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

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  • Publish Date: December 10, 2010

Transformers: Dark of the Moon teaser

Who knew that the Transformers got to the moon before we did? Well, we know now, thanks to the first look at Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Most of the cast is back, except love interest Megan Fox, who is replaced by Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, and Ken Jeong also make their first appearances in the franchise. The third and final (Michael Bay has promised) installment in the Transformers series is in 3D and hits theaters July 1, 2011.

Real Steel trailer

Director Shawn Levy (Date Night) brings us the robot boxing movie we’ve all been waiting for with Real Steel, based on a short story by Richard Matheson that was originally adapted as an episode for The Twilight Zone. The story follows a washed-up boxer played by Hugh Jackman, who, with his estranged son, tries to build and train a robot contender. Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) and Evangeline Lilly (Lost) also star. See it in theaters October 7, 2011.

Spider-Man casting news

Casting continued this week on Marc Webb’s Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield. Heat Vision reported that Campbell Scott (Roger Dodger) and Julianne Nicholson (Brief Interviews with Hideous Men) will play Peter Parker’s parents. In what capacity they will appear in the film is unknown, considering Parker’s parents are already dead in most tellings of the Spider-Man story. Another villain was also added to the mix: Irrfan Kahn (Slumdog Millionaire) will be playing Nels Van Adder (who, in the comics, turns into Proto-Goblin) while Annie Parisse (Rubicon) will play his wife. Kahn joins Rhys Ifans as The Lizard. Shooting has begun on Spider-Man in L.A. Here are some photos of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy as she exits a church on Wilshire Blvd. after what looks to be a funeral. Could it be her father George Stacy’s (Denis Leary) funeral? All our questions will be answered in 3D on July 3, 2012.

The first trailer for The Beaver

After Mel Gibson’s life became tabloid fodder, the prospects of The Beaver, the one film he had in the can, did not look good, but director Jodie Foster stuck by her film and her lead actor and as a result Summit will release the film in the spring of 2011. The first trailer shows Gibson as Walter Black, a toy executive who has slipped into depression and finds the only way he can communicate is through a beaver hand puppet. Foster plays his wife, and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) plays his son. Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) also stars.

The MPAA takes its head out of the sand, for once

After Blue Valentine was slapped with an NC-17 rating, the film community almost unanimously questioned what the MPAA was thinking (which actually happens quite frequently). Petitions were signed, appeals made in the press, comparisons to a similar scene in the R-rated Black Swan were made and lawyers got to work. Well, it looks like it all worked, this time at least. The appeals board overturned the initial rating, and now Blue Valentine will be released with an R rating on December 31st. According to The Wrap, Harvey Weinstein made the appeal himself. What does this mean? This clears the way for The Weinstein Company to market and distribute the film like a typical release. They are no longer restricted to showing the film only in art houses, so hopefully the film will reach a wider audience, which might also help its award chances, especially for stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

The first trailer for Kill the Irishman

If Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, and Vincent D’Onofrio were in a movie together, would you go see it? What if it was based on a true story about an Irish mob enforcer who turns his back on the mob and becomes their number one target? Would you like car bombs with that? How about Paul Sorvino, Robert Davi, and Vinnie Jones? Even lesser known star Ray Stevenson who plays Irishman Danny Greene was good in HBO’s Rome and The Book of Eli, so check out the trailer below and maybe the whole film when it hits theaters March 11, 2011.

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to team-up

Recent presidential elections have provided a wealth of comedy for actors, writers and directors, and 2012 looks to be no different, since Warner Bros. won the rights to a pitch that packages Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as rival 2012 presidential candidates. According to Deadline, the comedy will be directed by Jay Roach, who previously dipped into the political realm with HBO’s Recount and worked with Galifianakis on Dinner for Schmucks (but we’ll forgive them for that). Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) and Shawn Harwell (Eastbound and Down) will write the project.

A second trailer for Rio

From Blue Sky studios, the team behind the Ice Age trilogy (and eventual quadrilogy with Ice Age: Continental Drift due in 2012), comes Rio, the story of a domesticated blue macaw (named Blu and voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) who ends up on an adventure in Brazil with a female macaw voiced by Anne Hathaway. Leslie Mann, George Lopez, and Tracy Morgan also lend their voice talent to the film. Parents, start saving now; the film will be released in 3D on April 8, 2011.

