22 Jump Street gets a final red-band trailer
With each movie, (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie), Phil Lord and Chris Miller have accomplished the rare feat of pleasing critics and audiences; their Metascores have increased along with the domestic grosses for their films. Can 22 Jump Street maintain the streak? Probably not, but the continuing story of Jenko and Schmidt (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) looks extremely funny as they go undercover at college and go on spring break. Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Rob Riggle, and Dave Franco also reprise their roles, and Peter Stormare joins the fun. Look for it in theaters June 13th.
A new look at A Most Wanted Man
Working from a script by Andrew Bovell (Lantana), director Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) brings John Le Carré’s 2008 novel A Most Wanted Man to select U.S. theaters on July 25th. Set in Hamburg, Germany in 2012, the story follows Issa (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a Chechen Muslim who illegally enters the country and becomes a pawn in a terrorist investigation. In one of his last screen roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the head of a German spy unit who will use any means necessary to stop a threat. Caught in his web are Rachel McAdams as Issa’s lawyer and Willem Dafoe as a banker sponsoring Issa’s defense.
Two new red-band trailers for Neighbors
Coming to theaters May 9th after receiving good reviews at the SXSW Film Festival, Neighbors stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple with a newborn baby whose lives are suddenly turned upside-down when a fraternity moves in next door. Zac Efron plays the leader of the fraternity while Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Hannibal Buress, Lisa Kudrow, Jake Johnson, Craig Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, and Jason Mantzoukas all have supporting roles. Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement) directs what will be called Bad Neighbours in the UK.
Jon Favreau's latest recipe: a return to small-scale filmmaking
After directing blockbuster hits (Iron Man) and misses (Cowboys & Aliens), Jon Favreau returns to his indie roots (but with a much more well-known cast) with Chef. The writer-director stars as a restaurant chef who, after losing his job, decides to start up a food truck in hopes of reigniting his passion for food and reconnecting with his son (parallels with Favreau’s film career are merely coincidental). The cast includes Sofia Vergara as his ex-wife, Dustin Hoffman as the owner of the restaurant, Oliver Platt as the critic who hastens his departure, and Bobby Cannavale, John Leguizamo and Scarlett Johansson as employees at the restaurant. Oh, and Iron Man shows up as well. After scoring mixed reviews at its SXSW screening, Chef arrives in theaters May 9th.
Zach Braff is here
Bravely battling Garden State backlash and Kickstarter blowback, Zach Braff returns to directing with this story of Aidan Bloom (Braff), an actor, father, and husband struggling to find purpose in his life while indie pop plays in the background. As he deals with a dying father (Mandy Patinkin), his brother (Josh Gad), and a hardworking wife (Kate Hudson), he homeschools his two quirky kids (Joey King and Pierce Gagnon). Reviews from the film's premiere at Sundance were not great (or even good), but you'll have a chance to catch Wish I Was Here in theaters on July 18th.
An extended look at Godzilla (the movie, not the monster)
Spoiler Alert! If you don’t want to know what happens to Juliette Binoche in director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, you might not want to watch this trailer. While still only providing a glimpse of the main star, this latest extended look at the film provides a little more shape to the story as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, and Ken Watanabe try to survive the beast’s awakening. Look for the famous movie monster in 2D, 3D, and IMAX theaters beginning May 16th.
This week in Episode VII news
While Star Wars: Episode VII has already begun shooting, the only official casting announcement has been R2D2. But Heat Vision reports that Peter Mayhew will be back as Chewbacca, and the latest casting rumors include Maisie Richardson-Sellers, an unknown actress with no film credits. THR also reports that “director J.J. Abrams and Disney are planning to build out an extensive re-creation of Tatooine” in Abu Dhabi. Can we expect another visit to Mos Eisley?
A few clues to Chinese Puzzle
Romain Duris returns for a third installment in writer-director Cédric Klapisch’s look at the life and loves of Xavier, continuing a series that began with L’Auberge Espagnole and continued with Russian Dolls. Now 40 years old, Xavier’s marriage to Wendy (Kelly Reilly) is breaking up as she moves to New York City with their kids, so he decides to move as well. As he tries to make a go of it in the U.S., he struggles to find his way while reconnecting with Martine (Audrey Tautou) and Isabelle (Cécile De France). Chinese Puzzle opens in select theaters on May 16th.
We Are the Best!
Director Lukas Moodysson returns to the more welcoming tone of his earlier work (Show Me Love, Together) with this adaptation of his wife’s graphic novel Never Goodnight, the story of three 13-year-old girls who form a punk band in Stockholm in 1982. When it screened in Venice last year, the coming-of-age film was met with universal praise from critics. We Are the Best! opens in limited release on May 30th.
