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Casting Net: Julia Roberts joins 'The Secret in Their Eyes' remake

• Julia Roberts has joined fellow Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and 12 Years A Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the remake of the 2009 Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes. The original feature won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar in 2010. Billy Ray, who wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips, will write and direct the story about a former MI-5 agent (Ejiofor) on a joint task force with the FBI, who thinks he’s finally found the man who murdered the daughter of his former partner and friend (Roberts). [Deadline]

• Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette will star in the relationship drama Miss You Already. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) is directing the cast that also includes Dominic Cooper (Need for Speed), Paddy Considine (The World’s End) and Jacqueline Bisset from a screenplay by British writer and actor Morwenna Banks (Damned). Barrymore and Collette play long time best friends whose relationship begins to struggle when their characters deal with infertility and breast cancer, respectively. Cooper and Considine will play their husbands with Bisset portraying the mother of Collette’s character. [Variety]

• Zac Efron and Robert De Niro are teaming up for the adult comedy Driving Dick Kelly, formerly titled Dirty Grandpa. De Niro plays a widowed Army veteran who tricks his grandson (Efron) into taking him to spring break in Florida. Borat scribe Dan Mazer will helm the film as director with the script written by John Phillips, who also wrote the upcoming DreamWorks comedy Who Invited Her? [The Wrap]

• Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg may star together as a pair of potheads in Arms and the Dudes. The comedy from The Hangover director Todd Phillips and writer Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin) is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson and follows the duo after they win a $300 million contract from the government and become unlikely arms dealers supplying weapons to American allies in Afghanistan. [The Wrap]

• William Hurt and Alice Braga (Elysium) have joined Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson in the revenge thriller By Way of Helena. Hemsworth stars as a Texas Ranger sent to investigate the murders and disappearances of the people in an isolated town, pseudo led by a charismatic preacher (Harrelson) with a history with the Ranger. Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) and writer Matt Cook (upcoming Triple Nine) are both on board for the feature with filming expected to begin this month. [Variety]

• Actress and model Yaya DaCosta has joined the cast of the biopic Bolden! about famed New Orleans cornet player Buddy Bolden. DaCosta, who landed the role of Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime TV movie I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story directed by Angela Bassett, will star alongside Downton Abbey‘s Gary Carr in the title role as well as Nelsan Ellis (Get On Up)Ian McShane (Deadwood) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy). Dan Pritzker is directing from his own script. [Variety]

• Get On Up and 42 star Chadwick Boseman has sold an untitled pitch to Universal to write and star in a thriller in the vein of The FugitiveMarc Platt will produce the project, with Boseman collaborating with his writing partner Logan Coles. The two previously worked together on the 2008 short Blood Over a Broken Pawn. [Deadline]

• Mexican star Eugenio Derbez has signed a multipicture deal with Pantelion Films and has already lined up his first project. Derbez is developing a remake of the French comedy The Valet to attract the coveted Hispanic moviegoing audience. Derbez’s last film Instructions Not Included, which was also produced by Pantelion, went on to gross $44 million in the U.S., making it the highest-grossing Spanish-language film released in America ever. The original 2006 version of the film from French writer/director Francis Veber followed a goofy parking attendant and a top model who must pretend to be a couple to save a CEO’s marriage. [Variety]

• Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden will star in the Bollywood meets Hollywood dance feature Heart Beats 3D  from Duane Adler, the writer behind the Step Up franchise. Teegarden has been cast as an American hip-hop dancer who travels to India for a family wedding and falls in love with both the new style of dance she learns and the young man who introduces it to her. Tiger Shroff is in talks to play her Indian love interest. [THR]

• Sean Harris (The Borgias) has reportedly been offered the villain role in Mission: Impossible 5 which will once again star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Christopher McQuarrie, who just directed Cruise in Jack Reacher and was part of the writing team that adapted his latest summer flick Edge of Tomorrow, is directing the sequel with Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton reprising their roles from the last 2011 film as well in addition to Alec Baldwin. [Deadline]

