- Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will be taking on roles in The Big Short, a film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book follows the story of the creation of the housing and credit bubble of the early 2000s, leading up to the financial crisis, which lasted from 2007 to 2010. Along with the casting news comes the announcement that screenwriter Adam McKay will be leaving his usual comedic wheelhouse (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) to pen the script and possibly direct. [Vanity Fair]
- Selena Gomez has been cast alongside Paul Rudd in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving, the story of Ben, a man who takes a job as the caregiver to Trevor, a young man with muscular dystrophy, after losing his family. Gomez will play a “sassy 17-year-old who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip, and whose forwardness and lack of embarrassment about Trevor’s condition causes him to develop a crush on her.” Shooting will begin Jan. 22 in Atlanta [Deadline]
- Christopher Walken, Mark McGrath, Patrick Warburton, and David Spade were all cast in the “first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture,” Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. While Walken and Spade reprised their roles from the original film, McGrath and Warburton joined the cast as new characters. The sequel will be released in summer 2015 on the Sony Pictures Television streaming service, Crackle. [Broadway World]
- Sofia Black-D’Elia (Skins, Gossip Girl) and Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire) have been cast in the remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic, Ben-Hur. Black-D’Elia will be taking the role of Tirzah, the politically minded sister of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), and Santoro the role of Jesus, in the story of Ben-Hur’s feud with his once friend Messala (Toby Kebbell) during the age of the Roman Empire. Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Homeland’s Nazanin Boniadi have also landed roles in the Mark Burnett-produced film, set to begin filming soon in Europe. [Deadline]
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In William H. Macy’s directorial debut Rudderless, Billy Crudup is a successful ad man whose life is destroyed in a flash when his son dies in a school shooting.
In the throes of his despair, Crudup’s character discovers one of his son’s demo tapes and decides to start performing the songs. He teams up with Anton Yelchin and some other floppy-haired (relative) youngsters to form a folk band in what looks like an uplifting musical drama featuring Selena Gomez, Felicity Huffman, and Laurence Fishburne.
Watch the first trailer below.
William H. Macy’s directorial debut Rudderless stars Billy Crudup as a father grieving after the death of his son and Selena Gomez as the son’s girlfriend. The three sat down with EW’s Sara Vilkomerson to talk about the making of the film and its music. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY
It’s always fascinating to hear seasoned actors talk about how they navigate their careers. Ethan Hawke has had three movies in theaters this year: The critically-acclaimed Before Midnight, the surprise horror hit The Purge, and the fast-car flick Getaway, which opens today and costars Selena Gomez. As Hawke explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle on EW’s Sirius XM channel this week, at some point, he realized he wasn’t a “shapeshifting” character actor — guys like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Vincent D’Onofrio, for example, who embody different people so you don’t recognize them from one role to the next. So he decided he’d push himself by acting in different genres. “So, okay, let’s do Sinister. That director [Scott Derrickson] is crazy smart. He knows what he’s doing. He loves horror movies. I don’t know much about horror movies, but I know a talented person and I know he has something to say. He can use that medium and that genre to do something affecting in the same way that Richard Linklater can make a drama and they’re both unique voices in cinema. And that’s what I kinda chase.”
Why do Getaway? “When I was a kid, I did [1991’s] White Fang,” Hawke says. “The people who liked White Fang were, like, 12 at the time — well, they all grow up. They all grow up, and they grow up with you. And I have a feeling that you do a movie like Getaway, and kinda the hope is that you make a fun movie for young people, and I’ll be kinda like the Lee Marvin — I’m the old guy now…. ‘Who’s the old guy with Selena Gomez?’ It’s like, ‘Oh, he’s all right.’ But there’s a whole group of people [who] don’t care about Before Midnight or they don’t know what Reality Bites meant in 1994, you know. If I want to keep working and having something relevant to say, you gotta get your hands dirty. And it’s really hard. You talk about balancing a career — it’s the most difficult thing that they can’t teach you in acting school.”
Listen to the full interview below. READ FULL STORY
The new Getaway trailer is one-third Taken, one-third The Fast and the Furious, and one-third Selena Gomez in a baseball cap. It’s also 100 percent Ethan Hawke getting angry.
