Director Matt Reeves is turning to his previous filmography to round out the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. A few weeks back, he cast his Let Me In star Kodi Smit-McPhee in a major role, and now he’s tapped his former Felicity star Keri Russell to take the female lead. Russell is the first actress to board the project, joining actors Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Gary Oldman. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Briefly: The cast of Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes just got some extra integrity. Gary Oldman has signed on to play “the leader of a human colony.” Oldman will work alongside the returning Andy Serkis, playing Caesar, and newcomers Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

We don’t know too much about the story, but do know that it is set fifteen years after the end of rise of the Planet of the Apes, and picks up after most of humanity has been wiped off the earth, leaving evolved primates as the dominant species. One prong of the plot will feature a group of San Francisco scientists who form a resistance (that may be where Oldman fits in, and is likely how Clarke figures in as well) while another follows Caesar as he tries to retain control over the primate faction. [ComingSoon]

Tommy Wirkola‘s first US film, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, was no critical fave, but it has done over $100m worldwide so far. Now Wirkola is heading back to Norway to make a sequel to his breakout film, Dead Snow. The new one is Dead Snow: War of the Dead, which will follow “the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack who battles an even larger army of Zombies with the help of the Zombie Squad, a professional gang of zombie killers from the US.”

The movie will be released in English and Norwegian versions, says ScreenDaily, and the film should shoot later this year. Wirkola said, “We have a script that I am super excited about, which is bigger, scarier, funnier, more action-filled and gorier than the previous one, and I can’t wait to unleash another horde of undead Nazi zombies onto the world again.”

After the break, you’ll find the following:

  • The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel Smiley’s Game moves forward,
  • Transformers visual effects supervisor returns for Transformers 4,
  • Rambo V and The Expendables 3 in the works at the European Film Market,
  • Rooney Mara denies that Daniel Craig will be cut from The Girl Who Played With Fire,
  • Summit debuts a new Red 2 poster,
  • and shots appear from Insidious 2 and Riddick.

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Find out just how the new Maniac pulled off its violent intensity in a four-minute behind-the-scenes video. Also after the jump:

  • The new Scarface might center around a Mexican lead
  • Abbie Cornish has nice things to say about Robocop
  • Todd Lincoln discusses his failed attempt to remake The Fly
  • The viral campaign for Carrie gets literary with a couple of fake books

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The Robocop reboot has had its share of skeptics since the moment it was announced, and last month’s scathing review of the script from Drew McWeeny (of HitFix, and formerly of AICN) only seemed to confirm doubters’ worst fears about the project. Now another film writer has weighed in, however, and while his response falls short of glowing, it is significantly more optimistic.

Latino Review‘s Da7e has posted a video recounting the plot details for José Padilha‘s remake as spelled out in the draft he read, as well as a writeup on his reactions. Hit the jump to watch the video and read his comments.

Also after the jump: Robocop adds Gary Oldman‘s manager in an on-camera role, DreamWorks sets out to remake the ’80s comedy All of Me, and Dredd uploads some behind-the-scenes footage.

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Earlier today we showed you some B-roll behind the scenes footage from John Hillcoat‘s new film Lawless, which stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska in a bootlegging tale with support from Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. Now there is a red-band trailer to advertise the film’s August 29 release. In truth, there isn’t too much here that wasn’t in the couple all-ages trailers we’ve already seen — a bit of nudity here and there is what marks this as “adults only.” But there is an appeal to this trailer beyond that, as it leaves behind some of the flashy and too-modern feeling editing elements that some audiences found distracting in previous trailers.

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As one Paul Verhoeven remake plops into theaters, another one is gearing up to start shooting. Fortunately for us, Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop already looks much more promising than Len Wiseman’s Total Recall ever did.

For one thing, Padilha is assembling a top-notch cast. Joel Kinnaman has been set to play the lead for some time now, but in the last few months Padilha’s been busy locking down some other interesting talents like Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, and Hugh Laurie. The newest member of that roster is now Jennifer Ehle, a two-time Tony winner last seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and the CBS drama A Gifted Man. More details after the jump.

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José Padilha has rounded up an impressive array of talent for his new Robocop remake, and the latest additions are no exception. A new report has surfaced today indicating that Jackie Earle Haley is now signed on, while Jay Baruchel is said to be circling a key role. The two join a cast that already includes Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish, and of course, Joel Kinnaman as Robocop himself. More details after the jump.

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For the next two weeks, avoiding spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises might be as easy as tiptoeing through a minefield. Press screenings have begun, which means fan screenings will soon start, too, and all the secrets to Christopher Nolan‘s highly anticipated conclusion of his Batman trilogy will be out in the wild. Thankfully, this brand new 13-minute featurette has very little in the way of new spoilers.

The video takes us through the obvious story arc following The Dark Knight, as it talks about cast, characters and gives a great behind the scenes look at several of the big action scenes that have been revealed to date. We see the plane, the football field, Wall Street, and more. Acting as sort of a catch-all to the previously released images, posters, trailers and commercials, this featurette is an absolute perfect way to increase your excitement for the film without ruining too much of the story. Check it out below. Read More »

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