Ricky Gervais, Emily Blunt make 'Muppets' cameos; 'Three Stooges' gets a start date

ricky-gervais-emily-blunt.jpgWho knows how long those Red Vines have been sitting there? Have these morsels of movie news instead.

Ricky Gervais and Emily Blunt have joined the growing list of actors making cameos in the new, Jason Segel-written Muppets movie (Segel also plays the main human part). The two Brits join Jack Black, Alan Arkin, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Crystal and Jean-Claude Van Damme (yes, really) as cameo artists. [ Heat Vision]

It doesn't currently have a cast, but the long-in-the-works "Three Stooges" movie has a start date: March 14. Bobby and Peter Farrelly are directing and co-wrote the script with Mike Cerrone. Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio del Toro were originally set for film, but production delays led Penn and Carrey to drop out; del Toro's involvement is uncertain now. [ Deadline]

Ben Foster ("3:10 to Yuma," "X-Men: The Last Stand") is joining Mark Wahlberg in the thriller "Contraband," a remake of the Icelandic movie "Reykjavik-Rotterdam." Foster is playing the best friend of Wahlberg's character, a former smuggler who's dragged into a final job. [ The Wrap]

The Sundance Film Festival has stocked its out-of-competition lineup with a number of recognizable actors and directors. The 2011 fest will feature new work by Kevin Smith, Morgan Spurlock, Tom McCarthy ("The Station Agent") and Miguel Arteta, among others. [ Sundance]

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