Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.

The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.

The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.

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Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba have boarded No Good Deed, a thriller written by Aimee Lagos (96 Minutes) and directed by Sam Miller (Luther). The Screen Gems project centers around a district attorney who gives up her career to stay at home with her two young children. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger shows up claiming to have car trouble, she invites him into her home, only for him to kidnap and terrorize her and her family.

Though neither Variety nor THR confirm which character each will be playing, we can probably assume that Henson will be the mom and Elba the charming but dangerous stranger. The film marks Elba’s third time working with Screen Gems, having previously made Takers and Obsessed for the studio. Not such an auspicious track record, but for the sake of these talented actors let’s hope for the best.

After the jump, Nicole Kidman subs in for Rachel Weisz, and Emmy Rossum is a beautiful creature.

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Valentine’s Day may have already come and gone, but between the re-release of Titanic and the opening of Terence DaviesThe Deep Blue Sea, it looks like cinema’s most romantic days are still ahead of us. Rachel Weisz stars as Hester Collyer, whose marriage to an older judge (Simon Russell Beale) falls apart when she strikes up a passionate affair with a dashing ex-RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston). Though I found the previously released trailer to be a bit maudlin for my taste, the new one is more restrained, and far more moving as a result. Check it out after the jump.

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Tony Gilroy, the writer who provided the script backbone for the three Matt Damon Bourne movies, has started a parallel Bourne series, which kicks off with the film The Bourne Legacy. This picture features Jeremy Renner as a Jason Bourne-like agent. A teaser trailer has just been released for the fim that will give you the first look at Renner in secret agent mode, as well as at Ed Norton and Rachel Weisz, and the returning Albert Finney and Joan Allen.

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Dog Fight is going to be one of the more visible political satires to hit just before the 2012 Presidential election; the movie will be from director Jay Roach, featuring Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell as North Carolina politicians who are running opposite one another for a congressional seat in a district election.

Brian Cox recently joined the cast, which also includes Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Baker and Katherine LaNasa. Now John Lightgow has signed on to play an unspecified role. The film is shooting in New Orleans, and already has an August 10, 2012 release date. [Variety]

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Terrence Malick news has been plentiful of late. I’d almost feel uneasy about this — a flurry of activity from a guy known for completing an average of one film every decade — if it wasn’t so pleasant. Yesterday we got the announcement of two new films from the director, Lawless and Knight of Cups. Those both feature Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett, as well as a handful of other actors.

Those are two of Malick’s four upcoming potential films. Another one is the IMAX doc Voyage of Time, of which we’ve heard rumblings for a few years and is supposedly still going to be finished. And then there’s a movie that is already shot: the Untitled Terrence Malick Project, which has also been referred to as The Burial. That one features Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko and Rachel Weisz. It was shot last year, with some reshoots taking place this past spring, and is in post-production. In true Malick form, reliable details on that movie have been hard to come by. In the wake of yesterday’s bombshell announcement, some new info did come to light, however, and it is after the break. Read More »

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2011’s been pretty hit or miss with regard to dramatic romances. The year got off to a pretty strong start with Jane Eyre in the first quarter, but the more recent Water for Elephants and One Day both fell flat. I’m waiting to be swept off my feet by something beautiful and tragic, and I’ve got hopes that Terence DaviesThe Deep Blue Sea will be just the film to do that.

Based on a 1952 play by Terence Rattigan, the story revoles around Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), wife of judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale). When she strikes up a passionate affair with alcoholic former Royal Air Force pilot Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), she starts down a path that may lead to her ultimate destruction. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Despite gaining attention in The Mummy and making the occasional appearance in something like Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, Rachel Weisz has developed a talent for sidestepping most big studio movies in favor of more focused, and more adult fare. Her film The Whistleblower is just opening now, and she’s got three films appearing in the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

One is Fernando Meirelles’ 360 (see some images here); another is Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea; and a third film, Page Eight, was just announced for the fest yesterday. We’ll concentrate on that last picture for now — it’s a spy thriller from The Reader screenwriter David Hare, in which Weisz plays a political activist and Bill Nighy is an MI5 agent concerned with just what she knows and intents. Check out a teaser trailer below. Read More »

When Universal gave Tony Gilroy a mandate to make a new Bourne film that might establish a series parallel to the existing trilogy starring Matt Damon, he pledged a story that would take place in the same world and expand upon some background elements seen in the three Damon films.

To that effect he has been recruiting actors who aren’t Matt Damon but who did play important roles in the existing trilogy. Not long ago he pulled in Joan Allen and Albert Finney to reprise their roles, and now he’s got Scott Glenn back in the fold as well. The actor will once again play CIA director Ezra Kramer in The Bourne Legacy. But not until after he plays a part in Precious director Lee Daniels‘ new film The Paperboy. Read More »