Kicking ass, again
Kick-Ass and Hit Girl get a little help from a few friends in Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to 2010’s Kick-Ass 66. Joining Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz are Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes, Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity, Clark Duke as Battle Guy, and many other cleverly named good guys. They will face off against Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Red Mist, who now goes by the moniker The Mother F#!%*r. He gets support from Olga Kurkulina (not to be confused with Olga Kurylenko) as Mother Russia. Our costumed heroes have even more to deal with as the law—and high school—bring their own unique challenges. Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down 39), who takes over for Matthew Vaughn, Kick-Ass 2 comes to theaters August 16th; watch the red-band trailer below.
The first look at Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring
Director Sofia Coppola takes another look at the rich and famous in The Bling Ring, but this time it’s from the perspective of those who steal from them. Based on true events that occurred in Los Angeles between 2008 and 2009, Emma Watson leads a group of teens who rob the homes of celebrities like Paris Hilton (who allowed Coppola to shoot where the crime originally took place). Leslie Mann plays Watson’s mom, and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) plus newcomers Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, and Claire Julien play the fame-obsessed teens. While Coppola’s last film, Somewhere 67, debuted at the Venice Film Festival, The Bling Ring could be unveiled at Cannes this year before its release on June 14th in the U.S.
A new teaser for Star Trek Into Darkness
Though J.J. Abrams' second Star Trek film was completed before he began working on Star Wars Episode VII, one would not be wrong in seeing a little bit of that Star Wars influence in one of the scenes from this latest teaser for Star Trek Into Darkness. There’s plenty of other new footage as well, but one thing that isn’t new is Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk ignoring the rules. Most of the cast members (Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg) get a brief moment on screen—as does Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious villain—but the main focus here is the action. See more of it in IMAX beginning May 15th or in regular 2D and 3D theaters on May 17th.
Horrible Bosses 2 (and 2.5)
THR reports this week that Horrible Bosses 2 is happening, with original cast members Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis already signed and Jamie Foxx likely to join. Seth Gordon, who recently had a major hit with Identity Thief 35, will return to direct the sequel to 2011’s Horrible Bosses 57, a film that grossed over $117 million domestically and over $200 million worldwide, proving people hate their bosses everywhere. THR then followed that news with word that the trio of Sudeikis, Day, and Gordon will also team up on the comedy-thriller One Night on the Hudson. The story revolves around a veteran cop and his rookie partner as they attempt to take a federal witness from New Jersey to Manhattan. No word yet on whether Bateman feels left out.
Alan Partridge in Colossal Velocity ... or Alpha Papa ... or ...
Steve Coogan has played a host of characters in his career, even playing a version of himself in The Trip 82 and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 80, but his most beloved character might be Alan Partridge, a fictional, insecure, narcissistic radio and TV host (first viewed in the brilliant British news spoof The Day Today and in numerous series and specials that followed). Coogan will bring the character to the big screen this year in Alan Partridge: The Movie. (There's no U.S. release date yet, but it's out in August in the U.K.) To get a feel for what Alan Partridge has to offer, check out the film's first teaser.
A new U.S. trailer for Malick’s To The Wonder
Already released in the U.K., Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder comes to American theaters on April 12th. This latest trailer is slightly different than the one used for the film's international release, but it still features Malick’s signature use of spoken inner monologue and beautiful shots of nature. In his first film set in contemporary times, Malick looks at a man (Ben Affleck) torn between two women, Marina, a single mother who returns with him to Oklahoma from Paris (Olga Kurylenko) and Jane (Rachel McAdams), his childhood sweetheart. The film will surely divide viewers, but critics have been kind so far.
Olivier Assayas has something in the air
Olivier Assayas is one of the more exciting filmmakers working today. With films as diverse as Demonlover 64, Summer Hours 84 and Carlos 94, Assayas jumps genres at will. Something in the Air, his latest, returns to the personal with a look at young French activists in 1971 as they riot and then flee to the Italian countryside. The focus is on Assayas stand-in Gilles (newcomer Clément Metayer) and his more radical girlfriend Christine (Lola Créton of Goodbye First Love, which was directed by Assayas’ wife Mia Hansen-Løve). The already well-reviewed Something in the Air comes to theaters in limited release on May 3rd.
Will competing Lance Armstrong movies resort to doping?
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. will have its own Lance Armstrong movie to go up against Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. Warner Bros. will base their film on various sources, including Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong’s former teammate who was one of the first to come clean under oath. Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects 75) will write the script and Jay Roach, who has had success with ripped-from-the-headlines stories like Game Change 74 and Recount 66, will direct. Paramount’s competing film will be based on Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong, a book that will be written by New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur. No word yet on who might write the script or direct that film, so it looks like Warner Bros. is in the lead right now.
Scary Movie 5... enough said?
Scary Movie 48 and Scary Movie 2 29 were written and directed by the Wayans brothers. Then Scary Movie 3 49 and Scary Movie 4 40 were directed by David Zucker. For the fifth film, he now steps down to a writing credit so that Malcolm D. Lee (Soul Men 49) can direct. But none of that means anything when it’s the fifth film in a series and Anna Faris decides not to return. Those who can be seen in Scary Movie 5 include Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Heather Locklear, Jasmine Guy, Kate Walsh, Mike Tyson, Audrina Patridge, Kendra Wilkinson, and Katt Williams. Look for it in theaters April 12th.
Olympus Has Fallen featurette
Olympus Has Fallen opens next Friday, so here’s a primer on what happens when the White House is attacked. Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest 43, Training Day 70) directs Aaron Eckhart as the President, Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House, Melissa Leo as the Secretary of Defense, Angela Bassett as the Director of the Secret Service, and Gerard Butler as a disgraced former agent ready to save the day.
Robocop is in demand
According to Heat Vision, new Robocop and current star on the just-revived AMC series The Killing, Joel Kinnaman, is in talks to play Liam Neeson’s son in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s thriller All Nighter. Collet-Serra previously directed Neeson in Unknown 56, and this latest collaboration would see Neeson stepping into a familiar role as an aging hitman forced to take on his former boss to protect his estranged son (Kinnaman) after he witnesses a murder. Heat Vision also reports that Kinnaman has an offer to join his Easy Money (Snabba Cash) 77 and Safe House 52 director, Daniel Espinosa, in Child 44. The Soviet-set thriller already has Tom Hardy on board as a military police officer investigating a series of child murders, and Noomi Rapace as Hardy’s wife. Kinnaman is up for the role of the killer.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, will hit theaters on July 25, 2014.
- David O. Russell’s still-untitled Abscam film will open in a few theaters on December 13th before expanding nationwide on Christmas.
- Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow will direct Jurassic Park 4. - Coming Soon
- Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has been selected as the opening film for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
- The Veronica Mars movie reached its $2 million Kickstarter goal in a mere 11 hours, and is now past the $3 million mark.
- Danny Boyle hopes to reunite his original cast and make a Trainspotting sequel by 2016. - The Playlist
- David Strathairn is in talks to join Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot. - Variety
- James Gandolfini will join Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam’s Animal Rescue, about a heist gone bad. - Variety
- Rose Byrne has signed up for Shawn Levy’s adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You as Jason Bateman’s ex-girlfriend, and for Nicolas Stoller’s Townies as Seth Rogen’s wife. - THR ... Adam Driver has also joined Levy’s film. - THR
- Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) will direct a romantic comedy (surprise) about an American woman whose life is turned upside down by the young Brit she begins dating. - THR
- Emily Blunt will take Emma Watson’s place in David Yates' adaptation of Your Voice In My Head. - Digital Spy
- Melissa McCarthy will play a single mother opposite Bill Murray as her cantankerous older neighbor in St. Vincent De Van Nuys. - Deadline
- Michael Fassbender has been forced to drop out of Lynne Ramsay’s Jane Got a Gun due to delays on X-Men: Days of Future Past. Joel Edgerton will move over to his role and Jude Law has joined the cast as the villain (Edgerton’s old role). - THR
- A movie based on the '70s sitcom Good Times is in the works. - Deadline
- Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) will direct Steve Carell in the live-action adaptation of the Judith Viorst children’s book Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. - Deadline
- Robert Downey Jr. will play a big city lawyer trying to exonerate his estranged father, Robert Duvall, a small-town judge accused of murder, in The Judge. Vincent D’Onofrio will play Duvall’s other son. - Variety & THR
- Leslie Mann and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) are in talks to join Cameron Diaz in the comedy The Other Woman. - THR
- Jared Harris will join Emily Browning and Kit Harrington in Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster movie, Pompeii. - Heat Vision
- Jai Courtney will star alongside Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet in Neil Burger’s adaptation of the YA novel Divergent. - Variety
- Dave Bautista will play Drax the Destroyer in Guardian of the Galaxy. - Heat Vision
- Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 won the narrative Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. - The Playlist