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Reese Witherspoon is reteaming with Walk the Line costar Joaquin Phoenix for Paul Thomas Anderson's INHERENT VICE, a noir mystery about a private eye investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. Jena Malone and Martin Short have also joined the cast, which includes Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro.
Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in GOD'S POCKET, about a blue-collar worker who tries to cover up the death of his stepson in a construction accident. Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins and John Turturro costar in the film, which is actor John Slattery's feature directing debut.
Michelle Williams and Joel Edgerton will star in THE DOUBLE HOUR, a remake of the 2009 Italian thriller about a chambermaid and an ex-cop who meet at a speed-dating event and are attacked by robbers while on a romantic holiday. Edgerton will also join Johnny Depp in Barry Levinson's Boston gangster thriller BLACK MASS.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are teaming up for LEGACY OF SECRECY, based on the true story of a mafioso who told the FBI that he was behind the assassination of JFK. David O Russell is writing and directing.
Zac Efron and Amber Heard will star in the Euro-thriller AUTOBAHN, about an American backpacker who embarks on a major road chase while trying to protect his girlfriend from German drug smugglers. Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch) is directing.
Colin Firth has landed the lead in the spy thriller A FOREIGN COUNTRY, based on Charles Cumming's novel, which traces the adventures of a disgraces British agent.
Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton will star in the comedy LIFE ITSELF, about a long-married New York couple struggling with the idea of putting their family home on the market. Richard Loncraine is directing.
Amanda Seyfried, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine have joined the cast of Z FOR ZACHARIAH, a sci-fi thriller about the last three survivors of a nuclear war. Craig Zobel (Compliance) is directing.
Helen Hunt and Kris Kristofferson are lined up to star in JOE'S MOUNTAIN, about a crotchety former ladies' man who goes on a road trip to help a woman find a mythcal healing lake that will cure her dying son.
Liv Tyler, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Daniel Huttlestone (Les Miserables) will star in LONDON TOWN, a coming-of-age story about a teenager trying to find his estranged mother after she sends him a tape of The Clash's White Riot.
Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Gabriel Byrne and Joely Richardson have joined the cast of VAMPIRE ACADEMY: BLOOD SISTERS, based on the young adult novel series about a teen (Zoey Deutch) who has a supernatural bond with her vampire best friend Lissa (Lucy Fry). Filming starts next week.
And Marton Csokas will play the villain opposite Denzel Washington in the film remake of the 1980s TV series THE EQUALIZER. Antoine Fuqua is directing the film, which is about a retired spy who gets entangled with the Russian mob when he helps a young prostitute (Chloe Moretz).
Christopher Nolan is in talks to direct the 24th JAMES BOND adventure, which will again star Daniel Craig as 007, along with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw. He'd make the film right after he finishes shooting INTERSTELLAR.
Nicole Kidman will star in RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA, based on the Kimberly McCreight novel about a single mother who is forced to examine her workaholic life after her teen daughter's death.
Cate Blanchett will star in BLACKBIRD, a thriller by David Mamet. It's about a woman who travels to Los Angeles for her the funeral of her grandfather, a special effects artist who also worked as a special-ops agent. And as she looks into his life she uncovers secrets about the assassination of JFK.
Emily Blunt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine and Christine Baranski are lined up to join Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in the long-awaited movie version of the musical INTO THE WOODS, which mashes up several fairy tales into a full-on farce. Rob Marshall is directing.
Samuel L Jackson will play the US President in the action thriller BIG GAME, about a shy 13-year-old boy who's camping in the woods when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists. He finds the president in an escape pod. Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports) is directing. And Jackson may also join Hailee Steinfeld in BARELY LETHAL, as a veteran assassin who teaches a 16-year-old girl his trade.
Jean Dujardin is reteaming with Gilles Lellouche for the action thriller LA FRENCH, set in 1970s Marseilles, which at the time was a major stop in the supply route trafficking heroin into America. They'll play a tenacious cop and drug lord, respectively.
Scarlett Johansson will make her directing debut on SUMMER CROSSING, based on Truman Capote's novel about a 17-year-old debutante who runs off with a valet. Johansson has been developing the script for several years.
Timothy Olyphant will star in the thriller THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD, about a border-town sheriff who must team up with a retired cop to take on a drug kingpin. Director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (Apollo 18) plans to shoot the film in Colombia.
Meanwhile, Oscar Isaac will play Pablo Escobar in a new biopic about the Colombian drug kingpin. Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) is directing from a script by newcomer Matt Aldrich.
Jennifer Garner and Michael Caine have joined the cast of IMAGINE, which stars Al Pacino as an ageing rocker who is inspired by John Lennon to track down the son he has never met. Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale costar.
Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly will star in the comedy WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY, which follows an English couple that struggles with their disintegrating marriage while on a trip to visit relatives in Scotland.
And Uma Thurman will play Anita Bryant in the cleverly titled biopic ANITA, which follows the singer-activist from her years touting Florida oranges and campaigning against gay rights, which destroyed her career. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are directing.
Kate Winslet will star in the 1950s-set romantic thriller THE DRESSMAKER, about a woman who returns home to Outback Australia, where she sets in motion a plan to liberate the town's oppressed female population. Jocelyn Moorhouse is directing.
Robert Downey Jr will re-team with Iron Man director-costar Jon Favreau for CHEF, about a man who loses a high-profile restaurant job and starts over again with a food truck. Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale costar.
Michelle Williams is lined up to play the leading role in a new movie version of the musical SOUTH PACIFIC, about an American Navy nurse taking care of injured soldiers in the South Pacific during WWII.
Andrew Garfield has landed the lead role as a priest in SILENCE, based on Shusaku Endo's novel about 17th century Jesuits trying to bring Christianity to Japan. Ken Watanabe costars in the film, which will be directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Jay Cocks.
Noomi Rapace is reteaming with her Animal Rescue costar Matthias Schoenarts for the thriller ALIVE ALONE, about a woman on the run from a crime boss who crosses paths with a former Guantanamo detainee.
Owen Wilson is joining Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film INHERENT VICE, based on the Thomas Pynchon crime novel about a 1970s L.A. private detective investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Salma Hayek will star in EVERLY, an action thriller set entirely within one room as a woman fights off a series of assassins sent by her ex, a vicious gangster. Director Joe Lynch starts filming next month in Belgrade.
Vince Vaughn will join Will Ferrell in the comedy DADDY'S HOME about a man competing with his ex-wife's new husband for the affection of his children. Writer Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3) is making his directing debut.
Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne will star in LOUDER THAN BOMBS, about a top war photographer whose secret life is revealed after her death. Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier (Oslo August 31st) is directing and cowriting.
Dominic Cooper is lined up to join Luke Evans in a new film version of DRACULA, based on the true story of Vlad the Impaler, the man behind the vampire legend.
Laurence Fishburne and Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites will star in THE SIGNAL, a sci-fi thriller about three university students who are lured to an isolated shack in the desert by a computer hacker. Director Will Eubanks starts filming next week in New Mexico.
And filming is underway in England on THE HARRY HILL MOVIE, in which the eponymous comic takes a road trip to Blackpool with his drunken grandmother (Julie Walters). The cast includes Jim Broadbent, Sheridan Smith, Matt Lucas, Marc Wootton, Julian Barratt and Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners).
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