• Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams will play Prohibition Era lovers (or, potential mates) in Ezekiel Moss. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been attached to direct the pic for some time off of Keith Bunin’s Black List script. The story revolves around Iris (Adams) a widower who runs a boarding house to support her son Joel in a small, religious town. She falls for a drifter, Gyllenhaal’s Ezekiel Moss, who can “channel and physically inhabit the spirits of the dead.” [THR]
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Kyle Chandler on 'The Spectacular Now', 'Wolf of Wall Street', and those 'Friday Night Lights' rumors
For the devoted, it’s hard to watch Kyle Chander play anyone but man-among-men Coach Eric Taylor from Friday Night Lights. But in the terrific, bittersweet indie The Spectacular Now—Owen Gleiberman calls it “one of the rare truly soulful and authentic teen movies“— Chandler plays a character who’s practically the anti-coach: a deadbeat, boozy and long-absent father to Miles Teller’s character. READ FULL STORY
The first rule of modern moviemaking: If you’re adapting a bestselling YA book, you must — I repeat, must — cast Secret Life of the American Teenager refugee Shailene Woodley as your star.
The Fault in Our Stars did it. EW’s current cover star Divergent did it. And both are following in the celluloid footsteps of The Spectacular Now, a Sundance darling based on Tim Tharp’s eponymous 2008 novel. The story follows the romance between charming, popular, happy-go-lucky teenage alcoholic Sutter (Miles Teller) and shy, wise, pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it Aimee (Woodley, naturally), whom he meets after passing out on her lawn.
Though the plot may sound predictable, there’s more to Now than meets the eye — EW’s Owen Gleiberman praised the film’s “rich and exploratory psychological texture” in a Sundance review, as well as its talented cast, which includes heavy hitters like Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Welcome to the Year of Leonardo DiCaprio as the American Dream! In The Wolf of Wall Street, Leo plays the nonfictional man James Gatz — a.k.a. Jay Gatsby — may have become had he been born in the ’60s rather than 1890: Jordan Belfort, a hard-partying stockbroker who, in real life, (spoiler alert!) was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for securities fraud and money laundering in the early ’00s.
Back in the ’80s and ’90s, Belfort and his cohort — including brokers played by Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey — were living the high life: lounging on yachts, taping stacks of money to nubile young women, tossing goblets of orange juice into bushes with abandon. Their revelry is all set to the throbbing, yowling percussion of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” — and helmed with precision by Leo’s old pal Martin Scorsese.
Could this be the film that finally gets DiCaprio that elusive Best Actor Oscar? Who knows — but either way, it looks mighty entertaining.
Casting Net: Kristen Stewart aiming to 'Lie Down in Darkness.' Plus: Diane Kruger boards Terrence Malick's Lincoln biopic
• Abraham Lincoln is totally blowing up, you guys. Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) has signed up for The Green Blade Rises, playing the 16th U.S. president’s influential stepmother Sarah, who married Lincoln’s father in 1819 after his biological mother Nancy died from an illness. The film, produced by auteur Terrence Malick and penned by first-time director A.J. Edwards (credited as an editor on Malick’s upcoming To the Wonder), spans three years in Lincoln’s childhood in rural southern Indiana. So the black-and-white film, which begins shooting this fall, won’t overlap with Steven Spielberg’s impending biopic Lincoln, which covers the man’s final four months; but it will overlap with a few of the events in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which had a much different suggestion for what killed Ma Lincoln. (Hint: It’s in the title.) (No, not hunters.) [Deadline]
Check out projects for MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, WILL FERRELL, CHRIS PRATT, KYLE CHANDLER, MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD, BOB ODENKIRK, YASIIN BEY (A.K.A. MOS DEF), and OCTAVIA SPENCER below: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Cameron Diaz nears 'The Counselor.' Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Chris Hemsworth
• …and this one too: Matthew McConaughey, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Terrence Howard are all eyeing roles in writer-director Lee Daniels’ history-based film The Butler, about Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), the man who served in the White House from President Eisenhower through President Reagan. Oprah Winfrey will play Allen’s wife. [THR]
• Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler may be rivals on Parks and Recreation, but they’ll romance each other in They Came Together, a meta-romantic comedy from the duo’s Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain. (Yes, that’s the real title.) The film, written by Wain and Michael Showalter, will satirize typical rom-com tropes. It starts shooting this summer. [Variety]
Check out project news for Kyle Chandler, Chris Hemsworth, Luke Evans, and Logan Marshall Green below: READ FULL STORY
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