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

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  • Publish Date: October 8, 2010

Superman: third time's a charm?

The first feature film version of Superman, starring Christopher Reeve and directed by Richard Donner, spawned three sequels, each less successful than the last. Superman Returns, the second incarnation starring Brandon Routh and directed by Bryan Singer, also stalled at the box office, but now a third take on the DC Comics character that Christopher Nolan is producing will be coming to theaters, and Deadline reports that Zack Snyder will direct. The director of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Watchmen, 300, and Dawn of the Dead might not have been Warner Bros.'s first pick, according to Vulture, but due to time constraints (pending lawsuits), troubles with David S. Goyer’s script, and Snyder’s experience with action and ability to work fast (except for when he’s using super slo-mo on screen), he became the choice for Superman: Man of Steel. Who will follow in the footsteps of Reeve, Routh, Margot Kidder, Kate Bosworth, and Terrance Stamp (if General Zod is the villain, as THR reports)? Let the speculation begin.

Not the redhead, but the blonde

Emma Stone was confirmed by Sony this week as the love interest opposite Andrew Garfield in the upcoming Marc Webb-directed Spider-Man, but she won’t be playing Mary Jane. Instead, Stone, a natural blonde, will play Gwen Stacy. The plot for this latest version of Spider-Man is unknown, but in the comics, Peter Parker meets Stacy in college, and she becomes his first love. Read the full press release on Sony’s website, here. Spider-Man is currently slated for a July 3, 2012 release in 3D.

True Grit theatrical trailer

Last week was just a tease to whet your appetite. This week provides a more in-depth look at the Coen Brothers’ version of True Grit, with a little help from Johnny Cash. Jeff Bridges stars as US Marshal Rooster Cogburn, Matt Damon as Texas Ranger La Boeuf, Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross, and James Brolin as her father’s killer, Tom Chaney. What’s it about? Just watch the trailer, but if you’re averse to spoilers, you can check out the first poster instead.  See it in theaters on December 25.

Paranormal Activity 2 TV spot

The first theatrical trailer was so scary (for some) that many theaters stopped showing it prior to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse screenings. That might have had more to do with the audience than the trailer, but judge for yourself. Here is the second available look at Paranormal Activity 2. Tod Williams (The Door in the Floor) takes over directing duties from Oren Peli, but Katie Featherston returns and this time there is a baby. Get scared in theaters starting October 22.

Julie Taymor’s The Tempest gets a trailer

Here’s a first look at Julie Taymor’s (Across the Universe) adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The film stars Helen Mirren as Prospera (a gender change from the original Prospero) who conjures up a storm to set in motion a plot to restore her daughter Miranda’s (Felicity Jones) rightful place, which was usurped by her dead husband’s brother, Antonio (Chris Cooper). Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, and Djimon Hounsou also star. The Tempest will get a limited release December 10 before expanding.

Tony Gilroy and The Bourne Legacy

Deadline reports that Tony Gilroy, the writer behind the first three Bourne movies (and director of Michael Clayton and Duplicity), has been selected to write and direct the fourth film in the series. There is no word on whether Matt Damon will reprise his role as Jason Bourne, but in the past he has indicated that he would not return without Paul Greengrass as director.

A second look at The Tourist

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in romantic thriller The Tourist, based on the French film Anthony Zimmer, about a unsuspecting tourist who finds that his life is in danger after an encounter with a mysterious woman. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) directs from a script by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). See it in theaters December 10.

The first full trailer for 127 Hours

The story of hiker Aaron Ralston is well known, but just in case you don’t know what happens in the end, we won’t spoil it for you. Danny Boyle directs this look at how Ralston coped during the 127 hours he was trapped after a boulder fell on his arm. The film and James Franco’s performance as Ralston have received early Oscar buzz after screenings in Toronto and Telluride, and this trailer -- especially after the one minute and thirty second mark -- gives you a good idea why. 127 Hours will be in theaters on November 5.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader international trailer

Michael Apted takes over directing duties from Andrew Adamson for the third adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader returns Lucy and Edmund to Narnia along with their cousin, Eustace, and they again join up with Prince (now King) Caspian and Reepicheep to save Narnia. See it in theaters December 10.

