• Charlize Theron is reportedly in talks to star in and produce American Express, an indie for director Nash Edgerton. Plot details are being kept under wraps as the film is shopped at Cannes. Theron can be seen next in Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30). [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
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• Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is attached to star in a re-imagining of the now-classic 1980 Goldie Hawn comedy Private Benjamin. In the original, scripted by Nancy Meyers, after Judy Benjamin’s husband dies on their wedding night, a recruiting agent tricks the prissy widower into enlisting in the U.S. Army. It’s obviously not what she expected. The new take finds a “redneck” (Wilson) and a city girl who enlist in the Marines as an escape from their lives. [Den of Geek; The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Russell Brand in talks for school shooting satire; Plus, Jay Baruchel boards Stephen King film, more
• Russell Brand, Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), and Austin Abrams (The InBetweeners) are reportedly in talks to star in Vernon God Little for director Werner Herzog (The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans). Based on DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize-winning novel, the story is a dark, satirical portrait of a Texas town in the aftermath of a school shooting told from the point of view of its 15-year-old protagonist. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
Folks who read last week’s Entertainment Weekly article about paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren will be familiar with the story of the Perron family, who claim they spent a decade living in a haunted farmhouse in Rhode Island and whose story is detailed in new horror film, The Conjuring. Now you can see and hear the Perrons talk about their experiences in the movie’s new trailer.
Director James Wan talks 'The Conjuring' and 'Insidious 2' and confirms we'll be seeing more of [spoiler] in 'Fast & Furious 7'
Director James Wan is currently publicizing his upcoming paranormal horror movie The Conjuring (out July 19) as well as his other paranormal horror movie Insidious: Chapter 2 (out September 13) and he’s currently prepping the seventh entry in the Fast & Furious franchise. So, how much sleep is getting at the moment? “Seriously? Not a lot,” says Wan. “I will be lucky if I’m averaging five hours each night.” Actually, that doesn’t sound so bad. “No, it’s not too bad, except I’m one of these people that need at least eight hours. I’m always very groggy first thing in the morning.”
How much do you really get to know a college from an official tour? The pervading opinion is not a lot. But in new film Middleton, a campus visit leads two starkly different parents to get to know themselves – and each other – as they wander off from the tour group.
Shot in eastern Washington at Gonzaga University and Washington State University, Middleton had its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival on Friday night. The film, which takes place all in one day at the titular fictional school, stars Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as the parents who meet on the college tour. Garcia’s George is a prim and proper surgeon and a father of a teenage son who’s not at all interested in Middleton. Farmiga’s Edith, mother of studious and driven Audrey, is irreverent and free-spirited, though chained down by an unfulfilling job and a stagnant relationship with her husband. The two go from butting heads at a strained first meeting to hitting it off as they run wild around campus and share their fears about facing life alone with their spouses when their kids have left for college. READ FULL STORY
Director James Wan’s follow-up to 2011’s smash hit Insidious looks to feature a similar atmosphere of old-school bump-in-the-night horror. The new trailer for this summer’s The Conjuring focuses on true-life investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who investigate a freaky house where freaky things happened. “It’s not a haunting. It’s not a possession,” the trailer explains. Whatever “it” is, it seems to include lots of scary faces, hanging bodies, and at least one terrifying use of a music box. Watch the trailer below: 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
If you ever wanted to see how well Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here look suits David Duchovny, here’s your chance. He’s not mumbling incoherencies on David Letterman’s late night show, but he is bleating plenty as Goat Man in the new trailer for upcoming movie Goats.
Duchovny’s character is just one member of 15-year-old Ellis’ (Graham Phillips) eccentric household, along with his New Age-hippie mother (Vera Farmiga) and her hustler boyfriend (Justin Kirk). Also rounding out the cast are Modern Family star Ty Burrell as Ellis’ father and Keri Russell as his new stepmom.
Watch the trailer below to hear Farmiga scream and see Duchovny have a Mr. Weasley moment à la Goblet of Fire. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia to romance in 'Admissions.' Plus: Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Emile Hirsch
• Rooney Mara, who just yesterday signed on for Spike Jonze’s next film, is now also attached to star in the adaptation of Colm Toibin’s 2009 novel Brooklyn. Adapted by writer Nick Hornby, the story follows an Irish woman in the 1950s who falls for an American. [THR]
• In other Nick Hornby news, Emile Hirsch has joined Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette in the big screen adaptation of the author’s 2005 novel A Long Way Down, about a suicidal foursome who support each other after meeting on New Year’s Eve. [THR]
• Willem Dafoe has signed onto Out of the Furnace, a thriller about two brothers (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck), one who goes to prison, one who ends up embroiled in crime. Director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is currently shooting the film in Pennsylvania. [Deadline]
• And finally, a story from the Dept. of Projects We Really Hope Actually Happen: Anchorman director Adam McKay is in talks to develop a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier/Bill Cosby comedy Uptown Saturday Night for Warner Bros, with the studio reportedly keen on Denzel Washington and Will Smith to star. With no script even written yet, there will be a lot of hurdles to clear before Washington and Smith formally attach themselves to the project, let alone that it gets a greenlight. But here’s hoping. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Rooney Mara replacing Carey Mulligan in Spike Jonze film
Casting Net: Owen Wilson back in action; Armie Hammer and Ben Kingsley head west for ‘Cut Bank’
Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence circling ‘The Glass Castle.’ Plus: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain
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