• German actress Veronica Ferres (Hector and the Search for Happiness) joins Nicolas Cage in the supernatural thriller Pay the Ghost. Ferres will play a professor and mentor to Cage, a fellow professor who tries to track down the vengeful ghost that took his son years ago during a Halloween parade. German filmmaker Uli Edel is directing the feature with a script by Dan Kay, based on the short story by novelist Tim Lebbon. [Deadline]

• Awkward‘s Brett Davern has been cast as an affable young participant in The Stanford Prison Experiment. He’ll play Hubbie Whitlow, a student in the infamous 1971 psychological experiment who plans a failed escape attempt. Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G) is directing South Park writer Tim Talbott‘s script. [Deadline]

• Karim Saleh (The Attack), Mona Hala (Cairo Time), and Waleed Zuaiter (Omar) will star in Namour, the feature debut of writer-director Heidi Saman about a young valet driver (Saleh) in Los Angeles worried he will never get out of his post-college rut. [Deadline]

Critical Mass: Is 'Neighbors' the season's best comedy?

Most parents would do anything to protect their children from danger. In Neighbors, that danger takes the form of a discarded used condom on a young couple’s front lawn, and the offending party is the raucous fraternity — led by an ab-fab Zac Efron — that just moved in next door. Seth Rogen and Bridemaids‘ Rose Byrne play the young suburban couple whose lives are upended by the frat’s 24-hour antics. And as it turns out, the tit-for-tat battle of wills and pranks that ensues might be the season’s funniest comedy.

Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) is back in an R-rated groove — after co-writing two Muppets movies — and Neighbors has the polish and personnel of a Judd Apatow joint (though the Knocked Up filmmaker is not involved). There’s Rogen, playing a new dad who can’t help but look longingly at the fun going on next door. There’s Dave Franco and McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, playing oddly-talented members of the fraternity. And there’s the delightfully surprising Byrne, who plays a young mother struggling with her new role at home with a baby. In fact, though she’s surrounded by larger comic personae, Byrne — who proved she could do comedy in 2011’s Bridesmaids — marks her own territory. “Speaking in her native Aussie twang, Byrne shows that she’s a deadpan comic ace,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “And thanks to her chemistry with Rogen, Neighbors proves that just because you grow up doesn’t mean you have to be a grown-up.”

Read Nashawaty’s entire review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

Seth Rogen talks Zac Efron's comedy chops (and why you probably won't see a 'Freaks and Geeks' reunion) -- Listen!

Seth Rogen is making headlines for his poor opinion of Justin Bieber, but when he stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio on Tuesday, he had nothing but nice things to say about his Neighbors co-star Zac Efron. Asked by EW Morning Live co-hosts Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw if he had any reservations about working with Efron in the comedy, Rogen explained what it takes to do well in one of his movies: “He’s very self-aware, and that’s almost honestly one of the most important things about doing comedies, is understanding how the audience is receiving you, which he does very well,” Rogen says. “And he was very excited to do it, which meant he would trust us, which is also kinda the most important thing — just to go with the flow, to not second guess every line we throw out there, and to just kinda believe that we know how to make the movies funny at this point and to kinda relinquish some control of your performance into our hands.” Listen to a clip below. READ FULL STORY

NSFW 'Neighbors' trailer: Seth Rogen and Zac Efron fight dirty

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Living next door to Zac Efron sounds like the dream — but in this new, totally NSFW trailer for the upcoming comedy Neighbors, Seth Rogen doesn’t think it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

As previous trailers have revealed, Neighbors revolves around new parents Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, who move to a neighborhood that’s nice and quiet — until a frat, led by Efron, set up camp next door. Since by now you probably know the movie’s premise, this trailer, naturally, focuses on the hijinks, pranks, and all-out debauchery that follow that ill-fated move.

Watch below, and ponder when exactly Rogen became “the old guy who wants quiet” as opposed to “the guy encouraging another keg stand — stat”:  READ FULL STORY

'Neighbors' with Seth Rogen, 'Space Station 76,' more join SXSW features lineup

Funny or Die friends Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Dave Franco are bringing their brand of humor to the SXSW Film festival this year in Neighbors, directed by The Muppets scribe Nick Stoller. Neighbors is about a young couple (Rogen and Rose Byrne) who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. The comedy joins already announced films including Jon Favreau’s food truck sendup Chef and the much-anticipated premiere of the Veronica Mars movie at this year’s fest. The full lineup includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, 76 world premieres, 10 North American premieres, and seven U.S. premieres.

