Film Friday: This Week's Movie News and New Trailers

  • Publish Date: August 31, 2012
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A first look at The Company You Keep

Following in the footsteps of his last two directorial outings—2007‘s Lions for Lambs 47 and 2011’s The Conspirator 55—Robert Redford keeps things political with The Company You Keep. Premiering in Venice and showing at TIFF in the coming weeks, this adaptation of the Neil Gordon novel of the same name takes the true story of the Weather Underground as a jumping off point for a thriller in which a reporter (Shia LaBeouf) tries to uncover the truth about Redford’s character, a former member of the group who has been in hiding since he became a wanted man. Susan Sarandon plays a former group member whose arrest is the catalyst for the the action in a film that features an impressive supporting cast including Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, and Richard Jenkins. No official release date has been set, but Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the rights.

Michael Shannon is The Iceman

Michael Shannon plays possibly the most disturbing character of his impressive career in this true story of contract killer Richard Kuklinski. Known as the Iceman, Kuklinski is thought to have killed over 100 people while maintaining a seemingly normal life with his wife and children. Winona Ryder plays his wife, and Ray Liotta shows up as Roy DeMeo, a member of the Gambino crime family who employed Kuklinski as a contract killer. Chris Evans, James Franco, David Schwimmer, Stephen Dorff, and Robert Davi appear in supporting roles. Director Ariel Vromen co-wrote the screenplay with Morgan Land, basing it on the book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer by Anthony Bruno. The Iceman has already screened in Venice to mixed reviews; there’s no word yet on when it will hit American theaters.

Aubrey Plaza reveals her To-Do List

In this 1990‘s-set comedy, Aubrey Plaza plays Brandy Clark, an overachiever who has underachieved in the sexual realm, so she puts together a to-do list of activities she wants to complete before college. Aiding her in this pursuit are Donald Glover, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Scott Porter, Rachel Bilson, and Alia Shawkat. Clark Gregg, now officially known as Agent Coulson, and Connie Britton, who should be known for playing Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights, play her parents. Maggie Carey makes her feature writing and directing debut with this Valentine’s Day release.

The first trailers for a pair of Cannes successes

While being quite different in tone, The Sapphires and Sightseers both received warm receptions when they premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Crowd-pleaser The Sapphires is based on the true story of four Aboriginal women who in 1968 form a soul music group with the help of a goofy Irishman played by Chris O’Dowd, and go on to sing for the troops in Vietnam. Pleasing critics in a different way, Ben Wheatley’s third feature, Sightseers, is dark like his prior films (Kill List 67 and Down Terrace 68) but boasts a strong comedic edge. The film follows couple Tina and Chris on their caravanning holiday that goes hilariously (and violently) off the rails. While U.S. release dates have not been set, these two films are something to look forward to in the coming months.

One last trailer for The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master will play Venice and TIFF before debuting in a few theaters on September 14th and then expanding nationwide the following Friday, but before that, The Weinstein Company has released one final trailer for the film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams. It is as intriguing as the previous footage from the film, and while the finished product might not live up to the incredible hype surrounding it, early reviews have been good.

Seven Psychopaths red-band trailer

Let this be a lesson to everyone: don’t steal a gangster’s dog. In Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to In Bruges 67, Colin Farrell gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and, as a result, must cuss... a lot. Playing the psychopaths are the missing Shih Tzu’s owner, Woody Harrelson, the dog-nappers, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken, as well as Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko, and Abbie Cornish. Look for Seven Psychopaths in theaters beginning October 12th.

Joe Dante goes way down in The Hole

Joe Dante, the director of Gremlins and Small Soldiers, hasn’t had a film come to theaters since Looney Tunes: Back in Action 64 in 2003, and it almost didn’t happen for his latest film, The Hole. The story centers on a mother (Teri Polo) and her two sons (Nathan Gamble and Chris Massoglia) who move into a new house only to discover that there is a bottomless hole in the basement that happens to bring their worst fears to life. Haley Bennett plays a curious female neighbor that joins the boys in their adventure, and Bruce Dern, a highlight in Dante’s The ‘Burbs many years back, plays another neighbor, Creepy Carl. The film was completed way back in 2009 and will finally get a 3D release on September 28th.

