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Casting: Ian McKellen Is Old Man Sherlock Holmes, Christina Hendricks Expanded In 'Dark Places'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 12:38 PM
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 Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway in the great white north, we're bracing ourselves for a number of big-time casting notices. So let's run through some of the biggest casting news of the day before we really get buried under an avalanche of other deals. We've got word about who will star in Jim Mickle's follow-up to his English-language horror remake "We Are What We Are," a casting change/expansion for Gillian Flynn adaptation "Dark Places," Ian McKellen playing a crotchety old Sherlock Holmes for his "Gods and Monsters" director Bill Condon and news about where the stars of "Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Under the Dome" and "Rescue Me" are headed next.

John Cusack Takes A ‘Kickback,’ Anton Yelchin & Dakota Johnson Go Shakespeare & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 12:54 PM
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A few bits of casting news to keep you apprised of all that’s moving and shaking in Hollywood’s various corridors. So without further ado........

'Breathe In' Star Mackenzie Davis Joins Monster Movie 'Kitchen Sink' Along With Nicholas Braun

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 22, 2013 1:52 PM
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It looks like actress Mackenzie Davis is starting to become a hot property. After turning quite a few heads recently with her supporting performance in "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus' new Sundance hit "Breathe In,” she is now currently in talks to star in Sony’s horror comedy “The Kitchen Sink” alongside actor Nicholas Braun ("Perks of Being a Wallflower").

TV Dial: Christopher Mintz-Plasse Says 'Friend Me'; 'Angry Birds' Get New Life As Series; Sundance Doc 'The Queen of Versailles' Heads To Bravo

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 4, 2012 9:21 AM
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With big screen funny folks like Jason Segel and Kat Dennings scoring big hits on TV with "How I Met Your Mother" and "2 Broke Girls," another comic actor is making the small screen leap. Christopher Mintz-Plasse will take the lead in the new CBS comedy "Friend Me." Penned by Alan Kirschenbaum ("Raising Hope") and Ajay Sahgal, the show will center on two friends, Evan (Mintz-Plasse) and Rob (Nicholas Braun of "Red State" fame), who move from Indiana to L.A. to work for GroupOn. That still doesn't explain why it's called "Friend Me" but maybe Facebook didn't clear their brand for the show. Sounds like it's right in the geeky wheelhouse that has made "The Big Bang Theory" such a smash hit, so this has potential. The series is currently at the pilot stage. [Deadline]

'Submarine' Director Richard Ayoade Beats Chris Tucker To Role In Comedy 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 1:16 AM
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Nicholas Braun Also Joins Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill In Impressive Comic EnsembleMany directors start off as actors, and even once they've broken through behind the camera, can find it hard to shake the immediate rush you get from pretending in front of a camera. Look at Rob Reiner, who came up through TV sitcoms, put himself in first film "This is Spinal Tap," and still cameos from time to time in the likes of "30 Rock." Or Ron Howard, who for all the middlebrow dramas he's made, made a greater impact as the narrator of "Arrested Development" than with anything else in the last decade.

Dakota Johnson & Nicholas Braun To Star In Chris Nelson's High School Comedy 'Gay Dude'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 10, 2011 2:20 AM
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Rising thesps Dakota Johnson and Nicholas Braun are set to lead Chris Nelson's upcoming high-school comedy "Gay Dude" with Hunter Cope and Dreama Walker ("The Sitter") rounding out the cast.

Newcomer Nicholas Braun To Topline Kevin Smith's Hockey Comedy 'Hit Somebody'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 30, 2010 2:10 AM
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Of all the duelling projects in the recent past -- volcano movies, asteroid movies, Truman Capote movies -- one of the oddest has been the two rival "Slap Shot"-indebted hockey comedies, "Goon" and "Hit Somebody." The former's written by Apatow stalwarts Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, the latter's written and directed by raunchy comedy veteran Kevin Smith, and is based on the Warren Zevon song of the same name.

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