Jason Bateman and Shawn Levy Moving Forward with THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Zoe Saldana, and More Testing for Roles

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The feature film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel This is Where I Leave You is picking up some steam.  The project was initially gearing up to begin production last spring under director Adam Shankman with an ensemble cast that included Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, Leslie Mann, Malin Akerman, and Jason Sudeikis, but Shankman subsequently exited the project and casting deals were never completed, so movement stalled.  Shawn Levy came onboard to direct last fall, and now Bateman is back on the project as the search to fill out the rest of the cast begins in anticipation of a May or June production start date.

The book tells the story of a dysfunctional family that is forced to reunite when their father requests they sit Shivah for seven days following his death, and the feature film adaptation has attracted a great deal of talent, with Harry Potter director David Yates previously flirting with the project.  Hit the jump to find out which actresses are currently testing for roles opposite Bateman.

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson Debut THE INTERNSHIP Trailer with Conan O’Brien on Google+ Hangout Wednesday, February 13th at 2PM ET

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Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are inviting you to a Google+ Hangout as they debut the first trailer for The Internship.  The Shawn Levy-directed picture reunites the Wedding Crashers comedians as two out-of-work salesmen attempting to reinvent themselves in a digital world by competing for an internship at none other than tech giant Google.  On Wednesday, February 13th, at 11am PT/2pm ET, they’ll debut the film’s trailer and chat about shooting on the Google campus along with real Google interns in a conversation hosted by Conan O’Brien.

Also starring Will Ferrell, John Goodman, Rose Byrne and Josh Gad, The Internship opens on June 7th.  Hit the jump to view the video invite along with the first footage from the film.

Shawn Levy Returns to Direct NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 for December 25, 2014 Release; THE MAZE RUNNER Set to Open February 14, 2014

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Though the film has been rumored for quite some time, it appears as though Night at the Museum 3 is officially a go.  The film has been scheduled for release on December 25, 2014, and Shawn Levy will be returning to the director’s chair while Ben Stiller reprises his lead role.  Levy most recently helmed the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy The Intership and is also attached to direct Stiller and Jonah Hill in the comedy Aloha, but with the Christmas 2014 release date imminent, it looks like Museum 3 is his next film.  Here’s what he had to say about the story when Levy spoke with Steve last year:

“It’s really funny, it’s very poignant, and it’s not just ‘Oh what museum are they going to this time?’ it’s a much meatier story than that.”

No other plot details are known at this time, but I assume we’ll hear more soon.  Hit the jump for release date news concerning the adaptation of The Maze Runner.

Exclusive: The First Teaser Poster for Shawn Levy’s THE INTERNSHIP Starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

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One of the films I’m really excited to see this June is director Shawn Levy’s The Internship.  Starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, The Internship finds them playing two old-school salesmen who haven’t kept up with the digital age.  When they suddenly become unemployed, they attempt to remake themselves by interning at a major tech company.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Dylan O’Brien, Max Minghella, Jessica Szohr, and a few very cool cameos.

Last summer, when the production was filming in Atlanta, I got to visit the set and watched some great improv between Vaughn and Wilson that had everyone in the room laughing as soon as Levy called cut.  It was abundantly clear that even though Vaughn and Wilson hadn’t worked together since Wedding Crashers, they still had great chemistry.  In addition, I got to talk with the cast as well as Levy, and closer to release I’ll be running the interviews.  Until then, 20th Century Fox is letting us premiere the first teaser poster and it’s after the jump, along with more on the film.  The Internship opens June 7.

Shawn Levy to Produce Sci-Fi Thriller STORY OF YOUR LIFE; Nic Mathieu Will Direct

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The very busy Shawn Levy is adding another project to his development docket, though this time it’s only in a producing capacity.  FilmNation Entertainment announced today that it would finance and produce the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life alongside Lava Bear Films, with Levy producing the pic via his 21 Laps banner with partner Dan Levine.  Written by Eric Heisserer (The Thing), the film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang that takes place immediately after aliens land around the globe and centers on a linguist who is recruited by the US government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth.

Commercials director Nic Mathieu is set to direct, and the pic is being fast-tracked with casting beginning immediately for a planned 2013 production start-date.  Levy most recently wrapped his latest directorial project, the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship, and earlier this month signed on to helm the ensemble dramedy adaptation This Is Where I Leave You.  Hit the jump to read the full press release concerning Story of Your Life.

Shawn Levy to Direct THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Replacing Adam Shankman

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We have word that Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is stepping in to direct the ensemble comedy,  This Is Where I Leave You as a replacement for Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages).  Shankman was attached to the Warner Bros. film as recently as this past summer, but he departed the picture along with star Jason Bateman.  The studio then put the picture in limbo, but have recently entered final negotiations with Levy to direct.  The original cast also featured Jason Sudeikis, Malin Akerman, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann, but it’s not yet clear whether their schedules can accommodate the shoot.  Hit the jump for more.

