Funny as the first Seven Psychopaths trailer was, as a green-band trailer it could only get across so much of director Martin McDonagh‘s twisted, decidedly R-rated sensibility. This, after all, is a guy whose first feature picked up in the aftermath of a hitman killing a child — and only got bloodier and more foulmouthed from there. A new red-band trailer allows things to get a little more profane, and a little more violent, to great effect.

Colin Farrell leads the cast as a struggling screenwriter who gets caught up in his best friend’s (Sam Rockwell) dog-napping scheme: take the puppy, return it to its owner, and collect the reward. But when they target the wrong man, a maniacal gangster named Charlie (Woody Harrelson), they find themselves in way over their heads. Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Gabourey SidibeAbbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko also star. Watch the video after the jump.

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In yet another year brimming with sequels, prequels, remakes, reimaginings, and reboots, it’s all too easy to complain about Hollywood’s lack of creativity. It’s also inaccurate. The Dark Knight Rises may be a threequel based on a comic book, but it’s also an exhilarating, thoughtful realization of one auteur’s vision. 21 Jump Street may very well have started out as a bottom line-obsessed exec’s idea of an quick cash grab, but Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Jonah Hill, Michael Bacall, and Channing Tatum turned it into one of the year’s brightest comedies. Artists have always stood on the shoulders of other visionaries from eras past, and the great ones have always known how to make those old templates their own.

But then there are projects like Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall remake, which deserves all the eye-rolling its very premise inspires and more. It could be the top contender for the title of “summer’s most inessential movie.” Not worst movie, mind you — I wasn’t confused or annoyed or bored to tears. With its handsome leads, slick action, and a relatively coherent storyline, it’s not likely draw any ire. And that’s what’s so goddamn soul-sucking about it.

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When a project starts out with A-list leads like Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, it’s not surprising when the supporting cast turns out to be equally impressive. Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, and Ruth Wilson have just joined the cast of Saving Mr. Banks, Disney’s drama about the making of Mary Poppins.

Though the film’s still in pre-production, it already boasts some serious pedigree, and not just in terms of acting talent: The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock is on board to direct from a Black List script by Kelly Marcel. More details after the jump.

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On August 10th 2011, I traveled to Toronto and visited the set of Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall remake.  The movie was shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, the same studio where Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Universal’s The Thing remake were filmed. I was on set two thirds of the way through filming. After the jump you can watch a video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider discussing our impressions from being on set, alongside a comprehensive list of over 45 things I learned on set.
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We’ve been following the Total Recall remake for a few years now, wondering what to expect from the retooled adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s short story. We’ve already covered some of the differences between Len Wiseman‘s new version and Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 film, but a new interview has surfaced indicating that at least one key aspect will stay the same: the new Total Recall will most definitely include an appearance by a three-breasted woman, just as the original Total Recall did. Read more after the jump.

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The ubiquitous Michael Fassbender will be joining fellow Irishmen Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Domhnall Gleeson in Brendan Gleeson‘s directorial debut, a big-screen adaptation of Flann O’Brien‘s classic novel At Swim-Two-Birds. The project has been a long time in the works — Gleeson initially acquired the book rights seven years ago — but it seems to finally be picking up steam thanks to some new financers. Shooting is scheduled to begin next spring.

First published in 1939, At Swim-Two-Birds is considered one of the greatest examples of metafiction ever written. The plot revolves around a university student and writer whose characters rebel and eventually conspire to kill him. Although I’ve never read the novel, that all-star cast seems like reason enough to get excited for the film. [ThePlaylist]

After the jump, Isabelle Huppert joins a mystery project and Roswell FM gets two more stars.

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When they said that Quatto Lives, they weren’t kidding around. Colin Farrell is reportedly at the top of a list that also includes Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender to star in a remake of the 1990 Paul Verhoven/Arnold Schwarzenegger film Total Recall. We last heard about the project in July when Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) was announced as director of a script by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Equilibrium) The film will be a “a new, contemporized adaptation of Total Recall, which was based on the story, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick.” We’ve got more after the jump. Read More »

Cassandra's DreamThe international movie trailer for Woody Allen’s next film, Cassandra’s Dream is now online. The film tells the story of two Cockney brothers (Collin Farrell and Ewan McGregor) in south London and their relationship with a young woman (Hayley Atwell) who lands in London on her search for fortune. She crosses the two men by accident on her path and when one them falls in love with her, she becomes aware of her power to attract the opposite sex and uses this to the point of leading the two brothers, who are in financial difficulty, into crime, and creating a dangerous rivalry between the two men.

It looks pretty interesting. The movie premiered at a film festival in Spain a couple months back and his been very well received (9.1 on imdb). Most people didn’t latch on to Allen’s latest (Scoop), and this looks to be a return to the non-comic genre story that launched his resurgence (Match Point) a couple years ago. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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