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THR are reporting that Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott have been cast in the Tate Taylor-directed ‘Get On Up.’ Aykroyd will play Ben Bart, the president of Universal Attractions, at one time one of New York’s largest agencies. The agency repped Brown for over 40 years. In a part that is being written specifically for her, Scott will play Brown’s (Chadwick Boseman) wife. Set for October 17th, 2014, Boseman, who broke out in a big way with his performance as Jackie Robinson in ’42,’ will play James Brown. Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James and Octavia Spencer also star.
Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give “a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.”
Channing Tatum To Produce & Star In ‘Bad Romance’; ‘Warm Bodies’ & ’50/50′ Director Jonathan Levine Helming
Channing Tatum is reportedly in negotiations to star in and produce ‘Bad Romance’ for MGM. ’50/50′ and ‘Warm Bodies’ helmer Jonathan Levine will direct from a screenplay he is writing. Next up on Tatum’s diverse plate includes Andy and Lana Wachowski’s futuristic ‘Jupiter Ascending’ opposite Mila Kunis, Bennett Miller’s Mark Ruffallo and Steve Carell-starring drama ‘Foxcatcher,’ the comedy sequel ’22 Jump Street,’ and the animated flick ‘The LEGO Movie.’ Tatum will produce ‘Bad Romance’ with his Iron Horse Entertainment partner Reid Carolin. Expect plot details and more information about this film shortly. Source: THR.
The good people over at Marvel Studios have unveiled this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ centering on Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith the Accursed. The video provides us with a little more background into this malevolent inhuman, who seeks to reduce time and space to a primitive, darkened state that will allow his race to rule the mythical nine worlds again.
The likes of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Rene Russo (Frigga), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) reprise their roles from the first ‘Thor’ film, while Zack Levi is confirmed to play Fandral, Christopher Eccleston will play the villainous Malekith The Accursed, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Algrim the Strong and Kurse.
Variety are reporting that the ’28 Weeks Later’ director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo looks ready to return to the horror genre as he’s in talks to helm Paramount’s remake/re-adaptation of ‘Pet Sematary.’ The original 1989 film was based on the Stephen King novel and followed a family that moves into a new home next to a cemetery with powers that allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing along with Steven Schneider. Matt Greenberg and David Kajganich wrote the script. Fresnadillo most recently directed ‘Intruders’ starring Clive Owen.
The ‘Pet Sematary’ novel is described as follows: When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.
Following recent ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ castings of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Luke Grimes as Christian’s brother Elliot, Deadline are reporting that Victor Rasuk has been set to play Jose, the aspiring photographer and classmate of Anastasia, whose close friendship with the young girl — he’d like it to be more — pits him as rival for her affections with Grey.
Victor Rasuk made his breakthrough playing skateboard pioneer Tony Alva in ‘The Lords Of Dogtown,’ and he starred in HBO’s ‘How to Make It In America,’ as well as ‘Raising Victor Vargas’ and the Steven Soderbergh-directed ‘Che.’ He’ll next be seen in Godzilla.’ Dakota Johnson and Jennifer Ehle also star in the August 1st, 2014 release, which based on E L James’ #1 bestselling book. To be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the script for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was written by Kelly Marcel.
Paramount Pictures has set loose these new ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ promo videos. The sequel to the 2004 film, ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,’ has Adam McKay returning to the directors chair as well as co-writing the script with Will Ferrell. Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Paul Rudd return from the original film, while the likes of Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, Meagan Good, Dylan Baker, Josh Lawson, Drake, Kanye West, Greg Kinnear and James Marsden join the sequel. Look out for ‘Anchorman: The Legend Continues’ in cinemas from December 20th.
With the 70′s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.