Alexandra Daddario and More Up for Marvel’s JESSICA JONES Netflix Show; LUKE CAGE Contenders Revealed

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While production is currently underway on Marvel’s first Netflix series, Daredevil, the studio is now working on putting together its next show.  There will be four separate Netflix series in all, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, followed by an Avengers-style team-up miniseries called The Defenders.  The Jessica Jones show is next after Daredevil, and with Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) onboard to spearhead the 13-episode drama, Marvel is currently testing actresses to lead the series.  Moreover, Luke Cage is poised to make his first appearance in 6-7 episodes of Jessica Jones, so testing for that character is underway as well.

Find out which familiar names are up for the roles after the jump.

Chiwetel Ejiofor to Lead SECRET, Tatiana Maslany in Talks for WOMAN IN GOLD, Anthony Mackie Joins Christmas Comedy, and More

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We’ve got quite a bit of casting announcements to attend to as the Cannes Film Festival and market are getting underway.  Briefly:

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow will lead the crime thriller The Secret in Their Eyes, which marks the directorial debut of Billy Ray.
  • Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is in talks to join Helen Mirren in the Holocaust drama Woman in Gold.
  • Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an untitled Christmas comedy.
  • Benjamin Walker has replaced Armie Hammer in the psychological thriller 2:22.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

Kelsey Grammer Enlists for THE EXPENDABLES 3; Teresa Palmer and Luke Hemsworth Join Simon Pegg in KILL ME THREE TIMES

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Filming is already underway in Bulgaria on the action sequel The Expendables 3, but there’s still one more actor to add to the cast.  Deadline reports that Kelsey Grammer is signing on to the pic to play Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who aids the titular aging heroes in their mission.  This is the part that was initially earmarked for Nicolas Cage, but now Grammer will be handling the role.  This is the second franchise film in a row for the Frasier actor, as he recently wrapped Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers 4.

The Expendables 3 cast now includes Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Wesley Snipes.  Directed by Patrick Hughes, The Expendables 3 is slated to open in theaters on August 15, 2014.  Hit the jump for casting news regarding the “Simon Pegg assassin” movie Kill Me Three Times.

First Image of Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer in CUT BANK

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The first image from the thriller Cut Bank has been released online.  The pic stars Liam Hemsworth as a former high school athlete working as an auto mechanic who dreams of whisking away his pageant-hopeful girlfriend (Teresa Palmer) to the big city.  However, when Hemsworth starts making moves to get out of Cut Bank, Montana, his actions set in motion events that have deadly consequences for the community.  This image gives us a look at Hemsworth and Palmer’s characters in the gorgeous Montana location, but the film’s secrets still remain under lock and key.

Hit the jump to check out the high-resolution image.  Directed by Matt Shakman, the film also stars John Malkovich and Billy Bob Thornton.

Exclusive: First Poster for Kieran Darcy-Smith’s Debut Feature WISH YOU WERE HERE Starring Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer

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We’re happy to debut an exclusive look at a new poster from co-writer/director Kieran Darcy-Smith’s debut feature Wish You Were Here.  The mystery follows four friends on a vacation to Southeast Asia after which only three return.  Over the course of the film, the the truth of what really happened is revealed, along with the revelation that one of them knew more than they were letting on.  Be sure to check out Steve’s Sundance interviews with stars Joel EdgertonTeresa Palmer and star/co-writer Felicity Price.

Wish You Were Here, also starring Antony Starr, will be in theaters June 7th.  Hit the jump to check out the new poster.

Watch Nash Edgerton’s Twisted Short Film BEAR Starring Teresa Palmer

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VICE announced today the launch of a new program called VICE Shorts, and as part of the kick-off, they’ve released director Nash Edgerton’s (brother of Joel) deliciously twisted short film Bear online in full.  The 10-minute feature is a love story, but not exactly in any way you’ve seen before.  Written by Edgerton and David Michod, the film stars Edgerton and Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) as the central couple.  It’s definitely worth a watch and should kick your weekend off in strange fashion.  Hit the jump to watch Bear.

WARM BODIES Review

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In order to keep the zombie genre from rotting, it needs fresh life.  28 Days Later did away with the “z-word” and turned zombification into a virus.   Last year, ParaNorman took a compassionate view of the undead by seeing that they were just misunderstood albeit terrifying.  Warm Bodies moves in the direction of the latter to the point where it’s straining to even be a zombie movie.  Instead, Warm Bodies is more of a romance that embraces its reinvention of Romeo & Juliet, but with so much sweetness and charm, it’s hard to begrudge the lack of brain-eating or flesh-rotting.

TOP 5: J.J. Abrams Directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, BULLET TO THE HEAD Set Visit, WARM BODIES, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, Sundance 2013

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Even though we’re nearly three months removed from Halloween, I want to use this week’s opening paragraph to throw some support behind director Michael Stephenson‘s touching documentary, The American Scream. I recently caught the film via Netflix where it’s available to “Watch Instantly” and I was impressed to say the least. Stephenson’s previous entry, the indelible Best Worst Movie, quickly became one of my all-time favorite docs for the unexpected emotional punch it packed in following the lives of those impacted by Troll 2. Scream delivered on a similar level with its themes of family, community, and the pursuit of one’s passion (in this case, home haunting). If you haven’t seen it already, I recommend either checking it out on Netflix or picking up a copy for yourself from the film’s website.

All recommendations aside, much to the surprise of no one, this week’s Top 5 is headlined by the announcement that J.J. Abrams will direct/produce Star Wars: Episode VII with accompaniment by our Bullet to the Head set visit, Warm Bodies video interviews with Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and more, a G.I. Joe: Retaliation set visit preview and interviews with director Jon M. Chu and more, and all of our coverage out of Sundance 2013 to date. A brief recap and link to each is hidden in plain view after the jump.

