A second look at Thor
The latest trailer for Thor spends a little more time on Earth, highlighting Thor’s interaction with humans. That means more Natalie Portman (she’s an Oscar nominee after all) and more Kat Dennings, which looks to be a good thing, but if all you want is action, there’s plenty of that too. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Tom Hiddleston as the evil Loki, Thor hits theaters in 3D on May 6.
Something Borrowed trailer
Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin star in this romantic comedy about two friends (Darcy and Rachel, respectively) whose relationship is challenged when Rachel sleeps with Darcy’s fiance, a man Rachel has always loved. The fiance is played by Colin Egglesfield, and John Krasinski (The Office) plays Rachel’s friend, Ethan. Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door) directs from a script by Jennie Snyder based on the best-selling novel by Emily Giffin. Something Borrowed comes to theaters May 6.
Scorsese’s future plans
Even though the director is still immersed in his first 3D film, Hugo Cabret, speculation over Martin Scorsese's next project picked up this week with the announcement on Vulture that he would reunite with Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street, an adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his days as a multi-addiction brokerage house operator who’s ultimately convicted of securities fraud. And while this project does exist and has new life thanks to the pairing, there’s also the much talked about The Irishman with De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, and Keitel. So what comes next? Well, neither of those films. The Playlist confirms that Scorsese will next tackle Shusaku Endo’s well regarded novel Silence, about a pair of Portuguese Jesuit priests who go to 17th century Japan to aid their mentor and other persecuted Christians. Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal are set to star in that film.
Cannes favorite Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives gets a new trailer
The 2010 Palme d’Or winner from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is as difficult to explain as it is to correctly pronounce the director’s name. Luckily, many address him as “Joe,” so in honor of that shorthand, we can say that the story revolves around a dying man and his loved ones who surround him; some are humans, some are ghosts, and some are strange creatures. Strand Releasing will give the film a limited U.S. release beginning March 2.
Catch a clip from Joe Wright's Hanna
Here’s a clip from the upcoming thriller Hanna, the latest film from director Joe Wright (The Soloist, Atonement) that tells the story of a young girl trained by her father to become a deadly assassin. Saoirse Ronan plays the young girl, Eric Bana, her father, and Cate Blanchett, the target. The clip provides a good look at Wright’s stylistic departure from his previous films and emphasizes the score by The Chemical Brothers. See Hanna in theaters beginning April 8.
Shane Black on track to direct Iron Man 3
According to Deadline, Shane Black, writer of Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and, most recently, writer/director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is in final talks to direct Iron Man 3. If everything works out, Black will take over the franchise from Jon Favreau, who left to work on Disney’s Magic Kingdom, a film about what happens when the attractions at a theme park come to life. Black already has a relationship with star Robert Downey Jr., having cast him in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang when many weren’t taking a chance on him. It is unknown if Black will re-write the script, but he’s been polishing other scripts for years, and he’ll have plenty of time to work on it; Iron Man 3 isn’t due into theaters until May 3, 2013.
A new Last Night trailer
Sam Worthington, Keira Knightly, Eva Mendes, and Guillaume Canet star in this drama about a married couple who, while apart, are each tempted to cheat on the other. This latest trailer focuses more on Knightly’s character and her evening with an ex-flame. The film is the feature directing debut of Massy Tadjedin, and it comes to theaters this spring from Miramax.
Murakami’s Norwegian Wood headed to the big screen
Based on Haruki Murakami’s best-selling novel, directed by Anh Hung Tran (Vertical Ray of the Sun, Cyclo), and boasting a score by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Norwegian Wood would seem like a slam dunk success, but the film has not created the buzz many expected. Kenichi Matsuyama stars as protagonist Toru Watanabe, and Rinko Kikuchi (The Brothers Bloom, Babel) plays Naoko, the damaged love of his best friend. A release date has not yet been set for the U.S., but the film will be in U.K. cinemas March 11.
Three new clips from The Adjustment Bureau
With a Twitter endorsement from Lost’s Damien Lindelof - “THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU is not at all the movie you think it is... and that's exactly what makes it so damned spectacular,” - and the announcement that Michel Gondry will adapt another Philip K. Dick story ("Ubik") for the screen, things are looking up for the George Nolfi-directed, Matt Damon-starring The Adjustment Bureau. Check out the three clips below to further pique your interest, and see it in theaters March 4.
Cogan’s Trade cast
Based on the George V. Higgins crime novel of the same name, Cogan’s Trade is shaping up to be one of 2012’s more interesting releases. The story follows a mob enforcer (Jackie Cogan) who is called into action after a high stakes poker game is robbed at gunpoint, but don’t expect an action film. Higgins, who also authored the novel on which the classic The Friends of Eddie Coyle was based, is known for clever dialogue, colorful characters, and the ability to build tension, which may explain why so many actors are jumping on this project. Brad Pitt will star as Cogan with a supporting cast that includes Javier Bardem, Sam Rockwell, Casey Affleck, James Gandolfini, and Richard Jenkins, and this week THR’s Risky Business and Variety report that three more names have been added to the cast: Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), and Scoot McNairy (Monsters). Pitt, Affleck, and Rockwell worked on director Andrew Dominik’s last film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but expect a grittier tone more akin to his first feature, Chopper, for Cogan’s Trade.
