Jeremy Renner has been using his clout to set himself up as a producer who can kickstart his own starring projects. Never mind last weekend’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters — let’s look to the future.

And so Renner has now made himself a part of Kill the Messenger, a thriller with Michael Cuesta (L.I.E., Dexter, Homeland) set to direct based on “the tragic tale of a journalist who committed suicide after being smeared by the CIA.” Scott Stuber (Ted, Safe House, 47 Ronin) set up the project quite a few years ago, but now Renner is coming on board to produce as well as star. Read More »

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The A-list cast of David O. Russell‘s next project already includes Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, and now he’s making room for one more. But the actor he has in mind isn’t your typical movie star. Louis C.K. has entered talks to play a key role in Russell’s untitled new con man drama, formerly called American Bullshit. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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The fairy tale trend continues in full swing in 2013, with Tommy Wirkola‘s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters kicking things off later this month. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the titular siblings, now all grown up and exterminating witches for profit. (Though, as Gretel mordantly notes, “we’d do this shit for free.”)

Earlier trailers have showcased the dark side of witch hunting and the twisted sense of humor that comes with it. The latest red-band connect some dots by laying out the plot and delving into the siblings’ sad past. Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, and Zoe Bell also star. Watch it after the jump.

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2012 saw a couple of high-profile fairy tale releases, but the trend is really just getting started. 2013 has a couple such titles due out in just the first three months, including Tommy Wirkola‘s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters in January and Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer in March.

Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t promising non-fantasy movies due out as well. One we’re especially looking forward to is Side EffectsSteven Soderbergh‘s possibly final theatrical release. Check out new posters for all three films after the jump.

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Jeremy Renner hosted Saturday Night Live this week and, considering he was a part of the year’s most successful film, the subject obviously came up. I’m talking about The Avengers, and SNL went all out, dressing cast members as all of the main characters: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Nick Fury and Maria Hill. They even dressed Bobby Moynihan as the Hulk. Renner suited up as Hawkeye and brought up an issue many of us were thinking about during Joss Whedon‘s film. Check out the funny skit below. Read More »

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have developed quite a good working relationship. Before the writer/director was responsible for the script and direction of Cruise’s upcoming Jack Reacher, he wrote the star vehicle Valkyrie, and after making Jack Reacher did script work on Cruise’s All You Need is Kill, and on Top Gun 2 before it went on hiatus.

Now McQuarrie is reported as the likely director for Mission: Impossible 5, which is as yet without a script, but stands as a big priority for Paramount. Read More »

Hit the jump for a mixed bag of small screen odds and ends, including:

  • See more pics of Mad Mikkelsen in Hannibal
  • NBC announces some other midseason premieres
  • Sandy has not delayed Louis CK‘s SNL appearance
  • Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Renner will host SNL
  • The Gallaghers are Shameless as ever in the new teaser
  • Did you know Ben Affleck almost directed Homeland?
  • Now Nicholas Sparks is getting into the TV game
  • FX’s Wilfred gets renewed, switches showrunners
  • FNL‘s Peter Berg is developing a Greek god drama

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The very title of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters suggests a very self-consciously silly good time, as does the involvement of director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow). So one of the disappointing aspects of the first trailer was how seriously it seemed to take the concept. Though star Jeremy Renner got to toss off a few witticisms, for the most part it seemed invested in showing us how dark the world of witch-hunting could be.

In contrast, the latest trailer seems to have a much better sense of humor. Taking full advantage of its red-band status, it gleefully dishes up blood and gore and even a healthy smattering of sexuality. Remember when Hansel suggested cutting off witches’ heads in the last trailer? The new one shows us just what that action looks like. Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen also star. Check out the NSFW video after the jump.

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