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Casting Net: Chadwick Boseman lands lead in 'Message From The King'

• It’s a good time to be Chadwick Boseman: The actor, who was cast as the Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War last week, has also just claimed the lead in Message From The King. Fabrice du Welz is directing the revenge thriller from a script by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher. The film follows Jacob King (Boseman), a South African man who comes to Los Angeles to find his younger sister. Upon discovering she’s been killed, the story follows Jacob’s subsequent revenge in the six days before he flies home. Message from the King is scheduled for a February shoot prior to Marvel’s production. [Deadline]

• Benicio Del Toro will star in The Trap alongside Jamie Foxx. Harmony Korine, of Spring Breakers notoriety, is writing and directing the southern revenge movie. The story catches up with two childhood friends in their adult lives; one is successful, while the other has spent years in jail. The jailed friend is released just in time for his successful counterpart’s big recognition—payback is in store. [THR]

• Hot off his critically acclaimed turn in Whiplash, Miles Teller is in negotiations for The Only Living Boy in New York. The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Marc Webb is attached to direct the indie drama. With Allan Loeb as its scribe, the film follows a young man who tries to stop his father’s affair, but becomes involved with the woman as well. [Variety]

• The Lennon Report has rounded out its cast, EW has confirmed. The film, which Jeremy Profe is writing and directing, depicts the true events that occurred the night John Lennon was killed in New York City on December 8, 1980. Richard Kind has claimed the role of Dr. Stephan G. Lynn, the doctor running Roosevelt Hospital’s emergency room, with Stef Dawson as one of the hospital’s head nurses, Nurse Kammerer. Evan Jonigkeit and Stephen Spinella will portray two instrumental doctors, Dr. David Halleran and Dr. Richard Marks, respectively. Adrienne C. Moore will play another doctor on the scene with David Zayas as Officer Medina, head of the hospital’s security. Gregory Barr will make his feature debut as Lennon with Karen Tsen Lee as his wife, Yoko Ono. Walter Vincent co-wrote the film and will portray reporter Alan Weiss, who broke the tragic news. Devin Ratray will play the part of ABC news assignment editor  Neil Goldstein, whom Weiss calls to break the story. William Pennen is taking over for Kevin Dillon in the part of NYC Police Officer Riley. Filming began today in NYC.

• Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford are teaming up with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen for I Saw the Light. Marc Abraham will direct the Hank Williams biopic, which he also adapted from Colin Escott’s biography. The story follows the life of the country singer who skyrocketed to fame, but later fell to drug and alcohol abuse. Hiddleston takes the lead as Williams, with Olsen as his wife, Audrey Mae. Jones will play Williams’ mother, Lillie. Whitford will play a Nashville music publisher, Fred Rose, who was a professional relation and friend to Williams. David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont, and Wrenn Schmidt also star. The film’s production is ongoing in Louisiana. [THR]

• Marwan Kenzari has joined Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur. The historical epic, from MGM and Paramount, is a remake of the 1959, Charlton Heston-starrer, which won 11 Academy Awards. In the remake, Kenzari will play Druses, a Roman captain who is tied to Messala’s betrayal, which sends Ben-Hur into slavery, and ultimately on a path to redemption. Toby Kebbell, Jack Huston, and Morgan Freeman also star. [Deadline]

The sun will come out tomorrow, obviously, in new 'Annie' trailer

The latest look at the modern-day adaptation of Annie starring Quvenzhané Wallis, puts Wallis’ rendition of “Tomorrow” front and center. So good luck getting that out of your head. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jamie Foxx to play Mike Tyson

• Jamie Foxx will reportedly play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic. Terence Winter is set to write. Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager, will produce. The project is still in the works and is currently without a studio. Though HBO released 1995’s Tyson, this is the first feature film to follow the controversial boxer. [Variety]

• Dakota Johnson will star in the Luca Guadagnino-directed A Bigger Splash. Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have signed on as well, and Michael Costigan will produce. The film, based on the 1969 French crime drama La Piscine, follows a triangle that develops between a couple and a younger woman on the couple’s vacation; it doesn’t end well. David Kajganich is writing the script. Shooting begins in Italy next month. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

New 'Annie' remake trailer: 'Whoa, my hair's gigantic!'

Yes, the first trailer for Will Gluck’s modern-day spin on the beloved 1977 musical Annie was… a little jarring. Daddy Warbucks had become a mogul and mayoral candidate played by Jamie Foxx; Miss Hannigan was a trashy blonde with Cameron Diaz’s face who yearned for the arms of George Clooney; the few bars of Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s iconic songs we heard bore the unmistakable stamp of Auto-Tune.

But this time around, you’ll know what to expect when you check out the movie’s second full-length trailer — which makes the clip’s pop culture references (there’s a running Batman joke) and Diaz’s mugging go down a little easier. Also: Somewhere along the way, Foxx’s character’s name was apparently changed from Benjamin to William Stacks. And he goes by “Will,” not “Bill.” (Wonder who realized that Benjamin Stacks was just a liiitle too on the nose?) There’s still stuff in here bound to bug purists – lyrics from “It’s The Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” have been altered slightly — but at least the story’s heart seems to be intact. Also: Turns out the movie’s version of Warbucks is bald after all! Will that satisfy you?!

