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Morris Chestnut has inked a 3-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems, that will see him act in, as well as produce projects for the studio. He's already booked for the upcoming thriller "The Perfect Guy," which he co-stars in with Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy, and he's now also landed a starring role in the psychological thriller "When the Bough Breaks," joining Regina Hall. To be directed by Jon Cassar, "When the Bough Breaks" (previously titled "The Surrogate"), tells the story of a couple who hire a surrogate to have their baby, but, as you might expect, things don't go entirely as »
- Tambay A. Obenson
• Hannibal Buress is joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy's Home. Sean Ander and John Morris are directing the film, which tells the story of a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad he can to his wife's two children. But, his plans are disrupted when the children's biological father shows up. Buress will play a sarcastic handyman who believes the stepdad to be racist, the result of some ploying on the part of Wahlberg's character. Linda Cardellini also stars as Ferrell's wife. The film began shooting on Monday in New Orleans. [THR] • Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, »
- C. Molly Smith
Story follows a professional couple that is unable to conceive a child and decides to hire a young blue collar woman as a surrogate, before she develops a psychotic fixation on the husband. Cassar is best known for his work on the TV series “24.”
The “Bough”attachment is part of a three-picture deal between Chestnut and Screen Gems. He will also star and produce Screen Gems’ “The Syndicate” with Cliff Dorfman writing and will star in the previously announced Screen Gems thriller “The Perfect Guy” along with Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy.
Chestnut is repped by The Gersh Agency and Link Entertainment.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Morris Chestnut, who made his film debut in John Singleton’s seminal 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood, has signed a three-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems as an actor and producer. The first of the pics is upcoming thriller The Perfect Guy, which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut. The next film to follow will be When The Bough Breaks, a psychological thriller that will star Chestnut and Regina Hall.
Bough, directed by Jon Cassar, tracks a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. The pic is being produced by New Line founders and Lord of the Rings EPs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and Chestnut will exec produce.
Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be The Syndicate, from writer Cliff Dorfman (Entourage, Warrior). Chestnut is producing that project, which is exec produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell. »
- Jen Yamato
Regina Hall has signed up to play one of the three leads in "The Surrogate," a thriller to be directed by Jon Cassar, which tells the story of a couple who hire a surrogate to have their baby, but, as you might expect, things don't go entirely as expected. We've seen this before in one shape or another. The news comes from Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411, who describes it as "a little like 'The Hand that Rocks the Cradle." Friedman also adds that either Taye Diggs or Michael Ealy may be co-starring in the movie, as likely one-half of the couple; the other half to be played by Hall. No word on who might play the surrogate. I had to rack my brain a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Paul Feig's rumored all-female Ghostbusters movie just became Twitter official. The Heat's Katie Dippold will co-write the script, and Feig says it will star "hilarious women." No word on who these will be just yet, but over the years a number of luminaries have come up with their own dream casts of women to call: Mindy Kaling (way back in 2011!): Emily Blunt, Taraji P. Henson, Natalie Portman, and, of course, Kaling herself. Bill Murray (in September): Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini, and Emma Stone. Jesse David Fox: Kristen Schaal, Regina Hall, Jenny Slate, and Lauren Lapkus. (With Zoe Kazan in the Rick Moranis role.) Kyle Buchanan: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph. Lindsey Weber: Reese Witherspoon, Reese Witherspoon, Reese Witherspoon, and Reese Witherspoon. »
- Nate Jones
His fellow Flight Of The Conchords star Bret McKenzie has gone on to success with his meme-friendly roles in the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit films and his Oscar-winning work with The Muppets. But with Dinner For Schmucks, Gentlemen Broncos and (ahem) Men In Black 3, Jemaine Clement hasn't done too shabbily either. For his next role, however, he's returning to the indie territority of the likes of Eagle Vs. Shark. He's starring in People Places Things for Grace Is Gone director James C. Strouse.The film sees Clement playing a struggling comics artist trying to cope with writer's block, two young daughters and a teaching job. There's also romance on the horizon, but in order to enjoy he'll have to finally stop pining for the woman who left him previously.Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne and Jessica Williams are elsewhere on the cast list, and the screenplay is by Strouse himself. »
• Oscar nominee Casey Affleck will return to his native Massachusetts to star in and produce a film based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The script written by Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter) is based on the book "Boston Strong" by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge and chronicles the massive manhunt to find the two men believed responsible for the bombings and the city's response to the horrific events. [Variety] • Steve Carell will continue his trend of taking on less comedic roles in an untitled thriller from director Gore Verbinski (The Lone Ranger). The film will be the third straight »
- Jake Perlman
Exclusive: Jemaine Clement, best known as one half of the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, has linked up with Grace Is Gone helmer James C. Strouse for indie feature People Places Things. New Zealander Clement stars as a newly single, under-employed graphic novelist navigating life, his young twin daughters, a case of writer’s block, a classroom full of students, and a new love while letting go of the woman who left him.
Strouse recently wrapped principal photography, directing from his own script. Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, and Jessica Williams round out the cast of People Places Things. Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub are producing for Big Beach spin-off shingle Beachside. Beachside’s Tim Foley is exec producer alongside Summer Shelton. Sundance award-winner Strouse, a recipient of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, made his writing debut with 2005’s Lonesome Jim for director Steve Buscemi and also penned Grace Is Gone »
- Jen Yamato
New Line Cinema has pushed up the release of their comedy Vacation from November 13, 2015 to October 9, 2015. The reboot will now go up against Disney's The Jungle Book and Relativity Media's Kidnap. The release date shift leaves Paramount's Friday the 13th as the only movie currently slated for release on November 13, 2015.
