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

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  • Publish Date: August 24, 2012

An appropriate red-band trailer for Lawless

Coming to theaters next week is the second collaboration between director John Hillcoat and writer-musician (or is that musician-writer) Nick Cave. Their first film, The Proposition 73, led to Hillcoat directing The Road 64 while Cave continued to score films and perform with his various bands. For Lawless, Cave adapted the book The Wettest County in the World, written by Matt Bondurant, a descendant of the bootlegging family known as the Bondurant brothers played in the film by Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Clarke. Gary Oldman plays a local gangster, and Guy Pearce plays ruthless lawman. Providing a female counterpoint to all the machismo are Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska. Reviews from its competition screening at Cannes were mixed, but here’s a red-band trailer to entice you into theaters beginning Wednesday.

Everything’s better with Butter

This Butter has been sitting on the shelf quite a while. Originally targeted for release last fall, this independent comedy starring Jennifer Garner as the ambitious wife of a retired butter carving champion (Ty Burrell) is also part political satire as it looks at her attempt to follow in her husband’s footsteps, only to be challenged by a young butter carving prodigy named Destiny (Yara Shahidi). Olivia Wilde plays a stripper that comes between Garner and Burrell, and Hugh Jackman, Rob Corddry, Kristen Schaal, Alicia Silverstone, and Ashley Greene show up in supporting roles. Director Jim Field Smith’s previous feature was She’s Out of My League 46. Butter comes to theaters October 5th.

A first look at The Impossible

The Impossible, Juan Antonio Bayona’s follow-up to 2007‘s The Orphanage 74, is a drama based around the tsunami of 2004, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. The film follows the true story of one family’s struggle to survive and reunite following the devastating natural disaster. Newcomer Tom Holland plays their son, and the script comes from Sergio G. Sanchez, Bayona’s collaborator on The Orphanage. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters in New York and LA for an Oscar-qualifying run beginning December 21st.

Brian De Palma’s Passion

Brain De Palma’s remake of Alain Corneau’s Love Crime 63 will premiere at Venice and Toronto next month. Starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace as a corporate executive and her assistant, roles previously filled by Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier, Passion looks to be De Palma’s return to the sordid pleasures of Body Double or Femme Fatale 59. The story follows the same basic arc as the original: boss steals assistant's ideas, assistant plots revenge. A U.S. release date has not been set.

The Jack Ryan universe expands

Deadline reports that Paramount is gearing up to reintroduce the world of Jack Ryan to a new generation of filmgoers. The Tom Clancy-created character has been played in four films by three different actors: Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October 58, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger 74, and Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears 45. Now, Chris Pine will take on the role in a Kenneth Branagh-directed reboot of the franchise. Keira Knightley has been cast as his love interest, and Kevin Costner will play his mentor, William Harper, who recruits both Jack Ryan and John Kelly. The latter character is the star of another Clancy novel, Without Remorse, which is also in development with Christopher McQuarrie set to write and direct; Tom Hardy is wanted for the role of Kelly. Costner could also appear in that film, as well as a spinoff of his own. Of course, the first Jack Ryan film would have to work to make it all possible, but with Marvel’s success with The Avengers, more studios are looking to turn franchise properties into multi-character, multi-film universes.

Two looks at David Ayer’s End of Watch

It would be an understatement to say writer/director David Ayer likes to portray the life of cops in his movies; it’s more like an obsession. He wrote Training Day 70, Dark Blue 57, and 2003’s S.W.A.T. 45, and he both wrote and directed Harsh Times 56 and Street Kings 55. His latest film is yet another cop story, End of Watch, which looks at the friendship of Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, longtime partners who find themselves in over their heads after a major drug cartel bust. The supporting cast includes Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo, and Cody Horn, but beware if you don’t like shaky-cam; the cop’s handheld cameras are used to provide a feeling of immediacy (and possibly seasickness). End of Watch comes to theaters September 21st.

