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

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  • Publish Date: November 12, 2010

Friends With Benefits red band trailer

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star in this romantic comedy about two -- well, I think the title tells you all you need to know. Both are coming off solid reviews for their supporting work in The Social Network and Black Swan, respectively, while director Will Gluck looks to continue the success he found with Easy A. The supporting cast includes his Easy A star Emma Stone as well as Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson, and Richard Jenkins. Release is set for July 22, 2011.

An update on Wes Anderson’s next film

We haven’t seen a live action Wes Anderson film since 2007’s The Darjeeling Limited, but casting rumors and some plot details leaked out this week for his latest project, titled Moon Rise Kingdom. Deadline reports that Anderson-regular Bill Murray, along with newbies Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton, are all in negotiations to join the project. Anderson wrote the script with Roman Coppola, and the story, set in the 1960s, follows the actions of residents of a small New England town when they believe two young adults have disappeared -- when in actuality they have fallen in love and run away. McDormand is expected to play the missing girl’s mother, with Murray player the father. Willis is pegged to play the town sheriff having an affair with McDormand, while Norton will play the scout leader of a troop searching for the kids. No word yet on Swinton’s role or who will play the young adults. We’ll keep you updated as the project progresses.

The Dark Knight Rises looks for two female stars

The continued casting rumors for Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, will be with us for months to come, but for now, the latest comes from Deadline. The list of actresses vying for two roles, one a love interest for Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne, the other a villain, includes Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Keira Knightly. We know -- those are pretty much the usual suspects nowadays -- and, this being a Christopher Nolan project, details on the roles are limited.

Another new trailer for Tron: Legacy

The third trailer for Tron: Legacy highlights the father/son relationship between Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund and fills in some other plot details while still supplying plenty of impressive visual effects. Joseph Kosinski’s film will be in theaters in 3D and IMAX 3D on December 17.

The first trailer for Battle: Los Angeles

Here is the first look at Aaron Eckhart as a Marine Staff Sergeant tasked to lead his platoon against invading aliens. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Battle: Los Angeles has been linked to this week’s release Skyline because of its aliens invade L.A. storyline, but from the looks of it, Battle: Los Angeles has more to offer. The supporting cast includes Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, and Bridget Moynahan. See it in theaters March 11, 2011.

The first trailer for Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë’s classic Victorian novel, Jane Eyre, has been adapted for TV and film multiple times, but that did not deter director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and screenwriter Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) from giving it another go. This version stars Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right) in the title role and Michael Fassbender (Hunger) as Edward Rochester. Supporting players include Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Jamie Bell, and Imogen Poots. The film opens in theaters March 11, 2011, giving you plenty of time to read the book.

Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo cast

Cameron Crowe’s first feature since 2005’s Elizabethtown is based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee about a family who purchases a rundown zoo in the New England countryside. Matt Damon and Thomas Haden Church have already been confirmed as brothers Benjamin and Duncan Mee, respectively, and this week Deadline confirmed that Scarlett Johansson will play Damon’s ailing wife. Now comes news that Crowe’s Almost Famous star Patrick Fugit will join the cast, along with Elle Fanning, the star of Sophia Coppola’s upcoming Somewhere. There is no word on Fugit’s role, but Fanning is expected to play Lily, a young girl who works at the zoo.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader trailer and clip

The third book in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series will be coming to theaters in 3D (and 2D) on December 10. Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) takes over directing duties from Andrew Adamson, but the main cast returns with the addition of Will Poulter as cousin Eustace. Does the series still hold your interest? Check out the trailer and clip below and let us know.

A new Little Fockers trailer

Apologies to some very talented actors, but everything we’ve seen so far of Little Fockers makes us wonder what they were thinking when they signed up for a third film. As the title suggests, there are now kids in the mix, along with Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, and Teri Polo. Making their first appearance in the series will be Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, and Harvey Keitel. Maybe Keitel can save the film with a killer cameo. We’ll have to wait and see, but not too long: Little Fockers will be in theaters December 22.

The cast of The Muppets keeps growing

With the help of The Wrap and tweets from Production Weekly, we can almost piece together the increasingly large cast for The Muppets, written by and starring Jason Segel. The movie’s storyline revolves around the muppets putting on a show to save their old theater, and it looks like plenty of stars will be involved. Joining the already confirmed cast of Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Jane Lynch, Danny Trejo, and Donald Glover (Community). Rumors also include a cameo by Lady Gaga with an entourage made up of John Krasinski, Ed Helms, Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), and Kristen Schaal (Fight of the Conchords). Whether all of these actors will just be voice talent or appear on screen in human form is unknown at this time.

The Eagle trailer

In his latest directorial effort, Kevin Macdonald teams up again with The Last King of Scotland screenwriter Jeremy Brock to bring Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical fiction series Eagle of the Ninth to the big screen. The series is based on the Roman Aquila family and the disappearance of the Ninth Legion (which this year’s Centurion also addressed). Channing Tatum stars as Marcus Aquila, who is determined to return his family name to good standing by retrieving the Ninth Legion’s lost golden Eagle. Jamie Bell plays his slave, who accompanies him on his journey. We won’t give anything else away, but the trailer might. The Eagle hits theaters February 25, 2011.

