Any actor will tell you: It’s good to be bad. Playing bad is a hoot, and many actors, like Gary Oldman, built their career on portraying crazy-eyed villains capable of the most vile deeds. Superstar actors, on the other hand, can become handcuffed — if only temporarily — by a certain level of fame after audiences demand a certain heroic or darling character each and every time. Ask Will Smith or Julia Roberts or Clint Eastwood. So it’s admirable and refreshing to hear from Deadline that Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly in talks to play the villain in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained, the story of an escaped American slave who seeks vengeance on his cruel master. (Both DiCaprio and Tarantino’s reps have yet to respond to EW’s request for comment.) READ FULL STORY
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Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, and Martin Starr to appear in 'Save the Date.' No need for reminders, we're already there!
Could wedding comedies, once and for all, be making a turnaround? For so long it felt like for every delightful Muriel’s Wedding or Four Weddings and a Funeral, a Bride Wars, 27 Dresses or The Wedding Date would fall and make us dread anything nuptial-related at the movies.
Now thanks to Bridesmaids, the tables have turned. Its title alone could have scared off many (too generic sounding, men won’t see it), but the fact that it was a great movie — not just a great wedding movie — turned it into a word-of-mouth hit.
So when Gilbert Films confirmed to EW that Lizzy Caplan (pictured) and Alison Brie (Community) would be starring together for an indie called Save the Date about two sisters with conflicting views on marriage, the fear of another generic wedding rom-com barely registered. Plus, you simply cannot go wrong with the combination of Brie (who has knocked it out of the park on the small screen in Community and Mad Men, but arguably had the best death/line/part in Scream 4) and Caplan (we still quote her Mean Girls character Janis Ian on a daily basis.) READ FULL STORY
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed a Deadline report that Paramount has optioned Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger’s recent book about the torrid and tempestuous romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as a potential directorial project for Martin Scorsese. This is a biopic where casting is everything. While it would nearly be impossible for the starring couple to equal the celebrity of Liz and Richard, they’ll need to be famous enough themselves to convey the magnitude of their onscreen counterparts. Thus, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are logical suggestions, especially since Jolie is preparing to play the Taylor role in a remake of the infamous Cleopatra, where the couple, then married to other people, first sparked an interest in each other. But Cleopatra remake and previous famous marriages aside, I don’t think Brangelina are the best fit. READ FULL STORY
After the critical success of Limitless (and the box office success of The Hangover Part II), Bradley Cooper is taking another serious turn in The Place Beyond the Pines. Variety reports Cooper has closed his deal to star as a rookie cop tailing a pro motorcycle rider (Ryan Gosling) who starts robbing banks to support his newborn son. The film will reunite Gosling with his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, who also cowrote the script. My thoughts:
• I’m all for Cooper showing range, and critics, including EW’s Owen Gleiberman, agreed that Limitless proved he was a movie star. But selfishly, I’m hoping that Cianfrance doesn’t “ugly him up” like he did Gosling for the part of Blue Valentine they didn’t show you in the trailer. READ FULL STORY
Think Will Smith as Muhammad Ali. Think Denzel Washington as Malcolm X. That’s the burden (and the opportunity) that will be placed on the shoulders of the actor who eventually takes the field as Jackie Robinson. Legendary Pictures and former Disney exec Dick Cook announced today that they’ve made a deal with the Robinson estate and are finally positioned to bring the story of modern baseball’s first African-American player to the screen after years of attempted projects from Spike Lee, Ken Burns, and Robert Redford, who is not involved with this most recent incarnation.
Brian Helgeland is writing and directing, but who has the physicality, the intensity, and the innate dignity to play Robinson — who was 28 years old when he finally played his first major league game? READ FULL STORY
With his red, white, and blue jumpsuit, hell-raising antics, and legacy of crash-and-burn stunts that more often than not resulted in fireballs, broken bones, and extended stays in the ICU, Evel Knievel was the kind of larger-than-life American icon whose life was tailor-made for the big screen. Well, the latest word out of Tinseltown is that stuntman-turned-writer/director Ric Roman Waugh has optioned Leigh Montville’s recent bio The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend and plans to turn it into a film — a film which I hope has as little in common with 1977’s atrocious Viva Knievel! as humanly possible.
Now comes the question of who should play the hard-living hero who notoriously tried — and failed — to soar across Snake River Canyon? Waugh has said that he hopes to attract an actor who’s a man’s man (think Steve McQueen, not Zac Efron). READ FULL STORY
Let’s be honest here, Isaiah Mustafa is the Old Spice Guy. But, the handsome, literal horse back-riding spokesman wants the world — and the folks over at Marvel, especially — to know him as Luke Cage.
Mustafa, who has been campaigning to nab the big screen adaptation of the ’70s comic book superhero, recently released a mini-trailer of himself as a plea to play the fan-favorite character. (EW reached out to Marvel regarding Mustafa’s video bid, but they did not respond.) Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Christopher Nolan’s filmography is peppered with plenty of recurring motifs — murdered wives, flashbacks, frowny-faced men in fantastic suits — but one of the most enjoyable aspects of the director’s recent movies is his tendency to cast beloved ’80s actors in minor roles. So The Dark Knight featured Anthony Michael Hall as a vain newscaster and Eric Roberts as a smug mobster and Inception featured a gorgeously irate Tom Berenger. (You can even throw in David Bowie’s appearance in The Prestige, since the whole notion of “David Bowie, Actor” is so ’80s.) Nolan is continuing the trend with The Dark Knight Rises: EW has confirmed that Matthew Modine, star of Full Metal Jacket and Married to the Mob, has been cast in the upcoming Bat-threequel. A report in Variety said that Modine was playing a character named “Nixon,” but Modine’s reps couldn’t confirm that piece of information. (Given Nolan’s penchant for secrecy, I’m still not convinced that The Dark Knight Rises isn’t just a cover for the filming of Inception 2: The Dreaming.) READ FULL STORY
I’m not quite sure why MTV chose yesterday, of all days, to reveal its dream cast for a theoretical live-action movie based on Daria — but I’m not complaining. On the whole, the network’s casting choices are inspired, especially when it comes to their leading lady: Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza, who knows a thing or two about playing smart, sarcastic, and deadpan, was basically born to play Daria. MTV’s picks for Daria’s parents, uptight Helen (Annette Bening) and hot mess Jake (Will Ferrell), are also nothing short of perfect. And I had to restrain myself from clapping in joy when I read who they selected to play Mr. DeMartino, Daria’s stressed-out, bug-eyed history teacher: Christopher Walken. Can’t you just hear him bellowing “CHEESE LOGS” in a fit of rage? READ FULL STORY
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