The first look at Thor: The Dark World
With Iron Man 3 coming to theaters next Friday, Marvel has begun to prepare audiences for its next superhero solo mission, Thor: The Dark World. Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) takes over directing duties from Kenneth Branagh to tell this story of Thor’s battle against Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and his army of Dark Elves. Returning to help Thor are his mother and father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and Frigga (Rene Russo), and pals Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Heimdall (Idris Elba), Sif (Jaimie Alexander), and Fandral (now played by Zachary Levi). Natalie Portman is back and in danger as Jane Foster, but at least she gets to visit Asgard this time. However, it looks like her mates from Thor (Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard) get left behind. The real surprise is at the end. Guess who’s back? Find out by watching the trailer now or seeing the movie when it his theaters on November 8th.
Wong Kar-Wai's Grandmaster finally emerges
Even horrible voiceover narration can’t ruin the beautiful images Wong Kar-Wai creates. Take this first official teaser for the film’s U.S release. It features Tony Leung doing his thing in the rain as a deep voice speaks ominous platitudes. That’s why the mute button exists. Enjoy The Grandmaster without the trailer guy’s voice when the delayed film finally arrives in North America on August 23rd.
Last call for Adderall
With possibly the best opening and closing lines for a trailer this year, Sofia Coppola reveals all she needs to about the world in which Emma Watson and her thieving friends live. Based on the true story of a series of celebrity home robberies that occurred in Los Angeles in 2008 and 2009, The Bling Ring is Coppola’s latest look at the rich and famous, but from a completely different perspective. The film will open Cannes’ Un Certain Regard slate before hitting U.S. theaters on June 14th.
Beware The East
From the writer, director, and star of Sound of My Voice 67 comes this story of an ex-FBI Agent (Brit Marling, again co-writing the script as well) who infiltrates an anarchist collective only to find herself beginning to sympathize with the group’s leader, played by Alexander Skarsgård. Director Zal Batmanglij’s strong cast also includes Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson. Early reviews have been solid for this thriller that comes to theaters May 31st.
Party at Monsters University
In 2001’s Monsters, Inc., John Goodman’s Sulley and Billy Crystal’s Mike Wazowski were best buds, but it wasn’t always like that. Back in college, they were rival roommates vying to get in the scare program. So how did they become the best team at Monsters, Inc? That’s what Monsters University is all about. Throw in a plethora of new monsters and a few references to some classic college comedies and Pixar should have another hit on its hands when the film hits 2D and 3D theaters on June 21st.
David Gordon Green's return to indie
After starting his career with a string of critically acclaimed indie films and then moving successfully to more mainstream fare with Pineapple Express 64, director David Gordon Green lost his way, churning out duds like Your Highness 31 and The Sitter 39. But his next film, the dramedy Prince Avalanche, looks like it could be a return to form. Shot on the sly last year, this remake of the Icelandic film Either Way stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as a mismatched pair who spend a summer painting traffic lines on burned-out Texas roads. After debuting at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, Prince Avalanche is now headed to theaters (and VOD) on August 9th.
Michel Gondry’s new mood
Michel Gondry’s new film, Mood Indigo, doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet, but it sure looks like it needs one as the eclectic filmmaker of The Green Hornet and The We and the I returns to the fantastical worlds of his previous features Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. Based on the novel by Boris Vian, Mood Indigo follows Colin (Romain Duris) and Chloe (Audrey Tautou) as they fall in love, discover Chloe’s illness (she has a water lily growing in her lungs) and try everything to save her life (this involves Colin surrounding her with flowers at all times). Colin is helped by his friends Nicolas (Omar Sy) and Chick (Gad Elmaleh). Here’s something to look forward to later in the year.
Clips and featurettes from upcoming summer blockbusters
With summer movie season nearly upon us, here’s another look at some of the season's most anticipated movies. First up is Iron Man 3, which is already receiving good reviews prior to its release next week. Watch a featurette on the technology that drives the story as well as a clip featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts.
