Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons Join RACE; Dev Patel Is THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY; Jackie Weaver Is Among EQUALS

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Here’s another casting roundup for you guys:

  • Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons have joined the Jesse Owens biopic Race for director Stephen Hopkins.
  • Dev Patel and (coincidentally enough) Jeremy Irons will star in director Mathew Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity.
  • Jackie Weaver wants to be Equals with Drake Doremus.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Rumor: Doomsday One of the Five Villains in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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It’s getting hard to keep up with all of the villains (and heroes) rumored to be participating in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Heck, it’s hard enough keeping up with the rumors about who wrote which version of a fake script that all of this info may or may not be coming from.  And now there are fresh rumors that Doomsday will be making an appearance in the film, perhaps as one of the five villains people claim are on tap for this franchise installment.

Hit the jump for more on the possible Batman v Superman Doomsday appearance.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterCallan Mulvey, Tao OkamotoScoot McNairy, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Irons.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Irons and Miller Join HIGH-RISE; Sarsgaard and Ryder to Lead EXPERIMENTER; Galifianakis Has TULIP FEVER; Butler Set for DEN OF THIEVES

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We have a few casting stories for you this morning.  Briefly:

  • Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller will join Tom Hiddleston in Ben Wheatley‘s adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s High-Rise.
  • Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder will lead the biopic Experimenter, The Stanley Milgram Story.
  • Zach Galifanakis has signed on to Justin Chadwick‘s period romance Tulip Fever.
  • Gerard Butler is set to star in the heist drama Den of Thieves.

Hit the jump for more details on these casting bits.

Scott and Brie in Talks for SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE; Walker Joins THE MOON AND THE SUN; Irons and Meyers to Lead THE SECRET SCRIPTURE

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We’ve a few casting stories for you today.  First up Adam Scott is planning to reteam with Bachelorette director writer-director Leslye Headland for her upcoming comedy Sleeping with Other PeopleThe movie stars Jason Sudeikis as “a womanizer who befriends a serial cheater; ultimately, the two develop a romantic attraction to each other.”  According to THR, Alison Brie is in talks to replace Kirsten Dunst, who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.  Headland notes that neither deal is done, and that “‘It’s not set in stone, kids.’ I’ve seen shit fall apart over less.”  As Harvey Weinstein‘s former assistant, she should know.  Hopefully, Scott and Brie will sign on; they’re both immensely talented and are terrific on two of TV’s best sitcoms, Parks and Recreation and Community, respectively.

Hit the jump for casting news on the fantasy feature The Moon and the Sun and the adaptation of the Irish novel, The Secret Scripture.

TOP 5: Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, NEIGHBORS, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, INTERSTELLAR, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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With an Oscar nod for Best Documentary under its belt and Matt having named it his favorite film of 2013, the last thing Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing needs is an endorsement from me. And yet, here it is. I watched the film on Netflix several weeks ago and, to be honest, I’m still having trouble coming to grips with it. It’s the most the surreal and disturbing look at human atrocity I’ve seen and the more I think about its subjects and overall approach, the more I’m in awe of the fact that it exists. I drown in hyperbole when thinking of words to describe it because it’s so profound that calling it a “good film” seems not like an understatement but a complete inaccuracy. The Act of Killing is not a “good film”, it’s a stunning work of humanity that makes awards, critical reception, the sentence I’m typing at this very moment, etc., seem absolutely trivial.

Speaking of trivial, in what may go down as one of the worst segues in Collider history, I’ll now attempt to jump into this week’s Top 5. Highlighted today is Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons joining Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, Steve’s Neighbors set visit coverage, the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar being exempt from Paramount’s digital mandate, and the first trailer for Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Jesse Eisenberg to Play Lex Luthor in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred

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While we continue to wait with bated breath for some official casting news concerning the new Star Wars film, Warner Bros. has just dropped a bomb by announcing the casting of both Lex Luthor and Alfred in director Zack Snyder’s Batman-infused follow-up to Man of Steel.  The incredibly talented Jesse Eisenberg will be playing the villainous Luthor in the untitled Batman vs. Superman film, while Jeremy Irons will be assuming the role of Batman’s trusted companion Alfred.  Hit the jump to read on.

THE HOLLOW CROWN DVD Review

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I’m far from being the biggest Shakespeare scholar on the block, so having me review The Hollow Crown might not seem like the best idea at first blush.  However, the beauty of this mini-series is how accessible it is to even those of us whose last brush with the playwright came during high school English.  It helps that the cast is composed of up-and-coming faces of this generation of actors, alongside veterans of stage and screen who define the word gravitas and could probably do Shakespeare in their sleep.   Much like the long-standing works of the English author himself, The Hollow Crown is equally enjoyable for neophytes making their introduction to Shakespeare or scholars looking for a new interpretation.  Hit the jump for my review.

Showtimes Cancels THE BORGIAS; Showrunner Neil Jordan Reveals Desired Ending

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Showtime’s rich, complicated Renaissance drama The Borgias will be coming to an end earlier than expected.  The third season finale on June 16th will also serve as a series finale, as Showtime has also scrapped plans for a two-hour wrap-up movie.  Though The Borgias held steady in the ratings this year, its production costs were deemed too high to continue.  Additionally, creator Neil Jordan wasn’t sure he had enough material in mind for a full fourth season, but had still hoped to be able to wrap things up for Pope Alexander (Jeremy Irons), Cesare (François Arnaud) and Lucrezia  (Holliday Grainger) with a film.

