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Watch Chris Lowell, Clark Gregg, and Allison Janney search for the 'Brightest Star' -- VIDEO


Back in December, EW exclusively announced that Maggie Kiley’s new feature film Brightest Star, a follow-up to her acclaimed 2009 short film Some Boys Don’t Leave starring Jesse Eisenberg, would open in theaters and On Demand on Jan. 31. Now, you can watch a trailer for the new film.

The film stars Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars) in the role played in the short by Eisenberg, alongside Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), and Allison Janney (The Way, Way Back). In the film, Lowell’s character tries to reinvent himself after being dumped by his first love. After working in corporate-land for Gregg, he finds a kindred spirit in an astronomer (Janney).

Watch the trailer below:

Clark Gregg and Allison Janney in 'Brightest Star' -- POSTER PREMIERE


Maggie Kiley’s acclaimed 2009 short film Some Boys Don’t Leave with Jesse Eisenberg left viewers wondering where the young protagonist came from and what happened to him after the breakup (and subsequent hanging around) that’s the story’s focus. Fortunately for us, Kiley has turned the short into a full-length feature, Brightest Star, which EW can announce exclusively will open in theaters Jan. 31.

The film stars Chris Lowell (The Help) in the role played in the short by Eisenberg, and features Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), and Allison Janney (The Way, Way Back). Janney and Lowell reunite in the film for the first time since starring together in The Help. In the film, Lowell’s character tries to reinvent himself after being dumped by his first love. After working in corporate-land for Gregg, he finds a kindred spirit in an astronomer (Janney).

EW spoke with Kiley about the challenges in turning a short into a feature and working with Gregg — her former drama teacher.

'Labor Day': FIRST LOOK at Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman fugitive drama -- EXCLUSIVE

The guy who is bleeding from his side needs help. But he’s not asking – he’s telling.

That’s the setup for the simmering drama Labor Day, starring Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who takes shelter with the mentally fragile, reclusive single-mom Adele (Kate Winslet) and her almost-teenage son (Changling’s Gattlin Griffith) over the course of one long late-summer holiday weekend in the mid-1980s.


Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' kicks off Seattle Film Fest with great fanfare

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing has been on the festival circuit since September, but no other festival has made ado about the film quite like the Seattle International Film Festival, where Much Ado screened for a crowd of 3,000 on Thursday.

The Shakespeare adaptation – which Whedon shot in a 12-day stealth production at his house during what was supposed to be his post-Avengers vacation – kicked off the festival for its opening night at Seattle’s McCaw Hall in what became a record-breaking event shortly after ticket sales opened. The gala screening and party sold out in six hours on April 8, which went on to become the biggest box office day in SIFF’s 39-year history.

“We knew there was going to be a lot of demand but we didn’t really think it was going to go that fast,” SIFF artistic director Carl Spence told EW about the event that featured appearances by Whedon and cast members. “We’ve had other films with major stars that have done well and sell out, but it usually takes a couple of weeks.” READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to open Oscars Outdoors screening series; See full lineup

It’s much ado about movies at Oscars Outdoors this summer.

The screening series launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year is returning to Los Angeles this summer, along with some New York screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series.


Tribeca Film Festival: Clark Gregg discusses his film 'Trust Me' and coming back as Agent Coulson in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'


While many know Clark Gregg for his work as the most beloved tertiary character in a multi-billion-dollar mega-movie-franchise, not everyone may be aware that the actor who played Agent Coulson in the Marvel films also has a knack for writing and directing. Having made his debut behind the camera with 2008’s Choke, an adaptation of the sex-fueled Chuck Palahniuk novel, Gregg premiered his latest feature, Trust Me, at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. In it, he plays Howard, a lowly Hollywood agent who specializes in representing child stars. A number of recognizable names like Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell round out the cast. We spoke with Gregg about taking a seat behind the camera, as well as how he feels about returning to TV as Agent Coulson in Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'The Avengers' star Clark Gregg assembling killer cast for 'Trust Me.' Plus: Gael Garcia Bernal to play AIDS patient

• Gael Garcia Bernal is negotiating to star opposite Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyer’s Club, about a Texas man with AIDS who starts smuggling drugs into the country to help fellow patients combat the disease. Bernal would play one of those patients. Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria) is directing from a script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill), based on the real-life story of a man named Ron Woodroof. [THR]

• The cast for the big screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County is complete. Julianne Nicholson (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) will play Ivy Weston, the mousy middle daughter of Weston family matriarch Violet (Meryl Streep), who still lives in the same town as her parents and bears the brunt of her mother’s abuse. Julia Roberts and Juliette Lewis will play the eldest and youngest daughters, respectively, meaning either the Hollywood gods or director John Wells (The Company Men) have a real sly sense of humor. Benedict CumberbatchEwan McGregorAbigail BreslinDermot Mulroney, Chris CooperMargo MartindaleSam Shepard, and Misty Upham (Frozen River) will costar. Playwright Tracy Letts also wrote the screenplay. [Deadline]

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