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Another big Cannes premiere this year was the crime drama Blood Ties, co-written by Two Lovers director James Gray, and the first English-language film directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One). The film has quite a cast, and a period ’70s setting in Brooklyn, as it remakes the 2008 French thriller Les liens du sang by Jacques Maillot.

The cast includes Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard reuniting from Rust & Bone, but the prime cast members are Clive Owen and Billy Crudup, with Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and James Caan. The plot relies on an old conceit: two brothers on opposite sides of the law. But there’s some changing of sides, and the ensemble cast expands the scope of the production by involving far more people than the two brothers.

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There comes a time in every comedic actor’s career when he feels the need to “prove” himself by tackling more serious roles, but the pigeonholing occasionally works in reverse as well. Sometimes, an actor is so associated with heavier parts that the most surprising thing he can do is sign up for something really goofy.

Few would deny Clive Owen‘s dramatic chops, but now the thespian seems ready to really stretch himself in what sounds like a full-on comedy. He’s just signed on for The King of the Castle, written and directed by, of all people, The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. Talk about an unexpected match-up. More details after the jump.

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The search has been on for a new Robocop villain since last week, when negotiations with Hugh Laurie fell through. For a hot second it looked like Clive Owen could step up to replace him, but now word is that it’s actually Michael Keaton who’ll take over the part instead.

It seems like good news, if only because it means more big-screen appearances for Keaton. The former Batman and Beetlejuice actor fits right into a star-studded cast that also includes Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Michael K. Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and lead Joel Kinnaman. More details after the jump.

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HBO Films’ Hemingway & Gellhorn is already a realistic contender for next year’s Emmys and it hasn’t even aired yet. The made-for-television movie is directed by Philip Kaufman, the guy who wrote/directed The Right Stuff, The Wanderers and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and served as a writer on Raiders of the Lost Ark. Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman play iconic American writers Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, who shared an ardent but destructive love affair in the 1930s and 1940s after covering the Spanish Civil War alongside each other. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The next Emmy Awards ceremony won’t take place until this fall, but if you’re looking to start sizing up the potential nominees early, HBO Films’ Hemingway & Gellhorn is probably one you’ll want to keep an eye on. Even setting aside from the fact that the network has a history of raking in those awards, the film has everything you could possibly ask for in a prestigious made-for-TV project, from top-level movie stars and a respected movie director to a sweeping historical plotline.

Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman play iconic American writers Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, who shared an ardent but destructive love affair in the 1930s and 1940s after covering the Spanish Civil War alongside each other. Watch the first teaser after the jump.

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‘Intruders’ Theatrical Trailer

In Intruders, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto, 28 Weeks Later) puts Clive Owen through the wringer when his daughter, played by Ella Purnell, is menaced by a character that seems to be right out of her imagination. We’ve got a new trailer for the horror thriller, and you can check it out below. Read More »

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It’s great how, with Spike Lee signed as director and Josh Brolin set to play the lead role, the remake of Oldboy went from something I hoped would die a quiet death to a film I’m actually looking forward to seeing. But we’re all going to have to wait a bit longer to see the film, as a delay has set in. The shoot once meant to start in March will now happen later in 2012. Not to worry just yet, as the issue at hand is nothing more pressing than a scheduling issue, but it could have some impact on casting. Read More »

I’m going to keep this rather short because I don’t think at this point there’s much I can speculate about the Spike Lee remake/new version of Oldboy that I haven’t touched on a few times. The short version is that, working from a script by Mark Protosevich, Spike Lee has Josh Brolin set to play a guy who is kidnapped off the street and imprisoned for 15 years, only to be let out and teased about the identity of his persecutor.

Colin Firth was offered the role of that persecutor not long ago, and to my regret turned it down. The role is slightly more complex than your average angry thriller villain, and I think Firth could have brought a welcome depth.

Now, however, Twitch says that Lee is turning to his Inside Man leading man Clive Owen. The actor has been offered the part, but we don’t know if he’s going to jump for it. Read More »

Find it hard to keep up with what films are casting and which actors and actress are doing what? You’re not the only one. It’s all but impossible to keep up with everything, which is why we bring you Casting Bits. Today we’ve got a bunch of big names in smaller movies, a few studio productions sprinkled in and then a couple we missed in recent days. After the jump read about:

  • Miley Cyrus cast as Adam Sandler’s daughter in Hotel Transylvania
  • Rufus Sewell is confirmed to join Paradise Lost, as Lucifer’s buddy Samael
  • Clive Owen is an NSA agent in Recall, written by Paul Schrader
  • Elizabethtown co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom team up again in Cities
  • Genesis Rodriguez is an FBI agent in The Last Stand
  • Comedians Tracy Morgan and Eddie Griffin are reportedly battling to play the Ol’ Dirty Bastard in a coming biopic
  • Alona Tal and Natalie Martinez will star alongside Mark Wahlberg in Albert Hughes’ Broken City

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