Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Abraham Lincoln’ British Poster; Casting: Mark Wahlberg and Penelope Cruz; Original Barnabas Collins Dies

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Abraham Lincoln’ British Poster; Casting: Mark Wahlberg and Penelope Cruz; Original Barnabas Collins Dies

Apr 20, 2012

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Knock Knock: Sure, you’d open your door to Hugh Jackman, but what about Mark Wahlberg (pictured above in the upcoming Ted)? Wahlberg is in talks to star in Avon Man as a car salesman who reluctantly becomes a representative for a beauty products company that hawks its wares door to door. Jackman dropped out of the role due to schedule conflicts. A new writer has been hired for the comedy, and a new director is also being sought. [Deadline]

Like Husband, Like Wife: Stars continue to converge on The Counselor, a drama written directly for the screen by novelist Cormac McCarthy and set to the directed by Ridley Scott. Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem quickly joined the cast, and now Bardem’s wife Penelope Cruz is in talks to play the love interest of Fassbender's character, a lawyer who tries to dabble in the drug trade with dangerous results. Cruz is angling for the same role that Angelina Jolie was supposedly eyeing just last week. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Original is Gone: The actor who brought Barnabas Collins to life in the original Dark Shadows has died at the age of 87. Jonathan Frid appeared in almost 600 episodes as the legendary vampire; at the peak of the series’ popularity, he received thousands of fan letters every week. Frid has a cameo role in Tim Burton’s big-screen version, which opens on May 9 and stars Johnny Depp as Mr. Collins. [New York Times]

Abe, Vampires, and Brits: How do you market a famous American president as a vampire hunter overseas? A new UK poster for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter provides a peak. [Hey U Guys]

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