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Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs are 'Life Partners' in new trailer


Sasha and Paige are living the dream: They lounge on the couch, eating cake, drinking scotch, and watching America’s Next Top Model together. Until Paige meets Tim.

Community‘s Gillian Jacobs and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester star in Life Partners, a comedy that follows two best friends who do everything together until Jacobs’ character enters a new relationship that causes a rift in their friendship. “This movie is about women and their friendship, lives, and careersthings that interest them other than dating, guys, love, and sex,” Meester told EW in April. READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Leighton Meester has no barriers in 'Life Partners' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When Leighton Meester signed on to the BFF dramedy Life Partners, she never imagined she’d try something Blair Waldorf would never even consider: going off script.


Jean-Claude Van Damme welcomes Adam Brody to the jungle in new movie trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Martial-arts master Jean-Claude Van Damme has gloriously entered the Chuck Norris chapter of his career. No, Van Damme can’t make it rain cats and dogs just so he can solve a mouse problem. But the Muscles from Brussels is much more willing to parody his reputation as a legendary cinematic tough guy and laugh at his own expense. (You may have seen his recent Volvo commercial.)

In the upcoming movie Welcome to the Jungle, Van Damme goes even further, playing a deranged former Marine tasked with training a herd of office drones on an island corporate retreat. He immediately identifies a potential agitator, Adam Brody, and when the group finds themselves stranded in the remote wilderness, it becomes every man and woman for themselves. Rob Huebel and Kristen Schaal co-star in the movie, which will open in theaters and VOD on Feb. 7.

Click below for the exclusive trailer, and see what wild animal dares challenge Van Damme as king of the jungle. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'The Terminator' in talks to play the Exterminator in 'Toxic Avenger' reboot; Plus, Olivia Wilde, more

• Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a reboot of The Toxic Avenger to play the Exterminator, who helps the Toxic Avenger (a weak kid who has an unfortunate accident at a toxic chemicals plant) learn to use his newfound powers for good. So, they team up to take on the evil polluters. Writer and director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is leading the adaptation, and Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz (directors of the 1984 cult classic) will serve as executive producers. [Deadline]

• Olivia Wilde (TRON) and Mark Duplass (The League) are set to star in Reawakening, a medical thriller about some students who figure out how to bring people back from the dead. David Gelb, who directed the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, will make his feature narrative debut on the project. Besides her turn in the independent comedy Drinking Buddies, Wilde can be seen next in Ron Howard’s Rush. Duplass also has a number of acting projects on the horizon including the JFK assassination drama Parkland. [Variety]


Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks to join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar', more

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly in talks to join Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight Rises) time-travel epic, Interstellar. She’d be joining a cast that currently includes Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. Since she’s started getting more significant roles, Chastain has never really ventured into pure science fiction territory (we’re not counting Take Shelter). She famously dropped out of Oblivion when offered the Zero Dark Thirty role, so we’re excited for her to take on a new kind of film. The two-time Oscar nominee (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) is currently filming Liv Ullmann’s adaptation of Miss Julie and will soon start work on Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak [Deadline]

• Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset) has signed on to join Neil LaBute’s (Possession) thriller The Geography of Hope. The film will tell the story of two crooks (Hawke and Ed Harris) in the 1970s who are hiding out in Baja after messing up a job. They find two women to keep them interested while they’re in hiding, but eventually things get complicated. Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) star as the women. [Screen Daily]


SXSW: 'The OC's Adam Brody talks about making Neil LaBute's 'Some Girl(s)' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


It seems like former cast members of The OC are having a bit of a renaissance lately. Ben McKenzie’s on Southland, Chris Carmack is heading to Nashville, and Mischa Barton is in the new film A Resurrection. Adam Brody attributes the attention to 2013 marking 10 years since we got to know Seth Cohen and his crew. We caught up with Brody at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, where he is starring in Some Girl(s) from writer Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men). The drama has all the classic elements of a LaBute film — the intimacy of a play, loads of dark humor, and a manipulative protagonist.

It follows Brody’s character, a writer, who on the eve of his wedding decides to go back and rehash old relationships by visiting his former flames. Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, and Emily Watson costar as some of his past loves. Unlike comedies that have used a similar trope (see: High Fidelity), Some Girl(s) is dark, and much like the 2005 play it grew out, puts an emphasis on each relationship scene by almost being a movie unto itself.

Read on to find out what Brody and director Daisy von Scherler Mayer (The Carrie Dairies, Mad Men), had to say about the film and check out an exclusive clip.


Casting Net: Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper face 'Reasonable Doubt.' Plus: Adam Brody, Trey Songs, Demian Bichir

• Adam BrodyTrey Songs, and Taye Diggs have joined the romantic comedy Baggage Claim, about a flight attendant (Paula Patton) desperately seeking a fiancé in time for her little sister’s engagement party. Brody will play a fellow flight attendant, along with costar Octavia SpencerSongs and Diggs will play potential suitors. Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, and Jill Scott also costar. Director David E. Talbert (First Sunday) penned the adaptation of his own 2003 novel of the same name. [Variety, THR]

• Recent Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) will join Jude Law in Dom Hemingway, about a ex-con safecracker (Law) who wants to be rewarded for refusing to be a snitch. Bichir will play the crime lord he visits in France. Richard Shepard (The Matador) is writing and directing. [Deadline]

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'Damsels in Distress' trailer: So this is what college could be like...

There are plenty of eye-opening revelations in the trailer for Damsels in Distress, which opens in limited release April 6. Like the fact that tap dancing is a much better cure for heartbreak than my preferred choice of a bottle of whiskey and a tub of cookie dough. There’s the fact that a new girl arrives on a college campus and is welcomed with open arms by a group of sensible and mature women. (I’m looking at you, House Bunny.) Or, that it really is possible to go to a bar and meet a guy while wearing a sweater set. Who knew? Filled with subtle humor and more geek eye candy than I can wrap my mind around (welcome back, Adam Brody!), the trailer for Damsels looks like a college-centered film that will actually require some brain power. In that case, I’m in. Watch the trailer after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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