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

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  • Publish Date: July 29, 2011

Beware the Ides of March trailer and poster

Based on the Beau Willimon play Farragut North, The Ides of March looks at the back-room dealings of a modern day presidential campaign. Ryan Gosling plays an ambitious press secretary faced with a series of difficult choices involving his candidate (George Clooney), a rival candidate’s campaign manager (Paul Giamatti), an intern (Evan Rachel Wood), and a reporter (Marisa Tomei). Clooney directs for the first time since 2008’s lackluster Leatherheads. The Ides of March will be in theaters October 7. The first trailer is below, and you can check out the latest poster here.

Soderbergh goes Haywire

While his retirement still seems on (even if it was ruined by Matt Damon, whom he referred to being “as discreet as a fourteen-year-old-girl”) Steven Soderbergh is not yet slowing down. Contagion comes out September 9, and Haywire, his action thriller starring MMA fighter Gina Carano, hits theaters January 20, 2012. The first trailer is out and it features Carano doing what she does best—kicking ass—but also boasts a slew of recognizable actors in supporting roles, such as Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano, and Soderbergh’s future Liberace, Michael Douglas. The screenplay is by Lem Dobbs, writer of The Limey, and Soderbergh is again his own cinematographer.

Sink or swim: The first trailer for Battleship

Yes, it is based on a board game. Yes, there are echoes of Battle: Los Angeles and Transformers in the trailer. And, yes, we should prepare for many reviews that use the phrase, “You sunk my ... (career, studio, desire to see Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker make out, etc).” Peter Berg (Hancock) directs what by all accounts has been a pretty expensive production (roughly $200 million), and what moviegoers get is a Navy vs. Aliens plot with Kitsch trying to prove his worth to his brother (Alexander Skarsgard) and his father-in-law to be (Liam Neeson as Admiral Shane). Interested? There’s plenty of time for more impressive trailers to follow. Battleship hits theaters May 18, 2012.

Tower Heist trailer

Ben Stiller might be the star of Tower Heist, but it’s also Brett Ratner’s return to feature film directing for the first time since 2007’s Rush Hour 3, and Eddie Murphy's attempt to be in a live action film that people can actually enjoy for the first time since 2006’s Dreamgirls. Will they succeed in the action/comedy genre both have had success in before? Judge for yourself as a group of condominium workers (including Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Michael Pena, and Gabourey Sidibe) try to take revenge on the man who lost their pension, a very Bernie Madoff-like Alan Alda. Tower Heist comes to theaters November 4.

Two major festivals announce their lineups

The 36th Toronto International Film Festival and the 68th Venice International Film Festival revealed their slate of films this week. In Venice, which runs August 31 to September 10, the opening and closing films will come from Americans - George Clooney’s Ides of March will open and Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress will close. Playing in competition will be Thomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, and Roman Polanski’s Carnage, as well as two follow-ups to strong breakout features—Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps, and Hunger director Steve McQueen’s Shame, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. TIFF (September 8-18) will have many of the above as well as Bennett Miller’s Moneyball starring Brad Pitt, Fernando Meirelles’s 360, Jonathan Levine’s cancer comedy 50/50, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Sarah Polley’s second feature Take This Waltz, and many, many more. Full lists are available at the above links.

A first look at New Year’s Eve (the movie, that is)

From director Gary Marshall and writer Katherine Fugate, the team that brought you Valentine’s Day 34, comes another star-stuffed romantic comedy based around a holiday. This time, the big day is New Year’s Eve, and Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Seth Meyers, Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro and more must fall in and out of love, have babies, sing a song, kiss and make up, and come to a life-changing decision on December 31, 2011. See it if you dare when New Year's Eve actually comes out December 9 (which, last we checked, wasn't really all that close to New Year's Eve).

Margin Call trailer

Zachary Quinto stars as an analyst who discovers some disturbing financial information in this fictional look at 24 hours in the 2008 financial crisis. With solid reviews after its debut at Sundance and a strong cast featuring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Simon Baker, and Penn Badgley, director J.C. Chandor’s debut feature Margin Call will make it into limited release on October 21.

