No Ghostbusters 3 for Bill Murray; Matthew McConaughey Joins Martin Scorsese Pic: Biz Break
Also in Thursday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Lynn Cohen joins the cast of the next Hunger Games, while Lucas Till takes on an action-thriller. Doc NYC releases some highlights for its November documentary festival. Drew Barrymore has a new directing gig. And Octavia Spencer joins a new Fox Searchlight comedy.
Lynn Cohen Joins The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Cohen will play Mags in the next installment of the popular franchise. A former mentor to Finnick Odair, Mags is an eighty year old Hunger Games victor from District 4. The second round of the series begins as "Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever." Lionsgate will release Catching Fire November 22nd.
Doc NYC to Close with The Central Park Five
New York's documentary festival Doc NYC will close out its third annual event with Den Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon's The Central Park Five. The film, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, follows the story of five innocent teenagers wrongfully imprisoned for the infamous "Central Park jogger" rape case. The festival also announced an ambitious, expanded line-up of panel discussions called “Doc-a-thon,” covering the art and business of documentary filmmaking. Spanning five days, the program features some twenty seminars and panels with acclaimed filmmakers and experts devoted to different stages in the filmmaking process. Doc NYC takes place November 8 - 15.
Lucas Till Boards Wolves
Till (X-Men: First Class) will play the lead in the directorial debut of David Hayter's Wolves who wrote X-Men. The action-thriller centers on Caleb Richards (Till) - a young, handsome eighteen year-old with an edge. Forced to hit the road after the death of his parents, Caleb finds his way to an isolated town to hunt down the truths of his ancestry.
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Bill Murray Won't Haunt Ghostbusters 3
Dan Aykroyd said, ""It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill." Aykroyd also offered up that the sequel will begin shooting next year and also without its original star, Vulture reports.
Matthew McConaughey Joins The Wolf Of Wall Street
McConaughey will play Mark Hanna in the Martin Scorsese-directed feature, an early boss and mentor of Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Deadline reports.
Drew Barrymore to Direct The End
The end of the world drama will be produced by Warner Bros. The story will apparently focus on several people as they face the apocalypse and will take an "uplifting and humanistic" approach. Aron Eli Coleite (writer-producer on TV's Heroes) wrote the script, THR reports.
Octavia Spencer Joins Baggage Claim
The Oscar-winner boards the cast of the Fox Searchlight comedy that stars Paula Patton as a flight attendant who is the oldest unmarried woman in her family and decides to find a mate before her sister's upcoming wedding, Deadline reports.