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Tag: Casting (11-20 of 614)

'The Office': Adam Scott as 'Jim,' and other awesome casting what-ifs from the original audition list -- PHOTO

Leslie Knope’s one true love, wooing a mousy receptionist played by 24‘s Chloe O’Brian? Bridesmaids‘s secret air marshal explaining to an invisible documentary crew that he wants people to be afraid of how much they love him? A kooky beet farmer/paper salesman who doubles as a founding member of the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe?

Thanks to Rainn Wilson, we now know that all of them could have been featured on The Office — if casting had gone just a little differently.

“This is the original sign-in sheet for the first day of casting for The Office given to me by Allison Jones, our incredible casting agent,” Wilson explained upon posting this revealing photo on Facebook yesterday. “I was the very first person to audition for the series, 11/06/03.” As you’ll see, Wilson and a certain future Parks and Recreation star arrived at the audition simultaneously — and 12 other notable actors followed in their stead:

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'Beauty and the Beast' may get live-action update. What other fairy tales should come to life?

It’s a tale as old as time: A revisionist fairy tale blows up at the box office (this time, it’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which made over $80 million this past weekend), and suddenly all the studios want in on creating the next big live-action “fairy tale.” (In this case, “fairy tale” means any popular children’s story).

Disney is looking to develop Beauty and the Beast into a live-action film, possibly to be written by Joe Ahearne (Trance), according to a Deadline report. The studio’s 1991 animated movie is a beloved classic, and was the first animated movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. There was also a successful Broadway musical version that ran for years. A modern-day high school take, Beastly, recently happened as well, but the less said about that the better.

This isn’t the only belle trying to get to the box-office ball. There have been rumors for quite some time that Guillermo Del Toro is working on a revisionist take with Emma Watson to star as Belle. (She is also rumored to be in the running to play Cinderella, opposite Cate Blanchett’s wicked stepmother in a live-action update of that classic fairy tale). This is in addition to a ton of other fairy tales currently in development or production, including Angelina Jolie’s Sleeping Beauty update Maleficent, which is slated for a July 2014 release.

Besides Belle, Cinderella and Aurora, check out some of our other hopes for fairy tales looking for an updated live-action spin. To be honest, there simply aren’t that many classic tales left. READ FULL STORY

Fantasy casting: 'Divergent' edition

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With the news that Kate Winslet is very close to signing on to star in the film adaptation of Divergent (presumably, though nof officially, as cunning antagonist Jeanine Matthews), it’s only natural to start thinking about how else director Neil Burger (Limitless) should fill out the cast.

Veronica Roth’s 2011 YA thriller often gets compared to The Hunger Games. And it’s true, both series feature brave, bad-ass heroines in a dystopian future and plenty of life-or-death action. Divergent‘s Beatrice Prior, 16, must choose a faction to call home. Each faction is dedicated to virtues found within society: There’s Erudite for the more cerebral; Candor for the honest; Amity for those seeking peace; Abnegation for the selfless; and Dauntless for the brave. There’s no sorting hat to help those decide so it’s a shock when Beatrice — who grew up in an Abnegation home and based on her test results was eligible to go to three different factions — chooses to go with the wild and daring Dauntless and rename herself Tris. Initiation is scarily competitive. While Tris makes friends and embarks on a romance with the mysterious and stoic “Four,” she’s also guarding a secret about herself that could put her life in danger. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey:' Should [spoiler alert!] get a new love interest in season 4?

In case the heads up in the headline wasn’t enough, I’m warning you yet again. This post contains at least two major Downton Abbey spoilers that you should avoid if you don’t want to know how season 3 ends or where season 4 is headed. That being said if you can’t wait to discuss the latest developments read on (but at your own risk!).

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Jeff Garlin talks about his new podcast and the future of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Jeff Garlin is an actor, writer, director, stand-up comedian, and, of course, Larry David’s amoral manager on Curb Your Enthusiasm (not to mention Susie Essman’s “fat f—” of a husband on the same). Beginning this Thursday, the funnyman will add “podcaster” to his resumé when By the Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin debuts on the Earwolf Podcast Network. As its name implies, the show features Garlin yakking it up with a series of notable acquaintances, including Larry David himself, who guests on the first episode.

Below, the jovial Garlin talks about his podcast, the future of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and why it is his patriotic duty to work again with Shakira. READ FULL STORY

Stars of 'Girls' and 'Parenthood' to headline Off Broadway production

Girls‘s Shoshanna and Parenthood‘s Ryan are coming to a stage near you, if you happen to be in Midtown New York City.

Zosia Mamet and Matt Lauria are set to headline MCC Theater’s Off Broadway production of Really Really, a play by Paul Downs Colaizzo that premiered last season in Washington, D. C. David Cromer (Off Broadway’s 2009 Our Town) will direct.

The play takes place the night after a wild college party, when questions begin to arise about ambitious student Leigh (Mamet) and rugby player Davis (Lauria). The truth of what happened between them, of course, is more complicated than it seems.

Previews for Really Really begin Jan. 31; opening night is set for Feb. 19.

Read more:
‘Girls’ soundtrack album announced: See the tracklist here
Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe bring ‘Les Mis’ ‘Confrontation’ to New York club
Stage Review: ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

'Tales From Beyond The Pale': Vincent D'Onofrio, and more join second season of audio plays

Halloween is creeping up on us like a zombie making its way towards the villain and/or hero’s funny best friend in the third act of a horror movie. And to help whet our appetites for the season of scares, indie film company Glass Eye Pix (The House of the Devil, Wendy And Lucy) has confirmed the details for a series of live events at which its second slate of ghoulish Tales From Beyond The Pale audio plays is set to be taped.

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Gina Carano signs on to female 'Expendables' -- What other action heroines should join the team?

As we reported yesterday, MMA fighter Gina Carano is attached to star in an all-female version of The Expendables. The project was announced in August when scribe Dutch Southern signed on to write the film. Carano, who made her Hollywood debut in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, is the first actress to sign on to the movie. “I don’t know how I’m supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of The Expendables without Gina Carano in it,” producer Adi Shankar told Variety. “It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba.”

While Carano is certainly a powerful headliner (just watch this), we already have a few of our own dream cast members in mind. Take a look at the list below, then make your own suggestions in the comments! READ FULL STORY

FX's 'Fargo' series: Let's cast it!

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Fargo as a TV series? You betcha. Joel and Ethan Coen are reportedly executive producing an adaptation of their Academy Award-winning movie for the network that brought us Sons of AnarchyJustified, and American Horror Story.

This new project isn’t the first attempt to bring Fargo to the small screen — a Coen-free pilot for a Fargo TV series was filmed in 1997 and ultimately aired as part of a special in 2003.  The first televised Fargo starred Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson, the pregnant police officer immortalized by Frances McDormand in the film  — and if it were still 1997, I think Falco would be an excellent choice to strap on Marge’s fake belly for this new show as well.

But since Falco and McDormand are both a little too old to credibly play pregnant — and because William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi are a little busy with movie careers and cable series — which actors could step into their snowboots for this new FargoREAD FULL STORY

When 'Toy Story' meets 'The Expendables 2' -- Video

You know what would have made The Expendables 2 better? More plastic! In the form of toys, that is. A video mashup of Toy Story and The Expendables 2 courtesy of the site IGN proves that classic action figures are just as badass as classic action heroes.

With Sylvester Stallone as (the voice of) Woody, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Buzz, Jason Statham as Hamm, and Bruce Willis as Mr. Potato Head, the The Expendables 2 trailer has been recast with Toy Story characters and scenes from the animated franchise. Let’s just say it’s beyond awesome.

Here’s the video:
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