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Casting Net: Taylor Swift nearing noteworthy role as Joni Mitchell, plus Mark Wahlberg, Guy Pearce, Jaden Smith

Mark Wahlberg will come a-knockin’ for Avon Man. Hugh Jackman was supposed to headline the long-in-development project, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his X-Men spin-off The Wolverine. Wahlberg is now looking to produce and star. [Deadline]

• Lockout lead Guy Pearce is in final talks to join Robert Downey Jr.Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, and Don Cheadle in Iron Man 3. Pearce will play geneticist Aldrich Kilian, who develops nanotechnology that can spread viruses and sells it to terrorists. [Variety]

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson talks 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation': 'This one is much different'

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Does your movie franchise require a fresh face and additional biceps poundage? Then the man to call is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The wrestler-turned-actor got his big-screen breakthrough in the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns and more recently has spruced up both the Fast and Furious and Journey to the Center of the Earth series.

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'The Dark Knight Rises' star Tom Hardy talks about playing Bane and inventing the villain's controversial voice: 'It's a risk.'

When Christopher Nolan asked Tom Hardy to play the villain in his third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, due July 20, the director doted on one job requirement in particular: the budding star would have to wear a mask that looked like a leathery baboon mouth with metal casings for fangs – a sort of steampunk respirator as fashioned by Francis Bacon. “I think he worried it would be something I might not consider because wearing a mask might damage my career or something. He thought I’d be worried that the audience couldn’t see my beautiful face,” says Hardy, who also worked for Nolan in the filmmaker’s 2010 Oscar-nominated smash Inception. “Like I care. It’s Chris Nolan! I would wear a paper bag over my head for that man.”

To play Bane, a willfully evil and possibly unstoppable force of mind and might, the British actor wanted to develop a distinctive voice, one that evoked (albeit elliptically) the comic book character’s erudition and ethnic heritage (Bane hails from a fictional Caribbean country). Hardy sought a sound befitting a man steeped in malevolence and old soul wisdom and who could trace his roots to ancient Latin culture. “There were two doors we could walk through,” says Hardy. “We could play a very straightforward villain or we could go through this very quirky door, which is totally justified by the text but may seem very, very stupid.” Not surprisingly, Hardy decided to go for the second option. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” he says. While some found his dialogue incomprehensible in the IMAX-exclusive sneak peek attached to Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol last December, the actor asks for patience. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”

Bane’s motivation as a villain remains one of Rises’ best-kept secrets—although the trailers suggest his master plan requires the razing of Gotham and the death of Bruce Wayne. Does Bane represent a specific political or philosophical complaint? The answer is… maybe. “I think the politics of the film are going to be hotly debated one way or another, as they were in the last film,” says Nolan. Listening to Hardy compare Bane to the scarred, clown-faced villain who terrorized Gotham City in The Dark Knight, you almost get the feeling of a revolutionary usurper with tremendous resources. “The Joker didn’t care—he just wanted to see the world burn, and he was a master of chaos and destruction, unscrupulous and crazy. Bane is not that guy,” says Hardy. “There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He’s a very clean, clear villain.”

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'The Cabin in the Woods': How Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's 'insane frolic' became the year's most buzzed-about fright flick

“I still smell the blood in my sleep,” says Drew Goddard. The filmmaker is talking about the psychic aftershocks of shooting his debut movie, The Cabin in the Woods, a horror comedy he co-wrote with Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon. That Goddard’s subconscious is still haunted is testament to the volume of fake red stuff in his movie, which is released tomorrow and stars Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Whitford, and Richard Jenkins. Why? Because Goddard shot Cabin in Vancouver way back in 2009, only to see its release delayed by more than two years due to the bankruptcy of the film’s original studio, MGM. That’s long enough for Hemsworth to have played the role of Thor twice, the second time in Whedon’s Avengers, which arrives in cinemas just three weeks after Cabin. “We shot the film and had an amazing time,” says the Australian actor. “Then it disappeared for three years.”

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'Crazy Heart' director nabs Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, and more for 'Out of the Furnace'

The deals have been inked for Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard to join the crime thriller Out of the Furnace. Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper wrote and will direct Furnace, which follows two brothers from the Rust Belt. Bale’s Russell Baze is sent to prison, leaving younger brother Rodney (Affleck) to fall in with a violent gang to devastating consequences. When Russell is released from prison, he must choose between retribution and freedom.

