A few years ago, it seemed like the only time Matt Damon would ever follow his friend Ben Affleck was in an alphabetical list. Both were Oscar-winning screenwriters turned popular leading men but Damon’s choices earned him a much more respectable reputation. However, Affleck has recently become a highly-sought after director and now Damon is hoping to follow his friend into the director’s chair.

It’s been discussed that Damon could direct the baseball wife-swap movie The Trade but he’s also attached to helm Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses. Now Damon has come out and said that he will direct his first movie early next year and that it’ll star John Krasinski, best known for his work on The Office. Is it Father Daughter Time or something else? Read after the break. Read More »

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A new trailer for the Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin romcom Something Borrowed has just hit, and it’s exactly what you’d expect. The film, based on Emily Giffin‘s bestselling novel of the same title, revolves around good girl Rachel (Goodwin) as she struggles with the impending marriage of the man she loves (Colin Egglesfield) to her best friend (Hudson). John Krasinski also stars, apparently as some dude who hangs around and gives Rachel sassy life advice. It’s being directed by Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door, The Animal) from a script by Jennie Snyder (TV’s Gilmore Girls and the new 90210). Watch it after the jump.

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We’ve been getting a lot of casting info about Final Destination 5, which James Cameron protege Steven Quale is soon directing. Emma Bell from Frozen and The Walking Dead is signing on as the female lead.

She’ll join  P.J. Byrne, Tony Todd, David Koechner, Meghan Ory, Nicholas D’Agosto, Ellen Wroe, Arlen Escarpeta and Miles Fisher when the film shoots in Vancouver later this month. Expect more antics in which death stalks people, who end up expiring in rather extravagent ways. [Arrow in the Head]

After the break, Ted Danson hates whales, and Jon Hamm partners up with his real-life wife. Read More »

Tim Blake Nelson Joins Whales

Tim Blake Nelson has signed on to join Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski , and Kristen Bell in Ken Kwapis‘ (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,  He’s Just Not That Into You) big screen adaptation of Whales. Based on Tom Rose’s nonfiction book “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event” about three California Gray whales who were discovered imprisoned in the Arctic ice in 1988, and media madness that spawned around the rescue which “captured the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people.” The project was formerly titled “Everybody Loves Whales”. THR reports that Nelson will play a wildlife expert who works in the wildlife-management office.

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Kristen Bell Joins Whales

Kristen Bell is in talks to join Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in Ken Kwapis‘ (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,  He’s Just Not That Into You) big screen adaptation of Whales. Based on Tom Rose’s nonfiction book “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event” about three California Gray whales who were discovered imprisoned in the Arctic ice in 1988, and media madness that spawned around the rescue which “captured the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people.” The project was formerly titled “Everybody Loves Whales”.

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Tracy Morgan is set to take a turn in a police drama called Son of No One, in which he’ll play a role originally set for Terrence Howard. Co-stars are Katie Holmes (continuing her comeback streak), Juliette Binoche and Channing Tatum, with Ray Liotta and Al Pacino. Dito Montiel directs.

Channing is the lead character, “a young cop assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.” Morgan will play a friend of Channing’s character. This could be a good move for the actor; I’d love to see Morgan break away from his increasingly predictable comic persona to show some dramatic chops. [THR]

After the break, Sean Bean and Danny Dyer join a sorta-Ian Fleming biopic and Kate Hudson joins a romance. Read More »

LOL: John Krasinski as Captain America

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The majority of comic book fans seem to be upset that John Krasinski is the top choice to play Captain America in Joe Johnson‘s big screen adaptation The First Avenger: Captain America? Our friends at HijinksEnsue made a comic strip to show just how wrong (or awesome?) this potential casting might be. Check out the entire three frame comic strip below.

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A couple weeks ago a short list was leaked, containing the actors that Joe Johnston was considering for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in The First Avenger: Captain America. The list included John Krasinski (The Office), Scott Porter (Speed Racer, Friday Night Lights, Caprica), Mike Vogel (She’s Out of My League, Cloverfield) Michael Cassidy (Smallville) and Patrick Flueger (Brothers, The 4400), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) and Garret Hedlund (Tron Legacy), most of which had agreed to do a screen test for Marvel.

Last week Smallville/The O.C./Privileged star Michael Cassidy confirmed that he is out of the running for the role. And yesterday, Jonas Brothers and Dane Cook were rumored/revealed to have auditioned for roles in the film.  And now Fox 411 is reporting that Office star John Krasinski is Marvel’s top choice for the part, after reading four times for producers and recording two costumed screen tests.

Update: I have just been informed that Cinematical apparently received word late last month that Krasinski was the only real candidate in the running for the role. Fox411 confirms their report.

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