Under the headline “The Last, Disposable Action Hero,” New York Times writer Alex French posited earlier this year that “There are now more indistinguishable, barrel-chested eight-packed aspiring stars than ever.” To address this problem, Entertainment Weekly gathered some of Hollywood’s best character actors while we were in San Diego for Comic-Con for this important message.
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Casting Net: Chris Evans takes the reins on a new project; Plus, Jack Black leads a porn company, more
• Chris Evans may be best known for playing the straitlaced Captain America, but that doesn’t mean he’s content to just rest on his superhero laurels. The Avengers star will make his feature directorial debut with the romance 1:30 Train, which he’ll also star in and produce alongside McG. The story, penned by Ronald Bass (Stepmom), is disarmingly similar to the idea behind Before Sunrise, and follows two strangers who meet in New York and spend the night together. Evans plans to shoot the movie before he begins work on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. [Deadline]
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We’ve seen Steve Carell do funny. We’ve seen him play crazy. We’ve seen him do awkward. But in Sundance favorite The Way, Way Back, Carell plays mean, and he’s the one picking on the awkward guy: his girlfriend’s teenage son, Duncan (Liam James).
The Way, Way Back follows Duncan through his summer break that’s rather nightmarish whenever he’s with his mom (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend, but has bright moments whenever he’s at the local water park, where he strikes up a friendship with one of the slacker employees (Sam Rockwell).
The trailer shows off a good chunk of Way, Way Back‘s impressive cast, including Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, and co-director/co-writer Jim Rash.
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We had hoped to have an honest, thoughtful discussion with the cast and filmmakers from this Sundance midnight movie, but not every interview goes as expected, and this one turned out to be a frustrating experience for everyone involved.
That was mainly due to to the sneering, combative behavior of Rob Corddry, who co-stars in Hell Baby with Leslie Bibb as expectant parents who battle demonic possession when they move into a haunted house during their pregnancy.
Hot Tub Time Machine grossed a decent-but-not-huge amount of money in theaters back in 2010, apparently proving once and for all that the American public just wasn’t ready for a movie title Hot Tub Time Machine. But the movie grossed a decent chunk of change on DVD, and now the Hollywood Reporter claims that MGM is currently in the early stages of developing a sequel. The key part of the equation seems to be Rob Corddry, who played Lou, the most memorable/insane part of the original ensemble. In the three years since Hot Tub, Corddry’s Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital has grown into a cult hit. Ratings have risen; the show has won an Emmy; the cast has staged an annual chaos-takeover of EW’s Comic-Con interview lounge. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Jason Bateman to star in and direct spelling bee comedy. Plus: Channing Tatum circling Evel Knievel biopic, and 'The Wolverine' gets villain
• Channing Tatum is in talks to produce and star in an untitled biopic about famed daredevil Evel Knievel. Tatum’s producing partner Reid Carolin (Magic Mike) penned the script, based on the Stuart Barker book Life of Evel. No director is attached. [THR]
• Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost, Revenge, Rush Hour 3) will play Big Bad yakuza crime boss Lord Shingen opposite Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine. James Mangold is directing. [Deadline]
• Melissa Leo and Rick Yune (Die Another Day) have signed onto the White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen (this is the one starring Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent, and Aaron Eckhart as the president, with Antoine Fuqua directing). Leo will play the Secretary of Defense, and Yune will play the mastermind behind the North Korean takeover of the White House. [THR]
• Rob Corddry is negotiating to join the untitled Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy cop comedy. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is directing. [Variety]
• The Steve Jobs biopic jOBS added a raft of new actors to its cast, the filmmakers announced today, including JK Simmons (as Apple investor Arthur Rock), Victor Rasuk (as Apple’s first employee Bill Fernandez), and Kevin Dunn (as Apple chairman Gil Amelio). Also joining the cast about the Apple Computer co-founder (played by Ashton Kutcher) are Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect), Lenny Jacobson (Nurse Jackie), Giles Matthey (True Blood), and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help).
Casting Net: Michael Fassbender taking on ‘Assassin’s Creed.’ Plus: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Cooper, James Woods
‘The Wolverine’ to begin shooting in Australia this August, then move to Japan
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