Pixels Michelle Monaghan

After a season spent on HBO’s deathly dark True Detective, Michelle Monaghan is ready for some much lighter fare. She’s just booked the female lead in Pixels, the video game-inspired action-comedy being directed by Chris Columbus and produced by Adam Sandler. She joins a starry cast that also includes Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and, of course, Sandler himself.

Along with reports of her casting come a host of new details about the plotline and characters. Hit the jump to find out what everyone will be doing in the movie, as well as when we’ll see them doing it.

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Blended trailer

Sixteen years after they first got together in The Wedding Singer (yes, you’re that old), Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, and director Frank Coraci have reunited once more for Blended. This time, the two stars play single parents who have one awful blind date together… and then, through a series of only-in-the-movies contrivances, find themselves on an African safari together with their kids.

Basically, think The Brady Bunch by way of Happy Madison, with a big dollop of the “white people discovering themselves in brown places” travelogue a la Eat Pray Love. But does the old Sandler-Barrymore chemistry still hold up? Find out after the jump with a new Blended trailer.

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Alex Pardeen - Batman vs Superman

Briefly: Three new actors have been added to the cast of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman. They are Oscar winner Holly Hunter, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 300: Rise of an Empire player Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto, Logan’s love interest in The Wolverine. While there’s no word on specifically which role each actor will play, the roles are not from the comics and have been created specifically for the movie.

The film, which stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, opens May 6, 2016. [Deadline]

Jesse Plemons black mass

It’s really cause for celebration any time Jesse Plemons books a new role, but his latest gig may be something of a mixed blessing. Plemons has entered talks, along with Juno Temple, for Scott Cooper‘s Black Mass, a biopic of gangster Whitey Bugler starring Johnny Depp.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that this might mean Plemons is no longer involved with Star Wars Episode VII, since the timing looks off. Hit the jump for all the details.

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inherent-vice

It’s a cruel world. If you didn’t already know this, just check out the “first look” at Inherent Vice from Paul Thomas Anderson. The image of Joaquin Phoenix as burnout SoCal detective Doc Sportello, created by Thomas Pynchon in the novel of the same name, is teeny-tiny. (It’s not unlike our first real look at Lancaster Dodd from The Master.) But it comes with a candid shot of Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, who is scoring the film. And it’s an implicit promise of more materials to come. Read More »

Godzilla TV spots

Gareth Edwards and Legendary are getting ready to serve up some serious monster attacks in Godzilla. Two new Godzilla TV spots preview even more of the devastation that takes place when Godzilla (and probably another monster or two) make landfall. The great thing about these spots is that they continue the run of marketing Godzilla like a horror movie rather than a big action movie or sci-fi tentpole. That seems like the perfect way to get across a new vision of giant monsters, and really holds my interest in the film, rather than dissipating it by showing too much. Read More »

David Goyer Green Lantern

Will we see Green Lantern in a Justice League movie? That’s not an April Fools’ speculation, but rather one obvious idea to kick around based on two recent quotes. The president of WB recently said that we can expect a new DC film series announcement soon — that’s not just one film, but a series — while David Goyer, one of the architects of the recent Batman and Superman films, says he’s interested in Green Lantern.

Sure, Green Lantern fell from grace after first first major movie outing, but the good news is that there’s a whole Corps of Lanterns out there, and Goyer (or another writer) could bring one or more of them into a new film. Read his comment below. Read More »

The Incredibles

Frozone will be back with his BFF for the Incredibles sequel, according to Samuel L. Jackson. Also after the jump:

  • Logan Lerman says Percy Jackson 3 is “not happening”
  • Jonny Weston is signing on for Taken 3
  • Jurassic World will be shooting at the Honolulu Zoo
  • Peter Jackson is putting the final touches on the final Hobbit film
  • The Conjuring franchise could be stalled by a lawsuit
  • See the How to Train Your Dragon 2 score being recorded
  • Cameras are rolling once more on Fast & Furious 7
  • Sharknado 2 gets a poster and a premiere date
  • Peek behind the scenes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • A Haunted House 2 has a red-band trailer to share

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