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

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Our Super Bowl trailer wrap-up heads into overtime

Last week we got an early peak at the Super Bowl spot for Brad Pitt’s World War Z. Today we have a look at the other trailers that aired, as well as some extended spots released after the game.

The big reveal was the first footage from Fast & Furious 6. Justin Lin’s follow-up to the successful Fast Five 67 begins where the last one left off, with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and their crew scattered around the world. But when Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs makes them an offer they can’t refuse, they get back together to take down a marauding gang of mercenary drivers. Luke Evans plays the main baddie, and everyone else returns—even some faces fans haven’t seen in a while—so take a look at the original and extended spots below. The film hits theaters May 24th.

The buzz continues to build for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. Even though Benedict Cumberbatch’s role is still a mystery, there was one big reveal thanks to the Star Trek app. The film will now open in IMAX 3D two days earlier than previously announced, beginning on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00 PM.

Robert Downey Jr. introduces the extended (or “extensive”) look at Iron Man 3 that has a bit more footage than the original TV spot offered. For more information on the film, go to the new official website.

Disney rolled out two Super Bowl spots. One was for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful which hits theaters in a month and also revealed a new website, while the second showcased Gore Verbinski’s Johnny Depp-starring The Lone Ranger, coming to theaters July 3rd.

Star Wars spinoffs put the solo back in Han Solo (plus Yoda and Boba Fett)

In an official statement, Disney confirmed that they are working on “spinoff films that will expand the mythos and depths of the Star Wars universe in previously unexplored ways.” Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote The Empire Strikes Back 78 is working on one, and Simon Kinberg, who wrote Sherlock Holmes 57, is developing the other. EW followed that announcement with word that the two films will be about a young Han Solo and Boba Fett. The Han Solo film would be an origin story taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and the Boba Fett story would follow the fan favorite on a bounty hunting adventure. With these two in the mix, we can only hope that Jabba the Hut will appear. Earlier in the week AICN posited that a Yoda stand-alone film would be the first one out of the gate, and it’s still possible, since Disney has not confirmed which characters will get their own films or when they will even be released, though speculation has them filling in the gaps in between episodes 7, 8, and 9.

Like Someone in Love

After the Tuscan-set Certified Copy 82, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami heads to Tokyo for a quirky love story of sorts between a college student moonlighting as a call girl (Rin Takanashi) and a retired professor (Tadashi Okuno). Early reviews of Like Someone in Love haven’t been as rapturous as for his earlier work, but with mistaken identity as a central theme (the girl’s jealous boyfriend believes the older gentleman is her grandfather), Kiarostami can still enchant and beguile audiences. Look for it in limited release beginning Wednesday.

Chris Pratt and Emily Van Camp join Team Marvel

Deadline reported on two major casting announcements from Marvel this week. The first revealed that Emily Van Camp, currently on ABC's Revenge, will play the female lead opposite Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The second, and probably a bigger surprise, is that Chris Pratt will play Peter Quill/Star-Lord in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt is best known as the goofy Andy on Parks and Recreation and recently played a Seal Team Six member in Zero Dark Thirty. Quill is the son of a human mother and alien father and leader of the team that also includes Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Gamora. Treat Williams, get ready; Marvel seems to like Everwood alumni. Maybe you can be in the new Hulk movie rumored to be in development by Latino Review.

The Lords of Salem are waiting

Rob Zombie has made a name for himself outside of music with his directorial efforts House of 1000 Corpses 31, The Devil’s Rejects 53, Halloween 47, and Halloween II 46. His latest horror film, The Lords of Salem, might be his strongest, based on reaction from early festival screenings. His wife Sherri Moon Zombie plays a Salem radio DJ who receives a mysterious record that, when played, awakens an old demonic presence in the town. Bruce Davison, Ken Foree, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Dee Wallace also star in what will surely freak people out when it hits theaters on April 19th.

Damn, it’s cold in this cabin!

In his first post-Harry Potter role, Rupert Grint stars in Into the White alongside Florian Lukas, David Kross, Stig Henrik Hoff and Lachlan Nieboer. The film is based on the true tale of English and German World War II pilots shot down over Norway only to find themselves struggling to survive together in a remote cabin. Petter Næss (Elling 70) directs. Into the White opens in limited release on April 12th.

The first trailer for Leviathan

This documentary tracks a groundfish trawler off the coast of Massachusetts where over 500 ships sail each month. Directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Sweetgrass) and Verena Paravel (Foreign Parts 78) used a dozen cameras to capture the harrowing work of fishermen at sea. Leviathan comes to theaters March 1st.

