New Trailer for WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

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A new trailer for the star-filled feature version of What to Expect When You’re Expecting has arrived. When a trailer begins with the voiceover, “Having a baby can be a real mother,” it can only go uphill. The movie is essentially Valentine’s Day with babies, as we see a bunch of famous people deal with the ups and downs of pregnancy. Chris Rock and Rob Heubel continue to be the highlights of the footage, and this trailer inexplicably gets rid of all the female characters halfway through. I’m no expert, but I’m fairly certain that ladies are a vital necessity for the production of little humans.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jennifer Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Joe Manganiello, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Brooklyn Decker, Thomas Lennon, and Wendy McLendon-Covey. What to Expect When You’re Expecting opens on May 12th.

Signourney Weaver Stars in POLITICAL ANIMALS in TV Series Debut; Carrie-Anne Moss Cast in Ralph Lamb Pilot

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Today in TV casting news, we’re featuring two sci-movie heroines who are making the jump to the small screen. First up is Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), who will be making her TV series debut in USA’s Political Animals. The Oscar-nominated actress will play Elaine Barrish, a divorced former first lady and recently-appointed Secretary of State who embraces her new job after overcoming her failed marriage and the loss of the presidential nomination.

Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) can also be seen on the small screen in the untitled CBS series pilot based on Ralph Lamb, a 1960s rodeo cowboy turned Las Vegas sheriff. Moss will play assistant district attorney Katharine O’Connell, the daughter of a local rancher and neighbor to the Lambs. The pilot also stars Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield). Hit the jump for more on both pilots.

Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis Join CBS Cowboy Drama; Lily Tomlin Co-Stars in Reba McEntire Pilot for ABC

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In further television casting news today, Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis have been confirmed for the CBS period drama based on Ralph Lamb, a 1960s rodeo cowboy turned Las Vegas sheriff. Quaid will star as Sheriff Ralph Lamb himself, while Chiklis will star as Johnny Savino, a Chicago mobster with visions of transforming Las Vegas for financial gain. Needless to say, the two characters don’t see eye to eye. Quaid and Chiklis will also be co-executive producers on the project for screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi (American Gangster) and Without a Trace executive producer, Greg Walker. James Mangold (Walk the Line) will direct the pilot.

In other small screen casting news, comedienne Lily Tomlin has signed on to co-star in Reba McEntire’s new comedy pilot for ABC. Hit the jump to see who she’ll be playing.

Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid Join JACKIE BROWN Prequel, SWITCH

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Earlier this month, we reported that John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), and Ty Burrell had joined Dan Schechter‘s adaptation of Elmore Leonard‘s novel, SwitchDeadline is now reporting that Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid have joined the crime drama, which takes place 15 years before Jackie Brown (which was based on Leonard’s novel, Rum Punch). The story centers on a jilted housewife (Aniston) who’s kidnapped by ex-cons Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie (Hawkes and Bey, respectively; the characters were played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown).  When her crooked real-estate developer husband (Quaid) sees this as an opportunity to get rid of her, he refuses to pay the ransom, and the housewife decides to enlist Gara and Robbie in order to get revenge.  Production on the movie is set to begin in May.

Switch isn’t strictly a prequel since Leonard tends to reuse his characters (Michael Keaton played Ray Nicolette in Jackie Brown and Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight).  Let’s just hope that this spin-off/prequel works better than the Get Shorty sequel, Be Cool.  Hit the jump for the synopsis of Leonard’s The Switch.

Sundance 2012: THE WORDS Review

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If we give a piece of our lives and our souls to our art, then plagiarism is murder.  Just as murder steals a life, the theft of another person’s personal creative expression is akin to killing part of another’s soul.  But plagiarism also leaves a mark upon the thief.  It reveals their limitations, and a self-recognition that their art will never be as full or as rich as another’s.  The Words explores how this theft goes far beyond fame and fortune, and how our lives are no longer our own when we take credit for another’s work.  Writer-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal have pulled together a strong script, rich performances, and an incredible score to craft a compelling and captivating film full of deception, remorse, and guilt.

