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

  • Publish Date: January 20, 2012
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The first official trailer for Will Ferrell's Casa de Mi Padre

Do you speak American? That is the question Will Ferrell must answer in Casa de Mi Padre, a Spanish-language comedy from the Funny or Die team of director Matt Piedmont and writer Andrew Steele. Ferrell plays Armando Alvarez, who believes his father’s ranch has been saved by his successful younger brother played by Diego Luna, but instead discovers that his brother has been dealing with an evil drug lord played by Gael Garcia Bernal. Genesis Rodriguez is along for the ride as the object of everyone’s desire. Check it out in theaters March 16.

The Resident Evil: Retribution teaser (brought to you by Sony electronics)

Milla Jovovich returns as Alice in this fifth film in the Resident Evil series that has already given us such highlights as Resident Evil 33, Resident Evil: Apocalypse 35, Resident Evil: Extinction 41, and Resident Evil: Afterlife 37. Her husband Paul W. S. Anderson, director of the first and fourth in the series, returns to helm his second in 3D and third 3D film in a row if you include 2011’s The Three Musketeers 35 (which only Quentin Tarantino really liked). They are joined by Michelle Rodriguez (returning as Rain Ocampo), Kevin Durand, Jason Isaacs, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, Bongbing Li and Oded Fehr. Those who enjoyed the first four should enjoy this one when it comes to the big screen on September 14; everyone else can just wait for the next major Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 6, on November 20.

A first look at Detachment

Director Tony Kaye’s career includes American History X 62 and the abortion documentary Lake of Fire 83, but there have also been many lost years and lost projects due to his reputation. His latest film, Detachment, is a drama about teachers in inner city public schools, and it stars Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, James Caan, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, and William Petersen. Reviews from its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival were mixed, but it will hit theaters March 16.

International trailer for American Reunion

The gang’s getting back together and it looks to be more of the same hijinks that occurred in high school. This time, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the guys behind Harold and Kumar, direct Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, Eugene Levy, and Jennifer Coolidge. Newcomers include Dania Ramirez and Katrina Bowden. Check out American Reunion beginning April 6.

Project X trailer

Sure it’s produced by Todd Philips, but Project X is not Road Trip 55, Old School 54, or The Hangover 73. Instead, it’s a found footage-style high school party film, shot on a low budget by Nima Nourizadeh and starring mainly unknowns. From the looks of the latest trailer, it could be the party film to end all party films (unless of course it’s so successful the studio wants a sequel). Project X hits theaters March 2.

The Secret Life of Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller found his wife and the girl of his dreams this week, and thankfully they aren’t the same woman. Deadline reports that Shirley MacLaine will play Stiller’s mom in his remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty while THR reports that Kristen Wiig will play a co-worker who also happens to be the girl of his dreams. In this version of the story written by Steve Conrad (The Weather Man 61, The Pursuit of Happyness 64, The Promotion 51), Stiller will play a daydreaming magazine photo editor whose search for a lost negative thrusts him into a real-life adventure. Stiller, whose last directorial effort was Tropic Thunder 71, will also be behind the camera for this remake of the 1947 film based on the James Thurber short story. Wiig squashed rumors of a Bridesmaids sequel this week to E!, but she was recently linked to Sean Penn’s The Comedian starring Robert De Niro. No word on if she will be able to squeeze that into her busy schedule as well.

The first trailer for The Forgiveness of Blood

Director Joshua Marston hasn’t made a feature film since 2004’s Maria Full of Grace 87, but his new film The Forgiveness of Blood traveled the festivals last year and will finally get a theatrical release on February 24. Marston spoke to Variety about the disappointment in being disqualified from the Foreign Language Oscar because six key crew members were not Albanian even though, as he says, “The film is made by Albanians, in Albania, about Albania and in the Albanian language.” The film centers on a blood feud that engulfs a young brother and sister played by Tristan Halilaj and Sindi Lacej. Early reviews from THR, Variety and The Playlist have been good.

