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Director Marc Webb has just tweeted our first look at yet another of The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s many villains. We’d already seen Jamie Foxx as Electro, and Dane DeHaan‘s Harry Osborn looks appropriately bratty but we had yet to catch a glimpse of Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, The Rhino. Now we have. (Or, we hadn’t seen Giamatti, but we had seen a stuntman made up to look like him.)

The photo, featuring a super angry Giamatti behind the wheel of a truck doesn’t show any particularly “Rhino”-like characteristics, but he’s mean and got a lot of frightening tattoos. That’s probably enough. Read More »


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Since her Oscar-nominated breakthrough performance in 2010’s True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld has mostly kept out of the limelight. In fact, she hasn’t appeared in a single movie since then. But with half a dozen releases planned for the next couple of years (including Ender’s Game, Can a Song Save Your Life, and Three Days to Kill) she now looks ready to make up for lost time.

Among the many projects on her slate is the Carlo Carlei-directed, Julian Fellowes-scripted Romeo and Juliet. Steinfeld and rising star Douglas Booth play the iconic star-crossed lovers, surrounded by a talented if somewhat random cast that also includes Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natasha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPheeStellan Skarsgård, and Lesley Manville. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Read More »


What does it take for a snail to become fast enough to compete in the Indy 500? According to this new trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo, a terrible car accident and a nitrous oxide wash ought to do the trick.

Ryan Reynolds voices the lead, an ordinary garden snail with not-so-ordinary dreams. While the first trailer focused mostly on his burning desire to race — an apparent impossibility considering it takes him 17 minutes to travel one yard — the second offers a better look at how he might actually achieve that goal, and the friends who’ll be there to help him. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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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 »