Casting Call Alert: Coen Brothers Looking for Mattie Ross in "True Grit" 


As we mentioned before, the Coen brothers and Paramount are remaking "True Grit" based on Charles Portis novel. Now, they've launched their search for the young female lead, Mattie Ross, played by Kim Darby (pictured) in the original 1969 film that won John Wayne a Best Actor Oscar.

They're looking for a girl between the ages of 12 and 17. If you're interested, you can apply by self taping or by attending an open call in Arkansas, Mississippi, or Oklahoma in the coming weeks.

You can go to the "True Grit" casting call's official site right here.

And click here for a three-page scene from the script that you can use to practice.

This character will tag along two marshals -- to be played by Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon -- to hunt for the man who killed her father -- to be played by Josh Brolin.

Applicants, study the Mattie Ross character well, and good luck!

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Check Out New "Shrek Forever After" Trailer 


So far, my favorite "Shrek" film is the second installment. Let's see if the fourth one will win us over. But the trailer looks cute, and makes me want to see the film when it opens May 21st.

Here's a short description from DreamWorks:

After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.


Mike Myers ("Shrek"), Cameron Diaz ("Fiona"), Eddie Murphy ("Donkey"), and Antonio Banderas ("Puss 'N Boots") are set to reprise their roles.

Here's the fun trailer for "Shrek Forever After":


Shrek Forever After

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Bryan Singer to Direct "X-Men: First Class" 


Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed -- Bryan Singer is directing "X-Men: First Class." Singer is returning to the franchise that he helped build. He directed the first two installments.

Variety tels us that the the "deal was made after the studio sparked to a detailed treatment he wrote for the film. Jamie Moss was hired to write the script, and the studio will move aggressively."

"This is the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there relationship took a wrong turn," Singer said. "There is a romantic element, and some of the mutants from 'X-Men' will figure into the plot, though I don't want to say which ones. There will be a lot of new mutants and a great villain."


"X-Men: First Class" will feature young Xavier and Magneto, and will be a reboot of the franchise, if you may. Singer also said he enjoyed "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

Right now, the director's slate is getting full. He's been attached to the following films:

*** "Jack the Giant Killer" -- New Line is still working on the visual development of the giants

*** "Battlestar Gallactica"

*** "Excalibur" -- still working on the tricky rights issue

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"Toy Story 3" Gets Imax Release Date! 


Disney's "Toy Story 3" will get an Imax 3D treatment simultaneously with its June 18 wide release! Much like "Avatar," you can choose how you want to see the third installment of the super-popular "Toy Story" franchise.

"Toy Story 3" is directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of "Toy Story 2" and "Finding Nemo") from a script by Michael Arndt, screenwriter of "Little Miss Sunshine."

Here's a full Imax slate of release dates for 2010:

"Alice in Wonderland" -- March 5
"How to Train Your Dragon" -- March 26
"Shrek Forever After" -- May 21
"Toy Story 3" -- June 18
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" -- June 30
"Inception" -- July 16

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16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations 


Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) for both film and television categories were announced this morning. Michelle Monaghan and Chris O'Donnell announced the nominees at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, and 6 p.m. MT from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Recipients of the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards red carpet during the TNT.TV and TBS.COM live pre-show webcasts.

If you want to predict the acting categories for the Oscars, look no further than the results of the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Voted by actors' peers, the SAG award has closely resembled the winners of the Oscars in the past few years.

For example, the SAG award for best ensemble cast has matched the Oscar winner for Best Picture in seven of the last 14 years; The best actor winner has matched the Oscar winner in 11 of the last 15 years, and the best actress winner has matched the Oscar in 10 of 15 years.

The lovely Betty White is receiving the Screen Actors Guild Awards 46th Annual Life Achievement Award.

