Quick Hits: Tarantino Eyes Will Smith for Western and Saorise Ronan Withdraws From Hobbit

Quick Hits: Tarantino Eyes Will Smith for Western and Saorise Ronan Withdraws From Hobbit

May 07, 2011

As we close out the week, a look at some of the headlines from the day.

- - While there is no formal offer, Will Smith has emerged as the frontrunner to star in Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti Western, Django Unchained. Tarantino staples Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz are also said to be circling roles in the director’s follow-up to Inglorious Basterds. [Hollywood Reporter]

- Dreamworks has released some new images for a couple of their animated tentpoles. Check out the new images of Baby Po from Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss In Boots and Kitty Softpaws in this November’s Puss In Boots. [RopeofSilicon]

-Matt Damon may be set to make his feature-film directing debut. Warner Bros. has purchased the spec script for Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses. Damon will also produce through his WB-based production company Pearl Street with partner Ben Affleck and also look to star. And perhaps shorten the title a bit.

- Saoirse Ronan, who earlier this week was picked to star in the lead role for the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host has withdrawn from The Hobbit. Ronan says that if she were to have joined The Hobbit cast, she would have to commit to the project for a year and there were other projects she was interested in. Bummer to say the least, but you can still catch her in Hanna, currently in theaters.

- Promo art for Steven Soderbergh’s action film Haywire has started to crop up online. Check out some of the cool artwork on Collider as well as on star Gina Carano’s Fan Site.

- Remember that time when movies targeted toward black audiences weren’t directed by Tyler Perry? If so, you may recall the 1995 movie Waiting To Exhale, directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine, among others. It seems now a sequel is in the works with Whitaker set to write and direct. [Playlist]

- George Clooney turns 50 today. Esquire magazine, in one of their regular features, lists a number of quotes from Clooney regarding Things He Has Learned. As a side note, this info was discovered from one of many tweets by AARP. No kidding.

- Want to send your mom a cute Mother’s Day e-card? Check out the Baby Po Kung Fu Panda 2 e-card from Hallmark. It’s free and customizable.

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