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

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  • Publish Date: December 7, 2012

Light is shed on Star Trek Into Darkness

Let the speculation continue. While we know that J.J. Abrams’ sequel to 2009’s Star Trek 83 is definitely about revenge in some way, based on the recently released plot summary and Benedict Cumberbatch’s line in this new teaser ("I have returned to have my vengeance"), we still don’t know who Cumberbatch is playing and why he’s so pissed off. With the familiar-looking shot in the additional footage revealed in the Japanese trailer as well as the extra line “Is there anything you would not do for your family,” fans are making a case for Khan again, but the line could be referring to Cumberbatch’s feeling about his own family. Maybe he’s avenging something that happened to them? Theorizing is fun, especially with more footage soon to be revealed. This week IMAX announced which theaters would be showing the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness before screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey beginning next weekend. Check here to see if there’s a theater near you.

A first glimpse inside the mind of Charles Swan III

Roman Coppola’s new feature, his first as writer/director since 2002‘s CQ 56, stars, in what verges on typecasting, Charlie Sheen as Charles Swan, a self-absorbed playboy whose life spins out of control after his girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick) breaks up with him. It is another highly stylized outing for the director who also culls from his pal Wes Anderson’s movies by casting Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. The film received mixed reviews when it premiered at the Rome Film Festival, with the consensus being that it is difficult to penetrate the beautiful surfaces to find the emotional heart of the story. With a cast that also includes Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, shallow pleasures might be enough to entice audiences when A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III comes to theaters on February 8, 2013.

A new Zero Dark Thirty clip, and plenty of love from critics

Awards season continued this week with the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review each giving Zero Dark Thirty best picture honors, while also awarding the film's director, Kathryn Bigelow. While the film will get a limited Oscar-qualifying release beginning December 19th, most audiences won’t get a chance to see it until it opens nationwide on January 11, 2013. Until then, check out the short clip below, and follow all of this year's film awards and nominations news here.

A new trailer for The Croods

The latest release from DreamWorks Animation, Rise of the Guardians 57, isn’t doing so hot at the box office, but there’s little time to dwell on that with their next film The Croods coming to 2D and 3D theaters on March 22, 2013. The story of a prehistoric family discovering a new world beyond their cave comes from Chris Sanders (who co-directed How to Train Your Dragon 74 and Lilo & Stitch 73) and Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps 36) Nicolas Cage provides the voice of the father, and Emma Stone voices the precocious daughter, while Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman voice the mother, son, and grandmother, respectively. This new trailer introduces the slightly more evolved character Guy, voiced by Ryan Reynolds.

A tense and teasing Upstream Color

Fans of Shane Carruth’s first film Primer 68 have been waiting almost nine years to get a glimpse at what he would write and direct next, and this week a teaser for his new film, Upstream Color, appeared prior to its premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the somewhat unhelpful official synopsis: “A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.” The teaser doesn’t do anything to clarify this, but it does add (beautifully) to the mystery. Upstream Color is currently slated for a limited release on April 5, 2013.

Love, zombies, and John Malkovich

In the horror romantic-comedy Warm Bodies, Nicholas Hoult stars as R, a zombie whose heart starts pumping at the sight of Julie, played by Teresa Palmer. Unfortunately for the star-crossed lovers, Julie’s dad (John Malkovich) is seriously anti-zombie. Malkovich gets a little more time to express his views in this new trailer, but sadly unseen are the couple’s best friends, played by Analeigh Tipton and Rob Corddry. Jonathan Levine (50/50 72) directs his own screenplay based on Isaac Marion’s book of the same name. Find out if love trumps the walking dead when Warm Bodies arrives in theaters on February 1, 2013.

Dane DeHaan is Harry Osborne

This week, director Marc Webb revealed on twitter that Dane DeHaan will play Harry Osborne in the upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man 66. The actor, who is probably best known for playing Andrew in Chronicle 69, will join Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and newcomers Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson and Jamie Foxx as Electro. The role of Harry Osborne was played by James Franco in the Sam Raimi trilogy where his father Norman Osborne, played by Willem Dafoe, was the first film’s main villain, the Green Goblin. It remains to be seen what roles Harry and Norman Osborne will play in the life of this new Spider-Man, but DeHaan’s previous work points to him being a good choice. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters May 2, 2014.

