Bond and Bardem in the latest Skyfall trailers
After accompanying the Queen to the Olympics via parachute and appearing in a short TV spot, James Bond is back for more this week with new full-length domestic and international trailers for Skyfall, and this time he has some company. Javier Bardem makes his first big splash as the villain Silva and continues to make interesting hair choices when he plays psychopaths. Ben Whishaw appears as Q, and fans get a little more from Ralph Fiennes and Judi Dench. See 007 in theaters on November 9th.
Brad Pitt kills them softly
Andrew Dominik’s third film finds him reunited with Brad Pitt, the star of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 68, in this update of George V. Higgins' 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade, about another type of assassin who’s investigating the robbery of a mafia-controlled poker game in a post-crash, pre-election 2008. The cast is outstanding—Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McMairy star along with Pitt—but the reviews out of Cannes were a bit mixed. While many critics liked the film, their main complaint was how Dominik constantly called attention to the economic and political subtext of the film. Decide for yourself when Killing Them Softly hits theaters on its new release date: October 19th.
Taken 2: The retakening
Taken 50 was a surprise hit when it was released in 2009, so it was pretty much inevitable that Taken 2 would follow. The story picks up with Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills in Istanbul where Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen arrive just as Rade Serbedzija decides to take revenge for the death of his son. From there bad-ass and kick-ass combine in the form of Liam Neeson to do whatever it takes to rescue his family. Olivier Megaton (Colombiana 45) takes over directing duties from Pierre Morel. Check out the two new trailers below before seeing the film October 5th.
The Paperboy delivers an official trailer
The most divisive film at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival now has a trailer. Lee Daniels' follow-up to Precious 79 is an adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel about a journalist (Matthew McConaughey) who enlists the help of his younger brother (Zac Efron) to investigate the conviction of a man on death row (John Cusack). If that doesn’t sound interesting, Nicole Kidman plays white trash, sexy, crazy and pees on Zac Efron, so the film’s got that going for it. At Cannes, it was called everything from “a craptastic work of self-importance” and an “unmitigated disaster” to a “gripping, scary and queasily funny picture.” Daniels is currently directing The Butler, and the L.A. Times revealed this week that Daniels will work with Hugh Jackman on Orders to Kill, the story of attorney William Pepper’s investigation into the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. Until then, check out the Paperboy in theaters October 5th.
Paranormal Activity 4: This time, it's ... more of the same
Catfish 65 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman return for their second Paranormal Activity film following the success of 2011’s Paranormal Activity 3 59. Plot details are currently limited, but it looks like the film picks up after Paranormal Activity 2 53 rather than the third film’s prequel storyline. The found-footage franchise begun by Oren Peli in 2007 with Paranormal Activity 68 had its biggest money-maker with the third film, so if number four does well, expect a fifth. The scares begin October 19th.
A first look at The Big Wedding
No, this isn’t a Nancy Meyers film, but The Big Wedding does have Diane Keaton, beautiful homes, and a low-stakes, let's just have fun, It’s Complicated vibe. Justin Zackham, writer of The Bucket List 42, directs this time, and he’s put together a great cast to support his work. Keaton and Robert De Niro play a long divorced couple who must appear to be married to please the conservative biological mother of their adopted son (Ben Barnes) who is visiting for his wedding to Amanda Seyfried. Katherine Heigl and Topher Grace play Keaton and De Niro’s biological children, and Susan Sarandon plays De Niro’s new wife. To top it all off, Robin Williams shows up as a Catholic priest. See it in theaters October 26th, if you dare.
Every studio loves a sequel
THR reported on some potential sequels this week. The most interesting news might be that Fox is strongly considering moving forward with a follow-up to Prometheus 65 with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace. Damon Lindelof might not be available, so Ridley Scott and Fox are looking for potential writers. Fox already has The Wolverine lined up for next summer, then the sequel to the X-Men: First Class 65 in the summer of 2014; the latter film was revealed this week by producer Bryan Singer to be X-Men: Days of Future Past, an ambitious attempt to broaden the X-Men universe. In a N.Y. Times report about James Cameron’s new home in New Zealand, the director admitted that Avatar 2 another Fox film, wouldn’t be ready until 2015 at the earliest. Meanwhile, two directors are trying to stay on the sequels to their successful films. Marc Webb wants to direct the follow-up to The Amazing Spider-Man 66, but he has some contractual issues with Fox Searchlight that must be worked out, and despite being splashed all over the gossip pages, Rupert Sanders is still Universal’s pick to direct the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman 57. Deadline reports that Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine 63) will direct the sequel to Bad Santa 70, and last and possibly least, there’s word from Crave Online that Rush Hour 4 might happen.
A second trailer for The Words
The Words stars Bradley Cooper as a struggling writer who gains literary fame at a high price after he passes off another man’s work as his own. The film is co-written and directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, and features a story within a story within a story structure starring Cooper and Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, and Olivia Wilde. Check out the latest trailer before seeing it in theaters September 7th.
A look at two new docs from top filmmakers
Two of the best documentarians working today, Steve James (The Interrupters 86, Hoop Dreams) and Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side 82, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer 68) have new films coming this September. James’ Head Games looks at concussions in sports, and Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God investigates the cover-up of pedophilia among Catholic priests (it premieres at TIFF). Check out trailers for both below.
