The Little Prince

Seventy years after its initial publication, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s classic The Little Prince remains a favorite of readers both young and old. It was inevitable, then, that it’d be headed back to the big screen eventually. Fortunately for those who hold it dear, it sounds like there’ll be some serious talent on board to get it right.

Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) has been set to direct a new animated adaptation of the story, and it appears he’s starting to line up quite a voice cast. Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del ToroPaul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, and Mackenzie Foy (Breaking Dawn) are among the names attached. Get all the details after the jump.

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Benicio del Toro

That Marvel Studios and director James Gunn are collecting quite a cast for Guardians of the Galaxy is clear. But exactly which roles these stars will play has been a bit tougher to suss out.

When Benicio Del Toro was announced for a “lead role” earlier this week, we didn’t even know whether he’d play a hero or a villain. However, one site is now claiming to have confirmed information on Del Toro’s character. And since the actor is signed to appear in multiple Marvel movies, it could have interesting repercussions for the Cinematic Universe as a whole. Hit the jump to find out who he is.

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Briefly: James Gunn has added an Oscar winner to the already-impressive cast for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Benicio Del Toro will play an as-yet-unannounced role the cosmic team up movie. There’s no word specifying whether he’s a hero, a villain, or something in between. All that’s known is it’s a “lead role” and he’ll sign a multiple movie deal with Marvel, meaning the character will be in future films. Could he be Thanos? Rocket Raccoon? Groot? Khan? (Probably not that last one.)

Del Toro joins Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan and Glenn Close in August 1, 2014 release. [Deadline]

Reese Witherspoon

Paul Thomas Anderson has a habit of getting his stars Oscar nominations, so it’s no wonder he’s got some big names interested in his next project Inherent Vice. Reese Witherspoon has just boarded the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, joining Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, and Benicio Del Toro. Jena Malone and Martin Short round out the cast. Get the details after the jump.

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Benicio Del Toro in Savages

Director Paul Thomas Anderson will likely add an Oscar winner to the cast of his next film, Inherent Vice. Benicio Del Toro is in talks to join the project which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a stoner private detective on the case of a missing girlfriend. Kevin J. O’Connor (There Will Be Blood, The Master) will also reportedly appear in the film.

Del Toro would play the small, but crucial role of Sportello’s lawyer friend; O’Connor’s role is yet to be determined. Read More »

Over the past few years, we’ve seen several filmmakers try their hand at a Pablo Escobar biopic, with not much success. Neither Oliver Stone’s Escobar nor Jor Carnahan’s Killing Pablo managed to get off the ground, and the Brad Furman effort announced in 2011 doesn’t seem to have gotten very far either. But it looks like the Colombian cocaine kingpin will be making it to the silver screen in the near future — and portrayed by the talented Benicio del Toro, no less.

The Oscar-winning actor is nearing a deal to play Escobar in Paradise Lost, a romantic thriller that will be the directorial debut of Italian actor-turned-filmmaker Andrea Di Stefano (Life of Pi, Nine). However, Di Stefano’s movie isn’t a biopic per se. Instead, it’s a romantic thriller about a young couple with a destructive connection to Escobar. Read on after the jump.

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In July, Oliver Stone is going back to his lurid daylight noir style (think U-Turn) with his adaptation of Don Winslow‘s novel Savages. The film features Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as a couple of pot growers whose business ends up in the crosshairs of a more powerful Mexican drug lord (Salma Hayek). Her henchman (Benicio Del Toro) kidnaps the guys’ shared girlfriend (Blake Lively), which leads to a pretty intense confrontation.

After the break, we’ve got an exclusive behind the scenes video showing the setup and filming of one of the movie’s action setpieces. We’ve also dropped in some of the other videos from the film that have hit in the past couple days. Read More »

LOL: TMZ Has No Idea Who Terrence Malick Is

One classic ‘either or’ question is: would you rather have fortune, or fame? I always go for fortune, because for the most part it looks like fame really sucks. There is real power in being able to do the stuff you want to do, but still walk down the street in total anonymity.

Terrence Malick, director of films such as The Tree of Life and Days of Heaven, has always sought that sort of lifestyle — he could have given J.D. Salinger lessons in avoiding the press — and now we know he has truly achieved it. Because when he and Benecio Del Toro were out walking, TMZ caught up to them, and the tape of the encounter proves that the crew had no idea they had stumbled into a stupendously rare interview with one of the most reclusive talents of the past fifty years. Check it out below. Read More »

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