Two new clips from Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise is a ghost and quite skilled with his fists in these two clips from Jack Reacher. Adapted from Lee Child’s One Shot, Christopher McQuarrie’s film highlights an unconventional man and and his unorthodox methods of homicide investigation. The strong supporting cast includes Werner Herzog (as the villain), Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Jai Courtney. Look for it in theaters beginning December 21st.

One last featurette for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes to theaters a week from today, and this final behind-the-scenes look at the film has everything you need to prepare yourself for the almost three-hour experience. Returning to Middle Earth under Peter Jackson’s direction are Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel. New faces include Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.

Sample a bit more of Les Misérables

Good early buzz has faded a bit for Tom Hooper’s big screen musical adaptation of Les Misérables. Early reviews are split on the success of Hooper’s directorial choice to pitch everything at an epic level and frame many of the actors in a roaming close-up when they sing. One aspect of the film that fans of the stage musical might be more comfortable with is how the film retains the sung-through structure of the musical, which you can sample in the clips below. Get a taste of the film’s style and the cast’s vocal chords before the film comes to theaters December 25th.

More clips here, here, here, and here.

Dave Grohl goes to Sundance

Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl directs Sound City, a documentary about the legendary, but now defunct, analog recording studio of the same name. The film will premiere at Sundance in January and features interviews and archival footage of some of the best musicians to ever record at the studio, including Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, Mick Fleetwood, Lars Ulrich, and Trent Reznor. Look for a theatrical release in February.

A good day to turn 40

As far as sequels go, This is 40 just qualifies as a follow-up to 2007’s Knocked Up 85, and A Good Day to Die Hard comes to theaters almost six years after Live Free or Die Hard 69 and twenty-five years after the original Die Hard 70. To catch you up on what’s been going on in the lives of Pete, Debbie, and John McClane, and to introduce new characters like Megan Fox’s Desi, and Jai Courtney’s Jack McClane, two featurettes arrived this week. Check them out before This Is 40 arrives in theaters on December 21st, and A Good Day to Die Hard lands on February 14, 2013.

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

  • Richard Linklater, Michael Winterbottom, Park Chan-wook, Drake Doremus, David Gordon Green, and Jane Campion will all debut their latest films at Sundance 2013. Check out the full list of premieres here.
  • The Academy Award documentary shortlist was revealed this week. Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Central Park Five, Queen of Versailles, and West of Memphis did not make the cut, but plenty of good films did. Go here for the full list of contenders still in the running for a nomination.
  • David Fincher has now officially been rumored as a possible director of Star Wars Episode VII (don’t hold your breath), while Jon Favreau remains the most open about wanting the job. Makeup genius Rick Baker also would like to work on the new films so he can produce more real effects and less “digital stuff” (as Baker calls it). Sounds good to us. - Deadline & THR
  • Matt Damon could be joining George Clooney’s crew again, but instead of trying to steal, he’ll be trying to recover stolen art alongside Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman in The Monuments Men. - Deadline
  • Helen Mirren and Colin Firth will check into the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel. - Showbiz 411
  • Guillermo del Toro will make the ghost story Crimson Peak his next film, while a sequel is already planned for Pacific Rim, which hits theaters July 12, 2013. - Deadline & Heat Vision
  • Who will play the titular lead in Mark Romanek’s Cinderella? Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair), and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) will be the first to test. - Variety
  • Seth MacFarlane will write, direct and possibly star in his next feature, a comedic western titled A Million Ways to Die in the West. - Heat Vision
  • Oscar Isaac and Jason Clarke will star in William Monahan’s thriller Mojave. - Coming Soon
  • Timothy Olyphant will join Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, and Peter Sarsgaard in the awesomely titled horror-western Bone Tomahawk. - Deadline
  • Dennis Haysbert will take the place of the late Michael Clarke Duncan in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. - Heat Vision
  • Johnny Depp is developing a modern re-telling of Don Quixote. - Deadline
  • Disney has hired a new writer to work on a sequel to Tron: Legacy. - Heat Vision
  • Kristen Wiig could play a potential love interest for Steve Carell’s Brick Tamland in Anchorman 2. - The Wrap
  • James Marsden will star alongside Elizabeth Banks in the comedy Walk of Shame. - Coming Soon
  • The Man of Steel looks to be in a bit of trouble in the latest poster for Zach Snyder’s upcoming film.
  • Michael Caine thinks it all worked out at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. - L.A. Times
  • How many films do you recognize in this supercut of 2012 releases?
  • Try Ablixa before seeing Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects. This commercial sells you on the cutting edge drug.
  • Hear what happens when Howard Stern interviews Quentin Tarantino.

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