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Casting Net: Sacha Baron Cohen joining 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel?; Plus, Penelope Cruz, Bruce Willis, more

• Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) is in early talks to join the cast of Disney’s Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct, with Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) reprising their roles as the Mad Hatter and Alice, respectively. Details of the plot are being kept secret, with filming expected to begin toward the end of the year with a May 27, 2016, release date. [Variety]

• Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona) will co-produce and star in the Spanish-language film Ma ma, directed by L.A.-based Spanish director Julia Medem (Sex and Lucia). Luis Tosar (Miami Vice) and Asier Exteandia (Broken Embraces) will co-star in the film, which will shoot in Spain this spring. Cruz will play the lead told of Magda in the intimate woman’s drama laced with moments of comedy. [Variety]
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Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and more act naughty in 'The Counselor' trailer -- VIDEO

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Have you been bad?

Michael Fassbender certainly has, as noticed in The Counselor‘s new trailer (which is thankfully in English this time.) The star-studded flick features performances by Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz — not to mention a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, all brought together under the guidance of director extraordinaire Ridley Scott.

Obviously Fassbender’s character has been up to no good and even though he has a beautiful fiancee (Cruz) and a seemingly fanciful life, the drug world is just a little too dark to keep your hands completely clean. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Counselor': First look at Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz in Cormac McCarthy thriller -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

It’s never too late to sell your first script. Of course, it helps if you’re Pulitzer Prize-winning prose maestro Cormac McCarthy. While a number of McCarthy’s novels have been successfully translated into films — All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road — Ridley Scott’s upcoming The Counselor is the first to be based on an original screenplay by the author himself. Scott had previously circled an adaptation of McCarthy’s 1985 masterpiece Blood Meridian, a project that has been killed more times than the characters in its pages.

The director re-teams with Prometheus’ Michael Fassbender, who stars as a lawyer looking to make a little extra money by getting involved in a one-off drug deal. Unsurprisingly, things do not exactly go well. More specifically, they devolve into a nightmarish imbroglio of backstabbing and existential violence. Based on the dialogue-free pages of the screenplay excerpted earlier this month in The New Yorker, the film appears to share the sparse, bloody undertones of 2007’s similarly Southwest-set No Country for Old Men. Brad Pitt, McCarthy alum Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penélope Cruz all round out the impressive cast. Check out these another exclusive image from the film below and ponder all the terrible, vivid ways in which these characters are probably going to die.
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Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender speak Cormac McCarthy's language in Russian trailer for 'The Counselor' -- VIDEO

All trailers for Ridley Scott movies based on Cormac McCarthy screenplays must be in Russian!

The Counselor, which stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz, opens in the U.S. on Oct. 25, but the Kremlin got the first look at this dark tale. Fassbender plays the counselor in question, who learns the hard way that you can’t be just “a little” involved with the drug trade. The mere plucking of that wire-clothesline — essentially a highway garrote — sets the tone for this dusty, stylistic journey into the heart of McCarthy’s west.

Plus, cheetahs. The visuals alone look like McCarthy penned his own southwest version of Scarface. READ FULL STORY

Pedro Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited!' to screen at Los Angeles Film Festival's opening night

The Los Angeles Film Festival has lined up its opening night film. I’m So Excited!, the latest from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, Volver), will kick off the festival on June 13.

Film Independent, which produces the L.A. Film Festival, announced the opening night selection on Wednesday. The festival will be the North American premiere of I’m So Excited!, following openings across Europe last month. A U.S. release date is set for June 28. READ FULL STORY

Pedro Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited' trailer: Everyone is dancing or going crazy or both

When last we saw Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, he was making movies about grieving doctors cutting off people’s genitalia and making them wear strange body socks and live in brilliantly colorful houses.

And then, in December, a teaser for his next film leaked, and the world wondered: Could I’m So Excited really be that different from The Skin I Live In?

Based on the film’s first full trailer, released by Total Film, the answer is yes, yes, and yes. Watch it below.

