A good chunk of Hollywood will spend the next several weeks praying to the Oscar gods, but as prestigious as the award is, it’s important to remember that it’s hardly a guarantee of smooth sailing. Halle Berry is living proof of that. Since picking up her statuette in 2002, she’s starred in a few decent films and a whole lot of bad ones. There’s still a chance she could turn it around, but based on this first trailer it’s tough to say which side of that divide The Call falls on.

Berry stars as Jordan, a 911 operator who picks up a call from a kidnapped teenager (Abigail Breslin, just about all grown up). Jordan soon realizes that the abduction has ties to an incident from her past, and that she must face her demons if the girl is to get out alive. The film was directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), who, come to think of it, hasn’t had a solid win in a while either. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Brad Anderson‘s The Hive has cast its first non-Halle Berry role. Abigail Breslin has just signed on to the Rich D’Ovidio-scripted thriller, which will enter production in Los Angeles this summer. Berry plays a 911 call operator who comes face-to-face with her own worst fears as she tries to save a teenage girl (Breslin) from a vicious killer.

Breslin’s switched easily between genres over the course of her career, but she has relatively few straight-up thrillers under her belt so The Hive represents a bit of a change of pace for her. Breslin is currently shooting Ender’s Game, from director Gavin Hood. [Variety]

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Geek favorite Nathan Fillion has signed on for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, the Thor Freudenthal-directed sequel to Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. As Greek god Hermes, father of antagonist Luke (Jake Abel), Fillion joins a strong supporting cast that includes Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Missi Pyle (The Artist), and Mary Birdsong (The Descendants) as the three Fates.

Logan Lerman, who starred in the first film as Percy, will reprise his role, along with Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. The Sea of Monsters is scheduled to hit theaters March 26, 2013.

After the jump, Halle Berry comes back to The Hive, and Anthony Michael Hall stabs Danny Trejo in the back as Mickey Rourke watches on.

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Joel Schumacher‘s career continues to stutter. His 2009 Blood Creek was dumped to dollar theaters and DVD; his film Twelve was called one of the worst in 2010 and barely saw release. His latest movie, Trespass, with Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman, hit a very few theaters and is already available to stream on Netflix.

And now Schumacher has been replaced on a film called The Hive. The new director — who steps in for reasons that aren’t clear — is Brad Anderson, known for Session 9, The Machinist, episodes of The Wire, Fringe and Boardwalk Empire and, most recently, the film Vanishing on 7th Street. Read More »

Joel Schumacher has confirmed in an interview that Halle Berry is in talks to take the lead in the tentatively titled The Hive, about “a female emergency line operator who, in trying to help a young girl, comes up against a killer from her own past.” While nothing is official at this point, the director said, he and Berry are both interested in working together and the producers of The Hive seem to be on board with hiring her.

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in February, though Schumacher has said that he may shoot another, smaller film before that. Berry will next appear in Garry Marshall’s limp-looking ensemble romcom New Year’s Eve, and is currently shooting Cloud Atlas with directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. [Coming Soon]

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Joel Schumacher Directing ‘The Hive’

It’s been a rough few years for Joel Schumacher — rougher than most for the director who is often lambasted for his Batman films, regardless of the fact that he’s made a couple of solid pictures since then. He bombed with the Jim Carrey film The Number 23 in 2007, then saw Blood Creek dumped in dollar theaters, and Twelve was critically savaged as one of the worst films of 2010.

Now he’s in post-production on the potentially more satisfying Trespass, which stars Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet and Ben Mendelsohn. And he’s now set to direct a new thriller called The Hive. Read More »

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