Joel Edgerton Signs Back on for BLACK MASS; Malin Akerman and Taissa Farmiga to Lead Horror Comedy THE FINAL GIRLS

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this morning.  First up, Joel Edgerton has signed back on to play corrupt FBI Agent John Connolly in Scott Cooper‘s Black Mass.  The film stars Johnny Depp as notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and centers on how he amassed his power with the help of his childhood friend Connolly by turning informant on rival operations, and then being warned by Connolly when the feds were closing in.  Edgerton signed on almost a year ago, and remained when Depp dropped out, but eventually left the project as well.  Depp signed back on three weeks ago, and there was the possibility of Tom Hardy playing the Connolly role, but now Deadline reports that the part is Edgerton’s again.  Production is set to begin in two months in Boston, and Warner Bros. is eyeing an October 2015 release. [Update: Deadline adds that, since WB has picked up Black Mass, it has dropped Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's planned Whitey Bulger film, which was to star Damon and be directed by Affleck and just had a new draft of the script turned in by Terrence Winter.]

Hit the jump for the first word on Todd Strauss-Schulson‘s The Final Girls in over two years.

22 New Images from AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Featuring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, and More

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October is upon us, and that means new seasons of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead are near.  After weeks of tantalizing teasers and posters, FX has now released a full gallery of images from American Horror Story: Coven that unveil the colorful cast of characters and give us a peek at the show’s first episode, aptly titled “Bitchcraft.”  This season deals with witchcraft, specifically the war between the Salem-descended witches and the voodoo witches.  Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches.  By the looks of these new images, Lange takes matters into her own hands and decides to school the group of young witches on her own.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The series also stars Kathy Bates, Angela BassettEmma RobertsDenis O’HareAlexandra BreckenridgePatti LuPoneGabourey SidibeEvan PetersSarah PaulsonTaissa FarmigaFrances Conroy, and Lily Rabe.  American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.

Jessica Lange Schools Young Witches in New Trailer and Poster for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

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FX has released a new trailer for American Horror Story: Coven, this time giving us our first look at footage from the witch-centric third season of the horror anthology series.  Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches, and in this trailer we see Lange dropping some knowledge on the young witches-in-training.  It looks like a fun turn for the actress, and I’m hoping that showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck have reigned in the focus of Coven after the jarring and muddled Asylum.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and to check out the official poster.  The series also stars Taissa Farmiga, Emma RobertsDenis O’HareAlexandra BreckenridgePatti LuPoneGabourey SidibeEvan PetersSarah Paulson Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe.  American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.

THE BLING RING Review

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When I’m in line at the supermarket, I see the covers of celebrity magazines, and I wonder, “Who buys this stuff?  What compels them to be so interested in the lives of strangers?”  We have an artificial familiarity with celebrities based on the entertainment we consume.  Today, “celebrity” has even become a profession whereas it used to be you had to have some kind of tangible skill usually relating to public performance before you were constantly in the public eye.  Even though celebrity worship has become engrained in our society arguably since Clara Bow became “The It Girl”, media saturation has brought us to critical mass.  Despite the fascinating origins of this obsession, Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring skips over the interesting, unexplored aspects, and heads straight to pedestrian observations of celebrity fixation.  While it’s certainly spot-on and is peppered with humorous moments, audiences can gleam the same observations from a plot synopsis.  Moreover, Coppola’s criticisms fall flat when the existence of her film plays into the celebrity culture she aims to critique.

Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien Talk THE BLING RING

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From writer/director Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring tells the real-life story of a group of teenagers who were so obsessed with fashion and celebrity that they broke into celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles and stole their designer clothes and possessions.  When they didn’t get caught, they raised the stakes, becoming more and more bold, and what started out as teenage fun quickly spun out of control.

At the recent L.A. press day, we got the opportunity to chat with the actors and, unlike their characters in The Bling Ring, co-stars Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien come across as sweet, well-adjusted, well-spoken and far removed from the type of individuals that they’re portraying.  During the interview, they talked about their reactions when they learned this story was based on true events, what surprised them most about what happened and how these teenagers got away with it for so long, how they found a way to relate to their characters, and what a relief it was that they all got along and liked each other.  Watch the video after the jump.

New Trailer for Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING Starring Emma Watson

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A new trailer for writer/director Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring has been released online.  The film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  I found myself shaking my head throughout this whole trailer, which is a testament to how well Coppola has captured the celebrity-obsessed culture that surrounds us nowadays.  Watson looks to give a strong performance here as one of the oblivious and self-obsessed teenagers, and I’m eager to see how the story plays out through Coppola’s lens.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Emma Watson, Taissa FarmigaIsrael Broussard, Katie ChangClaire JulienGavin Rossdale, and Leslie Mann.  The Bling Ring will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and opens in limited release on June 14th.

Emma Watson Pole Dances in First Clip from THE BLING RING; Plus New Images Featuring Gavin Rossdale and Leslie Mann

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Some rather interesting new materials from writer/director Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film The Bling Ring have made their way online.  Most notable is the first clip from the film, which is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  The clip shows the group of youngsters raiding a rather ridiculous “closet” that presumably belongs to one of the aforementioned celebrities, and we see Emma Watson’s character trying out a stripper pole in the process.  I’m really interested to see Coppola’s angle on this celeb-obsessed story, and it’s looking like The Bling Ring might make a nice double feature with Harmony Korine’s culture portrait Spring Breakers.

