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

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  • Publish Date: January 17, 2014

The first U.S. trailer for Breathe In

Writer/director Drake Doremus’ follow-up to 2011‘s Like Crazy reunites him with that film’s star, Felicity Jones, here playing an exchange student living for a semester with a music teacher and his family. Guy Pearce plays the music teacher who still yearns for his glory days as a musician, and Amy Ryan plays his wife whose focus has shifted to their college-bound daughter (Mackenzie Davis). When it premiered at Sundance in 2013, Breathe In earned good reviews for its depiction of domestic unrest, with particular kudos going to Jones and Pearce. See it in select theaters beginning March 28th.

Elizabeth Banks takes the Walk of Shame

In Walk of Shame, Elizabeth Banks plays a reporter whose dreams of becoming a TV anchor are put in jeopardy after she’s stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, money, or ID, and only eight hours to make it on the air. James Marsden plays the one-night stand partially responsible for her predicament, and Gillian Jacobs and Sarah Wright play her friends. Written and directed by Steven Brill (Drillbit Taylor), and with supporting turns by Tig Notaro, Kevin Nealon, Oliver Hudson, and Ethan Suplee, Walk of Shame hits theaters April 25th.

Ben Wheatley's mysterious A Field in England

Since 2009, Ben Wheatley has directed three critical successes (Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers), a segment for The ABCs of Death, a few TV shows, and now A Field in England. His latest film finally hits U.S. theaters and VOD on February 7th after receiving very good reviews during its run in the UK last year. Shot in black and white, the story takes place in 1684 during the English Civil War and follows a group of deserters who are captured by an alchemist. Prepare for a bizarre, psychedelic trip.

Zoe Kazan is The Pretty One

Zoe Kazan plays identical twins Laurel and Audrey in this feature debut from writer/director Jenée LaMarque. When Audrey, the “pretty one”, dies in a car accident, Laurel assumes her identity, allowing her to meet Drinking Buddies co-stars Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston. The Pretty One comes to select theaters on February 7th.

Latest Episode VII rumors

At some point, J.J. Abrams will actually have to cast Star Wars: Episode VII, but until then (and probably after) we’ll keep reporting on the rumors. The Wrap reports that Jesse Plemons of Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights will meet for a second time with the director about one of the lead roles. Heat Vision adds that Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver, and Hugo Weaving are also in the mix, and that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher might need to prepare to take on larger roles than originally planned. It seems that since Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over script duties from Michael Arndt, the focus has shifted away from the new characters and back to Luke, Leia, and Han. All will be revealed on December 18, 2015.

Emma Roberts enters the Adult World

Coming to select theaters and VOD on February 14th, Adult World stars Emma Roberts as an aspiring poet living with her parents in upstate New York and going to grad school where she hopes to impress an alcoholic writer played by John Cusack.  Needing money, as most aspiring poets do, she accepts a job at Adult World, the local sex shop where she works with the young manager played by Evan Peters. Scott Coffey (Ellie Parker) directs from a script by Andy Cochran.

Date and Switch

High school best friends Michael (Nicholas Braun) and Matty (Hunter Cope) promise to help each other lose their virginity before senior prom, but when Matty reveals that he's gay, their plan takes an unexpected turn. Matty meets a potential partner in Zach Cregger’s Greg, and Michael’s attention turns toward Matty’s ex-girlfriend (50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson). Chris Nelson (Ass Backwards) directs from a script by Alan Young, and Sarah Hyland, Nick Offerman, Gary Cole, Megan Mullally, and Wendi McLendon-Covey have supporting roles. Look for Date and Switch on VOD and in select theaters beginning February 14th.

Tarantino’s next?

According to Deadline, Quentin Tarantino’s next film will be a western titled The Hateful Eight. We imagine that places it somewhere between The Magnificent Seven and The Dirty Dozen. A first draft is done, and the director has two actors in mind: Christoph Waltz and Bruce Dern. Waltz has obviously been featured in Tarantino’s last two films, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, while Dern is experiencing a career resurgence due to his Academy Award-nominated work in Nebraska. With shooting possible as soon as this summer, The Hateful Eight could be another major film coming to crowded theaters in 2015.

