HBO’s The Newsroom already stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, and Alison Pill, among many others, with recurring appearances by folks like Jane Fonda, Chris Messina, Hope Davis, and Paul Schneider, so I don’t think that casting was ever really the problem with the show. Still, I suppose it never hurts to add a few more great guest stars.

The newest arrivals at the Atlantis Cable News offices are Rosemarie DeWitt and Patton Oswalt, two actors I’m pretty much always happy to see. Both are expected to recur in the next season of the Aaron Sorkin media drama. Read more after the jump.

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What superheroes did Dwayne Johnson and Patton Oswalt dress up as for Halloween? Has one of the Phase 2 villains already been confirmed for The Avengers 2? Which Star Wars actor will appear in Mark Millar’s The Secret Service? Who is on set for the final day of shooting on Iron Man 3? Want to see some behind the scenes footage from The Goon? Can the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still get you a discount at Pizza Hut? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits:. Read More »

Tons and tons of cool TV news in the past few days, after the jump read about the following:

  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog is coming to The CW on October 9.
  • Producer Greg Berlanti is developing a modern take on Wuthering Heights called Napa.
  • Julian Fellowes has an idea for a prequel to Downton Abbey.
  • Nick Hornby’s book About A Boy was already a movie and now might become a TV series.
  • Watch the full season premieres of Dexter and Homeland online right now.
  • Patton Oswalt has joined the fourth season of Justified.
  • AMC released the first of 4 webisodes to get your ready for season 3 of The Walking Dead.
  • Boardwalk Empire has just been renewed for a fourth season.
  • The MTV Movie Awards will now be in April.
  • Cinemax’s Strike Back will be back for a third season.

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When the new red band trailer for Nature Calls came online, I started watching it and something felt off. Thirty seconds in it hit me. Not only had I already seen this movie, I disliked it immensily and had all but removed the memory from my brain. But it’s all coming back to me now. The film features an incredible cast of people you might really like – Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, Darrell Hammond and the late, great Patrice O’Neal – doing their best to give director Todd Rohal‘s script about sibling rivalry and the Boy Scouts some consistency and humor. They fail. Quite spectacularly.

Hopefully, though, you won’t take my word for it. Hopefully you’ll look at the fantastic cast, be intrigued by plot and decide for yourself when Nature Calls his on-demand October 4 and theaters November 9. Check out the red-band trailer below. Read More »

Patton Oswalt is one of us: a massive fan of pop culture with a huge wealth of worthless knowledge about movies, TVs, comics and more. The main difference is, he’s taken that passion and turned it into a career as a successful stand up comedian and actor. Now he’s in the unique position of being a de facto spokesman for the geeks/nerds/whatever you want to call those of us who eat, sleep, and dream about pop culture.

Oswalt recently wielded some of that power by giving the keynote speech at the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference in Montreal. There he read two letters, one addressed at comedians and another dressed at executives. Though they’re specifically addressing comedy, both were obviously meant to relate to all forms of creative expression and you can read both fantastic letters after the jump. Read More »

In the English language, the phrase Nature Calls has a few different connotations. The title of this film, which recently had its world premiere at SXSW 2012, refers to men going into the woods to become men. The woods, Earth, nature is calling them for something greater. However, the more appropriate connotation would be when the phrase refers to someone going to the bathroom. Because that’s more akin to what the film is.

Written and directed by Todd Rohal, Nature Calls stars Patton Oswalt as a Boy Scout enthusiast who takes a group of reluctant Scouts into the woods to try and revitalize his dying troop, only to be chased down by his anti-Scout brother, played by Johnny Knoxville. It also stars Rob Riggle, Maura Tierny, Darrell Hammond, and the late, great Patrice O’Neal, to whom the film is dedicated. As a huge fan of O’Neal’s, it truly pains me to say these things about the movie, but he would have agreed. Nature Calls is like an animal distracted by a shiny thing. It’s dumb and all over the place with nothing to say. Read More »

Oscar season is over, and so we’re at the point where everyone can spend a day or two talking about the actual winners before moving on to enjoying the great bounty of films that 2012 has to offer. But before we move on, take one last moment to enjoy a fake Oscar tribute reel. This one is for all the films that didn’t get nominations in 2012. There’s a good chance that one of your favorite filmmakers is represented here. Read More »

The latest actor to sign on to Ben Stiller‘s remake of the imaginative Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is Adam Scott. He joins stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt in the story of a LIFE magazine photo editor (Stiller) who daydreams his way out of a dull reality. No word on Scott’s role at this point, but given that Kristen Wiig plays Mitty’s workplace crush, I wouldn’t be surprised to find him playing another LIFE staffer who competes for her attention. [Deadline]

After the break, The Evil Dead finds a new potential victim and the sci-fi thriller Oblivion gets a Game of Thrones player. Read More »

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