You might remember some casting notes about a film called Catch .44. They hit in the summer of 2010, and the names involved in the film are notable, at the very least: Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Malin Akerman, Deborah Ann Woll, Brad Dourif and Shea Wigham. We’ve finally got a look at the film and it is easy to see why we’ve heard almost nothing about this since the first casting was announced: it looks like barely reheated post-Tarantino or Guy Ritchie crime foolishness. Still, check out the trailer below just to hear Whitaker’s accent. Read More »

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Entertainment news over the past week has been dominated by one facepalm-worthy Brett Ratner remark after another, finally resulting in his stepping down from his Oscar-producing gig. But there’s no need to worry — everyone’s favorite walking PR blunder is doing just fine, with one ’80s remake in the works and another one about to hit theaters after a long delay.

In the midst of that Howard Stern interview during which he bragged about sleeping with a young Lindsay Lohan, Ratner also revealed his plans to remake the 1982 teen sex comedy The Last American Virgin. Meanwhile, the Ratner-produced Mother’s Day, a remake of the 1980 Troma film, will finally be getting a North American release next year. More after the jump.

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Hailee Steinfeld, Dave Franco, and Deborah Ann Woll have been offered the leads in Rosaline, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet that’s told from the perspective of the girl Romeo ditches to be with Juliet. Michael Sucsy is directing from a script by by (500) Days of Summer writers Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber, which in turn is an adaptation of Rebecca Serle‘s forthcoming debut novel When You Were Mine. The comedy will use modern-day dialogue in a 16th-century Verona setting.

Woll would play the title character, while Franco and Steinfeld could play Romeo and Juliet, respectively. If Steinfeld signs on it’ll be her second time playing the iconic character, as she’s also lined up to play Juliet for Carlo Carlei’s more straightforward adaptation. Much as I like Steinfeld, her casting here strikes me as a bit off since she’s eleven years younger than Woll and Franco — but maybe that’s part of the story? [Showblitz]

After the jump, Anne Hathaway becomes a producer, and Sawyer from Lost explores the world of competitive international breakdancing. Really.

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Last month, Nicole Kidman came in as a replacement for Sofia Vergara on The Paperboy, after Vergara and Tobey Maguire dropped out of the project due to scheduling issues. Now, a new actor has stepped up to fill Maguire’s role: John Cusack. Based on a 1955 novel by Pete Doctor, The Paperboy follows a reporter and his brother as they investigate a murder that put the suspect on death row. Cusack will play the part of the prisoner. Kidman, as previously reported, will be a woman who writes letters to inmates on death row.

The Paperboy marks Lee Daniels‘ follow-up to 2009′s Precious, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. The film will also star Zac Efron; Matthew McConaughey is currently in advanced negotiations. [Variety]

After the jump, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, Chris Messina, and Deborah Ann Woll sign up for the Little Miss Sunshine team’s new project.

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Nikki Reed and Deborah Ann Woll Cast in Catch .44

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Nikki Reed from Thirteen has one of the most horrifying scenes in this week’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, when she recounts her character’s backstory. (Spoiler: it involves gang rape, and the scene is particularly horrifying because it is part of the film’s program to define a skewed vision of sexuality for a young audience.)

But don’t hold Twilight against Reed, who is definitely talented. And she manages to come off looking like one of the better performers in Eclipse (not terribly difficult, unfortunately) and so I’m happy to know she’s been cast in Catch .44, along with True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll. Read More »

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Despite the fact that Universal passed on financing the picture, Paul Thomas Anderson is still working on his next film The Master, about a man who creates a ‘faith-based organization’ that mushrooms into an empire in the ’50s.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeremy Renner are on board, and now Anderson is working to cast some of the major female roles. Among the possible actresses to appear are Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Deborah Ann Woll. Read More »

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We’ve got a bunch of quick casting notes today for some projects about which there aren’t a lot of details yet. First up is Liam Neeson, who is continuing his genre-ish run with Unknown White Male. After Neeson finishes Clash of the Titans and The A-Team he’ll join this Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) picture about a doctor who is in a car accident only to wake up and discover his wife doesn’t recognize him. Worse, she’s living with another man who has taken his identity. Variety notes that the Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell script is based Didier Van Cauwelaert’s novel Out of My Head. Meanwhile, check out a new photo of Neeson as a funeral director in After.Life over at Bloody Disgusting.

After the jump, new projects for Lucy Punch, Woody Allen’s replacement for Nicole Kidman, and True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll. Read More »

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