Catherine Zeta-Jones has had a slow couple of years, but the Chicago actress stepping it up again. She recently wrapped three films — Lay the Favorite, Playing the Field, and Rock of Ages, all of which are due out next year — and has now landed one more. Zeta-Jones recently finalized a deal to star opposite Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in Broken City, a noirish tale directed by Allen Hughes. The script, by Brian Tucker, revolves around a Brooklyn detective (Wahlberg) who’s hired by the mayor (Crowe) to find out if his wife (Zeta-Jones) is cheating on him. Then things take a turn for the Chinatown-esque as the wife’s lover ends up dead and a major conspiracy begins to unravel.

Zeta-Jones’ last high-profile project was 2007′s No Reservations, so it’s great to see her coming back to the big screen in full force. Broken City is scheduled to begin shooting next month in New York City. [Deadline]

After the jump, Warner Bros. turns to two rising TV stars for David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot.

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In the race for best comedy of the summer, The Change-Up gives Bridesmaids a run for its money. It has all the laughs that were missing from The Hangover Part II, all the over-the-top crudeness that was missing from Horrible Bosses, all the life-lessons and heartwarming moments that were missing from Bad Teacher and puts them together in a nice, comfortable package. And while the cliched idea of a body switch comedy might not seem appealing on the surface, director David Dobkin keeps things interesting by pacing the film like a runaway train. Super-charged by two perfect lead performances by Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, The Change-Up can be wildly uneven at times, but somehow manages to balance it all out in a way that’s both satisfying and hilarious. Read more after the jump. Read More »

‘The Change-Up’ Red-Band Trailer #2

I think most of you know The Change-Up drill by now: Jason Bateman is a family man, Ryan Reynolds is his perpetually single best friend, and after some mystical occurrence, they switch bodies. Awkward sexual antics and general hilarity ensue. We’ve seen some funny moments in previous trailers, and now there is a new red-band clip to prove the film’s pervy pedigree. Check it out below. Read More »

Briefly: It is very possible that you’ll read of Warner Bros.’ enthusiasm for the David Dobkin script Arthur & Lancelot and give a shrug. We know little about the story, after all, other than the fact that it comes from the Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up director and is a contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend. We don’t even know much about the tone — is it comic, action-oriented, or something else? — but the fact that Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram is backing the project suggests a blend of action and comedy.

What might be interesting, however, is that Deadline reports two casualties of the process in which WB fast-tracked Arthur & Lancelot for a March 15, 2013 release. The Bryan Singer remake of Excalibur, and Guy Ritchie and John Hodge‘s other Arthur film are both dead, says the site.

Warner Bros. has been on a tear in the past few days, buying material for new films and/or setting up screenwriters to develop projects for the studio. After the break, we’ve got info on the following three projects, each of which is quite a bit different from the others:

  • The David Dobkin script Arthur & Lancelot, which (as you’d guess) is a new telling of the Arthurian legend, only with a new spin.
  • The new Nicholas Sparks novel, The Best of Me.
  • And Halo: Reach writer Peter O’Brien will rewrite the action film Line of Sight. Read More »

Has anyone actually ordered a movie off DirecTV‘s controversial Premium Video On Demand service? Beginning in April, several studios teamed up with the cable provider to offer their movies only two months after they hit theaters for the price of $29.95, much to the dismay of theater owners and filmmakers alike. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “there is persistent buzz that it has fallen flat among consumers.” Still, major filmmakers are continuing to stand up against the service, probably because as the summer season wears on, the selections will get better than the currently, and soon to be, available Sucker Punch or Battle: Los Angeles.

Previously, filmmakers like James Cameron, Michael Bay, Peter Jackson and more signed an open letter written by the National Association of Theater Owners vehemently attacking this service and now Christopher Nolan, Jon Favreau, Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan, David Dobkin, Mark Boal and others have also signed the letter. We’ve printed it in the past, but you can once again read it after the jump. Read More »

‘The Change-Up’ Trailer

Our first look at The Change-Up, from Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, was a red band trailer that spent a couple minutes reveling in the fact that the film was written as a very R-rated comedy. This new theatrical trailer is basically a tamer version of that first look, though it does include a couple of new bits.

This time the emphasis is more on the interaction between Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, playing lifelong friends who mystically switch bodies and lives after taking a drunken leak in a public fountain. (“I knew it!” cries Bateman upon discovering the switch, thereby accepting and moving past the whole process behind the conceit.) And while the raunchy aspects of the film will probably be fun, the interaction between the two, and their riffs as each actor partially impersonates the other, will be the heart of the film. Check out the new(ish) trailer below, and see if The Change-Up is going to change your mind about body-switching comedies. Read More »

‘The Change-Up’ Red-Band Trailer

The Change-Up, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) asks a very important question: what if two drunk friends pissing in the same fountain accidentally changed bodies and got to live each others lives? Yep, The Change-Up is a body-switching comedy, and it gives about as much weight to the reason for the switch as Hot Tub Time Machine did time travel. The point is really to watch Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds freak out as they try to navigate the life they momentarily envied. Watch the freakout begin in the new red-band trailer, after the break. Read More »

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