Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

What is Casting Couch? It’s a compiling of the day’s casting news. Today it’s all about manly actors playing even manlier men. Find out who David O. Russell wants to cast opposite Jennifer Lawrence next. We’ve heard about Solace before. It’s that slightly supernatural serial killer movie where Colin Farrell is playing a psychopath who may have psychic powers and Anthony Hopkins is playing a possibly psychic doctor and expert in murder who must be coaxed out of retirement so that he can help the police catch the bad guy. Well, today we’ve learned that by “police,” the synopsis of this film really meant Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Heat Vision reports that the ruggedly handsome actor, who’s basically the American Javier Bardem, has signed on to play the veteran FBI agent who’s been hunting Farrell’s character down and who needs the help of Hopkins’. It sounds like he got the short end of the stick when it comes to psychic powers, but his inclusion makes this a pretty formidable cast anyway.

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Red Dawn World Premiere at Fantastic Fest

We’re still expecting at least one more wave of announcements concerning the upcoming film slate at this year’s Fantastic Fest, but the festival’s closing night film is no longer a secret. The Chinese Koreans will invade Austin on September 27th for the world premiere of Red Dawn! The oft-delayed remake sees a group of not-so youthful looking youths forced to fight an incursion of Korean soldiers who somehow made their way into the United States and took control of the Midwest. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. My money is on Hutcherson peeing in the radiator. Check out the trailer below to prepare for the invasion.

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The Possession might be the darkest movie ever made, in the most literal sense. From start to finish, the characters in this Dybbuk/exorcist horror flick don’t turn the lights on, to the point of sheer distraction. You expect such atmospherics in this genre – there’s no better way to amplify the audience’s nerves than by impairing their vision – but this movie goes so overboard that it calls attention to itself for the total lack of any form of luminescence. One suspects that the big reason for this has less to do with any sort of stylistic conceit on the part of director Ole Bornedal and more to do with the simple fact that there’s just not much to the movie beyond its brooding, tragic atmosphere. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as divorced dad Clyde, who is faced with an unfathomable test when an antique box that he’s purchased at a garage sale for daughter Em (Natasha Calis) turns the sweet young girl into a demented, evil child. It turns out that the creepy old box contains a Dybbuk, an old dispossessed Jewish spirit, which has taken up residence inside Em. From there, not wanting to live down its extraordinarily generic title, the movie goes through the familiar paces of a possession movie. Creepy moths swarm Em, who belts out vile phrases, stabs her dad with a fork and makes people suddenly, spontaneously drop dead, among other malevolent touches.

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Despite the fact that we’re no longer in a cold war that’s creating easily exploitable cold war paranoia, Hollywood has decided to reboot one of the greatest cold war paranoia films of all time, Red Dawn. Sure, the story of a foreign menace invading U.S. soil isn’t likely to resonate with audiences as much in 2012 as it did in 1984 (especially seeing as film audiences are now more global), but at least it gives us a chance to watch things blow up real good. And, if the first trailer for the reboot assures us of anything, it’s that this new Red Dawn is going to have lots of explosions. If you’re noticing that the film’s stars, like Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, are looking a little younger than they did the last time you saw them play Thor and Peeta, that’s because Red Dawn has been sitting on the shelf for a little while due to the MGM bankruptcy and some nasty business where the bad guys were digitally changed from being Chinese to North Korean (once again, global audience). What the delay of the release doesn’t explain though, is why the action of the trailer is set to a Filter song, as this thing has only been shelved for a couple of years, not since the late ’90s.

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Much like the impending invasion of the United States by Liechtenstein’s armed forces that we all know is coming, the long-shelved remake of the eighties classic Red Dawn is destined to hit screens later this year. After much hemming and hawing throughout MGM’s financial woes the film was rescued and made ready for our collective consumption. It was also diddled with a bit… The film follows a group of young adults forced to band together when their homeland, Americuh, is invaded by the North Korean military. Yup. North Korea. The original film cast the interlopers as a Russian/Cuban collaboration, and the remake originally changed them to Chinese. After filming wrapped someone in a position of power (and stupidity) decided labeling the Chinese as bad guys was bad for business so they did some digital manipulation to change the Chinese flags, emblems and grimaces to North Korean. Our country’s future rests in the hands of Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, and Isabel Lucas. Yahoo! Movies has just debuted the poster, and it does a fantastic job…if that job was as recruitment for your local militia. Check below for the full poster in all of its glory

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Drinking Games

With the weekend here and most DVD and Blu-rays hitting the shelves on Tuesday, you might have already checked out our weekly drinking game for The Thing. If you want another chance – or another excuse – to drink a little this weekend, try out this bonus drinking game based on the killer thriller Texas Killing Fields. If you liked the teaming up of current “It” stars Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington, both of whom have been in about six dozen movies in the last couple years, you could watch this film…or The Debt. But if you watch The Debt, this drinking game won’t work very well.

