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Casting Net: Casey Affleck to star in Boston Marathon drama

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• Oscar nominee Casey Affleck will return to his native Massachusetts to star in and produce a film based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The script written by Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter) is based on the book “Boston Strong” by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge and chronicles the massive manhunt to find the two men believed responsible for the bombings and the city’s response to the horrific events. [Variety]

• Steve Carell will continue his trend of taking on less comedic roles in an untitled thriller from director Gore Verbinski (The Lone Ranger). The film will be the third straight Verbinski shoots for New Regency after the horror picture A Cure For Wellness and the large-scale action comedy PassengersSteve Conrad, who wrote the script for Passengers as well as the adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will once again collaborate with Verbinski on this project. [Deadline]

Flight of the ConchordsJermaine Clement is teaming with James C. Strouse for People Places Things. Strouse just finished principal photography, and is directing from a script he wrote. The indie feature stars Clement as a freshly single, struggling graphic novelist attempting to raise his young twin daughters while also moving on from the woman who left him. Other cast members include Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, and Jessica Williams. Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub are producing for Beachside. Beachside’s Tim Foley is executive producing with Summer Shelton. [Deadline]

• Tom Wilkinson will join Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The ChoiceRoss Katz (Adult Beginners) is directing the film about the unexpected relationship of a young couple who meet as neighbors in a small coastal town, The script was written for the screen by Bryan Sipe. [Variety]

Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) has been added to the rom-com action flick Mr. RightAnna Kendrick will star as a woman who thinks her unlucky streak in love has come to an end when she meets the perfect guy played by Sam Rockwell, who just happens to be a hitman. Wu-Tang rapper/producer RZA is on board to play Shotgun Steve, a marksman who works for a rival gangster. Filming begins next week in New Orleans with director Paco Cabezas (Neon Flesh) at the helm from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). [Deadline]

• That ’70s Show star Danny Masterson will play a cutthroat yet lonely hedge fund tycoon who takes a group of friends on a mysterious island getaway in the thriller UrgePierce Brosnan is starring as the island gatekeeper and a designer drug dealer with Twilight star Ashley Greene playing one of Masterson’s friends. The film will be the directorial debut for producer Aaron Kaufman (Chef). [Deadline]

• Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton have been added to the voice cast of the mixed live action/CGI animated movie PaddingtonBen Whishaw is providing the voice of the curious Peruvian bear in the film written and directed by Paul King and Gambon and Staunton will play his Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy, respectively. The movie also stars Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Julie Walters in their natural human forms. [Deadline]

Toronto Film Fest: Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson star in 'Felony' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Warrior and The Great Gastby star Joel Edgerton not only stars in Felony, opening at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival — he also wrote and produced it. The actor’s solo screenwriting debut feature is a thriller, focusing on the split second decision of Edgerton’s character, a police officer, to lie about a tragic accident. The synopsis for the film reads:

Three detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in critical condition. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to disguise and unravel the truth?

In the exclusive clip below, Edgerton is confronted by fellow officer Tom Wilkinson and an intense conversation follows.

Felony debuts at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 10. The festival runs Sept. 5 – 15.

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' director John Madden on filming in India

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden, dunks seven veteran British actors — Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, and Celia Imrie — into the hot, steamy inner sanctum of India, playing retirees who take up residence at an old hotel more dilapidated than originally advertised. Madden tells EW about the experience filming in and outside the Indian cities of Jaipur and Udaipur, from the heat on set to the difficulty of getting sound and the right shots as crowds flocked around the cast and crew.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverageREAD FULL STORY

Casting Net: Cynthia Nixon set to play poet Emily Dickinson. Plus: Sean Bean, Tom Wilkinson, Peter Facinelli

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• Cynthia Nixon is attached to play Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion, a biopic about the life of the solitary poet whose thousands of poems were almost exclusively published after she died. Director Terence Davies (House of MirthThe Deep Blue Sea) also penned the screenplay. [THR]

• Sean Bean will star in the thriller Scorched Earth, a post-apocalyptic thriller about a bounty hunter (Bean) hunting for a master criminal. Brad Turner (Fox’s 24) will direct from a script by Bobby Mort and Kevin Leeson. [Deadline]

• Tom Wilkinson will costar with Joel Edgerton in Felony, about a cop (Edgerton) who lies about a car accident involving him and a kid on a bicycle. Edgerton also penned the screenplay, which Australian TV director Matthew Saville will helm. [Variety]

• Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Saga, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie) will star in the horror film Gallows Hill, about an American family in Columbia who find themselves at a creepy inn with a girl held captive in the basement. Sophia Myles (Underworld) and Nathalia Ramos (Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis) costar. Victor Garcia (Hellraiser: Revelations) is directing from a script by David D’Ovidio. [THR]

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Casting Net: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy team for cop comedy. Plus: Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Chloe Moretz, Rupert Everett, Tom Cruise

• Robin Williams, Mila KunisPeter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, and James Earl Jones have signed on for The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, about a patient who is erroneously told he has 90 minutes to live. The comedy marks the first film from Field of Dreams director Phil Alden Robinson since 2002’s The Sum of All Fears. [Screen International]

• Jessica Biel, Chloe Moretz, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star in The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea, about a widower (Morgan) who helps a girl (Moretz) construct a raft to cross the Atlantic Ocean. (Biel will play Morgan’s late wife.) Justin Timberlake will add two more hyphens to his multi-hyphenate resume, meanwhile, serving as the film’s composer and music supervisor. Bill Purple will make his feature directing debut from a script by Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection). [THR]

• Speaking of Chloe Moretz, the in demand actress is also in talks for Kick-Ass 2, reprising her role as Hit Girl, who will go into retirement. But will she stay there?! (No.) [Total Film]

Colin Firth, Emily Watson, and Tom Wilkinson will star in actor Rupert Everett‘s directoral debut The Happy Prince, a biopic about Oscar Wilde. Everett will play the famed author and playwright, and also wrote the screenplay. [Variety]

Check out new projects for TOM CRUISE, ABIGAIL BRESLIN, PAUL DANO, OWEN WILSON, RACHEL McADAMS, and ELIZABETH BANKS below:  READ FULL STORY

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': Director John Madden on that amazing cast, and filming in the 'chaos' of India -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This Friday, American movie theaters will be blessed by two ensemble movies boasting a dream cast of top-tier actors in their field. It’s fair to say that the vast majority of audiences will only see one of them: The superhero opus The Avengers.

But some lucky, adventurous moviegoers will treat themselves to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which has arguably assembled the most accomplished company of British acting talent since the final Harry Potter movie: Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey), and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), as well as two actors just as adept, if likely unfamiliar, to most Americans, Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and Ronald Pickup (Prince of Persia: Sands of Time).

The film follows a group of new retirees who for various reasons throw caution to the wind and travel to an Indian retirement hotel (run by Patel’s character) that they found on the Internet. “We’re blessed with a pretty decent pool of actors in that age range in the U.K.,” director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) tells EW with a chuckle. “It was a beautiful piece to cast.” And with a cast like this, Madden was determined to play to everyone’s strengths.  READ FULL STORY

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