This is the one that used to be a Joel Schumacher film, but then turned into something someone might actually want to pay to see when The Machinist director Brad Anderson took over. Halle Berry plays a 911 operator who must save a young girl from a serial killer. Abigail Breslin will of course be (read…)

Jessica Brown Findlay

No, not the play by Shakespeare, the 1983 novel by Mark Helprin which takes place in a mythical New York City around the turn of the 20th Century and the present day. Findlay will play a dying woman who falls in love with the thief who breaks into her swank West Side mansion. Well that (read…)

Jessica Biel

Anthony Hopkins is Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson is Janet Leigh, James D’Arcy is Anthony Perkins, Helen Mirren is Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville and they’ve been joined by Jessica Biel as Vera Miles who played Lila Crane, the sister of Leigh’s Marion Crane. Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) directs. via: Deadline Also according to Variety, (read…)

Rupert Grint and Chloe Moretz

Ron Weasely, meet Hit Girl. Rupert Grint will play Stan Shapiro, the Beach Boy drummer’s confidante while Chloe Moretz will play his daughter Jennifer Wilson. As previously announced Aaron Eckhart will play Dennis Wilson and Vera Farmiga will play his girlfriend at the time Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie. The film to begin shooting June 15 (read…)

The two leading ladies were rumored to be “in talks” way back in 2010 and yesterday a press release went out from The Weinstein Company that everything was official. Behold: NEW YORK – February 15, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Academy Award®-winning actresses Julia Roberts (EAT PRAY LOVE) and Meryl Streep (read…)

Screen Daily says the project is tentatively titled The Archbishop and The Antichrist which is the name of the Michael Ashton play up0n which the film is based. The story involves a hypothetical meeting between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and an imprisoned mass murderer. After a string of excellent performances including The Crying Game, Good Morning (read…)

Gina Carano and Channing Tatum in Haywire

Gina Carano does what a lot of people would like to do to Channing Tatum in Haywire Barely anyone saw Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, but those who didn’t missed one of the more promising action star debuts in a while. Gina Carano is no Meryl Streep, but she mops the floor with the likes of previous (read…)

Evan Rachel Wood

The full title of what is described as a “gritty pulp romancer” is The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. In it, Shia LaBeouf will play a man who falls in love with the daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) of a man who dies next to him on a plane. Mads Mikkelsen will play Wood’s abusive ex-husband. (read…)

Tahar Rahim in The Prophet

The Cut will be the third film in art house favorite Fatih Akin’s Love, Death and the Devil trilogy following Head-On (Love) and Edge of Heaven (Death). Tajar Rahim was most recently seen along with Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Antonio Banderas in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s tale of Middle Eastern oil Black Gold, though (read…)

Besides Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) have signed on to the already sizable cast of Kill Your Darlings, the story of Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) who was friends with the likes of Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) (read…)

Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze

The adaptation of Elliot Chaze’s 3rd novel (written in 1953) has attracted Anna Paquin and Tom Hiddleston while Elijah Wood has already been on board for some time as a producer and an actor. The hard boiled story follows an escaped con and a call-girl as they plan to knock off an armored car. True (read…)

Will Ferrell

Adapted from the comic novel by Susan Trott, Will Ferrell will play a lawyer who develops an obsession for stealing flamingo figurines after he’s dumped by his wife. The script by Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree) turned up on the 2011 Black List. via: Variety

Saoirse Ronan

Hanna was one of last year’s most egregiously overlooked action pictures, but you can’t keep a good actress down for long. As previously reported, she’s lined up for Kevin Macdonald’s World War II drama How I Live Now and now she’s in talks to star in Order of the Seven. Apparently originally conceived of as (read…)

Ty Burrell

An adaptation of a novel which introduced characters who would appear in a later novel that was subsequently adapted by Quentin Tarantino as Jackie Brown does not a prequel to Jackie Brown make no matter how much the internet wants it to be so. As previously reported, this is a straight up adaptation of Elmore (read…)

Hailee Steinfeld

John Carney (Once) is writing and directing the “music-themed feel-good romance” that will star Scarlett Johansson as a woman who moves to New York to fulfill her singing dreams when she is promptly dumped by her boyfriend. Mark Ruffalo plays a less-than-successful music producer whom she meets in a bar and the two team up (read…)

