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

  • Publish Date: June 21, 2013
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Ron Burgundy is back ... in the '80s

Finally, we get a look at the upcoming sequel to Anchorman 63. Director Adam McKay has promised musical numbers and a slew of standout cameos as the Channel 4 News Team confronts the '80s and the 24-hour news cycle, but in this first full trailer the focus is on the basics like Ron’s competition (James Marsden), Brick’s love interest (Kristen Wiig), Paul Rudd’s mustache, and the joys of a great perm. It also looks like Ron will be entering race sensitivity training at some point. Anchorman: The Legend Continues hits theaters December 20th.

Scorsese returns with The Wolf of Wall Street

The fifth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio gets its title from Jordan Belfort’s memoir, the basis for Terence Winter’s script about the rise and fall of a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who led one of the most successful brokerage firms of the 90s before being indicted in 1998 for securities fraud and money laundering. DiCaprio stars as Belfort, and Scorsese has surrounded him with an impressive supporting cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner. Powering the trailer sonically is Kanye West’s Black Skinhead (from the just-released Yeezus). Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until November 15th to see The Wolf of Wall Street.

A first look at Sundance hit The Spectacular Now

Director James Ponsoldt (Smashed 71) takes another look at the impact that alcohol has on someone’s life in this high school coming-of-age drama adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ((500) Days of Summer) from Tim Tharp’s novel. Stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for their performances as Sutter Keely, the popular senior with a drinking problem, and Aimee Finicky, his quiet, less popular but smarter classmate. Their blossoming relationship is at the center of a film that features supporting turns by Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Teller’s sister, Jennifer Jason Leigh as his hardworking mother, and Kyle Chandler as his absentee dad. The Spectacular Now will be in select theaters beginning August 2nd.

More than just Drinking Buddies?

In Drinking Buddies, Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson play co-workers at a brewery who flirt by day but return to their significant others at night. But what if they would be better off going home together? Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick play their significant others as writer-director Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs 63, Nights and Weekends 59, and many others) works with his most recognizable cast and biggest budget to date. Early reviews for Drinking Buddies were pretty good after it premiered at SXSW, so look for it in select theaters beginning August 23rd.

Get Touchy Feely

Writer-director Lynn Shelton (Humpday 74, Your Sister’s Sister 72) premiered Touchy Feely at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but the family drama about a massage therapist (Rosemarie DeWitt) who develops an aversion to touch and her dentist brother (Josh Pais) who suddenly has magical healing powers failed to impress like her earlier work. The strong cast also includes Scoot McNairy as DeWitt’s boyfriend, Ellen Page as her niece, and Allison Janney as a Reiki healer. Touchy Feely opens in select theaters on September 6th.

I Give It a Year, maybe less

Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall play a mismatched couple in their first year of marriage in this British rom-com directed by Bruno and Borat writer Dan Mazur. Tempting the unhappy couple are two Americans played by Simon Baker, a new client of Byrne’s, and Anna Faris, an old flame of Spall’s. Stephen Merchant is Spall’s troublemaking best friend, and Minnie Driver and Jason Flemyng play another bitter couple. I Give It a Year comes to U.S. theaters beginning August 9th.

Ashton Kutcher thinks different

Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in jOBS, a biopic from director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) and writer Matt Whitely. The story follows Jobs from the creation of Apple to his return to the company and the introduction of the iPod. Josh Gad stars as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. jOBS premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews and was delayed from an earlier release date, but look for it in theaters beginning August 16th.

Sequels, sequels, and more sequels

Sequels are nothing new in Hollywood, but moviegoers better expect even more. Early this week Sony announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (coming to theaters May 2, 2014) will be followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (June 10, 2016) and 4 (May 4, 2018). One actress who will not be joining Andrew Garfield as he swings through the city is Shailene Woodley, who revealed to EW that she had been cut out of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 because, as director Marc Webb told Heat Vision, “I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship.” Woodley was to play Mary Jane Watson in a limited number of scenes, but now the character will be introduced in the third film, and most likely the role will be recast. Speculation is that Sarah Gadon, who told ET Canada that she had been cast in the upcoming films, will replace Woodley, but that has not been confirmed.

Another superhero with future projects lined up is Iron Man. Marvel announced that Robert Downey Jr. would be back as Iron Man in The Avengers 2 & 3. The possibility of Iron Man 4 was not mentioned, so maybe Iron Man 3 will be the last solo film for the character that started Marvel’s movie enterprise. Other sequel updates include Jurassic Park 4, which will be shot in 3D and come out in 2015, Dolphin Tale 2, which was announced this week, Dumb and Dumber To, which is back after being picked up by Universal, and Prometheus 2, which will be written by Jack Paglen, whose Transcendence script is being directed by Christopher Nolan’s DP of choice, Wally Pfister. Finally, Columbia Pictures announced that Bad Teacher will get a sequel as well. Jake Kasdan will return as director and Justin Malen will write the script. Cameron Diaz is also expected to star. Can’t wait for Bad Teacher 2? Watch Ali Graynor in the TV series based on the movie coming sometime next year as a midseason replacement. Yes, Bad Teacher is now a franchise.

