Vincent D’Onofrio

Rosario Dawson in Sin City

If it seemed like the Netflix Daredevil series had been missing something that you couldn’t quite put your finger on up until now, it should all make sense when you hear that, according to Variety, Rosario Dawson is joining the show in a “critical” female role. That’s it, everything is good, proceed with production now. Dawson will join the already-announced Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Kingpin) in the series, which is hitting the streaming site in 2015. Though her role hasn’t been exactly spelled out yet, she’ll be playing, according to Marvel, a young woman who crosses paths with Matt Murdock/Daredevil in her valiant attempts to help the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen and heal the broken cracks of her fair city. Her presence in Daredevil’s life “forever alters” the way in which he tackles the injustices of the city, as well. “Rosario Dawson is one the most charismatic, talented and powerful actresses in Hollywood, so she was always at the top of our list for ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’” said Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel TV to Variety. “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.”

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Marvel Comics

It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Marvel. Ideally, we should all be salivating to the thought of a raccoon and a tree becoming space-besties while a chorus of men softly Ooga Chaka in the background. Instead we’ve spent that time suffering through Edgar Wright withdrawal as Marvel asked out and was roundly rejected by a string of comedy directors before settling for Peyton Reed. Hey, he’s not my first choice, but he’ll do. That’s all in the past now. Because while Ant-Man is slated for a 2015 release, people seem to forget that Daredevil is set to hit Netflix the same year. And while Daredevil (or Marvel’s Daredevil, as it’s being referred to in the official literature) is still in the casting phases, it’s not nearly as disappointing as Ant-Man has suddenly become. Case in point: Vincent D’Onofrio is now the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Kingpin.

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Vincent D Onofrio in CHLORINE

The recent popularity of independent films in popular cinema has led to an unbearable reliance on certain indie “tropes,” in which the same characters, themes, and especially music genres, seem to be used again and again. While viewers once may have sought out indie films precisely because they avoid the cliches and common themes of mainstream films, the indie genre itself has become so pervasive that it now has its own hackneyed patterns. This reliance can be evidenced in Jay Alaimo‘s Chlorine. Vincent D’Onofrio and Kyra Sedgwick star as a New England husband and wife who are struggling to define themselves and fit in with their upper-class friends and neighbors. Desperation and the desire to provide for their two children who they are slowly losing pushes the couple into a bad real estate deal, intermingling them with a supporting cast of shady characters. Chlorine opens with teenaged Cynthia at a swim meet getting her period for the first time, an introduction that practically screams, “this is a coming-of-age story.” The life guard sees blood and panics. The transparency here adequately represents the rest of the film. Carried by stereotypical characters and driven by overt stylization, Chlorine is like an indie caricature that doesn’t realize it’s just a wonky drawing.

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What is Casting Couch? A bunch of casting news, all in one place. Today we’ve got more news about that YA adaptation, Divergent, as well as a possibility for what the king of YA adaptations, Robert Pattinson, may be doing next. And there’s other stuff too. You don’t have to be a young adult to keep reading. There’s been a lot of casting talk regarding Guardians of the Galaxy lately, but strangely enough, it’s all been about the same character—Drax the Destroyer. First Jason Momoa was said to have been offered the role, then there was said to be quibbles over money, then someone got wind that Dave Bautista was being looked at as a backup, and now THR is reporting that Bautista has officially signed. All of the hullabaloo kind of makes you wonder if they’ve even started to think about casting any of the other roles. But, anyway, Bautista is a huge ex-pro wrestler, he’s something of a charmer, and while he’s not as cool as Jason Momoa, surely he’ll make a fine Destroyer of Thanos.

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Ethan Hawke in Sinister

If you’re looking forward to Scott Derrickson‘s Sinister, then you may want to get in on this chance to catch his restrained horror film sooner rather than later. The movie had its “surprise” premiere at SXSW this year and, after receiving some positive buzz there, Summit Entertainment is continuing to show promise in the project. Today the studio has launched “See Sinister First,” offering audiences the opportunity to attend an early screening of the film. You can join a screening which is already live or even request a showing for your hometown, and, for the latter option, use Tugg. The chance to make a screening close by you happen only lasts a week, so move fast. So far there are only showings scheduled in California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and one in Washington D.C. that Film School Rejects happens to be co-hosting. The screenings that reach full attendance will receive a collectible poster for Sinister, as well as possible Q & A from the filmmakers. All in all, a pretty snazzy deal.

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One of the worst kept secrets at SXSW this year was the “surprise” screening of director Scott Derrickson‘s Sinister, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter leaking the news before the screening. However, the movie itself still managed to deliver with some surprises. For one, this isn’t a found-footage movie, but, as Kate Erbland describes it in her positive review, “the found footage conceit is instead used as a source of information and scares, a clever little bit of storytelling that delivers the creeps with ease.” That’s a suitable way of describing Sinister. The movie has its scares, but many of them only hit you after the credits roll. This first trailer does almost too good a job of selling Derrickson’s restrained horror story, considering it gives away a handful of Sinister‘s finest moments. If you want to go into Sinister unspoiled, stop watching this at the 1:15 mark. Check out the trailer below.

