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

  • Publish Date: May 20, 2011
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The first teaser for Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin

It’s hard to know what to make of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Yes, it is directed by Steve Spielberg, and yes, Peter Jackson is a producer and Edgar Wright one of the writers, but is anyone excited for a film based on a Belgian comic and produced with the same (though possibly more advanced, thanks to WETA Digital) performance-capture 3D animation used by Robert Zemeckis on Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol? Check out this teaser and let us know. Jamie Bell “plays” Tintin, and the supporting cast includes Daniel Craig as Red Rackman, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Inspector Thompson and Thomson. See it in theaters December 23.

Fright Night trailer

The original 1985 Fright Night is beloved by many, so a remake risks turning off a good portion of its fans, but that never stopped Hollywood from trying to cash in on an old property. Director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) and writer Marti Noxon (I Am Number Four, TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer) try to fill the shoes of original writer/director Tom Holland and update this story of high school student Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), who discovers that a vampire named Jerry (Colin Farrell) lives next door and is a threat to his mother (Toni Collette) and girlfriend (Imogen Poots). Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays his friend, Evil Ed, and David Tennant takes on the role of Peter Vincent, now a Las Vegas magician. The new Fright Night comes to 3D and 2D theaters August 19.

Even Jim Jarmusch has been sucked into the vampire fad

Filmmaking auteur Jim Jarmusch is loved by many but ignored by most due to his idiosyncratic style, which combines long takes and a lack of traditional narrative structure with a deadpan sense of humor focusing on characters and vignettes. An independent throughout his career, Jarmusch has taken on many genres in his own inimitable way, and his next film promises to be a rather unusual take on a very popular and enduring one: the vampire film. Screen Daily reports that Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowska, and John Hurt will star, with the first three very in demand actors playing vampires. Jarmusch describes the film as a “crypto-vampire love story set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers.” He plans to begin shooting in early 2012. Jarmusch says he’s been imagining the film for years, and now his fans can too.

A first look at the Straw Dogs remake

Sam Peckinpah’s original 1971 film starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George was a violent, visceral, and very controversial account of a man pushed to his limits. It's not exactly the kind of film that typically gets remade, but write/director Rod Lurie (The Last Castle, The Contender) has taken up the challenge, casting James Marsden and Kate Bosworth in the roles of David and Amy Sumner and moving the action from rural England to the deep South. Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) leads the band of locals who terrorize the couple. The film is based, like the original, on Gordon William’s 1970 novel, The Siege of Trencher’s Farm. The new Straw Dogs hits theaters September 16.

Four clips from Super 8

Check out these lens-flare filled clips from J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Spielbergian alien/monster thriller, Super 8. They aren’t cut scenes from the film but rather an assemblage of scenes taking place during the train accident that sets the film in motion. The kids, including stars Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney are featured. You’ll be able to see the whole train wreck sequence when the film comes to theaters June 10.

Ferrell and Wahlberg, together again

They had good success ($119.2 million) just last year with The Other Guys, and now Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg will star together in Three Mississippi as “guys from football-obsessed towns who lead rival teams in an annual tackle football game for bragging and trash-talking rights.” According to Deadline, Alec Baldwin will play Wahlberg’s father, and the film will be packed with cameos to fill out the football team rosters. Veteran TV comedy writers Robert Carlock (30 Rock) and and Scott Silveri (Friends) will write the script. Both stars have had previous success in the sports genre, with Ferrell focusing on comedy (Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro) and Wahlberg on drama (Invincible, The Fighter). EW has more about the film from Ferrell’s producing partner, Adam McKay.

Kevin James talks to animals in the Zookeeper trailer

In this talking-animal comedy, Kevin James stars as the titular zookeeper who decides to heed the advice of the many animals he tends to in order to win back the girl (Leslie Bibb) he once lost. Rosario Dawson plays his friendly co-worker, while Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, and others provide the voices of the animals. Frank Coraci (Click, The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer) directs this love letter to TGI Fridays. Catch Zookeeper in theaters beginning July 8.

A new trailer for Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Jim Carrey stars in this family comedy about a successful businessman whose life is turned upside down when his father sends him a waddle of penguins to look after. The film is a loose adaptation of the classic children’s book. Mark Waters (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) directs a cast that also includes Carla Gugino, Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos) and Philip Baker Hall. Mr. Popper’s Penguins comes to theaters June 17.

Peter Berg will direct Afghanistan war drama Lone Survivor

Two weeks back we reported on Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming collaboration with Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal, entitled Kill Bin Laden. The story, which Boal had been tracking for years, suddenly had a new ending, and studios were ready to get the film into production, with Joel Edgerton cast as the leader of the SEAL team. Now comes word from Deadline that another SEAL story, Lone Survivor, will go into production in January 2012. Peter Berg, who already tackled the military and the Middle East with The Kingdom, will direct. Based on the book of the same name, Lone Survivor will tell the true story of Marcus Luttrell, the only member of a SEAL team to stay alive after an ambush in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2005. According to Berg, he will make “a movie that will be an unapologetically patriotic film that honors and pays homage to an incredible group of badass guys who do this. The film will be a bit like Black Hawk Down, but it will focus on the quartet, which is fewer guys than that film.” Taylor Kitsch, who also stars in Berg’s upcoming Battleship, has already been cast as one of the four SEAL team members. So which SEAL project sounds the most promising?

Two new clips from Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Let the tease begin. You won’t see any robots or any transforming in these clips, but the acting talents of Patrick Dempsey, Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Josh Duhamel are on display, which might not be the best way to entice you, but that’s all Paramount has released so far. Michael Bay’s third Transformers film, and first in 3D, will get a little edge on the July 4th weekend competition by opening on Wednesday June 29. If you’re interested in how the 3D turned out, check out a report over at /Film.

