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Warner Bros has tapped Amber Heard to co-star in Magic Mike Xxl, next year’s sequel to the hit 2012 movie based on star Channing Tatum’s early days in the male-stripper game. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr reported yesterday that Jada Pinkett Smith was in talks to join the cast and now comes word that Heard will join her in a lead role. Heard will next be seen in London Fields opposite Billy Bob Thornton, The Adderall Diaries opposite James Franco and When I Live My Life Over Again opposite Christopher Walken. Heard is with Wme and Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman.
- The Deadline Team
Magic Mike Xxl has already begun filming, and the final cast has been slowly revealed: Matthew McConaughey is out. Andie MacDowell is in. And now, another female lead has been cast for the sequel. Amber Heard has been hired as one of the film’s new leads, EW has learned.
Details remain unknown about Heard’s character, but she joins a continually growing cast that also includes returning lead Channing Tatum for what has been described as an “on-the-road adventure.”
- Jonathon Dornbush
Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are also reprising their roles from the 2012 original, which was a surprise hit with $167 million in worldwide box office. Tatum and Reid Carolin are producing with Gregory Jacobs, who is also directing.
The sequel will open July 1.
Heard was most recently seen in “3 Days to Kill” and will be seen next in “London Fields” with Billy Bob Thornton, “The Adderall Diaries” opposite James Franco and “When I Live My Life Over Again” with Christopher Walken.
She is repped by Wme and Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman.
News was first reported by The Wrap.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Sony Pictures has acquired Before The Fall, a novel written by Noah Hawley, who shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for hatching the FX television transfer of Fargo. That series also brought Emmy nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. Hawley will adapt his novel and he will produce the feature with John Cameron. The book tells the story of a mysterious private-plane crash, starting in Martha’s Vineyard, and focuses on the two survivors, an artist and a little boy, and the lives of the people who died in the crash — from the flight crew to the wealthy media mogul and his family and the coincidences that begin to emerge which suggest the flight’s crash may not have been an accident,
- Mike Fleming Jr
In the serious drama far from his usual franchise fare, Downey Jr. plays a big-shot NY lawyer who has to defend his own father, who's been accused of murdering his mother. Co-executive produced by Downey Jr. and directed by David Dobkin, "The Judge" fell flat with critics upon its Toronto world premiere despite the leading man's strong dramatic performance. But in terms of social media, it was the buzziest film of the fest. (Our Tiff review is here.) Warner Bros. releases the film theatrically on October 10 and in a sign of the times had Downey Jr. debut this second trailer, below, on his Twitter and Facebook. Venerable costars include Oscar contender Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio and Leighton Meester. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"The Judge" is back in court for another trailer. Oscar vets Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in this family drama about a slick, big city lawyer returning to his hometown to defend his father -- a renowned local judge -- in a murder case. The latest trailer doesn't do much to dispel the idea that "The Judge" is Grade A Hollywood cheese, pairing uplifting, soft-lit images with an inspirational pop anthem cranked up to 11. It also gives viewers a better look at co-stars Vera Farmiga (as the small town beauty) and Billy Bob Thornton, who looks to be enjoying his turn as a sharp-tongued prosecutor. So far, the critical reception has been somewhat mixed to say the least; HitFix's own Drew McWeeny calls it "risible Hollywood dreck" that "goes from pedestrian to painful to unintentionally funny before finally petering out somewhere around interminable." However, it may just be »
- Dave Lewis
Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. Reviews out of the film’s Tiff premiere weren’t great and this trailer lays on the schmaltz pretty hard, but Downey Jr. still manages to be engaging. I was also somewhat surprised to find out that Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski was the cinematographer on the pic, marking another rare foray outside of his Spielberg partnership. Watch the new The Judge trailer after the jump. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, »
- Adam Chitwood
