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Besides delivering her most well-known performance in Fargo for Joel & Ethan Coen, actress Frances McDormand also has the honor of being married to the former of the sibling filmmaking duo. McDormand has popped up in other Coen films like Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading and The Man Who Wasn't There, and now she's getting back in front of the camera with them again with their newest comedy Hail Caesar. The film has George Clooney on board to lead the film as Eddie Mannix, who works for the movie studios of Hollywood as a fixer, protecting the reputations of their biggest stars from becoming tarnished. The Daily Beast learned from McDormand herself that she has a role in the film, but it's not clear who she'll play. In addition, Variety has word that Beautiful Creatures and Blue Jasmine star Alden Ehrenreich has landed a role as well. The two join quite »
- Ethan Anderton
We have some casting news for you this afternoon: Johnny Knoxville has teamed up with Jackie Chan for director Renny Harlin's Skiptrace. Douglas Booth is joining the ensemble of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin Will Both Put Me Before You. Alden Ehrenreich is the latest to join the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar! Hit the jump for more on these casting stories. First we have Johnny Knoxville joining Jackie Chan in director Renny Harlin's Skiptrace. Per Deadline, Knoxville will be replacing Seann William Scott as a "mouthy American gambler" in the film, which is currently shooting in China. Sounds like a good role for Knoxville and I'm really hoping Harlin can bring some of his early 90's swagger to this material. Next up is the back-from-the-dead Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a movie that actually seems like it will finally get made with each passing day. »
- Evan Dickson
Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") and Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") are in negotiations to star in the Thea Sharrock-directed "Me Before You" at MGM, New Line and Warner Bros. Pictures. Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber ("500 Days Of Summer") penned the most recent draft, and an August 2015 release is planned.
An adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel, Clarke plays a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs. Claflin plays an always successful man who finds himself wheelchair-bound and suicidal after an accident. He hires her as his caretaker for six months, and she becomes determined to prove to him life is worth living. [Source: Deadline]
The story follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who is working »
- Garth Franklin
• Vince Vaughn has sworn in to star in the comedy The Politician. Vaughn will play the title role, a D.C. elected official on the run from the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and a gang of drug dealers after getting caught in a prostitution scandal. What If director Michael Dowse will helm the project from writers Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman while Seth Rogen will produce with his Point Grey production company. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
Alden Ehrenreich is in negotiations to join the growing cast of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Hail Caesar. No details were given regarding the character he will play, but the actor joins a cast that already includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill.
The story follows Eddie Mannix, a "fixer" who works for the major Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s, trying to keep actors and actresses in line to avoid any scandal. Back in May, we reported that Mannix is based on Fred Otash, a spy for Confidential Magazine who dug up dirt on celebrities in the 1950s.
Alden Ehrenreich most recently starred in Beautiful Creatures, »
Beautiful Creatures may not have rocketed him into the Ya franchise hall of fame, but Alden Ehrenreich has been finding plenty of work regardless. Woody Allen hired him for Blue Jasmine and he’s currently in talks to join the star-studded ensemble lining up for Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest, Hail Caesar!.The film, which already boasts Coen veterans George Clooney and Josh Brolin alongside Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes, revolves around a 1950's private eye/fixer who tracks down and covers up scandals for studios to keep the stars in line.Fiennes will be a director under contract to one of the studios, while Tatum is a Gene Kelly-type star. Swinton, meanwhile, will be on the other side of the studio gates, hunting for juicy stories as a gossip columnist, presumably along the Louella Parsons or Hedda Hopper lines. So far, »
The story follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who is working to keep a studio’s stars in line.
“Hail Ceasar!” looks to follow in the steps of so many other films from the siblings where actors and actresses are doing whatever they can to be involved in the project some way.
He is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
- Justin Kroll
The path of teenage love is strewn with supernatural complications in this fabulous slice of modern Gothic. When the mysterious Lena (Alice Englert) comes to the god-fearing town of Gatlin, her family’s association with witchcraft makes her an instant pariah. Only her classmate Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) doesn’t care – even when she turns out to be a ‘caster’, who will ultimately serve the forces of either Light or Dark. »
I'll say this much for him: Alec Baldwin is keeping pretty busy these days. Not only is the "30 Rock" actor in talks to join the Christopher McQuarrie-directed "Mission: Impossible 5" as the head of the CIA, he's also circling the previously-announced football concussion movie starring Will Smith, according to a report today over at Deadline. His prospective role in the latter film is unknown at this time. On the TV side, meanwhile, Baldwin is currently developing a show in which he'd play a Rob Ford-esque mayor of New York City (Ford of course being the infamous Toronto mayor whose erratic public behavior set off a media firestorm last year). Written by Wells Tower and executive-produced by Baldwin, the budding project is an NBC Productions property but will be developed as a one-hour cable series. Though his frequent public outbursts have tended to obscure his career endeavors as of late, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Film legend Warren Beatty has wrapped principal photography on his Howard Hughes project--the director's first feature in almost 20 years--after a 74-day shoot. The film's plot is being kept under wraps, but reportedly focuses on a late-life affair the aviation pioneer (Beatty) had with a much younger woman (Lily Collins). Beatty is 77, Collins 25. It's taken quite some time for Beatty's film to take off: just this February, Deadline reported that billionaires Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, Windsor Media’s Terry Semel, Arnon Milchan’s New Regency and James Packer’s and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment had finally come together to finance the roughly $27 million production. Beatty wrote the film and will star as the older Hughes, joined by Alden Ehrenreich as Hughes's assistant. In addition, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick will also star, along with Alec Baldwin as Robert Maheu, a confidante »
- Jacob Combs
Octavia Spencer (The Help) has joined the cast of Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent and second of four planned films based on the Veronica Roth novels. Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction as she joins Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, all of which are returning for the film, which will be directed by Robert Schwentke and released March 20, 2015. Deadline Nash Edgerton, brother of Joel Edgerton, and director of numerous great shorts and the 2008 film The Square, is set to direct American Express for Annapurna with Charlize Theron set to star. Plot details have not been released. Alec Baldwin has joined Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, which is currently filming. Baldwin will play the reclusive billionaire's lawyer, Bob Maheu. The film centers on the love story between Hughes' assistant (Alden Ehrenreich) and an actress played by Lily Collins. Beatty plays Hughes with Martin Sheen, »
- Brad Brevet
Alec Baldwin must have some kind of fascination with Howard Hughes. He starred in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator as Pan American World Airways founder Juan Trippe, and has now jumped on board Warren Beatty’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled Howard Hughes film as well.
