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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly might never be Step Brothers again, but they could be Border Guards. Deadline reports the two actors are aiming to team up on the new comedy, possibly once again with director Adam McKay. Sony hired talented writer Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop, Four Lions) two pen a screenplay about two friends who take jobs as guards on the Mexico/U.S. border before becoming lost, without ID, in the foreign country. Read more about Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s Border Guards below. Read More »

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Here are the first promo photos for the cop show Babylon, which comes from director Danny Boyle and Peep Show writers Sam Bains and Jesse Armstrong. The show revolves around an American media guru who arrives in London to put a new PR spin on the city’s cops.

The cast is led by Brit Marling and James Nesbitt, playing the PR advisor and the chief constable of the London police, respectively, but the ensemble features Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, Ella Smith, Martin Trenaman, Jim Howick, Cavan Clerkin, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Jonny Sweet, Nick Blood, Stuart Martin, Andrew Brooke and Daniel Kaluuya. Read More »

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Briefly: Doug Liman just directed Tom Cruise in the sci-fi time-warp film Edge of Tomorrow, and now Liman is coming on board a movie that Cruise has been trying to make since 2010. The film is El Presidente, about “a straight-arrow Secret Service agent who is assigned to protect America’s worst former president, an alcoholic and womanizing sleazebag who never won a presidential election but was elevated from VP when the president died.” The two are forced on an awkward road trip when a threat puts them on the run together.

For years, Cruise has hoped to land Jack Nicholson to play the President and in so doing achieve a little A Few Good Men reunion. THR reports that while Liman has come aboard, the two haven’t yet convinced Nicholson to do more than read the script. (That’s by Jesse Armstrong and Daniel J. Goor with a rewrite by Paul Attanasio.) Supposedly Cruise doesn’t want to do the film without Nicholson, but that might just be sales pitch.

There was a point when Robert Downey Jr. might have played the ex-POTUS, back when Jay Roach was going to direct. We don’t have any sense of whether someone similar might be next in line if Nicholson says no.

Movie Trailer: Four Lions

After In The Loop, Bruno and Borat,  here comes another Brit-spawned comedy set to punch a few red buttons and play hacky sack with your political hot potatoes. Four Lions is the first feature film directed by Chris Morris, creator of the astonishing Brass Eye, Jam and Blue Jam and the significantly less successful Nathan Barley. In a nutshell, it’s a funny story about a group of would-be suicide bombers and their attempt to, frankly, blow themselves in the most “effective” way possible.

You can see the trailer below the break. By my reckoning, this looks like an important film and also a genuinely hilarious one, though I’m sure a number of you won’t agree.

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