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

  • Publish Date: July 22, 2011
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The first look at 2012's The Dark Knight Rises

If you were one of the two people who didn’t see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 last weekend, then this might be your first glimpse at the third and final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. It is only a teaser, but we get glimpses of Tom Hardy as Bane and Christian Bale as Batman. Most of the screen time is occupied by an injured Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) asking for Batman’s return. In future trailers, expect to see Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman as well as returning players Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox. Written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan with a story credit to David S. Goyer, The Dark Knight Rises will be in theaters July 20, 2012.

The Amazing Spider-Man swings into action

With Comic-Con in full swing, it’s fitting that we follow a Batman trailer with a Spider-Man trailer. The other major release of summer 2012 will be Marc Webb’s reboot of Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Ben and May Parker, and Rhys Ifans and Irrfan Khan as baddies The Lizard and Proto-Goblin. Spider-Man 2 and 3 writer Alvin Sargent wrote the screenplay along with Harry Potter adapter Steve Kloves, and while the teaser has its moments, is it too much of the same thing? And what about those CG POV effects at the end? Let us know what you think. The Amazing Spider-Man comes to theaters in 3D July 3, 2012.

Drive red band trailer

Nicolas Winding Refn (The Pusher trilogy, Bronson, Valhalla Rising) won Best Director at Cannes for his first Hollywood production, the Ryan Gosling-starring Drive. Now a red band trailer has hit the internet, so buzz can continue to build on what could turn out to be a sleeper hit. In the film, Gosling plays a stunt driver and getaway man who gets involved with some nasty people, including an against-type Albert Brooks. Carey Mulligan plays his love interest. The film is based on the James Sallis novel of the same name. Drive hits theaters September 16.

Kevin Costner continues his comeback with Django

Kevin Costner has already been cast as Pa Kent in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel, but filmgoers will have a chance to see him in another major film before that. According to Deadline, it looks like Quentin Tarantino will cast Costner in Django Unchained as Ace Woody, “the sadistic trainer of the male fighting slaves who entertain the white patrons of Candyland.” Leonardo DiCaprio will play Candyland plantation owner and the story’s main villain, Calvin Candie. Both actors will be going against their previous string of good guy roles in playing two very unlikable sadists. Jamie Foxx will play the slave turned trained (by Christoph Waltz) bounty hunter, Django, and Samuel L. Jackson will play Candie’s house slave. The role of Django’s wife has not been cast, but word is that Tarantino might be looking for a newcomer to take the role. Look for Django Unchained in theaters December 25, 2012.

A disappointing Dream House

Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, In America) directs Dream House, the long-delayed thriller starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts. The newly married (in real life) Craig and Weisz play a couple who move into an idyllic home with their two daughters only to find out that the family who lived in the house previously were murdered. Watts plays a woman with knowledge of the horrible incident. Buzz is bad on this one, but it will come to theaters September 30.

The first trailer for Paranormal Activity 3

No one expected Oren Peli’s $15,000 home movie horror film to spawn one sequel, much less two, but since the first film’s worldwide take was $193 million, and the Tod Williams-directed sequel earned $176 million, a third one was inevitable. This time, Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman direct. Story particulars are being kept under wraps, but it looks like it focuses on two young girls who in the trailer play a creepy game of Bloody Mary. Paranormal Activity 3 will freak people out everywhere beginning October 21.

Tom Cruise gets his One Shot as Jack Reacher

Get that man some lifts, or maybe an apple box or two. Deadline reports that Tom Cruise will star as Jack Reacher, the 6’5” (and over 200-pound) main character of 16 novels written by Lee Child. Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise’s writer on Valkyrie and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, will direct and adapt 2005‘s One Shot, the ninth book in the series. Reacher is an ex-Military Police Major turned drifter who wanders America not saying much and carrying only a toothbrush and money. One Shot focuses on Reacher trying to verify the claim of innocence by a man accused of killing five people. Fans might not be too happy with the casting, but the author doesn’t have the same complaints, “Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.” Cruise will follow-up One Shot with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion.

An official trailer for Bunraku

After premiering at TIFF last year and making the rounds at multiple other festivals, Guy Moshe’s Bunraku will finally get a theatrical and VOD release. The unique, hyper-stylized action film stars Josh Hartnett as a drifter who teams up with a bartender played by Woody Harrelson and a samurai played by Japanese pop star Gackt to kill the evil Nicola the Woodcutter played by Ron Perlman. Demi Moore and Kevin McKidd are also featured. Sounds random? Check out the trailer below and find it on demand September 1 and in limited release September 30.

