Whether or not you like the original Red Dawn, a product of Walter Sobchak inspiration and notable Hollywood conservative John Milius, it at least has a specific ideology beyond the basic concept of “blow shit up real good.” (Part of that ideology is a strong anti-gun control sentiment, as invading forces use firearm purchase records to find potential resistance, and of course the Wolverines triumph in part because they have weapons.)

Looking at the first trailer for the remake, which was shot a couple years ago but shelved in part because of MGM’s once-dire financial situation, I can’t tell if this wants to be anything but a crass commercial enterprise that trades on patriotism (an argument levied at the original, to be fair) or a subversive comedy masquerading as action movie.

Whatever this Red Dawn is, it features Chris Hemsworth in his pre-Thor days, as well as Josh PeckJosh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise (the younger Cruise, if you’re wondering), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, most of whom band together to form a guerilla resistance group called the Wolverines, the better to fight off that North Korean invasion that no one has ever been afraid of. Read More »

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Comedy nerds rejoice: WTF with Marc Maron is heading to a small screen near you, thanks to IFC. Also after the jump:

  • Starz’ Magic City gets a new, NSFW trailer
  • NBC renews Grimm for Season 2
  • TNT announces its summer lineup
  • Game of Thrones unveils new character portraits
  • The Walking Dead video game gets a trailer

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2012 is already shaping up to be the biggest year yet of Adam Brody‘s post-OC career, as the actor books two more high-profile roles. One is Some Girls, a feature adaptation of Neil LaBute‘s recent play about an almost-married man who travels across the country to visit his ex-girlfriends. [Update: The Hollywood Reporter writes that Mad Men helmer Jennifer Getzinger will direct the drama.]

But Brody’s next project will likely be Rob Meltzer‘s Welcome to the Jungle, as that project will shoot next month in Puerto Rico. The story centers around a design firm that goes on retreat to a tropical island, only to become stranded and see Lord of the Flies-style chaos break out. Brody will play the protagonist, who must save his colleagues from a power-hungry leader. Brody’s only one of a rather eclectic cast that also includes Rob Huebel, Dennis Haysbert, Kristen Schaal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Brody is currently filming Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace, in which he plays porn star Harry Reems opposite Amanda Seyfried’s Linda Lovelace. This year also sees him starring in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, the indie dramedy Revenge for Jolly!, and last year’s TIFF entry The Oranges.

After the jump, The Comedian fathers Hit Girl.

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As we head into Thanksgiving weekend and gear up to watch what feels like a dozen new releases this weekend, FilmDistrict and Sony have quietly announced new release dates for a few of their projects.

That long-delayed Red Dawn remake that FilmDistrict picked up earlier this fall is now scheduled to drop next fall, while Sony’s Pixels and Singularity have both set dates for 2013. Meanwhile, we finally have a set date for that Kathryn Bigelow project about Osama bin Laden. More details after the jump.

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There’s some bad and some good in today’s TV Bits, but I’d say there’s more of the latter — more Shameless, more Homeland, more Jennifer Coolidge, and Olga Kurylenko in late ’50s Miami all count as pluses, right? After the jump:

  • Showtime’s Shameless get a Season 2 trailer — and invites fans to play Truth or Dare with one of the characters
  • Starz debuts a trailer for Magic City, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, and Danny Huston
  • CBS gives full season orders to Unforgettable and Person of Interest
  • Showtime renews freshman series Homeland
  • Jennifer Coolidge signs on for CBS’ 2 Broke Girls
  • Jenna Elfman boards the fifth season of DirecTV’s Damages
  • Starz’ Boss loses its two showrunners
  • ABC’s Pan Am gets a new showrunner

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FilmDistrict is turning into the distributor of odd orphans. It grabbed the former Miramax project Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and is now reportedly about to pick up the Red Dawn remake directed by Bourne second-unit shooter Dan Bradley. MGM financed and shot the film in 2009 before undergoing bankruptcy and reorganization. The movie made news early this year when we became aware that the Chinese enemies were being digitally altered into North Korean adversaries, hopefully to avoid pissing off the rapidly expanding Chinese movie market.

We thought we might see the movie via Sony, but that deal never went through. Now FilmDistrict, riding a Drive-fueled high, is stepping in. Read More »

‘Texas Killing Fields’ English-Language Trailer

The last time we saw footage from Texas Killing Fields, we were looking at a trailer dubbed into Italian. Now we’ve got a somewhat different trailer in English, which will give you a much better idea of what to expect from the film. Item number one: Sam Worthington‘s pretty dodgy Texas accent. Next: a tone that really does seem more like a TV police procedural than a feature film to stand up against giants like Zodiac.

And we wouldn’t normally be tempted to compare this to Zodiac, but the film is based on a script that Danny Boyle once called “almost too dark to get made ,” and the director who ended up taking it on is Michael Mann’s daughter Ani Canaan Mann. So there has been reason to hope that the film might be better than the one dubbed trailer made it out to be. Watch the English trailer below and see what you think. Read More »

Texas Killing Fields (also referred to as The Fields) has been in development for some time, once with Danny Boyle, who called the script “almost too dark to get made,” set to direct. The script passed into new hands, and the film finally shot under the direction of Michael Mann’s daughter Ani Canaan Mann, with Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloe Moretz, Stephen Graham, Jessica Chastain and Annabeth Gish in the key roles.

The film follows a set of real-life killings in Texas and two cops, one a local and the other a New York City transplant, who pursued the killer. The film was recently one of the surprise announcements for this year’s Venice Film Festival — a surprise because it has flown under the radar so far, with the high-profile festival berth being the film’s first big PR splash –  and a trailer, dubbed in Italian, is now available to go along with that announcement. Read More »

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