• Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent), John Cusack (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), and Jason Patric (Speed 2: Cruise Control) will team up with Bruce Willis for The Prince, a Las Vegas-set thriller about a former mob boss who must return to the city when his daughter goes missing. Brian A Miller (House of the Rising Sun) is set to direct. Cusack and Jackson recently appeared together in The Frozen Ground. [Deadline]
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There’s nothing more ominous in a movie than an authority figure saying, “[Insert killer's name here] is an upstanding citizen.”
In The Frozen Ground, John Cusack plays serial killer Robert Hansen and Nicolas Cage is Jack Halcombe, the Alaska state trooper trying to catch and convict him. When Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens) escapes from Hansen, her testimony could be a break in the case. However, given her job description (the Disney alum is seen pole-dancing in the trailer), the cops aren’t sure her testimony will hold water. The movie is based on true events, which you probably shouldn’t read up on if you want to sleep soundly tonight.
Yahoo! has the exclusive trailer, which you can watch below:
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Hollywood came to Chicago on Thursday as actors, directors, film critics and studio presidents honored late movie reviewer Roger Ebert in his hometown.
All of those who shared memories at the Chicago Theatre cheered Ebert as a champion of movies and a critic who used his influence to help filmmakers find audiences. He died last week at age 70 after a years-long battle with cancer.
“He was always supportive of artists. He always gave you a fair shake,” said Chicago native John Cusack, who appeared with his sister and fellow actor, Joan Cusack.
Ebert worked at the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years. The day before his April 4 death, he wrote in a post on his blog that he was taking a break from his schedule of almost-daily movie reviewing because the cancer had recurred.
“He was simply one of the finest men I ever met,” Chaz Ebert said of her late husband during Thursday night’s memorial. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender to explore 'Genius.' Plus: Amanda Seyfried, Patrick Dempsey, Stellan Skarsgard
• Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender are set to star in the biopic Genius, about the relationship between literary editor Max Perkins (Firth) and celebrated author Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender), film sales company FilmNation Entertainment announced today. Screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo) is adapting A. Scott Berg’s biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, and London theater fixture Michael Grandage will make his feature film directing debut.
• Amanda Seyfried and Patrick Dempsey will star in the romantic comedy Wonderful Tonight, about a one night stand that results in pregnancy. Christine Jeffs (Sunshine Cleaning) will direct from a script by J. Mills Goodloe (Pride). [Deadline]
• Stellan Skarsgård (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Avengers) has signed onto the dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness, the film’s producers announced today. Based on the novel by François Lelord, the film follows the titular psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) as he searches the globe to discover the secret to true happiness. Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans), and Christopher Plummer costar. Peter Chelsom (Shall We Dance, Serendipity) is directing from a script written by him, Maria von Heland (Big Girls Don’t Cry), and newcomer Tinker Lindsay.
• John Cusack is set to headline Airspace, a thriller about a pilot of a charter plane who finds his plane under attack by a MiG fighter jet. Roger Avary (The Rules of Attraction) is in talks to direct from a script penned by Briana Hartman (Brother’s Keeper). [Variety]
• Frank Langella (Robot and Frank, Frost/Nixon), Rosario Dawson (Eagle Eye), Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night), and Gena Rowlands (The Notebook) will star in Parts Per Billion, an ensemble drama follows three couples as they weather a major devastating event. Brian Horiuchi is making his feature directing debut from his own script. [TheWrap]
Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Beatles’ closeted manager. Plus: Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Garner, Vince Vaughn
Casting Net: Gerard Butler’s new goal to defeat Nazis in ‘Dynamo.’ Plus: Paul Giamatti, Olivia Wilde, Romany Malco
Casting Net: George Clooney lands Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, John Goodman for ‘Monuments Men.’ Plus: ‘Captain America’ 2 finds its Crossbones
'The Paperboy' clip: Nicole Kidman's sexpot and John Cusack's inmate size each other up -- EXCLUSIVE
When The Paperboy premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, director Lee Daniels’ follow-up to Precious created quite a stir, thanks in large part to Nicole Kidman’s performance as tarted-up sexpot Charlotte Bless, who’s eager to get her pen pal boyfriend (John Cusack) sprung from jail for a murder she swears he didn’t commit. She enlists the help of a Florida reporter (Matthew McConaughey) and his associate (David Oyelowo), and entrances the reporter’s younger brother (Zac Efron). But in this exclusive clip from the film — in which everyone meets Cusack’s character for the first time — Charlotte’s attention remains squarely on the man she’s hoping to free. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: 'Iron Man 3' lands new villain. Plus: Kate Beckinsale, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Annette Bening, Larry David, Jane Fonda
• Morgan Freeman is in talks to join the increasingly impressive cast of the older-men-on-a-bachelor-party-bender comedy Last Vegas, starring Michael Douglas and Robert DeNiro. [Deadline]
• Helena Bonham Carter and Kathy Bates have joined The Young and Prodigious Spivet, an English-language coming-of-age road film from Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, about a precocious 12-year-old boy (Kyle Catlett) en route from Montana to the Smithsonian Museum. Jeunet cowrote the script with regular collaborator Guillaume Laurant. [Variety]
• Larry David is in talks to star and Greg Mottola (Superbad) is in talks to direct an untitled comedy. Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm scribes Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer penned the screenplay, but the film will reportedly be partially improvised. [THR]
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Take Guy Ritchie’s combination of 19th-century period style and 21st-century action of his Sherlock Holmes films, and sprinkle in the brilliant embers of evil from a serial-killer masterpiece like David Fincher’s Seven, and you have the grand ambition of The Raven. John Cusack stars as a seemingly-sober Edgar Allen Poe, whose literary works of macabre are being used as a template by a copycat Baltimore murderer.
In this exclusive clip, a police detective (Luke Evans) shares a terrifying crime scene with the famous author, a scenario that previously existed only in his own mind and on the pages of his short story, The Pit and the Pendulum. “I really hadn’t imagined the counterweight to be… so large,” marvels Poe, looking up at the anchor of the enormous scythe that sliced the victim in half. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
A goatee-d John Cusack as author Edgar Allan Poe on the hunt for a terrifying copycat killer, mimicking his most famous works? That’s so The Raven. The new television preview for the upcoming gothic thriller, which hits theaters on April 27, is bookended by a blood-curdling scream and a fervent Poe/Cusack shouting, “I’ll send you to hell!” Plus, the movie trailer voice-over guy makes an appearance this time around, a guaranteed goosebump causer.
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Oprah Winfrey might be headed back to the big screen for the first time since 1998′s Beloved thanks to Precious director Lee Daniels. A rep for the filmmaker confirms that Winfrey is in talks for a role in The Butler, a period piece to be directed by Daniels based on Wil Haygood’s 2008 Washington Post story “A Butler Well Served by This Election.” (The Hollywood Reporter broke the news late yesterday.)
Haygood’s article tells the story of Eugene Allen, a butler who worked at the White House under eight different presidents from 1952 to 1986. Winfrey (who championed Precious on her talk show) would play Allen’s wife. And Daniels’ has a starry wishlist of co-stars in talks to play the cast’s historical figures: EW confirms that John Cusack is considering playing Richard Nixon and Liam Neeson is in talks for the role of Lyndon B. Johnson. (Mila Kunis and Hugh Jackman were also mentioned in THR‘s story, but reps for the actors say their clients will not be involved in the project.) For the lead role, Daniels is reportedly interested in David Oyelowo (Red Tails).
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