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Briefly: There’s not a lot of information available yet, but the names alone here are pretty exciting. John Krasinski (The Office) and Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) just sold an “action-adventure spec script” to Warner Bros. which Ben Affleck and Matt Damon‘s production company, Pearl Street, will produce. There are no details on the plot but Krasinski and Damon teamed up for last year’s Promised Land so there’s already a working relationship there. Plus, more adventure films are always good. We’ll provide an update when more is known. [Deadline]

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The Wind Rises

Briefly: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having a big news day. He’s attached to adapt Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and he’s now officially been revealed as the lead voice in Disney’s English-language release of Hayao Miyazaki‘s final film, The Wind Rises.

Gordon-Levitt will voice Jiro Horikoshi, a talented engineer who spends his life building planes, only to realize he can’t fix everything. The actor will be joined by an impressive list of names including his Looper co-star Emily Blunt, her husband John Krasinski, as well as Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William H. Macy, Werner Herzog (!), Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood and Ronan Farrow.

The English dubbed version will be released February 21. [USA Today]

John Krasinski Joins Cameron Crowe’s New Film

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Briefly: Cameron Crowe can always assemble a big, all-star cast for any given film, and the project he currently has in the works, a romantic drama set in Hawaii, is no exception. The film already boasts Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec BaldwinBill MurrayDanny McBride and Jay Baruchel in a story that follows ”a defense contractor (Cooper) who falls for an Air Force pilot (Stone) after he’s assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii.”

Now John Krasinski is in talks for the film, which will be one of his first big post-Office roles. THR announces the deal, and says that he’ll play “a military man married to McAdams, who is playing Cooper’s ex-wife.”

Crowe scripted and has had this story in the works for a couple years. The film is untitled at this point, and also without a release date.

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The cast of Pixar’s Monsters University already included a few expected names and some good newcomers, including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Helen Mirren, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn. Now there’s a report that many more recognizable names lent their voices to characters in the film. EW says that Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski,and Bonnie Hunt are among the voice cast of Monsters UniversitySean P. Hayes, Charlie Day, Aubrey Plaza and Alfred Molina also have roles.

In addition to that news, there are new fraternity and sorority posters showing off many characters from the film. You can see those below.  Read More »

There’s no better place than the Oscars to see all your favorite movie stars assembled in one place, but the trailer for Jimmy Kimmel‘s Movie: The Movie V2 might be a close second.

In his post-Oscars show last year, Kimmel debuted an epic, star-studded 9-minute trailer poking fun at every obnoxious movie trope under the sun. This year, he’s back with an even more epic, even more star-studded trailer for Movie: The Movie V2. Because as Kimmel quips, “When you have a big success in Hollywood, there’s only one reasonable thing you can do, and that is cheapen it with a sequel.”

Watch Movie: The Movie V2 after the jump, followed by Kimmel’s other big movie parody, Life of Psy. Yup, that’s exactly what it sounds like.

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Here’s yet another addition to the growing list of possibilities for Peter Quill / Star-Lord in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. A source is reporting that John Krasinski is being considered for the role, though with so many stars associated with the role at this point, it’s tough to say how likely Krasinski really is to land the part.

More intriguingly, casting is now also underway for the role of Drax the Destroyer. The first three names to crop up as contenders for that part are Old Spice pitchman Isaiah Mustafa, WWE superstar Dave Bautista, and Generation Kill actor Brian Patrick Wade. Read more after the jump.

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Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land became a surprise awards contender when Focus Features decided relatively late in the game to give it an Oscar-qualifying limited run, but this first trailer suggests it’s more than worthy of the competition. Matt Damon stars as Steve, a likeable corporate salesman who arrives in a small rural town to pick up drilling rights. The locals, struggling to recover from the economic recession, initially appear more than eager to oblige — until a grassroots campaign against the purchase, led by Dustin (John Krsasinski) and local teacher Frank (Hal Holbrooks) starts picking up steam.

OK, I’ll admit that the synopsis sounds pretty dry when described that way. But between Van Sant’s steady direction and Damon and Krasinski’s engaging performances, Promised Land looks like a powerful, thought-provoking piece. Frances McDormand and Rosemarie DeWitt round out the excellent supporting cast. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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A few titles have lately dropped out of the ultra-competitive year-end release calendar, but now one more has jumped into the fray. Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land is getting a limited NY / LA release in late December, in order to give it a shot at the next Oscar race. The film will then roll out to additional markets starting in January.

Promised Land has mostly flown under our radar the past several months, but now that it’s set a release date the talent involved should attract some attention. Matt Damon and John Krasinski wrote the script based on a story by Dave Eggers. The pair also star, along with Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Scoot McNairy, and Titus Welliver. More details after the jump.

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