The series’ complexity and intense drama has kept it on critics’ radars throughout its run (and included a Golden Globe nomination for Irons and 10 Emmys for the series so far), but unfortunately it never gained the exposure or interest of a period drama series like HBO’s Game of Thrones (and admittedly was never as engaging, though still made for great TV).  Hit the jump for more on what Jordan had to say about the finale, and the way he had hoped to end the series in a movie.

Dying Hard: Matt Revisits DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE

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[With A Good Day to Die Hard set to open this Thursday, we'll be taking a look back at the first four Die Hard movies.  These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years.  Click on the respective links for my look back at Die Hard and Die Hard 2.]

I like to consider Die Hard with a Vengeance the true sequel to Die Hard.  It’s bigger, bolder, darker, but still retains the same sense of desperation, humor, and intensity of the first movie.  Unlike Die Hard 2, the purpose of Die Hard with a Vengeance isn’t to copy the plot elements of the first film, but to take the spirit of the original and paint it on a broader canvas.  Die Hard with a Vengeance takes what could have been a stolid, safe entry, and instead shakes up the formula to keep John McClane (Bruce Willis) alive and kicking, which is impressive for a guy who should have died many times over.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to an Early Screening of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

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I’m not embarrassed to say I’m intrigued by Beautiful Creatures.  I know I’m not the target audience, but that doesn’t mean I’m excluded from enjoying the film.  For those unfamiliar with the movie, it’s supernatural love story centering on Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) a “caster” (a.k.a. a witch), her relationship with Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), and her dread at being chosen for good or evil.

I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away 20 passes to the Atlanta screening of Beautiful Creatures.  Hit the jump to find out how you can check out the film early and for free.  The film also stars Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, and Emma ThompsonBeautiful Creatures opens February 14th.

39 New Images from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Starring Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich and Emmy Rossum

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A host of new images from director Richard LaGravenese’s supernatural love story adaptation Beautiful Creatures reveal great looks at stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich.  While the movie may draw comparisons to The Twilight Saga, one thing that stands apart is the amazing costume design for Beautiful Creatures, which really puts an emphasis on Southern Gothic.

Also starring Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Thomas Mann, Beautiful Creatures opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

New TV Spots for BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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New TV spots have been released for Beautiful Creatures and Oz the Great and PowerfulBeautiful Creatures is a supernatural love story centering on Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) a “caster” (a.k.a. a witch), her relationship with Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), and her dread at being chosen for good or evil.  This TV spot sells the love-angle, but I can’t help but being slightly intrigued by the supernatural element of the story.  As for Oz the Great and Powerful, the TV spots are about ringing in the New Year with Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spots.  Beautiful Creatures opens February 13th.  Oz the Great and Powerful opens in 3D on March 8th.

New Poster for PAIN AND GAIN Starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, Plus New Character Posters for BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

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New posters have popped up online today for Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain and Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures. Pain and Gain, based on a true story, stars Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg as two weightlifters who get involved with a kidnapping and extortion scheme that goes horribly wrong. Also starring Ed Harris, Anthony Mackie, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson and Rob Corddry, Pain and Gain opens on April 26, 2013.

Two new character posters have popped up for Beautiful Creatures stars Jeremy Irons and Zoey Deutch. Adapted from the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl novel, Beautiful Creatures stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich as two star-crossed lovers caught up in supernatural events transpiring in their small town. The film opens February 13, 2013. Hit the jump to check out all the posters.

New Trailer for BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

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A new trailer for the YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures has been released online.  The Southern supernatural romance centers on two mystically charged teens who are mysteriously drawn to one another despite never having met, and uncover some unsettling secrets about their families and the small southern town in which they live.  I found the first trailer intriguing yet a tad confusing, but this clip really digs into the plot and makes Beautiful Creatures look like a lot of fun.  We see a lot more of the characters played by Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Viola Davis, and it’s starting to make sense why actors of their caliber signed on; Thompson in particular looks to be having a blast chewing the scenery.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, and Emmy RossumBeautiful Creatures opens on February 13, 2013.

15 Things to Know About Richard LaGravenese’s BEAUTIFUL CREATURES From Our Set Visit

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Stepping out of the van, the heat hits all of us at the same time, and before we’ve even made it halfway up the dirt pathway—to where a sprawling, vine-covered Gothic mansion is quietly redefining the word “imposing”—every one of us is starting to sweat. The person guiding us to our destination points, and we all look around a corner to see what appears to be a checkered ballroom set into the center of a topiary garden. Dozens of elaborately-costumed actors and actresses are milling about: some have foot-tall, brightly-colored hairdos, others have their faces covered in intricate makeup jobs, and all of them must be dying in this swampy heat. Just as we’re starting to make sense of what it is we’re looking at, Jeremy Irons walks by holding a Styrofoam cup of coffee and nods a “Hello” at us.

Earlier this year, I was invited out to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Warner Bros. and director Richard LaGravenese were bringing the YA novel Beautiful Creatures to life. To say the visit was surreal doesn’t quite do it justice, but I’ll give it a shot. Meet me after the jump to find out what I learned on the Beautiful Creatures set…and why Warner Bros. might have the next, big Twilight-sized YA hit on their hands.

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