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Casting Net: Emily Blunt in talks to join 'Into the Woods'; Plus, Bruce Willis, more

• Emily Blunt (Looper) is reportedly in talks to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of Disney’s Into the Woods to play the role of the Baker’s (James Corden) wife. The main cast also currently includes Meryl Streep (The Witch) and Johnny Depp (The Wolf). Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are both in talks for two prince roles. Blunt recently appeared with Colin Firth in Arthur Newman and can be seen next with Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill (out June 4). [Variety]

• Blunt’s Looper co-star Bruce Willis is in negotiations to play a hitman racing against time to find an antidote for whatever he’s just been poisoned with in the thriller Expiration. Brian Tucker (Broken City) wrote the script, and the producers are currently trying to find a director for the project. [Variety]


Box office report: 'Think Like A Man' wins again with $18 million; 'Pirates' sails past 'Engagement'

Look guys, sometimes box office articles just need four headlines!

In this case, the under-performance of The Five-Year Engagement wasn’t the only big story this weekend. Think Like A Man notched a very strong sophomore frame, The Hunger Games reached a truly remarkable milestone, and The Avengers flexed their muscles internationally. Oh, and Safe and The Raven also entered theaters. We’ve got a lot to talk about! Here’s how the box office shook out: READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Think Like A Man' stays on top with $5.5 million on Friday; 'Engagement' at No. 3


Despite four new wide releases entering theaters, Think Like A Man, the adaptation of Steve Harvey’s famous advice book for women, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, managed to stay on top of the box office on Friday with $5.5 million.

Although that gross marks a drop of about 55 percent from last Friday,  things should stabilize nicely over the rest of the weekend. In the end, Think Like A Man will likely dip by less than 50 percent and score about $18 million in its sophomore frame.

In second place, the Zac Efron/Taylor Schilling romance The Lucky One pulled in an estimated $3.9 million yesterday. That puts the weepy film, based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, on track for a $12 million second weekend, which would lift its total past $40 million with ease. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Will 'The Five-Year Engagement' earn as much as 'Bridesmaids'?

Four new wide releases enter theaters this weekend — rom-com The Five-Year Engagement, kiddie flick The Pirates! Band of Misfits, literary thriller The Raven, and Jason Statham’s Safe — but will any of them be able to take out Think Like A Man, which ended The Hunger Games‘ reign atop the box office last week?

Check out my predictions below:

1. The Five-Year Engagement – $20 million

The Jason Segel/Emily Blunt romantic comedy is the latest 2012 release to target women, and if the success of The Vow, The Lucky One, and Think Like A Man are any indication, females should turn out this weekend as well. The Five-Year Engagement, which was produced by Universal for a modest $30 million, has been framed as a companion to Bridesmaids, which opened in May 2011 to $26.2 million before grossing $169 million overall.  If the hot pink and white color scheme of the advertisements didn’t make that connection clear, then the fact that every inch of marketing includes the words “FROM THE PRODUCER OF BRIDESMAIDS” should. Oh yeah — it’s also about a wedding.

Tracking for the film has been encouraging in the weeks leading to its release, and while it hasn’t garnered quite the same amount of buzz as the ultra-bawdy Bridesmaids did last year, its prospects are pretty rosy. Jason Segel has become a more familiar face thanks to the success of The Muppets and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and although Emily Blunt is not a proven box office draw, she comes across nicely in advertisements. Sure, The Lucky One will eat up a bit of the film’s core female demographic, but guys should turn up in higher volumes for a straight-up comedy like Engagement, which stars Segel as well as Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt. Playing in 2,936 theaters, the wedding comedy may pick up about $20 million and find legs in the weeks to come.


'The Raven': Poe's brilliant nightmare comes to life -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Take Guy Ritchie’s combination of 19th-century period style and 21st-century action of his Sherlock Holmes films, and sprinkle in the brilliant embers of evil from a serial-killer masterpiece like David Fincher’s Seven, and you have the grand ambition of The Raven. John Cusack stars as a seemingly-sober Edgar Allen Poe, whose literary works of macabre are being used as a template by a copycat Baltimore murderer.

In this exclusive clip, a police detective (Luke Evans) shares a terrifying crime scene with the famous author, a scenario that previously existed only in his own mind and on the pages of his short story, The Pit and the Pendulum. “I really hadn’t imagined the counterweight to be… so large,” marvels Poe, looking up at the anchor of the enormous scythe that sliced the victim in half. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

'The Raven' television trailer -- EW EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

A goatee-d John Cusack as author Edgar Allan Poe on the hunt for a terrifying copycat killer, mimicking his most famous works? That’s so The Raven. The new television preview for the upcoming gothic thriller, which hits theaters on April 27, is bookended by a blood-curdling scream and a fervent Poe/Cusack shouting, “I’ll send you to hell!” Plus, the movie trailer voice-over guy makes an appearance this time around, a guaranteed goosebump causer.

Watch the EW exclusive clip here:

'The Raven': New poster for thriller starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe -- EXCLUSIVE

The film may have been pushed back from March to April 27, but the publicity machine for literary thriller The Raven — James McTeigue’s dark thriller starring John Cusack as the doomed author Edgar Allen Poe, who joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Immortals’ Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer whose murders are inspired by his writing — moves forward. Below, we have your exclusive first look at the new poster, which is appropriately cryptic and chilling.  READ FULL STORY

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