Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined the cast of Red 2. The sequel to the action comedy starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren will also add G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Byun-Hun Lee in unspecified roles. [THR]
Warner Bros. has issued an open writing assignment for a sequel to Steven Soderbergh's Contagion. It is unlikely that Soderbergh will return to direct the sequel, but then again, he was supposed to be retired by now.
Cameron Diaz and Benicio Del Toro will co-star in the action-comedy Agent: Century 21 (yes, as in the real estate company). The film finds Diaz's divorced real estate agent being kidnapped and sent on a mission by a Mexican drug lord played by Del Toro. Do we really want to watch another Cameron Diaz action-comedy? Conjure up those memories of tedium you felt while watching Knight and Day before you answer. [Variety]
The guys who brought us cinematic gems like Date Movie, Epic Movie and Vampires Suck are set to take aim at The Hunger Games. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are set to write and direct The Starving Games. The film will also spoof The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as well as other hits from the past couple years. The duo is currently working on The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D, due out this year. To date, the five movies they're directed have grossed over $371 million worldwide, lending credence to the notion that you really don't need a speck of talent to be successful in Hollywood. [Variety]
Kristen Stewart's Snow White faces off with Charlize Theron's Evil Queen in a new clip from Snow White and the Huntsman. The film opens everywhere June 1.
I'd love to show you the first clip from Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta, among others, however, we like to keep things PG-13 around here, so you'll just have to watch it over on our naughty sister site, Movies.com.
Speaking of Movies.com, check out the full batch of photos from Spring Breakers, which shows off a rowdy group of girls (Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Heather Morris) gone wild. Oh and there's James Franco holding a pair of guns.
A new trailer for The Odd Life of Timothy Green features more of the magical plant boy who teaches us all life lessons. Now if he could do something about Jennifer Garner's over-acting and cosmetic surgery…
Fast and Furious 6 officially has its villain. Well, one of them at least. Luke Evans ends the week-long rumor by officially joining the blockbuster franchise. Haywire star Gina Carano has also signed on and will play a member of Dwayne Johnson's law enforcement team. [THR]
Matthew McConaughey, Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman and Cuba Gooding Jr. are all circling The Butler, which chronicles more than 50 years of presidential history as seen through the eyes of Eugene Allen. Forest Whitaker is already signed on to play Allen and will be joined by Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and John Cusack as other confirmed cast members.
Check out the new quad poster for the NC-17 rated Killer Joe starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch. The film opens July 27.
Robert Pattinson continues to emerge from the Twilight shadow. In a photo shoot for Premiere France, the actor decided to pay homage to David Cronenberg's earlier films, Videodrome, Scanners and Dead Ringers. Pattinson stars in Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, which debuts at Cannes May 25. You can view the rest of the pics over on Movies.com.
Kyle Chandler is the latest actor to be added to Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Chandler will join Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in the adaptation of a memoir by Jordan Belfort. [Deadline]
How much would the alien invasion seen in the last hour or so of The Avengers cost in the real world? THR summoned the Kinetic Analysis Corporation to ballpark a number. They estimate the physical damage to be about $60-70 billion and clean-up adding another $90 billion, bringing the grand total to about $160 billion. In contrast, the 2011 Japanese tsunami has cost $122 billion. You can read the full report here and watch Bloomberg's news report below.
Another day, another Brave clip. This time, the Pixar flick pays homage to Mother's Day. (It's this Sunday in case you've forgotten.)
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Japan. Thanks to the success of their Orlando location, Universal Studios will open a new Potter-themed attraction in Osaka at Universal Studios Japan in 2014. The Osaka park is the third location to be announced and the first outside of the U.S. The other location is at the Hollywood theme park, but isn't expected to be completed until 2016. [SlashFilm]
And finally, Minions as The Avengers. [DeviantArt]