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

  • Publish Date: January 14, 2011
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New Battle: Los Angeles trailer

While the previous trailers were mainly mood pieces, this third trailer for Battle: Los Angeles brings the action. Jonathan Liebesman, who will tackle the Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans next, directs Aaron Eckhart as a Marine staff sergeant trying to lead his platoon against an alien invasion. Michelle Rodriquez, Bridget Moynahan, and Michael Pena also star. Battle: Los Angeles hits theaters March 11.

Bond 23 is a go

With its financial troubles now somewhat under control, MGM announced this week that the 23rd James Bond film would be released on November 9, 2012. Daniel Craig will return as 007, and Sam Mendes will direct a screenplay by Quantum of Solace writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and The Aviator screenwriter John Logan. Production will begin in late 2011 to accommodate Daniel Craig’s busy schedule, and Deadline reports that Simon Russell Beale may be the lead candidate to play Bond’s latest villain.

Priest trailer

Director Scott Stewart and his Legion star Paul Bettany pair up again in this adaptation of the manhwa series created by Hyung Min-woo. Bettany plays a warrior priest out to save his niece from a savage pack of vampires. The supporting cast includes Cam Gigandet (Easy A), Maggie Q (TV’s Nikita), Karl Urban (Red), and Christopher Plummer (The Last Station). Priest will be in theaters in 2D and post converted 3D on May 13.

Batman rumors

The Dark Knight Rises will not be released until July 12, 2012, but the rumors were flying this week on who might be cast alongside Christian Bale and newcomer Tom Hardy. Collider started things off with the rumor that Eva Green would play Talia al Ghul and Naomi Watts would play Vicki Vale, but later that day Heat Vision came out with a list of actresses up for roles in the film. Included on that list were Keira Knightly, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Gemma Arterton. One thing they seem to agree on is that Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson in Batman Begins), is a character in the third film.

Familiar faces confirmed for The Hobbit

A press release made the rumors official: Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis will return to Middle Earth and reprise their roles from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition, THR’s Heat Vision confirmed that Sir Ian McKellan, who explained his hesitancy here, will also return; while Deadline posits that Christopher Lee and Ian Holm will soon join the reunion. Part 1 of The Hobbit will be released in all its 3D glory on December 19, 2012.

Happythankyoumoreplease trailer

Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother) writes, directs, and stars in this winner of the 2010 Audience Award at Sundance, but you might wonder why it won that award after seeing this trailer. Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat), Kate Mara (127 Hours), Zoe Kazan (The Exploding Girl), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) round out the cast of this "people at a crossroads figuring life out" comedic drama. Hopefully the full feature redeems this trailer when it gets a limited release March 4.

Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg to play father and son?

THR reports that Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg are in talks to play father and son (in that order) in I Hate You Dad. The film was written by David Caspe with a rewrite by Role Model scribes and The State veterans David Wain and Ken Marino. In the film, Sandler would wreak havoc on Samberg’s life when he moves in days before his son’s wedding. No word on a director or who will play Samberg’s disapproving fiance.

Henry’s Crime trailer

Here’s a first look at Henry’s Crime, which premiered at TIFF last year. Keanu Reeves plays a man who, after being sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, decides to actually commit the crime once he gets out of jail. The cast includes James Caan, Vera Farmiga, Judy Greer, Peter Stormare, Fisher Stevens, and Bill Duke. Malcolm Venville (44 Inch Chest) directs from a script by Sacha Gervasi (The Terminal). Although it was picked up for distribution, no U.S. release date has been set.

Carancho trailer

If you haven’t seen Argentinian star Ricardo Darin in The Secret in Their Eyes, The Aura, or the original Nine Queens, you’ll have another chance in Carancho, in which he plays a personal injury lawyer trolling for clients in hospitals when he meets a doctor who makes him question his profession. The film is Argentina’s nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards and will be released in New York this week. A U.S. remake is already planned with Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) directing.

