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

  • Publish Date: November 5, 2010
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Just Go With It trailer

Adam Sandler’s latest comedy tells the story of a plastic surgeon who pretends to be married to sleep with women, but when he meets the right girl and she wants to meet his wife, he must enlist the help of his assistant to cover up his lies. You won’t see the whole cast in this trailer, but with Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover-girl Brooklyn Decker, Sandler-film regular Dan Patrick, and Heidi Montag, Just Go With It hopes to capture the Valentine’s Day crowd with its February 11, 2011 release date.

Spider-Man cast continues to grow

According to SuperHeroHype, Martin Sheen will play the part of Uncle Ben in Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans. In addition, Heat Vision reports that Aunt May (that would be Uncle Ben’s wife) will be played by Sally Field. So it looks like Peter Parker’s surrogate family is almost together, though you won't get a chance to see them on screen until July 3, 2012.

Zookeeper teaser

Kevin James stars as a zookeeper who discovers that animals can talk, and they want to help him win over the girl of his dreams played by Rosario Dawson. Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler, Jon Favreau, Judd Apatow, and Cher provide voices for the various animals. The Zookeeper is due to hit theaters July 8, 2011.

The second trailer for Sucker Punch

While pre-production has already started on Superman: Man of Steel, Zack Snyder is still putting the finishing touches on Sucker Punch, the story of Babydoll and her fantastical attempt to escape from a mental institution. The film has an impressive young female cast comprised of Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung. Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, and Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood) play their captors, while Scott Glenn comes to their aid. Sucker Punch opens nationwide March 25, 2011.

DiCaprio and The Devil in the White City

Deadline reports that Leonardo DiCaprio has acquired the film rights to -- and will produce and star in -- Erik Larson’s 2003 non-fiction best-seller White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. The book follows the exploits of two men, Daniel H. Burnham and Dr H. H. Holmes. Burnham is the architect who oversaw the design and construction of what was called the “White City” for the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Dr. Holmes built the World’s Fair Hotel but is known in history as one of America’s first serial killers. His hotel was “special” because it included a gas chamber, a dissection table, and a crematorium. It is believed that DiCaprio will channel his dark side and play Holmes.

First U.S. trailer for The Illusionist

From the creator of The Triplets of Belleville, Sylvain Chomet, comes The Illusionist, based on an unproduced script by French comedic actor and director Jacques Tati. The story revolves around a magician, modeled after Tati, and his relationship with a young girl he meets in an isolated village in Scotland. The Illusionist is set for release in New York and Los Angeles on December 25 before expanding from there.

The first trailer for Hall Pass

Hall Pass stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as best friends whose wives grant them a week off from marriage to sleep with whomever they want. Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate play their wives, while Stephen Merchant, J.B. Smoove, and Richard Jenkins fill out the cast. Directed by the Farrelly Brothers, Hall Pass will be in theaters February 25, 2011.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son trailer

Like Father, Like Son is the third (yes, the third) installment in the Big Momma series (if you want to call it that). Martin Lawrence stars again, and this time Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) comes along for the fat suit fun. We’ll assume that something forces them undercover and, well, you know how the rest goes. Check it out in theaters starting February 18, 2011.

Brad Pitt and Andrew Dominik, together again?

The star and director of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford will re-team for Cogan’s Trade, based on the novel of the same name by George V. Higgins. Set in Boston, the comedic crime story follows Jackie Cogan, an enforcer who is enlisted to investigate a heist at a high-stakes poker game run by the mob. Heat Vision reports that Pitt would play Cogan and that Sam Rockwell, Casey Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, and Javier Bardem have also been mentioned in connection with the project.

London Boulevard trailer

Colin Farrell stars as an ex-con who, upon his release from prison, falls in love with a reclusive actress played by Keira Knightly, and gets mixed up with a gangster played by Ray Winstone in screenwriter William Monahan’s (The Departed) directorial debut, London Boulevard. The supporting cast includes David Thewlis, Anna Friel, and Ben Chaplin. A U.K. release is set for November 26, while U.S. audiences will have to wait until February 2011.

New trailer for Gulliver’s Travels

Jack Black stars as Gulliver in this contemporary re-imagining of Jonathan Swift’s novel. And when we say re-imagining, we mean a film with robots, KISS, and wedgies. Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Aliens) directs a cast that includes Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, and Billy Connolly. See it in 3D if you want, beginning December 22.

