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Joaquin Phoenix in talks for M. Night Shyamalan feature

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  • Joaquin Phoenix is in talks for director M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming feature, to be produced by Jason Blum. Plot details about the film have not been released, but it will start shooting in Philadelphia in November and will reportedly have a lower budget. Phoenix and Shyamalan previously worked together on Signs and The Village, while Shyamalan and Blum recently collaborated on The Visit. [Deadline]
  • Timothy Olyphant, Shay Mitchell, Britt Robertson, Jack Whitehall, Aasif Mandvi, and Loni Love have been cast in Mother’s Day, joining the previously announced Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis, EW has confirmed. Garry Marshall is directing the romantic comedy centered on the celebratory day, from a script by Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander, Matt Walker and Tom Hines. Olyphant will appear as Henry, who is Sandy’s (Aniston) ex-husband. Mitchell, meanwhile, will play Henry’s new, energetic wife, striving to be the perfect stepmom to his and Sandy’s children. Robertson is set for the role of Kristin, a kind-of neurotic mom of a one-year-old daughter, with Whitehall as her standup comedian boyfriend Zack. Mandvi has been cast as Russell, who is a successful doctor and Jesse’s (Hudson) husband. Lastly, Love will play a mother, who is a friend of Bradley’s (Sudeikis). Mother’s Day is currently in production in Atlanta, and is set to hit theaters on April 29, 2016.
  • Christopher Meloni and Marg Helgenberger will appear in Holding Patterns alongside Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush, Haley Joel Osment, Rita Volk, Gary Ray Moore, Taylor John Smith, and Jake Abel. The film from writer-director Jake Goldberger tells the story of a young man (Highmore) living with his mother and stepfather who falls for a girl (Rush) who works at the local coffee shop. She has a boyfriend, but the two become closer anyway, causing them to re-evaluate their lives. Meloni takes the role of Howard, with Helgenberger as the young man’s mother, Samantha. [Deadline]
  • Thomas Jane, Maia Mitchell, and Emory Cohen are set to star alongside Maika Monroe, Timothee Chalamet, and Alex Roe in Hot Summer Nights. Elijah Bynum will make his directorial debut with the coming-of-age drama from a script he wrote that takes place in Cape Cod in 1991. The coming-of-age tale tracks a teen boy throughout a single summer as he starts hanging with the local rebel, falls in love, and becomes involved in a drug operation. [THR]
  • Daniel Dae Kim will star as Mike Kim in the feature adaptation of the latter’s 2008 memoir, Escaping North Korea: Defiance And Hope In The World’s Most Repressive Country. He and his production company 3AD are teaming with Sriram Das’ Das Films to bring the literary work to the screen, with Rosalind Ross attached to write the script. The original work gave Mike’s account of a risky operation to take refugees across the North Korean border by way of Southeast Asia. [Deadline]  

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