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If you knew nothing about filmmaker Ami Canaan Mann going into Texas Killing Fields, her second feature directorial effort, you’d immediately pinpoint Michael Mann as a major influence. After all, the film is an atmospheric crime story rendered with rich cinematography and featuring characters with muddled motives. That the two are actually father-daughter hardly lessens the impact of the younger Mann’s work in creating this assured, moody police procedural. With a memorable Jeffrey Dean Morgan performance at its center, Texas Killing Fields boasts a human dimension that enhances the impact of its strong noir craft. The blackness engulfing the picture’s Texas City setting mirrors the tormented souls of detectives Brian Heigh (Morgan), a New York transplant, and hotheaded local boy Mike Sounder (Sam Worthington). The men are investigating a string of unsolved murders that have culminated in the bodies of teenage female victims being found in an oil field outside of town, which the locals have nicknamed the “killing fields.”

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Ani Canaan Mann’s second feature film, Texas Killing Fields, has had a somewhat long journey to the screen, and has gone through some slightly different incarnations, from involvement with other behind-the-camera talent (namely Danny Boyle) to the shorter, gentler title of The Fields. But with the film showing in competition at Venice, it looks like it may be smooth sailing from here on out. Despite a pretty standard true crime plotline, there’s something about Texas Killing Fields that has kept me intrigued for many months. Maybe it’s that the film’s cast is almost murderously good, as it includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Worthington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jessica Chastain, Stephen Graham, Jason Clarke, and Annabeth Gish. That’s got to be it.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr dives into Oceans, becomes one of The Losers and fomulates a Back-Up Plan

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Kevin and Neil connect in the Magical Studio in the Sky after a long week of movie-watching. Like the wusses at Comedy Central, the Fat Guys refuse to show a depiction of the Prophet Muhammed. So there.

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I was fortunate enough to sit down with the director on the day he locked picture on the film to talk about dance battles, getting lost in the jungle, and one of the best Birthday gifts he’s ever gotten – the chance to shoot a project he’s loved since he was a kid.

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The Losers

The Losers is the closest thing to Tango & Cash to hit theaters in decades. Is that a good thing? Or is it fubar?

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan

We sit down for jokes with The Comedian and tales of gun play with Clay, or as his momma calls him — Jeffrey Dean Morgan, to talk about his latest film The Losers and his upcoming roles in Red Dawn, as well as the Jonah Hex role that never was.

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No really, my computer began to heat up quite a bit while watching this new sizzle reel for Warner Bros.’ upcoming actioner The Losers, from director Sylvain White. For those who haven’t been paying attention, a sizzle reel is essentially just a much-extended trailer.

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The Losers

The Losers is a bout a ragtag group of guns for hire who are forced to go on a dangerous mission to clear their name, or avenge a wrongdoing, or save some innocent villagers… it’s one of those, I’m sure of it.

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The fine Spanish-speaking folks at Omelete have unleashed the first official photos from director Sylvain White’s The Losers, a DC Comics adaptation about a team of sexy CIA black ops agents who are betrayed, then left for dead.

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Last night the first trailer for Taking Woodstock, the latest film from director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), premiered during the Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin. And since then, it has appeared online in a low resolution format. Lo-res or not though, we feel that it’s important that you get a look this morning.

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Kevin Carr looks at Watchmen.

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Where there are Watchmen, there are Rejects, so it should be no surprise that when the actors sat down to talk to the media, we ignored the restraining order and snuck in through the service elevator.

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Intrepid FSR reader Jeff P. sent over a few cool new featurettes for Watchmen this afternoon. And since I’m feeling generous, I thought I might throw them up on the site for all to see.

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