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'The Family' international trailer: Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer raise some gangsters

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When it comes to the Blake family, old habits certainly die hard. In The Family, Robert De Niro plays Fred Blake, a mobster forced to move to France under witness protection with his family. But from the looks of the new international teaser trailer, Fred, his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo) have a hard time lying low. Poor Tommy Lee Jones has to try and pick up the pieces and keep this mobster family under wraps.

Though the premise might be a little familiar — My Blue Heaven? Lilyhammer? — the cast certainly has piqued my interest. Who wouldn’t want to see Tommy Lee Jones and a scruffy Robert De Niro face off? Or Michelle Pfeiffer blowing things up? Plus, I’m a bit curious to see if Glee‘s Dianna Agron has the makings of a film star.

There’s plenty of violence, one-liners, and beautiful surroundings — clear marks of director Luc Besson’s handiwork. The Family (or Malavita, as it’s being called in Europe) is due in theaters on Sept. 13. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Family' trailer: Robert De Niro goes back to his movie-mafia roots

Well… sort of. Think of The Family as the mafia comedy that follows the events of Analyze This and Analyze That. (Analyze The Other Thing?)

De Niro plays an ex-mobster who snitches on his old pals and is then relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. (Normandy is so much different than Lilyhammer.) The first half of the trailer plays like a classic fish-out-of-water tale with a violent twist: De Niro’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets back at some snooty Frenchmen by burning down their grocery store! His daughter (Dianna Agron, looking pleased to be free of the Glee-verse) uses her tennis racquet to beat up a guy who hit on her! His son (John D’Leo) is running some sort of mini-crime ring at the high school!

And then, in the second half, everything starts exploding. Director Luc Besson and executive producer Martin Scorsese really know how to give the people what they want.

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Casting Net: Tim Robbins to star in, direct 'Man Under' with Michelle Pfeiffer. Plus: Benedict Cumberbatch, Gemma Arterton, Kristen Wiig

Tim Robbins will star in and direct the dramedy Man Under, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz on board to play members of a family who deal with the repercussions of a photograph of them getting displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Though he recently directed a couple episodes of HBO’s Treme, this will be Robbins’ first time helming a feature film since 1999’s Cradle Will RockAnn Cherkis penned the script. [Variety]

• Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) has joined, and Benedict Cumberbatch (i.e. Benny Batch) is in talks to join, Absolutely Anything, a fantastical comedy about a teacher who discovers he can do magic. The film is something of a Monty Python reunion, with Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy GrailLife of Brian) directing and John CleeseTerry Gilliam, and Michael Palin on board to provide voiceovers, along with Jones and Robin Williams. Jones co-wrote the film with Gavin Scott (Small Soldiers). [TheWrap]

SNL buddies Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are set to headline the comedy The Skeleton Twins, about twin siblings who reevaluate their lives, and their relationship with each other, after they both have a near-death experience on the same day. Luke Wilson costars as Wiig’s doofus husband. Director Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) penned the script with Mark Heyman (Black Swan). [Variety]

• Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche will star in Words and Pictures, a romance about teachers at a prep school in New England. Fred Schepisi (Fierce CreaturesI.Q.Six Degrees of Separation) will direct from the script by first-timer Gerald DiPego. [Deadline]

• Dominic Cooper (Captain AmericaThe Devil’s Double) is in talks to costar with Aaron Paul in Need for Speed, an adaptation of the videogame franchise about the world of underground car racing. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is set to direct from the screenplay by George Gatins and John Gatins (Flight). [Variety]

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'Dangerous Liaisons' Chinese remake stars Ziyi Zhang -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

A decade after Ziyi Zhang starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Chinese actress is ageless as a gorgeous object of manipulative lust in the Chinese remake of the 1988 love triangle thriller Dangerous Liaisons, out in theaters Nov. 9.

Check out this exclusive poster for the film, directed by Jin-Ho Hur, which takes place in 1930s Shanghai, instead of 18th century France. Zhang plays Du Fenyu, an update on virtuous Madame de Tourvel, who Michelle Pfeiffer played in the petticoated ’88 film adaptation of the play based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

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Casting Net: Adam Shankman comedy eyeing all-star cast. Plus: Jude Law, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson, Taran Killam

Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to play Robert DeNiro‘s wife in the dark comic thriller Malavita, about a mob family that moves to France under witness relocation, and falls back on old habits. Director Luc Besson adapted the script from Tony Benacquista’s unfortunately titled book Badfellas. [Variety]

Jude Law is being eyed to play silent movie star Douglas Fairbanks in a biopic about his equally famous wife, Mary Pickford. Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) is attached to play Pickford, with director Jennifer DeLia (Billy Bates) also producing with Julie Pacino (yup, the daughter of Al Pacino). [Forbes/Roger Friedman]

• Gillian Anderson will play Haley Joel Osment‘s mother in the sci-fi mystery I’ll Follow You Down, which costars Rufus Sewell as Osment’s missing scientist father, and Victor Garber as his sleuthing grandfather. Director Richie Mehta (Amal) penned the script. [Deadline]

• Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam is set for a very busy hiatus. Already signed for a supporting role in Steve McQueen‘s Twelve Years a Slave towards the end of the summer, Mr. Cobie Smulders will also star opposite Amber Tamblyn in the comedy Growing Up (and Other Lies), directed by Danny Jacobs and Darren Grodsky (Humboldt County). Then Killam will co-star as the romantic rival to Happy EndingsAdam Pally in Killer Rebound Guy, which will serve as the feature directing debut for Funny or Die contributors Matt Villines and Osmany Rodriguez. [Variety]

• Parks and Recreations‘s Aubrey Plaza has joined the cast of the Shia LaBeouf romantic comedy The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. She’ll join Evan Rachel WoodRupert Grint, Melissa Leo, Til Schweiger, and Mads Mikkelsen. [Latino Review]

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