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

  • Publish Date: April 8, 2011
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A four-minute look at Green Lantern

When footage from Green Lantern screened at WonderCon, it received such good word of mouth that Warner Bros. decided to release it to the public. But will the public embrace it as much as the fanboys, or is Green Lantern too obscure to cross over? Take a look below at Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond, and Green Lantern Corps members Abin Sur, Sinestro, and Tomar-Re. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directs the film, which arrives in theaters June 17.

Crazy, Stupid, Love, trailer

From the directors of I Love You Phillip Morris comes a romantic comedy starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon. Carell plays a man struggling to keep his relationship with his children strong while his marriage (to Moore) crumbles. Gosling plays a ladies man helping Carell navigate the dating world, and he makes for a pretty good wing man until he can’t out-charm Emma Stone. Crazy, Stupid, Love hits theaters July 29.

The Hunger Games leads are set

Well that didn’t take long. Last week we reported on the shortlist for the roles of Peeta and Gale in The Hunger Games, and this week the decision has been made. Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) will play Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) will play Gale. Why is this a big deal? Well, Hollywood is expecting Twilight-size success for The Hunger Games trilogy, and if that happens, the trio of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth could turn into the new Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner right as the Twilight series comes to a close. The Hunger Games is scheduled for release on March 23, 2012. For the official press release, go here.

A new Super 8 TV spot

After screening about 20 minutes of footage at last week’s CinemaCon, Paramount released a new TV spot for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. The film stars Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Noah Emmerich, and Ron Eldard, and takes place in 1979 in a small Ohio town where a group of friends capture footage of a train accident on their super 8 camera. The one-minute TV spot reveals a few new moments. See the full film in theaters June 10.

The first look at Lars Von Trier’s sci-fi drama Melancholia

With the logline, “A beautiful movie about the end of the world,” Lars Von Trier (Antichrist, Dancer in the Dark) is back. His latest film is Melancholia, described simply in the U.K. press release as follows: “Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgard) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth...”. Will this end well for all involved? Probably not. The film also stars Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgard, Udo Kier, and Jesper Christensen. It is expected that Melancholia will premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; an announcement should come next week.

Mixed martial arts drama Warrior gets a trailer

Tom Hardy (Inception) and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) star in this story of two brothers who seek redemption in the MMA octagon only to have to face off against each other. Nick Nolte stars as their alcoholic father, and Jennifer Morrison plays Edgerton’s wife. Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory, Miracle) directs from a script he wrote with Anthony Tambakis and Cliff Dorfman. Warrior comes to theaters September 9.

Snow White, Hugh Jackman, and The Wolverine

THR’s Heat Vision reported this week and Relativity confirmed that Lily Collins, Sandra Bullock’s daughter in The Blind Side, has been cast as Snow White in Tarsem Singh’s 3D re-imagining of the classic fairy tale. In the film, Snow White will team up with the seven dwarfs to reclaim her kingdom from the evil queen, played by Julia Roberts. Armie Hammer (The Social Network) has been cast as the prince. The film is scheduled for release on June 29, 2012, months before the other live action Snow White picture, Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, will be released. That film is till trying to replace Viggo Mortensen, and according to Deadline, Hugh Jackman is now number one on the list after The Wolverine lost director Darren Aronofsky. No word yet on a replacement for Aronofsky.

Roland Emmerich switches gears in Anonymous trailer

If Roland Emmerich (2012, The Day After Tomorrow) is going to direct a film about the political conspiracy surrounding the writings of Shakespeare, he’s at least going to throw in a few cannon blasts and a Radiohead song, right? Sure. Based on a script by John Orloff (A Mighty Heart) and starring Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Derek Jacobi, and Rafe Spall, Anonymous attempts to answer the rarely-asked question of who wrote the plays credited to William Shakespeare. (Hint: It's not Shakespeare, according to Emmerich.) Interested? You can catch it in theaters beginning September 30.

Rock of Ages adaptation casts its lead

Just because you’re nominated for a Tony for a performance in a hit musical, it doesn’t mean you’ll get to play the role when that musical becomes a Hollywood movie. That’s what happened this week to Constantine Maroulis, who played the lead role of Drew in Rock of Ages. According to Vulture, director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) has selected Diego Boneta (Pretty Little Liars, 90210) to play Drew. Shankman later told 24 Frames that, “Constantine was perfection as Drew in the play, but the truth of the matter is that I cast at age, and I wanted someone who doesn’t have to act 20 or 23 but actually is 20 or 23 [Maroulis is 35]. The authenticity of someone being that age is important.” The selection of Boneta might seem out of left field, but before jumping into American TV, he recorded the hit 2008 single "Perdido En Ti (Losing Me)." Rock of Ages will require him to hit the high notes in a compilation of rock songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, Poison and others. The story mainly takes place at the Bourbon Room, where Drew works and falls in love with Julianne Hough’s Sherrie, only to lose her to aging rock star Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise). The film is currently slated for a June 1, 2012 release.

Hesher trailer

This first look at Hesher makes a good argument that every trailer would be better if Metallica’s "Battery" served as the soundtrack. This dark film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Hesher, an out-of-control loner who involves himself in the life of a boy played by Devin Brochu after the death of the boy’s mother. Rainn Wilson also stars as the boy’s father, Piper Laurie plays his grandmother, and Natalie Portman is the object of the boy’s affection. Spencer Susser makes his feature directorial debut from a script he wrote with Animal Kingdom-director David Michod. Reviews have been solid for the film since its premiere at Sundance in 2010, and Hesher finally gets a limited release beginning May 13.