Starring Hawke, Gomez, Jon Voight, and Rebecca Budig, Getaway tells the story of a husband who’s forced to perform a series of tasks, including theft and kidnapping, in order to save his kidnapped wife, played by Budig. The husband, Brent, played by Hawke, claims he was targeted because he’s a skilled driver — think Ryan Gosling in Drive. And with The Kid, played by Gomez, as his sidekick, Brent works to save his wife from the evil Jon Voight, whose character is simply The Voice. Car crashes, explosions, and gunfire follow as Brent races against the clock to save his wife’s life.
But Brent can only be forced to do so much before he inevitably decides that he’s through with being bossed around. He tells The Voice, “First, I’m coming for my wife. Then I’m coming for you.” Looks like Brent decides to take revenge, Liam-Neeson style.
Check out the trailer for Getaway below: READ FULL STORY
In Getaway — starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez — a mysterious voice tells Hawke’s ex-race car driver that his wife will stay alive, as long as he follows the man’s instructions — which seem to mostly be “drive around and shoot.” Gomez plays a hacker who gets taken along for the ride after Hawke steals her Mustang. Judging from the footage in the trailer, Hawke got to perform the majority of this movie while sitting in a car.
You’ve got designer t-shirts. You’ve got gold bullets. You’ve got Calvin Klein Escape. You’ve got shorts in every f–in’ color. But you don’t have Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers on DVD or Blu-ray; in fact, you don’t even know when you’ll be able to buy it.
Or at least you didn’t… until now.
EW can reveal that discs of Korine’s candy-colored crime spree flick will hit shelves July 9. The film comes packaged with a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes and outtakes (oh please, let it include James Franco’s Alien listing more of the things he owns!), a VICE featurette that gives “an inside look at the ATL Twins and real life partying in Panama City Beach,” and “an insightful look at the music of Spring Breakers,” which hopefully means even more footage of stars Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine singing Britney Spears songs.
Clearly, our excitement about this release can be expressed only in the form of GIFs:
• Chloë Moretz just can’t stay away from the macabre. The Kick-Ass 2 star is currently in talks to join the adaptation of (former EW writer) Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. In the novel, Libby Day (who will be played by Charlize Theron) revisits the gruesome reality of her youth (at 7, she testified against her 15-year-old brother Ben for the murder of their mother) 25 years later. Alternating between flashbacks to the time when the murder and conviction took place and the present, Moretz would play the character of Diondra Wertzner — Ben’s girlfriend in the flashbacks. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) is set to direct. [Deadline]
• Jennifer Garner is in talks to join Kevin Costner in Ivan Reitman’s football dramedy Draft Day. Garner would play the secretary to Costner’s team manager who is having a hard time securing his number one draft pick. Garner’s next film, Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey, is currently in post-production and should be released sometime this year. [Variety]
Here's why you should see 'Spring Breakers' this weekend: It's the most outrageous movie of the year, and James Franco is genius in it
I’ve never had much patience for the “transgressive” avant-grunge indie-cinema noodlings of Harmony Korine. But Spring Breakers, his movie about four college women who go on a psychotic Spring Break bender (and, in vintage B-movie cautionary fashion, pay the price), is now threatening to become a crossover sensation in more ways than one. Without a doubt, it’s the first Korine movie that could at least be mentioned in the same paragraph with the word “mainstream.” Opening today on 1,100 screens, Spring Breakers will probably make more money in one hour than all of Korine’s previous films (Gummo, Julien Donky-Boy, Trash Humpers, etc.), added up together, did over the last 15 years. Then again, that wouldn’t be too hard — Korine’s films have basically been provocations falling in the forest without making a sound. The real crossover news about Spring Breakers is that last weekend, in limited release, it averaged a whopping $90,000 on three screens, indicating that it could be an indie smash in the making. READ FULL STORY
Today’s SXSW panel featuring Spring Breakers‘ cast and director Harmony Korine started innocently enough… moderator Eric Kohn from IndieWire asked audience members to share their favorite Spring Break memories — most of which landed on the milder side, including one 17-year-old’s tale of rubbing elbows with celebs like Joseph Gordon-Levitt last night in Austin and one guy’s recollection of sleeping in Cancun hotel’s bag-check area.
But those tales pale in comparison to the dark places Korine went while researching his Sunshine State-set flick, which made its U.S. debut in Austin on Sunday.
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