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Ed Harris Set as Westworld Villain; James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, and More Join HBO Pilot

11 August 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The HBO pilot Westworld is coming together quite nicely.  Person of Interest creator and The Dark Knight screenwriter Jonathan Nolan is spearheading the adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film of the same name, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  Anthony Hopkins is already set to lead the potential series as the creator of the park with Evan Rachel Wood co-starring as a “sassy farm girl”, and now THR reports that Ed Harris has signed on to play the show’s primary antagonist, The Man in Black.  The character is described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.”  Hit the jump for more on the latest Bad Robot series, including further casting. In addition to Harris, THR also reports that Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, and Kyle Bornheimer will fill out the stellar cast of the Westworld pilot. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Dakota Fanning Joins Lakeshore and Noyce's 'American Pastoral' Adaptation

6 August 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Lakeshore Entertainment has officially cast Dakota Fanning in director Phillip Noyce's forthcoming Philip Roth adaptation "American Pastoral." She will join Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly and, for those familiar with the 1997 novel about Vietnam-era malaise in America's upper middle class, will play the pivotal role of Merry Levov. McGregor plays her father, Swede, a postcard-perfect patriarch whose life in New Jersey is shattered by his politically radical daughter's sudden, violent act of terrorism. Intercut with fragments of Swede's life are dispatches from Rothian alter ego Nathan Zuckerman, who encounters the grown-up Levov at a high school reunion in the mid-90s. Like another high-minded literary property, Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections," this adaptation has been in the trunk for over a decade. But it's finally seeing the light. And Fanning is a smart casting choice. Earlier this year, she played a streetwise, scrappy eco-terrorist in Kelly »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Shocker escapes from Ryker's in latest Amazing Spider-Man 2 viral article

15 March 2014 1:44 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The folks at the Daily Bugle have been working overtime this week; we've already had several posts from the viral site for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this week [see here and here], and now another has arrived online, this time detailing Shocker's escape from Ryker's Island...

Shocking Escape from Ryker's, by Ned Leeds

Incarcerated bank robber Herman Schultz has escaped from Ryker’s Island days before the scheduled start of his trial on multiple counts of armed robbery, assault, and fleeing the scene of a crime. Schultz gained notoriety by committing his alleged crimes with the use of a homemade vibratory device that was capable of shaking a steel vault door off its anchor hinges.

A Ryker’s Island Corrections Department spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Schultz escaped by creating a hole through the three-foot thick concrete wall of his prison cell.

The source said officials believe Schultz crafted vibratory gauntlets »

- Gary Collinson

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