The first trailer for A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

No need to look beyond its title to know where this comedy is headed. Jason Sudeikis is the instigator of a group of friends who decide to memorialize their hard partying past by having an orgy. The cast includes Will Forte, Lake Bell, Tyler Labine, Lucy Punch, Martin Starr, Leslie Bibb, and Don Johnson. King of the Hill and Letterman writers Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck make their directorial debut. Check out A Good Old Fashioned Orgy in theaters September 2.

A new Attack the Block trailer

With incredible buzz from festival and promo screenings, Attack the Block might be the sleeper hit of the summer if it can expand on its initial limited release. Joe Cornish writes and directs while his friend and Ant-Man writing partner Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) produces. The film follows a group of kids as they defend their hood from an alien invasion. Wright regular Nick Frost as well as Jodie Whittaker (Venus) and Luke Treadaway (Heartless) star along with with a group of newcomers playing the kids. Attack the Block hits a handful of theaters July 29 and will expand to more screens in August.

Ralph Fiennes, director

Now that he’s completed his duties as Lord Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes will move to directing. His directorial debut, Coriolanus, a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s play that received solid reviews when it showed at the Berlin Film Festival, will come to theaters December 2, and now Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail reports that Fiennes has lined up his next project, an adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s Invisible Woman, the story of the 13-year romance between Charles Dickens and Ellen “Nelly” Ternan. Dickens was forty-five and Ternan eighteen when they met, and they stayed together (after he separated from his wife) until Dickens’ death at age fifty-eight. At this time, Fiennes doesn’t plan on playing Dickens himself, and there’s no word on who might take the part, but names being mentioned for the role of Nelly include Imogen Poots, Abbie Cornish, and Felicity Jones. Don’t worry, Fiennes will still be in front of the camera in Bond 23 as well as another Dickens story, Mike Newell’s adaptation of Great Expectations, in which Fiennes will play the key role of Magwitch, the convict and later benefactor to Pip.

An early look at Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmasters

Any new footage from a future Wong Kar-Wai film should be shared. After all, one never knows when the film will come out. So even though the image quality isn’t the best and the narration isn’t in English (and, rather unhelpfully, neither are the subtitles), it’s still worth checking out just to see what beautiful images will be conjured by the director of Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, In the Mood for Love, and 2046. The story is that of legendary martial artist Ip Man and stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi. There's no word yet on a release date, and, knowing Wong Kar-Wai, don’t hold your breath.

The latest Rise of the Planet of the Apes clip

Check out this extended look at the performance capture work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Andy Serkis plays the role of Caesar, the ape who leads the revolt against the humans, and James Franco is the scientist whose drug leads to Caesar’s accelerated intelligence. The scene depicts the struggles of Franco’s Alzheimer’s-inflicted dad, played by John Lithgow. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Rupert Wyatt, comes to theaters August 5.

An early, bloody scene from Conan the Barbarian

Jason Momoa stars as Conan in Marcus Nispel’s remake/reboot of the story of the Robert E. Howard character first portrayed on screen by Arnold Schwarzenegger. This new clip provides a little information on Conan’s backstory, as we see Conan's father (played by Ron Perlman) and a young Conan (played by Leo Howard). Conan the Barbarian opens in 3D August 19.

One, last, look at Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, comes out next week, so here’s one last look at the latest film from I Love you Philip Morris directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. The film revolves around three relationships: Carell and Moore’s crumbling marriage, Gosling and Stone’s tentative new love and Carell’s son’s obsession with his babysitter. Oh, and the comic talents of the consistently good Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei make a welcome appearance.

Ben Stiller to act in and direct a Secret Life

Ben Stiller’s acting career has thus far overshadowed his directing career, but he’ll step behind the camera (and in front of it) again to direct his fifth feature, an adaptation of James Thurber’s short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Twitch reports that along with starring, Stiller is in talks to direct, and Variety adds that the script comes from the pen of Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness). What’s intriguing about the project is not knowing what form it will take. Thurber’s original 1939 story looks at the life of Walter Mitty, a man out on a weekend shopping trip with his wife who falls into five daydreams as the day passes. Mitty imagines himself a pilot, a surgeon, an assassin, and finally in front of a firing squad. The 1947 movie starring Danny Kaye takes a different approach (which Thurber disapproved of) by making him a henpecked editor of pulp novels whose daydreaming becomes a reality when he meets the mysterious woman of his dreams and gets involved in a conspiracy involving the location of the Dutch crown jewels. Obviously, the original film is a loose adaptation, so what Stiller and Conrad have in mind could be anything, and the tone could vary from family film fun to much darker territory.

