When Peter Berg talked recently about the challenges of turning the Friday Night Lights TV show into a movie, one of the chief hurdles seemed to be scheduling. “Kyle [Chandler] is busy,” he said, and now we know one of the things that is keeping the actor away from the field.

Kyle Chandler has signed on to be a part of the ensemble cast in Kathryn Bigelow‘s movie about the Navy SEAL hunt for Osama Bin Laden. The movie was already in development from the Hurt Locker team of Bigelow and Mark Boal, in slightly different form, when it was announced that the Navy SEAL Team 6 had killed the terror figure. After that point it went back to the drawing board, and has slowly been gearing up to shoot. Read More »


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Things are indeed shaping up quickly for David Dobkin‘s Arthur & Lancelot, which Warner Bros. fast-tracked over the summer at the cost of Bryan Singer’s Excalibur remake and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur film. Last month saw the casting of Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman in the two title roles, and now WB favorite Marion Cotillard has been offered the part of Morgana, a powerful sorceress and Arthur’s half-sister.

The Arthur retelling, which was written by Dobkin, follows the rise of the legendary leader from his humble beginnings as an illegitimate son being raised by a poor knight, while Lancelot starts out as “a rebellious noble who distrusts the established government.” Arthur & Lancelot will likely begin shooting in March. [Vulture]

After the jump, Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler lands another high-profile movie role, while several more actors join Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker in Pawn — though sadly, none of the new folks are from The Shield.

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Warner Bros has sent out the obligatory press release to announce the commencement of filming on Ben Affleck‘s third film as director, Argo. We’ve known most of the cast for a while: Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman, with more recent additions Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Rory Cochrane and Taylor Schilling.

Now we’ve got an official synopsis for the film, which adapts the true story of a CIA team that posed as a film crew in order to extract diplomats from Tehran in 1979. But perhaps of more interest to some who already know the story is the confirmation of cast additions that include the great Michael Parks (above), as well as Clea Duvall and Richard Kind. Read More »

It’s not a stretch, I think, to call this the ‘fan-favorite actors’ edition of casting bits. Kyle Chandler, Alexander Skarsgård and Rob Corddry all fall into that catergory, I’d say. So after the break, you’ll find:

  • Kyle Chandler joins Ben Affleck’s Argo,
  • Rob Corddry looks set for zombification in Warm Bodies,
  • and Michael Nyqvist & Alexander Skarsgård are among the crew joining the ‘modern communication’ indie story Disconnect.

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A couple weeks back, just as the show Friday Night Lights was ending its five-season run, word filtered down that producer Peter Berg is quietly developing a new Friday Night Lights film to spin off from the TV show. That would make quite a lineage: a film spun off from a TV show loosely based on a movie that was based on a book. We didn’t have much info on this theoretical new film beyond this statement: “Peter Berg told us he wants to do an FNL movie with Chandler/Britton off the final episode.” Now we’ve got a statement from the producer himself confirming that a new FNL film is moving forward. Read More »

The series finale of Friday Night Lights airs on NBC tonight and as fans of the stunning drama mourn the end of their show, there’s now a chance it might live on at the movies. Multiple reports say show executive producer Peter Berg, who directed the original film version of the property, is interested in making a film that continues the story of Eric and Tammy Taylor, played by back to back Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. Read more after the break. Read More »

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Ever heard of a turducken? It’s a food item consisting of chicken and duck stuffed into a turkey; three elements that don’t exactly go together, but are delicious enough individually that the end product is a delight. I ask because J.J. Abrams‘ latest film, Super 8, is the movie equivalent of a turducken. It’s a decidedly pleasant blend of innumerable influences, compressed down and stuffed together into a package that might feel a little disjointed and bloated, but ultimately works because each element itself is so good.

Continue reading this non-spoiler review after the jump.

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‘Super 8′ Clip #3

This week, Paramount Pictures has been premiering mini-clips from the Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed 1980’s Amblin film homage Super 8. Each 30-second clip has premiered on Fox at 8pm, with the last one scheduled to air Wednesday.

We’ve posted the first two clips, the first of which showed the kids preparing to shoot their Super 8 zombie movie before the big train crash, and the second of which showed what happens to the kids during the train crash.

The third clip is a continuation, another 30 seconds of footage, showing what happens after the train crash. While the first two clips pretty much showed what happened in the teaser trailer but from the kid’s perspective, this is the first clip in the series that I would warn against watching if you’re worried about learning plot points or spoilers no yet shown in the previous advertising. Watch the new clip embedded after the jump.

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Exclusive ‘Super 8’ TV Spot

Paramount is dropping little grains of new Super 8 footage today via two TV spots. One appeared this morning on Yahoo, but the other is our own exclusive. Ours is better (I mean, I would say that, but still…) because it nicely distills the basic setup of the story. If you’ve been wary of knowing too much about the film, it’s a great way to get the gist very quickly without feeling like you’ve seen too much. Check both out after the break. Read More »