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Casting Net: Penelope Cruz signs on for 'Zoolander 2'

• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline]

• Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, and gained notoriety for refusing to kill or carry a weapon based on religious grounds. The film has been in the making for more than 13 years. [THR]

• Jon Voight will play college football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in Woodlawn. Jon and Andrew Erwin are directing the indie high school football movie from a script by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples. Set in the 1973-74 season at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, the film follows African-American player Tony Nathan throughout the forced integration of Alabama’s public high schools. It will focus on the 1974 Banks vs. Woodlawn game. After being recruited by Bryant, Nathan played for the University of Alabama and went on to have a successful professional career. The cast also includes Nic Bishop as Woodlawn coach Tandy Gerelds, Sean Astin as the team’s counselor and mascot Hank Erwin, C. Thomas Howell as rival coach George “Shorty” White, Sherri Shepherd as Nathan’s mother, Lance Nichols as Nathan’s father, Caleb Castille as Nathan, and Richard Kohnke as rival quarterback Jeff Rutledge. [Variety]

• Hot off his turn in John Wick, Keanu Reeves is reportedly in talks for the lead role in Tarsem Singh’s action-thriller The Panopticon. The story follows an average Joe who receives a pre-recorded message from himself, explaining that only he can save the world from its eminent end. He must, subsequently, uncover the mystery, and save the human race. Craig Rosenberg wrote the script. [The Wrap]

Real-life Broadway star Taye Diggs is joining Topher Grace in the backstage musical comedy One Shot. The story stars Grace as a failed actor who turns to stage managing. Diggs will play Malcolm, a member of the production Grace’s character is managing that’s in desperate need of saving. Isaac Rentz is directing the film. Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi wrote the script. [Deadline]

• Djimon Honsou is in negotiations for Knights of the Round Table. Guy Ritchie is directing the film, which stars Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere. Honsou is up for the part of Arthur’s mentor, for which Idris Elba had previously been considered. It was announced yesterday that Jude Law is also in talks for the film; he’s eyeing the villain role. Joby Harold wrote the script for the film, whose plot details are unknown at this time. The film opens July 22, 2016. [Variety]

• Sanaa Lathan will play FBI agent Natalie Austin in Now You See Me 2. The magician caper will see the return of original cast members: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. It will also get a boost from newcomers Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, and Daniel Radcliffe. The story catches up with the magician troupe, the Four Horsemen, a year later. This time, there’s a new dangerous heist and a new enemy at the center of it all. Jon M. Chu is directing the feature, which begins filming on Dec. 1 in the U.K. Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon wrote the script, based on characters by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. The film is scheduled for a June 10, 2016 release. [Deadline]

Critical Mass: Most 'Expendables 3' reviews not in on the joke

The Expendables franchise still has some muscle, but its biggest challenge moving forward might be finding new recruits that can provide the same charge for fans of 1980s action movies. In the original film, the draw was the Big Three: Sly, Arnold, and Bruce Willis together, blowing things up old-school. This time around, they’re joined by Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Kelsey Grammer, among others. (Tom Selleck, limber up.)

But the latest Expendables adventure does have a secret weapon, a scenery-chewing villain who is worth a dirty dozen or more middle-aged action stars: Mel Gibson. “Whatever you might think of Gibson, let’s at least acknowledge that it’s a pretty inspired idea to cast him as a villain in a big, splashy summer movie,” writes EW‘s Chris Nashawaty, in his review. “The actor seems to understand this better than anyone and he plays up his sadistic, loose-cannon villainy like he’s on a Hawaiian vacation. He’s an unrepentant baddie tossing off manic arias of profanity and dishing out bareknuckle beat downs. In a way, he’s the perfect movie villain—someone we can all feel good about loathing. And for the record, he’s excellent.”

Expendables 3 knows its audience, and the team’s mission is clear. Sylvester Stallone’s ringleader is still shredded, Arnold still puffs on his stogie, and filling the absent Willis’s shoes—at least in nostalgia value—is Harrison Ford’s CIA fixer. The franchise is about creative destruction—or just destruction—and the old-school casting has single-handedly made the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game moot. Hmmm… Kevin Bacon would make a great Expendables 4 villain.

Read more from EW’s review, as well as a roundup of other notable critics, below.

Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly)
“Let me just say that this latest rah-rah red-meat installment is the biggest and best surprise of the series. It has its flaws, but it’s mostly a big, dumb, gruntingly monosyllabic hoot.”

Justin Chang (Variety) ▼
“You need The Expendables 3 like you need a kick in the crotch… It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to keep the beleaguered series going, when it would be far wiser to heed one character’s advice: ‘You know, I’m getting out of this business and so should you.'” READ FULL STORY

'The Expendables 3' trailer pins Stallone against Gibson -- VIDEO

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The boys are back and ready for action in The Expendables 3.

This time, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his team of Expendables must face (and inevitably fight) merciless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). The twist: Stonebanks is the co-founder of the Expendables, and he is hell-bent on destroying them. Ahh, but why?

