Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get hairy with the ladies, go for broke, get mainstream for a moment, and then make our way out of cancer treatment.

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Plenty of high-profile actors and filmmakers have devoted time to deflecting Fifty Shades of Grey movie rumors in recent months, but one industry figure who’s made no secret of his burning desire to bring the S&M novel to life is Bret Easton Ellis. The American Psycho author has been pushing hard for the screenwriting job over the past couple of months, calling lead character Christian Grey “a writer’s dream” and floating casting ideas via Twitter.

Alas, it seems this particular dream is out of reach for Ellis. A shortlist of possible scribes for the Universal and Focus Features adaptation has just been revealed, and Ellis’ name is nowhere to be seen. What’s more surprising may be the writers that are. Producers are reportedly eyeing writers behind Cars 2, The Killing, and Saving Mr. Banks. More details after the jump.

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While youth tends to rule in Hollywood, the next pack of legendary onscreen partiers looks to be neither the rowdy teens of the Project X films nor the thirtysomethings of The Hangover franchise, but the senior citizens of Last Vegas. Morgan Freeman has just joined Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in the “Grumpy Old Men meets The Hangover” comedy, directed by Jon Turteltaub (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) from a script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.). More details after the jump.

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It’s The Hangover meets Grumpy Old Men and now it’s got some real star power too. Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas have joined the cast of Last Vegas, a comedy written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). The film follows four friends who head to Las Vegas for the bachelor party of a friend marrying a woman half his age. Read more after the jump. Read More »

I really respect the way Ben Affleck turned his career around. The actor had a pretty bad few years a while back thanks to his over-publicized relationship with Jennifer Lopez and a handful of big films that were not the best fit for his personality. Then he proved his directorial skill with Gone Baby Gone, and remade himself as a viable leading man in The Town. We’ll soon see him play lead roles in his third directorial effort, Argo (pictured above), as well as in Terrence Malick’s upcoming, still-untitled romance.

And now the actor has taken over for Tom Cruise in a political comedy called Nathan Decker, written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) that Warner Bros. picked up a year or so back. Read More »

Are CBS Films and Mandate Pictures looking to ride The Hangover‘s train to success? Seems that way, as the companies are close to signing Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) to direct Last Vegas, a comedy written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.). Read More »

David Ayers wrote and will direct End of Watch, which already has Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena cast as two LAPD officers who “confront marriage, love, fatherhood and the harsh realities of the Los Angeles streets.” Now Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez (Detroit 1-8-7) are in talks to play the respective love interests in the movie. We don’t have too many more details on End of Watch, but the film shoots later this summer. [Variety]

After the break, a total change of pace into horror as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 co-star Bill Mosely gets a role in Leatherface 3D, but not the same role he played in Chainsaw 2. And Adam Scott books two new comedy roles. Read More »

Al Pacino is in talks to star in Imagine, playing an aging rocker who “decides to change his life after discovering a letter written to him by John Lennon.” The note inspires him to reach out to his biological son, whom he’s never met. Imagine will be the directorial debut of Dan Fogelman, the screenwriter behind Tangled and the upcoming Crazy Stupid Love. Fogelman has written the script for Imagine as well.

At one point, Steve Carrell was attached to play the son. He’s since dropped out of the role, though he remains involved as a producer. Which means we get to talk about who might be a good fit to fill the part — who do you think could play Pacino’s son? [Variety]

After the jump, Olivia Munn shacks up with Paul Schneider and a trio of Italians join Woody Allen’s Italian movie.

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