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What is Casting Couch? It’s the news column that answers important questions like, what’s next for Denzel Washington? Which two Community cast members are going to do film work together? And how is that kid from Mud doing finding another job?

You may had thought you’d seen the last of Mel Gibson, but a handful of public meltdowns can’t kill a career that had reached the heights of his, they can only cool it off for a few years. Is the public ready to dip their toes back into the Gibson waters to see if they’re still feeling manic and racist? That’s what Sylvester Stallone may soon find out, because Showbiz411 is claiming to have a source close to the matters that says Gibson has been hired to play the villain in The Expendables 3. It’s a rumor, but one they seem pretty confident of. If it does prove to be true, are you willing to give such a vital actor a shot at a second chance? Or does antisemitism and demanding blow jobs from everyone in a ten block radius earn someone a lifetime black mark in your book?dashes

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

As if the prospect of Japanese director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, 13 Assassins) making his first English-language movie wasn’t exciting enough already, Deadline is reporting that he’s now got man amongst men, Tom Hardy, signed on to star in his Hollywood debut. The film is called The Outsider, and it will see Hardy playing a former American GI who becomes part of the Yakuza in post-World War II Japan. Not only does this sound like a story that should be packed full of action and drama, but it also sounds like one that will allow Hardy to look slick while wearing all sorts of stylish, period garb. This is all very promising.dashes

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Capping off a trifecta of Hollywood leading man news, we’ve also got word of what the next thing Denzel Washington is going to have on his plate is. Deadline is reporting that he’s in early talks to join a film called Shovel Ready, which is an adaptation of an upcoming Adam Sternbergh novel that’s reportedly about a hitman who’s hired to kill a famous evangelist’s daughter, but who instead becomes her protector. Oh yeah, and this is all taking place in a bombed-out future New York, where most of the world’s survivors spend all of their time with their brains jacked in to the Internet. If it’s not a Johnny Mnemonic remake, it’ll do till one gets here.dashes

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

Good news for people who remember anything about Hot Tub Time Machine: Deadline is reporting that Chevy Chase has agreed to return for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 in order to reprise the role of the wise and mysterious hot tub repair man who I’m now vaguely remembering he played in the first one because of this report. Everything kind of gets lost in a sea of chintzy 80s references, you know? Anyway, Chase joins Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke, who are also all returning from the first film, and Adam Scott, who’s the new recruit.dashes

Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs

Scott isn’t the only new recruit for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 though, and it turns out Chase isn’t the only Community cast member who’s going to appear, because Deadline is also reporting that Gillian Jacobs has just landed the role of the film’s female lead. There aren’t any more details on what she’s going to be doing beyond that, but seeing as Scott is on board playing the new straight man, can we just assume that she’s going to be romancing him? Let’s do so, because those two crazy kids would look so danged cute together.dashes

Tye Sheridan

Tye Sheridan

Though he’s still pretty new to the acting game, young Tye Sheridan has already squared off against Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life and romanced Matthew McConuaghey in Mud, so he’s got to be seen as a real up and comer. What’s the next move in a career that looks so promising? It’s likely going to be starring in an indie drama from first time writer/director Kyle Wilamowski that sounds pretty interesting. THR is reporting that Sheridan is in negotiations to lead the film, called Grass Stains, which is about a boy who pulls a prank that goes wrong and ends up causing the death of his girlfriend’s older brother. As if processing the feelings of young love wasn’t challenging enough, throw in a bunch of guilt and things get really complex. Kaitlyn Dever (J. Edgar) is said to be negotiating to play the girlfriend.


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