An up and comer, a recognizable character actor and a seasoned veteran have all signed on to very different projects. The up and comer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, best known for his awesome work in The Road and Let Me In, is reportedly circling the role of Benvolio in Carlo Carlei‘s new film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet along side Haliee Steinfeld, Holly Hunter and Ed Westwick. Michael Pena, the recognizable character actor, has joined the already impressive cast of Gangster Squad, Ruben Fleischer‘s upcoming true-life gangster film starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin. Then the seasoned veteran, Corbin Bernsen joins the female-centric gambling story Lay the Favorite starring Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn and Rebecca Hall directed by Stephen Frears. Read about each film, and role, after the break. Read More »

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In 2009 Focus Features and LAIKA released Coraline, the great stop-motion animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s kids’ book of the same name. Now the companies are teaming again for two more stop-motion 3D films. The first is ParaNorman, which will be released on August 17, 2012. The second is an unnamed project that will be released in 2014.

The voice cast and plot for ParaNorman were sent out today via press release; check the details below. Read More »

One of the more promising projects for the next couple years (don’t expect this until 2012 at least) is The Congress, in which Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman liberally adapts a story (‘The Futurological Congress‘) by revered speculative fiction author Stanislaw Lem. The film is planned as a mix of live-action and animation, and we’ve already seen a taste of what the animation will look like.

Robin Wright stars as a struggling actress whose image has been bought and co-opted; she’s essentially outmoded and unnecessary. As the film moves forward, animation takes the place of live action and Robin Wright’s character is seen in what appears to be a dystopian future of sorts, where manufactured pharmaceuticals play a big role in life. Details are thin right now and, honestly, that’s OK. It’s good to be tantalized by a film like this, and with Ari Folman directing I’m happy to be along for the ride. But there are new details: Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, Let Me In) has been cast, and it appears that Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti and Harvey Keitel have parts, too. Read More »

Let Me In

Somewhere along the line, Director Matt Reeves had seen our coverage of Let Me In, and had enjoyed our enthusiasm yet hesitant intelligent debate (thanks Adam) regarding the film. So when I saw Matt in Austin, he decided to give us a cool exclusive. Reeves showed me an intense deleted sequence from the film, and he somehow convinced Overture Films to let us post it to help promote the film.

While the deleted sequence would have taken place a bit late in the film, it really doesn’t spoil anything. So as Matt suggested, you could watch this clip without having seen the movie. In the scene, Abby (ChloĆ« Grace Moretz) shows Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) how she became what she is. And yes, we did get a chance to chat with Matt about the clip, and get a full explanation of why this didn’t make the final cut.

Watch the scene now and listen to Matt’s explanation, after the jump!
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Fantastic Fest 2010 began with a bang. Matt Reeves’ Let Me In served as the opening night film at the Paramount theatre in downtown Austin. You can watch my previously recorded review/reaction to the film here.

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Just in case you haven’t yet gotten your fill of trailers, clips and posters for Let Me In, Cloverfield director Matt Reeves‘ adaptation/remake of Let the Right One In, Overture has released more of each to make sure that you do.

Check them all out after the break. Read More »

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Briefly: Let Me In, the Matt Reeves-directed remake/alternate take on Let the Right One In, will be the opening night film at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. The film will premiere at a red carpet event on Thursday, Sept 23 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. The film stars Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), at least some of whom will be in attendance, along with Matt Reeves.

“We are truly honored that Fantastic Fest has chosen to open their festival with the U.S. premiere of Let Me In. It is incredibly exciting to be able to present the film to an audience who I know are just as passionate about John Ajvide Linqvist’s story as I am,” said director Matt Reeves.

Let Me In joins other Fantastic Fest programming like Ip Man 2, Outrage, Rubber, The Violent Kind and more. The film will first appear at the Toronto Film Fesival; it opens in the US on October 1. After the break, see a new image courtesy of the TIFF website. Read More »

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The Entertainment Weekly fall preview issue is a bonanza of first looks and new images. Scans from the magazine are showing up online, and they have the first official still from the Coen Bros. remake of True Grit, new images from Let Me In and Buried, and the first look at Clint Eastwood‘s drama Hereafter. In addition, there’s a spy pic of Kristen Stewart on the set of On the Road, which is finally shooting after years of development by various filmmakers. Read More »

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