Is this Brad Pitt's next role?
April 15th, 2014
12:56 PM ET

Is this Brad Pitt's next role?

For movie inspiration, Brad Pitt is looking no further than his bookshelf.

The actor/producer, who just won an Oscar with 2013's adaptation of Solomon Northup's slave narrative, "12 Years A Slave," is now working on an adaptation of late journalist Michael Hastings' examination of the nation's military commanders.

Called "The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan," Hastings' 2011 account has as its central set-piece the downfall of General Stanley McChrystal, who resigned after a damaging profile of him and his team ran in Rolling Stone magazine in 2010.

Now, Pitt's Plan B production company is teaming up with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment to develop the project. "Animal Kingdom" writer/director David Michod is attached to write and helm "The Operators." On top of producing, Pitt's expected to play the role of McChrystal himself.


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Will Ferrell to play tennis star Bobby Riggs
April 4th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

Will Ferrell to play tennis star Bobby Riggs

Will Ferrell has portrayed his fair share of chauvinists, from "Anchorman’s" Ron Burgundy to "Wedding Crashers’" outlandish mentor Chazz Reinhold.

Now the actor is adding tennis player and former Wimbledon champ Bobby Riggs to the list, but this role might not be played for laughs.

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New 'Odd Couple' finds its Felix
March 14th, 2014
03:23 PM ET

New 'Odd Couple' finds its Felix

Meet pop culture's newest Felix Unger.

Thomas Lennon, the producer/director/writer/actor you know from "Reno 911!" and most recently NBC's canceled "Sean Saves the World," has been cast as the uptight, neurotic roommate in Matthew Perry's remake of "The Odd Couple."

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Hunt is on for 'Star Wars: Episode VII' lead
"Attack the Block's" John Boyega (left) and "Downton Abbey's" Ed Speleers are rumored to be in the running for "Star Wars: Episode VII's" lead role.
March 13th, 2014
03:16 PM ET

Hunt is on for 'Star Wars: Episode VII' lead

Could one of these faces be the future lead of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII"?

According to Variety, the casting process is underway to find the right fit for the lead role, which is believed to be a Jedi apprentice.

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The real reason Angelina Jolie's daughter was cast in 'Maleficent'
March 6th, 2014
05:20 PM ET

The real reason Angelina Jolie's daughter was cast in 'Maleficent'

Angelina Jolie intentionally cast her daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, in her upcoming movie, but not for the reason you might think.

As the star of the upcoming "Maleficent" explains to Entertainment Weekly in its new issue, Vivienne didn't land in the film as a part of good old Hollywood nepotism. She genuinely had something other kid actors lacked.

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'Fantastic Four' reboot picks four of its stars
Michael B. Jordan, left, and Miles Teller will reportedly star in "The Fantastic Four."
February 20th, 2014
12:00 PM ET

'Fantastic Four' reboot picks four of its stars

We totally called it: Miles Teller is about to have a very, very good year.

The "Divergent" actor is just one of the four stars Fox has picked to lead its "The Fantastic Four" reboot, which will be directed by "Chronicle's" Josh Trank.

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