New Images from THE WORDS Starring Bradley Cooper, Zoë Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Ben Barnes; Premieres at Sundance

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A few new images and and a synopsis for the drama The Words have been released. The film stars Bradley Cooper as a writer who, after discovering an extraordinary lost manuscript, passes the work off as his own and receives overwhelming critical acclaim.  Jeremy Irons plays the man who originally wrote the manuscript, and the film weaves multiple narratives to tell the story of how “one man’s lost legacy holds the life of another man captive.” The Words was written by, and marks the directorial debut of, Tron: Legacy scribes Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, and features a pretty impressive cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes, and JK Simmons. Hit the jump to check out the images as well as the synopsis. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 19 – 29.

First Trailer for WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING Starring Elizabeth Banks and Cameron Diaz

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The first trailer for What to Expect When You’re Expecting has debuted and it’s actually not bad at all. Given the film’s large ensemble and multiple storyline style, I figured we were in for the Valentine’s Day of baby movies, but What to Expect actually looks like a solid comedy. The standouts here are Elizabeth Banks and Rob Heubel, with the latter playing a man who really, really shouldn’t be a father. Unlike Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve, this movie appears to be actually telling real stories with interesting characters, with some solid laughs thrown in for good measure.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Brooklyn Decker, Thomas Lennon, and Wendy McLendon-Covey. [Update: We've been sent a high resolution image from the film, which is now included after the jump].

FOOTLOOSE Review

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I understand the allure of musicals, but the general idea behind a film with dancing as its selling point has always left me on the outside. You see, I can’t dance. At all. I can’t sing either, but singing isn’t nearly as popular as getting out on a dance floor and shaking it to some music. Yet that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the remake of the 1984 classic Footloose. While a lot of the themes and ideas may feel fit for the current MTV generation (do they even listen to music on that channel anymore?), Craig Brewer’s version is a rocking good time that will have you tapping your toes and nodding your head. Although the plot may not win any awards, it never treads down the path of utter ineptitude as much as it might in lesser hands. The premise was always hard to swallow, yet it is pulled off with a wink, a smile, and some actual sincerity. Hit the jump for my full review.

4 Clips from Craig Brewer’s FOOTLOOSE

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Paramount has sent over four clips from the remake of Footloose.  Kenny Wormald stars as the city kid who moves to conservative Midwestern town and once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have outlawed rock & roll and dancing.  Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Ray McKinnon, and Andie MacDowell also star.  Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan) directed the remake.

I got to see the film before doing an interview with Brewer and I stand by what I said then: “I’m going to tell you something you might not believe, but I swear it’s the truth: the remake of Footloose is actually pretty great.  Brewer has taken the original story, made a few changes, added his unique style, and the end result is something that audiences are going to love.”  Watch the clips after the jump and look for our interviews with the cast next week.  Footloose opens October 14.

Casting Call: Dougray Scott to Star in LAST PASSENGER; Clancy Brown Joins Untitled Ramin Bahrani Project

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We have a couple minor casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Dougray Scott and Kara Tointon will lead Omid Nooshin’s low-budget thriller Last Passenger.  Per THR, the film tells “the story of a doctor who finds himself on a runaway commuter train.”  A runaway train is serious business and at the very least that doctor is going to be seriously inconvenienced.  The film is part of Pinewood Shepperton’s investment fund for low-budgeted movies.  With a budget slightly above £1.2 million ($2.5 million), Last Passenger will be co-financed by Future Film and the BFI Film Fund.  According to THR, “Pinewood Shepperton is aiming to back four films a year from first-timers, with a combined budget of around $13 million.”  Their first film is the Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell “psycho-comedy” A Fantastic Fear of Everything starring Simon Pegg.

Hit the jump for casting news on the next film from Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo).

New Trailer for FOOTLOOSE

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Paramount has released a new trailer for the remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon movie Footloose.  Kenny Wormald stars as a city kid who moves to conservative Midwestern town: “Once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have outlawed rock & roll and dancing.”  Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Ray McKinnon, and Andie MacDowell also star.  Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan) directed the remake.

