Back in 2009, the Polish Brothers, Mark and Michael, released two films on the festival circuit: The Smell of Success premiered at Sundance, while Stay Cool opened at Tribeca. Now, two years later, both films are finally getting released in theaters. The Smell of Success just got a very limited opening this month, and Stay Cool will be hitting theaters September 16. A new trailer’s just been released for the latter, and… well, I can see why no one was in a hurry to rush this out.

Stay Cool follows a successful writer named Henry McCarthy (Mark Polish) who returns to his high school as a commencement speaker at the request of Principal Marshall (Chevy Chase). Once Henry arrives, Marshall encourages him to “connect” with the graduating class, which apparently means sitting in on classes and passing notes with students. (I don’t know about you, but I have never had a commencement speaker that did this.) Winona Ryder plays Henry’s high school crush, who’s now a local pharmacist, while Hilary Duff plays a current student who’s got her eye on Henry. Sean Astin, Josh Holloway, and Jon Cryer also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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While Disney figures out what it wants to do with The Lone Ranger, would-be star Tom Wilkinson has entered negotiations for the indie Little Boy. Directed by Alejandro Monteverde, the historical family drama follows a developmentally disabled 8-year-old brother (newcomer Jakob Salvati) and his teenage brother (David Henrie). When the boys’ father is sent off to fight in World War II, the boys must contend with the cruelty of their peers.

Wilkinson will be joining a cast that includes Ben Chaplin and Emily Watson — but not, apparently, previously announced star Kevin James, whose name was mysteriously omitted from the Variety story. While I’m happy to see Wilkinson board, I’ll be disappointed if James really is out. I haven’t been a huge fan of his previous roles, but I was actually looking forward to him trying something completely different with Little Boy.

Shooting on the project began earlier this week in Baja California (which is in Mexico, not California, if you’re not up on your southwestern geography. Seriously, people make that mistake all the time). [Cinema Blend]

After the jump, Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers exit The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and Chazz Palminteri goes gangster once more.

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I have nothing against Hilary Duff. I’m sure she is a nice girl. I can’t speak towards her acting abilities, because the few films on her acting resume that I have seen, I conveniently don’t remember  (or have tried to forget about). She’s certainly pleasant to look at, but being good to look at isn’t enough to earn you a lead role in a remake to one of the greatest films of all time.

Variety has confirmed that Duff will play Bonnie in Tonya S Holly‘s The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, which is technically not a remake of the 1967 classic film Bonnie and Clyde which starred Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. Holly supposedly penned a new adaptation on the life and times of the famous gangster duo.

But don’t worry, the supporting cast will surely make up for Duff, right? — Air Bud 3 star Kevin Zegers will play Clyde. Oh wait, And it gets worse… Holly’s 2006 debut film When I Find the Ocean is currently ranked at a 3.6 by Internet Movie Database users, which more than qualifies her to remake a film with an 8.1 rating (ranked #214 of all time). Who in Hollywood actually greenlights this shit? Is making something that is both good and original that hard?

Wait, has anyone purchased Mystery Team yet?

Josh Peck Cast in Hearts of Men; What Goes Up Photos

Our friends at FilmSchoolRejects learned today that Josh Peck has been cast in a film project called Hearts of Men about three guys “a white boy” (we assume this is Peck), “a black gang member” and “a latino” who witness the latino’s brother get murdered. And like The Wackness, this movie also has some musical undertones. Peck says “The thing that draws them together is that they are all in love with Tupac and his music.” You would think witnessing a murder would be enough to draw them together, but no. The music of Tupac is used as narration or some sort of thematic framing device. I’ve searched and searched for more information on this project, but I can’t even find out the name of the screenwriter. I really fell loved what Peck did in The Wackness, and it will be great to see him in more movies.


Next up Peck will reteam with the lovely Olivia Thirlby (Juno) for What Goes Up (formerly titled Safety Glass), about
a reporter who is sent to cover the Challenger Space Shuttle launch only to become mixed up in the lives of some local students during the mid-1980′s. Hilary Duff, Steve Coogan, Molly Shannon also star. We discovered a bunch of production photos from the film, one of which can be seen above, and the rest of which we’ve included after the jump.

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