Adam Sandler has finally made a movie that his character in Funny People would have starred in. No he’s not a talking baby or mermaid, instead he’s himself and his twin sister. Yes, sister. Jack and Jill features Sandler as family man Jack whose obnoxious sister (also Sandler) visits him for the holidays. Katie Holmes, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Swardson and even Al Pacino (playing himself) are along for the ride. Directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, Happy Gilmore) Jack and Jill hits theaters November 11. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Oh, look what Bridesmaids has done for Ellie Kemper: it scored her a gig in 21 Jump Street in her time off from The Office. The feature version of the ’80s TV show is shooting now with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops undercover in a high school to root out drugs and trouble. Late addition Ellie Kemper will be a love interest: Ms. Griggs, “an annoyingly sincere chemistry teacher who’s attracted to Tatum’s character and surprised when she discovers he’s not a real student.” (Sometimes casting like this is actually set for some time before it hits the trades, so it is possible Ellie Kemper isn’t as late an addition as she appears to be.)

The key point of interest here (for me, at least) continues to be that the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and are directing. [Variety]

After the break, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford is looking like the co-star with Pierce Brosnan in The House Gun, and rapidly rising talent Joel Kinnaman is cast in the Fox Searchlight film Lola Versus, where he’ll dump Greta Gerwig. Read More »

‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ Trailer

UPDATE: Yahoo now has a very slightly different US version of the trailer, and you can see it below, too.

One of my most anticipated films for 2011 is Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the movie co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Troy Nixey in his feature debut. The movie ran afoul of the Miramax business shakeup at the end of last year, but has finally found a home with FilmDistrict. (The same company that is releasing Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.) We saw a teaser trailer for the movie in August of last year, but aside from a couple of very well-received festival screenings, word on the film has been pretty quiet.

UK audiences will get to see the movie just a bit before it hits the US on August 26, and there is now a trailer for the August 12 UK release. Read More »

Up to this point, Baz Luhrmann‘s been filling his 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby with well-known talents: Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and of course, Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular Gatsby. So it’s surprising and intriguing that the latest addition to his cast is a newcomer — Elizabeth Debicki, who comes straight out of Australia’s Victorian College of the Arts. Debicki will play golfer Jordan Baker, who in F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s classic novel is a friend of Daisy Buchanan (Mulligan) and the love interest of Nick Carraway (Maguire).

In an interview, Luhrmann acknowledged the unusual nature of his selection:

It was a surprising result, but Elizabeth’s grasp of the material and her chemical connectivity to Tobey Maguire, in addition to her striking, athletic appearance, had us in a place where we were fully confident and ready to take the leap of giving the role of Jordan Baker to what, I guess, people would term ‘a discovery’… We are thrilled.

The major characters yet to be cast is Daisy’s husband Tom Buchanan (Ben Affleck was in talks, but bowed out due to schedule conflicts). Isla Fisher has been in talks to play Tom’s mistress Myrtle Wilson. [Deadline]

After the jump, Katie Holmes and Chace Crawford find love, and Alexander Skarsgard signs on for a dramedy.

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The orphaned Miramax films are finding new homes. Last week we heard that The Debt, John Madden’s film that is (partially) about a group of Mossad agents tracking a Nazi war criminal locked distribution via Focus Features. Now Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the remake of a ’70s TV chiller co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by newcomer Troy Nixey, will go out to US screens via the new company FilmDistrict.

I’m quite happy about this. We loved the footage shown last year at Comic Con, and the film has played well at some small festival appearances. It looked for a while last year like Disney was going to directly distribute the film, and while I wanted to see it hit theaters that didn’t seem like the best way to do it. But Guillermo del Toro has a good relationship with FilmDistrict’s Bob Berney thanks to Pan’s Labyrinth, so hopefully this will work out for all involved. FilmDistrict also has James Wan’s Insidious and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.

The teaser trailer and info for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark are after the break. Read More »

The Son of No One will close the Sundance Film Festival next week; we had the poster a couple days ago, and now here’s the first very serious trailer. Channing Tatum stars as a cop whose relatively calm life with his wife (Katie Holmes) is threatened by the spectre of an unsolved murder from years in the past. Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche and Tracy Morgan are all on board, too, with Dito Montiel directing. See the trailer after the break. Read More »

Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, The Romantics) and Al Pacino are in talks to join Adam Sandler‘s latest shitty romantic comedy feature, Jack and Jill. The storyline follows Jack, a family man, who must deal with his twin sister Jill, who visits for Thanksgiving and won’t leave.

Steven Koren (Evan Almighty, Click) wrote the screenplay, and Sandler comedy director Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, The Benchwarmers) is directing. Sandler will be playing both the titular Jack and his twin sister Jill. According to THR, Holmes will play Sandler’s wife, while Pacino will play himself. An actor making a cameo as himself in a Sandler comedy…. but, that would be too obvious. This doesn’t sound good. And yes, I chose the above photo of Holmes with a handfull of money specifically because this sounds nothing more than a paycheck film.

Movie Trailer: The Romantics

Paramount Famous Productions has released the first movie trailer for The Romantics. Director and screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer has adapted her own novel, The Romantics, a “zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding.” The cast includes Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, and Dianna Agron. Niederhoffer received the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing Grace is Gone. She also produced the Sundance Film Festival films Lonesome Jim, Dedication, Diminished Capacity, Birds of America, and Hurricane.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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