Oh, look what Bridesmaids has done for Ellie Kemper: it scored her a gig in 21 Jump Street in her time off from The Office. The feature version of the ’80s TV show is shooting now with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops undercover in a high school to root out drugs and trouble. Late addition Ellie Kemper will be a love interest: Ms. Griggs, “an annoyingly sincere chemistry teacher who’s attracted to Tatum’s character and surprised when she discovers he’s not a real student.” (Sometimes casting like this is actually set for some time before it hits the trades, so it is possible Ellie Kemper isn’t as late an addition as she appears to be.)

The key point of interest here (for me, at least) continues to be that the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and are directing. [Variety]

After the break, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford is looking like the co-star with Pierce Brosnan in The House Gun, and rapidly rising talent Joel Kinnaman is cast in the Fox Searchlight film Lola Versus, where he’ll dump Greta Gerwig. Read More »

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Briefly: Peter Jackson has finally confirmed that Orlando Bloom will reprise the role of Legolas in The Hobbit. The announcement comes via the film’s official Facebook page. How does he fit into the film? That’s something we don’t know. The page quotes Peter Jackson saying, “10 years on, I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again.  I look older – he doesn’t!  Orlando created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas, and we’re excited to be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more.” All we’ve known in the past is that his appearance will be “more than a cameo,” and we’ve figured that he would appear in the second film, the better to tie it to The Lord of the Rings. So, Tolkien scholars, how do you think he’ll be worked into the two films?

David Hasselhoff has become the latest actor to join Piranha 3DD, the sequel to last year’s Piranha 3D (which in turn was a remake of the 1978 film Piranha). The new cast looks just as enjoyably eclectic as the last one — in addition to returning stars Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, and Paul Scheer, 3DD will also feature Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Gary Busey (Point Break), Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), David Koechner (Anchorman) and Matt Bush (Adventureland).

Here’s the plot synopsis — not that the premise is terribly difficult to figure out:

There’s something in the water . . . again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.

Piranha 3DD is currently shooting in Wilmington, NC under the direction of John Gulager (Feast). The film will open November 23, 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump: A plagiarizer, an Italian bird scientist, and a host of Hollywood stars.

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The new version of Arthur didn’t do so well, but co-star Greta Gerwig, who took on the Liza Minelli role, came out of it all more or less untarnished. She has already shot Whit Stillman’s very long in the making Damsels in Distress (fingers really and truly crossed for that to be good), and is now set for a new Fox Searchlight comedy with the intriguing title Lola Versus. (I think I saw that band play once in the ’90s.) And she might have company, in the form of Orlando Bloom, who is evidently making a full return to the screen after a few years away. Read More »

‘The Three Musketeers’ Teaser Trailer

Paul W.S. Anderson‘s 3D version of The Three Musketeers, is scheduled for release October 14. Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans along with Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Juno Temple and Orlando Bloom, a teaser trailer has just been released and you can check it out after the jump.

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‘Sympathy For Delicious’ Trailer

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Mark Ruffalo‘s directorial debut Sympathy For Delicious premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is an independent dramedy about a newly paralyzed DJ who “gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.” /Film’s own David Chen saw the film at Sundance, here is a short excerpt from his review:

Sympathy for Delicious is certainly unique; I don’t think I ever have, nor will I ever again, see a film like this. The film has several hallmarks of a personal passion project. Thornton and Ruffalo have been friends for decades and Thornton himself wrote the script as a way of working out his feelings towards his own disability. Unfortunately, the final film lacks focus, bringing up many interesting ideas but lacking in follow-through.

The film stars Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Mark Ruffalo, and Laura Linney. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Orlando Bloom continues his return to the screen after being absent for most of the past four years. He shot a role in Paul WS Anderson’s The Three Musketeers and will reprise his career-originating role of Legolas in The Hobbit. But before he gets back into breeches and latex ear appliances he’ll play poet Robert Graves in The Laureate.

The film is written and directed by William Nunez, and follows the life of Robert Graves, his wife Nancy Nicholson (Kerry Condon) and poet Laura Riding (Imogen Poots), specifically with respect to the open love triangle between them as they lived in London and Cairo. [Screen Daily]

After the break, Jonas Åkerlund makes Small Apartments and one more joins John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World. Read More »

How Elijah Wood Will Appear in ‘The Hobbit’

Last night it was reported that Elijah Wood was part of a group of actors shortlisted to return for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. This left a lot of people confused, as The Hobbit takes place before Wood’s character Frodo Baggins is even born. But now the official Lord of the Rigns fansite confirms that (as of now) Wood is set to reprise his role as Frodo in The Hobbit, and even explain how this will be possible.

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