Today’s TV Bits offers a few things to look forward to in the not-too-distant future, including imperiled lawyers, asshole baseball players, pretty flight attendants, and a touch of dry British humor. After the jump:

  • NBC drops two teasers for its legal thriller The Firm
  • HBO announces premiere dates for Eastbound & Down and Life’s Too Short
  • ABC confirms that Pan Am is not cancelled

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This is a serious little casting break that follows either movies with serious intent (there’s one below about ‘unwitting incest,’ which I hope isn’t a comedy) or serious filmmakers like Kelly Reichardt. So, after the break, you’ll find:

  • Juliette Lewis stars in the ‘unwitting incest’ movie Blood or Water,
  • Ted Levin is in an indie inspired by secret CIA programs,
  • and Peter Sarsgaard is going to be in Kelly Reichardt’s new film, Night Moves. Read More »

‘Sympathy For Delicious’ Trailer

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Mark Ruffalo‘s directorial debut Sympathy For Delicious premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is an independent dramedy about a newly paralyzed DJ who “gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.” /Film’s own David Chen saw the film at Sundance, here is a short excerpt from his review:

Sympathy for Delicious is certainly unique; I don’t think I ever have, nor will I ever again, see a film like this. The film has several hallmarks of a personal passion project. Thornton and Ruffalo have been friends for decades and Thornton himself wrote the script as a way of working out his feelings towards his own disability. Unfortunately, the final film lacks focus, bringing up many interesting ideas but lacking in follow-through.

The film stars Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Mark Ruffalo, and Laura Linney. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar has been shooting for a while now with Leonardo DiCaprio playing J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson, but the film keeps adding actors to fill out small roles. The last was Stephen Root, and the latest is now Jeffrey Donovan of Burn Notice. The actor said today via Twitter that “I fly to LA Sunday. I have been [cast] as Bobby Kennedy opposite LD in HOOVER. excited. working with Mr Eastwood again. Dreams come true.”

So it’s a mini-Changeling reunion (Eastwood and Donovan, as seen in the still above), and I’m happy to hear that he’ll be playing RFK. The slain Attorney General was both a colleague and to some extent an enemy of Hoover, so there should be a scene or two with fireworks between he and Leonardo DiCaprio. [via Collider]

After the break, Juliette Lewis joins Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne in Hick. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Conviction

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Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for Tony Goldwyn‘s Conviction, the “inspirational true story” of Betty Anne Waters (played by Hilary Swank), “a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother’s unjust murder conviction.” Sam Rockwell plays her brother, and the supporting cast includes Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher, and Juliette Lewis. Seems like they took the Erin Brokovich formula, combining an inspirational true story with some great Academy Award winning and nominated actors. The voice over is a bit much, and the musical cue from Avatar is a bit distracting (yes, I know its originally from The Island…), but overall it looks like it could be a good film.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Scanning across the web it seems at first glance that Michel Gondry has a slate of upcoming projects to compare with even Guillermo Del Toro’s monster heap. On closer inspection, however, it might appear that he’s only got a handful described in various different ways, and certainly not too many to handle. Every one sounds like a winner, though.

After The Green Hornet, which is hitting cinemas in December, Gondry’s pick for his next picture is The We and The I. Originally set to go last summer it was postponed when he went to play big budget games with Seth Rogen and co. Here’s how he describes it:

It’s about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated, because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve.

Bus? What bus?

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The end of this week is like a race to keep up with the flood of trailers and clips coming out of Sundance. On deck now is nine minutes of Sympathy for Delicious. It is the first film directed by actor Mark Ruffalo, written by and starring Christopher Thornton, who plays “a newly paralyzed DJ [who] gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.”

The film also features Ruffalo, Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney and John Carroll Lynch. The footage is grainy and energetic, and most of the performances look rock-solid. Check out the footage after the break. Read More »

Metropia Movie Trailer

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It takes a lot to wow me when it comes to animation stills, especially ones conjuring yet another rainy, dreary, effing dystopia. Part of me still hopes for a vibrant comeback for traditional animation and the swathing warmth and human connection that computer animation simply cannot match, at least in my opinion. But there is a mesmerizing and bewitching appeal to the following stills, and coinciding trailer, for Metropia that, as you may have guessed, I’m a bit gaga for. Add voice/character work from Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, and Stellan Skarsgård (the first two POTC) an adult rating, and years in the making to further alleviate the Philip K. Dickian tropes.

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Photos From Drew Barrymore’s Whip It

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Fox Searchlight has released the first photos from Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It in today’s issue of USA Today. Based on the book Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, the film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, “an indie-rock loving misfit” who finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin Texas. More photos after the jump.

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