The first full trailer for Total Recall
Many moviegoers would say that there’s no need for another Total Recall; after all, the 1990 Paul Verhoeven version starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is packed with classic one-liners, a psycho Sharon Stone, crazy creatures, and memorable villains (Michael Ironside and Ronny Cox in peak form). But remakes are all the rage in Hollywood, so Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard 69) has directed another version of Philip K. Dick’s short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale." Colin Farrell stars as Doug Quaid, Kate Beckinsale is his “loving” wife Lori, and Jessica Biel is Melina. The trailer is loaded with action, but we do get a moment with Bryan Cranston’s evil Vilos Cohaagen. If you're looking for even more Total Recall, you can listen to Wiseman’s commentary on the trailer over at MTV; otherwise, catch the film in theaters beginning August 3rd.
Oliver Stone returns to his comfort zone with Savages
Oliver Stone’s manic style was last seen in theaters with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 59. His next film is based on Don Winslow’s novel Savages, and the story—the girlfriend of two Laguna Beach drug dealers is kidnapped after they refuse to cooperate with the Mexican cartel—seems perfectly suited to the hyper-saturated craziness Stone displayed in his 1994 film, Natural Born Killers 74. Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch play the brains and brawn of the drug operation, while Blake Lively plays their girlfriend. They face off against Salma Hayek’s cartel leader and her number one badass, Benicio Del Toro. The supporting cast includes John Travolta as a DEA agent, Oscar nominee Demián Bichir as a crooked lawyer, plus Mia Maestro and Emile Hirsch. Savages hits theaters July 6th.
Red- (and green-) band trailer for Seth MacFarlane's Ted
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane makes his feature directing debut with this tale of a man and his teddy bear. When he was young, Mark Wahlberg’s John wished his teddy bear (that would be Ted) could talk; that wish came true, but now that he’s 35, his girlfriend (Mila Kunis) would really prefer that Ted move out. What’s a guy to do? Check out the red- and green- band trailers for Ted before it comes to theaters on July 13th.
The first look at Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love
After title changes from The Bop Decameron to Nero Fiddled and finally To Rome with Love, we have a first look at the follow-up to Woody Allen’s surprising box office success, Midnight in Paris 81. He writes, directs, and acts in this multi-story look at love between young and old, American and Italian, escort and client. Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill, Roberto Benigni, and Judy Davis also make up the cast of To Rome with Love, which comes to theaters June 22nd.
A trailer for Whitney Houston's final film
Whitney Houston’s recent death has brought a spotlight to her last film, Sparkle. The drama is a remake of the 1976 film (starring Irene Cara as Sparkle and Philip Michael Thomas as Stix) which itself was a fictionalized account of the story of the Supremes. Director Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom 56) has cast Jordin Sparks in the role of Sparkle, and Derek Luke as Stix, the central couple in the story. Houston plays their mother, Emma, a singer who never fulfilled her potential and tries to protect her daughters from the vagaries of stardom. Mike Epps, Cee-Lo Green, Tinka Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, and Carmen Ejogo fill out the cast. Sparkle will be released August 17th.
Hot casting news for Out of the Furnace
Sam Shepard has joined Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, and Zoe Saldana in Out of the Furnace, Scott Cooper’s long awaited follow-up to 2009’s Crazy Heart 83. Relativity Media announced that production will begin this month, and that “Bale will star as older brother Russell Baze in the film alongside Affleck who will play the role of younger brother Rodney Baze Jr. Saldana has also been cast as Bale’s love interest Lena Warren and Shepard will play Red, Russell and Rodney Baze’s uncle....The film is a drama about fate, circumstance, and redemption. Russell and his younger brother live in the economically depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.” Still to be announced are the members of the “ruthless crime ring,” though Billy Bob Thornton and Forest Whitaker have been rumored as possibilities.
A clip from The Avengers ... and who will direct Captain America 2?
With May 4th fast approaching, Marvel and Disney have revealed the first clip from Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. The clip features Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow taking out some baddies while tied to a chair. Check it out below. Marvel also announced this week that Captain America 2 would hit theaters on April 4, 2014, but the bigger question is the identity of that film's director. Vulture reports that three names are under consideration: George Nolfi (writer/director of The Adjustment Bureau 60), F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job 68, Law Abiding Citizen 34), and the duo of Anthony and Joseph Russo (You, Me and Dupree 46). The Russo brothers, who are best known for their work on TV comedies like Community and Arrested Development, might seem like an odd choice, but Marvel did jettison Patty Jenkins from Thor 2 before hiring TV vet Alan Taylor, and the Russos recently signed on to direct Dwayne Johnson in the action-thriller Ciudad. Which director would you choose?
