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Casting Net: Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan to voice parents in Pixar's 'Inside Out'

• Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan will voice parents, mother and father respectively, of an 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) in Pixar’s Inside Out. The story takes a deep dive into the emotions located inside Riley’s head at what’s called Headquarters. The emotions are: Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). The film will also take a peek inside the minds of mom and dad. Peter Docter is writing and directing. [USA Today]

• Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Xavier Dolan‘s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film follows Donovan (Kit Harington), an actor whose career crumbles when his communication with an 11-year-old fan surfaces. A gossip columnist (Jessica Chastain) spins the story for the worst. Bates will play Donovan’s manager with Sarandon as his mother. [THR]

• Zoey Deutch has been cast in Dirty Grandpa alongside Zac Efron and Robert De Niro. The story tracks Jason (Efron) on a road trip to Florida in advance of  his wedding. His former Army general grandfather (De Niro) is along for the ride. Deutch will play Jason’s earthy love interest, Shadia. Dan Mazer is directing the film, and John Phillips wrote the script. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon board 'Three Generations'

• Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie from a script by Nikole Beckwith. The story follows a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who is transitioning from female to male and her mother, Maggie (Watts), who must come to terms with Ray’s transition. Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother, Dolly (Sarandon), a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner, Frances, has trouble understanding Ray’s decision and Maggie’s inability to move out of the house she grew up in. Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub will produce with InFilm Productions’ Dorothy Berwin. Watts will executive produce with Leah Holzer and Daniele Melia of Big Beach and Peter Pastorelli. Production for Three Generations begins in New York in early November. [THR]

• Jon Bernthal, Catalina Sandino MorenoÓscar Jaenada, and Mehdi Dehbi have been cast in the biopic The Godmother, which stars Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film tells the story of real-life Colombian cocaine queenpin Griselda Blanco. Eva Sørhaug is directing from a script by Frank Baldwin. Daniela Cretu is producing for First Born Films. Nicholas Pileggi is executive producing along with Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg, and Kelly McCormick of Sierra/Affinity. Filming begins next spring, and Sierra/Affinity will take the film to international buyers at AFM next month. [Deadline]

• Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta have been cast in Anthony Hopkins‘ action-drama Go With Me. Set in a Pacific Northwest logging community, the story follows a young woman who endures harassment by a crime lord when she returns to her hometown. She looks to an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his sidekick for help. The story is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr., which Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs will adapt for the screen. Daniel Alfredson directs. Hopkins is producing with Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for the Gotham Group, and Gregory Jacobs. Shooting kicks off in British Columbia in mid-November. [Variety]

• Eva Longoria and Lily Collins are in talks for the untitled low-riders movie from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse, and Imagine Entertainment. The film reportedly stars Demian Bichir and takes place in the East LA street-culture world. Ricardo de Montreuil will direct from a script by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping, with Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James writing previous drafts. Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee for Imagine, while Couper Samuelson will oversee for Blumhouse. [Deadline]

• Isla Fisher is joining Jon Hamm and Zack Galifianakis in the spy comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses. Galifianakis and Fisher will play a couple who discovers that their seemingly perfect new neighbors, one of which will be played by Hamm, are actually spies. Greg Mottola directs, Mike LeSieur wrote the script, and Walter Parkes and Laurie McDonald are producing. [The Wrap]

• Lucy Liu will take the lead in writer-director Evan Jackson Leong’s Snakehead. Set in New York, the drama stars Liu as a poor Chinese immigrant who, after being mentored by powerful bosses named Snakeheads, rises to the top of Chinatown’s human-smuggling business in an effort to reconnect with her daughter and family. 408 films is financing and producing in partnership with Arowana Films; 408’s Brian Yang, Gregory Chou, and E. Brian Dobbins and Principato-Young’s Allen Fisher are producing alongside Untitled’s Jason Weinberg and Frameworks’ Maryellen Mulcahy. Shooting kicks off this spring. [Deadline]

• Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) will provide the voice for a dog in the live-action family drama A Bollywoof Tale. With Frederik Du Chau directing, the film tells the story of Basil, a pet spaniel who moves with his family from London to Dehli, but gets lost in Kolkata when his crate is misplaced. Basil pairs with Santoosh (voiced by Nayyar) and a cow named Uma to find his owners. Stephen Leslie wrote the script. Jason Newmark developed the project with the British Film Institute and is producing with Nisha Parti. The film will be shot in London and India in the first quarter of 2015. [THR]

• Gal Gadot will not take the female lead in Timur Bekmambetov‘s Ben Hur. The actress had been eyeing the role of Esther, Ben Hur’s love interest, but had to pass due to her Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shooting schedule. Gadot portrays Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder‘s superhero flick and is set to appear in a handful of upcoming Warner Bros.’ Films, including a solo film in 2017. [The Wrap]

'Tammy' trailer: Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon hit the road -- VIDEO


If you’re gonna rob a fast food restaurant, don’t do it like Tammy.

