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

  • Publish Date: March 16, 2012
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The first trailer for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

The latest collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is a re-imagining of Dark Shadows, the cult TV serial from the late '60s and early '70s. In this version of the story, Barnabas Collins (Depp), who two centuries earlier was turned into a vampire and buried alive, wakes up in 1972 to find his beloved home and family in a poor state. As he adapts to this new world and attempts to help his floundering family (including Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Lee Miller, and Chloe Moretz), Barnabas must resist the advances of the witch (Eva Green) who originally cursed him. The wacky tone will be familiar to fans of Burton’s and Depp’s previous live action collaborations (Edward Scissorhands 77, Ed Wood 70, Sleepy Hollow 65, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 72, Sweeny Todd 83, and Alice in Wonderland 53), but fans of the original gothic melodrama might be surprised. Dark Shadows comes to theaters May 11.

A first look at Walter Salles’ On the Road

Director Walter Salles (Central Station 80, The Motorcycle Diaries 75) attempts the very difficult task of adapting Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat novel On the Road with a cast that includes Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, Garret Hedlund as Dean Moriarty, and Kristen Stewart as Moriarty's teen bride Marylou. The semi-autobiographical story follows Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise as he adventures across America with his pal Moriarty (Neal Cassady in real life). Along the way they encounter characters like Viggo Mortensen’s Old Bull Lee, based loosely on William S. Burroughs, as well as others played by Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga, Steve Buscemi, and Elizabeth Moss. The script and score are by Jose Rivera and Gustavo Santaolalla, who performed the same duties on The Motorcycle Diaries. No U.S. release date has been set, but expect it in the fall after a possible screening at Cannes.

The Chernobyl Diaries

Oren Peli, who started a horror franchise with 2009‘s Paranormal Activity 68, provides the story for this horror film about a group of friends who decide to dabble in “extreme tourism” with a visit to Chernobyl, only to find that it might be a bit too extreme. Bradley Parker, the visual effects supervisor on Let Me In, directs. See it in theaters May 25.

Scorsese and DiCaprio, together again

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will join forces once again for The Wolf of Wall Street, their fifth film together. The director and star previously teamed on Gangs of New York 72, The Aviator 77, The Departed 86, and Shutter Island 63, and Deadline reports that their latest collaboration will see the pair bringing the life of Jordan Belfort to the big screen. Belfort was a “hard partying, drug addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.” Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) has adapted Belfort’s memoir and will polish the script prior to production, which will begin in August.

Hasbro’s Battleship, brought to you by Transformers

With each new trailer the marketing campaign for Battleship puts more emphasis on the action and the aliens and less on its board game origins. (OK, so the board game part hasn't surfaced in any of the trailers yet.) Peter Berg (Hancock 49, TV's Friday Night Lights) directs from a script by Erich and Jon Hoeber (Whiteout 28). The film stars Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, and lots and lots of explosions. Check it out in theaters beginning May 18.

Peter Dinklage’s nickname is A Little Bit of Heaven

Kate Hudson stars as a fun-loving business woman who gets cancer and starts dating her doctor (Gael Garcia Bernal) in this romantic comedy-drama from director Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman 72). The film also features Kathy Bates as Hudson’s mom, Whoopi Goldberg as God, and Peter Dinklage as a prostitute. (It’s starting to sound better, isn’t it?) See it in theaters beginning May 4, when it goes up against The Avengers.

The Avengers in Japanese

Speaking of The Avengers, Joss Whedon’s epic assemblage of superheroes got a new Japanese trailer this week, and there’s some new footage that’s worth checking out. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. (as Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), who all face off against Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. If you need to brush up on the previous films before The Avengers comes to theaters, check out AMC’s Ultimate Marvel Marathon on May 3rd, a one-day screening of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor in 3D, and Captain America in 3D leading up to The Avengers in 3D. Until then, enjoy the latest trailer.

The Assault gets a U.S. trailer

The Assault tells the true story of an Air France plane bound for Paris that was hijacked by the Algerian Armed Islamic Group on December 24, 1994. The film explores the drama onboard the plane, the elite counterterrorism force brought in to save the day, and the political machinations behind the scenes of the real-life drama. The film will get a limited release in the U.S. beginning April 6.

The Three Stooges International trailer

Are you still holding out hope that the Farrelly brothers' big-screen adaptation of The Three Stooges will get better with each trailer, like a fine wine over time? Well, the latest international trailer probably won’t help convince you. The Stooges are played by Sean Hayes (Larry) Will Sasso (Curly), and Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe), and the rest of the cast includes Larry David as a nun, Kate Upton as a nun in a bathing suit, and Sofia Vergara as a woman who wants the Stooges dead. The Three Stooges comes to theaters on April 13.

