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Films can get financing based on the attachment of a recognizable cast, and when a film’s director has previous credits producing known films, it makes it easier to bring elements together, whether or not the script is any good.

Chris Brinker makes his directorial debut with Bad Country, but he’s got producer credits going back to The Boondock Saints. And so he was able to bring in Boondock co-star Willem Dafoe to star in this cat and mouse story of a cop tracking down a killer. Also in the cast are Matt Dillon, Amy Smart, Tom Berenger, Bill Duke and Neal McDonough, not that any of it will probably matter. The first trailer for the film is pretty painful, but it has Dafoe looking mustachioed and haggard, and it’s worth the investment of a couple minutes just to enjoy his presence.  Read More »

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M Night Shyamalan

There’s no two ways about it: M. Night Shyamalan has whiffed in his last several attempts to make movies. Lady in the Water and The Happening were widely panned, The Last Airbender somehow fared even worse, and After Earth managed to disappoint even with the low, low expectations surrounding it. (To be fair, the blame does not rest entirely on Shyamalan’s shoulders with that one.)

But hey, there’s always the chance he’ll fare better on TV. Later this year, Shyamalan is set to debut his first TV series, a “Twin Peaks-y” Fox thriller titled Wayward Pines. And it looks worth a peek, if only for its solid cast. Matt Dillon leads, and Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard, and Juliette Lewis also star. Get the first look after the jump.

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The Art of the Steal

Kurt Russell‘s been laying pretty low as of late, making just one movie in the past five years. But as his character says in the trailer for Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal, now he’s ready to go back to work.

The caper comedy is one of two that Russell has due out next year, the other being Fast & Furious 7 (well, at least until Universal gets around to changing that release date). Russell stars as a third-rate motorcycle daredevil and sometime art thief who puts together an Ocean’s 11-style team to pull off a heist involving one of the most valuable books in the world.

The first trailer has just been released, and you can check it out after the jump. Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamontopolous, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Katheryn Winnick, and Terence Stamp also star.

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Girl Most Likely

It would’ve been easy for Kristen Wiig to keep riding the Bridesmaids train with a sequel. Lord knows Universal would’ve been happy if she did. But instead, the Saturday Night Live alum took the road less traveled with a string of indies, including her passion project Girl Most Likely (formerly Imogene).

Directed by American Splendor‘s Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pucini, the comedy follows a New York playwright (Wiig) who’s released into the care of her Jersey-trash mother (Annette Bening) following a suicide attempt. Mom and daughter don’t exactly get along, and tensions are high at first, but… well, you can probably guess where this is headed. Matt Dillon and Darren Criss also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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This week cameras begin to roll on a heist film called The Black Marks, which has a cast led by Kurt Russell, with Matt Dillon, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jay Baruchel in supporting roles. Jonathan Sobol wrote and is directing the story of a group of thieves led by a former motorcycle daredevil (Russell) who go after one last big score.

Now the film has added more supporting players: Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick and Kenneth Welsh. Read More »

Kristen Wiig has been trying to get the dark comedy Imogene off the ground for a few years now, but it wasn’t until she found huge success in this spring’s Bridesmaids that things really started to pick up with her passion project. Now Imogene is shooting in various locations throughout the U.S. with American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini at the helm, and the first images and a poster have hit the web.

Scripted by Michelle Morgan, the story follows a New York-based playwright (Wiig) who fakes a suicide in order to get her ex-boyfriend’s attention. Instead of winning him back, however, she ends up forced to move in with her gambling-addicted mother (Annette Bening) in New Jersey. Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, and Natasha Lyonne also star. Check out the photos after the jump.

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Here’s a lovers and spouses collection of casting news, leading off with a nice change of pace report of an actor being cast as the ‘love interest’ for a major actress, rather than the other way around. After the break you’ll find:

  • Matt Dillon will woo Anette Bening in Imogene,
  • The Killing actress Mireille Enos joins Gangster Squad,
  • Stephanie Szostak cozies up to Ryan Reynolds in RIPD,
  • and some of the Jersey Shore knuckleheads appear with famous fictional whackos The Three Stooges.

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We had a couple of days where mid-level casting for a lot of projects was going crazy. Maybe there was something in the air; maybe casting directors and agents just all got together and had a field day. It’s been a bit slower today, but still there are a couple of items to catch up on. After the break, you’ll find info on how:

  • Robin Williams appears to be cast in Gently Down the Stream, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon.
  • Joel David Moore (Avatar) will be in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
  • and Katie Cassidy takes the lead in Freaky Deaky. Read More »
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