16th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS


THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

JEFF BRIDGES / Bad Blake - "CRAZY HEART" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
GEORGE CLOONEY / Ryan Bingham - "UP IN THE AIR" (Paramount Pictures)
COLIN FIRTH / George Falconer - "A SINGLE MAN" (The Weinstein Company)
MORGAN FREEMAN / Nelson Mandela - "INVICTUS" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JEREMY RENNER / Staff Sgt. William James - "THE HURT LOCKER" (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
SANDRA BULLOCK / Leigh Anne Tuohy - "THE BLIND SIDE" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
HELEN MIRREN / Sofya - "THE LAST STATION" (Sony Pictures Classics)
CAREY MULLIGAN / Jenny - "AN EDUCATION" (Sony Pictures Classics)
GABOUREY SIDIBE / Precious - "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE" (Lionsgate)
MERYL STREEP / Julia Child - "JULIE & JULIA" (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
MATT DAMON / Francois Pienaar - "INVICTUS" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
WOODY HARRELSON / Captain Tony Stone - "THE MESSENGER" (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Tolstoy - "THE LAST STATION" (Sony Pictures Classics)
STANLEY TUCCI / George Harvey - "THE LOVELY BONES" (Paramount Pictures)
CHRISTOPH WALTZ / Col. Hans Landa - "INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
PENÉLOPE CRUZ / Carla - "NINE" (The Weinstein Company)
VERA FARMIGA / Alex Goran - "UP IN THE AIR" (Paramount Pictures)
ANNA KENDRICK / Natalie Keener - "UP IN THE AIR" (Paramount Pictures)
DIANE KRUGER / Bridget Von Hammersmark - "INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)
MO'NIQUE / Mary - "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE" (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
"AN EDUCATION" (Sony Pictures Classics)
DOMINIC COOPER / Danny
ALFRED MOLINA / Jack
CAREY MULLIGAN / Jenny
ROSAMUND PIKE / Helen
PETER SARSGAARD / David
EMMA THOMPSON / Headmistress
OLIVIA WILLIAMS / Miss Stubbs

"THE HURT LOCKER" (Summit Entertainment)
CHRISTIAN CAMARGO / Col. John Cambridge
BRIAN GERAGHTY / Specialist Owen Eldridge
EVANGELINE LILLY / Connie James
ANTHONY MACKIE / Sgt. J.T. Sanborn
JEREMY RENNER / Staff Sgt. William James

"INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)
DANIEL BRÜHL / Fredrick Zoller
AUGUST DIEHL / Major Hellstrom
JULIE DREYFUS / Francesca Mondino
MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Lt. Archie Hicox
SYLVESTER GROTH / Joseph Goebbels
JACKY IDO / Marcel
DIANE KRUGER / Bridget Von Hammersmark
MÉLANIE LAURENT / Shosanna
DENIS MENOCHET / Perrier LaPedite
MIKE MYERS / General Ed French
BRAD PITT / Lt. Aldo Raine
ELI ROTH / Sgt. Donny Donowitz
TIL SCHWEIGER / Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz
ROD TAYLOR / Winston Churchill
CHRISTOPH WALTZ / Col. Hans Landa
MARTIN WUTTKE / Hitler

"NINE" (The Weinstein Company)
MARION COTILLARD / Luisa Contini
PENÉLOPE CRUZ / Carla
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Guido Contini
JUDI DENCH / Lillian
FERGIE / Saraghina
KATE HUDSON / Stephanie
NICOLE KIDMAN / Claudia
SOPHIA LOREN / Mamma

"PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "PUSH" BY SAPPHIRE" (Lionsgate)
MARIAH CAREY / Ms. Weiss
LENNY KRAVITZ / Nurse John
MO'NIQUE / Mary
PAULA PATTON / Ms. Rain
SHERRI SHEPHERD / Cornrows
GABOUREY SIDIBE / Precious

SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
PUBLIC ENEMIES (Universal Pictures)
STAR TREK (Paramount Pictures)
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (Paramount Pictures)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild Awards 46th Annual Life Achievement Award
Betty White

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