The long Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us, and between that and the Venice and Telluride film festivals, it seems like a lot of Hollywood has shut down in anticipation of the last relaxing days of summer. But we’ve got a few new casting bits to throw your way regardless. After the break,

  • Ed Helms will remake a French pimp comedy,
  • Paul Dano is among the cast additions to Kelly Reichardt’s new film Night Moves,
  • The unlikely duo of Stephen Dorff and Steve Coogan are in an adaptation of the novel The Catastrophist,
  • and found footage film Evidence gets new players.

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Let’s untangle a possibly confusing scenario. Over the weekend, the Weinsteins picked up distribution rights to Apollo 18, a Timur Bekmambetov-produced film about a supposedly canceled moon mission that really happened in secret, leading to an alien discovery. But Warner Bros. was already set to make Dark Moon, which follows basically the same plot. (Investigation of secret moon mission discoveries leads to alien encounter.)

Now, because Apollo 18 is already set to release in March, WB has dropped Dark Moon. But Joel Silver‘s company Dark Castle has gone and picked it up. Which means, unless things have changed, that Warner Bros. will still be releasing the film. Hollywood, I love you. More details after the break. Read More »

The Fourth Kind Movie Trailer

The Fourth Kind

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for The Fourth Kind. No, this is not a sequel to Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of a Third Kind (lets hope that never happens) This sci-fi thriller is directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi and starring Milla Jovovich as a psychologist who “unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.” The most interesting thing about this film is that it is a “fact-based thriller” based on an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen a large number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years. The trailer even makes mention of this, using Jovovich as herself to explain that the film is a “reenactment.”

“A UFO sighting is referred to as an encounter of the first kind…When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind…Contact with extraterrestrials, is an encounter of the third kind… The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. This encounter has been the most difficult to document… Until now.”

Check out the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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