John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville are set to star in Carnaval, a comedy directed by Josh Stern. Cusack will play a sports scout who tavels to Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval in order to sign a soccer star, while Knoxville has been cast as Cusack’s musician best friend who tags along. Cusack’s character needs to bring the player on board so that he can take over his agency, but his plans go awry when Knoxville’s character sleeps with the player’s girlfriend. Carnaval will begin shooting in Rio this January.

Knoxville’s been on a roll lately in terms of landing roles. Over the past few months, he’s signed on for the teen comedy Fun Size, an untitled camping comedy with Patton Oswalt, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger action flickĀ The Last Stand. Cusack also has a handful of movies lined up for next year, including Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, the Edgar Allan Poe thriller The Raven, and the serial killer drama The Frozen Ground. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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The Baader Meinhof Complex Movie Trailer

The underlying message in this enticing teaser trailer for The Baader Meinhof Complex seems to be that young idealists who cross the chasm into full-blown terrorism are undeniably sexy. So, rest assured that many German critics feel the film doesn’t glorify sexy terrorism. Moreover, they have selected the movie for Best Foreign Film consideration in this year’s Oscar race.

In what is being reported as a comeback of sorts for German director, Uli Edel (the grim Christiane F., Madonna’s Body of Evidence), his feature film explores the early years of the region’s Red Army Faction, a group of young, far-Left protesters turned “guerillas” who wore sunglasses and organized bombings, bank robberies and kidnappings in the ’70s. Their acts resulted in many civilian casualties and a still-controversial (romanticized?) place in history that zig-zags into current global politics.

The cast has been noted as a “who’s who” line-up that includes Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run, Speed Racer), Martina Gedeck (The Good Shepherd), Bruno Ganz (Youth Without Youth), and Alexandra Maria Lara (Control, Miracle at St. Anna). The film is currently without a U.S. distributor (hopefully not for too much longer given the buzz), and there’s a “why haven’t I seen it” critic controversy nicely explained over at Hollywood Elsewhere, with further embargo-tales offered at GreenCine. I already have a random and unwarranted crush on this movie.

Full Length Trailer

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Teaser Trailer

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Discuss: If you are well-informed on the source material or the book this was adapted from, please chime in below. Is the teaser trailer enough to dis/interest you?

Francis Ford Coppola

Jeeeez, Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner are on a roll. I bet Paramount and Redstone are regretting that separation now. The new United Artists are in talks to acquire Francis Ford Coppola’s first film in ten years.
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