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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]

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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 »

With the Cannes Film Festival only a few days away, get ready to hear about film packages that are up for grabs at the festival. Filmmakers come to the festival with some actors, a script and try and get money to make a movie. Many don’t happen, many do, and here’s an example of one that will likely see the light of day. It’s called Agent: Century 21 (yes, as in the real estate company) and will star Cameron Diaz as a divorced real estate agent who gets kidnapped and sent on a mission by a Mexican drug lord, played by Benicio Del Toro. It’ll be directed by first timer Adam Hashemi and was written by Greg Brooker (Stuart Little). Read more after the jump. Read More »

Yesterday we saw the first bit of footage from Oliver Stone‘s new film Savages, in which the girlfriend (Blake Lively)of two pot growers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel, the better to get said growers to work for the bigger outfit.

The film features the sort of cast you’d expect to see Stone pull together: in addition to the leads there are Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Demian Bichir, Salma Hayek, Joel David Moore and Emile Hirsch, and it is shot in a style reminiscent of a few of his lurid ’90s entries such as U-Turn and Natural Born Killers. (Speaking of ’90s films, is Salma Hayek cosplaying as Thurman’s Pulp Fiction character Mia Wallace?)

Now we’ve got the full trailer, which sets up the story, offers a little bit of sex and violence, and shoves a knife through John Travolta. Check it out below. Read More »

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