Liev Schreiber has confirmed something that seems pretty obvious to me, something that most people suspected – His character Cotton Weary will not return in Scream 4.

“Cotton is dead!” Schreiber told IGN. “I know, I keep reading on the Internet that I’m doing Scream 4, but I don’t know where that comes from. No one ever told me I was doing Scream 4. No one ever mentioned anything to me.”

While Schreiber isn’t expected to make an appearance in the new sequel, yet another Scream series veteran has announced his plans to return for the fourth film. I’m not talking about the previously announced Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette or even Roger L. Jackson, the voice actor who provides the creepy voice of Ghostface. Who is it? Find out after the jump.

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UPDATE: There might be more truth and ugliness to this than I first thought was the case. New info at the end of the article.

We’ve been running a lot of Scream 4 info, and in a piece I ran yesterday one commenter asked why we’ve been covering it so much. The simple answer is “it’s what we do,” but the more complex answer is that there’s a lot of motion on the picture this week. Partially as a by-product of trying to keep the script secret, the film has been casting quite a few roles even as photography has begun.

But today the big rumor has been that there’s been a total screenwriter switcheroo on the picture, with the effect of not only making big changes to this film, but demolishing the option for a fifth. As is so often the case there seems to be some truth to the story, surrounded by a lot of exaggeration. Read More »

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Briefly: The Scream 4 casting machine keeps rolling. Yesterday saw a lot of movement in the cast with Lauren Graham dropping out (due to scheduling commitments, according to her reps) and Adam Brody, Marley Shelton and Erik Knudsen stepping in.

Now Community‘s Alison Brie and Mary McDonnell of Battlestar Galactica (and much more) are taking roles as well, according to The Wrap. We don’t have a breakdown of McDonnell’s role, but Brie will play the ambitious assistant to Neve Campbell‘s returning character Sidney Prescott. Is ‘ambitious’ horror movie code for ‘she dies?’ Probably.

Reportedly the script is being so closely guarded that the cast hasn’t even been allowed to see past a certain point in the script — with casual slips of the tongue or text being so common, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson are doing their damndest to keep the story’s secrets under wraps. Good luck to them; I’d like to be able to see the film without having had every element of the story given up first.

Behind the Scenes of Scream 4

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Production has begun on Wes Craven‘s Scream 4, and the first videos and photos have begun to appear online, including a look at Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, now a decade older and with short hair.

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Departures: Lake Bell Leaves Scream 4, Teresa Palmer Out of Mad Max 4

We have a couple updates on previously reported casting news today. It looks like Lake Bell won’t be in Wes Craven‘s Scream 4, and Teresa Palmer is now claiming that she was never cast in Mad Max 4: Fury Road. Full details on both departures, after the jump.

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Anthony Anderson and Marielle Jaffe have joined the ever-growing cast of Wes Craven‘s horror sequel Scream 4. The news was buried in a recent EW piece on Lauren Graham’s casting. No word on what new characters they will play, but we have speculation after the jump.

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Nico Tortorella has been cast in the horror sequel Scream 4. The actor revealed the news on Twitter, stating “Huge news today!!!! Just officially got cast in Scream 4!!!! Today is always the best day of my life.” Tortorella has previously appeared on television shows The Beautiful Life: TBL and Make It or Break It, and appears in the upcoming Joel Schumacher film Twelve.

No information has been revealed about Tortorella’s character, but we assume he might have nabbed the role of a character named Trevor Sheldon, described in the casting calls as: “Handsome high school jock, but quiet and intense, as though a secret hangs over his head.” All of the casting announcements thus far have been either females or older men, so it seems likely this is his role in the film.

After the jump we have some new information about the new characters in the film, gleamed from a casting call for the film which was sent to us through e-mail.

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Last week there was news about the casting for Scream 4 that suggested Twilight‘s Ashley Greene, Lake Bell, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin were all being considered for roles in Wes Craven‘s Scream 4. Yesterday it was reported by the studio that Emma Roberts had been cast in the new lead role, leading many to wonder if Greene (or the others) were out of the film entirely.

We now have word, thanks to Variety, that Hayden Panettiere (best known as the Cheerleader from Heroes) and Rory Culkin (Signs, Mean Creek) have also been confirmed as officially cast in the horror sequel, the first part of a new trilogy written by screenwriter Kevin Williamson.

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Last week there was news about the casting for Scream 4 that suggested Twilight‘s Ashley Greene could end up playing one of the lead roles in the sequel — a part more or less equivalent to Neve Campbell‘s in the original film. Now it looks like Emma Roberts is going to have that role. So is Greene out of the film entirely? Read More »

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