Another new clip and TV spot for Tron: Legacy

On the heels of last week’s Daft Punk video and clip featuring Olivia Wilde’s Quorra comes another clip and a TV spot for Tron: Legacy. The clip provides the first extended look at Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, while the ad pumps up the action with multiple light-cycle shots. See it in 2D, 3D, or 3D IMAX when it comes to theaters December 17.

Depp and Burton to reunite

In what will be their eighth collaboration, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton will bring 1960s television series Dark Shadows to the big screen. The gothic soap opera chronicled the strange occurrences at Collinwood Mansion in Maine. Depp will play Barnabas Collins, a two-hundred-year-old vampire in search of his lost love. Deadline reports that production should begin in April 2011. This most likely takes Depp out of the running to join Kathryn Bigelow’s next film, Triple Frontier, with Tom Hanks.

Two clips for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1

This week Warner Bros. released a pair of clips from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. So to ramp up your anticipation for the film’s November 19 release date, here are eight Harry Potters in two clips.

A new trailer for The Way Back

Here is the latest trailer for Peter Weir’s The Way Back starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan. The story follows the struggle of a group of prisoners who escape a Siberian gulag and trek 4000 miles to safety. The Way Back will have an Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles starting December 29 before going wide in 2011.

John Carpenter will direct Darkchylde

Randy Queen’s comic, Darkchylde, is the story of Ariel, a teen who transforms into the creatures from her nightmares. So who better to bring those creatures and nightmares to the screen than John Carpenter? True, he hasn’t had a great run lately, but we’ll lean on his older work. has the story, and WETA has posted some fx test footage here that you should definitely check out.

Blitz international trailer

Here’s an early look at Jason Statham in Blitz, based on one of a series of novels featuring Detective Sergeant Tom Brant by Irish crime writer Ken Bruen. The story follows Brant as he tracks down a serial killer targeting cops. Nathan Parker (Moon) wrote the screen adaptation, and Elliot Lester (Love Is the Drug) directs a cast that includes David Morrissey (Nowhere Boy), Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe), and Paddy Considine (In America). No release date is set.

There Will Be Blood reimagined as a videogame

For film and classic videogame lovers alike, we present Super There Will Be Blood by Tomfoolery. Milkshake!

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

  • This week Universal, Fox, and Sony announced multiple future release dates. Here are some noteworthy ones:
    • Conan 3D - August 19, 2011
    • Larry Crowne starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts - July 1, 2011
    • Safe House starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds - February 10, 2012
    • 21 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill - March 16, 2012
    • Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale- March 16, 2012
    • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) - June 22, 2012
    • The Bourne Legacy - August 3, 2012
    • 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves - November 21, 2012
    • The Dark Tower directed by Ron Howard - May 17, 2013
  • Playlist has some images from Wong Kar-wai’s next film, The Grandmasters, and they’re as beautiful as usual.
  • Terry Gilliam released a short this week titled The Legend of Hallowdega. Check it out in its entirety here.
  • Tarsem Singh (The Fall) will direct one of many new versions of the Snow White fairy tale - LA Times
  • Paramount has moved up the release of True Grit to December 22.
  • Deadline reports that Scarlett Johansson is Cameron Crowe’s top choice to join Matt Damon in We Bought a Zoo, and she’s attached to star in Jonathan Glazer’s (Sexy Beast) Under My Skin in which she’ll play a deadly alien seductress.
  • Al Pacino will star as a crooked hedge fund manager trying to sell off his company before being exposed in writer/director Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage. Susan Sarandon will play his wife, and Eva Green will play his mistress. - Deadline
  • MGM, who just filed for bankruptcy, still hopes to have a new James Bond film in theaters by November 2012 - Bloomberg
  • The Wrap has a slideshow of The Hobbit cast ... so far.

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Comments (2)

  • Rienye  

    Im so pumped they finally doing The Dark Tower. It was an awesome read. Seeing how Ron Howard is directing, its bound to be epic...hope it will be a trilogy at the very least

  • Mitch Tough  

    Is Super There Will Be Blood from Super Nintendo? Or N64? Love that crap, but you should list that there are spoilers on the video....

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