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Naomi Watts tries out hip-hop class in 'While We're Young' trailer

Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller are a middle-aged couple in While We’re Young, and they’re starting to feel like a middle-aged couple—so they deal with that by befriending a couple of 25-year-olds played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried.

Driver and Seyfried’s characters take hallucinogens and go to shows heavy on the strobe lights. They wear quirky clothing and write on typewriters. Driver accompanies Stiller on bike rides and Seyfried takes Watts to a surprise hip-hop dance class. In other words, they’re spontaneous and strange while their new, older friends are not. READ FULL STORY

'Birdman' exclusive: Look behind the curtain of the 'play within the play'

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“I too am not a bit tamed—I too am untranslatable; I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.” —Walt Whitman

Michael Keaton isn’t mid-sneeze in the photo above from Birdman. Actually, he’s executing the fierce war cry of Birdman, the iconic movie superhero who his character, Riggan Thomson, was famous for—before walking away from the role after Birdman III 20 years ago. In the new film, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Riggan has bet everything he has on adapting, directing, and starring in a Broadway play based on Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He too wants to make one final barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world, to prove his worth, not only to critics and his daughter, but himself. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon board 'Three Generations'

• Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie from a script by Nikole Beckwith. The story follows a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who is transitioning from female to male and her mother, Maggie (Watts), who must come to terms with Ray’s transition. Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother, Dolly (Sarandon), a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner, Frances, has trouble understanding Ray’s decision and Maggie’s inability to move out of the house she grew up in. Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub will produce with InFilm Productions’ Dorothy Berwin. Watts will executive produce with Leah Holzer and Daniele Melia of Big Beach and Peter Pastorelli. Production for Three Generations begins in New York in early November. [THR]

• Jon Bernthal, Catalina Sandino MorenoÓscar Jaenada, and Mehdi Dehbi have been cast in the biopic The Godmother, which stars Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film tells the story of real-life Colombian cocaine queenpin Griselda Blanco. Eva Sørhaug is directing from a script by Frank Baldwin. Daniela Cretu is producing for First Born Films. Nicholas Pileggi is executive producing along with Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg, and Kelly McCormick of Sierra/Affinity. Filming begins next spring, and Sierra/Affinity will take the film to international buyers at AFM next month. [Deadline]

• Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta have been cast in Anthony Hopkins‘ action-drama Go With Me. Set in a Pacific Northwest logging community, the story follows a young woman who endures harassment by a crime lord when she returns to her hometown. She looks to an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his sidekick for help. The story is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr., which Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs will adapt for the screen. Daniel Alfredson directs. Hopkins is producing with Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for the Gotham Group, and Gregory Jacobs. Shooting kicks off in British Columbia in mid-November. [Variety]

• Eva Longoria and Lily Collins are in talks for the untitled low-riders movie from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse, and Imagine Entertainment. The film reportedly stars Demian Bichir and takes place in the East LA street-culture world. Ricardo de Montreuil will direct from a script by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping, with Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James writing previous drafts. Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee for Imagine, while Couper Samuelson will oversee for Blumhouse. [Deadline]

• Isla Fisher is joining Jon Hamm and Zack Galifianakis in the spy comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses. Galifianakis and Fisher will play a couple who discovers that their seemingly perfect new neighbors, one of which will be played by Hamm, are actually spies. Greg Mottola directs, Mike LeSieur wrote the script, and Walter Parkes and Laurie McDonald are producing. [The Wrap]

• Lucy Liu will take the lead in writer-director Evan Jackson Leong’s Snakehead. Set in New York, the drama stars Liu as a poor Chinese immigrant who, after being mentored by powerful bosses named Snakeheads, rises to the top of Chinatown’s human-smuggling business in an effort to reconnect with her daughter and family. 408 films is financing and producing in partnership with Arowana Films; 408’s Brian Yang, Gregory Chou, and E. Brian Dobbins and Principato-Young’s Allen Fisher are producing alongside Untitled’s Jason Weinberg and Frameworks’ Maryellen Mulcahy. Shooting kicks off this spring. [Deadline]

• Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) will provide the voice for a dog in the live-action family drama A Bollywoof Tale. With Frederik Du Chau directing, the film tells the story of Basil, a pet spaniel who moves with his family from London to Dehli, but gets lost in Kolkata when his crate is misplaced. Basil pairs with Santoosh (voiced by Nayyar) and a cow named Uma to find his owners. Stephen Leslie wrote the script. Jason Newmark developed the project with the British Film Institute and is producing with Nisha Parti. The film will be shot in London and India in the first quarter of 2015. [THR]

• Gal Gadot will not take the female lead in Timur Bekmambetov‘s Ben Hur. The actress had been eyeing the role of Esther, Ben Hur’s love interest, but had to pass due to her Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shooting schedule. Gadot portrays Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder‘s superhero flick and is set to appear in a handful of upcoming Warner Bros.’ Films, including a solo film in 2017. [The Wrap]

Watch Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis in the new 'Birdman' clip

Riggan Thomson is going through a bit of a crisis. He famously played a movie superhero but is now an aging actor, trying to stage a comeback in the form of a Broadway play. One problem: He’s missing a lead actor.  READ FULL STORY

Bill Murray looks like a god in the first 'St. Vincent' poster

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Even though Ghostbusters was just rereleased in theaters, Bill Murray is already set for a heavenly return back to the big screen in St. Vincent.

Murray stars as an elderly recluse with a secret heart of gold that begins to shine when he starts taking care of his young neighbor and his mom, played by Melissa McCarthy. Naomi Watts also stars as Murray’s girlfriend, who just happens to be a stripper and pregnant. The film premiered as the headlining event on “Bill Murray Day” at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month and will open in theaters gradually across the country beginning Oct. 10. Check out the three Oscar nominees in the film’s first poster below:

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Chris Rock's 'Top Five,' other Toronto films land distribution deals (Updated)

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For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. “This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and IACF for its worldwide launch.”

Rock’s film, which he co-wrote and directed, garnered wide acclaim at the festival—Vanity Fair even called it Rock’s Annie Hall. In the film Rock plays Andre Allen, a comedian-turned-movie star, who is being profiled for the New York Times by a reporter played by Rosario Dawson. Gabrielle Union is Andre’s reality star fiancée, and a variety of comedians—including Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, and Leslie Jones—also appear.

But Top Five isn’t the only film to score a deal at the festival. Here’s what studios have bought so far. We’ll be updating this post as more come in. (U.S. distribution deal unless otherwise noted.)

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Noah Baumbach's Toronto film goes for $4 million

Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, which stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a Brooklyn married couple stuck in a rut who are revitalized when they befriend a much younger couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried), was acquired by A24 at the Toronto Film Festival. The U.S. distribution rights went for $4 million, according to Deadline.

“We are enormous fans of Noah’s and were completely won over by While We’re Young,” said A24, in a statement. “Noah delivered a multi-generational comedy that is smart, extremely funny, and incredibly insightful, and which audiences across the country will embrace.” READ FULL STORY

Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts join 'Dallas Buyers' director's next film

While Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée’s latest film Wild has yet to hit theaters, he has already found a pair of lead actors for his next project.

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Michael Keaton soars in new 'Birdman' trailer

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Michael Keaton got a career boost when he played Batman in both Batman and Batman Returns, and now he might get another one by playing a new superhero: Birdman.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), an actor who’s famous for playing superhero Birdman but is now struggling to get his life together as he puts together a Broadway show. The film, which also stars Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, is set to open the Venice Film Festival August 27.

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Naomi Watts joins 'Insurgent' -- REPORT

Insurgent — the sequel to last March’s Divergent, adapted from the best-selling Veronica Roth books — has added another high-profile cast member: The Hollywood Reporter reports that Naomi Watts has signed on to play Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless. Watts’ role would include not just Insurgent, but the two final films planned for the final book in the trilogy, Allegiant. 

Watts joins new cast members Octavia Spencer and Suki Waterhouse, along with returning stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, and Kate Winslet. Robert Schwentke has taken over directing duties from Divergent director Neil Burger — filming began just last week — and the dystopian thriller is due in theaters March 2015.

Our calls to Summit for confirmation were not immediately returned.

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