Sandler, James to re-team in Valet Guys

Adam Sandler and Kevin James must really like each other (or at least making movies with each other) because Deadline reports that they’re about to do it again. Sandler and James will play valets at a South Beach hotel who must go on the run after witnessing a murder. This will be the third live action collaboration between the stars, the first two being I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and this year’s Grown Ups. Nick Bakay and James will write the feature as they did for Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

A new I Am Number Four trailer

Directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) and based on the novel of the same name, I Am Number Four tells the story of the fourth of a group of nine alien children who, along with their guardians are hiding on earth from the Mogadarians, the alien race that destroyed their home planet. Alex Pettyfer (Beastly, see below) plays Number Four, while Dianna Agron (Glee) plays his love interest, and this second trailer provides us with our first look at Timothy Olyphant (Justified) as Henri, Number Four’s guardian, as well as Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) as Number Six.

Beastly trailer

Our second Alex Pettyfer movie is a modern re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast tale set in modern day New York. Daniel Barnz (Phoebe in Wonderland) wrote and directed the film with a cast that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Neil Patrick Harris. See Beastly in theaters beginning March 18, 2011.

A final Tron: Legacy clip

The latest clip from Tron: Legacy will also be the last clip we show you because a week from today you’ll be able to see the whole film in a 3D theater near you. As for now, enjoy this look at the meeting of Garrett Hedlund’s Sam and Michael Sheen’s Castor.

Arthur Christmas teaser

Arthur Christmas is an animated re-imagining of the Santa Claus story with a family dynamic at its center. James McAvoy provides the voice for Arthur, the youngest son of Jim Broadbent’s Santa, while Bill Nighy voices Grandsanta. Hugh Laurie provides the voice of Arthur’s older, more capable brother Steve, and Imelda Staunton is Mrs. Santa. The 3D release will hit theaters November 23, 2011.

An update on Clint Eastwood’s Hoover biopic

According to EW, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) is in talks to join Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming J. Edgar Hoover biopic. Hammer would play Clyde Tolson, lawyer, FBI official, and Hoover’s rumored lover. In addition, Vulture reports that Charlize Theron could join the picture as Helen Gandy, Hoover’s personal secretary for 54 years. The film has also been renamed J. Edgar. Not sure why -- Hoover seemed just fine -- but whatever it ends up being titled will not matter if Eastwood and script writer Dustin Lance Black (Milk) can deliver.

Vanishing on 7th Street trailer

Brad Anderson (Transsiberian, The Machinist) directs this thriller about the survivors of a massive blackout in Detroit during which most of the population vanished. Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, and John Leguizamo try to stay alive as more people disappear along with the daylight. Check it out in theaters starting February 18, 2011 or On Demand starting January 7, 2011.

A second trailer for The Rite

The Rite is the story of a seminary student played by Colin O’Donoghue, and his introduction to exorcism at the hands of Father Lucas, played by Anthony Hopkins. The thriller, directed by Mikael Hafstrom (1408, Derailed) features a cast that includes Ciarian Hinds, Alice Braga, Toby Jones, and Rutger Hauer. See it in theaters January 28, 2011.

How Do You Know bloopers

You don’t typically get to see a blooper reel before a movie hits theaters, but that’s about to change with James L. Brooks’ latest film How Do You Know. The story of a former athlete (Reese Witherspoon) caught in a love triangle with a baseball player (Owen Wilson) and a down on his luck corporate exec (Paul Rudd) comes to theaters next Friday.

Nick Cave invites Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf to his cocktail party

This week, the LA Times revealed that Tom Hardy (Inception) and Shia LaBeouf will play bootleggers in Prohibition-era Virginia in The Wettest County in the World. Nick Cave (Grinderman, and the Bad Seeds, writer of The Proposition, composer for The Road, among other things) wrote the screenplay, which is based on a novel of the same name by Matt Bondurant. John Hillcoat (The Road) will direct.

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

  • Black Swan will get a wide release to 1,000 theaters by December 22. Here’s when and where you can see it.
  • Cate Blanchett will reprise her role as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothiorien, in The Hobbit. See other casting news here.
  • The Wachowskis have set up Hood, a modern take on the Robin Hood story, at Warner Bros. and are looking for Will Smith to star. - Heat Vision
  • Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley, director and star, respectively, of District 9, will re-team for Blomkamp’s Elysium, a sci-fi feature set on another planet, and Matt Damon could join them.
  • Ang Lee’s Life of Pi adaptation added Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, and Adil Hussain to its cast - Variety
  • Could George Clooney direct a film based on Enron, the stage play? - The Guardian
  • Up in the Air writer Sheldon Turner will write Big Tuna, about Chicago mob boss Tony Accardo and his protege Sam Giancana, for director Michael Mann. - Variety
  • Keira Knightly and Joe Wright, who worked together on Atonement, will collaborate again on an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. - Word&Film
  • Lee Daniels (Precious) to remake Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria? Maybe. - Deadline

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  • Jeremy F  

    OH my GOD! i was so f-ing excited when i heard the Blue Valentine news. FINALLY, justice.

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