Trailer: George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants

Hand selected by albino monks in the mountains of Peru, it’s your daily dose of Hollywood news and notables, updated throughout the day:

Deadline steals Wrap’s R.I.P.D./Bridges thunder with a TOLDJA!
Well, to the extent that there was thunder in the first place. Jesus. They’re not talking about discovering life on other planets. It’s a bit of completely inconsequential casting news (see below) and Deadline is acting like it’s a state secret. Look, The Wrap is a terrible rag that gets as much mileage out of gossip and trash as it does the occasional bit of casting news, but Mike Fleming is better than that. He’s about the only reason to read Deadline because he’s got all kinds of great contacts from his Variety days, but to puff up your chest like R.I.P.D. casting news really means a goddamn thing is just to make yourself look like a giant weasel. (Deadline)

Bill Nighy in negotiations for Total Recall redo
He continues the string of solid casting that keeps me interested in this 2nd adaption of Philip K. Dick’s We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Brian Cranston and Jessica Biel co-star in the film that Paul Verhoeven and Arnold Schwartzegger took a crack at in the ’80s. (THR)

Meg Ryan in negotiations for Long Time Gone
Based on April Stevens’ novel Angel Angel, it’s about a troubled family changed for the better when the youngest son’s girlfriend moves in. It will be the directorial debut of Precious producer Sarah Siegel-Magness. (Variety – firewall)

NSFW unused Bridesmaids snippets
There’s nothing here that will really mean anything to anyone who hasn’t seen the movie, but the snippets will seem like a familiar old friend with a new haircut to those of us who have. “I’ve got cleats in my car. I’m gonna climb ‘im.” (Vulture)

Disney withdraws “Seal Team 6” copyright claim
Apparently the Navy submitted their own claim in response to Disney’s filing. Let me know when someone at Disney officially admits that it was an incredibly crass and stupid idea. (Disney)

Bridges apparently confirmed for R.I.P.D.
This is that sci-fi action comedy about a police force made up of ghosts who battle evil spirits that Jeff Bridges was linked to back in April. Ryan Reynolds co-stars. My affection for The Dude has limits and this exceeds them. (Wrap)

4 new clips from Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life
If you’re already interested in this movie (LiC review), do yourself a favor and skip these clips. If ever a movie benefited from revealing itself to you in the context the director intended, this is that movie. It’s like listening to a couple bars of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It doesn’t really tell you anything you need to know and just diminishes the sense of wonder and expectation you might have seeing it for the first time. Yeah, I know that sounds fruity and it is, but there you go. (Rope of Silicon)

(above) Trailer: George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants
“A sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.”
(Apple)

Sundance Selects picks up Cannes Critics Week opener Declaration of War
Sundance Selects in the Cannes movie buying business and business is boomin’. A young couple deals with their child’s brain cancer. (sound of crickets chirping) (indieWIRE)

Trailer: Jackboots on Whitehall
An irreverent puppet-animated movie speculating on what would’ve happened if the Nazis had built a tunnel under the English Channel and succeeded at invading England in World War II sounds appealing, but I’m afraid the trailer just looks kind of stupid. (Twitch)

Deleted Scene: 127 Hours
Otherwise it would’ve been called 127 hours and 1 minute (Empire)

Trailer: John Carpenter’s The Ward
Amber Heard stars. The pic is hitting VOD in June with a limited theatrical planned for July. (Twitch)

Jeff Bridges wanted for Little Miss Sunshine duo’s He Loves Me
Zoe Kazan wrote the script and she’ll star alongside boyfriend and Little Miss Sunshine alum/bowling pin bludgeoning victim Paul Dano. (Deadline)

Will Gluck having Sex on the Moon with Columbia Pictures
A guess Sony is liking that Easy A money and wants some more (Deadline)

French Trailer – Tarantino: Le Disciple de Hong Kong
Simon Yam, Gordon Lieu, David Boardwell and Ringo Lam weigh in on Quentin Tarantino’s relationship to Hong Kong cinema. Set for French release in a couple of weeks, but no clue on if it’ll ever hit US shores. (Twitch)

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