Jessica Brown-Findlay

Jessica Brown-Findlay who plays youngest sister Sybil in the hit UK show Downton Abbey has signed on to Shoplifters of the World, based on the true story of an American fan of The Smiths who, devastated by the band’s breakup, storms a heavy metal radio station, takes the DJ hostage and forces him to play (read…)

Vincent Cassel

Writer/director Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf) has reportedly gone back to the earliest published variant of the fairy tale wherein the beast is actually quite savage.  According to Gans, he’s aiming for a film fit both for children and adults. “It talks, among other things, about the power of dreams and love (read…)

Anton Corbijn (The American) is directing the adaptation of John le Carre’s 2008 post-Cold War spy thriller A Most Wanted Man. Set in Hamburg, the novel tells the story of a destitute half-Russian/half-Chechen and possible terrorist who turns up in Hamburg with claims on a small fortune and threatens to expose the unseemly machinations of (read…)

How do you top winning an Oscar and having a baby? How about two consecutive Terrence Malick films? Knight of the Cups starring Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett shoots this summer while Lawless with Bale, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara will follow in the fall. I can’t remember how much info has made the rounds (read…)

This is one of those classic “nothing is official and even if it was we don’t really know all that much about the film in question” type stories that will later allow the source in question to say “TOLDJA!” but I’m a big fan of Samantha Morton, Amy Adams, Carey Mulligan and Spike Jonze so (read…)

Mostly it just gives me great pleasure to say “Oscar-nominee Gary Oldman” because it’s about goddamn time. Anyway, he’s joined Dominic Cooper and Amber Heard in the thriller about an ex-con (Cooper) who  tracks down those responsible for getting him sent up while winning back the woman he loves (Heard). Oldman will play a kingpin (read…)

Damian Lewis who was excellent in TV’s recent Homeland and previously in HBO’s Band of Brothers has been cast as Juliet’s father Lord Capulet, Natascha McElhone (Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris, Showtime’s Californication) as his wife Lady Capulet, Stellan Skarsgard as the Prince of Verona, Lesley Manville (Another Year) as Juliet’s nurse and noted Stanley Kubrick collaborator (read…)

The Variety headline “John Hawkes to Star in ‘Jackie Brown’ Prequel” is intentionally misleading. What we’re really talking about here is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1978 novel The Switch which introduced the characters Ordell Robie and Luis Gara who would return in Leonard’s 1992 novel Rum Punch which in turn would be adapted by (read…)

Directed by Fisher Stevens (best known for starring in Short Circuit back in the ’80s), Stand Up Guys tells the story of two aging criminals, one of who is hired to knock off his best friend. Between Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, I don’t know who will play the criminals and who will (read…)

The West Memphis 3 are all the rage these days following the release of the three men who had been accused and convicted of murder. The documentary Paradise Lost 3 debuted to positive notices at Toronto and has recently turned on on HBO. Meanwhile, Peter Jackson’s doc West of Memphis cast new light on the (read…)

Not so long ago, country/pop-tart Taylor Swift was rumored to have been offered the role of Eponine in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the hit musical Les Miserables, but it was reported yesterday that Samantha Barks (who played the role in London in 2010) is set for the part. To the extent you’re following this project, (read…)

Vera Farmiga

LiC favorite Vera Farmiga joins Aaron Eckhart in the biography of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson. She’ll play Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie who was romantically involved with Wilson from the late ’70s until his death in 1983. While I’m kind of bored with music bios, this one might have the potential to be interesting. (read…)

Rooney Mara

Blake Lively is out of Side Effects and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara is in. While CW tartlet Lively did a decent job in The Town, I think Mara is a significant trade upward. Considering Soderbergh’s track record for getting career performances out of his female leads, this could well prove (read…)

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet who was absolutely terrific in the Charlie Kaufman-penned Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Catherine Keener who was nominated for an Oscar for Being John Malkovich (also written by Kaufman) have both signed up for Kaufman’s sophomore directorial effort Frank or Francis, the musical comedy about a successful director (Steve Carrell) who (read…)

Hugh Bonneville

Every time Hugh Bonneville comes on screen in Downton Abbey, I think “Damn, I wish that guy was Colin Firth.” Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen with this adaptation of Peter James’ crime novel Dead Simple the first in a popular series featuring Roy Grace (Bonneville), a detective with a taste for the supernatural whose own (read…)

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