EXCLUSIVE: She is Hamptons evil personified on ABC’s Revenge, but Madeleine Stowe’s next stop is the Big Easy. The actress has signed up to Austin Stark‘s political drama The Runner alongside Nicolas Cage. Stowe will play Deborah Price, the steely spouse of Cage’s congressman. Bound together by ambition, the two are stuck in a virtually dead marriage that sees Stowe’s character turning the other way regarding her husband’s publicly revealed infidelities. Stark also wrote and produces The Runner, a Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures production, which takes place in the shadow of the 2010 BP oil spill that ravaged the Gulf Coast. Filming is set to start in NOLA in June. Stowe, who will be back for Season 4 of Revenge, is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
UPDATE, 5:32 PM: Charlize Theron just got a new movie mother, and it is Christina Hendricks. The Mad Men actress has gone from a supporting role to a lead in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2009 thriller Dark Places, I’ve learned. Originally set to play stripper Krissi Cates in the Gilles Paquet-Brenner directed movie, Hendricks now will play Patty Day, the murdered mother of Theron’s Libby Davis character. The producers offered the role to the Emmy-nominated actress after Samantha Morton fell out. Like the book, the film follows Libby learning that the supposed massacre of her family by brother Ben, which she testified in court decades beforehand, might not be what was assumed. Hendrick’s Patty will be seen in a series of flashbacks throughout the movie as the truth of really happened and what Libby really saw becomes clearer. Also starring Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Hoult and House Of Cards’ Corey Stoll, the pic produced by Exclusive Media, Cuatro Plus Films, Denver & Delilah, Hugo Productions and Mandalay Vision began shooting last week in Louisiana. UPDATE: Former Sopranos star Drea de Matteo has landed the Krissi Cates role. The Emmy Winning de Matteo is repped by the Gersh Agency and Untitled Entertainment.
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Mimi Rogers has joined the untitled Screen Gems and Miramax wedding comedy from first time director Jeremy Garelick. The cast of the film about a guy who rents himself out as a best man and the groom-to-be who desperately hires him already includes Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, and The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco. Rogers, who had a guest run on Two And a Half Men last year and who was recently added to the thriller The Surface, plays the mother to high maintenance bride-to-be Couco’s character. Rogers is repped by Paradigm and Silver Lining Entertainment.
David Clennon has been added to David Fincher’s Gone Girl with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Clennon will play Rand Elliot, the father of a missing woman, played by Pike, who begins to suspect his son-in-law as the investigation into his daughter’s disappearance grows and her absence lingers. The film is an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller about a husband whose wife goes missing on their fifth anniversary. Former thirtysomething star Clennon also has a role in the upcoming second season of Netflix’s House Of Cards. He is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency.
The cast for the Charlize Theron co-produced Dark Places continues to grow. House Of Cards’ Corey Stoll and Rescue Me’s Andrea Roth have both been added to the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling mystery novel about a woman forced to re-examine the massacre of her family more than 20 years beforehand. Stoll will play Ben Day in the film alongside Theron and Chloe Moretz. Stoll’s Day is 44 years old and has been in prison for over 25 years for the murders that he claims he did not commit. Tye Sheridan will play the teenage Ben. Theron, who is co-producing with Exclusive Media and Mandalay Entertainment, plays Libby Day. In both the book and the film, Libby has been ignoring the protests of innocence of her brother for years but now realizes there might be more to the story and sets to right a potential wrong. Roth, who played Denis Leary’s sometimes-estranged wife on FX’s Rescue Me for seven seasons, will portray the older version of the Diondra character in Dark Places. Moretz joined the film back in April to play the younger version of the character.
