-Jennifer Lawrence – star of Sundance jury winner Winter’s Bone – will be entering the mainstream. She takes on Mystique in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, followed by the horror film House at the End of the Street in 2012. The film follows a just-moved-in teen who discovers that she and her mother (Elizabeth Shue) live across the street from the site of a double murder; they befriend the surviving son (Max Thieriot) who still lives there. According to THR, House at the End of the Street hopes to be to Psycho what Shia LaBeouf’s 2007 Disturbia was to Rear Window. The film will begin shooting next month at the end of a street in Ottawa.
– The ongoing casting drama over McG’s vid-game adaptation This Means War has been settled. Inception‘s Tom Hardy landed the role (over Sam Worthington and a long list before him) opposite Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. Hardy’s deal is done, reports Vulture. Hardy and Pine play spies competing against each other for the same woman – Witherspoon. After Hardy’s portrayal of Charles Bronson in Bronson, his turn as gun-toting-dream-jumping Eames in Inception, and his future portrayal of Mad Max in the series revival, Pine will have to work hard to hold his own, even though he’s got four inches on the Brit. Both men bring a similar cross-quadrant appeal: men who want to be them and women to want to be with them.
– The Playlist picked up on some news during Elvis Mitchell’s “The Treatment” interview with Salt director Philip Noyce. He revealed that he’s developing an adaptation of Tim Winton’s Booker Prize winner Dirt Music with fellow Aussie Russell Crowe attached to star as a grieving musician who develops a relationship with his neighbor. Crowe has been preparing for years, says Noyce, by writing and recording his own songs for the film, which can be heard while he tours with his band, “30 Odd Foot Of Grunts,” later this year. Once funding is secured Noyce intends to shoot the “very interior, very symbolic” film next year.
– Even as Sex And The City 2 was humiliating itself at the box office, reports of a third installment were swirling. Now Kristin Davis has put the chatter to rest – at least for now – by telling E! that she doesn’t think there will be another film; “not that I know of…I wish it was so that we were continuing but I don’t know.” SATC2 disappointed because: “There was so much hype, not coming from us, but the media hyped it up and then they tore it down.”