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'Draft Day' deleted scene: See how Jennifer Garner's football exec made it in a man's world

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In a case of life imitating art, the Cleveland Browns made some ambitious draft-day trades in May to land a college football star who they hope can turn around their franchise. Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel will be holding a clipboard when the real Browns open their season next week, but he’s already been anointed a savior by a city that hasn’t won an NFL title since 1964. In Ivan Reitman’s movie, Draft Day, Kevin Costner stars as Sonny Weaver Jr., the Browns’ embattled general manager faced with a make-or-break draft to reverse the team’s losing fortunes and save his job. His billionaire boss (Frank Langella) wants a big name who can sell seats, his own mother (Ellen Burstyn) is leaking inside scoops on Twitter, and his salary-cap guru (Jennifer Garner) is pregnant … with his baby. No pressure.

While the film is Sonny’s story—and Costner successfully adds another credit to his sports-movie Hall of Fame career—Garner’s character, Ali, is a beguiling mix of beauty and smarts. As a woman who’s risen to the upper echelon of an NFL team’s braintrust, she’s every bit Sonny’s equal, but the film only hints at her fascinating background. In one of the deleted scenes on the new Blu-ray, which comes out on Tuesday, she explains to the team’s head coach (Denis Leary) how she got connected to the Browns in the first place.

“It’s kind of my character’s backstory,” Garner says in one of the Blu-ray extras, “With backstory scenes, as you’re shooting them, you know that the chances of a backstory scene making it in the film are very small because you just don’t have time to delve into everyone’s story. But it was really fun to shoot.” READ FULL STORY

'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' trailer: That title really says it all

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Judith Viorst’s classic picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day tells the tale of a five-year-old ginger who endures 24 hours of nonstop catastrophe. He goes to sleep with gum in his mouth and wakes up with gum in his hair; he fails to snag an awesome cereal box prize; at school, he’s chastised for forgetting about the number 16. (These things all count as disasters when you’re five.)

Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of the book retains Alexander and the book’s bad-day premise — but it also ages up Viorst’s protagonist, shifts the story’s focus to the kid’s entire nuclear family (including parents Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner), and, as all contemporary adaptations of beloved books must, adds a few unfortunate modern touches. Always wanted to hear Alexander lisp, “I can’t believe Elliot texted photoshopped pictures of me to the whole school”? Wish granted, whoever you are. Watch the trailer below:

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Critical Mass: Kevin Costner gets back in the game with 'Draft Day'

Judging from the massive television audiences that tune in for college and NFL football, you might think that football movies would be an easy sell at the American box office. They’re not — and making matters worse, fans who pay to see football in the theater often have to settle for fictional teams, like the Miami Sharks and the North Dallas Bulls, because the NFL doesn’t often play ball with Hollywood.

So give Draft Day credit. It not only got league permission — with sports all-star Kevin Costner playing the embattled general-manager of the downtrodden Cleveland Browns — but the NFL endorsed the film wholeheartedly, with game footage, access, and even a cameo from its commissioner. This is a total NFL joint, and it looks as slick as a Steve Sabol production. READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey looks 'amazing' in deleted scene from 'Dallas Buyers Club' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If fans didn’t get a chance to see Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in their Golden Globe winning performances in Dallas Buyers Club in theaters, now they can take the Oscar nominated drama home. The Blu-ray combo pack of the film arrives in stores today and the bonus features include deleted scenes that got cut from the theatrical version, including this exclusive one below featuring McConaughey’s character trying to celebrate living more than the month he was told he had by his doctor, played by Jennifer Garner. READ FULL STORY

Jason Reitman recruiting Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt for 'Men, Women & Children'

Adam Sandler may go heavy-duty again. The comedian is getting back into Punch-Drunk Love territory by joining with Jennifer Garner and Rosemarie DeWitt for Men, Women & Children, a darkly satiric film that director Jason Reitman is currently putting together.

The Up in the Air and Thank You For Smoking filmmaker has worked with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Chloe) to co-write an adaptation of the Chad Kultgen novel, about a group of families coming apart at the seams over sex, loyalty, ambition, and the isolation of an increasingly networked world.

