Michael Shannon is second to none when it comes to channeling intensity, but as the lead of Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman he could be more frightening than ever. Shannon stars as real-life mob hitman Richard Kuklinski, whose touching devotion to his family masks a knack for cold-blooded killing. (Though he maintains a soft spot for women and children in both lives.) The brutally effective Kuklinski is believed to have murdered over a hundred people before his four-decade career ended in 1986.

There was a little back-and-forth on the film last year, when it looked for a while like it might fall apart altogether after James Franco dropped out of a major role. But they’ve managed to make it work, with Chris Evans taking over for Franco and Franco returning a smaller part. Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, and Stephen Dorff are also among the supporting cast. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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‘Brake’ Trailer: If You Liked ‘Buried’…

Sure, we all enjoyed Rodrigo CortésBuried when it came out in 2010 — but did you like it so much that you’re dying to see it done all over again? Directed by Gabe Torres, Brake revolves around another man trapped in a tiny, confined space who must figure out a way to get the hell out of there before time runs out. In this case, the star is Stephen Dorff, and he’s stuck in the trunk of a car rather than a coffin. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor are in talks to join Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in James Wan‘s upcoming thriller, formerly called The Conjuring. The film, which is now going by the working title Untitled Warren Files Project, centers around a husband and wife paranormal investigation team (Wilson and Farmiga) dealing with spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse. Livingston and Taylor would play a couple that moves into the farmhouse with their children, and are terrorized by the supernatural beings who reside there. The story is inspired by the real-life tale of the Perron family and paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970s.

Livingston will next appear in HBO Films’ Game Change, which premieres March 10, and this summer’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Taylor co-stars in Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn, which opens March 2. The Conjuring is scheduled to enter production in North Carolina in March. [THR]

After the jump, Stephen Dorff goes down in ’80s Beirut, while Mark Webber and Chloë Sevigny get hitched.

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The long Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us, and between that and the Venice and Telluride film festivals, it seems like a lot of Hollywood has shut down in anticipation of the last relaxing days of summer. But we’ve got a few new casting bits to throw your way regardless. After the break,

  • Ed Helms will remake a French pimp comedy,
  • Paul Dano is among the cast additions to Kelly Reichardt’s new film Night Moves,
  • The unlikely duo of Stephen Dorff and Steve Coogan are in an adaptation of the novel The Catastrophist,
  • and found footage film Evidence gets new players.

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‘Immortals’ Trailer #3

Here’s the third trailer for Tarsem‘s stylishly violent Immortals. (See the first and second ones if you haven’t already.)

I like this trailer a lot more than either of the previous ones; there’s a good voiceover that explains the background and early plot beats, and helps contextualize some of the pretty shots we’ve been seeing in previous trailers and clips. A few new shots offer additional eye-candy, too. While I remain unconvinced that this will really work as a piece of storytelling (it still looks a bit like a Dune/Clash of the Titans mashup) I can at least get a much better idea of what Tarsem is looking to accomplish. Check it out below. Read More »

A second trailer for Tarsem‘s Immortals — aka his Fight Club + Caravaggio + Clash of the Titans + 300 — has arrived. There isn’t a lot of new footage within, but there is a much greater focus on story this time out. If you watched the first trailer and wondered what the hell the movie is about, this one might help you understand. Read More »

William Petersen has always been a bit careful about choosing work, and now that he’s gone from CSI, he’s looking at features once more. He’s in Tony Kaye’s Detachment now, but that’s his first feature since 2000. Now he is negotiating to join Seeking a Friend at the End of the World, which already had the odd pairing of Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Along with him come Adam Brody and Rob Corddry.

Lorene Scafaria (writer, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) wrote and will direct; the story picks up when an asteroid threatens to end life on Earth. The main character is “a man whose wife leaves him amidst the ensuing panic, prompting him to seek out his high school sweetheart, who yearns to be with him when doomsday arrives. Knightley plays the female lead, a neighbor of Carell’s character who accompanies him on a romantic road trip to find her.” We don’t know the roles that Adam Brody and Rob Corddry will play. [Variety]

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‘Immortals’ Trailer, Official HD Version

The official release of the trailer for Tarsem‘s Immortals is now out. Now you can see just what Tarsem meant when he said he was going for a sort of “Caravaggio meets Fight Club” approach — really, it looks more or less like established Tarsem style as seen in The Cell and The Fall, filtered through 300. There is some real beauty in this trailer, but as has been the case with the director’s movies in the past, it’s probably too early to make a call about whether the movie will be more than a great slideshow or not. Read More »

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