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"The Walking Dead" alum Jon Bernthal is in negotiations to star opposite Brad Pitt in David Ayer's "Fury," which Sony is onboard to distribute. The WWII movie follows the commander of a Sherman tank and its five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines in April 1945 as Nazi Germany collapses. Bernthal beat out stiff competition for the role of Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis, a cunning, vicious and world-wise Arkansas native. Bernthal will join Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Pena in the tank. Bill Block's Qed Intl. is producing with John Lesher's Le »
- Jeff Sneider
Watch out – Turbo, along with Burn, Whiplash, Smoove Moove, Skidmark, & White Shadow, are on the move!
He’s Fast and they’re Furious in this new video and poster for Turbo. Things will rev up when the movie speeds into theaters July 17th!
From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big – and fast. After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world’s fastest race, the Indianapolis 500. With the help of his tricked-out streetwise snail crew, this ultimate underdog puts his heart and shell on the line to prove that no dream is too big, and no dreamer too small.
- Melissa Thompson
Though it was only announced a short while ago, David Ayer’s Fury has picked up quite a bit of traction. The WWII thriller snagged Brad Pitt for the lead role and shortly after, signed both Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman. Now, Michael Pena is in talks to join the gang.
Set in the “waning days” of WWII, the film will tell the story of a five-man tank crew. Pitt will play the leader, named Wardaddy, while the other actors will portray members of the crew. Pena is said to be playing the tank’s driver, “a butcher who always is drunk — having vowed never to go into combat sober.”
Of course, Pena and Ayer recently worked together on the excellent End of Watch, a cop drama/thriller that blew me away. It was one of my favorite films of 2012 and I’m excited to see the two teaming up again. »
- Matt Joseph
Catch poster 3 for DreamWorks' Turbo animated family comedy, featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson. David Soren directs as well as writing the screenplay with Robert D. Siegel and Darren Lemke. 20th Century Fox distributes, and sends this out to theaters on July 17th, 2013. I like the shot this takes at Universal's upcoming actioner Fast & Furious 6. Quite funny. Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail who kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goe »
Fury is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman are also set to co-star.
Production is set to begin in September 2013 and Columbia plans to release Fury on November 14, 2014.
- Laura Frances
David Ayer has had no trouble picking up big, talented names for his upcoming World War II tank drama Fury, having already recruited Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman, but today he's looking to add an actor with whom he's already worked. Michael Pena, who gave a brilliant performance co-starring with Jake Gyllenhaal in Ayer's 2012 Lapd thriller End of Watch, is in in talks to join the cast of the writer/director's latest project. Set in Germany towards the end of WWII, the movie follows a five-man tank crew who work together to fight off the remaining Nazi forces. Should he sign on, Pena will play "the tank.s driver, a butcher who always is drunk -- having vowed never to go into combat sober." The trade also has details on Pitt's character, saying that he will be playing a sergeant named Wardaddy. Ayer is still in post-production on »
• In the midst of the frenzy surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine has revealed where he’ll boldly go next. EW has confirmed that Pine will appear in comedic thriller Stretch, a project that reunites the actor with Joe Carnahan, who directed one of Pine’s earliest films, 2006′s Smokin’ Aces. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will star in the new film as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who drives around a mysterious billionaire to get rid of his debt. Details on Pine’s role have not yet been revealed. [The Wrap]
• Action-thriller The Candy Store has gained some more Oscar-winning talent. »
- Emily Rome
What is Casting Couch? It’s one stop shopping when it comes to casting news. It’s even better than shopping though, because it’s free. Today you can pay no money to find out what Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are teaming up on, as well as what Bill Hader’s first post-SNL gig might be. It looks like David Gordon Green’s turn back toward directing more dramatic movies again is starting to stick. THR is reporting that his next project is going to be a drama called Mangelhorn that’s about an eccentric man who’s trying to come to terms with the fact that a past crime has cost him the love of his life. More than that though, Mangelhorn is a drama that’s going to be employing one of the most celebrated dramatic actors of all time, because the trade’s report also says that Al Pacino has been attached »
- Nathan Adams
The story follows the commander of a Sherman tank and its five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines in April 1945 as Nazi Germany collapses. [Source: Variety]
Dax Shepard has joined Shawn Levy’s ensemble comedy adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's 2009 novel "This Is Where I Leave You". Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Timothy Olyphant, Rose Byrne and Adam Driver also star.
The story follows a dysfunctional family gathered at the funeral of its patriarch. Shepard will play a popular Howard Stern-like radio shock jock. Filming is currently underway in New York. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
We've got a few casting stories for you this afternoon. Briefly: Sam Elliott has joined Ivan Reitman's dramedy Draft Day starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, and Terry Crews. Michael Pena will co-star in David Ayer's WWII thriller Fury starring Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, and Logan Lerman. Speaking of Labeouf, he's set to lead Villain, a psychological thriller from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). Hit the jump for more on all these films. Draft Day takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL Draft, with Kevin Costner playing the general manger who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. As the day’s events unfold, "he must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred »
- Matt Goldberg
Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, and Logan Lerman are attached to star as members of a five-man U.S. tank crew, who battle a desperate unit of Nazi soldiers towards the end of World War II. If a deal is finalized, Michael Peña will play Wardaddy, the tank's driver and a brutal alcoholic who has vowed never to go into combat sober.
