Shia LaBeouf

So much for retirement. Just three weeks after his dramatic announcement that he would “#stopcreating” in the wake of the Daniel Clowes plagiarism scandal, Shia LaBeouf has booked a new movie.

LaBeouf has just joined Bill Murray in Barry Levinson‘s Rock the Kasbah, along with Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, and Zooey Deschanel. The indie comedy follows a music manager in Kabul. Hit the jump for more details.

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This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.

But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of  the big surprises.

The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »

Though he’s not even old enough to watch The Dark Knight Rises by himself, Bart Simpson’s got the kind of ex-girlfriend roster most of us can only dream about — and many of them, including Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, and Anne Hathaway will be back in his life for the upcoming 24th(!) season. Also after the jump:

  • Has HBO started casting for Season 3 of Game of Thrones?
  • TNT’s Southland and Showtime’s Borgias renewed
  • AMC orders two more murder mystery pilots
  • Dish Network will drop AMC, IFC, Sundance, and WEtv

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Briefly: Since (500) Days of Summer, Zooey Deschanel has been only two features: Our Idiot Brother and Your Highness, both released last year. Now she’ll go back to the big screen with director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Pirate Radio) and co-star Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the upcoming Dredd). The film is a time-travel dramedy called About Time, written by Curtis.

Gleeson would be Tim, a young guy from a time-traveling family. When he is introduced to his calendar-leaping birthright, he tries to make positive changes in situations around him. Dechanel will be Mary, with whom Tim gets involved.

Variety says the film would shoot during Deschanel’s hiatus from New Girl, because there just aren’t enough time-travel romantic comedies, the trailer release from earlier today notwithstanding. (I’m serious; it seems like such an obvious subgenre that it should explode with new developments every couple years.)

The most exciting and most stressful part of any fall premiere season is sifting through all the brand-new pilots, so it helps to get started early if you can. Like right now, even. Fox has just released the pilot for one of its most highly anticipated new shows, New Girl, on iTunes, two whole weeks early. The episode will also hit Hulu and Fox.com well in advance of its official September 20 premiere date.

The half-hour comedy revolves around Jess (Zooey Deschanel at her Zooey Deschanel-iest), who finds herself moving in with three guys in the aftermath of a bad breakup. Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield (Officer Leo from Veronica Mars!), and Damon Wayans, Jr. star in the pilot as her new roommates. (Lamorne Morris will replace Wayans in subsequent episodes; Wayans left New Girl after his adorable but underwatched Happy Endings was unexpectedly picked up for a second season.) Hannah Simone rounds out the cast as Jess’ best friend, who’s street smart and cynical where Jess is naive and endlessly positive. More details after the jump.

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‘Our Idiot Brother’ Trailer #2

The title Our Idiot Brother is just about the perfect description of this movie. Paul Rudd stars at Ned, a nice but naive man who, despite his best intentions, continually causes problems for his very different and more traditional sisters played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer. Written and directed by Jesse Peretz, the comedy sold for big bucks at Sundance and played pretty uniformly for the /Film team. We agreed that it’s entertaining, worth seeing, but ultimately sort of forgettable. Still, with that cast and plenty of laughs, there’s no denying that Our Idiot Brother has potential mass appeal. Check out the theatrical trailer, which has much more footage than the teaser trailer, after the break. Read More »

One film I’ve been looking forward to is Our Idiot Brother (formerly known as My Idiot Brother), which premiered at Sundance earlier this year to warm, if not spectacular, reviews. Jesse Peretz‘s dramedy stars Paul Rudd as a good-hearted but dim man who gets passed around between his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer) as he tries to get his life together after his latest set of mishaps — one of which involved selling weed to a uniformed police officer. He’s that dumb. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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I still can’t quite believe that Your Highness exists. A raunchy sword and sorcery stoner movie from the guy who directed the arthouse fave George Washington and starring Best Actress Oscar winner Natalie Portman? Pure lunacy. (Yeah, it sucks that Universal passed on At the Mountains of Madness, but you can’t say the studio isn’t willing to take chances, looking at movies like this.)

We’ve seen one red-band and one regular trailer for Your Highness. Now there is a new red-band clip that features more vulgraity, more half-naked Natalie Portman and several other fully unclad women. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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