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An impressive quartet of actresses has just signed on for My Idiot Brother, the Paul Rudd comedy that we first reported on last week. Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones and Emily Mortimer are all part of the cast as of now. (And just the other night I was wondering how the hell Emily Mortimer seems to have barely aged since appearing in The Ghost and the Darkness in 1996.)

The film is about “an idealist (Rudd) dealing with his over¬bearing mother who crashes at the homes of his three ambitious sisters and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc.” Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer are his sisters, while Jones plays Rudd’s ‘caring, responsible’ girlfriend.

Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall wrote; Jesse Peretz directs. The film shoots next month in New York City.[THR]

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We’ve known a little bit about the upcoming remake of Fright Night, to be directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), but not a lot of key details. Most of what we know is background and casting: Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Marti Noxon wrote the script, and Anton Yelchin is in the lead role as a horror fan who suspects his new next door neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Toni Collette is also in the mix, likely as the mother of Yelchin’s character.

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Maybe you watched (500) Days of Summer and were charmed by the film’s take on being smitten to the point of delirium and distraction. Or, maybe you watched the film and, more than anything else, wanted Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s character to man up, realize that Zooey Deschanel just wasn’t into him and that it was time to move on. But what if he didn’t move on after being dumped, and instead turned into a full-on shadowy stalker? If that had happened, the film might look a little bit like the one seen in this recut trailer. Read More »

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Update: I have been contacted by Zooey Deschanel’s publicist who claims “Zooey is not connected to the project”. You can read the original story below.

Ada Lovelace, a nineteenth-century writer and daughter of Lord Byron, was a wildly interesting woman. She worked on Charles Babbage’s early Analytical Engine, and she is considered a forerunner in the development of machines designed to do more than simple mathematical computations.

Now she may be portrayed on screen by Zooey Deschanel, in what would likely be one of the actresses’ more demanding roles. She’s in talks to play Lovelace in Enchantress of Numbers (a name bestowed upon Lovelace by Babbage)  which would shoot this fall under director Bruce Beresford. That’s the part of the equation that doesn’t thrill me — Beresford makes a lot of workable,  totally unremarkable movies. Sure, Breaker Morant is great, but that was 30 years ago. Let’s not even talk about Driving Miss Daisy, Oscar notwithstanding. [Production Weekly]

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She & Him is the musical collaboration of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, previously responsible for the Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? tune that we featured last year. That one had a bank job video directed by 500 Days of Summer‘s Marc Webb while for this new song, In the Sun, the man with the megaphone is Down With Love and The Break-Up‘s Peyton Reed. He’s comfortably one of my favourite comedy directors of recent years and previously directed Deschanel in Yes Man.

You can see the clip after the break.

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Early Buzz: Your Highness

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It looks like they have begun to test screen David Gordon Green‘s new comedy Your Highness, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. After the jump you can find a round up of comments from IMDb, Twitter and other sources, from TEN people who claim to have attended the recent test screening in Burbank on February 18th 2010.

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Though the territory was already covered to some extent in Almost Famous, Zooey Deschanel will star in a half-hour dramedy pilot for HBO based on I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, the memoir by famous band-aide Pamela Des Barres.

Famous for sleeping her way through a succession of rock and screen stars in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Des Barres chronicles her exploits and the frequent depression that followed when her interludes with famous dudes didn’t turn into anything meaningful. Almost Famous fictionalized the story, and it sounds like this will be based in reality. Which means, if the series is picked up, we could potentially enjoy a parade of ‘stars of the week’ playing famous rockers and actors. Which would be amusing, if nothing else. [DHD]

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Universal Pictures has released their 2010 movie preview, which included this first official photo from David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. Check out the full photo after the jump, click to enlarge.

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