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Casting Net: Edward Norton versus Michael Keaton in 'Birdman'; Plus Liam Neeson, Keri Russell, more

Yesterday we reported the initial casting for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, but one of the key parts was left out of the announcement: Who would be the foil to Michael Keaton’s character’s comeback. Wednesday it was announced that Edward Norton would take on the role of the egotistical theater actor, which sounds like another inspired casting choice. We’re also kind of excited to see the failed Bruce Banner go head to head with one of history’s most beloved Bruce Waynes. Norton just wrapped The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s follow-up to Moonrise Kingdom. [Deadline]

• Liam Neeson is in talks to join Seth MacFarlane’s sophomore film, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron are already set to star in the film as MacFarlane’s ex-girlfriend and an outlaw’s wife, respectively. If the deal goes through, Neeson would play Theron’s outlaw husband. [THR]

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'Dark Skies' really, really wants to scare you (with secrets!) -- VIDEO

On Feb. 22, The Weinstein Co. will release Dark Skies, starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton as a suburban couple whose lives get really, really difficult. That’s a large part of all we know about the film, whose secrecy has been turned into a shell game.

Enter two new sources of information: the film’s trailer and the website YouHaveBeenChosen.org, which is part of an interactive marketing push to scare and intrigue audiences without quite telling them what to be scared, or intrigued, by.

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Sony Classics Worldwide Acquisitions nabs 'Austenland'

Austenland

Austenland, the Sundance Film Festival entry starring Keri Russell as an obsessive Jane Austen fan who spends her life savings to visit a “fantasy camp” in England that recreates the period’s gender and social mores, was acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, JJ Feild, and Bret McKenzie also star.

“We loved making this movie and were fortunate enough to screen it at Sundance,” said producer Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and director Jerusha Hess in a joint statement. “The fact that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Sony Pictures Classics has chosen to distribute Austenland is beyond our wildest dreams — they treat their films with the utmost care, and we are thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious distributor.”

Based on the novel by Shannon Hale, Austenland is the first film from Hess, who co-wrote her husband’s Sundance smash, Napoleon Dynamite. “Basically, a bunch of Mormon ladies sat around and made a movie together,” said Meyer on Friday night after the film premiered at Eccles Theater in Park City, Utah.

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Sundance: Kery Russell and Stephenie Meyer discuss ‘Austenland’
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Keri Russell and producer Stephenie Meyer talk 'Austenland' at Sundance: VIDEO

“Gigolos in top hats.” That’s a delightful way to describe the Mr. Darcy-types in Austenland, a comedy from first-time director Jerusha Hess (cowriter of Napoleon Dynamite) that stars Keri Russell as a woman who spends her last dime to visit a resort where Jane Austen fans go to role-play. Russell and Hess, along with producer Stephenie Meyer and costars JJ Field and Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie, stopped by EW’s Sundance interview lounge today to talk about the film — and the possibility of a Twilight resort — with Anthony Breznican. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2013: Female directors poised to make their mark at indie festival

Cannes, take note.

Call it feminist, call it a full shift in the zeitgeist, call it the seeds of a movie industry revolution, but the Sundance Film Festival has shoved Hollywood into the 21st century when it comes to the inclusion of women filmmakers.

Last May, the Cannes Film Festival’s competitive Palme D’Or line-up sparked controversy over its dearth of female directors. This year’s annual Sundance fest in Park City, Utah, which runs from Jan. 17-27, for the very first time features an equal number of male and female directors in its 16-film U.S. Dramatic Competition category, ranging from Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, starring Rosemarie DeWitt (pictured in the exclusive photo above), to Liz Garcia’s The Lifeguard, featuring Kristen Bell, Francesca Gregorini’s Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, starring Jessica Biel, Jerusha Hess’s Austenland with Keri Russell, Lake Bell’s In a World, also starring the actress-director, and Stacie Passon’s Concussion.

EW connected with Shelton, Garcia, Gregorini, Hess, Passon, and Bell, as well as actresses Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael, who co-wrote the saucy Sundance Midnight screening selection Ass Backwards, and Richard E. Robbins, who directed the CNN Films documentary Girl Rising, which will have scenes shown at Sundance. Absolute joy and excitement resonated through phone and email conversations with the filmmakers, who touted the bright future for women directors — Kathryn Bigelow’s name may be the biggest out there these days, but many more are on the horizon.
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David Duchovny grows a mane and bleats in 'Goats' trailer

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If you ever wanted to see how well Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here look suits David Duchovny, here’s your chance. He’s not mumbling incoherencies on David Letterman’s late night show, but he is bleating plenty as Goat Man in the new trailer for upcoming movie Goats.

Duchovny’s character is just one member of 15-year-old Ellis’ (Graham Phillips) eccentric household, along with his New Age-hippie mother (Vera Farmiga) and her hustler boyfriend (Justin Kirk). Also rounding out the cast are Modern Family star Ty Burrell as Ellis’ father and Keri Russell as his new stepmom.

Watch the trailer below to hear Farmiga scream and see Duchovny have a Mr. Weasley moment à la Goblet of Fire. READ FULL STORY

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