Jason Clarke / Omar Sy

Stephen Gaghan‘s Candy Store has been linked to several established A-listers in the past year, including Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington. But the first stars to close their deals for the movie are a pair of fast-rising stars.

Jason Clarke and Omar Sy have just boarded the ensemble thriller, which follows several different plot threads through the criminal underbelly of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Gaghan and Shannon Burke co-wrote the script. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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The Great Gatsby

A week’s worth of new posters have paved the way for The Great Gatsby‘s latest trailer, which shows off quite a bit of new footage. In contrast to the earlier trailers, which played up the heady party atmosphere of the 1920s, this one emphasizes the fiery passions that drive the Baz Luhrmann-directed tale. Specifically, it delves into the mysterious Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), the tragic embodiment of the American Dream.

To complement the shift in focus, the trailer also samples some different tunes from the soundtrack, including a haunting cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” by Beyoncé and André 3000. Check it out after the jump.

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Director Matt Reeves is turning to his previous filmography to round out the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. A few weeks back, he cast his Let Me In star Kodi Smit-McPhee in a major role, and now he’s tapped his former Felicity star Keri Russell to take the female lead. Russell is the first actress to board the project, joining actors Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Gary Oldman. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Stay classy, New York City? Director Adam McKay reveals that Anchorman: The Legend Continues will take the Channel 4 News Team to the Big Apple. Also after the jump:

  • Jason Clarke comments very briefly about his Apes character
  • Rooney Mara “definitely” wants to do the Dragon Tattoo sequel
  • Super Troopers 2 will “hopefully” shoot sometime this year
  • Looks like a second Star Trek Into Darkness trailer is coming soon
  • Producer Eli Roth is “very proud” of The Last Exorcism Part II
  • Speaking of, check out the film’s terrifying beauty shop prank
  • Paranormal Activity 5 might have special ghosts for 3D glasses

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After many years of playing smaller roles, Jason Clarke started to move up in films like Public Enemies, and was terrific in Lawless, which helped him land in Zero Dark Thirty. It’s that last one that is pushing him into a new zone for casting directors, and he’s now landed the lead role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and is set fifteen years after the end of Rise. Read More »

Baz Luhrmann‘s adaptation of The Great Gatsby was once set to be released right about now, but the film was pushed off the December 2012 calendar and into a new date in May 2013. By the time the film hits, the first trailer for the film will be a year old.

But now we’ve got a new look at the movie, thanks to a trailer that arrived today. This gives us a much better look at the film, with Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) telling us his history, and further voiceover from Gatsby’s new friend Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) helping to ease us into the story as the circle of characters around the wealthy Gatsby are introduced. All along the way, Luhrmann’s vision of the Roaring Twenties is gloriously huge and dazzling; whether that will work for the story remains to be seen. Read More »

The ad campaign for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the mission that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a Navy SEAL team, has been pretty low-key so far. But then, the studio hasn’t had to do much, as there has been a fair amount of publicity for the movie thanks to accusations that the original October release date was meant to remind audiences of President Obama’s role in the mission, just before the Presidential election takes place. There have been far more serious (but unproven) allegations that the film is based on access to classified data that was given illegally to the production.

Now it’s time to move beyond those talking points to look at the actual film. Derspite featuring Joel EdgertonJessica ChastainChris PrattKyle ChandlerMark Strong, and Jason Clarke, the teaser trailer showed few faces, and relied upon audio montage to set up the story of the hunt for Bin Laden. A few images later gave us a bit more. Now you can see a lot more of Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker, in the full trailer below. Read More »

Katie Holmes portrayed Jackie O in last year’s The Kennedys, Minka Kelly is playing her in next year’s The Butler, and now it could be Natalie Portman‘s turn to tackle the role. The Oscar-winning star is reportedly being courted for the simply titled Jackie, a Noah Oppenheim-scripted drama about the aftermath of JFK’s assassination as seen through the eyes of his widow.

When the project first got going, Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct with Rachel Weisz in the lead. However, both dropped out when their marriage ended in 2010. Portman is said to be waiting on a choice of director before she makes her decision. [Deadline]

After the jump, Wes Bentley and Brit Marling jump on the Abe Lincoln trend, and Hannah Montana goes on a crime spree.

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