• Stephan James (The L.A. Complex) is in talks to star as famed Olympian Jesse Owens in Race. He’d be replacing John Boyega in the role, who had to drop out due to his Star Wars: Episode VII commitments. Stephen Hopkins is directing the biopic, which will follow Owens from his humble beginnings to the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won four gold medals. Not quite yet a household name, James has a number of higher profile projects coming up, including the football pic When the Game Stands Tall and Ava DuVernay’s civil rights drama Selma. [The Wrap]
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Casting Net: Jessica Chastian rumored to star as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde'; Plus, Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette, more
• Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is nearing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film Blonde. Helmed by Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik and produced by Brad Pitt‘s Plan B, Blonde is based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates which reimagines the life of Norma Jeane Baker, the woman who would later go on to become Marilyn Monroe. When EW reached out for comment, Chastian’s agent would not confirm her involvement in the upcoming film. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
• Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) have signed on to star in The Lobster, set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is “a matter of life and death.” Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos is making his English-language debut on the project, which also stars Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas) and Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color). [THR]
Ever since the casting of Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis as the witches of Oz, eager fans of the upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful have been wondering which witch is which. Or, more specifically, which witch is the infamous evil one. The answer remains somewhat elusive as the March 8 release date approaches.
In a new clip, Evanora (Weisz) and Theodora (Kunis) appear to be arguing over the danger of Theodora’s decision to bring Oscar (James Franco) to Oz. But while many assumed Kunis or Weisz would secretly turn out to be the green-faced Witch of the West, the new clip seems to suggest that there may be yet another witch in Oz’s midst. And we’re not talking about Glinda, either.
Check out the preview — which also showcases Theodora’s powerful temper — below: READ FULL STORY
Disney premiered the new teaser for their anticipated fantasy flick Oz the Great and Powerful starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Mila Kunis. The Sam Raimi-directed film, which opens March 8, is a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz. Watch the teaser below, which gives us a glimpse of some very nasty flying monkeys. READ FULL STORY
Oz is coming to the Super Bowl.
Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful — starring the enviably attractive medley of James Franco and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams as three witches – is offering up a tiny online morsel sneak peek of a commercial that will show during the telecast of this Sunday’s Super Bowl game. The movie hits theaters March 8.
Check out the quick video, below, showing Franco as circus magician Oscar Diggs in a hot air balloon sucked from black-and-white hued Kansas into the vibrantly colorful Land of Oz, screaming all the way. “Am I dreaming?” he says. “You’re in Oz,” responds Kunis as witch Theodora, her long hair glistening over one eye like a ’40s glamor queen.
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Oh, the sheer mystery of it all.
Check out this new poster from Disney for Oz the Great and Powerful, out in theaters March 8, showing a green, hook-nosed, black hat-wearing witch with clawed fingernails and a sneer that screams “I’M EVIL.”
Is the Wicked Witch of the West back? Disney won’t confirm which witch the demonic looking lady is, whether Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), or Glinda (Michelle Williams). All bets are on Weisz, but director Sam Raimi always has some tricks up his sleeve, so we’ll just have to see…
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Golden Globe nominee Rachel Weisz praises 'Magic Mike' actress Cody Horn: 'She wasn't acting. She was real.'
Early this morning, Rachel Weisz scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her work in the little-seen British indie The Deep Blue Sea, which earned strong critical reviews, but not much box office, back in March. “It hadn’t been part of the conversation leading up to this,” a surprised Weisz told EW about her nomination, “so it really came out of nowhere.”
Despite the attention, the English actress wasn’t determined to keep the focus on herself. She readily heaped praise on a few of her colleagues when asked to pick her favorite actress performances of the year.
Weisz’s first choice was a popular one this awards season. READ FULL STORY
The pieces to the puzzle that is Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful were just coming together, to be solidified and clarified with today’s new revealing trailer. And then this: a tantalizing splendor of new images and sequences that tease more of the plot but throw a monkey-wrench into the whole which-witch debate. James Franco’s Kansas magician is more like Dorothy than we ever knew: a mystical twister transports him to a strange land, where he encounters a witch (or three) and has to kill a Wicked one if he wants to acquire what he most desires.
Click below for a quick tour through the new promo. READ FULL STORY
Witches, witches, everywhere — but which one of them is wicked? We don’t get the answer in this new, longer trailer for Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful — but the clip does formally introduce us to Mila Kunis’s good witch Theodora, Rachel Weisz’s vampy witch Evanora, and Michelle Williams’s clearly virtuous Glinda.
All three magical ladies are pleased as punch when James Franco’s “Wizard” is dropped into Oz by a mighty tornado; he’s destined to fulfill a prophecy by defeating that still unidentified wicked sorceress. L. Frank Baum geeks will also be pleased to get a better look at the Wizard’s new Ozian sidekicks — Finley, a kind flying monkey (voiced by Zack Braff), and a girl made of porcelain (voiced by Ramona and Beezus‘s Joey King) who’s probably a native of Oz’s Dainty China Country — as well as Munchkins and the Yellow Brick Road. Go off and see the wizard for yourself:
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