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

  • Publish Date: June 28, 2013
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Stallone and Schwarzenegger have an Escape Plan

Formerly titled The Tomb, this bit of action nostalgia stars Sylvester Stallone as a man who makes a living breaking out of high security prisons. When his latest job doesn’t turn out as expected, Stallone finds an ally in fellow inmate Arnold Schwarzenegger. Will they escape? Will Stallone discover who set him up? Almost all is revealed in the trailer for director Mikael Håfström’s (1408) latest ... (spoiler alert) including the extensive supporting cast which includes Jim Caviezel (bad), Vincent D’Onofrio (probably bad), Amy Ryan (good, or is she?), Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (?), and Vinnie Jones. Escape Plan breaks into theaters on October 18th.

An international teaser for The Counselor

Few of Cormac McCarthy’s words are heard in this short teaser for his first original screenplay, but Ridley Scott’s visuals and the impressive cast are on display. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem (with a crazy haircut inspired by Brian Grazer), Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz all flash on screen while Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Goran Visnjic and Natalie Dormer wait off screen. With a slicker look than what some might have expected, The Counselor follows a lawyer (Fassbender) who learns that no one dabbles in the drug trade. Look for it in theaters beginning November 16th.

Lars von Trier is such a tease

The last press release for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac featured a photo of the director with duct tape over his mouth, but the titles of the eight chapters that comprise his new two-part film were revealed, as was his desire to start a new film genre (Digressionism). Today, the first clip appeared on the film’s website, along with a set-up of the scene: “Chapter 1: The Compleat Angler. How does an ordinary bag of chocolate sweets become a symbol of sexual victory? As Joe and her experienced friend B embark on a train trip, they bet on how many men they can seduce on the ride. The grand prize is a delicious bag of chocolate sweets, and it soon becomes clear to Joe that in order to win, she needs to lure the prey into biting the hook like a skilled fisherman.” Nymphomaniac will open in Denmark on December 25th. A U.S. date has not been set.

Thanks for sharing this trailer with us

Stuart Blumberg, the co-writer of The Kids Are All Right, makes his feature directorial debut with Thanks for Sharing, a look at the difficulties of sex addiction starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, Alecia Moore (aka Pink), Joely Richardson, and Patrick Fugit. Aiming for a more comedic and mainstream tone than the similarly themed Shame, Thanks for Sharing received a rather tepid response when it premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, but Roadside Attractions will release the film in select theaters beginning September 20th.

Son swapping

Known as Two Mothers when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Adore stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as lifelong friends who begin affairs with each other’s sons. The film is an adaptation of Doris Lessing’s novella The Grandmothers. Watts and Wright earned almost universal praise from critics for their portrayals of women exploring unconventional (to say the least) relationships, but the film as a whole was met with much harsher criticism despite the talent of Christopher Hampton (A Dangerous Method), who wrote the screenplay, and Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), who directs. Adore comes to theaters September 6th.

A second look at Prisoners

Director Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to Incendies 82 stars Hugh Jackman as a desperate father who kidnaps the main suspect (Paul Dano) in the disappearance of his daughter and her best friend. Maria Bello plays Jackman’s wife, while Terrence Howard and Viola Davis play the parents of the other abducted girl. Jake Gyllenhaal is the detective working the case, and the script by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) appeared on the Black List. With this bunch of talent behind it, look for Prisoners to show at TIFF before it comes to theaters September 20th.

More Pacific Rim shots

What summer blockbuster are the studios worried about now? Not Disney’s soon to be released The Lone Ranger but Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. This week, Variety asked if it was “doomed to be this year’s Battleship” (that seems a little harsh) and reported on the demise of the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures relationship, noting that Pacific Rim’s early tracking is “so far disappointing,” causing the director to counter that the film’s numbers “are on the right track.” Which major release will you see on that July 12th weekend, Pacific Rim or Grown Ups 2? Del Toro hopes the new extended TV spot and clips (below) convince you to choose giant robots vs. giant monsters instead of Adam Sandler vs. comedy.

Spend a summer with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch

With Prince Avalanche, director David Gordon Green returns to his indie roots after the diminishing returns from the comedies Pineapple Express 64, Your Highness 31, and The Sitter 39. In this remake of the Icelandic film Either Way, Paul Rudd plays the slightly uptight Alvin, and Emile Hirsch plays Lance, Alvin’s girlfriend’s brother, a slacker whose presence bothers Alvin as they spend a summer painting traffic lines on Texas roads ravaged by wildfires. Thanks to a score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, a hauntingly beautiful setting in Bastrop State Park (shot by Tim Orr), and great chemistry between the leads, the film received good reviews at Sundance 2013. Look for it in theaters and on VOD August 9th.

