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'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' trailer: Imagine that, Ben Stiller -- VIDEO

Tired of previews that give away a whole movie’s worth of plot — not to mention all its best lines? If so, you’ll be tickled by the poetic trailer for Ben Stiller’s remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a tantalizing series of images that includes nary a spoken word — at least, not until its last few seconds.

The gentle but insistent strains of “Dirty Paws” by Of Monsters and Men score the largely dialogue-free trailer, which elegantly reveals the film’s basic story: Walter Mitty (Stiller, who also directed) is a shy Life magazine photographer who spends his days alternately spinning elaborate fantasies, dreaming of romance with a co-worker played by Kristen Wiig, and being tormented by a co-worker played by Adam Scott. When Walter discovers a mysterious photograph of an arctic explorer (Sean Penn), he finds himself drawn into a real-life adventure — one that may be even more exciting than the scenarios he’s long imagined.

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Casting Net: Eva Green to star in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'; Plus David Cronenberg, Felicity Jones, Sean Penn

Eva Green (Casino Royale) has signed on to star as Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In a press release announcing the news, Rodriquez and Miller said “Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City.  From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green.” Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will also join the large cast as a stripper named Marcy. Rodriguez and Miller are currently filming in Austin for an October 4 release. [Deadline]

David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) is teaming up with Don DeLillo again for the The Body Artist, DeLillo’s dreamy 2001 novel about the ordinariness of everyday life….and ghosts. Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is set to direct, though, and Cronenberg will actually step in front of the camera to star in the film alongside Isabelle Huppert (Amour) and Denis Lavant (Beau Travail, Holy Motors). Cronenberg recently directed an adaptation of DeLillo’s novel Cosmopolis. Even though he’s best known for his directing work, Cronenberg has acted in a handful of projects including some of his own (The Fly, Videodrome) and for some others too (Alias, To Die For). [Variety]

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Casting Net: Sean Penn eyeing thriller 'Prone Gunman.' Plus: John Hawkes, George Clooney, Ty Burrell

• Sean Penn is in talks to star in the action thriller Prone Gunman, based on the novel by the late French author Jean-Patrick Manchette about an international assassin who runs afoul of the organization that hires him after he says he wants out of the business. (Silly assassin; shadowy global organizations are never keen on quiet retirement.) Peter Travis adapted the screenplay; there is no director yet attached. [THR]

• John Hawkes, lately winning Oscar buzz for The Sessions, has signed on for Low Down, a biopic of jazz pianist Joe Albany. He replaces Mark Ruffalo, who had originally been attached to tell the story of Albany’s relationship with his young daughter Amy through the 1960s and 70s. That same daughter co-wrote the screenplay as an adult, with Topper Lilien (Where the Money IsDungeons & Dragons). Commercial director Jeff Preiss will make his directorial debut with the project. [Variety]

• George Clooney is in talks to star in Disney’s tightly guarded sci-fi project 1952, which Brad Bird is attached to direct. Damon Lindelof co-wrote the film with EW senior writer Jeff Jensen. [Variety]

• Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell will play a love interest for Bill Hader in the indie dramedy The Skeleton Twins, about grown siblings (Hader and Kristen Wiig) who reevaluate their lives after they both have a near-death experience on the same day. Luke Wilson plays Wiig’s husband. Director Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) cowrote the film with Mark Heyman (Black Swan). [Variety]

• Eric Bana is negotiating to star in the paranormal thriller Beware the Night, about a cop who investigates possessions — and not the drug kind. (Cue scary organ music.) Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) will direct from the script he penned with Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Urban Legends: Final Cut). Jerry Bruckheimer is producing. [TheWrapVariety]

• The cast for the drama You’re Not You — starring Hilary Swank as a woman living with ALS (i.e. Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Emmy Rossum as the self-involved co-ed who is hired to care for her — has filled out its cast. Marcia Gay Harden, Loretta DevineJason Ritter, Ernie Hudson, Frances Fisher, Ali Larter, and Julian McMahon have all joined the cast, which also includes Josh DuhamelGeorge C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe) is directing the script from Shana Feste (Country Strong) and Jordan Roberts (Around the Bend), adapted from the novel by Michelle Wildgen. [THR]

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'This Must be the Place' trailer: Sean Penn plays an unlikely Nazi hunter

When I think of Sean Penn’s most unsettling cinematic creations, I’m inclined to learn towards his cruel Vietnam sergeant in Casualties of War or his death-row inmate in Dead Man Walking. But his character in This Must Be the Place might just take the cake. In this Cannes 2011 film, slated for release on Nov. 2, Penn plays a former goth-pop god who hasn’t given up the iconic look that helped make him famous. When his father — a Holocaust survivor — passes away, he inherits the mission to track down his dad’s concentration camp tormentor. But it’s not just Penn’s heavy makeup and lipstick that make his character feel a tad off — it’s the monotonous locution that makes it seem like his brain synapses aren’t fully recovered from a lifetime of hard living. It’s as if Ozzy Osbourne was portraying Simon Wiesenthal.

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Sean Penn drama 'This Must Be the Place' gets November release date -- EXCLUSIVE

You may remember the photos of Sean Penn resembling a Robert Smith-like ’80s goth-rock star in director Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place, which The Weinstein Co. acquired last September several months after its premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Well, the distributor has finally set a Nov. 2, 2012 release date for the drama, about a faded rock star (Penn) who takes up his dying father’s search for a former Nazi who once did his father wrong in a WWII concentration camp.

