Clint Eastwood‘s biopic about original FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, written by Dustin Lance Black and set to star Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, is preparing to add a new actor for a significant role. Armie Hammer from The Social Network is in talks to play Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s second in command and rumored lover.

And while we’ve been referring to the movie as Hoover, the title now being used is J. Edgar.

UPDATE: Vulture reports that Charlize Theron is also in talks to play Helen Gandy, who was hired as Hoover’s personal secretary and worked for him for over 50 years. Read More »

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Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t married, but he’s about to be unfaithful to his frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese. The pair met up via satellite in Hollywood this weekend to discuss several of their collaborations and each got to talking about their upcoming projects. Scorsese offered up some thoughts on Hugo Cabret (“It’s going,” he said) and DiCaprio said that “infidelity is in place” because he will be working with director Clint Eastwood on their long gestating J. Edgar Hoover bio-pic in “maybe January or February.” That’s right in line with what the man who wrote the film, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), said a few months ago. Read more about this event and everything we know so far about this pairing of titans. Read More »

Last night there was a report that Clint Eastwood wants Joaquin Phoenix to play associate FBI director Clyde Tolson in Hoover, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as the famous FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. That set me to wondering once again about the nature of Dustin Lance Black‘s script for the film. Fortunately, Movieline has an interview with Black from the Toronto Film Festival, in which he talks in some detail about his approach to the story. Read More »

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Clint Eastwood still hasn’t got a final signed deal that will have Leonardo DiCaprio playing legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, but the film Hoover is still moving forward. There’s a report now saying that Joaquin Phoenix is Eastwood’s top choice for another role in the film: associate FBI director and reported Hoover paramour Clyde Tolson. Read More »

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Here’s another pack of new images for you. Bridesmaids may sound like a boilerplate matrimonial comedy to bookend the truly awful Bride Wars, but the film is from Kristen Wiig, Paul Feig and Judd Apatow. So barring any continued sense of Apatow fatigue (that is: hopefully the movie is under two and half hours long) this one might be a lot more than the title implies.

After that, we’ve got a pic of Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris in What’s Wrong With Virginia?, a shot of Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke (above) in Passion Play, and Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga in Henry’s Crime, co-written by the director of Anvil! The Story of Anvil. Read More »

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Last night we got a brief preview of some of the films that will appear in the always-entertaining Midnight Madness lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now we’ve got the full nine, which in addition to the three announced last night (Super, Bunraku and The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman) include John Carpenter‘s The Ward, Brad Anderson‘s Vanishing on 7th Street and Insidious, by James Wan.

But TIFF isn’t stopping there: a whole host of other high-profile films were announced for the fest today. They include Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter, Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here, Matt ReevesLet Me In, Dustin Lance Black‘s directorial debut What’s Wrong With Virginia? and the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go, along with confirmation of Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours, for which there’s a new photo. (Above.) This year’s TIFF looks like a good one: check info about all the films after the break. Read More »

Back in March, a bunch of news came out about a biopic of founding FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Milk‘s Dustin Lance Black wrote the script, and it was at Universal before the studio passed. The film ended up at Warner Bros. and Malpaso Productions, with Clint Eastwood set to direct. There was a rumor that Leonardo DiCaprio was poised to star as Hoover, and that casting is now confirmed. Read More »

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Warner Bros has acquired the movie rights to Matt Kindt‘s graphic novel 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man, which is published by Dark Horse Comics. HeatVision is reporting that the studio has already signed Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning writer of Milk, to pen and direct the adaptation.

Publisher’s Weekly describes the story as being “a modern fable, exploring the life of the giant man, Craig Pressgang, through the experiences of three women—his mother, wife and daughter.” The story chronicles Craig’s journey from birth to his growth to over three stories tall. Black’s take will focus on “the father-daughter relationship and soften the melancholic ending.” Sounds like a risky but possibly artful project.

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