Juno Temple is a Dirty Girl

Juno Temple (Kaboom) stars as the titular character in this indie comedy set in 1987 about a girl who, along with her gay best friend, travels from Oklahoma to California to find her biological father. The film is the debut feature from writer/director Abe Sylvia and features Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Tim McGraw, and Dwight Yoakam. Picked up last year by The Weinstein Company, Dirty Girl will get a limited release beginning October 7.

Charlie Kaufman's movie musical adds three stars

Deadline reports that Charlie Kaufman’s next film is taking shape. This week, the writer/director attached Steve Carell, Jack Black, and Nicolas Cage to his film director vs blogger story which, according to Variety, is also a musical requiring two female singing roles. Cage did some of his best recent work as a writer in the Kaufman-scripted Adaptation, but roles have not been released for the three actors. Who should play the filmmaker and who should play the blogger?

Red State red band trailer

After an energetic screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Smith announced that he would tour around the country with his latest film Red State, and while opinions of the film vary greatly, it will finally get a one-week Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles at the New Beverly Cinema from August 19 to August 25 before returning to tour America in the fall and landing on VOD September 1. Michael Parks’ performance as a sinister fundamentalist preacher has been the focus of much of the praise allotted Red State, but the latest red band trailer looks at the film’s mash up of horror, comedy, and violence. Check out the official website for updates on screenings in your area.

A second red band trailer for The Change-Up

With The Hangover Part 2, Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher, and Horrible Bosses, R-rated comedies have had a pretty successful summer (the first two have zoomed past $100 million and the second two are getting close). Now only two more remain. 30 Minutes or Less comes out August 12, and the “best friends switch bodies” comedy, The Change-Up, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, hits theaters next Friday. Check out the latest red band trailer for David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus) latest comedy.

A look at Andrew Niccol’s In Time

Check out this extended look at Andrew Niccol’s new film In Time, starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, and Olivia Wilde. Niccol takes another look at the future, as he did in his first film Gattaca, but instead of a world based on perfect genes, the new film is set in a world in which the amount of time you have left determines your value. In Time comes to theaters October 28.

The Comic-Con trailer for Knights of Badassdom

What happens when a group of Live Action Role Players accidentally summon a succubus from hell during their epic battle named after a Led Zeppelin song? If you’ve ever wondered, Knights of Badassdom has the answers. Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Danny Pudi, Jimmi Simpson, and Summer Glau all star in this horror/comedy from director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End). No release date has been set, but let's hope it’s soon.

Red band trailer for Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Another horror/comedy mash-up is the Tyler Labine-, Alan Tudyk-starring Tucker & Dale vs Evil. The story revolves around two peaceful guys who, while vacationing at their run-down cabin, are mistaken for killers by a bunch of college kids. Director Eli Craig makes his feature debut. The film will get a limited release beginning September 30.

Harrison Ford to play Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp typically means Western, but Heat Vision reports that Harrison Ford will be starring as a different type of Wyatt Earp in Black Hats, an adaptation of the Max Allan Collins (writing under the pen name Patrick Culhane) novel of the same name. The plot summary is a bit crazy. “Black Hats blends fact with fiction in its telling of the story involving an older Earp, the one who spent his last years as a private detective and movie consultant in Los Angeles. The spin involves Earp learning that his friend and compatriot Doc Holliday had a son, now living in Prohibition-era New York City. While Holliday is long dead, the son has gotten himself in trouble with a rising mobster, Al Capone. Earp teams up with Bat Masterson, one of his former deputies and now noted sportswriter for the New York Morning Telegraph, to take on the gang in what becomes a tale of six-shooters versus tommy guns.” Collins also wrote Road to Perdition, which made a pretty good transition to film. What do you think of a showdown between Wyatt Earp and Al Capone?

Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty trailer

Cameron Crowe directs this documentary on the band Pearl Jam which celebrates its 20th year of existence this year. Featuring archival footage and interviews, the film will get to a limited number of theaters on September 20 before airing on PBS October 21.

