McCanick

Before his tragic death last month, Glee star Cory Monteith had wrapped two indies to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The trailer for one of these, Josh C. Waller‘s McCanick, has just hit the web.

In it, Monteith plays Simon Weeks, who’s fresh off a stint in prison and in possession of a very dangerous secret. David Morse stars as the short-tempered cop who years ago helped put him away, and now is desperate to make sure Simon doesn’t tell what he knows. Watch the video after the jump.

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Between the final seasons of Dexter and Breaking Bad and the premiere of CBS’ Under the Dome, this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for TV viewers. After the jump:

  • George R.R. Martin teases new characters for Game of Thrones Season 4
  • Melissa Leo boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Wayward Pines
  • Tracy Morgan and Jenna Elfman find new jobs
  • Amazon makes some decisions about its new series
  • Comedy Central renews Inside Amy Schumer
  • Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys again
  • Vince Gilligan chats about the potential Saul Goodman spinoff
  • See new pics from CBS’ Stephen King thriller Under the Dome
  • Meet Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the new Dexter promo

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It’s pilot casting season! And as such, Rupert Grint, JK Simmons, Dylan McDermott, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Beals, and tons more have found new homes on the small screen. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Sarsgaard has joined AMC’s The Killing
  • Dexter Season 8 adds a Walking Dead alum
  • Ridley Scott is bringing The Terror to AMC
  • The About a Boy duo will tackle Neal Stephenson
  • FX is moving ahead with Diane Kruger‘s The Bridge
  • Up All Night will shoot just one multi-cam episode
  • ABC shifts Happy Endings to the Friday death slot
  • House of Cards is Netflix’s most-watched program
  • Comcast buys the other 49% of NBCUniversal
  • The first episode of The CW’s Cult hits the web
  • Jason Blum‘s Paranormal-esque reality show gets a trailer

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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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capcasting

A couple weeks ago a short list was leaked, containing the actors that Joe Johnston was considering for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in The First Avenger: Captain America. The list included John Krasinski (The Office), Scott Porter (Speed Racer, Friday Night Lights, Caprica), Mike Vogel (She’s Out of My League, Cloverfield) Michael Cassidy (Smallville) and Patrick Flueger (Brothers, The 4400), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) and Garret Hedlund (Tron Legacy).

Earlier today we ran a story linking  Fox 411 (and a previous Cinematical) report stating that Office star John Krasinski is Marvel’s top choice for the part, after reading four times for producers and recording two costumed screen tests. The Fox report claimed that producers are having Krasinski read with multiple actresses up for the female leads, to ensure chemistry. Of course, many comic book fans were not happy with the choice, calling him too small and unmuscular for the role of the scientifically engineered super soldier.

Now Mike Fleming is reporting that Krasinski is out of the running for the role of Captain America, and that Marvel has expanded its search slightly. Details after the jump.

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There are a lot of new casting rumors for JJ Abrams’s Star Trek circulating the web this week. Let’s take a look:

IESB has learned that Mike Vogel (Poseidon, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Cloverfield) is the frontrunner to play James T Kirk. TrekMovie is reporting that former Stargate Atlantis regular Paul McGillion has auditioned for the role of Scotty. And Adrien Brody confirmed to MTV that he spoke to JJ Abrams about playing Spock, but ultimately didn’t get the part.

I’m certainly not disappointed by the two names mentioned above, and both of them make sense, BUT, I was hoping for some bigger name actors. Remember when the rumors had Matt Damon as Kirk? Now we’re all of a sudden talking about the guy from Supercross? What happened?!

Cloverfield

The Hollywood trade papers have just published some interesting articles on the Cloverfield madness. And with that we have learned a few new details about the film’s secret development. Apparently, Paramount greenlit the project in February around the same time that JJ Abrams agreed to direct Star Trek 11. The Hollywood Reporter writes:

The casting process was just as mysterious. No scripts or even scene pages were sent out; agents who were contacted were simply asked if their client wanted to be in the movie or not. Eventually a cast, made up mostly of relative unknowns, was put together; it includes Michael Stahl-David (“The Black Donnellys”), Odet Jasmin, Mike Vogel (“Supercross”) and Lizzy Kaplan (“The Class”).

We have also learned that the film is being shot for around $30 million, which is very cheap compared to almost anything else being produced by a big Hollywood studio today. Cloverfield began shooting under the radar in New York in Mid-June. THR describes the film’s plot revolving “around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.” So far we’ve been led to believe that the monster film is entirely shot from a consumer handheld camera, but The Reporter is unsure of that theory: “it is not clear if the entire movie follows that style.”

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