Like the dreams of Inception, The Words is a story about a story within a story. On the top level, there is a plot featuring Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde. In the middle, there’s Jeremy Irons, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana. And on the bottom, there’s Ben Barnes and Nora Arnezeder. With direction by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, the film’s structure is its second most interesting aspect. When The Words is at its best, those three tales are weaving together to speak about the decisions people make and how living with them can be the hardest thing imaginable.

The Words will be the closing night film of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on Friday and while it won’t win any awards, it’s an entertaining, literature-centric story that will keep you interested and guessing. Read More »

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Ken Jeong has built up a respectable career as a supporting actor, most notably on NBC’s Community and the Hangover films, but for his next movie role he’ll be moving a little closer to the spotlight. Jeong is set to star in and produce The Chung Factor, which landed on the 2005 Black List back when it was titled The Ex-Factor. Andy Selsor‘s screenplay revolves around a nice guy who falls in love with a woman, but begins to worry he’ll screw things up and employs an “offbeat” relationship coach (Jeong). Unfortunately, said coach turns out to be the woman’s ex, who wants to win her back and is actively trying to ruin the nice guy’s chances.

It’s great to see the talented and funny Jeong nabbing some bigger parts, but I kind of wish he’d chosen to play the romantic lead. The villain here sounds like he fits a little too comfortably into Jeong’s repertoire of mean weirdos — it would’ve been nice to see him stretch a bit more. [The Wrap]

After the jump, Daenerys Targaryen considers joining Éomer and Prince Caspian as they steal cars in France, while Katheryn Winnick nabs a starring role opposite America’s Trainwreck Charlie Sheen.

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We all know the beats of the typical rock star origin story — a talented, passionate young person finds his calling in life and overcomes adversity to achieve fame and success, etc. But what about the guy who didn’t make it? The guy who put in the same sweat and blood and tears but never quite managed to scrape together enough talent or luck to actually break into the big time?

We first showed you the trailer for Killing Bono back in December, but now a new, very similar trailer has been released for its U.S. premiere this fall. The reality-based tale follows two brothers, Neil and Ivan McCormick (Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan) who start a band to rival their school friend Paul’s (Martin McCann) group The Hype. But as The Hype gets bigger and bigger — and eventually changes their name to U2 — Neil and Ivan find their own dreams of rock n’ roll superstardom thwarted at every turn. Directed by Nick Hamm, the film also stars Krysten Ritter, Peter Serafinowicz, and Pete Postlethwaite in his final performance. Watch the video after the jump.

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For their appearance at Comic-Con this year, Legendary Pictures hosted a panel showcasing four of their upcoming films. Two of those were the fantasy projects The Seventh Son, Sergey Bodrov‘s YA adaptation featuring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes, and Alex ProyasParadise Lost, which stars Bradley Cooper as Lucifer. (Click here to read Russ’ coverage of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, also part of the Legendary panel.) Read panel highlights and check out concept art for The Seventh Son and Paradise Lost after the jump.

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It’s a rather slow Friday, leaving us plenty of time — too much time, probably — to think about the passing of Peter Falk and Pixar’s fall from the pedestal of perfect reviews. But there are a few bits of casting info out there, and after the break you’ll find the following:

  • Lily Cole helps round out the cast of Snow White and the Huntsman..
  • …and Ben Barnes will play the lead role in Seventh Son, opposite Jeff Bridges. Read More »

Briefly: Given that The Words is the directorial debut of Tron Legacy screenwriters Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, we probably shouldn’t be surprised that the latest addition to the film’s cast is Olivia Wilde, who was one of the only highlights of Tron. The script, which hit the Black List, is about “a successful writer who discovers he has to pay a price for stealing another man’s work.”

Bradley Cooper was recently locked to play the writer (two roles as writers, and now real-life screenwriting ambition, too!) though we don’t know how Olivia Wilde’s character relates to his. The rest of the cast is shaping up to be interesting: Jeremy Irons plays the writer who was wronged, Dennis Quaid plays yet another wordsmith and Zoe Saldana has an unknown role. Today Ben Barnes, J.K. Simmons and John Hannah all signed on, too. A press release announces that Nora Arnezeder, who just shot Safe House, will round out the cast. Oh, and cinematographer Antonio Calvache, whose resume includes a number of seemingly unremarkable films, but also Little Children and In the Bedroom, will shoot the film. Hopefully those two films can be taken as suggestions of what to expect from The Words. [Variety]

Movie Trailer: ‘Killing Bono’

It’s been almost a year since we heard anything about Killing Bono. Last time we checked in on the film, Nick Hamm was about to direct Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter, Robert Sheehan, Charlie Cox and Jason Byrne in the movie based on Neil McCormick‘s book about being in a band that struggled in the shadow of U2 during the mega-band’s formative years.

Now the film is done and there is a trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »

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We’ve written briefly before about Killing Bono, a film based on the book by Neil McCormick. The author was a schoolmate of Bono’s, and had his own band struggling in the shadow of U2 in megaband’s early days. Directed by Nick Hamm, the film stars Ben Barnes as McCormick and Krysten Ritter in a tale that probably isn’t nearly as close to a U2 biopic as many are going to assume. Come on — it’s called Killing Bono! This is hardly the official story of U2. Read More »

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