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

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  • Publish Date: August 5, 2011

A red band trailer for The Sitter

If you always though that Adventures in Babysitting would be better if it had more cursing and starred Jonah Hill, then The Sitter is the movie for you. Directed by David Gordon Green, who had more success with his first feature comedy (Pineapple Express 64) than his second (Your Highness 31), The Sitter finds Hill playing a college student persuaded by Ari Graynor to take the kids he’s babysitting on a little field trip. Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) also star. Enjoy a little introduction to the trailer by Hill and a few curious kids. The Sitter comes to theaters December 9.

A second trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Director Tomas Alfredson made a splash with his 2008 film Let The Right One In 82, and now he hopes to do the same with his first English-language film, an adaptation of John Le Carré’s novel, Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy. This first feature film version of the book boasts an impressive cast, with Gary Oldman as George Smiley (the role Alec Guinness played in the seven-part 1979 BBC series), Thomas Hardy, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Cirian Hinds, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Who is the mole in the “Circus”? Find out November 18, when Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy arrives in theaters.

Red Tails gets a release date and a trailer

George Lucas produced and provided the story for veteran TV director Anthony Hemingway’s big screen debut, Red Tails. The film tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African-American pilots to fly combat missions in World War II. While Hemingway was unable to perform some of the additional photography due to his schedule directing and producing the first season of Treme, he did come back to finish the film’s effects and get a release date of January 20, 2012. The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Michael B. Jordan, Method Man, Gerald McRaney and Bryan Cranston. Check out the first trailer below.

Laurence Fishburne is Perry White

According to Hero Complex, Laurence Fishburne has joined Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel as Perry White, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet, Clark Kent’s place of employment. Jackie Cooper memorably played the role for sneaky laughs in Christopher Reeve’s Superman films while Frank Langella took a more serious approach in Superman Returns. Fishburne's addition means that major casting is almost complete for Man of Steel. Henry Cavill is Superman (check him out in this first photo). Amy Adams is Lois Lane. Michael Shannon is General Zod. Russell Crowe and Julia Ormond will play Superman’s biological parents, and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will play his parents on Earth. But who will play Jimmy Olsen?

Spend a few more minutes on In Time

Last week we had an extended look at In Time, Andrew Niccol’s upcoming sci-fi film starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, and this week the first official trailer hit. The film’s future is a place where people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy more time, but there are exceptions, and when Timberlake’s Will Salas wakes up possessing more than a century, he becomes a wanted man. Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki, and Olivia Wilde (as Timberlake’s mom) also star.  In Time hits theaters October 28.

Meryl Streep is The Iron Lady

Here’s an early look at Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. The film was directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia! 51) and written by Abi Morgan (Brick Lane 61) and, in addition to Streep, stars Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, and Roger Allam (Tamara Drewe). Look for Streep to be in the Oscar race again when The Iron Lady comes to theaters December 16.

The Darkest Hour trailer

Director Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door 57) gets a bigger budget to play with for his second film, The Darkest Hour. The alien invasion film follows a group of Americans in Moscow trying to survive as invisible aliens sap the world of its energy. Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachel Taylor, Max Minghella, and Joel Kinnaman star. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) produced the film, which is set for a December 23 release.

A second trailer for Killer Elite

Based on Ranulph Fiennes’ book The Feather Men, which claims to be based on actual events involving a hit squad named “The Clinic” assassinating members of the British Special Air Service, Killer Elite stars Jason Statham as a man forced into action after his mentor, played by Robert De Niro, is taken captive. Clive Owen plays the leader of the assassination squad, and it’s good to see Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski and Lost’s Mr. Eko, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, get some time on the big screen. Killer Elite hits theaters September 23.

The Die Hard 5 directing sweepstakes

With Noam Murro (Smart People) dropping out, there’s an open director’s chair for Die Hard 5. So who’s in the running? Twitch reports the breakup is due to Murro’s schedule on 300: Battle of Artemesia, and that the fifth installment in the Bruce Willis franchise will somehow have John McClane and his son fighting “local forces” in Russia. Deadline provides a list of possible replacements: Joe Cornish (Attack the Block 75), Justin Lin (Fast Five 67), John Moore (Max Payne 31), and Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising 61). Winding Refn and Lin both have busy schedules, but Moore and Cornish seem like possibilities. Should anyone take this job, or should the franchise be allowed to rest in peace?

A look at Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt

Francis Ford Coppola’s recent directorial efforts (2009‘s Tetro 65 and 2007’s Youth Without Youth 43) don’t live up to his legendary early films, but they are at least more personal and in most ways more interesting than career nadir Jack 31. His latest, Twixt, stars Val Kilmer as a second-rate writer who stays in a small town to investigate a murder. Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, Ben Chaplin, Joanne Whalley, and David Paymer also star. The film premieres at TIFF in September and is still waiting for a release date.

