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Trading confetti for lifelike dolls, Jessica Biel has a new indie project on the horizon.
Fresh off her bust of a New Year's Eve, Biel is in talks to go in a new direction with her her post "Seventh Heaven" career. The actress has her sights set on Fancesca Gregorini's "Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes." According to Variety, Biel is in talks to play Linda, a mother so torn apart by the death of her baby that she cares for a doll as if it's her child. Kaya Scodelaria is set to star opposite Biel as Emanuel, playing a troubled 17-year-old girl who loves "babysitting" Linda's doll because Linda looks exactly like her dead mother.
Biel already has a busy 2012 on the books. She's already filmed "Nailed," a David O. Russell-directed feature that co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and James Marsden; "The Tall Man," a Pascal Laugier-directed thriller; "Playing The Field, »
- Leigh Weingus
We have added the first poster for FilmDistrict upcoming comedy/drama Playing the Field, starring Gerard Butler and centers on a former professional athlete coaching his son’s soccer team but who finds himself in hot water after some of the local mothers take a little too much of a shine to him (and he to them). Here’s [...]
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- Allan Ford
Despite the title being a little bit too obvious a joke for it being a ‘soccer mom’ comedy, Playing The Field certainly sounds like it has a lot of potential to be good. The film is directed by Gabriele Muccino, whose credits include the Will Smith-starrers, Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness, and features an excellent cast including the likes of Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Greer, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, and the brilliant Uma Thurman.
The first images from the film have surfaced over at The Playlist, giving us a look at Butler, Zeta-Jones, and Greer, and though they don’t give us much of an insight into the film, they’re excellent to see all the same.
Playing the Field focuses on,
“Butler, who plays a troubled father and former pro soccer player who tries to make up for lost time by coaching his son’s team. »
- Kenji Lloyd
After his Oscar-hopeful Seven Pounds landed flat on its face in 2008, The Pursuit of Happyness director Gabriele Muccino has stayed behind the curtains just as much as his star Will Smith. They are both returning next year, with Smith in Men in Black III and Muccino with a new film. Starring Gerard Butler, Playing the Field follows the actor playing an ex-soccer player turned coach who seems to be in a Desperate Housewives-esque situation with all the soccer moms in his town.
The ensemble cast also includes Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid, and we have the first photos today from Blackfilm. I’m interested to see what kind of tone this film carries, as it it looks wildly different from Muccino’s films, but for now we only have these stills, which can be seen above and below.
Playing The Field kicks off with the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Today we have three new photos from Gabriele Muccino’s sports-oriented romantic comedy Playing the Field. Gerard Butler will play a former professional athlete with a weak past who tries to redeem himself by coaching his son’s soccer team, only to find himself unable to resist when in scoring position with his players’ restless and gorgeous moms, including [...]
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- Allan Ford
Imagine this: Ryan Gosling, bearded and desperate, standing on the beach, soaked by the pouring rain. I wrote you letters, he tells the lost love of his life. A stunned woman can't believe her ears. And then, as tears flow, Gosling kisses... Jessica Biel?!
Yep, it could have happened.
Rachel McAdams, of course, plays the iconic role of Allie in the 2004 film, but that doesn't mean there weren't other people who wanted the gig. Biel was one of them, and to this day, she rues the lost opportunity.
"That's one that I wanted so badly," the star tells Elle in a new cover story. "I was in the middle of shooting Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I auditioned with Ryan Gosling in my trailer--covered in blood. [Director] Nick Cassavetes put me through the wringer in an interesting, excitingly creative way. But there's a million that get away. We're gluttons for punishment. It's just rejection. »
- Jordan Zakarin
City finds Mark Wahlberg as a Brooklyn detective hired by the mayor (Russell Crowe) to find out who his wife (Zeta-Jones) is cheating with. Wahlberg tracks the man down, but then the lover in question turns up dead, leading him to take the murder personally and start digging further into the mayor's activities. What he discovers leads him to suspect a much bigger conspiracy than he ever imagined.
Brian Tucker, who has also penned a remake of Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, wrote the script, and Hughes aims to kick off shooting next month in New York.
