Film Friday: This Week's Movie News and New Trailers

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  • Publish Date: November 19, 2010

The first Green Lantern trailer

Ryan Reynolds stars as Hal Jordan, a test pilot who is bequeathed a very powerful ring by a dying alien, in the feature film adaptation of DC Comics’ Green Lantern. With this ring, he becomes a member of the Green Lantern Corps and battles the evil Hector Hammond, played by Peter Sarsgaard. The trailer also provides a look at Blake Lively as Jordan’s love interest, Carol Ferris, Mark Strong as the duplicitous Sinestro, and the planet Oa. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directs. See it in theaters June 17, 2011.

Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby coming together

Baz Luhrmann hasn’t directed a film since 2008’s Australia, but, over the past few weeks, rumors have started swirling about Luhrmann taking on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. This would be the fourth (if you include the lost 1926 version) feature film to tell the story of Nick Carraway and his interactions with Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan during the summer of 1922. The 1974 film starring Robert Redford as Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Daisy, and Sam Waterston as Nick is the best known adaptation, and with a cast like that, speculation immediately began as to who would play those parts if Luhrmann pursued the project. Well it seems like Luhrmann has at least decided on who will play Daisy. Deadline reports that Luhrmann told them that Carey Mulligan has been offered the role. It is believed that Leonardo DiCaprio will play Gatsby while Tobey Maguire will take the role of Nick Carraway. No other roles have been cast, and, at this time, Luhrmann hasn’t even committed to a production start date, so, in the meantime, read the book or check out the 1974 version.

Red Band trailer for Your Highness

If you enjoyed Pineapple Express, then chances are you will enjoy Your Highness. Director David Gordon Green and stars James Franco and Danny McBride take their special blend of comedy and goofy action to the Middle Ages, where they find Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, and, occasionally, an English accent. Get high in theaters April 8, 2011.

A first look at Cowboys & Aliens

Based on a graphic novel of the same name, Cowboys & Aliens tells the story of an alien invasion and the unlikely alliances formed between outlaws, lawmen, and Apache Indians to save humanity. Jon Favreau directs stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde as well as Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, and Keith Carradine. This Western and alien invasion movie mash up hits theaters July 29, 2011.

Aronofsky on Wolverine

Yes, Darren Aronofsky will begin production on his first superhero movie this April, and HitFix got the title. It will be called The Wolverine, and it will not be a sequel to Gavin Hood’s 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine but a “one-off”. Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) wrote the screenplay for The Wolverine, basing it on the 1982 Wolverine series created by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont. Aronofsky also solidified his relationship with 20th Century Fox, who released 2008’s The Wrestler through Fox Searchlight, by signing a two year deal, according to Deadline.

Steven Soderbergh to direct The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Steven Soderbergh is a busy man. He has completed Haywire, starring MMA fighter Gina Carano as a black ops soldier seeking revenge, and is waiting for it to be released April 22, 2011. He is currently shooting Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, and also plans on shooting a Liberace biopic with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas. This level of activity is not unusual for Soderbergh, who has directed about 21 feature films since 1989’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape, but now he’s trying to cram one more project into his schedule. Heat Vision reported on Wednesday that he plans on directing an adaptation of the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. For those unable to watch it when it aired between 1964 and 1968, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. follows two secret agents -- one American and one Russian -- as they work for U.N.C.L.E. (the United Network Command for Law Enforcement) against the evil organization THRUSH (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity). I know, it sounds made up, but what do you expect when the man who invented SPECTRE also had his hands in creating The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Adding to the intrigue surrounding the new adaptation is the Playlist report claiming George Clooney hopes to make this his seventh starring role in a Soderbergh film.

First trailer for The Mechanic

This remake of a 1972 Charles Bronson film stars Jason Statham as -- well, what Statham usually stars as -- somebody who kicks ass. This time, specifically, he’s an assassin who takes Ben Foster under his wing after his father, played by Donald Sutherland, is killed. Simon West (Con Air) is at the helm of this remake, due in theaters January 28, 2011.

Red Riding Hood teaser trailer

Catherine Hardwicke’s directorial follow up to Twilight looks, well, a lot like Twilight. Based on the classic fairy tale, Red Riding Hood stars Amanda Seyfried as Valerie, a young woman engaged to marry the town blacksmith but in love with an orphaned woodcutter. Could one of them be the big bad wolf? Gary Oldman wants to know. Release is currently set for March 11, 2011.

Together again, times two

Two comedy directors and their stars announced deals this week to work together again. According to the LA Times, Larry Charles, the director of Borat and Bruno, will direct Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator, in which Cohen will play both a goat herder and a deposed dictator who get lost in the US. And Deadline reports that Emma Stone will make her third film with director Will Gluck. She’s already starred in Easy A, and she has a smaller role in the upcoming Friends With Benefits. Their latest collaboration will be another comedy, but details are unknown. What is known is that Stone will be quite easy to see at your local cineplex with Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Help, and Spider-Man all on her schedule.

Cars 2 teaser trailer

In the sequel to 2006’s Cars, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and Mater (voiced by Larry The Cable Guy) head to foreign lands to race the fastest cars in the world, only to get involved in an international spy mission. John Lasseter co-directs this time with Brad Lewis. This week, Empire also revealed the voice talent behind the new cars - Michael Caine as Finn McMissile, Emily Mortimer as Holly Shiftwell, Jason Isaacs as Siddeley, Joe Mantegna as Grem, Peter Jacobson as Acer, and Thomas Kretschmann as Professor Z. Cars 2 will be in theaters in 2D and 3D beginning June 24, 2011.

