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New trailers and updates for upcoming films
How much dumberer could this get?
Twenty years later, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return as Lloyd and Harry—along with directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly—for Dumb and Dumber To [sic], the sequel to Dumb and Dumber. It’s probably best to forget about the prequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, and just enjoy this latest road trip as they set out to find the daughter Harry never knew he had. With a supporting cast that includes Rachel Melvin, Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden, and Rob Riggle, Dumb and Dumber To heads to theaters on November 14th.
Interview or assassination?
James Franco plays talk show host David Skylark, and Seth Rogen plays his producer, Aaron Rapoport, in The Interview, the second directorial effort from Rogen and Evan Goldberg (following 2013’s This Is the End). Written by Goldberg, Rogen, and Dan Sterling, the comedy finds Franco and Rogen recruited to assassinate North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un (Randall Park). Lizzy Caplan and Diana Bang also star. Look for The Interview in theaters beginning October 10th.
Is Michael Keaton crazy?
Alejandro González Iñárritu, the director of gloomy interconnected stories like Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel, makes his first foray into (dark) comedy with Birdman, the tale of a washed-up comic book movie star, played by ex-Batman Michael Keaton, who attempts to revive his career by putting on a Broadway play. The film also stars Emma Stone as Keaton’s daughter, who has recently left rehab to become his assistant, plus Naomi Watts as an actress in the play, Zach Galifianakis as the play’s producer, and Ed Norton as the egotistical lead actor threatening the production. All are present in this first trailer for Birdman, coming to theaters October 17th.
In their second project together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) adapt The Equalizer, the 1980s television show that starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall. Washington’s McCall is a former black ops agent who faked his death but comes out of retirement to help a girl played by Chloë Grace Moretz. She’s involved with the Russian mob, and soon, McCall is too. Washington looks to be in full Man on Fire mode in this latest trailer for The Equalizer, coming to theaters September 26th.
Frank Miller’s Sin City sequel
The latest trailer for Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For breaks down the stories that make up the film. Mickey Rourke’s Marv is back, as is Jessica Alba’s Nancy, who still thinks of John Hartigan (Bruce Willis). New to the film are Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Johnny, a gambler that gets mixed up with Powers Boothe’s Senator Roark, and Eva Green as Ava Lord, a femme fatale who takes advantage of Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin, replacing Clive Owen from the first film). Miller’s and Robert Rodriguez’s sequel to 2005’s Sin City hits 2D and 3D theaters on August 22nd.
Pierce Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, an ex-CIA operative brought back in on a very personal mission, in this adaptation of Bill Granger’s novel There Are No Spies. Devereaux finds himself up against his former protégé, Luke Bracey’s David Mason, as he tries to protect a key witness played by Olga Kurylenko. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job), November Man comes to theaters on August 27.
Marvel and DC movie News
Marvel revealed this week that Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up, Yes Man) has the unenviable and thankless task of trying to prove that losing Edgar Wright as the director of Ant-Man was no big deal. Aiding him will be Adam McKay (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), who will re-write the script (yet again). Adding McKay should help ease Paul Rudd’s worries as he takes on the role of Scott Lang/Ant-Man. He has been quiet throughout the process, but his co-star Michael Douglas, who plays Dr. Hank Pym, did talk to Schmoes Know during press for And So It Goes, revealing, “I was very disappointed. I am a big fan of [Wright's] movies. It’s a very disappointing situation. Happened very late in the game. I don’t think anybody’s quite recovered. My heart goes out to Edgar – he’s been involved with the project for a long time. But he’s talented enough that you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him and I’m sure with a little vengeance.”
On the DC front, Nikki Finke made her return to internet rumordom this week on NikkiFinke.com, revealing what Warner Bros. supposedly has planned for their big reveal at Comic-Con. So we already know about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice coming to theaters on May 6, 2016, but added to Warners's slate are a Shazam movie (maybe with Dwayne Johnson) in July 2016, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-produced Sandman feature on Christmas in 2016, the Justice League movie in July 2017, a Flash and Green Lantern (not Ryan Reynolds) team-up on Christmas 2017 and Man of Steel 2 in May of 2018. Finke also reports that in addition to Cyborg and The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman will have cameos in the Justice League movie. Will this all turn out to be true come Comic-Con? Only a few people know for sure, but one thing is obvious: the studios don’t plan on slowing down the supply of comic book (and Star Wars) movies anytime soon.
