Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Will Smith in a great movie. You could argue we’ve never seen the actor in a great movie, but he did have the opportunity to be a part of one a few years ago. Smith passed on starring in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. He missed out on a strong role, a role he didn’t feel was substantial enough. Smith, who’s on the Oscar hunt for Concussion, now claims he turned the part down for a different reason.

Learn why we didn’t see Will Smith in Django Unchained after the jump.

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Tremors TV Series

In the past five or six years, Kevin Bacon has made some pretty interesting choices as an actor. He’s taken on two extremely different kind of superhero movie with X-Men: First Class and James Gunn’s dark indie Super, went back to romantic comedy territory with Crazy Stupid Love, had a misstep with R.I.P.D. (though that wasn’t his fault), starred in the fun indie Cop Car, and led the chilling TV series The Following, which eventually got too crazy for its own good.

But now Bacon is ready to return to his roots as the star and executive producer of a new Tremors TV series that is currently in the works from Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions. Read More »

Ryan Gosling in GANGSTER SQUAD

Ryan Gosling and Whiplash director Damien Chazelle have been working together on La La Land, and apparently they’ve had such a good time they’re looking to team up again. Gosling is being courted for Chazelle’s First Man, a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Josh Singer (Spotlight) wrote the script. More details on the possible Ryan Gosling Neil Armstrong movie after the jump.  Read More »

Tom Cruise The Mummy Reboot

As you know, Universal is hoping to copy the Marvel Studios formula by launching their own cinematic universe of classic movie monster reboots. And now it looks like they might have landed a major star for The Mummy reboot: Tom Cruise. More details in the possible Tom Cruise Mummy reboot, after the jump.

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Murder on the Orient Express Remake

Over the summer we learned that Thor and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit director Kenneth Branagh would be at the helm of the Murder on the Orient Express remake, based on Agatha Christie’s classic novel of the same name. In addition to also producing the film, he’s taking on another job on the production by also snagging the lead role as detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American business tycoon on a train. Read More »

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Adds Sam Riley as Villain

Sam Riley in On the Road

After years of development, Ghost in the Shell made some big leaps forward last year when Rupert Sanders signed on to direct and Scarlett Johansson to star. And now that it’s got a spring 2017 date locked in and everything, the project is really picking up steam. Just a couple of weeks ago Pilou Asbæk landed one of the big roles, and now Sam Riley looks likely to play the villain.  Read More »

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Kathy Bates in American Horror Story Hotel

Billy Bob Thornton‘s Willie Soke is back for Bad Santa 2, as are Tony Cox‘s Marcus and Brett Kelly‘s Thurman Merman. But now the sequel has made its first new addition. Kathy Bates is joining the black-hearted holiday comedy, which will be directed by Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters. More on the Bad Santa 2 Kathy Bates casting after the jump.  Read More »

Far Bright Star

Back in the late 2000s, Joaquin Phoenix was stirring up some headlines and sparking conversations for his weird behavior and sudden desire to become a rapper. But it turns out that was all for show, as part of a faux documentary directed by Casey Affleck called I’m Still Here, an examination of celebrity that was essentially a somewhat more dramatic version of Borat.

Now Affleck will direct Phoenix again, but this time in a full-fledged narrative film. They’re teaming up for a period western called Far Bright Star, an adaptation of Robert Olmstead‘s 2009 novel of the same name. Read More »

Alexandra Daddario in San Andreas

UPDATE: Deadline reports today that Daddario has won the female lead role of Summer, a lifeguard and love interest to Zac Efron’s character. Original story from November 9, 2015 follows.

After setting Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron for the male leads over the summer, Paramount’s Baywatch reboot dove deep into the casting pool to find a female lead. Now it’s resurfaced with a list of seven possibilities, including Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas), Ashley Benson (Spring Breakers), and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalpyse). Read the Baywatch female lead shortlist after the jump.  Read More »