The Comedy is not a comedy

Rick Alverson’s The Comedy divided critics when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and this first teaser trailer for the film embraces their various reactions. The film stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric Awesome Show fame) and James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem fame). Heidecker plays an aging Brooklyn hipster who increasingly pushes the boundaries of acceptable behavior as he is about to inherent his father’s estate.  THR summed it up as, “Either remarkably sustained or unrelenting, depending on your point of view.” The Comedy comes out on VOD October 24th before a limited theatrical release beginning November 16th.

Sarah Polley has a story to tell

Sarah Polley’s recently released Take this Waltz 68 wasn’t as beloved as her debut film, Away from Her 88, but her latest feature (and first documentary), Stories We Tell, has earned good reviews since its premiere in Venice. On the surface, the film is a documentary about her family, but it also has a mystery at its heart that will be hard to keep secret. The trailer below doesn't spoil anything, but if you’re intrigued to know more, Polley wrote a spoilery post about the film here which reveals additional details. No release date has been set.

Sean Penn goes goth in This Must Be the Place

In this English-language dramedy from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo 81), Sean Penn plays an aging, and decidedly Robert Smith-looking, rock star named Cheyenne who takes on his deceased father's obsession for revenge (against a Nazi, no less). This Must Be the Place, which features David Byrne performing the titular Talking Heads song on the soundtrack (Byrne also co-wrote original songs for the film with Will Oldham), received decidedly mixed reviews when it screened at Cannes way back in 2011, and it finally comes to American theaters in limited release beginning November 2nd.

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

  • Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan, starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley, will hit theaters on December 25, 2013.
  • Michael Keaton has replaced Hugh Laurie as the CEO of the corporation that creates Robocop in Jose Padilha’s remake. - Deadline
  • Adrien Brody will play the villain opposite Gerard Butler in Albert Hughes’ Motor City - Variety
  • Jamie Bell and Connie Nielsen have joined Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, and Shia LaBeouf in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. - THR
  • Cobie Smulders is in negotiations to join Vince Vaughn in Starbuck, the story of a man who discovers he’s fathered 533 children through sperm donation. Smulders would play his pregnant girlfriend. - Variety
  • Following his new romantic comedy starring Emma Stone, Cameron Crowe has his sights set on Beautiful Boy, based on David Sheff’s memoir of his son’s drug addiction. - The Wrap
  • Josh Holloway is in talks to join Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Malin Akerman, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, and Olivia Williams in David Ayer’s Ten. - Variety
  • Michael Fassbender could join Natalie Portman in Lynne Ramsay’s western Jane Got a Gun. - Vulture
  • George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) will direct XOXO, a thriller about an engaged business exec whose online flirtation starts to threaten his real life. - Variety
  • John Turteltaub (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) will direct Beached, the story of a four-year-old child who is lost at sea and raised by whales, ultimately becoming a champion swimmer. Feel free to read that sentence again. - THR
  • Sam Shepard is the latest to join the cast of John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ August: Osage County. - Variety
  • Following the success of Safe House, Daniel Espinosa is in talks to direct Child 44, the true story of Ukrainian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. - Deadline
  • Could Batman reappear in the Justice League movie? - Batman on Film
  • With Week 14, Ron Shelton will try to do for football what he did baseball (Bull Durham), basketball (White Men Can’t Jump), and golf (Tin Cup). - Variety
  • Michael Douglas will play Ronald Reagan in the Mike Newell-directed drama Reykjavik. But who will play Mikhail Gorbachev? - THR
  • Ryan Gosling will make his directorial debut with How to Catch a Monster starring his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks. - Indiewire
  • Chan-wook Park, director of Oldboy, is in talks to step into the world of the western with Craig Zahler’s Blacklist-ed script The Brigands of Rattlegorge. - Variety
  • Avi Arad, the producer behind the Spider-Man films, will try to bring Metal Gear Solid to the big screen. - Kotaku
  • Check out the Looper Interactive trailer here.

Comments (1)

  • jerrycurlan  

    Aubrey Plaza needs to be in more movies - she's a rising star. I can see her competing with that financial reporter on The Newsroom (what's her name??) for parts in the future. Great breakdown, Keith.

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