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Casting Watch: Great Muppet Movie, Great Oz Plot, Solondz Adds Walken, Farrow, Blair

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 15, 2010 at 5:46AM

- Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are joining Disney's The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Adams and Jason Segal play a (human) couple on a mission to reunite all the muppets to put on a show that will save a movie studio. Cooper is the villain of the piece, while Jones is a studio executive. Writer/director James Bobin (Ali G, Flight of the Conchords is directing the puppet pic for a Merry Christmas debut in 2011.
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- Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are joining Disney's The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Adams and Jason Segal play a (human) couple on a mission to reunite all the muppets to put on a show that will save a movie studio. Cooper is the villain of the piece, while Jones is a studio executive. Writer/director James Bobin (Ali G, Flight of the Conchords is directing the puppet pic for a Merry Christmas debut in 2011.

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- While Robert Downey Jr. is not yet confirmed to star in director Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful, Pajiba has unearthed some juicy plot details:

The wizard: "a snake-oil salesman posing as a magician." Making the hot air balloon relevant: "he uses [it] to escape an angry husband who has found out that Oz slept with his wife." The love interest: "Glinda(the Good Witch), and the two combine forces to Fight the Evil Witches…[who are both] incredibly attractive, seductive women…[one of whom] likes to wear black, thigh-high boots."

- Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow will star as the parents and Selma Blair as a reluctant love interest in Todd Solondz's indie drama Dark Horse, produced by Ted Hope, which started filming this week. Jordan Gelber is at the center of the family drama - the dark horse of the family that unhappily works for his dad, lives at home and collects toys while his brother, played by Justin Bartha (The Hangover), serves as the good son.

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Daily Read, Production , Independents, Drama, Animation, Robert Downey, Jr.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.