Counterpart trailer

What’s better than J.K. Simmons? How about another J.K. Simmons? In the wild new Starz series Counterpart, Simmons pulls double duty, playing two different characters from literally two different worlds. The new Counterpart trailer teases a show that’s a blend of sci-fi and espionage, and it looks like it has the makings of something great.

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Ben-Hur trailer

Some of Toby Kebbell‘s most prominent roles are the ones where he’s hidden behind CG and mo-cap magic: Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four, and most recently Durotan in Warcraft. But he’ll show his face for real later this summer in Timur Bekmambetov‘s re-adaptation of Ben-Hur, where he plays the duplicitous Messala to Jack Huston‘s Judah Ben-Hur.

If you’ve seen the William Wyler classic, you already know the story: Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince who’s forced into slavery thanks to the betrayal of his best friend, Roman officer Messala. Years later, Ben-Hur returns seeking revenge via chariot race. A new Ben-Hur trailer plays up the tragedy of Ben-Hur’s ordeal, while a new Ben-Hur featurette reveals the practical stunt work from the climactic chariot race sequence. Watch ’em both below.  Read More »

Desert Dancer

Unless you’re a character in Footloose, it’s easy to take dancing for granted in the U.S. But the characters of Desert Dancer don’t have that luxury. Set in modern-day Iran, the fact-based drama follows Afshin Ghaffarian, a young man (played by Reece Ritchie) whose gift for dance is stifled by an oppressive government.

Instead of tamping down his creative passion, however, the dancer uses his talent to make a statement. He starts a secret group with a few other creatives, culminating in a one-of-a-kind performance in a remote desert location. Richard Raymond directed and Freida PintoTom CullenMakram J. Khoury, and Nazanin Boniadi also star. Watch the Desert Dancer trailer after the jump.

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Ben-Hur Female Lead Goes to ‘Homeland’ Actress

Ben-Hur Nazanin Boniadi

Timur Bekmambetov‘s Ben-Hur remake has a pretty good cast of guys lined up already, including Toby Kebbell, Pedro Pascal, Morgan Freeman, and Jack Huston in the title role. Now it may finally have found its female lead.

Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi has just received an offer to play Esther, the part Gal Gadot was up for before scheduling conflicts forced her out. Hit the jump for more on the Ben-Hur Nazanin Boniadi casting.  Read More »