Film Friday (4/18): This Week's New Trailers + News

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The first trailer for David Fincher’s Gone Girl

After bringing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the big screen in 2011, David Fincher makes it two best-sellers in a row with an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. The story follows Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) as he becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Rosamund Pike plays his wife, and the supporting cast includes Kim Dickens, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Patrick Fugit, Tyler Perry, and “Blurred Lines” video star Emily Ratajkowski. Flynn, who wrote the screenplay, revealed that the final act has been re-written for the film, so even those who read the book can expect some surprises. Fincher will once again have Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scoring the film, but it’s Richard Butler’s cover of “She” that lends a creepy feeling to this first trailer. Gone Girl hits theaters on October 3rd.

A final look at X-Men: Days of Future Past

While THR reports on director Bryan Singer’s legal troubles, the latest trailer for his third X-Men film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, came out this week, and it’s the best one yet as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine goes back in time to recruit the cast from X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till) to fight Peter Dinklage’s Bolivar Trask and the Sentinels. The original cast of Singer’s X-Men and X2: X-Men United (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, and Daniel Cudmore) get their own timeline as well. First-timers include Omar Sy as Bishop, Fan Bingbing as Blink, Booboo Stewart as Warpath, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, and Adan Canto as Sunspot. Look for these and other mutants in theaters beginning May 23rd.

Walk of Shame red-band

In the new trailer for Walk of Shame, everyone thinks Elizabeth Banks is a prostitute, but she’s actually a reporter whose dreams of becoming an anchor are put in jeopardy after she’s stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, money, or ID, and only eight hours to make it on the air. James Marsden plays the one-night stand partially responsible for her predicament, and Gillian Jacobs and Sarah Wright play her friends. Written and directed by Steven Brill (Drillbit Taylor), Walk of Shame opens May 2nd.

A look at Sundance hit Obvious Child

In Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child, Jenny Slate plays a comedian who is dumped by her boyfriend, then gets pregnant from a one-night stand. Don’t worry; it’s a comedy. The supporting cast includes Jake Lacy (The Office), Gaby Hoffman, Richard Kind, Gabe Liedman and David Cross, and the film received good reviews from critics when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Look for it in theaters beginning June 9th.

Jersey Boys make music for Clint Eastwood

Coming to theaters June 20th is Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys. If the trailer is any indication, it looks like the film will use a multiple POV structure similar to the musical in telling the story of rise and fall of 1960s rock group, the Four Seasons. John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony-winning role as Frankie Valli, and he’s joined by Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, and Christopher Walken.

The Immigrant

James Gray’s latest delves deeply into America’s past by looking at the plight of a Polish immigrant (Marion Cotillard) and her relationship with a low-level opportunist (Joaquin Phoenix ) and his magician cousin (Jeremy Renner). The film has received mixed early reviews, but plenty of praise has been given to the performances (especially Cotillard's) and the cinematography of Darius Khondji (Se7en, Amour). The Immigrant comes to select theaters on May 16th.

The Rover

Director David Michôd’s follow-up to his 2010 debut feature, Animal Kingdom, is set 10 years after the collapse of society and follows Guy Pearce as he tracks down the the gang who stole his car, with the reluctant help of a wounded man (Robert Pattinson) left behind after the theft. Michôd wrote the screenplay based on an original story idea he developed with Joel Edgerton. The Rover opens in a few theaters on June 13th before expanding nationwide on the 20th.

Michael C. Hall finds July a bit chilly

Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are, Stake Land) directs Cold in July, a Texas-set thriller starring Michael C. Hall as a family man whose life spirals out of control after he kills a burglar. Sam Shepard plays the burglar’s ex-con father, and Don Johnson plays a private investigator in this adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s novel. Cold in July comes to theaters and VOD on May 23rd.

Lineup announced for Cannes Film Festival

Jean-Luc Godard, David Cronenberg, Mike Leigh, Tommy Lee Jones, Ken Loach, Bennett Miller, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Atom Egoyan, Bertrand Bonello, Xavier Dolan, Olivier Assayas, Michel Hazanavicius, and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will all have films in competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It’s a loaded festival with plenty of past winners and a few hopeful newcomers. While Ryan Gosling’s debut feature, Lost River, will screen in the Un Certain Regard section, Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven) had to pull his new film (The Cut) out of the festival at the last second. And, according to festival director Thierry Fremaux, Terrence Malick didn’t have a film ready, though that’s what happens when you’re working on three at the same time. The festival runs from May 14-25, but right now you can get early looks at a few of the competitors (Egoyan’s The Captive, Cronenberg’s Map to the Stars, and Jones’ The Homesman) via their French trailers.

