Dancing On The Edge 2012

When Ridley Scott‘s The Martian was first announced, it drew a lot of knee-jerk comparisons to Gravity thanks to its stranded-in-space hook. But as casting continues, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that The Martian is a different beast. For one thing, instead of just two lonely leads, The Martian boasts a star-studded cast that seems to get bigger by the day.

The latest big names to climb aboard are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, and Mackenzie Davis, who join Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Donald Glover, and Jeff Daniels. Hit the jump for more details on the latest The Martian casting.

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Willkommen im Tollhaus / Welcome to the Dollhouse

Todd Solondz is going back into the Dollhouse. Nearly 20 years after his breakthrough film Welcome to the Dollhouse, the indie filmmaker is planning to revisit Dawn Wiener in his next film Wiener-Dog. While not a direct sequel per se, the new movie does involve an older version of Dawn, played by Greta Gerwig.

Also involved with the project is Julie Delpy, though at this point it’s unclear what role she will play. Hit the jump for all the details on Solondz’ not-quite Welcome to the Dollhouse sequel.

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Fox Developing Archie Comics TV Series ‘Riverdale’

Archie Comics

Following the successes of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., yet another comic book series is being turned into a TV show. Only this one’s not based on Marvel, DC, or indeed any superhero franchise at all.

Fox is developing Riverdale, a new drama based on characters from the Archie comics. Greg Berlanti (of Arrow, The Flash, and the upcoming Supergirl) is producing and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the chief creative officer of Archie Comics) is writing. More on the Archie Comics TV series after the jump.

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Aaron Sorkin Christian Bale

We thought Christian Bale was a pretty solid choice to play Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s upcoming movie, but it turns out we weren’t half as excited as writer Aaron Sorkin is. Calling Bale “the best actor on the board in a certain age range,” Sorkin expressed his confidence that Bale would “crush it” as the late tech guru — in a role that is particularly difficult, and present in every single moment of the film.

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Adam McKay Looking to Direct Marvel Movie

Ant-Man Adam McKay

Back in the hectic days of summer, Adam McKay was named as one of many possibilities to replace director Edgar Wright on Ant-Man. Ultimately, McKay didn’t wind up taking that gig — Peyton Reed did – but he did stick around to help with rewrites. And now it seems McKay is angling for the chance to direct a Marvel movie of his own.

In a new interview, McKay hinted he may have a new job with Marvel in the works. Though this being Marvel, he was naturally pretty light on specifics. In any case, hit the jump for the Adam McKay Marvel quote.

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Will Smith Producing ‘Hitch’ TV Series for Fox

Hitch

Will Smith is coming back to TV — though not as a star. The former Fresh Prince of Bel Air is set to executive produce a small-screen remake of Hitch, his 2005 romantic comedy about a professional dating consultant. Hit the jump for more details on the Hitch TV series.

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Charlie Kaufman and Steve Carell Team for ‘IQ 83′

Steve Carell in Evan Almighty

It’s been a while since we had a new Charlie Kaufman project to ooh and ahh over, though that hasn’t been for lack of effort on his part. He shot an FX pilot called How and Why that got turned down, and his planned directorial effort Frank or Francis fell apart at the last minute. But now, happily, he’s moved on to a new film.

Kaufman is set to do a page one rewrite of IQ 83, an adaptation of Arthur Herzog‘s 1978 sci-fi novel. Steve Carell, who was supposed to star in Frank or Francis, is set to lead. In typical Kaufman style, it all sounds rather bizarre. Hit the jump for more on the Charlie Kaufman Steve Carell team-up.

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Steve Coogan

When Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away earlier this year, he left behind a few unfinished projects. Among them was Happyish, a Showtime dramedy about an ad exec trying to change his life.

Hoffman’s death put the show in limbo, with insiders casting doubt that the series could recover. But now it seems to be coming together once again, with Steve Coogan stepping into the part that Hoffman vacated. Hit the jump for more on the Steve Coogan Happyish casting.

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