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

  • Publish Date: May 25, 2012
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A first look at the new James Bond film, Skyfall

James Bond is back, and he’s playing word association games in the first trailer for Skyfall. Critics and audiences embraced Casino Royale 81, Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond, but were lukewarm on its follow-up Quantum of Solace 58, so MGM hired some big names for his third go around. Javier Bardem, seen here only in silhouette, plays the main villain. Ralph Fiennes joins the cast as a member of the British government alongside Judi Dench’s M. Sam Mendes directs, and by the looks of it, cinematographer Roger Deakins is in top form. The “Bond girls” this time are Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe. Harris plays Eve, a field agent who works with Bond; Marlohe plays the more sinister Sévérine. Few plot details are known except that something from M’s past tests Bond’s loyalty to her. We’ll have to wait until November 9th to find out what Skyfall really means.

Footage from Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master

It’s been five years sine director Paul Thomas Anderson stunned us with There Will Be Blood 92. That film featured an Oscar-winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, and if the first clip from The Master is any indication, Anderson has only gotten stronger as a filmmaker, and Joaquin Phoenix could be looking at an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Freddie Sutton, an ex-Navy man who falls under the influence of a charismatic leader of a new religion played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. There’s no Hoffman in this first teaser, but reports from Cannes, where a little more footage was shown, claims Hoffman is equally impressive, while also confirming that the rumors are true: the film examines the origins of Scientology, at least in a tangential way. The Wrap also reports that Anderson showed the film to famous Scientologist Tom Cruise, whom he worked with on Magnolia, to try to quell any conflict with the notoriously lawsuit-happy group. The Master, which comes to theaters October 12th, also stars Amy Adams and features the music of Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. While at Cannes, The Weinstein Company also revealed the first footage from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and people went crazy for it. Spoilers are available at TOH and AICN.

The first trailer for The Great Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio has two movies coming out on December 25th, the aforementioned Django Unchained, and Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Which one will you see? Well, we’ve heard about the hype surrounding Django Unchained at Cannes and now we have a trailer for The Great Gatsby, and it looks like Luhrmann has let his imagination run wild again. While we don’t need another trailer that uses “Church in the Wild” (especially after Safe House used it so fittingly), Jack White’s version of “Love is Blindness” is an interesting choice, and the cast is pretty impressive—DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan. Luhrmann has already tackled William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, so what do you think of his take on this literary classic?

Marvel sequel updates

Iron Man 3 comes to theaters May 3, 2013, and Thor 2 arrives November 15, 2013, and both films are still adding to their casts. Variety reported this week that Ashley Hamilton, son of George Hamilton, stepson of Rod Stewart, friend of Robert Downey Jr., and competitor on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars, will play the “small part of government cyborg Firepower.” In the comics, Firepower is another man in a suit, more specifically Edwin Cord, a business rival of Tony Stark. Ben Kingsley is slated to play the main villain, so we’ll have to wait and see how small this role really is. Maybe it’s laying the groundwork for something in the future. We also found out this week (from THR) that Jon Favreau might not be directing Iron Man 3, but he will be acting in it, returning as Happy Hogan. Bigger news comes from Variety on Thor 2. Mads Mikkelsen, whom many know as Le Chiffre from Casino Royale, is in talks to play one of the villains in director Alan Taylor’s sequel. Mikkelsen is well known around the world for starring in Valhalla Rising 61 and Pusher I and II for director Nicolas Winding Refn as well as After the Wedding 78 for Susanne Bier, and is currently getting praise in Cannes for his performance in Thomas Vinterberg’s new film, The Hunt.

Ron Burgundy and his team are back

Brick Tamland still has trouble speaking, and not much else has changed for the Channel 4 news team in these two new teasers for next year's Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner all return, and writer/director Adam McKay has mentioned that he hopes Christina Applegate will return as well, but there isn’t even a finished script yet. So for now, just enjoy these two reminders of how funny these characters are.

Bill Murray as FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson

On a weekend in June 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (whose lives were recently portrayed in The King’s Speech) visited Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was the first time a king of England had visited the United States, and it looks like FDR showed him a pretty good time. Also rumored to have shown the President a good time was Margaret Stuckley, a distant cousin and, possibly, his mistress. Roger Michell (Notting Hill 66, Venus 82) directs Bill Murray as FDR, Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt (Rushmore reunion!), Laura Linney as Margaret Stuckley, and Samuel West and Olivia Colman as the King and Queen. Hyde Park on Hudson is slated for release on December 7th.

Magic Mike peels off another layer

The first trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie Magic Mike posited the film as a romantic comedy between Channing Tatum and Cody Horn, leaving the story of Tatum’s mentorship of The Kid (played by Alex Pettyfer) in the background. A new international trailer reveals a little bit more about the main storyline of the film, featuring Tatum’s Magic Mike introducing Pettyfer to the world of male stripping. So far, it looks like a little light-hearted summer fun from the always eclectic Mr. Soderbergh.

Shadow of the Colossus to become a film?