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Casting Net: Ewan McGregor to star in heist thriller 'Son of a Gun.' Plus: Penelope Cruz, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Schwartzman, James Franco

Ewan McGregor is set to star in the Australian heist thriller Son of a Gun, playing Australia’s public enemy no. 1, who takes on a protege. Up-and-coming director Julius Avery is helming the project from his own original screenplay. The movie is being touted as a cross between gritty Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom and Michael Mann’s bank robbery opus Heat. McGregor has already been reaping critical accolades for his role as a father and husband in the upcoming tsunami drama The Impossible with Naomi Watts. [THR]

Penelope Cruz is in talks to star in a film titled Gucci, about the Italian family at the core of the iconic fashion brand. The movie is being directed by Ridley Scott’s daughter Jordan Scott, and has apparently gone through several iterations already, with Ridley Scott himself at first on board as director in 2006, with a script by Andrea Berloff, and other writers brought in since then. The brand’s founder’s grandson, Maurizio Gucci, was shot to death in 1995, and his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani was later imprisoned for the murder. [TheWrap.com]

Ryan Reynolds is attached to headline Battle for Bonneville, with Jon Favreau set to direct. The film, written by Dan Gilroy, who co-wrote The Bourne Legacy, is about real-life half-brothers and race-track rivals Art and Walt Arfons, who joined forces to set world speed records. The ever-busy Favreau is also currently in pre-production on a film adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys, about the Four Seasons. [Deadline]

• Jason Schwartzman has confirmed he will indeed be in Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. No big surprise there, considering Schwartzman has starred in several of Anderson films, including Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited, plus this year’s Moonrise Kingdom. Details have been murky about Hotel, but we do know that it’s set in Europe, and that Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Owen Wilson, and Jude Law are also attached. Anderson is directing from his own script. [Movies.com]

• James Franco, Glenn Close, and Brit Marling are set to star in The Grace that Keeps This World, an adaptation of Tom Bailey’s novel about a father and his sons prepping for hunting season, and a young cop’s investigation into hunting violations that unearths family differences. Azazel Jacobs will direct from a screenplay by Matthew Aldrich. [Deadline]

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Woody Allen opens L.A. Film Festival with 'To Rome With Love'

Woody Allen is rarely seen on the West Coast, but he was in L.A. Thursday night for the North American premiere of his latest film, To Rome With Love at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

“Everyone has been saying to us, ‘Is he really gonna show up? Is he really gonna show up?’ for two months now,” Sean McManus, co-president of Film Independent, which produces the festival, told EW.

But show up he did, and to a standing ovation as he took the stage to introduce his 47th directorial feature.

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Casting Net: Penelope Cruz may romance 'The Counselor.' Plus: Bradley Cooper, Tony Danza

Bradley Cooper is in talks to join Christian Bale in the MPAA-baiting American Bulls—, about “Abscam,” the F.B.I. sting that resulted in the conviction of a U.S. senator and several U.S. congressmen in the early 1980s. David O. Russell is attached to possibly direct. [Deadline]

• Best double-take news of the day: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has cast his Angels in the Outfield costar Tony Danza in Gordon-Levitt’s untitled directorial debut, about a 21st-century Don Juan (Gordon-Levitt) out to mend his ways. Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore costar. [Variety]

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Woody Allen lists the five iconic actresses he wishes he could go back in time to direct -- EXCLUSIVE

If you had to choose one director to bring out a career performance in any actress, you can’t do much better than Woody Allen. During his amazing 45-year career as a director, he’s worked with many of the best, and Oscar has always been impressed. Diane Keaton, Penélope Cruz, Mira Sorvino, and Dianne Wiest all have trophies from their collaborations with Allen, to say nothing of the nominated performances from Samantha Morton, Judy Davis, Geraldine Page, and others.

In Midnight in Paris, Allen’s comedy-fantasy about a 21st-century writer (Owen Wilson) high on the nostalgic fumes of 1920s Paris — out today on home video and digital download — it’s Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams who get to dance with the master auteur. Actresses have always leaped at the opportunity to be Allen’s muse, and at this point of his career, any role in one of his films is an honor capable of luring even the hottest young ingenues.

But if Allen could go back to a different age — Midnight in Paris-like — what legendary Hollywood actresses would he most have wanted to cast in his films? We asked the director to name his Top 5, and he responded quickly, as if he had the list waiting in his pocket. “They were all fabulous actresses with their own styles,” he wrote in an e-mail about his selections. “But however different those styles were, they all worked on the screen and you believed them.” Click below for the leading ladies of Allen’s cinematic dreams: READ FULL STORY

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