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Last time we heard about the film Blackbird, it was called Kin. That was when Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde were cast as “two desperate sibling fugitives (Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde) on the run who subsequently collide with the holiday homecoming of a troubled ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam).” The film’s name has changed, but that cast remains the same.

Now Kate Mara and Treat Williams have taken roles, playing a father and daughter who factor into the story. Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson are also on board as the parents of Charlie Hunnam’s boxer. That’s a pretty cool parent pairing; in general this is shaping up with quite the strong cast. Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing from a script by Zach Dean, and the film shoots in March in Montreal. [Variety]

After the break, a shortlist for actresses that could end up in The Trade, the film about Yankee baseball players and wife-swapping that is being written by Ben and Casey Affleck. Read More »

Despite an impressive, eclectic ensemble cast of comedic and dramatic actors, Peep World failed to generate much enthusiasm when it premiered at TIFF last year, garnering some middling reviews from a select few outlets and otherwise not making much of an impact. Nevertheless, IFC picked up the film for distribution and have now released an official trailer.

The film centers around a dysfunctional Jewish family that turns on each other when its youngest member writes a bestselling book exposing all their most intimate secrets. Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson and Ben Schwartz comprise the four main siblings, and they’re accompanied by such talents as Kate Mara, Taraji P. Henson, Judy Greer and Ron Rifkin as their father. Barry W. Blaustein (The Ringer) directs. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

‘Happythankyoumoreplease’ Trailer

Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Happythankyoumoreplease ( or “Happy Thank You More Please” for people who like spaces in their titles), was scheduled to come out this summer. It didn’t – obviously – but finally, the funny, poignant and contemporary story of how a missing boy changes the lives of a bunch of struggling New Yorkers will be released this March. Written, directed and starring Josh Radnor of How I Met Your Mother, the romantic comedy also stars Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, Kate Mara, Pablo Schreiber and Tony Hale. The poster was revealed earlier today and you can check out the brand new trailer, and read some thoughts about the film, after the jump. Read More »

It seems like only minutes ago when we were talking about Eva Green and Naomi Watts being cast in The Dark Knight Rises. Oh, wait, it was. Hot on the heels of Collider’s initial report, The Hollywood Reporter has come to the plate with their own short list of actresses vying for the two female leads in Christopher Nolan‘s third Batman film and neither Green or Watts are on the list. Their list includes Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway (who have both already been mentioned) Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Gemma Arterton. Reportedly, each one of these actresses has a scheduled test for the film in the next two weeks. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

Fox Searchlight has released the first teaser trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days.Here is the official plot synopsis:

127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

The screenplay, written by frequent Boyle collaborator and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is said to contain no dialogue what-so-ever for the an hour of the story. Danny Boyle is the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Dater, Sunshine, Millions, The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, and Trainspotting. I’m really excited to see this film at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and I’m hoping it might sneak premiere at Telluride in early September. I was in the high school auditorium when Slumdog premiered to a standing ovation, and it would be wonderful to see Boyle return to the little town in the mountains for his next film. Either way, you’ll get my first thoughts on the movie whenever, wherever it premieres.Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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127 hours casting

Kate Mara (Iron Man 2, HappyThankYouMorePlease) and Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) are in talks to co- star alongside James Franco in Danny Boyle‘s (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) next film project, 127 Hours. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. Mara and Tamblyn play a couple hikers that Aron meets before he finds himself stranded. Paranormal Activity‘s Katie Featherston apparently auditioned for one of the roles, but did not get it.

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UPDATE: The Simon Pegg tweet from which the Andy Serkis info was ‘sourced’ has been deleted. Was this a case of announcing too soon and/or without authorization, or is something else in the works? Mark this one as ‘uncertain’ for now. Original article follows.

Sad news if you were looking forward to seeign Dr. Who‘s David Tennant work opposite Simon Pegg in Burke & Hare, the upcoming horror comedy from John Landis. Tennant has been forced to drop out, leaving a core cast of Pegg, Bill Nighy and John Cleese. But all is not bleak, as Tennant has been replaced by Andy Serkis.

The news comes direct from Simon Pegg, who said “David Tennant had to drop out of B&H but by sheer glorious serendipity a legend of Middle Earth and Skull Island has come aboard. Welcome AS.” Good enough for me. I’d love to see Tenant do more feature work, but I’ll take Serkis in a pinch. As we’ve reported before, Burke and Hare were itinerant Irish immigrant murderers who sold corpses of their victims to a medical college in Scotland. Very much looking forward to seeing Landis return with this one. [Pegg's Twitter, via CHUD]

After the break, news on two projects that couldn’t be more different. Read More »

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