Let’s get to a bit of casting news today:
- Dennis Haysbert (24) will join Sin City: A Dame to Kill For as a replacement for Michael Clarke Duncan, who sadly passed away this past September. The sequel, directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson and Jamie Chung.
- Timothy Olyphant (Justified) will join the horror-Western Bone Tomahawk, the directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler that already stars Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins and Jennifer Carpenter.
- Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) will join the Australian production of the thriller Cut Snake, also starring Rachael Taylor (Transformers).
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
We have the pleasure of debuting an exclusive alternative poster for writer/director Jacob Aaron Estes‘ The Details. A darkly comic movie, The Details stars Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) as Jeff, a married man who notices a family of raccoons infesting his yard, a discovery which spirals into a chain reaction of tension, infidelity and murder. The film was acquired by The Weinstein Company at Sundance 2011 and was reviewed there by our own Matt Goldberg.
The Details, also starring Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert and Kerry Washington, is now available on VOD and opens theatrically November 2nd. Hit the jump to check out the new alternative poster.
Though the film’s release is only a few months away, Disney has added a slew of last-minute additions to the voice cast of the animated feature Wreck-It Ralph. The story centers on the eponymous bad guy (John C. Reilly) from the arcade game “Fix-It Felix Jr.” who decides he wants to be the hero, and escapes to other video game worlds. The film’s trailer—and premise—is very geek friendly, with video game references and cameos galore. Now a number of voice actors have been added to the roster, including Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Mindy Kaling, Adam Carolla, Horatio Sanz, Dennis Haysbert, Rachel Harris, and many more.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of new actors, and if you missed Steve’s interview with director Rich Moore be sure to check it out right here. He talks about Easter eggs, famous cameos, and more. Wreck-It Ralph opens on November 2nd.
I am an unabashed fan of The O.C., which is equivalent to being an Adam Brody supporter. His career never took off like we all expected after the Fox soap signed off the air 2007, but there’s still time for the 32-year-old actor to flourish. The next couple years promises a flurry of Brody, including Damsels in Distress, The Oranges, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and Lovelace. At least one of those ought to stick, but tonight we received word of two more starring vehicles for Brody: Some Girls and Welcome to the Jungle. Some Girls is a feature adaptation of the Neil LaBute play bout a successful writer who meets with five ex-girlfriends before his wedding. Welcome to the Jungle also features Rob Huebel, Dennis Haysbert, Kristen Schaal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme(!) as a group of co-workers who go on an office retreat and end up stranded on a tropical island. Hit the jump for more on each project.
There’s been much hand-wringing over whether the players and the NFL can come to an agreement and end the lockout before the 2011 season begins. In the meantime, it’s up to a distant voice to tell Taylor Lautner to build a football field in the Funny or Die trailer for Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout. I’m not much of a Lautner fan, but I will happily watch him get tackled by Ray Lewis. There are other cameos along the way including Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (go Falcons!).
It’s a surprisingly funny fake trailer and you can check it out after the jump. Pro football may or may not return this August.
The Details is a darkly comic tale that can never quite seem to get a handle on its tone. The film plays with notions of fate but only a fate that will deal out punishment and retribution no matter how much good you do or if you even receive a kindness. That’s not a problem for a black comedy, but The Details grinds to a halt as its main character receives valuable life lessons or as he heads into another predictable comic set-up. Director Jacob Aaron Estes’s best attempt to tie it all together is with an insufferable Danny Elfman-esque score. Stars Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney do a great job handling the comedy, but even their scenes eventually feel repetitive. The Details has a lot to offer, most notably frustration.
While the Sundance Film Festival doesn’t begin until January, we’re bringing you the first images from films that will be screened at the festival. Today we bring you two films that will premiere out-of-competition at the festival: The Details and The Music Never Stopped. The Details stars Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, and Dennis Haysbert. The film tells the story of the chain reaction of events that occur following the discovery of worms living under the sod in a couple’s backyard by raccoons.
The Music Never Stopped stars J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond, Cara Seymour, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Mia Maestro. The film centers on a father attempting to connect with his son, whose brain tumor prevents him from forming new memories. Hit the jump to check out images, as well as a brief synopsis for both films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.