The film Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father has had a difficult path from development to screen. In fact, it looks like the project has fully stalled out before cameras were even able to roll.

While Barry Levinson came on board a few months ago (replacing Nick Cassavetes) and a cast had started to shape up with deals for John Travolta, Al Pacino, Ben Foster, Kelly Preston and possibly Joe Pesci, the time has come when some of those people were meant to be paid. And if reports are correct, there is no money to pay them. As a result, the movie has been put on hold. It almost certainly won’t make a planned January start date, but we don’t know if the project will die altogether. Read More »

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While Disney figures out what it wants to do with The Lone Ranger, would-be star Tom Wilkinson has entered negotiations for the indie Little Boy. Directed by Alejandro Monteverde, the historical family drama follows a developmentally disabled 8-year-old brother (newcomer Jakob Salvati) and his teenage brother (David Henrie). When the boys’ father is sent off to fight in World War II, the boys must contend with the cruelty of their peers.

Wilkinson will be joining a cast that includes Ben Chaplin and Emily Watson — but not, apparently, previously announced star Kevin James, whose name was mysteriously omitted from the Variety story. While I’m happy to see Wilkinson board, I’ll be disappointed if James really is out. I haven’t been a huge fan of his previous roles, but I was actually looking forward to him trying something completely different with Little Boy.

Shooting on the project began earlier this week in Baja California (which is in Mexico, not California, if you’re not up on your southwestern geography. Seriously, people make that mistake all the time). [Cinema Blend]

After the jump, Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers exit The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and Chazz Palminteri goes gangster once more.

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Barry Levinson is going to direct Al Pacino in Gotti: Three Generations, but before that picture shoots they’ll also do another film. The Humbling is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Philip Roth from Millennium/Nu Image. This will make three films in a row for the Levinson/Pacino team, beginning with the acclaimed portrait of the late Dr. Jack Kevorkian, You Don’t Know Jack.

In addition, Barry Levinson has quite a lot to say about the John Gotti movie that he inherited when Nick Cassavetes vacated the director’s chair. More on that after the break. Read More »

Universal’s been saying for a while now that the entire American Pie gang would be returning for American Reunion, and what do you know, they’re actually making good on that promise. Thomas Ian Nichols has just signed on for the fourth theatrical entry of the long-running American Pie franchise, making him the last major character to sign on. Fellow Pie stars Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Eugene Levy have all previously confirmed their involvement.

I haven’t heard any news on whether Jennifer Coolidge might be reprising her role as the original MILF, but as The Hollywood Reporter calls Nichols the “last holdout,” I’m guessing that’s a no. We’ll miss you, Stifler’s Mom!

In the 1999 film, Nichols’ Kevin Myers was one of the four central friends who made a pact to lose their virginity before graduation. The new sequel will see the original gang returning to their hometown for their ten-year high school reunion. American Reunion will hit theaters April 6, 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, new projects for Al Pacino, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, and… Warren Buffet?

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One of the most unappealing film projects being assembled right now is the comedy version of the baby-birthing manual What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The book is frequently called out as being alarmist and a poor lesson plan for expectant mothers, but why not use the very recognizable title (recognizable to the target audience, at least) to sell a movie? Not much different from what’s happening with Akira, really.

Cameron Diaz is now looking like the lead for this particular movie, which Kirk Jones will direct from a swcript by Heather Hach and Shauna Cross. The picture is meant as a Love Actually-style film in which five couples experience the joy and surprises of impending parenthood. The film will hit on Mother’s Day weekend next year — in other words, a year from today. [Deadline]

After the break, Kelly Preston becomes a mob wife and Willem Dafoe is in a mystery movie directed by Abel Ferrara. Read More »

Barry Levinson is moving from the horrors of man’s manipulations with nature to man’s own horrible nature. Last year he put together the low-key ‘found footage’ eco-horror thriller The Bay, which will be released this year by Lionsgate. And now he has been tapped as the director for Gotti: Three Generations, which recently saw the departure of planned director Nick Cassavetes. Read More »

OK, this is getting ridiculous. The latest bit of news on the John Gotti biopic front (Gotti: Three Generations just lost Nick Cassavetes as director earlier this week) is that Lindsay Lohan is no longer in consideration to play Victoria Gotti. Producer Marc Fiore told People that talks with her reps had stopped, but didn’t offer much by way of explanation. That seems to be the way it goes with Lindsay Lohan these days.

More to the point, how things seem to go with her these days is ‘crazy,’ and the story has already taken another turn. Just as I was about to publish this, TMZ comes out with the report that Lindsay Lohan is in the film after all, but now playing John Gotti Jr.’s daughter-in-law Kim, rather than Victoria Gotti. A smaller part? Probably. The report also links her to another movie called Mob Street. There are reports of reconciliation between her and producers, and, well, let’s see how long this lasts.

After the break, Jacki Weaver goes comic and 21 Jump Street adds another. Read More »

For the past few months, Nick Cassavetes has been attached to direct the film Gotti: Three Generations, which will depict the lives of Gambino crime family boss John ‘The Dapper Don’ Gotti and his son John Gotti, Jr. The film is still moving forward with John Travolta attached to play the Dapper Don (for now) but it needs a new director, as scheduling issues have forced Nick Cassavetes to move on. Read More »

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