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Casting Net: Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger sign on for 'This Man, This Woman'

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• Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger are in final negotiations for This Man, This Woman. Isabel Coixet is directing from a script by Frederic Raphael. The story follows Matt Heller and Martha Parks (Cruz), a former romantic item who look back on their roller coaster past when they run into each other on a plane. Kruger takes the role of a talk show host, Kirsty Sachs, who has an affair with Heller, and alters his relationship with Parks as a result. [Deadline] • Geoffrey Rush will star as Lionel Bart in Vadim Jean's musical feature, Consider Yourself. Bart was a composer and »


- C. Molly Smith

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Kevin Spacey to play a man trapped in a cat's body in 'Nine Lives'

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Kevin Spacey will be playing a cat in his next role as the star of Barry Sonnenfeld's Nine Lives, the actor's rep confirmed to EW. Spacey, who recently won a Golden Globe for his starring role as a ruthless politician in Netflix's House of Cards, will be playing a businessman who gets trapped in a cat's body after an accident. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie begins filming, confirms cast

19 hours ago

Universal announced yesterday that Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs started principal photography in San Francisco, confirming its cast led by Michael Fassbender. Fassbender stars as the titular character in the film directed by Boyle, which will take place at three product launches. Seth Rogen is indeed playing Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kate Winslet is playing former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Christine Taylor to reprise role in 'Zoolander 2' -- exclusive

20 hours ago

Zoolander 2 continues to be the sequel that’s sort of happening but maybe not happening but, yes, actually happening. Actress Christine Taylor confirmed to EW that she'll reprise her role as journalist Matilda Jeffries in the sequel to the hit 2001 film, which followed lunkhead supermodel Derek Zoolander (Taylor's husband, Ben Stiller) and his accidental adventures into the seedy, corrupt underworld of male modeling. »


- Marc Snetiker

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Tate Taylor to direct USS Indianapolis shark-attack film

21 hours ago

Warner Bros. and Team Downey are working on a film adaptation of the USS Indianapolis shark-attack story, known by many as the story Robert Shaw tells in the 1975 film Jaws. The project is not yet titled, but a source has confirmed that The Help and Get on Up director Tate Taylor is set to direct the film, with Mike Jones on to write the script. Deadline first reported the news. In 1945, the USS Indianapolis was sunk by torpedoes on its return from delivering the Hiroshima bomb. After the ship went down, the crew floated for five days, becoming ideal targets »


- Samantha Highfill

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Church of Scientology sets up online response to 'Going Clear' doc

22 hours ago

The Church of Scientology has a history of not turning the other cheek. Back in 1991, after Time published a highly critical cover story titled "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power," the Church responded with a million-dollar PR campaign and a massive lawsuit against Time Warner, while also being accused of harassing journalists who worked on the story. So perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the Church would respond aggressively to Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Alex Gibney's documentary exposé that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on Lawrence Wright's book Going Clear, the »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Snow White and the Huntsman' prequel will have fewer dwarves

23 hours ago

Forget seven—or eight—dwarves. The follow-up film to Snow White and the Huntsman, will reportedly only have two. According to Deadline, The Huntsman will only feature two dwarves—the original movie featured eight. Nick Frost, Toby Jones, and Eddie Marsan, all of whom played dwarves in the first film, will not be returning to their roles, Deadline reported. Snow White and the Huntsman was criticized for not casting little people in the film, and instead digitally altering average-height actors. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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What does the latest British invasion say about the state of American acting?

28 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST

Martin Luther King Jr., is a celebrated American icon. His wife, Coretta, was a beloved American public figure. President Lyndon Johnson was a colorful Texan, and Governor George Wallace was a good ol' boy son of the South from Alabama. In director Ava DuVernay's Best Picture nominee about the 1965 Selma civil-rights march, however, they're portrayed by David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, and Tim Roth, respectively, who share at least one thing in common: They're British. Selma isn't an exception—rather, the Brits seem to be everywhere lately. Last year's Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, about a 19th-century »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Casting Net: Octavia Spencer reteams with 'The Help' producer for 'Seacole'

27 January 2015 7:18 PM, PST

Octavia Spencer is attached to star in Seacole, a period biopic about "a pioneering Jamaican doctress who battled prejudice to play a key role in the Crimean War, rivaling Florence Nightingale." The film will reteam Spencer with producer of The Help, Brunson Green, and is set to be directed by Charlie Stratton (In Secret).  [The Hollywood Reporter] Emma Roberts and Dave Franco will star in Nerve, Lionsgate’s adaptation of Jeanne Ryan's young adult novel. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish), will direct and the script was penned by Jessica Sharzer. The book told the story of a high school wallflower who »


- Jennifer Maas

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Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' reboot

27 January 2015 1:35 PM, PST

Director Paul Feig is teaming up with Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy once again, this time for his upcoming female-led version of Ghostbusters—and Saturday Night Live stand-outs Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are joining the party too. The Hollywood Reporter initially reported the news that the four actresses will be starring in the reboot, and Feig followed up with a wordless tweet featuring a photo of Wiig, McCarthy, Jones, and McKinnon. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Sundance 2015: Irish actress Saoirse Ronan goes 'home' with 'Brooklyn'

