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Johnny Depp gets co-stars for 'Mortdecai'

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 07:05 PM PST

Joining him in the movie are Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt and more.

Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum have joined the cast of Mortdecai, the action comedy starring Johnny Depp. Based on Kyril Bonfiglioli's series of novels, the film has already wrapped production in London and is now moving to Los Angeles.

Depp stars as an art dealer and rogue in search of a stolen painting that holds the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany also star in the film, which Lionsgate will distribute. It marks the first project under OddLot Entertainment's new co-production and co-financing deal with Lionsgate.

The film has added a troika of busy actors to an already strong cast. Plaza, a star of NBC's Parks & Recreation, continues to build her film resume after roles in comedies such as Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and Safety Not Guaranteed. She starred as a misfit teenage girl in last summer's The To Do List and plays the title character in the upcoming Life After Beth.

Platt, a regular supporting player in movies, TV and theatre, will appear in five movies opening this year, including Jon Favreau's Chef and Michael Cuesta's Kill The Messenger while Goldblum just finished a run in the play Domesticated. — Reuters

John Goodman in 'The Gambler'

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 07:15 PM PST

The actor joins Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson in the upcoming movie.

Fresh off a spirited turn in Inside Llewyn Davis, John Goodman has joined the cast of The Gambler, Paramount's upcoming remake of the 1974 drama, TheWrap has learned. Paramount had no comment.

Mark Wahlberg plays the title character in the film, which is being directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes). Karel Reisz directed the original film, which starred James Caan as a a literature professor whose gambling addiction lands him in hot water with his girlfriend, his mother and some unsavoury gangsters.

Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, Michael K. Williams and Travis Tope will co-star in the remake, in which Goodman will play a Jewish loan shark, to whom Wahlberg finds himself indebted. Screenwriter James Toback based the original film on his own life, though Oscar winner William Monahan (The Departed) penned this new version of the crime drama, which follows a similar trajectory. Irwin Winkler, a producer on the first film, will produce this one as well.

Goodman is an iconic actor who has worked tirelessly for three decades. In addition to Llewyn Davis, he played the heavy in The Hangover Part III this year. Goodman also had an uncredited cameo in The Internship and reprised his beloved role of Sully in Pixar's hit sequel Monsters University.

Additionally, Goodman starred in Amazon's first original comedy series Alpha House, and he'll soon be seen alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon in The Monuments Men, which Sony opens in February. Paramount plans to release The Gambler in 2015. — Reuters

Ellen Degeneres stars in Oscars poster

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 07:45 PM PST

The talk show host and comedian poses in a tux for the official poster of the awards show.

THE Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the official poster for the 86th Oscars, to be hosted by beloved talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

The Academy Awards Ceremony, also known as the Oscars, will take place this year on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This will mark the second time Ellen DeGeneres has acted as the master of ceremonies for the show, which she hosted in 2007 in a broadcast watched by 39 million viewers.

Ahead of the ceremony, the film industry is eagerly awaiting the Academy's announcement of this year's nominees. Candidates for the 2014 Oscars will be announced on Jan 16. — AFP Relaxnews

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