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

  • Publish Date: March 23, 2012
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Ridley Scott’s Prometheus takes over

With WonderCon last weekend came a slew of promotional material for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. First a new IMAX trailer premiered online, then a clever viral video featuring David, Michael Fassbender’s android character, and finally U.S. and international theatrical trailers that possess key differences from one another. The Prometheus WonderCon panel, a separate Q&A with Scott and writer Damon Lindelof, and an interview with stars Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron are also online, and The Playlist has a full analysis of the trailer and the secrets that might be revealed in all this new footage. Truthfully, no one knows exactly what the film is about or how closely tied to the Alien films it will end up being, but there are plenty of hints in the four pieces below. Prometheus hits U.S. theaters in 2D and 3D on June 8.

An extended look at Snow White and Huntsman

In the battle for best buzz between the Snow White films, Snow White and the Huntsman is definitely in the lead. While Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror (out next week) struggles to find the right tone for it’s marketing campaign, Rupert Sander’s film just lays on the action and special effects to depict a war between Kristen Stewart’s Snow White and Charlize Theron’s evil Queen. Chis Hemsworth plays Snow White’s hunter turned ally, and Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, and Nick Frost all play dwarfs. Check out an extended sneak peek as well as the latest theatrical trailer, before seeing Snow White and Huntsman in theaters beginning June 1.

A new trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Also debuting at WonderCon was a second trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. This latest preview features narration explaining Lincoln’s deep-rooted hatred of vampires and goes on to fill the screen with plenty of action. Seth Grahame-Smith adapts his own novel, and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted 64) directs a cast that includes Benjamin Walker as Lincoln, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturgess, Lincoln’s vampire friend, as well as Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, and Alan Tudyk. See it in 2D or 3D beginning June 22.

A first look at Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis

David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method 76) and novelist Don DeLillo seem like a match made in heaven (or hell, depending on one’s appreciation for the exploration of the darker side of humanity), but adding Robert Pattinson to the mix, well, that raises concerns. However, this early teaser for Cosmopolis might assuage any fears that come along with his involvement. The story follows a 28-year-old billionaire (Pattinson) as he travels through Manhattan in his tricked-out limousine on his way to get a haircut. His life is in chaos, and this teaser captures that feeling in a vivid way (with Enter the Void-like titles no less). All signs point toward a premiere at Cannes considering the film opens in France on May 23. Expect U.S. distribution to be announced around that time as well.

The Sound of Brit Marling’s Voice

Brit Marling was the talk of Sundance in 2011 with her films Another Earth 66 and The Sound of My Voice, but only the former made it into theaters in 2011. Fox Searchlight will finally release The Sound of My Voice on April 27, and the first twelve minutes can already be seen here, while the trailer is below. Marling co-wrote the film with director Zal Batmanglij and stars as Maggie, a cult leader claiming to be from the future, who is investigated by non-believers Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius).

Piranha 3DD red-band trailer

The sequel to Piranha 3D 53 now has its own red-band trailer, and it delivers what you’d expect: boobs, blood, and Hasselhoff. Ving Rhames and Christopher Lloyd return and are joined by Gary Busey, David Koechner, Katrina Bowden, and Danielle Panabaker. It’s not a lake that’s in danger this time, but a water park and other more private places. John Gulager (Feast 43) directs from a script by Saw 3D 24 scribes Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Check it out in all its 3D(D) glory beginning June 1st.

Jesus Henry Christ

Jason Spevack stars as Henry James Herman, a child prodigy out to find his biological father in this film directed by Denis Lee (Fireflies in the Garden 34). Lee based the feature on his own short and cast Toni Collette as Henry’s mother and Michael Sheen as Henry’s sperm-donating dad. Samantha Weinstein plays Sheen’s disaffected daughter. An early Variety review praises the acting ensemble but has fewer positive words for the film as a whole. Decide for yourself when it comes to theaters on April 20.

A teaser trailer for The Host

Admittedly, there’s not much to this trailer for Andrew Niccol’s (In Time 53) adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s non-Twilight Saga book, The Host. In the film, Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder, a rebel human searching for any survivors after an alien race known as Souls have invaded earth by taking over the minds of their human hosts. When a soul known as Wanderer attempts to take over Melanie’s mind, The Seeker, played by Diane Kruger, must intervene to fully convert Melanie and repress a human rebellion. William Hurt, Jake Abel, Max Irons, and Frances Fisher also star. The Host is slated for a March 29, 2013 release.

Animals are on the loose in Europe in Madagascar 3

For the third installment of the successful animation franchise, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) are on the run in Europe, being chased by Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand), and hiding with a traveling circus led by Vitaly the Tiger (Zach Braff). Eric Darnell (Madagascar 57, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 61) directs without his co-director on the first two, Tom McGrath. Somewhat surprisingly, the script (or at least major re-writes) comes from the pen of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg 76). Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted comes to 2D and 3D theaters on June 8th.

A clip from the crazy Guy Pearce action flick Lockout

Guy Pearce stars as Snow, a “loose cannon” sent to rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) after a hostile takeover of a maximum security prison... in space. Lockout, as it’s known for its U.S. release, is written and directed by first-time feature filmmakers James Mather and Stephen St. Leger (with an assist by Luc Besson). Supporting players include Peter Stormare and Lennie James. Check out a five minute clip from the film before it comes to theaters on April 13.

