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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I’ve made no secret of my disdain for the recent Total Recall remake, but thankfully Colin Farrell‘s 2012 isn’t looking like a total bust. This fall sees him reuniting with his In Bruges director Martin McDonagh for Seven Psychopaths, in which Farrell plays a screenwriter who gets tangled up in a dog-kidnapping scheme gone awry.

Farrell’s In Bruges co-star Brendan Gleeson sits out the nuttiness this time around, but Farrell’s joined by a host of other interesting talents including Sam Rockwell, Woody Harelson, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken, and Tom Waits. Watch the entertaining first trailer after the jump.

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One of the last two films Steven Soderbergh plans to shoot before retiring from directing is The Bitter Pill, a thriller scripted by Scott Z. Burns (The Informant!, Contagion) that follows a troubled and highly medicated woman (Rooney Mara) who is dealing with her anxiety pending the release of her husband (Channing Tatum) from prison.

The promising actress Vinessa Shaw (Two Lovers, pictured above, and 3:10 to Yuma) is now set to play the wife of one of Mara’s doctors, who will be portrayed by Jude Law. After The Bitter Pill, Soderbergh will move on to his Liberace biopic for HBO, and then he’s done. (So he says.) [Deadline]

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Seven Psychopaths, directed by In Bruges writer/director and playwright Martin McDonagh, is one of my most-anticipated movies of 2012. (A list which, as predicated, is already completely in need of an update or revamp after Sundance.) The reason is simple: McDonagh has a unique and compelling voice, and the film features a killer cast: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits, Gabourey Sidibe, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko.

We haven’t yet seen any footage from the movie, but here are the first images. And for those who haven’t tracked down the screenplay we’ve got some new details as well, which might do a little bit to enhance interest in the movie. Read More »

Just a day ago I talked about Seven Psychopaths, the new movie from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, because Mickey Rourke had proclaimed McDonagh to be a ‘jerkoff’ and refused to be in the film. McDonagh “wanted a whole lot for nothing,” the actor said, so he bailed.

Everything has worked out fine, as long as I’m concerned, however. Rourke is gone, but now Woody Harrelson has taken his role, and Olga Kurylenko and Tom Waits have also signed on to the film that already featured Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. Read More »

If the new slimmed down, Serious Actor version of Jonah Hill confounds you, don’t fret — The Sitter sees Hill returning to the familiar role of pudgy funnyman as Noah Jaybird, a layabout who gets roped into babysitting a trio of bratty kids. Described as cross between Adventures in Babysitting and SuperbadDavid Gordon Green‘s comedy follows Noah and his charges as they embark on a wild night, crossing paths with a pair of psychotic dealers (Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove), a horny young lady (Ari Graynor), and various other unsavory characters. Needless to say, the evening does not go well, especially for poor Noah.

A new red-band TV spot shows Noah getting smashed up in all sorts of ways by various people, while an international poster demonstrates the film’s racier side. Check out both after the jump. (Warning: The former is NSFW for language; the latter is technically SFW, but is probably the kind of thing your boss wouldn’t be thrilled to see on your computer screen at work.)

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This is kind of a catch-all casting break, as it goes all over the map. I’d love to tie the four stories that follow to a theme beyond ‘these people are all in new movies,’ but if that theme exists, I’m afraid it escapes me now. So, after the break you’ll find:

  • Sienna Guillory appears to be confirmed to return as Jill Valentine in the fifth Resident Evil film,
  • comedian Gabriel Iglesias will spin records (or CDs, more likely) in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Olivia Wilde takes what formerly belonged to Jennifer Garner,
  • and James Hong will play Ryan Reynolds, sort of, in R.I.P.D.

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A few days ago, we posted a red-band trailer for David Gordon Green‘s The Sitter, and several of you complained about the very NSFW audio that opens the trailer. I’m not sure why so many of you are watching movie trailers with the volume turned all the way up in your offices and classrooms — do your bosses really not care if you watch trailers all day as long as they’re SFW? If so, lucky you — but rest assured that you can crank this new green-band version up at top volume without risking the wrath of your superiors and colleagues.

Starring Jonah Hill, the “Adventures in Babysitting meets Superbad” comedy follows a lazy young man who gets roped into babysitting for a family friend. Naturally, one thing leads to another, and our feckless hero and his young charges find themselves on a wild ride that includes psychotic drug dealers (Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove), a sexy and willing young woman (Ari Graynor), at least one crazy car chase, and some punches in the face. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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