Bryan Brown

Cargo Entertainment

Kill Me Three Times is a comedic thriller that follows three overlapping murder plots in a gorgeous Australian beach town, all narrated by Simon Pegg as Charlie Wolfe, a quick-witted, heartless assassin. Scenes are shown from different characters’ points of view in non-chronological order as the lives of six locals (played by prominent Australian actors) intertwine. Sounds engaging and fun in theory, but in practice the humor is almost non-existent apart from Pegg, and the Wild Things-style “twists” rarely surprise. The intricate plot goes something like this: Wolfe is hired by a man (Callan Mulvey) to murder his wife (Alice Braga), but he doesn’t realize that two other people (Teresa Palmer and Sullivan Stapleton) already have detailed plans to kill her as part of an insurance scheme. Braga’s new boyfriend (Luke Hemsworth) goes after the husband while the local police officer (Bryan Brown) pursues one of the potential killers who has enormous gambling debts. All of these characters know each other personally, but they each have varying knowledge of how connected their lives truly are.

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Cate Blanchett

What is Casting Couch? It’s a round-up of Hollywood casting news, not one of those porn videos where a 19-year-old gets exploited in a grimy-looking office. Move along, perv. Now that we’ve got all of those live action Snow White movies out of the way, it makes sense that we would move down the fairy tale lineup and start seeing a rash of new Cinderella projects popping up. And, if Disney has their way, their Mark Romanek-directed Cinderella script from The Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna will be the hit that starts the trend. They’re trying to get casting for the film off on the right foot with the acquisition of a big name, as Deadline reports that the House of Mouse is in serious negotiations with Cate Blanchett to come on board to play a character called Lady Tremaine, known in some circles as the wicked stepmother. Given her experience playing a creepy elf in the Lord of the Rings movies, this seems like something of a perfect fit.

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