Matt Bomer Joins THE NICE GUYS; Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall in VACATION Reboot; Pierce Brosnan to Create Designer Drug in URGE

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How about some more casting news?  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • Matt Bomer just joined Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys.
  • New Line’s Vacation reboot just picked up Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall.
  • Pierce Brosnan is locked to headline Urge for first-time feature director Aaron Kaufman.

Hit the jump for more on all three films.

Luke Bracey Talks THE NOVEMBER MAN, Working With Pierce Brosnan and Roger Donaldson, the POINT BREAK Remake, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man.  Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission.  While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down.  The film also stars Eliza TaylorCaterina ScorsoneBill Smitrovich and Will Patton.  For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage. 

A few days ago I landed an exclusive phone interview with Luke Bracey.  He talked about what the last year has been like, working with Roger Donaldson, getting to work with Pierce Brosnan  and the advice he gave him, Janusz Kaminski’s American Dream, the Point Break remake, playing Cobra Commander in G.I.  Joe: Retaliation, what he’s going to do after he wraps Point Break, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Director John Moore to Helm Pierce Brosnan Actioner I.T.

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Pierce Brosnan returns to the thriller genre this weekend with The November Man, and now another action-oriented picture of his has landed a director.  Deadline reports that A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore has been tapped to direct I.T., which will star Brosnan as a publisher who is tormented via technology when his relationship with a young I.T. consultant goes south.  Moreover, William Wisher Jr. (Terminator 2, The 13th Warrior) has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay for the Voltage Films picture, which was originally penned by Dan Kay.  In addition to the atrocious A Good Day to Die Hard, Moore’s directing credits also include Max Payne and Behind Enemy Lines.

Producers are currently looking to cast the antagonist role—that of the dreaded I.T. consultant—in anticipation of beginning production on the thriller this fall.  Brosnan is also attached to star in a November Man sequel if the first film does well in theaters, so it’s certainly clear that the actor is game for heading up more action oriented roles in the near future.

Pierce Brosnan Talks THE NOVEMBER MAN, Reuniting with Roger Donaldson, Future NOVEMBER MAN Films, Playing GOLDENEYE on N64 and More

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Opening this week is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man.  Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission.  While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down.  The film also stars Eliza TaylorCaterina ScorsoneBill Smitrovich and Will Patton.  For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage. 

Last week at the Los Angeles press day I was able to speak with Brosnan.  He talked about reuniting with Roger Donaldson, getting back into the action genre, casting Luke Bracey, filming in Belgrade, future projects, the last time he played Goldeneye on the N64 (the interview was done before this bit on The Tonight Show), why audiences have responded so strongly to older actors becoming action stars, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

THE NOVEMBER MAN 2 Already in Development Ahead of the First Film’s August 27th Release

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I’ve got to admit, I didn’t think The November Man was anything special.  Sure, it’s based on some popular source material, but the film is getting a late August release and the trailer is a little hokey, too.  Regardless, the folks at Relativity Studios think they’ve got something good here because the studio just announced that it’s starting development on the sequel even before the first film comes out on August 27th.

The November Man stars Pierce Brosnan as Peter Devereaux, a former CIA agent who gives up his quiet life in Switzerland for one last mission.  Hit the jump for more on Relativity’s plan to move forward with The November Man 2.

Pierce Brosnan Is Better at Playing James Bond in Movies; Watch Him Play the Classic Video Game GOLDENEYE 007 on THE TONIGHT SHOW

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If you grew up in the 90s and were near a Nintendo 64, you played GoldenEye 007.  It was one of the must-own titles, and while young gamers today would scoff at the boxy graphics, seemingly limited play modes, and lack of online play, it’s important to remember that those young gamers are stupid kids who don’t know any better.  I sucked at GoldenEye and still had fun playing it.  The game had so much cool stuff: paintball mode, golden guns, one-hit kills, and there was only one rule: You can’t play as Oddjob because he’s too hard to kill since he’s short.

Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Pierce Brosnan was on promoting his new movie, The November Man.  Fallon, an endearing nerd and gamer, took the opportunity to play the most famous James Bond game with James Bond.  Hit the jump to check out the video.

THE NOVEMBER MAN Featurette Goes Inside Pierce Brosnan and Luke Bracey’s Cat and Mouse Game

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Coming on the heels of two trailers (one of them serious, the other more fun) Relativity Media has released a behind-the-scenes featurette for The November Man, director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job) new action thriller.  The film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

It’s definitely a standard feeling featurette, but it actually pulls off the trick of making me want to see the movie more.  It’s nice to see the stunts in process and to get a sense of the history between Pierce Brosnan and Luke Bracey’s characters.  Olga Kurylenko and Eliza Taylor also star. Hit the jump for the new The November Man featurette. The film opens in theaters on August 27th.

THE NOVEMBER MAN Gets a New Trailer and Poster; Seems Slightly More Fun Than Before

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Relativity Media has released the second trailer for The November Man, director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job) new action thriller.  The film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

While the first trailer was brief and dour, this new one is actually quite a bit more fun.  If you can embrace the incredibly on-the-nose exposition in the first half of the trailer, then you should have no problem tuning in to the (admittedly slight) humor built into the second half.  Only time will tell if this film transcends the tired tropes on display here, but at the very least it promises to be something of a quality repetition of the clichés its embracing.  Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey and Eliza Taylor also star. Hit the jump for the new The November Man trailer and poster.  The film opens in theaters on August 27th.

