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

  • Publish Date: December 2, 2011
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A new trailer for John Carter

In this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of books, Taylor Kitsch stars as John Carter, a Civil War veteran who wakes up on Mars and finds himself in the middle of another war. Andrew Stanton (WALL-E 94) makes his live action directing debut with a cast that includes Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Dominic West, Bryan Cranston, Willem Dafoe, Polly Walker, Samantha Morton, and Ciarán Hinds. The latest trailer ignores earth and focuses on John Carter fighting on Mars. See it in theaters in 3D beginning March 9, 2012.

Liam Neeson tries to survive The Grey

Director Joe Carnahan and star Liam Neeson must have gotten along pretty well on the set of The A-Team 47 because it looks like their second collaboration would put stress on any relationship. Shot in the unforgiving Canadian wilderness, the film tells the story of a group of Alaskan pipeline workers whose plane crashes, stranding them in freezing temperatures with some very hungry wolves. The supporting cast includes Frank Grillo (Warrior), Dermot Mulroney, and James Badge Dale. Look for The Grey in theaters beginning January 27, but until then check out the new trailer courtesy of Moviefone.

#shrim! (i.e., the item where we discuss Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie)

Magnolia Pictures will release Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie on VOD beginning January 27, 2012 and in theaters March 20, 2012 (the film will also screen out of competition at Sundance), but what the movie will actually be about—aside from a general storyline that finds the comedy pair given a billion dollars to make a film and then wasting it—is anyone’s guess. The guys behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! star along with Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Riley, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, and Robert Loggia. This week, a surreal teaser (below) and a poster appeared. What does it all mean?

Oh, and this just in: A full official trailer:


The Raid gets a distributor (and a new red-band trailer)

After winning the Midnight Madness audience prize at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the Indonesian action flick The Raid was picked up by Sony Pictures Classic. This week, Deadline reports that the film will get a release in the spring of 2012 after (possibly) showing at Sundance with a new soundtrack by Mike Shionda of Lincoln Park. Really? Why change the original soundtrack when remake rights have already been sold to Screen Gems? Oh well. Whichever soundtrack version hits U.S. shores, it’s sure to be action-packed. Check out the latest trailer, which expands on the original red-band teaser from September. Beware major violence below.

Tom Cruise, always acting

It looks like Tom Cruise plans on being an action star for many years to come. He has Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol coming out December 21 (more on that later), then next year he’ll make a quick stop over in the land of musicals with Rock of Ages, before playing Jack Reacher in One Shot for Christopher McQuarrie, then the lead in Oblivion, Joseph Kosinski’s futuristic follow-up to TRON: Legacy 48. Now Variety reports that he’ll also star in Doug Liman’s adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need is Kill. In the film, Cruise will play a soldier battling aliens who gets caught in a time loop after his death, forcing him to re-live his last day over and over again. With each repetition he becomes a better soldier and eventually tries to change his fate. The original novel focused on a younger new recruit, so it’s unknown right now how the story will be rewritten for Cruise. Now, back to Ghost Protocol: a clip was released this week that doesn’t star Cruise or co-star Jeremy Renner, but Paula Patton and Lea Seydoux. Check it out below.

One last trailer for The Sitter

The Sitter hits theaters next Friday, but before that, check out one last trailer for the comedy that stars Jonah Hill as the reluctant babysitter of Blithe (Landry Bender), Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez) and Slater (Max Records). David Gordon Green, whose previous outing Your Highness 31 was hated by critics and ignored by audiences, hopes to a make a bit of a comeback with a cast that includes Ari Graynor, J.B. Smoove, and Sam Rockwell. Just remember, it’s not quite Adventures in Babysitting, and, yes, it was filmed before Jonah Hill lost all that weight.

Young Adult red-band spot and clips

If you’re averse to cursing, then do not watch this red-band TV spot for Jason Reitman’s Young Adult. The film, written by Diablo Cody, stars Charlize Theron as ... well, let's just say she's not the most pleasant woman to hang out with in your yard or in a mall or at dinner. The clips that follow give a pretty good picture of the caustic comedy of the film. Young Adult comes to a handful of theaters next Friday before opening wide a week later.


Awards season has begun

This week kicked off the awards season with the Gotham Independent Film Awards, New York Film Critics Circle, and the National Board of Review all announcing their winners for the year. Best film went to The Tree of Life 85 and Beginners 81 at the Gothams, while the New York Film Critics awarded The Artist 87, and the National Board of Review selected Hugo 83. In addition, the Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominations (upsetting Kevin Smith), while the lesser known International Press Academy did the same for its 16th annual Satellite Awards. Next week, we'll launch our annual Awards Scorecard that tracks the cumulative totals of all awards and nominations for the year's films; check back to see if The Artist can hold on to its (very early) lead in the Best Picture category.

Wrong trailer

Rubber 59, the murdering telepathic tire story from director Quentin Dupieux, split critics and audiences alike when it premiered in April; some loved it, some hated it. Well, Dupieux is back, and, from the looks of the trailer, his latest film will be just as divisive. The film stars Jack Plotnick from Rubber, Steve Little from Eastbound and Down, and a scarred, rat-tail wearing William Fichtner. What does it all mean? Who knows, but here’s a synopsis from the Sundance Film Festival where it will play in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition: “Dolph searches for his lost dog, but through encounters with a nympho pizza-delivery girl, a jogging neighbor seeking the absolute, and a mysterious righter of wrongs, he may eventually lose his mind… and his identity.” Just go along for the ride.

