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Next Young Adult Franchise? Fantasy 'Mortal Instruments' Adds 'Game of Thrones' Badass Lena Headey to Cast

Young Adult Fiction continues to drive book sales (as top writers such as Carl Hiaasen, Elizabeth George, Jody Picoult and John Grisham turn to the red hot YA business) as well as subsequent movie franchises such as Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter," Summit's "Twilight" and HBO's "Game of Thrones."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 5:26 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Malick Producing Lincoln Youth Biopic with Kruger; Lewis Joins Streep & Roberts in 'August: Osage County'

Roger Moore landed some juicy casting news when interviewing Diane Kruger on "Farewell, My Queen" and "The Host" at Comic-Con. She said she'll play Sarah Bush Lincoln in (yet another) Abraham Lincoln biopic titled "Green Blade Riding." None other than Terrence Malick is producing (no writer or director has been named) the project...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2012 12:59 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Lionsgate adds 'Catching Fire' Cast, Seeks New Director for 'Mockingjay'; Depp Joins Anderson; Radcliffe & Kazan Say Yes to 'F Word'

Amanda Plummer ("Pulp Fiction," "The Fisher King") is signing on to play Wiress in "Catching Fire." This follows the announcement of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Jena Malone as Johanna in "The Hunger Games" sequel with Jennifer Lawrence and new director Francis Lawrence. Lionsgate is rushing the film to shoot this fall for a November 22, 2013 release.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • July 17, 2012 1:44 PM
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Casting Watch - 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby': Huppert, Hurt, Davis & Arianda Join Chastain & McAvoy

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," which will be told in two films from "His" and "Hers" perspectives -- those of husband and wife James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain -- has rounded out its casting with Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Nina Arianda, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader and Jess Weixler...
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  • July 16, 2012 3:47 PM
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Casting Watch: Daniel Radcliffe to Grow 'Horns' in Supernatural Thriller

After the box office success of Gothic ghost story "The Woman in Black," it makes sense that Harry-Potter-no-more Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in another supernatural thriller, "Horns," from director Alexander Aja...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 13, 2012 2:20 PM
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Ashton Kutcher's Currently Filming 'jOBS' Biopic Adds More Cast

The Steve Jobs biopic "jOBS" being directed by Joshua Michael Stern (not to be confused with Sony's "Steve Jobs" being scripted by Aaron Sorkin) has made further additions to its cast...
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  • July 10, 2012 3:55 PM
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Broadway Star Nina Arianda Joins Director Sean Durkin for Janis Joplin Biopic

Janis Joplin is getting the big screen treatment and will be brought to life through Tony Award winning actress Nina Arianda (she won for "Venus in Fur"). "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean Durkin will helm the project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2013. Producer Peter Newman & co. have spent over a decade...
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  • July 10, 2012 1:32 PM
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Will Yun Lee to Play Villainous Silver Samurai Opposite Hugh Jackman's 'Wolverine'

Hugh Jackman has a villain for Fox's "X-Men" prequel, "Wolverine." Will Yun Lee will play Kenuichio Harada, a.k.a. the Silver Samurai for those of you that follow the Marvel comic.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 1:00 PM
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Casting Watch: Hopkins Boards 'Noah,' Hoffman for 'Catching Fire' Game Maker & Fassbender's 'Assassin's Creed'

It's nice to start Monday off with news that a handful of our favorite actors have been cast in exciting new projects, including Anthony Hopkins in "Noah," Michael Fassbender in "Assassin's Creed" and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Catching Fire"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 9, 2012 12:23 PM
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Casting Watch: Cee Lo Green Joins Knightley, Ruffalo, Levine, Steinfeld & Keener in 'Can a Song Save Your Life?'

Singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green has joined the cast of "Can a Song Save Your Life?," John Carney's ("Once") rags-to-riches musician tale starrring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and Green's "The Voice" fellow judge Adam Levine.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 1:45 PM
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