fast 8 charlize theron

There is nothing the Fast and Furious series loves more than squeezing more big names and memorable faces into its already jam-packed ensemble. Fast Five brought an impossibly sweaty Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into the testosterone-heavy mix. Furious 7 introduced Jason Statham as a vengeful villain who managed to beat the stuffing out of our seemingly unstoppable heroes. Now, in a display of good taste that may be just a little too obvious, Fast 8 is currently wooing Oscar-winner Charlize Theron for a new role.

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Goldie Hawn Amy Schumer

Not too long ago, we heard about First Wives Club stars Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn reuniting for a comedy at Netflix called Divanation about three former members of a popular singing group who are forced to reunite after being apart for 30 years. And it sounds like Hawn is lining up another role that will take her back to the big screen as well.

News has surfaced that Goldie Hawn is in early talks to play Amy Schumer‘s mother in the untitled comedy from Warm Bodies and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine that we first heard about last August. Find out more about this Goldie Hawn Amy Schumer team-up after the jump. Read More »

preacher casts jackie earle haley

Preacher was never going to make it to television without undergoing its fair share of changes. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s blasphemous and brutal comic series is very much a product of the ’90s, a story that gives political correctness a big middle finger being stomping its face in with a steel-toed cowboy boot. It’s certainly not unadaptable, but it features characters, storylines, and images that feel specifically built for a comic book, where things like “budget” and “good taste” don’t have to exist. To adapt Preacher is to recognize the spirit of the thing – to bottle its acerbic wit, grotesque slapstick, and surprising humanity – even if it means taking the story in a separate direction.

Now, a piece of casting news has revealed just how far from the source material writer/producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin and planning to stray. Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast as a villainous character whose presence in the show’s first season defies the comic’s original storyline in a huge way.

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GoldenEye

Two decades after GoldenEye, star Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are looking to team up again, albeit for a very different kind of movie. They’re joining forces for Across the River and Into the Trees, based on Ernest Hemingway‘s 1950 novel about an older man who travels to an exotic location and strikes up a romance with a much younger woman. So on second thought, maybe Across the River and Into the Trees has something in common with James Bond after all.  Read More »

the clapper cast

There is something eminently watchable about Ed Helms, who has spent a significant portion of his career suffering onscreen for our amusement. With his role as a regular correspondent on The Daily Show, her perfected the act of playing a buffoon lacking any and all self-awareness. In The Office, he elevated his oblivious blowhard persona to the next level, often facing all sorts of painful repercussions for his actions. And then he appeared in the new Vacation and the Hangover sequels, which is punishment enough for ten comedians.

Now, he’s looking to play another sad-sack punching bag in The Clapper, which will team him up with Amanda Seyfried and writer/director Dito Montiel.

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Cruel Intentions TV Series

This past week, NBC ordered a TV pilot that would act as a sequel to the 1999 twisted romance Cruel Intentions. At the time, we only knew that the film’s original director Roger Kumble was coming back to direct the pilot as well as write the script with with Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the duo who put together a musical parody based on Cruel Intentions in Los Angeles last summer. And now one of the original stars of the film may come back as well.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played the diabolical, conniving step-sister to Ryan Phillippe‘s Sebastian Valmont, has been approached to reprise the role in the TV series. However, whether or not she’ll take the role remains to be seen. Find out more below. Read More »

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Michael Pitt in Boardwalk Empire

It took several years for Ghost in the Shell, the English-language adaptation of the Japanese manga, to settled on Rupert Sanders to direct, and another year before it landed on Scarlett Johansson to star. In the past few months, though, the project has started to gain some real steam, picking up a new screenwriter, a new co-star, and now a new villain in Michael PittRead More »

Ethan Hawke in Training Day TV Series

Just a few days ago, the folks over at The AV Club wrote some more than kind words about Ethan Hawke, proclaiming him to be our greatest genre star right now, simply because he puts in admirable work into every performance. When you look at his body of work, it’s hard to argue with that. Even if the film she has chosen to make don’t turn out to be stellar, you’d be hard-pressed to find a performance where Hawke doesn’t give 100%. And now we may have the pleasure of seeing him reprise one of his more praiseworthy roles.

Ethan Hawke has been approached to reprise his role as detective Jake Hoyt from the 2001 crime thriller Training Day in the developing CBS television series adaptation of the film. This would turn the series into a sequel of sorts instead of just a reimagining of the film for TV. In addition, he’s also landed himself another genre role in an action thriller called 24 Hours to Live. Find out more about the potential of Ethan Hawke joining the Training Day TV series and this new movie role below. Read More »

Brooklyn

It seems like every day we get news of yet another TV series based on yet another hit movie. Not all of them pan out so well (remember when they tried and failed to make a Beverly Hills Cop show?) but that doesn’t seem to discourage TV execs from continuing to try. Why, just in the past week, we’ve reported on developing shows inspired by pictures as varied as Cruel IntentionsTaken, and The Exorcist.

Even so, this latest film-to-TV project may come as a bit of a surprise. The BBC is working on a new drama adapted from Brooklyn, the Sundance smash turned Oscar nominee. But it won’t pick up with Saoirse Ronan‘s main character. Instead, it’ll revolve around Mrs. Keogh, the shrewd boarding house matriarch played by Julie Walters. More about the Brooklyn TV series after the jump.  Read More »