R.I.P. Marion Dougherty

By | Monday December 5, 2011 @ 5:08pm PST

Marion Dougherty, a former Bergdorf-Goodman window dresser who rose to become one of Hollywood’s most influential casting directors, died December 4 in Manhattan of natural causes. She was 88. Once called “the father of casting as we know it” by Paul Newman, Dougherty was responsible for giving Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Ed Asner, Anne Bancroft, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken and numerous others their first breaks. She also was instrumental in the early careers of James Dean and Robert Duvall.

Dougherty entered the business casting the TV series Kraft Television Theater, Naked City and Route 66 during the late 1940s and into the early 1960s. At that time, the end of the studio system meant actors were free agents to be discovered in regional theaters, off-Broadway and at local playhouses, and the demands of TV meant they had to be found fast. She eventually moved into film casting, where she revolutionized the process by moving away from type-casting and toward character and individuality. Her movie credits include casting Pacino in Panic In Needle Park, Redford in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, Voight and Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy, as well as The Owl And The Pussycat, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Paper Chase, Lenny, The Day Of The Locust, The World According To Garp, Full Metal Jacket, Tim Burton’s Batman, and the four Lethal Weapon movies. Her most recent movie credit was 2001′s Venus And Mars. ”I think she’s one of the key figures in cinematic history; she was the Mozart of casting,” said Tom Donahue, who is making the documentary Casting By, about the evolution of the casting industry of which Dougherty was a central figure. Read More »

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Diego Boneta Is Adam In ‘Paradise Lost’

Castings continue on Legendary Entertainment’s Paradise Lost, the action- and effects-centered take on John Milton’s epic poem being directed by Alex Proyas. The latest: Diego Boneta, who is playing the lead in New Line’s musical Rock Of Ages, has been … Read More »

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Hope Davis Joins Cast Of Indie ‘Disconnect’

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 3:57pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Hope Davis has landed a role in the Disconnect, the Henry Alex Rubin drama that also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Max Theriot, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton and Jason Bateman. The story, written by Andrew Stern, revolves … Read More »

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David Morse To Zombie Pic ‘World War Z’

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 12:07pm PDT

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Max Theriot Joins ‘Disconnect’

By | Friday September 23, 2011 @ 6:57am PDT
Mike Fleming

Max Theriot has joined the cast of Disconnect, the indie drama that’s being directed by Murderball‘s Henry Alex Rubin. He joins Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton and Jason Bateman in the Andrew Stern-scripted drama about … Read More »

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Wrestler Kevin Nash Cast In ‘Magic Mike’

By | Thursday September 22, 2011 @ 11:40am PDT

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Liam Hemsworth Joins ‘Expendables 2′

By | Monday September 19, 2011 @ 2:51pm PDT

Liam Hemsworth has been cast in The Expendables 2, the sequel to the action-hero-rich actioner that Simon West is directing for Millennium Films. The movie already stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li, … Read More »

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Paramount And Robert Zemeckis Eye Kelly Reilly For ‘Flight’ Lead

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 6:55am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount is negotiating with Kelly Reilly to play the female lead opposite Denzel Washington in Flight, the Robert Zemeckis-directed thriller. This is a real opportunity for the British actress, who scores a role that a lot of actresses wanted. … Read More »

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John Malkovich Takes ‘Warm Bodies’ Before Heading To Operas And Stage

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John Malkovich has signed on to Summit’s Warm Bodies, the Jonathan Levine-directed adaptation of the novel about a zombie who rediscovers his soul through a relationship with a human girl. Nicholas Hoult plays the zombie; Teresa Palmer … Read More »

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Josh Brolin To Star In Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Redo For Mandate

By | Monday August 29, 2011 @ 12:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Josh Brolin was rumored to be on the short list to star in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a remake of the cult 2003 Korean revenge thriller from Park Chan-wook. Now it’s official: Brolin will topline the Mandate Pictures redo, which … Read More »

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Mike O’Malley Added To ‘R.I.P.D.’ Cast

By | Thursday August 25, 2011 @ 10:52am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Mike O’Malley, who is a series regular on Glee and a writer on Showtime’s Shameless, has just been cast in Universal’s supernatural comedy R.I.P.D., which stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds in a movie based on the Peter Lenkov … Read More »

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Rosamund Pike Gets Female Lead In Tom Cruise’s ‘One Shot’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Rosamund Pike is negotiating for the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in One Shot, the Christopher McQuarrie-directed adaptation of the bestselling Lee Child novel series for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. Pike was among a small group … Read More »

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Brad Pitt To Star In Regency’s ‘The Gray Man’

By | Monday August 15, 2011 @ 2:29pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Brad Pitt will star in the New Regency action movie The Gray Man. James Gray was set in January to direct the film, an adaptation of Mark Greaney’s thriller novel. I’d heard Pitt’s name back then, but the studio and actors reps denied the Moneyball star was doing it at the time. The question has always been timing, because Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie don’t work at the same time. They usually rotate. Jolie directed In the Land of Blood and Honey, and now Pitt is starring in World War Z. Jolie has been seriously eyeing the Disney film Maleficent, but that picture needs a director. If she took her turn, then the timing of The Gray Man gets thrown off. If Pitt makes two movies in a row, he’ll finish World War Z in late fall and The Gray Man will begin production in January or February. That’s how it’s looking now, because I’m told that Pitt has been locked down for that first-quarter 2012 slot. Read More »

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U.S. Audiences To See Cheryl Cole After All

Cheryl Cole, who became well-known in the U.S. for being hand-picked and then jettisoned as a judge on Simon Cowell’s upcoming Fox … Read More »

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Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong Star In ‘Closer To The Moon’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Up in the Air star Vera Farmiga is set to star with Mark Strong in Closer to the Moon, a period drama set in communist Romania. Nae Caranfil is directing, and production begins early fall in Bucharest. Strong plays … Read More »

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Matt Dillon Set For Indie Comedy ‘Imogene’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Dillon has been set to co-star in Imogene, joining Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening in the indie comedy that started shooting this week in New York. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are directing, and Trudie Styler and … Read More »

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Laurence Fishburne To Play Perry White In ‘Man Of Steel’

By | Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 10:38pm PDT

Laurence Fishburne has landed the role of Daily Planet editor Perry White in Warner Bros and Legendary’s Man of Steel, which Zack Snyder is directing ahead of a June 2013 release. Fishburne joins a cast that includes Henry Cavill … Read More »

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Ben Foster To Play John Jr In ‘Gotti’ Pic

Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father finally has a son: Ben Foster has been tapped to play John Gotti Jr in the pic, which stars John Travolta as John Sr, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston. Joe Pesci also has … Read More »

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Kathryn McCormick & Ryan Guzman Tapped To Star In Summit’s ‘Step Up 4′

By | Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 2:17pm PDT

Former So You Think You Can Dance contestant Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman have been set to star in Summit Entertainment’s fourth Step Up movie. Scott Speer is directing the pic, which will be shot in 3D and begin production later in the summer.

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