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Casting Corner: Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy

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

Although the paparazzi has been aiming to get close to Brangelina for days, Quentin Tarantino was recently able to score a one-on-one with . Tarantino, who recently completed his script for Inglorious Bastards, just met with the actor in France in hopes of casting him in the film. According to Variety,  Brad was in discussion to play the role of Aldo Raine.

As we reported earlier, the Kill Bill director would like to start production on his WWII era movie soon, and his current schedule is reflecting that mood. In addition to his meeting with Pitt, Quentin was reportedly scheduled to meet Leonardo DiCaprio yesterday about the character Hans Landa. Meanwhile, Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein are meeting with five different studios to secure a financial partner.

Filming on is set to begin this fall in Germany and France.

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Martin Scorsese Reteams with Leonardo DiCaprio

Put Description HereMuses can come in all different shapes and sizes.  Woody Allen has Scarlett while Spielberg has Tom Hanks.  For , his actor of choice has clearly become Leo.

The Academy Award-winning director and will soon be reteaming for their fourth project together.  Shutter Island will follow their work on The Gangs of New York, The Aviator and last year’s winner, The Departed.

Shutter is based off a book written by Dennis Lehane, the same man behind two critically-acclaimed films: Mystic River and .  The story focuses on two marshals who become trapped on a Boston-area island while searching for a criminally insane escapee.  (Lehane’s stories are primarily set around Boston.)

The movie, which starts production next month, already boasts an all-star cast.  Joining DiCaprio will be Mark Ruffalo (Reservation Road), Max von Sydow (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl), Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children), Ben Kingsley (You Kill Me), (Brokeback Mountain) and Patricia Clarkson (No Reservations).

Akira to Get Live-Action Spin

AkiraAnime fans are in luck.  Katsuhiro Otomo’s , will be the next graphic novel to get a live-action treatment.

Warner Bros. has plans to turn the classic manga - which had been released in six volumes - into two films.  The first of which is scheduled to be released in 2009.  will serve as one of the series’ producers.

Although the original storyline was based in a post-nuclear “New Tokyo”, this updated version will be set in “New Manhattan”.  The city was rebuilt with Japanese money after being destroyed decades earlier.

Otomo, the man who also directed the 1988 animated adaptation, will be on board as executive producer for the two installments.

Casting has not been announced for the projects.

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Clooney Back in Director’s Chair

George Clooney may take another turn in the director’s chair, this time with a Warner Bros. flick. Honestly, I cast a dubious eye upon Clooney’s directorial skills – until I saw Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Now, I have a feeling the politically-themed Farragut North could become a surprise hit, especially if the rumors prove true and winds up in the film. Negotiations are under way, which bodes well. The film is an adaptation of the upcoming Broadway play, which itself is loosely based on the 2004 presidential campaign of Howard Dean. Clooney and DiCaprio, if negotiations go well, could also serve as producers on the movie. The play will open in 2008, just before the presidential election.

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This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: October 2, 2007

Evil Dead 2 posterThis Tuesday brings the release of some great titles, new and old.  As expected, the studios are rolling out some Halloween-inspired classics, filled with zombies, vampires and serial killers; though sadly, only Blu-ray supporters seem to be taking advantage of the upcoming holiday.

HD DVD studios chose instead to use this week to re-release a bunch of titles that were previously only available in those obnoxious HD DVD/DVD Combo discs.  You know, the $40 releases that were appealing to neither the HD owners nor the standard-definition owners?  Those of you who rightly refused to make such a silly purchase can now have some great HD titles for a lower price, thanks to Warner Home Video coming to its senses.  Any of the following films with an asterisk (*) in the title are the re-released versions.

Check out this Tuesday’s HD DVD and Blu-ray releases after the jump.

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Couples With The Worst On-Screen Chemistry

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Lucasfilm Ltd., Casting, Lists,

Star WarsChemistry, schmemistry.  If you know people are going to be watching your movie anyway—does it really matter?  Whaddya say, ?

Film advertising company Pearl & Dean polled 3,000 British moviegoers to see which couples they felt had the worst on-screen chemistry.  Based on the results, it’s hard to say whether or not those opinions had any affect on the eventual box office receipts.  While I completely agree that Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen fizzled as secret-lovers, I don’t know that the movie’s storyline (or final numbers) could have improved with a different twosome.

Take a look at the poll results and see what you think.  Which couples would you add to this list?  Three pairings that come to my mind:  / Nick Nolte (I Love Trouble), Julia Roberts/ Brad Pitt (The Mexican) and Julia Roberts/ John Cusack (America’s Sweethearts).

  1. Natalie Portman & Hayden Christensen - Stars Wars: Episode II
  2. Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck - Gigli
  3. Keira Knightley & Orlando Bloom -
  4. Madonna & Adriano Giannini - Swept Away
  5. Catherine Zeta-Jones & Sean Connery - Entrapment
  6. Andie MacDowell & Hugh Grant - Four Weddings and a Funeral
  7. Kate Beckinsale & Ben Affleck - Pearl Harbor
  8. & - Eyes Wide Shut
  9. & -
  10. & - Titanic

Titanic Lovebirds Reunite

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Paramount, Adaptation, Drama, Period,

TitanicFor those who had always hoped to see Jack and Rose finally happy, you will now get your chance.  Well—okay, maybe not happy...but at least they’ll be married.  Ten years after their heart-breaking voyage on the doomed Titanic and Leo DiCaprio are slated to begin filming together again this summer.

The movie, titled Revolutionary Road, is about a seemingly happy couple’s struggle to conform in the 1950’s.  The film is an adaptation of the book by Richard Yates. 

Kate’s husband, director Sam Mendes (American Beauty), will be taking the helm.  This will be the first time Winslet (or DiCaprio) has paired with him.

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FilmCrunch 012: The Departed Review

Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago review one of the best movie releases of 2006, The Departed, starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon.

To take down South Boston’s Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise in director Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller. While undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) curries favor with mob kingpin Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), career criminal Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there’s a mole among them.

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FilmCrunch 011: The Departed, The Little Mermaid, and The Lake House

We are right back at cha with a full episode of FilmCrunch. This time, Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago go into a bit of news on the upcoming Evan Almighty flick, and also delve into their thoughts on movies like The Departed, The Lake House, and the Platinum Edition The Little Mermaid DVD.

Now we want to hear from you - hit the forums and let us know what you think, what you want us to watch next, and any other recommendations you have for the show.