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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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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The cast of this summer’s independent comedy The Way, Way Back is insane: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, and Rob Corddry… and none of them are the star of the film. That honor goes to Liam James, a young actor best known for roles on The Killing and Psych. He’s the main character in this sweet and hilarious coming of age comedy from Oscar-winners Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.

Faxon and Rash won an Oscar for writing The Descendants, but you likely know them best as Ben from Ben & Kate and Dean Pelton from Community. They pop up in this film too, which they wrote, and directed. The movie opens July 5. The first trailer is below. Read More »

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The big recent roles from Sam Rockwell have been comedic — think of his turn in Seven Psychopaths, his work in The Sitter, hell, even his Iron Man 2 performance had a comic tinge. And when audiences get a chance to see The Way Way Back later this year, they’ll see a very endearing and funny turn from the actor.

A Single Shot appears to have only the smallest funny bone. It is an adaptation of a novel by Matthew F. Jones, in which a man (Rockwell) loses his family farm, and poaches game to survive. But things go bad when he takes aim at the wrong target. The trailer is very much in a sort of post-Malick mode, with a bit of dialogue setting the stage for a cascade of imagery backed by tense, insistent violins. It gives a sense of danger more than it conveys a full story. Read More »

Funny as the first Seven Psychopaths trailer was, as a green-band trailer it could only get across so much of director Martin McDonagh‘s twisted, decidedly R-rated sensibility. This, after all, is a guy whose first feature picked up in the aftermath of a hitman killing a child — and only got bloodier and more foulmouthed from there. A new red-band trailer allows things to get a little more profane, and a little more violent, to great effect.

Colin Farrell leads the cast as a struggling screenwriter who gets caught up in his best friend’s (Sam Rockwell) dog-napping scheme: take the puppy, return it to its owner, and collect the reward. But when they target the wrong man, a maniacal gangster named Charlie (Woody Harrelson), they find themselves in way over their heads. Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Gabourey SidibeAbbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko also star. Watch the video after the jump.

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It can be pretty hard to take Jim Rash seriously when he’s flirting with dalmatians as Dean Pelton on Community, but off-camera he’s enjoying greater success than ever. Rash and Nat Faxon landed Oscars this past February for scripting Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, and have spent most of the year since working on their directorial debut The Way, Way Back.

The project’s history goes back several years. Rash and Faxon’s script landed on the 2007 Black List and briefly had Shawn Levy (Real Steel) attached to helm. When Levy moved on, however, the pair decided to tackle the job themselves. Given their past work, it’s no surprise that they were able to gather a talented and funny cast including Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, and Rob Corddry. With shooting just ended, we now have the first image from the coming-of-age comedy. Check it out after the jump.

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