According to a report in Variety, Steven Spielberg is bringing an adaptation of the book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara to the big screen. It’s not clear whether or not he will direct or just produce the film version of the acclaimed 1997 nonfiction work. As described by Vulture, the book tells the true story of Edgardo Mortara: “Born Jewish in 1851, Mortara was given an emergency baptism by a servant, who was worried about a childhood illness. At age 7, the Catholic Church took him from his family, as it was against the law for non-Catholics to raise a Catholic. Adopted by the Pope, he went on to become a priest.” A release date hasn’t yet been set for the project ... Discuss

 

In what is either a very strange coincidence or a very weird easter egg, promotional materials for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past feature a pastor named Bob Bell, which ought to sound familiar.

The material comes from an X-Men site called 25 Moments, which purports to show pivotal events in humanity's history with mutants. Among these moments is Pastor Bob Bell and what we talk about when we talk about X-Men. The site doesn't paint him in a particularly flattering light, casting him as a televangelist with a group called "The Human Majority," who believe that mutants are God's curse on humanity. Womp, womp. It's not clear whether or not the pastor actually appears in the real movie and, in any case, the whole thing could be a coincidence. We'll see if the movie happens to feature anyone by the name of Prancis Chan ... Discuss

 

Even though it’s been more than 20 years since the original Mrs. Doubtfire first hit theaters (you feel pretty old now, huh?), Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus feel like it’s finally time to get working on a completely unnecessary sequel. If you’re going to make another movie about a desperate father using an elderly English maid disguise to be close to his children, at least make it Mrs. Featherbottom ... Discuss

 

After Paul Walker's sudden, sad death, most people expected the Fast and Furious franchise to come to a close—or, at the very least, for Walker's role to come to an end in it. But the show must go on in Hollywood, even if that show stars someone who is no longer with us. The producers have announced over Facebook that Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody, will play Walker's character in the seventh (seventh!) installment of the street racing franchise, along with a little digital trickery. The producers say most of Walker's dramatic scenes had been shot, so the brothers will mostly be handling action sequences, which might make the process a little easier. In any case, as the producers say, "The Fast & Furious saga is about family," so bring on the brothers ... Discuss

 

Even though X-Men: Days of Future Past hasn’t even come out, rumors are already starting to swirl about 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Specifically, it’s looking like Channing Tatum could be portraying the playing card-welding, Cajun-speaking bad boy Gambit. In an interview with MTV, Tatum said he’s already met with X-Men producer Lauren Schuler Donner, and told her he really wants the role:

I would love—Gambit’s my really only X-Men that I’ve ever loved. I [mean] I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, [but] I don’t know I guess just being from down south—my dad’s from Louisiana and I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida—I don’t know I just related to him. He’s just kind of a suave; he’s the most un-X-Men X-Man who’s ever been in X-Men, other than maybe Wolverine. He’s kind of like the anti-hero; he’s a thief. He’s not even like a hero, he’s kind of walking the line of grey.

 

Shake and Bake are back! The comedy trio behind Step Brothers and Talladega Nights are reuniting once again, this time for a movie about immigration. According to Deadline, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will work with director Adam McKay in Border Guards. The film is about two “hapless but earnest friends” who become immigration border guards only to “find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the U.S” ... Discuss