A red-band trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West
In this comedic western follow-up to his successful debut feature, Ted, Seth MacFarlane writes, directs and stars as a cowardly farmer who, after backing out of a gunfight and losing his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried), befriends a woman (Charlize Theron) who gives him the courage and the gun skills he’s lacking. Unfortunately for him, her husband (Liam Neeson) isn’t too happy about it. A Million Ways to Die in the West hits theaters on May 30th with Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni Ribisi in supporting roles.
Steve Coogan is Alan Partridge
Retitled Alan Partridge for U.S. audiences after receiving solid reviews during its U.K. run as Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, this feature brings Steve Coogan’s beloved character to the big screen. The North Norfolk radio host gets caught in the middle of a siege when D.J. Pat (Colm Meaney) takes the station hostage after being fired. See it on VOD or iTunes beginning February 27th before it hits theaters on April 4th.
Get out the tissues, it’s The Fault in Our Stars trailer
Based on the best-selling novel by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars follows Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) as they meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) directs from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ((500) Days of Summer), while Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff and Mike Birbiglia have supporting roles. Look for it in theaters June 6th.
A first look at The Rover
Director David Michôd’s follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 debut feature Animal Kingdom is set ten years after the collapse of society and follows Guy Pearce as he tracks down the the gang who stole his car with the reluctant aid of a wounded man (Robert Pattinson) left behind after the theft. Michôd wrote the screenplay based on an original story idea he developed with Joel Edgerton. The Rover opens in theaters this summer.
The LEGO Movie takes on The Man of Steel
The LEGO Movie opens next week, but here’s one last trailer to entice you into theaters. This time, Warner Bros. fashions a “Man of Plastic” trailer out of one of their prized properties; let's just hope The LEGO Movie doesn’t have an interminable battle sequence as its finale. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street), the story follows a regular LEGO guy named Emmet (Chris Pratt), who is mistaken for being special by LEGO leader Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), who hopes Emmet will save them from President Business (Will Ferrell). Other characters include Lucy, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum), and Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders).
Superman, Batman, Lex Luthor and Alfred
Speaking of The Man of Steel, or more specifically, it’s sequel, Warner Bros. announced today that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons will play Bruce Wayne/Batman’s butler in the as yet untitled picture hitting theaters on May 6, 2016. They join Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane. Read what Zack Snyder has to say about the casting here . Fanboys, commence freaking out.
Good reviews greeted Le Week-End when it premiered in Toronto last fall. The film is the third collaboration between director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi following The Mother and Venus and stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as a long-married couple visiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. Over the two days, they bicker, make up, and meet up with an old acquaintance played by Jeff Goldblum. Look for it in select theaters beginning February 14th.
Angelina Jolie returns to the big screen as Maleficent in this re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty tale from the perspective of the “Mistress of All Evil” in Disney’s 1959 animated classic. Robert Stromberg makes his directorial debut with a talented cast that includes Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. Maleficent comes to 2D and 3D theaters on May 30, 2014, and yes, that is Lana Del Rey singing a new song, “Once Upon a Dream,” over the trailer.
Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem
Directing from an original screenplay by first-time feature writer Pat Rushin, Terry Gilliam’s latest tells the future-set story of an eccentric computer genius (Christoph Waltz) who is asked to solve an unsolvable problem. Will this be a return to the highs of Brazil and Twelve Monkeys or the lows of The Brothers Grimm and Tideland? Early reviews are mixed. The Zero Theorem, co-starring Matt Damon, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Ben Whishaw and Tilda Swinton, still does not have a U.S. release date, but perhaps this new trailer suggests that one will be announced soon.
Under the Skin red-band
Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) returns to feature filmmaking for the first time since 2004’s Birth with Under the Skin, a loose adaptation of Michel Faber's 2000 science fiction novel about an alien (Scarlett Johansson) tasked with capturing humans for her home planet. The film received both boos and cheers at the Venice Film Festival last year, and its unique visual (some scenes where filmed with hidden cameras on the streets of Glasgow) and aural qualities are on display in this teaser. Look for it in select theaters beginning April 4th.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- Elizabeth Banks will direct Pitch Perfect 2, coming to theaters May 15, 2015. - THR
- Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak, starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam, will hit theaters on October 16, 2015.
