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'Independence Day 2': Is Randy Quaid Set to Return?

'Independence Day 2': Is Randy Quaid Set to Return?
While no official cast members have been announced for Independence Day 2, which 20th Century Fox is releasing June 2016, director Roland Emmerich is teasing one heck of a surprise return. Yes, judging from his latest Tweet, Randy Quaid may be back as kamikaze pilot Russell Casse. But this seems improbably for a couple of different reasons.

Russell Casse is a fan favorite Independence Day character known for his surprise assault on the alien mothership. He blows the giant, deadly craft out of the sky by ramming his plane up inside of it, supposedly killing himself in the process. Does this Tweet indicate that Casse survived the attack against the invading extraterrestrial forces?

While its possibly that Casse either survived off screen, with that reveal to come in the sequel, or the aliens somehow brought him back to life, there is another reason to cast a huge shadow of doubt on Randy Quaid
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Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Adds Sean Astin, Brando Eaton, and Ben Hollingsworth

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Adds Sean Astin, Brando Eaton, and Ben Hollingsworth
Production on Indomina's Cabin Fever: Patient Zero will commence on August 13th in the Dominican Republic with a cast that includes Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings franchise, The Goonies), Brando Eaton (Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach, Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, Born 2 Race) and Ben Hollingsworth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, The Joneses). Renowned comic book artist, turned director, Kaare Andrews, is directing.

Indomina, the fast-growing U.S. and Dominican Republic based producer and distributor of film, TV and trans-media content, committed to resurrecting the popular Cabin Fever franchise by producing and distributing at least two more feature installments: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Cabin Fever: Outbreak. Both films will be shot in the Dominican Republic.

Original Cabin Fever producer Evan Astrowsky and his Hypotenuse Pictures is producing Patient Zero with Indomina.

Astrowsky commented, "With Sean, we wanted an actor with
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Sean Astin to Headline the Endangered Cast of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

The Indomina Group has announced an August 13 start of production date on “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero”, the first of two new “Cabin Fever” sequels scheduled for the next few years. “Patient Zero” is up first, with “Altitude” director Kaare Andrews behind the camera, with Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings” franchise, “The Goonies”), Brando Eaton (“Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Born to Race”) and Ben Hollingsworth (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” “The Joneses”) in front of the camera. The plot of “Patient Zero” finds a bachelor party cruise in the Caribbean unexpectedly running ashore on a medical research island, where a deadly virus is unleashed. The passengers must struggle to find a way to survive before their own demons and the flesh eating bacteria consumes them all. “Patient Zero” will shoot on location in the Dominican Republic, which is where the second film,
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Meet the Kids of 'Super 8'

The biggest triumph that director J.J. Abrams’ ("Star Trek," "Cloverfield") achieves with "Super 8" isn’t the special effects or the secretive plot; it's the fine group of child actors he's assembled. Not since "The Goonies" has an ensemble of misfits been so entertaining.

In "Super 8," six Midwestern kids witness a mysterious train crash in 1979 while making a zombie film, and strange things start happening. Cue the screams of voice-cracking adolescents. They laugh, they cry, they blow stuff up, they sing "My Sharona." Fun fact: The actors actually wrote and directed the film-within-a-film themselves, so don’t forget to stay for the credits.

Meet these child stars of "Super 8" and learn more about the characters they play -- in the J.J. Abrams movie and their homemade zombie film.

Joel Courtney

Age: 15

Hometown: Moscow, Idaho

Where You’ve Seen Him: "Super 8" is Courtney’s first role.

Courtney as
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Happy 28th birthday to Twilight and New Moon star Justin Chon!

Justin Chon, who portrays Eric Yorkie in Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon has had an interesting last couple of years. Turning 28 today, the Twilight star portrays 17-year-old Eric in the series with charisma and unforseeable excellence. Having made his Hollywood name in short stints on television series such as Jack & Bobby, The O.C., and Just Jordan, Chon had been in a couple of films before as well. Playing small roles in films such as Taki & Luci, Puff, Puff, Pass, and Hack!, Chon was no stranger to the film set. But in 2008, when Justin Chon became Eric Yorkie in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, his big-screen experience become a little different. Since starring in Twilight, Chon has taken on roles in films like Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach and Crossing Over. Spotted nearing the set in Vancouver to reprise his role as Yorkie in Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon,
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Heat is on for dealmakers at Euro Film Market

BERLIN -- Before the fireworks, there always has to be a long slow-burning fuse, but after a slow start for this year's European Film Market, the wheeling and dealing exploded with some high-profile deals.

A brace of deals lit up the market with GreeneStreet Films due to announce a North American rights deal to Gary the Tennis Coach, directed by Danny Leiner and starring Seann William Scott and Randy Quaid to Sony Pictures. A bawdy high school comedy details the life of a janitor turned tennis coach.

And titles appearing in Competition here are also shifting off the shelves with Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" expected to go to Miramax Films in the six-figure range for U.S. rights. Leigh himself described his latest movie as a light hearted comedy drama.

Elsewhere, Berlinale Competition entry "Quiet Chaos" (Caos Calmo), directed by Antonello Grimaldi, has spread to nine territories ahead of its official screening Wednesday.