No joke: it's a Girl Walks Into a Bar trailer
Two weeks ago, we showed you a trailer for Sebastian Gutierrez’s Elektra Luxx, and this week he’s at it again with a huge cast, skimpy outfits, nude ping pong, and Carla Gugino. But what makes this film worth mentioning is that it will premiere on YouTube (for free, but sponsored by Lexus) on March 11, the same day it shows at the SXSW Film Festival. So what is it about? Ten stories take place over one night in ten different LA bars. According to indieWIRE, the film was shot on a Canon 7D over 11 days. So hit YouTube on March 11 if the cast (Zachary Quinto, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, etc) and the trailer below intrigue you.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil trailer
The sequel to 2005’s Hoodwinked! comes with a plethora of voice talent, but not Anne Hathaway, who voiced Red Riding Hood in the original. Hayden Panettiere takes over that role, while Bill Hader and Amy Poehler voice Hansel and Gretel, the characters Red Riding Hood and her friends must rescue. Patrick Warburton returns as the voice of The Big Bad Wolf, along with Glenn Close as Granny. The long delayed film will finally be in theaters April 29.
More H&G news: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ready to go
Looks like that whole gingerbread house thing really inflicted some emotional scars on Hansel and Gretel, because they’re grown up and their chosen profession is hunting witches. Jeremy Renner will play Hansel, Gemma Arterton will play Gretel, and Famke Janssen will play the leader of the witches. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters will be directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, 61), shot in 3D, and, according to THR, released on March 2, 2012.
Atlas Shrugged Part 1 trailer
Why has Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged never been adapted for the big screen? Maybe because it’s roughly 1,300 pages, but the better explanation might be in the trailer below; the book doesn’t translate to the screen, at least not in this version by director and star (he plays John Galt) Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill). Taylor Schilling (Mercy) plays Dagny Taggart, while Grant Bowler (Lost) is Henry Rearden. The plan is to make three films total. If part one falls flat, will they even bother with the last two? Probably. Atlas Shrugged makes its way into theaters April 15. That’s right, Tax Day, those funny Objectivists.
The second trailer for Mars Needs Moms
Based on Berkeley Breathed’s children’s book of the same name, Mars Needs Moms tells the story of a boy who tries to bring his mom back to Earth after Martians abduct her. The animated film from Robert Zemeckis’ recently closed ImageMovers Studios features the voice talent of Seth Green, Joan Cusack, and Dan Fogler, and is directed by Simon Wells (2002‘s The Time Machine). See it in 3D theaters beginning March 11.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt cancer comedy gets a release date and a new name
According to Variety, Summit Entertainment will release the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Seth Rogen comedy 50/50 on September 30. In the film, previously titled Live With It and I’m with Cancer, Gordon-Levitt plays a young man who decides to fight his cancer with humor -- think comedy mixed with drama like Funny People (with fewer dick jokes), Terms of Endearment (with less crying), and maybe even TV’s The Big C (but the kid has cancer, not the mom). Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) directs from a script by cancer survivor Will Reiser. The film also stars Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Philip Baker Hall, and Angelica Huston.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- The Marc Webb-directed and Andrew Garfield-starring Spider-Man reboot has an official title, The Amazing Spider-Man, and a new website with, well, a cool picture and that’s about it.
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) will play Mary Todd, Lincoln’s wife, in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. - Heat Vision
- Commercial director Noam Murro will direct the currently untitled Die Hard 5. - THR
- The upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel has officially been titled Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. - E Online
- Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to join Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. - Heat Vision
- Even though production has been delayed multiple times, Men in Black III will hit its release date of May 25, 2012 and Alice Eve will be in it, as the young version of Emma Thompson’s character. - Deadline
- Mila Kunis and James Franco might be joining Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful. - Vulture
- Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, The Box) will write and direct Corpus Christi about an Iraq war veteran who forms a strange friendship with a wealthy owner of a supermarket chain, and Kelly informed everyone on twitter that “...it is NOT a horror film:)”. - Variety
- Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) will return to feature directing with The Knife, the story of an LA gang member who becomes an informant for the FBI. - Deadline
- Director Philip Noyce will continue working in the spy/thriller genre with Hunter Killer, “the story of an untested American submarine captain who teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rouge general”. - THR
- Al Pacino will play Henri Matisse in Water director Deepa Mehta’s Masterpiece. - Variety
- Ice Cube has joined Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the film adaptation of the TV series 21 Jump Street - Deadline