Briefly: Quentin Tarantino has the primary players locked down for his anti-slavery ‘southern’ Django Unchained. Jamie Foxx plays the freed slave Django; Christoph Waltz plays Dr. King Schultz, the bounty hunter who frees him; and Leonardo DiCaprio plays Calvin Candie, the plantation owner and slave runner that Django and Schultze have to go through to find Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington).

But a few small roles are still being cast. Todd Allen has signed on, and just a bit later it was announced that James Remar, Tom Wopat, and James Russo have joined, too. Read More »

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The superhero-supervillain showdown is a staple of any costumed-hero flick, but writer/director Jason Trost‘s indie thriller Vs takes it to a whole new level by expanding that central conflict and mixing in an element of horror. Described as “Kick-Ass meets Saw,” Vs revolves around a quartet of young superheroes who are forced by their archnemesis Rickshaw (James Remar) to pass a series of deadly tests, lest he destroy the 100 innocent civilians he’s kidnapped. Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Sean Whalen, Nick Principe, Sophie Merkley, and Trost also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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‘Setup’ Trailer: Things Fall Apart Here, Too

Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, isn’t going to stop acting any time soon. And by the looks of his two most recent trailers — one for Things Fall Apart and this one for Setup — he might not start making good movies any time soon, either.

While Things Fall Apart looked like a saccharine feel-good drama gone horribly wrong, Setup looks like a heist thriller…gone horribly wrong. The film also stars Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe, both of whom look like they’re dragged down into the suck right alongside Mr. Jackson. See how much you can take, after the break. Read More »

Movie Trailer #2: Red

I know there’s resistance to Red based on the fact that the film looks quite a bit different from the Warren Ellis comics upon which it is based. I haven’t read the comic, so can only approach the film based on what I see — and I really enjoy the stuff we’ve been shown so far. There’s one trailer already, and a second premiered today in conjunction with the film’s appearance at the San Diego Comic Con. Read More »

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Eventually, AMC will release something for The Walking Dead that I think doesn’t look great, but it hasn’t happened yet. There’s a good piece of art to promote the show’s debut at Comic Con, which you can see in part above, from IGN.

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Movie Trailer: Red

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I would never have guessed that the director of Flightplan and The Time Traveler’s Wife might turn out the most entertaining-looking under the radar comic book adaptation of this summer. But I grinned all the way through the trailer for Robert Schwentke‘s Red, which adapts Warren Ellis‘ graphic novel about a group of retired CIA agents. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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Buried director Rodrigo Cortés will next direct Sigourney Weaver in Red Lights, in which she’ll play Margaret Matheson, “a para-psychologist who attempts to debunk a very reputable psychic who has just returned to the limelight after 30 years.” What are the chances her character is named after author Richard Matheson? Pretty good. Cortés told Bloody Disgusting the film is “”about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality.”

After the break, new talent for The Thing and The Help (can we combine those into one film, The Helpful Thing?) and two roles for True Blood‘s Grant Bowler. Read More »

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On Easter Sunday, I landed in New Orleans to sweat and drop by the set of RED, yet another comic book adaptation, but one packing the following A-list cast:

Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren (as a tea-sipping sniper with a 50-cal machine gun), Mary-Louise Parker, Star Trek’s Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Nip/Tuck‘s Julian McMahon, and Ernest Borgnine

And I would be remiss not to list the movie’s possible scene hog: a stuffed toy pig with wild eyes toted around by Malkovich’s character…a paranoiac-genius. Shocked? The movie, due in October, is loosely based on a very lean 2003 WildStorm comic book series by Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hammer, whom we spoke with on set. Willis stars as a retired assassin named Frank Moses, a hermetic, once-valuable man now wanted dead by pesky/shady forces. Naturally, Moses seeks defense and camaraderie from a badass crew of vets (Malkovich, Mirren, and Freeman). The film, described as “hard PG-13,” is directed by Robert Schwentke, best known for the Fincher-aping Flightplan.

RED is an acronym for Retired Extremely Dangerous, and the ensemble aspect means the end product should comfortably fit into the current action zeitgeist of grizzled, last hurrah actioners (The Expendables) and specialized, quick-quip posses (The A-Team). However, on set producers compared the tone not to other genre properties but to Ocean’s Eleven with a splash of True Lies. Ellis and Hammer have both publicly endorsed the decision to forgo their comic book’s bloody, quasi-polemic seriousness in addition to much of the storyline (wherein Moses was a lone wolf). After the jump are thoughts from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Constantine), and my own observations (excluding a strip club excursion later that night with various web editors). Look for interviews with several cast members, including an expletive-liberated Willis in top form, closer to release.

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