27 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST

The period drama Brooklyn, which premiered at Sundance Monday night to a standing ovation, takes place in 1952 and follows a young Irish woman’s coming of age; played by Saoirse Ronan, her heartstrings get pulled in several different directions at the same time. The period drama An Education, meanwhile, which debuted at the 2009 festival to critical hosannas, is set in 1961 and focuses on a bright young British woman (Carey Mulligan) longing to be accepted as an adult through her love affair with a beguiling older man. The parallels between the two movies are striking. Both An Education, based on a memoir by Lynn Barber, »


- Chris Lee

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Let's take a closer look at the first 'Fantastic Four' teaser

27 January 2015 11:34 AM, PST

Considering that it's scheduled to premiere this summer, there's still a surprising dearth of information about 20th Century Fox's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Even Tuesday morning's trailer is rather tightlipped, with no hint of plot or dialogue to be found outside of a grand monologue about humanity's thirst for knowledge—delivered by The Wire's Reg E. Cathey, who plays Dr. Franklin Storm in the film. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to learn here. »


- Joshua Rivera

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John Legend and Common to perform at the Oscars

27 January 2015 9:53 AM, PST

John Legend and Common will perform their nominated song "Glory" from Selma on the Oscars telecast. Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron tweeted out the news, as did Legend. I'm so honored to announce that @TheAcademy invited me and @common to perform at the #Oscars on Feb. 22nd! — John Legend (@johnlegend) January 27, 2015 Last week, Legend told EW that an Oscars performance was likely to happen. "We’re thrilled that the song is nominated, and we know that we wrote a song for a movie that is really special and that is really meaningful to people and any opportunity we »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Tyrese really, really wants to be the next Green Lantern

27 January 2015 9:13 AM, PST

Tyrese Gibson, noted R&B singer/action movie star/entertainment polymath, like a lot of people, has an Instagram account. He uses it for a lot of things: goofy memes, inspirational messages, and cute pictures of puppies. But our Instagrams aren't mere social media accounts; they're the window to our souls—and deep down, Tyrese wants one thing more than anything else in the whole wide world: He wants to be the next Green Lantern. »


- Joshua Rivera

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'Fantastic Four' trailer takes its cues from Christopher Nolan

27 January 2015 6:58 AM, PST

Not everyone loved Interstellar, but want to know who really did? Director Josh Trank and/or the team that cut the first trailer for his Fantastic Four reboot. Like the early teasers for Interstellar, our re-introduction to the Marvel superhero team is framed by shots of rural dirt-roads and a clever mechanic (Michael B. Jordan) who joins scientists for some adventure into the final frontier. Jamie Bell plays baseball—America's pastime!—and Kate Mara gives Jessica Chastain a run as a laser-focused government brain. The clip even has its own Michael Caine, a narrator who establishes the existential stakes. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Casting Net: Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman co-star in 'The Bends'

26 January 2015 6:46 PM, PST

Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) are co-starring in The Bends, "a diving adventure" that centers on a mysterious discovery at the bottom of the ocean. The mystery "reopens old issues for an ex-Combat Marine who is working to pay off his debt to the mob."The film will be produced by Cybill Lui's Anova Pictures and directed by Jean Luc Herbulot. [The Hollywood Reporter] Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde have all been cast in an upcoming holiday comedy, tentatively titled Let It Snow. "The »


- Jennifer Maas

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The first 'Star Wars' spinoff has a new writer

26 January 2015 6:19 PM, PST

The first non-sequel standalone Star Wars movie of the Disney era is slated to come out in December 2016. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is set to make the movie, and although we don't know precisely who it's about—Han Solo? Boba FettStar Wars Origins: Mothma Rising?—at least we know who's writing it. The Hollywood Reporter says that the project just signed Chris Weitz as the new screenwriter, replacing Gary Whitta. »


- Darren Franich

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Sundance 2015: Ewan McGregor portrays Jesus in 'The Last Days in the Desert,' but don't call it 'faith-based'

26 January 2015 3:00 PM, PST

In the elegaic drama The Last Days in the Desert, which premiered at Sundance on Sunday night, Ewan McGregor portrays a spiritual seeker who is variously addressed as “holy man,” rabbi and Yeshuwa. He is never, however, called by the name by which most people would identify him: Jesus Christ. And he’s not like any Jesus you’ve ever seen before on film. »


- Chris Lee

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Sundance exclusive: Watch a clip from the blood-splattered 'Turbo Kid'

26 January 2015 1:54 PM, PST

There aren't many films that claim to "a post-apocalyptic, BMX-powered, blood-splattered love story." Actually, we think it's just Remains of the Day and Turbo Kid —and only the the latter is receiving its world premiere at Sundance tonight. Directed by Montreal filmmakers the Rkss Collective (Aka Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell) the movie stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, and genre legend Michael Ironside and, according to the official synopsis, "follows the epic journey  of an orphaned outcast reluctant to be a hero in the wasteland of an alternate future." »


- Clark Collis

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PrizeFighter: SAG/PGA awards only cloud Oscar race

26 January 2015 11:43 AM, PST

As the Academy Awards nominees continue marching down various red carpets on their way towards Oscar night, stopping along the way to receive various honors from various groups, the picture for the big night is supposed to become more clear. But after this weekend's big guild award ceremonies, the opposite seems to have happened. Going into Saturday night, Richard Linklater's 12-year odyssey Boyhood had nabbed the title of odds-on Best Picture favorite—the little film that could belie all the odds of Hollywood's conventional wisdom, flouting the traditional rules of filmmaking. Now, though, that teeny indie is no longer a sure bet. »


- Nicole Sperling

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