Disney has a solid legacy of family-friendly inspirational sports movies, and McFarland, USA looks to be the latest. Kevin Costner stars as a coach who begins work at a relatively cash-poor and predominantly Latino high school in Central Valley CA. Inspired by a true story from 1987, Costner’s coach finds himself working with a promising group of young runners, and they all eventually forge a competitive cross-country team. Whale Rider and North Country director Niki Caro calls the shots; check out the McFarland USA trailer below. Read More »
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Lots of casting news has been flying about for the past few days, and in the wake of Comic Con we’re still catching up on a few things. In this particular casting break you’ll find:
- Nick Nolte will lend his wonderfully grizzled talent to Robert Redford’s new film.
- A Stargate SG-1 actor gets a role in The Dark Knight Rises.
- Jay Chou stars in a new Chinese action film, complete with a teaser. Read More »
You might have seen the footage in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 this weekend, or perhaps you caught one of the many bootlegs that have been circulating for the past week. But here’s the real thing: the first official teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Read More »
Briefly: Given that Christopher Nolan is now shooting The Dark Knight Rises, we probably won’t see too many more notable names added to the cast. In fact, this might be the last: Josh Stewart from The Collector and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has taken an unknown role in the film. Like many of the other recent cast announcements, his part may not be significant, but he joins what is looking like an impressive ensemble cast.
So we’ve got returning actors Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman; Michael Caine as Alfred; Gary Oldman as James Gordon; and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, with newcomers Tom Hardy as Bane; Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle; Juno Temple as a “street-smart Gotham girl;” Josh Pence as young Ra’s al Ghul; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, “a Gotham City beat cop;” Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate; and Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff and Burn Gorman. Quite a lineup, and you know we’ll keep you posted (possibly in Superhero Bits) with any new pieces of info that come out. [Variety]
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Briefly: We just heard that Matthew Modine, Tom Conti and Joey King would join Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway in the cast of Christopher Nolan‘s final Batman film, the now-shooting The Dark Knight Rises. Now they’re getting company in the form of Brett Cullen (LOST, Ghost Rider) and Chris Ellis (Catch Me If You Can, Transformers). Both are solid, veteran character actors. We probably won’t see much of either man in the final film, but I’d expect both guys to be more than capable.
They’ll play a judge (Cullen) and a priest (Ellis). That’s actually more info than we’d usually expect to get in a somewhat minor casting brief for a Christopher Nolan film. [Variety]