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We’ve seen a lot of superhero origin stories and we’ve seen a lot of low-fi ‘found footage’ films. But we haven’t seen many project combine those two approaches. And of the projects that have come close to that idea, none have looked quite as promising as Chronicle. This is a movie about three high-school friends who end up with hero-like powers. Rather than becoming heroes, however, these kids play around — as you probably would — and depicts the way things go wrong when one of the kids makes a rash decision.

We’ve covered Chronicle a bit as Fox started making the film, but we haven’t known much about it until now. A trailer hit today, and it looks solid — check out the footage below. Read More »

Anthony Hopkins revealed in a recent interview that he’s been talking to Angelina Jolie about taking on the role of Sir Winston Churchill in Churchill and Roosevelt. Although I haven’t heard too many details about the film, it’s probably safe to assume that Churchill and Roosevelt will focus on the two leaders’ professional relationship during World War II.

Jolie is said to be “developing” the film, though it’s not clear whether her official role will be that of a producer, director, actress, or some combination thereof. She’s apparently very excited about the project, however — Hopkins said that Jolie has “got a thing about Churchill,” whatever that means.

Jolie recently sent a synopsis of the script to Hopkins, but the actor has not yet confirmed his involvement. One thing holding him back may be the politician’s famously rotund physique: “I don’t know, I’d have to put on some weight to play Churchill,” Hopkins joked to the interviewer. “I’ve just taken the weight off, I’d have to put it back on again.” The project is still seeking a Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Churchill’s most recent big-screen appearance was in last year’s The King’s Speech, where he was played by Timothy Spall. Hopkins, in case you haven’t heard, is starring in this weekend’s Thor as the Norse god Odin. [MTV News]

After the jump, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior star Michael Kelly signs on for a sci-fi flick. Did you even know Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior was a thing that existed? Because I didn’t.

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Summit is pinning some hopes on Stephen Chbosky‘s adaptation of his own novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The project has been waiting for Emma Watson to be finished with Harry Potter so she can play a lead role, and also has Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman and Paul Rudd in the cast. (Logan Lerman is the titular wallflower.) Now Nina Dobrev is going to jump into the cast from The Vampire Diaries as a character named Candace. [Deadline]

After the break, Billy Bob Thornton goes to the disco, and Fox hires more cast for Chronicle. Read More »

Fox set release dates for two films today: the McG action/comedy/romance This Means War will get a Valentine-ish bow on February 17, 2012. The film has Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as CIA agents literally fighting over Reese Witherspoon. Til Schweiger, Angela Bassett, Chelsea Handler and David Koechner are all in the film, too. Can the idea of Chris Pine and Tom Hardy trying to destroy one another overcome the disdain some of you might have for McG? Only a trailer will tell, but I’m eager to see some footage.

And then Chronicle got a February 3 2012 date. That one is written by up and coming writer Max Landis, and has Big Fan editor Josh Trank set to direct. It follows “three Portland teens after they develop powers from exposure to a mysterious substance.” We don’t know much more, but will present any further info as it comes along.

Anything that puts John Hawkes in more movies is OK by me. And the great, until recently underrated actor has just bagged two new roles, so here’s a pair of films to put on your watch list. First up is Chronicle, about which we’ve got little info. Looks like Justin Long will appear alongside Mr. Hawkes and Ryan Philippe, with possible additions that include Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Mara, Danny Masterson and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Jay Alaimo directs, and the plot reportedly features “two childhood friends reunite to launch the biggest marijuana-dealing operation in New York City.” As long as one of those friends is John Hawkes, we’re in good shape. [The Playlist]

After the break, info about The Playroom, in which the actor reunites with his Deadwood co-star Molly Parker. Read More »

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