Here’s where branding gets counter-productive: the 2009 film The Haunting in Connecticut has spawned a sequel. But the new film takes place in rural Georgia, and the title awkwardly reflects that: The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia. As long as the word “haunting” is prominent, I guess it doesn’t really matter where or why the supernatural infestation is taking place.

Ti West was once going to direct this film, but dropped out. (He ended up making The Innkeepers instead.) Tom Elkins, who edited the original Haunting in Connecticut, as well as The Apparition, directed instead. The film stars Katee Sackhoff, Chad Michael Murray, and Abigail Spencer as members of a family that encounters a presence in an old Georgia house.  Read More »

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Earlier today, we saw Jonny Weston pushing his girlfried into porn in the About Cherry trailer, but in the first trailer for Chasing Mavericks it’s Weston who’s the wide-eyed ingenue. Weston stars as real-life surfer Jay Moriarity, whose passion for the sport drives him to try and conquer the legendarily dangerous waves at Mavericks in Northern California.

He seeks guidance from local legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), who’s initially resistant but — as it always goes in these stories — eventually relents he sees something of himself in the kid. Abigail Spencer, Elisabeth Shue, and Leven Rambin also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Now that Joss Whedon has more or less officially made the full transition from TV to film, he’s burning rubber. Of course, he’s still hard at work on The Avengers, Marvel’s massive superhero movie out May 4. On the downtime of that shoot, he made a low-budget version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and now actress Abigail Spencer revealed she’s signed on for Whedon’s next movie which she describes as a “supernatural romance.”

Is this a new Whedon directorial project or just In Your Eyes, a film he wrote and will produce? Read more after the break.

Update: The Hollywood Reporter confirmed it is that film.

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Joel Schumacher has confirmed in an interview that Halle Berry is in talks to take the lead in the tentatively titled The Hive, about “a female emergency line operator who, in trying to help a young girl, comes up against a killer from her own past.” While nothing is official at this point, the director said, he and Berry are both interested in working together and the producers of The Hive seem to be on board with hiring her.

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in February, though Schumacher has said that he may shoot another, smaller film before that. Berry will next appear in Garry Marshall’s limp-looking ensemble romcom New Year’s Eve, and is currently shooting Cloud Atlas with directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. [Coming Soon]

After the jump, surfing biopic Mavericks gets a new title and two new stars, and 50 Cent lines up yet another acting gig.

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With an incredible cast and filmmaker all lined up for a March 2013 release, Oz The Great and Powerful is getting ready to go in front of the cameras. How do we know? Well, actress Abigail Spencer has just tweeted an image of a sign leading actors to the set and on that sign is your first look at the film’s logo. A small thing, to be sure, but when you’re talking Sam Raimi directing James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff in the prequel to one of the most revered films of all time, you’ve got to check it out. Check out the image after the jump. Read More »

The small news for Sam Raimi‘s new Wizard of Oz film Oz: The Great and Powerful is that Abigail Spencer has been cast as “a young woman who is a willing subject of Oz’s magic tricks which the erstwhile magician is performing in Kansas.” The magician being the character played by James Franco, whose balloon eventually is blown off course, landing him in Oz, where he becomes the Wizard we know from the classic film.

But there is a bigger Oz story in play today, as today a ruling in the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals gave Warner Bros. quite a few powers over the characters depicted in The Wizard of Oz. This court decision could have serious ramifications going forward for any studio that seeks to make a film that will capitalize in some measure on an existing film owned by another company. Read More »

Add one more to the cast of McG‘s This Means War, in which Chris Pine and Tom Hardy go to war over the affections of Reese Witherspoon. (Angela Bassett was just cast the other day.) Mad Men‘s Abigail Spencer has signed on; she’ll play Tom Hardy’s ex-wife. Personally, I might do more fighting over her than Reese Witherspoon, but that’s just me. [THR]

After the break, Ben Foster joins a Mark Wahlberg movie, and John Singleton will direct the younger Hemsworth. Read More »

Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer is joining the cast of Jon Favreau‘s big screen adaptation of the comic book Cowboys and Aliens. Spencer started her career on
the soap All My Children, went on to become the star of Lifetime Television’s Angela’s Eyes, but is probably best known as Don Draper’s mistress Miss Farrell on the AMC series Mad Men. Abigail has appeared in a handfull of indie features, but this is her first feature length movie for a Hollywood studio. HeatVision reports that Spencer will play a prostitute named Alice, “a former lover of Daniel Craig’s character who makes him change his ways.”

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