Daydream Nation trailer

Kat Dennings stars in this story of a high school girl adrift in a small town who begins an affair with one of her teachers (played by Josh Lucas) while also dating a classmate (Reece Thompson of Rocket Science). Michael Goldbach wrote and directed Daydream Nation, and it gets a limited release on May 6, the same day Dennings' other summer movie, Thor, opens.

M. Night Shyamalan and the Smith family, a match made in...?

Deadline reported this week that M. Night Shyamalan will be directing Will Smith and his son Jaden in a sci-fi story that was previously titled One Thousand A.E. At that time, only Jaden was acting and Will was producing, but now they both will star in the story of a young boy and his estranged father struggling to survive on an abandoned planet after their ship crashes. Shyamalan is riding a well-documented streak of poorly received films, but teaming with a consistent box office success like Will Smith might bring him better luck. As Night himself said in the press release, “The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project.”

A trailer for German drama The Robber

The Robber tells the true story of Austrian marathon runner Johann Rettenberger, who also happened to rob banks. The film stars Andreas Lust (the cop in Revanche) as Rettenberger. The remake rights have already been bought by Sony, but the original will get a limited U.S. release beginning April 29.

First look at feel-good family drama Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale is based on the true story of Winter, the dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap at three months old and is now housed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.  The film stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson, and Nathan Gamble as a boy who forms a special relationship with Winter. Charles Martin Smith (Stone of Destiny) directs from a script by Karen Janszen (Duma) and Noam Dromi. The film will be released in 2D and 3D on September 23.

An Invisible Sign trailer

Jessica Alba stars in this tale about a 20-year-old loner (yes, Jessica Alba plays a loner) who, after turning to math as a youngster to help cope with her father’s illness, now helps students deal with their own crises by teaching math. The writers of The Wedding Planner (Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis) adapted Aimee Bender’s book, An Invisible Sign of My Own, for director Marilyn Agrelo (Mad Hot Ballroom). The film also stars Chris Messina, J.K. Simmons, and Sonia Braga. An Invisible Sign will get a limited U.S. release beginning May 6.

Gerard Butler is ready to play the field

In the romantic comedy Playing the Field, Gerard Butler plays a Beckham-like soccer star who ends his playboy lifestyle and returns home to reconcile with his estranged wife and child, only to find that coaching his kid’s soccer team doesn’t make it any easier for him to be faithful, especially when a rival coach’s wife (Uma Thurman), a newscaster (Catherine Zeta Jones), and a housewife (Judy Greer) decide to pursue him. Jessica Biel will play Butler's wife, and Dennis Quaid will play Thurman’s husband. 24 Frames reports that the film began shooting this week with Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds) directing from a script by Robbie Fox (So I Married an Ax Murderer) and Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right). No release date is set.

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

  • The Expendables 2 will be released August 17, 2012, but Sylvester Stallone will not be directing.
  • Pixar’s Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University, will not be released until June 21, 2013.
  • Alien invasion movie The Darkest Hour, starring Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby, has moved from an August 5 release date to December 23.
  • The Michael Rapaport-directed documentary success from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, will be released July 8.
  • Javier Bardem and his wife Penelope Cruz will be heading back to work soon. Bardem has almost closed a deal to star as Deschain in The Dark Tower series that Ron Howard will direct, and Cruz will be filming in Rome with Woody Allen, who directed her to a best supporting actress win in Vicky Christina Barcelona.
  • Will The Governator become a 3D feature film in 2013? Interested? If so, check out the trailer for the animated series here. - Deadline
  • Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, Alec Baldwin, and Allison Janney are set to star in Lucky Them, the story of a rock journalist assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend. - Variety
  • Sean Hayes will play Larry in the Farrelly brothers’ Three Stooges movie. - THR
  • Stephen Daldry (The Reader) has signed on to direct Trash, based on the Andy Mulligan kids' book of the same name. The book will be adapted by Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and revolves around three boys in a third world country who survive by picking through a huge garbage dump until one day when they find the wrong bag and must go on the run. - Variety
  • Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords will play an elf in Peter Jackson’s upcoming Hobbit films. - Heat Vision
  • Are you ready for Bill and Ted 3? Keanu Reeves is, and he expects to have a script in six weeks. - MTV
  • Ben Affleck is in talks to play Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. - Deadline
  • William Fichtner (Drive Angry 3D and many more) is in talks to join Matt Damon and Jodie Foster in Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9) next feature, Elysium - Variety
  • Robert Redford will play Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey in a historical drama about the signing of Jackie Robinson. - 24 Frames
  • The upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel starring James Franco has been renamed Rise of the Planet of the Apes. - ComicBookMovie
  • Maggie Grace will reprise her role as Liam Neeson’s daughter in Taken 2. - Deadline
  • Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) is in negotiations to play Juliet in an independent production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. - THR
  • Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct a reboot of The Crow. - Heat Vision
  • Meg Ryan will make her feature directorial debut with Into the Beautiful - Variety
  • Ben Stiller could star in a remake of 1947‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which itself was based on the James Thurber short story. - Deadline

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Comments (3)

  • Liam  

    Sorry Mr Emmerich, but without large scale destruction and/or epic adventure, I'm pretty sure you have no other tricks up your sleeve.
    With a high Metacritic score I might check it out though.

    Also I'm not ready for Bill and Ted 3. They should have stopped at 1.

  • Christopher  

    That extended Green Lantern trailer has helped my impression of the film. I didn't respond well to the comedic take the previous trailers displayed, but with a more serious tone, this may actually impress.

  • Mitch Tough  

    Great freakin' selection of trailers, Keith! I'm seeing an ass-load of these movies. Starting with Hesher & Warrior, but also Crazy Stupid Love, Melancholia, and Daydream Nation. There are some serious nuggets coming soon which haven't gotten a lot of play in the media. Even The Robber and Invisible Sign look really good. Keep this article coming.....

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