As if Jeremy Renner doesn’t have enough stuff to do. But hell, the big steaming pile of sequels to the Ice Age films should help someone, so why not a handful of actors? (And animators and loads of technicians, which is also a good thing.) DreamWorks is setting the voice cast for the fourth Ice Age movie, aka Ice Age: Continental Drift (not an educational film, so don’t worry, kids) and Jeremy Renner is among the new additions. Read More »

See a Cast Photo From the ‘Red Dawn’ Remake

As MGM has come out of bankruptcy and inched closer to being a real working studio once more, we’ve heard a lot about the potential for The Hobbit and a new James Bond film. We haven’t heard much at all, however, about the completed remake of Red Dawn, which has been sitting on the shelf for six months. So enjoy this cast photo (which is likely a costume test, and definitely not a still frame) showing the new Wolverines, among whom is Chris Hemsworth (Thor).

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Got to hand it to Collider: they’re scouring the American Film Market scarfing up info on a ton of new films being represented there this week. The latest two are Abducted, which is the first post-Twilight film for Taylor Lautner, and ATM, which is based on a script hatched by Chris Sparling, aka the screenwriter on Buried.

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Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Josh Peck (The Wackness) and Margarita Levieva (Adventureland) have signed on to star in David BrooksATM. THR is reporting that production is gearing up for a late-September start in Winnipeg, Manitoba. You might remember this project as it is the next screenplay from Black List scribe Chris Sparling who made a name for himself with the one-man, one-location script Buried, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to huge buzz (read my review) resulted in a bidding war which ended with Lionsgate spending millions to distribute the film.

The official logline is an action film which “centers on three co-workers who — on a routine stop at an ATM — unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives.” The story follows three co-workers driving home together from a employee Christmas party in the city. They decide to grab some late night pizza, for which they must stop at the ATM, to get some cash. Apparently, this is where the fun starts — about 15 or 20 minutes into the story. ATM exchanges the cramped 7 foot by 3 foot wooden coffin seen in Buried for a 15 square foot indoor ATM shack. The 24-hour ATM is located in a remote area of the barren supermarket parking lot, in a not-so-great neighborhood.  The rest of the story is set primarily in the ATM vestibule, and never leaves the supermarket parking lot. More details after the jump.

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Josh Peck and Toni Mason Join Red Dawn

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Entertainment Weekly has learned that Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki have joined Chris Hemsworth in Dan Bradley‘s remake of Red Dawn. MGM is producing the redo of the 1984 John Milius action war drama about a bunch of Colorado high school students who must run for cover then Soviet and Cuban troops invade their school. The students decide to wage their own guerrilla warfare against the invaders under the banner of their football team, The Wolverines.

The previously announced Hemsworth (best known as Kirk’s father in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek) will be playing Jed Eckert (played by Patrick Swayze in the original), a marine on leave, who leads the group into battle. Josh Peck (The Wackness) will be playing Matt Eckert (played by Charlie Sheen in the original), the younger brother of Jed and the high school’s star quarterback. Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) will play Toni Mason (played by Jennifer Grey in the original), survivor turned tough girl and Jed’s possible love interest. Red Dawn is scheduled to hit theaters on September 24th 2010.

Discuss: What do you think of the casting choices so far?

Josh Peck Cast in Hearts of Men; What Goes Up Photos

Our friends at FilmSchoolRejects learned today that Josh Peck has been cast in a film project called Hearts of Men about three guys “a white boy” (we assume this is Peck), “a black gang member” and “a latino” who witness the latino’s brother get murdered. And like The Wackness, this movie also has some musical undertones. Peck says “The thing that draws them together is that they are all in love with Tupac and his music.” You would think witnessing a murder would be enough to draw them together, but no. The music of Tupac is used as narration or some sort of thematic framing device. I’ve searched and searched for more information on this project, but I can’t even find out the name of the screenwriter. I really fell loved what Peck did in The Wackness, and it will be great to see him in more movies.

Next up Peck will reteam with the lovely Olivia Thirlby (Juno) for What Goes Up (formerly titled Safety Glass), about
a reporter who is sent to cover the Challenger Space Shuttle launch only to become mixed up in the lives of some local students during the mid-1980’s. Hilary Duff, Steve Coogan, Molly Shannon also star. We discovered a bunch of production photos from the film, one of which can be seen above, and the rest of which we’ve included after the jump.

