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The cast of this summer’s independent comedy The Way, Way Back is insane: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, and Rob Corddry… and none of them are the star of the film. That honor goes to Liam James, a young actor best known for roles on The Killing and Psych. He’s the main character in this sweet and hilarious coming of age comedy from Oscar-winners Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.

Faxon and Rash won an Oscar for writing The Descendants, but you likely know them best as Ben from Ben & Kate and Dean Pelton from Community. They pop up in this film too, which they wrote, and directed. The movie opens July 5. The first trailer is below. Read More »

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Today’s TV Bits is all great news if you like Garden State, or just mostly great news if you don’t. After the jump:

  • Oz and Willow will reunite on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother
  • Arrested Development adds Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien
  • Zach Braff develops the Garden State-esque Garage Bar for ABC
  • Steve Carell produces a sitcom for Daily Show‘s Jason Jones
  • Greg Daniels and Kevin from The Office team for ABC comedy
  • Ted Danson spills plot details on the Bored to Death movie
  • Check out photos of Mad Men‘s Don and Megan chilling in Hawaii
  • See a trailer for The Carrie Diaries, the CW’s Sex and the City prequel

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There is ton of TV News floating around right now, so we’ve pulled it all together for you. After the jump read more about the following:

  • NBC’s Smash has been renewed for season two, but the current showrunner is leaving.
  • Maria Bello will join Kiefer Sutherland on Touch.
  • The first official photo of AnnaSophia Robb in The Carrie Diaries, a Sex and the City prequel series, is out.
  • American Horror Story will compete as a Miniseries at the Emmys, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
  • Another sneak peak at the second season of AMC’s returning show, The Killing.

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I don’t even know where to begin with today’s extra-packed edition of TV Bits, so let’s just… begin. After the jump:

  • Olivia Wilde will return for the House finale
  • IFC renews Portlandia for a third season
  • Doctor Who casts its new companion
  • 30 Rock plans to do another live episode
  • Wes Anderson teases a new TV commercial
  • January Jones’ pregnancy means less Betty
  • A first look at the Sex and the City prequel

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As two Snow White films gear up to go into production, the next big fairy tale that’ll be racing to the big screen is Peter Pan. Several competing projects, all with slightly altered takes on the classic J.M. Barrie tale, are in various stages of development and now one seems to have jumped ahead of the pack. Essential Entertainment has reportedly cast Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophia Robb in a dark take on the Peter Pan tale last year rumored to be called Pan, written by Ben Magid (Hack/Slash) and directed by Ben Hibon (who did the animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One). In the film, Captain Hook (Eckhart) and his partner Smee (Bean) would chase Pan, a villainous kidnapper, whose last victim Wendy (Robb) helps track him down. Read More »

‘Soul Surfer’ Trailer

Earlier this month, a in-house promotional teaser trailer leaked for Soul Surfer, a drama about young, teenage surfer girl (played by Bridge To Terabithia/Race To Witch Mountain‘s AnnaSophia Robb) who “summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack.” When I posted the teaser, I was kind of weirded out that it contained no hint of a shark attack — the teaser made it out like the film is just a happy-go-lucky story about a teenage girl surfer.

The new full length trailer which has premiered on EW (via FirstShowing) gives audiences the full reveal of what this story is really about. That and a really cheesy speech from Carrie Underwood. Written and directed by Sean McNamara (Bring it On: Fight To The Finish, Into The Blue 2: The Reef, Bratz, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain), the film co-starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, and Kevin Sorbo.  Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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‘Soul Surfer’ Teaser Trailer


Sony has released a teaser trailer for Soul Surfer, a drama about young, teenage surfer girl (played by Bridge To Terabithia/Race To Witch Mountain‘s AnnaSophia Robb) who “summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack.” Written and directed by Sean McNamara (Bring it On: Fight To The Finish, Into The Blue 2: The Reef, Bratz, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain), the film co-starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, and Kevin Sorbo. As you might expect, it doesn’t look to be in the same league as Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. We also get no hint of a shark attack — the teaser makes it out like the film is just a happy-go-lucky story about a teenage girl surfer. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The ‘special forces soldier versus Mexican gangs’ action film Protection has gone through a lot of changes. Originally to be directed by Simon West, the film got a new director in District 13: Ultimatum helmer Patrick Alessandrin. Paul Walker was originally the lead, then he was replaced by Clive Owen. Now the film has a new lead and needs a new director.

Dwayne Johnson is now attached to star in Protection, and Allessandrin has left the project, with no one yet replacing him. Brandon Noonan‘s script is still in play; it follows ” a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on a Mexican cartel in an attempt to rescue and protect a judge’s 21 year-old daughter, who has been targeted by the cartel for agreeing to testify against one of its members after she witnesses her father’s murder.” Given all the movement on this one, it’s hard to believe we’ll see it any time soon, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Johnson do an actual action movie for a change. [The Wrap]

After the break, a host of actors for Goodnight Moon (not based on the kids’ bedtime book) and Emma Roberts does Homework. Read More »

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