It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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I talked about the very serious film Paradise Lost earlier today — the documentary about the just-freed West Memphis Three. But there’s that other Paradise Lost being developed by Legendary Pictures and director Alex Proyas. That’s the very loose adaptation of the epic poem by Milton that chronicles the break between Lucifer and Heaven. The film will be a largely mocapped, CGI affair with Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer and Benjamin Walker playing the archangel Michael. And now they’ll be joined by Djimon Hounsou as Abdiel, the angel of death. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Julie Taymor’s ‘The Tempest’

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Holy AfterEffects! Word out of festivals in the past month wasn’t terribly positive with respect to Julie Taymor’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. And now that the first trailer is here it is easy to make a guess or to as to why. The cast is phenomenal: Helen Mirren leads as Prospera, with Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones and Tom Conti. But the footage looks…well, see for yourself. Read More »

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One of the films that was in danger of being orphaned when Disney shuttered Miramax was Julie Taymor‘s adaptation of the William Shakespeare play The Tempest. But the film, which stars Helen MirrenDavid Strathairn, Djimon Hounsou and more, will be released by Disney offshoot Touchstone Pictures this fall, and will appear at both the Venice and New York Film Festivals.

Now there’s a great poster for the film, which only heightens my interest in seeing Taymor go back to Shakespeare with this cast in tow. Read More »

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Owen Wilson is often thought of in light of his broad comedies, but he’s not stuck doing silly stuff. There’s his long association with Wes Anderson, a project currently in the works with James L. Brooks, and now Wilson has signed on to be in Woody Allen‘s next movie. We don’t yet know what the film is called or whether it is a drama, a comedy or something in between. We know that Carla Bruni may have a role, and not much else.

Meanwhile, Allen’s next movie is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto and Lucy Punch and opens in September. [THR]

After the break, Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas go to Paris, and Kevin Bacon goes to Thailand. Read More »

Here’s your blast of casting bites for the end of the week. First up, Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson will team as unlikely cop partners in The Guard. Film follows the confrontational small-town Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Gleeson), who likes hookers and isn’t interested in drug runners, and FBI Agent Everett (Cheadle) in a tale of international coke smuggling. Sounds on the surface like an Irish reversal of Beverly Hills Cop, where the small-town local guy is the irreverent jokester while the outsider is terribly straightlaced. John Michael McDonagh writes and directs. If it weren’t for the cast, and the fact that it takes place in Ireland (not even sure why that’s a draw) I’d be brushing this one off already. [ComingSoon]

After the break, Reese Witherspoon demonstrates the first rule and Djimon Hounsou kicks some ass. Read More »

Push Movie Poster

IMPA has the new poster for Summit Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller Push. The concept is pretty cool, but the footage that premiered at Comic Con was unimpressive (to be nice). The theatrical poster hints at some of the film’s many possibilities.

Push hits theaters on February 6th 2009.
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Comic Con: Push Footage Revealed

Summit Entertainment revealed the first footage from their upcoming thriller Push. The clip played like the opening credit sequence of a film, showing us images and close-ups but no actual scenes (of at least as far as I could tell). The segment was cut over Clint Mansell’s Fountain soundtrack which probably made it feel cooler than it actually was. A young female character named Cassie explains that there are special people in this world that have been born with psychic powers. It was explained that in 1945 government agencies set up for psychic warfare, trying to turn those people with abilities into soldiers. After the war, governments began to set up up divisions with agents trained to hunt them down like animals, test and categorize them.

There are a bunch of different types of psychic abilities:

A watcher can see the future.

A mover is telekinetic.

Sniffers who can see the history of an object.

Shifts can temporarily change the shape of things

Wipers can wipe your memory.

And pushers can put thoughts in other people’s heads.

Cassie is a watcher

The devisions are trying to develop a drug which would allow normal people to develop psychic abilities, but apparently every test so far has been fatal.

A second clip showed an agent played by Djimon Hounsou who convinces a guy to put a gun into his mouth and kill himself through mind control.

A third clip shows Nick Gant, played by Chris Evans, who has gone into hiding in the busy area of Hong Kong. He is eating at a fish market with Camilla, played by Dakota Fanning, while she tries to convince him to join up with her in the fight against the devisions. Nick decides to leave, but Cassie follows him trying to convince him to help her. But just then she sees some cheesy flashes of the near future. “They’re here in the market” “We got to get out of here!” The group corners Cassie and Nick.  One of the hunters says “Stupid child… I’ve already seen how you die.” Cassie responds “But we know its not here and not today.” Chris screams, using his ability to blow shit up all around them. Fish tanks everywhere explode. The special effects were clearly unfinished, and you could tell. The story offers some interesting possibilities, but the screenplay seemed very weak. And what else can you expect from the guy who brought us Bat Thumb, a parody of batman using characters made out of thumbs. There were actually a few unintentional laughs from the crowd, which is never a good sign. But then again, the Twilight fans next to me said it looked awesome.

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