“This is a meaty script with characters as strong as they are complex, and we needed powerhouse actors who complement the story,” said Tucker Tooley, co-president of the film’s distributor Relativity Media. “Christian, Casey, Zoe, and Sam each approach everything they do with heart and conviction. We can’t wait to see what each of them brings to this film.”

Saldana plays Bale’s love interest, and Shepard plays the Baze brothers’ uncle. Furnace begins production in Pennsylvania later this month.

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Casting Net: Gerard Butler straps in for 'Motor City,' Colin Firth is 'Untouchable'

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Gerard Butler revs up for Motor City, where
Jake Gyllenhaal and Dominic Cooper stalled. (Both actors' deals fell through due to scheduling conflicts.) Butler will join Amber Heard and Gary Oldman in the ex-con-with-a-vendetta action flick. [Variety]

Colin Firth may play an aristocrat who becomes quadriplegic after a tragic accident in Untouchable. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is also in talks to direct the remake of the French dramedy (originally called The Intouchables). [Variety]

True Story: Jonah Hill is set to face off against James Franco. Brad Pitt‘s production company Plan B is producing the stranger-than-fiction tale about New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill), who must come face to face with accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco) after Longo steals Finkel’s identity and flees to Mexico. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck to campaign as 'Nathan Decker'

Ben Affleck is attached to star as a disgraced politician who heads home to rebuild his life in the Warner Bros. comedy Nathan Decker, EW has confirmed. Dan Fogelman, who wrote last summer’s Crazy Stupid Love, penned the script, which recently had been envisioned as a vehicle for Tom Cruise.

Affleck, who played a shady pol in State of Play (2009) — also an active supporter of Democratic causes — is not considering directing Decker. (In his last two starring roles, The Town and the upcoming Argo, Affleck directed himself.) The Hollywood Reporter initially reported this news.

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A Visit From the 'Goon' Squad: How a hockey player who 'couldn't skate worth s--' became the subject of a sports biopic

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When 23-year-old Doug Smith first tried out for a professional ice hockey team, the East Coast Hockey League’s Carolina Thunderbirds, in October 1988, he knew his chances were slim. For one thing, Smith had never put on a pair of skates until he was 19. For another, well, there’s really no need for another reason. If you want to play hockey, it’s a good idea to learn to skate around the same time you learn to walk. When Wayne Gretzky was 19, for example, the so-called “Great One” won the first of eight consecutive Most Valuable Player awards in the National Hockey League. Though Smith had practiced hard in the four years since he first laced up his skates, he was no Wayne Gretzky. Far from it. This fact was bluntly confirmed by the Thunderbirds coaches. “They said, ‘The goddamn goalies are beating you, in full equipment, in drills’,” recalls Smith, who was cut after a few days of training camp. “ ‘You can’t skate worth s—’,” he was told.

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Casting Net: Chloe Grace Moretz is 'Carrie'-d away

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• After rising to the top of a tight pack, as we
reported yesterday, Chloë Grace Moretz has found herself in the spotlight and soon to be covered in pig blood since she was offered the title role in Kimberly Peirce's Carrie reboot, based on Stephen King's 1974 and the subsequent Oscar-nominated film directed by Brian de Palma. Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore are reportedly being considered to play Moretz's mother. [Variety]

Forest Whitaker has been replaced by Jeffrey Wright in the thriller A Single Shot. Juliette Lewis and Jennifer Jason Leigh were once each slated to play the female lead in the casting merry-go-round, though they are no longer with the project. Jason Isaacs also just signed on, joining Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis travel to 'Jupiter'; Jane Fonda to take on Nancy Reagan

• Jane Fonda is set to play First Lady Nancy Reagan in Butler, director Lee Daniels‘ biopic about Eugene Allen, the White House butler from 1952 to 1986. Forest Whitaker is nearly set to play Allen, while Oprah Winfrey is in talks to play his wife. Liam Neeson is eyeing the role of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and John Cusack is considering playing Richard Nixon. [Variety]

• New Line Cinema is eying Will Ferrell to star in the film adaptation of Andrew Ferguson‘s based-on-a-true-story book Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College. Ferrell would play a father hellbent on getting his son into a top-tier college. [Deadline]

Law & Order: SVU vet Christopher Meloni is going indie for 24 co-creator Joel Surnow‘s Small Time, about a used-car salesman navigating a complicated family life. Presumably there will be less refrigerator humping than in Meloni’s memorable 2001 indie Wet Hot American Summer. [Variety]

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