Good Neighbors trailer

In this thriller from writer/director Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up) leaves his comedic past behind, at least momentarily, to star alongside Scott Speedman and Emily Hampshire as neighbors who come to suspect each other when a serial killer terrorizes their Montreal community. Good Neighbors will get a limited theatrical run beginning July 29.

A trailer for Ken Kesey doc Magic Trip

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side, Casino Jack and the United States of Money, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) teams up with Alison Ellwood, one of his producers on Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, to direct this look at 1960’s counter-culture touchstone Ken Kesey and his group of friends dubbed the “Merry Pranksters” as they travel cross-country on a painted school bus nicknamed “Further." Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Timothy Leary and The Warlocks (later known as The Grateful Dead) all appear in the found footage used by Gibney and Ellwood to reconstruct the trip. Check out Magic Trip in limited release beginning August 5.

Thor to play the Huntsman

Thor’s Chris Hemsworth has been cast in the titular role of the Huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman. Viggo Mortensen’s prolonged negotiations for the role fell apart at the end of March, and the search had been on ever since. Deadline reports that the success of Thor helped secure the role for Hemsworth. He joins Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, and Sam Clafin as the Prince. With Hemsworth taking over a role that is more mentor and protector than love interest (and considering the fact that a much older actor was previously cast in the part) one can wonder if re-writes are on the way. If so, they better hurry, because in addition to the casting announcement, Universal moved up the release date of the film to June 1, 2012, four weeks before Relativity’s Tarsem-helmed The Brothers Grimm: Snow White is set to hit theaters. Anyone remember the summer of 1997, aka the summer of battling volcano movies? Yes, Dante’s Peak and Volcano lured audiences to theaters, but it was Dante’s Peak which grossed more, and it was first to theaters. We’ll see if the jockeying for position pays off this time.

Bloodsport is back

Screen Daily reports that Philip Noyce (Salt) will direct a remake of the classic/cheesy 1988 action film Bloodsport. The original movie featured Jean-Claude Van Damme, in his breakout performance, as Frank Dux, a U.S. military man and martial-arts student who travels to Hong Kong and enters a deadly tournament known as the “kumite” to honor his fallen master. Robert Mark Kamen (The Karate Kid, The Fifth Element, The Transporter, Taken) will write the new script, which “will follow an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan who gets involved in a martial arts contest.” But the real questions are who will take over for Van Damme, will Van Damme have a cameo, and why is Philip Noyce directing this project?

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

  • James Cameron’s Titanic will return to theaters in 3D on April 6, 2012, almost 100 years to the date of the ship’s tragic maiden voyage.
  • Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) has been cast as Tom Buchanan, a role recently vacated by Ben Affleck, in Baz Luhrmann’s 3D take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. - Deadline
  • Michelle Williams will play Glinda, the Good Witch, in Sam Raimi’s Oz, the Great and Powerful. - Variety
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger has put his return to acting on hold. I think you know why. -
  • A remake of the 1976 horror film Carrie, originally based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, is in the works. - Heat Vision
  • Lee Daniels (Precious) will direct Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire, Sofia Vergara, and Zac Efron in an adaptation of the Peter Dexter novel, The Paperboy, which follows a reporter who returns to his Florida hometown to investigate the imprisonment of a death row inmate. - Deadline
  • Neil Jordan will direct the vampire story, Byzantium, with Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan playing mother and daughter vampires. Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe, 2011’s Jane Eyre) wrote the script. - THR
  • Ryan Gosling will star in and direct a remake of The Idolmaker, the 1980 film loosely based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marucci, who discovered Frankie Avalon and others. - Deadline
  • Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Lakeview Terrace) will direct Julie Andrews, Gabriel Byrne, Gemma Arterton and Matthew Goode in an adaptation of Agatha Christie‘s novel Crooked House. Variety
  • Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut about relationships impacted by the Bosnian War will be titled The Land of Milk and Honey and will be released on December 23. - NY Times
  • Ramin Bahrani, the director of Man Push Cart, Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo, which all starred mostly unknown actors, has surprisingly cast Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron in his new film. - Variety
  • Ridley Scott’s list of possible projects got longer this week with the addition of the political drama Reykjavik, about the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev that helped pave the way to the end of the Cold War. - Screen Daily
  • Armie Hammer has been confirmed as the Lone Ranger to Johnny Depp’s Tonto in Gore Verbinski’s re-imaging of the classic radio and TV series. - Variety
  • Tommy Lee Jones has joined Meryl Streep and Steve Carell in Great Hope Springs. David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) will direct the film, in which Streep and Jones play a married couple seeking advice from a relationship guru played by Carell. - THR
  • Ian McKellan, Judi Dench, and Gillian Anderson will star in the zombie horror/comedy The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet, to be directed by Matthew Butler, who will expand his short, E’Gad, Zombies! to feature length. See a trailer for the short here. - Screen Daily

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Comments (4)

  • mg  

    I love Tintin. Can't wait.

  • Rurp  

    Agreed. Tintin is very popular here in Britain, and even more so in France and the rest of Europe. In fact, as far as I'm aware, it was the French who put Spielberg on to Tintin in the first place, when the French press compared Indiana Jones to Tintin.

    I for one am very excited for this, as it has a lot of talent behind it, and not just the ones mentioned above: Steven Moffat, chief writer for Doctor Who, has a co-writing credit too

  • Mitch  

    "but is anyone excited for a film based on a Belgian comic"

    Very typical American awnser. It's not from America so it's bad. Tintin is better dan 99% of all comics made in America and maybe one of the best comicbooks of all time.

  • Diego  

    Super 8 loocks great!

    Super 8 > Transformers

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