Briefly: McG has been shooting his action-filled romantic comedy This Means War for a few weeks, with Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon starring. Now Angela Bassett has been added to the cast.

The story follows two agents and best friends (Pine and Hardy) who go to war over the affections of one woman (Witherspoon). Angela Bassett will play the CIA boss of the who men; she’s a lifer, and has no real experience or interest outside the agency. Additional cast includes David Koechner, Chelsea Handler, Til Schweiger and Leela Savastas. Despite the direction of McG and the fact that the script has been floating around in development hell for years, I’m curious to see how this one turns out. Can’t resist Tom Hardy as a comically aggressive CIA agent, and Angela Bassett is always a welcome sight. [Variety]


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Six More Green Lantern Photos Arrive


Update: Two more images have been added to this post bringing the total up to six photos. New images include Hector Hammond before his alien encounter and Hector in a bunker with the corpse of alien Abin Sur.

Earlier today we had the first look at Ryan Reynolds in costume as Green Lantern, thanks to the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Now some pics from the mag’s coverage have been scanned, and while there isn’t another big image of the character in costume, we see Reynolds, Blake Lively, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett as they’ll appear in the film. In addition, one shot has a sideways look at Peter Sarsgaard, which seems to confirm the makeup from spy shots we saw months ago.

Finally, a better scan of the cover reveals more detail about the wonky-looking Green Lantern mask. In this shot at least, the thing is indeed painted on, as many realized when looking at the first image. Let’s hope that’s just for this photo, because while I can accept that a test pilot might gain possession of a willpower-channeling ring from space, with which he creates and maintains his own costume, the idea that he’d paint on a harlequin mask as an afterthought just seems absurd. (Looking at the close-up, blurring around the mask edges suggests this is a photoshop job.)

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We haven’t talked much about the film LOL, a remake of a French comedy, because it is a Miley Cyrus picture. Not really what most of our audience is clamoring to learn about. But on this Eclipse eve, why not report that Twilight co-star Ashley Greene is joining the cast along with everyone’s favorite sorta-tough guy, Thomas Jane. (I’m not being sarcastic there — I like Jane’s work quite a bit.)

They join Cyrus and Demi Moore in a film about “a teenage girl (Cyrus) who is dumped by her more sexually experienced boyfriend (George Finn) while her divorcee mother (Moore) struggles to move on with her life.” Jane plays the father of Cyrus’ character, while Greene will be “a high school bad girl.” [THR]

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Today it has been revealed that Angela Bassett and Gattlin Griffith have joined the cast of Martin Campbell‘s big screen adaptation of DC Comics’ Green Lantern.

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Notorious Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for Fox Searchlight’s Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious is exactly what you would expect. A lot of fast cuts to the old school music Biggie. Is there any chance this film might be good? Leave your comments below.

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Official Plot Synopsis
: Notorious tells the story of the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.  The film stars multiple award winner Angela Bassett as Christopher’s mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and introducing Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G.  After the overwhelming response to a year long aggressive and active worldwide search, Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn native, was selected to portray the infamous rapper.  Notorious is directed by George Tillman Jr.

In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time.  B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility.  His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.

Notorious hits theaters on January 16th 2009.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns Movie Trailer

Meet the Browns

I am waiting for the moment when someone in “the city” says something with complete seriousness like, “Yeah, we were going to go to the Yeasayer show, but we ended up seeing the new Tyler Perry.” You know Tyler Perry’s movies are cultural Ebola when white early adopters can’t find a way to post-ironically early adopt them. It’s sort of like when you put a dog’s toy into an umbrella holder slightly too tall for him to consider retrieving it, if the umbrellas were black or something.

Perry’s latest opus, Meet the Browns, opens in March. He’s had worse trailers, I would imagine. The flick stars Angela Bassett as a lady who loses her job and has to go make nice with the titular distant fam. Of course, the distant fam is more Vegas Vacation than National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, not to mention a far quantum leap from Curb Your Enthusiam‘s The Blacks. And then there’s former L.A. Laker Rick Fox! In a major lady’s man role! I hope someone chimes in with, “Hey, he was great on Ugly Betty!” There has to be an impossibly tiny mesh of /Film reader + Rick Fox (as actor) fans. Here’s your chance to be loud and proud.

But what really catches your attention is the absence of the cross-dressing, oh-so-lucrative Madea. Will she/he or will she/he not make an appearance herein? Unless you watch the trailer, the (/Film) world may never know…

Check out the movie trailer after the jump.

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