Here’s a massive post-weekend catchup casting roundup, with a headlining turn from Jean-Claude van Damme. How can you resist the Muscles From Brussels? Answer: you can’t. Just give in to his suave, over-confident appeal. After the break you’ll find details about:

  • JCVD taking part in a sci-fi film called UFO,
  • Danny Glover joining the cast of a different sci-fi thriller, Mentryville,
  • Sullivan Stapleton becoming the latest member of the Gangster Squad,
  • Nico Tortorella from Scream 4 joining Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan in an indie,
  • and What to Expect When You’re Expecting adds more.

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A couple of weeks ago we gave you an early look at Danny Glover as Captain Ahab in Age of the Dragons (previously titled Dragon Fire), the low-budget reimagining of Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick which sees the titular white whale replaced with a white dragon. Now there’s an international trailer for the film, which also stars Vinnie Jones. Watch it after the break. Read More »

Got to hand it to Collider: they’re scouring the American Film Market scarfing up info on a ton of new films being represented there this week. The latest two are Abducted, which is the first post-Twilight film for Taylor Lautner, and ATM, which is based on a script hatched by Chris Sparling, aka the screenwriter on Buried.

Synopsis for each and an image for ATM are after the break. Read More »

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Virginia Madsen is the latest recruit for Catherine Hardwicke‘s medieval thriller Red Riding Hood, which is shooting in Vancouver. The script by David Leslie Johnson sets a wildly altered version of the Little Red Riding Hood story in a medieval village beset by a werewolf. Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Julie Christie and Gary Oldman round out the impressive cast. Madsen will play the mother of the lead character, played by Seyfried. [Variety]

After the break, Javier Bardem makes an unlikely musical guest star, and the indie drama Five Minarets in New York casts up. Read More »

International Movie Trailer: Alpha & Omega

Lionsgate has released an international movie trailer for the upcoming 3D computer animated movie Alpha & Omega. Directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck, the family adventure comedy tells the story of two mismatched young wolves are thrown together by circumstance. The voice cast includes Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, and Vicki Lewis. The movie looks like a subpar effort even compared to DreamWorks films, and the storyline seems rather generic. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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‘Alpha and Omega’ Movie Trailer

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LionsGate isn’t really the studio most people think of for cutting edge 3D CGI animation. In fact, despite having a film or two in release, I don’t ever think of LionsGate with respect to animation, at all. But they’re trying. The latest attempt to capture the hearts and minds of audiences is Alpha and Omega, a story of two wolves trying to rejoin their pack. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

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Earlier this month I mentioned in a brief casting note that Danny Glover had been cast in Dragon Fire, a low-budget reworking of Moby Dick that would shoot in Utah, with a white dragon standing in for the more traditional white whale. Glover is Captain Ahab, and Vinnie Jones is in the film not as Queequeg (come on, that would be funny) but as Stubb. Now we’ve got a video report from the set of the film, complete with a bit of footage of Glover in action. Read More »

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Though the territory was already covered to some extent in Almost Famous, Zooey Deschanel will star in a half-hour dramedy pilot for HBO based on I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, the memoir by famous band-aide Pamela Des Barres.

Famous for sleeping her way through a succession of rock and screen stars in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Des Barres chronicles her exploits and the frequent depression that followed when her interludes with famous dudes didn’t turn into anything meaningful. Almost Famous fictionalized the story, and it sounds like this will be based in reality. Which means, if the series is picked up, we could potentially enjoy a parade of ‘stars of the week’ playing famous rockers and actors. Which would be amusing, if nothing else. [DHD]

After the break, Danny Glover fights dragons (finally!) and Christina Ricci joins Robert Pattinson. Read More »

Death at a Funeral

Screen Gems has released the first trailer for Chris Rock-produced re-imagining of Frank Oz‘s 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral. Although Oz’s original was well-received by many critics, it didn’t get very much traction with theatergoers, drawing only a niche audience. The new film has a primarily African-American cast and focuses on a funeral that “devolves into a debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets.” Basically, they have decided to remake an English-language film, dumbing down the jokes, in an effort to attract a more black audience (and to clarify: this comment is a statement on Hollywood chooses to treat ticket-buying African-Americans, and not a statement on the intelligence of that audience). It seems completely unnecessary. If you think that sounds horrible, watch the trailer — it’s much worse.

The remake was directed by Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace), was written by Dean Craig (Caffeine), and stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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