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

  • Publish Date: December 14, 2012
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This is our final Film Friday report of 2012. Look for weekly Film Friday updates to return beginning January 11, 2013.

Monsters vs. Robots on the Pacific Rim

It’s only fitting that Guillermo del Toro’s first film as director since 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army 78 would have its first trailer premiere the same week as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 58 comes to theaters. The director worked on the latter film for a couple years before finally deciding to leave for other opportunities. While other projects sputtered, del Toro finally committed to this story of a washed-up pilot (Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam) and a trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) who are teamed up to drive an outdated robot known as a Jaeger against a group of gigantic monsters. This unlikely pair is the world’s last hope against the monster apocalypse, but they do have Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman supporting them. To learn more about the film, watch del Toro’s trailer commentary over at MTV. Pacific Rim comes to 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX theaters on July 12, 2013.

Tom Cruise is living in Oblivion

The world was attacked and everyone evacuated, but Tom Cruise is on clean-up duty in Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion. He performs drone repair, to be specific—at least until he rescues Olga Kurylenko from a spaceship crash and meets Morgan Freeman and what looks to be a rather large resistance force. What is the truth? What is real? The trailer makes it impossible to know, but Kosinski (Tron: Legacy 49) surely does. He has been developing the story for years, based it on his own comic book, and wrote the film with William Monahan (The Departed 86) and Michael Arndt (currently writing Star Wars Episode VII). The supporting cast includes Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. See it in IMAX beginning April 12, 2013 or on punier screens starting April 19th.

A first look at After Earth, which we're counting on to have a twist ending

The third film in today’s apocalypse trilogy is M. Night Shyamalan’s attempt to rebound from the critical disaster that was The Last Airbender 20 (oh, and The Happening 34 and Lady in the Water 36). Will and Jaden Smith play General Cypher Raige and his son Kitai (yes, those are their names) who crash on Earth 1,000 years after it has been abandoned. It is up to Kitai to recover their rescue beacon so they can get home. Shyamalan wrote the script with Stephen Gaghan and Gary Whitta, and Zoe Kravitz and Isabelle Fuhrman have supporting roles. After Earth comes to theaters June 7, 2013.

Man of Steel gets a super new trailer

The first two teasers for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, one narrated by Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent, Superman’s Earth father, and one by Russell Crowe as Jor-El, his birth father, hinted at a very different take on the Superman story—audiences would see a man in conflict with himself and with his abilities. This conflict is once again at the forefront of this latest trailer. We do get our first glance of Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Michael Shannon as General Zod as well as look at some potential action scenes, but the focus is still on the Man of Steel. Look for it in theaters beginning June 14, 2013.

The Equalizer is sounding better and better

THR reports that Nicolas Winding Refn is in talks to direct Denzel Washington in Sony’s big-screen adaptation of TV series The Equalizer. The original 1980s series starred Edward Woodward as a former intelligence officer who offered his skills as a fixer to anyone down on their luck. Washington, who earned best lead actor nominations from the HFPA (Golden Globe Awards) and Screen Actors Guild this week for his work in Flight 76, should fit very comfortably into the iconic role. Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2 51, The Mechanic 49) wrote the script that caught the attention of directors F. Gary Gray, Pierre Morel, Gavin O'Connor and Gareth Evans, but it looks like the director of Drive 79 beat them all out. Refn’s next film, Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling, will be released in Denmark on May 23, 2013. Could Cannes be calling?

One last look at Zero Dark Thirty

With each passing day it seems that Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty wins another award or is nominated for one. The film is also making news for its depiction of torture. The New York Times weighed in, as did The Guardian and numerous talking heads on cable news channels. (Be sure to check out Time columnist James Poniewozik's excellent analysis of the controversy.) It’s a topic that will surely be on the minds of audience members as they exit the film, which opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 19th before going wide on January 11, 2013. Watch the final trailer below, then head on over to The Playlist to preview the soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat.

Tonto & The Lone Ranger

Director Gore Verbinski fought through numerous production delays to bring his version of The Lone Ranger to the big screen. It is his fifth collaboration with Johnny Depp, including the animated feature Rango 75, and his fourth with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. This latest trailer gives us a glimpse at how John Reid became the legendary masked man and met his companion. Armie Hammer plays the titular character, but will he be a supporting player to Depp’s Native American spirit warrior? Find out if the movie should be titled Tonto when it hits theaters July 3, 2013.