While it would have been cool to see him reprise his role as Trippe, Baldwin will be playing a different character this time around. In this film, he’ll take the part of Hughes’ lawyer, Bob Maheu.
Beatty will be directing and starring as Hughes, along with a cast that includes Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick and Annette Bening. Interestingly enough, the film actually won’t be a Hughes biopic. Instead, it tells the story of his assistant (played by Ehrenreich) and his assistant’s love interest (Collins), who’s an actress.
Though this has been a passion project of Beatty’s for twenty years now, »
- James Garcia
Untitled Howard Hughes Project
Alec Baldwin is set to join Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, portraying his lawyer Bob Mayhew. Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins which deals with a love story between Hughes' young assistant (Ehrenreich) and a woman he is seeing (Collins). [Source: Deadline]
Iraq war veteran Chris Roessner penned the script is based on real events experienced by a platoon (led by Kebbell's character) sent to repair an aqueduct in the dangerous and remote village of Baqubah, »
- Garth Franklin
Baldwin will portray Bob Maheu, who was Hughes' lawyer, reports Deadline.
Back in February, Baldwin announced in his New York magazine essay that he was retiring from the public life after being portrayed as a "homophobic bigot" by the media.
The former 30 Rock actor made headlines when it was claimed he used an anti-gay slur against a journalist last year. His his MSNBC show was suspended for two weeks as a result. »
For the second time in his career, Alec Baldwin has signed on to a Howard Hughes biopic: The first was Martin Scorsese's 2004 The Aviator. This time around, it's Warren Beatty in the director’s chair (and producer's, and lead actor's), and, Variety reports, Baldwin will play Robert Maheu, a key confidant of the eccentric billionaire. Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick, and Annette Bening have also joined previously reported cast members Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins in the still-untitled feature. »
- Delia Paunescu
- Amith Ostwal
Beatty is producing, directing and starring as Hughes in the untitled movie, funded by Ron Burkle, Steve Bing, Windsor Media’s Terry Semel, Arnon Milchan’s New Regency and James Packer and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment.
Maheu, a former spy, said that he never saw Hughes and received all his instructions from notes and telephone. He was dismissed by Hughes in 1970 in a power struggle and later won a libel suit against Hughes that was overturned.
Baldwin is repped by CAA.
News was first reported by Deadline Hollywood. »
- Dave McNary
It's been 10 years since Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," if you can believe it. The film was one of two dueling Howard Hughes biopics at the time (the other coming from Christopher Nolan), a passion project developed by star Leonardo DiCaprio for director Michael Mann. Mann ended up with biopic fatigue after "The Insider" and "Ali," so he settled into a producer position and DiCaprio convinced his then-newfound colleague Martin Scorsese to direct and the rest was history. But speaking of history, the Howard Hughes story has had its own in Hollywood. During a Santa Barbara Film Festival tribute in February, Scorsese remarked that he had always shied away from it, going on to note that a number of filmmakers had wanted to do it over the years. One of those, of course, was Warren Beatty, and Beatty's version has been slowly clicking into place over the last couple of years. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Running Wild" Tweetable Logline: The coming of age story of Liza and Eli: two childhood friends that should be soul mates, but are sexually incompatible. Elevator Pitch: Running Wild is a comedy/romance/western/road movie/coming of age story about Liza (Zoë Worth) and Eli (Alden Ehrenreich), childhood friends with a disastrously dependent, sexual-tension-laden relationship. Back for their first winter break home from college, Liza and Eli run away together, and embark on a road trip to no where --encountering blood, sex, and a bar mitzvah. Liza and Eli tear each other apart, desperately trying to connect, and just keep running and running and running. The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro, »
Beatty will star as Howard Hughes, as well as produce the project. There is no word on who Sheen will portray.
Back in December, Sheen was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival. »
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