• Jennifer Aniston is reportedly in talks to star in Mean Moms, an upcoming New Line pic based on Rosalind Wiseman‘s book about parenting. TV-vet Beth McCarthy-Miller, who recently directed The Sound of Music Live, is set to direct the comedy, which is reportedly scripted in the vein of Mean Girls (also based on one of Wiseman’s books). The story follows a mother who moves to a fancy suburb from a small town and is suddenly pitted against an army of hypercompetitive parents. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
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Jennifer Aniston will executive produce and star in Cake, a Black List script about a woman who becomes fascinated with the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. According to a release from the newly forged Cinelou Films DHJ, Aniston’s character, “the acerbic, hilarious Claire Simmons” “uncovers the details of Nina’s suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina’s husband.”
“Of the zillions of Jennifer Aniston fans, I might be the biggest one of all,” director Daniel Barnz (Beastly) said, in a statement. “I’ve especially loved her more dramatic performances, and I can’t wait to watch her tackle a role that has such a brilliantly funny voice and so much raw pain (hats off to writer Patrick Tobin).”
According to Deadline, Cake will be the first Cinelou movie in a recently announced co-financing deal between After Dark Films and Shenghua Entertainment that is budgeting for five $7-10 million pictures in the next 18 months.
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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Fans of Wanderlust, your Oscar moment is here. Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd have been announced as presenters at this year’s Academy Awards. A press release confirming the news also announced Oscar-winning Michael Douglas and Jamie Foxx as presenters.
The four will join previously-announced presenters such as Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted, and cast members from The Avengers, among others.
The Oscars, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, air this Sunday on ABC.
Casting Net: Jennifer Aniston joins Peter Bogdanovich film; Plus Sandra Bullock, Saoirse Ronan, and Nicholas Hoult
• Jennifer Aniston is set to join the ensemble cast of the new Peter Bogdanovich film She’s Funny That Way. The film, previously titled Squirrel to the Nuts, tells the story of a Broadway director who has an affair with an aspiring actress (she also happens to be a former prostitute). Aniston will reportedly play a therapist alongside her Marley and Me co-star Owen Wilson, Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Jason Schwartzman, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn, and Cybill Shepherd, who Bogdanovich directed in The Last Picture Show and Daisy Miller. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are serving as producers on the project. [Variety]
• Sandra Bullock is confirmed to star in the animated flick Minions, a spinoff of the Despicable Me movies. Going against type, Bullock will provide the voice for Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain with designs to rule the world, and potentially the new master to the Minions. The movie will be released in 3-D CG on December 19, 2014. Bullock can be next seen in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Paul Feig’s The Heat. [Deadline]
Voters for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards spread the wealth, bestowing Movie of the Year and Best Kiss to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, Best Female and Male Performance to The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, and Best Hero and Best Cast to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. Check out the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Robert DeNiro jetting off to 'Last Vegas.' Plus: Jennifer Aniston, Dennis Quaid, Chloe Moretz
• Robert DeNiro will star opposite Michael Douglas in the comedy Last Vegas, CBS Films announced today. The film follows four lifelong buddies who jet to Vegas for a bachelor party for the last one of them (Douglas) to get hitched. DeNiro will play the straightlaced friend who has to be cajoled into attending the party. Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) will direct from a script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.)
• Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid will join Ty Burrell, John Hawkes, and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) in Switch, an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel by writer-director Daniel Schechter (the 2012 Tribeca film Supporting Characters). Not to be confused with Aniston’s 2010 comedy The Switch, this film follows a housewife (Aniston) who doesn’t want her embezzling husband (Quaid) back after he gets kidnapped. [THR]
• Cameron Diaz and Benicio del Toro have signed onto Agent: Century 21, an action comedy about a divorcée relator (Diaz) who finds herself entangled with a Mexican drug cartel. Del Toro will play the head of the cartel. [Variety]
• Chloe Moretz certainly isn’t afraid of things that go bump in the night. The Kick-Ass, Let Me In, and Dark Shadows star is in talks to play a zombie in Maggie, about a father who cares for his daughter during a zombie invasion. Paddy Considine (In America) is in talks to play the dad. [Variety]
Casting Net: Cameron Diaz nears ‘The Counselor.’ Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Chris Hemsworth
Casting Net: Rebecca Hall in talks for ‘Iron Man 3.’ Plus: Nina Dobrev, Nicole Kidman, Vince Vaughn
Casting Net: Arnold Schwarzenegger gets gritty in ‘Ten.’ Plus: ‘Maleficent’ fills out its cast
Casting Net: 'Iron Man 3' gets its villain, and Steve Carell may have a 'Very Bad Day.' Plus: Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks
• Call it Pulling a Timberlake: Selena Gomez will set her recording career aside for a spell, and will star in the action film The Getaway with Ethan Hawke. [MTV News]
• Some wonderful, incredible, all good, very great news: Steve Carell is in preliminary talks to headline a live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) is directing, from a script she wrote with Rob Lieber. [Deadline]
• Tom Hanks is circling the role of Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, the story of how the legendary mogul cajoled author P.L. Travers for the rights to her books about magical nanny Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson may take on the role of Travers. [Deadline]
• Horrible Bosses co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis are in talks for the road comedy We’re the Millers, about a made-up family concocted to help a drug dealer (Sudeikis) smuggle a motherlode of pot over the Mexico border. Dodgeball helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber would direct. [Deadline]
• Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol‘s Paula Patton is in talks to join Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in the graphic novel adaptation 2 Guns. Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband) is set to direct. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Aziz Ansari to play Aziz Ansari in ‘The Apocalypse.’ Plus: Terrence Howard, Ron Livingston, Sam Shepard
Casting Net: Nicole Kidman may channel Princess Grace; ‘Community’ star Ken Jeong in for ‘Pain’
Casting Net: Taylor Lautner to get his funny on in ‘Grown Ups 2.’ Plus: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Alexander Skarsgard
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