Although Christina Hendricks has played modern or even futuristic characters throughout her career, there’s no question that she’s best known for her portrayal of ’60s office manager Joan Harris (née Holloway) on Mad Men. Perhaps that success is why she’s in talks to return to the era for Sally Potter‘s period film Bomb, where she’ll star alongside Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola, and Alice Englert. Annette Bening is said to be circling a role in the project as well. More details after the jump.

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Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo unfolds in the kind of universe where characters say things like “If you do something for the right reasons, nothing can stop you,” and indeed, it turns out that if your heart is in the right place, Mother Nature herself will stop and part the clouds to make your dreams come true. It’s a place where “Why not?” is a perfectly valid response to the question “What on earth possessed you to buy a zoo?” and where “insane courage” guarantees a desirable outcome. If all of that sounds cringingly sappy, well, it kind of is. But Crowe tells the tale with such genuine feeling that it’s tough not to fall for the movie’s charms all the same.

Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, the film follows a freshly widowed father (Matt Damon) who, in an unconventional attempt at self-therapy, moves himself and his two children Dylan and Rosie (Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones) into a decrepit zoo. With the help of a small but devoted staff (Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, Angus Macfadyen) led by zookeeper Kelly (Scarlett Johansson), the family sets about renovating the park for a grand reopening.

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Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski is in final talks for I, Frankenstein, Stuart Beattie‘s adaptation of the comic book by Kevin Grevioux. Aaron Eckhart leads the cast as Frankenstein’s classic monster, who in the present day goes by Adam and stands between humanity and the supernatural demons who would overtake them.

Bill Nighy was previously announced as being in talks to play the villain, a demon prince determined to unlock the secrets of Frankenstein’s reanimation. Strahovski is negotiating for the female lead, a scientist who’s tricked by the demons into helping them create an undead army. Miranda Otto and Socratis Otto (no relation) also star.

Strahovski recently starred in Killer Elite with Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro, and will next appear in My Mother’s Curse with Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, and Adam Scott. I, Frankenstein is scheduled to begin shooting this winter in Australia. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, rising star David Oyelowo books yet another high-profile project, and Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola try to stop things from exploding.

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We’ve already expressed our eagerness to check out Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo, and it seems Fox is equally excited to show it to us. The studio has teamed up with social media service TOUT to offer sneak preview screenings of the drama on Saturday, November 26, four weeks before its official release date of December 23. And as if the mere fact of getting to see Crowe’s latest in advance weren’t motivation enough, attendees will also have the opportunity to enter a contest for a trip to San Diego by posting reviews of the film.

Based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo stars Matt Damon as a single dad who moves his family to a dilapidated zoo. Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, and Patrick Fugit also appear. More details after the jump.

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One of the things I (and I think many other people) love about Cameron Crowe‘s films is how warm and optimistic they tend to be. And his latest directorial effort, We Bought a Zoo, clearly won’t be any different in that regard. Based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee, the drama stars Matt Damon as a single dad who moves his family to a run-down zoo. As they work to restore the park, they encounter all sorts of lovably offbeat characters and heartwarming life lessons along the way.

But when the first trailer hit earlier this fall, I worried that perhaps Crowe had gone too far into “sweet” this time, crossing right over into “saccharine.” Happily, the new international trailer strikes a much better balance, managing to be uplifting without being groanworthy about it. Watch it after the jump.

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Watching this trailer for Francis Ford Coppola‘s new film, Twixt, you might have a difficult time understanding why the film was given a rapturous reception not long ago at Comic Con. This teaser, complete with Tom Waits voiceover, introduces Val Kilmer as a failing writer and Bruce Dern as a weirdo small-town sheriff, as well as the dream-characters V (Elle Fanning) and Edgar Allan Poe (Ben Chaplin). Seen outside of the unpredictable and electric performance atmosphere of the film’s Comic Con panel, Twixt looks like little more than a b-thriller with a bit of unusual ambition. Is that enough? Read More »

If you’ve been following our San Diego Comic-Con coverage, you know what one the best received panels of the whole event was Francis Ford Coppola presenting his new 3D horror film Twixt, starring Elle Fanning and Val Kilmer. It wasn’t exactly the film itself that really was exciting, though it looked fine, but rather the interactive, live element that Coppola hopes to bring to it. He’s planning on touring the film and, each night, presenting an altered version of the movie based on fan reaction. He’ll be live editing the film or, as he referred to it, performing the film.

You can read more about that process in Russ’s recap of the panel or watch he and I talk about it in this video blog. Now that the film has been accepted into the Toronto Film Festival, though, the marketing machine has begun and – of course – it’s interactive. Which of these four posters do you think should be the final one sheet? Find out how you can vote after the break. Read More »

One word: inspiring. Today Francis Ford Coppola made his first appearance at the San Diego Comic Con since 1991, bringing with him the electronic musician Dan Deacon and actor Val Kilmer. Those two men were among his collaborators on a new film called Twixt, which is a sort of gothic horror story / murder mystery set in a small northern California town. But Twixt, the movie, was only part of the panel and, frankly, it was the least part of why today’s event is the best thing I’ve ever seen in Hall H at Comic Con.

The real hook with Twixt is what Mr. Coppola wants to do with it: he plans a 30-city tour later this year in which he and Dan Deacon, and possibly other talents, will create a dynamic assembly of the film as it plays to each audience. Essentially, they have a great deal of footage which adds up to a movie called Twixt, but depending upon where and when you see the presentation, you might see a totally different telling of the story than others. In other words: ‘Remixd’? Something like that.

There’s a lot of material to cover here, and I’ll begin with a description of the footage and then move into a recap of the panel, after the break. Read More »

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