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TV Names at the Movies This Weekend (1/18)

This weekend will see the wide release of three new films: political crime thriller 'Broken City,' Guillermo del Toro's horror flick 'Mama,' and the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner The Last Stand. It's quite a busy weekend for some big names in television -- here's a quick rundown, by film, of who TV stars (and writers) will be hitting the big screen on Friday. 

Broken City stars Entourage producer Mark Wahlberg alongside Russell Crowe, but television fans might be excited for the only real TV name in the picture: Kyle Chandler, who starred as Coach Eric Taylor in NBC's Friday Night Lights, will play the role of Paul Andrews in the film. Chandler's not the only Friday Night Lights star to be reaching the big screen this weekend -- we'll get to the other one in just a minute. 

The big film for TV fans this weekend is undoubtedly Mama. The creepy, Guillermo del Toro-produced film about feral children (and ghosts), features quite an extensive TV-based line-up. Excitingly, the screenplay is co-written by Neil Cross, who created the excellent British cop series Luther and is penning two episodes of the sci-fi series Doctor Who to air later this year. Cross isn't the only big TV name involved, though -- Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (pictured) is one of the stars of the film. And, pretty ironically, the actor (known for playing the incestuous twin knight Jaime Lannister on the HBO series), will be playing a twin -- two twins, actually. Sounds pretty exciting, no? 

The third and final film of the weekend is The Last Stand, a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as an aging sheriff facing a drug cartel. Johnny Knoxville of MTV's Jackass fame is portraying the lead supporting role, but other TV faces will also pop up. Rodrigo Santoro, perhaps best known on television for his much-hated character Paulo on LOST, also stars, as does Luis Guzman, who has appeared in Oz, How to Make It in America, and Community (which has a statue commemorating him). The film will also star Zach Gilford, known for playing Matt Saracen on NBC's Friday Night Lights. Looks like this weekend will be pitting former coach against former player as The Last Stand is in pretty direct competition with Broken City. Should be interesting to see who comes out on top. 

Which of these films are you most excited about? Will you go see some of your favorite TV actors this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below. And check back next week as we give you a quick rundown of the TV stars in films like John Dies at the End and Movie 43, the latter of which will feature approximately fifteen million TV stars. 

 


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