News & Notes: Steve Carell, Slammin’ Salmon, Shattered Union


There is plenty of news and whatnots happening in the world of film this evening, so we thought we’d throw together a quick round of News & Notes, so that you can keep it all straight. We start, as we always do, with something mildly interesting. As per my newly fashioned format, the first few words of each item serve as the link to the source. Just give them a click to read more.

Steve Carell is working on a new comedy for Warner Bros., entitled Missing Links. He will play a golfer who joins fellow municipal course schlubs to take a shot at the country club down the road. Very original. (THR)

The Cup of Tears is a new sci-fi samurai flick that we picked up via our friends over at First Showing. It is more than a little badass, mixing the aesthetic of 300 with the badassery that Ninja Assassin could’ve only hoped to achieve. (First Showing)

The Slammin’ Salmon, the latest film from the boys of Broken Lizard, has been picked up for distribution by Anchor Bay Films. The flick, which stars the Lizard boys alongside Michael Clarke Duncan, Will Forte and Vivica A. Fox, is a great return to form. I caught it at SXSW this year and laughed my ass off in a way that I certainly did not when I saw Club Dread. (THR)


Emmanuelle Chriqui will star alongside Val Kilmer in the upcoming Renny Harlin film Georgia. Kilmer will play an American journalist who gets caught in the crossfire with a Georgia native (Chriqui) and doctoral student. Sounds riveting. In other news, Chriqui can be seen in Women in Trouble, a great little film due in theaters November 13th. (THR)

Jerry Bruckheimer continues his quest to see if he can out-do Uwe Boll in the video game adaptation market continues, as he’s contracted screenwriter J. Michael Stracynski (Changeling) to adapt 2K Games’ Shattered Union for Disney. The story centers around an American civil war set in the near future. Seems like Roland Emmerich isn’t the only person who wants to show the White House being demolished. What is with these people? (Empire)

Theater owners are peeved with the higher-ups at Paramount this week, thanks to the 12 1/2 week turn time on the DVD release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Exhibitors usually insist on a window of four months, but the studio made an “exception” in order to hit shelves right in time for the holiday shopping season, rather than wait until January. The Rise of Cobra hits DVD shelves on November 3rd. (Variety)


Jordan Scott, daughter of famous director Ridley, is about to make her feature directorial debut with Cracks, an adaptation of a popular novel by Sheila Kohler. Brendan Connelly at /Film has filed a full report on this provocative, aesthetically pleasing film starring Eva Green, which took a bow at the recent London Film Festival. It’s worth a read. (/Film)

Lars von Trier is a depressing guy, as evidence by this AV Club interview. He talks about the reception of Antichrist, and his other films, in uptight countries such as France. Or something. (AV Club)

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