Also debuting are Space Station 76, a sci-fi feature starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, and Liv Tyler; Cesar Chavez, the biopic about the iconic California labor activist from actor/director Diego Luna, starring Michael Pena; and We’ll Never Have Paris, written by The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg and starring Helberg and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

As for the choice of Neighbors to premiere at the fest, it’s hardly Rogen’s first time at SXSW, having appeared in Knocked Up in 2007 and Observe and Report in 2009. Comedies are not unusual for the festival, but Head of SXSW Film Janet Pierson says they have to have unique slant to work. “We like stuff that has an edge to it, where you can really feel the hand of the writer/director,” she says. “We try not to go too broad with comedy but we love to include it when we can.”

Space Station 76 is among several films that feature sci-fi and time travel prominently, Pierson points out, noting that Predestination starring Ethan Hawke, and Australian film The Infinite Man have similar elements. “Sometimes you don’t show a film because it has something another film has, but this time we went with it. It’s in the zeitgeist,” she says. Space Station 76 “is really unique, really different, and kind of wonderful,” Pierson adds.
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'That Awkward Moment' when... a chick infiltrates the brodown -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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To the (re)tweeters go the spoils! After a personal plea from That Awkward Moment stars Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller, you, the EW readers, took to Twitter and RT’d your way to an exclusive clip.

Click through to watch what happens when two dudes find out their bro has done the unthinkable — invited a matching set of X chromosomes into the most sacred man-space of all. (Hint: things might get a little… well… awkward.) READ FULL STORY

'Neighbors' trailer: 'You guys just woke a sleeping giant' -- VIDEO

What goes well with a house full of 50 fraternity brothers? Well, other than booze, hazing, and women … not much.

In the newest trailer for Neighbors, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play a quiet married couple who spend their days dressing their daughter up as TV characters for a calendar shoot. But when a fraternity moves in next door, their lives become a lot less about calendars and a lot more about parties, pranks, and one very unfortunate incident involving a condom. With Zac Efron and Dave Franco as neighbors, things are about to get a little crazy.

Watch the latest trailer below:
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New 'Neighbors' trailer: Zac Efron gets fratty, Seth Rogen gets mad -- VIDEO

It’s fraternity versus family for Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in the new trailer for their upcoming comedy Neighbors.

Following the release of a red-band trailer last month, the latest preview shows a young couple (Rogen and Rose Byrne) trying to remain hip and cool after the birth of their first baby when a frat, led by Efron, moves in next door. A newborn baby and beer pong: What could possibly go wrong?

Looking at the trailer below, plenty. Beware of fireworks and flying balls when the film is released May 9, 2014.
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'That Awkward Moment' red-band trailer: 'This is a den of testosterone' -- NSFW VIDEO

Miles Teller is back in another three-young-guys-party-hard trailer, but this time, things are a little less college and a little more … adult? Well, not quite.

Also starring Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron, That Awkward Moment is all about three guys who are enjoying their “den of testosterone” and living the single life exactly how Bridget Jones wouldn’t — less ice cream, more booze! But nights filled with shots and Viagra (naturally) get complicated when women, love, and all that grown-up stuff attempts to get in the way. Or, as they put it, that “I-have-a-girlfriend sh–.” Not-so-hidden message: Relationships are lame.

Watch the NSFW red-band trailer below:
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'The Neighbors' trailer: Presenting Seth Rogen as a suburban dad

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Hollywood is cruel.

In the new trailer for The Neighbors, Seth Rogen can’t even play the cool guy anymore. Instead, he stars as a suburban dad (alongside Rose Byrne) as a couple that moves to a nice neighborhood. The problem? Animal House a fraternity — led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco — move in next door. “Get off my lawn!” Rogen says to the young whippersnappers, no doubt wondering when he was no longer able to play the guy throwing the cool, fun party.

Hijinks between the two groups ensue, and it’s likely viewers can all agree the real loser here is Rogen’s baby, who unintentionally puts a condom in her mouth. Won’t someone please think of the children?

Watch the NSFW trailer below: READ FULL STORY

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