Trailers for two new docs

Sport, whether it’s of the X-Games variety or America’s pastime, often makes a compelling subject for filmmaking due to its inherent stakes and struggles. This week, trailers for two new documentaries take a look at the unique lives of the first skateboarding stars and the lonely knuckleballer. Stacy Peralta returns to the subject of his 2002 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys 76 to look at the evolution of skateboarding in the 80s with The Bones Brigade: An Autobiography. The film will be self-released, so visit the official website for more info and check out the early years of Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, and Tommy Guerrero. Knuckleball focuses on pitchers Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey, and comes from Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, who directed Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work 79. The film will hit VOD and a handful of theaters on September 18th.

Sequel casting notes

Thor: The Dark World and Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall continued to fill up their casts this week. Deadline confirmed that Kat Dennings would return in the Thor 57 sequel, and Variety reported that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko on Lost) will play Algrim the Strong (who later comes back as Kurse), one of the lead villains alongside Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith. For the sequel to Kick-Ass 66, director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down 39) has cast Lindy Booth as Night Bitch, according to Heat Vision, and word is that Jim Carrey is wanted for the cameo role of The Colonel. They would join returning stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

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

  • Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, starring (and written by) Matt Damon and John Krasinski, will come to theaters December 28th.
  • Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) will play Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • Josh Brolin will star in Sean Penn’s adaptation of Crazy for the Storm, the true tale of eleven-year-old Norman Ollestad’s survival of a mountaintop plane crash. - Variety
  • Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, and Imogen Poots are in the running for the female lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. - New York Post
  • Lisa Cholodenko (The Kid’s Are All Right) will direct November Criminals, a Washington D.C.-set mystery in which a student discovers the underbelly of D.C. society while investigating a fellow student’s death - The Wrap
  • Sony’s sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will not hit theaters in 2013, but it will happen. Steven Zaillian is still working on the script. Director David Fincher hasn’t committed, however, and he’s also taken himself out of consideration for the Cleopatra biopic starring Angelina Jolie (Ang Lee is now a possibility). - EW & Vulture
  • Gary Ross will direct the Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Star Catchers, based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that has already been turned in to a Broadway play. - Deadline
  • After he wraps The Hangover Part III, Todd Phillips will move on to grittier fare with The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan. - THR
  • Olivia Williams and Mireille Enos have joined Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Malin Akerman, Terence Howard, and Joe Manganiello in David Ayer’s action-thriller Breacher. - Heat Vision & Deadline
  • Paramount is looking to revive The Rocketeer. - Vulture
  • Paul Haggis has cast James Franco and Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde, and Casey Affleck and Moran Atias as couples in his upcoming film, the romantic drama Third Person. - Variety
  • British actress (and fiancé to Tom Hardy) Charlotte Riley will fight alongside Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Doug Liman’s All You Need is Kill. - Variety
  • Commercial director Adam Berg will make his feature debut with the totally unnecessary remake of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, with an updated script by writer Ehren Kruger (Transformers). - Deadline
  • Shiloh Fernandez will play Johnny Tapia in a biopic about the early years of the boxer’s tragic life. - THR
  • Winona Ryder is in talks to join Jason Statham and James Franco in Homefront, the Sylvester Stallone-scripted action film to be directed by Gary Fleder. - Heat Vision
  • Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) will write and direct Candy Store, a crime thriller that could potentially star Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, and Christoph Waltz. - THR & The Wrap
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations to join Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Chris Cooper in John Wells’ adaptation of August: Osage County. - THR

Comments (2)

  • PollosHermanos  

    "Commercial director Adam Berg will make his feature debut with the totally unnecessary remake of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, with an updated script by writer Ehren Kruger (Transformers)"

    WHY?????? and HOW??? If the writer from the absolutely terrible Transformers films, and a commercial director are re-making a masterpiece, I think it's fair to say that this is going to be an entirely disappointing film. Based on Ehren Kruger's previous works, it's probably going to turn into another Hollywood re-hash that follows that same formula. Damnit.

  • LamontRaymond  

    It's hard to believe that Butter is finally getting released. I saw it a couple of years ago at a screening - great cast, it makes for a superb, quirky trailer, but the movie just falls flat. I'm fired up for Bones Brigade: An Autobiography. And Brian De Palma's Passion? Sign me up!

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