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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Forest Whitaker has been replaced by Jeffrey Wright in the thriller A Single Shot.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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Casting Net: Abigail Breslin gets ‘The Hives,’ ‘Hitchcock’ behind-the-scenes flick picks up four more stars
Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon going to ‘Princess Boot Camp’
Casting Net: Seth Rogen, Kevin Hart sign up for cop comedy; Jake Gyllenhaal sees himself in ‘An Enemy’

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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Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon going to ‘Princess Boot Camp’
Casting Net: Seth Rogen, Kevin Hart sign up for cop comedy; Jake Gyllenhaal sees himself in ‘An Enemy’
Casting Net: Leonardo DiCaprio no longer alone on ‘Wolf,’ Halle Berry thrills in ‘The Hive’

Amy Poehler-Adam Scott comedy 'A.C.O.D.' taps Adam Pally of 'Happy Endings'

Happy Endings‘ Adam Pally will join Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in the big-screen indie comedy A.C.O.D., EW has learned exclusivelyShort for Adult Children of Divorce, A.C.O.D. features Scott as a subject in a study about the offspring of divorced parents, while Poehler (who, like Pally, is a veteran of the Upright Citizens Brigade) stars as the new and third wife of his father, played by Richard Jenkins. (Yes, that means that Poehler is serving as Scott’s stepmother, which sounds like a far cry from the love nerds that the pair embody on Parks.)

“They asked me and I was like, ‘Yeah, I will do whatever you guys want! I will show up as a key grip,” Pally quips to EW. Luckily, Pally was asked to stay in front of the cameras in a supporting role. Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, and Catherine O’Hara are among the other actors in the film, which has begun filming in Atlanta.

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Lily Collins set to star in 'The Mortal Instruments'

Looks like Lily Collins will continue her forays into fantasy film: The Mirror Mirror actress will star in the highly-anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Mortal Instruments, based on Cassandra Clare’s best-selling YA series. Collins will play Clary Fray, a New York teenager who joins forces with the demon-fighting Shadowhunters. Also tapped for the film is Norwegian director Harald Zwart, whose past credits include the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid and The Pink Panther 2.

“Lily Collins is the perfect Clary,” said producer Robert Kulzer in a statement. “Harald Zwart really understands the visuals and heart of The Mortal Instruments. That was crucial to us. Of course, having Cassandra Clare’s support throughout and collaborating with her on this project has been especially rewarding.” READ FULL STORY

Rodrigo Santoro returns as Xerxes in '300: Battle of Artemisia'

EW has confirmed that Rodrigo Santoro will be reprising his rule as villainous, golden ruler Xerxes in the 300 sequel Battle of Artemisia.

As previously reported, Eva Green will play the title role, with Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton taking the lead, and Snow White and the Huntsman‘s relative newcomer Jamie Blackley playing a pivotal role.

Artemisia follows Blackley’s Calisto as he leads a group of soldiers to battle. Details are being closely guarded, though it’s expected to begin filming this summer. Noam Murro (Smart People) is directing, and 300 scribe Kurt Johnstad stayed on to pen the sequel.

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Casting Net: Leonardo DiCaprio no longer alone on 'Wolf,' Halle Berry thrills in 'The Hive'

Leonardo DiCaprio is officially set to step into the loafers of ’80s wheeler-dealer-turned-federal-inmate Jordan Belfort for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street now that the film has acquired its financing. For more information on Wall Street, see Adam Markovitz’s post.

DiCaprio is also eying Alejandro González Iñárritu-helmed The Revenant, about an 1820s bear mauling. [Vulture]

• Emergency responders have never been so sexy! Halle Berry picks up the phone as a 911 call center operator in The Hive. TV stalwart Brad Anderson (Fringe, Boardwalk Empire) will direct Berry, whose character must overcome her fears to save a teen from a psycopath. [Variety]

Hugh Jackman is also getting his thrills in Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies). Jackman’s character is a small-town carpenter who seeks vigilante justice when his daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. READ FULL STORY

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