Sunday, February 9, 2014

Industry News: Leo and Jonah Hill Set to Collaborate Again

The bro-mance is in full swing. After co-starring in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and landing Oscar Nominations for their performances, it's been confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill will be teaming up in a new biopic. The project sees Hill star as real life security guard Richard Jewell who discovered the bomb during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, only to find himself accused of plotting the attack himself. DiCaprio is set to play Jewell's attorney who is determined to clear the security guard's name.

In other casting news, Johnny Depp has confirmed his role in the upcoming Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart) picture, Black Mass, with one of my personal favorites, Tom Hardy, rumored to co-star. The biopic tells the real life story of James "Whitey" Bulger (Depp) and childhood friend John Connolly who are pitted against each other many years later after Bulger becomes the godfather of the Irish mob and Connolly a major figure in the FBI. Black Mass has an outside chance at a 2015 release date.

After the box-office and critical success of the 2012 hit, Pitch Perfect, the sequel has been slated for a May 15th, 2015 release date with Elizabeth Banks set to make her directorial debut. It was reported via the film's twitter feed that co-stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are set to return in Pitch Perfect 2.

And finally, it's been a week since we lost the great American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman to his terrible heroine addiction. Hoffman was officially laid to rest on Friday February 7th in New York City with many friends such as Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett (and many more) in attendance to pay their respects. With only 7 days of filming left, Hoffman's passing left the Lionsgate projects Mockingjay and Mockingjay Part 2 of The Hunger Games franchise is complete disarray. The New York Post became the first to report that rather than re-casting the role, filmmakers will "digitally recreate" Hoffman for the the scenes that remain.

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