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Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon to star in 'Elvis & Nixon'

Kevin Spacey is returning to the White House, and he’s taking Michael Shannon with him. The House of Cards actor will star as President Nixon opposite Shannon’s Elvis Presley in Elvis & Nixon.

The film, directed by Hateship, Loveship helmer Liza Johnson, recreates the historic meeting between the two on Dec. 21, 1970, when the music legend showed up to the White House and requested a meeting with the POTUS to request to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agen at large.

Prescience is financing, while Bloom will present the film to foreign buyers at AFM. Dallas Buyers Club duo Cassian Elwes and Holly Wiersma are producing. Prescience’s Tim Smith and Paul Brett are executive producing alongside Byron Wetzel. Cary Elwes and Hanala and Joey Sagal will write the screenplay.

“After the enormous success of The Butler, I have a deep affection for films set in the White House as does the public,” Cassian Elwes said in a statement to EW. “To work with Shannon and Spacey on this movie at the height of their careers is a dream come true.”

TIFF: Michael Shannon on '99 Homes' and why he'll never have a mortgage

If you’re a middle-class American with a mortgage and children, 99 Homes is a horror film, scarier than Halloween and Saw combined. The movie, which debuted in Venice and is looking for distribution at this week’s Toronto Film Festival, stars Andrew Garfield as Nash, a Florida construction worker circa 2006. Out of work and underwater on his mortgage during the housing meltdown, he’s evicted from his family home—along with his mother (Laura Dern) and young son (Noah Lomax). It’s the nightmare scenario: Police knock on the front door and give them two minutes to pack their essentials before a gaggle of vultures sweep in and drag their possessions to the curb. You don’t live here anymore.

It is a traumatic scene, one that will be revisited throughout the film because Carver (Michael Shannon), the savvy operator supervising the mayhem, is preying on the most vulnerable for his own selfish schemes. But that’s not the most chilling scene in the movie, because director Ramin Bahrani turns the American Dream and Nash’s best intentions against each other. What would you do to get your home back? What would you do to provide for your child? Anything? Everything? Would you go work for the corrupt man who put your family on the street? Would you sell your soul and screw over your neighbors to save yourself?

Shannon’s Carver is practically the devil incarnate, and the Oscar-nominated actor spoke to EW about his performance and why he refuses to take out a mortgage. READ FULL STORY

'Young Ones' poster: Michael Shannon soaks up screen in parched Western


Whether it’s a Krypton fascist, an ice-blooded hitman, or a conflicted Prohibition-era G-man, Michael Shannon is accustomed to playing menacing. But in Young Ones, the new dystopian sci-fi Western that premiered at Sundance in January, he gets to show another side.

“People are used to seeing Mike play very intense, dangerous characters, but I think he’s much more of a classic movie star than maybe people even realize,” director Jake Paltrow said before the film’s premiere. “I think what you’ll see in Mike is a warmth that maybe you haven’t seen in a lot of things—in this, he’s a flawed man who loves his children so much and is sort of trying to do anything he can to ensure their survival.”

The problem is water, or the lack of it. Two decades or so in the future, water is scarce and drought has scorched the American west, where a family has stubbornly stayed behind with the hopes of revitalizing their farm—if Shannon’s Ernest can persuade the industrial drillers in the nearby mountains to run a water-line to his place. Elle Fanning plays his rebellious daughter, who falls for a rebel on a motorcycle (Nicholas Hoult) who wants some of the same things Ernest does. Crown prince of the dystopian cinematic future, Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), plays Ernest’s loyal but distant son. “The core of the movie—at least in the beginning—is really this friendship between this father and son,” said Paltrow.

Click below (or on the above photo) to see the exclusive new poster for Young Ones. READ FULL STORY

First look: Andrew Garfield squares off with Michael Shannon in '99 Homes'

Spider-Man would never cross paths with General Zod, but in 99 Homes, Andrew Garfield plays a desperate blue-collar construction worker whose family is evicted when the bank forecloses on their home during the economic downturn. In order to get back in their house, he makes a dirty deal to work for Michael Shannon’s crooked real-estate broker, the same man who caused his trouble in the first place.

Directed by Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price), 99 Homes will have its world premiere debut at the Venice Film Festival later this month before coming to North America for the Toronto Film Festival in September, where it will look for a distributor. Laura Dern and Noah Lomax (Safe Haven) co-star.

Video: Nicholas Hoult fights Michael Shannon for water in 'Young Ones' trailer


Water is scarce in Young Ones, Jake Paltrow’s latest film, but tension is everywhere as the world fights over the now-precious resource.

The futuristic film, which first premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, stars Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a family struggling to find water in the barren Western-like wasteland opposite Nicholas Hoult, a teenager trying to take over the family’s land for himself.


