TV-related odds and ends after the jump, including:

  • How will Community handle Chevy Chase‘s departure?
  • Who wants to attend the first ever CommuniCon?
  • The Colbert Report is doing a Hobbit theme week
  • 50 Cent is developing a new hourlong drama for Starz
  • Brad Pitt is producing an HBO series about a debt collector
  • BBC One plans a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell miniseries
  • NBC schedules Grimm‘s return and Do No Harm‘s premiere
  • Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be on The Simpsons
  • American Horror Story reveals the present-day Bloody Face

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Mikael Håfström‘s The Tomb attracted some attention for reuniting ’80s action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, but the project’s collected quite an eclectic cast since its early days. After adding Jim Caviezel back in February, The Tomb has now also signed Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, 50 Cent, and Amy Ryan. The combination isn’t entirely random: D’Onofrio, Jones, and 50 Cent recently completed production on Lionsgate’s Fire with Fire, which like The Tomb produced by Emmett/Furla Films. I can’t explain Ryan’s presence, though. More after the jump.

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Over a year and a half ago, the world got its first glimpse at a shockingly emaciated Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who’d dropped nearly 60 pounds to play the lead role in a project called All Things Fall Apart. (Originally called just Things Fall Apart.) When the finished feature finally comes to DVD and Blu-ray next month, we’ll finally get to see what all the trouble was for.

Directed by Mario Van Peebles from a screenplay by Jackson and Brian A. Miller, the drama stars Jackson as a college football player who’s on the verge of joining the NFL when he’s sticken with cancer. We got an early peek at the film in the form of a sales trailer that hit around its little-noticed Miami Film Festival premiere last spring, but now that Image Entertainment is on board we finally have an official trailer as well. Take a look after the jump.

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Joel Schumacher has confirmed in an interview that Halle Berry is in talks to take the lead in the tentatively titled The Hive, about “a female emergency line operator who, in trying to help a young girl, comes up against a killer from her own past.” While nothing is official at this point, the director said, he and Berry are both interested in working together and the producers of The Hive seem to be on board with hiring her.

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in February, though Schumacher has said that he may shoot another, smaller film before that. Berry will next appear in Garry Marshall’s limp-looking ensemble romcom New Year’s Eve, and is currently shooting Cloud Atlas with directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. [Coming Soon]

After the jump, surfing biopic Mavericks gets a new title and two new stars, and 50 Cent lines up yet another acting gig.

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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson hasn’t exactly blown anyone away with his acting chops, but the guy who once got shot 9 (or was it 3? Either way) times and lived to tale the tale isn’t about to get scared off by a couple of negative reviews. He’s already got three films lined up for next year, and he’s just landed one more: Frozen Ground.

Written and directed by Scott Walker, the film is based on the true story of Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen, who murdered at least 17 victims over the course of twelve years. Jackson will be playing an ’80s-era pimp, which producer Randall Emmett describes as a “substantial role.” He joins a cast that already includes John Cusack as Hansen, Nicolas Cage as a state trooper, and Vanessa Hudgens as the escaped victim who helps catch Hansen. Frozen Ground will begin shooting in Anchorage next month. [The Playlist]

After the jump, a WWE champ and a Breaking Bad star join Channing Tatum’s stripper movie, and The Last Exorcism star Ashley Bell lands two new roles, only one of which is a sequel to The Last Exorcism.

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In Gela Babluani‘s film 13 Tzameti, a young man lands in the weirdest game of Russian roulette ever held.

Babluani remade the French film for US audiences as 13, but rather than hitting theaters in regular fashion the film found a perch on a dusty shelf and sat there for quite some time. Anchor Bay is finally going to release it and a new trailer has just hit. While the movie has an eye-catching cast (Sam Riley, Ray Winstone, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Alexander Skarsgård, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham and Michael Shannon) this trailer makes it look like it could well be a massively silly action thriller. Check out the footage below. Read More »

Movie Trailer & Poster: ’13′

A few months back, we posted a Russian movie trailer for 13, the American remake of the cult French film 13 Tzameti, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent and Ray Winstone, both written and directed by Géla Babluani. It’s about a young man (Sam Riley) who mistakenly ends up at a high stakes, life or death Russian roulette game. So if you watched that original trailer and liked the visuals but had no idea what was going on, an English language version has come online along with a poster. And if you never imagined you’d be bored by a simple movie trailer, prove yourself wrong after the break. Read More »

Briefly: Here’s your WTF cast of the week: the indie drama Lives of the Saints is about to shoot next month with the following cast lined up:  Meg Ryan, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, John Lithgow, Joe Anderson and Kat Dennings. The picture follows “intertwining story lines about a group of Angelinos seeking redemption for past mistakes,” according to THR.

Chris Rossi wrote and will direct the film, and I can’t wait to see how these various actors’ storylines will actually intersect. Visions of Crash float into mind. (The bad one — the Paul Haggis film — that is. I’ll never get over having to distinguish between that and the David Cronenberg movie.) Perhaps we can get a special edition DVD that allows viewers to select only specific storylines featuring the actors they like? I’d choose John Lithgow and Kat Dennings, but that’s probably obvious.

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