Blood Ties

Actor Guillaume Canet, who directed the great French thriller Tell No One 82, has put together a strong cast for his latest directorial effort, Blood Ties, a remake of Les Liens Du Sang in which Canet previously starred. THR reports that Clive Owen will play a convict who is asked by his policeman brother (played by Billy Crudup) to return to a life of crime to help out the family. Mila Kunis and Marion Cotillard will play love interests in the film, and will be joined by Zoe Saldana, James Caan, and possibly Bullhead 69 star Matthias Schoenaerts. Canet wrote the script with director James Gray, who explored similar territory in 2007’s We Own the Night 59.

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

  • Variety reports that A Separation director Asghar Farhadi will shoot his next film in France.
  • Following in the footsteps of Titanic, Jurassic Park will get a 3D re-release on July 19, 2013. - Jeff Sneider
  • Oblivion, Joseph Kosinski’s follow-up to TRON: Legacy starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko, will open April 26, 2013, almost three months earlier than originally planned.
  • In more Tom Cruise release date news, One Shot, in which he faces off against Werner Herzog, has been moved up to December 21 of this year. It takes the place of the Brad Pitt-starring World War Z, which has been pushed out to June 21, 2013.
  • Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightly, will come to theaters November 9th.
  • José Padilha’s Robocop reboot starring Joel Kinnaman will hit theaters on August 9, 2013.
  • CBS Films announced three new release dates this week. The divisive Sundance film The Words starring Bradley Cooper will come to theaters September 21st. Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to In Bruges, will open November 2, and Gambit, the Coen brothers-scripted remake of the 1966 film of the same name, will hit theaters January 11, 2013.
  • The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie by Wrath of the Titans and Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman is slated for a December 25, 2013 release.
  • Sean Penn could re-team with his 21 Grams director Alejandro González Iñárritu in his adaptation of Jennifer Vogel's memoir, Flim-Flam Man: The True Story Of My Father's Counterfeit Life, which will most likely be retitled Red Flag. - Vulture
  • For some reason Clint Eastwood will not give up on remaking A Star is Born, and now he wants Tom Cruise to star opposite Beyonce. Really? - Variety
  • Hugh Jackman will star as a man seeking revenge on his daughter’s kidnapper in Prisoners for Incendies director Denis Villeneuve. - Heat Vision
  • Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana will produce and star in the action film Swindle. - Deadline
  • Miss Bala director Gerardo Naranjo has cast Michael Fassbender in The Mountain Between Us, the director’s English-language debut. Based on the book by Charles Martin, the story follows “two strangers who survive a plane crash in the Colorado woods and are forced to rely on one another for survival, eventually falling in love.” - Variety
  • Steve Carell will play a widowed lawyer who buys a magic kingdom in the comedy Magic Kingdom for Sale—SOLD! based on the book of the same name by Terry Brooks. -
  • Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) will play “Paciencia De La Rosa, an Iraqi war veteran with severe post-traumatic stress disorder who forges a dangerous alliance with a wealthy industrialist in Texas” in Richard Kelly’s (Donnie Darko) Corpus Christi. - Variety
  • Writer Alex Kurtzman’s directing debut Welcome to People has been retitled People Like Us. The film stars Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, and Michelle Pfeiffer, and will be released June 29. - THR
  • Warrior director Gavin O'Connor is in talks to helm Neverland, a new take on the Peter Pan story starring Channing Tatum. - Heat Vision
  • Could Warner Bros. resuscitate The Dark Tower? - Deadline
  • Barbra Streisand will play the lead role of Mamma Rose and Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) will provide the script for a new adaptation of the Tony award-winning musical Gypsy. - Deadline
  • Watch one of Robert Altman’s first films, the recently discovered short Modern Football. - SF Weekly
  • Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Brie Larson, and Fred Armisen will star in Relanxious, a relationship comedy about the courtship by phone between an agoraphobic man (Sudeikis) and an anxiety-prone woman (Wilde). - Deadline
  • Errol Morris, who already sat down with Robert McNamara for The Fog of War, is planning a second documentary on a United States Secretary of Defense. This time, the subject is Donald Rumsfeld. - Vulture
  • The 24 movie is off again ... for now. - Deadline
  • Keira Knightley is in talks to star in Safe Haven, another in what seems like an endless supply of Nicholas Sparks adaptations. Lasse Hallström is set to direct. - Twitch
  • Nathan Fillion will play the god Hermes in the upcoming Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters. Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) will direct.
     - THR
  • With the success of The Lorax, Universal has decided to develop a 3D CG-animated version of The Cat in the Hat. - Deadline
  • Tom Six promises a “500+ person pede” for Human Centipede 3.
  • I think we can all agree it’s time for another Garbage Pail Kids movie. - Deadline

Comments (1)

  • LamontRaymond  

    Dark Shadows looks REALLY damned funny. Casting Eva Green was genius.

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