We write up casting stories several times a day here at /Film, but it’s not every day we come across an ensemble cast as intriguing as this one. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, and Octavia Spencer are set to team up for the indie marriage dramedy Smashed, from director James Ponsoldt (Off the Black).

If you, like me and much of the Internet, are a fan of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Breaking Bad, and Parks & Recreation, I probably don’t have to explain to you what’s so exciting about that roster. Though I am torn between hoping that Smashed will allow them to stretch and demonstrate their range as actors, and wishing that I could just watch a movie about Ramona Flowers, Jesse Pinkman, Ron Swanson, and Minny Jackson from The Help hanging out. More details after the jump.

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‘The Thing’ Red Band Trailer

If for some crazy reason you’ve never seen John Carpenter’s The Thing and are waiting to watch it after you see Matthijs van Heijningen‘s direct prequel, also called The Thing, you may want to avoid this new, spoiler-filled red-band trailer. If, however, you are among the many who adore the 1982 film starring Kurt Russell, feel free to dive right in. This short, sweet and super violent red-band trailer gives our best glimpse yet of the alien Thing itself and also shows off some of the ways it brutally murders a bunch of Antarctic scientists before embedding itself in their bodies.

The Thing, which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton, opens October 14. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Read More »

With the release of Universal’s prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 movie The Thing now less than a month away, we’re starting to see more footage. There’s a trailer and a clip or two out there already. Now a new TV spot offers some new footage as well as a couple looks at the effects. (Sadly, they seem to be mostly CGI.) Check it out below. Read More »

Update: While we were unable to confirm or debunk these ourselves, but Shock Till You Drop reports that “a sculptor on the show says [the photos] are not legit.”  Original story and photos follow below.

As with any monster movie, one of the big questions surrounding The Thing, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.‘s prequel to John Carpenter‘s 1982 movie of the same title, is what the creature will actually look like. Sure, we know what it used to look like, in the 1982 film, but there’ve been nearly three decades of special effects technology advancement and changing public tastes since then — will van Heijningen’s live up to Carpenter’s original vision?

While we don’t have photos of the finished product, we do have a look at some of the maquettes used for the film that give a pretty good impression of what the filmmakers were going for. If the end result succeeds in making these visions come to life, we’re in for some wonderfully repulsive creature work. Check out the images after the jump.

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TImur Bekmambetov is lining up quite the varied cast for his adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He’s got Benjamin Walker in the lead, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd, Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper in key supporting roles, and more.

Now Alan Tudyk, an actor with a dedicated fan following thanks to his role on Firefly, has joined the cast. He’ll play Stephen A. Douglas. Read More »

Earlier this week, just a short time after hearing that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Robin McLeavy were the frontrunners for the role of Mary Todd in Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, we reported that Ms. McLeavy had been given the role. Turns out that was wrong.

In fact, Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been given the role, so she’ll stand tall next to Benjamin Walker against the hordes of the undead in early America. Read More »

Update: I’ve heard from reliable sources that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is not testing for The Avengers.

Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, recently told Jimmy Fallon that he would be doing tests with “like five” different actresses who are up for a yet-to-be-cast role in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers. That role is for Fury’s assistant and The Hollywood Reporter says four of the actresses who will be testing are Morena Baccarin (who has previously worked with Whedon on Firefly and Serenity and is now seen on V), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother).

Read what little else we know about the role and do some speculating after the break. Read More »

It’s that time again to present possible choices for a couple big roles in upcoming films. With Henry Cavill announced for Superman, naturally people are turning to speculation about other big roles in the film. Chief among them is Lois Lane, and there is a rumored shortlist of people who are in the running to play the intrepid reporter.

In addition, David O. Russell has mentioned a couple actresses that are of interest for the equally intrepid Elena in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Read More »

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