I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:

  • Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
  • Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
  • and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.

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Michael Bay may be best known as the guy who blows things up, but like any auteur, he’s got more than one signature move in his bag of tricks. Perhaps his second-favorite tool — after those big, loud, fantastically expensive explosions — is the slow-motion, low-angle, 360-degree shot. You know what I’m talking about: The character, who’s usually recovering from some earlier incident that’s landed him on the ground, looks off into the distance at something alarming and/or horrifying that we can’t see. As he comes to realize that shit has just gotten really real, the camera slowly revolves around him for dramatic effect.

This new supercut pulls together clips of Bay’s favorite shot while revealing what it is that has all these characters so riled up. (Hint: It’s another Bay staple.)

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We’ve got classic cops fighting notorious gangsters, giant mechs fighting notorious monsters, and a despot and his double fighting…um…the boundaries of comedy? Something along those lines. After the break, check out details of the following three recent casting breaks:

  • Giovanni Ribisi joins the impressive cast of Gangster Squad.
  • Rinko Kikuchi takes the female lead in Pacific Rim.
  • J.B. Smoove is added to The Dictator. Read More »

Megan Fox‘s name has come up this week through conversations that are a little bit unsavory (personally, I’m done with the backstage Transformers stuff, inasmuch as it was ever of interest beyond her role being recast) but here’s a better piece of news for the actress.

She and John C. Reilly have both been added to the cast of The Dictator. That’s the new film in which Sacha Baron Cohen and his Borat and Bruno director Larry Charles chronicle the not really true tale of a Middle Eastern despot who ends up in the US, and a goat herder who happens to be his exact double. Read More »

As you probably recall: Back in 2009, actress Megan Fox went public with her professional issues with Michael Bay, calling her Transformers director “a tyrant” and likening him to Napoleon and Adolf Hitler. Fox (unsurprisingly) caught heat for her comments, and though Bay made some attempts to smooth things over, the two continued sniping publicly and eventually parted ways. Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was brought in to replace Fox as Shia LaBeouf‘s even more improbably gorgeous love interest, Fox pursued other projects, and the story should have ended there.

Unfortunately, Fox, Bay, and LaBeouf all have a tendency toward what might politely be called outspokenness, and what might less charitably called a constitutional inability to shut the hell up –¬†and so here we are, a year later, still reporting on this ridiculous story. Bay is attempting to set the story straight. Again. And this time, he’s bringing Steven Spielberg into it for some reason. Sigh. Read the latest chapter in this tiresome and apparently endless saga after the jump.

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‘Passion Play’ Trailer

When Mitch Glazer pulled together the cast for Passion Play, it seemed like there might be reason to pay attention: Mickey Rourke is a faded trumpeter who encounters what may be a real-life angel (Megan Fox) being held in a sideshow by Bill Murray. But the film was savaged at TIFF last year and is scoring only a limited NY/LA theatrical release on May 6 before it hits DVD on May 31. There’s a new trailer for the movie, which you can see below. Only the most die-hard Bill Murray fans need apply. Read More »

While many people find Megan Fox‘s performances in the Transformers films to be comedy gold, contrary to popular belief, they were not meant to elicit laughs. Her next major role could be, though, as she’s currently in talks to co-star in Judd Apatow‘s next film, a spin-off of Knocked Up that will feature Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising their roles from the 2007 hit. Apatow is keeping the plot under wraps so there’s no word on who Fox will be playing, but there’s a good chance she’s not being cast for her mind. Read more after the break. Read More »

First Look: Megan Fox in ‘Friends With Kids’

Here’s the first image of Megan Fox from the romantic drama Friends With Kids. It’s not a very exciting pic, but it’s notable for placing the actress squarely in a dramatic role, rather than a sexed-up mode. You might not remember details on this one; it’s the film featuring Jon Hamm, whose partner Jennifer Westfeldt wrote, and is directing, producing and appearing in the film. Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig are also in the cast.

The image comes from Megan Fox’s own Facebook page, which is also the source of a couple behind the scenes images that are after the break. Read More »

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