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

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  • Publish Date: May 13, 2011

Our first look at Horrible Bosses

In this comedy from The King of Kong director Seth Gordon, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis really don’t like their bosses (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell). So what do they decide to do? Kill them. But since they don’t have any knowledge of that trade, they seek the wisdom of “murder consultant” Motherf*#&%! Jones, played by Jamie Foxx. I’m just guessing that things don’t go as planned. Horrible Bosses hits theaters July 8; Metacritic users predict it to have a score of 55. Does this trailer change your mind?

The latest trailer for robot boxing drama Real Steel

Shawn Levy (Date Night, Night at the Museum) directs this film about boxing robots and family bonds starring Hugh Jackman as a washed up boxer trying to survive by building low end robots for underground boxing events. After bottoming out, he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goya) and a robot named Atom to try for one last comeback. The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Hope Davis, Kevin Durand, and Lost’s Evangeline Lilly. A sequel is already in the works, so hopefully you check out Real Steel when it hits theaters October 7.

Two new TV spots for Super 8

This week, Yahoo and /Film each posted new TV spots for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. Since new footage from this highly anticipated summer movie has been limited, we’ve collected both trailers below. Compare and contrast the two, but neither reveals what or who is inside the train, except for it’s seeming attraction to dogs. The film, set in a small town in 1979 and starring Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Noah Emmerich, and Ron Eldard, comes out June 10.

Paul Thomas Anderson is back

It has been a long wait for Paul Thomas Anderson fans, but according to a report from Deadline this week, production will begin on his next film on June 13. The film is currently untitled, but was previously known as The Master when it was set up at Universal last year with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeremy Renner starring. Hoffman remains in the cast, but Renner will be replaced by Joaquin Phoenix in his first role since the faux-documentary I’m Still Here. Anderson has continued to work on the screenplay since its early Scientology-influenced drafts, but it still centers on Hoffman’s character, Lancaster Dodd, who “returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls” including Phoenix’s Freddie Sutton. Important female roles have not yet been cast, but those being mentioned include Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Madisen Beaty (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Lena Endre (Erika Berger in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Final Destination 5 trailer

While the franchise itself won't die, these kids can’t cheat death, so if you liked the first four then you’ll probably like this fifth version in which survivors of a bridge collapse find themselves being picked off, one by one, in ways that involve laser eye surgery and acupuncture. This time, Steve Quale, the director of the documentary Aliens of the Deep and a second unit director on Avatar and Titanic, takes the helm to shoot in 3D. Fans of the first two films will recognize Tony Todd as Bludworth. Potential victims include Nicolas D’Agosto (Rocket Science), Emma Bell (Frozen), and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood. Final Destination 5 hits theaters August 12.

Will Smith could star in Tarantino’s Django Unchained

THR reported this week that Will Smith is Quentin Tarantino’s first choice to play the lead role in Django Unchained. As we reported last week, Tarantino’s next film will be a revenge tale set in the South during slavery. Smith might seem to be a surprising choice considering his persona as a family entertainer and Tarantino’s penchant for avoiding big names (save for Brad Pitt) when casting his films, but it might turn out to be a shrewd move by Tarantino. Having a big, international box office star in his film would allow him a certain freedom to make the film he wants if The Weinstein Company and Sony -- Smith’s home and owner of the international rights to the film -- feel that Smith’s box office clout could help sell a long, violent tale about a difficult subject. Another name being mentioned is Samuel L. Jackson for the role of Stephen, the slave to the villain of the film, plantation owner Calvin Candie, and Variety reports that Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt have already turned down roles. If Smith does take the part, he definitely won’t have a gigantic trailer that gets towed away.

The second trailer for The Change-Up

Three weeks ago Universal released a red band trailer for The Change-Up, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, and this week comes the standard trailer, but not much has changed. The story is Freaky Friday between two best friends with some raunchy comedy thrown in for laughs. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) directs from a script by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann, and Alan Arkin also star. The Change-Up comes to theaters August 5.

A look at Miranda July's The Future

Miranda July returns to filmmaking with The Future, her follow-up to 2005’s Me and You and Everyone We Know 76. The film follows a Los Angeles couple (July and Hamish Linklater) who, upon deciding to adopt an injured cat, change their perspective on life as well as the course of space and time. It is that very cat who actually narrates the film as the couple’s faith in each other and themselves is tested. The reviews of the film coming out of Sundance were almost universally positive, noting that July’s unique sensibility remains. So if you fell for her first film, go and check out The Future when it comes to theaters beginning July 29.

