Friday, June 5, 2009

Even More Film News: Is Greed Still Good?

- Shia LaBeouf will star opposite Michael Douglas in the follow-up to the 1987 hit film Wall Street. Director Oliver Stone will return to helm the film, titled Money Never Sleeps. Douglas will reprise his role as Gordon Gekko, who has served his time in prison and whose warnings about the impending crash of the financial markets goes unheeded. LaBeouf's character is engaged to Gekko's daughter and is an up-and-comer in the financial world. When LaBeouf's mentor is found dead and LaBeouf suspects that he was murdered, the young man asks for Gekko's help as he seeks revenge. [Associated Press via Yahoo! News]

- The cast list for the upcoming movie Easy A includes a whole slew of familiar names -- Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Daniel Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Alyson Michalka, Emma Stone and Stanley Tucci. In the movie, Stone portrays "a high school student who, after being ostracized by a false rumor she's loose, uses the rumor mill to her advantage, pitting puritanical students and teachers against their liberal counterparts." Production for Easy A starts on June 9. [Variety]

[bxA]- Disney has announced the first-ever D23 Expo, a convention for Disney fans, to be held in Anaheim this fall. The expo will give attendees a look at content and products from just about every branch of Disney and feature keynote speeches from execs including Bob Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios. Attendees will have the chance to view sneak peeks from upcoming films such as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Toy Story 3, TRON, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Disney's A Christmas Carol and The Princess and the Frog. View the recently released Toy Story 3 trailer below. [D23 Expo][Hollywood Reporter]

- Amanda Seyfried, Gael Garcia Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero will star in Letters to Juliet, which begins shooting in Italy later this month. Seyfried and Bernal will portray a couple on vacation in Italy who receive a letter written by an older woman (Redgrave) searching for her long-lost Italian love (Nero); the missive was directed to the Shakespearean character Juliet Capulet. Seyfriend decides to search Tuscany to find the woman's lost love in the hopes of reuniting them. [Variety]

- And finally, it looks like Sigourney Weaver will be taking a couple of comedic turns in the films You Again and Paul. You Again focuses on "a young woman who finds out that her brother is going to marry her high school nemesis." Weaver is still in talks to join Simon Pegg and Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead fame in their upcoming flick Paul. [Entertainment Weekly]

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