Arnold Schwarzenegger in Maggie

That Arnold Schwarzenegger would star in a zombie movie isn’t surprising. What makes Maggie unexpected is that it’s less a no-holds-barred action thrill ride than an intimate family drama.

Schwarzenegger plays Wade, whose world is turned inside out when a spreading zombie virus infects his beloved daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin). Wade remains determined to stay by her side and protect her, even as her condition worsens. Watch the Maggie trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Every year, the studios release approximately 8 million prestige dramas between November and December, and it looks like this year’s slate is already getting crowded. The latest to join the year-end fray is Oliver Stone‘s Snowden, a biopic of the NSA whistleblower.

In addition to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays the title character, Snowden also features an admirable supporting cast that now includes Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans, and Joely Richardson. More on the Snowden release date and casting updates after the jump.  Read More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger Maggie

In most of his movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s preferred method of dealing with problems is to destroy them — either with his powerful fists or with the aid of some fancy firearms. But it appears he’s taking an entirely different approach in Maggie.

The TIFF drama stars Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farmer whose darling daughter (Abigail Breslin) has fallen prey to a zombie epidemic sweeping the nation. As the disease takes its hold, he stays loyally by her side. Get your first look at Schwarzenegger in Maggie after the jump.

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Vampire Academy

Paranormal YA characters tend to be a pretty mopey lot, whether they’re pining after sparkly vampire boyfriends or stressing over whether they’ll use their witchy powers for good or evil. But the tough, sarcastic leads of Vampire Academy look like a welcome exception.

Rose (Zoey Deutch) is a snarky ass-kicker in the Buffy Summers mold, though she protects bloodsuckers instead of fighting them; her charge and BFF is Lissa (Lucy Fry) is a vampire princess whose royal lineage doesn’t stop her from hating high school.

Their wisecracking powers come from the folks behind the camera: Director Mark Waters is best known for having helmed Mean Girls, while his screenwriter/brother Daniel Walters famously penned Heathers and Batman Returns. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.

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Thanks for Sharing

In The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo played a seemingly mild-mannered man waging a constant internal battle against his predilection for anger. In the upcoming Thanks for Sharing, he plays a guy who’s a lot like that, only he’s fighting sex addition, not anger issues. And Pepper Potts — I’m sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow — is along for the ride.

Adam (Ruffalo) is five years sex-sober when he meets and falls for beautiful Phoebe (Paltrow). Encouraged by his pals at the sex-addiction group (including Tim Robbins), he pursues a relationship with her, struggling to maintain a healthy romance without spiraling into self-destructive behavior.

Thanks for Sharing was directed by The Kids Are All Right scribe Stuart Blumberg, so it’s no surprise that there’s a sweet, honest feel to the proceedings. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

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Vampire Academy

How can a YA adaptation about beautiful vampires set itself apart at a time when YA adaptations and beautiful vampires have become utterly, tiresomely ubiquitous? Well, it can’t hurt to have the guys behind two razor-sharp teen classics on board.

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters comes from Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters and Heathers writer Daniel Waters, who adapted the script from Richelle Mead‘s wildly popular series of books. The first trailer has just hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Thanks for Sharing

Despite sharing a theme and a location — sex addiction and New York City, respectively — Stuart Blumberg‘s Thanks for Sharing couldn’t look more different from Steve McQueen’s Shame. Whereas the latter was a dark, depressing portrayal of one man’s downward spiral, the former looks like a lighter, more hopeful affair about a group of sufferers helping each other get better.

One of the afflicted is Adam (Mark Ruffalo), an environmental consultant tentatively wading back into the dating pool after five years sober. He quickly meets Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow), a pretty foodie with issues of her own. Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, and Alecia Moore (you probably know her as Pink) play other members of Adam’s support group, and Joely Richardson and Patrick Fugit round out the cast. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.

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Zach Gilford, best known as sensitive QB Matt Saracen on Friday Night Lights, will be starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand. Described as “a combination of Die Hard and High Noon,” the action film revolves around a border town sheriff (Schwarzenegger) who finds himself tasked with stopping a drug kingpin from crossing the U.S. border. Gilford will play one of the cops working under Schwarzenegger’s character.

The Last Stand marks the English-language debut of South Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil), as well as Schwarzenegger’s return to acting. Given the kind of work that Schwarzenegger and Gilford have each done in the past, I’m having a little trouble imagining them starring next to each other. But Gilford’s a wonderful actor who deserves to get way more work than he does, so I’m just happy to see him pick up a higher-profile gig for once. The Last Stand is due out January 18, 2013. [Deadline]

After the jump, pop star Pink tries her hand at acting, while actor Derek Luke gives music a shot.

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One of the weirder American monster legends is that which concerns the Jersey Devil, which originates in the 18th century, but became one of the breakout American pop-culture monsters thanks to reported sightings in the early 1900s.

Now Stephen Moyer from True Blood will star in a new film exploiting the legend: The Barrens. He’ll play a family man who, while on a camping trip in the New Jersey Pine Barrents, “becomes convinced [he and his family are] being stalked by the legendary winged monster that looks like a deformed hybrid of several different animals.” Darren Lynn Bousman wrote and will direct; the film shoots later this month in Toronto (what, not in Jersey? boo!) and will be released next fall by Anchor Bay. [Variety]

After the break, The Book of Mormon star Josh Gad joins Thanks For Sharing — a movie about sex addiction — and Rupert Grint and David Tennant will voice characters in the CG Postman Pat movie. Read More »