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Robin Williams is headed to the White House. is reporting that the comedian is going to be playing President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' upcoming movie "The Butler." Just when we thought that cast couldn't get more impressive, it did.

"The Butler" has already earned plenty of media interest because Oprah Winfrey has signed on for a role. But the rest of the cast is similarly prestigious. Forest Whitaker, Alan Rickman, John Cusack, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Colman Domingo and Minka Kelly are all confirmed for parts in the movie.


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Thank goodness for Funny or Die. The comedy website teamed up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year to create the funniest trailer we've seen for the Oscars as far back as we can remember.

While we aren't so sure Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox are actually the two people the Academy would turn to in a time of need, they certainly sell their roles here. It's their task to go find "The Host" -- aka Billy Crystal -- and convince him to host this year's Oscars. Along the way they get ordered around by William Fichtner, receive some clues from Vinnie Jones and get a ride in a barge from Robin Williams. Because why not.


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Gerard ButlerGerard Butler is returning to the good side of the law in Millennium Films' latest acquisition, "The Bricklayer."

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that the "Law Abiding Citizen" star has been brought on board to play former FBI agent Noah Boyd in the book adaptation. Boyd is working as a Chicago bricklayer when he is called in to stop a criminal organization demanding multimillion-dollar ransom payments. "Enigma" scribe Hanna Weg is writing the screenplay.

Check out the rest of today's casting news after the jump!


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Liam NeesonWith Mel Gibson a definite no-go for the "The Hangover 2," Warner Bros. is already off to the races to land another A-list cameo for the film.

According to Variety, the studio is seeking none other than Liam Neeson for the role. A source close to the production confirmed as much to MTV News, but went on to say that two other actors are also in the studio's cross-hairs: Robin Williams and Kurt Russell.

Will the studio land one of these three big names? And if it does, will the actor in question play the Bangkok tattoo artist role that had been on tap for ole Mel? For now, Warner Bros. is keeping mum on that, though studio powers-that-be did say they are "very happy" with the script and most definitely eying a veteran actor (and not a former boxer) for the cameo. Read More...

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Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

by Rya Backer

Basically, the best movie in the history of the world is “Mrs. Doubtfire.” I mean, I like “good” movies, too (“This Is Spinal Tap,” “Being There,” “Annie Hall,” “Taxi Driver,” – what I’m trying to say is that I’m well-rounded and know enough about the art of filmmaking), but in the land of celluloid, only one feature film can be king. And that feature film clocks in at just over 120 minutes, most of which involves Robin Williams dressed up as a cuddly, British grandmother (who will make you sponge walls if you’re bad – ask Natalie, she knows all about it). Read More...

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FROM MTV.COM: "World's Greatest Dad" is a startlingly original vision. The movie is dark, funny and appalling, but it's also emotionally probing — a bold mix of narrative elements that works brilliantly. As in his last film, "Sleeping Dogs Lie," writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait centers his plot on a shocking incident — a teenager's death by auto-erotic asphyxiation. But like "Dogs," which used a brief bout of trans-species sex to trigger its story, this movie is all about subsequent repercussions, not the act itself.

Among other impressive things, Goldthwait has found a use for Robin Williams' often maudlin sweetness. Williams plays Lance Clayton, a lifelong aspiring writer who's never managed to get published. He's a timid high-school poetry teacher whose classes are most notable for their many empty seats. He's also carrying on a love affair — or at least a sex affair — with a pretty, young art instructor named Claire (Alexie Gilmore), although the middle-aged Lance has no more idea what she sees in him than we do.

Continue reading 'World's Greatest Dad': Choked Up, By Kurt Loder

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Billie MaysJust as everyone has an opinion, a favorite meal and a nose — albeit a fake one at times — so too does everyone have a birthday. Even celebrities. Here at Birthday Bash, it’s my mission to salute the fine actors, filmmakers and other Hollywood heroes that are celebrating their special day this week. After all, it’s cheaper than mailing a cake.

This week, Birthday Bashers will catch the train leaving Platform 9 3/4 heading for the Cave of Wonders, battling blood-sucking vampires along the way. Or maybe we're just celebrating some actors who've done that dirty work for us. Either way, let's get to the party! Read More...

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