Sundance was several months ago, but for those of us who didn’t attend, these next few months are going to be a good time to catch up on this year’s crop of Sundance hits. Safety Not Guaranteed has already landed theaters in some cities, Beasts of the Southern Wild is hitting tomorrow, The Queen of Versailles is due out next month, and Robot and Frank is slotted for August. Add to that list Nicholas Jarecki‘s white-collar thriller Arbitrage, which is now getting the word out for its September release.

Richard Gere stars as a billionaire CEO whose success turns out to be built on little more than lies and deceit. When a horrible error threatens to expose him for a fraud, he finds himself sinking to ever-more-despicable depths to try and cover up his mistake. Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, and Brit Marling also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Great art is often derived from tragedy so it makes perfect sense that the economic crisis has been the subject of so many recent movies. Arbitrage, the directorial debut of Nicholas Jarecki, is the latest in a continuing line of films concerning the troubled economy and one of the best yet.

Richard Gere plays Robert Miller, a billionaire CEO who is trying to sell his company. He’s also cheating on his wife (Susan Sarandon), deceiving his co-worker/daughter (Brit Marling), and he eventually gets wrapped up in police investigation run by Tim Roth.

It all sounds so cliche, but Jarecki’s script transcends that by giving his audience real issues to chew on and characters to learn from. Arbitrage had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and you can read more after the jump.

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He began his career in comedy, but Kevin Durand is becoming a good, reliable tough guy character actor. He did well as The Blob in Wolverine, and made a good impression as Martin Keamy in Lost and as Little John in Robin Hood. He’s got a role in the upcoming Real Steel, and now he’s been cast in David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis. He’ll play the cheif security offer for Robert Pattinson‘s main character, a young billionaire who makes a bad business play and spends the movie dealing with the ramifications. Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Gadon are also in the cast. David Cronenberg wrote the script based on Don DeLillo‘s novel. [Variety]

After the break we’ve got new cast additions for Odd Thomas and Arbitrage, and Jamie Kennedy’s consolation prize for not being in Scream 4 is apparently a gig with Tyler Perry. Read More »

The buzz surrounding indie screenwriter/actress Brit Marling has been all but deafening coming out of this year’s Sundance and SXSW festivals. Marling co-wrote and starred in two films that earned rave reviews at both festivals – the sci-fi romance Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill, and the dramatic thriller Sound of My Voice, directed by Zal Batmanglij — and is widely being talked about as the next indie It Girl. (Non-festivalgoers might better remember her as Britta’s lesbian friend Page from Community.)

But Marling’s not resting on her laurels. She recently revealed her next three projects: Nicholas Jarecki‘s Arbitrage, Jamie Babbit‘s Breaking the Girl, and The East, which reunites her with Batmanglij. And at least one of those features hot girl-on-girl action! Hit the jump to learn more.

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When we first heard about Arbitrage, to be directed by Nicholas Jarecki (producer of Tyson, co-writer of The Informers and brother of Andrew ‘Capturing the Friedmans‘ and Eugene ‘Why We Fight‘ Jarecki) there was quite a cast lined up: Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and Eva Green. But last month we heard that Al Pacino is no longer attached.

Now it looks like things have moved forward around somewhat, as Richard Gere has been announced as the star, and the role for which he’s set would appear to be the one previously set for Al Pacino. We don’t know if Mr. Pacino’s schedule did not work out, or if he just watched The Informers, but hopefully the same thing won’t happen with his replacement. Read More »

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