entering hades movie

The key to navigating Hollywood these days is attach yourself to a superhero movie franchise of some kind to guarantee a hit movie every few years so you can run off and join darker, weirder, more eclectic projects without a care in the world. It also means everyone lining up to interview you about your scrappy little drama because they’re also hoping to squeeze you for details about the next superhero gig. It’s an imperfect system, but plenty of talented people are making it sing.

Take Michael Fassbender and Anthony Mackie, two actors who have seen their star power rise in the superhero movie bubble who have been using their off-time to take risks and join interesting projects. Today, we got this casting twofer: Fassbender is looking to star in an adaptation of the true crime novel Entering Hades and Mackie will play infamous lawyer Johnnie Cochran in an untitled new movie.

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Richard Jenkins in Olive Kitteridge

Guillermo del Toro has about a hundred different projects cooking at any given moment, but as we reported back in March, his next directorial effort is a Cold War romance starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Of course, del Toro being del Toro, this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill period piece.

Earlier reports vaguely alluded to an “otherwordly” element, and now we might have a better idea of just what that might mean. A new report claims Richard Jenkins is looking to join the del Toro project… and that the story might involve an amphibious man.   Read More »

Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon

We’ve seen Scarlett Johansson do everything from arthouse sci-fi to indie rom-com to big-budget action over the past few years, but her latest new project, Rock That Body, takes her into still new territory: the R-rated comedy. Luckily, she’ll have some experienced comedy vets on hand to help her out. Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) have just joined Johansson and Zoë Kravitz in Rock That Body, which comes from Broad City writers Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello. Downs (who also plays Trey on Broad City) will co-star, and Aniello will direct.  Read More »

Space Jam 2

Over two years ago, a rumor began circulating that Warner Bros. Pictures might be putting together a Space Jam sequel with NBA player and Trainwreck star LeBron James in the lead role. However, shortly after the rumor spread it was shot down. Then last summer, the athlete signed a movie and TV deal with the studio, reigniting speculation that Space Jam 2 could actually happen. Now the sequel is officially in development Get the details below. Read More »

Alfred in Justice League

Even though production on Justice League is underway across the pond in London, we still haven’t confirmed the full cast for the first big screen assembly of DC Comics most iconic superheroes. It’s a forgone conclusion that Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa will all be back as Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. It’s also probably likely that Henry Cavill will be back as Superman, though considering the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, maybe he’ll sit the first part of Justice League out.

Now one more member of the supporting cast has been revealed with Jeremy Irons coming back as Alfred, presumably offering guidance and assistance to The Dark Knight as he attempts to round up the other superheroes for Justice League. Read More »

Top Of The Lake

Elisabeth Moss is entering the brave new world of streaming television. The Mad Men and Top of the Lake actress is set to star in an adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale, which has already received a straight-to-series order at Hulu.  Read More »

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Will Ferrell Playing Ronald Reagan

UPDATE: Page Six has learned that Reagan is no longer on Will Ferrell’s docket, and there’s a chance it may never have been. A representative told Page Six, “The ‘Reagan’ script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means [an] ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”

It’s not clear if Ferrell was possibly involved and some outcry about the project changed his mind, but either way, he’s not starring in the movie, nor is he producing it. So the project will have to find some other talent to bring it to life, if anyone else out there dares to make it happen. Our original story from yesterday follows below

Will Ferrell is no stranger to political satire. The comedian garnered a huge following while on Saturday Night Live for his iconic portrayal of President George W. Bush, which he eventually reprised for a one-man stage show. Plus, he also starred in the comedy feature The Campaign, not to mention skewering cable news in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Now Ferrell will bring another Republican president to life, this time on the big screen.

The Black List comedy script Reagan has just landed Will Ferrell to star as President Ronald Reagan. However, at least one member of the president’s family is already unhappy with the project. Find out why below. Read More »

Jamie Foxx in Horrible Bosses

For years now we’ve been reporting on the on-again, off-again development of The Jim Henson Company’s The Happytime Murders, a puppet noir described as “Avenue Q meets L.A. Confidential.” The project got a shot in the arm last year when STX Entertainment scooped it up, and now it’s taking another big step forward by casting its first human. Jamie Foxx is in early talks to play the human half of the detective duo investigating a streak of puppet murders.  Read More »

Tomb Raider Alicia Vikander

The Tomb Raider reboot has anointed its new Lara Croft. Alicia Vikander, an Oscar winner for last year’s The Danish Girl, will step into the combat boots last filled by Angelina Jolie in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of LifeRoar Uthuag (The Wave) is directing the latest adaptation of the popular video game series.  Read More »