Red Band trailer for Love and Other Drugs

Here’s a slightly racier look at the upcoming romantic comedy Love and Other Drugs starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a pharmaceutical sales rep for, of all things, Viagra, and Anne Hathaway as the love interest that will change his life. The film is an adaptation of the book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy and is directed by Edward Zwick (Defiance). Love and Other Drugs comes to theaters November 24, 2010.

David Hare’s Page 8 cast

Playwright and screenwriter (The Reader) David Hare has gathered quite a cast to star in his espionage thriller Page 8. The Daily Mail reports that Rachel Weisz has signed on along with her Constant Gardener co-star Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, and Judy Davis. Referring to the eighth page of a secret document, the thriller will follow an MI5 agent (Nighy) who feels threatened by Weisz’s character.

International trailer for Battle: Los Angeles

Last week we debuted the first trailer for Battle: Los Angeles. This week, a very different international trailer arrived. To refresh your memory, Battle: Los Angeles, or World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles, as it’s known in foreign markets, stars Aaron Eckhart as a platoon leader struggling to survive an alien invasion along with Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, and Michael Peña. The film hits theaters in the U.S. on March 11, 2011.

New Tron: Legacy clip and international trailer

It seems that each week brings a new clip or trailer from Tron: Legacy and this week is no different. First there is a clip of Sam, played by Garret Hedlund, soon after he is sucked into the computer world. The featurette provides a look at the thinking behind the design of the two worlds represented in the movie. Tron: Legacy will be in theaters December 17.

Prom trailer

If I say Disney’s Prom, then you have a pretty good idea of what you’ll see in the trailer below. Directed by Joe Nussbaum whose George Lucas in Love short was quite clever (seek it out if you haven’t seen it) and starring Aimee Teagarden (Friday Night Lights), Prom comes to theaters April 29, 2011.

13 trailer

13 is an English remake by Georgian filmmaker Gela Babluani of his own film 13 Tzameti. The film has an interesting cast -- Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon and, of course, 50 Cent -- but the action seems to revolve around Control star Sam Riley as a man who assumes the identity of a dead man only to end up in a high stakes game of Russian roulette. (That still might be better than a game of Chatroulette.) The film has been released overseas, but no release date has been set for the US.

Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more

  • Dennis Leary is in talks to play Emma Stone’s father, George Stacey, in Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man - Heat Vision
  • Paranormal Activity 3 (yes, 3) will be released October 21, 2011. Didn’t we just see Paranormal Activity 2?
  • Paul Giamatti and Bill Clinton will appear in The Hangover 2 - Deadline and People
  • The latest The Dark Knight Rises rumor has Tom Hardy playing Dr. Hugo Strange - Collider
  • The release of the Footloose remake has been pushed to October 14, 2011.
  • Emily Blunt will join Jason Segel in Nicholas Stoller’s (Get Him to the Greek) new comedy Five-Year Engagement, being produced by Judd Apatow - Vulture
  • Here’s a fun rumor: Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci will reunite in David O. Russell’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Don’t put that one in stone. - Showbiz 411
  • Bad Teacher, a comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel will now be released June 17, 2011.
  • A Joe Strummer biopic is in the works - The Playlist via Screen Daily
  • Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) will replace Rachel Weisz and star alongside Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass in Humpday director Lynn Shelton’s next film - Variety
  • Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and Gerard Butler (300) could team up for an adaptation of the comic Afterburn - Deadline
  • The Playlist has new details on Whit Stillman’s Damsels In Distress.
  • Daniel Clowes’ (Ghost World) latest graphic novel, Wilson, has been acquired by Fox Searchlight, with Alexander Payne attached - Deadline
  • Here’s a fun top 100 films list by The Moving Arts Film Journal.
  • The short list (15 films) eligible for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature was released this week. If you were a fan of Catfish or Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, you’ll be disappointed, but at least Exit Through the Gift Shop made it this far.

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Comments (5)

  • Mitch Tough  

    I was initially fired up for Green Lantern, and much of that trailer is really cool, but it also looks a little too cheesy when it shouldn't. Am I right to be a little worried? I'm hoping it doesn't go the way of another green superhero story directed by Ang Lee....

  • Bobby Peru  

    The Green Lantern does look a bit questionable. It's treading that line of cheese and fun entertainment, but I think Your Highness might be hilarious. I'm not getting my hopes up too high, but I don't think they've giving away all the good jokes in this trailer.

  • Kian Mirnezam  

    Green Lantern looks like DC's version of Iron Man. It has sci-fi elements, a womanizing main character, great action, huge special effects and lots of humor! I can't wait for Green Lantern and Cowboys and Aliens, they both look great.

  • Will  

    Okay, so I just realized five seconds ago that the upcoming Green Lantern movie is not the same thing as the upcoming Green Hornet movie. I have been thinking incorrectly for a long time now.

  • Rienye  

    Cowboys & Aliens looks good. And i'm happy this trailer doesn't give too much away. Your Highness also looks great but that trailer is way too long and revealing. Green Lantern looks kinda average. From the trailer it seems they are trying to stay true to the origins, but we can only hope and see....

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