Director Werner Herzog cast as baddie in new Tom Cruise movie

Renowned for his prolific, fearless filmmaking, Werner Herzog is in fact nothing if not a polymath: Opera director, guerrilla film-school proprietor,diarist and author, septi-continental gadabout, and actor for hire (among other interests). It’s this latter quality that he and I discussed briefly today as he made the rounds for his new capital-punishment doc Into the Abyss — a diametric opposite to the biggest onscreen gig he’s taken to date.

Word came down last month that Herzog would co-star in One Shot, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie’s adaptation of the bestselling thriller by novelist Lee Child. The ninth in the series of Child’s thrillers featuring ex-military investigator Jack Reacher, One Shot centers around the tough guy’s attempt to hunt down the cold-blooded sniper responsible for five murders in a small town, and as if the project didn’t attract enough notoriety for having Tom Cruise as its leading man and co-producer, McQuarrie intensified the spotlight by casting Herzog as Reacher’s trigger-happy adversary known simply as The Zec.

The role will supply Herzog with his highest-profile screen performance yet.

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Anne Hathaway signs on with Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables” movie

Anne Hathaway is going from Catwoman to Fantine.

As TheWrap reported in August, Hathaway has long been in negotiations for Universal's Hugh Jackman-starring adaptation of the Broadway hit. On Tuesday morning, the studio confirmed it -- and set a release date of December 7, 2012.

Jackman plays the fugitive Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe playsInspector Javert in Tom Hooper's version.

Hathaway has at least a little experience with the role: She sang "On My Own" from the musical when she hosted this year's Academy Awards. And she sang it to Jackman.

William Nicholson ("Gladiator") wrote the screenplay.

Sir Cameron Mackintosh, among others, will produce.

Deadline first reported the news.

Mark Wahlberg Falls Out With ‘Fighter’ Director and Friend David O. Russell

One of the most enduring friendships in Hollywood -- and one that led to the Oscars this year -- has dissolved in acrimony.

Hollywood heavyweight Mark Wahlberg has fallen out with his buddy director David O. Russell over the director’s decision to cast someone else in the lead of his new film, “The Silver Linings Playbook,” according to two individuals with knowledge of the relationship.

“They went with Brad Cooper because they felt he was hungrier and would work for cheaper,” Matt Muzio, Russell’s cousin and frequent collaborator, told TheWrap.

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Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes possible casting for new Bond 23rd film

Bond 23 casting

The NYT reports, from an original story in London tabloid the Daily Mail, that Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem are joining Sam Mendes' Bond 23 (when will they give us a real title?), starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny and Judi Dench as M. A Sony spokesman has "no comment on rumors," and offers no expectation of a forthcoming or imminent official announcement. The movie is set to open November 9, 2012.

How Tom Cruise Beat Charlie Sheen for ‘Born on the Fourth’ of July Role

What if Charlie Sheen had starred in 1989's "Born on the Fourth of July" instead of Tom Cruise? Sheen has claimed that director Oliver Stone originally offered him the film's star role as paralyzed Vietnam vet and activist Ron Kovic. "I think the movie would've worked better and his career would've peaked at a higher level," Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen tells The Hollywood Reporter. The biopic worked out fine for Cruise and director Oliver Stone – it grossed $70 million domestically and got Stone his second directing Oscar and Cruise his first best actor nomination.

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Will Smith in talks to star in new Quentin Tarantino film

Will Smith has emerged as the frontrunner to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained, a spaghetti Western about a slave in the Old South who teams with a German bounty hunter to search for his wife.

Tarantino stalwarts Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz also are circling key parts.

The film, Tarantino’s follow-up to his worldwide blockbuster Inglourious Basterds, will be distributed domestically by the Weinstein Co., but Tarantino is in the process of selecting a studio partner to release the film internationally. Sources say he was meeting with Universal executives Friday, and similar meetings with Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros. and possibly others have been scheduled.

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Actor Jeremy Renner offered the lead in Bourne Legacy movie

Jeremy Renner Bourne Legacy movie

Mission: Impossible star Jeremy Renner has been offered the lead in the new Bourne Legacy movie.

The role the actor has been offered is not that of Matt Damon's character Jason Bourne but it's claimed he would play a completely different character.

According to Variety, he will play another super assassin who went through the same program that Bourne went through.

Tony Gilroy is set to write and direct the movie along with Frank Marshall, Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner producing.

The movie is being overseen by Peter Cramer.

It's claimed the new character means Damon could return in a future movie.

Paul Giamatti joins Tom Cruise in glam musical ‘Rock of Ages’

Paul Giamatti is stepping into New Line's adaptation of the Broadway hit "Rock of Ages," starring Tom Cruise, according to Deadline.com. Amy Adams is also in talks to join the film.

Adam Shankman ("Hairspray") is directing the big budget musical in which Giamatti will play the manager of glam metal rocker Stacee Jaxx (Cruise). Pop star Mary J. Blige and Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") will also appear in the film.

The Broadway version includes tunes from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and others.

Giamatti can currently be seen in "Win Win," and recently starred in "Barney's Version," with Dustin Hoffman and Rosamund Pike. Always busy, he'll soon play Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in HBO's "Too Big to Fail," and has recently wrapped "The Ides of March," directed by George Clooney.

Adams was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in last year's "The Fighter," and will be featured in the upcoming "Muppets" sequel.

Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin in HBO movie

Oscar nominee Julianne Moore has landed the starring role of Sarah Palin in HBO’s adaptation of the bestselling book Game Change.

Moore (Boogie Nights, Eagle Eye) will take the sure-to-be-buzzed-about role of the Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee in the HBO film.

Game Change is directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, who previously teamed for HBO’s docudrama on the 2000 election drama, Recount. It’s based on the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin following John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

What do you think, will Moore make a convincing Palin?

Diane Lane Cast as Superman’s Movie Mom

Diane Liane is Superman's mom

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Oscar®-nominated actress Diane Lane will play Martha Kent, the only mother Clark Kent has ever known, in the new Superman movie to be directed by Zack Snyder.

Snyder stated, “This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.”
Lane will star with Henry Cavill, who was recently announced as the new Clark Kent/Superman.

Lane earned an Academy Award® nomination for her performance in the 2002 drama “Unfaithful.” She most recently starred in the family hit “Secretariat.” She next stars in the HBO feature “Cinema Verite,” opposite Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini. Lane’s long list of film credits also includes “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Hollywoodland,” “Must Love Dogs,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Perfect Storm,” “My Dog Skip,” “Chaplin,” “The Cotton Club” and “A Little Romance,” to name only a portion.

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

Slated for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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