1. Maria Bello (“Coyote Ugly”) has been added to the cast of a new ‘James Wan Presents’ thriller, to be directed by Will Canon. The film, to be released by Dimension, begins filming in Baton Rouge in January.
2. Liza Minnelli will play herself in an upcoming episode of “Smash”.
3. Sony Pictures announced today that it’s making a 3D film showcasing London-based global music sensation One Direction. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (”Super Size Me”) will direct the film, which TriStar Pictures will release on August 30, 2013 (Labor Day weekend).
4. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Anne Heche are teaming to produce “Bad Judge”, a female-centered comedy for NBC. “It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system.”
5. Writer John McLaughlin and producer Tom Thayer have teamed to develop a biopic on late talk show host Johnny Carson.
6. The trailer for “Any Day Now” starring Alan Cumming and Garrett Dillahunt as a gay couple who fight to adopt a mentally handicapped teenager they’ve saved from a bad home, , is online.
7. Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec are teaming to develop a U.S remake of Brit classic “The Tomorrow People” for The CW.
8. Another trailer for the Lindsay Lohan/James Deen travesty, erm, film “The Canyons” is online :
9. A new ‘Patriotic’ trailer for the “Red Dawn” remake is online.
10. Elizabeth Henstridge (”The Thompsons”) and Iain De Caestecker (”The Fades”) have joined the cast of Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D” pilot. “Henstridge will play science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons, while De Caestecker will play Agent Leo Fitz, a technology guru. The duo spend all their time together — mostly bickering — and are masters of their respective fields at a remarkably young age.”