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Oprah in talks for Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

Oprah Winfrey might be headed back to the big screen for the first time since 1998’s Beloved thanks to Precious director Lee Daniels. A rep for the filmmaker confirms that Winfrey is in talks for a role in The Butler, a period piece to be directed by Daniels based on Wil Haygood’s 2008 Washington Post story “A Butler Well Served by This Election.” (The Hollywood Reporter broke the news late yesterday.)

Haygood’s article tells the story of Eugene Allen, a butler who worked at the White House under eight different presidents from 1952 to 1986. Winfrey (who championed Precious on her talk show) would play Allen’s wife. And Daniels’ has a starry wishlist of co-stars in talks to play the cast’s historical figures: EW confirms that John Cusack is considering playing Richard Nixon and Liam Neeson is in talks for the role of Lyndon B. Johnson. (Mila Kunis and Hugh Jackman were also mentioned in THR‘s story, but reps for the actors say their clients will not be involved in the project.) For the lead role, Daniels is reportedly interested in David Oyelowo (Red Tails).

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Jason Statham to produce, star in 'Heat' remake

EW has confirmed that Jason Statham is producing a reboot of Brian de Palma’s 1986 action movie Heat, and he’s cast himself in the lead role. William Goldman penned the original Heat screenplay based on his novel of the same name. Statham will take over the role originated by Burt Reynolds of an ex-mercenary-turned-gambling addict working as a bodyguard in Las Vegas. Steven Chasman (Killer Elite, the Transporter series) will also produce. Shooting is scheduled to begin later this year in France. No costars or release date has been announced yet.

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Selena Gomez steps in for Miley Cyrus on 'Hotel Transylvania'


You can now begin envisioning the girl to the right with Selena Gomez’s voice. EW has confirmed that the 19-year-old singer will take over the part that Miley Cyrus had originally been slotted to play in Sony Picture Animation’s upcoming 3-D family film Hotel Transylvania. Gomez will voice Mavis, the teenage daughter of vampire hotelier Dracula (Adam Sandler).

Despite Cyrus’s departure for as-yet-undisclosed reasons, Genndy Tartakovsky’s film — costarring Andy Samberg, Cee Lo Green, and Kevin James — is still scheduled to check in to theaters on Sept. 21, 2012.

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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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