Zeta-Jones has been busy recently, notching up work in musical adaptation Rock Of Ages, soccer mom comedy drama Playing The Field and gambling crime pic Lay The Favourite alongside Bruce Willis and Vince Vaughn. »
Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to star in Broken City. Deadline reports that she will join Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in the drama directed by Allen Hughes. The script was penned by Brian Tucker and has Zeta-Jones playing "the philandering wife of the mayor of New York (Crowe). When a Brooklyn detective (Wahlberg) is hired by the mayor to identify his wife’s lover, and the lover turns up dead, the detective takes it personally and uncovers a wider conspiracy involving his employer."
Broken City has a budget of $50 million and will be produced by Randall Emmett, Stephen Levinson, Wahlberg and George Furla. Financing is being fully funded by Emmett/Furla Films and New Regency, who recently came on as producer, with 20th Century Fox set to distribute. Filming is slated to start in New York City this November. Zeta-Jones has three big films on the horizon. She just finished »
The cast of Allen Hughes’ drama Broken City has just expanded by one as Catherine Zeta-Jones has locked in a deal to climb aboard.City finds Mark Wahlberg as a Brooklyn detective hired by the mayor (Russell Crowe) to find out who his wife (Zeta-Jones) is cheating with. Wahlberg tracks the man down, but then the lover in question turns up dead, leading him to take the murder personally and start digging further into the mayor’s activities. What he discovers leads him to suspect a much bigger conspiracy than he ever imagined.Brian Tucker, who has also penned a remake of Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, wrote the script, and Hughes aims to kick off shooting next month in New York.Zeta-Jones has been busy recently, notching up work in musical adaptation Rock Of Ages, soccer mom comedy drama Playing The Field and gambling crime pic Lay The Favourite alongside Bruce Willis and Vince Vaughn. »
Catherine Zeta-Jones has closed her deal to star in Broken City, joining Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in the Allen Hughes-directed drama. Zeta-Jones will play the philandering wife of the mayor of New York (Crowe). When a Brooklyn detective (Wahlberg) is hired by the mayor to identify his wife’s lover, and the lover turns up dead, the detective takes it personally and uncovers a wider conspiracy involving his employer. Brian Tucker wrote the script and Randall Emmett, Stephen Levinson, Wahlberg and George Furla will produce. The $50 million film is being fully funded by Emmett/Furla Films and New Regency recently came on as producer, with Fox distributing. Shooting begins November in New York. Zeta-Jones recently completed three big films. She’s coming off the Adam Shankman-directed Rock Of Ages with Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin, starred with Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Dennis Quaid in Playing The Field, »
- MIKE FLEMING
After hefting heavy weaponry in the service of charity for Machine Gun Preacher, Gerard Butler’s looking to do some real damage – albeit heroically – by kicking off negotiations to star in Relativity Media’s Hunter Killer.Antoine Fuqua has been aboard to direct the film for a while now, working on a plot adapted from George Wallace and Don Keith’s novel Firing Point. The story concerns a rogue Russian general who kidnaps his country’s president and looks to kick off World War III.Allied against him are an untested submarine captain, Joe Glass (the role Butler is in talks for) and a Navy Seal unit led by Bill Beaman. Relativity is trying to lock down Sam Worthington to play the Seal commander.Butler will next show up in Coriolanus and has also just finished work on soccer mom comedy Playing The Field. He’s about to kick off »
The Wall Street star was given the all-clear in his cancer battle in January, but the actor suffered another setback when his Welsh wife was admitted to rehab to deal with mental health issues.
Zeta-Jones went public with her bipolar disorder diagnosis in April and underwent treatment for a severe bout of depression, but subsequently got back to work filming new comedy Playing The Field in Louisiana with Gerard Butler.
The couple has now jetted off to Europe for a four-week break in the Mediterranean with their two children, Dylan, 11 and Carys, eight.
The family has rented a luxury yacht for a cruise along the Mediterranean coastline, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
They visited Athens, Greece last week (ends03Jul11) and Zeta-Jones was spotted shopping in the Turkish town of Bodrum on Sunday with her kids. »
Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt who works for the mafia in a society where time travel is prevalent. He, along with other enforcers known as Loopers, kill those who were sent from the future. However, when he notices his future self, played by Bruce Willis, he lets him go, setting off an unusual chain of events. Rian Johnson directed Looper from his own original screenplay.