Don’t let Borgman into your house
When it premiered at Cannes last year, Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman was the first Dutch film to play in competition in 38 years. The surreal story follows the mysterious title character, first seen living in a underground forest dwelling, and his impact (with the help of some unexplained powers and two accomplices) on a bourgeois family with whom he seeks refuge. Jan Bijvoet (Broken Circle Breakdown) plays the title role in this creepy head-trip, which arrives in limited release in the U.S. on June 6th.
A look at Sundance entry I Origins
Another Earth writer-director Mike Cahill returned to Sundance this year with another strange “what-if” tale about a molecular biologist (Michael Pitt) and his partner (Brit Marling), who uncover evidence that may fundamentally change what people believe. The film won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which is given to “outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character,” but it received mixed reviews from critics. Astrid Berges-Frisbey plays Pitt’s lover and the inspiration for his life-changing theory. I Origins opens on July 18th.
Decoding Annie Parker
Samantha Morton stars as the title character in this true story about the research and relationships that went into finding a link between DNA and breast cancer. Helen Hunt plays Mary-Claire King, a geneticist working to get funding to prove her theory. Aaron Paul, in a variety of ridiculous haircuts, plays Morton’s husband, and the rest of the supporting cast includes Corey Stoll, Maggie Grace, Alice Eve, Rashida Jones, Bradley Whitford, and Ben McKenzie. Decoding Annie Parker is director Steven Bernstein’s feature debut and comes to select theaters on May 2nd.
When the Game Stands Tall
Jim Caviezel stars as legendary high school football coach Bob Ladouceur in this story of Concord (California) De La Salle’s 151-game winning streak. Based on the book by Neil Hayes, adapted by Scott Marshall Smith (The Score, Men of Honor), directed by Thomas Carter (Coach Carter), and with a supporting cast that includes Laura Dern and Michael Chiklis, When the Game Stands Tall opens August 22nd.
Trailers for two animated sequels
With the release of Rio 2 comes new trailers for the sequel to 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon and 2013‘s Planes. First up, How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits 2D and 3D theaters on June 13th. The film finds Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless charting new territories when they discover a secret ice cave with hundreds of wild dragons being cared for by the Dragon Rider (Cate Blanchett). Learning of a new threat, Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid (America Ferrera) and other returning characters must fight to save dragons and mankind.
Planes: Fire & Rescue comes to theaters on July 18th and finds Dusty (Dane Cook) joining forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger, super scooper Dipper (Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers to battle a massive wildfire in Piston Peak National Park.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- It began with Twilight, continued with The Hunger Games, and now Allegiant, the final book in Veronica Roth’s young adult trilogy, will be split into two films. - Deadline
- The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, will be rated PG-13 (not R) when it opens on April 25th. - THR
- Guy Ritchie’s 3D take on the King Arthur legend will be released on July 22, 2016.
- Roger Donaldson’s November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko, will hit theaters on August 27th.
- The third Captain America movie will face off against the Man of Steel sequel on May 6, 2016.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor is the top choice to play the villain in the next James Bond film. - Variety
- David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) is in talks to direct a remake of Pete’s Dragon from a script he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks. - The Wrap
- Keanu Reeves will star in Eli Roth’s psychological thriller Knock Knock. - Deadline
- Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) will write and direct the Spider-Man spin-off Sinister Six, which will hit theaters before The Amazing Spider-Man 4. - Heat Vision
- Ray Winstone will play Gary Busey’s role in the Point Break remake. - Variety
- Breck Eisner (The Crazies) will direct Karate Kid 2, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. - Deadline
- A new Battlestar Galactica movie (unconnected to the recent Syfy reboot) will be written by Jack Paglen (Transcendence). - Variety
- Baby Mama castmates and real-life best friends Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will play sisters who get thrown out of their parents’ house in The Nest. Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) will direct. - Showbiz 411
- Todd Haynes has added Carrie Brownstein and John Magaro to the cast of Carol, which is already in production with stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. - The Wrap & THR
- Jeremy Irvine will star in Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall, a look at the gay riots and demonstrations against the police raid of the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. - Deadline
- Adrien Brody has joined Salma Hayek and Shohreh Aghdashloo in director Wayne Blair’s (The Sapphires) adaptation of Dalia Sofer’s novel The September of Shiraz. - Deadline
- Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) will rewrite the Masters of the Universe movie and is one of the favorites to direct (along with Mike Cahill). - The Wrap
- Brie Larson will star in the indie drama Room. Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) will direct from Emma Donoghue’s adaptation of her own novel. - Deadline
- Sean Penn will direct The Last Face starring Charlize Theron as a relief worker, Javier Bardem as a doctor and Adele Exarchopoulos as a journalist in Africa. - Variety
- Ken Marino has joined Jack Black and Amy Ryan in Rob Letterman’s Goosebumps adaptation. - Deadline
- Fox is considering doing more solo films for certain X-Men characters, including Gambit, the long-rumored Deadpool, and Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique. - EW