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01.28.2010
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The known Steven Soderbergh freaks over at The Playlist have gotten themselves some exclusive news regarding a casting change-up to the prolific director's upcoming spy thriller KNOCKOUT.

"Sources close to the project" tell the website that Bill Paxton will be stepping into the shoes left vacant by Dennis Quaid, the casting of which we reported to you earlier this month. Unfortunately for Quaid, a scheduling conflict with an upcoming project of his called SOUL SURFER could not be resolved and has thus forced the actor to move on. Paxton now will play the father of black ops solider Mallory Kane (to be played by MMA fighter Gina Carano).

The Playlist is also reporting that actor/director Mathieu Kassovitz (AMELIE, MUNICH) has joined the cast "in an undisclosed role, but is somehow involved in the picture's intrigue." You may also know Kassovitz as the director of BABYLON A.D. and GOTHIKA. Yeah, I know. But more importantly, he directed a French picture in 1995 called LA HAINE starring Vincent Cassel that's pretty damn great.

KNOCKOUT begins filming this Monday in Dublin and is reportedly looking to be released in August. F*ck me, that's quick!
Extra Tidbit: Bill Paxton was originally cast as the lead in THE DA VINCI CODE before having to step out due to his own scheduling conflict with HBO's "Big Love".
Source: The Playlist

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8:36AM on 01/29/2010

Kassovitz "Yeah I know"

In his defense and in fairness, 20th Century Fox, as usual when any studio steps in and tries to fuck with a directors envisioning, screwed that picture up themselves. Its a piss off when the directors have to take the wrap for things when the studio fucks up. Hate that. Also, you know that the Studios in the US prevent Canadian cinema from running a quota of Block Busters to independent films. Another way were being pushed around by the "Clones"
In his defense and in fairness, 20th Century Fox, as usual when any studio steps in and tries to fuck with a directors envisioning, screwed that picture up themselves. Its a piss off when the directors have to take the wrap for things when the studio fucks up. Hate that. Also, you know that the Studios in the US prevent Canadian cinema from running a quota of Block Busters to independent films. Another way were being pushed around by the "Clones"
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12:23PM on 01/28/2010
I love Bill Paxton. Frailty is extremely underrated. And you cant really hate on Kassovitz for Babylon A.D. After all, he said himself how the flick was garbage due to the studio interfering so goddamn much.
I love Bill Paxton. Frailty is extremely underrated. And you cant really hate on Kassovitz for Babylon A.D. After all, he said himself how the flick was garbage due to the studio interfering so goddamn much.
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11:47AM on 01/28/2010

Good to see!

I dig D. Quaid but we've seen a lot of him as of late. I was just thinking about Paxton the other day as to why we haven't seen him in a while....I'm not a subscriber to HBO so I'm not all that familiar with Big Love. It will be nice to see him back up on the big screen again and this movie is one of my most anticipated for this year....and yeah, August should be a good month this year....Expendables!
I dig D. Quaid but we've seen a lot of him as of late. I was just thinking about Paxton the other day as to why we haven't seen him in a while....I'm not a subscriber to HBO so I'm not all that familiar with Big Love. It will be nice to see him back up on the big screen again and this movie is one of my most anticipated for this year....and yeah, August should be a good month this year....Expendables!
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10:31AM on 01/28/2010
Paxton > Quaid
Paxton > Quaid
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8:31AM on 01/28/2010
How can they cut the power man?! They're Animals!
How can they cut the power man?! They're Animals!
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