The Housemaid trailer

A remake of a Korean film of the same name from 1960, The Housemaid, directed by Im Sang-soo, played at Cannes in 2010, where it received divergent reviews. The premise is your basic newly hired nanny has an affair with her rich employer while his wife is pregnant and things don’t work out thriller plot. Check out the trailer below and the full film in limited release January 21 or on demand January 26.

A Little Bit of Heaven trailer

If you live in the U.S. you might have the pleasure of seeing this film sometime this year, but for now that pleasure is reserved for the U.K. starting February 4. Sorry, U.K. What could be so bad about a film directed by Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman) and starring likable actors such as Kate Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal, Kathy Bates, Rosemarie DeWitt, Peter Dinklage, and many, many more? I don’t know, but the trailer doesn’t inspire confidence; nor does the fact that Whoopi Goldberg plays God.

Soul Surfer trailer

Soul Surfer tells the true story of Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack while surfing. The film stars AnnaSophia Robb as Hamilton, Dennis Quaid as her father, and Helen Hunt as her mother. TV vet Sean McNamara, whose feature credits include 2004‘s Raise Your Voice with Hilary Duff, directs from a script by Baywatch scribe Michael Berk. See it in theaters April 15.

No Strings Attached clips

Below are two clips from the upcoming Ashton Kutcher - Natalie Portman romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, in which their strictly physical relationship becomes a bit more complicated when one of them begins to have feelings for the other. See it in theaters January 21.

Behind the scenes of Paul

This week a behind the scenes featurette for the space alien wants to go home comedy, Paul, was released online. The films was written by and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who previously worked together in Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and the TV series Spaced, but this time Greg Mottola (Adventureland, Superbad) directs instead of Edgar Wright. The alien is voiced by Seth Rogen, and the film’s supporting cast is made up of Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Jane Lynch, Bill Hader, and Jeffrey Tambor. Paul will be in theaters March 18.

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

  • Here’s a first look at Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. - /Film
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will score David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which will have an altered ending from the Stieg Larsson book. Fincher has more to say in this W Magazine article, and the Rooney Mara pictures are pretty cool too.
  • Are you ready for The Great Gatsby in 3D? - THR
  • Who will get the lead in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? - Deadline
  • The rumors are true: Colin Farrell will star in director Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake. - Collider
  • The hilarious supporting actor John Michael Higgins (Christopher Guest’s comedies, and too many others to name) will play a zoo inspector in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo - THR
  • Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) will direct an adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note - Deadline
  • One Day, based on the bestselling David Nicholls novel and starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, will be released July 8th.
  • The Fast and the Furious franchise will not stop at Fast Five. A sixth film is already in the planning stages. - Collider
  • Michelle Pfeiffer will play Chris Pine’s mother in Alex Kurtzman’s Welcome to People - EW
  • Ed Westwick of Gossip Girl fame has been cast in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar - Deadline
  • Taylor Lautner keeps getting cast for some reason. - Deadline
  • Tarsem Singh’s (The Fall) 3D sword and sandal epic, Immortals, will be released on 11/11/11. - The Wrap
  • Lena Heady (300) will play the main villain, Ma-Ma, in the upcoming Karl Urban-starring Judge Dread - Playlist
  • The classic video game Missile Command will now become a movie - Variety
  • Director Park Chan Wook (Old Boy) shot his latest film on an iPhone - WSJ
  • Paul Greengrass is working on a thriller based on the events surrounding Martin Luther King’s assassination entitled Memphis - Vulture
  • Paul Dano will star with Robert De Niro in Paul Weitz’s adaptation of Nick Flynn’s memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City - The Wrap

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Comments (3)

  • Mitch Tough  

    The Battle: Los Angeles trailers are so creepy.

  • luisl  

    Ricardo Darín is a great actor!!

  • Will  

    Battle: LA looks EPIC
    Daniel Craig is back... very good, I was worried we were done with him
    The Great Gatsby... in 3D. WHAT.

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