As a Friday Night Lights fan, I want nothing more than to see its stars succeed in their post-FNL careers. And some have, but others, like Adrianne Palicki, have been less fortunate. Her TV series Lone Star was cancelled after a mere two episodes, and Wonder Woman never even got picked up. Here’s hoping she has more luck on the big screen — Palicki recently wrapped this summer’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and she’ll appear in this fall’s Red Dawn remake.

Now she’s gearing up to switch genres, as she lands a role alongside Glenn Howerton, Ben Schwartz, Steve Little, and Josh Groban in Coffee Town. The comedy, which marks CollegeHumor’s first foray into feature filmmaking, revolves around a website manager (Howerton) who uses a local coffeeshop as his makeshift office. He and his friends must band together when their freeloading way of life is threatened. Palicki will play Becca, a nurse and cafe customer who’s the object of Howerton’s affections. Production begins next week in Los Angeles. [Variety]

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‘Dirty Girl’ Trailer: Juno Temple Hits the Road

Here’s the trailer for Dirty Girl, the film that Harvey Weinstein picked up after it debuted at TIFF last year. The mogul put on his ‘Harvey Scissorhands’ name badge when dealing with this one, having nearly 20 minutes cut out of the original 109-minute running time to bring it into the realm of a broad, more mainstream 90-minute comedy. Director Abe Sylvia reportedly likes the cut, and this first trailer for the edited version certainly suggests something broad and not terribly challenging.

Juno Temple, the rising British star who appeared in Atonement, Notes on a Scandal and Kaboom before landing a role in The Dark Knight Rises, plays a brassy, raunchy and confrontational Oklahoma high school girl in 1987. She and her in the closeted best friend (played by Jeremy Dozier, who looks like the film’s highlight) road trip to California to find the girl’s real father. Read More »

Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer and Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy director Gore Verbinski are really, truly making a new Lone Ranger, in which Johnny Depp will star as a sort of revisionist Tonto, with Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar) playing the titular ranger. Now two Western veterans, Dwight Yoakam and Barry Pepper, are in talks for the film. Just for good measure Helena Bonham Carter is likely to join the cast, thereby making Lone Ranger a bridge between Johnny Depp’s major movie worlds, Tim Burton and Pirates of the Caribbean. Read More »

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Crank 2: High Voltage Cast Announced

CrankCrank 2: High Voltage is set to begin shooting on April 28th in Los Angeles and the casting announcements were made over the weekend:

  • Jason Statham returns as hitman Chev Chelios
  • Amy Smart returns as his girlfriend Eve
  • Dwight Yoakam returns as Doc Miles
  • Efren Ramirez returns, but as a character named Venus (Ramirez played Kaylo, who died in the original film)
  • Clifton Collins Jr. has been brought on board to play Chelios’ nemesis
  • Bai Ling has also been brought on board

Crank 2 begins seconds after the end of the original film. Chelios must face a mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered robotic heart which requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

Mark Neveldine has plans to introduce a new moving bullet-time camera rig which he invented for the production. It should be insane, but what else do you expect from Neveldine/Taylor.

source: Variety

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