Stoll’s addition to the pic comes with him also set to play the lead in FX’s The Strain, the vampire apocalypse series from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse based on the novels the …
Lucas Till has more than mutants in his movie future. While the X-Men: First Class actor is set to return as Havok for Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Till is also joining Sins Of Our Youth. He’ll be joined in the teen drama by Super 8’s Joel Courtney and Breakfast Club alumni Ally Sheedy. Details are sketchy over Till, Courtney and Sheedy’s characters but the pic focuses on four teenage boys who accidentally kill a younger boy while shooting off rifles. As the quartet tries to deal with the killing, things take an even darker turn. Gary Entin is directing based on an original screenplay by his brother Edmund. As he did with the Entin brothers on the high school-based Geography Club, Michael Huffington is producing under his Huffington Pictures banner. Sins Of Our Youth is scheduled to start principal photography this week on location in and around Las Vegas. Joel Courtney is repped by CAA, Ally Sheedy is represented by Innovative Artists and Lucas Till is repped by APA,
The Weinstein Company announced today that Terence Stamp has joined Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman in Big Eyes. The actor will play John Canaday, the elitist and exasperated senior art critic for the New York Times in the Tim Burton-directed film based on the life of painter Margaret Keane and her husband Walter, played by Adams and Waltz. Walter took credit for his wife’s work while she remained in the background. Burton is producing the film with Lynette Howell for Electric City Entertainment, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Alexander and Karaszewski wrote the screenplay for the project, on which they also are producers. Currently seen in Unfinished Song, Stamp is repped by Untitled Entertainment.
Movie Casting Round-Up: Ken Howard & David Krumholtz Join ‘The Judge’, Madisen Beaty In ‘Measure Of A Man,’ Max Ryan Added To ‘Tokarev’
Ken Howard has joined the cast of The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. The SAG-AFTRA National Co-President will play Judge Warren in the Warner Bros film. The heartland character presides over the murder trial of Judge Joseph Palmer (Duvall) as he is defended by his cynical and estranged attorney son (Downey). Repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, the Emmy-winning actor will also be seen in the upcoming Adult Children of Divorce.
David Krumholtz has also joined The Judge. The actor will play Kattan, a younger prosecutor who challenges the Downey’s character’s sense of right and wrong. Krumholtz can be seen in the upcoming This Is The End with Seth Rogen and James Franco. The independent film Teddy Bears, which he stars opposite Melanie Linsky, premieres this month at The Seattle International Film Festival. Krumholtz is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and Gersh.
The Terry Loane-directed The Measure Of A Man has added Madisen Beaty to its cast. The actress, who appeared in The Master last year and has a recurring role on ABC Family’s The Fosters, will play the role of Michelle in the film. Measure of …
EXCLUSIVE: Looks like there’s going to be two Oscar winners in Song One. Mary Steenburgen has signed on to play Anne Hathaway’s mother in the pic, a drama written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland about a young woman who develops a relationship with her comatose brother’s favorite indie rock star. Steenburgen won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 1980′s Melvin And Howard. Hathaway won the same Oscar this year for Les Miserables. Hathaway plays the lead and Johnny Flynn plays musician James Forrester in the film, Barker-Froyland’s directorial debut. The movie starts shooting later this summer in NYC. Before Song One hits the big screen, Steenburgen will be seen in Last Vegas along with Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. She plays lounge singer Diana, the object of both the about-to-be-married Douglas’ character and De Niro’s character. Last Vegas comes out November 1 from CBS Films. Steenburgen is repped by Gersh and Management 360.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster has joined the cast of Fox’s The Maze Runner. Soon to be seen in the upcoming third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones in the role of Jojen Reed, the British actor will play Newt in the film. Maze Runner is directed by Wes Ball in an adaptation of the James Dashner novel. Produced by The Gotham Group and overseen by Peter Kang and Daria Cercek at the studio, the film is a post-apocalyptic tale about a group of boys trapped in an enormous maze who seek their freedom. Noah Oppenheim wrote the first draft of the script and Grant Myers wrote the next draft. Brodie-Sangster is repped by WME and Curtis Brown in the UK.