An early UK trailer for Breathe In

Director Drake Doremus’ follow-up to 2011‘s Like Crazy 71 reunites him with that film’s star, Felicity Jones, who plays an exchange student living for a semester with a music teacher and his family. Guy Pearce plays the teacher who still yearns for his glory days as a musician, and Amy Ryan plays his wife, whose focus has shifted to their college-bound daughter (Mackenzie Davis). When it premiered at Sundance 2013, Breathe In earned very good reviews for its depiction of domestic unrest, with particular kudos going to Jones and Pearce. See it in the U.K. beginning July 19th and later this year in the U.S..

The Conjuring

James Wan, creator of the Saw series and director of 2011’s Insidious 52 helms this haunted house tale starring Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston as parents whose house isn’t safe for anyone let alone their family. The 1971-set story is based on the files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played in the film by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. With a strong cast and a director skilled at creating chills, The Conjuring could be a good change of pace from the summer action slate. See it in theaters beginning July 19th.

Hell Baby

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant make their feature directorial debut with this horror parody about a couple (Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb) who move into an old New Orleans mansion only to discover that it’s haunted. In response to Bibb’s possession and impending birth, the Vatican sends two bumbling priests (Lennon and Garant) to exorcise the demons. Early reviews have not been good for the film despite a cast that includes the comedic talents of Keegan Michael Key, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Michael Ian Black, Riki Lindhome, and Kumail Nanjiani. Hell Baby hits theaters September 6th.

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

  • The fifth Terminator film—which will be the first in a new trilogy rebooting the series—will reach theaters on June 26, 2015.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey will come to theaters on August 1, 2014.
  • A World War Z sequel is in the works. - THR
  • Cameron Diaz will play Miss Hannigan opposite Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx in the Will Smith- and Jay-Z-produced adaptation of the musical Annie. - Deadline
  • Anna Kendrick will play Cinderella alongside Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Tracy Ullman, and Christine Baranski in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods. - THR
  • Director Francis Lawrence wants Julianne Moore to play President Alma Coin in the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I & II. - Deadline
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger will play a father helping his daughter cope with becoming a zombie in Maggie. - Variety
  • Ryan Reynolds will play a young gambling addict who teams up with Ben Mendelsohn’s down-on-his-luck gambler in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s Mississippi Grind. - Deadline
  • Felicity Jones will play Stephen Hawking’s wife, Jane, opposite Eddie Redmayne in James Marsh’s Theory of Everything. - Deadline
  • The Trip to Italy, a sequel to The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, is currently shooting. Sweet! - Deadline
  • Will Smith will not be in Independence Day 2, but Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will be. - N.Y. Daily News &
  • Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster, and Akon will star in American Heist, a remake of the Steve McQueen film St. Louis Bank Robbery. - THR
  • Paz Vega has joined Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger, the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. - THR
  • Warner Bros. is developing an Encyclopedia Brown movie. - Heat Vision
  • Liam Neeson’s skill set now includes counting to $20 million for Taken 3. - Deadline
  • Peyman Moaadi (A Separation) will join Kristen Stewart in Camp X-Ray, Peter Sattler’s Gitmo-set drama. - The Wrap
  • Ed Oxenbould will star opposite Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Day. - The Wrap
  • Chris Rock has cast Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove, Gabriel Union, Rosario Dawson, and Sherri Shepherd in his latest directorial effort, Finally Famous, about a comedian and recovering alcoholic trying to become known as a serious actor. The Wrap
  • Brad Copeland (Coffee Town, Wild Hogs) will write the script for a more action-heavy Knight Rider movie. Not surprisingly, David Hasselhoff wants to be involved. - L.A. Times
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman is in talks to join Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman in Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44. - Deadline
  • Keira Knightley will produce and star in The Other Typist, an adaptation of Suzanne Rindell’s novel about a lonely, police precinct typist introduced to the glitzy, hidden world of 1920s New York. - THR
  • Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) will write and direct a feature adaptation of the UK miniseries Unforgiven, after he (presumably) directs Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 5. - Deadline
  • Elizabeth Banks has joined Oren Moverman’s Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy and the indie drama Little Accidents. - THR
  • Brooklyn Decker, James Badge Dale, David Hasselhoff, Ray Liotta, and Shaun Toub have been added to the cast of Joe Carnahan’s Stretch. - The Wrap
  • Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg and his director, Peter Berg, will assume the same roles on American Desperado, the story of “Cocaine Cowboy” criminal John Roberts. William Monahan (The Departed) will provide the script. - Deadline
  • Predicting a hit with The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. is moving forward with developing Ninjago, a film adaptation of the Ninja-based Lego toys that have already inspired the TV cartoon Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. - Heat Vision
  • Joel Edgerton is in talks to join Michael Shannon in Jeff Nichols’ next film. - Variety
  • Sony is developing a Captain Planet and the Planeteers movie. Hopefully, Don Cheadle will star. - Heat Vision

Comments (1)

  • franissavio  

    World War Z sequel......a pain in movie goers butt!!!

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