The Casting Couch: April 20, 2006

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LOHAN AND FONDA HEAD TO GEORGIA

Lindsay Lohan is certainly making the round with the veteran actresses as she will soon be seen in A Prairie Home Companion with Meryl Streep and is now set to star in Georgia Rule with Jane Fonda.

Along with Lohan and Fonda, Felicity Huffman also stars for writer/director/producer Garry Marshall.

The story centers on a rebellious young woman (Lohan) who has a dysfunctional relationship with her mother (Huffman) and is sent to spend a summer with her grandmother (Fonda).

SOURCE: Variety

JONES ADDED TO WWE’S CONDEMNED
Yup, those boys at World Wrestling Entertainment are sticking to their word and making movies as they not only have See No Evil starring wrestler Kane coming out on May 19 from Lionsgate and The Marine starring John Cena coming out on Sept. 8 from 20th Century Fox, but also on the way is a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin starrer called The Condemned and good old Vinnie Jones is joining that flick with Scott Wiper set to direct.

Wiper rewrote a script by Rob and Andrew Hedden, in which Austin will play a man on death row in a corrupt Central American prison. He’s “purchased” by a wealthy TV producer, who pits him and nine other condemned men in a battle to the death.

The Condemned begins shooting May 15 in Australia.

SOURCE: Variety

KNISH JOINS BAUMBACH’S SISTERS

For some reason Variety is still calling Noah Baumbach’s next pic an “untitled comedy”, even though they themselves called it Sisters in an April 2 article. Nevertheless, the film which currently starred Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black has just added one more big name in the form of John Turturro. On top of that a trio of newcomers also joined the picture in Zane Pais, Flora Cross and Halley Feiffer.

The pic centers on Kidman who plays a woman who brings her pre-teen son with her to visit the upstate home of her sister (Leigh). Pais, the son of stage actress Lisa Emery, plays the son. Cross (“Bee Season”) plays the daughter of Leigh and her husband (Black). Feiffer plays a neighbor.

The film is currently shooting in Long Island.

SOURCE: Variety

MILLER AND FRANCO TEAM FOR CAMILLE
Sienna Miller and James Franco are set to star in the mythical love story Camille for director Gregory Mackenzie. The pic will mark Mackenzie’s directorial debut.

Franco is currently at work on Spider-Man 3, while Miller is working on The Interview opposite Steve Buscemi.

SOURCE: Variety

ROGUE IS FOCUSING IN ON ATARI’S “DRIVER”
Oh boy, another videogame adaptation is ready to go as Rogue Pictures has just picked up the rights to writer/director Roger Avary’s bigscreen adaptation of Atari vidgame “Driver.”

The film centers on a getaway driver for hire, the best in the heist bizbiz, who is put to the test on a job.

Avary recently penned another videogame adaptation you may have heard of – Silent Hill.

SOURCE: Variety

HARRIS JOINS AFFLECK’S GONE, BABY, GONE

Yes, Ben Affleck is directing a movie. This is not the news. I have told you this before. That said, Ed Harris has decided to join his little picture, Gone, Baby, Gone, which also stars brother Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan.

The pic was adapted by Affleck from the the Dennis Lehane novel, and lensing begins in Boston in May.

The picture concerns two private investigators who hunt for an abducted 4-year-old in the seamiest side of the Boston underworld. Harris will play a cop in the pic.

SOURCE: Variety

JONES AND PASTORE AND TARA REID?
This one is hard to swallow. You would think that after getting the X-Men 3 gig Vinnie Jones’ career was on the right track, but apparently the right track in Hollywood leads to Tara Reid and her brother as Vinnie and Vincent Pastore have joined the cast of 7-10 Split, which stars Tara Reid and Ross Patterson.

The pic revolves around an aspiring actor who becomes the Tiger Woods of the bowling circuit. Together, he and his girlfriend put the fun and edge back into bowling. Pro bowlers Tommy Jones and Wes Malott also appear in the comedy, which is being directed by Tara’s brother Tommy and is currently filming in Los Angeles.

SOURCE: Variety

PARADISE LOST HEADING TO THE BIG SCREEN
Legendary Pictures has announced they are in development of a feature film based on John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” with Exorcism of Emily Rose writer/director Scott Derrickson attached to direct and help pen the screenplay.

Written in 1667, Milton’s epic poem revolves around the fall of man and the classic battle of good vs. evil, telling along the way the story of Satan/Lucifer, the angel who tries to overthrow God, and the temptation of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

OWEN JOINS STILLER’S MUSEUM COMEDY

Not a big story here as Owen Wilson has just joined the ensemble cast for the comedy Night at the Museum for director Shawn Levy and 20th Century Fox.

The pic also stars Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Kim Raver, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs, Robin Williams and Ricky Gervais with an eye for a December 22 release.

The pic follows teh good-hearted dreamer Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) who, despite being perpetually down on his luck, thinks he’s destined for something big. But even he could never have imagined how “big,” when he accepts what appears to be a menial job as a graveyard-shift night watchman at a museum of natural history. But during Larry’s watch, something extraordinary happens: the museum’s exhibits magically come to life. A fearsome T-Rex insists on a game of fetch (with one of his own skeleton bones); Mayans, Roman Gladiators, and cowboys emerge from their diorama to wage epic battles; and a wax figure of Teddy Roosevelt gives Larry important advice while harboring a crush for an Indian princess. As things spiral wildly out of control, Larry must find a way to control the magic to stop a nefarious plot and save the museum.

SOURCE: MTV

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