There’s a new trailer for Woody Allen‘s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, to complement the international one released not too long ago. This version is shorter and focused a bit more on throwing out bon mots and a few bits of character. There’s more plot in the international version, but this one still gets the important stuff across. (Important stuff being details like “Freida Pinto sure is pretty.”) Read More »

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Briefly: I just talked about this film yesterday, when Marion Cotillard was announced as a member of the cast for Woody Allen‘s upcoming film to be shot in Paris later this year. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is the film Allen shot in 2009, and has been planned for release in various markets this September. Now Sony Pictures Classics has bought the film for US distribution, and will release it this fall.

The film “revolves around different members of a family, their tangled love lives and their attempts to try to solve their problems,” which could apply equally to several of Allen’s other films. It stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto and Lucy Punch. [Variety]

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Good news for Drive Angry 3D, the new film from Patrick Lussier that already starred Nicolas Cage and, one would presume, a lot of cars: William Fichtner and Amber Heard are both joining the cast. The appeal of both should go without saying; too bad All the Boys Love Mandy Lane hasn’t had a proper US release, so most of you will have to think of Heard’s zombie appearance in Zombieland and her largely un-clothed work in the utterly awful The Informers.

What’s Drive Angry 3D about? Cage is a man “driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.” Sounds like a feature-length expansion of the amazingly well-staged highway sequence from Final Destination 2. In 3D. You make the call about whether that’s good or bad. [B-D]

After the break, Lucy Punch joins Bad Teacher and Shailene Woodley joins The Descendants. Read More »

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Sounds like the punchline to a joke about a carnival fortune teller. Woody Allen has been quietly making his next film, and as per usual we’ve known almost nothing about it up until now. (Even his casts sometimes don’t get full scripts during production; Allen is quite good at keeping his films locked down.) Along with the title You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, we also have a brief synopsis, which you can find right after the jump. Read More »

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We’ve got a bunch of quick casting notes today for some projects about which there aren’t a lot of details yet. First up is Liam Neeson, who is continuing his genre-ish run with Unknown White Male. After Neeson finishes Clash of the Titans and The A-Team he’ll join this Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) picture about a doctor who is in a car accident only to wake up and discover his wife doesn’t recognize him. Worse, she’s living with another man who has taken his identity. Variety notes that the Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell script is based Didier Van Cauwelaert’s novel Out of My Head. Meanwhile, check out a new photo of Neeson as a funeral director in After.Life over at Bloody Disgusting.

After the jump, new projects for Lucy Punch, Woody Allen’s replacement for Nicole Kidman, and True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll. Read More »

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Woody Allen is working on his new movie to be filmed in London this Summer, and the cast he’s planned includes Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Naomi Watts and, until recently, also featured Nicole Kidman. She recently bowed out, however, when the schedule for Rabbit Hole was set and clashed with Woody’s plan. Rabbit Hole took precedence as Kidman is not just acting in it, she’s also producing. As a result, Woody Allen has now replaced Ms. Kidman and his choice is a fascinating one. Against all of my intuition, he’s gone for the British actress Lucy Punch, who you probably know best from CBS sitcom The Class or Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz.

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