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

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  • Publish Date: April 29, 2011

The first trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The conclusion to one of most successful film franchises in history finally comes to theaters on July 15. Fans will have waited almost four years to see the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort up on the big screen, and, for the first time in the series, the film will be offered in 3D (through post conversion). David Yates returns to direct his fourth Harry Potter film, and Steve Kloves provides the script as he has for all the films except Order of the Phoenix. Enjoy this first glimpse at the epic finale.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon trailer

Explosions, ominous music, Autobots, Decepticons, Shia LaBeouf and... Frances McDormand? Yes, it’s another Transformers movie. Michael Bay directs the third in the series, this time subtitled Dark of the Moon because it has something to do with a crash on the moon and the space race to discover the secrets of the wrecked ship. Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley replaces Megan Fox as LaBeouf’s love interest, and other new faces include Patrick Dempsey and John Malkovich. See it in 3D theaters beginning July 1.

He did say he'd be back: Arnold to star in Terminator 5?

Deadline reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger is attached to star in a Terminator deal being looked at by four or five studios. This is in early, early development (it's just a pitch at this stage) but since Pacificor purchased the rights to the successful property -- beating out Sony and Lionsgate -- the franchise has been idle. Now it looks like director Justin Lin, coming off the early foreign success of Fast Five, is the lead candidate to direct not only the former California governor but also possibly the "entire original cast" in what is being called Terminator 2012, according to Latino Review. No screenwriter is attached to the deal, but I’m sure they’ll figure that out before they start filming. In other Schwarzenegger news, Vulture reports that he hopes to star as a broken down horse trainer in Cry Macho if the film can get financial backing at the Cannes Film Festival.

The first trailer for Immortals

Are you tired of sword and sandal epics? Do you wonder if Henry Cavill was a good choice to play Superman? Do you enjoy seeing Mickey Rourke play a villain? How do you feel about director Tarsem Singh’s hyper-stylized films, The Cell and The Fall? Did you like 300? These might be some of the questions you ask yourself before seeing Immortals, the story of Theseus -- a stonemason played by Cavill -- who leads an uprising against the brutal, power-hungry King Hyperion (Rourke). Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff also star. Check it out in theaters in 2D or 3D beginning November 11.

The Devil’s Double trailer

Dominic Cooper stars as Uday Hussein and his double Latif Yahia in this look at the life of Saddam Hussein’s psychotic son, based on the memoirs of Yahia. Lee Tamahori (Next) directs, and Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool) plays Uday’s favorite mistress, Sarrab. The Devil’s Double will get a limited theatrical release beginning July 29.

An update on Oliver Stone’s next film

According to Variety, Emile Hirsch will join Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, and Uma Thurman in Oliver Stone’s adaptation of the Don Winslow novel, Savages. The story follows a pair of Laguna Beach pot growers (Johnson and Kitsch) as they get entangled with a Mexican drug cartel after their girlfriend (Lively) is kidnapped. Hayek will play the head of the cartel, and del Toro will play its enforcer. Travolta will take on the role of a burned-out DEA agent, and Thurman will play Lively’s mother. There’s no word yet on Hirsch’s role.

What’s Your Number trailer

Anna Faris -- seen recently in Take Me Home Tonight -- stars in this romantic comedy about a woman who decides to track down the 20 men with whom she’s had a relationship to make sure that one of them isn’t the “one that got away.” Chris Evans (Captain America) plays her helpful neighbor, and a strong group of actors -- Chris Pratt, Andy Samberg, Martin Freeman, Aziz Ansari, Zachary Quinto, Anthony Mackie, Joel McHale -- make up her past boyfriends. Mark Mylod (The Big White, Ali G Indahouse) directs from a script based on the Karyn Bosnak novel, 20 Times a Lady. What’s Your Number? will be in theaters beginning September 30; the trailer is available for your viewing pleasure at YouTube.

A new Bridesmaids red-band trailer

This latest look at Bridesmaids highlights a few of the talented actors other than star and co-writer Kristen Wiig. Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey play the bridesmaids, and Jon Hamm and Chris O’Dowd play two men -- one a cad, the other a police officer -- interested in Wiig’s struggling maid of honor. Early reviews have been kind to this Judd Apatow-produced comedy, so check it out when it comes theaters May 13.

Five Year Engagement update

After their success with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller are returning to the romantic comedy genre with Five Year Engagement. Segel will again be starring and Stoller directing from a script they co-wrote. The story follows the up-and-down relationship of a couple played by Segel and Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau). With filming beginning this week, Variety reports that Mindy Kaling (The Office) has joined a strong supporting cast that already includes Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Parnell and Jacki Weaver.

