Briefly: Last night was MTV’s Video Music Awards, and with the exception of the trailer premiere for The Hunger Games, it sounds like it was a broadcast dominated by proof of Beyoncé‘s pregnancy more than anything else. Big deal right? It might actually be for Clint Eastwood, who has been planning to shoot a new version of A Star is Born with the singer starring in the central role of a young woman who dreams of stardom and finds it through the aid of a washed-up older leading man.

But now that she’s pregnant, the shoot for A Star is Born might have to push well beyond the planned February 2012 start. Along with that push comes the news that Leonardo DiCaprio, once tipped as a possible choice to play the lead, has passed on the role. (He’s too young, anyway, especially paired against Beyoncé.) Christian Bale has been called a possible choice, but with the schedule for the film changing, anything might happen. And will Eastwood make another movie first? He’s certainly capable of turning out a stopgap film before doing this remake. [Deadline]

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Very rarely do fans get a glimpse into the decision making process of major stars. All we know is that the biggest actors in Hollywood can often seemingly do whatever they want, so people like Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise get their pick of the best scripts out there. It seems like Christian Bale could be joining that elite list.

The recent Oscar-winner (something none of those other men can claim) slips seamlessly between smaller characters pieces, like The Machinist, and massive blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises. According to Variety, Bale has a pretty impressive list of projects he can choose from after he hangs up Batman’s cowl. Think of the info that follows as a glimpse at Bale’s own personal desk. Will he choose A Star is Born directed by Clint Eastwood, Gold directed by Michael Mann, Oldboy directed by Spike Lee, Out of the Furnace directed by Scott Cooper or, as previously reported, Noah directed by Darren Aronofsky?

After the jump, we break down the latest on each of these projects and figure out where Bale would best fit in. Read More »

Here’s your first studio-approved still from Clint Eastwood‘s latest prestige picture, J. Edgar. The shot is doesn’t replicate any one classic shot of the long-time FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, but does capture his general image from the ’50s. Leonardo DiCaprio still doesn’t look a whole lot like Hoover, whose rounded, potato-spud face has exactly the deficit of appeal that DiCaprio’s does not. (The guy in the middle background on the right side looks more like the real thing.) But I don’t think any of us really want to stare at Hoover’s pug mug for two hours; I’m willing to live with the Hollywood version, at least.

See the full image below. Read More »

Warner Bros. is going for some Oscar gold this year, and not only with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which the studio is hoping might turn into a Return of the King-style contender. The studio also has a couple of possible prestige pictures in Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Info on those, plus the date for Alfonso Cuaron‘s new sci-fi thriller Gravity, is after the break. Read More »

Clint Eastwood cast Beyonce Knowles as the female lead in his A Star is Born remake some time ago, but he’s been searching for someone to take on the male lead. Now it’s being reported that his top choice for the part is Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Eastwood on the biopic J. Edgar. DiCaprio is just the latest of several candidates who have been named for the part over the past couple of years — Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, and Will Smith are among the actors once rumored for or attached to the film. DiCaprio would presumably be playing the role of Norman Maine, a fading star with a drinking problem who helps to launch the young starlet’s (Knowles) career.

DiCaprio isn’t the first actor I would’ve thought of for the part, but I’m all the more intrigued for it. We already know DiCaprio can do gloomy and brooding, but how often have we seen him do gloomy and brooding while surrounded by singing and dancing?

Eastwood’s A Star is Born is scheduled for a 2012 release. DiCaprio and Eastwood’s next collaboration, J. Edgar, will open later this year. [Deadline]

After the jump, the Sixth Sense kid is now old enough to play college students, and Jamie Chung signs up for a gritty indie.

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The J. Edgar casting train keeps on chugging. Clint Eastwood is in the midst of shooting his J. Edgar Hoover biopic, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Armie Hammer as Hoover’s colleague and reported lover Clyde Tolson, but more and more actors continue to fill out the cast. First Stephen Root was added, then Jeffrey Donovan (of Burn Notice fame) joined, and now Miles Fisher has made the list as well. Fisher probably won’t be familiar to many of you, but he was recently cast as one of the leads in Final Destination 5, and has also appeared in shows such as Mad Men and Gossip Girl. (Amusing side notes: He also played Tom Cruise in Superhero Movie, and starred in that Pinkberry: The Movie video that made rounds last summer.)

More on Fisher’s role after the break, along with a casting update for the Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone. Read More »

Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar has been shooting for a while now with Leonardo DiCaprio playing J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson, but the film keeps adding actors to fill out small roles. The last was Stephen Root, and the latest is now Jeffrey Donovan of Burn Notice. The actor said today via Twitter that “I fly to LA Sunday. I have been [cast] as Bobby Kennedy opposite LD in HOOVER. excited. working with Mr Eastwood again. Dreams come true.”

So it’s a mini-Changeling reunion (Eastwood and Donovan, as seen in the still above), and I’m happy to hear that he’ll be playing RFK. The slain Attorney General was both a colleague and to some extent an enemy of Hoover, so there should be a scene or two with fireworks between he and Leonardo DiCaprio. [via Collider]

After the break, Juliette Lewis joins Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne in Hick. Read More »

Clint Eastwood is currently shooting his J. Edgar Hoover biography called J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Armie Hammer in the key secondary role of Hoover colleague and reported lover Clyde Tolson. Even as the film shoots it is adding cast members to fill out ancillary roles. The latest addition is Stephen Root, a character actor that is always a pleasure to see on screen. (You can see him right now doing great work in Cedar Rapids.)

Mr. Root will play Arthur Koehler, “an introverted man and wood specialist who helps J. Edgar Hoover piece together the mystery of the Lindbergh kidnapping case through an examination of the ladder used by the abductor.” [Variety]

After the break, Monica Bellucci makes up for Manual of Love 3 and Fernando Meirelles’ 360 gets another actor. Read More »

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