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Casting Net: John Travolta to star in 'Life on the Line,' Peter Dinklage attached to 'The Thicket;' more

6 hours ago

John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, and Devon Sawa have signed on to star in Life on the LineDavid Hackl is directing the action drama, which tells the story of linemen who fix electric grids on high wires. The group finds it difficult to maintain relationships with the women they love until a storm threatens to destroy their lives. Primo Brown, Dylan Scott, and Peter Horton wrote the script. Marvin Peart and Phillip Glasser are producing. Chad Dubea is executive producing. Production begins next week in Vancouver for six weeks. The budget is about $10 to $12 million. [The Wrap]

• Peter Dinklage is attached to star in The Thicket, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Jada Pinkett Smith joins 'Magic Mike Xxl'

9 hours ago

The cast of the Magic Mike sequel has grown a little larger.

Jada Pinkett Smith revealed on The Queen Latifah Show Monday that she has a role in the upcoming Magic Mike Xxl, written by and starring Channing Tatum. The Gotham actress joins other ladies Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell in the film about a group of male strippers. Though she confirmed she won’t be taking off any clothes herself, Smith didn’t reveal much else about the role except for that it was originally written for a man. 

No stranger to hunky men, Smith joked that she was »

- Jake Perlman

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Bryan Singer officially signs on to direct 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

10 hours ago

Director Bryan Singer will officially return to the X-Men franchise. EW has confirmed that Singer, who directed X-Men, X2, and this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, has just closed a deal to direct the latest installment in the Marvel mutant series, X-Men: Apocalypse. It had been unclear whether or not this would be the case after Singer was accused in April of sexual abuse by former actor Michael Egan; Egan eventually dropped his suit in late August.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016 and Singer told EW in the spring that it would follow younger versions »

- Tim Stack

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Oliver Stone likely to team up for Edward Snowden movie

11 hours ago

Is the Hollywood forecast calling for 500 Days of Snowden?

According to Variety, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been offered the role of Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s upcoming film about the Nsa whistleblower, The Snowden Files. No official deal has been made between the two parties, but it seems the Don Jon star has agreed to play the part of the former U.S. intelligence analyst responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in American history since the Vietnam War.

Stone is no stranger to the political genre, having directed W., Nixon, Born on the Fourth of July, and more »

- Jake Perlman

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Elijah Wood obsesses in clip from thriller 'Open Windows'

13 hours ago

Is it possible to set an entire film on a computer screen? Yes! In the new thriller Open Windows, Elijah Wood plays a blogger obsessed with an actress named Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) who is persuaded to spy on the star by an unseen but seemingly helpful third party. The twist? Well, there are a few of them in this film from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo. But the most obvious is that the movie does, indeed, all take place on a computer screen.

Open Windows will be released to VOD on Oct. 2 and hits cinemas Nov. 7. (It is also available to preorder on iTunes. »

- Clark Collis

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Channing Tatum offers fans a chance to appear in 'Magic Mike Xxl'

16 hours ago

While Magic Mike Xxl’s cast has grown over the last several weeks,there’s still the matter of filling the film with extras. Set to revolve around a few stripper conventions, Xxl will include plenty of risqué shows that will require live audiences. And star Channing Tatum is giving one fan a chance to see his and his costars stripping prowess live.

Tatum announced on his Facebook page on Sept. 19 that fans can enter a contest in the hopes of winning a visit to the set and a role as an extra during one of the film’s “crazy” performances. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Red-band 'Interview' trailer promises North Korea trip, bald Rob Lowe

16 hours ago

The first trailer for James Franco and Seth Rogen’s The Interview set up the pair’s government-funded trip to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un. But why were the two chosen for such a mission? The film’s first red-band trailer explains why, and the answer is expectedly absurd.

Franco plays tabloid TV show host Dave Skylark, of whom Kim is a fan in the film. Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) are invited to interview Kim Jong Un in Korea, but their trip is co-opted and turned into an assassination mission by the United States government. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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'The Maze Runner' sequel gets September 2015 release

17 hours ago

Following a successful opening weekend for The Maze Runner, Fox is digging its heels into the franchise. The studio has announced that the adaptation of the next installment in James Dashner’s Ya series, The Scorch Trials, will arrive on the big screen Sept. 18, 2015.

The Maze Runner, starring Dylan O’Brien, came in first in the box office race this weekend, raking in $32.5 million, edging out competition like A Walk Among the Tombstones and This Is Where I Leave You. Wes Ball’s full-length feature debut already has a worldwide gross of $81.5 million. The box-office win for the movie, which »

- Esther Zuckerman

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