Yesterday we saw the first bit of footage from Oliver Stone‘s new film Savages, in which the girlfriend (Blake Lively)of two pot growers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel, the better to get said growers to work for the bigger outfit.

The film features the sort of cast you’d expect to see Stone pull together: in addition to the leads there are Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Demian Bichir, Salma Hayek, Joel David Moore and Emile Hirsch, and it is shot in a style reminiscent of a few of his lurid ’90s entries such as U-Turn and Natural Born Killers. (Speaking of ’90s films, is Salma Hayek cosplaying as Thurman’s Pulp Fiction character Mia Wallace?)

Now we’ve got the full trailer, which sets up the story, offers a little bit of sex and violence, and shoves a knife through John Travolta. Check it out below. Read More »

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We had a couple of days where mid-level casting for a lot of projects was going crazy. Maybe there was something in the air; maybe casting directors and agents just all got together and had a field day. It’s been a bit slower today, but still there are a couple of items to catch up on. After the break, you’ll find info on how:

  • Robin Williams appears to be cast in Gently Down the Stream, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon.
  • Joel David Moore (Avatar) will be in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
  • and Katie Cassidy takes the lead in Freaky Deaky. Read More »

‘Shark Night 3D’ Trailer

David R. Ellis, who directed the second and fourth Final Destination films and Snakes on a Plane, at one point was campaigning to have his new film released with the working title intact: Untitled 3D Shark Thriller. That was, he said, because “The title says everything you need to know: ‘We’ve got sharks.’ ‘It’s in 3D.’ and, ‘It’s a thriller.‘”

But Shark Night 3D works pretty well, too. Defiantly horning in on the Jaws + boobs + 3D gore territory of last year’s Piranha (that being super-sacred territory) this one puts a bunch of homogeneously attractive kids on an island, then lets you watch them be torn to bits by sharks. My favorite kind of movie. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

First Look: ‘Shark Night 3D’

Here’s your first look at Sara Paxton being menaced by a shark in Shark Night 3D, which is directed by David R. Ellis. (He made Snakes on a Plane and the second and fourth Final Destination movies.) We don’t know much about the film, but I think we can reliably expect to see people getting chewed up by sharks, and this photo suggests exactly that. See the full thing after the break. Read More »

The film once called Shark Night 3D is now called The Untitled David R. Ellis 3D Shark Thriller, but at least it has a distributor. Relativity Media has picked up domestic rights to the film, which is in post-production right now, and will release it wide on a TDB date in 2011. Read More »

Piranha 3D not enough for you? Is a forthcoming sequel to that movie still not enough for you? Then how about Shark Night 3-D, which, despite what one might hope at first glance, is not a big-screen effort from the folks behind Shark Week at the Discovery Channel?

We’ve talked about this one before, as it is from director David Ellis (the even-numbered Final Destination films and Snakes on a Plane) and writers Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes. And now we’ve got the first four cast members who’ll get chomped up by a big finned beast in 3D. Read More »

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[Editor's Note: We have published reviews of Avatar by David ChenBrendon Connelly, and Russ Fischer. Here is a different take on the film from Hunter Stephenson.]

No man is an island, so James Cameron humbly ventured off several years into the future to create one for his own damn self called Pandora. And now he’s inviting the unwashed masses to explore it for a small fee, with permission to return, preferably in the company of an unsuspecting elder skin, if one so chooses. In my mind, the phrase “movie gods” as it applies to mainstream blockbusters had nearly become obsolete. Agree? The exciting, previously unimaginable computer generated wow-factor that Cameron and Steven Spielberg defined with Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park was followed by challengers to the SFX throne that, even at their best, never quite felt as revolutionary and transportive.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal

The latest Batman The Dark Knight casting rumor has Maggie Gyllenhaal to replace Katie Holmes as Assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes. Not a bad idea. But I’m guessing that like most of the other Batman casting rumors, it’s not true.

All Star directors helm The Office: Lost Co-creator JJ Abrams, Serenity/Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, and Groundhog Day director Harold Ramis have directed episodes of the Office. Whedon’s episode airs tonight, while the Abrams episode will air next week.

James Cameron has confirmed more Avatar castings: Wes Studi, Sigourney Weaver, Peter Mensah, and Joel David Moore.

Cast-a-date allows people in the entertainment industry to meet romantically. Very sad.

Comedian Al Franken (Saturday Night Live, Stuart Saves His Family) has finally announced his bid for Minnesota Senate. I hope he wins. His departure is bad news for Air America.

Magnolia Pictures will release The Signal in theaters on August 10th 2007. We loved this horror flick at Sundance. I hope is gets a wide release. Knowing Magnolia, probably not.

Universal has acquired the rights to make a movie about Milli Vanilli, the pop rock duo who were exposed as frauds. Sounds like it would make a better television movie to me.

Sideshow Collectables announces limited edition Hostel 12-inch figures. I wish I had more money.

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