- Everest, directed by Baltasar Kormákur and starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal, will open on February 27, 2015.
- Scott Frank’s directorial follow-up to The Lookout, A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens, will come to theaters on September 19th.
- The drama surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight continued this week with the director suing Gawker. - THR
- Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA’s award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. (View our full Awards Scorecard for this year's overall standings in every major awards category.)
- Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct a live-action version of Ghost in the Shell. - Deadline
- Bill Hader will star alongside Amy Schumer in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, coming to theaters July 24, 2015. - Variety
- Justin Lin will direct a narrative remake of the Sundance documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball. - THR
- Olivier Megaton will return to direct Taken 3 along with stars Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace. Forest Whitaker is in talks to join them. There’s no word yet on who will be taken. - Deadline
- Billy Bob Thornton will play a billionaire film financier in the Entourage movie. - THR
- Brie Larson is in talks to play a therapist in an adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick’s new novel, The Good Luck of Right Now. Mike White will write the script and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Ruby Sparks) will direct. - The Wrap
- M. Night Shyamalan will re-team with Bruce Willis, the star of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, to make Labor of Love, the story of a man walking across the country to show his dead wife how much he loved her. (Insert your own twist ending here.) - Deadline
- Oren Moverman will direct Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind. It is not an adaptation of songs from Bob Dylan’s 1997 album; instead it follows a homeless man who struggles to reconnect with his daughter. - Deadline
- Warner Bros. is considering turning the legend of King Arthur into a six-film epic with Guy Ritchie as director. - Deadline
- Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson have joined Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield, and Hailee Steinfeld in Ten Thousand Saints, an adaptation of the Eleanor Henderson novel. - THR
- Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Blood Mountain for director Sergi Bodrov (Mongol), - Variety
- Assuming that he advances to page 37 of his contract and doesn't turn to page 18 instead, Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers) will direct Robert Ben Garant’s and Thomas Lennon’s adaptation of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. - THR
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo will return to direct the third film in the series. - Variety
- Chadwick Boseman will play Thoth, the god of wisdom, alongside Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Alex Proyas’ Gods Of Egypt. - Deadline
- David Oyelowo has joined Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. - THR
- Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust & Bone) will star in an adaptation of True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto’s novel Galveston for director Janus Metz (Armadillo). - Deadline
- Jason Reitman is attached to direct Kaui Hart Hemmings’ (The Descendants) next novel The Possibilities, about a single mother struggling to deal with her 21-year-old son’s death. - THR
- Chris Pine will star in David Gordon Green’s thriller, The Line. - Heat Vision
- David O. Russell wants Jennifer Lawrence to play Joy Mangano, who became a major success when she invented the Miracle Mop. - Deadline
- Kristen Stewart will play Julianne Moore’s daughter alongside Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth in Richard Glatzer’s and Wash Westmoreland’s adaptation of Lisa Genova’s novel Still Alice. - The Wrap
- Daniel Craig is attached to star in The Whole Truth, a thriller from writer Nicholas Kazan (Enough) and director Courtney Hunt (Frozen River). - Variety
- January Jones will play Ethan Hawke’s wife in Andrew Niccol’s drone-pilot drama, Good Kill. - Deadline
- Felicity Jones is in talks to lead Rosaline, a look at Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of Romeo’s ex. Alex Timbers will direct from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ((500) Days of Summer). - THR
- Forest Whitaker will write, direct and star in an adaptation of William P. Young’s best-selling novel The Shack, the story of a father’s struggle with his daughter’s abduction and his belief in God. - Variety
- Going to be in Austin between March 7-15? Check out the schedule for the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
- Shia LaBeouf is not retiring. He’s joining Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel in Barry Levinson's comedy, Rock the Kasbah. - THR
- “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the Oscar nominated song no one had heard from the film no one had heard of, is no longer eligible to win. The song's nomination was revoked for a rules violation; the L.A. Times picks up the pieces.
- By the decree of Odin, there will be a Thor 3, and it will be written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. - Variety
- Check out this cool website and learn more about The Grand Budapest Hotel.