The first trailer has dropped for Gone, Heitor Dhalia‘s thriller about a young woman named Jill (Amanda Seyfried) who comes home to find that her sister Molly (Emily Wickersham) has mysteriously vanished. Jill is sure Molly’s been kidnapped by the same serial killer Jill escaped from two years prior, but the police aren’t convinced — so Jill takes matters into her own hands to rescue her sister.

It’s a standard-issue thriller premise, and there’s not much about the trailer that really sets Gone apart from dozens of similar movies. (The utterly forgettable, SEO-unfriendly title doesn’t help matters, either.) Still, there’s always the possibility it’ll wind up a satisfying if not especially imaginative take on the genre, and Seyfried usually makes for a compelling lead. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer

Here’s the first full trailer for the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of The Hunger Games, the first novel in Suzanne Collins‘ darkly futuristic trilogy of novels about teenagers chosen by lottery to fight to the death as representatives of their local district. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are the young leads in the Lionsgate film that could be the studio’s answer to Twilight, but hopefully with a harder edge.

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We’ve spared you the latest two Hunger Games casting updates this week in hopes that one of real substance would come along to tie them all together. That break has come. Wes Bentley, best known for his breakout role in American Beauty, has been cast as Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane in director Gary Ross‘s adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel, The Hunger Games. It’s a small but significant role, as Bentley’s character controls the titular fight to the death. He helps to choose what obstacles each tribute has to face, how they’re ranked and ultimately, he makes the climactic decision that sets up the two sequels.

Also joining the cast are unnamed tributes from Districts 7 and 8. District 7 will represented by Sam Ly and Leigha Hancock while District 8 features Samuel Tan and Mackenzie Lintz. Read more about these roles after the jump. Read More »

In a casting break from a week or so back we announced quite a few names for The Baytown Disco, which has Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria starring in a story of ” three redneck brothers who get more than they bargained for when agreeing to help a woman get her son back from his seemingly abusive father.”

Daniel Cudmore and Travis Fimmel were just cast as two of those brothers; the previously cast Clayne Crawford will be the third. Andrew Barugher has also been added, but we don’t know for what role. Barry Battles co-write the script with Griffin Hood, and he’ll direct the film in Lousiana starting next week. [THR]

After the break, Amanda Seyfried gets company in Gone and Jane Levy (pictured above) joins a comedy. Read More »

The J. Edgar casting train keeps on chugging. Clint Eastwood is in the midst of shooting his J. Edgar Hoover biopic, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Armie Hammer as Hoover’s colleague and reported lover Clyde Tolson, but more and more actors continue to fill out the cast. First Stephen Root was added, then Jeffrey Donovan (of Burn Notice fame) joined, and now Miles Fisher has made the list as well. Fisher probably won’t be familiar to many of you, but he was recently cast as one of the leads in Final Destination 5, and has also appeared in shows such as Mad Men and Gossip Girl. (Amusing side notes: He also played Tom Cruise in Superhero Movie, and starred in that Pinkberry: The Movie video that made rounds last summer.)

More on Fisher’s role after the break, along with a casting update for the Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone. Read More »

Teaser Trailer: ‘There Be Dragons,’ from Roland Joffe

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Fair warning: this teaser trailer for Roland Joffe‘s Spanish Civil War tale There Be Dragons has actually been online since the summer, but we’d completely missed its existence until the recent launch of a new website to promote the film. Joffe’s film sounds superficially like it falls right into the middle of a classic conceit: we see two brothers, one of whome becomes a priest, the other a fascist spy.

But the movie is also about St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of the Catholic organization Opus Dei, aka ‘work of God,’ which ” teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity.” And in case that’s a turn-off (it shouldn’t be!) the trailer looks purdy. Read More »

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Paul Rudd will star in My Idiot Brother, an indie comedy that will have the actor as “an idealist, dealing with his overbearing mother, who crashes into the homes of his three ambitious sisters and, in succession, brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc.” Is it any wonder that producers of Little Miss Sunshine are behind this one?

Jesse Peretz directs from a script by Evgenia Peretz (his sister) and David Schisgall. The sisters aren’t yet cast, but we should hear those names soon, as the film shoots next month. [THR]

After the break, new cast for Tilda, Deathgames, and a ‘Fight Club meets werewolves’ movie. Read More »

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Because I know that casting news on the delayed remake of Footloose is what you’re all more hungry for than anything else, here’s the only casting note that matters this week: Thomas Dekker (Heroes, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Kaboom, A Nightmare on Elm Street) is apparently the latest top candidate to play ‘Two Degrees of Kevin Bacon,’ as, if cast, he’d step into the shoes of Bacon’s classic character from the original film.

Zac Efron and Chace Crawford have both been linked to the film, but in the last few months they’ve passed, and the directorial baton has been handed from Kenny Ortega to Craig Brewer. This isn’t hard and fast casting, though, so there’s still a chance  (There’s also an open casting call for guys 18 and up to play high schoolers.) [LAT]

After the break, better news, because it doesn’t involve the Footloose remake. Read More »

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