This week:

Lionsgate goes in for the Knockout; Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes and Damon Wayans Jr are The Other Guys; Michael Sheen talks Tron and Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Emma Roberts and Amy Madigan find out What’s Wrong With Virginia.

1. When Steven Soderbergh’s Brad Pitt starring Moneyball fell apart earlier this year it left a hole in the director’s schedule.

The Oscar winning director obviously likes to keep busy so he signed on to helm the female spy thriller Knockout.

The independent production didn’t have a distributor attached, but now Lionsgate have picked up the film.

Knockout, which will star martial artist Gina Carano in her acting debut, starts shooting in Januray.

Soderbergh’s next release is the Matt Damon starrer The Informant` which opens this weekend.

Source: Variety


2. Michael Keaton, Damon Wayans Jr and Eva Mendes have signed on to Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s The Other GuysThe B Team (formally ).

While it’s good to see Keaton working, it’s a shame that he’s not top-billing his own films.

On the other hand, it’s just good to SEE Mendes!

The Other Guys opens on August 6, 2010 .

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


3. The ever-busy Michael Sheen has given some details about his upcoming role in Tron Legacy.

While it was believed that the British actor would be playing the villain in the film (see post header), Sheen has indicated that he won’t be twirling an evil mustache in the Jeff Bridges-starring sequel.

Sheen said:

“That was amazing, because there’s a lot of green screen in that. But my stuff was mainly in this amazing set that they built because I’m a nightclub host, so they built the nightclub and there were hundreds of extras and it was one of those great scenes where there’s just loads going on.”

Now it could be a villain role…but then again, maybe not.

Like much of the film I’m guessing that it is going to be kept secret until the Tron Legacy is released.

Source: Geek Tyrant


4. Ed Harris, Emma Roberts and Amy Madigan have signed on to Dustin Lance Black’s What’s Wrong With Virginia.

The trio join the cast that also stars Jennifer Connelly as the titular Virginia.

Harris replaces Liam Neeson in the independent drama.

The plot follows “a sheriff whose state senate bid is jeopardized when his daughter begins to date the son of a psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade affair.”

Source: Variety

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.