Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wednesday's Casting News

I've got some casting news for y'all, starting off with the most amazing casting news of the century...

Variety reports Jenny McCarthy is joining Witless Protection, which stars Larry the Cable Guy. The movie, directed by Charles Carner, is about a small-town sheriff who must protect a federal witness. We all know this will be a winner, because Larry the Cable Guy is starring in the movie. Thanks Lionsgate.

Variety also says Dinosaurs Alive, an Imax movie appearing this summer in both 2D and 3d, will be narrated by Michael Douglas.

Queen Latifah will topline a remake of All of Me, the 1984 comedy that starred Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin, Variety reports. The original movie is about a dying heiress whose soul inhabits the body of a successful attorney, but in this new movie, a female Jesse Jackson-type finds herself stuck in the body of a political conservative. Uh-oh!

More news from Variety has Disney signing Robin Williams and Kelly Preston to star alongside John Travolta in the buddy comedy Old Dogs, directed by Walt Becker. Ella Travolta, the daughter of two of the three stars (guess which ones!) will also have a role.

News from The Hollywood Reporter, for a change, has Val Kilmer (Deja Vu, The Doors), Wilmer Valderrama (Fast Food Nation, Yo Momma), and Marg Helgenberger (Mr. Brooks, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) starring in Columbus Day, a crime drama about a thief who has just one morning to fix what has gone awry in the biggest heist of his life, all while attempting to repair his relationship with his ex-wife (Helgenberger). Valderrama will play a longtime associate who helps plan the crime despite grave concerns.

Back to Variety... Rainn Wilson will star in the comedy Girlfriend Experience, based on a screenplay by cousins Mark and Brian Gunn, which is about a lonely geek who, in an effort to make himself seem more desirable, hires a prostitute to pretend she's his girlfriend. Nice!

Focus Features is saying Academy Award-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will write, produce, and direct their next two films for the company - A Serious Man and the dark spy comedy Burn After Reading. Burn After Reading will star Academy Award winners George Clooney and Frances McDormand; Brad Pitt has also joined the cast.

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