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Brief details on this first one: Topher Grace, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig are reportedly set for the indie comedy Bobby Blue Sky, written by Parks and Recreation‘s Emily Kapnek. The film is about “three dysfunctional siblings coming to terms with the way their baby brother’s accidental fame as a character in their father’s children’s book series warped their lives.” I can get behind that. [Pajiba]

After the break, Carla Gugino is ready to play the title role in a slightly misleadingly-monikered movie, and Angelina Jolie gets serious about love and war. Read More »

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Movie Trailer: Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch

If you weren’t at Comic-Con this weekend, then you probably still heard the insane buzz coming out of Warner Bros’ panel for Zack Snyder‘s next film Sucker Punch. The promo reel which screened at the presentation was almost indescribable, a combination of anime and video game-like imagery, but on crack, and shot in the visually intense style we’ve become use to from Snyder. You can watch the video blog we recorded in Hall H by clicking here. Warner Bros is riding the buzz and has launched the first official movie trailer online today. Watch it now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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CBS Films hasn’t exactly been setting theaters on fire; the company has released Extraordinary Measures and The Back-Up Plan. The company is going for a much more action-oriented appeal with Faster, which stars Dwayne Johnson as a guy out for revenge after being released from prison.

The first teaser for Faster is out now, but does it offer more than just a straight-up revenge tale with a title screen that looks like it was borrowed from The Fast and the Furious? Well… Read More »

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The Cowboys & Aliens cast keeps getting better and better. Starting with Daniel Craig and Sam Rockwell, then there was the addition of Harrison Ford (I’m praying for a career revival here) with Olivia Wilde and Noah Ringer.

Now director Jon Favreau will also have Paul Dano and Clancy Brown to work with, and Keith Carradine rounds out the cast as the town sheriff. That’s a killer lineup, and the film has gone from seeming like a longshot success to promising just the sort of throwaway fun that a summer movie should be. [Deadline]

After the break, Stanley Tucci and Carla Gugino join Margin Call and Anthony Hopkins and Dustin Hoffman make a high-caliber pair for Vadim Perelman’s new movie. Read More »

Carla Gugino Replaces Salma Hayek in Faster

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Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City) has joined the cast of Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge thriller starring Dwayne Johnson. It seems logical that Gugino is the replacement for Salma Hayek, who at the last minute (January 31st) dropped out of the project due to supposed “scheduling issues”. If so, that is definitely a step-up in terms of acting talent, but a step down in terms of star value and marketability.

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I’m wildly curious to see what’s going on in Sucker Punch. Zack Snyder‘s follow-up to Watchmen features a wild cast (Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone and Abbie Cornish, with Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn and Oscar Isaac) with the first five names as a group of girls locked in an unsavory mental institution, from which they escape through fantasy. It is said to be violent and weird and full of monsters. And now Abbie Cornish says there is…singing and dancing? Rad, count me in.  Read More »

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While promoting Sorority Row, actress Jamie Chung has been talking about Zack Snyder‘s upcoming film Sucker Punch, in which she is featured alongside Emily Browning, Jenna Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish and supporting players Carla Gugino and Jon Hamm. We know a few things about the film: Browning plays Baby Doll, a girl confined to a mental institution by her stepfather. She escapes into outlandish, violent fantasy to deal with her predicament. Chung gets a bit more specific, though, and her comments follow the break. Are they spoilers? Not really, if you’ve been reading what we’ve covered so far. Read More »

Carla Gugino Joins Sucker Punch Cast

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Staying faithful to one of his Minutemen, Zack Snyder has given Carla Gugino a role in the upcoming Sucker Punch. So far we know almost nothing about her part of Mrs. Schulz. Indeed, it could be a key part or it could be not: The Hollywood Reporter tag her only as “an adult figure in the institution.” This doesn’t even let us know if she’s another inmate or one of the psychiatric staff. She could even be some kind of super glamorous janitor. Or perhaps she appears to be one of the staff but is really an inmate – that’s a cliche that’s never gonna get new again.

UPDATE: Variety have followed through with their own piece on the casting and reveal that Mrs. Schulz is “a nurse in the insane asylum who becomes a madam at a brothel in the film’s alternate reality.” An oppressive asylum reimagined as a brothel? Okay, I see where this is going more definitely now… I now return you to a THR-centric report, already in progress.
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[This review is spoiler-free]

Watchmen first appeared on my radar years ago when I’d heard that one of my favorite directors, Paul Greengrass, was slated to helm the big-screen adaptation. I’m not a huge comic book reader, but I’d heard so many complimentary things about the graphic novel that I was induced to buy myself a copy and check it out for myself. What I discovered was that the book lives up to all the hype: Moore’s (and illustrator Dave Gibbons‘) 1986/1987 comic book series spun a gripping, dystopic tale of an alternate reality, one in which costumed vigilantes have taken to the street to quell civil unrest, and the U.S. and Russia are on the brink of nuclear annihilation, held back barely by the existence of the ultimate nuclear deterrent: Dr. Manhattan, the one “superhero” that actually possessed super powers.

While Moore’s book has been referred to by many as possessing cinematic qualities, it’s also repeatedly been referred to as “unfilmable.” After all these years, a convergence of fortuitous events have allowed director Zack Snyder to take his vision of the graphic novel to the big screen. My appreciation for the book led me to eagerly anticipate this film’s release, starting with the first trailer all the way up to the first 20 minutes of the film shown at NY Comic Con. Did Snyder achieve the impossible? Was he able to make cinematic sense out of Watchmen?
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