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

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  • Publish Date: February 15, 2013

Internship crashers

Shawn Levy (Real Steel 56, Date Night 56) directs Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in this comedy about two unemployed salesmen who get into the Google internship program despite being just a little bit older than the average intern. Once inside the company, it’s old school vs. new school as they battle wits with the brilliant and much more tech-savvy generation represented by Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, and B.J. Novak. John Goodman plays their former employer, and Aasif Mandvi plays their new boss. The Internship opens on June 7th.

A second look at Jack the Giant Slayer

Bryan Singer is busy preparing X-Men: Days of Future Past, but his long delayed re-imagining of the Jack and the Beanstalk folktale will finally hit theaters on March 1st. The film stars Nicolas Hoult (Warm Bodies) as Jack, Eleanor Tomlinson as the princess in peril, and Ian McShane as the king and concerned dad. Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, and Warwick Davis round out the strong cast. Jack the Giant Slayer will be projected in 2D, 3D, and 3D IMAX formats.

Tom Cruise wants the truth in the newest Oblivion trailer

This new international trailer for Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion fills in a few more details about the upcoming Tom Cruise vehicle, but don’t expect all the answers. Cruise is still seen performing drone repair, rescuing Olga Kurylenko from a spaceship crash (now revealed to be against direct orders) and meeting Morgan Freeman and what looks to be a rather large resistance force. Kosinski (Tron: Legacy 49) based the story on his own graphic novel and wrote the screenplay with Michael Arndt (currently writing Episode VII) and Karl Gajdusek. The supporting cast includes Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. See it in IMAX beginning April 12 or on punier screens the following week.

Two blockbusters cast their villains

Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland doesn’t come out until December 19, 2014, but with George Clooney starring and Damon Lindelof supplying the script, the buzz has started early. This week, Heat Vision revealed that Hugh Laurie has been in talks to play the villain in the secret sci-fi project. A new theory about the film’s story also surfaced this week thanks to Jim Hill, a Disney historian. He basically asserts that the film could be about a project Disney worked on with the Army about how UFOs actually exist. Sounds pretty interesting. Meanwhile, Variety’s report on Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past takes us from UFOs to time travel with the news that Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones) will play the main villain, though his identity remains a mystery. Days of Future Past will also be the first X-Men film to be shot in 3D, reports Cinema Blend.

A new look at The Host

Next up in the post-Twilight, current Hunger Games, and possible Beautiful Creatures young adult movie world is The Host, an adaptation of Twilight scribe Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi romance novel. Andrew Niccol (In Time 53) directs this futuristic look at a world taken over by aliens in which Saoirse Ronan plays Melanie Stryder, a rebellious human battling the Souls until her body is taken over by a Wanderer. Max Irons plays Melanie’s boyfriend (when she was fully human) while Jake Abel and Diane Kruger play supporting roles. Look for The Host in theaters beginning March 29th.

A Fast & Furious 6 trailer and spoiler (not the car kind)

This alternate cut of the extended trailer that premiered last week doesn’t reveal anything new, but it provides an opportunity to discuss a major SPOILER for Fast & Furious 7. AICN reports that the villain in the next film will be Jason Statham, who will play the brother of Luke Evans’ Owen Shaw, the villain in 6. Rumor has it that Statham will be revealed at the end of Fast & Furious 6 much like Michelle Rodriguez was at the end of 5. Fast & Furious 6 hits theaters on May 24th.

The Company You Keep is important

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. Lem Dobbs’ 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 action in a film that includes an impressive supporting cast composed of Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, and Richard Jenkins.

A second look at Pixar's Monsters University

This prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. 78 checks in with John Goodman’s Sulley and Billy Crystal’s Mike Wazowski in college as they train to become professional scarers. Their nemesis, Randall Boggs (voiced by Steve Buscemi), is back, along with the Abominable Snowman (John Ratzenberger) and a host of new characters. Director Dan Scanlon provides a full breakdown of the story in a recently posted featurette, so avoid it if you don’t want to know major plot points. The new trailer, on the other hand, just gives a good overview of those crazy college days. Monsters University comes to theaters on June 21st.

Michael Mann's next project heats up

Variety reports that Michael Mann will direct Chis Hemsworth in an untitled thriller that will be Mann’s first theatrical feature since 2009’s Public Enemies 70. He has been co-writing the film with Morgan Davis Foehl for over a year. Hemsworth joins the film after Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse was delayed (maybe there’s a role for Anne Hathaway too). Plot details are unknown, but it “takes place in a world of cyber threats and attacks.” Mann most recently directed for the HBO series Luck.

