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

  • Publish Date: February 25, 2011
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A quick first look at The Hangover Part II

Don’t get too excited. There’s not much to this teaser, but it does build anticipation for the upcoming sequel to the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover 73. The clip does include some clues as to how their evening went: Ed Helms sports a Tyson-like facial tattoo, Zach Galifianakis has a shaved head, and a monkey has joined “The Wolfpack.” The rest of the cast, though not present in the teaser, includes Justin Bartha (lost again?), Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow, Mike Tyson as himself (again), and Liam Neeson, who took over for an ousted Mel Gibson. This time, the action centers around Stu’s wedding. See what happens beginning May 26.

A red band trailer for Hall Pass ...

To help you make your weekend movie-going decision, we present you with the red band trailer for Hall Pass, in theaters today (currently with a Metascore of 48). The Farrelly brothers comedy stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as two very horny and very married guys whose wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) bless them with a week off from marriage. How will they enjoy single life? Who knows, but at least they get to hang out with Richard Jenkins.

... and another for Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz stars in this comedy about a teacher who cares more about money, booze and drugs than her students, so when she loses her sugar daddy, she sets her sights on a substitute teacher played by Justin Timberlake. The cast also includes Jason Segel as a bumbling gym teacher, Lucy Punch as a rival teacher, the always funny John Michael Higgins as the principal, and Phyllis Smith (The Office) as Diaz’s sounding board. Jake Kasdan (Zero Effect, The TV Set, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) directs from a script by Year One writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Bad Teacher hits theaters June 24.

Steve Carell will be busy

It doesn’t look like Steve Carell will be in need of work once he ends his run as Michael Scott on the U.S. version of The Office. Carell’s next appearance on the big screen will be in Crazy, Stupid Love with Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Bacon, and Marisa Tomei. Carell will play a recently divorced man set adrift on the singles scene until Gosling makes him his wingman and protege. After that film comes out on July 29, Carell has three projects lined up. According to Deadline, he will begin shooting Great Hope Springs in August with Meryl Streep. In that film, he will play a marriage therapist helping Streep and her husband re-ignite their 31 year relationship. He will follow that with Burt Wonderstone, a story of warring Las Vegas magicians, which this week signed Charles McDougall, a TV veteran, to direct. THR also reported that Carell has signed on to produce and star in Dogs of Babel, based on the bestselling novel by Carolyn Parkhurst. The film will be adapted by Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall) and tells the story of a linguistics professor who attempts to teach his dog to talk because the dog is the only witness to his wife’s death. So which project sounds the most interesting?

The latest (red band) trailer for Paul

Greg Mottola (Adventureland, Superbad) directs this comedy written by stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who play sci-fi geeks traveling across the U.S. in an RV. Somewhere around Area 51 they come across an alien named Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen, and decide to help him get home. The film also features Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, and Bill Hader. Paul comes to theaters March 18.

Secretive sci-fi project Apollo 18 gets a trailer

This sci-fi horror film purports to be made up of “found footage” from the Apollo 18 mission, which many conspiracy theorists believe NASA launched covertly in 1973 (the last official mission to the moon being Apollo 17 in 1972). Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, a little known Spanish director, is at the helm of this low-budget, hush-hush (actors names are not being released) Dimension Films production. It looks cheap, but maybe it will make up for what it lacks in budget with some good scares. See it in theaters April 22.

An action-packed Sucker Punch trailer

The third trailer for Sucker Punch features a ton of action set to “Panic Switch” by Silversun Pickups, and that’s about it. It shows off the highly stylized images that Zack Snyder is known for, and focuses mainly on the heroine of the story, Baby Doll, played by Emily Browning. The film, which also features Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Scott Glenn, and Jon Hamm, comes out March 25.

Bourne's colleague's identity? Let the casting begin ...

According to Variety and Deadline, every young male actor (even Tobey Maguire) is up for the protagonist role in The Bourne Legacy, Tony Gilroy’s new Jason Bourne-less (and thus Matt Damon-less) installment in the Bourne franchise. The names mentioned include (in no particular order) Jake Gyllenhaal, Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano (really?), Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood), Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Michael Fassbender (too busy, too old), and Benjamin Walker (recently cast in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Is there a winner in the group? What do you think?

A new trailer and clip for Duncan Jones' Source Code

Debuting online this week were a new trailer and a clip from Source Code, the upcoming film from Moon director Duncan Jones. Each does a solid job of laying out the ground rules for the sci-fi film, in which Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a soldier who goes back in time to stop a bomb from exploding. Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright are featured as well. Source Code premieres at the SXSW Film Festival on March 11 and hits theaters May 6.

A few more looks at Battle: Los Angeles

With its release date just two weeks away, the publicity machine for Battle: Los Angeles has gone into overdrive. This week, two clips and a behind the scenes featurette with testimonials from the cast and crew hit the internet. While the film’s director, Jonathan Liebesman, gets ready to start shooting Wrath of the Titans (which will be converted to 3D like the Clash of the Titans remake), you can get psyched up to see Battle: Los Angeles in 2D in theaters beginning March 11.