Scott Glenn has signed on to star in Trigger. The Right Stuff and Bourne franchise veteran actor will join Deadwood alumni Stephen Tobolowsky and Little Birds’ Chris Coy in the Chapman Filmed Entertainment thriller. Trigger focuses on a father and a son both obsessed with understanding evil and the chaos that causes for them. Produced by The Bucket List executive producer Travis Knox with Bob Yari and William Immerman executive producing, the micro-budget film is the first project from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The film is being directed by Chapman alumnus Basel Owies from a script by Max Enscoe. Glenn is repped …
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There’s Always Woodstock has added several new actors to its cast. Rumer Willis, Brittany Snow, Parenthood’s Jason Ritter, Jimmy Wolk, Finesse Mitchell and Anna Anissimova have all joined the romantic comedy directed by Rita Merson. There’s Always Woodstock stars Katey Sagal and Allison Miller of NBC’s Go On. The film centers on Catherine Brown (Miller), a would-be songwriter who returns to her dead parents’ home in Woodstock, New York for the summer. Ritter will be playing the self-absorbed actor and unfaithful fiance of Brown. Willis will be playing a Goth waitress at the coffeehouse owned by Sagal’s character who becomes friends with Brown. Merson, Sunrise Pictures’ Peter Schafer as well Jenny Hinkey are producing the film. Joe Dain and Jim Klock are executive producers with manager David Guillod serving as Co-Executive Producer
Suburgatory star Jane Levy has signed up to play the lead in In A Dark Place. The film is a psychological thriller focused around a young American governess, played by Levy, who goes to London to take care of a doll. The family treats the doll like it was their son and expects the governess to take care of it as such. Gold Circle is financing the film with Bharat Nalluri to direct from a screenplay by Stacey Menear. Paul Brooks, Roy Lee and Jim Weddaa will produce. Scott Niemeyer and John Middleton will serve as the executive producers of In A Dark Place. Besides this new role and her role on the ABC sitcom, the actress is also going to be the lead in the upcoming Fede Alvarez-directed remake of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead. Jane Levy is repped by WME and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
EXCLUSIVE: The Last Stand actor has joined the cast of the Western action film Jane Got A Gun with Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender. Rodrigo Santoro will play the character of Fitchum in the Lynne Ramsey-directed film about Jane Hammond (Portman), who reaches out to her ex-lover (Fassbender) for help when her outlaw husband becomes the target of a violent gang. As well as his appearance in the recent Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Santoro will be seen in the upcoming prequel 300: Rise Of An Empire resuming his role from the first 300 as the Persian king Xerxes. 300: Rise Of An Empire is due out on August 2, 2013. Scott Steindorff and banker Peter Nathanial are financing Jane Got A Gun, which is written by Brian Duffield. The duo will produce with Portman through her Handsomecharlie Films along with Terry Dougas and Chris Coen. Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Aleen Keshishian will executive produce with Paris Latsis, Scott Pictures’ Scott LaStaiti and Dylan Russell. Rodrigo Santoro is repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
EXCLUSIVE: Katey Sagal is going from biker matriarch to coffeehouse proprietress. The Sons Of Anarchy actress has joined the cast of There’s Always Woodstock. Sagal will play Lee Ann, the suffer-no-fools owner of the SHOP coffeehouse in the upstate New York town. The character, also a musician, is the close friend of Catherine Brown, the romantic comedy’s lead character. Allison Miller of NBC’s Go On was recently named to the role of Brown. There’s Always Woodstock follows would-be songwriter Brown as she returns to her dead parents’ home in Woodstock, New York for the summer. In her feature directorial debut Rita Merson is helming There’s Always Woodstock. Merson, Sunrise Pictures’ Peter Schafer as well Jenny Hinkey are producing the film. Joe Dain and Jim Klock are executive producers with manager David Guillod serving as Co-Executive Producer. Katey Sagal is repped by WME and B&B Management.
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Fonda will be joining Samantha Morton and Michael Shannon in The Harvest. The Oscar-nominated actor will play the grandfather of the teenage girl who moves in next door to the characters played by Shannon and Morton in the John McNaughton-directed indie thriller. Their sick son Andy (Charlie Tahan) lives a life tightly controlled by his parents but a relationship with new neighbor Maryann (Natasha Cole) rips that control apart. Leslie Lyles plays Maryann’s grandmother and Fonda’s onscreen spouse in The Harvest. Fonda will also be seen in the Ron Maxwell-directed film Copperhead and in Cool As I Am, directed by Max Mayer. Fonda is represented by Innovative Artists and manager Chris Barrett.
