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Casting: Jessica Alba Is 'Barely Lethal,' 'The Hunger Games' Finds Annie Cresta & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 27, 2013 5:38 PM
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Former Sue Storm Jessica Alba has signed on to play the villain in "Barely Lethal," an action-comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as a teenage assassin and with producers including Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment. Joining a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Alba will play a former associate in pursuit of Steinfeld's lead.

Kevin Costner Eyes Jack Ryan Reboot & Luc Besson Produced 'Three Days To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 9:36 PM
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Is Kevin Costner ready for a multiplex comeback? At one time, the actor was a big star, who could carry both drama and comedy to big box office success. The late '80s and early '90s in particular saw him handle an incredible run of films that included "The Untouchables," "Field Of Dreams," "Bull Durham," "Dances With Wolves," "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves" and "JFK." And while he hasn't had that kind of success in quite some time, the massive critical and popular approval of the miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" (22 Emmy nominations) along with a role in the upcoming "Man Of Steel" could mean a comeback is around the corner.

Kevin Costner Races To 'McFarland' For 'Whale Rider' Director Niki Caro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 3:54 PM
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There are many threads in the career of Kevin Costner -- westerns for example -- but one genre the actor seems to enjoy is the sports movie. From baseball ("Bull Durham," "Field Of Dreams," "For Love Of The Game") to golf ("Tin Cup") to boxing ("Play It To The Bone" in which he cameos), if you've got a sport, send it Costner's way, because he might be interested. And now, he's going out for track.

'Whale Rider' Director Niki Caro To Helm Track & Field Drama 'McFarland'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2011 11:07 AM
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After the poorly received Charlize Theron-starrer “North Country” and the even more poorly received/barely-distributed 2009 film “The Vintner’s Luck,” it looked like Niki Caro had used up all of the goodwill earned from her Oscar-nominated breakthrough film, “Whale Rider.” That’s saying something, too, as people loved “Whale Rider.” Miraculously, Caro has avoided director jail, and not only recently managed to line up a Maria Callas biopic, but now Disney wants her to helm the track and field drama “McFarland.”

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