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Two of the four hundred or so Stephen King projects currently in development are making strides in casting. Jay Baruchel has signed on to lead The Ten O’Clock People, replacing Justin Long, while Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) and Stacy Keach (Nebraska) have joined John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in Cell. More details on both films after the jump.

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It’s been several years since David Gordon Green began working on his remake of Dario Argento‘s horror classic Suspiria, but the pieces appear to be falling into place for real this time. About a month after producers announced that financing was locked in and casting was underway, Green has found his star:15-year-old Isabelle Furhman, best known for her turn in Jaume Collet-Serra’s rather insane Orphan.

Fuhrman leads a strong cast that also includes Isabelle Huppert, Janet McTeer, Michael Nyqvist, and Antje Traue, in unnamed roles. More details after the jump.

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Of course that last The Hunger Games poster wasn’t really the final one, no matter what the marketing folks claimed. But I’m not complaining. Two more banners have just dropped, promoting the film’s recently announced IMAX run. One is very much in line with the earlier poster, showing Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) taking aim with her trademark bow and arrow, while the other shows a uniformed Katniss in her training gear. In addition, we have a dozen new character photos of Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Caesar (Stanley Tucci), and more, fresh from the official website. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger was forced to make some changes when Disney balked at its $250 million price tag, but happily, it doesn’t seem the cuts have stopped the project from continuing to land some solid talent. Deadline reports that rising star James Badge Dale is now the frontrunner to join the cast in the role of Dan Reid. The older brother of the titular character (Armie Hammer), Dan Reid is an ex-ranger and hero himself. Johnny Depp, Ruth Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, and Dwight Yoakum also star in the Western, which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

The one possible downside to this news for Dale’s fans, however, is that if he officially boards Lone Ranger, it’ll pull him out of the running to play John McClane Jr. in A Good Day to Die Hard. Either way, though, Dale’s obviously on his way up. He was most recently seen in last year’s Shame, and will next appear in this month’s The Grey opposite Liam Neeson. In addition, he has two more high-profile projects, Flight and World War Z lined up for this year. Lone Ranger is scheduled to enter production next month.

After the jump, Orphan and The Hunger Games star Isabelle Fuhrman buddies up with Jaden Smith.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer

Here’s the first full trailer for the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of The Hunger Games, the first novel in Suzanne Collins‘ darkly futuristic trilogy of novels about teenagers chosen by lottery to fight to the death as representatives of their local district. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are the young leads in the Lionsgate film that could be the studio’s answer to Twilight, but hopefully with a harder edge.

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Chris Maybach has been enjoying excellent buzz for producing Sundance favorite Martha Marcy May Marlene, but don’t think he’s been resting on his laurels. Maybach has two more films in post-production — Sean Baker’s Starlet and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George — and is in the process of casting yet another project, which he will direct himself.

The new drama, titled The Low Road, follows a young drifter who returns to his hometown and gets wrapped up in a conflict involving two old men on the verge of losing their farm. Maybach told Screen Daily that he has put out offers to Nick Nolte and Tom Waits for the parts of the two older men, though as The Playlist points out, the $1 million budget means that getting both actors may be a bit of a stretch. (Waits has done a song called ‘Lowside of the Road,’ though, so that’s one more reason to think of him for the role.) The film is scheduled to begin shooting in late 2011 or early 2012.

After the jump, Peter Bogdanovich signs on for a supernatural thriller with Super 8 star Joel Courtney, and Colin Salmon looks for Retributon.

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For the third straight day, Lionsgate has cast a very important role in their upcoming film The Hunger Games. Things were a little crazy there for a while as they kept announcing a cavalcade of unknown kids who would be competing in the titular event: an every-kid-for-himself, no holds barred, televised battle to the death. Finally though, the last pair of Tributes (making 24 total) have been cast and these are two of the most important, not including Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) of course.

The roles of Cato and Clove, two “career tributes” who are bred to compete in the Games and pose a more than formidable threat to the stars of the movie, will be played by Alexander Ludwig (Race to Witch Mountain) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan). This is on the heels of finding out that Wes Bentley is Seneca Crane, Stanley Tucci is Caesar Flickerman, Woody Harrelson is Haymitch Abernathy and a whole bunch of other roles that might not seem important to you now but, come March 2012, you’ll care. At least, you will if Gary Ross can pull off a faithful adaption of Suzanne Collins‘ novel. Read more about Cato and Clove after the break. Read More »

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Even though the presence of talented actors Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard was quizzical, the trailers for Orphan did little to convince that the movie was anything but a derivative, un-PC rip-off of The Bad Seed and Mac Culkin’s The Good Son. Producer Joel Silver (as well as Leonardo DiCaprio) seemed to be aiming for a quiet ground-double between pricey blockbusters. Pay no mind. Business as usual. But over the last two weeks, the oft-profane buzz around Orphan on Twitter and elsewhere, alongside a surprising 7.1 rating on IMDB, and enthusiastic genre reviews, now suggest the makings of a cult horror flick. Word-of-mouth about the ending and my kooky, inexplicable obsession with the movie’s titular character, Esther, finally lead me to check it out. It was worth it.

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