Edge of Tomorrow: Live. Die. Repeat.
Tom Cruise stars as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an officer who has never seen combat, in this adaptation of Hiroshi Sakuraska’s All You Need Is Kill. Thrown into war against an alien race, Cage is killed within minutes, but he becomes stuck in a time loop in which he lives the same day over and over again. As his skills improve, he teams up with Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) to try to win the war. Doug Liman, returning to the more action-filled filmmaking of The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, directs, and Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste have supporting roles. Edge of Tomorrow hits theaters on June 6, 2014.
The Wachowskis, ascending
The Wachowskis’ follow-up to Cloud Atlas is Jupiter Ascending, an original sci-fi story about Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a human who could change the balance of the universe. (Maybe Keanu was not “the one” in The Matrix?) Channing Tatum also stars as Caine, a genetically engineered soldier sent to track her down on Earth. The supporting cast includes Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Doona Bae, and James D’Arcy. Jupiter Ascending arrives in theaters on July 18, 2014.
The most famous of movie monsters is back. Let’s just hope he’s back in a better movie than 1998’s Godzilla, like Godzilla 2000. Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters), working from a script by Max Borenstein (Seventh Son), has put together an eclectic cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Ken Watanabe (who gets a special close-up in the Japanese trailer below). Godzilla wreaks havoc in 2D, 3D, and IMAX theaters beginning May 16, 2014.
Spider-Man’s universe to expand
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced plans this week (via the website Electro Arrives) to develop several new projects around the Spider-Man franchise. Writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard will form a “franchise brain trust” with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach and director Marc Webb. Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner will write the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (coming to theaters July 10, 2016), and Kurtzman, Orci, and Solomon will write the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct. Goddard will write (and possibly direct) The Sinister Six, “focusing on the villains in the franchise.” So now Sony has joined Disney (The Avengers), Fox (The X-Men), and Warner Bros. (Batman, Superman, the Justice League, etc) in franchise world-building movie domination.
Bad Words, funny film
Jason Bateman’s directorial debut earned mostly good reviews when it premiered in Toronto this fall. In the film, based on a screenplay by Andrew Dodge, Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old with a photographic memory who decides to enter spelling bees, progressing all the way to nationals. On the plane ride there, he meets one of his opponents, Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand), a 10-year-old Indian boy he slowly warms too. Kathryn Hahn plays a reporter documenting Guy’s quest, and Allison Janney and Philip Baker Hall have supporting roles. Bad Words open in select theaters March 21, 2014; watch the red-band trailer below.
Nymphomaniac: Chapter 7
Considerably tamer than previous Nymphomaniac chapter previews, this tease for "Chapter 7: The Mirror" is described thusly on the film’s website, “The image you see in a mirror will at first glance seem like an exact replica of the object you're looking at. However, this is in fact false, as the object will always be a mirrored, and thus flawed, version of the original object. Joe tries to rid herself of her sexuality.” Nymphomaniac had its first screening for the press this week in Copenhagen, and last week Magnolia announced the U.S. release dates for the film. “Part One” will come to VOD on March 6, 2014 followed by a theatrical release on March 21st. “Part Two” will be available On Demand beginning April 3rd and will come to theaters April 18th. Look for a sneak peek of "Chapter 8: The Gun" next week.
Don't be afraid of the Big Bad Wolves
Quentin Tarantino started the hype machine by anointing it his favorite film of 2013, and good early reviews have followed for Ahron Keshales’ Big Bad Wolves. As the trailer reveals, it’s a sly mix of violence and black comedy about a detective and a father who seek revenge against the same man, a suspected child killer. The torture begins in select theaters January 17, 2014.
Manic pixie barefoot dreamgirl
Scott Speedman and Evan Rachel Wood star as the ne’er-do-well son of a wealthy Southern family and the sheltered young woman he begins to fall for in Barefoot, a romantic comedy from director Andrew Fleming (Dick, Hamlet 2) and writer Stephen Zotnowski. The solid supporting cast includes the always reliable J.K. Simmons, Treat Williams, and Kate Burton. Barefoot comes to theaters February 21, 2014.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Simon Pegg stars as a children’s author turned crime novelist whose research makes him a paranoid mess in A Fantastic Fear of Everything. When success approaches, Pegg’s Jack decides to face his fears at the laundromat, but instead finds himself on the run from an actual serial killer. Early reviews have not been kind for this debut feature from veteran music video director Chris Hopewell and Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills, but if you’re a Simon Pegg completist, look for it on VOD beginning January 7th and in select theaters on February 7th.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) will direct the sequel to World War Z. - THR
- Paramount will reboot the Naked Gun franchise with Ed Helms taking over the role of Detective Frank Drebin. Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant (Hell Baby, Reno 911) will write the script. - Variety
- Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, White House Down) is in talks to play John Connor in the Alan Taylor-directed Terminator reboot. - Deadline
- Jason Segel will play David Foster Wallace, and Jesse Eisenberg will play Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, in James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of Lipsky’s book, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace. - The Wrap
- Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) is attached to direct Guinea Pigging, a comedy based on a New Yorker article about people making a living as human drug-test subjects. - THR
- Jason Momoa is in talks to join Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Godot in the Man of Steel sequel. His role is unknown at this time but speculation includes Doomsday and Martian Manhunter - Heat Vision
- Tom Cruise and Paramount are developing a sequel to Jack Reacher based on the recently published Never Go Back. - Deadline
- Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir, The Congress) will adapt Anne Frank’s diary into an animated feature. - THR
- Ben Whishaw (Q in Skyfall) will replace Sacha Baron Cohen in Sunshine on Leith director Dexter Fletcher’s Freddy Mercury biopic. - Deadline
- Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) will star alongside Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Daren Kagasoff, Bianco Santos, Erin Moriarty, Ana Coto, and Vivis Colombetti in Stiles White’s feature directing debut Ouija, about a group of friends trying to contact a recently deceased classmate. - THR
- David Guggenheim (Safe House) is in talks to write Bad Boys 3. - Deadline
- Juliette Binoche, Robert Pattinson, and Tim Roth will star in Brady Corbet’s (Simon Killer) feature directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader. - Variety
- Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Alexander Skarsgard in David Yates’ adaptation of Tarzan. - Variety
- Frank Grillo (Warrior, The Grey) will star in The Next Chapter of the Purge (we hope that’s a working title). - Deadline
- Sandra Bullock is in early talks to star in a fictionalized take on the documentary Our Brand Is Crisis. - The Wrap
- Laura Dern will play Andrew Garfield’s mom, and Michael Shannon will play his employer, in Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes. - Deadline