Fellow Oscar winner Frances McDormand plays Penn’s significant other. This Must Be the Place is the first English-language film for Sorrentino, an Italian filmmaker who may be best known for 2008′s Il Divo, a biopic of Italian politician Giulio Andriotti that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup in 2010.

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'Gangster Squad' trailer: Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin go up against a dirty Sean Penn

When Gangster Squad was filming in Los Angeles last fall, the Internet went a little crazy cooing over the many paparazzi shots of Ryan Gosling decked out in slick 1940s suits and cuddling with an adorable bull dog (and Emma Stone). Oh, and then there was the shot of Gosling beating some guy with a tie iron.

Now the trailer for the fall thriller — about a group of L.A. cops (led by Josh Brolin’s WWII vet) who set aside their badges to declare war on gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) — has finally hit, and the movie looks much more like a beating-a-guy-with-a-tire-iron movie than hanging-out-with-a-cute-pooch movie. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Cannes and Sean Penn team up for Haiti fundraiser

The Cannes Film Festival announced today that it will host a special fundraiser in support of three celeb-led Haiti charities: Sean Penn’s J/P HRO, Paul Haggis’s Artists for Peace and Justice and Petra Nemcova’s Happy Hearts Fund. The gala event — called Haiti: Carnival in Cannes — will center on a fundraising dinner held May 18 at the Festival Agora. Proceeds raised will benefit all three organizations, which work to support Haiti in the wake of the island’s devastating 2010 earthquake. (The first two were founded after the quake; Nemcova’s org began working in Haiti in 2007.)

Penn is a Cannes mainstay; he has presented several films at the festival, and he served as President of the Jury in 2008. “People say that a great actor is by nature egocentric, and that a great director is focussed on his art. Sean Penn is both a great actor and director,” current festival president Gilles Jacob said in a statement. “What he does above and beyond that for the people and the land of Haiti, giving freely of himself, his abiding presence, his work -– one could almost say the work of his own hands -– his whole discreet, human, moral and altruistic involvement as a benefactor, commands our greatest respect.”

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Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence circling 'The Glass Castle.' Plus: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

• Mel Gibson is in serious talks to take on a supporting role in Machete Kills, director Robert Rodriguez‘s sequel to his 2010 grindhouse thriller Machete with star Danny Trejo. [Deadline]

• Speaking of rugged leading men/media lightning rods aiming for a role several slots down on the call sheet, Sean Penn is negotiating to join Ben Stiller‘s remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, for a key supporting part. Stiller is starring in the title role as well as directing, alongside Kristen WiigAdam ScottShirley MacLaine, and Patton Oswalt. [Deadline]

Jessica Chastain is in talks for Iron Man 3, to play a brilliant scientist opposite Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) — possibly a rival for his affections from Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Pepper Potts? [Deadline]

• Toni Collette and Dev Patel have signed onto Defiant, a thriller about honor killing in India. [Deadline]

• Melissa Leo will play Shia LaBeouf‘s mother in the crime romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Til Schweiger (Inglorious Basterds) has also signed on to play a Serbian gangster. [Deadline, Variety]

• Gina Carano, the one-time American Gladiator and star of this year’s Steven Soderbergh thriller Haywire, is in talks to step aboard Fast & Furious 6. No word on the role, but it will likely involve chamber room tea settings and dense witticisms about oil prices butt kicking. [THR]

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Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Paul Giamatti join Sundance cast list

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Films featuring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Paul Giamatti, Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan, and Melissa Leo are among late additions to next month’s Sundance Film Festival.

Organizers for Robert Redford’s independent-film showcase said Monday they have added four titles to the previously announced lineup of more than 100 movies.

The new films are: director Paolo Sorrentino’s rock-star-on-a-road-trip tale This Must Be the Place, with Penn and McDormand; Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s Predisposed, with Eisenberg, Leo, and Morgan in a comic romp about a piano prodigy, his troubled mom and a drug dealer; Don Coscarelli’s horror comedy John Dies at the End, featuring Giamatti; and Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st, a drama about a Norwegian man in crisis.

The festival runs Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah.

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'Gangster Squad': Director Ruben Fleischer on working with Sean Penn and Josh Brolin (...and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone)

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Ruben Fleischer made his Hollywood bones with Zombieland, the clever and funny zombie apocalypse movie that famously offed Bill Murray. But for his next movie, the 37-year-old director is taking deadly aim at a more serious genre. “I love gangster movies like Goodfellas and Miller’s Crossing,” says Fleischer, “and L.A. noir films like Chinatown are also awesome.” Next fall’s Gangster Squad, an action-drama about the 1940s cops who battled Mickey Cohen’s mob for control of the City of Angels, is the perfect mesh of the two. Speaking from L.A., where he’s readying a violent shootout on Hollywood Boulevard on day 67 of filming, Fleischer discussed the humbling effects of filming at the city’s most famous landmarks, the amazing Sean Penn, and why audiences are ready to embrace Josh Brolin as a hero.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This is a totally different direction for you after Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less. How did you go about convincing the studio that you were the right guy for this movie? READ FULL STORY

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