A first look at Welcome to the Punch

Set in London, Welcome to the Punch stars James McAvoy as Max, a cop obsessed with catching Mark Strong’s Jacob Sternwood. He gets his chance when Jacob’s son is hospitalized, but Max discovers that there’s more at stake than just catching Jacob. Andrea Riseborough, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan, and Jason Flemyng all have supporting roles in this second feature from director Eran Creevy (Shifty). A U.S. release date hasn’t been announced, but the film will open in the U.K. on March 15, 2013.

Another trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Now in 3D and ready for theaters on March 29, 2013 is Jon Chu’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation. This new trailer for the sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 32 has a few jokes and plenty of action, including Ray Park’s Snake Eyes and Elodie Yung’s Jinx battling Cobra ninjas on the side of a mountain. The cast includes Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock, Bruce Willis as General Joe Colton, Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye, and D.J. Cotrona as Flint, as well as Ray Stevenson as Firefly, Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow, and Arnold Vosloo as Zartan. One remaining question about this sequel: how much screen time will Channing Tatum get?

From Biutiful to Birdman

Alejandro González Iñárritu, the director of gloomy interconnected stories like Amores Perros 83, 21 Grams 70, and Babel 69, will leave the bleak scenes behind for his next film, Birdman. THR reports that the new film—a comedy—will follow “a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.” Set in one location and taking place over three days, the film will be a change not only in tone for the director but in scale as well. Fans of Iñárritu’s first four films shouldn’t worry, as he still has the 1820s western revenge story The Revenant in development. Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn have been mentioned in connection with the story of a man who is mauled by a bear, robbed, and left to die alone on the frontier. That still doesn’t match what Javier Bardem went through in Biutiful.

Red-band trailers for This Is 40 and A Haunted House

Which of these two couples has more problems? Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in Judd Apatow’s This is 40, or Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins in A Haunted House? Admittedly, they're different problems, but which situation would you choose?

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

  • George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, his adaptation of Robert M. Edsel’s story of the recovery of art stolen by the Nazis starring Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Matt Damon, and John Goodman, will have the awards-ready release date of December 20, 2013.
  • Chronicle director Josh Trank’s reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise will join the comic book-heavy slate of 2015 with a March 6th release.
  • The Golden Globe and SAG nominations were announced this week. For more on the surprises and snubs of this year’s Golden Globe nominations go here, and check out our running tally of film awards and nominations here.
  • I feel the need, the need for IMAX 3D. Top Gun will get a limited release in IMAX 3D beginning February 8, 2013. - Coming Soon
  • Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) will play Mark Wahlberg’s daughter in Transformers 4. Her boyfriend will be played by newcomer Brenton Thwaites. - Twitch
  • Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, and Rebecca Hall are up for the lead role opposite Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence. - Deadline
  • Terrence Howard will join Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, and Paul Dano in Prisoners, director Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to Incendies. - Deadline
  • Kevin Smith will make Clerks III. - Twitter
  • Surprise, surprise. Disney is developing a sequel to the $1 billion hit Alice In Wonderland. - Variety
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family), not Christoph Waltz, will play the Interpol inspector in the upcoming sequel to The Muppets. - THR
  • Kevin Hart will prepare white collar criminal Will Ferrell for jail in the comedy Get Hard from Key & Peele writers Ian Roberts & Jay Martel. - Deadline
  • Martin Sheen will return as Uncle Ben (in some form) in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. - Coming Soon
  • Joel Edgerton is in talks to play the lead of a gang coming to kill Natalie Portman’s husband in Lynne Ramsey’s western Jane Got a Gun. Michael Fassbender has been cast as Portman’s ex-lover who helps her defend her house. - Deadline
  • Gillian Jacobs (Community) will join Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden in the comedy Walk of Shame. - THR
  • The directing pair of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Ruby Sparks, Little Miss Sunshine) are attached to The Big Cigar, the story of how Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton was smuggled to Cuba to avoid criminal prosecution. - Deadline
  • As expected, Garrett Hedlund will star in the sequel to Tron: Legacy. - NextMovie
  • Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) will direct Taking Gotham, based on the true story of a secret NYPD unit. - Deadline
  • Amber Heard will star opposite Kevin Costner in Three Days to Kill. - Variety
  • This week’s year-end supercuts include Cinemageddon 2012 and Filmography 2012.

Comments (1)

  • LamontRaymond  

    Boy, I sure hope Pacific Rim turns out to be good because I'm a big fan of Charlie Hunnam and Iris Elba, but that trailer makes it look like a cross between the bad parts of Avatar and a generic Transformers flick - with a bit of Independence Day thrown into the mix.

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