Here’s today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Earlier this month, a teaser trailer was released for Kill Your Darlings, and now the full version has gone online. The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. I caught the film at Sundance, and it’s one of my favorite films of the year thus far. John Krokidas‘ direction is electric, and the performances are extraordinary, especially from Radcliffe and DeHaan. The trailer does a good job of conveying the tone and story, but it only scratches the surface.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen. Kill Your Darlings will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th. [Update: We have removed the trailer at the request of distributor Sony Pictures Classic. The official trailer will be released next week.]
The movie begins by warning audiences that the film’s events take place over a 29-day period. What it should have said is the film feels like it lasts 29-days. The Possession is a stereotypical take on the tried-and-true “innocent girl gets her body hijacked by demons” story that doesn’t give the genre anything new, but a lot of the same. And even that’s not done all that well. Hit the jump for our review of The Possession on Blu-ray.
A few casting notices:
- Benicio del Toro is in final negotiations to play Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost, which is not exactly a Pablo Escobar biopic.
- Scoot McNairy booked two roles. He will star opposite Michael Fassbender in Frank, and joins Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in The Rover.
- The full cast list for Reach Me features Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Thomas Jane, Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick, Kelsey Grammer, Nelly, Terry Crews, Ryan Kwanten, and more.
Details on each project after the jump.
Kyra Sedgwick has arguably the most difficult role in this weekend’s very good exorcism/family melodrama The Possession. As Stephanie, the caring mother of two, dealing with a divorce from her estranged husband (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), she has the unenviable task of playing the film’s ‘straight’ woman. While everyone (including most importantly the audience) knows her youngest daughter has been possessed by an evil-demon-in-a-box, she remains completely ignorant – falsely believing little Em is just acting out or that, well, it’s her no-good father’s fault. One can’t help but sigh in impatience. When is this woman going to see that the only logical conclusion is her daughter’s been taken over by an ancient Jewish demon? I mean – really? But Sedgwick is such a talented actress that you can almost, almost forgive her silly rationality.
In the following interview with Kyra Sedgwick, she talks about her own ‘true’ horror story (a haunted house she and husband Kevin Bacon purchased), whether she will ever return to television and the upcoming Daniel Radcliffe starring Kill Your Darlings. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Check out our round-up of the latest posters below:
- Resident Evil: Retribution – The fifth installment of the Resident Evil franchise from director Paul W.S. Anderson stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Johann Urb, Kevin Durand and Bingbing Li. Resident Evil: Retribution opens September 14th.
- The Possession – From producer Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) director Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch) comes this horror film based on real life events. The Possession, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport and Natasha Calis opens August 31st.
- The Babymakers – The heist/adventure/comedy directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers) stars Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider, Noureen DeWulf and Aisha Tyler. The Babymakers opens August 3rd.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters and synopses.
We’ve got some new posters for you today with all sorts of genre confusion. Here are the movies in brief:
- The Possession, a horror-thriller from director Ole Bornedal that stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Natasha Calis. The film opens August 31st.
- Trishna, from director Michael Winterbottom, stars Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed in an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles.”
- Grassroots, a policitcal comedy/drama from director Stephen Gyllenhaal, stars Cobie Smulders, Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
The first trailer for the horror film The Possession has gone online. Produced by Sam Raimi, the film centers on a young girl who acquires an antique box at a yard sale, but she’s unaware that the box contains an evil spirit. First of all, if you haven’t been creeped out by the poster yet, take a look here. As for the trailer, let me just say that the film earns positive marks for not following in the found footage genre’s footsteps. The Possession trailer actually plays more like an homage to classic horror films like The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby and Poltergeist rather than any major horror film that’s been produced within the past ten years. It’s also refreshing to see an exploration of the darker side of Jewish folklore (the original film was titled The Dibbuk Box) rather than a rehashing of Catholic mythos. Director Ole Bornedal may well have found a combination of a respectable method of shooting and a capable cast that can restore some faith in the horror genre.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, and Natasha Calis. The Possession opens on August 31st.
