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Casting Roundup: Theron, Chastain and Farrell Get the Gigs

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• Seth MacFarlane has scored quite the cowgirl! The "Ted" funnyman has rounded up the gorgeous (and quite funny herself) Charlize Theron to star in his new film, "A Million Ways to Die in the West," a self-described "Blazing Saddles"-type comedy about a sheepish farmer who chickens out of a gunfight and sees his girlfriend leave him. [Heat Vision]

Colin Farrell and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain are going classical with "Miss Julie," director Liv Ullmann's take on August Strindberg's 19th-century stage play about the sexually-charged battle of wills between a wealthy socialite and one of her head servants, with the servant's fiancee popping up every now and then to make things even more interesting. Samantha Morton is also set to star. [The Hollywood Reporter] Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Winslet, Phoenix and Dawson Get the Gigs

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• Great news for YA fans! Kate Winslet is in talks to join Shailene Woodley in "Divergent," the screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's dystopian novel set to hit theaters on March 21, 2014. Winslet's is also set for Alan Rickman's period drama "A Little Chaos," which follows rival landscape gardeners both commissioned to create a fountain at Versailles by Louis XIV [Variety / The Playlist

Joaquin Phoenix will reunite with his "The Master" director Paul Thomas Anderson for "Inherent Vice," the screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's crime novel set in 1969 Los Angeles that chronicles the attempts of private detective and marijuana enthusiast 'Doc' Sportello to get to the bottom of a convoluted mystery. [Yahoo! Movies] Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Neeson, Franco and Dano Get the Gigs

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• Here's another entry in the ever-growing action subgenre of "Neesploitation." Liam Neeson will do more punching and shooting and, apparently, running in "Run All Night," a thriller about a mob hit man who takes on his former boss. The "Taken" star will reunite with his "Unknown" and "Non-Stop" director, Jaume Collet-Sera. [Deadline]

• Hey, James Franco, who does your hair? The "Spring Breakers" star continues to refuse to be typecast as he's set to star in and direct "Beautiful People," a biopic about charismatic playboy and visionary Jay Sebring, the jet-setting hairstylist to the stars in the 1960s who romanced gorgeous actress Sharon Tate. Franco's quite the spitting image of Sebring, no? [Deadline] Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Page, Brolin and Williams Get the Gigs

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Ellen Page will be starring in "Into the Forest," the story of two teenage sisters living in rural Northern California as society seems to decay and collapse around them. As if that should alarm the girl who saw buildings fold in on themselves and stuff in "Inception." [The Playlist]

• Another thesp is packing his bags for "Sin City." Josh Brolin, who appeared in director Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," will be playing the central role of Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the original film) in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Now how about some casting news on the film's femme fatale, Ava Lord, already? [MovieWeb] Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Redmayne, Barks and Diesel Get the Gigs

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• We wonder if "Les Miserables" star Eddie Redmayne had to sing for his new role. The handsome up-and-comer is officially joining Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis for "Jupiter Ascending," the top-secret sci-fi film from the Wachowski Siblings. [Heat Vision]

Samantha Barks just can't stop singing! Eddie Redmayne's "Les Miserables" co-star is in talks (or, rather, in songs) to go "Walking on Sunshine," a musical set to '80s pop ditties about a mother and daughter who fall in love with the same man while vacationing in Spain. '80s pop star Kylie Minogue has already been cast (we're assuming as the mom, which makes us feel old). [The Wrap] Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Williams, Ferrell and Edgerton Get the Gigs

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• Never go home with the maid! Michelle Williams is the current frontrunner for the female lead in "Double Hour," a remake of the 2009 Italian film "La Doppia Ora," in which a hook-up between an ex-cop and a hotel maid at a speed-dating event turns deadly when they're ambushed by a gang of criminals. [The Wrap]

• A prison term requires meticulous preparation if one is to survive all the shivving, shanking and soap-dropping. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart will be getting ready for the big house in "Get Hard," in which a convicted soft-handed investment banker recruits the services of the guy who washes his car to help him get through his upcoming maximum security prison sentence. [Deadline] Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Olyphant, Affleck and Damon Get the Gigs

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Timothy Olyphant just can't hang up that cowboy hat. The "Justified" star is joining Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins and Jennifer Carpenter for "Bone Tomahawk," a violent horror-western about four men who attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization (awesome). [Deadline]

Casey Affleck is on the case of the "Boston Strangler," a true-crime thriller about the hunt for the notorious serial killer who terrorized Beantown in the 1960s. Affleck will produce and hopes to play one of the detectives. [Deadline] Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Theron, Blanchett and Franco Get the Gigs

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• Beware the roaring rampage of the Oldgirl! Charlize Theron has signed on to star in the American adaptation of "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," the third installment in "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy. [Deadline]

• "Cinderella" has a new evil stepmother — in the form of Cate Blanchett. The "Hobbit" beauty will be providing villainy to director Mark Romanek's live-action take on the classic fairy tale. [Deadline]

• As long as there are movies, James Franco will star in a lot of them. One of the busiest actors in the show business has signed on to "Good People," a morality play in which a dead broke couple finds a few hundred thousand bucks in their neighbor's abandoned apartment. [The Wrap] Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Hardy, Fisher and Stallone Get the Gigs

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• Sam Fisher lives! Tom Hardy has signed on to play the lead role in "Splinter Cell," the adaptation of the Ubisoft video game series featuring a covert operative and his sweet undercover moves. [Deadline]

Isla Fisher is ready to make "The Switch." The "Bachelorette" beauty is in talks to join the "Jackie Brown" prequel, which would see her in the role of Melanie, originally played by Bridget Fonda. [Variety]

Sylvester Stallone is going indie! The "Expendables" star recently wrapped a top secret supporting role in "Reach Me," a drama centering on a group of people who all have a connection to a self-help book authored by a reclusive former football coach. [Variety] Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Weisz, Wiig and Moretz Get the Gigs

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• No one can make a "hard sell" movie (with A-list stars, anyway) quite like David Cronenberg. Rachel Weisz will be working with the "Cosmopolis" director and his two favorite leading men, Robert Pattinson and Viggo Mortensen, on "Map to the Stars," an extremist look at how there's no business like show business.

• We certainly have trouble telling Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader apart. Variety reports that the "Adventureland" buddies will play siblings in "The Skeleton Twins," the story of, well, twin siblings who manage to defy death on the same day and as a result take a long, hard look at their lives.

• "Dark Shadows" reunion! Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz have signed on for "Man Under," director Tim Robbins' dysfunctional family comedy that probably won't involve vampires. Get More »

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