There comes a moment in many a comedy star’s life when he decides it’s time to try his luck with dramatic acting. Apparently, that point is now for comedian/actor Dane Cook. Though he’s made his name with mediocre comedies like Good Luck Chuck and Employee of the Month, Cook took on a more dramatic part in 2007′s Dan in Real Life, and now he’s doing his darkest turn yet inAnswers to Nothing.

Directed by Matthew Leutwyler, the drama follows a several “lost souls” in L.A. who are connected by a missing girl case. Cook plays one of those lonely people, a cheating husband to Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell and a frustrated son to Barbara Hershey. Julie Benz, Zach Gilford, and Eric Palladino also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Pedro Almodovar has been casting his next film La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In) and got things off to a big start by including Antonio Banderas, with whom the director has not worked since 1990. Now Almodovar has hired actresses Elena Anaya (Sex and Lucia) and Marisa Paredes. Both actresses have worked with Almodovar before; this will be the sixth film under the director for Paredes.

The film is about “a plastic surgeon’s revenge on the man who raped his daughter,” leading to the supposition that Banderas plays the surgeon and Anaya his daughter. Refer back to our last piece on the film for a long synopsis of the novel on which the movie is based, as it hints at how weird and uncomfortable this project might be. Can’t wait. [Variety]

After the break, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has a new Mary Jane, and Dexter gets a (slightly) unusual, possibly spoilerish cast member. Read More »

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An impressive quartet of actresses has just signed on for My Idiot Brother, the Paul Rudd comedy that we first reported on last week. Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones and Emily Mortimer are all part of the cast as of now. (And just the other night I was wondering how the hell Emily Mortimer seems to have barely aged since appearing in The Ghost and the Darkness in 1996.)

The film is about “an idealist (Rudd) dealing with his over¬bearing mother who crashes at the homes of his three ambitious sisters and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc.” Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer are his sisters, while Jones plays Rudd’s ‘caring, responsible’ girlfriend.

Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall wrote; Jesse Peretz directs. The film shoots next month in New York City.[THR]

After the break, it’s Bill Nighy in 3D! And Vinnie Jones becomes a super-villain. Again. Read More »

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Apparition has released the opening sequence, the first five minutes, of The Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day on IGN. The sequence basically explains why the Saints must return from hiding. What else? A montage set to “badass music” featuring the Saints cutting off their hair/beards and taking showers (yes, I’m serious), an obvious black and white flashback to the original film (couldn’t they have re-filmed the scene from a security camera angle for the news cast instead?), and the introduction of Julie Benz (who many of you will know from Dexter) as Special Agent Eunice Bloom. Watch the 5 minute and 21 second opening sequence embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Red Band Trailer

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UPDATE: You might not have looked closely at the logos at the end of the trailer, but Anne Thompson reports that the new company Apparition has picked up the film for distribution. That’s how you’ll see it (or not) on October 30. Please, spend a few moments considering that the same company is releasing this, Black Dynamite and new movies from Jane Campion and Terrence Malick. Makes my brain hurt. Original article follows.

You might have seen Dave Chen’s video from the Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day panel at Comic Con, where the reaction of the fans to the trailer reveal was as loud and insane as Twilight fans seeing new footage from their chosen series. Given the hatred levied at Twilight and that fanbase at Comic Con, the irony there is delicious. Now the Boondock Saints II trailer is online and you can see the phenomenon for yourself. Or is it a phenomenon at all? Read More »

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Sony Pictures has announced the details of The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day panel at 2009 San Diego Comic Con International. The trailer for the much anticipated sequel to the 1999 cult classic film The Boondock Saints will premiere during the panel on Saturday, July 25th at 3:30pm. Talent in attendance for the panel includes:

  • Troy Duffy (writer/director)
  • Billy Connolly (Noah ‘Il Duce’ McManus)
  • Norman Reedus (Murphy McManus)
  • Sean Patrick Flannery (Connor McManus)
  • Julie Benz (Eunice Bloom)
  • Clifton Collins, Jr. (Romeo)
  • David Della Rocco (Rocco)

Dexter’s Julie Benz in Boondock Saints 2

Dexter star Julie Benz has officially joined the cast of Troy Duffy‘s Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day. Julie plays Unis Bloom, Paul Smecker’s (played by Willem Dafoe in the original film) protege, whom Duffy has described as a “Georgia peach”.

“She’s got that doc holiday accent, super super sexy. So she’s the one going after the saints and now working with these three officers. And she’s FBI.” … “She is that new story. She is one hell of a firecracker.”

Read more about the plot in our previous posting. Watch Julie answer some questions in the video blog after the jump, and check out the southern accent she will be using in the film. Thanks to /Film reader Christopher M for the tip.

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SAW V and VI Details Revealed

SAW V LogoLionsgate has revealed new details about the future of the SAW franchise. The fifth installment, follows Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), who has been carrying Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell) legacy, goes on a man hunt after the secret is threatened.

“People escape one trap, just to get caught in another; it’s closer in feel to the original SAW as thematically it’s about teamwork. I am far and away convinced that these are the best traps we have ever had,” Producer Marc Berg told Bloody-Disgusting. “This film is far less confusing and more linear, and there are TWO great twists. Just when you thought you figured it out, we twist again.”

The film features six different traps and they shot three different endings, which will be included on the eventual DVD release. The full supporting announce was also announced, and includes: Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Carlo Rota, Julie Benz, Greg Bryk, Laura Gordon and Meagan Good. David Hackl directed the fifth film but will not be returning for the sixth installment after all. I wonder if the studio replaced him or if this was his own choice. SAW series editor Kevin Greutert will be making his feature directorial debut on Saw VI. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are back to pen the screenplay.

Also announced is a SAW video game which was written by franchise creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan, featuring all of the original cast members, and will take place in the timeline of the original film. Saw V is scheduled to hit theaters on October 24th, 2008.

sources: Bloody-disgusting, ComingSoon

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