He won't have his buddies in The Avengers by his side, or CGI spectacle to carry him, so for the upcoming dramedy "The Judge," Robert Downey Jr. will have to rely on his quick wit, and the kind of acting chops we don't see from the actor when he's out saving the world. Instead, he'll have to save Robert Duvall. A new trailer has dropped for the Tiff Opening Film, and it mostly avoids the funny stuff in order to focus on the uplifting and rousing moments instead. Co-starring Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton and Leighton Meester, the movie tells the story of a slick, big city defense lawyer with daddy issues, who returns to his hometown to defend that aforementioned parent from a murder charge. Cue feelings! Cue indie rock songs! Cue emotions! Yes, this is pretty manipulative, old school stuff. "The Judge" opens on October 10th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The talent keeps growing for "Our Brand Is Crisis." Produced by George Clooney, set to be directed by David Gordon Green and starring Sandra Bullock, now Billy Bob Thornton and Scoot McNairy have joined the cast. Based on the documentary by Rachel Boynton, the story will follow " 'Calamity' Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant who often quotes famous people to help hammer home her talking points." Peter Straughan ("The Men Who Stared At Goats") penned the script, and filming will begin this fall. [The Wrap/Variety] The "Ben-Hur" remake now has the first two dudes in the chariot: Morgan Freeman and Jack Huston. The Timur Bekmambetov-directed movie boasts a rewrite by "12 Years A Slave" screenwriter John Ridley. That said, it will attempt to have Huston (who we love) step into the role made famous by Charlton Heston, with Freeman as Ildarin who teaches him all his skills. So, yeah, this can't go wrong. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As with any Ken Burns documentary, PBS’s The Roosevelts (having finished its second of seven two-hour episodes last night) features a trove of archival material including photographs, documents, newspaper headlines, excerpts of diaries and books reads by actors ranging from Meryl Streep to Billy Bob Thornton, and new footage from the preserved estates of the title characters. Yet what dominated yesterday’s entry (which takes place roughly between 1901 and 1909) was silent film footage of the United States’ 26th President, often brought to life for a sound-sync audience through music or even foley effects. While Burns’s films are known for their archival display, they don’t always contextualize how certain information is made available at certain points in history. Yet as The Roosevelts promises to cover over a century of ground between 1858 and 1962, the way information spread is a story that will inevitably be told, explicitly or implicitly. Between the early days of the moving image »
- Landon Palmer
Bullock will play 'Calamity' Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant with a penchant for quoting famous people. Thornton's potential role has not been revealed.
Our Brand Is Crisis will begin filming later in September. »
• Billy Bob Thornton is in talks for Our Brand Is Crisis. The Warner Bros. political dramedy is being directed by David Gordon Green and already stars Sandra Bullock and Scoot McNairy. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce. Bullock will executive produce. Our Brand Is Crisis is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by James Carville and Stan Greenberg, former consultants to President Clinton. Bullock will play a retired American political consultant, “Calamity” Jane Bodine. Details regarding Thornton’s potential role are unknown at this time. »
- C. Molly Smith
With Sandra Bullock attached to star and David Gordon Green on board to direct, political comedy / drama Our Brand Is Crisis is taking beautiful shape at Warner Bros. According to The Wrap, Billy Bob Thornton is now in talks to co-star.Crisis is adapted from Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary, which saw President Clinton’s former advisors James Carville and Stan Greenberg applying what they had learned in the trenches of American politics to a campaign in Bolivia, and the effects it has on the process.Thornton’s role is still being kept under wraps (though we could certainly see him as a Carville-alike), but we do now know that Bullock will be “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a charismatic retired American political consultant known for quoting famous people when she’s making points.Peter Straughan wrote the script, and Green should be shooting this autumn. Thornton, who recently scored an Emmy nomination »
Billy Bob Thornton ("Fargo") is in talks to join Sandra Bullock and Scoot McNairy in David Gordon Green's political dramedy "Our Brand Is Crisis" for Warner Bros. Pictures. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film which begins shooting this Fall..
