Trailer Released for Kevin Smith’s “Tusk,” Starring Rodriguez and Justin Long

Génesis Rodríguez is ready to thrill audiences this September… 

During Friday night’s Comic-Con activities, writer and director Kevin Smith revealed the trailer for his oddball horror thriller Tusk, starring the 26-year-old Venezuelan- and Cuban-American actress.

Haley Joel Osment, Kevin Smith and Genesis Rodriguez, Tusk

“All that separates man from animal… are the stories he tells,” readers the message at the beginning of the film’s first official trailer.

Set in the Canadian wilderness, the film stars Justin Long as a podcaster who’s assigned to interview a mysterious seafarer (portrayed by Michael Parks) who happens to have a strange obsession with walruses.

The idea for the movie came during the recording of SModcast259 The Walrus and The Carpenter. In the episode, Smith and his longtime friend and producer Scott Mosier discussed an article featuring a Gumtree ad where a homeowner was offering a living situation free of charge, if the lodger agrees to dress as a walrus. The discussion went on from there, resulting in almost an hour of the episode being spent on reconstructing and telling a hypothetical story based on the ad. Smith then told his Twitter followers to tweet “#WalrusYes” if they wanted to see their hypothetical turned into a film, or “#WalrusNo” if they didn’t. A big majority of Smith’s followers agreed that the film should be made.

In addition to Long, Parks and Rodríguez, who portrays Allison in the film, Tusk also stars Haley Joel Osment and Johnny Depp.

Tusk is scheduled for release on September 19, 2014, by A24 Films.

Phase 4 Films to Release Sheen’s “Ask Me Anything” in the U.S.

Don’t be afraid to ask Martin Sheen anything the next time you’re at the movies…

Phase 4 Films has acquired the North American rights to writer-director Allison Burnett’s Ask Me Anything, which features the 73-year-old half-Spanish actor.

Martin Sheen

An adaptation of Burnett’s novel Undiscovered Gyrl, the film tells the story of beautiful, wild, funny and lost, Katie Kampenfelt (portrayed by Britt Robertson), who takes a year off before college.

Ambitious in her own way, Katie intends to do more than just smoke weed with her boyfriend Rory. She plans to seduce Dan (Justin Long), a thirty-year-old film professor while resisting her attraction to her married boss (Christian Slater).

Katie chronicles her adventures in an anonymous blog, telling strangers her innermost desires, shames, and thrills. When her compulsions get the best of her, her fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge.

No word on Sheen’s character in the film which also stars Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Katarina Garcia and Max Carver.

Leguizamo Joins Voice Cast of BBC Earth’s “Walking with Dinosaurs”

John Leguizamo is set to walk with the dinosaurs

The 49-year-old Colombian American actor/comedian has been added to the voice cast of Fox’s Walking with Dinosaurs 3D.

John Leguizamo

Leguizamo joins the BBC Earth production as the Alexomis bird Alex, with Justin Long portraying a Pachyrhinosauruses named Patchi, Alex’s symbiotic host pal.

Tiya Sircar will voice Juniper and Skyler Stone will voice Scowler.

Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale are helming the CG/live-action December 20 release based on the 1999 BBC miniseries.

It’s the latest prehistoric project for Leguizamo…

Since 2002, he’s voiced the character of Sid the sloth in the Ice Age animated films.

Rodriguez to Star Opposite Haley Joel Osment in the Indie “Tusk”

Génesis Rodríguez is preparing for her latest role…

The 26-year-old Venezuelan- and Cuban-American actress has landed a role in the Kevin Smith-helmed indie film Tusk.

Génesis Rodríguez

The film centers on a character named Teddy (portrayed by Haley Joel Osment), whose best friend and podcast co-host (Justin Long) goes missing in the backwoods of Canada.

He joins forces with his friend’s girlfriend (Rodríguez) to search for him.

Production begins next month in North Carolina and Los Angeles.

Guzmán’s “The Lookalike” Acquired by Arclight Films

The future looks bright for Luis Guzmán’s latest project…

The Lookalike – starring the 56-year-old Puerto Rican actor, John Corbett, Justin Long, Jerry O’Connell and Gina Gershon – has been acquired by Arclight Films.

Luis Guzman

The crime-comedy, directed by Richard Gray, follows two criminals as they attempt to find a lookalike love interest for a drug lord after the unexpected death of the girl he’s actually interested in.

The Lookalike is not your everyday crime-romance,” said Gray of the film, which recently wrapped production in New Orleans. “The writing is superb — a beautiful twisting plot and I feel we have something special here, a balance of wit and action, made real by such a talented and diverse cast.”

Guzmán portrays Vincent in The Lookalike, which was written by Michelle Davis-Gray.

Cannavale Receives Critics’ Choice Television Award Nomination

He clowned around with the cast of ABC’s Modern Family earlier this year to big laughs… And, now Bobby Cannavele could be reaping a big reward for his memorable appearance.

Bobby Cannavale

The 42-year-old half-Cuban American actor, who won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2005 for his guest-starring role on NBC’s Will and Grace, has received a Critics’ Choice Television Awards nomination for playing Cameron’s “estranged ex-clown partner” on ABC’s hit sitcom.

In the episode entitled “Send Out the Clowns,” which aired in mid-March, Cannavele’s character Lewis was part of a reunion that took place at the funeral for Cameron’s clown mentor.

Bobby Cannavale on Modern Family

Cannavele will now compete against GirlsBecky Ann Baker, Parks and Rectration’s Kathryn Hahn, The New Girl’s Justin Long, Parks and Recreation’ Paul Rudd and GirlsPeter Scolari in the Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series category.

Meanwhile, Louis C.K. received a nod in the Best Actor in a Comedy Series category for his starring role in FX’s Louie. The 44-year-old half-Mexican American comedian/actor, who will form part of the ensemble in Woody Allen’s next film, will face off against House of LiesDon Cheadle, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, Raising Hope’s Garret Dillahunt, Community’s 
Joel McHale and The Big Bang Theory’s 
Jim Parsons.

NBC led all the broadcast networks with 14 nods, followed by ABC with 13 nominations.  Fox and HBO had 12 nods.

The Critics’ Choice Television Award winners will be announced on June 18.

Arteta to Direct CW’s Carrie Diaries Pilot

Miguel Arteta is about to experience a little sex and the city

Miguel Arteta

The Puerto Rican filmmaker has signed on to direct and executive produce the CW’s Carrie Diaries pilot.

Based on Candace Bushnell’s book, Carrie Diaries is the prequel to Bushnell’s Sex and the City—which spawned HBO’s iconic comedy series starring Sarah Jessica Parker as the book’s heroine Carrie Bradshaw and subsequent films.

Carrie Diaries

Carrie Diaries chronicles Carrie’s coming of age in the 1980s, when she asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan.

Arteta, who rose to fame after directing The Good Girl and Chuck & Buck, most recently helmed the film Cedar Rapids. He also directed the Thanksgiving episode of Fox’s new breakout hit series New Girl, which introduced recurring guest star Justin Long; as well as episodes of Enlightened and American Horror Story.

Vega Goes “Unsupervised”…

Alexa Vega is getting animated.

The 23-year-old Colombian-American actress will voice one of the characters on FX’s new animated comedy series Unsupervised, according to Deadline.com.

Alexa Vega

The television show will center on two teenage best friends learning how to navigate life without any parental guidance.

Along with Vega—best known for playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film franchise—the show’s voice casts includes Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco and Kaitlin Olson.

Unsupervised will debut on January 19 at 10:30 pm ET.