The Invisible War

Another film that will play in competition at Sundance 2012 is the documentary The Invisible War. The film, from director Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated 75), looks at the rape of female soldiers in the U.S. military and the personal and institutional consequences that follow. Check out the sobering trailer for the film below.

Soderbergh’s next move

Having dropped The Man from U.N.C.L.E. from his schedule, one might think that Steven Soderbergh would take a break after Contagion 70, Haywire, Magic Mike, and the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, but no, he’s picked a new project: The Bitter Pill. The Playlist reports that the script comes from frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns (The Informant! 66), and that Burns initially planned on making it his feature directing debut. Deadline fills in a few plot details for the thriller: “The film is a potboiler in the Jagged Edge-Basic Instinct mold about a troubled and depressed woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with the anxiety surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison.” Summit is in the lead to distribute the film.

Ender’s Game update

Asa Butterfield will go from one award winning novel adaptation to another. The star of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo 83 will play lead character Ender Wiggin in the adaptation of author Orson Scott Card’s science fiction series Ender's Game. The 1985 Nebula and 1986 Hugo award-winner is set on an Earth preparing for a third alien invasion by training the most gifted children through a series of games at Battle School. With each success, Ender is promoted to lead the fight against the alien fleet, but he has no idea what kind of game he’s playing. Variety reports that Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) has been cast in the role of Petra Arkanian, and that director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is still looking for someone to play Colonel Hyrum Graff and that Harrison Ford is in the mix. Ender’s Game is scheduled for a March 15, 2013 release.

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

  • Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) will finish the last 15 days of principal photography on Of Men and Mavericks, the Gerard Butler-starring surf drama, while director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) recovers from complications following heart surgery. - Deadline
  • Jared Harris, who will play Professor Moriarty in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel, will play Ulysses S. Grant in Steve Spielberg’s Lincoln. Speaking of Lincoln, how do you like Daniel Day Lewis’ beard? - Variety
  • Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) is the latest director (following David Cronenberg and Michael Winterbottom) to be attached to an adaptation of Martin Amis’ 1989 novel London Fields. The well-received murder mystery was originally set in 1999; no word yet on when the adaptation will take place. - THR
  • Kyle Chandler (Super 8, Friday Night Lights) has joined Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Allen Hughes’ political thriller Broken City. - Variety
  • Tony Scott (Crimson Tide) will return to the depths of the ocean and direct the awesomely-titled Narco Sub, which refers to the vessels used by Colombian drug cartels to smuggle cocaine into Mexico. - Variety
  • Simon West, who is currently shooting The Expendables 2 (which now has a tennis star in its massive cast), could follow that film with Dust and Glory, an Australia-set 1950s-era car racing movie. - Heat Vision
  • David Ayer, the writer of Training Day, will script the new Scarface. (Oh, and, yes, there's a new Scarface.) - Deadline
  • Jessie Eisenberg does not want his face to sell a movie in which he only appears for a few minutes. - THR
  • The New York Post reports that Taylor Swift, Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson, and Evan Rachel Wood are all being considered for the role of Eponine to Tom Hooper’s big screen musical adaptation of Les Misérables.
  • Is this what Spider-Man’s nemesis, The Lizard, will look like in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man?
  • Director George Miller might be preparing a whole new Mad Max trilogy. - Bleeding Cool/Australian Financial Review
  • J.J. Abrams wants Alice Eve to play a character new to the Star Trek universe in his sequel due in theaters May 17, 2013. - Variety
  • Yes, there will be a third Bridget Jones film, Bridget Jones’s Baby, and Peter Cattameo (The Full Monty) will direct it. Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant will all return. - Deadline
  • Christian Bale will not be in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, so what about Michael Fassbender? - Variety
  • Check out an animated tribute to Drive on Vimeo.
  • If you enjoyed Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Social Network, check out six tracks from their work for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and pre-order the whole 39-track/3-hour triple-album (!) here.
  • Adam Shankman (Hairspray) will direct a new adaptation of the The Nutcracker. - Deadline
  • Julia Roberts will star in and produce the comedy Second Act which “centers on a woman who has never worked and is forced to take a job.” - THR
  • Marion Cotillard has been offered the role of Morgana in David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot. - Vulture
  • A new earthquake film called San Andreas: 3D, written by Allen Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), is in development at New Line. - 24 Frames
  • Check out the annual director's roundtable at THR.
  • Warner Bros. released a list of IMAX theaters that will be showing The Dark Knight Rises prologue beginning December 16. In other Batman news, Christian Bale spoke to  the Philippine Daily Inquirer about the last time he’ll play the caped crusader.
  • The Sundance Film Festival revealed the slate of films that will screen in and out of competition in 2012.

Comments (1)

  • MarcDoyle  

    Wrong looks like an excellent companion piece to Rubber. And I don't know what the hell to make of this Tim and Eric thing. I'm all for experimental comedy, but this looks to be stretching it a bit.

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