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All the Casting News You Missed While You Were Tap Dancing on Bin Laden's Grave

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 3, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 3, 2011 |

  • Lee Pace (Pie Man!) and Dean O’Gorman (Iolaus?) have been cast in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit as Elven King Thranduil and Fili, respectively. (Facebook)

  • Anna Faris has beat out Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs for the lead role in The Dictator opposite Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley. The improv comedy stars Sacha Baron Cohen as a dictator who is replaced by a lookalike, who gets lost in America, and falls in love with an organic food grocer (Farris). (Deadline)

  • Chris Hemsworth (the Thor Hemsworth) has emerged as the front-runner to play the huntsmen in Snow White and the Huntsmen opposite Kristen Stewart (Snow White) and Charlize Theron (the evil step-mother). It is the role, I believe, that Viggo Mortenson passed on. (Deadline)

  • Here’s your first look at James Marsden and Kate Kosworth in the Dustin Hoffman and Susan George roles in the Straw Dogs remake. (EW)


  • This is a very brief, but very cool teaser for Cameron Crowe’s upcoming documentary on Pearl Jam. Glorified G! (The Playlist)

    Mookie>>>PJ from Pearl Jam on Vimeo.

  • Larry David has joined the Farrelly Brothers’ Three Stooges shitshow as Nun Mother Mengele. (Deadline)

  • A week after Nick Cassavettes dropped out, Barry Levinson has signed on to direct the John Gotti biopic, Gotti: Three Generations, starring John Travolta, Joe Pesci, and maybe but probably not Lindsay Lohan. (Deadline)

  • Guy Pearce has been cast in Ridley Scott’s big-budget sci-fi flick Prometheus (detals are scarce). He joins Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Idris Elba in the pic. I’m currently writing this from the line outside the theater where this will premiere in 2013, where I’m camping out for tickets. (The Playlist)

  • Finally, here’s the trailer for Page One: Inside the New York Times, a movie that Seth reviewed at Sundance and that I caught at the Independent Film Festival of Boston over the weekend. It is fantantastic, and a must see for anyone that cares about the future of journalism or The New York Times.

    Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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