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Hugh Jackman goes rogue in the new 'Prisoners' trailer

Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard just want their daughters back in the newest trailer for Prisoners.

On a sleepy late fall afternoon in Pennsylvania, Keller Dover (Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello), and their family go to visit their friends (Howard and Viola Davis). By the time they discover the youngest daughters of both families are missing, what little light those grey autumn days have to offer has already faded, and the chilly rain has started to fall. Of course panic ensues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Detective Loki is on the case, and they may have a suspect in the form of Paul Dano’s character, but things are not as simple as they might seem.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who earned a 2011 Foreign Language Oscar nomination for his film Incendies, and shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, Fargo), what follows is a dark, anxious procedural, and a portrait two very different fathers desperate for a resolution.

Take a look at the second trailer after the jump. It might make you wonder who, exactly, are the “prisoners.”

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Casting Net: James Franco to direct and star in biopic 'Beautiful People.' Plus: Liam Neeson lands action pic, Paul Dano to play Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

James Franco is taking a break from his life of leisure and and media underexposure to star in and direct Beautiful People, a biopic about Jay Sebring, who built a hairstyling empire in the 1960s. He was also something of a famous international gadabout, including a romance with actress Sharon Tate, which eventually became platonic. Sebring was killed along with Tate in the infamous Manson Family murders, though it’s not clear if the screenplay by first-timer Lauren Wild includes that sad chapter of Sebring’s life. [Deadline]

• Liam Neeson, action star extraordinaire, is set to star in Run All Night, about a mob hitman who finds himself having to protect his estranged family from his old boss. Things likely won’t end well for the old boss. Director Jaume Collet-Sera, who helmed Neeson’s Unknown and the upcoming Non-Stop, is in talks to take the reins of this project as well. Brad Ingelsby, who penned the upcoming Christian Bale thriller Out of the Fire, wrote the script. [Deadline]

• Paul Dano will star in Love & Mercy, playing the younger version of Brian Wilson in a impressionistic biopic that spans the majority of the troubled Beach Boys star’s life. (No actor has been cast yet to play the older Wilson.) Film producer Bil Pohlad (The Tree of LifeInto the Wild) will direct the film, from a script by Oren Moverman (RampartThe Messenger). [THR]

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Q&A: Paul Dano on tight pants, and playing a deadbeat rocker dad in 'For Ellen'

With his broad, serious face and lanky body, Paul Dano has always played the kinds of finely tuned characters that pop out for their intensity, from a black-haired, mostly silent 16-year-old in 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine to a screaming evangelical preacher, and his twin brother, in 2007’s There Will Be Blood. He’s also proved himself to be neurotically funny, as he was in this year’s romantic comedy Ruby Sparks.

But 28-year-old Dano has rarely played a dad on film (he adopts a baby in 2008’s Gigantic), much less the deadbeat rocker dad starring role he takes on in the Tribeca Film indie For Ellen, out now on VOD and in theaters in Los Angeles, Florida and Chicago on Friday, on top of already being in New York.

As scraggly hipster musician Joby Taylor, complete with chin scruff, long hair, snug-fitting pants, chipped black nail polish and fake tattoos, he deals with a looming divorce, and whether he’ll lose all custody of his estranged 6-year-old daughter Ellen, played by cutely somber newcomer Shaylena Mandigo. Dano and Mandigo play off of each other with the realistic awkwardness of a parent and child who don’t know each other. For inspiration, Dano read books about such hard-partying bands as Motley Crue. The film’s writer-director So Yong Kim, known for her female-centric South Korean language movies Treeless Mountain and In Between Days, based For Ellen on her own back story. Her parents divorced when she was a kid, and her father disappeared.

A trouper over the phone, talking to EW.com while sick with a fever, Dano delved into the surprising glory of wearing tight pants, how he hates shopping, the joys of working with a child actor and going deep into a part “so unlike me,” his part as a futuristic assassin in Looper, and other films on the horizon.

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Casting Net: Anne Hathaway joins Mindy Kaling-penned comedy. Plus: Ron Perlman, Paul Dano

Anne Hathaway is attached to the romantic comedy The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, co-written by Mindy Kaling and The Office writer Brent Forrester.  The project, about a self-conscious gal involved with losers whose love life perks up when a supreme hottie pursues her, is still without a director. Kaling and Forrester will also co-produce. [THR]

• Ron Perlman is putting his broad shoulders and Sons of Anarchy intensity to good use as part of the cast of the psychological thriller Angry Little God, an English-language remake of the Thai film 13: Game of Death. The film is about a man in debt who is told he’s on a hidden-camera game show and will get a ton of money if he completes 13 horrific tasks. It also stars Mark Webber from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Rutina Wesley  from True Blood. Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) is directing from a script he co-wrote with David Birke. [Variety]

Paul Dano will star alongside Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo in the thriller Prisoners, about a carpenter whose daughter and friend are kidnapped and goes on a rogue search after police are unable to find them. Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is directing from a script by Aaron Guzikowski. [Variety]

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Movie Talk with Owen & Lisa: 'Ruby Sparks' is a romantic comedy 'told with a freshness'

In select theaters now, Ruby Sparks tells the story of a heartbroken author with writer’s block, who suddenly meets his dream girl — but only because he has written her. The movie stars real life couple Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan (Revolutionary Road), with a script penned by Kazan. EW movie critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum discuss the film, which was directed by Little Miss Sunishine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, in the latest installment of “Movie Talk with Owen and Lisa.”

“If there is any review that’s easy for a critic to write, it’s of a bad Hollywood romantic comedy,” Gleiberman says. “But now relief has arrived in the form of a mini wave of indie romantic comedies. And I emphasize these are not quirky, annoying indie romances, they are genuine romantic comedies, but told with a freshness. Case in point… Ruby Sparks.” Watch the rest of their chat below!

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Casting Net: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy team for cop comedy. Plus: Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Chloe Moretz, Rupert Everett, Tom Cruise

• Robin Williams, Mila KunisPeter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, and James Earl Jones have signed on for The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, about a patient who is erroneously told he has 90 minutes to live. The comedy marks the first film from Field of Dreams director Phil Alden Robinson since 2002′s The Sum of All Fears. [Screen International]

• Jessica Biel, Chloe Moretz, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star in The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea, about a widower (Morgan) who helps a girl (Moretz) construct a raft to cross the Atlantic Ocean. (Biel will play Morgan’s late wife.) Justin Timberlake will add two more hyphens to his multi-hyphenate resume, meanwhile, serving as the film’s composer and music supervisor. Bill Purple will make his feature directing debut from a script by Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection). [THR]

• Speaking of Chloe Moretz, the in demand actress is also in talks for Kick-Ass 2, reprising her role as Hit Girl, who will go into retirement. But will she stay there?! (No.) [Total Film]

Colin Firth, Emily Watson, and Tom Wilkinson will star in actor Rupert Everett‘s directoral debut The Happy Prince, a biopic about Oscar Wilde. Everett will play the famed author and playwright, and also wrote the screenplay. [Variety]

Check out new projects for TOM CRUISE, ABIGAIL BRESLIN, PAUL DANO, OWEN WILSON, RACHEL McADAMS, and ELIZABETH BANKS below:  READ FULL STORY

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