J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year trailer arrives

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks, A Most Violent Year is set during the winter of 1981 — statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City’s history — the film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

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Pilot Review: Red Band Society (FOX)

“Glee meets The Fault in Our Stars” screams the posters for FOX’s new teen-dramedy and, from a distance, it certainly looks a lot like both these properties, focusing on a group of teen “outcasts” in the paediatric ward of a hospital. I really like TFIOS and certain seasons of Glee (namely three and five), as well as Octavia Spencer, so this show sorta had me sold before I watched it. Alas, I was lied to! This is nothing like TFIOS, because the kids are just… kids. They could at a stretch be compared to the cast of Glee, sure, but they’re far too uncultured to be in any way as delightful as John Green’s regular protagonists. Also, FOX seem to have forgotten the one thing that saved Glee from falling down its own topical-teen-issues hole: it’s a bloody musical!

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Astrid Berges-Frisbey joins Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur as Guinevere

Warner Bros. and director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) are moving forward at a fast pace with their new take on the legendary tale of Camelot with Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, and Deadline is reporting that European model and actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey will be playing Guinevere to Charlie (“Sons of Anarchy”) Hunnam’s King Arthur.

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Toby Kebbell in talks for Ben-Hur

It’s been a busy week of casting for MGM and Paramount’s upcoming Timur Bekmambetov-directed remake of Ben-Hur. Following word last night of “Boardwalk Empire” star Jack Huston landing the title role, comes word, via Variety, that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Toby Kebbell is eyeing the antagonistic role of Messala. If he signs on, he’ll also join Morgan Freeman in the cast.

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Official: CBS order Supergirl series

Following the reveal last week that a “Supergirl” TV series was in fact in development, Deadline reports that CBS has given a series commitment to the show. Greg Berlanti of “Arrow” and “The Flash” will be teaming up with “Chuck” and “No Ordinary Family” producer Ali Adlerto write and executive produce the series.The series is said to focus on Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El beginning to use her superpowers which she has kept hidden for much of her life on Earth.

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Fox confirm Deadpool movie for February 2016

Just a few hours after star Ryan Reynolds opened up about the reaction to the Deadpool leaked footage, 20th Century Fox has announced they are moving forward with the film and have given it a February 12, 2016 release date, just three months before the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Ryan Reynolds is expected to star with director Tim Miller at the helm and a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

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Adam McKay, Seth Rogen and Ben Schwartz team up for new comedy

Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe announced today that they have pre-emptively purchased an untitled comedy pitch from actor and Emmy Award-winning writer Ben Schwartz which Adam McKay is attached to direct and Seth Rogen is attached to star in. Schwartz will also co-star in the film.

Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce with Erin Westerman overseeing for the company. Robyn Wholey will Co-Produce.

“Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them. Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up… he did come up with a great idea,” said McKay.

“Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same,” said Rogen with Goldberg adding, “McKay and Schwartz are reeeeeeal smart, well-endowed guys and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them.”

The multi-hyphenate Schwartz won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Schwartz has sold pitches No Heart’s Club and Would You Rather to Universal with Imagine Entertainment producing. Hired by Paramount to re-boot the comedy Soapdish, Schwartz’s script El Fuego Caliente was included on the 2011 Blacklist. Schwartz can next be seen in this Friday’s This is Where I Leave You and he recently wrapped production on Robert Zemeckis’ next film, The Walk for TriStar. He is also returning for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and Showtime’s “House of Lies.”

Jack Huston is Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur

MGM and Paramount’s upcoming Timur Bekmambetov-directed remake of Ben-Hur has cast “Boardwalk Empire” star Jack Huston in the title role! Deadline has the news, reporting that Huston will join Morgan Freeman, who signed on for the project last week.

Set for a release on February 26, 2016, the new take on Ben-Hur was originally scripted by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), with revisions by Academy Award-winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). It is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 epic novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.”

The film is said to return to the heart of the epic novel with a focus on the nature of faith. The story follows a falsely-accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Both must come to choose between retribution or forgiveness.

Huston also recently signed on to star in Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.


Skull Island: Tom Hiddleston to star, Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct

Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Their Skull Island, written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla) has now officially announced a director in The Kings of Summer‘s Jordan Vogt-Roberts and a star in Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s The AvengersOnly Lovers Left Alive)!

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