15 items from 2011
Writer-director Quentin Tarantino has been slowly putting together a solid cast for his upcoming "Southern" Django Unchained, which follows Jamie Foxx as a freed slave determined to rescue his wife from a sadistic slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Tarantino recently added his Deathproof actor Kurt Russell to the cast as evil slave trainer Ace Woody, replacing Kevin Costner who recently dropped out, as well as Kill Bill, Vol. 2's Laura Cayouette as DiCaprio's widowed sister.
Deadline reports that the latest addition to the cast is Don Johnson, who will play a wealthy plantation owner named Spencer Bennett. Casting a veteran actor who hasn't been in many recent high-profile projects is typical of Tarantino, who rejuvenated the careers of actors like John Travolta (Pulp Fiction) and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown). Johnson recently appeared as the villainous Von Stillman in last year's Machete, directed by Tarantino's friend and frequent collaborator Robert Rodriguez.
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By now you've hopefully seen the countless commercials for Dos Equis beer touting The Most Interesting Man in the World as one of its loyal customers. Referring to the commercial's star Jonathan Goldstein as the man who can do it all, "Frontline" narrator Will Lyman offers gems like calling him the only man who has aced a Rorschach test. Now the suave swordsman of a cat Puss in Boots gets the same treatment as The Most Interesting Cat in the World, a feline whose hairballs are made from fine Italian wool. It's not exactly as clever as the commercials it's trying to emulate but it's a fun video to check out below. Here's the Puss in Boots viral spot for The Most Interesting Cat in the World (via BuzzFeed): A story about the dramatic events leading up to the sword fighting cat's meeting with Shrek and company. Puss in »
- Ethan Anderton
In a totally unsurprising move, Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy has been cast in another Judd Apatow production. She and Super 8's Ryan Lee will be joining Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in the Untitled Knocked Up Spin-off directed by Apatow. A press release from Legendary Entertainment about who they're bringing to Comic-Con reveals that Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) has been cast in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. The La Times' 24 Frames blog is reporting that Horrible Bossess screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are being hired to write a currently untitled sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (it will not be based on the book's sequel, Pickles to...
Jason Reitman made time in his busy directing schedule to come aboard the Steve Carell comedy Burt Wonderstone and rewrite the script about a traditional Las Vegas magician (Carell) who faces competition from a young and non-traditional rival. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein recently completed a rewrite of Chad Kultgen's spec script and Don Scardino, who also directed acclaimed shows Rescue Me, Hope & Faith and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, replaced Charles McDougall as the project's director. Before accepting the job of re-writing Burt Womnderstone, Reitman finished work on his upcoming film Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron and started casting his adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day. »
The comedy Burt Wonderstone, which is planning to star Steve Carell as a "traditional magic man who is dethroned by a hip younger illusionist and must then find a way to rediscover his love for magic,” has been kicking around for a few years. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) wrote the script, and the film has had a couple different directors attached. Jake Kasdan was going to make the movie before Steve Carell came on board; then a few months ago Parks and Recreation director Charles McDougall was in talks  to direct. Now New Line has tapped  Don Scardino, 30 Rock director, to direct. This looks like a final deal, and the movie will really start to move forward. It will shoot in October; now we have to wait to see who gets the gig playing the rival young magician. After the break, Mary Harron takes over Wicked Lovely. »
- Russ Fischer
Steve Carell found a director for his upcoming comedy Burt Wonderstone and he came from the same network as his comedy hit The Office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Rock director Don Scardino leapt from his NBC sitcom to direct Carell as a magician trying to find his inner magic in the New Line comedy. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein did a rewrite of Chad Kultgen’s spec script and Scardino, who also directed acclaimed shows Rescue Me, Hope & Faith and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, replaced Charles McDougall as the project’s director. »
Chicago – It’s the most wonderful time of the year as moviegoers shake off the doldrums of winter weather, awards season snoozers, and a truly horrendous first trimester of 2011 and finally get to see something blow up for their hard-earned dollars. There’s something about the warm months of the year that allows for critical faculties to fall away as we relax and simply embrace cinematic chaos. What will we get out of Summer 2011? What are the movies that look the most promising? Let us guide the way.
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Want the bad news first? This could be a brutal summer. Going over the schedule from May through August allows for very few potential highlights. It’s a season crowded with sequels to movies that weren’t really that good in the first place or that were good enough that we don’t really need to repeat it. »
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It’s been quite the week for TV, Roomies. And as we head into finale season, the info keeps pouring in!
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“Lauren” is easily one of the most important episodes of Criminal Minds ever. And that »
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Wait, Carell again? What’s wrong with that man, I mean really, he has that Great Hope Springs project with Meryl Streep to shoot this August, and few days ago, we reported that he will star in drama titled Dogs of Babel.
Now he’s set to star “as a Las Vegas magician who must rediscover his mojo in order to compete with a younger rival.”
The project was originally set up in 2006. The story is "set in the world of rival Las Vegas magicians. Carell will play a more traditional magic man who is dethroned by a hip younger illusionist and must then find a way to rediscover his love for magic."
New Line has a fall start scheduled for the comedy originally written by Chad Kultgen. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote the current script. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are producing with Benderspink as is Tyler Mitchell. Carell is also producing via his Carousel banner.
Jake Kasdan had been previously attached to direct the film before Carell was attached.
Steve Carell has a bunch of possible projects in the works, and earlier this week he became attached to produce and star  in an adaptation of the novel The Dogs of Babel. It looked then like that would definitely be his next film after his departure from The Office. And it still might be. But Burt Wonderstone is another movie to which the actor has been attached  for a few months, and the film may have just taken a step forward, as Charles McDougall is now in talks to direct. THR  reports the deal, saying that the Tudors and Parks and Recreation director would direct from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses and the dramatic version of the doc Of All the Things, to which Steve Carell is also attached). The film has been in need of a director for some time; Jake Kasdan was attached to direct, »
- Russ Fischer
Charles McDougall has signed on to direct the comedy Burt Wonderstone. The film stars Steve Carell as a Las Vegas magician who must rediscover his mojo in order to compete with a younger rival. Chad Kultgen penned the original script, and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) wrote the current draft. THR reports that the film is set to shoot this fall. Before conjuring up Wonderstone, Carell will shoot Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep. McDougall has had a successful career in directing TV, including episodes of The Office (the Us version), Parks and Recreation, and won an Emmy for directing the pilot of Desperate Housewives. »
- Matt Goldberg
Bones exec producer Stephen Nathan is not afraid to admit that he welled up while cutting the final two scenes of last night’s episode of the Fox drama, which he considers David Boreanaz’s best work of the six-season-old series. (Watch clips of them below.) He says producers wanted to put Booth (Boreanaz) in a more difficult place following Hannah’s rejection of his marriage proposal than he was before (when he was just reeling from the rejection of Emily Deschanel’s Brennan followed by her finally admitting her feelings when he’d moved on). They succeeded.
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15 items from 2011
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