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

  • Publish Date: May 3, 2013
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Girl Most Likely to ...?

Kristen Wiig stars as a failed New York playwright forced to move back home while undergoing a mental breakdown in Girl Most Likely, a new comedy (formerly titled Imogene) from directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor 90, The Extra Man 56). “Helping” Wiig through her troubles are her gambling addict mother (Annette Bening), her mother’s crazy boyfriend (Matt Dillon), and a young man (Glee’s Darren Criss) who now occupies her old room. Look for it in limited release on July 19th.

Who’s new in RED 2?

This latest look at RED 2 focuses on new cast members Anthony Hopkins (acting crazy), Catherine Zeta-Jones (looking very tan), Byung Hun Lee (as another deadly assassin), and, for a quick moment, David Thewlis (listen closely). On their new mission, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker enlist the help of Hopkins and Zeta-Jones while Lee (and old friend Helen Mirren) try to hunt them down. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) directs this sequel to the 2010 hit. Look for it in theaters July 19th.

The first trailer for Violet & Daisy

Geoffrey Fletcher, the writer of Precious, makes his directorial debut with this film about two best-friend assassins (Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel) assigned to kill a man whose willingness to die troubles them. James Gandolfini plays their target, Danny Trejo plays their boss, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays an experienced sniper. Violet & Daisy comes to theaters June 7th.

Spielberg and Cooper team up to make American Sniper

Since Robopocalypse fell through in January, there has been plenty of speculation about Steven Spielberg's next project. Now we finally know. THR reports that Spielberg will direct Bradley Cooper in an adaptation of Chris Kyle’s autobiography American Sniper. Kyle was a Navy Seal who recorded the most kills of any U.S. military sniper in history. He left the Navy in 2009, and his book was published in 2012, but hopes of living a quiet life with his wife and two kids ended in 2013 when Eddie Routh, a 25 year-old fellow veteran, shot and killed Kyle and companion Chad Littlefield at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range. The motive for the killing is unclear, but Kyle was reportedly trying to help Routh cope with PTSD. Cooper has been developing the project and will produce along with Spielberg. Jason Dean Hall (Spread) wrote the first draft of the script.

Fast, furious, and final

Better equipment, bigger explosions, and a remix of Prodigy’s “Breathe” make up this final trailer for Justin Lin’s fourth and final Fast & Furious movie (though not the final FF movie; the franchise will continue with a new director next year). 6 picks up where Fast Five 67 left off: Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty is alive and working for a team of vehicular mercenaries led by Luke Evans. Dwayne Johnson has decided that the best way to catch a criminal is hire a criminal, so Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and the gang get together for another series of amazing stunts. Fast & Furious 6 hits theaters May 24th.

Con footage from Wolverine and Pacific Rim

Unable to attend WonderCon or CinemaCon? Well, the marketing teams behind Pacific Rim and The Wolverine have been nice enough to release some of the footage that premiered at the conventions. The new Pacific Rim footage gives us our first glimpse of Charlie Day and Ron Perlman as well as a look at the extensive and incredible special effects that will be on display. Look for that film in theaters beginning July 12th. The reel for The Wolverine is less intriguing, but there are plenty of new shots and one in particular that you don’t want to miss. See what happens when Logan goes to Japan beginning July 26th.

How to lose a rocket launcher

If you are ever at a party and someone says, “Roland Emmerich is in the house,” you should probably leave because that house is about to blow up, and not in a fun this-is-the-greatest-party-in-the-world kind of way but in a blazing fireball of hell kind of way. Why? Because that’s what Emmerich does. He coordinates explosions like few can. His latest, White House Down, features Channing Tatum as a Secret Service hopeful who finds himself protecting the U.S. president (Jamie Foxx) after a group of mercenaries attack the White House. See White House Down in all its ridiculous glory beginning June 28th.

Aftershock red-band trailer

It’s all fun and games in Chile until an earthquake hits, prisoners are set free, and all hell breaks loose in this B-movie horror thriller. Eli Roth (who also helped with the screenplay) stars as a horny, divorced gringo whose bacchanal is interrupted by multiple disasters. Directing the mayhem is Nicolas Lopez, who looks to have learned a thing or two from his star and writing partner when it comes to death and destruction. Aftershock opens in limited release on May 10th.

Their backup plans: Twenty Feet From Stardom

The life of a backup singer is not easy, but this winning documentary that premiered at Sundance 2013 finally shines a light on the women behind the voices. Director Morgan Neville (Troubadours, The Cool School) interviews the stars (Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen) that have benefitted from these amazing voices while focusing on the struggles and successes of an amazing array of background performers (Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill). Twenty Feet From Stardom can be found in limited release beginning June 14th.

