We all know the beats of the typical rock star origin story — a talented, passionate young person finds his calling in life and overcomes adversity to achieve fame and success, etc. But what about the guy who didn’t make it? The guy who put in the same sweat and blood and tears but never quite managed to scrape together enough talent or luck to actually break into the big time?

We first showed you the trailer for Killing Bono back in December, but now a new, very similar trailer has been released for its U.S. premiere this fall. The reality-based tale follows two brothers, Neil and Ivan McCormick (Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan) who start a band to rival their school friend Paul’s (Martin McCann) group The Hype. But as The Hype gets bigger and bigger — and eventually changes their name to U2 — Neil and Ivan find their own dreams of rock n’ roll superstardom thwarted at every turn. Directed by Nick Hamm, the film also stars Krysten Ritter, Peter Serafinowicz, and Pete Postlethwaite in his final performance. Watch the video after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: ‘Killing Bono’

It’s been almost a year since we heard anything about Killing Bono. Last time we checked in on the film, Nick Hamm was about to direct Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter, Robert Sheehan, Charlie Cox and Jason Byrne in the movie based on Neil McCormick‘s book about being in a band that struggled in the shadow of U2 during the mega-band’s formative years.

Now the film is done and there is a trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »

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We’ve written briefly before about Killing Bono, a film based on the book by Neil McCormick. The author was a schoolmate of Bono’s, and had his own band struggling in the shadow of U2 in megaband’s early days. Directed by Nick Hamm, the film stars Ben Barnes as McCormick and Krysten Ritter in a tale that probably isn’t nearly as close to a U2 biopic as many are going to assume. Come on — it’s called Killing Bono! This is hardly the official story of U2. Read More »

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If you were eying your Twitter and/or Facebook feeds last night, you probably saw nothing but comments about how crazy the Dexter finale was. Being a bit behind on this season, I’ve just shut out all that chatter. But it makes this morning a good time to announce that Jennifer Carpenter has joined the cast of Hungry Rabbit Jumps, alongside Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce and January Jones.

The film follows a teacher (Cage) who “joins an underground vigilante organization” after his wife (Jones) is brutalized. Carpenter will play the best friend of Cage’s wife. The Roger Donaldson-directed film is in production now. [Variety]

After the break, news on Killing Bono, Black Swan and the new MTV version of Teen Wolf. Read More »

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