In the upcoming comedy Tammy, Melissa McCarthy plays the title character, a woman who goes on the run with her drunk grandmother after losing her job and unfaithful husband. McCarthy co-wrote the script with her real-life husband, Ben Falcone, who directed and appears in the comedy that features a foul-mouthed Susan Sarandon as McCarthy’s nana. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Tammy' teaser trailer: Melissa McCarthy is living in a gangsta's paradise -- VIDEO

If you’re a fan of Melissa McCarthy’s previous work — especially her blockbuster turn in The Heat last summer — it looks like Tammy was made for you. In addition to her starring role, McCarthy co-wrote the film with her husband, director Ben Falcone.

When Tammy (McCarthy) finds out her husband has been cheating on her, she embarks on a road trip with her hard-partying grandma (Susan Sarandon). But in the teaser trailer below, we see a solo Tammy gearing up for a fast-food robbery. She’s after bags of money and bags of pies while wearing a bag over her head and a bag over her “gun.” Check out the hilarious heist below: READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2014: 'Ping Pong Summer' parties like it's 1985

The mid-’80s are an easy source of comedy. Boomboxes the size of Samsonites. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. Pac Man Fever. White teens trying to moonwalk. All of these sonic and visual punchlines get a workout in writer-director Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer — a fun-but-slight coming-of-age story about an awkward Maryland teenager who becomes, well, not a man exactly, but a slightly more comfortable teenager, on a family vacation during the magical summer of 1985.

If that description sounds familiar, that’s probably because Ping Pong Summer has the misfortune of coming after two similar — and better — indies: 2009’s Adventureland and last year’s The Way Way Back. But Tully’s film gets by on its quirky charm and time-capsule nostalgia. It’s like an indie film riff on VH1’s I Love the ’80s. And after watching it, you may find yourself with an inexplicable urge to rummage through an old Adidas shoebox full of cracked cassettes looking for your copy of “The Fat Boys Are Back” or attempting to beatbox in the shower.

The film chronicles several pivotal pubescent weeks in the life of Radford Miracle (played by newcomer — and young Roger Federer lookalike — Marcello Conte). Radford’s friends call him “Rad”, but since he doesn’t really have any friends to speak of, it’s sort of a moot point. With his glum, goth older sister and his parents (John Hannah and Leah Thompson, another of the film’s nods to the Reagan era), he packs up his beloved red parachute pants and prized ping pong paddle for a summer in a shabby rental in Ocean City. There, he makes quick friends with an eager, Jheri-curled wannabe rapper named Teddy, crushes on a Cabriolet-driving Pop Rocks-addict dream girl, and runs afoul of the local preppy bully, who he will eventually put in his place over an epic game of table tennis at the local video arcade thanks to the tutelage of a wise, mysterious neighbor (Susan Sarandon, reprising her zen sensei schtick from Bull Durham).

If you didn’t live through the ’80s, my guess is that Ping Pong Summer will feel like a ridiculous trip to an alien planet — an alien planet where there’s “no parking on the dance floor”. But if you did (guilty as charged), then the film is guaranteed to make you smile and possibly overlook its corny thinness. It doesn’t hurt that the message of Ping Pong Summer — the importance of appreciating the most awesome moment of your life as its happening — is as timeless as Mr. Mister’s pop anthem “Broken Wings”.


As a footnote, I’d like to echo my colleague Owen Gleiberman’s take on two of the best films at Sundance this year: Steve James’ documentary Life Itself, about the life and legacy of film critic Roger Ebert, and Damien Chazelle’s electrifying jazzworld drama Whiplash.

Life Itself is an inspiring, heartbreaking portrait of a complex man who has always, unfairly,  been best known for his thumb. James takes the cartoonish curmudgeon in the owlish glasses and humanizes him for better and worse. Mostly better. The film is a testament to passion that drives us, the resilience that sustains us, and the love that makes life something worth fighting to hold onto.