Cloud Atlas at Cannes

One of the bigger stories coming out of the first few days of the Cannes Film Festival deals with the ambitious project announced by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis (formerly brothers but now known as Andy and Lana): an adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 novel Cloud Atlas. We learned back in April that Tom Hanks would star, and now Tykwer and the Wachowskis, who are sharing writing and directing duties on the film, have announced that Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, and Ben Whishaw (Bright Star) have joined the cast, and, to add a degree of difficulty, THR reveals that each actor will play multiple roles in the film. Shooting will begin in the fall for a movie which “follows six story lines that include a 19th century American notary, a poor British musician in the 1930s, a journalist in 1970s California, a vanity press publisher in the early 21st century, a rebellious clone in the near future and a primitive Hawaiian tribesman surviving after the apocalypse.” How this will become a movie is anyone’s guess, but /Film has some thoughts on who might be playing who in this ambitious adaptation.

Teaser trailer for Almodóvar’s The Skin That I Live In

This twisted thriller re-teams director Pedro Almodóvar with his early muse Antonio Banderas, who had roles in Almodóvar’s early films, Labyrinth of Passion, Matador, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!. In this latest collaboration, Banderas plays a plastic surgeon driven by the death of his wife to insane action. The Skin That I Live In will premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival this week and will appear in limited theaters in the U.S. beginning November 18.

The Thin Man is back

According to a press release this week, Rob Marshall will re-team with his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides star Johnny Depp to remake The Thin Man. The film will be written by Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) who will be adapting from the original Dashiell Hammett book that already inspired a six-part film series in the 1930s (starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles) and a television series in the 1950s. Depp will play Nick, a former private detective who spends most of his time cheerfully getting drunk until he decides to investigate a murder. No word yet on who might be cast as Nora, his wealthy socialite wife, but I can pretty much guarantee it won’t be Angelina Jolie considering the amount of chemistry they exhibited in The Tourist.

The Artist trailer

The Artist is another collaboration between director Michel Hazanavicius and actor Jean Dujardin, the team behind the OSS 117 films. This time they tell the story of a silent movie star (Dujardin) and his relationship with one of his extras (Berenice Bejo), who becomes a star when talkies begin to supplant silent films. The Weinstein Company already picked up the film for distribution in the U.S., somewhat surprising given that The Artist is a black and white silent film. John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, James Cromwell, and Missi Pyle also star. The picture will premiere in competition at Cannes this Sunday. No release date has been set.

Cars 2, Trailer 4

In this fourth and most likely final trailer for Pixar’s Cars 2, Larry The Cable Guy’s Mater looks like the star of the show as he gets wrapped up in a spy story line with Michael Caine’s Finn McMissle and Emily Mortimer’s Holley Shiftwell. Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is back too, this time with a new rival in the form of John Turturro’s Francesco Bernoulli. Check out Cars 2 in 2D and 3D theaters beginning June 24.

Kenneth Lonergan’s long-lost film

In 2000, playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s first film, You Can Count on Me 85, which he wrote and directed, was released to almost universal praise, but fans have been waiting 11 years and counting for a follow-up. So what happened? Well, after wrapping Margaret in 2005, the film got caught in a legal tangle and then fell into the hands of additional editors, including Sydney Pollack, who attempted to cut down the over three-hour running time. While speaking to Film School Rejects this week, Mark Ruffalo, the breakout star of You Can Count on Me and one of the stars of Margaret, revealed that Martin Scorsese is now working alongside Lonergan to trim the film for release. Lonergan wrote the screenplay for Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, so there’s hope that they can accomplish what others have not been able to do. Ruffalo calls the movie a “love letter to post-9/11 America and New York City” and “incredible” in the three hour cut he saw. The film stars a pre-True Blood Anna Paquin as a woman who witnesses a bus accident which impacts the lives of a variety of characters played by Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Kieran Culkin, Jean Reno, and Olivia Thirlby.

Project Nim trailer

James Marsh (Man on Wire 89) directs this documentary about a chimp raised by humans in the 1970s as part of a scientific experiment. The film looks at the success and failure of the experiment as the chimp learns to communicate through sign language and the lines blur between human and animal. The documentary received good reviews at Sundance, so look for it in limited release beginning July 8.

Thunder Soul trailer

This documentary tells the story of the reunion of a band from an inner-city Houston high school to honor their leader, Conrad “Prof” Johnson, who took the school’s jazz band and made them into a legendary funk band in the 1970s. The band gets back together but many of the former players find it a struggle to dust off their instruments and play for the first time in 30 years. Thunder Soul will get a limited release beginning September 23.

