill-count action movies of its decade, most of which were also produced by Joel Silver, and McClane was always more of the right guy in the wrong situation than a hulking mass of biceps and machine guns. Of course, once you’re five movies deep in a series with an exponentially increasing scope—”The McClanes are going to Moscow!“— it helps to have a wink or two. Hence lines in the trailer like “I guess you’ve done this before” and “Do you go looking for trouble or does it always find you?” It’s nice to see that even if the mission statement’s gotten a little fuzzy, the tone’s still there. Plus, like the other trailers, this one is set to “Ode to Joy,” the franchise’s unofficial anthem. (Although, personally, I’ve always thought this tune would make a more appropriate theme song.) Check out the new trailer below.
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Come out to Moscow, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…
The McClanes just can’t stay out of trouble, can they? In the fifth installment of the Die Hard series, A Good Day to Die Hard, our hero John McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Russia to help his estranged son John “Jack” McClane (Jai Courtney) with…something CIA related. But there are explosions and bad guys with Russian accents, and witty one-liners, so it doesn’t seem to stray from the formula.
After the jump, check out the short clip featuring some behind the scenes footage from A Good Day to Die Hard and a few words from Australian actor Jai Courtney.
Casting Net: Christoph Waltz will play Gorbachev to Michael Douglas's Reagan. Plus: Jim Carrey, Mike Epps, Jai Courtney
• Christoph Waltz better get used to people wanting to touch his head: The Oscar winner has signed up to play former Soviet Union chairman Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, about the historic 1986 nuclear arms summit between Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan (Michael Douglas). Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is directing from a script by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane). [Deadline]
• Jim Carrey is in talks to headline Loomis Fargo, a comedy about the real-life robbery of $17.3 million from a Loomis Fargo armed truck. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct, with Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn (MacGruber, Baby Mama) producing. [TheWrap, Variety]
• Actor-comedian Mike Epps will play comedian Richard Pryor in Nina, writer-director Cynthia Mort‘s biopic about famed soul singer Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). Pryor often opened for Simone when the two were coming up together in the 1960s. [THR]
• Jai Courtney, who will play Bruce Willis’ son in next year’s A Good Day to Die Hard, will star with Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in the drama Felony, about a police officer (Edgerton) who lies after running a cyclist off the road, killing him. Courtney will be the detective who realizes the cop’s story doesn’t hold water. Edgerton also penned the script, which will be directed by Matthew Seville (Noise). [Deadline]
• Hip-hop star Scott Mescudi (a.k.a. Kid Cudi) has joined the cast of the romantic comedy Two Night Stand, about a couple who hook up after meeting online (Crazy, Stupid, Love‘s Analeigh Tipton and Project X‘s Miles Teller), and find themselves stuck together after they get snowed in from a blizzard. Mescudi will appear as the boyfriend of Tipton’s roommate (Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr). First-time feature director Max Nichols is helming from a script by Mark Hammer, a writer on MTV’s short-lived series Skins. [THR]
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