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'Green Lantern': Geoffrey Rush will voice Tomar-Re. Watch your back, Admiral Ackbar!

The Green Lantern movie is coming out in a few months, but they just cast one pivotal role: As the Los Angeles Times first reported, Geoffrey Rush has officially signed on to voice Tomar-Re, a prominent member of the intergalactic peace-keeping force known as the Green Lantern Corps. Warner Bros. confirmed to EW that the Australian actor, who recently received his fourth Oscar nomination for The King’s Speech, has already recorded his voice role for the film. (When you factor in Rush’s role in this summer’s Pirates 4, the guy’s having a regular “Mid-’90s Jeff Goldblum” moment.) Rush instantly classes up every project he works on, but this could be a moment of seismic importance for sci-fi film fans. After all, it’s been almost three decades since an epic science-fiction film has featured a noble, wise, dripping-with-gravitas fish-headed alien. I’m talking about Return of the Jedi‘s Admiral Ackbar, famous for his MacArthur-like declarations like “Our cruisers can’t repel firepower of that magnitude!” and “It’s a trap!” Could Rush’s Tomar-Re usurp Ackbar as the world’s favorite fish-headed ET? Let’s run down each character’s vital statistics: READ FULL STORY

Candy Land adaptation nabs 'Kung Fu Panda' writers. Now, let's cast the movie!

Looks like the Candy Land movie is jumping ahead a few green spaces: Universal confirms with EW that Kung Fu Panda writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger are set to write the adaptation of the popular board game, while Kevin Lima (Enchanted) is attached to direct the film. It’s tasty news for those of us who are not allergic to the idea of a board game on the big screen — though I understand a Candy Land film mostly gives studios the opportunity to profit off of merchandise in Target’s game aisle or at your local theater’s snack bar, I can’t resist the draw of a project that aims to present all of the game’s sugary, nostalgic images in a fantastical, color-laced feature. It will be just like Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” except with fewer whipped cream boob guns! But now that we know the project is skipping along, let’s get to the important stuff: Let’s cast Candy Land, The Movie! READ FULL STORY

How ugly will Josh Brolin's Hunchback of Notre Dame be?

Charles-LaughtonImage Credit: Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett CollectionA lot has happened to Quasimodo since novelist Victor Hugo first imagined him in 1831’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Most obviously, he’s gotten better and better looking, especially since the advent of movie houses. In 1923, Lon Chaney portrayed the grotesque yet sympathetic outcast who rings the bell atop Paris’ most famous cathedral. Charles Laughton (left) was a little more dignified in the 1939 version. In 1956, Anthony Quinn was less monstrous, and in 1997, the otherwise dashing Mandy Patinkin labored under the hump. The trend from gargoyle to GQ continues with today’s news, first reported by Variety, that handsome Josh Brolin is eying the not-so-handsome role in an adaptation to be directed by Tim Burton. My, that’s a hunky hunchback! READ FULL STORY

'Bourne Legacy' could star Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, or...Paul Dano?! A casting agent weighs in.

Bourne-filmsImage Credit: Jasin Boland; Tina Gill/Janet Mayer/Bob Charlotte/Allen Berezovsky/PR PhotosWho will be the next Jason Bourne? That’s the question that’s got Hollywood buzzing today after a bunch of names were floated online as possible stars of summer 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. Ever since Matt Damon said that he wouldn’t be returning for a fourth installment in the action-packed, amnesiac spy franchise, fans of the series — and its creators — have wondered who would fill his sizable shoes. Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first three chapters and who will direct Legacy instead of Paul Greengrass, is now reportedly in the process of meeting several young Hollywood actors for the spin-off film. It should be noted that none of these actors would be playing Damon’s character, Jason Bourne, but rather another assassin on the run a la Bourne. The list is a mix of Who’s Who and Who’s That?  READ FULL STORY

Could this actress be Renesmee in 'Breaking Dawn'?

