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

  • Publish Date: June 10, 2011
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Preview The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

It's what we've all -- okay, some -- have been waiting for: Edward and Bella's wedding. The Twilight Saga is back with part one of Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer's ridiculously successful final book in the series. The cast is back with a few new additions including Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) and Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) as Denali Coven members Irina and Garrett. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) takes over directing duties from David Slade. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 comes to theaters November 18.

Leo Unchained?

The latest rumors circling around Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained involve Leonardo DiCaprio. Last week the rumor began, but this week Deadline has them at the table and ready to make a deal. DiCaprio would play lead villain Calvin Candie, whose Candyland plantation forces male slaves to fight each other death-match style and exploits female slaves as sex objects. The casting of Django is still up in the air. Will Smith has been pursued but doesn't look likely to take the role. Others mentioned for the role include Idris Elba (who is also a person of interest for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim), Jamie Foxx, and Chris Tucker. Tucker might seem like an odd choice considering his comedic turns in the Rush Hour movies and his recent avoidance of acting, but he did have a role in Tarantino's Jackie Brown. So, are you ready for DiCaprio to play a villain?

The U.S. trailer for buddy-cop comedy The Guard

In this mismatched buddy cop movie, Don Cheadle plays an FBI agent who teams up with a small-town Irish policeman played by Brendan Gleeson to investigate a drug smuggling ring. Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans) and Mark Strong (Robin Hood) play supporting roles, and John Michael McDonagh, who wrote the script for the Australian period crime drama Ned Kelly, writes and directs here. The Guard will get a limited release in the U.S. beginning July 29.

The first trailer for The Vow

The Vow has a target audience, and that target audience likes sappy, romantic films about couples who are split apart by strange circumstances only to come back together (hopefully) at the end. In this story, Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum play the happy newlywed couple whose love is tested when McAdams has a severe case of amnesia after a car accident that leaves her with no memory of her loving partner (Tatum). Scott Speedman plays McAdam's former fiance, who tries to take advantage of her amnesia and win her back. What a nice guy. McAdams and Tatum have worked this genre before in their own Nicholas Sparks based films, The Notebook and Dear John respectively, but director Michael Sucsy's only previous feature experience was HBO's Grey Gardens. Make it part of your plans before or on Valentines day; the film comes to theaters February 10, 2012.

A look at Errol Morris's next doc, Tabloid

Errol Morris has directed a number of amazing documentaries, including Gates of Heaven, Vernon, Florida, The Thin Blue Line, and The Fog of War. His latest, Tabloid, looks at the story of Joyce McKinney, who became a tabloid sensation in 1977 after being accused of kidnapping and raping Kirk Anderson, a Mormon missionary. In typical Morris fashion, he looks at all sides of a very strange story. Tabloid will get a limited release beginning July 15.

The latest on Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

This week, Harvey Keitel and Bob Balaban joined the already impressive cast of Wes Anderson's next film, Moonrise Kingdom. The Film Stage confirmed the Keitel news, though his role is still unknown, while The Playlist confirmed the news about Balaban. Set in the 1960‘s, the film centers on two young lovers who run away, causing a small New England town to mobilize various search parties. Bruce Willis plays the town sheriff, and Bill Murray and Francis McDormand portray the young girl's parents. The film also stars Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman. Here are the first photos from what looks to be a boy scout camp, with Norton in full uniform.

Lucky trailer

Colin Hanks stars as a lottery winner and serial killer in this dark comedy from director Gil Cates Jr. (Deal). After winning the lottery, he marries the gold-digging “girl of his dreams” played by Ari Graynor (Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist), but what happens when she discovers he enjoys killing girls that happen to look like her? The strong supporting cast includes Jeffrey Tambor, Mimi Rogers, and Ann-Margaret. Check out Lucky in limited release beginning July 15.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 featurette

From the first screen test of the three principal actors (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) to new footage from the final film, this featurette will fill the nostalgic void until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes to theaters July 15. David Yates will direct the finale, as he has the last three films, but Part 2 will be the first released in 3D.

Zemeckis and Washington take Flight

24 Frames reports that Robert Zemeckis will finally start shooting actors in something other than a performance capture suit. His return to live-action filmmaking will be the drama Flight, about “a pilot who rescues his passengers from a dangerous situation but who turns out not to be as heroic as he appears -- he's an addict whose negligence was partly responsible for the danger in the first place.” Denzel Washington will play the pilot. Zemeckis' last live action film was 2000's Cast Away with Tom Hanks. It definitely won't hurt to follow that up with a picture starring Washington, Hanks' cast-mate in Philadelphia and a fellow Academy Award winner for best actor.

