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Here’s a shock: Hugh Jackman has dropped out of the film Avon Man. The comedy, which is perpetually likened to The Full Monty, was supposed to shoot this past spring, but is now set to shoot in October. Now it loses Jackman, who remains a producer on the film. Not like he’s washing his hands of it, but this is exactly the sort of movie Jackman doesn’t need to do. If the setup sounded more promising it might be the sort of thing that would be fun to see him make, but things being what they are, this is probably a good choice. Read More »

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While I’m not wild about Francis Lawrence directing Water for Elephants, some of the cast additions have me more and more interested. We already knew that Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon would be the primary leads for the picture, which takes place in a low-rent traveling circus. Sean Penn was in the mix as one supporting role, but now Christoph Waltz is replacing him as the antagonist, according to Deadline Hollywood. (I’d originally reported that Waltz and Penn were both in the film; that seems to be incorrect.)

Waltz and Witherspoon are a married couple working in the circus; Pattinson is the young vet who signs on to care for the outfit’s menagerie after the death of his parents. He falls in love with Witherspoon’s character and has to deal with her paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer husband. With Penn gone, we still need to know who plays Uncle Al, the impresario who runs the show.

After the break, Hugh Jackman sells cosmetics for director Kevin Lima, and Ben Stiller plans a heist. Read More »

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