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

  • Publish Date: May 18, 2012
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Watch the four-minute trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man

The latest trailer for Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man makes the bold claim that it is the “Summer’s Most Anticipated Movie.” The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and even Prometheus might have something to say about that, but Sony is stepping up its marketing to try to ensure it doesn’t get lost in the summer shuffle. This week's four-minute preview doesn’t have a great deal of new footage except for the action set piece involving a bridge and falling cars, but it reenforces the central idea that drives the story: Peter Parker has daddy issues. Rhys Ifans’ Dr. Curt Conners also received a featurette this week, and requested interns for his work at Oscorp Industries. Check out the videos below before seeing the film in theaters July 3rd.

More Prometheus clips and news on the Blade Runner sequel

Fox has not been shy about providing plenty of material for Prometheus fans to pick over. This week, the first clip from the film was released (a relatively standard landing sequence) as well as a viral video showing Noomi Rapace as lead scientist Elizabeth Shaw asking Peter Weyland to assist in her research. We were previously introduced to Weyland (Guy Pearce) in his TED talk and to Michael Fassbender’s android character David. Director Ridley Scott was also featured in EW, The Daily Beast and THR, where he still played coy with the Alien connection and also discussed the Blade Runner sequel (yes, it’s officially a sequel, and will feature a female lead character) and a possible Prometheus 2. Original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher has also been hired on for the sequel, according to a press release. Prometheus hits theaters June 8th; as for The Counselor, Prometheus 2 and Blade Runner 2, you’ll know when we know.

A first look at The Words with Bradley Cooper

The Words stars Bradley Cooper as a struggling writer who passes off another man’s work as his own, earning him literary fame at a high price. As the trailer indicates, the film features a story within a story within a story structure starring Cooper and Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, and Olivia Wilde. The film, from co-writers and directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, received mixed to bad reviews when it premiered at Sundance, but you can decide for yourself when it comes to theaters September 21st.

Casting updates for Alexander Payne’s Nebraska

Alexander Payne is currently serving on the competition jury at the Cannes Film Festival, but Deadline reports that the Academy Award winner wants to cast Bruce Dern and Will Forte in his next film, Nebraska, another road trip comedy from the director of some very good road trip comedies (About Schmidt 85 and Sideways 94). Dern would play the alcoholic father to Forte’s underachieving son. In the film, the two bond on the road as they travel from Montana to Nebraska so Dern can pick up what he thinks are winnings from a sweepstakes. Payne plans to shoot in black-and-white with a budget around $13 million. It’s taken years for Payne to get the project off the ground, and it seems like the success of The Descendants 84 finally made it happen.

The Duplass brothers’ The Do-Deca-Pentathalon

Shot before Cyrus 74 and Jeff Who Lives at Home 60, the Duplass brothers’ The Do-Deca-Pentathalon is a comedy about two brothers (Mark Kelly and Steve Zissis) who compete in their own 25-event Olympics. The film received a positive review from Eric Kohn at IndieWire after its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this year. See it in theaters beginning July 6th.

Hit and Run trailer

Dax Shepard wrote, co-directed (with David Palmer), and stars (with his sloth-loving girlfriend Kristen Bell) in this action-comedy about a former getaway driver whose witness protection cover is blown when an old colleague (played by a dreadlocked Bradley Cooper) comes looking for him. Car chases, Tom Arnold, and Kristin Chenoweth also feature in Hit and Run, which comes to theaters August 24th.

Alec Baldwin’s post-30 Rock career

Alec Baldwin will not be lacking work when 30 Rock ends next year. The actor, who’s currently shooting the documentary Seduced and Abandoned at Cannes with director James Toback, has just booked two more projects. Deadline reports that he’s joined the cast of Woody Allen’s next feature, which will shoot in San Francisco and is rumored to star Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper. This will make it two in a row with Woody, as Baldwin will be seen this year in Allen’s To Rome with Love. Baldwin will also re-team with his Rock of Ages co-star Russell Brand in Man that Rocks the Cradle, a comedy about “an overworked husband and father who thinks he has found the solution to all his problems by importing a super-nanny he is told is a true kid whisperer.” That nanny isn’t Mary Poppins but Russell Brand.

Get to know the cast and director of Moonrise Kingdom

It’s been a good week for fans of Wes Anderson. His latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, opened the Cannes Film Festival to very good reviews, and Focus released four featurettes narrated by Bob Balaban. This time Anderson’s typically stellar cast includes Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman. Learn more about three of them (and the director) below. Moonrise Kingdom come to theaters in New York and LA next week.

A first look at Won’t Back Down

No, this is not a prequel to Never Back Down nor is Tom Petty’s song featured in the trailer, but it is the story of two mothers played by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis who set out to create a charter school when the public school system of inner-city Pittsburgh fails their kids. Daniel Barnz (Beastly 40) directs from a script he co-wrote with Brin Hill. Holly Hunter, Oscar Isaac, and Ving Rhames also star. Won’t Back Down comes to theaters September 28th.

The Good Doctor

Orlando Bloom plays what seems like the opposite of a good doctor in this drama about a physician who purposefully keeps his young patient (Riley Keough) ill so she’ll stay in the hospital. Directed by Lance Daly (Kisses 68) and also starring Michael Pena as a blackmailing orderly, Taraji P. Henson as a nurse, and J.K. Simmons as a police detective, The Good Doctor comes to VOD July 27th and theaters August 31st.

