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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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Jessica Lange joins Elizabeth Olsen, 'Harry Potter' vet Tom Felton in 'Therese Raquin'

Two-time Oscar winner and American Horror Story’s Jessica Lange will return to the big screen alongside Elizabeth Olsen in Charlie Stratton’s remake of Emile Zola’s erotic thriller, Therese Raquin. Lange replaces Glenn Close as Madam Raquin, the overbearing aunt to Olsen’s Therese, who is having an affair with her bland husband’s (Tom Felton) best friend (Oscar Isaacs). No release date is set.

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'They're all gonna laugh at' who? The new 'Carrie' search narrows

The recent Off-Broadway musical revival of Carrie may have gone down like a gym on fire, but that seemingly hasn’t delayed Kimberly Peirce’s remake of the Stephen King classic. According to Vulture, the Boys Don’t Cry director has narrowed her search to fill Sissy Spacek’s two-inch heels as the titular telekinetic heroine down to two frontrunners – Chloë Grace Moretz and Haley Bennett. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Abigail Breslin gets 'The Hives,' 'Hitchcock' behind-the-scenes flick picks up four more stars

 Toni Collette, Danny HustonMichael Wincott, and Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Stuhlbarg are in talks to join Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, James D’Arcy, Anthony Hopkins, and Helen Mirren in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. [Variety]

Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska, and 300‘s David Wenham are being placed behind the camera for a change. The three actors will make their directorial debut in a film based on the short stories of Aussie author Tim Winton’s The Turning. [THR]

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