Another X-Men: First Class trailer

A new international trailer was released this week for the upcoming X-Men series reboot, X-Men: First Class. Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) directs a cast that includes James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost, and a slew of actors as the young mutants. X-Men: First Class comes to theaters in the U.S. June 3.

Man of Steel update

Variety reports that German actress Antje Traue will play the villainess Faora in the upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel. Traue was seen in 2009’s Pandorum and last year completed the still unreleased Renny Harlin picture, 5 Days in August, with Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, and Heather Graham. She joins a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, and Kevin Costner as Pa Kent. There are multiple versions of Faora in the comics, but they share one common hatred -- men -- so don’t expect any flirtation between her and the Man of Steel.

L’Amour Fou trailer

This documentary about fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent looks at his public and private life through the eyes of Pierre Berge, his partner (in both romance and business) of 50 years. Director Pierre Thoretton uses the 2009 sale of the pair's art collection as a way to look back at the incredible influence Saint Laurent had on the fashion industry. L’Amour Fou will get a limited release May 13.

Troll Hunter trailer

What happens when three students set out in a bad-ass truck to prove the existence of trolls? All hell breaks loose. Shot in the style of cinema verite, this low-budget Norwegian film has found fans at each festival it has played thanks to its action sequences and high quality special effects. Troll Hunter will get a limited theatrical release beginning June 10.

A unique trailer for Hong Sang-soo’s The Day He Arrives

South Korean director Hong Sang-soo had success at Cannes 2010, taking the top prize in Un Certain Regard for Hahaha, and this year he has another film playing that section of the Cannes Film Festival called The Day He Arrives. The new film centers on a young university film professor going to visit an older film critic in a small northern village of Korea. Sang-soo’s films are often embraced by critics, but many find his subtle, intimate focus on relationships and lack of an overt plot tough to enjoy. Check out this clever trailer for his latest discovered by Twitch. Cannes 2011 begins May 11

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

  • Final Destination 5 will be released on August 12, two weeks earlier than originally planned.
  • Found footage space-horror flick Apollo 18 -- once delayed to 2012 -- has been moved to a late summer release on August 26, 2011.
  • One Day, the adaptation of David Nichols' best-selling novel starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, will now be released on August 19.
  • American Reunion, which brings together the original American Pie cast, will be released April 6, 2012.
  • Man on a Ledge, starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, and Kyra Sedgwick, will be released on January 13, 2012.
  • Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman (AMC’s The Killing) will reunite with his Snabba Cash (Easy Money) director Daniel Espinosa and join stars Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, and Vera Farmiga in Safe House. - Heat Vision
  • Johnny Depp will make a cameo in the movie adaptation of his 1980s TV series 21 Jump Street. - ComingSoon.net
  • U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. stars, produced, and composed the score for Man on the Train, a remake of the 2002 Patrice Leconte film. - THR
  • Russell Crowe could make his feature directing debut with 77, based on an original screenplay by novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential), which was recently rewritten by David Matthews. The story examines the unsolved murder of an L.A. cop and the shootout between the LAPD and the Symbionese Liberation Army. - Deadline
  • Mireille Enos (AMC’s The Killing) is in talks to play Brad Pitt’s wife in director Marc Forster’s (Quantum of Solace) adaptation of the Max Brooks novel World War Z, about the aftermath of a worldwide zombie war. - Heat Vision
  • Gary Busey (and many, many others) will get eaten by fish in Piranha 3DD. Poor fish. - ComingSoon.net
  • Armie Hammer is in talks to play the Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp’s Tonto in Gore Verbinski’s adaptation of the classic American series. - Deadline
  • Jeff Bridges is in talks to join Ryan Reynolds in an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. - Variety
  • Ready for a Zorro reboot? What if it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world? - 24 Frames
  • Mark Wahlberg and Justin Bieber could star together in an untitled drama about street basketball. Uh oh. - Deadline

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Comments (3)

  • Some guy  

    Nice list of trailers. I hope i'm not the one who is looking forward to world war z (Another zombie flick!). Ps. who even likes the final destination at this point?

  • Liam  

    Immortals looks C-grade, they awful acting and effects look bad even in the trailer

  • Jeremy F  

    lots of great news.

    WHAT ABOUT MIRANDA JULY?? Her new film "The Future" is going to be released in June and August. SO EXCITED!!

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