Dom Hemingway is free!

The latest trailer for Richard Shepard’s first film since 2005’s The Matador features a bit of the softer side of the titular Dom Hemingway (Jude Law). A foul-mouthed safe-cracker recently released after a dozen years in prison, Dom has missed out on a few things. So with his buddy Dickie (Richard E. Grant), Dom seeks out his boss, Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir), to collect his reward for keeping his mouth shut. But when a night of partying gets out of hand, Dom ends up on the doorstep of his daughter, Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke. Dom Hemingway hits theaters on April 4th.

The Quiet Ones

Another in the long line of “inspired by true events” horror films, The Quiet Ones is set in 1974 and stars Jared Harris (Mad Men) as a university professor who recruits his students to take part in an experiment to create a poltergeist. The subject of the experiment is a young woman (Olivia Cooke) with surprising powers. Directed by John Pogue from a script he wrote with Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited) and Oren Moverman (Rampart), this supernatural thriller also stars Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, and Rory Fleck-Byrne. Look for it in theaters beginning April 11, 2014.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Directed by Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2), Mr. Peabody & Sherman follows Mr. Peabody (voiced by Modern Family’s Ty Burrell), the smartest dog in the world, and his boy Sherman (voiced by Max Charles,) as they go back in time and try to repair history undone by Sherman and Penny Peterson (Modern Family’s Ariel Winter). As they visit major moments in history, additional voice actors (Mel Brooks, Patrick Warburton, Stanley Tucci, Lake Bell) get in on the fun. See it in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters beginning March 7, 2014.

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

  • If you haven't already, check out our preview of 2014's most anticipated films.
  • American Hustle and Gravity lead all Oscar nominees this year with 10 apiece.
  • Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man to Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, his successor, in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. Michael Peña is up for a role as well. - Variety & The Wrap
  • Thomas Kretschmann (Van Helsing on NBC’s Dracula) will play Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the Nazi head of HYDRA, in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. - Heat Vision
  • Boyd Holbrook, Tom Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel, Sam Reid, and Jai Courtney are being considered for the role of Kyle Reese (previously played by Michael Biehn) in Terminator: Genesis. - Variety
  • Max Landis (Chronicle) is writing a new draft of Sony’s planned Harry Houdini project. - Deadline
  • In other magic news, Fox and Hasbro will team up to bring the role-playing fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering to the big screen. - THR
  • According to Latino Review, Johnny Depp is meeting with Marvel about playing Dr. Strange, but will he have time with a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean and a second Alice in Wonderland already on his schedule? Probably not.
  • Harrison Ford has joined Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn in The Age of Adaline, the story of a woman who stops aging at 29 after a near-fatal accident. Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever) will direct. - THR
  • Scott Cooper is in talks to rewrite and direct Black Mass, the Whitey Bulger story with Johnny Depp (possibly) starring. - Deadline
  • Paul Greengrass will adapt and direct David Ignatius’ spy novel The Director, about a CIA director who enlists the help of a programmer to infiltrate the world of hackers who claim to have the names of CIA agents. - The Wrap
  • In director Will Raee’s comedy Lost in Austin, Linda Cardellini (Mad Men) will play a mother who schemes with her ex-boyfriend (Jason Lee) and an ex-con (Craig Robinson) to kidnap her 11-year-old daughter (Ursula Parker) for a month, so they can become famous. - Variety
  • Meryl Streep will star in The Senator’s Wife, a Weinstein Company production that looks at how the NRA defeated gun control legislation after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. - Deadline
  • Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) will direct an adaptation of Ted Chiang’s 1999 Nebula Award-winning novella The Story of Your Life about a linguist’s attempt to communicate with aliens that land on Earth. - THR

Comments (1)

  • Duke_Challenger  

    I am sick of Christopher Waltz. He acts the same in every movie.

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