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Casting Net: 'The Terminator' in talks to play the Exterminator in 'Toxic Avenger' reboot; Plus, Olivia Wilde, more

• Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a reboot of The Toxic Avenger to play the Exterminator, who helps the Toxic Avenger (a weak kid who has an unfortunate accident at a toxic chemicals plant) learn to use his newfound powers for good. So, they team up to take on the evil polluters. Writer and director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is leading the adaptation, and Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz (directors of the 1984 cult classic) will serve as executive producers. [Deadline]

• Olivia Wilde (TRON) and Mark Duplass (The League) are set to star in Reawakening, a medical thriller about some students who figure out how to bring people back from the dead. David Gelb, who directed the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, will make his feature narrative debut on the project. Besides her turn in the independent comedy Drinking Buddies, Wilde can be seen next in Ron Howard’s Rush. Duplass also has a number of acting projects on the horizon including the JFK assassination drama Parkland. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Emma Stone in talks to team up with Woody Allen; Plus Jennifer Garner, more

• Has Woody Allen found a new muse? Emma Stone is in talks to appear in his next film that will reportedly shoot in the south of France. The Amazing Spider-Man actress has a number of enviable projects coming up, including a film for Cameron Crowe, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, of course the Spider-Man sequel. With her quick delivery and deft comedic timing, Stone seems a natural fit for an Allen film. Thankfully, Allen has been taking himself out of the leading romantic man equation in his more recent projects. Now we’d just like to know who her co-stars might be, the plot, the title of the film, and how we can score a set visit. [Deadline]

• Armie Hammer can’t get enough of classic television remakes. The Lone Ranger star is set to join Tom Cruise in the Guy Ritchie-directed update to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The Social Network actor will play the role originated by fellow blondie David McCallum. In addition to his role in The Lone Ranger (in theaters July 3), Hammer is also about to start work on the thriller By Virtue Fall with Kerry Washington and Connie Britton. [Deadline]

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Matthew McConaughey's 'Dallas Buyers Club' acquired by Focus Features

The second phase of Matthew McConaughey’s comeback has officially begun.

Focus Features announced today that it has acquired Dallas Buyers Club, a fact-based drama starring McConaughey as Ron Woodruff, an ’80s-era AIDS patient who founded a “buyers club” for HIV-positive people in need of medication. The film also stars Jennifer Garner as Woodruff’s physician and Jared Leto as cross-dressing AIDS patient Rayon. Jean-Marc VallVallée (The Young Victoria) directed the film; Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack wrote its original screenplay.

Focus plans to release Dallas Buyers Club during the second half of 2013.

Read more:
Matthew McConaughey on stripping down in 2012 — both physically and emotionally
SXSW: Matthew McConaughey talks ‘Dazed and Confused,’ walking away from romantic comedies, and new movie ‘Mud’
Sundance 2013: The Rebirth of Matthew McConaughey

Casting Net: Chloe Moretz in talks for 'Dark Places'; Plus, Jennifer Garner, Selena Gomez, more

• Chloë Moretz just can’t stay away from the macabre. The Kick-Ass 2 star is currently in talks to join the adaptation of (former EW writer) Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. In the novel, Libby Day (who will be played by Charlize Theron) revisits the gruesome reality of her youth (at 7, she testified against her 15-year-old brother Ben for the murder of their mother) 25 years later. Alternating between flashbacks to the time when the murder and conviction took place and the present, Moretz would play the character of Diondra Wertzner — Ben’s girlfriend in the flashbacks. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) is set to direct. [Deadline]

Jennifer Garner is in talks to join Kevin Costner in Ivan Reitman’s football dramedy Draft Day. Garner would play the secretary to Costner’s team manager who is having a hard time securing his number one draft pick. Garner’s next film, Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey, is currently in post-production and should be released sometime this year. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Beatles' closeted manager. Plus: Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Garner, Vince Vaughn

• YES: Christoph Waltz is in talks to star in the sequel to The Muppets, as an Interpol inspector. While star Jason Segel won’t reprise his role, director James Bobin and writer Nicholas Stoller are expected to return in their respective roles, with Bobin also co-penning the script. [THR]

• Jennifer Garner will join Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyers Club, a drama about a real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who smuggled pharmaceuticals into to the U.S. for himself and others living with the disease. Garner will play the Woodroof’s physician, Dr. Eve Saks. Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria) will direct from a script by Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Craig Borten. [Deadline]

• Vince Vaughn is attached to star in Triple Time, an action-thriller about a U.S. marshal (Vaughn) accompanying an accused prisoner to D.C., when all hell breaks loose. Regular Vaughn collaborator (and child star of A Christmas StoryPeter Billingsley (Couples Retreat) will direct the script he penned with Michael J. Wilson (The Tuxedo). [Variety]

Click below for new projects for Sarah Jessica ParkerShirley MacLaineChristopher PlummerMark StrongHugo WeavingRose Byrne, and Miranda OttoREAD FULL STORY

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