The first look at Kim Coates as the titular character in the Officer Downe feature film is showcased in our latest round-up. Also: details on Dead State: Reanimated, Creep, and Planetarium.

Officer Downe: Press Release -- "Officer Downe co-creator/screenwriter/producer Joe Casey (Ben 10/Marvel's Avengers Assemble), director/producer Shawn "Clown" Crahan (Slipknot), and producers Man of Action Entertainment (I Kill Giants, The Great Unknown, Big Hero 6 character/team creators from Marvel Comics "Alpha Flight"), Skip Williamson (Underworld), Mark Neveldine (Crank), Cole Payne (Downloading Nancy) and Cory Brennan (Slipknot manager) have cast Tyler Ross (Zombieland, American Milkshake) as Officer Gable opposite previously announced lead, Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), in the independent film that began principal photography this week in Los Angeles. Lauren Velez (Dexter) has come aboard as Police Chief Berringer, Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly) and Bruno Gunn (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) will portray Officers Carter and Fritch.

"We couldn't have asked for a better group of actors here. They way they're all bringing the thunder, we're absolutely gonna melt brains with this flick," said Casey. Voltage Pictures is repping the film internationally.

Officer Downe is based on the graphic novel written by Casey and illustrated by Burnham released on the Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. It tells the story of an LA supercop routinely killed in the line of duty, but who is repeatedly resurrected and sent back out onto the streets. The film marks Crahan's feature directing debut after many well-received Slipknot music videos.

Man of Action Entertainment is comprised of creators and acclaimed comic book writers Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, having collectively worked on the largest franchise characters in comics from Superman to X-Men before refocusing on creating worlds and characters for their own original work published through their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. They also created cult favorite series Generator Rex for Cartoon Network, and are co-executive producers and writers for Marvel's Avengers Assemble. Man of Action has created wildly successful video games, toy lines, comic books, stage productions, as well as forthcoming feature films and live action television shows, most of which are based on their own original comic book series and graphic novels. Big Hero 6, Disney's Academy Award®-winning film, was the first animated feature based on a Marvel property, featured the team and characters created by Man of Action. Upcoming projects based upon other Man of Action creations include The Great Unknown, KAFKA, I Kill Giants and The Crusades.

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About Man of Action Entertainment/Joe Casey
Man of Action Entertainment, the bi-coastal creative studio started in 2000, created the megahit Ben 10 and Generator Rex for Cartoon Network. Man of Action, a writers collective, served as co-executive producer and writer for Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man and is currently an executive producer/writer for Marvel's Avengers Assemble on Disney XD. Man of Action Entertainment consists of creators Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle. Disney/Marvel's Academy Award®-winning feature Big Hero 6 utilized the characters and team created by Man of Action as credited in the main titles. The film marked the first time Disney turned Marvel comic book characters into an animated film and this is also the first film based on a comic book I.P. to win an Academy Award®.

The quartet collectively worked on the largest franchise characters in comics from Superman to X-Men before refocusing on creating their own original worlds/characters for their comic books and graphic novels published through their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. In comics, Casey is known for his Eisner Award-nominated cosmic superhero epic, Gødland. His critically acclaimed run on the series Wildcats and Automatic Kafka landed on numerous “best of the decade” lists. His genre-busting cult-favorites Officer Downe and Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker helped propel him onto’s list of the 10 best writers of 2011. In 2013, Casey launched new titles on the Man of Action imprint at Image Comics: Sex, a current critically-acclaimed series, originally previewed in Playboy, and his series The Bounce, now available as a graphic novel. Valhalla Mad debuts this May from the man Comics Alliance described as "the most dangerous man in comics." In 2013, Casey created a one-shot comic, Modern Romance, for the prestigious 60th Anniversary issue of Playboy. Officer Downe is currently in production as a feature film with Casey as screenwriter/producer. Man of Action Entertainment is also producing the feature film I Kill Giants.

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Dead State: Reanimated: "DoubleBear Productions just released a free major update to Dead State on Steam and GOG, but it's not just your average update - it's the definitive enhanced edition of the game! It's called Dead State: Reanimated, and it features a full overhaul of combat balance, a new Hardcore mode, new animations, new areas to explore, and much more."

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Creep: According to Decider, Creep will be available on Netflix beginning this July.

"CREEP stars Mark Duplass (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED) who co-wrote the film with Patrick Brice, making his directorial debut. Produced by Jason Blum (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises) and Duplass, CREEP is a unique two-man psychological thriller that upends expectations at every turn.

Looking for work, Aaron (Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: $1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.”

Low on cash and full of naiveté he drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef (Duplass), his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heartfelt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef may not be who he says."


Planetarium: Variety reports that Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp will star in Planetarium, an upcoming 1930s-set supernatural film from Rebecca Zlotowski.

The movie "follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris." Zlotowski will work from a screenplay she wrote with Robin Campillo, who wrote 2004's The Returned.

Source: Variety
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