Two animated sequels get new trailers

It’s the third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie and the second Happy Feet, but neither seems to be getting better with age. (And when a trailer tells you to go “Munk Yourself,” it can't be a good sign.) Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After) takes over directing duties on Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked (out December 16), while George Miller, who once directed three Mad Max films, returns to direct Happy Feet 2, which will hit theaters in 3D on November 18.

A last look at Rise of the Planet of the Apes

If you were wondering what the ape effects will look like in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, then check out the teaser below, but if you want to be surprised when the film hits theaters next Friday, avoid it.

Bourne Legacy casting

It looks like Tony Gilroy’s new Bourne film starring Jeremy Renner as a new character will have some casting ties to the original trilogy. Variety reports that Joan Allen and Albert Finney will reprise their roles as a CIA agent and doctor, respectively. Deadline also confirms that Oscar Isaac will play “Number 3,” another brainwashed agent. Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton have also been cast in the film that is slated for release August 3, 2012.

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

  • Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell’s adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel, The Silver Linings Playbook. - Deadline
  • It looks like we’re going to get two very different interpretations of the Snow White fairy tale. Check out the photos of Universal’s Snow White & the Huntsman to be directed by Rupert Sanders, and then take a look at Lily Collins as Snow White in Tarsem Singh’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Which do you prefer?
  • Check out the concept art for all of the characters in The Avengers. - Dark Horizons
  • John Cusack and Nicolas Cage are in talks to star in Frozen Ground, about serial killer Robert Hansen. Cusack would play Hansen, and Cage would play an Alaska State Trooper trying to bring him to justice. - Deadline
  • Mimi Leder (Deep Impact) will direct a new adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 World War I novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. - Risky Business
  • David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) re-imagining of the tale of King Arthur, Arthur & Lancelot (no, it’s not a comedy), already has a release date: March 15, 2013.
  • Young Adult, Jason Reitman’s new film starring Charlize Theron and Patrick WIlson (with a screenplay by Reitman's Juno collaborator Diablo Cody), will get a limited release December 9 before going wide December 16.
  • Neil Burger (Limitless) will direct an adaptation of Jeff Guinn’s Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde which will be written by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air). Burger will get started after completing Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, on which he replaced David O. Russell. - Deadline
  • Nick Nolte is in talks to join Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf in The Company You Keep, which Redford is also directing. - Variety
  • Josh Schwartz, creator of The O.C., will make his feature directing debut with Fun Size, a comedy about a “teenage girl who loses her younger brother after being forced to take him trick or treating.” The film is set for an October 12, 2012 release. - Risky Business
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton and directed by Lynn Ramsey, will come to theaters in New York and Los Angeles December 2.
  • Emma Stone is the favorite to star opposite her Crazy, Sexy, Love co-star Ryan Gosling in Gangster Squad, which will be helmed by her Zombieland director, Ruben Fleischer. She would play “Jean, a sharp-tongued siren caught in a love triangle with Gosling's character and Sean Penn, who portrays mobster Mickey Cohen.” - Variety
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation (formerly Cobra Strikes) will be released June 29, 2012, the spot that the Star Trek sequel used to hold but has now had to move out of due to delays. - Deadline
  • The Duplass brothers’ latest film, Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms, will premiere at TIFF before hitting theaters March 2, 2012.
  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has been moved from a December 16 release to December 21.
  • Another movie starring Tom Cruise, One Shot, which we mentioned last week and will be written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, has a release date: February 8, 2013.
  • The release of Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, starring George Clooney, has been moved up a few weeks to November 23. - The Wrap
  • Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden/Seal Team 6 film written by Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal will hit theaters October 12, 2012.
  • Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel will join James McAvoy in Danny Boyle’s Trance, an art heist thriller. - Deadline
  • Kevin Bacon will continue his run of comic book movies and play the villain in Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. - Variety
  • Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) will join Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode in Park Chan-Wook’s (Oldboy) English-language debut, Stoker, written by Wentworth Miller. - Deadline
  • Which poster do you prefer for Francis Ford Coppola’s latest film, Twixt? Vote here.

Comments (1)

  • MarcDoyle  

    Haywire looks fun, in a Jeff Speakman (The Perfect Weapon) sort of way. Looks nothing like a Soderbergh vehicle, but then again, he did do The Girlfriend Experience.

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