A first look at Jeff Who Lives at Home
Jason Segel and Ed Helms star as brothers in this latest film from the Duplass brothers, whose previous output includes The Puffy Chair 73, Baghead 62, and Cyrus 74. This time, they follow Segel’s Jeff, a genial, destiny-obsessed stoner, as he leaves home on an errand and ends up helping his brother (Helms) to spy on his wife, whom he suspects of infidelity. Susan Sarandon plays their mother, and Judy Greer plays Helms’ wife. See it in theaters beginning March 2.
Lawrence Kasdan returns with Darling Companion
It’s been nine years since Dreamcatcher 35 and and even longer since Lawrence Kasdan did some of his better work—Body Heat 78, The Big Chill 61— but he’s been able to put together a great cast for his return to feature writing and directing. Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, the above-mentioned Mark Duplass, and Elisabeth Moss star in this family drama about the search for a lost dog. Darling Companion comes to theaters on April 20.
Trailers for two lesser known animated film nominees
This week’s Academy Award nominations had some surprises, and one of the categories to include a few obscure nominees was best animated feature. Sure, Kung Fu Panda 2 67, Puss in Boots 65, and Rango 75 are well known, but foreign titles Chico and Rita and A Cat in Paris haven’t made it into U.S. theaters yet. Check out the trailers for both below; /Film also has plot summaries for each.
Spielberg goes from Lincoln to Robots to Moses
With two movies last year, Lincoln slated for a late 2012 release, and Robopacalypse set for July 3, 2013, Steve Spielberg will have little down time, especially if the latest news from Deadline is true. The new reports have Spielberg close to committing to Gods and Kings, a “gritty” biopic of Moses that would show “him coming down the river, being adopted, leaving his home, forming an army, and getting the Ten Commandments.” To differentiate it from the Cecile B. DeMille epic, insiders tell Deadline that they want a “real warrior story” or “a Braveheart-ish version of the Moses story.” Should be interesting. Any thoughts on who should play Moses?
Nicolas Cage is Seeking Justice
The often dependable Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Thirteen Days 67, The Bank Job 69) is at the helm of this thriller starring Nicolas Cage as a man who gets entangled with a vigilante group after his wife (January Jones) is assaulted. Not sure this one will be one of Donaldson’s stronger efforts, but he does have Guy Pearce playing the baddie. Seeking Justice hits theaters March 16.
While torturing Nic Cage might be one way to have some fun, why not try breaking out of a maximum security prison... in space. Yep, Guy Pearce is Snow, a “loose cannon” sent to rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) after a hostile takeover of the prison. Check it out in theaters beginning April 20th or at a midnight cult showing in the future (assuming it is good—or bad—enough to earn that).
Stephen Dorff is locked in a trunk
Stephen Dorff follows in the Buried 65 footsteps of Ryan Reynolds by spending most of a movie inside a tiny, dark, confined space. Brake centers on a Secret Service agent who is trapped in the trunk of a car and then put through various forms of physical and mental torture by a group of terrorists seeking the location of the president. The thriller will get a limited release beginning March 23.
Reynolds and Witherspoon have Big Eyes
Speaking of Ryan Reynolds (who will also be seen in the upcoming Safe House), he'll be starring with Reese Witherspoon (who has the now officially R-rated This Means War coming to theaters on Valentine’s Day) as Walter and Margaret Keane in Big Eyes. According to Deadline, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who penned The People vs. Larry Flynt 79 and Man on the Moon 58, will write and direct this story of the artistic couple whose paintings of large-eyed children were popular in the 1950s and 60s. Walter marketed and took credit for the paintings during their marriage, but their divorce led to multiple attempts by Margaret to prove that she was the one who painted the waifs with the big eyes. Alexander and Karaszewski praised their “dream cast” thusly: “Walter is a larger-than-life antihero — charming, funny, dangerous, and a little crazy. Ryan will knock it out of the park. As for Reese, she will be perfect as Margaret — soulful, decent, transforming from vulnerability to learning to fight for herself.”
Mirror Mirror, the more comedic and zany of the two Snow White films coming to theaters this year, will now be released on March 30th (it was previously slated for March 16). This puts it up against Wrath of the Titans, but with a tone so different from that film, as well as from Snow White and the Huntsman (due in June), it should still be able to find an audience. To help sway viewers to Mirror Mirror, a new trailer was released this week on ComingSoon (shown below). You can also check out a new featurette at THR.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
While it has already been released in a few countries, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island still has a few weeks to build buzz in the U.S. In this sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 57, Josh Hutcherson returns as Sean Anderson, but instead of going on another adventure with his uncle (Brendan Fraser is not back), he joins up with his mother’s boyfriend, played by Dwayne Johnson, and sets off on a quest to find his missing grandfather (Michael Caine). Luis Guzman and Vanessa Hudgens go along for the ride. Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 30) directs the film, which will come to theaters February 10 in 2D and 3D.
