Film Friday (4/25): This Week's New Trailers + News

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  • Publish Date: April 25, 2014

12 years, a trailer

Coming to theaters July 11th is Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s ambitious, one-of-a-kind project that follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his sister Samatha (Lorelei Linklater) and his parents, played by Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, over a 12-year period. What makes the movie unique is that Linklater actually shot the film over a dozen years, periodically filming scenes as the actors aged and their characters evolved. The film premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, making Boyhood an early contender for 2014's highest-scoring film. Below is the just-released first official look at the film.

A censored Sex Tape trailer

The Bad Teacher team of director Jake Kasdan and stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel reunite for this story about married parents Annie and Jay, a couple whose love life needs a spark. Unfortunately for them, the video of their three-hour marathon sex session gets uploaded to the cloud, and nobody understands the cloud. Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob Lowe play just a few of the people Annie and Jay would like to prevent from seeing their video. Sex Tape hits theaters July 25th.

Ping Pong Summer

Michael Tully (Septien, Cocaine Angel) writes and directs this 1985-set coming-of-age story about 13-year-old Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte) and his summer in Ocean City, Maryland. Rad’s two obsessions are hip hop and ping pong, and together they make for a summer filled with surprising friendships and first love. Susan Sarandon plays Mr. Miyagi to Rad’s Daniel Larusso, and Lea Thompson and John Hannah play his mom and dad while Amy Sedaris shows up as his Aunt Peggy. Ping Pong Summer comes to select theaters June 6th.

Another look at Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Here’s a quick look at Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Miller’s and Robert Rodriguez’s sequel to 2005’s Sin City. Written by Miller, the film combines two existing stories with a pair of new tales featuring Jessica Alba’s Nancy and a gambler played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While the film has the same look as the original, and some of the same cast members (Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Powers Booth, Jamie King), there are some new faces playing old characters (Josh Brolin, Dennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung), as well as some new faces playing new characters (Eva Green, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Juno Temple). Look for Dame in theaters beginning August 22nd.

As Above, So Below

Directed by John Erick Dowdle (Devil, Quarantine) from a script co-written with his brother, Drew Dowdle, As Above, So Below brings the found-footage horror concept to the catacombs of Paris as a team of explorers discover an evil beneath the City of Light. Ben Feldman (Mad Men’s Michael Ginsberg), Perdita Weeks, and Edwin Hodge star. The film opens August 15th.

The Love Punch

Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) writes and directs this heist comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson as a divorced couple whose nest egg disappears after a hostile takeover. With the help of their best friends, played by Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall, they attempt to steal a $10 million diamond necklace from the very man that ruined them. Having already premiered in the UK to relatively poor reviews, The Love Punch will hit select U.S. theaters on May 23rd.

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

  • Have gun, will travel? After exiting its August release date, the long-troubled production Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman, will now surface on February 20, 2015.
  • Tom Hanks is attached to star in the Cold War story of attorney James Donovan’s negotiation to release downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers from the Soviet Union. - THR
  • Jessica Chastain will play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel Blonde. - The Wrap
  • Now that David Fincher has dropped out of the Steve Jobs biopic, Sony is courting Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) to direct, and Boyle wants Leonardo DiCaprio to star. - THR
  • Ray Fisher will play Cyborg in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. - Variety
  • According to Peter Jackson, the final film of The Hobbit trilogy will now be titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies rather than The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
  • Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o are in talks to voice the python Kaa and Mowgli’s wolf mother Rakcha, respectively, and join Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, in Jon Favreau’s live-action/CG take on The Jungle Book. - Heat Vision
  • Ron Howard is attached to direct Joel Dicker’s international best-selling novel The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair. - Deadline
  • A new Flash Gordon movie is in the works at Fox with a script by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who recently wrote Star Trek 3. - Heat Vision
  • Peeps—yes, the classic, fun-to-microwave Easter candy—could come to the big screen with the help of director Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City). - Deadline
  • Doug Liman is in talks to direct Philip Reeve's children's book Railhead, the story of a thief set in a world where trains travel through space portals. - Heat Vision
  • Jon Turteltaub (Last Vegas) will direct the big-screen adaptation of Disney’s theme park attraction It’s a Small World. - Deadline
  • Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) will direct Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette in the Morwenna Banks-scripted Miss You Already. - Variety
  • Felicity Jones will star in Juan Antonio Bayona’s adaptation of Patrick Ness’ fantasy novel A Monster Calls. - Deadline
  • Len Wiseman (Underworld) will direct Black Chapter, the story of an “FBI agent who is drawn into a classified military program that trains its operatives to use paranormal abilities.” - Variety
  • Sony has acquired the rights to turn Mattel’s Barbie into a live-action comedy. - Deadline
  • Renowned producer Frank Marshall will return to directing with The Longest Night, the story of a 2008 Coast Guard rescue mission. - THR
  • Jackie Earl Haley will direct John Travolta, Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens, and Rebecca Da Costa in Criminal Activities. - Deadline
  • Nicholas Stoller wants to direct a 1940s-set comedy in which Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart will play the first white cop/black cop pairing in history. - /Film
  • Mark Strong will play Sacha Baron Cohen’s secret agent brother in the spy comedy Grimsby. - Variety
  • Zooey Deschanel, Anton Yelchin, John Hawkes, Ciarán Hinds, and Alia Shawkat will star in the adaptation of Tom Drury’s novel The Driftless Area. Zachary Sluser will direct from a script he co-wrote with Drury. - Variety
  • A third Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie is in the works. - Variety
  • Emily Browning is in talks to star opposite Tom Hardy, who’s playing both Reggie and Ronnie Kray, in Brian Helgeland’s Legends. - THR
  • Amanda Seyfried will play the role of Mary in Joe Wright’s Pan. - Warner Bros.
  • Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) will star as Jem in Jon M. Chu’s Jem and the Holograms movie, with Stefanie Scott as Jem's sister Kimber, Aurora Perrineau as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko as Aja. - THR

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