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

  • Publish Date: February 11, 2011
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The first X-Men: First Class trailer is here

Here’s a first look at X-Men: First Class, the reboot/prequel to the X-Men franchise directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass). Based on a story by Bryan Singer, who spoke to Hero Complex about the film this week, First Class looks at the early friendship between Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) before they became Professor X and Magneto and formed their warring factions of mutants (the X-Men and the Brotherhood). The cast includes Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, January Jones as Emma Frost, Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Nicholas Hoult as Beast and many others. X-Men: First Class hits screens June 3.

Superman female lead a villain?

Some interesting news has come to light about the report last week that Alice Eve, Rosamund Pike, and Diane Kruger (who took her name out of contention when speaking to ComingSoon this week) were all up for a lead role in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman: Man of Steel.  LatinoReview reports that the role they are vying for is that of Ursa, the villainess from Krypton who, along with General Zod and Non, battled Superman in 1980‘s Superman II after been sentenced to the Phantom Zone by Jor-El, Superman’s father, in Richard Donner’s original Superman. Of course, this raises the question about the return of General Zod also, but Snyder has denied earlier reports that Zod would be in the film.

The first Arthur trailer

Russell Brand takes over Dudley Moore’s titular role of Arthur in this remake of the 1981 comedy about a childish heir to a fortune who must choose to marry for the money or follow his heart. Helen Mirren plays his nanny; Jennifer Garner plays the heiress he must marry, and Greta Gerwig, almost completely absent from this trailer, plays the girl he thinks he might love. Nick Nolte also makes an appearance as Garner’s father, and Jason Winer (Modern Family) makes his feature directing debut. See it in theaters April 8.

From those who brought you Little Miss Sunshine ...

The Los Angeles Times reported this week that directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have finally picked their follow-up project to their 2006 hit Little Miss Sunshine. The new film, currently titled He Loves Me, comes from the pen of actress Zoe Kazan (It’s Complicated, The Exploding Girl) and tells the story of a successful young novelist who, in his struggles to overcome writer’s block, “is told to write the woman he thinks will love him [and] winds up willing her into existence. (Think Adaptation meets Weird Science)”. Paul Dano, the mostly silent Dwayne in Little Miss Sunshine, will co-star with Kazan, his real-life girlfriend.

Ceremony trailer

Written and directed by Max Winkler (son of Henry Winkler, aka The Fonz) and starring Michael Angarano (Gentlemen Broncos), Uma Thurman, and Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Ceremony tells the story of Sam who crashes the wedding of his older ex-girlfriend, Zoe, to try and win her back. Having received positive buzz at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010, the film finally will get a limited release April 8.

The Music Never Stopped trailer

Based on a case study, "The Last Hippie," by noted neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, The Music Never Stopped chronicles the recovery of a family by way of musical therapy. J.K. Simmons (Juno) and Cara Seymour (An Education) play the parents of Lou Taylor Pucci, who is suffering from brain trauma, while Julia Ormond plays his music therapist. The film played at Sundance this year and is Jim Kohlberg’s directing debut. See it in theaters March 18.

Hop trailer

Which do you prefer: Russell Brand as Arthur, or Russell Brand as the reluctant heir to the Easter Bunny who heads for Hollywood to pursue his dreams (playing drums in front of David Hasselhoff) instead of his father’s wishes (taking over the family business). Your kids might help make the decision for you, or you might really like Russell Brand and see both. Either way, the animated Hop, from the director of Alvin and the Chipmunks and the writers of Despicable Me, has a one-week head start on Arthur (it comes out April 1) and a revelation about where jelly beans come from.

How I met your superheroes ...

Following in the footsteps of her How I Met Your Mother castmates, Cobie Smulders will make the jump to the big screen. According to Deadline, Smulders will play SHIELD agent Maria Hill alongside Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in Marvel’s The Avengers. Director Joss Whedon had previously considered Smulders for Wonder Woman when that project was still alive. In The Avengers, she joins a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson). The Avengers is set for a May 4, 2012 release.

Trailer for buzz indie comedy Submarine surfaces

Based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne and adapted and directed by British comedian Richard Ayoade, Submarine is the story of Oliver Tate, who, at fifteen, wants to lose his virginity and keep his mother from leaving his father -- both difficult tasks. The quirky film stars Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), Paddy Considine (In America), Noah Taylor (Almost Famous), and newcomer Craig Roberts. Submarine won fans at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and, although it doesn’t currently have a release date in the U.S., The Weinstein Company did buy the rights, so look for it in the (hopefully) near future.

A second trailer for Disney's Prom

Prom looks to be exactly what you would expect, which might not be a bad thing for a certain audience. The latest trailer breaks down some of the couples getting ready for the big night. Let’s hope that director Joe Nussbaum, whose last feature, Sydney White, focused on a college freshman, has a little more success tackling high school. Check it out in theaters beginning April 29.

Logan’s Run remake is reborn

In somewhat of a surprise, the Logan’s Run remake has been brought back to life with two interesting names attached. Deadline reports that Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson, The Pusher trilogy) will direct Ryan Gosling in a remake of 1976 film. Refn and Gosling are familiar with each other, having just worked on Drive (coming out September 16) together as director and star. Logan’s Run is based on a 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton about a futuristic society where everyone has a mandated age of death (21 in the novel, 30 in the film). Logan is a Sandman, someone who tracks down runners (those trying to avoid their day of death), who finds himself running for his life when his day comes. Currently, there’s a script from Alex Garland, who adapted Never Let Me Go and whose own novel The Beach was made into a movie in 2000.

