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OK, seriously, what’s going on with Jean-Claude Van Damme? I would have never pegged the guy as light-hearted, but he actually looks like he’s been having fun of late. There was that volvo commercial with the impressive split. Then there was yesterday’s trailer for Welcome to the Jungle, JCVD’s first outright comedy.

Now we’ve got a look at Enemies Closer, an action film about a sort of bayou manhunt that definitely has it’s own comic edge. In fact, Van Damme is really drinking from the same well Javier Bardem was when he did The Counselor. Just check the whacked-out hair and mannerisms. The movie looks awful, but ol’ Jean-Claude just couldn’t give a Damme. (The marketing people wrote that, not me. *runs away*) Read More »

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Ellen Page is in final negotiations to star with Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgard in The East, Zal Batmanglij‘s thriller about a mysterious eco-terrorism organization called The East. Marling, who co-wrote the script with Batmanglij, leads as an undercover agent who infiltrates the group but then finds herself developing feelings for the group’s leader (Skarsgard). Page will play Izzy, a member of The East and Skarsgard’s ex, who becomes jealous of relationship between Marling and Skarsgard. Page replaces Felicity Jones, who had to drop out of the project due to press commitments for Like Crazy.

The addition of the Oscar-nominated Page should add even more buzz to a film that’s already been getting plenty of it. Marling and Batmanglij broke out at this year’s Sundance with Sound of my Voice, and True Blood star Skarsgard has a handful of interesting projects in the works. Page’s next big-screen appearance will be in next year’s Woody Allen-directed Bop Decameron, alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin.

The East is set to begin shooting in Nashville in October. [Variety]

After the jump, Anthony Mackie dreams up a new project for himself and Tom Everett Scott pairs up with Marisa Tomei.

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Rooney Mara made a significant impression in The Social Network, thanks in large part to the way she held her own against Jesse Eisenberg in the film’s long opening scene. Now she’s working again for David Fincher in one of the two starring roles in his version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. So there’s a good chance she’s going to be huge.

But after Dragon Tattoo is done it looks like she’ll take a moment to be in a smaller film. The actress has been cast in Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes, from her Tanner Hall co-director Francesca Gregorini. Read More »

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