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Taylor Kitsch on 'The Grand Seduction' of the Canadian wilderness -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Taylor Kitsch will forever be Riggins to passionate fans of Friday Night Lights. But in The Grand Seduction, a remake of the 2003 French-Canadian film, Seducing Doctor Lewis, he plays a doctor who’s lured into spending a month with a tiny Newfoundland harbor village. The town needs to convince Kitsch’s Dr. Lewis to stay permanently so that a company will be encouraged to build a new factory nearby; Brendan Gleason plays the elder tasked with making the quaint hamlet everything Lewis ever wanted. (Yes, it sounds a little like Doc Hollywood.)

Kitsch, who won plaudits for his performance in Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor and just starred in HBO’s The Normal Heart, was hooked by the story and the opportunity to work with Gleason. “It’s really his movie,” Kitsch says. “He was a huge factor in me signing on and we’re hopefully going to work together again. He’s that type of guy: ego-less. It was really refreshing for me to go away and just work with him and see how much he cares about the work.”

The 33-year-old spoke to EW about the movie, which opens May 30, his knowledge — or lack thereof — of cricket, and the directors he stole from for his directorial debut, a short film that’s playing a festival next month. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2014: Brendan Gleeson gets holy with Chris O'Dowd in 'Calvary' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Writer/director John Michael McDonagh is re-teaming with Brendan Gleeson, his lead actor in the 2011 film The Guard, for the Sundance premiere Calvary. This time Gleeson, who played an unorthodox cop in McDonagh’s last movie, is putting on the priest’s clerical collar for the dark comedy about the complicated life of a country priest.

Gleeson’s priest receives a death threat from the first scene of the movie, and while there is humor running through the piece, the emotional assault wore on the veteran actor through the 29-day shoot. “I found it very difficult emotionally,” he said. “This has been a very intense shoot — a short, intense shoot. It’s been remorseless, absorbing all that contempt and hate and poison.”

Check out a bit of Gleeson’s work below. The following scene is between the local priest Brendan Gleeson and the town’s butcher, played by Chris O’Dowd. In it, Gleeson’s priest goes into the butcher shop to confront O’Dowd’s local butcher about sharing his wife with another man.

The film debuts Sunday, Jan. 19, in the Premiere section of the festival.
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Casting Net: Joey King to play Zach Braff's daughter; Plus, Brendan Gleeson, more

• Joey King has a pretty stellar career for a 13-year-old. Not only did she get to play every kid’s dream part of Ramona Quimby, she’s appeared in New Girl, Crazy, Stupid, Love., The Dark Knight Rises (as the little kid who climbs out of the dungeon…just in case someone out there might be spoiled by any more information), Oz the Great and Powerful, and White House Down. Soon, she’ll be tormented by demon spirits in The Conjuring, too. It’s no wonder that Zach Braff wanted her in his Kickstarter project Wish I Was Here. She’ll play the role of his and Kate Hudson’s daughter. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Emma Stone attached to Cameron Crowe romance. Plus: Russell Brand, Taylor Kitsch, Bill Murray

• Russell Brand is in opening negotiations for Pierre Pierre, an off-color comedy about a French cynic smuggling a stolen painting from Paris to London. Larry Charles (Borat) is attached to direct the script, from first-time writers Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton. [Variety]

• Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson will headline The Grand Seduction, an indie remake of the French Canadian film La Grand Seduction about a resident of a small, economically-imperiled Canadian village (Gleeson) who enlists his town to help convince a visiting doctor (Kitsch) to move in for good. Actor and filmmaker Don McKellar (Last Night) will direct from a script by Michael Dowse (Goon) and Ken Scott (who also penned the original film). [Deadline]

True Blood‘s Nelsan Ellis will play civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Butler, director Lee Daniels‘ star-studded biopic of Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), who worked at the White House over the course of eight presidential administrations. Ellis joins (deep breath) Robin WilliamsJames MarsdenAlan RickmanMelissa LeoMinka Kelly, Jane Fonda, Mariah CareyVanessa RedgraveAlex Pettyfer, and Oprah Winfrey, as Allen’s wife. Daniels wrote the script with Danny Strong (HBO’s Game Change). [Deadline]

• Bill Murray is in preliminary talks to star in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, about an irascible retired war vet (Murray) who befriends a 12-year-old boy whose parents have just divorced. Ted Melfi is attached to direct his screenplay, which was on the 2011 Black List. [Variety]

• The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi will supervise Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship, playing the director of the internship program at a major technology company, which Vaughn and Wilson’s characters join to reboot their careers. Shawn Levy is directing from a script written by Vaughn. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks sign on for ‘Inevitable Defeat.’ Plus: Kellan Lutz, Camilla Belle to play straight lovers in a gay world

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