Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
The more people get cast in Zal Batmanglij‘s The East, the more interesting it sounds. The latest addition is the always excellent Patricia Clarkson, who’ll play the boss of co-writer and star Brit Marling.
The thriller revolves around an agent (Marling) from a private security firm who is tasked with infiltrating a terrorist group called The East. Once she’s in, however, she finds herself falling for the group’s leader, probably because he looks exactly like Alexander Skarsgard. Other recent additions to the cast have been Ellen Page as Skarsgard’s ex and another member of the organization, and Toby Kebbell as a doctor who takes a tainted drug and develops Parkinson’s-like symptoms. [The Playlist]
After the jump, Octavia Spencer goes to Vegas and Michael Angarano goes home.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
M.C. Gainey, a.k.a. Mr. Friendly on Lost, has entered negotiations to star in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained as what sounds like one of the nastiest characters in a film filled with vile characters. Gainey is up for the part of Big John Brittle, an overseer at the Carrucan Plantation who sets the plot in motion by raping Django’s wife Broomhilda and branding Django’s cheek with the letter ‘R’ (for “runaway”). Django (Jamie Foxx) goes on to team up with Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German bounty hunter interested in the large reward on Big John, to free his wife from the clutches of villainous plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, and Laura Cayouette are also signed on to star in the “Southern-fried spaghetti Western,” while Kurt Russell is in talks to replace Kevin Costner as Candie’s right-hand man Ace Woody. Production is expected to begin next month for a Christmas 2012 release. [Variety]
After the jump, RocknRolla star Toby Kebbell goes East, while Rose McGowan heads to Napa.
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Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
Ellen Page is in final negotiations to star with Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgard in The East, Zal Batmanglij‘s thriller about a mysterious eco-terrorism organization called The East. Marling, who co-wrote the script with Batmanglij, leads as an undercover agent who infiltrates the group but then finds herself developing feelings for the group’s leader (Skarsgard). Page will play Izzy, a member of The East and Skarsgard’s ex, who becomes jealous of relationship between Marling and Skarsgard. Page replaces Felicity Jones, who had to drop out of the project due to press commitments for Like Crazy.
The addition of the Oscar-nominated Page should add even more buzz to a film that’s already been getting plenty of it. Marling and Batmanglij broke out at this year’s Sundance with Sound of my Voice, and True Blood star Skarsgard has a handful of interesting projects in the works. Page’s next big-screen appearance will be in next year’s Woody Allen-directed Bop Decameron, alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin.
The East is set to begin shooting in Nashville in October. [Variety]
After the jump, Anthony Mackie dreams up a new project for himself and Tom Everett Scott pairs up with Marisa Tomei.
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Lars von Trier detractors often accuse the Danish director of being little more than a provocateur, and his impetuous demeanor when dealing with the media doesn’t dispel that impression. That leads some — even our own Germain, in his review of Melancholia — to suspect that Trier’s actual films are constructed, in part, as nothing more than button-pushing exercises. I tend to believe in the director more as an imp who has a healthy, if perverse sense of humor, and who takes the opportunity to enjoy unorthodox fun when he can.
Such is the case, I suspect, with the new character posters for Melancholia.
In anticipation of the film’s UK release this weekend and October 7 VOD bow in the US (to be followed by a November 11 theatrical release) there are six new character posters for the film. They feature actors Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård and John Hurt. But there’s also a poster for Lars himself, which is even stamped with a ‘persona non-grata’ seal, mocking his expulsion from the Cannes Film Festival this past May. See all six below. Read More »
Let’s start off this casting break with a quick one: Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth) is putting together a diamond heist movie called Brilliant, written by Blood Diamond producer Gillian Gorfil. He’s now got Eric Bana set to star. The plot follows “a small-time criminal who joins accomplished thieves in a diamond heist,” with Bana presumably playing the small-timer. I can’t say that Luketic is the most inspiring choice — I don’t expect a serious heist movie here — but Bana could be a good choice for the lead. [Variety]
After the break, Liongate wants more of what Tyler Perry’s got, and Jason Bateman goes back to the land of the indie for two films. Read More »
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When George Clooney leaves a project, it’s generally not a good thing. Especially if the film is being directed by one of his best friends and frequent collaborators, Steven Soderbergh. That’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago, though, when Clooney pulled out of Warner Bros. remake of the 1960s television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
And while Clooney’s leading role still remains vacant, The Wrap now reports that there’s a list of about 20 actors being looked at for the other lead in this buddy take on the spy genre. Clooney would have presumably played American spy Napolean Solo who teams up with Russian spy Ilya Kuryakin to battle with an agency called T.H.R.U.S.H., the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity. At the top of the list for Kuryakin are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling and Alexander Skarsgard. Seems Clooney’s departure hasn’t slowed down the film in the slightest. More after the jump. Read More »
In Gela Babluani‘s film 13 Tzameti, a young man lands in the weirdest game of Russian roulette ever held.
Babluani remade the French film for US audiences as 13, but rather than hitting theaters in regular fashion the film found a perch on a dusty shelf and sat there for quite some time. Anchor Bay is finally going to release it and a new trailer has just hit. While the movie has an eye-catching cast (Sam Riley, Ray Winstone, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Alexander Skarsgård, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham and Michael Shannon) this trailer makes it look like it could well be a massively silly action thriller. Check out the footage below. Read More »
To date we’ve only seen a teaser trailer for Peter Berg‘s loose, to say the least, adaptation of the Hasbro board game Battleship and fan response has been largely venomous. The film, scheduled for release May 18, 2012, has plenty of time to fix that though as more of the its epic scale and story will continue to be revealed. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like Aqua Independence Day.
Familiarizing us with that story and characters seems to be the aim of this behind the scenes video from Entertainment Tonight. It’s got some new stunts, explosions, and breaks down who each of the stars – Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson – play. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
There’s not a whole lot in this first official domestic trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Melancholia that we haven’t seen in previous trailers and clips. (Such as the great UK trailer we just saw a few days ago.) But what the hell, the film is among our most-anticipated of the year, and this trailer offers up a great HD look at the gorgeous and subtle cinematography from Manuel Alberto Claro.
So hit the jump and get one more look at the ways in which sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg deal with the possibility of the impending end of life on Earth. Read More »