More singing Tom Cruise in the newest look at Rock of Ages
The latest trailer for Rock of Ages puts a little more emphasis on Tom Cruise’s Stacee Jaxx and a little less on the love story between Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta, but the spirit of Hairspray 81 director Adam Shankman’s latest Broadway to Hollywood adaptation is still intact—including the big hair, bad wigs, and music of Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and more. Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, and Bryan Cranston lend their comedic chops, dancing feet, and singing voices to the film, which arrives June 15th.
Greta Gerwig's latest indie rom-com: Lola Versus
She stars in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress (opening today), but Greta Gerwig can also be seen this summer in Lola Versus, a romantic comedy from Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones who wrote, directed, and starred in Breaking Upwards 56. Gerwig plays Lola, who is dumped by her boyfriend just before their wedding; Joel Kinnaman from The Killing (and recently cast as the new Robocop) does the dumping. The supporting cast includes Hamish Linklater, Bill Pullman, and Debra Winger. See it in theaters beginning June 8th.
Another look at Take this Waltz
Sarah Polley made quite a splash with her debut feature Away From Her 88, but reviews out of TIFF were a little more mixed for her second feature Take This Waltz in which Michelle Williams plays a young married woman who finds herself attracted to her next door neighbor (Luke Kirby). Seth Rogen plays her husband, and Sarah Silverman plays Rogen’s sister, a recovering alcoholic. Take this Waltz gets a limited release beginning June 29th.
The first official US trailer for Bel Ami
In Bel Ami, Robert Pattinson plays George Duroy, a former soldier and social climber who sleeps his way to a better life. His conquests include Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci. Thurman eventually marries Pattinson, while Thomas is tricked into believing he cares for her and Ricci plays Clotilde, his young lover. Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel comes to theaters June 8th.
Michael Winterbottom changes gears again with Trishna
Michael Winterbottom is a prolific filmmaker and a big fan of Thomas Hardy’s novels. He’s already directed The Claim 62, based on The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Jude 68 based on Jude the Obscure. His latest film (following 2011’s terrific The Trip 82), is a modern, India-set adaptation of Hardy's Tess of the d’Urbervilles. The tragic love story involves Frida Pinto’s Trishna, the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner and Riz Ahmed’s Jay, the son of a property developer. Trishna will come to select theaters July 13th.
Liam Neeson plans to work Non-Stop
He has already appeared in The Grey 64 and Wrath of the Titans 37 this year, and he has two more coming soon—Battleship and The Dark Knight Rises—but don’t expect Liam Neeson to slow down anytime soon. He’s already signed on for Taken 2, and now Variety is reporting that Neeson will star in the aptly titled Non-Stop. The film comes from Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment, for which Neeson starred in 2011‘s Unknown 56, a film that earned a respectable $130 million worldwide. In Non-Stop, Neeson will play “a worn-out air marshal who faces a threat while traveling on an international flight.” Sounds about right. Writer/director Paul Haggis also revealed to Vulture that he’s working on a new film titled Third Person that’s “about three story lines, three love stories, three relationships in three different cities that combine in a very odd way: New York, Paris, Rome.” And who will be at the center of the New York love story? None other than Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde. Wilde will play a party reporter who’s in a relationship with Neeson. The man will not rest.
An official trailer for HERE, here
The Armenia-set love story HERE stars Ben Foster as a satellite-mapping engineer and Lubna Azabal as a photographer who meet twice by chance and then decide to take a road trip together. Reviews from Sundance 2011 weren’t great (though one was pretty humorous), so take them into account. Written and directed by Braden King, the film will roll out to New York on April 13th and Los Angeles on April 27th.
A first look at First Position
The documentary First Position follows six young dancers as they compete in the Youth America Grand Prix, a prestigious ballet competition. Director Bess Kargman looks at the sacrifices dancers make to pursue their dreams. See their story in select theaters beginning May 4th.
High School ... get it?