Teresa Palmer Talks WARM BODIES, Having John Malkovich Play Her Dad, Terrence Malick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS, and More

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Warm Bodies, a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, substitutes the Capulet’s Juliet for Julie – a gun toting survivor in a post-apocalyptic wasteland – and Romeo for an undead flesh-eating zombie. Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) stars as the Juliet substitute, whose ‘love’ slowly brings to life the undead ‘R’ (Nick Hoult). It’s hard to be surprised at such a development because if anyone can bring to life the undead, it would most certainly be someone as fetching as Teresa Palmer.

In the following interview with Palmer, she discusses recreating the famous ‘balcony sequence’ from the play albeit in a different context, having John Malkovich play her disapproving father and working opposite Terrence Malick in the upcoming Knight of Cups. For the full interview, hit the jump.

5 New Clips and 5 New Posters for WARM BODIES Including an Interactive Infographic

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From writer/director Jonathan Levine (50/50) comes Warm Bodies, the zombie romantic comedy starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four).  Today, five new clips and five new posters from the film have become available, including an interactive infographic on zombie anatomy with bits of footage embedded within it.  While Warm Bodies is not my preferred take on zombies, it does seem to offer something different to the genre along with a lot of humor and heart.  Also starring John Malkovich, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton and Rob CorddryWarm Bodies opens February 1st.  Hit the jump to watch the new clips and check out the new posters.

Teresa Palmer Talks Terrence Malick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS

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The prospect of working with Terrence Malick is too great an opportunity for any actor to pass up.  Malick is one of the greats – Badlands, Days of Heaven: classics in their own right.  Add to the fact – the elusive, press shy filmmaker notoriously takes quite awhile between films (although his output as of late puts to doubt such a deliberate reputation).  Thus not only is working with Malick a chance to star in one of greatest living director’s films but more so who knows when/if the guy will make another one… The ‘catch’ however: Malick is a fickle editor and prone to cutting his actors out from his films (see: Adrien Brody in The Thin Red Line, Sean Penn in Tree of Life).  You may act in a Malick flick but who knows if you’ll even end up in the finished cut?  At the recent press junket for Warm Bodies, Teresa Palmer discussed working with Malick on the recently wrapped Knight of Cups and addressed whether she fears her role will end up on the cutting room floor.  Hit the jump to watch.

First TV Spot for WARM BODIES and a New TV Spot for OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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The first TV spot for Jonathan Levin’s ZomRomCom Warm Bodies has debuted.  It’s a quick look at principal cast members Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, as well as some flashes of a supporting character played by John Malkovich.  Buzz has been positive so far, but you can decide for yourself when the picture opens on February 1st.

We also have a new TV spot for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful which clues audiences in to who’s on whose side by pointing out the good, bad wise and powerful characters.  There’s not a lot here in terms of new footage, but the opening release date of March 8th is still two months away.  Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams.  Hit the jump to see the new TV spots.

3 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage for WARM BODIES Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer

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Summit Entertainment has released three clips and 13 minutes of B-roll for Jonathan Levine‘s rom-zom-com, Warm Bodies.  The film centers on R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) after eating her boyfriend’s brains.  I haven’t watched the clips or the footage since I want to go in having seen as little of the movie as possible.  Warm Bodies is one of my most-anticipated movies of the next three months, and I want to be surprised.  However, if you still need to be sold on the flick, then you might want to see the new material.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and the B-roll.  The film also stars Rob Corddry and John MalkovichWarm Bodies opens February 1st.  Click on the corresponding links to read about my visit to the set and my interviews with Levine, Hoult, Palmer, Corddry, and producer Bruna Papandrea.

TOP 5: 48fps Editorial, JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumors, WARM BODIES Set Visit, Jay-Z to Score THE GREAT GATSBY, Your Favorite Movies of 2012

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Welcome to 2013, folks. If you’re reading this it means that you survived the Mayan Apocalypse, the first Dick Clark-less New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration in like four decades, likely some sort of mandatory holiday time with your extended family, and incessant political jabber about some sort of “fiscal cliff”, all in a matter of about two weeks. Congratulations on a job well done. In spite of all these accomplishments, though, odds are you still haven’t spent any part of 2013 hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his tank. So, to this point, our Dave Trumbore still wins 2013.

All tank envy aside, let’s keep our heads up and focus on the first Top 5 installment of the new year. This week’s recap includes Brendan’s editorial plea for giving 48fps the old college try, Justice League rumors, Matt’s Warm Bodies set visit and ensuing zombie transformation, news of Jay-Z being brought on to score Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, and the results of our first ever readers poll that asked for your top movies of 2012. Brief recaps and links to all of the above are dying for your attention after the jump.

Matt Visits the Set of WARM BODIES and Gets Turned into a Zombie

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Being undead isn’t so bad.  Your clothes are filthy, you could probably do with a little more sun, and the quality of conversation is somewhat diminished, but I didn’t mind being a zombie for a day.  I was given this opportunity when Summit Entertainment decided to fly me up to Montreal to the set of Warm Bodies, the new film from director Jonathan Levine (50/50).  The film follows R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who falls in love with the non-zombie Julie (Teresa Palmer) after eating her boyfriend’s brains.

I’ve been on a few set visits, but for Warm Bodies, Summit invited me and my fellow movie journalists to be zombie extras.  In addition to interviewing Levine, Hoult, Palmer, co-star Rob Corddry, and producer Bruna Papandrea, we got to go through the zombification process without the nasty biting-and-dying part.  Hit the jump to read about my visit to the set of Warm Bodies.

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