Well, it’s about bloody time. Jason Winer‘s remake of the classic Dudley Moore comedy Arthur, starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Garner and others is scheduled for release on April 8 but we hadn’t seen a trailer until now. The film is about a spoiled New York billionaire whose whole life has been set-up for him until he finally stands up to his parents and he’s forced to live without money. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Man, that Andrew Garfield has really got it tough. First he gets to fall in love with Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go, then plays a key role in a soon to be classic, The Social Network, he’s Spider-Man for crying out loud and now he gets to sleep with Jennifer Garner.

Garfield, Garner and Marcia Gay Harden are all attached to star in Back Roads, an adaptation of a best-selling book by Tawni O’Dell that will be directed by Adrian Lyne. The pair co-wrote the screenplay about a young man forced to raise his three sisters after their mother is sent to jail for killing their abusive father. Read more after the jump. Read More »

A couple months back we did a quick casting break on The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and now we’ve got another one, as Joel Edgerton has joined the cast. The actor seems poised to break out as something between a legit tough guy and a capable leading man. Hardly a new actor, he had an early part in the Star Wars prequels as Owen Lars, and was more recently in his brother Nash Edgerton’s film The Square, is in the very good Animal Kingdom, and is one of the leads of Universal’s prequel to The Thing.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green sounds it would extend some of the instincts he showed off in Animal Kingdom, and new details suggest the movie might be triangulated between literary work from Jonathan Irving, Jonathan Carroll and the short stories of Haruki Murakami. Which is odd, because it is from About a Boy and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? writer and Dan in Real Life director Peter Hedges. Read More »

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The performance of Machete has had a good effect on Danny Trejo. He’s getting cast more often than ever right now. His latest resume addition should be Tarantula, an ‘indie biker thriller’ in which he’ll co-star with Erin Cummings. (And in this case, it’s the movie that is indie, not the bikers. Maybe an important point.)

Oley Sassone will direct (and also directed the Corman throwaway Fantastic Four, uh-oh) from a script by John Kersey. The story follows “a woman (Cummings) who breaks away from a tight-knit biker gang to start a new life but finds that escape is not so easy. Trejo plays the self-styled leader of the gang looking for the woman as well as revenge for his brother’s death.” [THR]

After the break, Jennifer Garner books a second role in two days, and many possible roles for Gemma Arterton. Read More »

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I’m not sure how Jeremy Renner is going to be able to shoot all the films that are on his plate (Mission:Impossible reportedly shoots from Dec 6 to March 7) but he’s still set to star in Better Living Through Chemistry, and Jennifer Garner will now play the lead female role opposite Renner.

THR summarizes the plot as “a small-town pharmacist (Renner) is stuck in a loveless marriage and rediscovers himself through an affair with a trophy wife (Garner) who introduces him to the pleasures of prescription drugs. Things spin out of control when the affair escalates and the lovers begin plotting to kill the woman’s husband.” Classic setup, more or less, and a solid cast to anchor the film. The film is written and to be directed by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier.

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We’ve talked a lot about the casting for Butter, the Black List script by Jason Micallef that Jim Field Smith directed starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Ty Burrell, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone and Yara Shahidi. The film takes place in Iowa among an interrelated group of people, with championship butter carving being the event that brings them all together. But the film is also a political satire, which makes it a much more interesting prospect.

Now there’s a five-minute clip of interviews, footage and behind the scenes video that will give you a taste of what the film offers. Read More »

Arthur casting

Variety is reporting that Jennifer Garner and Nick Nolte are in talks to join Russell Brand in the remake of the 1981 comedy Arthur. The original ’80s film focused on class, alcoholism and romance, and starred Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli. Garner will play a character played by Jill Eikenberry in the original — the wealthy heiress “who’s insecure about her humble background and is about to marry the title character in an arranged marriage.”

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It’s about time we got some really overt (and good) satire about the political events of the last couple years. The Jason Miscallef script Butter, which placed high on the 2008 Black List, may be the ticket. It tells the story of the contestants of an Iowa butter-carving competition, but as an allegory for recent political maneuvering. Sort of.

Now Rob Corddry is set to take the male lead, opposite Jennifer Garner. Read More »

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