The more people get cast in Zal Batmanglij‘s The East, the more interesting it sounds. The latest addition is the always excellent Patricia Clarkson, who’ll play the boss of co-writer and star Brit Marling.

The thriller revolves around an agent (Marling) from a private security firm who is tasked with infiltrating a terrorist group called The East. Once she’s in, however, she finds herself falling for the group’s leader, probably because he looks exactly like Alexander Skarsgard. Other recent additions to the cast have been Ellen Page as Skarsgard’s ex and another member of the organization, and Toby Kebbell as a doctor who takes a tainted drug and develops Parkinson’s-like symptoms. [The Playlist]

After the jump, Octavia Spencer goes to Vegas and Michael Angarano goes home.

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Exclusive ‘Young Adult’ Alternate Trailer

Here’s a slightly different trailer for Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult. The film is scripted by Diablo Cody and features Charlize Theron as Mavis, a struggling, damaged author who heads back to her home town to win back her old flame, played by Patrick Wilson. Trouble is, he’s a married family man. Not that it really matters to Mavis. She’s determined to bulldoze her way back into his life.

As in the other trailer you may have seen earlier today, Theron’s character is announced as a giant bitch with the opening chords of David Bowie’s ‘Queen Bitch’ well before someone in the trailer gets around to calling her out on it. From there, we’re treated to a collection of moments of Mavis being terrible to others, and to herself. We’d heard the movie was supposed to be very dark, even uncomfortable. So far, that’s on point. But moments with Patton Oswalt lighten the mood a bit, if not quite in the way we’re used to seeing from him.

This trailer swaps out the clothes shopping gag that hits towards the end of the ‘clean’ trailer for a slightly more raunchy joke. Check it out below. Read More »

In June, Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut was announced: Lamb of God, a film the writer and soon-to-be director described as “about a woman who survives a plane crash and loses her faith in everything. (Comedy gold!) Seriously though, it’s not the cynicism-fest implied by the log line. It’s a nice Christmas story.”

Not long afterward, Russell Brand was said to have been offered one of the lead roles. Now he’s locked, and Julianne Hough (Footloose), also mentioned as being high on Cody’s wishlist, is also set to play the plane crash survivor around whom the story is built. Read More »

Bruce Campbell: No Ash in ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

There are two iconic faces of The Evil Dead. One is Sam Raimi, whose comic, kinetic filmmaking was a framework in which grotesque horror could exist side by side with Three Stooges-style slapstick. (And so: ‘splatstick.’) The other iconic face is Bruce Campbell, whose Ash Williams character is the beating heart of The Evil Dead and, to generations of fans, the voice of a certain approach to horror.

The idea of remaking The Evil Dead was wild enough, especially with unproven short film director Fede Alvarez working from a script rewritten by Diablo Cody. Bruce Campbell is said to have a cameo, but who’ll play Ash? As it turns out, no one will, says the actor. Read More »

Paramount Pictures has released the first official photo of Charlize Theron in Jason Reitman‘s upcoming film Young Adult. In the film Theron plays Mavis Gary, “a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart.” The movie costars Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson. I’ve heard good things coming out of the test screenings in Southern California, including praise for Theron, Oswalt and Diablo Cody‘s screenplay (which has been described as completely different than any of her past work). The film is not expected to appear at any of the festivals, skipping Reitman’s staples of Telluride and Toronto. Paramount Pictures will release Adult in theaters on December 16th 2011. Hit the jump to see the first photo.
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Two movies that have been batted around for some time have just made significant moves forward. First there’s Motor City, a film that was on the 2009 Black List, has only one line of dialogue in the entire thing, and is about a crook who is framed and dead set on revenge when he gets out. Albert Hughes will reportedly direct the film for Warner Bros. and he, along with producer Joel Silver, have offered Chris Evans as the lead.

Then there’s Lamb of God, Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut about a young religious girl who loses her faith and heads to Las Vegas. Russell Brand has reportedly been offered the co-starring male lead in the film. Read more about both these projects after the break. Read More »

We’ve been hearing about the next Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody collaboration, Young Adult, for over a year now, and with each tidbit of news I’ve become more and more eager to see the film. And now that the release date has finally been announced, I finally know when I’ll actually get to watch it.

The film stars Charlize Theron as a writer who returns to her hometown in order to win back her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). But don’t be fooled by the romcom-esque premise — Cody herself has described the project as “pretty serious and fucked up.” Hit the jump for details on the project, including the release date.

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