Ryan Murphy’s latest project
Ryan Murphy has Glee and American Horror Story on TV, and he now he’s preparing his third feature following 2006‘s Running with Scissors 52 and 2010’s Eat Pray Love 50. THR reports that Murphy has cast Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons in an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning drama The Normal Heart. Larry Kramer will adapt his own autobiographical play about the impact of HIV/AIDS on New York’s gay community in the 1980s. Ruffalo will play Ned Weeks, one of the first to raise awareness of the disease. Baldwin will play his brother, Ben, a lawyer who struggles with Ned’s sexuality. Roberts is slated to play Emma Brookner, the wheelchair-bound doctor confronting the disease (a role that earned Ellen Barkin a Tony). Bomer will play Ned’s boyfriend, Felix Turner, and Jim Parsons will reprise his Broadway role of Tommy Boatwright, a gay activist.
Soderbergh’s Side Effects
According to Deadline, Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined Blake Lively, Jude Law and Channing Tatum in Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, but that’s not all the news surrounding the film this week. In addition to the Zeta-Jones casting, The Playlist reports on why Annapuna Pictures backed out of financing the film. Rumors suggest that they didn’t agree with Lively’s casting in the lead role of a young woman whose use of prescription drugs to deal with anxiety related to her husband’s (Tatum) release from prison leads her into a relationship with her doctor (Law). Names that have surfaced to replace Lively include Rooney Mara, Michelle Williams, Emily Blunt, and Imogen Poots. The story is still developing, and while all those actresses are great, why not give Lively a chance? As for Zeta-Jones’ role, she will play Dr. Erica Siebert and if the film holds together, her husband and Traffic 86 co-star, Michael Douglas, could have a role as another doctor in the picture.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting made news this week because of it’s bizarre new set of posters and its new release date: May 18.
- The Raven, the Edgar Allan Poe mystery thriller starring John Cusack, will now hit theaters on April 27.
- The Steve Carell-starring Seeking a Friend at the End of the World has been moved to a June 22 release date.
- Diane Kruger will play the role of the Seeker opposite Saoirse Ronan, William Hurt, Max Irons, and Jake Abel in the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. - Deadline
- Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are in talks to play husband and wife paranormal investigators in James Wan’s The Conjuring. (Wilson and Wan previously teamed up in 2011 for Insidious.) Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor will play the haunted couple. - Heat Vision
- Jan de Bont, who hasn’t directed a film since 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, will helm a remake of Five Minutes to Live, the 1961 bank robbery film that starred Johnny Cash. - Deadline
- While talking to Collider, Kiefer Sutherland revealed that the 24 movie is a continuation of the series beginning roughly six months after the last episode, and will depict 24 hours in its two-hour running time. Shooting should begin in late April, early May.
- Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen and Anton Yelchin are in talks to star in Very Good Girls, the directing debut of screenwriter Naomi Foner (Losing Isiah, Bee Season) that will tell the story of two best friends whose relationship becomes complicated after they fall for the same boy. - Deadline
- Dylan Kidd, the director of Roger Dodger, finally looks to be returning to feature directing with Get a Job, a look at post-collegiate life starring Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole), and (if talks go well) Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jay Pharaoh (Saturday Night Live), and Jesse Eisenberg. - Variety
- Jadin Gould (Battle: Los Angeles) has been cast as a young Lana Lang in Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel. - SupermanSuperSite
- Daniel Radcliffe will play poet Allen Ginsberg opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Dane DeHaan, and Jack Huston in Kill Your Darlings. - THR
- Does the remake of The Crow finally have a director who will stick around? Heat Vision reports that F. Javier Gutierrez will direct the comic book adaptation from a script by Jesse Wigutow. No word yet on who will take on the lead role.
- Liam Hemsworth will star in the time-travel love story, Timeless, for director Philip Noyce (Salt). - MovieHole
- The Hangover 3 could be shot this summer and released on Memorial Day 2013 as long as its stars—Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis—can finalize a deal that could pay them $15 million each. - THR
- Lovelace, the biopic of adult film actress Linda Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried, lost Demi Moore to rehab this week but gained Chloe Sevigny, who will play a feminist journalist. - THR
- Russell Brand will star in The Hauntrepreneur as the titular character who builds haunted houses to help a family adjust to their new town... or something like that. - Variety
- Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener will join Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline in Charlie Kaufman’s next film, Frank or Francis, a musical comedy set in the film world. Both have done excellent work in previous Kaufman vehicles—Winslet in the Kaufman-penned Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Keener in Being John Malkovich as well as Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York. - Vulture