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Casting Net: Robert DeNiro in negotiations to reteam with Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell for 'Joy'

• Robert De Niro is in talks for Joy. If the deal closes, De Niro would re-team him with actress Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell, whom he worked with on Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. The film tells the story of inventor of the Miracle Mop, Joy Mangano, whom Lawrence would play. De Niro is considering the role of Mangano’s father, but his decision reportedly depends on whether Lawrence’s deal closes. Russell is rewriting the script, which tracks Mangano’s path from single mother in Long Island to QVC star, originally by Bridesmaids scribe Annie Mumolo. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in early February. [THR]

• Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are set to star in Central Intelligence. We’re the MillersRawson Marshall Thurber is directing the film, which The Hangover‘s Ed Helms will executive produce. Centered on an approaching high school reunion, the story follows a high school sports star turned accountant (Hart) who is contacted by a high school loser turned—wait for it—CIA contract killer (Johnson). The pair team to stop a plan to sell classified military secrets. Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen wrote the original script, with updates from Sean Anders and John Morris, and the latest draft from Thurber. [Variety]

• Ayelet Zurer, known for Man of Steel and Daredevil, is in talks for Ben-Hur. The film stars Jack Huston as the titular Jewish prince who is betrayed by his friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell), and thrown into slavery as a result. Ben-Hur fights his way out of slavery with a little help from his chariot racing teacher, played by Morgan Freeman. Zurer would play Naomi, Beh-Hur’s mother. Timur Bekmambetov is directing the film, both a remake and adaptation, from a script by Keith Clarke with a rewrite by John Ridley. [THR]

Evil Dead‘s Bruce Campbell and Animal Kingdom‘s James Frecheville have been cast as the leads in Highly Functional. Marc Forby is directing the road comedy, which was written by Tom Dibble. The story follows a young autistic man (Frecheville) who kidnaps a former country rock star (Cambell), believing that a performance from the musician will cure his dying caregiver. Annabeth Gish, Missi Pyle, G.W. Bailey, and Judge Reinhold also star in the film, which features original songs by Christopher Nicholas Bangs. Highly Functional began shooting in New Mexico, and will wrap in Canada in mid-December. [Variety]

Tomorrowland‘s Britt Robertson has signed on for a lead part in Cook. The film tells the story of a dying man who hires a cook to make meals for his girlfriend and daughter following his passing. Eddie Murphy stars as the titular Henry Church who develops a long-lasting relationship with the family. Bruce Beresford is directing the film, which is scheduled to shoot in Los Angeles this month. SusanMcMartin wrote the script based on her own experience. [Deadline]

Saturday Night Live alum Brooks Wheelan, stand-up comedian Kurt Braunohler, and Men at Work alum Michael Cassidy are the first members of the ensemble to join The Out of Town Wedding. The indie comedy, from writer Jed Rigney, follows a group of five friends who travel to a resort for a wedding that ends in chaos. [THR]

• James Maslow, of Big Time Rush fame, has claimed the lead in the indie thriller Wild for the Night. Maslow will play a loner searching for his sister’s killer amidst the L.A. underground electronic dance music scene. Benny Boom is directing from a script by Gregory Ramon Anderson, Rashad El Amin, Hannah Macpherson, and Joshua Michael Stern. [Variety]

• Sara Rue and Dean Geyer have been added to the cast of Maternal Bonds, which Chris Sivertson will direct. The story follows a “baby whisperer” named Beth (Rue) who befriends a handful of exhausted new parents. But Beth, a single mother who had her child following an affair with a married man, is not the perfect person she appears to be. The film kicks off shooting this week in Los Angeles. [The Wrap]

What's the best romance starring African-Americans (I vote 'Love and Basketball') and why are there are so few?

Last night at a showing of Think Like a Man Too I was thrilled to see a trailer for the upcoming Gina Prince-Bythewood movie Beyond the Lights. It’s the story of the romance between a vulnerable young woman on the brink of pop stardom (Belle breakout actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Nate Parker (Non-Stop). Hello, sold. But I was already in because of Prince-Bythewood, who wrote and directed one of my favorite romances, 2000′s Love and Basketball. The movie, which stars Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, just earned snaps in the second season of Orange Is the New Black when, in a flashback scene during episode 7, it’s revealed that Big Cindy named her daughter after Lathan’s character Monica.To get a sense of folks’ great affection for Love and Basketball, check out the numerous video tributes to the film on YouTube. Here’s a corny but effective one: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Think Like a Man Too' the cock of the walk with $30 million opening

Holding off a nice run from 22 Jump Street, the romantic comedy Think Like a Man Too took the top spot this weekend with a $30 million opening. That’s great news for Kevin Hart, the gleeful star and narrator of the Steve Harvey-inspired ensemble piece, though early estimates predicted the sequel performing closer to the tune of $35 million. The sequel didn’t match the original’s 2012 opening weekend kitty of $33.6 million, but the laffer also cost a modest $24 million to make. Sony predicts a strong weekday play going forward, buoyed by Man‘s strong word-of-mouth and A- CinemaScore rating.

