It’s pilot casting season! And as such, Rupert Grint, JK Simmons, Dylan McDermott, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Beals, and tons more have found new homes on the small screen. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Sarsgaard has joined AMC’s The Killing
  • Dexter Season 8 adds a Walking Dead alum
  • Ridley Scott is bringing The Terror to AMC
  • The About a Boy duo will tackle Neal Stephenson
  • FX is moving ahead with Diane Kruger‘s The Bridge
  • Up All Night will shoot just one multi-cam episode
  • ABC shifts Happy Endings to the Friday death slot
  • House of Cards is Netflix’s most-watched program
  • Comcast buys the other 49% of NBCUniversal
  • The first episode of The CW’s Cult hits the web
  • Jason Blum‘s Paranormal-esque reality show gets a trailer

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Briefly: Woody Allen continues to work at a pace that other directors can only dream of. He’s following To Rome With Love with a new film that stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and now Michael Stuhlbarg. And now the movie has a title, Blue Jasmine, and a distribution deal with Allen’s regular partner Sony Pictures Classics.

Allen scripted (of course) and the film follows “the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.” In form typical to the director, that’s just about all we know beyond the cast roster. We do know the film will shoot in the US, making it the director’s first film at home since the 2009 release Whatever Works. The fact that this will be Allen’s fourth movie since that picture came out is a testament to his wonderfully relentless work habit. [THR]

While it wasn’t a universally lauded smash on the order of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Robot & Frank proved a minor hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival thanks to strong central performances and a fun premise. Frank Langella plays the titular Frank, an elderly crank whose grown children (Liv Tyler and James Marsden) become concerned over his growing inability to take care of himself.

In an attempt to deflect some familial responsibility, Frank’s son gets him a robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) who’ll look after him. Following classic buddy-comedy form, Frank initially despises the thing before he eventually develops a rich friendship with it. The twist? Frank is a retired jewel thief who trains Robot to help him get plot a multi million-dollar heist. Susan Sarandon also stars, as a librarian with a soft spot for Frank. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Woody Allen‘s latest film will be his first to shoot in the US in almost a decade, but that might not be the big reason to pay attention to it. The film just added three cast members, and they’re quite a set. One of them is a great surprise: Louis C.K., a man we know is a fan of Allen’s work if only for the homage he paid Manhattan in the third season of Louie. Another is also a surprise, but a much more surreal one: Andrew Dice Clay, whose comic sensibility is everything a classic Allen character would claim to hate, but might secretly love. Then, to balance things out, we have Peter Sarsgaard.

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It’s time for another round of Release Date Shuffle! Perhaps the biggest news here is that Warner Bros. has pushed back its YA fantasy The Seventh Son, directed by Sergey Bodrov and starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, and Julianne Moore, much farther into next year. But there are also new dates for the supernatural teen romance Beautiful Creatures and the oddball dramedy Robot & Frank, and bad news for Relativity’s military thriller Hunter Killer. Hit the jump for more.

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Far more strange than the Great Snow White Race of 2011 was the competition to produce a film depicting the life and times of early porn star and eventual anti-porn activist Linda Lovelace.

One film, Inferno, has Malin Akerman playing Lovelace and Matt Dillon playing her husband, business manager and accused pimp and abuser Chuck Traynor. Then there is Lovelace, which features Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard in the same roles, with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl) directing. At this moment, it looks like Lovelace is winning this particular race, as the film is the first out of the gate with a legit promo image — complete with clothes, sorry. Check out the full pic below. Read More »

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Matthew Wilder’s Inferno was the Linda Lovelace biopic we heard about first, but it seems like Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s Lovelace is the one that’s moving full speed right now. Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard were cast as the titular porn star and her husband Chuck Traynor in early November, with Sharon Stone signing on to play Lovelace’s mother just a couple of weeks later. Then last month, Wes Bentley, Juno TempleHank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, and James Franco all boarded the picture as well.

Now Demi Moore, Adam Brody, and Eric Roberts have become the latest to join the drama, which is based on Eric Danville‘s book The Complete Linda Lovelace. More details after the jump.

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Armie Hammer has been working his clean-cut golden boy looks to his advantage in The Social Network, J. Edgar, and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror, but the latest addition to his slate will see him transforming into a bit more of a “badass.” Hammer will bulk up and shave his head to star with Eric Bana in By Virtue Fall, a “gritty drama” about an ATF agent (Hammer) who gets framed for corruption and serves time into a maximum security prison. Once out, he’s determined to get revenge on his former partner (Bana), whom he blames for destroying his life.

The project marks the directing debut of Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner, who also penned this script. By Virtue Fall is scheduled to start sometime in 2012, after Hammer wraps up Disney’s The Lone Ranger over the summer. [Deadline]

After the jump, Richard Jenkins becomes Adam Scott’s dad, while Juno Temple and Wes Bentley befriend Amanda Seyfried.

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In true Hollywood fashion, after years of no biopics about Linda Lovelace, there are now two separate films in the works about the adult film star. We’ve known for months that Malin Akerman would be toplining Matthew Wilder’s take on the story, titled Inferno, and now Amanda Seyfried has entered negotiations to fill the role in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s competing version, called Lovelace. Also considering the project is Peter Sarsgaard, who is in early talks to play Lovelace’s abusive pornographer husband Chuck Traynor. More details after the jump.

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