The film is a narrative adaptation of the 2005 doco about the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by President Clinton's former consultants. Bullock plays a retired American political consultant who often quotes famous people to help hammer home her talking points. [Source: The Wrap]
Leslie Mann ("The Other Woman") is in negotiations to join the cast of the "Vacation" reboot at New Line. The film follows the now grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he, his parents and his sister took when he was young.
Mann would play his sister Audrey Griswold. »
- Garth Franklin
It’s an understood rule of comedic actors that they can all do drama, as well. Comedy is harder, of course. But then not every comedic actor is truly an actor. Not every comedic performance is about more than good line readings and having the necessary timing to tell a joke. Stand-up comedians often get starring gigs on sitcoms, but that doesn’t mean they’ll wind up with an Oscar nomination someday. (Sorry, Sinbad.) Those who do end up with Academy recognition are those who were always set to shine on the big screen and wound up on TV as a short little detour along the way. Jennifer Lawrence, for example. And Tom Hanks. And Leonardo DiCaprio. But there are also former TV comedy stars who do great work in dramatic movies and never garner Oscar attention, and then they have to go back and do a Dumb and Dumber sequel. There »
- Christopher Campbell
We’ve got a trio of intriguing casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly: Leslie Mann will play the grown-up version of Audrey Griswold in the upcoming Vacation reboot. Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in director David Gordon Green’s (Prince Avalanche) political drama Our Brand Is Crisis. Ben Foster is the latest actor to join the cast of Disney’s coast guard drama The Finest Hours. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned castings. With production currently underway in Louisiana, Variety reports that Leslie Mann has signed on to play sister Audrey Griswold to Ed Helms’ Rusty Griswold in New Line’s Vacation reboot. Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldestein make their directorial debut on the project, which finds the adult Rusty taking his kids on a family trip similar to the one he took as a boy. Christina Applegate plays his wife, »
- Adam Chitwood
The project is based on Rachel Boynton's documentary of the same name, which followed James Carville and Stan Greenberg, former consultants to U.S. President Bill Clinton, who used American political campaign strategies during an election in Bolivia. No details were given for Billy Bob Thornton's role, although The Wrap reports Sandra Bullock is playing a character named "Calamity" Jane Bodine, a retired political consultant who often utilizes famous quotes to accentuate her talking points.
David Gordon Green (Joe) is directing from a screenplay by Peter Straughan (Frank, The Debt). Smokehouse Productions' partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing, with Sandra Bullock serving as an executive producer. Shooting is slated to begin sometime this fall.
Fresh off an Emmy nomination for his riveting turn as the villainous Lorne Malvo on FX's “Fargo,” Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green's political dramedy “Our Brand Is Crisis,” an individual familiar with the Warner Bros. project has told TheWrap. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film, which will co-star their “Argo” actor Scoot McNairy. The movie will be executive produced by Bullock. A representative for Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “Our Brand Is Crisis” is based on Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary, »
- Jeff Sneider
The Judge, 2014.
Directed by David Dobkin.
A big-city lawyer returns home when his estranged father, a small-town judge, is accused of murder.
An unscrupulous attorney returns to his home town for the funeral of his mother where there is a lot of family hostility towards him; his planned escape is interrupted when his father is arrested for the murder of a recently released convict which he is known to have despised. A slow-witted brother documents everything by carrying around a film camera while the overweight sibling had his professional baseball career ended when he was involved in a car accident with the lawyer. There is also a high school sweetheart who is a single mother and successful local entrepreneur.
When it comes to the cast there is a lot of »
- Trevor Hogg
Director David Dobkin, known for lighthearted comedies The Change-Up and Fred Claus, shows his more serious side with the upcoming awards-season drama The Judge. Robert Downey Jr. stars as a hotshot lawyer who returns to his hometown only to discover that his father (Robert Duvall) is suspected of murder. His dad also happens to be the town's Judge.
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
The Judge: Posters
The Judge comes to theaters October 10th, 2014 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sarah Lancaster, Dax Shepard, David Krumholtz, Billy Bob Thornton. The film is directed by David Dobkin. »
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