David Brent is coming back, as is Whose Line It Anyway? Also after the jump:

  • Lee Pace, Angela Kinsey, Michael Ealy and more book pilots
  • Entourage‘s Rhys Chorio will drop by Dexter next season
  • Ron Livingston and Brian Geraghty join Boardwalk Empire
  • FX’s Archer and Syfy’s Lost Girl get renewals
  • Goodwin Games, Louis CK‘s new special get premiere dates
  • The CW cancels 90210 and moves Cult to Fridays
  • AMC confirms Scott Gimple as the new Walking Dead showrunner
  • Dylan McDermott drops a hint about American Horror Story
  • Most PaleyFest 2013 panels will stream live online
  • Netflix announces the Flixies awards

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With a worldwide gross of $296 million, 2010′s Resident Evil: Afterlife was the best office performer yet of the video game-based Resident Evil film franchise. That made a fifth Resident Evil a no-brainer, so over the past year and change there’s been a steady stream of news, casting announcements, and set photos from the movie that would eventually be titled Resident Evil: Retribution.

Today we finally have the first real trailer for the Retribution, and it should be a treat for Resident Evil fans — once you get past the first 20+ seconds of Sony commercials, that is. Yep, Sony electronics ads actually make up over a third of the trailer. Watch it after the jump.

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Chris Maybach has been enjoying excellent buzz for producing Sundance favorite Martha Marcy May Marlene, but don’t think he’s been resting on his laurels. Maybach has two more films in post-production — Sean Baker’s Starlet and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George — and is in the process of casting yet another project, which he will direct himself.

The new drama, titled The Low Road, follows a young drifter who returns to his hometown and gets wrapped up in a conflict involving two old men on the verge of losing their farm. Maybach told Screen Daily that he has put out offers to Nick Nolte and Tom Waits for the parts of the two older men, though as The Playlist points out, the $1 million budget means that getting both actors may be a bit of a stretch. (Waits has done a song called ‘Lowside of the Road,’ though, so that’s one more reason to think of him for the role.) The film is scheduled to begin shooting in late 2011 or early 2012.

After the jump, Peter Bogdanovich signs on for a supernatural thriller with Super 8 star Joel Courtney, and Colin Salmon looks for Retributon.

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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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We already knew a fifth Resident Evil film was on the way, so now comes the totally unsurprising news that Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson are set to return to the franchise once again. Jovovich, who’s starred in all four previous installments, will be reprising her role as protagonist Alice in Resident Evil: Retribution. Anderson, meanwhile, will be returning to the director’s chair. Although Anderson has written and produced all of the films in the series — he’s writing and producing the new one as well — he’s only directed two of the earlier entries: the original Resident Evil, and the 2010′s Resident Evil: Afterlife.

But while Jovovich and Anderson are boarding the film, it looks like another member of the team is on her way out. Read more details after the jump.

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There’s a lot of minor news floating around today about possible sequels, so let’s run it all down. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Comments from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt about a possible sequel to the Planet of the Apes prequel,
  • The latest skinny on the 24 spin-off movie,
  • Comments from J.J. Abrams about Star Trek 2,
  • The latest Star Trek animated series talk,
  • Confirmation that Ray Park will indeed return for G.I. Joe 2,
  • and word on the shoot for Resident Evil: Retribution.

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I don’t know what to make of the trailer for The Big Bang. The way this thing is cut, it looks like a weird blend of neo noir, Frank Miller and early Guy Ritchie. Is that good, or bad? I really don’t know. What I do know is that Sam Elliott and William Fichtner have supporting roles, and I’ll watch them in almost anything. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

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After a premiere at Sundance and several themed screenings around the UK, Spike Jonze‘ roboromance I’m Here has now arrived online for viewing in its bittersweet entirety. You’ll have to set aside 30 minutes for this one, so sneaking a peek in the office while the boss isn’t looking might prove a little harder than with Ow! Charlie Bit Me or David After Dentist.

Unfortunately, the film’s sponsor/financier Absolut is strictly limiting the amount of screenings per day. As we checked, there were 700 or so available and just publishing this post will take a big bite out of that number. If you’re too late, however, I’d definitely recommend bookmarking and checking back on the morrow and maybe checking out the trailer in the meantime.

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