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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In case you didn’t already have enough reasons to go see The Muppets, we present to you one more: Theatrical screenings of the Disney film will be preceded by a brand-new short from Pixar, with the Toy Story franchise’s Buzz Lightyear front and center.

Titled “Small Fry,” the seven-minute film introduces us to a tiny, fast food meal version of Buzz Lightyear (Teddy Newton) yearning for a better life than his current restaurant display case existence. To that end, he decides to kidnap the bigger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) so that they can trade places. In the clip, the Buzz we know and love attempts a daring, space ranger-worthy escape from the fast food play pen — only to land squarely in the middle of a group therapy session for discarded Fun Meal toys. Jane Lynch lends her vocal talents to Neptuna, a narcissistic plastic mermaid who serves as the leader of the group. Watch the 30-second clip after the jump.

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First Look: New Toy Story Short ‘Small Fry’

The new Toy Story short, Small Fry, is set to premiere in a couple weeks in front of The Muppets, and that’s the first still from the new Pixar short, above. In Small Fry, Pixar director Teddy Newton voices a miniature version of Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), who replaces the full-size one. Some story info is after the break. Read More »

Well, here’s something to make you feel bad about whatever meager pittance you pulled in from your last paycheck: Forbes Magazine has released its annual list of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. At the very top of the list is Leonardo DiCaprio, who has apparently raked in $77 million in the past year. Johnny Depp was a not particularly close second, with $50 million.

Like DiCaprio, most of the players at the top were the names you’d expect – seven of this year’s top 10 were also among last year’s top 10 — with their respective places on the list shuffled around. Other actors in this year’s top five were Adam Sandler, Will Smith, and Tom Hanks. Read the rest of the list after the jump.

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With Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney took a fairly boring theme park ride and turned it into live-action family themed film with one of the biggest stars on the planet: Johnny Depp. That formula seems to have worked out for all involved and now they’re going to try it again. Disney has hired screenwriter Roger S.H. Schulman to write a film adaptation of the Jungle Cruise ride and which will star Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. That pair has already made a boatload of cash for the Mouse, as their chemistry helped drive three Toy Story films to financial and critical mega-success. Read more about this project and the ride after the jump. Read More »

Page 2: Weekend Edition

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Buzz Lightyear

Briefly: With Toy Story 3 still in theaters and raking in more than $350m, naturally talk has begun about the possibility for a fourth film. We know some of the characters have a future in at least one short film that would run in front of Cars 2. But now there’s a report from The Wrap that Tim Allen is signed for Toy Story 4, which is going to lead to supposition that a fourth film is more likely than anyone at Pixar has allowed so far.

I wouldn’t take the revelation that Allen is signed as anything more than basic studio contractual process. While Toy Story 3 is a natural conclusion to the series, Pixar and Disney are naturally going to want the option to have Allen around to voice Buzz Lightyear in a variety of possible non-feature film appearances. So it’s safe to assume he’s signed a contract that includes a set of options. Those options could easily include more features, even though at this point we know of no plans to make more.

VOTD: X-Mas Origins: Santa

X-Men Origins: Santa
They say that all legendary figures are the creation of great tragedy and perseverance. But what about Santa Claus? Imagine, if you can, Santa Claus as a superhero, out for vengeance. Imagine, if you will, a movie trailer mash-up featuring The Santa Clause and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Imagine, no more. You can watch the real origin story of Santa Claus, after the jump.

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