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'A Prophet' director lands Marion Cotillard for follow-up

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Following up 2009′s instant classic, the brutal French prison film, A Prophet, was never going to be an easy task for director and co-writer Jacques Audiard, but casting Marion Cotillard as the lead should definitely help. According to Variety, the Academy Award-winning actress (La Vie en Rose) will star in Rust and Bones, an adaptation of Craig Davidson’s collection of eight short stories, which range in topics from a married couple that dabbles in dog fighting to a man losing a leg to a killer whale.

The book’s dark and certainly twisted subject matters are nothing new for Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, the duo behind A Prophet‘s script. (Anyone who remembers the razor blade scene from their last movie can attest to that.) Considering the unanimous praise critics heaped onto A Prophet, the reteaming of Audiard and Bidegain surely shoots Rust and Bones high up the list of movies to look forward to, and adding Cotillard only heightens the anticipation. Budgeted at a reported $22 million (a relatively large amount for a French film), Rust and Bones is sure to be one of the bigger movies coming out of Europe next year.

It has yet to be announced whether the adaption of Rust and Bones will be a narrative woven together with elements from the collection’s different tales, like how Paul Haggis consolidated F.X. Toole’s Rope Burns into Million Dollar Baby, or a more literal translation with separate stories like Stephen King’s Creepshow. Creating a single story from Davidson’s collection might be the more difficult of the two possibilities, since the book covers so varied and odd territory. You could end up with a married couple of dog fighters who lose their legs in a tragic encounter with an orca whale.

I would totally see that!

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Benjamin Walker is on the verge of becoming popular. Yea! Yea!

For anyone that was lucky enough to catch the unconventional, hilarious history lesson that was Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson during it’s far-too-brief run on Broadway, then you not only got to hear super catchy tunes like this, but you also earned bragging rights to getting to see a big star in the making: Benjamin Walker. Walker’s performance as the controversial seventh President of the United States was as funny and electric and sexual (some theater patrons would even get a lap dance courtesy of the leading man) as it was moving and complex (for shame on that snub, Tonys!).

Alas, while theater nerds have long since known about the hidden gem that is Walker, he’s about to be a best-kept secret no more. In addition to snagging the titular role of Honest Abe in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (the guy’s got a knack for playing Presidents!), Walker might also star in the upcoming adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise LostREAD FULL STORY

ESPN tell-all to be turned into a film. Who will play Keith Olbermann and friends?

It’s official. EW has confirmed that Twentieth Century Fox is acquiring the rights and developing a big-screen adaptation of Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller’s racy, randy tell-all, ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun. The gossipy, doorstop-sized oral history of the 24-hour sports network — in particular, its frat house-style early years — snagged a slew of headlines when it was published back in May thanks to its tawdry tales of on-air rivalries, inter-office prostitution, and of course, Keith Olbermann’s mammoth ego. With David Fincher’s The Social Network providing a blue-print of how to adapt a start-up saga like this one and Bennett Miller’s jock-themed Moneyball hitting theaters in September, we expect big things from this one. And since it’s never too early to start thinking about casting, here are our suggestions for some of the key players.

Keith Olbermann: Long before he ballooned into the self-important voice of the Left, Olbermann was the winningly snarky cohost of SportsCenter. This one is almost too easy for anyone who saw Ben Affleck’s Olbermann impersonation on SNL. READ FULL STORY

Harrison Ford, a man of many hats, to ride as Wyatt Earp?

Pulling off a hat is no small feat (especially if you are wearing a giant hat to say, the Kentucky Derby or making a, uh, statement, at the Royal Wedding.) Not only does it have to feel good, but most importantly, it has to look good. Some people, however, just look better in hats than others. For the record, PopWatchers, I do not look good in hats. If you place one atop my big, curly hair, I mostly wind up looking like Krusty the Clown.

Harrison Ford, however, looks awesome in hats. In fact, the guy practically made hats. (Side note: Harrison Ford has never actually made hats, but that would make for one amazing episode of Project Runway, would it not?!) Even Ford himself is aware of the important role hats have played in his movies. During the Q&A for the current EW cover story about his latest, the action adventure flick, Cowboys & Aliens, Ford admitted he was picky about which hats his character would wear. The actor explained to EW, “I would reject them without even putting them on. I said, ‘This guy wouldn’t wear this hat. If I put that hat on, I don’t know who this guy is.’” As his director Jon Favreau put it, “The hat chooses the actor. It’s like in Harry Potter. The hat found him.”

So imagine our delight when he heard that Ford could once again be faced with the prospect of wearing more hats! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ford will star as an aging Wyatt Earp in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Black Hats. Ford’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

That’s right, a movie with a hat for Ford right there in the title. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' casting shake-up: Part 2. When is the right time to say goodbye to high school?

When it was announced earlier this month that stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith would be leaving Glee after season 3, not only did it make sense (their characters will be graduating from high school, after all) but it felt as though Ryan Murphy was making some concrete decisions to move the show forward.

Then came the news at this weekend’s Comic-Con from the show’s co-creator and exec producer Brad Falchuk that the trio won’t be leaving after all. “It was never our plan or our intention to let them go,” Falchuk said at the Glee panel, adding, “They are not done with the show after this season.” He also stated, “Graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t say, ‘We’re gonna let you go.’” READ FULL STORY

'News of the World' scandal fake movie trailer casts Colin Firth as Hugh Grant, is verrrrrrrrrry British

I spent much of the weekend fantasizing about who I would cast in the inevitable movie version of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Cate Blanchett seemed like a good choice for disgraced, former newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks while Hugh Grant was surely a lock for the role of Hugh Grant. (You may not know this, but the star of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain does an excellent impression of the Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain star.)

