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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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Trailer: Topher Grace's Take Me Home Tonight Comedy

15 December 2010 3:17 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Even though the film was completed back in 2007, it is only now that we have the trailer for the upcoming "Take Me Home Tonight" comedy, starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, and Teresa Palmer. Check it out below or click here to watch it in hi-def. Plot: The story follows an aimless college grad (Grace) who pursues his dream girl (Palmer) at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister (Faris) and their best friend (Fogler) struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night. The new movie is directed by Michael Dowse (Goon) from a script by "That 70s Show' writers/producers Jackie and Jeff Filgo. It is scheduled to hit theaters on March 4th, 2011. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. Click here to read more about "Take Me Home Tonight." »

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‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Trailer

14 December 2010 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Relativity Media and Imagine Entertainment have finally released a movie trailer for the long-delayed dramedy Take Me Home Tonight (previously titled Kids in America). Directed by Michael Dowse (Goon, Fubar, It's All Gone Pete Tong), the story follows "an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night." The movie's cast includes Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, MichelleTrachtenberg, Michael Biehn, Chris Pratt, Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black, and Demetri Martin. The project shot in late 2006/early 2007, and has been completed for over three years now, sitting on the shelf. I usually am a sucker for teen comedy adventures which take place over the course of one night, but this seems a bit generic (or maybe just dated at this point?). Watch the »

- Peter Sciretta

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On-Set: Goon

10 December 2010 2:00 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

This modern comedy follows the true story of Doug Smith, an outsider in the sports world who literally fought his way to the highest level of minor league hockey.  Seann William Scott takes on the role of the title Goon, while thesp Liev Schreiber plays a rival team's enforcer, more skilled with his fists than his footwork. The film also stars Montreal-born Jay Baruchel, who just happened to co-write the film with Superbad scribe Evan Goldberg..

Cineplex recently visited the set of Goon in the city of Portage La Prairie just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at what the cast had to say »

- Rob Lazar

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Kevin Smith casts Nicholas Braun in hockey flick 'Hit Somebody'

1 December 2010 8:41 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Kevin Smith’s hockey movie, Hit Somebody, now has a lead. The director announced the casting of Nicholas Braun on his podcast, Hollywood Babble-On (#14). Smith had hoped his film would star Seann William Scott, who he’d worked with on Cop Out, but Scott ended up leaving him for another hockey film, the comedy Goon. There are no hard feelings though, because Smith found Braun, who also stars in his upcoming film Red State. “He’s this really, really great actor, who I love to death, and he is the perfect lead,” Smith said. Hit Somebody is based on the Warren Zevon song “Hit Somebody! »

- Mandi Bierly

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Kevin Smith’s ‘Hit Somebody’ Finds Lead; ‘Red State’ Updates

30 November 2010 8:41 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Kevin Smith is an overachiever; with Red State wrapped, cut, and in the promotional stage (via official podcast), he is simultaneously already at work on his next feature Hit Somebody. On the latest edition of one of his many shows Hollywood Babble-on, Smith officially announced the lead for his hockey comedy: Nicholas Braun. [Collider]

Braun, in addition to appearing in Smith’s Red State, also played the Joseph Gordon-Levitt role in ABC Family’s TV adaptation of 10 Things I Hate About You and is also one of the leads in Disney’s upcoming movie Prom (which actually looks surprisingly good).

Now if any of you have been following Hit Somebody, you may remember that Seann William Scott was originally tapped to star, but dropped out to do a different hockey movie, Goon, when Smith went to work on Red State first. Braun is quite a 180 from Scott; he’s younger, he’s not as well known, »

- Jonathan Sullivan

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"Red" Pimp Kevin Smith Hits On Braun

30 November 2010 7:05 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Kevin Smith has been talking it up this week and used podcasts to reveal two bits of information - one about his current project, the other about his next.

