Pacific Rim goes big
Using a tanker as a baseball bat is “pretty cool,” to use a phrase Charlie Day utters in the latest Pacific Rim trailer. The upcoming film offers a big robots vs. big monsters extravaganza that seems tailor-made for the summer blockbuster season. Charlie Hunnam’s voiceover sets up the action, but the focus in this first full trailer is on the spectacle, not on revealing anything about the lead characters. What is known is that Hunnam plays a washed-up pilot who teams up with a Jaeger program trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) to battle the Kaiju. Guillermo del Toro enlists the help of Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, and the aforementioned Day to provide the required comedic and dramatic notes. Look for Pacific Rim in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters on July 12th.
Riddick, still not afraid of the dark
The third collaboration between Vin Diesel and director David Twohy (the first two being Pitch Black 49 and The Chronicles of Riddick 38) 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. From the first full trailer, it’s evident that the aliens play a major role in the mayhem, while bounty hunters played by Jordi Mollà, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Nolan Funk, Bokeem Woodbine, and Keri Hilson find themselves in even more trouble than they expected. Riddick hits theaters (including IMAX screens) on September 6th.
First look at Sundance winner Fruitvale Station
Here’s the first official trailer for Fruitvale Station, the winner of both “U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic” and the “Audience Award: Dramatic” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (where it was known simply as Fruitvale). The true story from first-time feature director Ryan Coolger recounts the events surrounding the shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by Oakland transit cops on New Year’s day in 2009. Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, The Wire) plays Oscar in what has been called a star-making performance. Octavia Spencer plays his mother, and Melonie Diaz plays his girlfriend. See it in limited release beginning July 12th.
Nolan. Christopher Nolan.
The big film news of the day is that Christopher Nolan has been approached about directing Bond 24. Baz Bamigboye of the The Daily Mail reports that “informal talks have begun between Nolan, his representatives and the powers behind the James Bond pictures, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson.” Nolan is a known James Bond fan, but he’s currently focused on Interstellar’s November 7, 2014 release, so the earliest he could possibly get a new Bond film into theaters would be late 2015 (though 2016 seems more realistic). Does this mean the Bond producers are not in as much of a rush as previously reported? Or maybe they feel comfortable waiting for Nolan to be available, though, if not Bond 24, why not 25? If the two sides can make it happen, it would be an intriguing match.
About Time, or Let’s Try That Again
Richard Curtis, the writer of Notting Hill 66 and the writer/director of Love Actually 55, has a new romantic comedy headed to theaters, but this time it has a twist: time travel. As Bill Nighy explains to his son Tim, played by Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina), men in their family can travel through time, so Tim puts directs newfound skill toward winning the heart of Rachel McAdams. Complications arise, as expected, but what those complications are won’t be revealed until About Time hits theaters in limited release beginning November 1st.
The Last Vegas Hangover
There’s nothing wrong with a group of respected actors starring in a fun, lightweight comedy, but hopefully there’s a little more to this Hangover-for-the-silver-haired-set than the first trailer reveals. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasures 1 and 2, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) directs this comedy starring Michael Douglas as an aging bachelor who finally decides to tie the knot, so he asks his buddies (Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline) to meet him in Las Vegas for a little fun before the big day. Red Bull and vodka, bikini-clad coeds, and LMFAO join them. Last Vegas hits theaters November 1st.
The Hangover Part III goes red-band one last time
Blow-Up → Blow Out → Berberian Sound Studio
With good (make that great) early reviews, the arty British thriller Berberian Sound Studio looks to be an intriguing alternative to the summer blockbusters. Toby Jones stars as a British sound engineer who travels to Rome to work on the post-production sound mix of The Equestrian Vortex, a horror film about witchcraft set in an all-girl riding academy. While there, Jone’s character begins to suffer from his own vortex of madness as he struggles to distinguish between what is real and what is not. The film, which also features a soundtrack by the band Broadcast, arrives in the U.S. in limited release and on VOD beginning June 14th.
