The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Peter Jackson posted on Facebook that Evangeline Lilly (TV's LOST) and Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) have joined the cast of THE HOBBIT.
Charlie Day (HORRIBLE BOSSES) is in negotiations to board Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM, reports Variety.
Russell Crowe is in talks to take the role of Superman's father Jor-El in MAN OF STEEL, reports Variety.
Matthew Fox, Ed Harris and Julia Levy-Boeken are circling Marc Forster's WORLD WAR Z, reports Deadline.com.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Playtone's Tom Hanks is talking with his FORREST GUMP director Robert Zemeckis about turning the Mattel toyline MAJOR MATT MASON into a feature film.
French actress Elodie Yung (DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM) is in discussions to join G.I. JOE: COBRA STRIKES, reports Heat Vision.
Diego Luna, best known for roles in Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and Steven Spielberg's THE TERMINAL, is in discussions to board Sony and MRC's ELYSIUM, reports Variety.
Anthony Mackie (THE HURT LOCKER) has joined the cast of Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's GANGSTER SQUAD, reports Variety.
Ed Hooks (Acting for Animators) discusses the willing suspension of disbelief in theatrical transactions.
With both Colin Firth and James Franco passing, Matthew Goode (WATCHMAN) is now in negotiations to star in Chan-wook Park’s STOKER, reports Variety.
Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessie Eisenberg are in talks to lead the heist thriller NOW YOU SEE ME.
Michael Pena (CRASH) has boarded Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's GANGSTER SQUAD, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Donald Sutherland has been cast as President Snow in Lionsgate's THE HUNGER GAMES, reports ComingSoon.net.
Walt Disney Pictures has set March 8, 2013 as the release date from OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, reports ComingSoon.net.
Relativity Media has closed deals with Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Danny Woodburn (Watchmen), Sebastian Saraceno (Bedtime Stories), Ronald Lee Clark (Epic Movie), Martin Klebba (Hancock) and Joey Gnoffo (Pirates of the Caribbean series) to play the Seven Dwarfs in its upcoming untitled Snow White feature, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell).