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June TV Casting News Round-Up: ‘HIMYM’ Revealed, ‘The Strain’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ & ‘Homeland’


Posted at May 30, 2013 by

It’s been eight years since we’ve been promised to meet the titular character from How I Met Your Mother and she’s the real and only one, no more kidding around.

John Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ Lands Gael Garcia Bernal


Posted at May 29, 2013 by

So we missed this one a couple days ago, but John Stewart is making his directorial debut with Rosewater this summer, taking a long break from hosting The Daily Show. Luckily, he’s landed one of the more interesting international stars in Gael Garcia Bernal for the starring role.

Evan Peters Is Quicksilver for Marvel, Joss Whedon Speaks (Video)


Posted at May 28, 2013 by

There’s an interesting recent bit about the use of two prominent members of The Avengers and how they’re to be used in both The Avengers 2 and in X-Men: Days of Future Past. We recently reported that Saoirse Ronan would love to play the Scarlet Witch, but Evan Peters has been confirmed to play Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past from Bryan Singer.

Clive Owen Leads ‘The Knick’ & Steven Soderbergh Directs Cinemax Series


Posted at May 27, 2013 by

I guess these “Steven Soderbergh Is Coming Out of Retirement”-type posts are getting awfully old, the director has stated he’s exited directing features but willing to work in TV. And so, Soderbergh will direct the entire 10-episode order of the Cinemax series The Knick starring Clive Owen.

Best Cast Character: Tatiana Maslany on ‘Orphan Black’


Posted at May 23, 2013 by

Call it the show where everything is so crazy, it’s just about as brilliant as it seems. Orphan Black is BBC America’s first series, shot in Ontario and from Ginger Snaps director John Fawcett and Grame Manson (who wrote Vincenzo Natali’s Cube). The series has cult-hit written all over it, but its Tatiana Maslany’s performance that has us swooning at the series, playing Sarah, a woman who steals the identity of another woman who commits suicide. The twist? They look exactly the same.

Scarlett Johansson & Chris Pratt Added To Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’


Posted at May 23, 2013 by

The Joaquin Phoenix-led film Her, directed by Spike Jonze, has been fairly silent since last fall, but the film has now been set to hit theaters November 20 and will likely gain some awards-season momentum for Annapurna Pictures (studio behind last year’s The Master and Zero Dark Thirty). The film has also added Scarlett Johansson and Chris Pratt.

Liam Hemsworth To Lead ‘Aurora Rising’


Posted at May 22, 2013 by

In what seems like an endless string of siblings coming to Hollywood, Liam Hemsworth is looking to achieve star-status similar to his Thor brother Chris Hemsworth, mainly thanks to Hunger Games franchise and now adding Aurora Rising. Which has hints of a Point Break star-making role.

Sean Penn In Talks To Join PTA’s ‘Inherent Vice’


Posted at May 21, 2013 by

In an exclusive for Cigarette and Red Vines, Sean Penn is set to board Paul Thomas Anderson’s next much-anticipated project Inherent Vice. Already starring Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Kevin O’Connor and Martin Short you have to wonder who’s next.

Robert De Niro Joining DiCaprio’s JFK conspiracy Thriller ‘Legacy of Secrecy’, David O. Russell Directing


Posted at May 20, 2013 by

Honestly, this lineup will make cinephiles scream at the top of their lungs, but it has me at odds. Robert De Niro is set to join Leonardo DiCaprio’s JFK assassination conspiracy film, Legacy of Secrecy with David O. Russell on board to direct. The film was announced way back in 2010 by DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company and has finally landed some forward momentum.

Mid-May TV Casting News Round-Up: ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Dexter’, ‘Homeland’ & HBO Pilots


Posted at May 16, 2013 by

Much of what Game of Thrones may have you believe, Summer is coming! We’re heading off into the off-cycle of the regular Network TV season, but production on other TV series keeps on chugging. Check out who the new host of the Late Night talk show on NBC is, Dexter‘s newest nemesis for the final season and additions to American Horror Story: Coven, Pretty Little Liars spinoff Ravenswood and where Sean Bean’s next character may (not!) die next.

Mark Duplass & Olivia Wilde Get A ‘Reawakening’


Posted at May 15, 2013 by

Besides recognizing Mark Duplass from his recent stint on The Mindy Project, I can’t say I’m familiar with the actor. I’ve seen Olivia Wilde in Cowboys & Aliens and in Tron: Legacy, but that doesn’t do much for the actress who was on several seasons of House. The two actors have been cast in the medical thriller Reawakening from producer Jason Blum, behind the hits Insidious and Sinister.

Matt Dillon Starring in ‘Wayward Pines’ Miniseries From M. Night Shyamalan


Posted at May 14, 2013 by

Billed as a Twins Peak-esque “event series” for FOX, Matt Dillon is joining the small-town mystery drama Wayward Pines from director M. Night Shyamalan. The news comes from the ongoing chaotic week in Network Television known as Upfronts, a period which the big 5 networks cancel, greenlight, schedule and sell advertising for their upcoming television season.

Jeff Nichols Gets Michael Shannon For Sci-Fi Film At Warner Bros.


Posted at May 13, 2013 by

This news makes me truly excited. Like unbelievably happy that Jeff Nichols next film is set up at Warner Bros. It’s a sci-fi film and he’s once again teaming up with Michael Shannon after their last most excellent collaboration on Take Shelter. I haven’t seen much else of Nichols work, but Take Shelter has made a lasting impression. Enough so, that I’ll just go see anything he does next.