CATEGORIES Movie News'The Lucky One' star Taylor Schilling, Tate Donovan and 'The Office's' Nelson Franklin have joined the cast of 'Argo,' Ben Affleck's CIA thriller revolving around the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis. The film is based on a Wired magazine article about a real-life covert mission in 1979 mounted by the CIA and the Canadian government to rescue six American diplomats held hostage in Iran -- by claiming that the diplomats were actually part of a Hollywood crew scouting locations for a science fiction film titled 'Argo.' Affleck stars as Tony Mendez, the CIA expert who created the fake Hollywood production; Schilling will play his wife; Donovan will play Bob Anders, a U.S. embassy consular officer in Tehran; and Franklin will play a reporter. Already cast are Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston. [Variety]
The release date for 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' the spy thriller based on the novel by John le Carré with a cast that includes Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Ciaran Hinds, has been pushed from Nov. 18 to Dec. 9. In the meantime, you can check out the trailer here -- which will give you a great feel for this very exciting film. [CinemaBlend]
If you liked 'Hobo With a Shotgun,' then you're ready for this: D'irector Jason Eisener is working on his follow-up, "a street fighting vigilante film featuring a lot of martial arts work" called 'Blatant Violence High.' There's little else known about he production. [SlashFilm]
The American Film Institute has tapped Pedro Almodovar to serve as guest artistic director of AFI Fest 2011 -- the organization's annual film festival -- which will run Nov. 3-10 in Hollywood. The Spanish filmmaker will present a screening of 1986's 'Law of Desire' as well as curating a sidebar program of films that have inspired his work. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Our friends over at The Playlist brought this to our attention: A trailer for 'Miss Bala,' a Mexican film that caused quite a bit of buzz at this year's Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar. "The film follows the story of a young beauty pageant contestant (Sigman) who becomes drawn into and eventually trapped in Mexico's criminal underground. It's a great piece of kinetic filmmaking from (Gerardo) Naranjo who not only coneys the unforgiving violence of the Mexican drug wars but also the complex psychology on all sides that has let it reach such unprecedented levels of bloodshed." Check out the trailer below.