He began his career in comedy, but Kevin Durand is becoming a good, reliable tough guy character actor. He did well as The Blob in Wolverine, and made a good impression as Martin Keamy in Lost and as Little John in Robin Hood. He’s got a role in the upcoming Real Steel, and now he’s been cast in David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis. He’ll play the cheif security offer for Robert Pattinson‘s main character, a young billionaire who makes a bad business play and spends the movie dealing with the ramifications. Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Gadon are also in the cast. David Cronenberg wrote the script based on Don DeLillo‘s novel. [Variety]

After the break we’ve got new cast additions for Odd Thomas and Arbitrage, and Jamie Kennedy’s consolation prize for not being in Scream 4 is apparently a gig with Tyler Perry. Read More »

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Lot of small sequel rumblings and rumors are flying about, so let’s kick things off with one of the few bits that has a substantiated quote. Speaking to MovieMikes, Ernie Hudson says that Bill Murray is part of the holdup around Ghostbusters 3. “I know he really cares about his work,” the actor says, “which is probably why there hasn’t been another Ghostbusters as of yet. Dan and Harold are working on the script. If it happens we will see but Bill has been the hold up. His definition of good is a little bit different than everybody else’s.”

Fortunately, the balance of his work over the past few years (even factoring in stinkers like Garfield and Passion Play) Bill Murray’s definition of ‘good’ is pretty much…good. I’ll take a Bill Murray failure like City of Ember over Year One.

After the break, news and rumors on the long-rumored Trainspotting sequel, the Alien prequel(s) and Scream 4. Read More »

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It appears that Michael Bay‘s Transformers 3 is begining to gear up as the casting news has begun to leak, including the possible new additions of Patrick Dempsey and Jamie Kennedy.

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Jamie Kennedy Will NOT Return in Scream 4

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Last week, Devin Faraci reported that producers were in talks with Jamie Kennedy to reprise his role as the love-able horror film-geek Randy in Scream 4.

At the time, we wondered how that would be possible. For those of you who don’t remember, Kennedy played Randy in the first two films in the series, a character who explains horror movie conventions to the other characters. Unfortunately his character was killed off in the second film, making it almost impossible for a return in this new installment.

It would be stupid to have him appear as Randy’s twin brother or in another taped message, or even worse, as a killer who faked his own death. Don’t worry, none of this is going to happen.

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So maybe those rumors of Jamie Foxx writing Laverne & Shirley were a little out there, but the guy is all over the place right now. For instance, in addition to working on a new sketch comedy show and having a role in Kane & Lynch, Foxx will produce, score and voice a character in the Fox Animation film Welcome to the Jungle, based on a pitch by Foxx and Malcolm Spellman.

The latter is writing the script, and while the studio isn’t revealing much about the story (that won’t last long) there is this quote dangled to suggest…well, something: “Life is a jungle and welcome to it.” [Variety]

After the break, a fan favorite may return for Scream 4, and a ‘lost’ Kubrick treatment continues to slowly come back to life. Read More »

Oh Scream. And Scream 2. (And Scream 3.) You were released in such simple times, back when Kevin Williamson was a household name, teen couples giggled at David Arquette’s quirkiness (autism?), and the name, Rose McGowan, didn’t conjure ripped photos and fire. Like college loans, “journalism,” and forgotten faces from spring break, will you now come back to haunt us? Buried in today’s monster press release announcing the power-force marriage between The Weinstein Co. and Showtime is this “upcoming releases” nugget for TWC’s Dimension Films

“re-starting the “Scream” franchise with Scream 4…”

Back in 2007, Slashfilm entertained a fourth film in the franchise, complete with a mock-up poster, only to mark through the entire post when the rumors were simply that. If memory recalls, Wes Craven directed all three films (none of which tanked or categorically sucked), Neve Campbell’s character, Sidney, survived, and I think Jenny McCarthy’s character, um, didn’t survive. Jamie Kennedy also died, alas, his career kept walking. Here’s an old quote from Craven regarding a hypothetical Scream 4

“I think everything has already been told within the first three movies and I don’t want to make the one more that would be the wrong one. And second because Dimension won’t really be interested in contacting me right now just after the troubles we had on Cursed.”

Cursed!?! If further Scream 4 news is never announced, we’ll gladly toss this post into a Ziplock bag and throw it up in the attic next to our sister’s Party of Five soundtrack.

Discuss: Scream: The Next Generation with iPhones, Twitter and Barack Obama? Oh, and sorry about those mega-spoilers.

The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and HBO announced their 2007 Film Program line-up which includes Sundance 2007 favorites Eagle vs. Shark, Rocket Science and Waitress in addition to 27 other features. Check out the full list and press release after the jump.

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