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We’ve been getting a lot of casting info about Final Destination 5, which James Cameron protege Steven Quale is soon directing. Emma Bell from Frozen and The Walking Dead is signing on as the female lead.

She’ll join  P.J. Byrne, Tony Todd, David Koechner, Meghan Ory, Nicholas D’Agosto, Ellen Wroe, Arlen Escarpeta and Miles Fisher when the film shoots in Vancouver later this month. Expect more antics in which death stalks people, who end up expiring in rather extravagent ways. [Arrow in the Head]

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Going The Distance Pushed Back to September

Warner Bros has informed us that Going The Distance has changed release dates to September 3rd 2010 from August 27th 2010. In making the announcement, Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution stated, “Moving to the Labor Day weekend not only allows us to take advantage of the long holiday weekend, but gives us some distance from the other female-driven films releasing in August. Additionally, we have an opportunity to build more awareness and word-of-mouth for a movie we believe has strong appeal for a broad audience.”

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Tim Blake Nelson Joins Whales

Tim Blake Nelson has signed on to join Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski , and Kristen Bell in Ken Kwapis‘ (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,  He’s Just Not That Into You) big screen adaptation of Whales. Based on Tom Rose’s nonfiction book “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event” about three California Gray whales who were discovered imprisoned in the Arctic ice in 1988, and media madness that spawned around the rescue which “captured the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people.” The project was formerly titled “Everybody Loves Whales”. THR reports that Nelson will play a wildlife expert who works in the wildlife-management office.

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Kristen Bell Joins Whales

Kristen Bell is in talks to join Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in Ken Kwapis‘ (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,  He’s Just Not That Into You) big screen adaptation of Whales. Based on Tom Rose’s nonfiction book “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event” about three California Gray whales who were discovered imprisoned in the Arctic ice in 1988, and media madness that spawned around the rescue which “captured the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people.” The project was formerly titled “Everybody Loves Whales”.

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Going the Distance

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (On The Ropes, American Teen) makes her narrative feature film debut with the romantic comedy Going the Distance. The raunchy screenplay placed highly on the Black List, but it appears to have been tamed into a generic mainstream romcom starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston and Charlie Day.

An Academy Award nominated director that we’ve championed on /Film in the past…

… a screenplay voted one of the best unproduced scripts by industry insiders…

… and this is the trailer?

Really? Lets hope the movie has something better to offer.

Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Wizard of Oz

Pajiba is reporting that Drew Barrymore has resurrected Surrender Dorothy for a possible follow-up to her directorial debut Whip It. This Wizard of Oz sequel was first announced in 2002 with a script by hot shot Zach Helm (who has become known as the mainstream version of Charlie Kaufman, with Stranger Than Fiction and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) and with Barrymore originally set to star.  The project has been in development since 1999, with producer Robert Kosberg (12 Monkeys).

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Everyone’s Fine Movie Trailer

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Miramax has released a trailer for Everybody’s Fine, a remake of Cinema Paradiso filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 film Stanno Tutti Bene. The film stars Robert De Niro as “a widower who embarks on an impromptu road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children only to discover that their lives are far from picture perfect.” Written and directed by Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine), and also starring Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.

The trailer presents a film we’ve definitely seen before, and is a bit too generic for my tastes. There has been buzz that De Niro could be nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, although the trailer shows no evidence to back up this claim. I heard the trailer was attached to Extract, which seems odd that the film has taken nearly two weeks to appear online. Watch the trailer online now, embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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TIFF Video Review: Drew Barrymore’s Whip It

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I’m sure I’ll get mocked for admitting this but… one of the films I was most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, was Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It. Yeah, a rather unusual choice, but I’m a sucker for coming of age films, Ellen Page, and for that matter, most of the cast involved. The soundtrack listing was kinda awesome, and the concept of a teenager entering the world of roller derby screamed of potential.

So to say I was disappointed by the film, you must understand I went in with higher expectations than anyone realistically should. The film is what you might expect from Barrymore, and definitely feels like it was written and directed by first timers. The characters, for the most part, seem one-dimensional. We’ve seen this family before, in 100 movies and television shows. The roller derby team consists of cliches – the rocker girl, the stoner hippy chick…etc. And rarely do any of these characters transcend these pre-built molds. But this film does have heart.

Barrymore is a great producer, and put together an incredible ensemble cast, visually and musically stunning moments she’s been saving in her back pocket for over a decade. But most of it, for me, rang unauthentic. That said, it has a bunch of laughs, hits the right emotional notes, and is worth seeing.

I recorded a video blog with Liam from EmpireMovies, discussing the movie. You can watch that video blog after the jump.

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