Whatever you thought of The Amazing Spider-Man, it couldn’t be denied that Marc Webb had put together an amazing cast. But at the rate the sequel is snapping up stars, it could wind up topping even its predecessor on that front.

Paul Giamatti has entered talks to join the movie in the role of the Rhino, a hulking villain whose dim intelligence is balanced by severe strength and the ability to charge at superhuman speed. Meanwhile, Felicity Jones has also begun negotiations for an unspecified role. Should the two close their deals, they’ll be joining returning stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, along with franchise newcomers Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, and Dane DeHaan. More details after the jump.

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Don Coscarelli‘s latest film, John Dies At The End, has spent the entirety of 2012 playing the festival circuit. It started at Sundance, played South by Southwest, headed up to Toronto and, after a quick stop at the AFI Fest this week, it will finally be unleashed on the public. So the story of a futuristic drug setting two friends (Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes) on an existential  monster-filled adventure to save the world already has plenty of fans. You might become one too after watching its latest trailer, which is filled with just enough humor, effects and money shots to get anyone excited.

Co-starring Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown and Doug JonesJohn Dies at the End hits iTunes on December 27 and theaters January 25. Until then, check out the new trailer and poster below. Read More »

When a project starts out with A-list leads like Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, it’s not surprising when the supporting cast turns out to be equally impressive. Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, and Ruth Wilson have just joined the cast of Saving Mr. Banks, Disney’s drama about the making of Mary Poppins.

Though the film’s still in pre-production, it already boasts some serious pedigree, and not just in terms of acting talent: The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock is on board to direct from a Black List script by Kelly Marcel. More details after the jump.

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Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from serial killers and motorcycle gang leaders to Canadian pop songstresses. After the jump:

  • A new Dexter teaser reveals the serial killer’s worst nightmare
  • FX dishes up a promisingly tragic new trailer for Sons of Anarchy
  • Bob’s Burgers‘ new Comic-Con poster offers choking first aid tips
  • HBO sets return dates for Boardwalk Empire and Treme
  • Jay Roach teams up with Paul Giamatti for HBO’s K Blows Top
  • Benedict Cumberbatch lands a double guest role on The Simpsons
  • Lost‘s Jorge Garcia could head to ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time
  • “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen heads to 90210

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I’m starting to suspect Steve McQueen watches the same TV we do. The British director of Hunger and Shame has already cast Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch, Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam, and Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt in his upcoming Twelve Years a Slave, and he’s now added another small-screen favorite. Michael K. Williams, a.k.a. Omar Little on The Wire, has just boarded the cast, which also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt. More details after the jump.

UPDATE: A few hours after this post went up, it was announced that Beasts of the Southern Wild star Dwight Henry had also joined Twelve Years a Slave.

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“Nothin’ But a Good Time” promises the tagline of Rock of Ages, referencing one of the two dozen or so classic ’80s rock songs its cast energetically deflates into innocuously pleasing sing-a-longs. It’s an admirably honest proclamation of the film’s limited aspirations, one which it fulfills with all the grace of a monkey hurling its own feces at the screen.

Credit where credit is due, Rock of Ages stops just shy of having literal monkey shit flung at its audience; although monkey sight gags are in fact a primary source of the film’s humor, should we choose to accept that the innumerable moments in which a trained monkey behaves contrary to that of an untrained monkey qualify as humor. Said hilarity includes but is not limited to: monkey wearing a dictator outfit, monkey throwing stuff, monkey not throwing stuff, monkey grinning, monkey screeching loudly, monkey having a silly name, monkey serving drinks, monkey not serving drinks, monkey doing other things that resemble what humans do, and homosexuality. That last one has nothing to do with any monkey related shenanigans, but apparently it’s just as noteworthy, as was evident from the fits of hysterical laughter that surrounded me when two male characters share an out-of-nowhere romantic musical number together — complete with obligatory make-out session. (A gay guy directed the film, so it’s okay to laugh!)

If all that, and Tom Cruise in assless chaps, sounds like a promising night of fun and laughs to you, Rock of Ages should prove more than serviceable. Granted, of course, that you’re also an advocate of the recent surge of jukebox musicals, none of which lend themselves very well to things like “story” and “character development”, but all of which feature songs you already know and enjoy and can sing the lyrics to, so who gives a fuck, right? Read More »

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Even if you’ve long since outgrown summer vacation, there’s just something about warmer weather that makes it tempting to put aside the heavy, thought-provoking stuff and look for a good, lighthearted laugh instead. If you’re curious what the upcoming season has in store for you on that front, hit the jump to check out new posters for The Dictator, Rock of Ages, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Neighborhood Watch.

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The first teaser trailer for David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis was a delirious ode to the filmmaker’s middle period — a chapter in his career that we’d begun to think was closed for good. But in that teaser for the adaptation of Don DeLillo‘s novel about a young billionaire who pulls strings from within a high-tech limo, we’re flashed with wild images of Robert Pattinson engaging in illicit sex, watching what seemed to be a dinosaur-sized rat, putting a bullet through his own hand, and musing about boundaries and desire. In short: vintage Cronenberg in all its glory.

Now the full trailer for Cosmopolis is available, and it expands on that teaser very nicely. We get a lot more of the story, including a good introduction to Pattinson’s character’s wife and possible voice of conscience (played by Sarah Gadon) as well as a motley crew of personalities including Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Almaric, and Jay Baruchel.

The tone looks even more old-school Cronenberg than what we saw in the teaser — his affinity for a very particular dialogue cadence and isolated shot staging is very much on display. This one looks entertaining as hell, frankly. Read More »

Let me say one thing first: this is the sort of role I think Tom Cruise does well. A variation on the arrogant, overbearing personality with a core of self-doubt has served him well in a few films here and there. So I hoped that playing big-time rock star Stacee Jaxx in Adam Shankman‘s ’80s cock rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages might work, too. But based on this new full-length trailer, I don’t think anything really works in Rock of Ages. I know there will be people who dig this, and given that it took time and effort to create I hope someone digs it. Go forth and have a great time, please. But I can’t lie: this one made me cringe more than I would have expected to.

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