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

  • Publish Date: March 11, 2011
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The first full length trailer for Super 8

Anticipation has been building for Super 8, J.J. Abrams' directorial follow-up to 2009’s Star Trek, and Paramount finally paid off on that build up this week with the release of an official plot synopsis and a full length trailer on Twitter. Check them out below before the film hits theaters June 10.

Synopsis: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

A second Fast Five trailer

The crews from all the various Fast and Furious iterations get together in Brazil to pull off a heist, and from the looks of it, the fifth film promises more of what all the previous installments have supplied, including cars, crazy stunts, and scantily clad women. But this film comes with an added bonus: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Justin Lin directs, and Vin Diesel has a very low, gravely voice. Fast Five hits theaters April 29.

The cast of The Hand Job

This week, The Playlist featured an interview with SNL comedian Bill Hader which featured news about his upcoming projects. One of the projects that stood out is The Hand Job, a film that is being written and directed by Maggie Carey, his wife. The film will star Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as a “type-A, studious girl who graduates high school and hasn’t done anything with a guy. The summer before college she decides that she has to find out how to do everything in order to be properly prepared, so she makes a very serious bullet list of everything, like… hand-job... [etc] and just kinda checks one off every time she does it. She’s being the aggressor and is very straight-forward about it, like ‘Okay, so I’m going to give you a hand-job now.’ And the guys are very taken aback about it, especially her straight-laced friends.” Hader also mentions that the cast includes himself along with Alia Shawkat (Whip It), Mae Whitman (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Donald Glover (Community), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and Andy Samberg. Later in the week, Variety added Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) and Scott Porter (The Good Wife, Friday Night Lights) to the cast.

Another Bad Teacher trailer

Two weeks ago, the red-band trailer premiered, but this week a good ol' traditional non-cursing version of Bad Teacher can be seen by all. The Cameron Diaz-starring comedy directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) features Justin Timberlake as a substitute Diaz thinks can be her next sugar daddy and Jason Segel as the school’s gym teacher. The trailers play off each other well, with the green band trailer avoiding the curse words and replacing one scene toward the end. Check out Bad Teacher in theaters June 24.

Two Cars 2 trailers, too

Two new trailers for Cars 2 arrived this week, and they are interesting to compare. This is the third U.S. trailer and the first to give a little insight into the spy storyline of the film. The international trailer focuses on Finn McMissle (voiced by Michael Caine) and highlights the various locations Lightning McQueen and Mater visit on their adventure. John Lasseter also did a quick promo for the film this week. In it he describes his inspiration for the story and introduces one of the new characters -- Francesco Bernoulli, voiced by John Turturro. Cars 2 hits theaters June 24.

DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots

This week, DreamWorks Animation released trailers for two upcoming features -- Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots -- as well as announcing their full slate of releases through 2014. Coming to theaters May 26, the Kung Fu Panda sequel features Po (Jack Black) and The Furious Five traveling to face off against Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), who threatens to conquer China and destroy kung fu forever. Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots hits theaters November 4. Taking place before Puss in Boots meets Shrek, the story follows Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas) on a quest to steal The Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. To read about the rest of DreamWorks Animation’s future releases, including Madagascar 3 and How to Train Your Dragon 2, check out the press release here.

Smurfs trailer

Not wanting to be left out of all the animation announcements this week, Sony released the first full trailer for The Smurfs, and it is sadly smurfy. The film is a mix of live action and animation like one of director Raja Gosnell’s previous films, Scooby-Doo, but the trailer makes you think Alvin and the Chipmunks but with Neil Patrick Harris instead of Jason Lee. Jayma Mays (Glee) plays his wife, and Hank Azaria plays the evil Gargamel. The featured Smurfs are as follows: Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters), Smurfette (Katy Perry), Gutsy Smurf (Alan Cumming), Grouchy Smurf (George Lopez), Jokey Smurf (Paul Reubens), Greedy Smurf (Kenan Thompson), Baker Smurf (B.J. Novak), Handy Smurf (Jeff Foxworthy), and Chef Smurf (Wolfgang Puck). Smurf it in theaters August 3.

Iron Man 3 update

AICN posted a report this week from the Omaha Film Festival where newly hired Iron Man 3 director Shane Black spoke about his ideas for the film for the first time. The good news is that he will be writing the film as well as directing, and Robert Downey Jr., the star of Black’s only other feature directing job, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, will have input on the story. In addition, the story will lean more toward a “Tom Clancy” thriller with Iron Man fighting “real world villains," and currently there are no plans to include other Marvel heroes in the film even though it will come out after The Avengers. What do you think of the new direction for the Iron Man franchise?

Super trailer

After his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), Rainn Wilson (The Office) decides to transform himself into a superhero named the Crimson Bolt and soon gains a sidekick, Boltie (Ellen Page), in his fight against crime. James Gunn (Slither) wrote and directed this violent indie comedy. Super arrives in limited release on April 1.