Hit the jump to watch the first clip and to check out a batch of new images.  The film also stars Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard (Flipped), Katie ChangClaire Julien, Gavin Rossdale, and Leslie MannThe Bling Ring opens in limited release on June 14th.

New Images from Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING Starring Emma Watson

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A number of new images from writer/director Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film The Bling Ring have landed online.  The pic marks Coppola’s follow-up to her 2010 film Somewhere and is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  It’s most definitely an interesting choice of topic for the Lost in Translation filmmaker, but the pic’s first trailer and these new images promise a fascinating look into the celebrity-obsessed, material-based culture that spurred the film’s real-life events in the first place.  The new images also give us another look at Emma Watson’s rather interesting character transformation.

Hit the jump to view the images.  The film also stars Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard (Flipped), Katie ChangClaire Julien, and Leslie MannThe Bling Ring opens in limited release on June 14th.

Season Three of FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN to Focus on Witches

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FX’s American Horror Story has already covered the topics of ghosts, serial killers, the criminally insane, Nazis and aliens in such creepy locales as a haunted house, insane asylum and mad scientist’s laboratory.  Season three, recently revealed with the title of American Horror Story: Coven, will center on witches and take place partially in New Orleans.  Throughout the second season, it was speculated that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk would be taking on witches in the upcoming season, based on hints they scattered throughout the Asylum episodes; but this storyline has been in the works for quite a while.  Hit the jump for more.

Emma Watson Channels Her Bad Girl Side in THE BLING RING Trailer

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Emma Watson (Harry Potter series) is up to no good in this new teaser trailer for The Bling Ring.  Writer/director Sofia Coppola’s film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  The picture also stars Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard(Flipped), Katie Chang, Claire Julien and Leslie Mann. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

ZOMBIELAND Pilot Lands Two Leads; Season 3 of AMERICAN HORROR STORY Features Returning Cast Members Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga

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After news that Amazon Studios and Sony TV would be producing the pilot for the Zombieland series, some casting and plot information became available.  Now, it looks like two of the four leads have been filled.  Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus (portrayed in the 2009 film by Jesse Eisenberg) while up-and-comer Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) will star as Little Rock (played by Abigail Breslin in the feature).  Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the feature script as well as that of the pilot, which continues the post-apocalyptic adventures of the foursome that also includes Tallahassee and Wichita.

Hit the jump for more on Zombieland as well as casting news on season three of FX’s American Horror Story

Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, and Nicholas Braun Join Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga in ADMISSIONS

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Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, and Nicholas Braun signed on to the indie dramedy AdmissionsAndy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star as “a man and woman who fall in love while taking their children on a college admissions tour.”  According to THR, Lofranco will play Garcia’s son and Taissa Farmiga will play Vera Farmiga’s daughter.  The common last name and 21-year age gap between them sounds perfect for an on-screen mother-daughter duo.  But in fact, the Farmigas are actually sisters.  Braun will play an upperclassmen who is leading the tour.

Lofranco is new to the business, but I like what I saw of Braun and especially Farmiga on their respective basic cable shows, 10 Things I Hate About You and American Horror Story.  Writer/directors Glenn German and Adam Rodgers secured a nice cast for their feature directorial debut.  Shooting begins next month in Spokane, Washington.

First Official Images from Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING Starring Emma Watson

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The first official images from writer/director Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring has been unveiled.  The pic is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  The cast is lead by Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and, based on these images, her character looks to be just about as far from Hermione Granger as possible.  We also get a look at co-stars Taissa Famiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard (Flipped), Katie Chang and Claire Julien.  We previously saw a couple of batches of set photos, but these official images shows the whole Bling Ring gang all together, frappuccinos in tow.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The cast also includes Leslie Mann.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Star Taissa Farmiga Joins Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING and Drama JAMESY BOY

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After breaking out with the first season of Ryan Murphy’s hit horror anthology series American Horror Story, actress Taissa Farmiga has booked two new feature roles. Variety reports that Farmiga has signed on to join Sofia Coppola’s true crime story The Bling Ring. Written by Coppola, the film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan. Yesterday we reported that Harry Potter star Emma Watson is set for a leading role in the ensemble, and now it appears Farmiga will be joining her.

Additionally, Farmiga has landed a leading role in the drama Jamesy Boy. The film tells the story of a young suburban street gang member who gets sent to a maximum-security prison and strikes up an unlikely friendship with a convicted murderer. Farmiga will play the main character’s love interest with a supporting cast that includes Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames, and James Woods. Farmiga is the younger sister of actress Vera, and I found her work to be quite impressive on American Horror Story. Given the show’s anthology nature, Farmiga isn’t expected to return for its second season this fall. She’ll shoot Jamesy Boy first before moving on to Bling Ring, and I think both roles are smart choices for the young actress.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: A Season One Recap

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Sadly, there is no new American Horror Story episode to air or recap to post tonight. As the show’s first season finale aired last week, there won’t be any more good old fashioned American gore until September or October of 2012. Rest assured, FX has renewed the show for a second season and co-creator Ryan Murphy indicated last week that we can expect all new actors playing all new characters in an all new location next year, but we’ll have to wait until the writers shore all that up when they reconvene in February. In the meantime, we have a look back at season one of American Horror Story by the cast and crew of the hit, Golden Globe-nominated show. Hit the jump to see the videos.

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