Updated: May 18, 2011 12:25AM
Woody Allen wrangles another all-star cast
For his next film, which he will shoot in Rome, Woody Allen is starting to assemble one of his typically eclectic casts that will include Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin. In addition to writing and directing, Allen also plans to appear in the film. As is typical of Allen’s projects, he hasn’t yet revealed a title or a plotline for the movie that will film this summer in the Italian capital. Eisenberg voices the lead character in the animated “Rio,” opening this weekend. Page is currently appearing on screen in “Super.” Baldwin will be busy during his “30 Rock” hiatus, since he’s also set for the musical “Rock of Ages.” All three will be making their first appearance in an Allen feature. Cruz appeared in Allen’s 2008 film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” for which she won the best supporting actress Oscar. “Midnight in Paris,” Allen’s latest film, will bow as the opening-night film at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
Sally Field as Lincoln’s wife
Sally Field will star as Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of the 16th president of the United States, in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” Daniel Day-Lewis has already been cast to play the president. “I’m excited to be working with Sally for the first time,” Spielberg said of the two-time Oscar winner. “I’ve admired her films, and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln.” The film, which centers on the political clashes between Lincoln and his cabinet, is based on the book “Team of Rivals,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which has been adapted for the screen by Tony Kushner.
From ‘Boardwalk’ to ‘Black’
Michael Stuhlbarg, one of the key players on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and the star of the Coen brothers’ “A Serious Man,” has been cast in “Men In Black 3.” Will Smith and Josh Brolin lead the cast of the third installment of Columbia’s sci-fi comedy being directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and currently in production. The 3D movie is scheduled for a 2012 release. The studio isn’t revealing too many details about the film, although it is known to feature a time travel element. Stuhlbarg will play a character called Griffin. The actor plays gangster Arnold Rothstein in “Boardwalk Empire.”