B.J. Novak’s ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Role Revealed

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Between all the trailers, TV spots, images, viral sites, and Times Square drop-ins, you’d think we knew everything there was to know about Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But there are still a few secrets that Marc Webb has managed to hold onto during that marketing blitz, and one of them is whom exactly B.J. Novak would be playing.

Or at least, one of them was. The director has finally gotten around to revealing the identity of Novak’s character, about ten months after he initially revealed the casting. Hit the jump to find out just how The Office‘s Fire Guy will fit in.

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SAVING MR. BANKS

There’s a certain kind of stress that comes with watching a favorite book get adapted into movies, and I can only imagine that the process must be even more nerve-wracking for the authors of those books. It can’t be easy for them to see their work chopped up and rearranged, or to find that what soars on the page drops with a thud on the screen.

In Saving Mr. Banks, writer P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) tries to save herself that grief by refusing to hand over the film rights to her Mary Poppins books. But Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) doesn’t give up easily, and, well, if you’ve ever tried to wrap your mouth around the nonsense word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” you can probably guess how that goes. Watch the first trailer for the fact-based drama after the jump.

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BJ Novak Added to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

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Briefly: Social media is quickly changing the way some news stories are broken in the entertainment world. Pro-active directors post casting stories themselves (as Bryan Singer did with a series of X-Men tweets) while others use Instagram to preview their films with oblique and occasionally informative images from set.

Marc Webb has offered up a steady stream of pics from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the latest features a casting confirmation. The pic above comes from Webb, and shows BJ Novak (The Office, Inglourious Basterds) on the set. The post was captioned with “Day 38. A supposed rumor about a Dunder-Mifflin takeover of Oscorp?” which suggests that Novak plays an employee of Oscorp. (The film also features Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, and Dane DeHaan as his son Harry.)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also features Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field. It opens on May 2, 2014.

Buddy comedies live and die by the chemistry between their leads. If nothing else, then, at least Shawn Levy‘s The Internship has a strong central pairing going for it. In their first team-up since Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play two middle-aged salesmen who learn their jobs have become obsolete in the digital age.

The guys attempt to revitalize their careers with a coveted internship at Google, only to find themselves competing for work against tech-savvy 20somethings who have no patience for their outdated approach. Basically, it’s the classic fish-out-of-water setup, only it takes place in Google’s shiny offices. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, a lot of our TV Bits are devoted to news about the cool stuff that’ll be going on there. But there’s plenty of stuff in here for the non-attendees as well, I swear. After the jump:

  • Exec producer says Dexter will “definitely” be over after Season 8
  • Breaking Bad gets a new trailer. Only 18 days left til the premiere…
  • … Unless you’re going to SDCC. Then you get to see BB a day early!
  • Speaking of SDCC, the Community panel is moving to a bigger room
  • And in still more SDCC news, the Firefly crew will also be in attendance
  • There is another Season 2 ep of Happy Endings, and it’s playing at Outfest
  • Nathan Lane will have a recurring role in The Good Wife‘s fourth season
  • Star/producer/writer B.J. Novak won’t be full-time on The Office anymore
  • Sigourney Weaver gets political in an extended trailer for Political Animals

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Ruth Wilson will be breaking into the boys’ club as the female lead of Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer as the Texas ranger and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto. Although Wilson’s name may be unfamiliar to most Americans, she’s known in the UK for her work on the BBC’s Luther and the Masterpiece Theatre miniseries Jane Eyre. Wilson was selected over Jessica Chastain and Abbie Cornish, who were also being considered for the part, and is currently in negotiations. Very few details have been revealed about her character, named Rebecca.

Unlike the earlier versions of the property, Verbinski’s Lone Ranger will be told from Tonto’s perspective — “Don Quixote told from Sancho Panza’s point of view,” as Verbinski has described it. The film will hit theaters December 21. [Deadline]

After the jump, B.J. Novak joins The Dictator opposite Sacha Baron Cohen a.k.a. Borat, and Peter Mullan takes on an action thriller.

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An Uncanny Similarity Between Mad Men and The Office

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When the season finale of Mad Men was over, there was a minor tinge of déjà vu that I couldn’t immediately pin down. Hours later, it occurred to me that one of the major twists in the finale shared several fun similarities to The Office (Scranton Branch). In fact, up until the epiphany, I had never considered Don Draper to be every bit the serious, hip and fair boss that Michael Scott is delighted to find in the mirror each morning when he combs back his hair. As is /Film’s reader friendly policy, spoilers ahead

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IngloUrious BastErds

The Weinstein Co today sent out a press release announcing last week’s start of production on Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming WWII film Inglourious Basterds. You might notice that both words are misspelled, much like the early screenplay that got leaked onto the internet a few months back. That is the official title of the film, likely in an attempt to distinguish itself from the 1978 Enzo Castellari film which inspired Tarantino.

You can read the full press release after the jump, which features a full cast and crew listing. New additions to the cast list include: Omar Doom and Michael Bacall (from Death Proof), Julie Dreyfus (Sophie Fatale from Kill Bill), Cloris Leachman (from The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and many others. Photo above thanks to Tarantino Archives. It is also worth mentioning that an Inglourious Basterds poster has again begun to circulate the internet movie sites. It has the wrong title spelling, so I’m pretty sure it’s fan created.
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