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A bunch of new casting bits hit over the weekend, and can be found after the jump including an update on who Cameron Crowe is in talks with a new star to play Marvin Gaye, Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood sign on for “a sexploitation-serial-killer-slasher-road-movie circa 1989″, Dustin Hoffman to star in a new adaptation of an Irwin Shaw novel and much more.

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Dustin Hoffman to Direct Quartet

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Dustin Hoffman may be ready to make his directorial debut. He’s in talks to helm Quartet, which is being written by Ronald Harwood based on his play by the same name. The story is about an aging, retired intelligence agent who has to fend off violent attacks by younger, better armed operatives. Oops. Wait. That’s the story for Red, the movie with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and many more. This one is about elderly opera singers. Close enough? The cast is great, and the names are after the break. Read More »

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Steve Martin is in talks to join Jack Black and Owen Wilson in Marley & Me/The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Franke‘s bird-watching comedy The Big Year. Martin’s role was originally set to be played by Dustin Hoffman.

The film is based on Mark Obmascik‘s 2004 book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession which chronicles three top contenders in the 1998 American Big Year: one of the wackiest competitions in the US, where hundreds of bird watchers compete with the hopes of spotting the most species during the course of a year. The screenplay was adapted by Antitrust/The Man Who Knew Too Little scribe Howard Franklin.

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Briefly: Well, if I wasn’t already excited about Luck, the show set in the world of California horse racing that is being assembled by David Milch and Michael Mann, I would be now. We already knew that Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Farina were in the cast, but now there is word that Nick Nolte will join them. Seriously: Nick Nolte on a show created by Milch and Mann? Yes, and thank you.

Deadline Hollywood has the news, and while Mike Fleming there says the deal isn’t done, he spins it as if there isn’t any chance of a breakdown at this point. He also idly mentions that Michael Mann will direct the pilot for the HBO show.

Nolte has done television before, but not in some time, and I think that working with these two probably stands in a different category from anything he’s done for the tube in the past.

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Is HBO back? The answer seems to be “oh, my, yes!” In the past few months the once-dominant dramatic voice of cable has put new shows in development with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, Jonathan Demme, David Fincher and more. (Like that Spielberg guy, whose Band of Brothers follow-up The Pacific looks insane.) If there was ever going to be a second  coming for HBO, this looks like it.

And now Michael Mann and David Milch are moving forward with Luck, a show about the world of horse racing. Dustin Hoffman is now toplining the cast. Can you imagine what Mann and Milch might coax (or bully, more like) out of Hoffman? I can, and I can’t wait to see it. Read More »

Dustin Hoffman Not Returning For Little Fockers?

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Dustin Hoffman might not return for the third installment in the Meet the Parents franchise. Entertainment Weekly is reporting a rumor that “there has been strife between Hoffman and the studio over the size of the part, the scheduling of the days on set and other difficulties.” Hoffman has agreed to appear in the film, titled Little Fockers, as part of a funny cameo near the end of the movie, but it seems like that will no longer happen. Universal declined to comment.

Now for the really bad news… The fact that Bernie Focker won’t appear in the next sequel doesn’t mean that his wife Roz Focker (played by the ever annoying Barbra Streisand) won’t have a part. Streisand still has “a prominent role” in the movie, which is extremely disappointing, because many people say she was one of the worst parts of the sequel.

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Ben Stiller’s Little Fockers

Fox News is reporting that Ben Stiller is back to developing a third film in the Meet The Parents series called Little Fockers.

In the natural progression of things, Robert DeNiro and Blythe Danner would return as grandparents to Ben Stiller and Teri Polo’s babies. Of course, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand would have to return as well.”

Meet the Parents was actually a pretty funny family comedy, but I found Fockers extremely painful to watch. The title is the funniest thing about the sequel. The addition of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand just didn’t work, and I don’t think the introduction of a baby (or possible twins) will make a third film any better.

Discuss: Would you rather see Little Fockers of The Heartbreak Kid 2?

The Tale of Despereaux Movie Trailer #2

Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for The Tale of Despereaux, the new computer animated family fantasy adventure from Sam Fell (Flushed Away) and Robert Stevenhagen (supervising animator of Space Jam and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West).

This trailer makes the film look less like a copy of Ratatouille (a problem I had with the teaser). The film doesn’t look all that special compared to even Dreamworks’ Monsters vs. Aliens. The animated adaptation features the voices of Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Christopher Lloyd, Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Broderick, and Kevin Kline. Watch the trailer after the jump, and tell me what you think in the comments below.
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Paramount Home Entertainment have announced that a companion film/sequel to Kung Fu Panda will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on November 9th, bundled with the original film as part of a “Pandamonium Double Pack”. The companion film is titled Secrets of the Furious Five. While the slug-line “The Kung Fu Panda story continues” leads you to believe that the film is a sequel, THR reports that the film will delve into the back stories of the characters from the original film, and that Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman reprise their respective voice roles as Po and Master Shifu. Not much more is known at this time. A single disc version of Kung Fu Panda will also be available outside of the two movie pack.

I’ve never been a fan of Disney’s direct-to-dvd sequels due to the quality of the animation and story. I don’t see a day and date release for a direct-to-DVD Panda film as being a good idea. The film was very popular with children and critics, and the double pack release gimmick seems unnecessary and unneeded.

Update: Apparently Secrets of the Furious Five is only a 20 minute long short film. Basically, Dreamworks Animation is following Pixar’s lead and releasing a short film featuring the characters from the feature film along with the DVD release. But instead of releasing the short as a special feature, they are releasing it on a separate disc as part of a bundled two-pack. It all seems pretty deceptive if you ask me.

And for some strange reason, Paramount has also decided to release the DVD/Blu-ray disc on a Friday, instead of the traditional Tuesday. DVD titles have occasionally been released on Fridays to coincide with a particular theatrical release, or on Monday to coincide with a holiday. But releasing a major DVD title on a Sunday is said to be a first.

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