While Leigh's buzz title "Lucky" attracted a flurry of U.S. interest before its gala screening Tuesday "Quiet Chaos" (Caos Calmo), also ahead of its official screening Wednesday, is being sold by the production company's own sales entity Fandango Portobello Sales headed by Janine Gold. Deals struck include France (BAC), Spain (Alta), Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Canada (Seville), Portugal (Midas), South Korea (Jin Jin), Brazil (Imovision) and Israel (Lev). "Chaos" is produced by Fandango's Domenico Procacci from a screenplay by Nanni Moretti, Lauro Paolucci and Francesca Piccolo. It is backed by RAI Cinema, Portobello Pictures and Phoenix Film Investment and details the story of a husband and father dealing with the immediate aftermath of the sudden death of his wife.

Piven has 'Goods' on Par Vantage

Paramount Vantage has greenlighted its first comedy under its deal with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods.: "The Goods: The Don Ready Story", starring Jeremy Piven and directed by Neal Brennan.

The project was brought to Gary Sanchez by Kevin Messick, who will produce with Ferrell, McKay and Sanchez's Chris Henchy.

Rick Stempson and Andy Stock wrote the script, which centers on a used-car liquidator hired to save a struggling dealership during a Fourth of July weekend sale. Messick said that the project was developed on spec with the writing pair. Production will begin in December in Los Angeles.

This is Stempson and Stock's second project. Their first, "Gary the Tennis Coach", recently was produced by GreeneStreet Films and stars Seann William Scott. The pair are repped by UTA and Karl Austen.

Brennan wrote, produced, directed and co-created Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated "Chappelle's Show" with Dave Chappelle.

Piven won an Emmy and received two Golden Globe nominations for his work on HBO's "Entourage". He next will appear in director Peter Berg's political drama "The Kingdom" and recently completed production on Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla".

Piven is repped by CAA and Patti Felker.

GreeneStreet Int'l nabs 'Expired' rights

NEW YORK -- GreeneStreet Films International has acquired worldwide sales rights to Cecilia Miniucchi's dark romantic comedy Expired starring Samantha Morton, Jason Patric, Teri Garr and Illeana Douglas.

Expired will close the 46th Festival de Cannes Critics Week sidebar, and is the only U.S.-made film selected for the program.

The feature, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, explores the dysfunctional relationship between a meter maid (Morton) and traffic cop (Patric).

Expired is produced by Jeffrey Coulter and Fred Roos. Antoni Stutz, Alexander Shing and Lawrence Wang served as the film's executive producers.

Upcoming GSFI features on the Cannes sales slate include another Sundance premiere, The Nines starring Ryan Reynolds and Hope Davis, and Gary the Tennis Coach with Seann William Scott.

GreeneStreet Films International President Ariel Veneziano negotiated the deal with Coulter and Roos.

Quaid punches 'Time' clock with Baruchel

Quaid punches 'Time' clock with Baruchel
Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel will star in the indie dramedy Real Time.

Randall Cole will direct from a screenplay he wrote. Julia Rosenberg, Paula Devonshire and Ari Lantos are producing.

The film centers on a hit man (Quaid) who gives an old acquaintance (Baruchel), a compulsive gambler, one hour to live.

Real Time is being financed by Serendipity Point Films, Telefilm Canada and Corus Entertainment and produced by January Films, Devonshire Prods. and APB Pictures. Maple Pictures will distribute the film in Canada, and Serendipity Point Films will handle worldwide sales.

Cole is a graduate of Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Center, where he made his first feature, 19 Months. Real Time will be shot outside Toronto.

Quaid's credits include The Ice Harvest and Brokeback Mountain and the upcoming Goya's Ghosts and Gary the Tennis Coach. He is repped by IFA Talent and attorney Matt Galsor.

Baruchel, who recently signed on to co-star in the Ben Stiller-helmed Tropic Thunder, next will appear in Judd Apatow's summer comedy Knocked Up. He is handled by CAA, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Jamie Feldman.

Uni taking a first look with Reveille

Uni taking a first look with Reveille
Ben Silverman's Reveille Llc., which is behind the television series Ugly Betty and The Office, is launching a feature film division arm named Reveille Motion Pictures and has inked a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.

The new company will create, acquire and develop a broad slate, and will lean on Reveille's proven modus operandi, which has been finding fresh commercial ideas to develop for American audiences. Betty and Office, for example, initially were television series in Colombia and England, respectively, before Reveille translated them for the U.S.

Graham Larson, who previously partnered with Seann William Scott at the actor's Universal-based Identity Films, will serve as vp at RMP. Larson's producing credits include The Last Samurai and Gary the Tennis Coach. He also worked with Edward Zwick at the Bedford Falls Co.

Silverman plans to use Reveille's methods of alternative financing in television and online to bring in Reveille's different financing, marketing and cross-platform partners to the intellectual property franchises it will be producing theatrically. For example, the company has made it a point to cast ethnically and internationally diverse actors to appeal to the global market.

On the digital side, the company's webisodes for Office were instrumental in broadening the show's appeal, and Silverman thinks there is a lot of potential for creative digital uses in the feature world.

Quaid in talks to be 'Tennis' coach in comedy pic

Quaid in talks to be 'Tennis' coach in comedy pic
NEW YORK -- Randy Quaid is in final negotiations to star opposite Seann William Scott in O.N.C. Entertainment and GreeneStreet Films' comedy Gary the Tennis Coach. In Danny Leiner's feature, Quaid would play the coach who is a mentor and idol to Scott's inexperienced title character. The UTA-packaged film is slated to begin principal photography this month in Austin. Quaid recently portrayed King Carlos IV of Spain in Milos Forman's biopic Goya's Ghosts for Warner Bros. Pictures. He won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Lyndon Johnson in the 1987 telefilm LBJ: The Early Years.

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