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

  • Publish Date: June 3, 2011
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The first look at Fincher's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The phenomenon of last weekend was the “leaked” international red-band trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It was known that the trailer was playing in Europe and that a U.S. teaser was expected this week, so if you didn’t get to see it, unfortunately you’ll have to hunt for it because the initial “bootleg” version has been taken down. The next best thing, the official teaser, is really not much different, save for a little blood and a slight bit of nudity. It has the same "Immigrant Song" cover/remix by Karen O and Trent Reznor and the same clever tagline: “The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas.” In this version of Stieg Larsson’s best-seller, Rooney Mara plays Lisbeth Salander, and Daniel Craig plays Mikael Blomkvist. The cast also includes Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, and Robin Wright, and if you need another tease, check out the official poster. In other Fincher news, Vulture reported this week that he optioned Jason Starr’s 2009 crime novel Panic Attack about “a New York shrink who shoots and kills a home intruder, then faces a media frenzy and the victim's vengeful accomplice.” The film will be set up at Fincher’s Panic Pictures (yes, he directed a film titled Panic Room), and Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven, Terriers) has been selected to write the screenplay.

The first trailer for cancer comedy 50/50

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Angelica Huston star in this comedy/drama from director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) based on the real-life experiences of Rogen’s friend and screenwriter Will Reiser. The film follows Adam (Gordon-Levitt) as he discovers and deals with spinal cancer, and the reaction his friend (Rogen), girlfriend (Howard), and mother (Huston) have to the news. 50/50 will be in theaters beginning September 30.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark trailer

While struggling to settle on his next directing project (which now looks to be Pacific Rim), Guillermo del Toro has been quietly mentoring and producing other people’s work. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is one of those projects. Adapted by del Toro and Matthew Robbins (Mimic) from the 1973 TV movie of the same name, the film follows a young girl (Bailee Madison) who is sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes), and discovers the house isn’t very welcoming. Troy Nixey makes his feature directorial debut. Check it out in theaters August 26.

An update on P.T. Anderson’s next film

Paul Thomas Anderson has quickly added to the cast of his upcoming untitled film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Laura Dern. Deadline reported this week that Amy Adams will play the wife of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s lead character, who invents a new belief system reminiscent of Scientology. Completing the cozy family will be Friday Night Lights star Jesse Plemons, who will play their son, according to Variety. In addition, David Warshofsky, who played H.M. Tilford in There Will Be Blood, will play a detective. And finally, The Playlist broke the news that Lena Endre (Erika Berger in the Swedish film version on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will also join the film in an unspecified role. So what do you think so far? That’s a pretty solid red-headed family of actors.

The return of Rise of the Planet of the Apes

This latest trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes provides more of the backstory for this prequel to the Planet of the Apes franchise, especially James Franco’s relationship with Caesar, the chimp played by Andy Serkis in full King Kong/Gollum mode. The film looks at how experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease lead to a war between chimps and humans. Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) directs a cast that includes Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, and John Lithgow. Look for Rise of the Planet of the Apes in theaters beginning August 5.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World trailer

Jessica Alba plays original spy-dad Antonio Banderas’ younger sister in this reboot of Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids franchise. With original Spy Kids Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara not exactly kids anymore, Rodriguez has focused on a new set of kids by making Alba a stepmom (and super-spy) to Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook) and wife to Wilbur Wilson (Community’s Joel McHale). Jeremy Piven plays the villain this time, and Ricky Gervais voices a robotic dog. Check out Spy Kids: All the Time in the World with the kids, or without, beginning August 19 in 3D and 4D (at least that’s what the trailer’s selling).

The Hobbit, now with two names

After a small fire, things seem to be settling down in the Shire. Peter Jackson officially announced that Orlando Bloom will be returning as Legolas in The Hobbit, and Warner Bros/New Line/MGM announced the release dates and names of the two films which will comprise the prequel to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The first film, coming out on December 14, 2012, will be titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The second film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will be released December 13, 2013. Both films will be directed by Peter Jackson using the latest 3D cameras, so begin to get excited.

A clip from the upcoming Fright Night remake

Colin Farrell stars as Anton Yelchin’s creepy (okay, he’s more than that) neighbor in this clip from the upcoming remake of Fright Night. Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) is at the helm of this adaptation by Marti Noxon (I Am Number Four), and filling the shoes of some iconic roles are David Tennant as Peter Vincent, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as “Evil” Ed, and Imogen Poots as girlfriend Amy Peterson. Fright Night hits theaters in 2D and 3D on August 19.

Bad Teacher clip

Cameron Diaz stars as the titular character in this comedy from director Jake Kasdan (The TV Set, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story). In the film, Diaz has her mind set on Justin Timberlake’s substitute teacher becoming her new sugar daddy which forces her into doing many things she would prefer not to do, including teaching. Supporting players include Jason Segel, Lucy Punch, and in this clip, Phyllis Smith from The Office. Bad Teacher opens June 24.

Noah Baumbach and Jesse Eisenberg, together again?

Sure, Baumbach introduced filmgoers to the future Mark Zuckerberg with his 2005 film The Squid and the Whale, but will they work together again? Well 24 Frames thinks there’s a good chance. Jesse Eisenberg could play a major role opposite Ben Stiller in Baumbach’s next film, While We’re Young, the story of a “40-ish childless couple that begins feeling alienated from their friends as those friends start to procreate, and strike up an unlikely friendship with a younger couple.” Naomi Watts is also in talks to join the picture, possibly to form the older, childless couple, with Stiller, but don’t count on any of this just yet; the cast has already gone through many iterations in its short lifespan.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest trailer

After receiving positive reviews after screenings at Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics picked up this documentary directed by actor Michael Rapaport and produced by Rival Pictures. The film looks at the revolutionary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, whose colorful members included rapper/producer Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Beats, Rhymes and Life hits theaters July 8.