Chronicle 69 director Josh Trank hopes to adapt the acclaimed videogame Shadow of the Colossus 91 into a major motion picture. Deadline reports that Sony is currently looking for writers for the story of a young man who must slay a collection of creatures to bring his dead lover back to life. Game adaptations have had a rough time reaching screens lately, the most recent example being the many lives of the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune adaptation, and Trank has other irons in the fire with the possibility of another Fantastic Four, an adaptation of the comic Red Star, and Venom, a Spider-Man spin-off also for Sony, but maybe Shadow of the Colossus will break the spell.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter red-band trailer

Action is the emphasis in this latest look at Timur Bekmambetov’s (Wanted 64) adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The story follows Lincoln from his youth to his time as president as he seeks revenge for the death of mother. Benjamin Walker stars as Lincoln, while Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Mary Todd Lincoln and Dominic Cooper plays Henry Sturgess, his vampire friend. We also get our first real glimpse at Rufus Sewell as the main vampire villain. Check it out in 2D and 3D theaters beginning June 22nd.

The Apparition

Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan are a young couple with a nice new house, but unfortunately for them a bunch of students at a nearby college unleashed a paranormal presence during an experiment, and now that ghost is haunting them. Harry Potter’s Tom Felton plays an expert on the supernatural hoping to aid the scared couple, and first-time feature director Todd Lincoln directs from his own script. The paranormal activity begins August 24th

Your weekly dose of Prometheus

The marketing team at Fox has been very good at giving us a lot but showing us very little of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. What do we really know after all the trailers, clips, and featurettes, except that it might not be able to live up to the hype? This week brings a new clip from the film (below) as well as two more featurettes, available at ComingSoon.net . The clip features Charlize Theron’s Meredith Vickers facing off against Michael Fassbender’s David. The first featurette looks at Logan Marshall-Green’s scientist character, and the second sings the praises of Ridley Scott. Take a look and check out the film when it comes to 2D and 3D screens on June 8th.

Director Paul Feig reunites with one of his bridesmaids

Variety reports that director Paul Feig will reunite with Melissa McCarthy to direct a buddy-cop comedy. Sandra Bullock will costar as a “high-stung FBI agent” who teams up with McCarthy’s “unconventional Boston cop” to take down a Russian gangster. The script comes from Parks and Recreation writer Katie Dippold. Production is set to begin this summer.

Bill Murray gives you a guided tour of Moonrise Kingdom

If good reviews, a great cast, and young love aren’t enough to lure you into theaters to see Moonrise Kingdom 82, let Bill Murray give it try...

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

  • Gary Oldman will play the scientist who creates Robocop, a new character in Jose Padilha’s reboot of the franchise starring Joel Kinnaman. - Heat Vision
  • Ryan Reynolds is the favorite to star in the Highlander remake from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders, 28 Weeks Later). - Variety
  • Sundance hit The Surrogate will now be titled Six Sessions when it hits theaters October 26th.
  • Ang Lee’s 3D adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi will come to theaters November 21st, a month earlier than originally planned.
  • Wedding Crashers co-stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson will reunite in The Internship, coming to theaters July 28, 2013.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been delayed until March 29, 2013 to allow time for a 3D conversion. Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane’s cursing teddy bear comedy Ted will move up two weeks into G.I. Joe's vacated June 29th spot. - Heat Vision
  • Zach Galifianakis is the latest actor to be connected to an adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces. James Bobin (The Muppets) is in talks to direct from a script by Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids). - Vulture
  • Natalie Portman will star in Jane Got A Gun, a western to be directed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk about Kevin). - THR
  • Antonio Banderas will play Pablo Picasso and Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to play Picasso’s muse/lover Dora Maar in Guernica 33 Days from director Carlos Saura. - Variety
  • Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) will direct Michelle Monaghan and Susan Sarandon in the thriller Still of Night. - THR
  • Learn more about Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild from its new interactive website.
  • Julianne Hough might be the latest actress to take a dip in the Nicholas Sparks pool, this time with Josh Duhamel in Safe Haven. - Variety
  • Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon) will direct an action-thriller based on the life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming who was a naval intelligence officer during World War II. - THR
  • Mark Wahlberg is attached to star as a man investigating his wife’s mysterious death in The Disciple Program for Headhunters director Morten Tyldum. - Variety
  • Rachel McAdams will star opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man. - THR
  • While his The Paperboy gets ridiculed by many at Cannes, Lee Daniels is continuing to add to the cast of The Butler. Nicole Kidman, Lenny Kravitz, and Mink Kelly joined this week. - ScreenDaily
  • Bobby Cannavale will join Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper in Woody Allen’s next project. - Deadline
  • Nicolas Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement) is in talks to direct the comedy Townies, in which Seth Rogan’s life is turned upside down by the activities of a neighboring frat house led by Zac Efron. - THR
  • Tahar Rahim will join Marion Cotillard in Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to A Separation. - Variety
  • Luc Besson will direct Robert De Niro in Malavita, in which he’ll play a retired gangster living under witness protection in Normandy. - Variety
  • Tom Cruise is attached to star in a remake of The Magnificent Seven (which, as you know, was itself a remake of Seven Samurai). It’ll be a ways off for the perpetually busy Cruise, if it ever happens. - Variety
  • Who’s ready for a MacGruber sequel? - Screen Crush
  • Mark Duplass is the latest to join Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. - Deadline
  • Anthony Hopkins has joined RED 2 as the main villain. - Heat Vision
  • Bradley Cooper is developing a film based on American Sniper, the autobiography of Navy Seal Chris Kyle. - THR
  • Zoe Saldana has joined Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara and Mel Gibson in the cast of Machete 2. - MovieHole
  • Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) will star as a “hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp” opposite Owen Wilson and Olivia Wilde in Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrels to the Nuts. - Variety
  • Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Wrong) made a short. It’s weird. (Obviously.) Check it out here.

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