Yes, it’s coming out on 4/20. Yes, it stars a barely recognizable Michael Chiklis and a psycho Adrian Brody, but otherwise this indie comedy about a pair of buddies who get their whole school high so they won’t fail a drug test looks below average. Matt Bush and Sean Marquette play the best friends, and Mykelti Williamson and Andrew Wilson play Brody’s henchmen.
The cast of The Tomb
Variety announced this week that the diverse group of Amy Ryan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, and 50 Cent will join Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jim Caviezel in The Tomb. Mikael Hafstrom (The Rite 38) will direct. In the film, Stallone will play an “expert on structural security who is framed and put in a high-security prison of his own design.” Aiding him in his escape will be Stallone’s fellow convict, Schwarzenegger, and Ryan (who plays Stallone’s business partner and love interest). Caviezel plays the prison’s evil warden while Jones plays one of the prison’s ruthless guards. D'Onofrio will play the “deputy director of the Prisons Bureau who convinces Stallone to take one last job before he retires.” Good or bad? We’ll have to wait until 2013 to see.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- Avatar fans will have to wait until 2015 to see the sequel. - Empire
- Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels will return for Dumb and Dumber 2, which the Farrelly brothers will begin shooting in September. - ComingSoon
- Though his Comic-Con film just arrived this week, Morgan Spurlock has already completed his next documentary, Mansome (it’s about male grooming), and it will be released May 18th in select cities. The Playlist has a few clips from the film.
- Mia Wasikowska will play Madame Bovary in Sophie Barthes's (Cold Souls) adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel. - Variety
- Roland Emmerich, who stepped out of his comfort zone with last year’s Anonymous, is in talks to return to the action genre with White House Down (think Die Hard in the White House). - Deadline
- Amanda Peet will join Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in the comedy Identity Theft. - Variety
- Yes, it’s true; Ashton Kutcher has been cast as Steve Jobs in Joshua Michael Stern’s (Swing Vote) indie biopic Jobs. - Variety
- Check out Christoph Waltz on the set of Django Unchained.
- Adam Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison, will produce a remake of the 1980s cult classic Summer School. - THR
- Barry Levinson, who had great success with The Natural, will return to the subject of baseball and direct an adaptation of Howard Bryant’s The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron. - Variety
- Listen to Danny Elfman’s Dark Shadows score here.
- Dominic Cooper will star opposite Noomi Rapace and Collin Farrell in Dead Man Down from director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Cooper will play a family man who works as Farrell's partner on the street, while Farrell is “infiltrating a crime syndicate responsible for the death of his family” and Rapace is “playing a mysterious, scarred beauty with intimate knowledge of Farrell’s past.” - Variety
- It looks like Hunger Games director Gary Ross will not direct the sequel, Catching Fire. - The Playlist
- Abigail Breslin will star in Haunter as Lisa, a ghost who actually wants to help a young girl instead of scare her. This twist on the typical ghost story will be directed by Splice director Vincenzo Natali. - Variety
- A film based on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is in development. - Variety
- Skyfall has added another Bond girl: Greek model/actress Tonia Sotiropoulou - ComingSoon
- Anyone ready for a reboot of The Mummy? Brendan Fraser? - Variety
- Kathryn Hahn will play Ben Stiller’s sister in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. - THR
- Alexander Skarsgard will star in writer-director duo Matt and Ross Duffer’s Hidden, a horror-thriller about a family hiding in a bomb shelter after a “mysterious outbreak.” - Variety
- Taylor Lautner is in talks to make the jump into comedy and join the cast of Grown Ups 2. - THR
- Bradley Cooper could star in Here There Be Monsters for director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan). Brian Helgeland's script tells the highly fictionalized story of the young life of the Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones and his encounter with a giant sea serpent. - Vulture
- Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others) and Russian model/actress Yulia Snigir will play the villains opposite Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney in director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard. - Variety
- Raging Bull 2 is casting. No, Scorsese and De Niro are not involved. - Moviehole
- David Michod (Animal Kingdom) will direct Joel Edgerton in The Rover. The story “follows a man on a mission to retrieve his stolen car, which contains something invaluable to him.” - Variety
- Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community) will join Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, and Bar Paly in Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. - Heat Vision
- Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco for La Vie En Rose director Olivier Dahan. - THR
- Check out some new photos from Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom over at Yahoo.