First trailer for Sundance winner Like Crazy

Like Crazy won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at Sundance 2011 as well as a Special Jury Prize for Best Actress for Felicity Jones. The film is a long-distance love story involving an American (Anton Yelchin) and a British college student (Jones) who loses her visa and is forced to leave the country. Director Drake Doremus earned praise for his intimate look at young love, but he tells /Film that a few minor changes were made to achieve a PG-13 rating. And, no, it’s not your ears; the dialogue in the trailer is a bit difficult to hear, but you can still enjoy the images. Check out the new poster as well. Like Crazy will get a limited release beginning October 28.

Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac detailed

Lars Von Trier’s next film is certain to be controversy-free, assuming that you live in some sort of bizarro world. Screen Daily reports that Von Trier wants to begin shooting in the summer of 2012 and that the project will follow “the erotic life of a woman from age zero to the age of 50.” Two versions of Nymphomaniac are planned: a hardcore version featuring scenes of penetration, and one with a softer, more late-night-cable feel. I’m sure many film fans are already looking forward to Cannes 2013. Surely, they won’t continue to punish Von Trier for what happened this year.

Andy Lau and Jackie Chan in Shaolin

Andy Lau, star of Warlords 70, House of Flying Daggers 89, Infernal Affairs 75 (the basis for The Departed) and countless other films stars as a cruel general who seeks refuge with the Shaolin monks in this latest film from Benny Chan (Robin-B-Hood, New Police Story). Jackie Chan and Nicolas Tse also star in this martial arts epic. Shaolin will get a limited US release beginning September 9.

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

  • Check out these production photos from the Pittsburgh shoot of The Dark Knight Rises and read what Tom Hardy thinks of playing Bane. - Total Film
  • But let's not forget Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle. Or can we call her Catwoman?
  • Director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) wants to bring the life of notorious Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar to the big screen. Medellin! - THR
  • Jónsi of Sigur Ros will score Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. - The Playlist
  • Carey Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) will direct Spaceless. “The story centers on an assassin who wakes up inside a spacesuit tumbling helplessly through space, with a computer designed to keep him company until his air runs out. He must try to solve the mystery of his death, which began when he broke into an orbiting space station to carry out a hit.” - Heat Vision
  • Reese Witherspoon will star in the romantic comedy Wish List about a workaholic whose life is thrown out of balance when ten childhood wishes come true 25 yeas after she wished for them. - Deadline
  • The Playlist has the first images and a plot summary for Alps, Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to Dogtooth 73.
  • Peter Berg is serious about making a Friday Night Lights film based on the TV series and starring Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler. - Deadline
  • Will making Green Lantern 2 “edgier and darker” convince you to go see it?. - Hero Complex
  • Russell Brand has been offered the lead in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut Lamb of God. - Twitch
  • It looks like Mark Wahlberg is out and instead Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro will join Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell’s adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel The Silver Linings Playbook. - Deadline
  • Ben Foster (The Mechanic) will star alongside John Travolta and play John Gotti Jr. in Barry Levinson’s Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. - Variety
  • Paul Schrader, writer of Taxi Driver and director of Auto Focus and Affliction, will direct the shark-themed thriller Bait from a script by American Psycho novelist Bret Easton Ellis. - Heat Vision
  • Kenneth Lonergan’s directorial follow-up to You Can Count on Me (which we covered three months ago) will finally make it to theaters after a six-year wait. Margaret will get a limited release beginning September 30.
  • J. Edgar, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as J. Edgar Hoover and directed by Clint Eastwood, will be released November 9.
  • Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock will get a limited release December 25 before going wide January 20, 2012.
  • Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron’s space epic starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will hit theaters November 21, 2012.
  • The comedy Neighborhood Watch, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn and directed by Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod 43), will come to theaters July 27, 2012.
  • TV director Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Luther) might make the jump to the big screen with Thor 2. - Variety
  • Mark Steven Johnson, director of the pretty awful Daredevil and Ghost Rider, will direct Autobahn, the story of “a washed-up ex-Formula One driver who wakes up trapped inside a BMW on the side of the Autobahn, Germany’s famed high-speed roadway, which has no general speed limit. He answers a phone ringing in the glove box, only to be told that he has 90 minutes to deliver the bomb-rigged car to a target or his wife and daughter will be killed.” - Heat Vision
  • Tim Hill (Hop 41, Alvin and the Chipmunks 39) will direct a reboot of Short Circuit. Welcome back Johnny Five; maybe Guttenberg can get a cameo. - Deadline
  • Steven Soderbergh likes to stay busy. He’s shooting second unit for his friend Gary Ross’s Hunger Games adaptation. - The Playlist
  • Jessie Eisenberg will star in Richard Ayoade’s (Submarine 76) adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Double. - Vulture
  • Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried will join Jesse Eisenberg and Melanie Laurent in Louis Leterrier’s (Clash of the Titans 39) magician heist film Now You See Me. - Variety
  • James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, and Allan Cumming will star in an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Filth about a “sex-obsessed, cocaine-addicted, bigoted Scottish police officer who is supposed to be investigating a murder but gets sidetracked by his own peculiarities, worries and hangups ranging from the pranks he pulls on his co-workers to his various sexual conquests.” McAvoy will play the lead. - The Playlist

Comments (1)

  • MarcDoyle  

    Like Crazy looks really good. Esp like the version of the song in the trailer.

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