Check out the latest casting additions below:
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We’ve got a few quick casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Tobey Maguire has joined the cast of Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day. The film “centers on a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother to take in a drifter over Labor Day weekend. It’s later revealed that the man is an escaped convict and the three spend a weekend together that will shape them for the rest of their lives.” According to Deadline, Maguire will play the adult version of the boy, and Maguire also narrates the film. He joins Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, J.K. Simmons, Brooke Smith, Gattlin Griffith, and Brighid Fleming. I haven’t seen enough Maguire in theaters lately (his last movie was 2009′s Brothers), but his film The Details, which played at Sundance 2011, will finally see the light of day in September, and I’m looking forward to his portrayal of Nick Carraway in Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby this December.
Hit the jump for casting news on new additions to Drinking Buddies. Filming on Labor Day begins later this month in Massachusetts.
Three bits of casting additions to finish your week off. Here they are in brief:
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We’ve got a few bits of casting news to bring to you today. Here they are at a glance:
- Steve Carell and Jake Johnson ( New Girl) will join an untitled mob-themed comedy for Warner Bros.
- Joelle Carter (Justified) joins Saw 3D director Kevin Gruetert’s horror-thriller, Jessabelle.
- Jose Maria Yazpik (The Burning Plain) will star in Pedro Almodovar’s upcoming romantic comedy, The Brief Lovers.
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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you this afternoon. First up, Variety reports that Amanda Peet is the third person to join the cast of the comedy Identity Thief. Briesmaids star Melissa McCarthy plays a woman who steals a man’s identity (Jason Bateman), and hilarity ensues. Plot details beyond the basic logline are unknown, but Bateman and McCarthy make an enticing comedic pair. Throw the lovely Amanda Peet into the mix and you’ve got yourself the makings of a promising comedy.
I’ve been a big fan of Peet’s work for years, with her stint on the short-lived Aaron Sorkin series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip a standout on the show. Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is onboard to direct Identity Thief is set to open on May 10th, 2013. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the Black List script The Pretty One.
FilmDistrict has released a trailer and poster for Colin Trevorrow‘s indie comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. The movie stars Aubrey Plaza as a magazine intern who goes undercover to investigate a man (Mark Duplass) who placed an ad looking for a time-traveling partner. The movie was based on a real newspaper ad that was passed around the Internet in 2005. I caught the film at Sundance and thought it was slight but still charming and funny. The trailer goes a bit too far in revealing the plot, but it also shows that Plaza can absolutely kill in a lead role.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Jake Johnson and Karan Soni. Safety Not Guaranteed opens June 8th.
Even without the magic of nostalgia, there’s a belief we can find love not by looking forward but by looking to our past. The past has the love we were guaranteed, or at least the love we thought we could have if we hadn’t made mistakes. The future only holds uncertainty and heartbreak. Colin Trevorrow‘s Safety Not Guaranteed shows its characters indulging their fantasies to turn past love into present love. Sadly, that’s about as deep as the film goes, but the film still works thanks to the charming performances, light humor, and a tinge of melancholy.
When we saw the trailers for Ivan Reitman’s No Strings Attached, we all had the same basic reaction: “Oh, boy, Natalie Portman in a sex comedy!”, a thought that was immediately followed by: “Oh, no, Ashton Kutcher.” Yes, over the past decade, Kutcher has found more success as a “personality”, camera salesman, and a reality TV producer than he seems to have found as an actor: despite a few middle-of-the-road successes at the box office, his filmography has left film geeks cold. Would No Strings Attached be the first film that breaks away from that sad truth? Or would No Strings Attached be more Killers-level crap? Read on for our full review after the jump to find out, folks….