Vacation stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, who takes his wife (Christina Applegate) and their two sons (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) on a cross-country road trim to America's greatest amusement park, Walley World.
Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Elizabeth Gillies, Keegan Michael Key and Regina Hall round out the cast, along with original Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are making their directorial debuts, working from their own screenplay, with David Dobkin, Chris Bender and Jeff Kleeman producing. Production started last month in Atlanta. »
How about some more casting news? Here’s what’s coming at a glance: Matt Bomer just joined Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys. New Line’s Vacation reboot just picked up Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall. Pierce Brosnan is locked to headline Urge for first-time feature director Aaron Kaufman. Hit the jump for more on all three films. Shane Black’s been working on The Nice Guys for a while now, over five years in fact, but ever since news broke that Gosling and Crowe were involved, things have been moving along steadily. Warner Bros. picked up the film back in July, gave it a June 17, 2016 release date last month and now Black is busy loading up the cast. He added The Leftover’s Margaret Qualley to the roster two weeks ago and now, according to Deadline, Bomer is in as well. The story takes place »
- Perri Nemiroff
Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have joined New Line’s reboot of National Lampoon's "Vacation," joining Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Leslie Mann, in a film that will be directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, their feature directorial debut, from a script that they also penned. The reboot will tell the story of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (played by Ed Helms) who takes his wife (Christina Applegate) on a cross-country road trip to Walley World, an amusement park, similar to one he took as a kid with his parents, as played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the original »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Not too long after updating the progress of the Police Academy reboot and revealing that Paramount Pictures is developing a film about the "Key & Peele" sketch character substitute teacher Mr. Garvey, one half of the comedic duo has a new big screen gig. Variety reports Keegan-Michael Key has just joined the cast of New Line's Vacation reboot, the pseudo-sequel to the original National Lampoon's Vacation from 1983. The Comedy Central star is joining Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, son of Clark & Ellen Griswold (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are reprising their roles), as he takes his own family on a trip to Wally World. The rest of the cast includes Christina Applegate as Rusty's wife and Leslie Mann as his sister Audrey, with Chris Hemsworth playing her husband. But Key isn't the only new cast member entering the mix. Think Like a Man Too and Scary Movie franchise star Regina Hall is also coming on board, »
- Ethan Anderton
The pair will play the "perfect" and enviable friends of the Griswold family, reports Variety.
The reboot will see Rusty (Helms) try to recreate the holidays he shared with his family as a child.
• Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have signed on for New Line's Vacation reboot, joining Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Leslie Mann. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are directing, marking their directorial debut. They also wrote the script. The film will tell the story of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) who takes his wife (Applegate) on a cross-country road trip, similar to one he took as a kid. Their destination is Walley World, an amusement park. Key and Hall will play family friends to the Griswolds. David Dobkin is producing through his David Dobkin Productions alongside Chris Bender. »
- C. Molly Smith
Ed Helms stars as Rusty Griswold, the now-adult son of Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo), who takes his wife (Christina Applegate) and their sons (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) on a road trip vacation to Walley World, America's greatest amusement park.
New Line’s reboot-sequel to the hilarious 80s National Lampoon franchise has added two more names to its cast today, as Key & Peele‘s Keegan-Michael Key and About Last Night‘s Regina Hall have opted into the crazy shenanigans of Vacation.
Key and Hall will join the boot-quel as “family friends of the Griswolds that are described as the perfect family.” The Griswolds, this time around, are no longer the eccentric Clark and Ellen – played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in the original. Taking over in the family’s battered station wagon will be their grown-up son, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), who takes his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two sons on a cross country road trip to relive one of the best summers of his youth.
- Gem Seddon
The story follows a group of friends holidaying on an island destination who try a new designer drug that makes them lose their ability to control their urges. Brosnan will play the creator and distributor of the narcotic. [Source: Deadline]
Meghan Ory, Jesse Metcalfe and Virginia Madsen will join the previously announced Dennis Haysbert in Zach Lipovsky's feature length "Dead Rising: Watchtower," an adaptation of the "Dead Rising" videogame franchise from Legendary Digital Media and Crackle. Filming begins September 30th in Vancouver.
Tim Carter penned the script that revolves around a zombie outbreak, and the pursuit of the root of the epidemic when a government vaccine fails to stop the infection. The project is Legendary's first »
- Garth Franklin
The new version of the Griswold’s “Vacation” adventures will follow grown-up son (Helms) who has the perfect surprise for his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and two sons: the cross-country trip of a lifetime, reminiscent of the fun-filled excursion he took as a kid. They’re going to Walley World, America’s greatest amusement park.
Hall and Key will play family friends of the Griswolds that are described as “the perfect family.”
Key can »
- Justin Kroll
Though he’s still best known for his comedy work alongside Jordan Peele on Us TV, Keegan-Michael Key has been making a name as a reliable laugh-grabber in supporting film roles. The team behind the new sequel-reboot Vacation clearly think he’d add to the mirth, hiring him to appear alongside Regina Hall.John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are making their joint directorial debut with the film, which finds the grown Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and his children on a cross-country trip to replicate the one his father took years ago. The plan is to end up at Walley World.This being a Vacation film, of course, nothing is quite as simple as it sounds. Key and Hall are on board to play family friends of the Griswolds who appear to be annoyingly perfect. They join a cast that also includes Leslie Mann and »
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