Animation trailer extravaganza

With Pixar’s Monsters University coming to theaters today, families will get a good look at trailers for more animated movies arriving later this year. Coming to theaters July 31st is The Smurfs 2, which finds Smurfette in trouble thanks to the evil Gargamel and his band of Naughties. Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria all reprise their roles from the first movie.

Free Birds (get it?) is the first time-traveling turkey buddy-comedy. Owen Wilson voices Reggie and Woody Harrelson voices Jake as the two turkeys travel back in time to save future turkeys from their Thanksgiving fate. Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!) directs, and the voice cast also includes Amy Poehler, George Takei, Colm Meaney, and Keith David. Look for it beginning November 1st.

Coming to theaters November 27th is Disney’s Frozen. This story of two sisters focuses on Anna’s attempt to find Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose powers have created an eternal winter. Along the way, Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his trusty reindeer Sven, and a snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). Sven and Olaf are featured in this teaser.

When a LEGO movie was announced, it was met with as audible groan and knowing sigh for the expected feature length commercial that would follow, but directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 66 and 21 Jump Street 69) might have pulled something off with this story of 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). Yes, many toys will be sold, but maybe a good time will be had by the whole family. The LEGO Movie opens February 7, 2014.

Another look at Only God Forgives

Mixed opinions from critics has landed Nicolas Winding-Refn’s second collaboration with Ryan Gosling in the yellow here on Metacritic, but it’s red that’s featured in Only God Forgives. Just watch the latest trailer for the bloody, Bangkok-set thriller starring Kristin Scott Thomas as a mother who demands revenge for her son’s death. It is filled with red, and if blood is what mother wants, blood is what she will get, especially when Gosling’s Julian faces off against a retired police officer known as The Angel of Vengeance. See it all go down in theaters on July 19th.

Two with George Maharis Michael Cera

In 2009, director Sebastián Silva’s The Maid 82 won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. This year, he returned with two projects starring Michael Cera. The first, Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus, comes to theaters July 12th; the film finds Cera playing an American who wants to travel through Chile in a drugged-out haze. The titular Crystal Fairy is played by Gaby Hoffman and quickly becomes a nuisance to Cera’s Jamie. Their other collaboration is Magic Magic, which stars Cera, Juno Temple, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Unlike Crystal Fairy, Magic Magic is a psychological thriller about a young traveller who loses her mind amongst a group of strangers. The latter film will skip theaters and jump straight to DVD on August 6th.

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

  • Bleeding Cool has vague (but verified) descriptions for characters in the currently casting Star Wars: Episode VII.
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) will direct Fifty Shades of Grey. It would probably be best for her marriage if she doesn’t cast her husband, Aaron Johnson, in the role of Christian Grey. - THR
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been delayed until August 22, 2014.
  • Gary Oldman will direct Flying Horse, a biopic about photographer Eadweard Muybridge. He hopes to cast Ralph Fiennes as Muybridge and Benedict Cumberbatch as Harry Larkyns, a drama critic Muybridge killed.- The Wrap
  • Ray Winstone has joined Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Idris Elba in Taken director Pierre Morel’s new thriller, The Gunman. - Deadline
  • Sam Riley (On the Road) has joined Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Kristin Scott Thomas in Saul Dibb’s adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky’s WW II novel Suite Française. - Deadline
  • Jennifer Lopez will star alongside Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, and Rodrigo Santoro in 33, based on the real-life 2010 story of trapped Chilean miners. - THR
  • Russell Crowe will make his feature directorial debut with The Water Diviner, the story of an Australian father searching for his two missing sons in Turkey. - Deadline
  • Morgan Freeman is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson's action-thriller Lucy. - The Wrap
  • Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis have joined Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, and Michael Caine in Eliza Graves, a new thriller from director Brad Anderson (The Call). - Deadline
  • Patricia Clarkson will play Chancellor Ava Paige in the adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling 2009 young-adult novel The Maze Runner.- EW
  • Dean Parisot (RED 2) is in talks to direct a biopic about the magician Harry Houdini based on the William Kalush and Larry Sloman book The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero. - Deadline
  • Jason Schwartzman will join Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, and Danny Huston in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane and her husband Walter. - THR
  • The bestselling comic book series Locke & Key has been optioned by Universal for a big-screen adaptation to be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers). - Heat Vision
  • MGM and Fox 2000 will release the Poltergeist remake with Gil Kenan (Monster House) directing from a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). - Deadline
  • Britt Robertson and Naomi Scott are the finalists to star opposite George Clooney in Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. - Heat Vision
  • Kon-Tiki star Tobias Santelmann will play Rhesus, the main villain opposite Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules, in Brett Ratner’s take on the Greek hero. - Heat Vision
  • After she finishes shooting One Song and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Anne Hathaway will star in The Lifeboat, based on the 1914-set novel by Charlotte Rogan about a woman trying to survive on a lifeboat that is over capacity. - THR
  • Scarlett Johansson will be heard, not seen, in Spike Jonze’s Her. She replaces Samantha Morton as the voice of the operating system Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with. - Vulture
  • Helena Bonham Carter will play Lily James’ Fairy Godmother in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action take on Cinderella. - Heat Vision
  • Casey Affleck will join Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. - NolanFans & Elle
  • Harmony Korine plans a new cut of Spring Breakers using different footage that will be “the first chopped and screwed movie.” - L.A. Times

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