Ever been the new person at a small party where there are awkward tensions and undercurrents of conflict that you’re aware of, but have no part in? That’s where the character played by David Cross finds himself in Todd Berger‘s film It’s a Disaster. Cross’s character shows up to a “couples brunch” with his new girlfriend, played by Julia Stiles.

Things are obviously weird, and they progress to a point where a lot of people would wish for just about any excuse to get out of the situation. And then the attendees find out that the party might be their last. That changes the uncomfortable scenario just a bit, as decorum and inhibitions fully dissolve.

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This Thanksgiving brings a slew of intriguing releases, from family-friendly fare like The Muppets and Hugo to possible Oscar contenders like The Artist and My Week with Marilyn, and now we have at least one reason to look forward to next year’s holiday as well.

The Weinstein Co. have just decided on a November 21, 2012 release for David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, which suggests the company sees the film as a potential player in next year’s awards season — no surprise, considering Russell’s last film The Fighter was nominated for seven Oscars in 2010 including Best Picture and Best Director. The date also gives the movie plenty of time to make the festival rounds and garner some good buzz before hitting theaters.

Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, the film follows a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who moves back home after spending years in a mental institution. He initially sets out to try and win back his ex-wife, but soon finds himself developing a relationship with an eccentric young widow (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives in his neighborhood. Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, and Chris Tucker also star. Read the official synopsis after the jump.

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My Week with Marilyn star Eddie Redmayne will join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway in Tom Hooper‘s prestige musical Les Miserables. Based on the hit Broadway show and Victor Hugo‘s classic novel of the same title, the film follows an ex-con named Valjean (Jackman) in 19th century France as he seeks to redeem himself. Redmayne will play Marius, who falls in love with Cosette, daughter of Fantine (Hathaway) and eventual charge of Valjean.

Les Miserables is already being touted as a likely Oscar contender, with a release date of December 7, 2012. Redmayne isn’t exactly a household name yet, but has marked himself as a talent to watch in projects like The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn, and Hick. [Deadline]

After the jump, Rashida Jones and the guy who played Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris befriend Samantha Morton, while David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook picks up a Boardwalk Empire star.

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Julia Stiles is set to co-star in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel. The story centers around a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental hospital into the care of his mother (Jacki Weaver). Upon his release, he tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an troubled young widow (Jennifer Lawrence). Stiles has landed the role of Lawrence’s older sister.

But perhaps the more exciting bit of news is that Chris Tucker, who entered talks last month to play Cooper’s friend from the institution, is now in final negotiations to take the role. I got a little worried last week, when stories of Weaver’s casting didn’t mention Tucker’s name, but I’m happy to see I was overreacting. If Tucker finalizes the deal, Silver Linings Playbook will be his first film part since 2007′s Rush Hour 3. [Deadline]

After the jump, April Ludgate watches Charlie Harper lose his mind, and Paul Walker deals with the aftermath of Katrina.

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If you happened to catch a screening of Attack the Block this summer, you probably walked away thinking the same thing we did: this John Boyega kid is going to be a huge star. Well, Boyega’s now landed his first part since Attack the Block opened, and it sounds like a great one. He’ll play the lead, Donnie, in HBO’s series Da Brick, a fictionalized telling of the earliest days of Mike Tyson‘s boxing career. Spike Lee is set to direct the pilot episode from a script by John Ridley (Three Kings), and will also executive produce along with Tyson, Ridley, Jim Lefkowitz, and Entourage creator Doug Ellin.

Da Brick centers around a young man in modern-day Newark, NJ who gets released from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday. The series will aim to deal with larger issues like “what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America” and “what it means to be a man both for himself, and to those around him.” As long as the British Boyega can pull off a convincing Jersey accent, this seems like pitch-perfect casting. [Deadline]

After the jump, In Plain Sight‘s Rachel Boston faces a possible apocalypse with Julia Stiles and America Ferrera, and Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen, joins Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong in Closer to the Moon.

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Last season, FX’s boxing drama Lights Out entered the canon of brilliant-but-cancelled television series, when piss-poor ratings brought about its demise despite plenty of critical love. Thankfully, things seem to be working out better for the series’ acclaimed star, Holt McCallany, than they did for the show.

The actor is now in talks for Gangster Squad, Ruben Fleischer‘s highly anticipated (well, by us) period cop drama. McCallany would be joining an absolutely top-notch cast which already includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, and Giovanni Ribisi, with Bryan Cranston in negotiations. How can you not get excited with a cast like that?

Based on a series of articles by Paul Lieberman, Gangster Squad tells the story of an LAPD task force which was formed to fight organized crime and corruption in 1940s Los Angeles. Gosling, Brolin, Mackie, and Cranston will be on the LAPD side; Penn will play real-life mob boss Mickey Cohen. McCallany is eyeing the part of Cohen’s bodyguard. Production for Gangster Squad will begin September 7. [Variety]

After the jump, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera team up, Dennis Quaid gets a much younger wife, and Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei find love.

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Julia Stiles

There has been a lot of talk about this over the past couple weeks, but now its official: Julia Stiles is part of the cast of Dexter‘s fifth season on Showtime. When originally rumored, there was no info on her role. Showtime’s official statement says she’ll appear in ten episodes of the next season as ” a mysterious young woman who forms a unique relationship with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) in the wake of” the end of the fourth season. I edited a season four spoiler out of that line, but if you’ve been following the show you can mentally insert the relevant info. [Deadline]

After the break, Iron Man 2 writer Justin Theroux gets Wanderlust, and Spielberg’s TV series Terra Nova may have a lead actor. Read More »

Julia Stiles to Join Dexter

Julia Stiles

Entertainment Weekly has learned that Showtime is in talks with Julia Stiles (The Bourne Series, 10 Things I Hate About You) to join the upcoming fifth season of Dexter (my favorite show on television by default, now that Lost and 24 have finished). Michael Ausiello has no idea what role Stiles may play in the series, but states it is “a major, top-secret role” and she definitely won’t be playing the big bad villain of next season.

Why not? Because no one is going to be playing the big bad villain next season. Yes, you read that correctly — no big villain for the fifth season of Dexter.
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