V/H/S/2 red-band is N/S/F/W
Originally titled S-VHS, this sequel to 2012’s V/H/S continues the horror anthology with a framing story about two private investigators looking for a missing student. Providing their unique horror-directing skills this time are Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project). After receiving good buzz from early festival screenings, V/H/S/2 hits VOD on June 6th and limited theaters on July 12th.
The Best Man, fourteen years later
1999’s The Best Man 61 was a modest success, but it launched the careers of writer/director Malcolm D. Lee (who recently directed Scary Movie 5) and cast members Taye Diggs, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut,, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun, and Melissa De Sousa. The Best Man Holiday picks up 14 years later as they all reunite around Christmas. See it in theaters on November 15th.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- Will Smith is looking to produce and star in a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. - The Wrap
- Christoph Waltz has joined Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke, and Omar Sy in Stephen Gaghan’s action thriller Candy Store. - Deadline
- Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, and Jena Malone have joined Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, and Kevin J Anderson in Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. - The Wrap
- Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenarts (Rust And Bone) will star in Alive Alone, “a thriller that focuses on the relationship between an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay, and a woman who is on the run from a crime boss.” - Deadline
- Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass will star in the horror thriller Reawakening for director David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi). - THR
- Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in the new Toxic Avenger, but not as the title character. - Variety
- Bill Hader, who will be leaving SNL at the end of this season, is in talks to star in the indie comedy Lawless for directors Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel (Yes Man). - THR
- Hailee Steinfeld will join Sam Worthington in Phillip Noyce’s action-thriller For the Dogs. - Deadline
- Michael Pena is in talks to join Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman in David Ayer’s World War II tank thriller, Fury. - THR
- In Joe Carnahan's Stretch, Patrick Wilson will star as a struggling limousine driver, and Chris Pine will play an undisclosed role. - The Wrap
- Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) will play Zach Braff’s father and Josh Gad will play his brother who is obsessed with Anna Kendrick in Braff’s partially Kickstarter-funded film, Wish I Was Here. - THR & The Wrap
- Cate Blanchett will star in David Mamet’s Blackbird, a thriller about a woman whose deceased grandfather might be the key to a secret explanation for JFK’s assassination. - Variety
- Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Chris Pine are in talks to join Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods. - Variety & The Wrap
- Scarlett Johansson has joined Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale in Jon Favreau’s indie comedy Chef. - THR
- There will be a sequel to The ABCs of Death. - Variety
- An animated Angry Birds film will be coming to theaters on July 1, 2016. - Coming Soon
- The English-language remake of The Double Hour will star Michelle Williams and Joel Edgerton. - Deadline
- Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, and John Turturro will star in John Slattery’s feature directing debut God’s Pocket, an adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel. - Variety
- Craig Zobel (Compliance) has cast Amanda Seyfried, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in his adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s posy-apocalyptic novel Z for Zachariah. - Heat Vision
- Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) is in talks to write and direct an adaptation of Andy Weir’s The Martian, about an astronaut stranded on Mars struggling to find a way back to Earth. - The Wrap
- Zac Efron will play an American backpacker who gets mixed up with German drug smugglers, and Amber Heard will play his girlfriend in Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch follow-up, Autobahn. - THR
- Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut will be an adaptation of Truman Capote’s first novel, Summer Crossing. - THR
- Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer will go from spoofing romantic comedies (Date Movie) and blockbusters (Epic Movie) to the Fast & Furious franchise with Superfast!. How much do you want to bet that the Metascore will be superlow? - The Wrap
- Oscar Isaac will play Pablo Escobar in The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman’s biopic on the Colombian drug lord. - Deadline
- Uma Thurman will star as anti-gay activist Anita Bryant in a biopic for Lovelace directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. - THR
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny will be directed by Yuen Wo Ping and star Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh on her original role of Yu Shu Lien. - Deadline