James Grey’s Low Life

James Grey could be looking to cast his Two Lovers and We Own the Night star, Joaquin Phoenix, in his next film, Low Life. According to Deadline, the cast could include Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner. The film would trace the unfortunate path of Cotillard’s immigrant character who is forced to trade sexual favors for food and medicine just to keep her ailing sister alive. Phoenix would play a “charming sleazebag” who persuades her to turn tricks, while Renner would play Phoenix’s magician cousin who falls for Cotillard’s character. All of these actors are extremely busy -- Phoenix in P.T. Anderson’s film, Cotillard in The Dark Knight Rises, Renner in The Avengers and Bourne Legacy -- so maybe the film gets rolling at some point in 2012.

Freaky Deaky casting

Charles Matthau, son of Walter, is collecting an interesting cast for his adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Freaky Deaky. William H. Macy signed on early, and this week The Playlist confirmed that Sienna Miller had joined the film. Variety followed that report up with the news that Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, and Craig Robinson were also attached to star. Macy will play Woody, a movie mogul whose old activist friends want to extort money from. Fraser will play one of those former activists, Skip, who is a Hollywood pyrotechnics specialist. Dillon will play a former bomb squad officer who stumbles onto the extortion plot, and Robinson will play a former Black Panther who is now Macy’s assistant. It is unknown what role Miller will take, but speculation is that she will play Robin Abbot, who conspires with Fraser to extort money from Macy. With all the colorful characters and a high-wire plot, lets hope its more Out of Sight and Get Shorty than Be Cool or Killshot.

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

  • Bond 23 will be released in the U.K. and Ireland on October 26, 2012, two weeks earlier than its worldwide release date of November 9, 2012.
  • The latest casting rumors for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained include Leonardo DiCaprio and Idris Elba (The Wire). - Jeff Goldsmith and indieWIRE
  • The release date for Apollo 18, the found-footage space-horror film has been moved again. It will now hit theaters September 2.
  • Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9, Elysium, starring Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, and Alice Braga, will now be released on March 1, 2013.
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson’s (Let The Right One In) adaptation of John Le Carre‘s classic spy novel starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and many more, will be released November 18.
  • Donald Sutherland will play the evil President Snow in The Hunger Games Trilogy, which might actually turn into four films instead of three. - Lionsgate
  • Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel, Life of Pi, will be released December 21, 2012.
  • Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom, who teamed up on 24 Hour Party People and the upcoming The Trip, will adapt the life of Paul Raymond, a famous British pornographer and strip club owner, into a film, tentatively titled Paul Raymond’s Wonderful World of Erotica. - The Playlist
  • Of course there will be a Yogi Bear 2. - Variety
  • Shannon Elizabeth will reprise her role as the free-spirited Czech exchange student, Nadia, in American Reunion. - Deadline
  • Paul Schneider (All the Real Girls, Lars and the Real Girl) will join Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beerfest) in their latest comedy, The Baby Makers. - Variety
  • Allison Janney will play an English professor in Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts, his follow-up to his debut feature, Happythankyoumoreplease. - THR
  • The Hangover Part 3 is coming. - The Wrap
  • Susan Sarandon will play a sexy teacher opposite Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg in I Hate You, Dad. - THR
  • Jennifer Hudson will play Sister Rosemary in the Farrelly brother’s adaptation of The Three Stooges starring Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, Sean Hayes as Larry and Will Sasso as Curly. - Deadline
  • In addition to possibly playing Satan, writing a screenplay for the science fiction novel Hyperion and speaking very good French, Bradley Cooper will star opposite Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to Blue Valentine. - Variety
  • Paramount acquired the rights to DC Comics’ The Mighty, which tells the story of “Alpha-One, the world's most powerful super-being, who has always been a force for good, but Gabriel Cole, a cop who's life was saved by Alpha One as a child, has uncovered his hero's dark plan that will put them on a collision course of an ordinary man versus a super-man.” - Deadline
  • Jamie Campbell Bower (King Arthur on TV’s Camelot) will play Jace Wayland opposite Lily Collins’ Clary Fray in Scott Stewart’s (Priest) adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s young adult book series The Mortal Instruments. - Variety
  • What should Paul Greengrass direct next - a film about a brave captain standing up to Somali pirates or a film about rival Formula One drivers? - Vulture
  • Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow, Black Snake Moan) hopes to write and direct an adaptation of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs book series, Tarzan, and turn it into a trilogy. - Deadline
  • Tron: Legacy writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal will make their feature directing debut with The Words, starring Bradley Cooper as a writer who steals another writer’s work and must pay a price for it. The cast also includes Jeremy Irons as the other writer, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, and J.K. Simmons. - Variety
  • Lasse Hallström, who recently directed Dear John, is in talks to direct another Nicholas Sparks novel, Safe Haven. - Deadline
  • Writer/director Ric Roman Waugh (Felon) is in talks to adapt Leigh Montville’s The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend. - Risky Business

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Comments (2)

  • Mitch Tough  

    Bring on Hangover 3 - but change up the format this time.... and put it in Eastern Europe a la one of the Hostel movies....

  • Richard  

    The new Spy Kids really looks awful. I hope they keep it as a spin-off and not as Spy Kids 4.

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