First up is "Red State", the filmmaker's horror/comedy meets religious fanaticism feature he shot earlier this year. Smith talked with /Film about his distribution plans for the movie - namely tarting it up and letting capitalism have its way with it:

“Here’s something that’s not so much news as my stated intentions for Red State: if it gets into Sundance, my plan is to pick the distributor right there – In The Room – auction style. Might even bring up a professional auctioneer to make it fun and unintelligible. And if you’re a multi-millionaire who can’t make it to the first screening of Red State, fear not: maybe we’ll set up an eBay page for the post-screening bid-calling as well. »

- Garth Franklin

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Newcomer Nicholas Braun To Topline Kevin Smith's Hockey Comedy 'Hit Somebody'

30 November 2010 6:10 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Of all the duelling projects in the recent past--volcano movies, asteroid movies, Truman Capote movies--one of the oddest has been the two rival "Slap Shot"-indebted hockey comedies, "Goon" and "Hit Somebody." The former's written by Apatow stalwarts Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, the latter's written and directed by raunchy comedy veteran Kevin Smith, and is based on the Warren Zevon song of the same name. Some mild antagonism between the projects kicked up in the summer when "Goon" poached Seann William Scott, who'd been loosely attached to Smith's project, although the director seemed understanding of Scott's decision. With Smith currently… »

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Nicholas Braun Will Lead Kevin Smith's Hit Somebody

30 November 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

On his popular podcast "Hollywood Babble-On," filmmaker Kevin Smith broke the news that he has cast the lead in his planned hockey comedy Hit Somebody and it's a little known TV actor named Nicholas Braun, who also appears in Smith's Red State . Smith also mentioned he hopes to start shooting the film sometime between July and September of 2011. Smith had stated earlier this year that the lead role in the comedy inspired by a Warren Zevon song was perfect for his Cop Out co-star Seann William Scott, but Scott instead signed onto the Jay Baruchel hockey comedy Goon , which may have convinced Smith to take a different approach to casting. Braun previously appeared in Disney's Sky High and on the ABC Family series "10 Things I Hate About You," and on the »

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Kevin Smith finds his hockey goon for Hit Somebody

30 November 2010 3:34 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It's no secret that Kevin Smith has been hunting for a lead for his hockey comedy Hit Somebody for quite some time now, and was pretty bummed out when Seann William Scott jumped ship for Jay Baruchel's similarly themed movie Goon, but now at least he's found his man. And it's uh, that guy. He's Nicholas Braun, and a few of you might recognize him from Sky High and the Ten Things I Hate About You series on ABC Family. Here's what Smith had to say about the whole casting process. At one point »

- Paul Tassi

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Kevin Smith Casts Nicholas Braun for Hit Somebody Hockey Comedy

30 November 2010 3:20 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Kevin Smith has announced that Nicholas Braun (Sky High, "10 Things I Hate About You") will play the lead role of Buddy McKraken in the director's upcoming hockey comedy "Hit Somebody." He added that Ralph Garman (Sharktopus) will co-star. Both actors also appear in Smith's "Red State" horror film. "[Braun is] this really great actor who I love to death and he is the perfect lead for this hockey movie, for this script, which is based on this Warren Zevon song," said Smith, who hopes to start filming sometime between July and September of 2011. Seann William Scott was previously set to star before he accepted the lead in a rival hockey comedy, "Goon," which co-stars Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill. Many expected for Smith to cast someone the same size as Scott, but he went in a slightly different direction by hiring someone skinny, but very tall. Braun stands at 6ft 6in. »

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Kevin Smiths Gonna Hit Somebody

30 November 2010 2:44 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Via the wonderful Smodcast network it’s come to the forefront that Kevin Smith has found a star, for his upcoming Hockey movie, Hit Somebody. And…drumroll please…it’s Nicholas Braun (who’s also in Red State btw) who will don the hockey outfits…or whatever hockey people wear. Originally, Sean William Scott was on the ice for Hit Somebody, but opted for Goon instead. Hit Somebody, which is written by Kevin himself, follows the story of Buddy McCracken as a young up and coming player, who has as much panache for using his fists and he does belting a puck around the place.

