Attendees of South by Southwest 2012 are in for a treat. 130 feature films will screen at the Austin, Texas festival taking place March 9-17. Among them are 65 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres. The organization already announced Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods would open the festival (the movie is phenomenal) and today the majority of the remaining line up has been revealed. One of the highlights is the unbelievably smart and hilarious 21 Jump Street, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Both of those are World Premieres.

Other highlights include The Hunter, Killer Joe, The Babymakers, frankie goes boom, God Bless America, The Imposter, The Raid, Bernie and Casa de mi Padre just to name a few.

After the jump, read descriptions of all the films that have been announced so far. Read More »

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Though it’s being touted as a remake of the ’80s TV series starring Johnny Depp, anyone with even a passing familiarity with the source material will recognize that Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s upcoming action-comedy 21 Jump Street has little in common with its predecessor.

No, the real draw of the action-comedy so far looks to be in the surprisingly lively chemistry between leads Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum — and accordingly, two new bits of marketing from Columbia highlight just that. After the jump, check out a new trailer in which the pair team up to break all the rules spelled out by their supervising officer (Ice Cube) and a poster that shows off the two guys making the cutest prom couple ever.

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’21 Jump Street’ Green Band Trailer

The new 21 Jump Street obviously doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the ’80s series it’s based on, aside from than the basic premise (undercover cops posing as high-schoolers) and an appearance by the still-dreamy Johnny Depp. So it’s probably not fair to judge it as an adaptation of the TV show. On its own merits, though, it appears to be a pretty decent buddy cop action-comedy. Last week’s red-band trailer made me laugh, and this week’s green-band trailer did as well. Probably because it’s mostly the same thing, only with less profanity.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as a pair of supposedly youthful-looking cops who get assigned to a certain “cancelled undercover program from the ’80s,” as their boss (Nick Offerman) puts it. Watch the SFW version of the trailer after the jump.

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’21 Jump Street’ Red Band Trailer

Based on the hit late Eighties TV show and featuring the debut of the newly slender Jonah Hill, 21 Jump Street isn’t scheduled for release until March 16 but your first official look is now online. The film, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and co-starring Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Ice Cube with a not-so-secret cameo by Johnny Depp now has a three minute plus red band trailer that only ruins a few of the jokes. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Oh, look what Bridesmaids has done for Ellie Kemper: it scored her a gig in 21 Jump Street in her time off from The Office. The feature version of the ’80s TV show is shooting now with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops undercover in a high school to root out drugs and trouble. Late addition Ellie Kemper will be a love interest: Ms. Griggs, “an annoyingly sincere chemistry teacher who’s attracted to Tatum’s character and surprised when she discovers he’s not a real student.” (Sometimes casting like this is actually set for some time before it hits the trades, so it is possible Ellie Kemper isn’t as late an addition as she appears to be.)

The key point of interest here (for me, at least) continues to be that the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and are directing. [Variety]

After the break, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford is looking like the co-star with Pierce Brosnan in The House Gun, and rapidly rising talent Joel Kinnaman is cast in the Fox Searchlight film Lola Versus, where he’ll dump Greta Gerwig. Read More »

The current issue of Entertainment Weekly (you know, the one with Jennifer Lawrence on the cover and on the inside) doesn’t only have the first look at The Hunger Games, it also has the first look at 21 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum and Blackbird with Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnan. One’s a comedy, the other’s a thriller and you can see the photos and read quotes from the stars after the jump. Read More »

Late last year, Salt director Phillip Noyce became the latest director to sign on for Our Wild Life, based on the story of Kenyan elephant conservationist Daphne Sheldrick. (Whose work was recently documented in the IMAX film Born To Be Wild.) The project had already racked up a pretty troubled history by this point — Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) was originally attached to direct, but left on bad terms. He eventually sued New Line for not letting him direct from his own rewrite of Jeff Stockwell’s original script. Since then, The Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles has picked up and dropped the project, and Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron, and Drew Barrymore have each been reported or rumored to star at some point.

Now, a new story suggests that Nicole Kidman may be the latest actress to attempt to get the project up and running — but her involvement is nowhere near certain. Kidman is said to have “read and liked the script,” which is certainly not the same thing as “signing on to the project.” Indeed, her rep at CAA has said that she is not officially attached to Our Wild Life at this point. Still, it’s possible we’ll be hearing about more solid negotiations sometime in the near future.

Then again, maybe we won’t. As The Playlist points out, scheduling conflicts may ultimately prevent Kidman from coming on board, no matter how much she loved the script. Our Wild Life is reportedly aiming to begin shooting in September, but Kidman has already committed to starring opposite James Franco in Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway this fall. We’ll keep you updated as Kidman’s involvement, or lack thereof, becomes clearer. [The Wrap via The Playlist]

After the jump, an actress you’ve probably seen but don’t know by name snags not one, not two, but three new roles.

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One of the consistently great things about Scott Pilgrim vs the World was Johnny Simmons, who didn’t get a lot of screen time but still managed to shine as  the wide-eyed aspiring bass player Young Neil. He’s only been in The Conspirator since, and was announced for The Hand Job. Now he has scored two new roles, in 21 Jump Street and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Read More »

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