Dear White People teaser

Dear White People made a splash at Sundance as a well-liked, funny satire about race relations in modern America. The first Dear White People teaser trailer has just arrived, and you’ll see pretty quickly why Sundance audiences liked the movie. Writer/director Justin Simien makes his debut with the film, and he’s got a funny and frank voice, and is willing to poke at sensitive topics with humor and energy. And just to make sure the broadest possible audience gets behind this ad campaign, there’s a great gag in the trailer about the real meaning of Gremlins. Watch the teaser below.

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For the past several years, Juno Temple has alternated between mainstream projects and indie fare. And though 2012′s shaping up to be her biggest year yet, her basic M.O. is no different. Temple is poised to make her biggest splash yet in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises as Catwoman pal Holly Robinson, but first, she’ll be leading the indie coming-of-age tale Little Birds.

Written and directed by first-time helmer Elgin James, Little Birds revolves around Lily (Temple) and Alison (Kay Panabaker), a pair of teenage best friends stuck in a dreary ghost town on the Salton Sea. When an opportunity arises for the girls to start more exciting lives in Los Angeles, Lily jumps at the chance and Alison tags along for the ride. Before long, however, they find themselves in over their heads as they get increasingly involved in their new friends’ life of petty crime. Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, and Kyle Gallner also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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On Tuesday, writer director Kevin Smith did a live chat with MTV News in which he discussed a variety of topics including possibly bringing back a few of his old friends for his next film, Hit Somebody. He also came armed with an exclusive clip from his upcoming film Red State. This 55 second clip features multiple award-winning and Best Supporting Actress front runner Melissa Leo as well as three of the actors who Smith plans to bring back for Hit Somebody: Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner and Nicholas Braun.

Having seen the film at Sundance (read my review here) we can put this clip in context by saying it’s from early in the film, doesn’t really spoil much, but will leave you mighty curious as to watch happens next. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Kevin Smith’s new film Red State is more than just a departure from his trademark comedic style. It’s almost a complete 180. The bright colors and pop culture references have been replaced with blacks, reds and long monologues about scripture. Smith’s still very reliant on the spoken word – almost to a fault – but now he balances it with machine guns, blood and hand held camera moves. This is a maturing, confident Smith who proves, after Cop Out, he still has a unique voice. With Red State, that voice isn’t saying anything incredibly groundbreaking, and at times it gets a tad preachy, but the director has expanded out of his comfort zone and given audiences a genuine piece of art.

Read the rest of the review and watch a video blog featuring Peter Sciretta and Jeff Goldsmith of Creative Screenwriting Magazine after the jump.

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Kevin Smith has unveiled the final credit card of his upcoming horror film Red State, which promises that “almost this entire cast will return in Hit Somebody.”
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UPDATE: Kevin Smith tweeted that the character Gallner is playing is a “Gretzky-Like character, not actually Gretzky.” The original story follows below, with that addendum made.

Anybody who knows anything about Kevin Smith knows that Kevin Smith is a massive hockey fan. He’s also a massive Wayne Gretzky fan. So the news that Smith has cast Kyle Gallner to play someone akin to The Great One in his upcoming hockey film Hit Somebody is just about the biggest compliment Smith could pay the young actor.

Gallner just finished working with Smith on Red State and also had significant parts in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake and Jennifer’s Body to go along with an extensive TV resume (Big Love, Veronica Mars, etc.) But how does this Gretzky-like figure play into Smith’s upcoming hockey film starring another Red State alum Nicholas Braun? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Logline Released for Kevin Smith’s ‘Red State’

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Briefly: We still don’t know very much about Kevin Smith‘s long-gestating middle-America horror film Red State, other than that Michael Parks is tapped for a lead role and that the film is based in part on sham ‘preacher’ Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church. But now there’s a logline for the film, which comes via STYD, that clarifies things just slightly:

A group of kids encounters a crazed preacher (based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) who gives a whole new meaning to the term “extreme fundamentalism.”

Well, OK, very slightly. Smith is doing a good job keeping this one locked up; he’s talked about wanting to just shoot the movie quietly without giving too many details away, and so far he is successful. The film shoots this fall, so we’ll expect to know more in the next couple months. In addition to Michael Parks, Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Angarano and Steven Root all seem to have roles. So Gallner and Angarano are in the group of kids, and hopefully Melisssa Leo will be on the preacher’s side.

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For the longest time, Kevin Smith’s Red State seemed like a film that would never get made, but bit by bit, the project keeps coming together. The film already has a September shooting date (as tweeted by Smith), and the lead role has been locked in place. And now, the film has a not-yet-confirmed roster of actors to fill out the supporting cast.

The potentials include Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Michael Angarano (The Forbidden Kingdom), Stephen Root (Office Space), and the Oscar nominated Melissa Leo (Frozen River). Learn more after the break. Read More »

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