The first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Pain & Gain is here. Mark Wahlberg stars as a bodybuilder who wants a better life, and so he teams up with ex-con Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie to kidnap a rich businessman, played by Tony Shalhoub. But things don’t go so well, and everyone ends up experiencing more pain than anything else.

The film seems to have softened the guys so that they’re more movie-ready than the real dudes who inspired the story, but otherwise this looks like pre-Transformers Michael Bay — lurid, sweaty, colorful, and explosive. Check out the footage below.

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There’s a short new trailer for Warm Bodies, the zombie romantic comedy from director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness), starring Nicholas Hoult as a zombie who falls for a human girl (Teresa Palmer). It’s the classic wrong side of the tracks romantic setup, complete with the girl’s father (John Malkovich) being a guy who is opposed — really, violently opposed — to the idea of their relationship.

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We’ve been dying to know just how in the hell Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain would turn out, because the $20 million black comedy sounds so far out of the Transformers director’s usual wheelhouse. While we’ll have to wait a few more months for a proper trailer to get a better sense of whether or not Bay actually nails the alleged “Pulp Fiction meets Fargo” tone, the first photos of Mark Wahlberg on set as bodybuilder-turned-kidnapper Daniel Lugo have hit the web. Wahlberg doesn’t exactly look Schwarzenegger-in-his-prime buff here, but he looks pretty beefy nonetheless.

The snapshots also offer a glimpse of Rob Corddry as another former bodybuilder, though I’m a little disappointed to report that the comedic star doesn’t look any more bulked up than usual.

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Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb may seem like an unlikely couple, but they’ll be united in the fight against a demonic child in Hell Baby. Scripted and directed by Night at the Museum writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the comedy centers around a pregnant woman and her husband (Bibb and Corddry) who move into a dilapidated haunted house in New Orleans. In an effort to keep from having a demonic baby, they call upon the Vatican’s crack exorcism team, played by Lennon and Garant. Bet that’ll go well. Production will begin in New Orleans next month. [Variety]

After the jump, Clark Duke becomes Adam Scott’s kid brother, and Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti pull Amy Landecker into their Christmas tree scheme.

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Anthony Mackie‘s one of those people that seems like he should be much more famous than he is. If you’ve ever seen his work, it’s obvious he’s got the charisma, the talent, and yes, the good looks to become a bona fide leading man. But while his Hurt Locker co-star Jeremy Renner’s been snapping up what feels like every franchise in Hollywood, Mackie’s yet to capture quite the same amount of attention. Happily, that’s starting to change, and it now looks like his next step toward the top will be a leading role opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in Michael Bay‘s Pain & Gain. More details after the jump.

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As a Friday Night Lights fan, I want nothing more than to see its stars succeed in their post-FNL careers. And some have, but others, like Adrianne Palicki, have been less fortunate. Her TV series Lone Star was cancelled after a mere two episodes, and Wonder Woman never even got picked up. Here’s hoping she has more luck on the big screen — Palicki recently wrapped this summer’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and she’ll appear in this fall’s Red Dawn remake.

Now she’s gearing up to switch genres, as she lands a role alongside Glenn Howerton, Ben Schwartz, Steve Little, and Josh Groban in Coffee Town. The comedy, which marks CollegeHumor’s first foray into feature filmmaking, revolves around a website manager (Howerton) who uses a local coffeeshop as his makeshift office. He and his friends must band together when their freeloading way of life is threatened. Palicki will play Becca, a nurse and cafe customer who’s the object of Howerton’s affections. Production begins next week in Los Angeles. [Variety]

After the jump, Rob Corddry could be a bodybuilder-turned-accountant/notary-turned-gym-owner for Michael Bay, and Lone Ranger loses a star.

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John Malkovich is in final talks to join the zombie romance Warm Bodies, directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50). Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as an angsty zombie named R who strikes up a friendship with the human girlfriend of one of his victims and sets off a chain of events that eventually affects all of zombie society. On the surface, it sounds like a pretty typical supernatural love story, but I’ve heard very good things about the book, so I’ve got high hopes that it won’t just be another Twilight.

Teresa Palmer and Rob Corddry are also set to star, as the human love interest and another zombie undergoing an existential crisis, respectively. Malkovich will be playing the villainous “General Grigio, who’s obsessed with the destruction of the zombie threat.” Oh, and he’s also Julie’s father. How awkward. [Variety]

After the jump, Gwyneth Paltrow and Abigail Breslin sign on for two different sex comedies. Yes, that Abigail Breslin. Yes, we’re getting old.

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On day two of the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival and I caught the amazing new Pixar film LA Luna, Wim Wenders 3D documentary Pina about the famous modern dance choreographer, and the first surprise premiere screening of the festival, Jim Field Smith‘s dark dramedy Butter, a top Black List screenplay about a midwest butter carving championship which stars Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry and Hugh Jackman.
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