The Haunting in Georgia, a semi-sequel to 2009’s The Haunting in Connecticut, begins shooting later this month in New Orleans, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Chad Michael Murray (House of Wax), Abigail Spencer (Mad Men‘s Miss Farrell), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), and Emily Alyn Lind (The Secret Life of Bees) will play members of a family who encounter spirits in their new home. Cicely Tyson will also appear. First-timer Tom Elkins is directing, and Lionsgate will distribute.
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That’s a lot of acronyms in one headline, but what it means is that we won’t be seeing an actors’ strike. The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a new three-year deal that, among other things, strengthens the SAG and AFTRA retirement and pension plans. Details will be submitted for approval to the Joint National Board of AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild, then sent to the unions’ members for ratification. “We are pleased to have successfully reached a tentative agreement on a new TV/Theatrical contract with the Screen Actors Guild and a new prime time television contract with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists,” the AMPTP says in a statement. “The deals offer increases in benefit contributions, wages and other areas critical to working performers while being responsive to the current challenges facing feature film and television producers. The early agreements also ensure that production can continue without disruption for everyone who depends on this industry.”
Martin Sheen is already lined up to play Uncle Ben in the movie, which Sony has set for release in July 2012. The superhero tentpole would mark the first major feature film role for two-time Oscar winner Field since 2003’s Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. She joins a cast that already features Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker/Spidey and Emma Stone (Easy A) as Peter’s love interest, Gwen Stacy.Brothers & Sisters star Sally Field is in early talks to play May Parker, the beloved aunt of Peter Parker, in director Marc Webb’s big-budget Spider-Man reboot, EW.com has confirmed.
Deadline reports that Mike White has received an offer from Lions Gate to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Jane Austen/undead mash-up. White previously directed the independent film Year of the Dog, but is best known as a screenwriter (Chuck & Buck, Orange County, The School of Rock, Nacho Libre), an actor (Chuck & Buck again, Zombieland), and as an Amazing Race contestant.
For the second consecutive year, Will Ferrell topped Forbes Magazine‘s list of Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors. For every dollar Ferrell was paid to appear in live-action films, those films earned $3.35. In the comic’s defense, Forbes didn’t include his hit comedy The Other Guys in its tabulations (only films released before June 1 were considered). Ferrell was handicapped by films like last year’s expensive flop, Land of the Lost, and other comedians also struggled as their films don’t fare as well abroad as they do in the United States.
1. Will Ferrell ($3.35)
2. Eddie Murphy ($4.45)
3. Denzel Washington ($5.10)
4. Seth Rogen ($6.75)
5. Tom Cruise ($7.20)
6. Drew Barrymore ($7.45)
7. Matt Damon ($8.30)
8. Vince Vaughn ($8.35)
9. Adam Sandler ($8.45)
10. Jim Carrey ($8.60)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios filed for bankruptcy protection this morning in New York City. They have been in serious debt since 2005, Reuters reports. The company expects a federal bankruptcy judge to approve the filing in approximately 30 days. The move comes after Spyglass Entertainment’s heads took hold of MGM last week.
The team that made The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is circling a comedy titled Cogan’s Trade. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brad Pitt and director Andrew Dominik are interested in reuniting for a story about a tough-guy called in to investigate a daring heist that occurs during a mob-run poker game. Sam Rockwell and Casey Affleck, who was nominated for an Oscar for Assassination of Jesse James, might also be involved.
Eli Roth and Eric Newman are set to produce Psycho Killer, an “elevated, uncompromised, R-rated thriller,” Roth told Variety. The film follows a masked murderer who eventually kills a highway patrolman; “the only witness, the patrolman’s young wife — also an officer — sets out to hunt the killer down.” Andrew Kevin Walker, who wrote Seven, wrote the screenplay, and producer Gavin Polone is set to make his directorial debut. Roth and Newman previously collaborated on The Last Exorcism.
Al Pacino will star opposite Susan Sarandon and Eva Green in the financial thriller Arbitage, according to Variety. Writer and director Nicholas Jarecki plans to start shooting next spring in New York. The script follows a hedge fund magnate who’s trying to sell his company to a major bank before his fraudulent practices are uncovered.
James Nesbitt and Adam Brown have been cast in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. According to a statement from the director, Nesbitt (Millions) will play Bofur, “a funny and occasionally brave dwarf.” Newcomer Brown will portray Ori, a member of the team of dwarves battling the dragon, Smaug.
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