Colin Firth is edging closer to genuine leading man status, thanks in part to big awards season recognition for films like A Single Man and The King’s Speech. It’s a transformation that will take another big step if he takes the lead role in Gambit, a heist thriller remake scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. We’ve reported on the film in the past, most recently when The Last Station director Michael Hoffman came on to direct.

Now Deadline says Colin Firth is in talks for the lead role of a cat burglar who wants to rob a billionaire. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the rich guy’s late wife. (Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine played the roles in the ’66 original.) Sounds like a perfectly good choice for me. As anything that puts an actor who is very versatile with dialogue into a Coen-scripted project is to be applauded.

After the break, more casting for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought A Zoo, and Safe House, which is already set to star Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Read More »

Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender, who teamed once already for the excellent film Hunger, are gearing up to make Shame, about a man unable to manage his sex life. Now Carey Mulligan has joined the cast as the sister of Mr. Fassbender’s character. That’s all we’ve got right now, but the basic talent line-up and the subject matter, which seems to have a Palahniuk leaning, puts this high on my anticipated list for 2011. Shame shoots in New York in January. [Deadline]

After the break, more cast for The Hangover Part II and Spider-Man, as well as a star for the new series adapting novel series The Mortal Instruments. Read More »

‘The Hangover 2′ Official Plot Synopsis Released

Director Todd Phillips has been trying to keep plot details for The Hangover: Part II under wraps, but it seems every day more little bits leak out. Be it the Bangkok-location, the cameos that did happen and didn’t happen. On Tuesday, Warner Bros released their official 2011 preview kit, which is where that Sherlock Holmes II image came from. As part of the preview kit, they have released the first official plot synopsis for the comedy sequel. Hit the jump to check it out. Oh, and you can also click the image above to see the previously released production photo in high resolution.

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Film news is turning into a micro-reporting culture, so here’s word on two cameos (or, more properly, possible cameos) that have been shot for notable films. The first report puts Brad Pitt in a brief scene in the film Angelina Jolie wrote and is now directing.

Plus, there’s another big cameo report for The Hangover Part II. On the off chance that you haven’t seen it reported in ten other places already, we’ve kept the info out of the headline and after the break, so you can keep it a surprise if you want. (Good luck with that.) Read More »

Paul Giamatti Joining ‘The Hangover Part II’

Briefly: We just saw the new trailer for Barney’s Version, starring Paul Giamatti, and now there’s word that he’s going to fly to Thailand to join the cast of The Hangover Part II under the direction of Todd Phillips. Great news as far as I’m concerned, as Mr. Giamatti can be a low-key comic wonder. We don’t have any information about what he might be playing in the film, but he can hold his own against whatever is thrown his way.

And that ‘whatever’ could come from the returning core cast of Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, or new cast members like Jamie Chung and Liam Neeson. I hope we don’t find out what Mr. Giamatti is doing in the film too early — there have been far too many details of this movie let loose as it is. [Deadline]

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Spoilers: New ‘Hangover Part II’ Set Photos

When Todd Phillips and crew were filming the first Hangover film, they did so under the radar. No one thought a little Vegas based comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zack Galifianakis could make any money. In fact, I’m sure some insiders probably asked “Galifi-who-kis?”  What they underestimated was the power of an actual good movie and The Hangover became the top grossing R-rated comedy of all time. It made Galifianakis into a household name and bona fide box office draw, Helms is as popular as ever thanks to The Office and Bradley Cooper isn’t only Face from The A-Team, he’s mentioned in practically every single piece of superhero casting there is.

Because of that success, when production began on the sequel, The Hangover Part II, it was pretty obvious it wasn’t going to fly under the radar. So it’s no surprise that a second batch of set photos from The Hangover Part II just appeared online and, unlike the first batch, these certainly ruin some punchlines. Continue only if you don’t care about spoilers. Read More »

Jamie Chung Joins ‘The Hangover Part II’

Jamie Chung just officially pulled past The Miz to become the most successful Real World cast member ever. The actress, who has already starred in the AMC Family show Samurai Girl, Grown Ups and Sorority Row in addition to playing one of the main ladies in Sucker Punch (above), has just been cast in The Hangover Part II (which, it seems, is the official new title). She’ll play Stu’s (Ed Helms) wife in the Todd Phillips film that also stars Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis and Justin Bartha with appearances by Mike Tyson, Ken Jeong and Liam Neeson. It’s scheduled for a May 26 release. Read more about Chung and her role after the jump. Read More »