For a moment, Iron Man 3 was shaping up to be a ginger convention, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson reprising their roles from previous Iron Man films and The Avengers, and Jessica Chastain in talks to play a ‘sexy scientist’ said to be Tony Stark’s intellectual equal. But Johansson said she wouldn’t be in the film, and now Chastain also can’t do the picture. Scheduling conflicts are to blame, says the actress, who posted about the project today. Read More »

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Jessica Chastain in Talks for ‘Iron Man 3′

Looks like Iron Man 3 will be a meeting of redheads (or perhaps a battle), as Jessica Chastain is now in talks to play “a sexy scientist ever bit as smart as Tony Stark” in the film. That description is kind of depressing, as the whole ‘sexy scientist’ thing sounds like such a bad movie cliche. (I hear it and think of Tara Reid in Alone in the Dark.)

But I have faith in Shane Black, the co-writer and director of Iron Man 3. He can sometimes do great things with just that sort of superficially cliche role. And Jessica Chastain may be a relatively new talent, but she has proven herself to be tremendously capable in films like The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt, and more. I’ll be happy to see her in whatever role Black wants to write for her. Read More »

While the Madagascar franchise has never drawn Pixar levels of respect (what does, really?), for kid-oriented entertainment you could do a lot worse that these films. The series has generally been cute, mildly amusing, and totally inoffensive — which may not sound like glowing praise, but that’s a lot more than I can say for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked — and the newest entry, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted seems to be along the same lines.

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith are on board once again as a quartet of Central Park Zoo animals just trying to get back to New York. Unfortunately, they wind up in Europe instead, where they’re chased by a ruthless animal control squad led by Capitaine Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand). In an effort to escape their clutches, they take up with a circus traveling across the continent, meeting new friends like Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short) along the way. Watch the first full trailer after the jump.

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Perhaps the reason Kathryn Bigelow has yet to decide on a title for her upcoming Osama bin Laden thriller is that she’s simply been too busy assembling a large, impressive cast. Jason Clarke (The Wettest County in the World) was the first to board back in November, and since then, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, and Coach Taylor Kyle Chandler have all signed on for the picture as well. Now the latest additions are Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, and Nash Edgerton (yep, Joel’s brother). More after the jump.

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The Muppets star Miss Piggy went on the red carpet to interview all the celebrities and award contenters at the 2012 British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. The resulting 8-minute video features off-the-cuff exchanges with Jon Hamm, Chris Dowd, Jessica Chastain, James Corden, Michael Fassbender, Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson, Adam Deacon, Daniel Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, Octavia Spencer, Tom Hiddleston, Viola Davis, Jonah Hill, and more. Watch Miss Piggy’s red carpet coverage embedded after the jump.
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There is a staggering amount of casting news today thanks in part to the in-progress European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival, where producers take projects to gather foreign distribution deals and financing. So let’s get right to it.

First up, the Princess Diana film Caught in Flight, which will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion, Downfall) has found a new Princess. Last year Jessica Chastain was in talks for the role — there was a moment where she was in talks for every big female role, it seems — but now Diana will be played by Naomi Watts. Losing Chastain is unfortunate, but if Watts is the replacement I can’t see too many complaints being aired.

Written by Stephen Jeffreys, the film will shoot later this year with an emphasis on the last two years of Diana’s life; that is, after her 1995 divorce, and through her relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan. “It charts how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed her to achieve her defining successes evolving into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.” [Deadline]

After the break, Haley Joel Osment goes back to science fiction, and we catch up with two new roles for Katherine Heigl that were announced not long ago. Read More »

Filmgoers will be seeing a lot of rising stars Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain in the coming months, and it seems the two rising stars will be quite a bit of each other as well. Edgerton and Chastain are already set to co-star in Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Osama bin Laden thriller, and they’ve now signed on to work on two more films together, called The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers. The pair may be joined by William Hurt, who is currently in talks. More details after the jump.

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Technically, I guess the PG-13 Grown Ups doesn’t really qualify as a kids’ film, so its sequel probably won’t either. But since that movie centered around five grown men acting like children, I’ll say that that this Sequel Bits is all about the young’uns. After the jump:

  • Jessica Chastain and Bryan Cranston somehow cram Madagascar 3 into their very, very busy schedules
  • Steven Spielberg talks The Adventures of Tintin 2 and 3
  • To the surprise of no one, Antonio Banderas would like to do a Puss in Boots 2
  • Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 gets a summer 2013 release date

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