Three new clips from Green Lantern

Green Lantern hits theaters next Friday, so to entice viewers into the cinema, multiple clips were released on the internet this week. Starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), Green Lantern tells the story of Hal Jordan, the first human selected to join the Green Lantern Corps. Check out the evolution of Hal's skills in the clips below.

Cars 2 clips

Cars 2 might be the least anticipated film to come out of Pixar Studios, but that only means that Disney's going to sell it even harder. Sneak peeks have been plentiful throughout the marketing campaign, and this week is no different. Below are the first extended looks at John Turturro as the open-wheel racer Francesco Bernoulli and Michael Caine as the fully-loaded spy car Finn McMissile. Cars 2 comes to 2D and 3D theaters June 24.

The U.K. trailer for The Help

The Help will be the antidote to the summer blockbusters for many filmgoers. It's based on a best-selling novel. It's a period drama set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. It tackles a big issue -- racial integration in the South -- within a small community, and it has a strong female cast including Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, and Sissy Spacek. Tate Taylor (Pretty Ugly People) adapts and directs his friend Kathryn Stockett's novel. Here's the latest look at The Help, coming to theaters in the U.S. on August 12.

Anna Karenina casting update

Leo Tolstoy's classic novel Anna Karenina has already inspired at least four major feature film productions and multiple miniseries, but Joe Wright (Hanna) is set on making it his next film. Keira Knightley, who starred in Wright's Pride and Prejudice, has already been cast in the title role. Jude Law will play her husband, and Aaron Johnson will play her lover. According to the Daily Mail, Matthew Macfayden (Mr. Darcy in Wright's Pride and Prejudice) and Kelly Macdonald (currently on Boardwalk Empire) will play Knightley's brother and sister-in-law. Also joining the cast are two stars of Hanna, Olivia Williams and Saoirse Ronan. Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) will provide the script.

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

  • Jason Bateman is in talks to star with Vince Vaughn in the comedy Insane Laws to be directed by The Break-Up writer Jeremy Garelick. - Deadline
  • The Human Centipede II has been banned in the U.K. and director Tom Six isn't happy. - Empire Online
  • Dwayne Johnson is in talks to join G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes. - Deadline
  • Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids), Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and Charlyne Yi are in talks to join Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in director Judd Apatow's Knocked Up spin-off. Li will reprise her giggling stoner role from Knocked Up. - Variety
  • Alison Brie (Community) and Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) will headline indie comedy Save the Date, with Martin Starr (Party Down), Mark Weber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Geoffrey Arend ((500) Days of Summer) in support. - Variety
  • Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, will hit theaters December 21, 2012.
  • Ides of March, George Clooney's adaptation of the play Farragut North, will now be released on October 7, 2011.
  • Rian Johnson's Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, will hit theaters September 28, 2012.
  • Lockout, a sci-fi action pic with Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace and Peter Stormare, will now be released April 13, 2012.
  • Playing the Field, the romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler as a retired soccer star who's pursued by suburban soccer moms played by Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer, will come to theaters March 9, 2012.
  • Killer Elite, an action-thriller starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro, will be released September 23, 2011.
  • Roland Emmerich's controversy-baiting Shakespeare film, Anonymous, will now be released October 28, 2011. In other awesome Roland Emmerich news, he has been offered the director's chair for the movie adaptation of the classic video game Asteroids. - Vulture
  • Are you ready for a Big Man Japan remake? - Variety
  • How about a sequel to Angelina Jolie's spy-thriller Salt? - Deadline
  • Al Pacino is in talks to star as an aging rock star who's re-inspired after finding a letter from John Lennon in screenwriter Dan Fogelman's directorial debut Imagine. - 24 Frames
  • Jesse Eisenberg is in talks to star in Louis Leterrier's (Clash of the Titans) magician heist movie, Now You See Me. - Variety
  • Ed Zwick will direct American Assassin based on the Vince Flynn book series about C.I.A. terrorist hunter Mitch Rapp. - Deadline
  • Olivia Munn will play the female lead opposite Paul Schneider in the Broken Lizard comedy, The Babymakers - Variety
  • Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) will direct Eminem in boxing drama Southpaw. - 24 Frames
  • Reese Witherspoon will play a woman who tags along on a bachelor party weekend in Who Invited Her. - Variety
  • Tucker & Dale Versus Evil, the horror comedy staring Alan Tudyk (Serenity), Tyler Labine (Reaper) and Katrina Bowden (30 Rock) will get a limited release beginning September 30.
  • Demian Bichir (Che, Weeds) will play a two-timing drug cartel attorney in Oliver Stone's adaptation of the Don Winslow novel, Savages. The cast already includes Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Benicio Del Toro. - Variety

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  • conditionals  

    Wow, I'm a fan of CHanx, but the trailer for 'Lucky' has to be one of the most ridiculus, non-sensical ever.

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