Giovanni Ribisi is rarely the headline star of a film, but his presence tends to make any film better. Whether it’s with a supporting role in the biggest movie of all-time, Avatar, playing a wacky sibling on Friends or lending his skills to Saving Private Ryan, Lost in Translation or Boiler Room, Ribisi’s intensity raises the bar for everyone around him. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane seems to agree. He’s just cast Ribisi in Ted, MacFarlane’s first feature film which stars Mark Wahlberg as a man whose childhood teddy bear comes to life. Mila Kunis was rumored to be in talks and that’s now been confirmed as well. Read more about the project and Ribisi’s role after the jump. Read More »

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Add one more to the cast of McG‘s This Means War, in which Chris Pine and Tom Hardy go to war over the affections of Reese Witherspoon. (Angela Bassett was just cast the other day.) Mad Men‘s Abigail Spencer has signed on; she’ll play Tom Hardy’s ex-wife. Personally, I might do more fighting over her than Reese Witherspoon, but that’s just me. [THR]

After the break, Ben Foster joins a Mark Wahlberg movie, and John Singleton will direct the younger Hemsworth. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Middle Men

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There’s a new trailer for Middle Men, the film that follows the career of Christopher Malick. He’s no relation to Terrence Malick; rather, this is the guy who first enabled the proper monetization of porn on the internet. By providing credit card access to porn sites, he essentially became a funnel for cash. We’ve seen one red band clip before, but this trailer is good at capturing the ‘anything goes’ mentality of the early internet days. Read More »

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The Steve Carell / Ryan Gosling comedy that used to be called Crazy, Stupid Love still doesn’t have a new title, but it continues to add actors.

Marisa Tomei and Josh Groban are now in the John Requa and Glenn Ficarra-directed film alongside Emma Stone, Analeigh Tipton and Kevin Bacon. As we’ve said before, the film follows Carell as “a father whose life unravels as he deals with spousal problems and tries to manage his relationship with his children.” [Variety]

After the break, one more film for Clive Owen and one less for Lindsay Lohan. Read More »

Middle Men

Paramount Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to George Gallo‘s R-Rated crime dramedy Middle Men. The film, which recently made its world premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, stars Luke Wilson, James Caan, Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht. Middle Men tells the true story of Jack Harris “the straight-laced businessman who helped launch one of the first porn websites” and becomes “caught between the Russian mob, a porn star, the FBI and his family, all while becoming very rich.”

In their film fest review, Variety called it “Boogie Nights’ meets ‘Goodfellas’” and called the film “a sleazy but undeniably intriguing tour of the bottom-feeding netherworld where porn and organized crime do their mutual bump-and-grind.” Watch an extended red band movie trailer for the film embedded after the jump.

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[Editor's Note: We have published reviews of Avatar by David ChenBrendon Connelly, and Russ Fischer. Here is a different take on the film from Hunter Stephenson.]

No man is an island, so James Cameron humbly ventured off several years into the future to create one for his own damn self called Pandora. And now he’s inviting the unwashed masses to explore it for a small fee, with permission to return, preferably in the company of an unsuspecting elder skin, if one so chooses. In my mind, the phrase “movie gods” as it applies to mainstream blockbusters had nearly become obsolete. Agree? The exciting, previously unimaginable computer generated wow-factor that Cameron and Steven Spielberg defined with Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park was followed by challengers to the SFX throne that, even at their best, never quite felt as revolutionary and transportive.

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Two New Video Clips From James Cameron’s Avatar

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20th Century Fox is really ramping up promotion for James Cameron‘s Avatar. Last night, two new extended scenes have been released online. Watch the two new clips after the jump.
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Six New Images From James Cameron’s Avatar

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Avatar Day isn’t enough. Fox is trying to make this Avatar Week. First there was word that the trailer for James Cameron‘s upcoming Avatar would arrive tomorrow morning, in advance of the theatrical footage premiere on Friday. Now we’ve got six new images from the film. They show Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Lang and Michelle Rodriguez in character, and the one above, a still from the trailer, shows off some of the war tech we’ve already seen in toy form. Check ‘em all out after the jump. Read More »

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