Kristen Bell Joins Whales

Kristen Bell is in talks to join Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in Ken Kwapis‘ (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,  He’s Just Not That Into You) big screen adaptation of Whales. Based on Tom Rose’s nonfiction book “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event” about three California Gray whales who were discovered imprisoned in the Arctic ice in 1988, and media madness that spawned around the rescue which “captured the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people.” The project was formerly titled “Everybody Loves Whales”.

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Tracy Morgan is set to take a turn in a police drama called Son of No One, in which he’ll play a role originally set for Terrence Howard. Co-stars are Katie Holmes (continuing her comeback streak), Juliette Binoche and Channing Tatum, with Ray Liotta and Al Pacino. Dito Montiel directs.

Channing is the lead character, “a young cop assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.” Morgan will play a friend of Channing’s character. This could be a good move for the actor; I’d love to see Morgan break away from his increasingly predictable comic persona to show some dramatic chops. [THR]

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LOL: John Krasinski as Captain America

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The majority of comic book fans seem to be upset that John Krasinski is the top choice to play Captain America in Joe Johnson‘s big screen adaptation The First Avenger: Captain America? Our friends at HijinksEnsue made a comic strip to show just how wrong (or awesome?) this potential casting might be. Check out the entire three frame comic strip below.

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A couple weeks ago a short list was leaked, containing the actors that Joe Johnston was considering for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in The First Avenger: Captain America. The list included John Krasinski (The Office), Scott Porter (Speed Racer, Friday Night Lights, Caprica), Mike Vogel (She’s Out of My League, Cloverfield) Michael Cassidy (Smallville) and Patrick Flueger (Brothers, The 4400), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) and Garret Hedlund (Tron Legacy), most of which had agreed to do a screen test for Marvel.

Last week Smallville/The O.C./Privileged star Michael Cassidy confirmed that he is out of the running for the role. And yesterday, Jonas Brothers and Dane Cook were rumored/revealed to have auditioned for roles in the film.  And now Fox 411 is reporting that Office star John Krasinski is Marvel’s top choice for the part, after reading four times for producers and recording two costumed screen tests.

Update: I have just been informed that Cinematical apparently received word late last month that Krasinski was the only real candidate in the running for the role. Fox411 confirms their report.

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Captain America

I like John Krasinski, but I just don’t see the guy as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. And yet he’s one of the actors reportedly being eyed by Marvel to take the lead role in Joe Johnston‘s film. Who else is the studio looking at? The list is after the break. Read More »

Greg Daniels on The Future of The Office

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Most fans of The Office (Scranton, USA) are simply stoked and relieved that Pam and Jim are finally making it happen, so a longer glimpse down the halls of the NBC series might seem verboten. Nevertheless, series creator and writer, Greg Daniels, recently chimed in on the future of the most aloof branch of Dunder-Mifflin…
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It’s Complicated Movie Trailer

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Universal Pictures has released the movie trailer for It’s Complicated, the new movie from Nancy Meyers writer/producer of The Father of the Bride, director of the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give, and The Holiday. Yes, it’s essentially an “old person’s romantic comedy.” If you like Meyer’s other films, this might be of interest. Otherwise, you might want to forward the link to your mom or dad. Even talented funny-men like Steve Martin, John Krasinski and Alec Baldwin couldn’t drag me into a theater for this film. I guess I’m probably not the target audience. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: Sam Mendes’ Away We Go

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Blogging about movie news 24/7 results in an extensive knowledge of future film projects. Rarely does a trailer come across my desk that I haven’t already written or read about in one form or another, especially not a film by a high profile director. But every once in a while, it happens.

I had no idea that Sam Mendes had even started on a follow-up to Revolutionary Road, nevermind had it in the can. Away We Go hits theaters in just a two and a half months, on June 5th 2009, and Focus Features just unloaded the first trailer today. The film is a comedy about a couple who are expecting their first child, who travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. The movie stars John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Catherine O’Hara, Jeff Daniels and Allison Janney. The movie feels more like Little Miss Sunshine than a film I would expect from Mendes. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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I’m still extremely behind on Sundance reviews. After the jump you will find my mini-reviews for Adam, Arlen Faber and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Enjoy.

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