Today’s TV Bits contains two noteworthy pieces of guest casting, as Troy Barnes goes to Brooklyn and Landry Clarke dips into the meth trade. Plus, there’s a new trailer for The CW’s Green Arrow series, and it piles on both drama and action. Hit the jump to read on.

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Taylor Kitsch‘s John Carter may not quite have been the blockbuster hit that he and Disney were hoping for, but the star will take a second stab at leading a major action franchise when Peter Berg‘s Battleship hits this summer. Inspired by the Hasbro game, the film stars Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, and Liam Neeson as naval officers dealing with an otherwordly force that threatens to destroy our planet. The new trailer downplays the plotlines and character moments we glimpsed in earlier trailers, choosing instead to dive right in to expensive, explosive Transformers-style action. Watch it after the jump.

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‘Battleship’ Trailer: Fire Your Guns!

Universal and Peter Berg reportedly spent two hundred million on Battleship, and with the official trailer premiere you can start to make a dollar-per-pixel tally of just where that money went. This is more like a chunk of the first big battle sequence in the film rather than a conventional trailer — no hiding the otherworldly bad guys in this one. Check it out below. Read More »

Briefly: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film, the currently untitled religious drama formerly called The Master, is really picking up steam. The Weinstein Company picked up distribution rights to the project that is being financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, and the casting process is in full swing.

The latest addition is Rami Malek (Breaking Dawn, The Pacific), who will play the son in law of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s character. He joins a cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix as “an alcoholic drifter who becomes right-hand man and disciple” to Philip Seymour Hoffman. Amy Adams plays the wife of Hoffman’s character, and Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons and David Warshofsky are in the cast, too. The film will start to shoot later this month. [Variety]

The wounds of previously losing a new Paul Thomas Anderson film run deep, so the more news that breaks on that film now that it’s happening, the better. We’re finally going to see another film from the man behind Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood and the currently untitled project, formerly called The Master, has just added two names to its already impressive cast. Jesse Plemons, who became one of the best parts of NBC’s Friday Night Lights in its final seasons, has been cast as the son of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s character while David Warshofsky, who worked with Anderson on There Will Be Blood, will play a detective. Also in the movie are Joaquin Phoenix and Laura Dern. Read more after the break. Read More »

The cast for Seth Rogen‘s raunchy mall cop comedy, Observe and Report, has rounded out with a supporting cast that includes the ever glowin’ Anna Farris (Smiley Face, Scary Movie), Ray Liotta, Michael Pena (Lions for Lambs) and Jesse Plemons (cult fave on TV’s Friday Night Lights). While the mall cop premise sounds a little too ’00 Adam Sandler for comfort, Slashfilm is already anticipating the Warner Bros. flick due to the involvement of writer/director Jody Hill, who made The Fist Foot Way.

In the film’s mall-verse, Farris will play a salesgirl whom Rogen’s egomaniacal mall security d-bag has the hots for, Pena will play Rogen’s security sidekick, and Liotta will play an actual police detective who faces off with Rogen. No word on whether Rogen and Farris will share a joint on screen, but I hope the House Bunny star isn’t drowned in a starry-eyed subplot, because she’s far sexier playing the aloof goof.

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