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Less than a year after The Way, Way Back hit theaters, directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are prepping a reunion of sorts in The Heart. The pair have just cast The Way, Way Back actors Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney in their upcoming action-comedy, which stars Kristen Wiig. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Better Living Through Chemistry

Sam Rockwell is currently at Sundance promoting his new comedy Laggies, but in the meantime another of his projects is nearing a theatrical release. Geoff Moore and David Posamentier‘s Better Living Through Chemistry was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films earlier this month, and is now slated to hit theaters in March.

The comedy, which Moore and Posamentier also wrote, centers around Douglas, a small-town pharmacist who can cure everyone’s problems — say it with me now — but his own. That is, until he meets gorgeous, seductive, rich trophy wife Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde) who turns him onto sex, drugs, and possibly murder.

Also starring are Michelle Monaghan as Douglas’ wife, Ray Liotta as Elizabeth’s husband, and Ben Schwartz as a pharmacy delivery boy or something. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Laggies

Ask someone what the quintessential Sundance movie is and they might say something with well-known stars, directed by a popular independent filmmaker, in a story about finding one’s place in the world. Which, on the surface, is Lynn Shelton‘s Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell. But Laggies breaks from that mold by spinning those festival tropes in an original, likable way.

Knightley plays Megan, a 28-year-old struggling with the inevitability of adulthood. To cope she befriends — and moves in with — a high school girl (Moretz) and her single dad (Rockwell). It might sound a bit creepy, but Shelton’s direction and the three lead performances instead lead to a sweet and interesting, if never spectacular film. Read More »

A Case of You

Indie romcoms about self-doubting writers and quirky hipster goddesses are a dime a dozen, but Kat Coiro‘s A Case of You has a special secret weapon in the form of one Peter Dinklage. While the main romance revolves around Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood, the Game of Thrones star seems poised to steal every scene he’s in as an odd barista with a hideous mustache. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Sam Rockwell in Early Talks for ‘Poltergeist’

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Briefly: You can complain about the idea of a remake of Poltergeist, but there’s not much bad to say about the cast for the movie so far. Rosemarie DeWitt was the first cast, and now Sam Rockwell is in talks for a role in the remake, says The Wrap. Rockwell is choosing between this and other films, but the site says he’s the top choice on MGM and producer Sam Raimi’s list, and that Rockwell likes the idea of working with Raimi.

Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). The Wrap says Rockwell would be the husband in the Bowen household, with DeWitt playing his wife. Their daughter Madison is “abducted by supernatural forces that trap her in the netherworld between life and death.” Based on this report, the story  features the Bowens standing in for the Freelings of the original film, but we still don’t know how closely this film will resemble the Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg original.

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Sam Rockwell has been seen in a smiling, funny, and very good supporting role this year in The Way Way Back. Now here’s the grim opposite of that appearance. A Single Shot stars Rockwell as a hunter who hits the wrong prey when taking aim at an animal.

A new trailer has been released, and you can see it below. The last trailer for the movie was a teaser that emphasized mood over dialogue; this one gives you a much better sense of who the characters are, and precisely what sort of trouble they’re facing. William H. Macy shows up in a hell of a wig, and there are hints of appearances from actors like Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs. But Rockwell looks like he owns the show (naturally) with an intense, desperate performance. Read More »

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What’s the latest on Hellboy 3? Where can you see an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. billboard? Does Sam Rockwell want back into the Marvel Universe? Want to see some new TV spots and images from The Wolverine? Where is Captain America: The Winter Soldier now filming? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Most movie watchers now know Clark Gregg thanks to his role as Special Agent Coulson in Marvel films such as The Avengers, but the actor has a career that spans well beyond Marvel’s reach.

A few years ago he wrote and directed an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Choke, starring Sam Rockwell. Now Gregg and Rockwell are working together once more for Trust Me. This film, which Gregg also wrote and directed, traces the efforts of a child star-turned-agent (Gregg) who seeks to sign a teen talent before his nemesis (Rockwell) can poach her.

Below, we’ve got a long scene from the film, in which Gregg’s character makes his pitch to 13 year-old Lydia (Saxon Sharbino) and her suspicious father (Paul Sparks). As you’ll see, there’s likely some influence here from working in the tentpole/franchise side of Hollywood. In general, however, this appears to be something very much Gregg’s own.

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