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Now that Dunder Mifflin Regional Manager Michael Scott has departed NBC's The Office, your Steve Carell-fix will have to come from the former Daily Show correspondent's film appearances.  Burt Wonderstone, which would star Carell as the eponymous Las Vegas magician, has been seeking right director since talks with television veteran Charles McDougall ceased in early April.  According to Deadline, fellow TV director Don Scardino has signed on to make his feature directorial debut with Burt Wonderstone.

Today was the first weekday in a spell that did not include a new character poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  It's not wand-waving from Warner Bros, but DreamWorks is making up for it a bit.  The studio released a new international one sheet for Real Steel, a family friendly event film set in a future where boxing has been replaced by one-on-one robotic combat.  The last teaser poster featured only a robo-hand on the the robo-ropes, but this new poster includes a full pugi-bot (albeit from behind), as well as the silhouettes of Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo.  Take a peek.

Rogue of the Week: Michael Fassbender

Thursday, 02 June 2011 17:22

A week from now, Michael Fassbender will basically be a full-on movie star.  He's starring as the youthful Erik Lensherr, aka Magneto, in Matthew Vaughn's X-prequel X-Men: First Class.  While he headlines along with the excellent James McAvoy, playing a pre-paralysis Charles Xavier, Fassbender's riveting performance is the engine powering the entire movie.  His Magneto is at once an uncompromising, wrathful loner concerned with little but revenge and simultaneously a charismatic leader of mutants to be reckoned with.  It's enough to make you forget venerable Shakespearean Ian McKellen, and it's guaranteed to garner Fassbender a lot of deserved attention.

If you're familiar with Michael Rapaport, it's a consistently solid, dependably funny character actor, not as a documentarian.  With Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, however, Rapaport makes his directorial debut.  The doc, which premiered at Sundance this year, is all about the legendary alternative hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, and it has earned rave reviews.  It focuses principally on a 2006 reunion tour between Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Jarobi White, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, but as the first trailer indicates, it is also a thoughtful examination of their music and impact.  Do yourself a favor and check out the newly released trailer, complete with an intro from Rapaport himself.

Through the five original films in the Planet of the Apes franchise, the short-lived 1974 television series, and Tim Burton's 2001 remake, the hyper-intelligent simian stars have been created using prosthetics and makeup effects.  For this summer's prequel/do-over Rise of the Planet of the Apes, however, director Rupert Wyatt opted instead to create every single ape using motion capture, with Weta Digital providing CGI apes.  The film's new theatrical trailer just dropped, and it offers our best look yet at ape-revolutionary Caesar and James Franco in scientist mode.  Give it a watch.

As you may have noticed when checking out the second trailer and first clip from Horrible Bosses, the comedy has a lot going for it.  There's the instantly understandable concept of downtrodden guys wanting to kill their bosses, three reliably funny actors  Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, and Jason Sudeikis) playing the trio, and three big deal actors (Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Colin Farrell) chewing scenery as the eponymous employers.  Six new character posters give both parties, the aggrieved and the grievous, their time to shine one-by-one.

Captain America: The First Avenger is less than two months away from its release, meaning that the marketing machine will become exponentially more inescapable in the coming weeks.  Two new TV spots, for example, are available for your enjoyment and examination.  Both kick off with Chris Evans as puny pre-Super Soldier serum Steve Rogers, then move on to the WWII era action, and include appearances from Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, and an amorous Cap groupie.

If Guillermo del Toro is involved with a film in any capacity, you can rest assured that it will contain some spectacular monsters, vampires, ghouls, or other creatures that go bump in the night.  He is, after all, the director behind Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, and The Devil's Backbone.  He's also the producer and co-writer of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, a modern update of a 1973 made-for-TV movie that del Toro fervently believes is the scariest film ever made.  The first official poster for the haunted house horror tale has premiered, and it is appropriately spooky.

Horrible Bosses got my butt in a seat as soon as I saw that Charlie Day of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is playing a dental hygienist.  Luckily, though, Day is only one part of an impressive comedic ensemble that includes Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis as his fellow miserably-employed buddies, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, and Kevin Spacey as the awful employers of the title, and Jamie Foxx as a "murder consultant" named Motherf**ker Jones.  A new trailer and clip for the murderous comedy hit today, and it'd be a shame for you to miss either other of them.

'Cars 2' Featurette: Spy Cars Like Us

Thursday, 02 June 2011 08:42

In Disney and Pixar's much anticipated sequel Cars 2, quintessential dumb American Mater the Tow Truck (Larry the Cable Guy) accidentally engages in all manner international espionage along with British secret agents Finn McMissile and Holly Shiftwell, voiced by Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer.  A new behind-the-scenes video digs into the automotive spy game and features interview with the voice cast, as well as co-directors John Lasseter and Brad Lewis.  Take a look and enjoy the new footage.

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