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- vicbarry@gmail.com (Vic Barry)

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Kevin Smith Finds His Hit Somebody Lead in Nicholas Braun

29 November 2010 5:23 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While Kevin Smith recently wrapped filming (and completed a first cut) of his horror film Red State, he’s also looking ahead to his hockey-centered film that will be his follow-up. Hit Somebody is a script that Smith has been working on for a while, that’s based on the Warren Zevon song of the same name, with lyrics written by Mitch Albom.  Via his most recent edition of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast with Ralph Garman, Smith revealed that he’s found his lead in actor Nicholas Braun, who Smith recently worked with on Red State. In fact, Smith said that he found “so much of [his Hit Somebody] cast making Red State,” so expect to see a few familiar faces once Hit Somebody rolls around (including podcast co-host and Red State cast member Garman, Smith confirms). Smith had this to say about casting Braun as his lead:

He’s this really really »

- Adam Chitwood

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Smith Announces Hit Somebody's Lead

29 November 2010 4:15 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The announcements from Kevin Smith on his future plans just keep on coming. Once again using his (excellent) series of Smodcast podcasts as a living, breathing, chuckling press release, Smith announced that he’s locked in a new star for his hockey film Hit Somebody. The actor in question? Nicholas Braund, who also features in the director’s indie horror Red State.Hitting the mic for one of his regular ‘casts, in this case Hollywood Babble-On (co-hosted with actor/voice-over specialist Ralph Garman), Smith talked up his having to find a new leading man after Seann William Scott opted instead to make Goon, which is now shooting.“Seann William Scott wanted to make a hockey movie real f*****n’ bad,” laughs Smith, “So he went to do another one, which meant we were star-less for a while, which was totally fine by me. But then I found so much of »

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Posters: Seann William Scott's Goon and Simon Pegg's Paul

12 November 2010 3:38 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have photos of Seann William Scott's "Goon" hockey movie and Simon Pegg's sci-fi comedy "Paul." Check out both posters below. Goon: Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a small town bouncer (Scott) overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. Paul: Two comic-book geeks (Pegg, Nick Frost) travel across the Us to encounter an alien (Seth Rogen) outside Area 51. Directed by "Superbad" helmer Greg Mottola. "Goon" Poster: (click to enlarge) "Paul" Poster: (click to enlarge) »

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Pics from Hockey Comedy Goon Hit

9 November 2010 6:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Chances are a comedy about hockey won’t immediately make you leap into the air with cinematic-infused joy, but stir Superbad scribe Evan Goldberg and man on the rise Jay Baruchel into the mix and you may start to get a little more interested.

Today we have our first look at the hockomedy and we see Seann William Scott smiling and hitting someone, and Baruchel, who has had a pretty visible year with Dragons and Sorcerers aplenty, spoke to MTV about Goon,

I think that we’re going to entertain people and were going to hit them in the head with a two by four, but I think more than anything people will be surprised by how moved they are by the story. I really think we’ve created a pretty classic character, and Seann is doing something unlike he’s ever done.

MTV had these pics and spoke further to Jay Baruchel, »

- Jon Lyus

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News Shorts: November 8th 2010

8 November 2010 5:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The first photo of Gary Oldman as the new George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Seann William Scott in hockey comedy Goon, Jason Segal in the new film about The Muppets, and heaps of stills from The Next Three Days.

Set photos of Shia Labeouf stripping off for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Halle Berry with prosthetic giant lips shooting Truth or Dare, and new stills from Kutcher/Portman rom-com No Strings Attached.

A triptych poster for Tron Legacy along with one-sheets for The Zookeeper, Hall Pass, Rare Exports, London Boulevard, Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son, 127 Hours, The Tourist, Somewhere, Rio and an apparent bit of promo art for Star Trek 2.

"Ben Affleck has apparently been offered the lead role in Antoine Fuqua’s "Consent to Kill", an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel at CBS Films...." (full details)

"Ryan Gosling has apparently been offered the role of »

- Garth Franklin

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