We had a couple of days where mid-level casting for a lot of projects was going crazy. Maybe there was something in the air; maybe casting directors and agents just all got together and had a field day. It’s been a bit slower today, but still there are a couple of items to catch up on. After the break, you’ll find info on how:

  • Robin Williams appears to be cast in Gently Down the Stream, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon.
  • Joel David Moore (Avatar) will be in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
  • and Katie Cassidy takes the lead in Freaky Deaky. Read More »
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‘Puss In Boots’ Theatrical Trailer

Kids and cat lovers are going to find it hard to resist the new trailer for DreamWorks’ Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots. Directed by Chris Miller (Shrek the Third) and featuring the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris, the film opens November 4th in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.

After the jump, check out the new trailer, new poster and read more about the film. Read More »

From Weeds to weed — Demian Bichir is making the move into Oliver Stone‘s world. The director is making Savages, based on the book by Don Winslow. He already has quite the cast lined up: Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson play up and coming pot dealers coerced into working for a drug cartel when their girlfriend O (Blake Lively) is kidnapped. John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro are all in the cast, and now Demian Bichir has signed on, too. Read More »

Sony and Aardman Animation have teamed for a new 3D stop-motion animated film, called The Pirates! Band of Misfits, based in part on Gideon Defoe‘s book The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists. (Which is also the film’s title in the UK, I believe.) That isn’t news, but the first still, above, and the announcement of the full cast definitely is.

Aardman co-founder and Chicken Run co-director Peter Lord is directing the film, which is animated in the now-classic Aardman clay figure style, and he’s got Hugh Grant making his clay debut as the chap you see above. There are a bunch of other great names on hand to provide voices as well, and you can get the full list after the break. Read More »

Every time we run a story about one of the Wizard of Oz films that are in development, the same question comes up: where’s Wicked? The Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West told the story of Oz from the perspective of the witch of the title, then spawned a tremendously successful stage musical, and there have been rumors of a film for several years.

But this may not be quite what you’re expecting. This version of Wicked, developed by Salma Hayek‘s company Ventanarosa Productions, is based on the novel, rather than the musical, and will see life as an ABC miniseries. Read More »

UK Grown Ups Trailer

Grown Ups

The new UK Trailer for Grown Ups has hit the web, and it promises to feature more of the generic, mind-numbing humor that have become the hallmark of the careers of the featured comedians. Seriously though, this one features more jokes relating to the kids. Other than that, you can see most of the scintillating scenes on display in the earlier trailer of the film. Hit the jump for the trailer, and leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Carla Gugino Replaces Salma Hayek in Faster

Carla Gugino

Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City) has joined the cast of Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge thriller starring Dwayne Johnson. It seems logical that Gugino is the replacement for Salma Hayek, who at the last minute (January 31st) dropped out of the project due to supposed “scheduling issues”. If so, that is definitely a step-up in terms of acting talent, but a step down in terms of star value and marketability.

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It’s been slow on the casting front since late December, when Hollywood pretty much shut down for the holidays. Now that everyone is back to work things are picking up slowly.

Christina Ricci has joined the cast of Bel Ami, which already stars Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman. Based on Guy de Maupassant‘s short story ‘Bel Ami,’ the film will follow George Duroy (Pattinson), a young journalist who rose from poverty to become one of the most successful men in Paris via the ruthless and calculating bedding of the city’s most glamorous and influential women. Kristin Scott Thomas is also in the cast. Filming starts next month in Paris. [Production Weekly]

After the break, new work for Maggie Grace, Salma Hayek, Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas. Read More »

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When I see that Johnny Depp is in talks to play Pancho Villa in Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers, I don’t get terribly interested. Then I see that the film is planned as a Spanish language production, and that Depp would act in Spanish. Finally, there’s the director: Emir Kusturica, who directed Depp in Arizona Dream, one of the actor’s early feature starring roles. (An odd piece of film that, I think, has never had a proper DVD release in North America.)

With all those details in place, the project is a lot more interesting. Read More »