• Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II) are in negotiations to star in The Intern for writer-director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated). In the story, the founder of a thriving fashion website (Witherspoon) clashes with a man in the company’s Senior Internship Program (De Niro). Despite the generational differences, the two eventually bond. None have worked together on a feature film before. Tina Fey was attached to star in the project in 2012. [Deadline]
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Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro’s upcoming boxing movie — technically titled Grudge Match but actually titled Raging Bull 2 Meets Rocky Part 7 — has a new poster. It is an attention-grabber. It’s constructed to look a little like an old-fashioned boxing poster. It has the names of its two stars very big at the top, followed by a huge “GRUDGE MATCH” title.
And then your eyes are drawn to Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Who look…interesting. This isn’t quite Kevin-James-in-The-Dilemma-level bad Photoshop, fortunately, although the floating torso-heads of their co-stars don’t really help. Still, as the poster reminds you, this is coming out on Christmas Day and is guaranteed to make your dad cry. So, better keep an eye on this. Check out the full poster below:
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Casting Net: Meryl Streep in talks to join 'The Giver,' set to reunite with Robert De Niro; Plus more
• You know filmmakers mean business when they cast two Oscar winners to star in their adaptation of a best-seller. Meryl Streep is set to star as Hildy Good, the main character of Ann Leary’s The Good House. Hildy is a grandmother, a real-estate broker, and an alcoholic. The book is set a year after her family tried to intervene, when Hildy starts to immerse herself in the sordid secrets of her Massachusetts town as she befriends, and then tries to protect, a younger transplant named Rebecca, who has yet to be cast. Robert De Niro, who starred with Streep in The Deer Hunter, Falling in Love, and Marvin’s Room, will play Frank, a fellow resident of the town who Hildy reconnects with. Michael Cunningham (The Hours) is writing the adaptation, and there is currently no director attached. [Deadline]
• Streep is also in talks to join Jeff Bridges in the adaptation of The Giver, where she’d play the part of the Chief Elder. Bridges plays The Giver and relative unknown Brenton Thwaites will play Jonas in the big screen take on Lois Lowry’s new classic. Production is expected to begin in South Africa in two months, with Phil Noyce directing. [Deadline]
'American Hustle' trailer has Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale looking straight out of the 1970s
There’s your typical Oscar-hopeful December release, and then there’s American Hustle, David O. Russell’s follow-up to last year’s Silver Linings Playbook.
It’s a reunion of sorts as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro once again partner with director Russell, this time joined by Russell’s The Fighter heavyweights Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The 1970s-set picture will focus on the true story of Abscam, a famous FBI sting operation. The story centers around a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with a rogue federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on mobsters and politicians. “Everyone is playing someone they’ve never played before,” Russell explained on Good Morning America this morning. “…The economy, like it is today, was in a tough place,and people very eager if not desperate to make something happen, and when people are like that lots of crazy things can happen.”
Check out the trailer — full of ’70s hairdos (Cooper’s got a perm!) and featuring Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times” — below: READ FULL STORY
Just when you thought you’ve had your fill of male foursomes taking over Sin City, Hollywood’s got another kind of quartet in its back pocket — a sexagenarian one.
In Last Vegas, Billy (Michael Douglas) is about to get married to a woman nearly half his age. “She’s almost 32!” he assures pal Archie (played by Morgan Freeman), who retorts, “I have a hemorrhoid that’s almost 32!”
A senior-citizen version of The Hangover, Billy rounds up the rest of their childhood friends, Paddy (Robert De Niro) and Sam (Kevin Kline) for a bachelor’s party set in — you guessed it — Las Vegas, the land of havoc and mischief.
Mayhem, missed medications, and many goofy generational misunderstandings abound in this comedy, featuring leading men we haven’t yet seen in such rickety form. Check out the trailer below:
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Well… sort of. Think of The Family as the mafia comedy that follows the events of Analyze This and Analyze That. (Analyze The Other Thing?)
De Niro plays an ex-mobster who snitches on his old pals and is then relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. (Normandy is so much different than Lilyhammer.) The first half of the trailer plays like a classic fish-out-of-water tale with a violent twist: De Niro’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets back at some snooty Frenchmen by burning down their grocery store! His daughter (Dianna Agron, looking pleased to be free of the Glee-verse) uses her tennis racquet to beat up a guy who hit on her! His son (John D’Leo) is running some sort of mini-crime ring at the high school!
And then, in the second half, everything starts exploding. Director Luc Besson and executive producer Martin Scorsese really know how to give the people what they want.
• Since his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, Robert De Niro has been on a bit of a career upswing. He’s set to star in Syriana-director Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store about an undercover agent-turned-Brooklyn cop and the seedy underworld that he and his partners uncover. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) also star. De Niro is currently filming David O. Russell’s American Hustle. [Variety]
• Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) will jump in to voice the villain in Despicable Me 2. Al Pacino had been cast in the role and had already voiced a number of scenes, but dropped out very recently due to creative differences. Bratt is no stranger to animated work and can be heard in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 as well. Despicable Me 2 is scheduled for a July 3 release, and features the voice talents of Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Steve Coogan. [Deadline]
Casting Net: 'Evil Dead' actress joins 'Pompeii'; Plus Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Luke Evans, more
• What’s worse? Being in Pompeii when Mt. Vesuvius erupts, or getting possessed by demon spirits in the middle of the woods? Evil Dead’s Jessica Lucas will be able to tell us soon enough. She’s just been cast in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii with Emily Browning, Kit Harington, and Kiefer Sutherland, which began filming in Italy last month. Best known for her role in the TV series Cult, Lucas can be seen next in Are We Officially Dating? alongside Zac Efron and Miles Teller (Project X). [Deadline]
• Robert De Niro will take the ring once more, this time as trainer to Edgar Ramirez’s (Zero Dark Thirty) character in Jonathan Jakubowicz’s boxing drama Hands of Stone, about legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran who famously beat Sugar Ray Leonard. De Niro will also be appearing in the upcoming Grudge Match where he’ll play a boxer who comes out of retirement to fight an old rival, played by Sylvester Stallone. It’s a formula. He’s not messing with it. [Deadline]
'The Silver Linings Playbook' author talks movie adaptation: 'I think Jennifer Lawrence did an amazing job'
The Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick has had quite a turnaround from just a few short years ago, when he was writing The Silver Linings Playbook in his in-laws basement. He was unemployed, had sold his house, quit a tenured teaching position and was unsure what the next step of his life would be. “It was a dark time in my life, classic struggling artist on my last dollar,” Quick explained on the phone with EW. Now, the author — who estimates he’s seen the film version of his first book seven times – is taking on Hollywood. He’s been to various SLP screenings, joined the cast at a taping of Katie, and is likely attending the Oscars himself Feb. 24. And he’s only just getting started in movies. His upcoming book, The Good Luck of Right Now, was just optioned by DreamWorks, and he’ll be an executive producer on the project.
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Before the 160 expected guests of honor could bite into their burrata arugula canapés and miso-marinated, pistachio-crusted sea bass fillets at the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in the Beverly Hilton ballroom on Monday, a handful of nominated actors and filmmakers dropped by the press room to talk about their celebrated projects, awards season experiences, people they’d like to work with, and big night fashion plans. There were moments of gratitude, plenty of jokes and even, in the case of Amy Adams, accidental musical accompaniment and spontaneous dancing.
Read on to see the best of what was said behind the scenes:
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