James Marsden Joins ANCHORMAN 2, Michael Biehn Leads SEVERED CONNECTION, and Jeremy Jordan Set for THE LAST 5 YEARS

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We’ve got a few casting stories to share this evening.  Briefly:

  • As production gears up to begin next month, James Marsden has joined the cast of Anchorman 2 as a rival anchor and nemesis to Ron Burgundy.
  • Michael Biehn has been tapped to topline the Canadian MMA horror thriller Severed Connection.
  • Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Joyful Noise) is set to star opposite Anna Kendrick in writer/director Richard LaGravenese’s musical The Last Five Years.

Hit the jump for more information on the aforementioned casting stories.

First Images of NECA’s ALIENS Action Figures and HALF-LIFE Gravity Gun Replica

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Toymaker NECA has revealed the first images of their upcoming Aliens action figures as well as a 1:1 replica of the gravity gun from the videogame Half-Life.  The Aliens figures include Hicks (Michael Biehn), Hudson (Bill Paxton), and an alien warrior.  The Hicks and Hudson figures are nearly 7″ tall and feature over 30 points of articulation.  Hicks and Hudson also come with multiple heads, but why you would want to use anything other than the “Game over, man!  Game over!”-head is beyond me.  As for the alien warrior, it’s 9″ tall and has over 30 points of articulation including a bendable tail, hinged jaw, and sliding inner mouth.  It’s perfect for destroying tiny Lance Henriksen.

As for the gravity-gun replica, it’s currently in development, and the image NECA has released is a model, not the final version.  However, it should still do a good job of taking out head-crabs.  Hit the jump to check out images of the toys.  The figures and the replica are due out in the spring.

Michael Biehn THE DIVIDE Interview

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Coming to select theaters tomorrow is the ultra-violent, apocalyptic thriller, The Divide starring Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, Lauren German and Milo Ventimiglia. The film, which details a group of strangers’ slide into madness inside of a fallout shelter represents Xavier Gen’s return to the independent (and unrated) style of Frontier(S) after a brief flirtation with Hollywood that resulted in Hitman.  This is not a film for the squeamish.  But if you like your paranoia thrillers with a side of sanguine and viscera and/or have been following the new wave of grotesque yet artful French Horror, The Divide will not disappoint.

Last week I sat down with Biehn to discuss the film.  During the interview he described how the contentious mood on set bettered the film, explained what he would do in a worst-case scenario, mused about why people enjoy watching hardcore films like The Divide and more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Trailer for THE DIVIDE Starring Milo Ventimiglia and Michael Biehn

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The trailer for Xavier Gens’ indie horror flick The Divide has gone online.  The plot centers on a handful of apartment residents who witness a nuclear attack outside their window and take shelter in the building’s basement.  However, they soon have to contend with human threats both external and internal.  Bill found the film effectively dark but a little too draining and limited by its budget.  Outside of Bill’s review, I heard somewhat negative reactions to the film, but the trailer makes it look pretty good (aside from the single-tear shot at the beginning).  The movie also looks like it will be a nice reminder that Michael Biehn should not be kept in confined spaces.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance, and Lauren German.  The Divide opens January 13, 2012.

PUNCTURE Review

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Adam and Mark Kassen’s Puncture takes two inherently dramatic concepts and can’t find the drama in either.  The story takes the standard underdog-lawyer-vs-evil-corporation yarn and puts a drug addict character in the lead.   But these elements are rendered inert without sharp writing, smart direction, tight pacing, and captivating performances.  The Kassens never find a way to find what’s cinematic and compelling about their promising narrative.

New Clip from PUNCTURE Starring Chris Evans

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A new clip from the healthcare drama Puncture starring Chris Evans is now available online. Co-directed by brothers Adam and Mark Kassen, the film centers on Mike Weiss (Evans), a young Houston lawyer/drug-addict who takes on a case involving a young nurse (Vinessa Shaw) who is pricked by a contaminated needle on the job. As Weiss digs deeper into the case, he uncovers what looks to be a pharmaceutical conspiracy that may be above his pay grade.

Judging from this clip, I’d say Puncture is a functional drama that is undoubtedly being boosted by Evans’ Captain America fame. Hit the jump to watch the new clip. Click here to check out the film’s trailer. Also starring Brett Cullen and Michael Biehn, Puncture opens on September 23rd.

Comic-Con 2011: THE DIVIDE Review

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What hasn’t been explored in the post-apocalyptic genre before? Ponder that before you jump into another film in that genre and you will realize how hard writers and directors have to work to just make something memorable. Luckily for The Divide, making a memorable experience is something they have achieved. The question is, will you want to remember your experience? That’s exactly what I thought over after leaving the basement of a bar where the screening too place last Friday in San Diego. Hit the jump for my full review.

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT Cast Parodies 80s Flicks in Music Video

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Take Me Home Tonight revels in its 80s setting, but it’s not a parody.  The cast has saved that for a new music video that has stars Topher Grace, Dan Fogler, Anna Faris, and Teresa Palmer dressing up and referencing as many 80s movies as they can within the span of about four minutes (there’s also a fun cameo by another Take Me Home Tonight cast member).  Grace also does a Michael J. Fox impression that is worth stopping what you’re doing and watching this video now.

Hit the jump to check out the music video.  Take Me Home Tonight opens March 4th.

Casting Call: Tucci and Gugino in MARGIN CALL; Ventimiglia joins THE DIVIDE; Brosnan, Thornton, Bello, and Ribisi for ST. VINCENT

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If you’re wondering why there’s been so much casting news lately (I’m sure it’s plaguing your every thought), it’s because of all the deal-making going on at the Cannes Film Festival.  So here are three more deals: Stanley Tucci and Carla Gugino have joined Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto in Margin Call; Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette have signed up for The Divide; and Pierce Brosnan, Billy Bob Thornton, Maria Bello, and Giovanni Ribisi are on board for St. Vincent.  Hit the jump for details on all three films.

TOMBSTONE and ARMAGEDDON Blu-ray Reviews

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Catalog titles! Disney is unleashing two of their most beloved action films from the 90’s with Tombstone and Armageddon. The first follows Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his brothers (Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton) as they team with Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) to fight off the Clantons, Curly Bill Brocius (Powers Booth) and his gang of cowboys, while in Armageddon Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) leads a crew of his oil drilling team (including Will Patton, Ben Affleck, Owen Wilson, Michael Clarke Duncan and Steve Buscemi) with assistance from NASA to destroy a giant Meteor heading to kill everyone on Earth. These are manly movies, even if they have love interest subplots that detract from men doing men things – like getting in gunfights and drilling for oil. My reviews of the Blu-rays of Armageddon and Tombstone after the jump.

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