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The ‘special forces soldier versus Mexican gangs’ action film Protection has gone through a lot of changes. Originally to be directed by Simon West, the film got a new director in District 13: Ultimatum helmer Patrick Alessandrin. Paul Walker was originally the lead, then he was replaced by Clive Owen. Now the film has a new lead and needs a new director.

Dwayne Johnson is now attached to star in Protection, and Allessandrin has left the project, with no one yet replacing him. Brandon Noonan‘s script is still in play; it follows ” a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on a Mexican cartel in an attempt to rescue and protect a judge’s 21 year-old daughter, who has been targeted by the cartel for agreeing to testify against one of its members after she witnesses her father’s murder.” Given all the movement on this one, it’s hard to believe we’ll see it any time soon, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Johnson do an actual action movie for a change. [The Wrap]

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The casting info continues to pour in for Jim Field Smith‘s political satire called Butter. There’s already quite a lineup: Jennifer Garner, Rob Corddry, Ty Burrell, Ashley Greene and more. Now Olivia Wilde (Tron Legacy) has been added, as has Alicia Silverstone.

But there’s some confusion. Movieline reports that Wilde is cast as a tattooed stripper (with Betty Page bangs, no less) who is mistress to a butter-carving champion played by Ty Burrell. But previously we’d heard that Rob Corddry was playing that role. Figuring that one out. Meanwhile, the wife of said champion, played by Jennifer Garner, decides to take the crown for herself, and must best a young girl played by Yara Shahidi. Silverstone will be the adoptive mother of the girl. As mentioned before this is a satirical analog for the 2008 Democratic Iowa caucus. But am I the only one reminded of Diablo Cody based on the description of the stripper character ?

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Alicia Silverstone

Screen Daily is reporting that Alicia Silverstone will reunite with Clueless director Amy Heckerling on her latest project, a vampire romantic comedy, entitled Vamps. Apparently, it will “be a modern-day tale of two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.”

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The Goonies Cast Reunion

Gremlins director Joe Dante tells Bloody Disgusting that while a third Gremlins movie or remake might happen someday, he won’t be involved.

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