I got to see the film a few weeks ago and as I said in the intro to my recent interview with Brewer, “I’m going to tell you something you might not believe, but I swear it’s the truth: the remake of Footloose is actually pretty great.  Brewer has taken the original story, made a few changes, added his unique style, and the end result is something that audiences are going to love.”  Watch the new trailer after the jump.  Footloose opens October 14.

Casting Call: Dennis Quaid Joins WHAT TO EXPECT, Kevin Pollak, Illeana Douglas, Greg Grunberg and More in CHEZ UPSHAW

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this evening. First up, Lionsgate announced that Dennis Quaid has joined the ever-growing cast of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Directed by Kirk Jones, the film tells the stories of four couples going through the ups and downs of pregnancy. Quaid will play the husband of Brooklyn Decker’s character who is expecting twins. Quaid’s character is bent on one-upping his son who is also expecting a little human. The cast now includes Decker, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Rob Huebel. The film opens May 11th, 2012.

Additionally, Kevin Pollak, Illeana Douglas, Greg Grunberg, Molly Sims and Shane Johnson are onboard the dark comedy Chez Upshaw. Written and directed by Bruce Mason, Variety reports that the film centers on a couple who turn their failing Bed and Breakfast into a resort of assisted suicides. Shooting on the indie starts later this month.

First Trailer and Poster for FOOTLOOSE Remake

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The first trailer and poster for director Craig Brewer’s (Black Snake Moan) Footloose remake are now available online. Featuring some nifty dance moves and a “Debbie Downer” turn from Dennis Quaid, the film looks to have plenty of style and hopefully enough substance to pacify moviegoers looking for more than a rurally set Step Up. Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, and Andie MacDowell star alongside Quaid in the pic which aims to update Kevin Bacon’s 1984 original about a city boy who moves to a small town where dancing (which is apparently his number one skill) is outlawed.

Check out the trailer and poster after the jump. Footloose hits theaters on October 14th.

Cannes Casting Call: Zoe Saldana Joins THE WORDS; Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent in Talks for CLOUD ATLAS

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Yesterday, we reported some casting news for The Words and The Wachowski Siblings/Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of Cloud Atlas.  Turns out those films weren’t quite finished in the casting department.  Producer Cassian Elwes has tweeted [via The Playlist] that Zoe Saldana will star alongside Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, and Dennis Quaid in The Words.  The drama centers on a celebrated writer (Cooper) who must pay the price for stealing the work of another author (Irons).  I imagine the price is somewhat higher than the lawyer’s fees for the litigation that would most likely occur in a less-interesting movie.

In other casting news, ScreenDaily reports that Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent are in talks to join Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, and Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas.  The movie is based on David Mitchell’s acclaimed novel that spans the progress of a soul across six separate existences across several centuries.  Shooting is planned to begin this September.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.

Cannes Casting Call: Firth and Blunt to Star in Dark Comedy; Holmes to Star in RESPONSIBLE ADULTS; Quaid Joins THE WORDS; 4 Board IDEA IN AMERICA

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As the Cannes Film Festival heats up, plenty of casting deals are getting done.  We’ve combined some of the latest casting stories into one handy article for your viewing pleasure.  First up, Colin Firth and Emily Blunt have signed on to star in a dark comedy from director Dante Ariola and written by Becky Johnston.  According to Deadline, “Firth plays a man who hates his job and is hated by his ex-wife and son. Feeling he missed his one shot at living the dream, he fakes his death and buys a new identity. Along the way he meets a woman (Blunt) who is also trying to leave her past behind. The pair break into empty homes and pose as the absent owners. The two find a kindship despite all the lying.”  I’m a little giddy at the thought of Firth and Blunt playing off each other so hopefully we’ll see this project sooner rather than later.

Hit the jump for more casting news regarding Katie Holmes, Chase Crawford, Dennis Quaid, Orlando Bloom, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, and Cristiana Capotondi.

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