Alfonso Cuaron continues to have problems with Gravity

First Angelina Jolie turned him down, and now Natalie Portman has done the same. Can’t a guy get a break? Well if reports are true, Alfonso Cuaron might get to make his first feature since 2007’s Children of Men with Sandra Bullock. According to THR, she is currently in negotiations to star in Gravity, the story of two astronauts struggling to survive after space debris damages most of their space station and kills most of the crew. Robert Downey Jr. is also attached, but with the history of this project, that attachment might be pretty loose by now.

Faster red band trailer

If we learn anything from our first look at Faster, it’s don’t mess with The Rock, especially after starring in a series of kid flicks. Dwayne Johnson stars as an ex-con out to avenge his brother’s death, and it looks like he’s going to be successful, at least body count-wise (emotionally, we’re not so sure). George Tillman Jr. (Notorious) directs from a script by Tony (Murder by Numbers) and Joe (Bulletproof) Gayton. Faster hits theaters November 24.

The first trailer for Burke and Hare

John Landis returns to feature directing for the first time in a decade with Burke and Hare. The film is based on real-life murderers William Burke and William Hare, but the tone is more black comedy than bleak even though the pair committed seventeen murders and sold their victims to Doctor Robert Knox for dissection. Simon Pegg plays Burke, and Andy Serkis plays Hare while Isla Fisher, Tim Curry, Tom Wilkinson, and Christopher Lee join in the murderous fun. No release date is set for the U.S. yet, but U.K. theaters will start showing it October 29.

Inhale trailer

Dermot Mulroney stars as a father willing to go to extreme lengths to find a lung donor for his daughter in director Baltasar Kormakur’s (101 Reykjavik) first English-language feature, Inhale. Diane Kruger plays his wife while Sam Shepard, Rosanna Arquette, Jordi Molla, and Vincent Perez fill out the cast. Catch it in theaters starting October 22.

Ron Howard to direct My Stroke of Insight

The story of neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor’s massive stroke and eight-year recovery will now become a film directed by Ron Howard. My Stroke of Insight will be adapted from Taylor’s memoir of the same name. Deadline also reports that Jodie Foster is wanted for the lead role.

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

  • DreamWorks will give Halo another chance at becoming a film - Vulture
  • The Avalanche videogame franchise Just Cause may also be heading to the big screen - Variety
  • File this under inevitable remake news: Billy Ray (Breach) will write and direct an English-language version of 2009's foreign-language Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes - Deadline
  • And in inevitable musical adaptation news, the 2006 Tony-winner for best musical, Jersey Boys, is headed to the big screen - THR
  • The title for the third Transformers film is Transformers: The Dark of the Moon - Collider
  • The Hangover 2 will be set in Bangkok and Los Angeles, and Ken Jeong will return as Mr. Chow - The Playlist (or go here for a rumored story detail)
  • Pretty much everyone thinks that Peter Jackson will end up directing The Hobbit - The Wrap and Deadline
  • Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct the big-screen, 3D adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Variety
  • Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood) and Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire) have joined the cast for the fourth Mission: Impossible film already shooting in Prague - Deadline and THR
  • David Fincher revealed three more members of the cast for his English-language adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff, and David Dencik - Playlist
  • Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp are both rumored to be interested in Kathryn Bigelow’s next film, Sleeping Dogs - Deadline
  • Sam Raimi’s next film will be The Wizard of Oz prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful - Deadline
  • Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth have joined the cast of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - Heat Vision
  • Noomi Rapace, Carey Mulligan, and Abbie Cornish are all in the running to play the female lead in Ridley Scott’s 3D Alien prequel - Deadline
  • The Nicolas Cage-starring, Dominic Sena-directed supernatural adventure film Season of the Witch will be released on January 7, 2011 - Variety
  • Director David O. Russell has left the planned adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in order to direct the dramedy Old St. Louis, starring Vince Vaughn - Vulture

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  • Collin  

    I still don't understand all of the so-so talk about Superman Returns. The film made almost 400 million dollars world-wide and has a 72 on Metacritic! That seems pretty successful to me. I know the studio "expected" it to make more and maybe they were disappointed subjectively (because they wanted more from Superman), but objectively it was a pretty big hit! This reboot crap is nonsense. The sequel would obviously get to be more grandiose (a la X-Men 2) and therefore most likely attract a larger crowd. Give it another chance you greedy fools!

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