Thursday, July 31, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:12 AM
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Actors John Goodman and Bryan Cranston attend the 'Argo' premiere during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Leicester Square on October 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)

LOS ANGELES ( - There's an "Argo" reunion brewing, as John Goodman is in early talks to join Bryan Cranston in Jay Roach's Dalton Trumbo movie "Trumbo," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Four-time Emmy winner Cranston will star as stand-out screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose career writing classics like "Spartacus" and "Roman Holiday" came to a halt when he was blacklisted in Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He was forced to write under pseudonyms, winning two Oscars while blacklisted before he resumed his career using his own name.

While there's no deal in place yet, Goodman is expected to accept an offer to play film producer Frank King, whose King Brothers Productions hired Trumbo to write for them despite the fact that he'd been blacklisted. The writer went on to win an Oscar for his original screenplay for "The Brave One," which King produced. 

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:05 AM
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Dakota Johnson arrives at the FOX All-Star Party at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 8, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES ( - "Fifty Shades of Grey" starlet Dakota Johnson made a big splash this past week thanks to millions of views accrued by the film's steamy first trailer, and now she has signed on to co-star alongside Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in "A Bigger Splash," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. 

Luca Guadagnino ("I Am Love") is directing from a script by Dave Kajganich. Michael Costigan is producing the film, which is based on the 1969 French crime drama "La Piscine." 

Story explores the uneasy love triangle that develops between a young woman and an older couple during their vacation, leading to a tragic ending.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 1:14 PM
Jul 30 ( - Jamie Foxx might be hitting the bag in preparation to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic, according to the former heavyweight champion of the world.

Jul 30 ( - Jamie Foxx might be hitting the bag in preparation to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic, according to the former heavyweight champion of the world.

“Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it,” Tyson told the Daily Mirror. “Within a year to 18 months, we're going to do the Mike Tyson story and he's going to portray me.”

Since the 48-year-old boxer's glory days are nearly 28 years behind him after becoming the youngest heavyweight champion at just 20, Tyson says filmmakers will use CGI technology to make Foxx, 46, appear younger. 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:32 AM
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 10: Writer Judd Apatow attends The Paley Center For Media's 2014 PaleyFest Icon Award announcement at The Paley Center for Media on March 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES ( - Producers Judd Apatow and Benderspink have hired Emmy-winning "South Park" writer Pam Brady to work on the screenplay for their Universal comedy "Business Trip," TheWrap has learned.

Described as "The Hangover" with female leads, the story follows a group of women who go on a corporate trip but wind up doing anything but business while on company time. 

Stacey Harman wrote the first draft of "Business Trip," which Universal purchased as a pitch back in 2009 before Apatow and wife Leslie Mann boarded the project in June 2010.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:23 AM
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director David Lynch speaks onstage at the David Lynch Foundation Gala Honoring Rick Rubin at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 27, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Nearly a decade before he entered pop culture's collective consciousness with 1977's Eraserhead, David Lynch found himself wandering around Philadelphia, looking for inspiration. He left in 1970 to become the auteur he is today, but now Lynch is making his way back to Philly with some help from the Philadelphia Film Society.

PFS will host "David Lynch Revisited: A Retrospective Film Series" starting in September, screening everything from Twin Peaks and Inland Empire to Elephant Man and Mulholland Drive across a two-month period and culminating with a "From the Vaults" tribute at this year's Philadelphia Film Festival in October. It's all happening at the Prince Music Theater starting September 3, with tickets on sale now. Full retrospective passes run $60, and Q&A tickets go for $25. 

The pièce de résistance, though, is the one-time Q&A between Lynch and journalist Kristine McKenna on September 10. Public appearances for Lynch are rare, with Lynch having long cultivated a reputation as somewhat of a recluse who balks at the idea of public speaking. So, if ever you wanted to hear from the man himself about, say, just what exactly that Eraserhead baby is (please?), now's your chance. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:12 PM

Jul 29 ( - Universal and director F. Gary Gray have found the remaining members of gangster rap group N.W.A, as Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. have been cast as MC Ren and DJ Yella, respectively, in “Straight Outta Compton,” TheWrap has learned.

Brown Jr. (above) and Hodge (left) join O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) and Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E).

Original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are producing the drama with Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright, while Gray is executive producing with Will Packer and former Universal exec Scott Bernstein. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 1:07 PM
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 25: Kevin Smith poses after being nterviewed on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio channel from Comic-Con 2014 at The Hard Rock Hotel on July 25, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images for Sirius XM)

Jul 29 ( - Documentaries by actor-turned-director Ethan Hawke, legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and “The Act of Killing” director Joshua Oppenheimer are among the films added to the lineup of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.

In addition to the typically strong TIFF Docs slate, the festival also announced its Masters, Midnight Movies and Vanguard sections, which range from a thorny 3D experiment from icon Jean-Luc Godard to edgy new works by Kevin Smith, Adam Wingard and Takashi Miike.

While more than a dozen of the 40 new additions are world premieres, a number of others have screened at previous festivals, including several from this year's Cannes Film Festival.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 2:21 PM

Jul 28 ( - Oscar winner Christopher Walken and “Breaking Bad” villain Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast of Jon Favreau‘s “The Jungle Book,” Disney announced on Monday. 

Favreau is directing from a script by Justin Marks. The new 3D film, which is a combination of live-action and animation, will follow the adventures of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a little boy who's raised by wolves and friends with all sorts of jungle creatures.

Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. 

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