However, the new fake trailer you’ll find below has thrown my fantasy casting into disarray. The clip is very Anglo-oriented but still worth checking out, not least for the rather compelling suggestion that Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall might actually make for a good Rebekah Brooks.

If nothing else, it would save the production a bunch of money on hair-gingerizing products. Check it out:  READ FULL STORY

With 'Django Unchained,' will 2012 be the Year of Costner?

There’s a story in The Right Stuff where author Tom Wolfe explains why all airline pilots sound like they’re from West Virginia. Turns out a generation of pilots so idolized test pilot Chuck Yeager that they consciously or subconsciously copied everything about him, including his backwoods drawl, and then passed it on to the flyboys they subsequently trained. Well, it’s sort of the same thing with baseball players and Kevin Costner. Walk into any Major League clubhouse or high school dugout, and the lingo, the chatter — and the profanity — can be traced back to one man: Crash Davis. Costner’s fading minor-league catcher was handsome, clever, and worldly, and every kid with dreams of The Show couldn’t help but idolize him and, ultimately, sound like him. More than 20 years after Bull Durham, every ballplayer knows that strikeouts are fascist, and everyone knows without question the one taboo word you can’t say to an umpire. Costner simply was Crash Davis, and though he went on to star in bigger, more successful films, it’s the role that made him a Hall of Famer.

For true Costner fans, then, 2012 is shaping up to be an banner year after more than a decade of misfires and understated performances. (Despite winning supporting roles in Thirteen Days and The Upside of Anger, Costner hasn’t starred in a No. 1 opening film since 1999′s Message in a Bottle.) Not only has he been cast as Superman’s Earthly father, Jonathan Kent, in Zack Snyder’s reboot, but Quentin Tarantino has tabbed him to play one of the slave-driving villains in Django Unchained. READ FULL STORY

Can any all-star romantic comedy measure up to 'Love Actually'?

It seems like just about every day there’s new casting news regarding the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Heidi Murkoff’s pregnancy bible What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Yesterday, we announced that Chace Crawford has joined the ever-expanding ensemble, which already includes — so far — Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick, Brooklyn Decker, Elizabeth Banks, Rob Huebel, and Bridesmaids‘ breakout Rebel Wilson. Phew!

But does a growing cast mean growing anticipation for a film? After all, a great all-star cast doesn’t always translate to a great all-around film. (See: Bobby.) And all too often over the past year, our attitudes while watching all-star comedies have shifted from, “Wow, that’s an amazing line-up of stars!” to “Wow, that’s a whole lot of people crammed into one movie!”? I certainly felt the latter with the releases of 2009′s frustrating He’s Just Not That Into You and 2010′s insufferable Valentine’s Day. But will similarily star-packed flicks New Year’s Eve (which features, among many others, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Jessica Biel, Robert DeNiro, Josh Duhamel, Lea Michele, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Sofia Vergara) and What To Expect hold the same fate? Or can they pull off a Love Actually? READ FULL STORY

Brooklyn Decker joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting' cast: Could she be the first true supermodel-turned-movie star?

The model-turned-actress — like the singer-turned-actor or singer-turned-actor-turned-back-to-singer-cause-the-acting-didn’t-work-out — is nothing new in Hollywood. In fact, it’s given the industry the likes of Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry and Charlize Theron.

While Brooke Shields certainly made a splash in 1980 with The Blue Lagoon, it would be hard to argue she became a full-fledged movie star (on television, however, most certainly). Because, as far as supermodels go, none have really been able to make that transition. Just watch Cindy Crawford in Fair Game. Better yet, don’t. That’s not to say, some models haven’t become successful actresses, because there are scads of those (Rebecca Romijn, Portia de Rossi, Milla Jovovich, for example), but when it comes to supermodels as full-fledged movie stars, well, their best work has remained on the runway. (Reviews of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s performance in this weekend’s already massively successful Transformers: Dark of the Moon would suggest her skill set begins and ends at being really, really good looking.)

But, don’t lose hope yet, PopWatchers, because there’s still Brooklyn Decker! READ FULL STORY

Christopher Meloni might be in the new Superman movie. But post-'SVU,' shouldn't he be doing more comedy?

Christopher Meloni turned 50 in April. One month later, he decided to leave Law & Order: SVU after twelve years. So it’s fair to say that the actor has arrived at something of a career crossroads. He spent his time on SVU as one of the highest-paid actors on television, so it’s not as if he necessarily has to do anything, and it’s a fair bet that he won’t be returning to the weekly TV grind anytime soon. Still, news of his first major post-SVU project is a bit surprising: Over the weekend, Meloni told Vulture that he was taking a supporting role in next year’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, playing some sort of military man. Meloni’s reps and Warner Bros. both had no comment about the casting scoop; could be Meloni jumped the gun, or it could be that they still have to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on the actor’s contract. Still, since Meloni already voiced his excitement for the role, it’s worth asking: Is this the route you want to see Meloni taking with his career? READ FULL STORY

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