Trust trailer

No, this is not Hal Hartley’s classic indie, but an indie nonetheless. David Schwimmer, of Friends fame, directs Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Viola Davis, and Liana Liberato in this drama about a teenage girl who becomes the victim of an online predator. The film received mixed reviews after showing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, but it will get a limited theatrical release beginning April 1.

The first trailer for Madea’s Big Happy Family

Coming to theaters April 22 is the latest in Tyler Perry’s Madea series, Madea’s Big Happy Family. In this film, Madea comes to the aid of her niece, Shirley, who wants to gather her adult children together so she can share a secret with them. The films stars Lottery Ticket’s Loretta Devine and Bow Wow as well as “Old Spice Guy” or “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like," Isaiah Mustafa.

Oranges and Sunshine trailer

Not yet picked up for distribution in the U.S. but showing in the U.K. in April, Oranges and Sunshine tells the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who discovered that children had been illegally deported from Britain to Australia (and other countries) during the 1940s. The film stars Emily Watson as Humphreys, as well as Hugo Weaving and David Wenham (Australia). The film was directed by Jim Loach, son of director Ken Loach, from a screenplay by Rona Munro (Aimee & Jaguar).

We know there's a new Unknown clip

Here’s a clip from the upcoming Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) directed thriller Unknown, starring Liam Neeson as a man who wakes from a coma to find his identity stolen. Diane Kruger plays a woman who comes to his aid, and the film also stars January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, and Frank Langella. Unknown hits theaters next Friday.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter casting developments

Unfortunately, Joaquin Phoenix will not make his acting “return” in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The role of Henry Sturges, Abraham Lincoln’s vampire mentor, has been filled by Dominic Cooper (An Education), according to Variety. In addition, Deadline reports that Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) will play the role of Will, a fellow vampire hunter and Lincoln’s best friend. Many roles still remain to be cast, some based on history and some invented, but the film remains slated for a June 22, 2012 release date.

Jane Eyre clip

Here’s a clip from the upcoming film Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre). The film is based on Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel about the relationship between a governess and her wealthy employer and boasts a strong supporting cast that includes Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, and Imogen Poots. See the film in theaters beginning March 11.

Catch a few new clips from the upcoming sci-fi comedy Paul

Greg Mottola’s Paul, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as a pair of comic book fans who stumble upon an alien while traveling across the U.S., doesn’t hit theaters until March 18, but here are a couple new clips from the film, which also stars Kristen Wiig. Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, and Seth Rogen as the voice of Paul.

Watch those Super Bowl trailers again in the comfort of your own computer

If you were somehow not one of the 162.9 million people who watched the Super Bowl last Sunday, then you missed out on new looks at some of the biggest films coming out this summer. Here are the highlights:

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

  • Tom Cruise is in final negotiations to star as Jaxx in Adam Shankman’s (2007’s Hairspray) adaptation of the musical Rock of Ages. Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand are also up for big roles. - THR
  • In the battle of the Snow White pictures, The Brother’s Grimm: Snow White, directed by Tarsem and starring Julia Roberts, will get to the theaters June 29, 2012, six months before the scheduled release of the Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and possibly Kristen Stewart starring Snow White and the Huntsman on December 21, 2012.
  • The Debt, a film about three Mossad agents hunting down Nazis that stars Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, Cirian Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, and Jessica Chastain, will be released August 31.
  • The Beaver, Mel Gibson’s “comeback” film directed by Jodi Foster, will now be released on May 6 instead of March 23.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson might be getting the funding he needs to make his untitled Scientology drama as well as his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. - Vulture
  • Shawn Levy (Date Night, the upcoming Real Steel) has signed on to direct the 3D Fantastic Voyage remake to be produced by James Cameron. - Deadline
  • Wayne Wang, director of films as different as The Joy Luck Club, Smoke, Maid In Manhattan, and The Center of the World, will next direct Einstein, a biopic written by Ron Bass (Amelia, Rain Man). - Deadline
  • Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman have joined Mia Wasikowska, Shia LaBeouf, and Tom Hardy in John Hillcoat’s Wettest County in the World. - THR
  • The Smiths (Will and Jada Pinkett) want Ryan Murphy (Glee) to director their daughter Willow in the upcoming Annie remake. - Deadline
  • Could Shane Black (Die Hard, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) take over the Iron Man franchise? - Heat Vision
  • Antoine Fuqua’s (Brooklyn’s Finest) take on the life of Tupac Shakur will be shooting this summer. Start your casting rumors now. - Deadline
  • Sylvester Stallone will star as a hitman in Headshot. - THR
  • Rosamund Pike will play Andromeda in Clash of the Titans 2: Wrath of the Titans. - Deadline. Also, the film will now be released on March 23, 2012 instead of March 30. (We know that throws off your entire 2012 calendar.)
  • Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy will star in Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer. - Heat Vision
  • Jennifer Lawrence could join Oliver Stone’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel Savages, a crime thriller about a pair of marijuana growers threatened by a Mexican drug cartel. - Deadline
  • Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) is in talks to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Vulture
  • Would you like to see a Red Sonja remake with Amber Heard and directed by Simon West (The Mechanic)? - Empire

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Comments (3)

  • Rienye Nyika  

    I can't see Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill in The Avengers. She isn't hard enough...maybe Rosario Dawson would be a better fit, and look!

  • Mitch Tough  

    Trust looks really good. And I can't believe they let Max Winkler direct a movie ("Ceremony".

  • Mitch Tough  

    The new "Arthur" looks like total garbage. My prediction - 25 Metascore.

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