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Actor Dylan Baker has been tapped to play former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.
The Spider-Man 2 star will portray the government official who famously wiretapped the civil rights leader's office in a failed bid to prove he was a part of the Communist party, according to Deadline.com.
Baker will join a cast that includes David Oyelowo as King, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as American civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, British actor Tom Wilkinson as former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson and Tim Roth, who will portray controversial U.S. governor George Wallace.
Oprah Winfrey, who will play civil rights protester Annie Lee Cooper in the film, and Brad Pitt are among the producers of the project.
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Okay, Ruffalo. Sell it. Tell us why, with so many properties to choose from and all the money required to breathe life into its leviathan of promising characters, Marvel is "entertaining the idea" of another standalone movie for the Hulk. After all, the first two attempts at a Bruce Banner-centric picture resulted in sour reviews and lackluster box office intake. Ang Lee's maudlin interpretation of the character, as portrayed by Eric Bana in 2003, nearly sapped us of our Spider-Man highs, while Louis Leterrier's lunking, charmless 2008 version left us mourning the days when an Edward Norton headline meant a sure thing (there might not have ever been days like that, but it sure seems like there were at some point). But two years past the Hulk's gallant return to Bixbian form in The Avengers, and you're coming to DigitalSpy with the news that Marvel is considering another go at the rage-filled green giant for a spin-off feature?
All right, we'll hear you out: "There's still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut." Clearly, you and Marvel alike share our skepticism, which is, in its own way, comforting. As lovers of Banner in his comic book, television series, and Ruffaloan form (and that last bit includes your appearance in the Iron Man 3 stinger, for which you seem to share an affinity: "If they did Iron Man 4 and Banner’s in that, that’d be very cool."), we'd love nothing more than the Hulk granted his cinematic due. But such a complicated character takes patience and plotting... more so than Leterrier hocked at the screen in '08, but not quite as much as Lee wove so dreadfully in '03. A happy medium. Something that the Phase 2-and-on psychology might be able to bring to life.
Seems like you've convinced us, Ruffalo. Maybe there is some hidden gold left to mine for a Hulk movie. Just... be careful this time, okay?
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John Cusack and Adrien Brody are to play lost Roman soldiers in new movie Dragon Blade. The pair will join Jackie Chan among the cast of the historical epic, which is inspired by the tale of a missing legion of Romans which travelled into China in 48 BC.
Chan tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm really excited to be in a movie with two of the most respected actors working today. It gives me confidence that the decade we spent researching and developing the script has produced something of world-class standard."
Cusack adds, "I grew up watching Jackie Chan films and stood in awe of his talent, energy and spirit. This will be a great adventure for me."
Director Daniel Lee will shoot scenes in the historic city of Dunhuang and in the Gobi Desert.
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Director Cameron Crowe is reportedly developing his first TV series centring around a fictional U.S. rock band's tour.
The Almost Famous filmmaker is preparing for his first foray into the small screen with an ensemble comedy titled Roadies, according to NikkiFinke.com. Crowe, who created the series and is producing the programme with J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot, is also slated to direct the pilot.
The Oscar winner is currently wrapping up an as-yet-untitled romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, which is set to hit cinemas by the end of the year (14).
Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne has quit the group. Frontman Billy Corgan has confirmed the news in a new interview, weeks after it was revealed Motley Crue star Tommy Lee has been working with the band on new tracks.
Corgan tells Music Radar, "Let's just say that Mike, like Elvis, has left the building."
Lee plays drums on nine songs on the band's upcoming album Monuments To An Elegy, and recently told Billboard, "I think he (Corgan) has probably the best record he's ever written. These are, like, epic, goose-bump songs."
Further details of Byrne's departure were not available as WENN went to press. The drummer appeared on two Smashing Pumpkins albums - 2009's Teargarden by Kaleidyscope and 2012's Oceania.
Actress Jenna Fischer is a mother for the second time after secretly welcoming a new baby last month (May14). The star of U.S. TV show The Office and her husband Lee Kirk have confirmed to E! News that their second child was born in May.
A joint statement issued by the new parents reads, "We are pleased to announce the birth of our daughter Harper Marie Kirk. Born May 25, 2014. The family is doing great. We are happy, healthy and sleepy."
Fischer and Kirk, who married in 2010, are already parents to son Weston, who was born in 2011.
Frozen writer/director Jennifer Lee is keen to recruit Josh Gad for her Broadway-bound musical adaptation of the hit animated film. Gad voiced singing snowman Olaf in the film and Lee wants him to reprise the character onstage.
The director tells People.com, "We need to all encourage him to get into a giant snowman suit to get comfortable."
Gad is no stranger to the stage - he was the break-out star of The Book of Mormon, and picked up a Tony Award nomination for his role.
Kiefer Sutherland's 24 character Jack Bauer has topped a new poll to find U.S. TV's Greatest Action Hero. The tough guy has beaten out Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy Summers and Adam West's Batman in the new TV Guide magazine survey.
Richard Dean Anderson's MacGyver and Diana Rigg's Avengers character Emma Peel round out the top five, while The Six Million Dollar Man's Steve Austin (Lee Majors), Alias' Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) make the top 10.
"The call came out of nowhere. I got on the phone and he said, 'Spike, I admire your work. Will you do this (video) for me?' and I said, 'Yeah! Let's do it!'... This (music video) was like a peace offering, so to drop it on Mother's Day was brilliance. They didn't tell me that (they were going to release it that day)." Famed director Spike Lee on directing Eminem's music video for his track Headlights, a short film which features the rapper apologising to his estranged mother after a lengthy feud.
Spike Lee and Anika Noni Rose have offered up tributes to actress Ruby Dee following news of her death on Thursday (12Jun14) The Oscar-nominated actress, poet, playwright and civil rights activist passed away from age-related causes, prompting an outpouring of grief and respect from the Hollywood community.
Lee, who directed Dee in Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever, called her his "spiritual mother" in one tweet, while rap mogul Russell Simmons revealed she "inspired" him throughout his life and career with her civil rights activism.
And Rose, who stars in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which Dee took to the stage in 1961, thanked the late star for being a trailblazer. She wrote, "RIP, Ruby Dee. Thank you for paving the way with your brilliance, beauty, fight and grace."