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Interview: Jonathan Levine and Josh Peck

Back in May, I had the opportunity to sit down with director Jonathan Levine and star Josh Peck to talk about their new film The Wackness. I fell in love with this indie coming-of-age drama at Sundance. I have since seen the film three more times. You’ve probably read my gushing posts. It seems like if you talk enough about one thing, even the filmmakers know you by name. When I walked into the room at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, Levine came over and thanked me for all the coverage I have given his film. I thanked him for making a great film. Peck even confessed that he’s a regular /Film reader. How cool is that?

Peter Sciretta: Everybody in the film has a cigarette of drug addiction.

Jonathan Levine: Yeah. Well, I think that, OK, so, yes, everyone smokes, sometimes a lot of the time they’re supposed to be smoking a joint, but people think it’s a cigarette, but Olivia smokes, Famke smokes, there was a scene in the shot where Josh’s character actually quit smoking at the very beginning of the movie and then actually has a cigarette at the end of the movie but that ended up on the cutting room floor. For me I think it’s – I recognize it’s probably pretty provocative and probably pisses people off, but a lot of the world I grew up in in New York or even, I just think teenagers do things that are bad for them. I think the point of the movie is that everyone regardless of where they are in life or what their perspective is, they have their own drug, whether it’s sex, money, music, weed, prescription medication, like everyone has their own drug. I think that kind of underscores that point, but there’s like all this, I think now if you have a cigarette in a movie it’s Rated R right, or is it PG-13?

Peter Sciretta: It’s one of the two, I know you can’t even show smoking in like greenband trailers which must make it hard for you guys to…

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Movie Playlist: Josh Peck

Welcome to another edition of Movie Playlist, where we talk to the writers, directors, and stars about their favorite films. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business moved to Hollywood after discovering their love of films. And I’ve always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.

This week’s edition is with Josh Peck, the star of The Wackness. I first saw The Wackness at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where the movie went on to win the audience award. I’ve seen the film three times since January, and it still remains on my list of the top five films of 2008. Everyone is predicting that Peck  will become one of the breakout stars of the year.

Basquiat by Julian Schnabel

“That movie is awesome.”

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Terry Gilliam

“It’s just… Terry Gilliam… I’ve just never have seen a world created like that. From the second they walk into what was Circus Circus, just how unbelievable it gets where he starts talking about the early sixties in San Francisco going to an acid rave. And Flea from the Chilli Peppers is licking acid off ofhis shirt sleeve and ‘with any luck his life is ruined forever’ I think that will just always live for me.”

25th Hour by Spike Lee

“This Spike Lee joint never fails.”

Bottle Rocket by Wes Anderson

“It’s like a real toss up between any of Wes Anderson’s first three movies. I feel like Bottle Rocket was so brilliant in its ingenious way where like Luke goes into this… ‘her name’s Inez’ and he goes ‘My name’s Dignan’. You know? I’ve geeked out and listed to like the director’s commentary on the Criterion Collection for Royal Tenenbaums and like heard about how Wes did three years of notes on the movie and how it was going to look and like his brother Eric Anderson did all the artwork for the movie and did like designed the suitcases for Darjeeling and whatnot. And Hackman… My favorite? I got to say… Bottle Rocket. I think it set the tone, but I love all three of those movies.”

The Wackness director Jonathan Levine adds: “But see Tenenbaums was the beginning of the end, or the beginning of the bad phase, I think.”

Fresh by Boaz Yakin

“Fresh is my favorite movie. It’s my favorite movie of all time.”

The Wackness Teaser Trailer: “Dealing”

Sony Pictures Classics has released another new teaser trailer for The Wackness on Rotten Tomatoes. Watch the trailer below.

The Wackness hits limited release this Friday.

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The Wackness Official Movie Trailer

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Sony Pictures Classics has released a new trailer for one of my favorite films of the year – The Wackness. They’re calling it the “official trailer”, and I actually like it much more than the the previously released teasers. It plays equal attention the relationships between Peck, Thirlby, and Kingsley, the 1990’s nostalgia, and the incredible soundtrack. I could have done without the Mary-Kate Olsen button at the end, but I understand she might be a selling point.

Hunter points out that they probably should have played up some of the great critical reaction the film has gotten on the festival circuit. But at the same time I can understand that the target audience might not care about quotes from movie critics. I’m still waiting for the inevitable red band trailer. As I’ve said before, this film is a tough film to sell. Director Jonathan Levine told me that SPC was planning on doing a lot of word of mouth screenings to raise awareness. I think the best thing they could do is pack a theater with people and show them the film, as they will surely recommend it to ten of their friends.

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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. The Wackness hits theaters on July 3rd 2008.