Dylan O’Brien Talks THE FIRST TIME, TEEN WOLF Season 3, Shawn Levy’s THE INTERNSHIP, and More

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The First Time is a modern and realistic look at the angst and excitement of young love.  Dave (Dylan O’Brien) is a high school senior who meets Aubrey (Britt Robertson), a junior, one night at a party and a casual conversation sparks a connection that keeps drawing them back to each other.  From writer/director Jonathan Kasdan, the film also stars Victoria Justice, Craig Robertson, Joshua Malina and Christine Taylor.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer.

At the film’s press day, actor Dylan O’Brien spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew him to this story and role, how relieved he was with the positive response as the film started to screen at film festivals, really staying in the moment as an actor, and how memorable the entire experience was.  He also talked about what it was like to make The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, and how director Shawn Levy is going for a more PG-13 family feel, that they’ll return to shoot Season 3 of his MTV series Teen Wolf in December, with 24 episodes now, how he has no idea what’s to come for Stiles, and that he has no idea what Stiles’ first name is.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Paul McGuigan in Talks to Replace Shawn Levy as Director on Fox’s FRANKENSTEIN

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After it was first announced that Shawn Levy (Real Steel) had come aboard to direct a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein nearly a year ago, development on 20th Century Fox’s redo slowed considerably.  Levy told Steve earlier this year that he planned on using motion-capture for the monster, but he and screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle) were faced with a competing Frankenstein film by way of the the Aaron Eckhart-fronted I, Frankenstein, which has already wrapped production and is due for release next year.

Now it appears that Levy is off the project completely, as Lucky Number Slevin helmer Paul McGuigan has entered talks to direct.  Hit the jump for more.

Shawn Levy’s THE INTERNSHIP Will Take Place at Google, Plus More Set Photos

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If you’re going to center your movie’s plot around a cutting-edge technology firm, take a lesson from director Shawn Levy and choose Google.  Levy’s The Internship stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two out of touch salesmen who reinvent themselves at a tech company through a highly contentious internship. Today on Twitter, Levy revealed that the company would be the very real, and very progressive, Google.  The director has also accompanied his Tweets of late with set photos.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Will Ferrell Joins Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in THE INTERNSHIP

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It’s a Wedding Crashers reunion!  Not only are Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson getting together for The Internship, but Will Ferrell is now reported to be making an appearance as well.  Much like his turn in Wedding Crashers, Ferrell’s role will be small (but memorable, I’m sure).  Directed by Shawn Levy, the film follows Vaughn and Wilson as two out-of-touch and out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by taking an internship at a major tech company.  Hit the jump for more details on Ferrell’s cameo.

Selena Gomez Joins PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED, Josh Gad Takes THE INTERNSHIP, Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton Have a TWO NIGHT STAND

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Here are some casting updates at a glance:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Casting Call: Angelina Jolie to Cameo in THE GREAT BEAUTY, Aasif Mandvi Joins THE INTERNSHIP, Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo Join Paul Feig’s New Comedy

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We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Angelina Jolie will cameo in director Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty.
  • Aasif Mandvi joins Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship.
  • Comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo have landed roles in Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s untitled comedy alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

Hit the jump for more details.

John Goodman and Eric Andre Sign on for THE INTERNSHIP; Rosie Perez Joins Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR

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Here is a bit of end-of-the-week casting news for you at a glance:

  • John Goodman (The Big Lebowski) and Eric Andre (The Invention of Lying) have joined the cast of director Shawn Levy’s The Internship.  The comedy reunites Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two out of work salesmen who reinvent themselves by taking an internship at a tech company.
  • Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express) has joined the stellar cast of director Ridley Scott’s The Counselor.  Following the tale of a lawyer who takes to drug trafficking to score some extra cash, The Counselor also stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Dean Norris.

Hit the jump for more casting details.

Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill in Talks to Reteam for ALOHA; Shawn Levy Will Direct

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Though we’ll see Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill team up for next month’s sci-fi comedy The Watch, the duo is already planning another project together.  THR reports that Stiller and Hill are attached to star in the comedy pitch Aloha, with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy set to helm.  Plot details are under wraps, but the story is described as an island-set comedy.  Hill hatched the idea for the project himself, which was then further fleshed out by Hill, Stiller, and Levy on the set of The Watch (which Levy produced).  Hit the jump for more details.

Stephen Moyer Joins DEVIL’S KNOT, Rose Byrne Takes THE INTERNSHIP

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More casting additions for you today.  Here they are in brief:

  • Stephen Moyer (True Blood) is set to join director Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, a feature starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon based on the true life tale of the West Memphis Three.
  • Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class) will star in Shawn Levy’s The Internship, which reunites Wedding Crashers comics, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

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