With today’s release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes four new animation trailers, and news of more releases to come. In addition to the previously announced Penguins Of Madagascar (see below), Kung Fu Panda 3 (December 23, 2015), and How To Train Your Dragon 3 (June 17, 2016), DreamWorks announced three more sequels: The Croods 2 (November 3, 2017), Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves (November 2, 2018) and Madagascar 4 (May 18, 2018). Mixed in over the coming years will be the original films Boss Baby (March 18, 2016) from Megamind director Tom McGrath, Captain Underpants (January 13, 2017), a tale of two fourth graders‘ revenge on their principal (voiced by Ed Helms), and Larrikins (February 16. 2018), an Australia-set marsupial adventure.
After multiple teasers, here’s the first official trailer for The Boxtrolls, coming to theaters on September 26th. An adaptation of Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters! by Laika, the Portland-based team behind stop-motion favorites Coraline and ParaNorman, the film features the voices of Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark on Game of Thrones), Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jared Harris, Richard Ayoade, and Toni Collette.
The Penguins of Madagascar
The Penguins of Madagascar, the fourth film of the Madagascar franchise (Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted), comes to theaters November 26th. This spin-off focuses on Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private as they are recruited by Mr. Classified (a wolf voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) to help take down the evil octopus Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich).
Colin Firth is the voice of Paddington and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville is the head of the Brown family, who take the famous Peruvian bear into their home—something it looks like they’ll come to regret. Based on Michael Bond’s children's books and directed by Paul King, Paddington comes to theaters on December 25th.
Based on Adam Rex’s novel The True Meaning of Smekday, Home tells the story of Tip (Rihanna), a regular girl trying to avoid capture, and Oh (Jim Parsons), a banished member of the Boovs, an alien race taking over Earth. Also providing their voices are Jennifer Lopez as Tip’s mom, and Steve Martin as the leader of the Boov. Look for Home beginning August 27, 2015.
Check out this early footage from David Ayer’s WW II tank drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal, coming to theaters November 14th.
Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, Michael Pena and Amy Madigan star in Michael Barry’s border-crossing drama, Frontera, coming to select theaters September 5th.
Here’s a look a special feature on the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of The LEGO Movie—History Cops.
Edgar Ramirez stars as Latin American revolutionary Simón Bolívar in Alberto Arvelo's The Liberator, coming to select theaters August 22nd.
In brief ...
- Josh Brolin and George Clooney will star in Joel and Ethan Coen’s next film, Hail Caesar, a 1950s Hollywood tale about a studio fixer. This will be Clooney’s fourth film and Brolin’s third with the Coens. - Deadline
- Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are the favorites to star in Shane Black 1970’s Los Angeles noir The Nice Guys. - The Wrap
- Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are wanted for Scott Derrickson’s adaptation of Doctor Strange, but they can’t star in everything. - Deadline
- Guy Pearce will re-team with his Breathe In director Drake Doremus and join Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult in Equals.- The Wrap
- David Fincher and Rooney Mara won’t get to continue the Dragon Tattoo saga, but they could reunite on Eric Singer’s adaptation of Jason Matthews’ Russian spy novel Red Sparrow. - Deadline
- Ian McShane, Rebel Wilson, Gabourey Sidibe, David Harewood, and Johnny Vegas have joined Sacha Baron Cohen’s spy comedy Grimsby. - THR & Variety
- Ice Cube’s son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., will portray his dad in F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. - The Wrap
- Kristen Wiig will make her directorial debut with a comedy that she will also co-write, produce and star in with her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo. - NY Times
- Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star in Demolition, the next film from director Jean-Marc Vallée (The Dallas Buyers Club). - Variety
- Brian Cox has joined Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Michelle Monaghan in Chris Columbus’ Pixels.- THR
- Sonic The Hedgehog is on his way to the big screen. - THR
- Guillermo del Toro is working on the script to Pacific Rim 2 with Zak Penn, but he will not direct Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. - Buzzfeed & Deadline
- Tom Hiddleston will star as country legend Hank Williams in Marc Abraham’s biopic, I Saw the Light. - Deadline
- Kylie Minogue has joined Dwayne Johnson in Brad Peyton’s earthquake disaster film San Andreas.
- Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation and currently filming Jem and the Holograms) will direct the sequel to the surprise hit, Now You See Me. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Mark Ruffalo are set to return. - The Wrap & Variety