Michael Peña recently starred in Gangster Squad, and will lend his voice to the DreamWorks Animation comedy Turbo this summer. He also stars in American Hustle, which is currently shooting in Boston under the direction of David O. Russell. »
With his Fox pilot “The List” not making the cut of next seasons pickups, Michael Pena has quickly found his next project and is in talks to join the cast of Sony’s World War II thriller “Fury” starring Brad Pitt.
The story follows the commander of a Sherman tank and its five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines in April 1945 as Nazi Germany collapses.
Pena would play a member of the crew. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
Lensing is set to begin in September with a Nov. 14, 2014 release date set.
The casting marks a reteaming of Pena and Ayer, who recently worked together on the Open Road cop drama “End of Watch.” Sources say Ayer wanted »
- Justin Kroll
Michael Pena is in negotiations to reteam with End of Watch director David Ayer for the filmmaker’s latest project, Fury. The World War II tank thriller from Sony Pictures and Qed International stars Brad Pitt and co-stars Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman. The story, set in the waning days of the second Great War, revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank named Fury that runs across a desperate German division. Story: Brad Pitt Starrer 'Fury' to Hit Theaters in November 2014 Ayer wrote the script and is directing, Pena will play the tank’s driver, a butcher who always is
- Borys Kit
Michael Pena appears set to re-team with his End of Watch director David Ayer. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Pena will star in the World War II action project Fury opposite Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman. Set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945, Fury follows the battle-hardened Wardaddy, who commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Pena, who will soon provide a voice in DreamWorks Animation's Turbo , will play Fury 's alcoholic tank driver. Qed is producing the film with John Lesher.s Le Grisbi Productions and Ethan Smith. Alex Ott is co-producing the feature »
Madrid — Mundial, the six-month-old Mexico-based sales-financing venture teaming Hollywood’s Im Global and Mexico’s Canana, has acquired international rights to “Chavez,” actor-turned-director Diego Luna’s portrait of Cesar E. Chavez, a legendary ‘60s U.S. civil rights leader.
Since “Chavez” was lead-produced by Canana, the Mexico City-l.A. production shingle founded by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, it was always in the cards that Mundial would end up selling “Chavez” internationally.
Following on Mundial’s acquisition earlier this week of “Libertador,” a biopic of 19th-century independence fighter Simon Bolivar, reportedly budgeted at north of $50 million, the Chavez pickup gives Mundial two of the biggest movies, both in post-production, from Latin American directors this year.
A second international rights pickup announced Friday, crime thriller “Mexico’s Most Wanted,” which is produced by top Mexico shingle Lemon Films, »
- John Hopewell
"Rake" is Kinnear's broadcast TV debut, with Miranda Otto and John Ortiz co-starring. According to Deadline, "Rake" is being considered for a midseason launch in the vein of "The Following," one of the few hits of last season. Kinnear will play a "House"-esque criminal defense lawyer named Keegan Deane, described as "brilliant and frustratingly charming ... whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one. He takes on the cases that nobody else will touch, ruled by a resolute optimism, belief in justice and dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption -- much like himself." Sam Raimi directed the pilot, and the show was created by Peter Duncan, who came up with the original Australian version.
Also picked up is "Sleepy Hollow, »
- Laura Prudom
"Almost Human" from the "Fringe" team of J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in an action-packed buddy cop drama, set in the near future, when all Lapd officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby and Minka Kelly co-star.
"Fringe" producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci are behind "Sleepy Hollow," a modern-day reinvention of the story of Ichabod Crane starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. Orlando Jones and Katia Winter co-star and John Cho guest stars in the pilot.
As "Silver Linings Playbook" comes out on DVD, the film that earned Bradley Cooper his first best actor Oscar nomination, well-reviewed "Place Beyond the Pines" is playing around the country, "The Hangover Part III" hits theaters on May 24, and Steven Spielberg has picked as his next movie "American Sniper," which was developed by Cooper's Warner Bros. production company. He'll star as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, an ace sniper who was tragically killed. This actor is clearly doing something right. In February Cooper rejoined David O. Russell for his next film, Abscam 80s drama "American Hustle," set for year-end award-season release from Sony, in which he'll co-star with "Silver Linings" pals Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, plus "The Fighter" Oscar-winners Christian Bale and Amy Adams, as well as Russell newbies Jeremy Renner, Jack Huston, Louis Ck and Michael Pena. And just to keep things interesting, Cooper has already shot "Serena »
- Anne Thompson
Decision time approaches. Over the next couple weeks, broadcast networks will pick their new shows as they ready their fall schedule presentations to advertisers in New York (the upfronts get underway May 13). Here’s an updated look at the pilots they’ve shot in their quest to find the next hits. Pilots that have been greenlit to series we’ll mark in green (such as The CW’s Tvd spinoff The Originals, which received an early pickup last week). Updates to come…
- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd
Jake Gyllenhaal is set to frontline Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, starring alongside Renee Russo in the Tony Gilroy-produced indie thriller. According to sources, Dan Gilroy is also scripting with a story that tells of a young, driven man who discovers the nocturnal world of Los Angeles as a freelance crime journalist. Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Fox are also producing, as are Bold Films' Michel Litvak and David Lancaster. This is the first film Dan Gilroy is helming; a writer known for scripting The Bourne Legacy with his brother Tony. Gyllenhaal was last seen in David Ayer's (Brad Pitt starrer Fury) powerful, edgy crime thriller End of Watch with Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez. »
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