Michael Shannon on 'The Iceman,' playing General Zod, and that Angry Sorority Girl email -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

No one plays imposing and unsettling quite like Michael Shannon. The looming 6’4″ actor, best known for his characters in Revolutionary Road — for which he was nominated for an Oscar — Take Shelter, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, commands attention in every scene he’s ever done, wielding a hollowed-out stare that can even shake audiences seated in the last row of the theater. There’s always a hint of menace behind those unblinking eyes, the potential for something wild and dangerous — even when his character’s intentions are pure.

In The Iceman, which opens in theaters on May 3, Shannon plays a man whose intentions are most definitely not pure. Richard Kuklinski was an infamous mob killer who admitted to more than 100 murders after he was finally captured in 1986. At home, in a leafy New Jersey suburb, he’s the loving husband to Winona Ryder’s willfully naive wife and doting father to their two daughters. But when he goes to work, he’s the grim reaper, dispatching victims with extreme prejudice.

In a way, playing a cold-blooded murderer is just a prelude for what’s next. In Man of Steel, the ginormous Superman reboot that flies into thousands of theaters on June 14, Shannon plays General Zod, the hero’s Krypton-born arch-enemy. It’s by far the biggest movie he’s ever appeared in, and millions of boys and girls will get their first glimpse of that powerful glare, pure, delightful kryptonite to their young moviegoing hearts.

Click below for an exclusive video from The Iceman, in which sweet, soft-spoken Richie has his first date with his future wife, and then read a interview with Shannon, as he discusses playing Zod, that hilarious Funny or Die soliloquy, and why he used to be terrified of Bill Murray. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Kristen Stewart to play a muse; Plus Ellen Page's directorial debut, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, and more

• Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks have signed on to star in the upcoming film The Big Shoe. Directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary), the film is about a brilliant shoe designer (Jim Sturgess) whose mother (Susan Sarandon) wants him to get into the lucrative knock-off business. When he tries to go off on his own, she hires a “muse” (Stewart) and a therapist (Banks) to try to convince him to do her bidding. [THR]

• Anna Faris is set to star in Ellen Page’s directorial debut Miss Stevens about a depressed teacher forced to chaperone a group of high school students on a trip to a state drama competition. Miss Stevens will apparently discover her own self-worth over the course of the weekend thanks to her students, making it sound like it could be a huge departure from the types of comedies Faris generally stars in. [THR]


'The Iceman' trailer: Michael Shannon shoots James Franco, plus Ray Liotta and Winona Ryder and so much more

After spending yet another season of Boardwalk Empire as a walking repressed tornado of coiled rage, Michael Shannon takes the lead in the upcoming true-life crime film The Iceman. He plays a hitman with exceptional ’70s facial hair, and to judge by the trailer, he’s flanked by one of the greatest random casts ever assembled. Winona Ryder as The Wife! Ray Liotta as The Mob Boss! James Franco, mewling like Troy-era Orlando Bloom! And even a very special, completely unrecognizable appearance by a certain big-screen superhero. Watch the trailer and bask: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Penn Badgley signs on for drama 'Parts Per Billion.' Plus: Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Scott Bakula

Penn Badgley, on the heels of Gossip Girl ending and his musical starring role in Greetings From Tim Buckley, due out next year, has signed on for the drama Parts Per Billion, alongside Alexis Bledel, Hill Harper, and Teresa Palmer. Directed and written by Brian Horiuchi, the movie also stars Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Rosario Dawson, and Josh Hartnett, about three couples dealing with an event that could destroy their relationships. [Deadline]

• Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter) and equably formidable Samantha Morton (John Carter, Control) have been cast as the leads in thriller The Harvest, directed by John McNaughton (Wild Things) from a script by Stephen Lancellotti. The movie follows the story of an in-control heart surgeon (Morton), whose retired husband (Shannon) cares for their ill son. The son befriends a 13-year-old neighbor, causing family dynamics to break down. Knowing the sheer intensity wild-eyed Shannon and serious Morton both pour into roles, this should be an electric pairing. [Deadline]

• Scott Bakula has joined the cast of Elsa and Fred — co-starring vets Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer — as the banker son of a quirky woman (MacLaine) who becomes friends with a widower (Plummer). Michael Radford is directing from a script he co-wrote. Bakula has been making the TV rounds, from most recently recently Law & Order: SVU to HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, due out next year. [Variety]

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Up, up, and away! 'Man of Steel' will be released in 3-D and IMAX


It’s a bird, it’s a plane! Nope, it’s the news that Man of Steel will be released in 3-D in select movie theaters, as well as in 2D and IMAX, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced on Wednesday. The film’s slated for release June 14, 2013.

Directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as resident caped superhero Superman/Clark Kent, alongside Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe, and a bevy of others.

“The film is going to be a visually exciting experience in all formats: 2D, 3D and IMAX. Anticipating how audiences today embrace 3D, we designed and photographed the movie in a way that would allow Man of Steel to captivate those movie goers, while respecting fans who prefer a more traditional cinematic experience,” said Snyder in a statement. “We’ve taken great measures to ensure the film and the story come first, and 3D is meant as an enhancement.”

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