Movie making is often an insane business. But moguls turn out to be pretty rational about it according to a chapter in an upcoming economics text and a recent article in an academic journal. Researchers say that studios wisely bet on stories and directors. Star worship “is all but a myth,” writes S. Abraham Ravid — a finance professor at Yeshiva University — in The Economics Of Creativity, to be published next month. “Stars can still sell magazines, but not movies.” Why do studios pay big bucks for Academy Award-winners? It’s part of a strategy, along with co-financing, to reduce the risk of making big-budget films — especially R-rated ones, which represent the biggest gambles. Stars should draw at least some fans, even to a stinker of a movie, the theory goes. “In an industry where a big failure is much more dreaded than a big success is wished for, insurance is worth its weight in gold, or in eight-figure salaries.”
James Marsden is heading to Walk Of Shame with Elizabeth Banks. He will play Gordon, Banks’ character’s love interest in the comedy written and directed by Steve Brill. Walk Of Shame follows an uptight news anchor (Banks) whose path to a big job interview spirals into a series of misadventures after being locked out of her place with no money, phone or ID. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi of Lakeshore Entertainment are producing with Sidney Kimmel. FilmDistrict is distributing domestically, with Sierra/Affinity selling the international rights. Marsden, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, will next be seen in Lee Daniels’ White House saga The Butler playing John F. Kennedy. He also will be in 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg coming out next year.
Allison Miller is heading to Woodstock. The Go On series regular will play the lead role of Catherine Brown in the Rita Merson-directed romcom. There’s Always Woodstock follows would-be songwriter Brown as she returns to her dead parents’ home in Woodstock, New York for the summer. This is Merson’s directorial feature debut. Merson, Sunrise Pictures’ Peter Schafer as well Jenny Hinkley are producing There’s Always Woodstock. Joe Dain and Jim Klock are executive producers with manager David Guillod serving as Co-Executive Producer. Formerly on Fox’s now cancelled Terra Nova, Miller currently stars alongside Matthew Perry on his new NBC comedy. The actress also has created Michael Bolton’s Daughter Is Destroying My Life, which ABC has put in development. How I Met Your Mother producer Tami Sagher is writing the comedy pilot with the singer himself starring. Miller is repped by ICM Partners and managed by Thruline Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Paulo Costanzo has signed up for That Burning Feeling. The Royal Pains star will play the lead role of Adam Murphy in the independent romantic comedy. The film has Murphy as a guy who has it all, success, women, charm. One day he loses it and, in his fall, starts going through his book of exes to find out who he really is. Star Trek’s John Cho and former Animal Practice actor Tyler Labine co-star. Jason James directs That Burning Feeling from a script by Nick Citton. Marc Stephenson is producing and Mary Anne Waterhouse is executive producing. Costanzo will also be appearing in Pirates Of The Caribbean and The Lone Ranger scribe Terry Rossio’s untitled directorial short. Marisa Tomei co-stars in the science-based drama, which is shooting in LA later this year. Costanzo is repped by Gersh, Principato-Young and attorney Rick Genow.
EXCLUSIVE: Boss star Kelsey Grammer and former Closer star Kyra Sedgwick have been added to the ensemble cast of Reach Me. Entourage’s Kevin Connolly, former Hung star Thomas Jane, Tom Berenger and Cary Elwes have also joined the John Herzfeld-directed film. Reach Me follows several characters whose lives cross and smash into each other due to a self-help book and its football coach author. Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Henstridge, Danny Aiello, Terry Crews, Omari Hardwick and rapper Nelly also appear in the film, which is currently shooting. Herzfeld, who previously directed 2 Days In The Valley and the Robert De Niro starrer 15 Minutes, wrote the script for Reach Me too. Rebekah Chaney and Cassian Elwes are producing the film. Seraphim Films Productions is financing Reach Me with Paradox Entertainment. Jane is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group. Elwes is repped by APA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment. Connolly is repped by CAA and 3 Arts. Berenger is repped by Evolution Entertainment. Sedgwick is repped by UTA and Impression Entertainment. Grammer is repped by WME.