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Michael Shannon on 'The Iceman,' playing General Zod, and that Angry Sorority Girl email -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

No one plays imposing and unsettling quite like Michael Shannon. The looming 6’4″ actor, best known for his characters in Revolutionary Road — for which he was nominated for an Oscar — Take Shelter, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, commands attention in every scene he’s ever done, wielding a hollowed-out stare that can even shake audiences seated in the last row of the theater. There’s always a hint of menace behind those unblinking eyes, the potential for something wild and dangerous — even when his character’s intentions are pure.

In The Iceman, which opens in theaters on May 3, Shannon plays a man whose intentions are most definitely not pure. Richard Kuklinski was an infamous mob killer who admitted to more than 100 murders after he was finally captured in 1986. At home, in a leafy New Jersey suburb, he’s the loving husband to Winona Ryder’s willfully naive wife and doting father to their two daughters. But when he goes to work, he’s the grim reaper, dispatching victims with extreme prejudice.

In a way, playing a cold-blooded murderer is just a prelude for what’s next. In Man of Steel, the ginormous Superman reboot that flies into thousands of theaters on June 14, Shannon plays General Zod, the hero’s Krypton-born arch-enemy. It’s by far the biggest movie he’s ever appeared in, and millions of boys and girls will get their first glimpse of that powerful glare, pure, delightful kryptonite to their young moviegoing hearts.

Click below for an exclusive video from The Iceman, in which sweet, soft-spoken Richie has his first date with his future wife, and then read a interview with Shannon, as he discusses playing Zod, that hilarious Funny or Die soliloquy, and why he used to be terrified of Bill Murray. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Kristen Stewart to play a muse; Plus Ellen Page's directorial debut, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, and more

• Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks have signed on to star in the upcoming film The Big Shoe. Directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary), the film is about a brilliant shoe designer (Jim Sturgess) whose mother (Susan Sarandon) wants him to get into the lucrative knock-off business. When he tries to go off on his own, she hires a “muse” (Stewart) and a therapist (Banks) to try to convince him to do her bidding. [THR]

• Anna Faris is set to star in Ellen Page’s directorial debut Miss Stevens about a depressed teacher forced to chaperone a group of high school students on a trip to a state drama competition. Miss Stevens will apparently discover her own self-worth over the course of the weekend thanks to her students, making it sound like it could be a huge departure from the types of comedies Faris generally stars in. [THR]

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'The Iceman' trailer: Michael Shannon shoots James Franco, plus Ray Liotta and Winona Ryder and so much more

After spending yet another season of Boardwalk Empire as a walking repressed tornado of coiled rage, Michael Shannon takes the lead in the upcoming true-life crime film The Iceman. He plays a hitman with exceptional ’70s facial hair, and to judge by the trailer, he’s flanked by one of the greatest random casts ever assembled. Winona Ryder as The Wife! Ray Liotta as The Mob Boss! James Franco, mewling like Troy-era Orlando Bloom! And even a very special, completely unrecognizable appearance by a certain big-screen superhero. Watch the trailer and bask: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Penn Badgley signs on for drama 'Parts Per Billion.' Plus: Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Scott Bakula

Penn Badgley, on the heels of Gossip Girl ending and his musical starring role in Greetings From Tim Buckley, due out next year, has signed on for the drama Parts Per Billion, alongside Alexis Bledel, Hill Harper, and Teresa Palmer. Directed and written by Brian Horiuchi, the movie also stars Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Rosario Dawson, and Josh Hartnett, about three couples dealing with an event that could destroy their relationships. [Deadline]

• Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter) and equably formidable Samantha Morton (John Carter, Control) have been cast as the leads in thriller The Harvest, directed by John McNaughton (Wild Things) from a script by Stephen Lancellotti. The movie follows the story of an in-control heart surgeon (Morton), whose retired husband (Shannon) cares for their ill son. The son befriends a 13-year-old neighbor, causing family dynamics to break down. Knowing the sheer intensity wild-eyed Shannon and serious Morton both pour into roles, this should be an electric pairing. [Deadline]

• Scott Bakula has joined the cast of Elsa and Fred – co-starring vets Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer – as the banker son of a quirky woman (MacLaine) who becomes friends with a widower (Plummer). Michael Radford is directing from a script he co-wrote. Bakula has been making the TV rounds, from most recently recently Law & Order: SVU to HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, due out next year. [Variety]

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Up, up, and away! 'Man of Steel' will be released in 3-D and IMAX

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane! Nope, it’s the news that Man of Steel will be released in 3-D in select movie theaters, as well as in 2D and IMAX, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced on Wednesday. The film’s slated for release June 14, 2013.

Directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as resident caped superhero Superman/Clark Kent, alongside Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe, and a bevy of others.

“The film is going to be a visually exciting experience in all formats: 2D, 3D and IMAX. Anticipating how audiences today embrace 3D, we designed and photographed the movie in a way that would allow Man of Steel to captivate those movie goers, while respecting fans who prefer a more traditional cinematic experience,” said Snyder in a statement. “We’ve taken great measures to ensure the film and the story come first, and 3D is meant as an enhancement.”

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'The Iceman' trailer: Michael Shannon cometh, and he's bringing the hits

The Iceman tells the story of a loving husband and devoted father — played by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon — who also happens to have a secret life as a brutal hit man. It’s based on the real life of Richard Kuklinski, a steely killing machine responsible for murdering over 100 people (including Jimmy Hoffa, or so he claimed).

Accordingly, The Iceman looks less stylized and a lot more dark than other movies with similar premises. It’s also stuffed with marquee names, including Winona Ryder as Kuklinski’s oblivious wife and an unrecognizable Chris Evans as a fellow contract killer nicknamed Mr. Freezy. (Apparently, he drives an ice cream truck.) Watch the pitch-black trailer — which includes a special, icky treat for any and all James Franco haters:

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Casting Net: Carey Mulligan to hunt for rich husband in 'Nancy and Danny.' Plus: Tom Hardy, Zoe Saldana, Joy Bryant

• Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon are attached to star in The Long Red Road, an adaptation of Brett C. Leonard‘s play about an alcoholic named Sam (Hard), who’s drinking his life away on a South Dakota Indian reservation. Shannon would play his older brother; Leonard will pen the adaptation. In 2010, Hardy headlined the world premiere of the play at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. That production was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, but it’s not clear whether he will join the feature film version. [Variety]

• Zoe Saldana will play the singularly voiced singer Nina Simone in the long-in-the-works biopic Nina, and David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will play her longtime manager Clifton Henderson. Cynthia Mort (who wrote The Brave One and created HBO’s Tell Me You Love Me) is directing from her screenplay. [THR]

• Joy Bryant (NBC’s Parenthood) has joined the untitled adaptation of David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, which itself was previously adapted into the 1986 romcom About Last Night… starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. Bryant will play a Los Angeles woman who enters into a one-night stand with a man (Michael Ealy) that becomes a full-blown relationship, to the strenuous objection of their respective friends (Regina Hall and Kevin Hart). Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is directing from a script by Leslye Headland (Bachelorette). [Deadline]

• Elle Fanning (Super 8) is attached to an adaptation of Kevin Henkes Newbery award-winning YA novel Olive’s Ocean, a coming-of-age tale about a teenager who learns a girl named Olive, who had recently died, had admired her from afar. First-time feature screenwriter Christina Hammonds Reed is penning the script. [Deadline]

• Along with landing a high profile release date next JuneKick-Ass 2 added two more actors to its ranks. Morris Chestnut will play the legal guardian for Chloe Moretz‘s Hit Girl (a role that seemingly was originated by Omari Hardwick in the first film). And Robert Emms (War Horse) will play Insect Man. Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) is directing. [Deadline/Deadline]

• Speaking of Morris Chestnut, he’s also joining the thriller The Hive, as the love interest for Halle Berry‘s 911 call operator, who fields a frantic phone call from a kidnapped girl (Abigail Breslin). Brad Anderson (The Machinist) is directing from a script by Richard D’Ovidio (Thir13en Ghosts). [Deadline]

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