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Shainberg’s credits include “Secretary,” “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus” and “Hit Me.” He’ll direct from a Brian Nelson script, based on a story by Shainberg and Nelson (“Hard Candy”) about a single mother struggling to raise her son alone when she’s abducted by a mysterious organization.
Warner Bros. signed Lazar last month to a first-look deal through his Mad Chance production company. He recently set up “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” with Jennifer Lawrence starring and Steven Spielberg directing, based on the memoir by international photojournalist Lynsey Addario. »
- Dave McNary
Lazar recently set up “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” with Jennifer Lawrence starring and Steven Spielberg directing. Warner Bros. won an auction Monday for the rights to the memoir by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning international photojournalist.
Lazar first worked with Eastwood on 2000’s “Space Cowboys” for Warner Bros. Other producing credits at Warners include “Get Smart,” both “Cats and Dogs” films, “Assassins,” “Death to Smoochy” and “Jonah Hex.”
- Dave McNary
Lankester is a young woman who became an insider atop the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S., she eventually became a victim of this dangerous world of corruption and ultimately escaped to now live in Switzerland. [Source: Deadline]
Moises Arias ("The Kings of Summer") has joined the cast of Timur Bekmambetov's historical epic "Ben-Hur" at MGM and Paramount Pictures. Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, and Toby Kebbell also star in the film which begins shooting shortly in Europe.
Arias will play Gestas, a teenage Jewish zealot whose family has been murdered by the Romans, who is desperate to fight for his people’s freedom. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
I know that you were waiting with bated breath to find out who would play Ronald Reagan in the upcoming (and cleverly titled) Reagan, so I shall keep you in suspense no longer. Ronald Reagan will be played by…David Henrie!
Who is David Henrie, you ask? I am not really sure, but some of the younger crowd among us might know. Henrie is a Disney star, apparently, renowned for his roles on Wizards of Waverly Place and That’s So Raven. The slightly older members of the TV-going community might know him from How I Met Your Mother, on which he played the role of the son. Now he’s going to take on the part of a young Ronnie Reagan, back when he was a bad actor and stern anti-communist.
Reagan will be told from the perspective of a Kgb agent keeping tabs on our man Ronald in »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Henrie will play a young Reagan in the film told from the point of view of a Kgb officer who kept a close eye on the man throughout his career.
Reagan was an actor and later SAG president before he became Us president, and was known for being a staunch anti-communist.
Henrie also featured in How I Met Your Mother.
Reagan will be portrayed in the upcoming second season of Fargo as well. »
After a weekend like this I can't help but wonder if Clint Eastwood's American Sniper can follow in the footsteps of his Million Dollar Baby and essentially be the last film released in the year and then take home the Best Picture Oscar. After playing in only four theaters the last three weekends to spectacular results, American Sniper went wide this weekend, playing in 3,555 theaters and made a whopping $89.2 million. This is the largest opening for a January movie ever (more than doubling Ride Along's $41.5 million), not to mention the largest weekend for a movie in January ever, topping previous record holder Avatar with what is now a puny $68.4 million back in 2010. To go along with the records and all that money the film is swimming in, it scored an "A+" CinemaScore to accompany its 73% score at RottenTomatoes. I don't know about you, but this could very quickly »
- Brad Brevet
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