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Steven Spielberg adds Amy Ryan, Alan Alda to Cold War thriller

Steven Spielberg is filling out the cast for this Tom Hanks-starring Cold War thriller about the lawyer trying to negotiate the release of a spy plane pilot captured by the Soviet Union.

Gone Baby Gone Oscar-nominee Amy Ryan will co-star as the wife of Hanks’ character, James Donovan, who won the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his work trying to free U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers after he was shot down over Russian territory in 1960.

Also in negotiations to join the cast is another Academy Award nominee, Alan Alda, for an unspecified role, according to DreamWorks Pictures, which is co-financing the untitled project with 20th Century Fox.

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Video: Oprah and Steven Spielberg talk 'Hundred Foot Journey'

The Fourth of July may be upon us but The Hundred Foot Journey features a very different type of fireworks with the ultimate culture clash between dueling French and Indian restaurants.

Based on the international best-seller by Richard C. Morais, the film—out Aug. 8—follows the journey of the Kadams, an Indian family that opens a boisterous eatery just 100 feet from a classic French restaurant owned by a snobbish culinarian (Helen Mirren). Their culinary contest threatens to bubble over until gifted gourmand Hassan (Manish Dayal) and charming sous-chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) meld their cultures together in the ultimate fusion of flavors.

”It’s a bit of a fable, but a fable that wants to be realistically told,” director Lasse Hallström told EW of the film earlier this year. ”It’s a melting pot of languages, of food, and of people.”

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Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller and 'The BFG' snag release dates

Mark your calendars, Spielberg disciples.

On Monday, Disney and DreamWorks announced official release dates for two films from the veteran director. His still-untitled Cold War thriller, starring Tom Hanks, has been slated for an Oct. 15, 2015 release, while his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG will hit theaters on July 1, 2016.

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Steven Spielberg directing Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' film

This is a BFD: Steven Spielberg is directing a big-screen version of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel The BFG.

The filmmaker is joining forces with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial screenwriter Melissa Mathison for the first time in more than 32 years to bring to life Dahl’s story of children-gobbling giants and the little girl who tries to stop them. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Leonardo DiCaprio wanted for Steve Jobs biopic; Plus, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg reunion?

• Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) is being eyed to play Steve Jobs in the Sony Pictures biopic of the late Apple co-founder, which will now be directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionnaire). The script by Aaron Sorkin was originally intended to be directed by David Fincher, Sorkin’s collaborator from The Social Network, with Christian Bale in talks to star. Scott Rudin will produce. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg joins religious drama 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'

Steven Spielberg’s already-full plate just got a little more crowded: The celebrated director is currently developing a religious drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

Spielberg may not direct the drama, according to Variety – but he does plan to have a hand in producing. The Oscar winner is currently wrapped up in two potential projects that may take precedence over EdgardoRobopocalypse and another historical drama, Montezuma.

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Steven Spielberg to develop 'West Side Story' for Fox? Who knows? Could be...

Fox is dusting off West Side Story, the 1961 musical that won 10 Academy Awards, based on hints that Steven Spielberg is interested in developing the property for a big-screen remake. Deadline initially reported the news, which focuses equally on the role DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snyder might play if she jumps studios, and sources familiar with the project confirm to EW that wheels are in motion to make West Side Story available for the legendary director as a possible “passion project.”

Spielberg has never made a musical, and West Side Story is one of the most acclaimed movie musicals of all time. It would be fascinating to see what the director of Saving Private Ryan and E.T. would do with the tale of a Romeo & Juliet-style forbidden love affair between a boy and a girl from rival, ethnically divided New York City street gangs. The 1961 movie, starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers, won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris), Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), Best Music, and five other categories. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Javier Bardem eyes Cortés role in 'Montezuma'; Plus, Mo'Nique, more

• Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is reportedly interested in portraying Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés in Montezuma, a nearly 50-year old Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus) script that Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) is updating. Steven Spielberg may have his sights on directing the project for DreamWorks, who currently owns the rights. Trumbo had apparently written the original script (one draft was 205 pages long!) for Kirk Douglas and director Martin Ritt. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Oliver Stone confirms Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with Jamie Foxx; Plus, David Oyelowo, more

 Director Oliver Stone (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) has confirmed that he and Jamie Foxx are officially moving forward with plans to make an authorized biopic of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life story. Warner Bros. and DreamWorks will distribute the film, which, according to The Wrap, is being produced by Steven Spielberg. [Wall Street Journal]
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Steven Spielberg eyes 'Grapes of Wrath'

Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks are in early discussions to acquire the rights to John Steinbeck’s classic Depression-era novel, The Grapes of Wrath. A representative for Spielberg confirmed a Deadline report that the Oscar-winning director of Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan is interested in the project, but only in a producer capacity. He would not direct. The novel was famously adapted by John Ford in 1940, with Henry Fonda starring as Tom Joad, the ex-con who tries to help his poor family as they flee the Dust Bowl for a better life in California. READ FULL STORY

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