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Taylor Lautner‘s action film Abduction, to be directed by John Singleton, just got an extra dose of class. Sigourney Weaver is joining the cast as “a psychiatrist to Lautner’s character, who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website.” Also in the supporting cast are Lily Collins and Alfred Molina. [Variety]

After the break, Ashley Judd is back, and HBO’s movie blogger drama gets yet another cast member. Read More »

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Paul Rudd will star in My Idiot Brother, an indie comedy that will have the actor as “an idealist, dealing with his overbearing mother, who crashes into the homes of his three ambitious sisters and, in succession, brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc.” Is it any wonder that producers of Little Miss Sunshine are behind this one?

Jesse Peretz directs from a script by Evgenia Peretz (his sister) and David Schisgall. The sisters aren’t yet cast, but we should hear those names soon, as the film shoots next month. [THR]

After the break, new cast for Tilda, Deathgames, and a ‘Fight Club meets werewolves’ movie. Read More »

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Because I know that casting news on the delayed remake of Footloose is what you’re all more hungry for than anything else, here’s the only casting note that matters this week: Thomas Dekker (Heroes, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Kaboom, A Nightmare on Elm Street) is apparently the latest top candidate to play ‘Two Degrees of Kevin Bacon,’ as, if cast, he’d step into the shoes of Bacon’s classic character from the original film.

Zac Efron and Chace Crawford have both been linked to the film, but in the last few months they’ve passed, and the directorial baton has been handed from Kenny Ortega to Craig Brewer. This isn’t hard and fast casting, though, so there’s still a chanceĀ  (There’s also an open casting call for guys 18 and up to play high schoolers.) [LAT]

After the break, better news, because it doesn’t involve the Footloose remake. Read More »

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HBO’s Tilda, the very evidently Nikki Finke-inspired series spearheaded by director Bill Condon, may be edging further into The Devil Wears Prada territory. Diane Keaton is already on board as Tilda Watski, “the most feared woman in Hollywood,” and now Ellen Page is signing on to play Carolyn, a studio assistant who falls under Tilda’s spell. Read More »

Morning Glory

Paramount Pictures has released the movie trailer for the JJ Abrams/Bad Robot-produced comedy Morning Glory. The movie tells the story of a “hotshot television producer is set the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program, despite the constant feuding of its high-profile anchors.” Starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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There are changes afoot at Disney. Rich Ross became the new chief not long ago, and about a month later he canned development on Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Now he’s killed off Wedding Band, the romantic comedy with Robin Williams, Anna Faris and Diane Keaton. We’ve primarily reported on the film in Casting Notes pieces and it wasn’t a movie I was much looking forward to. (That title causes physical pain.)

Films get dropped and/or put into turnaround all the time, but it’s an interesting state of affairs to see one of the biggest studios publicly pulling the plug on more than one project in a short time span. Read More »

Movie Review: Because I Said So

Because I Said So

Returning from Sundance is a shocking experience. For almost two weeks I got to see some of the best that independent cinema has to offer. And there were quite a few films this year I did not like. Because I Said So makes me think I may have been a little too hard on some of those films. I forgot what lows a Hollywood effort could reach.
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