After the long Fourth of July weekend we don’t have a lot of news on the casting front, but there are a few good stories to share, and they’re all in a similar vein. Today, the theme is crime pictures. After the break you’ll find info on the following:

  • John Malkovich is taking the lead in Siberian Education, which chronicles the culture of crime in a small community near the Ukraine.
  • Parker, the new screen version of Richard Stark’s classic crime character, gets two supporting players.
  • And French film The Lookout casts Daniel Auteuil as a cop out to catch a sharpshooter who ruined a well-laid police plan. Read More »
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Reporting on What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the romcom that adapts a pregnancy guidebook, hasn’t really been the highest thing on our priority list. Forgive us that lapse. But quite a few people have been added to the cast in the past 24 hours, and the lineup is, if not impressive, at least quite interesting.

The biggest new names are Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick and Brooklyn Decker, each of whom will now play out some of the drama and (squee!) joy of bringing a new life kicking and screaming into the world. Read More »

Jennifer Lopez is making her way back to movie screens in a big way. She’ll recently showed up in The Back-Up Plan, will voice a character in Ice Age: Continental Drift, and now she’s in talks for two roles: one in What to Expect When You’re Expecting (more on that in a different article) and one in Taylor Hackford‘s Parker, which is set to star Jason Statham as the character created by Donald Westlake (under his penname Richard Stark) in the novel The Hunter. Read More »

As if Jeremy Renner doesn’t have enough stuff to do. But hell, the big steaming pile of sequels to the Ice Age films should help someone, so why not a handful of actors? (And animators and loads of technicians, which is also a good thing.) DreamWorks is setting the voice cast for the fourth Ice Age movie, aka Ice Age: Continental Drift (not an educational film, so don’t worry, kids) and Jeremy Renner is among the new additions. Read More »

Jennifer Lopez to Star in Overboard Remake

jennifer lopex overboard

The bad news is that Columbia Pictures is remaking the 1987 Gary Marshall film Overboard, produced by Will Smith. The even worse news is that Jennifer Lopez is in talks to star in said remake. I wouldn’t be surprised if Smith has a new take on the story which transplants the film in China. Oh wait, no, that was The Karate Kid (and that worked out great… oh, it didn’t?). And did I mention that the few people I talked to that attended the screening of The Back-up Plan at ShoWest all told me they decided to walk out after 30 minutes.

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John Hughes Movie To Become ABC TV Series


Okay, the headline is just a little misleading. I just didn’t want to lead with “ABC and Jennifer Lopez are in negotiations to create a television series based on the 2002 romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan“, because, who is going to read a story about that?

But yes, 80′s teen film legend John Hughes did in fact write the story (originally titled The Chambermaid) which became the basis for Maid in Manhattan. Hughes dropped out of filmmaking in 1991, but continued to do some work for hire script work under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes (a reference to the main character in Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo). So the story credit on Maid in Manhattan for Dantes is actually Hughes. Anyways, Maid raked in the cash despite poor reviews from both critics and mainstream audiences (41% on Rotten Tomatoes, 4.5 out of 10 on IMDb).

The film told the story of a struggling single mother who works as a maid at a expensive Manhattan hotel, where a politician falls in love with her after mistaking her for a wealthy socialite. The television show will not be a remake of that story, but will feature “a different maid in a different Manhattan.” Yup, sounds like a remake to me. Apparently the main difference is that the series will focus on the relationships the young latino maid has with her co-workers. Yawn.

Last year Disney decided to create live-action reenactments of classic Walt Disney Animated classics using some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Rachel Weisz as Snow White, Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Beyoncé as Alice in Wonderland… Disney has decided to create another series of these Dream Portrait Series Ads by photographer Annie Leibovitz. Check them out below.

Jessica Biel as Pocahontas

Jessica Biel as Pocahontas

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