New comedy Playing the Field cast

If you look at their recent Metascores, Uma Thurman, Gerard Butler, and Jessica Biel are three actors who could use a solid critical response to one of their films. Maybe that film will be Playing the Field. Variety reports that they have all signed on to star in this comedy about a former soccer pro (Butler) who decides to coach his son’s youth soccer team, only to find himself entangled with the team’s soccer moms. Uma Thurman will play one of those soccer moms, and Jessica Biel will play Butler’s ex-wife. Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds, The Pursuit of Happyness) will direct from a script by Robbie Fox (So I Married an Axe Murderer).

Jumping the Broom trailer

The film-going public doesn’t really need another romantic comedy based around a wedding, but maybe Jumping the Broom will break the mold (or not). The film stars Paula Patton (Precious) and Laz Alonso (Just Wright) as a couple whose marriage is threatened by their warring families. The two clashing mothers are played by Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine, and Mike Epps and Tasha Smith (Couples Retreat) show up for comic relief. The is director Salim Akil’s first feature after years directing TV. Check it out in theaters May 6.

A Better Life trailer

Director Chris Weitz has recently been living in the world of the the blockbuster film, having directed The Golden Compass and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but with A Better Life, he puts the special effects away to focus on the story of an illegal immigrant gardener in L.A. who struggles to make a better life for his son. The film stars Demian Bichir (Esteban in the last two seasons of Weeds, Castro in Che) as the gardener, while newcomer José Julian plays his son. A Better Life will be theaters June 24.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules trailer

After the commercial success of the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie ($75 million worldwide from a budget of $15 million), a sequel is to be expected, and that is what we get. Based on Jeff Kinney’s novel of the same name, the new film follows Greg as he enters the seventh grade and is continually tormented by his older brother, Rodrick. The original cast -- including Steve Zahn, Rachel Harris, Zachary Gordon, and Devon Bostick -- returns, as do screenwriters Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, but director David Bowers (Astor Boy) takes over from the first film's Thor Freudenthal. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules hits theaters March 25.

A trailer for French comedy Potiche

Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu star in this French comedy about a trophy wife (or “potiche”) who takes over her husband’s company after he falls ill. Fabrice Luchini (Intimate Strangers) plays Deneuve’s husband, and François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) directs. The film will get a limited release in the U.S. beginning March 25.

Little White Lies trailer

Surprisingly, Guillaume Canet’s directorial follow-up to Tell No One still does not have a U.S. release date, but Little White Lies will hit theaters in the U.K. in April thanks to Lionsgate. Until then, here is the first international trailer for the film, which broke box office records in its native France. The story centers around a group of friends who get together each year, even in the wake of a recent tragedy to one of the members of the group. The film stars Francois Cluzet (Tell No One) and Marion Cotillard. Maybe her name will get Little White Lies into American theaters later this year.

An image from Terrence Malick’s next film

With The Tree of Life coming out May 27, many people thought we wouldn’t hear from Terrence Malick for another four or five years, but this week, THR published an image from Malick’s next project, a film that some are referring to as The Burial while others are labeling “untitled romance.” Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem all have parts in the film that was at least partially shot in Oklahoma last September. Some details on the plot of the film were leaked in early December, but it is unknown when the film will be released.

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

  • Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret will be released on November 23 instead of December 9.
  • Horrible Bosses, starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as three friends who devise a plan to rid themselves of their bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston), will be released July 8.
  • Are you ready for a remake of The Bodyguard? - THR
  • How about a Police Academy remake? - 24 Frames
  • Kevin Costner might play Jonathan ‘Pa’ Kent in Zack Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel. -
  • Idris Elba (aka The Wire's Stringer Bell), Sean Harris (Harry Brown), and Kate Dickie (Red Road) have all joined Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. - The Daily Mail via The Playlist
  • Mila Kunis and Giovanni Ribisi will star alongside Mark Wahlberg and a talking teddy bear in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted. - Variety
  • In what seems a perfect bit of casting, Peter Stormare (Fargo, and many, many other films) will play an evil town sheriff in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the titular roles. - Deadline
  • Baz Luhrmann’s 3D Great Gatsby adaptation will shoot in Sydney, Australia beginning in August. - THR
  • Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld is attached to star in Forgotten, the story of “London Lane, a 16-year old whose memory is erased at 4:33 every night. The following morning, all she can remember are events from her future. After meeting a new boy at school, London becomes frustrated that she can't seem to find him in her memory of things to come.” - Deadline
  • Louis Leterrier, director of the Clash of the Titans remake, will direct G, a sci-fi disaster movie about a father searching for his daughter as the Earth begins to lose its gravity. - Heat Vision
  • Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects) is in talks to adapt the classic animated sci-fi series Star Blazers (already an adaptation of the Japanese series Space Battleship Yamato) into a live-action feature. A Japanese live-action version was released last year. - Deadline
  • Ewan McGregor has joined Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy in Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer. - Heat Vision
  • Paul Greengrass has gotten the green light for his Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. film, Memphis. - Deadline
  • The Saturn Award nominations for science fiction, fantasy, and horror films were announced this week. Inception leads the pack with nine nominations. - Collider

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Comments (2)

  • Mike McCracken  

    I really hope that LionsGate or someone else brings "Little White Lies" to the U.S. Loved "Tell No One", and not only is the lead from that movie in this one, but the guy who played the gangster has a major role in this new film - which is great. This is the second movie of the week that I really want to see and yet it's not scheduled to be released in the U.S. What gives? Bring it out here!

  • Mitch Tough  

    Show me Hangover II NOW!

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