Could Christie Burke be the lucky young lady tapped to play a grown-up version of Renesmee in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn? The Internet was abuzz today with the news that the young teen has been cast as an older version of the tiny Bella-Edward spawn, long rumored to be played by 9-year-old Mackenzie Foy. There isn’t a lot of information available on Burke, aside from some commercial credits (Wrigleys!), a guest star role on Tower Prep, and small parts in a couple of movies. (Also listed under special skills: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Water Skiing, Snowboarding, Gymnastics, Track & Field & Improvisation. And yet nothing about falling in love with certain muscular werewolves!)

When reached by EW, the studio declined to comment, but what do you think PopWatchers? Do you think Burke as the right look for the part?

Charlie Sheen talks about hitting up another 'Major League'

major-leagueImage Credit: Everett CollectionCharlie Sheen hasn’t headlined a major Hollywood hit since Scary Movie 3 in 2003, but even with his personal life under the microscope and his TV career on hold, he’s talking about resurrecting one of his most memorable characters: The Wild Thing. Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn was the ex-con who became a flame-throwing right-hander for the fictional version of Cleveland Indians in the 1989 movie, Major League, and production company Morgan Creek tells EW that they currently have a script for another sequel from David Ward, who wrote the screenplay for the original. This time around, the Indians convince Vaughn, Willie Hayes (Wesley Snipes), and Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert) to re-join the team as bench players to help salvage their season, but complications ensue when Vaughn’s long-estranged son, born out of wedlock, joins the team from the minors. Corbin Bernsen, who played arrogant third baseman Roger Dorn, is reportedly not in the mix this time. READ FULL STORY

Willow Smith wants Brad Pitt as Daddy Warbucks

If you were a little orphan, who would you want as your father? Someone who’s good with kids, sure. If he’s handsome, that can’t hurt. And, of course, he has to be rich. So, someone like Brad Pitt, maybe. Willow Smith wouldn’t argue with you. The daughter of Will Smith and the star of an upcoming remake of Annie thinks Angelina Jolie’s hubby would make the perfect Daddy Warbucks. Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Julia Roberts as an evil queen. Famke Janssen as a hunted witch. Fairy tales are going grim(m).

Disney; Kimberly French

Once upon a time, there was a studio executive. And on one bright, sunny, beautiful day, that studio executive put on his magical thinking cap and came up with the grandest of ideas: “I’ve got it!” the handsome man said to his loyal assistant steed. “Let us tap into moviegoers’ hearts via nostalgia. Let’s bring to life the mystical, wonderful tales they heard as wee ones ready for respite in bed! And where, I say, is my coffee?” And so it began: The fairy tale movie trend.

So, after awhile, a Stardust came and went. Then an Enchanted, a conglomerate of every fairy tale of our youth, captured our hearts. Then an Alice in Wonderland collected more gold than a leprechaun could ever hope to see. And today, we see the casting of Julia Roberts in one of two Snow White projects, and Famke Janssen in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (which Paramount confirmed to EW). So you know what this means: This trend will carry on until the fat lady sings. You know, Strega Nona. READ FULL STORY

Cobie Smulders the frontrunner to play Maria Hill in 'Avengers' movie. This could be legen-wait for it-dary.

cobie_smulders_maria_hill-320.jpg Image Credit: Cobie Smulders: CBS; Maria Hill: ©Marvel Comics On Thursday, Samuel L. Jackson set the Internet atwitter when he casually revealed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that he would get a female sidekick in Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers film. And though we tapped into our comic book minds and guessed the mysterious sidekick could be Sharon Carter, the Wasp, or the Contessa, it looks like we may have to admit defeat: EW has confirmed that How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders is the frontrunner to appear in the film… as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Maria Hill. READ FULL STORY

The hidden ramifications of 'New Year's Eve' all-star cast: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon at risk

Alyssa-Milano-Kevin-BaconImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosI know I’m not the only person who’s ambivalent about the cast of a thousand stars that is being stuffed into Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve. Yesterday, it was announced that Alyssa Milano had signed on, joining … deep breath … Katherine Heigl, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger and Sofia Vergara. I blame the sweet 2003 British comedy, Love Actually, for this recent trend, which gained momentum with last year’s Valentine’s Day (also directed by Marshall). READ FULL STORY

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