Whiplash is, hands down, the best film I’ve seen so far at this year’s festival. Miles Teller gives one of the most impressive and fully-realized performances I’ve seen in my decade and a half covering Sundance as a gifted jazz drummer who’s put through the wringer by his drill-sergeant conservatory teacher (a feral and ferocious J.K. Simmons). Walking out of last night’s screening, I felt as if my nerve endings were on fire and that I had witnessed something truly original and special. Not only is Whiplash a great Sundance film, it’s a great film period. If it had come out last year, it would have easily been one of my 10 Best.

Casting Net: Jessica Chastain for 'Crimson Peak'; Plus, Bradley Cooper to replace Jude Law in Natalie Portman pic, more

• Guillermo del Toro is assembling quite the A-List cast for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Yesterday, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) had joined the cast, and news broke today that two-time Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain is in final negotiations to star in the film. Del Toro produced Mama, which starred Chastain, but has never directed the Zero Dark Thirty star before. The project is the midst of a script re-write with Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me). Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) wrote the original draft with Del Toro. [Variety]

• The trouble-plagued production for Jane Got a Gun may have finally gotten some good news. It looks like Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is set to take over for Jude Law, who left the project late last month, as did director Lynne Ramsay. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor has since taken over, and they’ve continued shooting what they can with Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. [Deadline]


Melissa McCarthy talks casting Susan Sarandon in directorial debut, 'Tammy'

Melissa McCarthy tells EW that Susan Sarandon is close to signing on to play her Grandma in Tammy, a comedy co-written by the Bridesmaids star and her husband, director Ben Falcone. McCarthy, 42, is set to play the titular main character “who’s kind of falling apart and has to get out of town but her car is broken down” she says. “So she ends up on the road with her grandma, who has drinking problem for sure. They both have their issues they’re not acknowledging and they’re leaving town without knowing where they’re going. I love that there’s something that happens in a car with people where all bets off. You’re off your rhythm, off your schedule, you’re forced to be completely adaptable or die.”

Originally Shirley MacLaine was attached to play the role of McCarthy’s grandma, but the deal never came to fruition. “It didn’t work out but I think it’s meant to be,” says McCarthy, of the now-likely casting of the 66-year-old Oscar winner. “It’s Susan, Susan, Susan. We’re putting together a cast that literally makes my head spin.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Kiefer Sutherland to play villain in disaster movie 'Pompeii'; Plus, Kristen Wiig, Reese Witherspoon, more

• Kiefer Sutherland is in final talks to play the villain in Paul W.S. Anderson‘s (Resident Evil) take on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Consider him the Billy Zane of Pompeii, the history-based disaster romance movie that somehow didn’t get made when Titanic and Pearl Harbor were reeling in the big bucks at the box office. Sutherland joins Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), and Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) in the film that began production in Toronto last week. [THR]

• Christina Applegate isn’t finding any shortage of work after her sudden departure from NBC’s Up All Night. The comedienne is in final negotiations to star in Vacation, a reboot of the franchise that began with 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation. Also set to appear in the film is Ed Helms, who will play Rusty, Anthony Michael Hall‘s role in the original. [THR] READ FULL STORY

'Snitch' trailer: Dwayne Johnson will run you down in a semi if you mess with his son -- VIDEO

At first, Snitch sounds like a down-and-dirty B-grade vigilante movie with Dwayne Johnson as its rough-and-tumble center. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) But then Susan Sarandon shows up as a hard-charging prosecutor keen on leveraging Johnson’s son — set-up for a drug deal gone bad — to hook the bigger fish in the drug smuggling business, forcing Johnson to take on the task of infiltrating the cartel himself. With The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams, Benjamin Bratt as the big bad head of the cartel, and Barry Pepper looking all Sons of Anarchy as a DEA agent, suddenly, this is looking like a down-and-dirty A-grade vigilante movie. And that’s before Johnson starts wreaking havoc with a semi.

Check out the trailer below:  READ FULL STORY

'Cloud Atlas' featurette: 'Everything Is Connected' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Interwoven sci-fi epic Cloud Atlas, which opened in theaters last Friday, twists and turns over a 500 year period and six story lines, stretching from 1849 to 1936, 1973, 2012, 2144 and tribally futuristic 2346. The film also stars a massive cast, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon in multiple roles. Check out this exclusive featurette, Cloud Atlas: Everything Is Connected, below, in which Hanks, Sturgess, Grant, Berry, and other actors talk about how the film’s various characters are all bound together. Letters, for instance, turn up in different eras, yet touch on people in previous lifetimes. The movie revolves around the idea of one soul traveling through time. “In Cloud Atlas, all of our roles are connected somehow,” says Hanks. “Everyone plays a specific, and yet connected, beats.”

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