Noah Baumbach’s next, finally

Noah Baumbach has Frances Ha coming to theaters May 17th, and for his next film it looks like the filmmaker might be returning to a project that has been on the back burner since the end of 2010. While We’re Young tells the story of a couple in their forties who begin an unlikely friendship with a couple in their twenties. Back in 2010, Ben Stiller was attached to play the husband in the older couple while the younger couple would consist of Greta Gerwig and James Franco. Jesse Eisenberg was also linked to the project in place of Franco, and Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts were mentioned to play Stiller’s wife. Now, The Wrap reports that Stiller is in, along with Adam Driver as his male counterpart in the younger couple, and that Naomi Watts is in talks to join the cast as Stiller’s wife. Still to be confirmed is the role of the younger female, though Gerwig and Amanda Seyfried are possibilities. Hopefully Baumbach will lock the cast and secure financing soon.

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

  • Jessica Chastain will join Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. - Deadline
  • Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep are in talks to star in Rob Marshall’s big screen adaptation of Into the Woods, the fairy tale-infused musical written by Steven Sondheim. - Variety
  • Colin Firth is in talks to star in The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic. Firth has also been cast in Woody Allen’s next film alongside Emma Stone. - Heat Vision & Deadline
  • Michael Fassbender will play Macbeth and Natalie Portman will play Lady Macbeth for director Justin Kurzel’s (The Snowtown Murders) adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. - Screen Daily
  • The long gestating adaptation of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies has a new star (Lily Collins) and director (Burr Steers, 17 Again). - Variety
  • Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Benjamin Stacks (fka Daddy Warbucks) in the Quvenzhané Wallis-starring Annie remake to be directed by Will Gluck. - Heat Vision
  • James Ponsoldt (Smashed, The Spectacular Now) will direct Rodham, an indie biopic focused on Hillary Clinton as a young lawyer. - The Wrap
  • Kelsey Grammer will play the main human villain in Transformers 4. - Deadline
  • Joe Carnahan is in talks to direct Sugar Bandits, an adaptation of Chuck Hogan’s novel Devils in Exile about a group of Iraq war vets who target drug dealers, take their money, and destroy their product. - Heat Vision
  • Chris O’Dowd and Adam Driver will star in the period comedy The Coward for director Max Winkler. - THR
  • Olga Kurylenko will play the head vampire mistress in Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, an adaptation of Richelle Mead’s YA series to be directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls). - Deadline
  • Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox will star in The Woman In Black: Angel of Death, the sequel to the Daniel Radcliffe-starring The Woman In Black. - Heat Vision
  • Mike Cahill (Another Earth) has cast Brit Marling, Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi in his sci-fi drama I Origins. - Deadline
  • Die Hard 6: Die Hardest, will take place in Tokyo. (That's just a working title, by the way.) - Total Film
  • Raymond De Felitta (City Island) has cast Michael Pitt, Ray Romano, Andy Garcia and Nina Arianda in his heist drama Rob the Mob. - THR
  • Lily James (Downton Abbey) will star as Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation. - Coming Soon
  • At a press conference for Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams revealed that John Williams would be brought back to compose music for Star Wars Episode VII. - TrekMovie
  • Allison Williams (Girls) is in talks to star in Rosaline, a re-telling of Romeo & Juliet based on Rebecca Serles’ novel When You Were Mine. Williams is also on the short list for the Fantastic Four reboot. - Deadline
  • Sharlto Copley will team-up with Neill Blomkamp for a third time and make Chappie, a sci-fi comedy, - EW
  • Jessica Chastain will star in The Zookeeper’s Wife, the adaptation of Diane Ackerman’s novel that will be directed by Niki Caro. - THR
  • John Hamm and Sandra Bullock will provide the voices for Herb and Scarlet Overkill in the upcoming Despicable Me spin-off, Minions. - Deadline
  • Chadwick Boseman (42) is the favorite to play Marvel’s Black Panther. - Latino Review
  • Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star opposite Keanu Reeves in Brian Kirk’s sci-fi romance Passengers. - Heat Vision
  • Director David Gordon Green wants Al Pacino to star in his new project, Manglehorn, the story of an ex-con who gave up the woman of his dreams for a big score 40 years prior. - Deadline
  • Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) will play a stripper in James Franco’s adaptation of Andre Dubus III’s novel The Garden of Last Days. - THR
  • Michael B. Jordan is being considered for the role of the Human Torch in Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot. - The Wrap
  • Daniel Radcliffe will play a reporter who goes up against the Yakuza in Tokyo Vice. - Deadline
  • Bradley Cooper will not be joining Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton in Jane Got a Gun. Next up on the list? Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hiddleston. - THR
  • Sarah Gadon will star opposite Luke Evans in Dracula. - Variety
  • It’s still in early development, but Ben Stiller is in talks to direct Robert Downey Jr. in Pinocchio. - Deadline
  • Terrence Malick is working on a director’s cut of The Tree of Life, while his IMAX documentary Voyage of Time should be in theaters in 2014. - The Playlist

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