FilmDistrict has also set an April 13, 2012 release date for Lockout, pushing it up a few months from its February 24, 2012 slot. Lockout will go up against Relativity Media's Movie 43 on April 13, 2012. Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, and Peter Stormare star in Lockout. FilmDistrict's soccer comedy Playing the Field, which stars Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel, will open on March 9, 2012.
In more immediate release date news, »
As we've said in several pieces in the past, Rian Johnson's third film Looper (which follows Brick and The Brothers Bloom) is one of our most anticipated pictures in the next year or so. FilmDistrict and Tri-Star are releasing  the film, and we'd hoped to see it sometime early next year. Sadly, we're going to have to wait a bit longer than that. Tri-Star has set a date for the film: September 28, 2012. That's a long time to wait, but it's kinda par for the course -- The Brothers Bloom had, shall we say, an extended release calendar as well. But Looper seems like it should be worth waiting for. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Garrett Dillahunt, Paul Dano, and Xu Qing star in the film, which was shot primarily in Lousiana and China. Without giving too much away, here’s the basic recap: Looper is a »
- Russ Fischer
Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous,' Gerald Butler Vehicle 'Playing The Field,' Space Actioner 'Lockout' All Shuffle Dates Of all the films to have gone before the cameras this year, Rian Johnson's "Looper" is one of our most anticipated. It's a mindbending, violent time travel thriller, with the best script to date from the man behind "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom", and features a top-notch cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and more. After a fierce bidding war, the project, now in post-production, was snapped up by FilmDistrict, who'll release the film through their deal with TriStar.… »
Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler are the subjects of a "new couple alert" issued by Perez Hilton, who says Biel "may have finally found someone to replace the Justin Timberlake size hole in her heart." Biel and Butler have been filming their movie 'Playing The Field' in Louisiana, but Hilton says they've been acting like more than friendly co-stars. »
- Daniel Jacobson
FilmDistrict, the company spun off from Graham King's Gk FIlms, has been very busy at Cannes. The company has picked up distribution rights to the 3D version of Arabian Nights that we reported on a while back , starring  Liam Hemsworth, as well as the Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel romcom Playing the Field. And now that the lousy announcements are out of the way, there are these, too: FilmDistrict is teaming with TriStar to release Rian Johnson's film Looper (we just had the first still  from that one on Friday) and Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, which now has the title In the Land of Blood and Honey. More info on all four films, after the break. The biggest news here is the fact that Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, a romance set during the Bosnian war, finally has a title. Less surprising is the fact that FilmDistrict will distribute the film, »
- Russ Fischer
With their first feature Insidious being a massive hit, the newly formed FilmDistrict is currently on a pick-up frenzy during the chaotic Cannes Film Festival. Their upcoming thriller, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, is playing in competition and they’ve decided to do some business on the trip to France. Deadline tells us they are in final negotiations to acquire U.S. distribution for Looper, the next film from Brick and The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson.
The plan is to team with Sony Pictures’ TriStar label for marketing and distribution. The time travel film stars Bruce Willis (as an older version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s character), Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and Piper Perabo. The high-concept story follows “hitmen whose victims are sent back in time from the future to be executed. The Loopers bump them off in the present, so there »
- Jordan Raup
FilmDistrict recently picked up U.S. rights to director Gabriele Muccino's upcoming soccer comedy Playing the Field and they quickly followed up with another high profile Cannes deal. According to Deadline, FilmDistrict continued its sales momentum by buying U.S. rights to director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. Johnson also wrote the script about an assassin (Gordon-Levitt) who works for the mob of the future and kills his targets after they’re sent back in time 30 years. »
FilmDistrict made news earlier today by acquiring the U.S. rights to director Gabriele Muccino’s upcoming soccer comedy Playing the Field starring Gerard Butler. According to Deadline, the fledgling distributor made headlines a second time at Cannes by acquiring all U.S. rights to Arabian Nights, a 3-D fantasy adventure from Mask director Chuck Russell that combines the Sinbad and Aladdin legends into one rollicking adventure. Liam Hemsworth of The Hunger Games joined the film as a new character who partners with Sinbad and Aladin to help save the pretty Scheherazade from an evil sorcerer. »
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