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

  • Publish Date: April 13, 2012
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The first look at Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller Looper

After not one, not two, but three mini previews featuring star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Rian Johnson discussing the film, the full teaser trailer for Looper was finally released yesterday. In the film, Gordon-Levitt plays a hired gun who cleans up the mob’s messes... thirty years in the past. That’s right: time travel exists, but it’s only available on the black market, so when his bosses send back his future self (played by Bruce Willis), Gordon-Levitt is in a bit of a conundrum—he must hunt down and kill... himself. With an intriguing premise and a gritty sci-fi look, Johnson’s third film (he previously directed Brick 72 and The Brothers Bloom 55) could be a surprise hit when it comes to theaters September 28.

Two more clips from The Avengers

The Avengers had its world premiere Thursday night and the Twitter buzz was predominately positive, with Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk getting plenty of shout outs. But if you weren't invited to the premiere and are waiting until May 4 to see it, maybe the following featurette and clip will help satiate your appetite for all things Marvel.

No Catching Fire for Gary Ross

It's official: Gary Ross will not direct Catching Fire, the sequel to the mega-successful The Hunger Games 67. The Playlist broke the news last week, but it took a few days for Gary Ross and Lionsgate to confirm it via dual statements. As for the reasons behind the split, Ross claimed, “As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.” That tight schedule is due to Jennifer Lawrence’s commitment to the X-Men: First Class 65 sequel. Ross went on to praise the studio and his collaborators, and Lionsgate only had kind words for Ross (as they should for a director who helmed their biggest hit which is quickly approaching $500 million in worldwide grosses). It’s not strange for a franchise to use multiple directors. Twilight is the most recent example, but the first (or should we just say good) Star Wars trilogy did it as well as Harry Potter, Alien, Terminator (though Cameron directed the first two), and more. So who should step in to direct? Well 24 Frames reports that Lionsgate has a list of about eight directors that includes Alfonso Cuaron, David Cronenberg, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Cuaron recently wrapped production on Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, but if reports are to be believed he has plenty of post-production effects work to complete before its November 21 release. Cronenberg has his Don DeLillo adaptation Cosmopolis coming out this year, but the material seems a little staid for his taste. Inarritu might have the best chance as he’s struggled to get a couple projects started over the last year. Who would you like to see directing Catching Fire?

A Brave featurette

This latest look at Pixar’s Brave is narrated by Kelly Macdonald as Princess Merida. It’s her story—Pixar’s first to center on a female character—with her independence setting the plot in motion. Brave come to theaters June 22 with the voice talents of Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, and Craig Ferguson.

Watch the first five minutes of Lockout

Still contemplating whether Lockout will be worth checking out this weekend? Well, to help you make up your mind, we have the first five minutes of the film below. If you don’t already know, Guy Pearce stars as Snow, a “loose cannon” sent to rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) after a hostile takeover of a maximum security prison. That prison is in space, by the way.

A short clip from The Dictator

A few weeks back, a new trailer for The Dictator revealed some of the film's plot for the first time. Sacha Baron Cohen’s character loses his position when John C. Reilly shaves off his beard, leaving him wandering the streets until he meets Anna Faris at a protest. A new clip (below) unveiled this week shows a little of what happens after that meet cute. See the film, directed by Larry Charles (Borat 89 and Bruno 54), in theaters on its new date, May 16.

The trailer for teen drama Little Birds

Written and directed by Elgin James, Little Birds follows two 15-year-old girls (Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker) as they leave their Salton Sea home for Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, chasing boys back to L.A. is not approved by Temple’s mother (played by Leslie Mann). The supporting cast also includes Kate Bosworth, Neal McDonough, and Kyle Gallner. Look for it in theaters sometime this summer.