THE NOVEMBER MAN Trailer and New Images: Pierce Brosnan Gets Back into the Action Game

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Relativity Media has released the first The November Man trailer for director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job) action thriller.  The film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.  It’s fun to see Brosnan back in Bond-esque mode, and the prospect of him appearing alongside former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is neat, but this trailer paints the film as taking itself very, very seriously.  Hopefully there’s some fun to be had once we get into the thick of it, because as of now The November Man just looks like another gritty, generic riff on Taken.

Hit the jump to watch the The November Man trailer and to check out new images.  The film also stars Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Eliza TaylorThe November Man opens in theaters on August 27th.

Pierce Brosnan Talks THE LOVE PUNCH, Working with Emma Thompson, Poking Fun at His Performances, Screwball Comedy, and Future Projects

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Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson team up in Joel Hopkins’ romantic comedy caper, The Love Punch, about a divorced couple who embark on a whirlwind action adventure across Europe to recover their retirement savings after it’s embezzled by an unscrupulous French businessman (Laurent Lafitte).  The story is funny, sexy and occasionally poignant as the characters navigate middle age, survive the financial crisis, and rekindle their love for each other.  Now playing in limited release, The Love Punch was shot on location in France and also stars Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Louise Bourgoin.

In a 2-on-1 interview at the film’s recent press day, Brosnan spoke about how fantastic it was working with Thompson, the appeal of the role, how the film pokes fun at some of his most iconic performances, dressing up in a wetsuit, nailing the screwball comedy tone of the movie, the excitement of shooting on location in Versailles, his collaboration with long-time friend and producing partner Beau St. Clair, his upcoming projects including A Long Way Down, November Man, How to Make Love Like an Englishman, The Coup, Survivor, The Moon and the Sun, rumors of a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, and ideas for a follow-up to The Love Punch.  Check out the interview after the jump.

First Look at Pierce Brosnan in HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO AN ENGLISHMAN and Katherine Heigl in YOUR RIGHT MIND

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Debut images from a pair of upcoming films being shopped at Cannes have been officially unveiled.  Firstly, the How to Make Love to An Englishman image reveals star Pierce Brosnan in the “sexually charged and sophisticated romantic comedy” from director Tom Vaughn (What Happens in Vegas).  Brosnan plays a Cambridge University professor who meets his match in Salma Hayek, but is forced to face the music when a complicated romantic entanglement emerges with her graduate student stepsister, played by Jessica Alba.  The film is currently in post-production but doesn’t yet have a release date.

Additionally, the first Your Right Mind image highlights star Katherine Heigl as a former country singer fighting for custody of her daughter.  Ami Canaan Mann (Texas Killing Fields) directs the contemporary romance, which stars Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia) as a traveling folk singer who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Hegil’s character.  The film also stars Clea DuVaal, Sheryl Lee, Emily Alyn Lind, and Ryan Bingham.  Check out both first-look images after the jump.

New Trailer for A LONG WAY DOWN Starring Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots

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Magnolia Pictures has released a new A Long Way Down trailer for director Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel of the same name.  The story revolves around a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve where they individually had gone to commit suicide.  The four strangers make a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day, and the film follows this group of unlikely friends “as they try to pull back from the brink.”  While Hornby’s a great writer and the ensemble cast of Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collete, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots is promising, the film received pretty poor reviews upon its UK release.  This trailer is actually pretty charming, so maybe the film will turn out to be pleasantly surprising.

Hit the jump to watch the A Long Way Down trailer.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike and Sam NeilA Long Way Down will be available VOD on June 5th and opens in US theaters on July 11th.

Scott and Brie in Talks for SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE; Walker Joins THE MOON AND THE SUN; Irons and Meyers to Lead THE SECRET SCRIPTURE

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We’ve a few casting stories for you today.  First up Adam Scott is planning to reteam with Bachelorette director writer-director Leslye Headland for her upcoming comedy Sleeping with Other PeopleThe movie stars Jason Sudeikis as “a womanizer who befriends a serial cheater; ultimately, the two develop a romantic attraction to each other.”  According to THR, Alison Brie is in talks to replace Kirsten Dunst, who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.  Headland notes that neither deal is done, and that “‘It’s not set in stone, kids.’ I’ve seen shit fall apart over less.”  As Harvey Weinstein‘s former assistant, she should know.  Hopefully, Scott and Brie will sign on; they’re both immensely talented and are terrific on two of TV’s best sitcoms, Parks and Recreation and Community, respectively.

Hit the jump for casting news on the fantasy feature The Moon and the Sun and the adaptation of the Irish novel, The Secret Scripture.

First Image from NOVEMBER MAN Starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, and Olga Kurylenko

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The first image from the thriller November Man has gone online.  Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job), the film stars Pierce Brosnan as “an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.”  So if you want to see Pierce Brosnan playing a spy again, it looks like this is the closest you’re going to get.  Also, in this image, it looks like the character just caused some mayhem, but I’m pretty sure that’s just how Russia looks on any given day.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Olga Kurylenko.

First Trailer for A LONG WAY DOWN Starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots

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The first trailer for director Pascal Chaumeil’s (Heartbreaker) adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel A Long Way Down has landed online.  The story revolves around a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve where they individually had gone to commit suicide.  The four strangers make a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day, and the film follows this group of unlikely friends “as they try to pull back from the brink.”  The pic looks to be a solid comedic drama ensemble piece with impressive turns from Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots as the four strangers.  Hornby’s novels have previously made for the swell adaptations High Fidelity and About a Boy, so hopefully A Long Way Down can follow in their footsteps.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the first poster.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill, and Tuppence MiddletonA Long Way Down opens in the U.K. on March 21st and is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

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