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

  • Lars Von Trier’s end of the world drama, Melancholia, starring Cannes best actress winner Kirsten Dunst, will open in the U.S. on November 11.
  • Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, The Skin I Live In, starring Antonio Banderas, will be released October 14, 2011.
  • Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, has been moved from a December 2012 to a June 14, 2013 release date. If you need a Superman fix before then, check out this deleted scene from Superman Returns.
  • A first still, a few scenes, and Ridley’s love of 3D were revealed during the Prometheus panel at Comic-Con.
  • Cannes 2011 Critics Week Grand Prize winner, Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, will get a limited release beginning September 30. In the meantime, check out the new poster.
  • Rhys Ifans has been cast in Bond 23. No word on his role, but it will most likely not involve kissing Daniel Craig, as he did in 2004‘s Enduring Love. - The Telegraph
  • Daniel Brühl (Nazi sniper Frederick Zoller in Inglourious Basterds) is the favorite to play Austrian Formula One champion Niki Lauda opposite Chris Hemsworth’s James Hunt in Ron Howard’s Rush. - ScreenDaily
  • Speaking of Ron Howard, The Dark Tower, his ambitious three film, two TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s seven novel series, will not be made by Universal. Howard was lined up to direct and Javier Bardem to star, but the studio has had second thoughts about the ambitious project. Stephen King, for one, is not surprised. - Deadline
  • Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction account of two Mormon brothers who murdered the wife and daughter of their younger brother, will be adapted by Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and directed by, yes, Ron Howard. Just don’t expect it too soon. - Deadline
  • Sean Bean will play the King in Tarsem Singh’s Snow White project that also stars Lily Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott. - Variety
  • The Cabin in the Woods, the long-delayed horror film written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard and directed by Goddard, will finally be released April 13, 2012. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford. - THR
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback film, The Last Stand, to be directed by Kim Jee-Woon (I Saw the Devil), will hit theaters January 18, 2013.
  • Sam Rockwell will replace Jeremy Renner in Better Living Through Chemistry, in which he’ll play “a small-town pharmacist stuck in a loveless marriage who rediscovers himself through an affair that eventually turns deadly.” Jennifer Garner, Judi Dench, and Michelle Monaghan will also star. - The Playlist
  • Annette Bening will play Kristen Wiig’s mom in Imogene. - Deadline
  • Hilary Swank will star in and produce an adaptation of the Radical comic, Shrapnel, about “a former military officer who organizes a revolt on Venus.” - Variety
  • Noam Murro (Smart People) will direct 300: Battle of Artemisia, which will be based on the upcoming Frank Miller graphic novel about Xerxes, the villain in the original 300. - Heat Vision
  • Crispin Glover has joined what is now a completely new cast for Charlie Matthau’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky. - Variety
  • Shia LaBeouf will star alongside Robert Redford in the Redford-directed adaptation of the Neil Gordon novel The Company You Keep. Redford will play a Vietnam-era fugitive wanted on murder charges who goes on the road with LaBeouf’s young newspaper reporter. -
  • Dwight Yoakam will play the villain opposite Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in Gore Verbinski’s Lone Ranger. Barry Pepper and Helena Bonham Carter are also in talks to join the cast. - Variety
  • Well, at least Bruce Campbell will get a cameo in the Evil Dead remake. - Dread Central
  • Anybody want to see a reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation with Rusty all grown up? - 24 Frames
  • John Landis’ Burke & Hare, starring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher and Tom Wilkinson, will get a limited release beginning September 9.
  • Dredd, starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey, will hit theaters September 21, 2012.
  • Robert Rodriguez is ready to make two Machete sequels (Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again) as well as Sin City 2. - The Playlist

Comments (1)

  • conditionals  

    I can't believe how bad the CG at the end of that Spider-Man trailer is. I'm not usually one to lambast crap like that, but holy **** So bad.

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