G.I. Joe 2 News

It was announced last week that Jon Chu (Step Up 3D) would direct G.I. Joe 2, and that only Channing Tatum (Captain Duke Hauser), Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow), and Ray Park (Snake Eyes) would reprise their roles in the sequel. So expect some new casting announcements soon, since the release date has already been set for August 10, 2012.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night trailer

Completed in 2009 but not getting a U.S. release until this year, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night stars Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as Dylan Dog, a paranormal investigator or supernatural detective, whichever you prefer, who must keep peace among the various undead including werewolves, vampires, and zombies. The film is based on the very successful Italian horror comic series. The cast includes Anita Briem (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns), Peter Stormare, and Taye Diggs, and the film is directed by Kevin Munroe (TMNT). Check out Dylan Dog: Dead of Night in theaters beginning April 29.

Guillermo Del Toro update

Guillermo Del Toro has had a tough run of it lately. Since wrapping Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008, he’s left the delayed Hobbit shoot, and now his planned replacement for that project, At the Mountains of Madness, which was to star Tom Cruise, is dead. In an interview with Deadline, Del Toro spoke about Universal’s trepidation about going forward with the combination of an R rating and a $150 million budget, but he also revealed that he’s excited about a new project, Pacific Rim, a monster movie, but not Godzilla: “I can only say I was very happy to be able to develop it under the radar in many ways. People got it confused with the Godzilla movie a few months ago but we cleared that up. I can say the scope and imagination that have been outlined in it are absolutely appealing to me.” The Playlist has more plot details via News In Film.

A featurette for Win Win

Tom McCarthy, writer/director of The Visitor and The Station Agent, has a new film coming out next Friday, Win Win. The film has a great cast, including Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, and Jeffrey Tambor. Here’s a quick featurette to pique your interest.

Cat Run trailer

Directed by John Stockwell (Blue Crush, Into the Blue, Turistas) and starring an eclectic cast that includes Paz Vega (Sex and Lucia), Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds), and Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, Thelma and Louise), Cat Run is a caper about an escort (Vega) who has a hard drive with some incriminating evidence on it and the various parties (the mob, a U.S. Senator, an assassin) who will do anything to get their hands on it. Cat Run gets a limited release April 1.

The Last Godfather trailer

Written and directed by popular Korean star Hyung-rae Shim, The Last Godfather tells the story of Young-gu, a character Shim created and has played in many films, and his attempts to learn how to become the next Godfather once his father, Harvey Keitel, retires. The film also stars Jason Mewes (yes, Jay of Jay and Silent Bob) and Jon Polito (Miller’s Crossing, and other Coen brothers’ films). The Last Godfather was a success in South Korea, but it comes as a surprise that the film is getting a release date in the states considering the lack of knowledge a typical U.S. audience will have of the Young-gu character. If you’re intrigued, try to find it in select theaters beginning April 1.

What do you want to see Arnold in?

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to while at the Arnold Classic bodybuilding championship last weekend, and he had some interesting things to say about his return to acting, “Well, first of all it’s more like 15 films, obvious ones from The Terminator to remakes of Predator and The Running Man and all of those things. Then also a lot of original stuff too. But I am also packaging a Comic Book character right now. I’m going to announce that sometime by the end of March or the beginning of April.” So what should Arnold choose? He obviously still has fans and plenty of old properties to recycle, but maybe the comic book adaptation is the most intriguing or Twins 2: Two Times the Trouble (yes, Arnold and Danny DeVito each had twins with their respective wives at the end of that film).

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

  • My Mother’s Curse, with Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen, will open March 30, 2012.
  • Good news. Submarine will be released in the US on June 3.
  • Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9, will be released March 8, 2013.
  • Skateland, starring Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood), will be released May 13.
  • Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige have joined Tom Cruise in Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the musical Rock of Ages. - THR
  • Sylvester Stallone will not write or direct The Expendables 2. - 24 Frames
  • Vince Vaughn will star in Jeremy Garelick’s (the writer of The Break-Up) Insane Laws, about a pair of best friends whose children fall in love. - THR
  • Johnny Knoxville is the favorite to play Moe in the Farrelly brothers' Three Stooges film. - Variety
  • A Lara Croft: Tomb Raider reboot is in the works. - Heat Vision
  • Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos promises his next film will be “...darker and funnier...” - 24 Frames
  • Julian Schnabel’s new film Miral will be rated PG-13 when it hits U.S. theaters March 25. - THR
  • John Cusack will star in Dictablanda, a screwball comedy to be directed by Alejandro Agresti (The Lake House). - Variety

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Comments (4)

  • Rienye  

    The original Super 8 teaser made it look like it would be good alien with the whole kid angle, not so much! It feels more like Goonies than Aliens!
    hopefully i'll be proved dead wrong!

  • Chris  

    Wow, a surprising amount of good-looking movies. I hope Super gets a wide release soon! I don't want to have to drive all the way to New York...

  • Mitch Tough  

    Super 8 has that "ET" feel to it for some reason... The music? The kids. Not sure why.

  • Diego  

    "Super" looks like a "Kick-Ass" 2.0... Thats good!

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