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Brandon Routh won’t be in the new Zack Snyder-directed Superman, or so we’re told. Which is too bad; after meeting resistance when he first got the role, I think a lot of people have grown used to the idea of Mr. Routh as Superman. Earning good will in Scott Pilgrim didn’t hurt, through the rather dire-looking Dylan Dog might. Regardless, now he’s booked a role in the indie Missing William. He may play opposite real-life wife Courtney Ford, who is in talks for the lead female role.

Mr. Routh will be the childhood sweetheart of a woman who is trying to nurse her husband to health after he’s injured in a fight. A love triangle naturally develops, “with the woman torn between the brain-damaged husband she loves and the hunky former flame who got away.” Kenn Macrae will direct from a script by Daniel McKinnon. [TheWrap]

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Movie Trailer: 13, the American 13 Tzameti Remake

A Russian movie trailer has been released online for 13, the American remake of the award-winning French crime thriller 13 Tzameti. The film follows a naive young man who assumes a dead man’s identity and “finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence,” and a Russian-roulette-style competition where the losers truly lose everything. Writer/director Géla Babluani has returned to helm the remake, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent, Ray Winstone and Ray Liotta. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Movie Trailer: Charlie St. Cloud

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How serious can Zac Efron be? That’s mostly a rhetorical question because, his High School Musical past notwithstanding, the guy indicated in Me and Orson Welles that he might actually be able to bring it. But Charlie St. Cloud might be the real test. This is the movie where Efron’s character has to choose between the hot girl and life of a sailor on one hand, and literally spending time with the ghost of his dead brother on the other.

Actually, I don’t know why I wasted all this time saying anything other than “this movie looks like a Nicholas Sparks version of The Lovely Bones.” There, how does that make you feel? Tingly, I know. Read More »

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Mario Van Peebles is currently directing Curtis Jackson in Things Fall Apart and, based on Jackson’s past thespian efforts, that’s not terribly exciting. But now Ray Liotta is joining the cast, so that’s a positive turn. Jackson is playing “a star football running back…who faces a personal tragedy as well as his own mortality while in his senior year in college.” Liotta will now play his doctor, which will make a nice change from playing intimidating cops and the like, which Liotta gets all too often.  [Variety]

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Tracy Morgan is set to take a turn in a police drama called Son of No One, in which he’ll play a role originally set for Terrence Howard. Co-stars are Katie Holmes (continuing her comeback streak), Juliette Binoche and Channing Tatum, with Ray Liotta and Al Pacino. Dito Montiel directs.

Channing is the lead character, “a young cop assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.” Morgan will play a friend of Channing’s character. This could be a good move for the actor; I’d love to see Morgan break away from his increasingly predictable comic persona to show some dramatic chops. [THR]

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Youth in Revolt Movie Trailer #2

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Dimension Films has released the second trailer for the big screen adaptation of C. D. Payne‘s epistolary novel Youth in Revolt. Michael Cera stars in this “irreverent story about the wild adventures of a teenage boy named Nick Twisp who meets the girl of his dreams while on a family vacation and has to turn his life and the lives of all those around him upside down in order to be with her.” Newcomer Portia Doubleday plays Sheeni Saunders, and the film also features Steve Buscemi, Zack Galifianakis, and Ray Liotta.

I had a chance to see this film at the Toronto Film Festival, and its quite good. The new trailer is a bit over the top, filled with horrible voice over and a bunch of songs that don’t quite fit. Watch the new trailer now after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Date Night Teaser Trailer

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There have been a bunch of movie trailers to hit over the last 24 hours: Clash of the Titans, Kick-Ass, and now 20th Century Fox has released the first teaser trailer for the Action romantic comedy Date Night. The film stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell as Claire and Phil Foster, as a bored married couple’s attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous due to a case of mistaken identity.

The Fosters are a typical suburban couple whose lives – including their weekly date nights of dinner and a movie – have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro where a case of mistaken identity turns their evening into the ultimate date night-gone-awry. But as Claire and Phil take their unexpected walk on the wild side, they begin to remember what made them so special together.

Judging from the trailer, this is just what we would expect from Night at the Museum/Pink Panther helmer Shawn Levy. A couple mild jokes, an obvious storyline and a flurry of cameos and small supporting performances from actors/actresses you know (like Mila Kunis, Leighton Meester, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, and Ray Liotta). If you look closely near the end of the trailer, you might even see Olivia Munn, of G4 Attack of the Show fame. And what is up with Wahlberg’s Minority Report/Iron Man-style futuristic computer set-up? Seems a bit too much for this movie, doesn’t it?

Fox is betting on this film to be an early summer comedy, but it will face some heavy superhero competition, going head to head with The Losers, and the next week Kick-Ass and Machette. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Youth in Revolt Movie Trailer

Youth In Revolt

Dimension Films has released the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of C. D. Payne’s epistolary novel Youth in Revolt on moviefone. Michael Cera stars in this “irreverent story about the wild adventures of a teenage boy named Nick Twisp who meets the girl of his dreams while on a family vacation and has to turn his life and the lives of all those around him upside down in order to be with her.” Newcomer Portia Doubleday plays Sheeni Saunders, and the film also features Steve Buscemi, Zack Galifianakis, and Ray Liotta.

The first thing I noticed from the trailer was the dark comedy, something I just wasn’t expecting as I’ve never read the novel. Also, Cera seems to be going for something different than his usual shtick. The film premieres in a couple weeks at the Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Tobey Maguire is joining the cast of The Details, an indie black comedy which seeks to address the severe shortage of raccoon infestation movies that has plagued the cinema of late. According to Variety, he’ll be husband to Elizabeth Banks, with Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Anna Friel and Laura Linney also appearing. Directing is Jacob Estes, whose credit was last seen on 2004’s decent and (now) frequently forgotten Mean Creek. Also factoring into the film: a bunch of determined raccoons. Read More »

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Observe and Report Red Band Movie Trailer

Warner Bros has released a red band movie trailer for the upcoming Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report on the film’s official website. Jody Hill‘s follow-up to the cult comedy The Foot Fist Way, which will premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin Texas in March.  I have yet to see The Foot Fist Way but I’ve heard nothing but great things.  Observe and Report seems like not your typical Seth Rogen comedy, more character based. As Rogen declares that “The World Needs a Fucking Hero” I can’t help but think this is the Anti-Paul Blart film. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.
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