There’s a couple of great jokes in Think Like a Man Too where the lone square fella of the core Vegas bachelor party suggests the boys eschew a night of gambling and strip clubs and catch a performance of Jersey Boys instead. “It won like eight Tonys!” he says when the men recoil. Whether or not it was a pointed reference to Think Like a Man Too‘s fellow new release or not is unknown, but the Clint Eastwood adaptation of Jersey Boys hit a bit of a flat note in fourth place with $13.5 million. Going forward Broadway fans and older audiences may seek it out as a break from the jarring noise of superheroes and metal machines clashing angrily into each other. (Though I’m not sure Kevin Hart and his Vegas buddies would make that bet.) But with a budget of $40 million, Jersey Boys, which earned an impressive A- CinemaScore vote, still has some major singing to do for its supper. READ FULL STORY

Box Office Update: 'Think Like A Man Too' on audience's brains with a $12.2 million Friday

The box office continues to bow down to Kevin Hart. The comedian, already the cock of the walk with his Ride Along victory just five months ago, has another hit on his hands with Think Like a Man Too. The sequel to Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship opus cruised to the #1 spot on Friday with a $12.2 million haul. (Take that, 23% score on Rotten Tomatoes!) The Tim Story-directed laffer, which also stars Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Meagan Good, follows the gang to Las Vegas for a wedding weekend. Think Like A Man Too played in 2,225 theaters and is on track to bring in opening weekend numbers comparable to the original’s $33.6 million bow in 2012. READ FULL STORY

'The Wedding Ringer' trailer: Kevin Hart rounds up a sketchy wedding party for Josh Gad -- VIDEO

You’ve found the love of your life. She’s agreed to marry you. Now you just have to decide who’s going to be in your wedding party. That’s the easy part, right?

For Josh Gad’s Doug Harris, it’s not going well. So as a last-ditch effort, he enlists the services of Best Man Inc. As Kevin Hart’s Jimmy explains, he “provides Best Man services for guys who lack in such areas.” And, as Lt. Aldo Raine might say (albeit in a very different context), business is a-boomin. But things start to spiral out of control in The Wedding Ringer when Doug asks Jimmy to assemble seven groomsmen as well.

Check out the first trailer for the buddy-for-hire comedy after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Can 'Think Like a Man Too' top '22 Jump Street'?

Kevin Hart is back in the box office running this weekend with Think Like a Man Too. The star comedian had two early 2014 hits: one modest (About Last Night) and one a veritable smash (Ride Along). He’s his own bar for success.

Sony’s $12 million Think Like a Man opened in April 2012 to $33.6 million — a surprise only to some in the industry. Based on Steve Harvey’s popular self-help book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the Tim Story-directed comedy boasted an all-star cast including Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Taraji P. Henson and went on to gross $91.5 million domestically. A sequel was a no-brainer, and Story re-assembled most of his cast for this latest installment, which brings the couples to Las Vegas for a wedding and some hijinks.

The questions for the weekend are whether Hart’s increased visibility will help Too beat the first, how last weekend’s No. 1 pic 22 Jump Street might affect its debut, and where Clint Eastwood’s barely promoted jukebox musical Jersey Boys will factor into the mix.

Here’s how things might play out: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Alison Brie to 'Get Hard' with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart; Plus, Steve Carell

Mad Men and Community’s Alison Brie has signed on to play Will Ferrell’s fiancee in the Warner Bros. comedy Get Hard. Ferrell stars as an investment banker who is facing prison time and decides to enlist his car washer, played by Kevin Hart (Ride Along), to prepare him for life behind bars. Tropic Thunder co-scribe Etan Cohen is directing the pic for a March 27, 2015 release. Brie can be seen in theaters next in the comedy Search Party (out Sept. 12) alongside Krysten Ritter and Adam Pally. [Deadline]

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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

Casting Net: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube sign on for 'Ride Along 2'; Plus, Norman Reedus, more

• Kevin Hart and Ice Cube will reprise their roles in the just-announced sequel to Ride Along. Tim Story will also return to direct the film for Universal with Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi penning the script. The $25 million buddy comedy scored an A CinemaScore, broke January box office records, stayed in the top spot for three weekends in a row, and has already passed the coveted $100 million mark (its domestic total is currently resting at $116 million). They could start shooting the sequel as early as this summer. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Lego Movie' beats 'About Last Night' with awesome $48 million

While The Lego Movie and About Last Night may have been neck-and-neck at the box office on Valentine’s Day, it was the former which ultimately won the weekend with awesome ease. In all, The Lego Movie constructed an estimated total of $48.81 million for the three-day period, making for a cumulative total of $129.11 million in its second week of release. About Last Night earned $13 million on Friday, just a smidge less than The Lego Movie, and received an A- cinemascore. But the Kevin Hart-starring romantic comedy could not compete with Lego once love began to disappear from the air, ultimately earning an impressive but not Lego impressive $27 million over the three-day frame.

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