Alec Baldwin Rejoins Woody, Catherine Zeta-Jones Sees RED 2, Soft Shadows at Midnight: Biz Break
Also in this week-ending, Friday afternoon edition of Biz Break: MGM gets into the Ray Bradbury business, how Obama lost Hollywood, and more...
Alec Baldwin to Rejoin Woody Allen and Russell Brand — Separately
The busy actor, who will reportedly play himself in a film shooting next week at Cannes, is in line to re-team with both his To Rome, With Love director Woody Allen and his Rock of Ages co-star Russell Brand — on separate projects, alas, including Allen's upcoming, untitled San Francisco-set film and the New Line comedy Man That Rocks The Cradle, respectively. Deadline reports.
Catherine Zeta-Jones Signs on to RED 2
The Oscar-winner joins Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker, all of whom appeared in the original 2010 action-comedy about a group of middle-aged contract killers reunited for a mission. Dean Parisot takes over directing duties for Robert Schwentke. THR reports.
Dark Shadows Starts Soft at Midnight
The poorly reviewed Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration earned a very light $550,000 from midnight screenings early Friday and expects to end the weekend with a disappointing $30 million (or less) haul. Deadline reports.
MGM bites the Dust
The studio has picked up the rights to Ray Bradbury's 2002 story collection From the Dust Returned, about "a mortal boy named Timothy who is adopted into a family of benevolent ghouls." Deadline reports.
Sam Claflin gets Quiet for Hammer
The hot young actor, soon to be seen in Snow White and the Hunstsman, is set to join the Hammer Films production The Quiet Ones, co-starring Jared Harris. THR reports.
Despite Starmegeddon, has Barack Obama lost the Hollywood left?
A new report from Buzzfeed underscores the problems facing the president as he lobbies for reelection among a constituency that helped push him to victory in 2008.