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Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence, Francis Lawrence join James Cameron for 'The Dive'

Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence will be joining the James Cameron’s The Dive. The film will tell the real life story of husband and wife freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and Audrey Mestre, who compete to travel as deep underwater as possible on just one breath. Lawrence is set to play Mestre, who died in her attempt to beat her own world record of 557.7 feet. Cameron filmed the real life tribute Ferraras paid to Mestre when he dove to that same depth. [The Wrap]

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) is in final talks to lend his voice as Papa Smurf to the Sony Pictures Animations’ reboot of The Smurfs. Sony has already explored the franchise with its to live-action/animation Smurfs films. But this film is supposed to be the first fully animated venture by Sony. The movie will tell the origin story of the little blue people and their paternal leader, Papa Smurf. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Tracy Letts, and singer Sky Ferreira have all joined the cast of Elvis & Nixon. The indie flick, starring Michael Shannon as Elvis, watches the singer head to Washington D.C. to meet President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). Pettyfer willing be playing Jerry Schilling, the King’s best friend, while Hanks is cast as Nixon’s aide Egil Krogh. Knoxville will be portraying Elvis’ head of security and Ferreira will be debuting on screen as Schilling’s love interest. The film has been in the works since 2011, when originally, Eric Bana was cast as Nixon. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Italian actress Matilda Lutz has been given the lead in F. Javier Gutierrez‘s horror movie Rings, which will continue the story of the Paramount Ring franchise. The film will feature Samara, the antagonist from the original films, and a deadly videotape. However, Naomi Watts, from the original film, will not be a part of the project. [The Wrap]

Toronto 2013: 'August: Osage County' is a feisty revel in family darkness

When a movie is based on a celebrated Broadway play, the first question you want to ask is pretty basic: Does it play? In the case of August: Osage County, an adaptation of Tracy Letts’ 2007 Pulitizer Prize-winning stage drama about a feisty Oklahoma family marinating in its own miserablism, the answer is a resounding yes. The fights and insults and sadistic parent-child mind games, the disease and addiction, the decades’ worth of gnarled domestic resentments, the powerhouse acting that sometimes shades into overacting (though in this case I’ll be damned if you could the draw the line)…the movie is red meat for anyone who thrives on confrontation and a certain brand of punchy, in-your-face emotional shock value. Yet the pull of what was happening on screen came, for me, with a major qualification: I went with it, I often enjoyed it, but I didn’t entirely buy it. As a play, August: Osage County might have been designed to make every last person who sees it think: “Thank God for my family! Looking at these raging Middle American crazies, I never realized how much I had to be grateful for!” Which is to say: The film, directed with head-on prosaic craft by John Wells (who made the very sharp downsizing drama The Company Men), is an extremely canny theatrical contraption that spreads its darkness like whipped butter on a roll. Is it a good movie? Let’s call it the feel-good feel-bad domestic snake-pit melodrama of the year. READ FULL STORY

'August: Osage County' trailer: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and more! -- VIDEO

August: Osage County (out Nov. 8) may well become the year’s fanciest movie about a trashy family. It’s based on Tracy Letts’ hours-long, Pulitizer prize-winning play (which we said was “horrifyingly, deliciously mesmerizing”) and is directed by John Wells from Letts’ adaptation. The cast is stuffed from every angle with talent: Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts (as the favorite daughter), and Meryl Streep (as the hated mother).

As the film’s first trailer makes clear, Osage County is a Jenga-like drama of family dysfunction, with funerals and divorces piling atop dinner-table conflicts. Roberts is weary. Streep, with a frizz of black hair, has the juiciest role in the play. Edward Sharpe plays in the background.

Is it foolish to admit I’m most excited for Juliette Lewis?

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