West of Memphis

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh produced this documentary about the West Memphis Three that is premiering at Sundance today. Three excellent documentaries (Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hills, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, and the recently completed Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 85) have already been made on the subject, but the fascinating story of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. can support another look. Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil 86) directs.

A first look at Side by Side

If you’re interested in the debate of film vs. digital, join Keanu Reeves. He produced this documentary and conducts the interviews with an impressive list of directors and DPs including Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, George Lucas, Robert Rodriguez, Lars von Trier, and the list goes on. Directed by Christopher Kenneally, the film will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

What is Snow Piercer and why should you be excited?

According to Variety, the cast for Bong Joon-ho’s English language debut is coming together quickly. Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell and Song Kang-ho have all been cast in the South Korean director’s Snow Piercer. The film is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, which is set in a post-apocalyptic ice age and tells the story of a group of survivors on a train with no destination. Bong Joon-ho, who directed the well received Mother 79, The Host 85, and Memories of Murder 82, wrote the first draft with fellow South Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy 74 and Thirst 73), but Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead 84) is doing a rewrite. Hopes are high for this film, which should make an international premiere in 2013. Could it join Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac at Cannes? Sometimes wishes do come true.

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

  • Warner Bros. moved Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer from June 15, 2012 to March 22, 2013. It fills the void left by the now on hold Arthur & Lancelot, which was to open next March.
  • The McG-directed action-comedy This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine will now hit theaters a few days early, on February 14.
  • The Expendables 2 will be rated PG-13 because Chuck Norris says so. - /Film & AICN
  • Check out Quentin Tarantino’s film awards for 2011.
  • Jessica Chastain is out (to do Kathryn Bigelow’s latest) and Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough have been added to what was once known as Oblivion (and/or Horizons), Tom Cruise’s sci-fi collaboration with TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. - Variety
  • Mickey Rourke is training hard and having surgery done on his eyes so he can play gay rugby player Gareth Thomas in an upcoming film. - Daily Mail
  • Diablo Cody’s Sweet Valley High adaptation could be a musical. - MTV
  • Josh Trank, director of the upcoming Chronicle, is the frontrunner to helm Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise. - Variety
  • Girlfight and Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama has cast Chloe Moretz and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Rut, which tells of the consequences of a young girl’s attempt to impress her father by heading out into the wilderness alone to hunt deer. - Heat Vision
  • Gary Ross will direct, and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) has been hired to write Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, due in theaters November 22, 2013. - The Wrap
  • Are you happy that George Lucas will be “retiring” from blockbusters? - NY Times
  • Billy Bob Thornton, Thomas Jane and James Marsden will get attacked by bears in Red Machine. David Hackl (Saw V) will direct. - Variety
  • Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) will direct Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in Identity Theft, a comedy in which McCarthy is the one doing the stealing. - Deadline
  • Tommy Lee Jones will play General Douglas MacArthur in Emperor, a romantic drama about post WWII Japan. Matthew Fox will play Gen. Bonner Fellers, and the film will be directed by Peter Webber (The Girl With the Pearl Earring, Hannibal Rising). - Variety
  • Matthew Lillard has turned his success in The Descendants into a role opposite Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in Trouble with the Curve. - EW
  • Jim Broadbent and Imogen Poots have joined James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) in Jon S. Baird’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s (Trainspotting) novel Filth. - Variety
  • Great American novelist Cormac McCarthy has sold a spec script titled The Counselor about a lawyer in the contemporary Southwest whose dalliance with the drug trade gets him into more trouble than he bargained for. - Deadline
  • Marcus Nispel, who last directed 2011‘s Conan the Barbarian, will helm Hack/Slash, an adaptation of the comic book series by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli. - Heat Vision
  • Liv Tyler will star in Side Effect (not to be confused with Steven Soderbergh’s The Side Effects). The psychological horror film will be directed by Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), and Tyler will play “a woman who spends several months alone in space as an experimental subject for a global pharmaceutical company, and finds herself inexplicably pregnant.” - Deadline
  • Director Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room) will be the president of the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. - THR
  • Check out nine Sundance shorts here. - 24 Frames

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