Bruce Willis is Set Up

In continued interesting casting news from this week, Bruce Willis, Paul Walker, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson are in negotiations to star in Set Up, written and directed by Mike Gunther, a long-working stuntman and stunt coordinator. According to Variety, the story “revolves around a group of friends who are catapulted into the middle of a diamond heist that turns deadly.”

Season of the Witch trailer

This long delayed project stars Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman as crusaders who return home only to be asked to deliver a suspected witch to a remote village for exorcism. Dominic Sena, who worked with Cage on Gone in Sixty Seconds, directs. Check it out in theaters beginning January 7, 2011.

Two teasers for two very different animated films

This week provides a first look at two major summer 2011 animated releases - Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 2. Winnie the Pooh is classic 2D hand-drawn animation based on the A.A. Mine stories, whereas Kung Fu Panda 2 is not only a sequel -- something very common for animated films lately -- but also computer-generated and in 3D. Pooh will be released July 15, 2011, while Kung Fu Panda 2 (or Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom) hits theaters May 27, 2011. Which one interests you more?

Barney’s Version trailer

Barney’s Version explores the life of Barney Panofsky, his three ex-wives, and the disappearance of his best friend Boogie. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Mordecai Richler. Paul Giamatti plays Barney. Rachelle Lefevre, Minnie Driver, and Rosamund Pike plays his three ex-wives, and Scott Speedman plays Boogie. Dustin Hoffman rounds out the cast as Barney’s father. The film is due in U.S. theaters January 14, 2011.

Third Harry Potter clip

Yet another clip from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 became available this week, but it’s our last chance to provide you with a sneak peek since it hits theaters a week from today. So enjoy; hopefully this will satisfy you until then.

New Year’s Eve cast

I guess enough people saw Valentine’s Day to convince someone that people would come out for another ensemble love story from director Gary Marshall and screenwriter Katherine Fugate, this time titled New Year’s Eve. Yes, it made a good chunk of change ($110 million domestically), but does that explain why THR is reporting that Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Hilary Swank and three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer are joining the cast? Let the speculation begin. They will be joining, if negotiations go well, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele (Glee), and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). De Niro will supposedly play a dying man, Pfeiffer an unhappy executive secretary, Swank the producer of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve show, and Kutcher a guy who really dislikes New Year’s Eve for some reason which will undoubtedly be revealed.

Last Night trailer

Sam Worthington, Keira Knightly, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet star in this film about a married couple who question each other's commitment to remain faithful. Written by Massy Tadjedin, Last Night is also her directorial debut. A U.S. release date is still pending.

Is this how The Social Network should have ended?

The animators at How It Should Have Ended have now hilariously re-imagined The Social Network. Don’t miss the tag with Timberlake at the end.

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

  • Kelly Reichardt’s (Wendy and Lucy) Meek’s Cutoff will be released April 8, 2011.
  • Jim Sheridan’s Dream House, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, will be released September 30, 2011.
  • Mel Gibson’s latest film, the Jodie Foster-directed The Beaver, will be released in the U.K. on February 11, 2011. No word yet on a U.S. release.
  • Zooey Deschanel is rumored to be in the running to play Betty Brant, J. Jonah Jameson’s assistant, in the upcoming Spider-Man. - ShowbizSpy
  • Mike White will direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. - Deadline
  • Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce will star in Shadow Dancer from Man on a Wire director James Marsh - Variety
  • Are you ready for Rubik’s Cube: The Movie? - The Playlist
  • Channing Tatum could join Jonah Hill in the new 21 Jump Street (Deadline) unless he prefers to take on Randall Wallace’s Catherine the Great biopic, Love and Honor (Vulture)
  • Jon Favreau is in talks to direct Magic Kingdom, Disney’s theme park come to life movie - Deadline
  • Steve Carell might play the love child of a famous rock star in Imagine, a comedy from Dan Fogelman (Cars, Bolt, Fred Claus) - Vulture
  • Elizabeth Banks is in negotiations to star in Alex Kurtzman’s feature directorial debut, Welcome to People - THR’s Risky Business
  • Philip Noyce (Salt) is in talks to direct Timeless, about a man who builds a time machine to see his dead wife one last time - Deadline

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Comments (4)

  • Alex  

    That Battle Los Angeles trailer is superb, lets hope the movie matches.
    Would love to see a new space opera franchise also.

  • Jeremy F  

    yeah the new winnie the pooh looks kind of cute and funny.
    AH im so excited for Meek's Cutoff. why do we have to wait til april!?!?

  • Will  

    You could just tell from the trailer that Skyline would suck. Battle: Los Angeles looks epic.

    The new Winnie the Pooh movie looks like it might be actually good.

    Thanks for including the HISHE clip. Great animation, all the animated characters looked just like the real people.

  • Mitch Tough  

    That Friends With Benefits trailer is steamy as hell... nice...

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