A first look at A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Simon Pegg stars as a children’s author turned crime novelist whose research makes him a paranoid mess in A Fantastic Fear of Everything. When success approaches, Pegg’s Jack decides to face his fears at the laundromat, but instead finds himself on the run from an actual serial killer. The film comes from veteran music video director Chris Hopewell and Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills. Moviegoers in the U.K. will get to see the film beginning June 8, but no U.S. date has been set.

More stars eye The Counselor

Multiple reports this week have Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem joining Michael Fassbender in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, based on Cormac McCarthy’s original spec script. Earlier in the week, Vulture reported that Jolie was looking at a small part in the film which might end of being partially financed and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. That report was followed yesterday by one in Deadline which claimed that both Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem would be cast and that Jolie was actually considering the lead female role instead of just a “small part.” The Playlist got their hands on the script and have a few details on the possible roles for each actor. It looks like Pitt, who was rumored a month ago, would take the role of Westray, who would aid Fassbender’s counselor in selling drugs across the border. Bardem would play Fassbender’s client who initially gets him into trouble, and Jolie would play Malkina, a femme fatale with her hooks into Bardem’s character. In other Jolie news, her live-action re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, has been given a March 14, 2014 release date.

This week's Skyfall featurette

Production continues on Skyfall, and while a trailer isn’t expected until Men in Black III comes to theaters (one reason to go see that film) there have been a few behind-the-scenes peeks at the filmmaking process. This week, along with a set of new photos in which everyone seems to be brandishing a gun, a featurette of on-set interviews was also released. There isn't much new information, but it’ll have to suffice for now. Skyfall hits theaters November 9.

Another Battleship clip

Already getting a relatively poor response from critics abroad (where it has already opened) and here in the states, Battleship chugs along, hoping its box office results are immune to lackluster reviews much like the film it is most compared to, Transformers. The latest featurette focuses on the design of the aliens. Lets just say it looks like the effects are the strength of the film.

A first look at Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle

Morgan Freeman stars as a washed-up novelist who rediscovers his passion for writing after he moves to a small town named Belle Isle and befriends a single mother (Virginia Madsen) and her three kids. Rob Reiner (returning after the little-seen Flipped 45) directs a cast that also includes Fred Willard and Kenan Thompson. The Magic of Belle Isle comes to theaters June 6.

So that's what they look like: I Know That Voice

Hoping for a 2013 release is the documentary I Know that Voice, a look at the people behind some of the most well known voices in the growing industry of voiceover and voice acting. How do they come up with a particular voice? Check out the trailer to find out.

Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl

Hopefully you enjoy “sad bastard” music, because Variety reports that Stuart Murdoch, leader of Belle and Sebastian, has cast Elle Fanning and Olly Alexander in a musical he will write and direct based on his 2009 album God Help the Girl 73. In the film, “Alexander will play James, a cynical guitarist who accompanies Eve's singing and becomes a mentor to Cass (Fanning), an American teen who tags alongside the duo as she learns to play the guitar.” The role of Eve was sung on the album by Catherine Ireton, but the role has not yet been cast for the Glasgow-set film which hopes to begin production in June after a week of sales at Cannes.