One final casting announcement for The Hunger Games

According to THR, the last two important roles have been filled for the upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel. Stanley Tucci will play Caesar Flickerman, the host of the Hunger Games, and Woody Harrelson will play Haymitch Abernathy, the drunk former winner of the Hunger Games from District 12 who comes to mentor Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). They join Elizabeth Banks as Katniss’ handler Effie, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, and Wes Bentley as head gamemaker Seneca Crane. To see the list of all the tributes click here. So what are your thoughts on the final cast?

Darren Aronofsky, George Clooney, and an old sci-fi script

Having left the Wolverine sequel earlier this year, Darren Aronofsky looks like he might have settled on his next project. Vulture reports that George Clooney is attached to star as “a man who is cryogenically frozen and wakes up years later to a world in which humans have become pets of another species.” The script has been around for 15 years, and it’s not a lock by any means, but the combination of Clooney and Aronofsky is intriguing.

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

  • Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation and the Cameron Diaz-starring pregnancy comedy, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, will both be released May 11, 2012.
  • Rivals, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two southern politicians, will come to theaters August 10, 2012.
  • David O. Russell's planned adaptation of the videogame Uncharted: Drake's Fortune may be delayed so that he can first adapt the novel The Silver Lining Playbook, with Mark Wahlberg starring. - Vulture
  • The sequel to the remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, will be released January 27, 2012; Dwayne Johnson stars.
  • Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier will team up on a remake of The Five Obstructions. In the original, von Trier challenged director Jorgen Leth with five rules that he had to follow in remaking his short film, The Perfect Human. No word yet on which Scorsese film will be used for the project. - THR
  • Martin McDonagh’s directorial follow-up to In Bruges will be Seven Psychopaths starring Colin Farrell as a screenwriter who gets drawn into a dog kidnapping scheme with his two friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) only for things to take a bad turn when a gangster’s (Mickey Rourke) dog goes missing. - Variety
  • Aaron Eckhart and Ed Harris will star in Neil LaBute’s The Geography of Hope, the story of two criminals who flee to Baja, Mexico after a robbery goes bad. - 24 Frames
  • Michael Fassbender is in talks to join Danny Boyle’s latest film, Trance, a thriller centered on an art heist gone wrong. - Variety
  • F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) will direct Sam Worthington in an adaptation of the graphic novel The Last Days of American Crime. - Deadline
  • Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro’s monster movie Pacific Rim. - Heat Vision
  • Alec Baldwin has decided not to be in Rock of Ages - THR
  • Alex Pettyfer will star alongside Channing Tatum in the male stripper story, Magic Mike, to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. - Deadline
  • Matthew McConaughey and Hilary Swank will star in Dallas Buyer’s Club based on the true story of Ron Woodroof who, after being diagnosed with AIDS, smuggled illegal drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other patients. - THR
  • Al Pacino has joined the cast of Gotti: Three Generations, and James Toback will punch up the script. Director Barry Levinson and Toback worked together on 1991’s Bugsy. - Variety
  • Val Lauren (Dallas 362) will play Sal Mineo in James Franco’s planned biopic. - THR
  • Andrew Niccol (Lord of War) will direct Saoirse Ronan in the adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s novel, The Host. - Deadline
  • Jack Black will star in Michael Winterbottom’s comedy Bailout, based on the Jess Walter novel, The Financial Lives of The Poets. - THR
  • Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience), Danny Trejo, Pam Grier, Michael Madsen, and Brigitte Nielsen will star in Skinny Dip. The log line reads: "They took her bikini. They took her virginity. She took her revenge." Sounds simple enough. - Heat Vision
  • Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo will star in Stuart Blumberg’s (co-writer of The Kids Are All Right) Thanks for Sharing, which revolves around a 12-step program for recovering sex addicts. - Risky Business
  • Another Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be coming to theaters, this time in 3D. - THR
  • Brett Ratner will direct an adaptation of the children’s book and online game series The 39 Clues, from a script by Jeff Nathanson, his collaborator on the Rush Hour films. - Deadline

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Comments (3)

  • CRonaldo  

    wow a sequel to The 5 Obstructions with Scorsese!! Amazing

  • Jeremy F  

    SOOO EXCITED FOR "THE FUTURE" !! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

  • Scott  

    Huh. Horrible Bosses could be pretty good. Also, there is no way to make the title of a 5th sequel look classy in a trailer.

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