Jackass vs. The Three Stooges

Fox’s latest attempt to convince moviegoers that The Three Stooges will be palatable tries to play off of the popularity of the Jackass movies. Maybe in the age of Tosh.0 and YouTube, the comedy of the Stooges just doesn’t work, but judge for yourself. Sean Hayes (Larry) Will Sasso (Curly), and Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe) do their best as the Stooges in this comedy from The Farrelly Brothers, and Larry David, Sofia Vergara, and Jane Lynch lend their comedic chops while Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton wears the most revealing nun’s habit ever. See it in theaters (if you must) beginning April 13th.

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

  • Russell Crowe has been confirmed as the star of Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah. - Deadline
  • The Hangover Part III, which Warner Bros. has confirmed will be the last in the series (at least with Todd Philips directing this cast), will hit theaters on May 24, 2013.
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, starring Idris Elba and Ron Pearlman, will come to theaters July 12, 2013.
  • The currently untitled 300 sequel has been slated for an August 2, 2013 release.
  • The Jason Statham-starring thriller Parker has been moved to a January 25, 2013 release.
  • First it was titled Bop Decameron, then Nero Fiddled, and now Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris follow-up will be released as To Rome with Love, a title that makes more sense to the average viewer. The Playlist has soundtrack details and new images from the set.
  • Lily Collins will star as Clary Fray, and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid remake) will direct City of Bones, an adaptation of the first book in Cassandra Clare’s best selling young adult series The Mortal Instruments. - Deadline
  • Brett Ratner is rumored to be developing two more projects in addition to Hercules with Dwayne Johnson. Variety reports that he could direct an adaptation of recent book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, and Deadline reveals that he’s in talks to helm Midnight Run 2 with Robert De Niro reprising his role as bounty hunter Jack Walsh.
  • Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits, Easy A) is attached to direct How to Disappear Completely, a remake of the Swiss film Vitus 63 about a young music prodigy pushed by his demanding parents to make a life-altering choice. - THR
  • Michael Bay angered fans when he revealed that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be from “an alien race” in the upcoming Jonathan Liebesman reboot, but then he told them to “take a breath and chill”. At least he has the support of series co-creator Peter Laird. - Heat Vision
  • Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart will play the “first (fictional) interracial police partners” in a buddy comedy set in the post-WWII jazz scene of New York City. - Variety
  • Disney announced this week that John Carter will lose $200 million. - Deadline
  • Jake Gyllenhaal will star as “a dysfunctional history teacher who accidentally discovers his exact double on a rented DVD, seeks him out and ends up turning both of their lives upside down” in An Enemy, an adaptation of the novel The Double by José Saramago (Blindness). Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) will direct. - Variety
  • Josh Trank (Chronicle) will direct The Red Star, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name which has already been made into a video game. The story is set in a mythic, still Soviet-ruled Russia where warring factions utilize futuristic technology and sorcery. - Deadline
  • Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb will star as an expecting couple who must call on the Vatican’s help after they move into a haunted house in Hell Baby, a new horror comedy to be directed by writing duo Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant (Night at the Museum, Reno 911). - Heat Vision
  • The cast of Sacha Gervasi’s Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho continues to grow. This week Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Michael Wincott all joined Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins. - Deadline and Variety
  • Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil Crawley on Downton Abbey) has been cast as Beverly Penn, a dying young woman who falls for the thief who breaks into her home in Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel Winter’s Tale. - Deadline
  • If you’re a fan of Luc Besson’s The Big Blue, maybe you’ll be pulled into theaters for another look at the world of freediving. Martin Campbell (Green Lantern) will tell the true story of world champion freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, a project James Cameron wanted to direct but couldn't due to his commitments to a little something called Avatar. - Deadline
  • Michael K. Williams (Omar on The Wire) will play Ol’ Dirty Bastard in Dirty White Boy, a look at the relationship between the mercurial rapper and his manager Jarred Weisfeld. The film will be the directorial debut of the excellent cinematographer Joaquin Baca-Asay (Two Lovers, Roger Dodger). - THR
  • If you’re curious about Sofia Coppola’s next movie, The Bling Ring, head over the The Playlist to learn a bit about the script.

Comments (2)

  • MarcDoyle  

    Hangover III had better tinker with that formula, or we're in for a snoozer. And for some reason, I'm a little jazzed for Lockout. Guy Pierce is always solid, and I miss seeing him is the action hero - might have to check out Memento in preparation. And I agree with LR - Cosmopolis looks like a must-see. (I, too, go for the Enter the Void titles. That was one unforgettable flick ...)

  • LamontRaymond  

    Double the Terror.... Double the Ds. You have to appreciate the poetry in that Piranha trailer. That and Cosmopolis (by Long Live the New Flesh Cronenberg) should make for a very pulpy double-bill. These new looks at Prometheus are making that sucker look like a slam dunk for this summer - so much better than the mindless superhero daisy chain from last year. Thanks for this feature, Keith - it's a must read every week.

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