Will Ferrell as Russ Meyer

In 1970, soft-core exploitation maestro Russ Meyer and film critic Roger Ebert collaborated on a film that Ebert later characterized as one “that got made by accident when the lunatics took over the asylum.” Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was originally intended to be a sequel to the melodrama Valley of the Dolls, but in the hands of Meyer and Ebert it became something else. Ebert calls it “a satire of Hollywood conventions, genres, situations, dialogue, characters and success formulas.” It’s a bizarre curio of a very different Hollywood.

Naturally, the story of its creation is going to be a movie, called Russ & Roger Go Beyond. Will Ferrell is looking like the actor who will play Russ Meyer in a project that doesn’t yet have any other creative talent attached.

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Elle Fanning Mary Shelley

While her peers are signing on for sci-fi tales, Elle Fanning is preparing to play the person who invented sci-fi tales. The Maleficent actress is set to portray Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in A Storm in the Stars, a romantic drama from Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda).

Meanwhile, Fanning is also jumping aboard the YA weepie bandwagon with All the Bright Places, based on the upcoming novel by Jennifer Niven. Get more details on both projects after the jump.

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Spike Jonze To Guest Star in ‘Girls Season 4’

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Lena Dunham‘s Girls has had its share of notable guest starring roles: Patrick Wilson as Joshua, June Squibb as Grandma Flo, Donald Glover as Sandy, Gaby Hoffman as Caroline Sackler, Chris O’Dowd as Thomas-John, Colin Quinn as Ray’s cranky boss, John Cameron Mitchell as Hannah’s editor and Rita Wilson as a believably uptight mother to Marnie. HBO has already signed quite a few bigger name guest stars for Season 4 of the comedy series. The list so far includes Gillian Jacobs as Mimi-Rose, Jason Ritter as Scott, Zachary Quinto as unannounced and Natasha Lyonne as Rickey. Today we learn that filmmaker Spike Jonze has been added to that list. Learn more about Spike Jonze Girls guest starring role on, after the jump.

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 Harry Shum Jr. -- Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel

Glee/Step-Up film series star Harry Shum Jr. has been cast as one of the lead characters in Woo-ping Yuen‘s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel for The Weinstein Co. Read more about the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel after the jump.

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Allison Williams Peter Pan

Remember that horrifically awkward scene in Girls where Marnie tries to live out her pop star fantasies by serenading her ex-boyfriend at a company party? Well, stretch that out to about two hours, replace Kanye West with Peter Pan, and you’ve got NBC’s next live musical event.

Allison Williams has just been cast as the title character in NBC’s Peter Pan Live!, airing this winter. She joins Christopher Walken, who plays Captain Hook. Hit the jump for the latest details on the show.

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Oscar Isaac Show Me a Hero

The roles keep rolling in for Oscar Isaac. The Star Wars Episode VII actor has been set to star in HBO’s Show Me a Hero, from The Wire creator David Simon. Catherine Keener also boards the civil rights drama, based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin. Hit the jump for more details.

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You want more of the kaiju world? You got it. Guillermo del Toro promises we’ll see more of that in Pacific Rim 2, though not necessarily in the way you think. Also after the jump:

  • Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is getting a sequel
  • Ted 2 has started shooting; see some set photos
  • Sherri Shepherd climbs aboard Ride Along 2
  • Zachary Quinto says Roberto Orci will direct Star Trek 3
  • Chris Pratt is so pumped for you to see Jurassic World
  • Wesley Snipes wants to hunt Twilight vamps in Blade IV

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Star Wars Rebels Trailer 2

Why is Star Wars Episode VII upsetting Irish bird conservationists? Find out after the jump. Plus:

  • Dave Filoni talks Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: A New Dawn
  • Check out the cover of a new novel featuring Asajj Ventress
  • Hasbro unveils a bunch of new Star Wars toys and figures
  • Benedict Cumberbatch maybe hints at Simon Pegg casting
  • … but Simon Pegg himself isn’t saying anything either way
  • Mark Hamill discusses his “contractually obligated beard”

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