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What is Casting Couch? It’s a safe place where you can read all the casting news you want without being afraid that anyone is going to judge you. Today we are happy to inform you that Hollywood has given new jobs to TV funnymen Donald Faison and Ryan Hansen. From judging reality shows on TV to recently co-starring with Jason Statham in Parker, it seems like Jennifer Lopez is slowly dipping her toes back into the world of celebrity. Probably it’s only a matter of time before we even have to start listening to “J-Lo” music on the radio again. Before you shudder at that notion though, let’s just focus on the movie world. THR is reporting that she’s just taken another role, this one in the dramatic retelling of the Chilean mining collapse of 2010, The 33. We already know that Antonio Banderas is starring in this one, and as an addendum to the news of Lopez’s casting also comes word that Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro are on board as well. That’s only 29 to go.

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Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall

Earlier this summer, we learned that a Kick-Ass sequel called Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall was likely to go into development and was likely to be written and directed by a guy named Jeff Wadlow. Well, turns out that not only is all of that coming to fruition, but a bunch of casting has already been taken care of, so now the film is looking (surprisingly enough) super official. First off, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse were all rumored to be negotiating to come back and resume their roles from the first film, and that has indeed happened – but they’re not the only names that have officially come on board. The storyline in Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s “Kick-Ass 2” comic revolves around Kick-Ass joining a newly formed crew of crime fighters called Justice Forever, which means that this new movie sequel is going to need to cast a lot of new actors in a lot of new superhero roles.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr is like a runaway train filled with toxic chemicals. He could derail and explode at any moment. And it’s a good thing Tony Scott isn’t making a movie of his life because there aren’t enough whip pans and helicopter shots to capture his awesomeness. While he raps Scott’s knuckles with a railroad tie, he also gets giddy over the beautiful Rachel McAdams and gives some props to the Brothers Strause for the effects in Skyline. And then he explodes, and all the toxic chemicals threaten to wipe out a small town in Pennsylvania.

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Sitcoms by definition are interested almost exclusively in making the audience laugh. Comedy is the core of their existence, but the best ones are capable of adding something more to the mix. Something a bit more serious, a bit more emotional, and a bit more concerned with their characters’ hearts. Scrubs is one of the best examples of a show that earned an audience for being both incredibly humorous and capable of working the tear ducts with storylines and characters that connect with our own hopes, fears, and emotions. And yes, I am talking about seasons one through seven only… we can all agree the final two seasons (8/9) need never be mentioned again.

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The variable that no one had heard of at Comic-Con was Skyline. Its footage and panel was a bit bland, but the special effects are the real stand outs. For a shoestring budget, the film has created some indelible images of women’s faces being lased, giant alien ships landing in brilliant blue down to city blocks, and millions of frail little human bodies being pulled up into the air to face what is probably the universe’s worst probing. Now, the teaser trailer has finally hit for the eyeballs of the masses. Check it out for yourself:

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If you want to talk about a movie that went from 0 to 99 on the recognition meter, you want to talk about the Colin and Greg Strause film Skyline. I’m not sure anyone really knew what the film was, or even what it was about, unless they were on the inside or had done some serious research. There’s a very good reason why none of us had heard of the film until this point – while a normal movie production employs hundreds (if not thousands) of people, Skyline employed about 20. Once the footage is released, you’ll see that this is very impressive. The Strause Brothers talked about the gestation of the idea that started with something along the lines of “if Paranormal Activity can be made on the cheap in someones house, why can’t we do that?” Hearing those words, one may have expected a movie set completely in an apartment, and one would have been wrong. Skyline is a massive alien invasion epic, or at least that’s what it looks like so far. Check after the jump for more info on this surprising science fiction flick…

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Star Trek and Next Day Air.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil and Kevin go completely ga-ga over the new Star Trek movie, singing praises to J.J. Abrams and the gang. Neil also laments the fact that he now has to start reviewing movies again while Kevin gives us his take on Next Day Air.

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Columbus Rejects! Get a chance to see Next Day Air several days before it opens… for free!

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The sixth season of Scrubs will go down as a lot of things in the minds of fans.

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