20th (or is it 21st?) Century Fox went on a release date rampage over the weekend, planting a stake in the ground for a few upcoming tentpoles as well as animated films through 2018. Ridley Scott‘s star-studded The Counselor has been moved up to October 25, a non-Pixar Day of the Dead animated film called Book Of Life will be released October 3, 2014, Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Paul McGuigan, is now set for October 17, 2014 and a fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks film will be released December 11, 2015.

Fox Animation, DreamWorks Animation and Blue Sky Animation will then have five films between them released in 2017 and five more in 2018. That’s in addition to the previously announced dates through 2014. See the full rundown below. Read More »

Over the years, John Leguizamo‘s earned a reputation as the kind of solid character actor who can make the most out of whatever he’s given. But not all supporting roles are created equal, so it’s great to see him land two particularly juicy-sounding ones back to back.

Leguizamo has reportedly booked parts in Ridley Scott‘s drug drama The Counselor, joining the likes of Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Cameron Diaz, and Jeff Wadlow‘s comic book sequel Kick-Ass 2, which also stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. More details after the jump.

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As Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor approaches its June start date, the cast list is undergoing some last-minute adjustments. According to a new report, Cameron Diaz has just been brought in to replace Angelina Jolie, who was circling a strong supporting role last month and was said to be “very likely” to board.

The Cormac McCarthy-penned project has already attracted more than its share of A-list talent. Man of the moment Michael Fassbender is set for the lead, with Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, and Penélope Cruz rounding out the cast. More details after the jump.

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Is there any project in Hollywood that has the potential to boast a hotter cast than Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor? Man of the moment Michael Fassbender was the first to board the project back in February, while Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem signed on last week. (Bardem beat out another shining star, Jeremy Renner, for his part.) And that’s just the people who are actually locked in. Angelina Jolie‘s been circling for the past couple of weeks, and now Penélope Cruz is considering jumping in as well. More details after the jump.

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It seems like Jeremy Renner‘s been up for every juicy role in Hollywood these past couple of years, but apparently even he’s no match for Javier Bardem. Both went up last month for Ridley Scott‘s Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller The Counselor, with Bardem said to be the preferred choice, and indeed, the Spanish star has now officially sealed the deal. Also just locked is Brad Pitt, who was first rumored for the picture a few weeks ago. The pair join lead Michael Fassbender, who — despite all the A-list interest in Scott’s latest project — was the only confirmed star up to this point.

Meanwhile, it’s looking increasingly likely that Pitt’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star / real-life partner Angelina Jolie will board the cast as well, in a more significant role than we previously suspected. More details after the jump.

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Ridley Scott‘s never had trouble attracting top-shelf talent, but even so, the cast for The Counselor is looking like it could be one of his strongest yet. Scripted by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy, the thriller already has Michael Fassbender lined up to play an attorney who dips his toe into the drug trade, only to find himself getting in over his head.

Over the past month or so, Natalie Portman has entered talks to play his wife, both Javier Bardem and Jeremy Renner have been up for the villain role, and Brad Pitt has been rumored to be considering a supporting role. Now the latest A-lister said to be circling is Angelina Jolie, who’s reportedly met with Scott to discuss a particular role. Read more after the jump.

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Briefly: The Counselor is shaping up to be one of the most exciting big films to shoot in 2012. Based on a script by Cormac McCarthy, the movie will be directed by Ridley Scott with Michael Fassbender playing an attorney who tries to drink from the profit stream of the drug trade, only to find himself pulled underwater.

Natalie Portman is reportedly in talks to play the wife of Fassbender’s character, and Javier Bardem and Jeremy Renner have been linked to a role named Reiner, the chief baddie in the film. There is another big female role yet to cast, but one smaller part that may now have an actor is a supporting character called Westray. The guy becomes a business associate of the title character once he is enmeshed in a deal to transport a load of cocaine over the US/Mexico borter, and Twitch reports that Brad Pitt has been meeting for the film. As he reportedly isn’t linked to the larger villain role, the supposition is that he could end up as Westray.

The role is reportedly a bit of a strange, slimy one, with Westray’s motivations and connections not being evident. But that’s the sort of thing that Pitt could do very well with, and given the overall caliber of the cast, a minor appearance from Pitt wouldn’t end up grabbing more attention than everyone else.

How wild will it be if Javier Bardem plays the villain in another tense drug-related thriller cooked up by author Cormac McCarthy? The writer recently sold a screenplay called The Counselor, which Ridley Scott will bring to the screen with Michael Fassbender playing an attorney who tries to get into the drug trade just a little bit, only to find himself in deep trouble.

Now Bardem and Jeremy Renner are reportedly the last men standing in competition to be the movie’s bad guy, with Bardem favored by Scott. And Natalie Portman is looking like Scott’s choice to play the fiancee of the lead character. Read More »

Michael Fassbender is going back to work with Ridley Scott. The possibility we reported a few days ago, that Fassbender might star in Scott’s film version of Cormac McCarthy‘s script The Counselor, has come to pass. So just before the opening of Prometheus, which Scott directed and in which Fassbender appears, the duo will be at work again on a story that is being compared to No Country For Old Men. Read More »

Cormac McCarthy is helping delay the production of the new Blade Runner film. The author recently sold a spec screenplay called The Counselor, about a respected lawyer who tries to get into the drug trade without being completely pulled in, but quickly finds that he’s out of his depth.

The script sale led to the quick attachment of director Ridley Scott. (Who was trying to develop an adaptation of McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian a couple years back.) Now it looks like The Counselor will be Scott’s next film, and Michael Fassbender could be in the title role. Read More »