Waco trailer

In 1993, a standoff at the compound of the Branch Davidians religious sect in Waco, Texas made headlines when the FBI, ATF, and the members of David Koresh’s group collided with fatal results. Now the events leading up to that fateful standoff are receiving the dramatic treatment with Waco, a star-studded 6-part miniseries event for the newly-renamed Paramount Network.

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Columbus trailer

John Cho has long deserved a romantic leading man role after paying his dues for years in the broad comedy of Harold and Kumar and as second fiddle in action franchises like Star Trek. He even gave an underrated performance in Selfie, a surprisingly charming TV show with a terrible title. But now it seems like he’s finally been given the spotlight he deserves in the Sundance darling, Columbus.

And you can see him get that spotlight in the trailer for Columbus, which stars Cho as the son of an ailing professor and Haley Lu Richardson as the young drifting architecture enthusiast with whom he strikes up a friendship.

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Columbus review

Early in Columbus, Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) defends her decision to use less spice in a dish. She was going for subtlety, she explains, all the better to let the true flavors of the ingredients shine through and leave a lingering aftertaste. That, essentially, is the mission statement for the entire movie. It might not be to everyone’s tastes — it’s too delicate and slow and, yes, subtle for that. But those who stick with it will find a drama worth savoring, with echoes of OncePaterson, and the Before trilogy and fine performances from Richardson and John ChoRead More »

Lords of Chaos movie

Lords of Chaos is your classic “young friends become enemies” tale, but with a few shocking twists. For one, the friends in question were in bands that helped define a metal subgenre that is now an established cornerstone of the metal scene. They were also linked to a rash of arson cases — specifically, the burning of churches in Norway. Hanging over it all is murder.

That’s all part of the story of Varg Vikerns, of the one-man band Burzum, and Øystein Aarseth, a.k.a. Euronymous (above right), of the band Mayhem. Their story is chronicled in the book Lords of Chaos. A Lords of Chaos movie has been in development for years, and now Jonas Åkerlund is going to direct it, with Rory Culkin and Caleb Landry Jones in the lead roles. Read More »

Plenty of young talents have attempted the leap from precocious child star to grown-up actor, with severely mixed results, but Chloe Grace Moretz seems to be having an easier time of it than most. Though she’s just 15, she’s already shown a facility for between family-friendly fare like Hugo and more mature entertainments like Let Me In and Kick-Ass over the last few years, and she’s lucky enough to have (apparently) skipped an awkward phase altogether. As far as I’m concerned, she doesn’t need to “prove” that she can transition into mature parts.

But that appears to be exactly what she’s doing in Derick Martini‘s Hick. Moretz plays a teenager who decides to ditch her neglectful parents in Nebraska and strike out for Vegas, meeting all sorts of interesting characters (played by Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Rory Culkin, and Alec Baldwin) along the way. Watch the red-band (i.e., NSFW) trailer after the jump.

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I wouldn’t generally think of Vince Vaughn as the natural replacement for a role that Justin Timberlake had dropped out of, but then again, I’m not a professional casting director. Deadline reports that Vaughn has just signed on for Stephen FrearsLay the Favorite in the part of “Rosie, a Long Island bookie that [protagonist Beth] Raymer once worked for” — a role that Timberlake was attached to earlier this year. I don’t know much else about the character, but it’s easy to imagine Vaughn’s loud, charismatic, rather dickish persona being a perfect fit for a movie about Vegas gambling, don’t you think?

Based on Beth Raymer‘s memoir of the same title, Lay the Favorite follows Raymer in her journey from Vegas cocktail waitress to top professional gambler. As Raymer falls in love, she begins re-evaluating her life decisions. Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, and Frank Grillo are also attached to star. [via The Playlist]

After the jump, Alec Baldwin and Rory Culkin sign on for Hick and The Hunger Games finds its District 9 tributes.

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scream casting 4

Last week there was news about the casting for Scream 4 that suggested Twilight‘s Ashley Greene, Lake Bell, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin were all being considered for roles in Wes Craven‘s Scream 4. Yesterday it was reported by the studio that Emma Roberts had been cast in the new lead role, leading many to wonder if Greene (or the others) were out of the film entirely.

We now have word, thanks to Variety, that Hayden Panettiere (best known as the Cheerleader from Heroes) and Rory Culkin (Signs, Mean Creek) have also been confirmed as officially cast in the horror sequel, the first part of a new trilogy written by screenwriter Kevin Williamson.

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Last week there was news about the casting for Scream 4 that suggested Twilight‘s Ashley Greene could end up playing one of the lead roles in the sequel — a part more or less equivalent to Neve Campbell‘s in the original film. Now it looks like Emma Roberts is going to have that role. So is Greene out of the film entirely? Read More »

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The first questions about Scream 4, which has taken many years to come together, revolved around which members of the cast would return. Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, who kicked off a new wave of horror interest with the first Scream, have got Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox all signed to return. But this is theoretically the first chapter of a new trilogy (shudder), which means we need a lot of new characters.

Enter the potential new redshirts stars: Lake Bell, Ashley Greene, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin. Read More »

Sundance Video Blog Review: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

Earlier today I saw a screening of Joel Schumacher‘s Twelve, which stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin and Rory Culkin. Twelve takes place in a similar world as Gossip Girl, focusing mostly on super rich upper east side New Yorkers.

A new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001’s Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.”

While most people like to give Schumacher shit for his Batman films, many forget his better films, like The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, and Phone Booth. Is Twelve a return to form? Or just a disaster? Watch the video blog review I recorded with Frosty from Collider, embedded after the jump.

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