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

  • Publish Date: March 29, 2013
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The Wolverine takes Japan

In The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman makes his sixth feature film appearance as Logan/Wolverine (counting the cameo in X-Men: First Class), but it won’t be his last; X-Men: Days of Future Past is due out next summer. First, though, we get the full domestic and international trailers (following a Vine twease and a 20 second teaser) for this summer's film. Director James Mangold and writers Mark Bomback and Scott Frank (basing their work on a comic book arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller) have taken Jackman to Japan, where Logan/Wolverine confronts his past and a possible new future. There, he meets Yukio (Rila Fukushima), Mariko (Tao Okamoto), the Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee), Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), and sees one familiar face, Jean Grey. The Wolverine opens July 26th.

Didn't this movie already come out?

Because one White House destruction movie is never enough, we get two this year. And the next one—White House Down—comes from the man who seems to have a clause in his contract that the White House must suffer some unfortunate fate in all of his films: Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012). Coming on the heels of the theatrical release of Olympus Has Fallen 41, this first trailer presents Channing Tatum as Gerard Butler (or, the guy who saves the day) and Jamie Foxx as Aaron Eckhart (the president), but instead of a foreign terrorist threat, it’s an inside job that could bring down the nation. The supporting cast includes Joey King as Tatum’s daughter, Jason Clarke, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, and Richard Jenkins. White House Down comes to theaters June 28th.

Third time’s a charm for Riddick?

Here’s a quick look at Riddick, the third collaboration between Vin Diesel and director David Twohy. Following Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, the latest film finds Riddick fighting off vicious alien predators, a ship of mercenaries hoping to collect the bounty on his head, and someone with a more personal vendetta against the man who’s not afraid of the dark. Joining Diesel in the September 6 release are Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Jordi Mollà, Nolan Funk, Bokeem Woodbine, and Keri Hilson.

Fox Searchlight books The Grand Budapest Hotel

After the success of Moonrise Kingdom, Fox Searchlight is bringing Wes Anderson back to the studio that distributed Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited. According to Screen Daily, the studio purchased worldwide distribution rights for Anderson's next film and its impressive cast list of Anderson returning players (Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban) and newcomers (Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Tony Revolori). The film could sneak into theaters before 2013 is up, but no release date has been set. However, the article does provide the most succinct description of the film yet: “The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.”

A new Before Midnight trailer

The buzz has been building since Sundance, and early reviews for Before Midnight have been great (the current Metascore is 99), but if you want to avoid any spoilers before the film's May 24th release, stop now, because the first trailer for the film can’t help but reveal a few things that fans of the series might not want to know. It’s not necessarily the end of the Celine and Jesse story, but Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy have imagined the next phase of their relationship that began in Before Sunrise 77 and continued in Before Sunset 90.

Pain & Gain red-band trailer

Michael Bay. Miami. Muscles. Money. Murder. Midgets. Bodybuilders. Babes. Bling. Booty. Balls. The American Dream. April 26th.

A new look at World War Z

Will the troubled production of Brad Pitt’s latest film impact its box office receipts? All will be revealed after its June 21st release. Until then, maybe the latest trailer will entice doubters into theaters. Pitt stars as a family man/U.N. employee who travels the globe looking for a solution to a fast-moving zombie epidemic. Based on Max Brooks’ novel and directed by Marc Forster (Machine Gun Preacher, Quantum of Solace), World War Z also stars Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, David Morse, and James Badge Dale.

Hit Girl in high school

Two weeks ago, the first trailer for Kick-Ass 2 premiered. This week, we get a trailer focused on Chloe Moretz’s Hit Girl. There are moments for Aaron Johnson and Jim Carrey, but this is about the female perspective on how hard it is to be a masked crime fighter in high school. Look for the film, directed by Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down 39), in theaters August 16th.

Not a Perfect Day

You’re Next is the latest creepy home-invasion tale to mess with your mind. A gang of masked assailants interrupts the Davison family reunion, but who would have guessed that a member of the family also has some hidden talents ... and that those talents involve killing. Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, the team behind A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next hits theaters August 23rd.

Don’t expect any Episode VII answers yet

In an interview with Empire, J.J. Abrams spoke about Star Wars for the first time since confirming he will direct it. Not surprisingly for the secretive Abrams, very little was revealed. He confirmed once again that he initially turned down the project, spoke of Steve Spielberg’s encouragement and discussed the difference between taking on Star Trek and Star Wars: “There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that. How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.”

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

  • Matthew McConaughey looks to be Christopher Nolan’s choice to lead his next film, Interstellar. - Deadline
  • Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will return as Clark and Ellen Griswold in Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley's new Vacation film. - Variety
  • James Spader will join Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Tim Blake Nelson, and Tommy Lee Jones in The Homesman, which was written and will be directed by Jones. - THR
  • Robert Redford has joined the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. - Deadline
  • Judy Greer will play a female chimp named Cornelia in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. - Vulture
  • Juliette Binoche will play an actress haunted by her past roles and Mia Wasikowska will play her assistant in Oliver Assayas’ next film, Sils Maria. - Ion Cinema
  • Fred Savage is in talks to direct Charlize Theron in the comedy Ladies Night. - THR
  • Kate Mara will star alongside Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall in Wally Pfister’s Transcendence. - Coming Soon
  • Miss Bala director Gerardo Naranjo will direct the Death Wish remake instead of Joe Carnahan. - Variety
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco have joined Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron in Nicholas Stoller’s comedy Townies. - Deadline
  • Brady Corbett will join Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson in the Pablo Escobar drama Paradise Lost. - Deadline
  • Charlize Theron will star in a crime thriller about a corrupt vigilante group. - Heat Vision
  • Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) has joined Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell’s new film. - Deadline
  • Michael Bay revealed that Nicola Peltz will play the female lead in Transformers 4.
  • Carl Franklin (Bless Me, Ultima) will write and direct a biopic on singer Sam Cooke. - Shadow and Act
  • Lynn Shelton’s next film, Laggies, will star Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, and Sam Rockwell. - Deadline
  • J.K. Simmons, Chris Elliot, Bella Heathcote, and Allison Janney have joined Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in an upcoming romantic comedy to be directed by Marc Lawrence (Music & Lyrics). - THR
  • Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic The Secret Service will be released on November 14, 2014. - Deadline
  • Peter Fonda will star in Barnet Bain’s adaptation of Milton's Secret, the children's book by Eckhart Tolleand and Robert Friedman. - THR
  • Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cast will consist of Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, and Noel Fisher as Michelangelo. - Deadline
  • Roland Emmerich has some ideas for the Independence Day sequels. - EW
  • /Film reaches out to Damon Lindelof about the possible Prometheus sequel.
  • Disney put three new Cars shorts online - Hiccups, Bugged, and Spinning.

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