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Monsters, cops, rampages, and 'the most violent thing ever made': 'Kill List' director Ben Wheatley talks about his five in-the-works movies


British writer-director Ben Wheatley made a cult splash with his critically acclaimed 2010 gangster movie Down Terrace, a film EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum hailed as “a dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre” in the course of her “A-” review. Now Wheatley is boggling the minds of terror fans with his second feature, the brutal hit men-horror movie Kill List, which earned Michael Smiley the Best Supporting Actor trophy at last year’s British Independent Film Awards and which is currently on theatrical release and available on VOD.


Ty Burrell joins 'Jackie Brown' prequel

Somewhere in L.A., there’s a celebratory Delfonics dance party going on. EW has confirmed that Modern Family star Ty Burrell has been cast in Dan Schechter’s Jackie Brown prequel The Switch. Burrell will play Marshall Taylor, a guilt-riddled country clubber who witnesses the kidnapping of a woman he secretly desires.

Dan Schechter wrote the script and will direct the in the crime drama based on the same-name Elmore Leonard novel, which is set 15 years before Jackie Brown. John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) will play Louis Gara and Ordell, portrayed in the 1997 film by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson. Filming is scheduled to begin in May, though no release date has been announced.

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Natalie Portman joins Terrence Malick's 'Lawless' and 'Knight of the Cups'

For a director who keeps his distance from Hollywood, Terrence Malick is certainly loading up on star power for his next two movies. A rep for Natalie Portman confirms that the Oscar winner is set to take her first post-Oscar (and post-baby) film roles in Malick’s next two projects, Lawless and Knight of Cups. (The news was first reported by Deadline.)

Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett will also pull double duty in both films, which are reportedly shooting back-to-back, while Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling will join the troupe on Lawless. As usual for Malick’s movies, plot details for these projects are being kept totally under wraps. (Remember how nobody really knew what The Tree of Life was about before it came out? Or even after?) So your guess is as good as ours. Will Lawless be the long-awaited Lucy Lawless biopic? Is Knight of Cups a college comedy set at the World Series of Beer Pong intercut with wordless images of dinosaurs also playing beer pong? Probably not. But you never know. Hit us with your best theories in the comments.

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Is a 'Wet Hot American Summer' sequel really in the works? Michael Ian Black reveals all


Last night, Wet Hot American Summer star and co-writer Michael Showalter caused a brouhaha amongst fans of the 2001 camp comedy by announcing on What Watch Happens Live that the much-talked-about sequel was “absolutely” happening. “The whole gang, everyone’s back, we’re doing it,” Showalter elaborated.


Robert Redford comes aboard 'All is Lost'

Robert Redford will star in All is Lost, the story of one man’s lonely maritime struggle against nature from Margin Call‘s writer/director J.C. Chandor, according to FilmNation, the production company shopping the project at the European Film Market in Berlin. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the U.S.

For Redford, who directed and will appear in the upcoming The Company You Keep, opposite Shia LaBeouf, Lost will be his first starring role in another director’s film since 2005’s An Unfinished Life for Lasse Hallström.

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Sullivan Stapleton n-abs starring role in '300' followup

Sullivan Stapleton, the Australian actor from Animal Kingdom who currently stars in Cinemax’s terrorist action-drama Strike Back, will star in 300: Battle for Artemisia, the working title for Warner Bros.’ followup to the 2007 smash, 300. In the original film from director Zack Snyder, Gerard Butler played the heroic Spartan leader, Leonidas, at the Battle of Thermopylae against the giant Xerxes. Though initial reports had Stapleton pegged for the Xerxes role in what is being termed a “parallel story” — not a sequel nor a prequel — EW can confirm that he’ll instead play Themistocles, a general in the Athenian army who battles Xerxes.

Noam Murro (Smart People) is directing and Eva Green will play the pivotal role of Artemisia.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger re-teams with Stallone for 'Tomb'

Arnold Schwarzenegger will star opposite Sylvester Stallone in The Tomb, playing a imprisoned convict who wisely counsels his despairing fellow inmates. Stallone is the high-security prison expert who has to find a way out of the flawless jail he himself created. Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström (The Rite) is directing. “I am thrilled to be making The Tomb with two film icons — Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” said producer Mark Canton (300), in a statement. “It is the perfect pairing for this high octane thriller.”

Schwarzenegger and Stallone also have the Expendables sequel coming out this summer.

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Ridley Scott (kind of) shoots down rumors of re-teaming with Harrison Ford in 'Blade Runner' project -- EXCLUSIVE

Earlier this week, a wildfire was set ablaze on the Internet when it was reported that Ridley Scott was in talks with Harrison Ford to reprise his role as replicant detective Rick Deckard in the director’s in-development Blade Runner sequel. The next day, the project’s producers quickly squashed those rumors. Who to believe? The whole thing was beginning to seem as confusing as the non-voiceover version of the 1982 sci-fi classic itself — minus the origami unicorn. So EW went straight to the source to weigh in on the rumors: Ridley Scott.

While meeting with director yesterday to discuss his upcoming 3-D is-it-or-isn’t-it-an-Alien-prequel Prometheus, we put the Harrison Ford question to him. Here’s what he had to say… READ FULL STORY

Rooney Mara anticipating 'Side Effects' with Steven Soderbergh

Rooney Mara will star in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller Side Effects. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed a Deadline Hollywood report that the Oscar-nominated actress from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will play a soon-to-be-released prisoner’s depressed wife whose powerful anxiety medication leads to an unpredictable outburst. Jude Law, Channing Tatum, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, veterans of previous Soderbergh film projects (Contagion, Haywire, and Traffic, respectively) have already been cast.

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Russell Brand attached to star in haunted-house flick 'The Hauntrepreneur'

Russell Brand is doing what most people try to do post-breakup: Keep as busy as humanly possible. The actor-comedian, who announced last month that he and his wife of 14 months, Katy Perry, would be divorcing, has plenty on his agenda. In addition to appearing in the upcoming Rock of Ages, as well as being cast in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, and hosting his own late-night talk show on FX, Brand is now also attached to star in the Paramount-produced haunted-house movie The Hauntrepreneur.

The film, which will be co-produced by Michael Bay’s company Platinum Dunes, “revolves around a family that has trouble adjusting to a new town and hires a peculiar man who calls himself the Hauntrepreneur to help them. In an attempt to bring them together, the man creates a haunted house filled with an odd cast of characters.” [Variety originally reported the story.]

While Brand is attached to the project, the film does not have a director yet.

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