The John Krokidas project Kill Your Darlings continues to add quality cast members. The thriller, based on the lives of writers who sparked the Beat Revolution, already stars Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen, Dane DeHaan and Jack Huston. Now, Kill Your Darlings has added Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film follows the friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Foster) and how their relationships are tested by the murder of Burroughs’ friend, David Kammerer. Hall is reportedly playing Kammerer. Production is scheduled to start March 19th at Columbia University in New York. Hit the jump for more.
Man on a Ledge will have a long and prosperous life playing on TNT for the next 134 years. That’s not an insult. Not every thriller needs to pump up our adrenaline, not every heist film has to dizzy our minds, and not every drama has to make us reconsider men and the ledges they stand on. Sometimes it’s enough to simply be a fun little movie that can play in the background while you’re working on something else. For the most part, Man on a Ledge manages to clear its modest bar but some key miscasting and wasted performances keep it from reaching the levels of The Negotiator or In the Line of Fire.
Summit has released the first trailer for Man on a Ledge. Sam Worthington stars as a cop in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He plans an elaborate escape that puts him “freshly shaven in an expensive suit, standing on a window ledge high above New York City.” The trailer makes this look like the film could be a spiritual sequel to The Negotiation (words I never thought I would have to write: “spiritual sequel to The Negotiator“) but still be a fun little thriller. The January release date makes me wary, but I like the cast, and the premise looks enjoyable enough.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Directed by directed by Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil), the film also stars Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Kyra Sedgwick, Anthony Mackie, and Ed Harris. Man on a Ledge opens January 13, 2011.
We have a couple of bits of casting news to send your way tonight. First up, Kevin Smith has announced that Kyle Gallner (Red State) will play a character similar to “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky in Smith’s upcoming hockey-film Hit Somebody. Per Cinema Blend, Gallner will make a turn as a budding hockey star who is just entering the NHL. The actor joins a cast that already includes fellow Red State co-stars Nicholas Braun and Ralph Garman. Speaking of Red State, the film is scheduled to debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival which runs January 20th-30th.
Next up, Golden Globe-winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) has signed on to star alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the horror/thriller Dibbuk Box. Directed by Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch), Dibbuk Box tells the story of a family who discovers that a mysterious box they purchased at a yard sale contains a spirit that is determined to “devour its human host.” According to Deadline, Sedgwick will play the mother of the child who becomes attached to the death box. Dibbuk Box is currently slated for a Halloween release on October 28th.
Today, TNT announced that the forthcoming seventh season of their hit drama The Closer would be the last. Apparently the decision came from the series’ star Kyra Sedgwick and she’s quite aware how difficult it will be to finish the the show next year. The actress says, “I cannot fathom how difficult it will be to say goodbye to the incredible family we’ve created on The Closer.” Series creator James Duff also comments, “It’s impossible to fully express our appreciation to Kyra Sedgwick, series creator James Duff and all of the other talented people who brought The Closer to TNT viewers.” The series will hit its 100th episode in 2011 during its 15-episode run which begins in the spring. There’s still a few episodes left in the sixth season, so fans have some time to let the news sink in before the final season starts. Anyone disappointed?
Actress Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) is the latest addition to the thriller Man on a Ledge. The film stars Sam Worthington as a man convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, who is now standing on the ledge of a building seemingly ready to jump. However, things are not as they appear. We recently brought you the official synopsis of the film as well as a first look at the poster, which I highly recommend you check out. We also posted the first set photos from the film, featuring Worthington standing on the side of a building. Deadline reports that Sedgwick joins Ed Harris, Elizabeth Banks (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Ed Burns (27 Dresses) and Titus Welliver (the mysterious Man in Black from Lost) in quite an impressive cast. Man on a Ledge is currently filming and is set to hit theaters in early 2012.
If you’re like me and have been looking forward to “Gamer”, the next film from Neveldine/Taylor, I’ve got some cool stuff to share. That’s because I was just provided with 5 clips from their new film! So if you need a taste of what’s coming from the crazy minds behind “Crank” and “Crank: High Voltage”, click the jump and take a look. Also, make sure you watch clip 4, as I’m pretty sure that Terry Crews really did the stunt. It’s crazy.