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Are Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn the next De Niro and Scorsese?

From John Ford and John Wayne, to Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, to Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, there have been many great actor-director teams. Very quietly, a new one could be budding right before our eyes.

EW has confirmed that Ryan Gosling is negotiating to star in Only God Forgives, a crime thriller set in Bangkok and the third movie he and Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn plan to make together. (Variety first reported the story.) The only problem is that few people have seen a single film the pair has made. More specifically, most moviegoers in the U.S. haven’t seen any of Refn’s work yet. But with the news of the casting and the critical buzz around their first collaboration, Drive, picked up this May at Cannes, there might be some magic brewing between the two artists. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez: Can 'Idol' make her an A-list movie star again?

In Hollywood, the path to success is rarely a straight line. Case in point: Jennifer Lopez. The once-scorching movie star has starred in only one film that played in over 1,000 theaters (last year’s romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan) in the last six years. But this morning comes the news, first reported by Mike Fleming over at Deadline, that Lopez is close to signing onto two big-budget films: The action thriller Parker with Jason Statham, and the ensemble comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

What’s different about her these days? Well, American Idol, of course. READ FULL STORY

Russell Crowe might play Jor-El in the new Superman movie. What this means for 'Man of Steel.'

The producers of 1978’s Superman: The Movie famously hired a Marlon Brando — an Oscar-winning actor as famous for his offscreen shenanigans as for his indelible onscreen performances — to play Superman’s father Jor-El. Though Brando got top billing, his role in the film is really little more than a flashy cameo. Still, he’s a pivotal part of the movie — leftover footage of Brando was resurrected in Bryan Singer’s seriously-watch-it-again gem Superman Returns — and Brando’s participation in the original Superman gives some added resonance to the news, reported by Variety, that Oscar-winning Russell Crowe is currently in talks to play Jor-El in Man of Steel, next year’s Supes reboot.

Warner Bros., producer Christopher Nolan, and director Zack Snyder had no comment on the casting news, but it’s worth exploring what the news might mean for the movie. READ FULL STORY

Who should play '70s daredevil Evel Knievel?

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

How has 'Hunger Games' star Donald Sutherland not been elected to faux-office more often?

As many of you have agreed in the comments sections, the decision to cast Donald Sutherland as the sinister President Snow in The Hunger Games is nothing short of an inspired choice. And while there’s no doubt that Sutherland’s brilliant and versatile decades-spanning career landed him the part of the ruthless ruler of Panem, the one flick that may have really helped to get him there was… Astro Boy?!

Yes, it turns out during his impressive career, Sutherland has only played President once before (Bwuh?! How?!), and it was as a baddie leader in the 2009 animated feature. READ FULL STORY

MTV casts a hypothetical, live-action 'Daria' movie. Now I want them to make it for real

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

Joel Edgerton joins 'Gatsby': Is he Leo's equal? -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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Image Credit: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Australian actor Joel Edgerton will play Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, replacing
Ben Affleck, who dropped out to direct Argo. A spokesperson for the 36-year-old actor confirmed the deal, and Luhrmann told Deadline that Edgerton "could credibly be (as F. Scott Fitzgerald describes him) 'one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven,' had five-star acting chops and in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom, [and could]

hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio.” This exclusive photo of Edgerton shows the actor in character as he works with Luhrmann on the project.

Edgerton, who’s been excellent in some smaller films, brings an unsettling intensity to all his performances.  READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck out of 'The Great Gatsby'... so who will be in?

EW has confirmed that Ben Affleck will not be joining the all-star cast of The Great Gatsby after all. Affleck had recently been in talks with Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann about playing the part of Tom Buchanan in the much-anticipated, 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic. But sources tell EW that Affleck had to pass due to a scheduling conflict with Argo, the Iran hostage thriller he plans to direct next.

Affleck would have joined an A-list cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio as the dashing title character Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as the story’s narrator Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as the object of Gatsby’s affection Daisy Buchanan. Recent reports have also claimed that Isla Fisher may join the film as Myrtle, the floozy with whom Tom Buchanan cheats on his wife Daisy.

With Affleck out, that means that the dizzy, busy Gatsby casting carousel will heat up once again, as Luhrmann searches for another actor to play Tom Buchanan and also fill the still-vacant role of Jordan Baker. READ FULL STORY

'The Three Stooges' has its Curly and Larry. Who should play Moe?

Jon Kopaloff; Gary Miller; Jason LaVeris (all FilmMagic)

When Peter and Bobby Farrelly first explored the idea of a Three Stooges movie, they courted Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Benicio Del Toro to play Larry, Curly, and Moe. Now, the long-delayed project — which was pushed back in light of MGM’s monetary problems — has an entirely different cast: MadTV‘s Will Sasso as Curly, and, as announced last night, Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes as Larry. It’s a tad surprising that the Farrellys would cast TV stars in a film that was intended to be an A-list affair. But! There’s still one more role to cast: Moe. So here’s the question: Should the Farrellys continue their TV trend, or should they shoot for a marquee movie star name? READ FULL STORY

'Hobbit' poll: Is there still some elf left in Bret McKenzie?

When Bret McKenzie of the Flight of the Conchords comedy duo was reported to be a castmember in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, there were at least two different but equally enthusiastic reactions. The non-obsessive casual Lord of the Rings fan response may have been, “Wow, he’s got the perfect look for a hobbit. With that bushy hair, he practically looks bred in the Shire.” Diehard Middle-earthlings, on the other hand, knew better and may have greeted the news with a triumphant shout-out: “Figwit!” For though you can hardly recognize him, McKenzie previously appeared in two of the LOTR films, playing an unnamed elf that fans adopted and christened, Figwit. READ FULL STORY

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