Adjust your expectations — it’s safe to say “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover” won’t be making an appearance — and watch below:

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Inside 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' -- And Sony's strategy to supersize its franchise

This appeared in the April 4 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

WITH GREAT MARKETING comes great responsibility. In December, Sony released its first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — the idea, as always, being to spill exactly the right number of secrets and not half a secret more. “I was nervous about it,” says director Marc Webb. “But we wanted to raise the stakes. We want people to appreciate the scope of what’s to come both in this movie and in subsequent films.” So fans saw their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) swinging exuberantly between the gleaming skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. They saw him verbally sparring with his love, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and facing down evil in the sparkling blue form of Electro (Jamie Foxx). Spi-hards also got the briefest glimpse of two other famous foes, Rhino and the Green Goblin. And, in a tease that elevated the trailer from a pretty good ad for a movie to a document that fans studied with Zapruder-like intensity, they saw Vulture’s signature wings encased in glass at Oscorp, and wait, were those the long, telltale mechanical arms of Doc Ock?

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Casting Net: Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx in talks for 'Black Phantom'; Plus, Jason Sudeikis, Dr. Doom rumors

• Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx are in talks to star in Black Phantom, a Screen Gems hitman pic. Ride Along‘s Tim Story is in talks to direct the film about a hitman reeling from a recent betrayal who hires the guy who was hired to kill him for help. Foxx can be seen next in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (out May 2). Hart’s Think Like a Man Too (also directed by Story) is out June 20. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

New 'Annie' trailer: Quvenzhane Wallis sings, Cameron Diaz sasses -- VIDEO

It’s a hard knock life for Annie in the new official trailer for Will Gluck’s modern-day update of the classic comic and musical.

Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis stars as the orphaned heroine who gets rescued from Miss Hannigan’s (Cameron Diaz) care to be used as political bait for Jamie Foxx’s wealthy Benjamin Stacks.

For those fond of John Huston’s 1982 classic, this new take on Annie might be a little bit of a shock. The costumes and sets are bright and over the top, “Tomorrow” sounds ever so slightly Auto-Tuned, and the current pop culture references seem to fly fast and furiously.

Check out the trailer after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Amazing Spider Man 2' Super Bowl teaser: Times Square needs a hero -- VIDEO

Here’s the pre-Super Bowl Amazing Spider-Man 2 teaser in three stage-setting quotes:

“You wanted to be the hero. Now you got to pay the price.” — Electro

“Nothing is what I thought it was.” — Peter Parker

“This is bigger than you, Peter.” — Gwen Stacy

Throw in some missiles, crashes, and Times Square theatrics and you have the general gist. Watch the teaser below: READ FULL STORY

Dueling Everest movies: Jake Gyllenhaal film begins shooting; Sony's 'The Summit' still in base camp

When it comes to ascending a summit, first to the top usually wins. News this week confirmed that Working Title’s Everest, to be released by Universal, is a go. The film, from director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) began production Monday in Italy, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes playing four of the climbers who attempted the disastrous 1996 ascent of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, only to be thwarted with terrible conditions that led to the loss of many lives.

Now that this film is in production, will it kill a competing Everest film at Sony?

Sony declined to comment on its project, which takes place in the 1920s and chronicles British climber George Mallory’s attempts to scale the world’s tallest mountain. One source close to the production says the studio is still committed to the movie, but the film, which Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is set to direct after finishing the upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer Edge of Tomorrow, will no longer begin production in the next couple of months as originally planned.

Rather, the start date on the film — which now carries the title The Summit and still has Tom Hardy (Inception) attached to play Mallory and Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) to play his Australian rival George Finch — has been pushed to either early summer  or perhaps even to 2015.

According to another source, the studio’s hesitation on the project centers on concern over how to sell the the film domestically. Overseas, the film’s prospects appear much healthier considering the storyline and international cast but in the U.S. audiences are often reluctant to give period films a chance.

Complicating matters, a schedule change may force star Hardy to drop out. As reported earlier, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is still interested in the lead role should Hardy need to leave.

Sony is also being more cost conscious after a rough 2013 and launching a $60 million movie with a competing film in the pipeline may not look too appealing. Last summer the studio was on the wrong end of dueling White House disaster movies. Their White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx opened at the end of June, earning $73 million. It had followed Film District’s Olympus Has Fallen, which opened in March and grossed $98 million.

Still, sources close to the project says the film, which was scripted by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), is still important to the studio.

The trick now is to keep that enthusiasm from falling off the mountain.

'The Amazing Spider-man 2' teaser debuts on New Year's Eve with glimpse of Times Square brawl

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Your friendly neighborhood Spider-man kicks off the new year with a new teaser of The Amazing Spider-man 2, which debuted in Times Square during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Comics legend — and Spider-man co-creator — Stan Lee introduces the clip, which features Spider-man  (Andrew Garfield) battling a plethora of villains including Electro (Jamie Foxx), the Rhino (Paul Giamatti), and a mysterious figure on a familiar-looking hover board.

Directed by Marc Webb, the superhero sequel stars Garfield as the web-slinger and young New Yorker Peter Parker and Emma Stone as scientist and Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy.

Check out the new footage here:
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