Did you know that the Internet can be a dangerous place? That’s more or less the premise of Henry-Alex Rubin‘s Disconnect, a Crash-style ensemble drama about the perils of the digital age.

That message comes about two decades late, and the execution looks about as subtle as a pornographic pop-up ad. But on the bright side, you could do much worse for casting than Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Thieriot, and Colin Ford. Watch the first trailer and check out the new poster after the jump.

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As a prequel to one of the most revered horror movies of all time, A&E’s Bates Motel has some pretty big shoes to fill. And while it’s unlikely to reach the same iconic status, it’s heartening to see that the first trailer actually looks pretty good. (Unlike, say, the one for the ill-received 1987 pilot of the same title.)

The new series, by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), follows Norman through adolescence in the present day. Freddie Highmore plays the future murderer as a sweet, shy teen, while Vera Farmiga plays the mother who literally drives him insane. The family is eager for the fresh start promised by the new motel she’s just purchased, but as we all know from Psycho, their plans don’t really go as planned. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Some quick TV hits for you after the jump, including:

  • Bates Motel adds Max Thieriot as a big brother to Norman
  • Jeff Garlin will also return to Arrested Development
  • FX getting sued for copyright infringement over The League
  • Parks & Recreation looks funny as ever in Season 5 trailer
  • Watch an 18-minute blooper reel for Seasons 2-7 of The Office

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The Hunger Games launched Jennifer Lawrence into a whole new level career-wise, and she’s got no shortage of promising new projects due out over the next couple of years. She’s already finished shooting David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook and is currently tied up with Susanne Bier’s Serena, and beyond that she’s got sequels lined up for both The Hunger Games¬†and X-Men: First Class. But her next big-screen appearance will actually be for a film she shot before she ever picked up Katniss’ bow and arrow.

Back in 2010, Lawrence shot a horror thriller called House at the End of the Street. Though it’s not a direct remake of anything, as far as I’m aware, it’s apparently influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho — according to a description that was floating around a couple of years ago, House at the End of the Street was intended to be for that film what Disturbia was for Rear Window. The Mark Tonderai-directed film also stars Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Jennifer Lawrence is really covering all the bases. She’s got a resume with acclaimed indies (Winter’s Bone, Like Crazy), the reboot (X-Men: First Class) and the giant blockbuster hit (The Hunger Games). But she has also shot a role in a somewhat old-fashioned looking horror thriller called House at the End of the Street.

Lawrence plays the daughter of Elisabeth Shue, and the two women move into a new home right near a place where a murder once took place. (The house of horrors helps keep rent down in the neighborhood.) The action looks like what someone influenced by Wes Craven’s early efforts might have cooked up. Think of Last House on the Left, perhaps without all the rape — this is a PG-13 thriller. The trailer isn’t quite as old-fashioned, however, as it summarizes the action of the film in reverse order, so we see Lawrence in scream queen mode right off the bat.

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There’s plenty to look forward to in spring 2012, but as we head slowly (oh, ever so slowly) toward the warmer months, two films have been pushed back to other seasons while one has landed on a different spring date. After the jump, get updates on new release dates for Relativity’s The Raven and House at the End of the Street, as well as Focus Features’ Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

[Update: Hit the jump for a just-released poster for The Raven]

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Must be great to be a new feature director and end up with a cast like this: first-timer Aaron Harvey is directing Catch .44, and he’s got Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker and Malin Akerman on board to star.

The film is about three women, led by Akerman, who get tied into a weird scenario involving “a psychopathic hitman, played by Whitaker, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook. Willis will play the head crime boss, the mastermind behind everything that happens.” The name is a little cutesy, and the plot sounds like it could go either way…but Willis and Whitaker? Yeah, that’s good enough to start with. [Variety]

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George Miller Casts Justice League of America

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After months of rumors, George Miller is currently hard at work casting Justice League of America. Miller has been in Los Angeles since Saturday, auditioning a lot of young actors in a marathon casting session that started Sunday and continues through Monday. And by young actors, I mean YOUNG ACTORS. This is starting to look more like a Teen Titans movie.

Apparently, Miller wants actors who will be able to grow into their roles over the course of several movies. Did you read that? SEVERAL MOVIES. Until now it has been highly reported that Warner Bros wanted to use this team-up film as a launching pad for eventual single super-hero franchises. It appears that might be the long term plans, but Miller is looking to do more than one JLA movie.

According to Hollywood Reporter, 35 to 40 actors are set to test for Justice League, including: Adam Brody (The O.C.), Joseph Cross (Running With Scissors), D.J. Cotrona (Windfall), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Grindhouse), Michael Angarano (Sky High), Teresa Palmer (Wolf Creek), Max Thieriot (Jumper), rapper Common, Friday Night Lights stars Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Porter. According to the report, the test included no costumes, and script pages.

Miller should be making some tough decisions by mid-week, which means we’ll be finding out the casting of f Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter probably by month’s end.

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