In the newly released trailer, Stonebanks explains that he and Ross used to be close once. “We started this whole Expendables thing together, but we had a falling out,” Stonebanks says, pointing a gun at Ross. Must have been some falling out. Inevitably, it would appear that there’s a bit of tension between these old pals. The result: explosions, gunfire, fistfights, and did we mention explosions?

“You were stupid enough to get yourself into this mess,” Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) says to Ross. “We’re the only ones crazy enough to get you out of it.” Find out how when the film comes out August 15. For now, get your high-flying, testosterone-infused action fix here, and keep an eye out for returning favorites: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Peter Dinklage may team up with Adam Sandler; Plus, Mel Gibson, more

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is in final talks to join the Adam Sandler comedy Pixels, about aliens versed in only 1980s video games who appropriate those strategies for their attack on Earth. A group of video game experts are called upon to defeat the threat. Chris Columbus is directing the pic. Josh Gad and Kevin James also star. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

'Machete Kills' red-band trailer: 'When the sh** hits the fan, he's the blade' -- VIDEO

“Men fear him. Ladies love him.” His name is Machete.

In the new red-band trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s action sequel Machete Kills, it’s Charlie Sheen who’s calling the killing machine for help taking down a “mad man south of the border.” You might recognize said mad man as Mel Gibson, who plans to use his “army of super soldiers” and a missile to cause some serious damage. As he puts it, “I am a genuine, high-caliber f—er-people-upper.”

What ensues involves explosions, decapitations, intestines being pulled out, explosions, machine guns, Sofia Vergara pelvic thrusting her way to victory, and Lady Gaga getting her hands dirty. Did we mention explosions?

Watch the new red-band trailer for Machete Kills below:
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Casting Net: Kirsten Dunst goes for a 'Midnight Special'; Plus Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mel Gibson, more

• Kirsten Dunst has been acting for most of her life, and recently it seems she’s turning to more director-driven projects. These have seen varying degrees of critical and box office success, including Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and Walter Salles’ On The Road, as well as the occasional raunchy comedy (Bachelorette) and cameo role (Anchorman: The Legend Continues). Now, Dunst is set to join director Jeff Nichols (Mud), as he re-teams with his Take Shelter star Michael Shannon in Midnight Special, about a father and son on the run. Details are scarce, but the report says that along the way, they discover that the 8-year-old son has some kind of special powers. Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) also stars. [Deadline]

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Mel Gibson confirmed as the bad guy in 'Expendables 3'

Bruce Willis may be out of The Expendables 3, but Sylvester Stallone continues to enlist reinforcements. In addition to adding Harrison Ford, Stallone confirmed today that Mel Gibson, who’d long been rumored to join the project, will in fact, play the bad guy in the upcoming sequel. Also coming aboard: Stallone’s Assassins co-star Antonio Banderas, who Stallone called “a consummate actor and a gentleman” in a statement announcing the news.

Gibson will also embrace the bad in the upcoming Machete Kills, in which he wears a cape and threatens Washington with missiles. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Mel Gibson wears a cape in new 'Machete Kills' trailer

The opening scene of the new Machete Kills could be a scene from Scary Movie 12, but once Carlos Estevez (a.k.a. Charlie Sheen) answers the hot phone, Robert Rodriguez’s gonzo sequel starts riffing off another classic comedy: Austin Powers. There’s a hero (Danny Trejo) plucked from yesteryear for a top-secret mission, a dastardly villain — Mel Gibson! In a cape! — threatening the planet, a sexy government handler, and a bodacious Mexican fembot of the highest caliber.

I’m not sure the movie itself can be more fun than this trailer. But it’s going to be exciting to see if Machete can put the Grrrrrr in killer, baby. Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY

'Machete Kills' trailer: Introducing President Charlie Sheen -- VIDEO

If you thought Danny Trejo’s Machete wouldn’t be back for more bloodshed at the end of Robert Rodriguez’ Machete, then you’ve clearly never seen Machete. Example No. 1: The former Federale returns in Machete Kills, freed from a rope noose at the request of the President of the United States of America to kill. Other stuff, too. (Tacos, occasionally.) Michelle Rodriguez lost an eye? With Demián Bichir, Lady Gaga, and Carlos Estevez — yes, Charlie Sheen — with a big gun and a fancy new title: President.

Watch the trailer after the jump:

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Open Road Films to distribute Robert Rodriguez's saucy sequel 'Machete Kills' -- NEW PHOTO

If the lap dance in the newly released photo above is any indication, the Machete sequel Machete Kills, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, will be yet another sassy, violent romp starring perennial tough guy Danny Trejo.

Open Road Films announced Thursday it’s distributing the film, out in wide release in 2013. The second movie in the trilogy, about Trejo as craggy faced ex-Federale agent Machete, hails from a screenplay by Kyle Ward, based on a story by Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez. Besides Trejo, the movie stars a long list of known names, including pop diva Lady Gaga, making her acting debut, as well as Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Mel Gibson.  READ FULL STORY

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