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Casting Watch: Kate Mara and David Oyelowo On Board for 'Captive'

David Oyelowo and Kate Mara are set to star in thriller "Captive," based on the bestselling novel "An Unlikely Angel" by Ashley Smith. It will be helmed by longtime TV director Jerry Jameson.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2013 11:57 AM
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Casting Watch: June Squibb of 'Nebraska' Set to Play Lena Dunham's Granny on 'Girls'

82-year-old June Squibb, who plays the rollicking foul-mouthed wife of Bruce Dern in "Nebraska" (and, like Dern, is earning awards buzz for her performance), will next play Lena Dunham's grandma on "Girls."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 2:43 PM
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Casting Watch: Jennifer Ehle Set to Play Anastasia Steele's Mother UPDATED

UPDATE: Jennifer Ehle ("Zero Dark Thirty," best known as Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC's "Pride and Prejudice") has been cast as Anastasia Steele's mother in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of S&M-heavy "Fifty Shades of Grey."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 12:10 PM
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Casting Watch: Lizzy Caplan Joins Seth Rogen and James Franco for 'The Interview'

Lizzy Caplan, who stars in Showtime's new fall series "Masters of Sex" alongside Michael Sheen, is in talks for the female lead in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's next writing and directorial endeavor, "The Interview." Rogen and James Franco will star with Caplan (reuniting three "Freaks and Geeks" alum).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2013 11:33 AM
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Casting Watch: Thomas Sadoski of 'The Newsroom' Looks Forward to Co-Starring with Reese Witherspoon in 'Wild'

Thomas Sadoski (HBO's "The Newsroom") is in talks to star opposite Reese Witherspoon in "Wild," which will be directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (who currently has "Dallas Buyers Club" generating Oscar buzz).
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 23, 2013 12:11 PM
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Casting Watch: Bryan Cranston Will Play Blacklisted Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Upcoming Biopic

Well, this is exciting. Bryan Cranston, star of AMC's "Breaking Bad," will play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in an upcoming biopic, "Trumbo."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 19, 2013 11:56 AM
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Casting Watch: Julianne Moore Joins 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Parts 1 and 2

Julianne Moore has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2." She will play President Alma Coin, who leads the rebellion against the Capitol.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 1:05 PM
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Universal Sets 2014 Release Date for James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up,' Starring Chadwick Boseman UPDATED

UPDATE: Universal has set an Oscar-friendly 2014 release date for its James Brown biopic, now titled "Get On Up," starring Chadwick Boseman ("42"). It will hit theaters on October 17 of next year.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 29, 2013 1:17 PM
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James Spader to Play Villain Ultron in 'Avengers' Sequel

James Spader has been cast as lead villain Ultron in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," set to hit theaters in 2015. The sequel will be helmed by "Avengers" writer-director Joss Whedon.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 29, 2013 12:51 PM
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Casting Watch: Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench to Star in Adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'Esio Trot' for the BBC

Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench are set to star in a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel, "Esio Trot," for the BBC. Richard Curtis ("About Time," "Love Actually") is penning the adaptation along with Paul Mayhew-Archer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 23, 2013 12:04 PM
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