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

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  • Publish Date: December 17, 2010

Thor teaser trailer

The big screen adaptation of Thor follows the arrogant warrior as he is cast out of Asgard and forced to live on Earth, where he then defends mankind from the dark forces of his homeland. Kenneth Branagh directs a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Thor’s love interest. Also featured in the film are Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hiddleston, Ray Stevenson, Rene Russo, and Clark Gregg, who again appears as Agent Phil Coulson. Thor will hit theaters in 3D and 2D on May 6, 2011.

Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, Keitel might really happen

Back on September 17, we mentioned that Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro might be getting together with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci to make The Irishman, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt about mob hitman Frank Sheeran. This week the story picked up again with both De Niro and Scorsese openly talking about it. De Niro confirmed that Scorsese would direct himself, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in at least one film written by Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List), and he also revealed to MTV that there could be a second film written by Eric Roth (The Good Shepherd). Harvey Keitel, De Niro’s co-star in Mean Streets, could also join the cast, according to Showbiz 411.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides trailer

Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides. Geoffrey Rush and Keith Richards return as well, but Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom won’t be joining them. Instead, Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane join the search for the fountain of youth, and director Rob Marshall (Nine) steps in for Gore Verbinski. See the film in 3D theaters beginning May 20, 2011.

The first trailer of Terence Malick’s Tree of Life

Had a rough week? Sit back and watch the first trailer for Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, and if you don’t like the narration turn the sound off and just look at the images, because he can’t seem to produce anything that doesn’t at least look beautiful. The film is the story of Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), the eldest son of Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain (Jolene) who is “seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith." The film opens May 27, 2011.

The Coen Brothers write for Colin Firth

While True Grit might have been snubbed by the Golden Globes, the Coen Brothers can find solace in the possible production of another remake they wrote - Gambit. The 1966 original starred Michael Caine as master thief Harry Dean, who plots to steal a priceless statue from a billionaire with the help of a waitress (originally played by Shirley MacLaine) who looks very much like the billionaire’s late wife. Deadline reports that Colin Firth is in talks to star as Dean, and while this is good news, don’t get too excited; the Coens will not direct. Instead, Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) is slated to helm the action/comedy. No word yet on who could take on Shirley MacLaine’s role. Any suggestions?

Water for Elephants trailer

Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) directs this adaptation of the best-selling Sara Gruen novel about a veterinary student who joins a traveling circus and falls in love with the wife of the head animal trainer. Robert Pattinson plays the vet, Jacob Jankowski, while Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz play the Rosenbluth couple. Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) wrote the script. Water for Elephants will be in theaters April 15, 2011.

Take Me Home Tonight trailer

Directed by Michael Dowse (It’s All Gone Pete Tong) and starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury), Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), and Chris Pratt (NBC's Parks and Recreation), Take Me Home Tonight brings the eighties back all over again - even Suncoast Video - in the classic guy doesn’t know what he’s doing after high school but there’s a big party and a hot girl he’s always wanted to kiss kind of way. Check it out in theaters March 4, 2011.

Fast Five trailer

The fifth installment in the The Fast and the Furious series adds Dwayne The Rock Johnson to the mix but otherwise looks to be more of the same. This time Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and the rest of the crew are in Rio trying to pull off one last job. See it in theaters and IMAX April 29, 2011.

Sucker Punch featurette

Before Superman: Man of Steel took over his life, Zach Snyder was able to wrap Sucker Punch. What is it about? Well, I’m not completely sure, but I think a girl is trying to escape an asylum through the power of her imagination. Maybe the featurette below will explain it all.

Clooney joins Cuaron’s Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron’s troubled project, Gravity, should now be on solid ground thanks to Heat Vision’s report that George Clooney will now star opposite Sandra Bullock in the 3D sci-fi thriller. Cuaron has not directed a feature since 2006’s Children of Men, and Gravity was in question until Bullock signed on, then Robert Downey Jr., who had been attached to the project early on, dropped out, leaving Warner Bros. to scramble for a male lead. Now Clooney has come to the rescue and production should start after Bullock completes Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close with Tom Hanks, and Clooney finishes directing Ides of March, his Farragut North adaptation. In Gravity, the two will play survivors of a catastrophic disaster on a remote space station.

Limitless trailer

In Limitless, Bradley Cooper plays a writer who, after taking a miracle drug, is able to tap 100% of his brain’s power, thus changing his life, rapidly. Neil Burger (The Lucky Ones) directs from a script by Leslie Dixon (Pay It Forward), adapted from the novel of the same name by Alan Glynn. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish (Bright Star), and Anna Friel (Land of the Lost). Limitless will be in theaters March 18, 2011.

Rango trailer

Gore Verbinski isn’t working with Johnny Depp on the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but he did get him to voice the lead character of Rango in his animated feature debut. Rango is a chameleon who inadvertently finds himself playing the role of hero in a bandit-plagued western town. See it in theaters beginning March 4, 2011.

A Somewhat Gentle Man trailer

In this Norwegian comedy, Stellan Skarsgard stars as an ex-con who struggles to assimilate to life outside of prison. He has to deal with his gang, his ex-wife, his son, and losing his hair. Maybe prison isn’t so bad? A Somewhat Gentle Man will get a limited release beginning January 14, 2011.

Filmography 2010

To wrap up 2010 and remind you of the good and the bad in film, check out the below piece by Gen I. For a list of the film clips and music tracks used in the piece, go here.

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

  • Clash of the Titans 2 (aka Wrath of the Titans) will be released March 30, 2012.
  • The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson, will be released on March 23, 2011 before going wide on April 8.
  • Jon Favreau will not direct Iron Man 3 but will direct Magic Kingdom - Vulture
  • Kelly Macdonald will play Helena Ravenclaw in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Vanity Fair
  • Jessica Chastain (Jolene, Tree of Life) has joined Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in The Wettest County in the World - THR
  • Mila Kunis and Adam Scott will join Mark Wahlberg in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted. - Heat Vision
  • Eminem will star as a welterweight boxer in Southpaw by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter. - Deadline
  • Natalie Portman’s long delayed Love and Other Impossible Pursuits directed by Don Roos (Happy Endings) will finally be released in theaters February 4, 2011 under the name The Other Woman. - IFC
  • Sarah Jessica Parker and possibly Halle Berry and Zac Efron have joined the ridiculously large cast of Gary Marshall’s romantic comedy New Year’s Eve. - THR
  • James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) will return to the western with Gunslinger. - LA Times
  • Universal is planning to remake Firestarter, the 1984 horror film based on Stephen King’s novel. - Variety
  • Nicolas Winding Refn's (Bronson) Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and many more, will be released September 16, 2011.
  • Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black will now be released on December 25.
  • Would you watch a sequel to Bad Santa, Rounders, or Shakespeare in Love? The Weinstein Company and Miramax think you will. - Deadline
  • Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jones could re-team for the first time since 2002‘s Adaptation. - LA Times
  • Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) are in talks to star in Kin, the story of brother and sister fugitives (Bana and Wilde) and a ex-boxer (Hunnam), to be directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters). - Variety

Film Friday will be on hiatus until January 14, 2011. Happy holidays!

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  • conditionals  

    Chris Pratt and wife Anna Farris in something together at last? Awesome.

  • Will  

    Not too happy about the prospect of Medieval-esque / fantasy elements being brought into the Iron Man universe.

    Pirates 4 trailer was underwhelming.

    Limitless looks promising.

  • Ned B  

    damm, that filmography thing at the bottom is sheer awesome.

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