The first trailer for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Adelaide Clemens, Sean Bean, and Radha Mitchell star in this sequel to the 2006 horror film Silent Hill 30 directed by Christophe Gans. Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) directs this follow-up based on the popular game series. Those fans helped make the film a $100 million grosser worldwide, so hopefully they’re ready to return to the theaters on October 26th for this 3D take on horror survival.
Bachelorette gets naughtier
Last week’s trailer for Bachelorette starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and Rebel Wilson didn’t fully reveal the naughty nature of the movie. With this week’s red-band trailer, you get the idea... quickly. Also starring Adam Scott, James Marsden, and Kyle Bornheimer, this debut film from writer/director Leslye Headland open in theaters on September 7th and VOD next Friday.
See you on the Homefront
Here’s an odd mix. Jason Statham and James Franco will star in a film written by Sylvester Stallone. Variety tells us that Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls 46, Runaway Jury 61) will direct Statham as an ex-DEA agent who moves to a quiet town with his family only to find violence, drugs, and “an evil meth magnate named Gator” played by Franco. Sold! The film begins production in New Orleans at the end of September. How many people are looking forward to Statham kicking Franco’s ass? Be honest.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- It’s official: Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit is now three (rather than merely two) films. Coming Soon has the press release.
- After hitting festivals in Venice and Toronto, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master will come to theaters on September 14th, about a month earlier than originally planned.
- According to Deadline, Emma Stone will star in Cameron Crowe’s next film. Variety adds that it’s an update of an old Crowe script called Deep Tiki, and The Playlist has a few story details.
- Matthew McConaughey will play Mike Hanna, an early boss and mentor to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort, in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. - Deadline
- Bill Murray is in talks to star as a boozing, whoring, gambling war vet who befriends a twelve-year-old boy struggling with his parents divorce in St. Vincent De Van Nuys. - Variety
- One place you won't find Murray, however: Ghostbusters 3. (And, yes, it looks like they're making it anyway). - Metro
- Kristen Stewart will play the lead role of Peyton Loftis in Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper’s adaptation of William Styron’s novel, Lie Down in Darkness. - Vulture
- Christopher Eccleston (Dr. Who, 28 Days Later, Shallow Grave) will play the main villain, Malekith The Accursed, in Thor: The Dark World. - Deadline
- Terrence Howard and Dawn Olivieri will join Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington in David Ayer’s Breacher (formerly known as Ten). - Heat Vision
- James Mangold, who’s currently directing The Wolverine, is attached to helm a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge. - CraveOnline
- Joe Taslim, the star of The Raid, has joined the cast of Fast and Furious 6. - Variety
- Director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) is attached to develop the Popular Science story, The Boy Who Played with Fusion, into a feature film. Read the true story of Taylor Wilson, the fourteen-year-old genius, here. - Deadline
- Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson have offers to star in Vincenzo Natali’s adaptation of William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer - Movie Hole
- Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is in talks to bring the Masters of the Universe (He-Man, Skeletor, etc.) to the big screen. - Deadline
- Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole, Footloose) and Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Sexy, Love, Damsels in Distress) will star in the romantic comedy Two Night Stand. - Variety
- Russell Brand is wanted for Larry Charles' raunchy comedy Pierre, Pierre as well as the romantic comedy Cupid. - Variety
- Demian Bichir (Savages, A Better Life) has joined The Heat, the Paul Feig-directed comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. - Deadline
- John Leguizamo has signed on to play a drug dealer in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Red Mist’s bodyguard in Kick-Ass 2. - Deadline
- Aasif Mandvi, Josh Gad, John Goodman, and Eric Andre have joined Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship. You can also expect a cameo from Will Ferrell. - Deadline & Variety
- Brendan Fraser will play a father trying to protect his children from Dominic Purcell and Ethan Suplee in Damian Lee’s thriller Split Decision. - THR
- Margo Martindale (Justified) will play Chris Cooper’s wife and Meryl Steep’s sister in John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Lett’s play, August: Osage County. - Deadline
- In The F Word, Adam Driver (Girls) will help Daniel Radcliffe through his difficult relationship with Zoe Kazan. - Variety
- Who will play the female lead opposite Chris Pine in Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan? Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, and Evangeline Lilly are the favorites. - Deadline
- Director Kyle Newman (Fanboys) is attached to direct Chewie, a look at the life of Peter Mayhew, the one and only Chewbacca. - Heat Vision
- Paz Vega will play Maria Callas opposite Nicole Kidman’s Princess Grace in Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco. - THR
- Lynn Cohen (Golda Meir in Munich) will play Mags, the eighty-year-old Hunger Games winner and mentor to Finick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. - ComingSoon
- Chris Pratt will play a lawyer who advises Vince Vaughn, the father of 533 children, in the sperm donor comedy Starbuck. - THR
- Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) has joined Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Hailee Steinfeld in the cast of Can A Song Save Your Life? from writer/director John Carney (Once). - THR
- Sight and Sound released its once-a-decade international critics poll of the greatest films of all time, and Vertigo has unseated Citizen Kane at the top.