There are a lot of casting updates tonight, however, very few of them could be considered interesting. But as of 11:30pm on the West Coast, the news forecast for Monday is looking slow… So we’re going to run with it.

Jay Hernandez, Jennifer Carpenter
and Columbus Short have joined Johnathon Schaech and Steve Harris in Screen Gems’ remake of remake of the Spanish horror movie Rec. John Erick Dowdle’s Quarantined follows a reporter and her cameraman who are among those trapped inside a downtown Los Angeles apartment building where a deadly strain of rabies has broken out. Sounds interesting, but Screen Gems has a long record of horrible films (which I find ironic because the company is named “Screen Gems”). [thr]

Helen McCrory, who was originally cast as Bellatrix Lestrange in the last Harry Potter movie (she had to bow out due to a pregnancy), is now set to play Narcissa Malfoy, sister of Bellatrix Lesrange, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. [bbc]

Matt Gerald (S.W.A.T, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) has been cast as the lead villain in James Cameron‘s 3D sci-fi epic action film Avatar. Gerald will begin filming this month in New Zealand and Los Angeles. [variety]

Rapper turned actor Xzibit (Gridiron Gang, Derailed) joins Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Woody Harrelson in Oliver Stone‘s Pinkville, about the 1968 My Lai Massacre, in which more than 500 people were killed by U.S. soldiers. Xzibit will play one of the soldiers. Mikko Alanne wrote the script. Production is set to begin next year. [THR]

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Hostel: Part II director Eli Roth revealed a few details and talked about the upcoming film at the Grindhouse junket. Here are the highlights. The full interview will shortly follow.

On the Meaty Hostel 2 Poster:

“I wish I could take any credit for the Hostel 2 poster. That is boar meat, wild boar meat. That is the marketing at Lionsgate that did that. And I thought it was brilliant because the genius of that poster is if that was hanging at the supermarket, you would go “oh, let’s have steak tonight.” But you put it in a movie theater with the words “Hostel 2″ and they go “That’s the sickest thing I’ve ever seen.” And it’s all the power of suggestion. And I think that there is obviously comparisons to most… it’s aware that any time people see women in a horror film all these girls are pieces of meat, and literally in Hostel: Part II, that’s all they are. They are the bait. They are the meat. They are the grist for the mill. I thought it was actually a really smart poster. And it’s really really disgusting. I love it.”
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