The big-screen version of 21 Jump Street finally has a female lead. Brie Larson (United States of Tara, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) will play Molly in the rather unlikely R-rated comedy/action translation of the TV show that launched the career of a young Johnny Depp in 1987.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) are directing from a script by Josh Appelbaum with Michael Bacall, Joe Gazzam, Jonah Hill and André Nemec. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will play the primary roles as cops investigating the drug trade in a high school; Ice Cube is their captain. The Lord/Miller team had me locked after Cloudy, and this one has been talked up as a Bad Boys-style action picture. Let’s hope that really happens. [Deadline]

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Two of the Best Foreign Film nominations for this year’s Oscars were still in need of trailers when the announcements were made, but now that problem has been taken care of. Earlier this week we showed you the trailer for Incendies, a “tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love”, and now comes the trailer for In a Better World, an “exploration of masculinity and the perpetuation of violence”.

The film — known as Hævnen (or “The Revenge”) in Danish — is the latest directorial effort from Susanne Bier (Things We Lost in the Fire, After the Wedding), who co-wrote the film with Oscar-winner Anders Thomas Jensen. It follows a man who lives two very different lives: as a doctor at an African refugee camp, and as a separated father in a small Danish town, where he raises his two boys. But his “two worlds collide when he is challenged by his own advocacy of responsibility, compassion, and nonviolence in his encounters with damaged souls”. Starring in the film is Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, who should be recognizable to anyone who saw Everlasting Moments. Watch the trailer, as well as the trailers for the remaining Best Foreign Film nominations, after the break. Read More »

Nine Films Make Oscar Foreign Film Shortlist

Next week, five films will be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Today though, from the list of 65 films that were originally announced as eligible, the Academy has released a shortlist of nine films that remain contenders, four of which will soon get the short end of the stick. What films made the list? One of them is pictured above, read the full list after the jump. Read More »

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