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'Life of a King' trailer: Cuba Gooding Jr. teaches chess to troubled D.C. teens

Chess is an easy metaphor for life. It may just be a game, but in Life of a King it actually saves some, too.

After almost two decades in prison, ex-con Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is struggling to find a lifeline outside of the walls. When he finally gets a janitorial job in an inner-city Washington, D.C. high school, he starts the Big Chair Chess Club and encourages the troubled teens to find solace and purpose through learning the game. Based on a true story — and a still-active chess club – Life of a King had its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is set to hit theaters on Jan. 17, 2014.

Check out the first trailer after the jump.

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Open Road Films to distribute Robert Rodriguez's saucy sequel 'Machete Kills' -- NEW PHOTO

If the lap dance in the newly released photo above is any indication, the Machete sequel Machete Kills, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, will be yet another sassy, violent romp starring perennial tough guy Danny Trejo.

Open Road Films announced Thursday it’s distributing the film, out in wide release in 2013. The second movie in the trilogy, about Trejo as craggy faced ex-Federale agent Machete, hails from a screenplay by Kyle Ward, based on a story by Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez. Besides Trejo, the movie stars a long list of known names, including pop diva Lady Gaga, making her acting debut, as well as Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Mel Gibson.  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Cameron Diaz nears 'The Counselor.' Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Chris Hemsworth

• …and this one too: Matthew McConaugheyCuba Gooding, Jr., and Terrence Howard are all eyeing roles in writer-director Lee Daniels’ history-based film The Butler, about Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), the man who served in the White House from President Eisenhower through President Reagan. Oprah Winfrey will play Allen’s wife. [THR]

• Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler may be rivals on Parks and Recreation, but they’ll romance each other in They Came Together, a meta-romantic comedy from the duo’s Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain. (Yes, that’s the real title.) The film, written by Wain and Michael Showalter, will satirize typical rom-com tropes. It starts shooting this summer. [Variety]

Check out project news for Kyle Chandler, Chris Hemsworth, Luke Evans, and Logan Marshall Green below:  READ FULL STORY

Laurence Fishburne as Mr. White! Inside the all-black (almost) 'Reservoir Dogs' reading

Imagine a very smooth, very self-satisfied rattlesnake.

That was what Terrence Howard brought to the role of Mr. Blonde, the casually homicidal madman of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs in a one-night-only live-reading of the script last night.

Now picture an older guy, who probably should be thinking about retirement, but realizes too late he has thrown in with the wrong thugs — and he left his medication at home. That was what Laurence Fishburne did with the part of Mr. White, originated by Harvey Keitel.

Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker Jason Reitman has been creating these events for the past five months, with one more to go in the series. This time around, he decided to take a movie that once featured an all-white cast and replace it with an entire group of black actors (with one exception.)

Though the event is not recorded, EW has this to share from the cinematic experiment …

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