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'Olympus Has Fallen' For Melissa Leo; J.K. Simmons Joins 'Jobs'; Adam Brody Does It For 'All The Wrong Reasons' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 11, 2012 2:43 PM
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In today’s casting round-up we have more news regarding the villain in one of the two competing White House-siege films, a whole host names joining the indie Steve Jobs biopic, a New York-set ensemble indie pic, and a coming-of-age dramedy set along the Red River border between Oklahoma and Texas.

Tribeca Review: Despite Myriad Celebrity Cameos 'Revenge For Jolly!' Is Excruciating

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 22, 2012 1:18 PM
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Kudos to Brian Petsos, a bit actor who has pulled off an Orson Welles-level achievement in not only nabbing a brilliant cast to star in “Revenge For Jolly!” which he wrote, but also having the clout to save the lead role for himself. Welles did this with his talent, vision and status as a cinematic titan. Petsos, if we’re being charitable, most likely had to resort to blackmail, extortion and/or just plain bribery, as “Revenge For Jolly!” may be the most excruciating 80+ minutes you spend in a theater this year.

Whit Stillman Plans To Team Greta Gerwig, Chloe Sevigny, Chris Eigeman & Adam Brody For Future Project, Says Jamaica-Set 'Dancing Mood' Won't Be Next Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 21, 2012 4:38 PM
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Given how charming, winning and funny "Damsels In Distress" is (read our TIFF review here), we sincerely hope that we won't have to wait years and years for another Whit Stillman picture. After all, nearly twelve years will have elapsed between his third film, "The Last Days Of Disco," and the release of 'Damsels' in a few weeks, and we're not sure we can take that length of break again. But the good news is, when we spoke to Stillman earlier today on the press rounds for his new film, he's got several projects on the go.

Adam Brody To Star In Neil LaBute Penned & Produced 'Some Girls'; Lands 'Welcome To The Jungle'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 17, 2012 1:20 PM
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Former “The O.C.” heartthrob Adam Brody has come a long way from his days of covering for bad boy buddy Ryan Atwood in the privileged California community. Since his breakout turn in the Fox drama, he’s stolen the show in everything from big budget blockbusters like “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” to the Jason Reitman-directed “Thank You For Smoking,” and most recently has been carving out a niche for himself in independent drama and comedies like the forthcoming “The Oranges,” and Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress,” and was recently cast in the long-gestating Linda Lovelace biopic “Lovelace.” It certainly seems like his days as Seth Cohen are far behind him.

Demi Moore To Cameo As Gloria Steinem In 'Lovelace'; Adam Brody Takes Role Of Harry Reems

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 9:23 AM
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While there are some feminists who will argue that pornography can be empowering, Gloria Steinem isn't one of them. The pioneering women's rights activist was an important footnote in the life and saga of "Deep Throat" actress Linda Lovelace, and in the upcoming biopic, she'll make a brief appearance with a big star filling her shoes.

Whit Stillman Wants To Team Up Old Favorite Chris Eigeman & 'Damsels' Star Adam Brody For New Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2011 6:49 AM
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Says Adaptation Of 'Red Azalea' Is Dead, But He May Yet Make A China-Set FilmConsidering how long he's been away -- thirteen years since his most recent film, "The Last Days of Disco" -- there was understandably some concern about the return of Whit Stillman with "Damsels in Distress." Had the dryly funny, literate indie legend behind "Barcelona" and "Metropolitan" gotten rusty in his time away? Would the casting of teen idol Adam Brody, and mumblecore queen Greta Gerwig in a college-set comedy see him water down his work to appeal to the kids?

TIFF '11 Review: 'The Oranges' Delivers A Grove Of Big Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 11, 2011 11:18 AM
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The indie ensemble comedy genre is fraught with pitfalls, from high concepts that just don't deliver, to outrageous storylines that can't sustain their own frenzied energy. For every "Little Miss Sunshine" there are countless more that attempt to create that film's almost intangible alchemy but falter somewhere along the way. "The Oranges" could have gone either way - with Julian Farino a mostly TV director ("Entourage," "How To Make It In America") making his sophomore film with a grab bag cast including Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meeste,r we really had no idea what to expect from the film. But playing to huge laughs, this winning comedy overcomes some of its patchier elements to become a bonafide crowd pleaser.

Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress' To Close 2011 Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 5:06 AM
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Frederick Wiseman's 'Crazy Horse,' Jean Marc-Vallee's 'Cafe De Flore' Head Up Venice Days Line-UpAnnoyingly, the fall film festivals seem to have gotten together and decided to release all their news at the same time, on the same day: just as Toronto was unveiling its line-up, Venice has now announced their closing film, ahead of the full line-up being revealed on Thursday. We already know that George Clooney's "The Ides of March" will open the festival on August 31st, rumors are flying thick and fast about the rest of the line-up, and now, we know the closer, which will wrap things up on September 10th. And it's a doozy.

Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt & More Join 'Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 9:35 AM
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This business moves fast. We'd barely finished hitting 'publish' on a post about "Community" star Gillian Jacobs joining the Steve Carell/Keira Knightley comedy-drama "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," and our inbox pinged with a press release from Focus Features, who recently acquired the film. As it turns out, Jacobs wasn't the only actor to come on board the film recently.

William Petersen, Adam Brody & Rob Corddry Join 'Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 4, 2011 12:56 PM
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Most comedians, once they're anointed stars, use their newfound fame to sign on to seemingly dozens of projects, reaching a kind of overexposure in speedy time. After the success of "The 40 Year Old Virgin," it seemed as though Steve Carell was heading that way, with the likes of "Evan Almighty" and "Get Smart," roles that could have been filled by any comic star, clogging up his big screen appearances. But to his credit, now that he's freeing up his schedule by departing "The Office" last week, he's taking on more interesting roles -- the excellent-looking comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love" lands this summer, and he's got more dramatic projects like "Great Hope Springs," opposite Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, and the oddity "Dogs of Babel" on his slate alongside more straightforward fare like "Burt Wonderstone."

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