Sony Pictures Entertainment announced the upcoming Angry Birds film’s cast today, and it includes more than a dozen well-known comic actors and actresses.
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Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons have joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic, Race. Focus Features acquired U.S. distribution rights of the Stephen Hopkins-directed film. Stephen James will portray the racing legend with Sudeikis as his obsessive coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play the head of the American Olympic committee, Avery Brundage, who argued for the 1936 Olympics to take place in Berlin. Shooting begins July 24 in Montreal and at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel wrote the script. Jean Charles Lévy (Forecast Pictures), Luc Dayan (ID+), and Kate Garwood and Hopkins (Totally Commercial Films), are producing, among others. [THR]
Jacki Weaver is reportedly in negotiations for the futuristic love story Equals. The script was written by Nathan Parker and will be directed by Drake Doremus. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins (Route One) will produce. Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lynn Sheil, and Aurora Perrineau have already joined the film, which would have Silas (Hoult) and Nia (Stewart) in a future society where emotions have been eradicated. The catch? Both suffer from “switched-on-syndrome,” in which they feel emotion. Weaver would play Bess, a powerful woman trained as a doctor who helps Silas and Nia. Weaver, known for her Oscar-nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook, can next be seen in Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight. [Deadline]
Marc Menchaca (Homeland) and Jon Huertas (Castle) will star in the Kickstarter-funded psychological thriller Reparations. The film comes from writer-director Kyle Ham and follows an Indiana farmer (Menchaca) with a three-year gap in his memory; a man (Huertas) visits him, claiming he was his best friend in the Air Force Security Police. Ham is producing alongside Matthew Lessal and co-writer Steve Timm. The film raised $66,055 on Kickstarter. Principal photography began in June. [THR]
The boys of Horrible Bosses are back, and they’re not happy.
Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to be their own bosses after the traumatizing events of the first film, but when an investor pulls out of their business venture, the trio resorts to extreme measures once more by kidnapping the investor’s son (Chris Pine) for ransom.
Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey also reprise their roles in the Sean Anders-directed pic.
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Casting Net: Ben Kingsley joins voice cast of Disney's 'The Jungle Book'; Plus, Rooney Mara, Jason Sudeikis, more
• Oscar winner Ben Kingsley will provide the voice of panther Bagheera in Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), will be a combination of live-action and animation with a script by Justin Marks. Kingsley joins previously announced stars Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Scarlett Johansson (Her), and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) as the voices of Shere Khan, Kaa, and Rakcha, respectively, for a scheduled Oct. 9, 2015, release. [THR] READ FULL STORY
Jason Sudeikis is in serious talks to play Irwin M. Fletcher (a.k.a. John Cocktolstoy, a.k.a. Dr. Rosenrosen, a.k.a. Arnold Babar) in Fletch Won, based on Gregory McDonald’s novels about a smooth-talking journalist. Chevy Chase starred in a hit 1985 comedy (as well as a less beloved 1989 sequel), but reviving the character has been a long and torturous ordeal. Now, Warner Bros., which acquired the rights to the character in 2011, has approved a script from the man who’s been guiding the project for more than 14 years: David List, a former literary agent, the late McDonald’s former manager, and first-time screenwriter.
“The project was in limbo,” says List. “It required someone to just completely rethink what the project is, and I came up with just a whole new take. It’s a real origin story. Most people never knew this, because they’re more familiar with the original film, but the tone of Greg’s novels was much grittier. A bit darker. Edgier. I wanted to go back to that.”
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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
• While We’re the Millers continues to score at the box office, star Jason Sudeikis has lined up another comedy — Sleeping with Other People, from Bachelorette writer-director Leslye Headland. Sudekis would play a womanizer who befriends a chronic cheater, played by Headland’s Bachelorette star Kirsten Dunst. They find solace in one another, and, of course, things get complicated. [Deadline]
Box office report: 'Elysium' tops crowded weekend with $30.5 million; 'We're The Millers' strong in second
Matt Damon scored his best box office debut since leaving the Bourne franchise thanks to Elysium, which flew into first place this weekend with $30.5 million. The Neill Blomkamp-directed film started off smaller than his debut feature, District 9, which began with $37.4 million in 2009. That’s problematic for Sony, which entrusted the South African director with a $115 million budget for Elysium. If the film performs similarly to District 9, which ended its run with $115.6 million, it’s headed to a $94 million domestic finish; though, it seems unlikely that Elysium will have strong legs (even if they are robotically enhanced) given its tepid reception and “B” CinemaScore grade.
Elysium couldn’t match the debuts of fellow original sci-fi tales like Oblivion and Pacific Rim, both of which opened above $37 million earlier this year, but it did outdraw After Earth, which grossed a weak $27.5 million in its debut weekend. Elysium played best with men, who made up 61 percent of the crowd (sci-fi is now the only genre that reliably attracts more men than women), and it opened very well on 328 IMAX screens, which accounted for $4.9 million (16 percent) of its opening weekend total. Overall, the film earned a $9,287 average from 3,284 theaters.
The big winner of the weekend finished in second place. Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston’s R-rated pot comedy We’re the Millers smoked expectations with $26.6 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period. The film, which opened on Wednesday, has grossed $38 million in its first five days in theaters — already earning back its $37 million budget. We’re the Millers started in the same range as Horrible Bosses (another film starring Sudeikis and Aniston), which opened with $28.3 million en route to a $117.3 million finish, as well as The Campaign, which opened with $26.6 million on the same weekend last year.
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This week, four new releases — Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Planes, and We’re the Millers — are flooding theaters, and they will likely take up the first four spots at the box office. Here’s how the chart might look this weekend:
1. Elysium – $32 million
Sony’s $115 million sci-fi film has the best shot at winning the weekend, though it may not be able to match the debut of director Neill Blomkamp’s first film, District 9, which opened with $37.4 million in 2009. Matt Damon’s star power will certainly draw crowds, but in a summer that’s been stuffed with sci-fi fare, Elysium is a high-concept original film arriving rather late to the party. Comparable titles include Oblivion, which opened with $37.1 million, and Pacific Rim, which opened with $37.2 million, but Elysium may have to work harder to reach those heights with an R rating. The film could open to about $32 million this weekend.
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This summer’s We’re the Millers, a family vacation movie and pot comedy all rolled into one, just got its first trailer.
The movie stars Jason Sudeikis as a small-time drug dealer who gets in over his head when he has to find a way to smuggle 1,500 kilos of marijuana across the Mexican border. To make it past the officials at the border without suspicion, he hires a phony family to travel in an RV with him and the marijuana. A stripper (Jennifer Aniston) stands in as his wife, while a homeless teen (Emma Roberts) and his dorky British neighbor (Will Poulter) become his faux daughter and son.
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