Cate Blanchett in Carol

Richard Linklater‘s plans to direct Jennifer Lawrence in The Rosie Project didn’t pan out, so he’s turning his attention to another literary adaptation that’s been on his to-do list for a while. Linklater is moving forward on Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, with Cate Blanchett now in talks to play the title character. More on the possible Richard Linklater Cate Blanchett project after the jump.  Read More »


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In this edition of Sequel Bits, Future puts a new spin on the Rocky theme for Creed, Dan Aykroyd praises Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters, and Daniel Craig continues to smile through the Spectre press tour. Also after the jump:

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins Ice Age: Collision Course.
  • Kong: Skull Island adds up-and-comer Will Brittain.
  • There are no plans (yet) for a Peanuts sequel.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 enters the sound mixing stage.
  • Get details on the Jurassic World game that never was.
  • What kind of Fantastic Beasts will Newt Scamander find?

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Amy Landecker in A Serious Man

Doctor Strange just became an A Serious Man reunion. Last week Michael Stuhlbarg boarded the Marvel adventure, and now he’s being joined by Amy Landecker (more recently of Amazon’s Transparent).

Between them, Chiwetel EjioforTilda SwintonRachel McAdamsMads Mikkelsen, and of course Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, Doctor Strange might just have the best cast in the Marvel universe. No, scratch that — this is one of the bests casts we’ve seen in any universe. Get the latest on Doctor Strange after the jump.  Read More »

The Little Prince

Monster Trucks keeps speeding further and further into the future. The live-action / CG film, originally slated to open in May of this year, has been delayed yet again, this time from 2016 all the way to 2017. Taking its old 2016 slot will be The Little Prince, an animated adaptation of the classic children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

While they were at it, Paramount also set new dates for SpongeBob SquarePants 3 and Amusement Park. Get all the Paramount Animation release dates after the jump.  Read More »

walking dead negan casting

The Walking Dead remains one of the most frustrating shows on television. Fluctuating between genuinely thrilling genre filmmaking and insipid, wheel-spinning nonsense, no show on modern television demands that its fans grin and bear it quite like AMC’s ever-popular zombie drama. But when it’s good — and it has often been very good these past two seasons — it’s one of the most visceral gun-punches available on any medium right now. It just took more than a few years of tedium to get there.

And now, the TV series is about to embark on one of its constantly terrific comic book counterpart’s most famous and controversial storylines. The reliably great Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the Walking Dead cast as Negan, a human villain who makes David Morrissey’s Governor look downright cuddly. This character has defined the past few years of the comic book storyline for writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. If handled well, Negan is going to be a big deal on the show.

For more on the Walking Dead Negan casting, hit the jump.

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John Wick

John Wick isn’t the only one who’s thinking he’s back for the sequel. Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, and more have been set to reunite with Keanu Reeves for the new film. And people person that he is, John Wick will be making a bunch of new friends and/or foes as well. Such as ones played by Fargo‘s Peter Stormare and Orange Is the New Black breakout Ruby Rose.

Get the rundown on the John Wick sequel cast after the jump.  Read More »

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UPDATE: THR’s Borys Kit has learned that Mariah Carey is not playing Commissioner Gordon, as previously reported, but rather the mayor of Gotham City. Original story follows.

Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie boasts some pretty inspired casting. Gravel-voiced Will Arnett proved in The Lego Movie that he was the perfect choice to play a comedic spin on mainstream comics’ most self-consciously “gritty” superhero, and we couldn’t think of a better pick to play his poor beleaguered sidekick Robin than Arnett’s Arrested Development nephew Michael Cera. Plus, any film that brings together Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, and Ralph Fiennes merits our attention.

But this latest bit of Lego Batman casting news goes beyond inspired to downright WTF. According to a new report, the role of Commissioner Gordon will be played by the Elusive Chanteuse herself, Mariah Carey. Yes, really. Read all about the Lego Batman Mariah Carey casting after the jump.  Read More »

Johnny Depp Joins Sherlock Gnomes

It’s been three years since we heard anything about Gnomeo and Juliet 2, the sequel to the 2011 family film that delivered a fantastical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, following two feuding lawn gnomes who fall in love. But the animated follow-up just gained a big name for the voice cast.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp will be lending his voice to the sequel with the punny title Sherlock Gnomes. And as you’ve surmised, there will be a mystery among the gnomes that needs to be solved. Read More »

Woody Harrelson in The Hunger Games

Woody Harrelson‘s four-film run as Haymitch comes to an end with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 this month, but his days of hanging around with resourceful young women in hardscrabble situations are not over. Harrelson is reportedly looking to join Brie Larson in The Glass Castle, the next feature from Short Term 12 helmer Destin Daniel Cretton.

Having read the memoir by Jeannette Walls on which the film is based, I’ve gotta say — if he’s playing the character I think he is, this is note-perfect casting. More about the Woody Harrelson Glass Castle casting after the jump.  Read More »