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Scenes We Love: Men in Black

It’s Sunday afternoon, time to celebrate another scene we love in our weekly column, Scenes We Love. With the release of Men in Black III – a threequel that turned out to be far more fun than anyone expected — we thought it appropriate to take a look back at the franchise from whence it has come. But as we watched Men in Black II, we didn’t exactly find any scenes worth sharing. Lets all just agree that the second film was no good and skip right back to the beginning, to the birth of the series’ first (and still most entertaining) villain, Edgar. In what is, in the opinion of this writer, his most odd but entrancing contemporary performance, Vincent D’Onofrio shows up as the domestically abusive country bumpkin who is sucked into a whole by a big alien bug and spit out anew nothing but a hilarious meat suit. He became the heartbeat of Barry Sonnenfeld’s tooney 1997 film, a performance amplified by Rick Baker and David Leroy Anderson’s Academy Award winning make-up effects. Also, I’ve got a humor sweet spot for the way Siobhan Fallon says “Egger”…

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Before it had even filled out a single supporting role, the upcoming prison break actioner The Tomb was already blowing my mind with its casting, because it managed to become the movie that finally fulfilled my childhood fantasy of having Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up as a duo of badasses. The film intrigued further, however, when it cast Jim Caviezel, an actor with some serious chops, as the evil prison warden that Sly and Arnie would be running afoul of. Maybe this movie would have even more to offer than just the chance to watch the two most preeminent ass-kickers of the 80s do their thing in tandem? Well now a big casting update from Variety all but confirms that this one has more than one trick up its sleeve. Four new names have been added to, or are in talks to join the cast, and whether it’s because of talent, notoriety, or a combination of the two, each name is rather newsworthy in their own right. Perhaps the most exciting of the bunch is Amy Ryan, who has signed on to play the Stallone character’s business partner and potential love interest. Whether it’s performing comedy on something like The Office, or doing drama in something like The Wire, Ryan has proven that she’s a great hand whatever the situation, so her inclusion should go a long way in classing this big, dumb action movie up.

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And that trailer wants to kill you with a sledgehammer. For some reason, actor’s actor Vincent D’Onofrio went out and directed a horror musical. From the look of the trailer, it’s not exactly a musical in the same way we normally think of – the lyrics singing the internal feelings and external goings on of the plot. Instead, it takes its cue from the concept of a band heading out on a camping trip to write their next album. Don’t Go In the Woods seems to lack the acting impetus that you might think D’Onofrio would go for. However, after speaking with him a while back about his personal fears, it’s good to see him go traditional without at all going traditional. Plus, who would have thought Private Pyle would direct a slasher flick? Check it out for yourself:

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with Viva Riva! writer/director Djo Tunda Wa Munga and veteran actor Vincent D’Onofrio. Plus, our very own Landon Palmer takes on Gordon and the Whale‘s Kate Erbland in the movie news quiz, and we end up talking about Human Centipede 2: Electric Sand Paper Mastubation-aloo. If you own the copyright on the phrase “sandpaper penis,” we may owe you some money. Please don’t let that scare you away. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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As you might know, Kill the Irishman is based on a lot of true stories. It’s also based on what little can be known about those true stories. Starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Linda Cardellini, and Christopher Walken, the film focuses on Danny Greene, a brutal man in league with the mob during the rough and tumble times of 1970s Cleveland. Fortunately, Cleveland looks exactly the same, so setting it in the 1970s wasn’t a big deal. The movie is out on DVD this week, and included in the special features is a documentary about the real-life story. This clip is a little bit sad, a little bit grotesque, and it’s a stirring reminder of the violence that men do.

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Car bombs dominate the cinematic landscape in Kill the Irishman. They do so literally, as there’s practically a new explosion every ten minutes, and psychologically, as the fear of the bomb, the pervasive threat of a sudden and spectacular death, powerfully informs the lives of the gangsters in filmmaker Jonathan Hensleigh’s true portrait of the mob wars that rocked 1970s Cleveland. The thick, persistent tension which comes with the understanding that it could all be over at any second cuts through the familiar mob movie tropes. Despite the presence of standards such as clandestine meetings in dark restaurants and thickly-accented spaghetti-inhaling goombas, Hensleigh’s film — which he co-wrote with Jeremy Walters (based on a book by Rick Porrello, an Ohio police chief) — hews closer in tone to a war picture than Goodfellas. Thus, with notable visceral force, the film conveys organized crime’s sheer futility, the pervasive notion that it’s comprised of grown men with outsized egos engaged in deadly battles for scraps of nothing.

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It’s still unclear what to expect from Jonathan Hensleigh’s Kill the Irishman, but Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer and Linda Cardellini are involved, so it hardly matters. The plot focuses on a man the mob just can’t kill. Also, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer are in a movie together, in case you didn’t hear before. In this clip, Linda Cardellini plays a brazen barmaid who gives Ray Stevenson’s character a smile and pick up line that would melt steel.

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