The first trailer for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

Using reenactments, archival footage, and interviews with Milwaukee medical examiner Jeffrey Jentzen and detective Patrick Kennedy, director Chris James Thompson looks to answer the unanswerable: what drives a seemingly normal man to commit the series of heinous acts Jeffrey Dahmer did? Look for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files in limited release and on demand beginning next Friday.

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

  • Richard Linklater's Before Midnight will open in Los Angeles and New York on May 24th, with additional cities to follow.
  • Shawn Levy will direct Night at the Museum 3, and it will be in theaters December 25, 2014.
  • Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited will make its U.S debut in limited release on June 28th.
  • Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard and Louis C.K., comes to theaters July 26th.
  • According to director Adam McKay, Kristen Wiig has officially joined the cast of Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
  • Sean Bean will join Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne in the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending. - Deadline
  • Benedict Cumberbatch will play mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game for director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters). - Deadline
  • Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen are in talks to join Aaron Johnson in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot. - Variety
  • Paul Walker will take over for Timothy Olyphant in Agent 47, based on the Hitman game series. - Deadline
  • Secretary director Steven Shainberg has cast Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Jim Sturgess in his upcoming film The Big Shoe. Sturgess will play a shoe designer, Stewart his muse, and Banks his therapist. - Variety
  • Johnny Depp will play South Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in director Barry Levinson’s adaptation of Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. - Coming Soon
  • Ellen Page will direct Anna Faris in Miss Stevens, her debut behind the camera about a teacher who learns a few life lessons while chaperoning high school kids at a state drama competition. - Deadline
  • Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee will star in the sci-fi thriller Young Ones written and directed Jake Paltrow. - Variety
  • Charlize Theron has been tapped for Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s (Sarah’s Key) adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel, Dark Places. - Deadline
  • Pierce Brosnan will star as a former IRA hitman who is released from prison in Last Man Out. - THR
  • Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) will direct Tina Fey as one of two sisters who return home to find their family home is up for sale in The Nest. - Deadline
  • Lone Scherfig (An Education) will direct the film version of Laura Wade's play Posh, about students in the Riot Club at Oxford University. - Screen Daily
  • Bruce Greenwood will join Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, and Kevin Durand in Atom Egoyan’s thriller Queen of the Night. - THR
  • Lilly Collins and Sam Claflin will star in Love, Rosie, based on Cecelia Ahern’s novel Where Rainbows End. - Deadline
  • Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen will join Ewan McGregor in Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of John Le Carré’s Our Kind of Traitor. - Screen Daily
  • Renny Harlin will direct Hercules 3D. Watch out Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson. - Heat Vision
  • In Solace, Colin Farrell will play a serial killer and Anthony Hopkins will play a doctor who teams up with a detective to hunt Farrell down. - Deadline
  • Eva Mendes and Matt Smith will star in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. - Variety
  • Rodrigo Santoro will join Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, and Joel Edgerton in Lynne Ramsay’s Jane Got a Gun. - Deadline
  • Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, and Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lahzar) will star in the adaptation of the Markus Zusak’s best-selling WW II-set novel, The Book Thief. - THR
  • Stacy Keach will play mob boss Wallenquist in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. - Variety
  • Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass, and Ben Kingsley will star in the “mind-bending comedy” Convention for director Justin Reardon. - Coming Soon
  • Tom Hardy will star in the real-time 90-minute thriller Locke. - Screen Daily
  • Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) will play the female lead opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in True Story about N.Y. Times journalist Michael Finkel’s investigation of the man who stole his identity. - Deadline
  • Jane Levy (Suburgatory) will star in the thriller In a Dark Place. - Heat Vision
  • Michael Keaton will join Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, and Kid Cudi in Need for Speed. - Heat Vision
  • J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Valve could team-up to make Portal and Half-Life movies and possibly a new video game. - Polygon
  • Jesse Eisenberg, Emile Hirsch, and Diane Kruger are all set to star in actor Chris Eigeman’s Midnight Sun, his second directorial effort that follows two young post graduates recruited to work on the atomic bomb. - Screen Daily
  • Katherine Heigl will star in the romance A Moment to Remember by The Sessions director Ben Lewin. - THR
  • A new animated version of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is in the works at Universal. - THR
  • Die Hard 5: next week. Die Hard 6: coming soon. - Bleeding Cool
  • The first image from Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac is totally SFW.

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