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Casting Corner: Paul Giamatti, Frank Langella, and More

Paul Giamatti replaces Sean Penn as Larry

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Paul Giamatti: The Farrelly Brothers’ Three Stooges film took a huge blow when they lost Sean Penn; however, Peter Farrelly has recently revealed that John Adams star Paul Giamatti will be taking his place to fill in Larry’s shoes. Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro also star as Curly and Moe.

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Casting Corner: Jon Hamm, Billy Crudup and More

Jon HammBilly Crudup

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jon Hamm: The Mad Men star has been cast opposite Ben Affleck in The Town, a film that Affleck will also direct. Ben will play a career thief who becomes romantically-involved with a bank manager (Vicky Cristina Barcelona‘s Rebecca Hall). Unfortunately, an FBI agent (Hamm) hunting the criminal also has his eyes set on the same woman. Production starts this month in Boston.

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Casting Corner: Jodie Foster, Zooey Deschanel and More

Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jodie Foster: The actress will reteam with her Maverick costar later this fall for a quirky comedy. Mel Gibson has been cast as depressed man who treats his beaver hand puppet like a real person. Foster will play his wife, the other real person in his life. Jodie will also helm The Beaver, her first directorial project since 1995’s Home for the Holidays.

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Casting Corner: Jason Sudeikis, Mark Ruffalo and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jason Sudeikis: The Saturday Night Live star may be on board for Going the Distance, a romantic comedy starring (exes?) Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Sudeikis is in talks to play Box, a friend who thinks Justin’s long-distance relationship with Drew is a mistake. (Don’t we all?) Nanette Burstein (American Teen) has been tapped to direct the New Line movie.

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Casting Corner: Simon Baker, James McAvoy, Christina Aguilera and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Simon Baker: The Mentalist hunk has been added to an adaptation of a Jim Thompson novel. The Killer Inside Me, a tale about a sheriff turned murderer, will feature Baker as a attorney on the hunt for the killer (Casey Affleck). Jessica Alba will star as a prostitute while Kate Hudson will play Affleck’s girlfriend.

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Casting Corner: Jennifer Garner, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Eckhart and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jennifer Garner: The former Alias star will be replacing mad fighting skills with carving skills in Butter. The political satire will feature Garner as a butter sculpture phenom in a Midwestern town. No director has officially been assigned to the project.

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Casting Corner: Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Megan Fox and More

Cate Blanchett

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Cate Blanchett: The Benjamin Button actress will be paired with a new leading man for her next feature. Blanchett was recently tapped to replace Sienna Miller in the latest version of the Robin Hood tale. Cate will star as Maid Marian opposite Russell Crowe’s Robin of Loxley. The movie, previously titled Nottingham, will be helmed by by Crowe’s favorite director, Ridley Scott.

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Iron Man 2: Emily Blunt In, Samuel L. Jackson Out?

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Ever since news leaked about Mickey Rourke’s possible Iron Man 2 appearance, the casting scoop has been coming fast and furious.

Despite Samuel L. Jackson’s brief appearance as Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man, the Spirit actor recently told the LA Times that he might not be participating in the next feature - or the already announced Avengers franchise - after all.

“There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don’t know. Maybe I won’t be Nick Fury. Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won’t be in it. There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world so [they’re saying to me], ‘We’re not making that deal.’”

If true, Jackson would be the second person to lose out because of financial matters. Last October, contract negotiations were cited as the main reason behind Terrence Howard’s replacement.

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Is There a New Moon in Vanessa Hudgens’ Future?

Vanessa HudgensUPDATE: Entertainment Weekly says reports about any auditions are completely false.

Now that Taylor Lautner’s job has been secured, let’s move on to the next piece of New Moon casting buzz.

According to Twilight star Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), High School Musical‘s is working to get a role in a new franchise. Greene confirmed to MTV that the 20-year-old has already auditioned for the role of Leah Clearwater, New Moon‘s disgruntled and heartbroken female werewolf.

What do you think of this possibility? Do you think Vanessa has the ability to sink her teeth into this role? Or should Gabriella Montez focus on her college years?

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Mickey Rourke Attached to Expendables, In Talks for Iron Man 2

Mickey RourkeEven though the Golden Globes are still days away, is already in high demand. In just 24 hours, The Wrestler star has had his named mentioned for two different projects.

Late yesterday, it was announced that the 52-year-old would be joining Sylvester Stallone’s next directorial project. In The Expendables, Rourke will play an arms dealer who assists a group of mercenaries aiming to take down a South American dictator. Mickey will join Sly, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lungdren in the project. Stallone, who worked with Rourke in Get Carter, also wrote the film.

Now less than 24 hours later, Variety is reporting that Rourke is being considered for . If talks go well, he would star as villain Crimson Dynamo, a Russian arms dealer who fights with a nuclear-powered suit of armor.

Rourke, a likely Oscar contender for Wrestler, is currently nominated for a Golden Globe. The latter ceremony can be seen this Sunday, January 11th on NBC.

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