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We know more about Andrew Stanton‘s Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, than we did about the other Pixar projects on display at D23 today. And yet there’s more to learn, and the presentation of the film today featured some big cast announcements.  Read More »

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38 years after The Godfather Part IIRobert De Niro and Diane Keaton are sharing the screen once again in the The Big Wedding. Don’t expect another all-time cinematic classic, however — this one looks somewhere between “forgettable” and “downright awful.”

De Niro and Keaton play a long-divorced couple who, by some contrived movie logic, are forced to pretend they’re still married for the duration of their adopted son’s (Ben Barnes) wedding. Topher Grace and Katherine Heigl play their other kids, Amanda Seyfried is Barnes’ blushing bride, Robin Williams a priest, and Susan Sarandon De Niro’s new wife. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Robert Luketic‘s The Ugly Truth was among the worst reviewed films of Gerard Butler‘s career, so I can’t say I’m all that thrilled to hear that a reunion is brewing for the pair. Butler has signed on to replace Eric Bana in Brilliant, a thriller about “a small-time criminal who partners with a female thief to pull off a daring diamond heist.” The female lead has yet to be cast.

Luketic’s previous work consists mostly of fluffy romantic comedies like Killers, Monster-in-Law, and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, but he explored more dramatic territory with 2008′s 21. Production begins this May in Boston.

Butler has a slew of upcoming projects on his plate, including this year’s Movie 43, Playing the Field, and Of Men and Mavericks. Brilliant is scheduled to enter production in Boston this May. [Showblitz]

After the jump, ’tis the season for Diane Keaton and Robert Redford to do a holiday-themed ensemble comedy together.

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On paper, Lawrence Kasdan‘s Darling Companion sounds promising. Kasdan, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and filmmaker, directed the drama from a script he co-wrote with his wife Meg Kasdan, also an Oscar nominee. The star-studded cast, as the trailer is happy to remind you, includes two Academy Award nominees (Richard Jenkins and Sam Shepard) and three Academy Award winners (Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, and Kevin Kline), as well as promising younger actors like Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. But at the end of the day, no number of collective accolades can guarantee an interesting picture, and unfortunately, the trailer for Darling Companion looks pretty cringeworthy.

The Kasdans’ screenplay revolves around a dissatisfied older woman named Beth (Keaton) who adopts an abandoned dog she finds on the side of the road and finds contentment in her bond with him. But when Beth’s self-absorbed husband (Kline) loses the dog, the couple pull together a search party to find him and everyone finds that they’re affected by the experience in unexpected ways. Watch the video after the jump.

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We had a couple of days where mid-level casting for a lot of projects was going crazy. Maybe there was something in the air; maybe casting directors and agents just all got together and had a field day. It’s been a bit slower today, but still there are a couple of items to catch up on. After the break, you’ll find info on how:

  • Robin Williams appears to be cast in Gently Down the Stream, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon.
  • Joel David Moore (Avatar) will be in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
  • and Katie Cassidy takes the lead in Freaky Deaky. Read More »

Topher Grace has joined the cast of Gently Down the Stream, which already has some prominent actors on board: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried. Justin Zackham wrote and will direct the story of a slightly awkward family romance. Specifically, De Niro and Keaton are a couple and father to Topher Grace’s character. But he’s also got an adopted brother, and that guy has a sister, and Topher Grace falls for her. Oops. [Deadline]

After the break, 50 Cent gets his best role ever, and the indie thriller Magic, Magic lands three young actresses. Read More »

Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington will soon shoot Safe House, in which a CIA trainee (Reynolds) has to transport a criminal (Washington) who is under fire from other enemies. Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) is directing from a script by David Guggenheim. Now the film picked up four more actors: Brendan Gleeson, Robert Patrick, Sam Shepard and Liam Cunningham. No word on the roles for the quartet, but I hope they play the team trying to take down Denzel.

The film shoots starting next week, and has a February 10, 2012 release date. [Variety]

After the break, Ed Harris and Diane Keaton book a new film, Ari Folman’s The Congress gets one more, and a Glee cast member gets his own caper movie. Read More »

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Though he’s been announced as attached to a few projects over the past couple years, Lawrence Kasdan hasn’t written or directed a produced film since Dreamcatcher in 2003. (He has done script work, like the polish on the script for the action version of Paradise Lost that Alex Proyas just signed to direct.)

But now Kasdan will direct Darling Companion from a script he wrote with Meg Kasdan, and he’s just added Mark Duplass, Dianne Wiest and Sam Shepard to the cast. Read More »

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