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

  • Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Stephen King’s Carrie (starring Chloe Moretz) will hit theaters on March 15, 2013.
  • Woody Allen's next film will shoot mainly in San Francisco (with a small portion in New York), a departure from his recent European projects. - Variety
  • Ben Affleck’s CIA pic Argo moved into the October 12th spot once held by Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. The latter film, an L.A.-set tale starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Josh Brolin, is still expected to come to theaters in late 2012.
  • The currently in-production sci-fi film Ender’s Game, starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin, has moved from a spring release to the fall date of November 1, 2013.
  • Red Lights, the latest thriller from Buried director Rodrigo Cortés starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy, comes to theaters in the U.S. on July 13th.
  • Ben Kingsley is in final negotiations to play the main villain in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3. - Variety
  • Steve Carell is in talks to play the dad in director Lisa Cholodenko’s (The Kids Are All Right) live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
  • Dimension Films announced in a press release that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will begin production this summer. The sequel to 2005’s Sin City will be directed by Robert Rodriguez from a script by Frank Miller and William Monahan, and most of the original’s cast is expected to return.
  • Terence Howard will play a “charming but brutal crime lord” opposite Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in Niels Arden Oplev’s (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Dead Man Down. - Variety
  • Woody Harrelson is in talks to play the villain whom Christian Bale seeks revenge against in Scott Copper’s Crazy Heart follow-up Out of the Furnace. Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana and Casey Affleck were confirmed last week. - Variety
  • Politico reports that Promised Land, the film written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, will actually be about the controversial practice of fracking. Gus Van Sant was tapped to direct after Damon decided he was too busy to make it his directorial debut.
  • Paula Patton (Mission:Impossible - Ghost Protocol) is in talks to star alongside Denzel Washington (which she already did in 2006’s Deja Vu) and Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns, to be directed by Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband). - Deadline
  • Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston could star in We’re the Millers for Dodgeball director Rawson Thurber. The raunchy comedy tells the tale of a “pot dealer who pulls together a fake wife and two kids to pose as an RV road-tripping family so that he can smuggle 1000 pounds of pot cross country.” - Deadline
  • Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are in talks to star in the making-of-Mary Poppins film Saving Mr. Banks. Hanks would play Walt Disney and Thompson would play Poppins author P.L. Travers. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) will direct. - Variety
  • Alex Proyas (Dark City, I, Robot) will direct an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s The Unpleasant Life of Jonathan Hoag, the story of a man who realizes he can’t remember what he does during the day, so he hires husband-and-wife detectives to follow him uncovering some disturbing details about his waking life. - Deadline
  • Even after a few box office flops, David Gordon Green will get to remake Dario Argento’s classic horror film Suspiria. - Deadline
  • F. Gary Gray may direct the biopic of the seminal West Coast rap group N.W.A. - THR
  • Emily Watson, Lena Headey, and Anna Friel will star in the dark comedy The Poisoners for director Jon Amiel (Creation). They will play three English women who get involved with German POWs during the first world war. - THR
  • Mark Wahlberg is in talks to produce and star in an adaptation of John Grisham’s The Partner, the story of a junior partner who discovers his law firm’s plan to defraud the U.S. government of $90 million dollars and then decides to fake his own death, steal the money himself, and flee to Brazil. - Variety
  • In other John Grisham news, Adrian Lyne (Unfaithful, Fatal Attraction) will direct an adaptation of The Associate. - Variety
  • Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) has been offered the director’s chair of the Die Hard in the White House movie Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler, not to be confused with Roland Emmerich’s similar White House-set action flick White House Down. - Heat Vision
  • Director Adam McKay gave a few hints to Salon about Anchorman 2: “custody battle” and “bowling for dollars.” THR has more.
  • Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom opens the Cannes Film Festival on May 25. Until then FilmoFilia has new photos from the film, and The Playlist has soundtrack information.
  • Mel Gibson is still crazy, and so is Joe Eszterhas. The Wrap and Deadline have more.
  • The Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg football comedy 3 Mississippi will be written by John Morris and Sean Anders, who collaborated on Hot Tub Time Machine. Anders, who recently helmed Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy, will also direct. - THR
  • Sharlto Copley has been offered the villain role in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen have already been cast as the other leads. - Variety
  • Check out the design of the spaceship from Ridley Scott’s upcoming film over at Project Prometheus.
  • Robert Luketic (Killers, The Ugly Truth, 21) is assembling quite a cast for his adaptation of Joseph Finder’s Paranoia, a “corporate espionage thriller that is set in the world of dueling telecom giants.” Liam Hemsworth will star a a staffer blackmailed by one CEO to infiltrate the other’s company, and Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are close to signing on as the competing CEOs. - Deadline
  • Check out the first poster and an official synopsis for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Comments (1)

  • df4evr  

    Love the "I Know That Voice" trailer

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