If you’d like to see Ben Affleck with a stunning Seventies beard, Chris Hemsworth and Martin Freeman each surrounded by a bunch of dwarves or the first image from Ben Wheatley‘s follow-up to Kill List, this post is for you. After the jump, see new images from Ben Affleck’s Argo, Rupert SandersSnow White and the Huntsman, Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. Read More »

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Russ Fischer’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

Enough about 2011; let’s look ahead to 2012. This past year was good about offering a diverse set of films that catered to many tastes, especially crowds that wanted something out of the range of standard multiplex fare. But 2012 looks like a much stronger year. We can almost always look ahead to a new year and say that there is a great batch of new films from established favorite filmmakers, movies with wonderful casts,  giant event movies and promising indies. But 2012 looks like it has more of those than usual. It’s going to be a good year for movie watchers.

After some deliberation (which no doubt has still allowed me to overlook something for which I’ll facepalm later) here is a list of ten films that I’m very excited to see in 2012, followed by a full page of discussion about a whole bunch of other movies that didn’t make my personal cut but are still bright spots on the 2012 calendar for various reasons. This list could change a lot in the next couple weeks, as Sundance (and then Cannes in May) could reveal a good many new films that will be bright spots on the calendar in ’12.

I’ve also exercised a certain hopefulness here, as there are a few films that don’t yet have official 2012 release dates. Let’s hope they don’t slip. Read More »

Germain’s prepping his ’10 most anticipated movies for 2012′ list right now and I’ll probably put one together as well just as soon as I get back from Texas. One movie I’m pretty sure will be on his list and I know would be on mine is Argo, the third film directed by Ben Affleck.

As we’ve mentioned a few times in the past while covering the casting for the film, this movie is based on a real situation in which a handful of CIA operatives posed as key members of a movie crew in order to extract diplomats who had been taken hostage in 1979 Tehran. They’re not posing as just any film crew, but as guys scouting locations for a sci-fi film called, naturally, Argo.

Above, that’s part of the first official image of Affleck as one of the primary members of that crew; see the whole thing below. Read More »

Warner Bros has sent out the obligatory press release to announce the commencement of filming on Ben Affleck‘s third film as director, Argo. We’ve known most of the cast for a while: Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman, with more recent additions Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Rory Cochrane and Taylor Schilling.

Now we’ve got an official synopsis for the film, which adapts the true story of a CIA team that posed as a film crew in order to extract diplomats from Tehran in 1979. But perhaps of more interest to some who already know the story is the confirmation of cast additions that include the great Michael Parks (above), as well as Clea Duvall and Richard Kind. Read More »

The smaller casting for Ben Affleck‘s third directorial effort, Argo, is falling into place. The movie already has a great topline cast: Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston and Scott McNairy are part of the true story about a CIA team that attempted to extract diplomats from Tehran in 1979 by posing as a film crew scouting locations to make a sci-fi film called Argo.

Now Tate Donovan (Good Night, and Good Luck), Nelson Franklin (The Office) and Taylor Schilling (Atlas Shrugged, Mercy, The Lucky One) have been added to the cast. Read More »

It’s not a stretch, I think, to call this the ‘fan-favorite actors’ edition of casting bits. Kyle Chandler, Alexander Skarsgård and Rob Corddry all fall into that catergory, I’d say. So after the break, you’ll find:

  • Kyle Chandler joins Ben Affleck’s Argo,
  • Rob Corddry looks set for zombification in Warm Bodies,
  • and Michael Nyqvist & Alexander Skarsgård are among the crew joining the ‘modern communication’ indie story Disconnect.

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Sometimes there’s no way to make a casting roundup conform to any sort of sense. Such is the case here, as we’ve got info on a wild reality-based political thriller set in 1979, an animated sequel, and an indie family drama with a very unlikely cast. In other words, after the break you’ll find info on:

  • Monsters star Scoot McNairy joining Ben Affleck’s Argo,
  • Nick Frost and seven hundred other actors doing voices for the fourth theatrical Ice Age movie,
  • and an indie called Little Boy, which has Kevin James and Emily Watson set to star.

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This is a piece of info that could probably be rounded up into an aggregate casting piece, but I love the idea of Ben Affleck‘s film Argo so much that we’ll give it some space. The movie is based on the true story of CIA agents posing as a movie crew in Tehran, while really attempting to smuggle diplomats out of the country. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing; the script is by Chris Terrio based on “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” by Joshuah Bearman.

This week saw the confirmation that Ben Affleck would play the lead role, CIA agent Tony Mendez, and Alan Arkin and John Goodman have been recently confirmed, too. Now Bryan Cranston is negotiating for a role — this guy is on a tear lately. Read More »

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