Plenty of young talents have attempted the leap from precocious child star to grown-up actor, with severely mixed results, but Chloe Grace Moretz seems to be having an easier time of it than most. Though she’s just 15, she’s already shown a facility for between family-friendly fare like Hugo and more mature entertainments like Let Me In and Kick-Ass over the last few years, and she’s lucky enough to have (apparently) skipped an awkward phase altogether. As far as I’m concerned, she doesn’t need to “prove” that she can transition into mature parts.

But that appears to be exactly what she’s doing in Derick Martini‘s Hick. Moretz plays a teenager who decides to ditch her neglectful parents in Nebraska and strike out for Vegas, meeting all sorts of interesting characters (played by Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Rory Culkin, and Alec Baldwin) along the way. Watch the red-band (i.e., NSFW) trailer after the jump.

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Whether or not you think Stephen King‘s Carrie needs to be remade yet again, the latest incarnation of the ultimate outcast revenge tale continues chugging along. At least the project’s attracting some solid talent: Boys Don’t Cry helmer Kimberly Peirce is lined up to direct, with rising star Chloe Grace Moretz in the lead role. Now, with those two on board, the project is firming up its schedule and has announced a targeted spring 2013 release date. Read more after the jump.

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Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) is putting together a new film based on Stephen King‘s debut novel Carrie. Brian De Palma’s movie starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta remains one of De Palma’s most entertaining films, packed as it is with over-the-top characterization and De Palma’s trademark love of split-screen imagery. So my first reaction to hearing about another new Carrie (this isn’t the first remake of the story) is ‘why?’ But having a female director is one way to make this seem like a worthwhile endeavor.

Now we’ve got the first indications of potential casting, as info has emerged about two possible choices to play the adolescent telekinetic Carrie White: 15-year-old Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass, Dark Shadows) and 24-year-old Haley Bennett (Terrence Malick’s film formerly called Lawless).

Update: Deadline says that Moretz has been offered the role, and that after testing last weekend, she more or less got the job immediately.

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Here at last is the trailer for Dark Shadows, the most recent of many pairings between director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. The actor has wanted to revive the ’60s supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows for years, and he and Burton, after much planning, finally shot the movie last year. One of many questions about the project has been concerned with whether something that has come across like a bit of an obsession for Depp can translate into a movie that people want to see now.

The trailer premiered on Warner Bros.-owned The Ellen Degeneres Show today — appropriate, I suppose, for a film that adapts a soap opera — and we’ve got it below.

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Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe aren’t the only former Harry Potter stars getting their post-Hogwarts careers on. After the jump, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton find new roles, along with Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in this mostly British edition of Casting Bits.

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Is Warner Bros. mounting the most abstract trailer release ever? We’ve seen so many new photos from Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows in the past week, it’s like the studio is just releasing the trailer one frame at a time. And it is a little bit weird that we’ve already got a trailer for the stop-motion version of Burton’s Frankenweenie, which opens in October, while we haven’ t yet seen a shred of footage for Dark Shadows, which is a mere two months away, with an opening set for May 11. (Not like the film is wanting an attention-getting cast, with the likes of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer.)

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Here’s a new image from the other Tim Burton movie that will be out in the first half of 2012. While we just saw a trailer for his producing effort Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, this is for the movie he directed after many years of talking about the project: Dark Shadows.

This look at star Johnny Depp will already be familiar to those who have been following along with the development of the film. He plays the centuries-old vampire Barnabas Collins, originally introduced in the ’60s TV soap Dark Shadows. We haven’t seen much of Eva Green, however, other than in the first pre-shoot promo shot that introduced the cast. She plays the witch Angelique Bouchard, a character that has a very specific history with Barnabas Collins.

We can’t give you a much larger look at the pic, but after the break the screenwriter of Dark Shadows offers some clues as to just what sort of film we’re in for.

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2012 is already shaping up to be the biggest year yet of Adam Brody‘s post-OC career, as the actor books two more high-profile roles. One is Some Girls, a feature adaptation of Neil LaBute‘s recent play about an almost-married man who travels across the country to visit his ex-girlfriends. [Update: The Hollywood Reporter writes that Mad Men helmer Jennifer Getzinger will direct the drama.]

But Brody’s next project will likely be Rob Meltzer‘s Welcome to the Jungle, as that project will shoot next month in Puerto Rico. The story centers around a design firm that goes on retreat to a tropical island, only to become stranded and see Lord of the Flies-style chaos break out. Brody will play the protagonist, who must save his colleagues from a power-hungry leader. Brody’s only one of a rather eclectic cast that also includes Rob Huebel, Dennis Haysbert, Kristen Schaal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Brody is currently filming Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace, in which he plays porn star Harry Reems opposite Amanda Seyfried’s Linda Lovelace. This year also sees him starring in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, the indie dramedy Revenge for Jolly!, and last year’s TIFF entry The Oranges.

After the jump, The Comedian fathers Hit Girl.

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