The first trailer for The Possession

Ole Bornedal (Just Another Love Story 69) directs this horror story about a young girl (Natasha Calis) who buys the wrong antique box at a yard sale. Why is it the wrong box? Well, it kinda contains an evil spirit. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play concerned parents seeking answers for their child’s behavior. The film is based on the Los Angeles Times article A Jinx in a Box?. Don’t break any mirrors, walk under any ladders or cross the path of a black cat on your way to see The Possession when it hits theaters August 31st.

Two possible projects for director Greg Mottola

While only Superbad 76 has killed at the box office, Greg Mottola’s other recent work—2009‘s Adventureland 76 and 2011’s Paul 57—definitely had their charms, and this week proved that others see the spark in Mottola’s work as well as his name came up in connection with two new projects. Variety reports that he’s in “early talks” to write an adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides novel The Marriage Plot, but there’s no word on whether he will direct, and that might be okay because THR reports that Mottola will direct comedic curmudgeon Larry David in an “improv-based” film to be written by Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel, writers of this week’s big comedy release The Dictator 59 and collaborators with David on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld. Sounds promising to us.

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

  • Terrence Malick’s untitled romance starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, and Amanda Peet now has a title (To The Wonder) and a rating (“R for some sexuality/nudity”) but still no release date. - The Film Stage
  • Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For directed by Robert Rodriguez and Miller, will hit theaters October 4, 2013. Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke will reprise their roles from the original.
  • The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas will run almost three hours and come to theaters December 6th. - TOH
  • We’ll have to wait a little longer to see Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock; it has been delayed from this fall until an unspecified date in 2013.
  • Paranoia, a corporate spy thriller starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth, will hit theaters September 27, 2013. - ComingSoon
  • Gangster Squad, staring Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, and Ryan Gosling, finally has an official release date: September 7th.
  • Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) will direct a documentary on FC Barcelona. - 24 Frames
  • Marion Cotillard will star in Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation follow-up. - ScreenDaily
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman has been confirmed as the star of Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s A Most Wanted Man. - Deadline
  • Channing Tatum is in talks to star as secret service agent who must save the president in Roland Emmerich’s action thriller White House Down. - Heat Vision
  • James Badge Dale has been cast as Eric Savin in Iron Man 3. In the comics, Savin becomes a cyborg known as Coldblood. - Variety
  • Juno Temple is the latest actor to join Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. - Heat Vision
  • Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) will direct adaptations of Tom Perrotta’s The Abstinence Teacher and Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. - The Playlist
  • Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) will direct Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, and Sarah Gadon in An Enemy, a thriller based on José Saramago’s novel The Double. - ScreenDaily
  • Morgan Freeman is in talks to join Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in Last Vegas. - Deadline
  • Taylor Lautner will make one more attempt at acting in Tracers, an action thriller in which he’ll play a bike messenger and parkour enthusiast.- FilmNation Entertainment
  • Amy Adams will star in an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Dark Places for writer/director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key). - Deadline
  • Writer Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) has been hired to write the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. - THR
  • Orphan star Isabelle Fuhrmann will star in David Gordon Green’s remake of Dario Argento’s classic horror film Suspiria. - Variety
  • Having already tackled Mark Zuckerberg’s life in The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin seems like the right fit to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. No, Ashton Kutcher will not star. - /Film
  • Eli Roth will return to directing with the horror thriller The Green Inferno. - THR
  • Chris Pine co-wrote and will star in Mantivities about a group of friends in their early thirties who get together with the goal of helping one of them grow up. - Deadline
  • John Woo will direct a remake of Seijun Suzuki's 1963 yakuza film Youth of the Beast. - THR
  • Andy Garcia will direct Hemingway and Fuentes, the story of the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his fishing boat captain Gregorio Fuentes. Garcia co-wrote the script with Hilary Hemingway and will star as Fuentes. Anthony Hopkins will play Hemingway, and Annette Bening will play his third wife. - THR
  • Jude Law will star as the titular Dom Hemingway, a man seeking payment for keeping his mouth shut for 12 years in prison, in the dark comedy from writer/director Richard Shepard (The Matador). - THR
  • Max Greenfield (New Girl) has joined Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in David Wain’s romantic comedy parody They Came Together. - Deadline
  • Academy Award winning writers Jim Rash (Dean Pelton on Community) and Nat Faxon will co-direct their own script, The Way, Way Back, about “a teenager (Liam James) who struggles to find himself as he comes to terms with his inattentive mother (Toni Collette) and cheating stepfather (Steve Carell) during summer vacation.” Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney will also star. - Variety
  • John Cusack is in talks to join Elijah Wood in the thriller Grand Piano. - Variety
  • Nicolas Cage and Mickey Rourke will chew the scenery together in Marble City. Sweet! - ComingSoon
  • Fisher Stevens will direct an adaptation of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. The adaptation will be written by John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer). - IndieWire
  • Writer/director Scott Frank (The Lookout) has nabbed the always busy Liam Neeson to star as a private investigator/ass kicker in the dark action thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones. - ComingSoon
  • Alex Proyas (Knowing, I, Robot, Dark City) is in talks to write and direct Gods of Egypt, about a common thief and an immortal on a “magical quest.” - Variety
  • Check out the first Skyfall poster.

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