Star Trek Into Darkness is next up on the blockbuster roll call, and reviews are beginning to trickle in before its U.K. premiere. The clips below feature the classic Kirk/Spock dynamic that has always been the heart of the franchise.
Fast & Furious 6 comes to theaters May 24th. A new featurette lays out what’s at stake and what’s motivating the characters in this outing.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- Check out the ultimate summer movie trailer at Movies.com
- Emma Stone is in talks to star in Woody Allen’s next film, which will be shot in the south of France. - Deadline
- Scarlett Johansson will star in Lucy, Luc Besson’s new action film about a woman who acquires special powers after being forced to be a drug mule. Yes, that’s as crazy at it sounds. - Heat Vision
- Naomi Watts is in talks to play a Russian prostitute who befriends Bill Murray’s lead character in St. Vincent De Van Nuys. - Deadline
- Lee Pace will play one of the villains in Guardians of the Galaxy. He will join a cast that includes Ophelia Lovibond, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Michael Rooker. - The Wrap & THR
- Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and Jacki Weaver will join Ryan Reynolds in the thriller The Voices. Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis, Chicken with Plums) will direct. - Deadline & THR
- Robert De Niro will play Shia LaBeouf’s father in D.J. Caruso’s Spy’s Kid, a drama based on the true story of Jim and Nathan Nicholson. - THR
- Jason Sudeikis and Rose Byrne will star alongside Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Blythe Danner, Michael McKean, and Beau Bridges in the romantic comedy Tumbledown. - The Wrap
- Sylvester Stallone wants Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) to direct The Expendables 3. - Coming Soon
- Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, and Alexander Ludwig will star in When the Game Stands Tall, based on the true story of the De La Salle High School football team. - THR
- Chloe Moretz will join Juliette Binoche and Mia Wasikowska in Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria. IFC picked up the domestic rights to the film this week. - Deadline
- Gus Van Sant shot test footage with Alex Pettyfer in hopes of landing the Fifty Shades of Grey directing gig. - The Wrap
- A Dodgeball sequel is in the works. - THR
- Liam McIntyre (TV’s Spartacus) will join Kellan Lutz in Renny Harlin’s Hercules 3D. - Heat Vision
- James Franco, Kate Hudson, and Omar Sy will star in the thriller Good People. - Deadline
- Shia LaBeouf will star alongside Brad Pitt in Fury, David Ayer’s WW II film about a tank crew. - Variety
- The Vacation reboot/remake starring Ed Helms will be delayed due to differing opinions on whether the film should be rated “PG-13” or “R” like the original. - THR
- Mike Nichols is in talks to return to film directing with an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel One Last Thing Before I Go. - The Wrap
- Amanda Seyfried will re-team with her Lovelace directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, to make The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League, based on the true story of high school dropout Esther Reed. - Variety
- Zach Braff has turned to Kickstarter to fund his new film.
- Cole Hauser will join Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, and Cillian Murphy in Wally Pfister’s Transcendence. - Heat Vision
- Jennifer Garner is in talks to join Steve Carell in Miguel Arteta’s adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. - THR
- Fox wants Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in a remake of the musical Guys and Dolls. - Deadline
- Armie Hammer has joined Tom Cruise in Guy Ritchie’s big-screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Deadline
- Sequels are already in the works for upcoming high-concept comedies The Heat (June 28th) and Ride Along (Jan. 17, 2014). - Deadline
- Ryan Reynolds will star in Selfless, a new thriller from director Tarsem about a wealthy older man who has his mind transferred into a young man’s body only to find out the young man was murdered and now he’s being chased by the same killers. Wow. - Deadline
- Jon Favreau will return to his indie-comedy roots and write, direct and star in Chef. - Variety
- Colin Firth, Adam Sandler, Emily Blunt, and Charlize Theron will star in the comedy Murder Mystery for director John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) - THR
- Jake Gyllenhaal will play a freelance crime journalist alongside Rene Russo in Nightcrawler, an indie thriller that will be written an directed by Dan Gilroy. - Variety