Naomi Watts Joins Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’

After a couple months of speculation that Charlize Theron would join the cast of Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar as Helen Gandy, the longtime secretary to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio), the actress finally moved on. But there is a replacement: Naomi Watts will play the part instead. Now the cast for J. Edgar is pretty much set. Read More »

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As another year clicks by on the calendar, it means we’re that much closer to Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. The third in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, scheduled for release July 2012, won’t shoot a frame of film for several months yet rumors about it continue to spread. We’ve got a whole bunch today and here…we….go.

Collider is reporting they’ve heard both Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Naomi Watts (King Kong) have been cast as two rumored female leads in the film, Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s al Ghul and Vicki Vale, photojournalist, respectively. They also heard some rumblings about the new Batcave and Batmobile.

Meanwhile, a Chicago blog has run a report that Nolan will not be shooing the movie in the Windy City, instead moving the action to Detroit and several sites are speculating that Tom Hardy‘s latest haircut is confirmation of his role. Right. We break this all down after the jump. Read More »

As was bound to happen, a shortlist has been revealed consisting of actresses who might be up for roles in The Dark Knight Rises. Deadline says that Christopher Nolan is looking at six women for two lead female roles. Reportedly, one is a love interest and the other a villain. (That note is the only really useful new info here.) Reportedly in contention are Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley. Read More »

With the American Film Market in full gear, there’s seemingly no end the amount of new material that will be making its way online in the coming hours and days. We’re gonna package up the next two because – while radically different – each is about the best parts of being human. We have our first look at Tom Hanks’ next film Larry Crowne, which he also directed and co-wrote, starring himself, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranton, Taraji P. Henson and many others. Then we also have a poster for The Impossible starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts from director Juan Antoino Bayona. Check out the full size images and official plot descriptions after the break. Read More »

Earlier this year, Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) was one of two filmmakers lined up to make films based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. He was prepping Blonde, based on the Joyce Carol Oates speculative biography of the actress, with Naomi Watts set to star. The Weinstein Company and Simon Curtis were prepping My Week With Marilyn, with Michelle Williams.

The latter got in motion first, and is shooting now. Between that and the announcement that Mr. Dominik might be shooting another film with his Jesse James star Casey Affleck by early next year, it seemed like Blonde was on hold at the very least, and possibly dead. Naomi Watts made a few comments about it this week, however, making Blonde sound as if it will happen one day, and perhaps sooner rather than later. Read More »

Gravity

After Angelina Jolie exited Alfonso Cuarón‘s 3D sci-fi thriller Gravity, the search for a replacement began. Last week, Latino Review learned that the producers behind the project were “interest[ed] in meeting Rachel Weisz for the role.” However, Deadline found out that Weisz was just one of the many names on the producer’s list of actresses they’ve talked to or screen tested: Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Sienna Miller, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively.

Now Risky Business has learned that Natalie Portman has been offered the role, as the studio approved the actress without requiring a screen test in the wake of the early Black Swan reviews. According to the report, Portman is expected to read the latest version of the script this week and make her decision shortly.

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Movie Trailer: Doug Liman’s Fair Game

Summit Entertainment have released the movie trailer for Doug Liman‘s political drama Fair Game. The film stars Naomi Watts as real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame and Sean Penn as her husband Joe Wilson. We all know the story which captured the news headlines, but the movie tells the tale from a more personal perspective. I had a chance to screen this film at the Cannes Film Festival and very much enjoyed it. I think a lot of people will be surprised at just how uninteresting the life of an undercover CIA operative really is, definitely nothing like it has been portrayed in most of the films over the years. But the political story that results from Plame’s identity leak is far more interesting and compelling.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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There’s a new trailer for Woody Allen‘s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, to complement the international one released not too long ago. This version is shorter and focused a bit more on throwing out bon mots and a few bits of character. There’s more plot in the international version, but this one still gets the important stuff across. (Important stuff being details like “Freida Pinto sure is pretty.”) Read More »

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