Some casting, some directing, some controversy and a couple Star Trek details are in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • Olivia Wilde talks of possibly returning for a Tron: Legacy sequel.
  • Greg Kinnear and Josh Lawson join Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
  • Paul W.S. Anderson is definitely directing Resident Evil 6.
  • Warner Bros. is suing the J.R.R. Tolkien estate over a breach in contract with The Hobbit.
  • Bad Robot’s Action Movie FX App will get a Star Trek Into Darkness upgrade.
  • New Zealand is the latest country to get Star Trek Into Darkness a week early.
  • Peter Serafinowicz joins The Muppets…Again and Tina Fey discusses her character.

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‘Crave’ Trailer: When Death Wishes Come True

There’s a guy out there whose work almost every one of our readers knows, but very few people are likely to know his name. The guy in question is Charles de Lauzirika, and he has been one of the top DVD producers for many years, having worked on things like the Twin Peaks Gold Box, and the 5-disc Blade Runner Blu-ray restoration and release. In face, Lauzirika directed Dangerous Days, the documentary on that box set about Ridley Scott’s movie.

And how he’s made his first feature film. Crave stars Josh Lawson, Emma Lung, and Ron Perlman in a story that looks a bit like a mix of current sci-fi/superhero mythology and Death Wish. The trailer for Crave dropped during Comic Con, and it’s good stuff. You’ll get an idea of the film, but I walked away from this trailer with a lot more questions than I had going in, and I’m really curious to see where the movie goes. Check out the footage below. Read More »

Dexter and Homeland ended their respective seasons last month, but the New Year brings some promising new reasons not to cancel your Showtime subscription just yet. Both Californication and Shameless are set to premiere this Sunday, as does the one I’ve really been looking forward to — freshman series House of Lies.

Based on a memoir by Martin Kihn, the series stars Don Cheadle as a successful but self-loathing management consultant, with Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, and Josh Lawson rounding out the cast as Cheadle’s colleagues. The network has put the entire first episode online ahead of its January 8 debut, and you can watch it after the jump. Be warned, however, that although the video has been modified for nudity and language, it’s not exactly workplace-friendly.

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The first feature film to be directed by Charles de Lauzirika is shooting right now, having successfully flown under the trade-announcement radar all the way to its Detroit location. It’s a psychological thriller called Crave and will star Josh Lawson, Emma Lung and Ron Perlman. What makes it particularly interesting, I think, is the director. De Lauzirika is previously the man responsible for producing the extra content on the lion’s share of my favourite DVD boxsets and special editions.

Not only did he produce the one-time world champion DVD SKU with the Alien Quadrilogy box (points off for the name, though), he’s also the guy behind the Blade Runner set that finally knocked it off it’s perch. And though I’m sworn to secrecy about it (ie. legally tied up in knots by a scary studio’s powerful legal people), I was recently lucky enough to see something very, very special he’s putting together on Blu-Ray. And I mean very very.

I’ve heard DVDs like de Lauzirika’s called “film school on a disc” before now. Hmmm. Okay… but does that mean he’s going to be uniquely well schooled, and that we can all expect Crave to kick off from the legacies of Ridley Scott, Sam Raimi, the Coens, James Cameron, Jean Pierre Jeunet and Mark Romanek? I mean, no pressure Charles.

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