Although that first domestic trailer for Peter and Bobby Farrelly‘s The Three Stooges left me pretty cold, with just a month to go until the film’s release it seemed worth giving the new international trailer a fair shot. Unfortunately, though the new video does more efficient job of laying out the plot, it fares no better at bringing the funny. Your mileage may vary, though, so check out the trailer after the jump.

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The latest addition to the cast roster of The Three Stooges is Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, who is now in talks to play a femme fatale. (THR describes her as “a devious woman who pretends to be the wife of a dying man and tells the Stooges she’ll pay them a handsome sum if they kill the man in his sleep.”) The part factors into the middle section of the film; the Farrelly Brothers are presenting the movie structured as three 30-minute shorts. As for the rest of the cast, Will Sasso is Curly, Sean Hayes is Larry, and no Moe has been picked. (Or none has been announced, anyway.) [Original report: Variety]

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Last month, the feature film version of The Three Stooges moved from the struggling MGM to 20th Century Fox, along with writer/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Once attached stars Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro were long gone but with the change of studio, the movie once again had a pulse. That pulse is now quickening according to The Wrap who reports that “advances have been made, representatives have been approached and discussions have taken place” for Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg and Australian comedian Shane Jacobson to play Moe, Larry and Curly. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Warner Bros, Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Fox have announced new release dates for a sixteen films to be released over the next three years. We have information and dates for all of the films, after the jump.

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Over the past month, every week there seems to be a new casting announcement for The Farrelly Brothers‘ comedy Hall Pass. And even though the comedy has already begun filming, this week isn’t any different. Variety reports that two more have joined the film, Richard Jenkins and Bruce Thomas (Kyle XY).  Jenkins will portray Coakley, a man who never settled down, while Thomas plays a baseball player.

The cast includes Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Jason Sudeikis, Stephen Merchant, Christina Applegate, Alyssa Milano, Larry Campbell and Vanessa Angel and J.B. Smoove. Last week we learned that Amanda Bynes left the project. Wilson stars as Rick, a husband in a dull marriage whose wife gives him a ‘hall pass’ — ie a license to engage in a week’s worth of extra-marital affairs. Sudeikis co-stars as Wilson’s best friend, who also gets a pass to get whatever ass he can. We have more details on the film’s plot, after the jump.

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Amanda Bynes Leaves The Farrellys’ Hall Pass

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Last night Chase Whale alerted me to a tweet from actress Amanda Bynes, who explains that she won’t be appearing in The Farrelly Brothers‘ comedy Hall Pass after all.

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Christina Applegate (Anchorman), Alyssa Milano (“My Name is Earl”), Larry Campbell (Wedding Crashers) and Vanessa Angel (Kingpin) are the latest batch of actors and actresses to be announced for the Farrelly Brothers‘ comedy Hall Pass, which began shooting this week in Atlanta. (With Atlanta standing in for New England.) They join the already announced cast of Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Amanda Bynes, Jason Sudeikis, Stephen Merchant and J.B. Smoove.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, The Losers) will star alongside Sam Worthington in The Fields (formerly titled Texas Killing Fields), to be directed by Michael Mann‘s daughter Ami Canaan Mann from a screenplay by Donald F. Ferrarone. Morgan will play a detective “transplanted from New York.”

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I mentioned Hall Pass in brief yesterday while talking about Sean Penn’s reported return to the cast of the Farrelly Brothers take on The Three Stooges. At the time all we had were a few basic details: Owen Wilson is starring the film, which the Farrellys will shoot in Atlanta next month. (With Atlanta standing in for New England.) New Line picked up the film after Fox put it in turnaround, and it sounds like a comedy in line with the tame recent work of the filmmaking brothers rather than the broad, over the top stuff that made them popular in the first place.

We’ve got a few more details now, thanks to trade reports. I’m betting there’s not yet enough known to ignite more than cautious curiosity in most readers. Read More »

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In June, a gossip columnist suggested to the Farrelly Brothers that Paul Giamatti play Larry in The Three Stooges after Sean Penn backed out of the role due to family issues. Bobby Farrelly admitted to the paper that Giamatti would not only be “a sensational Larry,” but they’d “love to have Paul.” Unfortunately “an offer” has already been sent out “to someone else.” Giamatti who was also in town at the Nantucket Film Festival with his comedy Cold Souls, didn’t seem too responsive to the idea.

“They were always so dark and grim. And Moe was this ancient man with a little boy’s haircut. But Larry? I don’t get Larry. He’s strange. He’s sort of the blank guy in the middle.”

The whole thing seemed rather speculative at the time, but it appears the tides have apparently changed. The Boston Globe now reports that the Farrelly Brothers has not only signed Giamatti to take over the role of Larry, but Jim Carrey is no longer attached to play Curly, even though he was reportly gaining a bunch of weight for the part. No word on a replacement for Carrey just yet. Benicio Del Toro is still attached to play Moe. I’m starting to think that this film may never happen, which might be for the better.