Should I stay or should I go?

Prepare for a good cry. Below is the first trailer for the big-screen adaptation of Gayle Forman's 2009 novel, If I Stay. Directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) from a script by Shauna Cross (Whip It), the drama stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia Hall, a gifted cellist who has been admitted to Juilliard. But her plans are put on hold when she’s hospitalized after a car wreck that leaves her suspended between life and death, able to watch those around her while trying to decide on her next step. If I Stay opens on August 22nd.

God’s Pocket

Mad Men’s John Slattery’s makes his feature directing debut with God’s Pocket, an adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel about the tough times of Mickey Scarpato (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Mickey is a small-time thief whose stepson has recently died in a construction accident. He doesn’t care too much about it, but his wife (Christina Hendricks) does, so Mickey looks into it, falling deeper into debt in the process. The strong supporting cast includes Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Eddie Marsan, but the film got poor reviews from critics when it premiered at Sundance in January. Look for God's Pocket in select theaters beginning May 9th.

Always Crash-ing in the same car

When it premiered in Toronto last year, Paul Haggis’s latest film Third Person received poor reviews, but it is still headed to theaters later this year. The film follows three stories in three different cities. In Paris, Liam Neeson plays Michael, a writer having an affair with Anna (Olivia Wilde). In Rome, Adrien Brody plays Scott, an American businessman who gets involved with a woman (Moran Atias) trying to reunite with her daughter. In New York, Mila Kunis plays a washed-up soap opera star caught in a custody battle with her artist ex-husband (James Franco). If you liked Crash, maybe this one’s for you.

The Green Inferno

Though he has been producing and starring in plenty of films, Eli Roth has not directed a feature since 2007’s Hostel: Part II. Now he’s back, and he’s brought Amazonian cannibals with him. The Green Inferno's story follows a group of college students on a mission to stop the deforestation of the Peruvian jungle. Unfortunately, their plane crashes, and they discover that the tribe they intended to help only wants their flesh. The Green Inferno arrives in theaters on September 5th.

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

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu’s black comedy Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, will open on October 17th.
  • Speaking of Iñárritu, Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the director’s upcoming adaptation of Michael Punke’s book The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge, the story of a 19th century fur trapper who seeks revenge on the men who leave him for dead after he’s mauled by a bear.- Deadline
  • The sequel to Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL, will be released on July 3, 2015.
  • David Fincher will probably not direct Sony’s Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic after all. - THR
  • Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu. - Heat Vision
  • Chloe Moretz will star in an adaptation of Rick Yancey's YA novel The 5th Wave. J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) will direct from a script by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich). - The Wrap
  • Gerard Butler will star in writer-director Dean Devlin’s Geostorm, the story of a satellite designer who must save the world from a man-made storm. - Heat Vision
  • Brad Pitt will star, and David Michôd (Animal Kingdom and the upcoming The Rover, above) will write and direct an adaptation of Michael Hastings’ The Operators, a portrait of General Stanley McChrystal and other U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan. - THR
  • Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in Jay Roach’s biopic on blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. - Variety
  • Writer David Berenbaum (Elf) is writing a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire, with original director Chris Columbus and star Robin Williams attached. - THR
  • Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will team up for a third time in Border Guards. Adam McKay is in talks to direct the story of two friends who must sneak back into the U.S. after being stranded in Mexico. - Deadline
  • Michael B. Jordan will star in the CIA thriller Men Who Kill. - Variety
  • Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith will star in an adaptation of James McBride’s story of a young slave, The Good Lord Bird. - Deadline
  • Boaz Yakin (Safe) will direct Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, and Jay Hernandez in the family film Max, the story of a military dog adopted by his fallen handler’s family. - THR
  • David Koechner will play a scout leader in Christopher Landon’s Scouts Vs. Zombies. - Deadline
  • Chris Pine is in talks to star in Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hour, a coast guard drama based on the true 1952 story of two oil tankers caught in a Nor'easter. - THR
  • Steven Spielberg will produce and possibly direct The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara from a script by Tony Kushner (Lincoln), based on David Kertzer’s book about an Italian Jew who in 1858 was taken from his parents at the age of 7 and raised as a Catholic. - Variety

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  • LamontRaymond  

    Sign me up for The Green Inferno. Trailer is bad-ass.

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