David O. Russell Wants Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper to Join Jennifer Lawrence in JOY [Updated]

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Why bother to switch things up when working with top talent like Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro tends to lead to Academy Award nominations?  David O. Russell already has Lawrence on board for his next project, Joy, but he also just revealed that he’s going after Cooper and De Niro as well.

The film tells the true story of Joy Mangano (Lawrence), the Long Island native responsible for inventing the Miracle Mop, a mop that can be wrung without getting your hands wet.  She was a single mother just trying to get by until her mop hit it big on QVC during her on-air appearance, selling 18,000 mops in just 20 minutes.  Hit the jump for more on Joy. [Update: THR confirms that De Niro is in official talks to join the film as Mangano's father. His casting is contingent upon Lawrence's deal closing, and production is scheduled to begin in February.]

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 and DIRTY GRANDPA Get Release Dates as Lionsgate Firms up Slate

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Lionsgate is putting some of their affairs in order when it comes to the next few years and have set two big release dates.  First, Now You See Me 2, the sequel to last year’s surprise comedy hit (it did better than Hangover III and Pacific Rim - which it only cost a fraction of – in the states and pulled in some serious dough internationally) will come out on June 10th, 2016.  We’ve been tracking this one for a while, but hadn’t seen any firm commitments (though director Jon M. Chu) has been rumored for some time.  Now we know that Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine will all be returning and that Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli will be writing the script.

While the synopsis for Now You See Me 2 is still under wraps, we know a little bit more info on the upcoming Dirty Grandpa.  Hit the jump for more.

Julia Roberts Joins THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES; Zac Efron and Robert De Niro Team for DRIVING DICK KELLY; LOUDER THAN BOMBS Cast Set for NYC Shoot

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Here’s a look at today’s latest casting news:

  • Julia Roberts will join Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow in Billy Ray‘s The Secret in Their Eyes, a remake based on the 2009 Oscar-winning Argentinian thriller of the same name from director Juan José Campanella.
  • Zac Efron and Robert De Niro are attached to star in the adult comedy Driving Dick Kelly, previously known as Dirty Grandpa.
  • Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs sets its cast, which includes Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg, and starts shooting in New York City this week.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Martin Scorsese to Direct Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro in Short Film Promoting New Casino

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The good news: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro are teaming up to star in a new film from Martin Scorsese.  The disappointing news: It’s for a short film promoting a casino.  According to Deadline, RatPac Entertainment is producing a short film that will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment, a global resorts and casino brand.  In addition to nabbing three movie stars and a legendary director, Terrence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) will handle the script.  The film will premiere next year at a new movie-themed resort in Studio City, Macau.  I assume it will be about how casinos are awesome as opposed to Casino, which shows a glamorous world of delights masking a seedy, violent underbelly.

Despite the short’s purpose, I’ll still watch it if I get a chance.  It’s too exciting to see this kind of talent align for any project.  I just wish it were a real feature, but as Deadline points out, this short could at least function as a bit of a warmup for another project.  In particular, there’s the Frank Sinatra movie Scorsese has been kicking around the past few years.

LAST VEGAS Sequel Moving Forward at CBS Films

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CBS Films is moving forward with a Last Vegas sequel.  The 2013 Jon Turtletaub-directed comedy was a modest box office success last year, pulling in $134 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of just $28 million.  The cast was led by Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Douglas in what was pitched as “The Hangover with old people”.  Deadline reports that David Diamond and David Weissman, whose resume includes The Family Man and Old Dogs, have been set to pen the script for the follow-up, taking over from the first film’s writer Dan Fogelman.  The plan is to bring Turtletaub and the entire main cast back, as the story will see the characters returning to their old stomping grounds in Brooklyn.  When they arrive, however, they discover that their home turf has changed significantly.

CBS Films is said to be moving “aggressively” on the Last Vegas sequel, so we should hear firm word about the cast and such in the coming months.  Laurence Mark and Amy Baer will return as producers.

GRUDGE MATCH Blu-ray Review

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If you’ve ever watched the multiple Oscar-winning films Raging Bull and Rocky, and then thought to yourself, “Hey, what if Jake LaMotta took on the Italian Stallion in the ring? Who would win?” then Peter Segal’s Grudge Match is for you.  Strike that.  It’s for you if you want a light sports comedy that pokes fun at the aging fighters (and actors) rather than staying true to the dramatic roots of Martin Scorsese and John G. Avildsen’s iconic pictures.  That’s not a knock on the movie, just an attempt to properly align your expectations.  It’s an entertaining few rounds, even if it’s not a knockout.  Hit the jump for my Grudge Match Blu-ray review.

Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson Star in IDOL’S EYE

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Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson are set to star in director Olivier Assayas’ Idol’s Eye for Benaroya Pictures.  Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s being described as a “sophisticated” heist/action-thriller.  Principal photography is scheduled to begin this October in Chicago and Toronto.

Assayas’ current dramatic project, Clouds of Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, opens December 1st here in the states.  De Niro next stars in writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s boxing biopic Hands of Stone, while Pattinson next stars in writer-director Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert.  Hit the jump for more.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON Begins with a Slew of Cameos and the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing with Will Smith

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Jimmy Fallon engendered a lot of good will during his time hosting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it looks like that will carry over to his new gig hosting The Tonight Show.  It feels like a fresh start that has a good chance of luring a younger audience, or at least an audience that will likely tune in to check out clips the following morning.  For example, during last night’s show, Fallon was welcomed by a string of cameos including Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, and most notably, Joan Rivers, who was banned by Johnny Carson from The Tonight Show in 1986.  Fallon also had a fun bit where he and Will Smith showed off the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.

Hit the jump to check out the videos.  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35pm EST on NBC.

First Image from HANDS OF STONE Starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro

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Last week, Steve was at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin and picked up some promo images and art from upcoming films.  Among them was Jonathan Jakubowicz’s boxing biopic Hands of Stone.  The film stars Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) as Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who won 103 of 119 contests against such top-tier talent such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Hector Camacho and Vinny Pazienza.  Duran might be most remembered for the infamous fight against Leonard in which Duran called out, “No mas!” in order to quit the fight prematurely.  Robert De Niro co-stars as Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel.

Hit the jump to check out the image. Hands of Stone also stars Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro.

LAST VEGAS Blu-ray Review

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Last Vegas is the sort of film that lets you know what it is just by the premise and cast.  Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline star in the film, and all are talented performers, but does anyone really want to see them in a PG-13 version of The Hangover? My review of Last Vegas on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Exclusive Poster and Images for THE BAG MAN Starring John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, and Robert De Niro

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We here at Collider are happy to debut the poster and some new images from director David Grovic’s upcoming crime thriller The Bag Man.  The Cinedigm film stars John Cusack as Jack, a tough guy who has been summoned by Dragna (Robert De Niro), a legendary crime boss, to a remote location for unknown reasons along with a host of shady characters.  The story’s events unfold as Jack and his companions await the arrival of Dragna, during which Jack crosses paths with a woman named Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa).

Check out the poster and some new images from the film after the jump.  Cinedigm opens The Bag Man opens in select cities on February 28th. 

Dear God, No: The Weinstein Company Planning Sequels to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and ROUNDERS and TV Series Based on Other Miramax Titles

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Miramax is dead, but founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein are planning to play with its corpse.  According to Deadline, The Weinstein Company has struck a deal that will allow them to raid Miramax’s library and develop sequels and series based on old hits.  The standouts of their plan include sequels to Shakespeare in Love and Rounders and TV series based on Good Will Hunting and Flirting with Disaster.  There will also be a few in-development stories that TWC is transferring to their own development slate.  Notably, they’ll be handling The Alibi, a comedy written by Stephen Colbert that’s about creating alibis for cheating spouses.  There’s also The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, “a script that was being developed by the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack,” based on the novel of the same name by Liz Jensen.

Hit the jump for more on what the Weinsteins have planned for their older titles.  Prepare to shudder.

29 Images from GRUDGE MATCH Featuring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Hart

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Warner Bros. has released a gallery of 29 images from the boxing comedy Grudge MatchRobert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone play two Pittsburgh fighters whose rivalry ended abruptly in 1983.  Thirty years later, a boxing promoter (Kevin Hart) convinces them to get back in the ring for one last fight that turns into a “must-see HBO event.”  Watch the trailer here.

Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal also star in Grudge MatchPeter Seagal (Get Smart) directed the December 25 release.  Check out the image gallery after the jump.

New High-Resolution Images from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, OUT OF THE FURNACE, and GRUDGE MATCH

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New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos.  The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
  • Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck).  The film opens on December 6th.
  • Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals.  The film opens on Christmas Day.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.

Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon Circle THE INTERN; Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane Join SOMNIA; IF YOU SEE HER Adds to Cast

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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