Kevin Smith isn’t the only one with a hockey movie brewing. You might recall that Seann William Scott was provisionally cast in Smith’s next and possibly last film, Hit Somebody, but then ended up starring in this other hockey comedy, Goon, instead.

Goon stars Scott as a bouncer who joins a minor league hockey team as he discovers his talents for fighting and skating. Liev Schreiber is his mustachioed nemesis, Alison Pill is a romantic interest and Jay Baruchel plays a supporting role. Baruchel wrote with Evan Goldberg (Superbad co-writer) inspired by the book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, written by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio.

The film played at Toronto to great audience response (Toronto certainly being the best fest at which to debut a hockey film) and subsequently sold to Magnet for around $2m. A few more details, and a new Canadian trailer are after the break. Read More »

You’ve probably noticed that there’s been a lot of David Fincher coverage in the past few days. But what can we do? He’s one of the most interesting mainstream directors working today, he’s got a good number of potential new projects, and he’s doing a lot of interviews. Sadly we’re not getting all the updates on new films in the same place, so piecemeal it is.

This time two different interviews yield a firm but not particularly encouraging update on the adaptation of Eric Powell‘s comic book Goon (not, I suppose I should clarify, the hockey comedy) and something that might be an update on the proposed new version of Heavy Metal. Read More »

Movie Poster: The Hockey Comedy ‘Goon’

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We just saw the first images from Goon, the hopeful inheritor of the legacy of classic hockey comedy Slap Shot. Seann William Scott probably isn’t going to be the new Paul Newman, but the film has potential, thanks in part to the cast which includes Allison Pill, Eugene Levy and Liev Schreiber. Now there is a sales poster that was seen in the wild at the American Film Market and, unlike a great many sales posters, it’s actually pretty good. Read More »

Every time I get something in the inbox about Goon I get excited, thinking there’s finally movement on the David Fincher-produced adaptation of the comic The Goon. But for now, this is about the hockey comedy Goon, starring Jay Baruchel and Seann William Scott. The first pics of the film are out, and you can see another one, along with a bit of new info, after the break.  Read More »

In the race to make a hockey comedy the clear winner will be Goon, which stars Jay Baruchel and Seann William Scott. (Runner-up might be Kevin Smith’s Hit Somebody.) Goon is based on a script by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, which in turn was inspired by the book Goon:  The True Story of an Unlikely Journey Into Minor League Hockey. Now Eugene Levy is joining the cast as the film shoots in Winnipeg. We don’t know his role, but prepare to see a character that looks quite a lot like many other Eugene Levy characters. He’s good, but not a guy you hire when you’re trying to work out of the box.

The film is about ” a slacker and born brawler who’s invited to join a minor league hockey team. Persuaded by his best friend to accept the offer, he becomes the hero of the team — until the league’s reigning goon decides to take him down.” Liev Schreiber also stars. [Variety]

After the break, new talent for Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Violet & Daisy. Read More »

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John Cusack will have company in The Raven, V For Vendetta director James McTeigue‘s fictionalized account of the final five “mysterious” days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, but Jeremy Renner won’t be taking part. His schedule wouldn’t allow it, sadly, as he’s going to be off shooting the fourth Mission: Impossible. Stepping in for Renner is Luke Evans, a British actor who will fill the role of “a detective who partners with Poe (Cusack) to search for a serial killer who has kidnapped the author’s fiance and has gone on a murders spree that mimics the author’s work”.

Evans is a newcomer to Hollywood, but he’s had no trouble finding work. In a single year, he’s been cast as one of the titular musketeers in Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D action-adventure adaptation of The Three Musketeers, as the thunder god Zeus in Tarsem’s Immortals, and alongside Jason Statham in the London-set serial killer thriller Blitz. Best case scenario: he’s an acting talent to be reckoned with, and filmmakers can’t resist his talent. Worst case scenario: the studios have found their next Sam Worthington.

After the break, Edgar Allan Poe gets a fiance, and Jim Carrey gets some financial support. Read More »

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Brandon Routh won’t be in the new Zack Snyder-directed Superman, or so we’re told. Which is too bad; after meeting resistance when he first got the role, I think a lot of people have grown used to the idea of Mr. Routh as Superman. Earning good will in Scott Pilgrim didn’t hurt, through the rather dire-looking Dylan Dog might. Regardless, now he’s booked a role in the indie Missing William. He may play opposite real-life wife Courtney Ford, who is in talks for the lead female role.

Mr. Routh will be the childhood sweetheart of a woman who is trying to nurse her husband to health after he’s injured in a fight. A love triangle naturally develops, “with the woman torn between the brain-damaged husband she loves and the hunky former flame who got away.” Kenn Macrae will direct from a script by Daniel McKinnon. [TheWrap]

After the break, Ray Liotta works with Christian Slater, and Jay Baruchel’s hockey comedy Goon gets Liev Schreiber. Read More »

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Recently it was announced that Seann William Scott was in line to star alongside Jay Baruchel in the hockey comedy Goon (not to be confused with the David Fincher-produced comic book adaptation The Goon), which is being developed by Baruchel alongside writing collaborator Evan Goldberg. What wasn’t clear from the announcement is what sort of conflict the casting might pose for Kevin Smith‘s hockey comedy Hit Somebody, in which Scott is also meant to star.

Now Smith has responded to the prospective development in a series of tweets, and he doesn’t sound too hopeful. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »

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Out and about to promote She’s Out of My League, Jay Baruchel has been commenting on the various other projects he has coming down the pike. Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse is still in the works, it sounds, though there’s no new news; the hockey drama Goon, which Baruchel has co-written with Evan Goldberg might just start shooting this August in Montreal.

An entirely new prospect though, at least to me, is a horror screenplay called Pig that Baruchel is writing, doesn’t want a lead role in but is keen to direct.

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, excluding The Tooth Fairy starring The Rock, that offer proof. /Film’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini review or…”what do you mean Merlin wasn’t real?! Attention hosers: it’s the return of FUBARAnd much more after the jump in this double-deep installment…

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