The Trance red-band trailer gets inside your head

Danny Boyle (127 Hours 82) returns to filmmaking with this thriller that harkens back to his first feature, Shallow Grave 67. James McAvoy plays an art auctioneer who steals a valuable painting with the help of a gang of criminals led by Vincent Cassel. When McAvoy takes a blow to the head, he forgets where he stashed the painting (or does he?), so Cassel hires a hypnotist, played by Rosario Dawson, to extract the information. By the looks of it, hypnosis will lead to some crazy images. The score is by Underworld’s Rick Smith, and the slick camera work is by Boyle’s collaborator on his last two films, Anthony Dod Mantle, an Oscar winner for Slumdog Millionaire 86. Watch the surprisingly bloody trailer below, and look for Trance in theaters beginning April 5th.

About Last Night gets a remake and a red-band trailer

This remake of Edward Zwick’s 1986 film starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore doesn’t come out for another year, but here’s an early look at a few scenes. The original film was based on David Mamet’s play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, but this modern update looks only to be borrowing the basic structure of the original source material. The film stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Joy Bryant, and the script comes from Leslye Headland, who wrote and directed Bachelorette 52. She doesn’t direct here; that’s left to Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine 63), who, according to Deadline, also signed on to direct another new comedy this week, Shore Leave. Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2014 with About Last Night.

The Numbers Station

In this thriller, John Cusack stars as a CIA black ops agent tasked with protecting Malin Akerman, a code operator at a remote CIA “numbers station” where encrypted messages are sent and received. His job becomes much more difficult when a heavily armed team of assassins attacks the base. Kasper Barfoed directs from a script by F. Scott Frazier. The Numbers Station hits theaters on April 26th.

It’s A Disaster comedy

David Cross plays Julia Stiles new boyfriend in this comedy from writer-director Todd Berger. The film takes place at a couples brunch where the party members learn that they are trapped inside the house after a dirty bomb explodes. Is it another in an increasing number of apocalyptic comedies to go along with Edgar Wright’s The World’s End and Seth Rogen’s This Is the End? Find out when It's a Disaster hits VOD on March 5th or screens in limited release beginning April 12th.

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

  • Latino Review is reporting that Harrison Ford will return as Han Solo in Episode VII.
  • Sam Mendes could return to direct Bond 24. - The Daily Mail
  • The East, the second collaboration between Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij (Another Earth), will open in theaters on May 31st.
  • Jennifer Aniston will join Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Jason Schwartzman, Brie Larson, Cybill Shepherd, Eugene Levy, and Kathryn Hahn in Peter Bogdanovich’s comedy She's Funny That Way (previously titled Squirrels To Nuts). - THR
  • Amanda Seyfried is in talks to join Charlize Theron in Seth MacFarlane’s comedy-western A Million Ways to Die in the West. - THR
  • Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) will star in Rupert Wyatt’s WWI film, Birdsong. - THR
  • The cast for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, is set. Joining lead Christina Hendricks will be Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes and Matt Smith. - Coming Soon
  • Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is building quite a cast for his adaptation of Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist. This week, Sigourney Weaver joined the already announced Isabelle Huppert, Denis Levant, and David Cronenberg. - Screen Daily
  • Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) will star alongside Liam Neeson in Scott Frank’s New York-set procedural A Walk Amongst the Tombstones. - Variety
  • Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) will develop and direct an adaptation of John Grisham’s The Racketeer, possibly after he wraps Child 44 with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. - Heat Vision
  • David Ayer will move from cop movies to a war movie with his next film, Fury, the story of a five-man American tank crew battling their way through Europe during WWII. - Deadline
  • Bella Heathcote (Not Fade Away), Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) and Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove) will star in The Curse of Downer’s Grove, a thriller that takes place in a small town in which a curse takes the life of a high school senior each year. Derick Martini (Lymelife) will direct from an adaptation by Bret Easton Ellis. - Coming Soon
  • Joel McHale and Lauren Graham will play a husband and wife who visit McHale’s grandfather (played by Robin Williams) in the dysfunctional family comedy A Friggin' Christmas Miracle, written by Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph). Tristram Shapeero (Community) will direct. - THR
  • In Blue Angel, Clive Owen will star as a college professor and former novelist whose life is turned upside down by a young writing student. - Variety
  • Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) will write the script for The Devil’s Right Hand, a thriller set in the modern-day advertising world. - THR
  • Tag, you’re it! - Deadline
  • Room 237, the documentary on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, has a clever new trailer based on the original teaser for that film. See them both at The Playlist.

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