The first look at Prisoners
In this intense thriller (and English-language debut) from Incendies 82 director Denis Villeneuve, Hugh Jackman plays a father who kidnaps the only suspect (Paul Dano) in the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend. Maria Bello plays Jackman’s wife, while Terrance Howard and Viola Davis play the parents of the other abducted girl, and Jake Gyllenhaal plays the detective in charge of the case. The Blacklist-ed script was written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband 51). Prisoners comes to theaters September 20th.
Welcome back, Machete!
The sequel to 2010’s Machete 60 looks as crazy as expected. Danny Trejo is back, and this time, the President (Charlie Sheen, naturally) requests his help in dealing with Mel Gibson or a billionaire criminal mastermind played by Mel Gibson. Demián Bichir, Michelle Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, and Alexa Vega are all along for the ride. Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills hits theaters September 13th.
This Is the End, Scarface style
While much of the footage has been used in other trailers, the new international trailer and clip for This Is the End do have new moments for fans of Harry Potter and the vocal stylings of Craig Robinson. The apocalypse comedy (is that a genre now?) stars just slightly more people than Machete Kills—Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Rihanna, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart and more. Rogen also wrote and directed the film with Evan Goldberg. This is the End arrives in theaters June 12th.
In this sequel to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Logan Lerman’s Percy, Brandon T. Jackson’s horned and hoofed Grover Underwood, Alexandra Daddario’s Annabeth Chase, and Douglas Smith’s Tyson (a cyclops, and Percy’s half-brother) set out to find the Golden Fleece, so they can save Camp Half-Blood, where one can find Dionysus (Stanley Tucci) and Chiron (Anthony Head) tending to the campers. On their adventure they also encounter Nathan Fillion as Hermes and Sean Bean as Zeus. The fittingly Norse god named Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) directs. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens August 7th.
Three animated films get new trailers
While Epic has performed well since its release last week, Monsters University will be the first major animation hit of the summer when it comes to theaters on June 21st. The prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. 78 is full of new monsters and riffs on college-comedy antics, but the heart of the film is the relationship between Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman).
While not an official Pixar film, Disney Animation’s Planes does follow in the footsteps of Cars, but by the looks of this new trailer maybe Cars 2 is the real inspiration with its racing contest and international competitors. The underdog story follows Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook) as he prepares for and competes in a famous aerial race. Lending their voices to the film are Val Kilmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Brad Garrett, Stacy Keach, and many others.
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D follows a young dinosaur as he grows up and becomes the head of his herd. Barry Cook (Arthur Christmas) and Neil Nightingale direct from a script by John Collee (Happy Feet) and Theodore Thomas (Walt & El Grupo). See it in 3D theaters beginning December 20th.
In a press release for his upcoming Nymphomaniac, Lars von Trier jokingly included a photo of himself with his mouth covered by duct tape, but the release still had plenty to say about the new film. As previously revealed, the story will be split into two films and will consist of eight chapters, but now we know the titles of the chapters: Chapter 1: The Complete Angler, Chapter 2: Jerome, Chapter 3: Mrs. H, Chapter 4: Delirium, Chapter 5: The Little Organ School, Chapter 6: The Eastern & Western Church (The Silent Duck), Chapter 7: The Mirror, Chapter 8: The Gun. Let your imagination run wild. As the film’s release approaches, each chapter will get a teaser with “a headline, a still and a short narrative.” These will appear in select papers around the world. In addition, “Lars von Trier wants to introduce a new film genre: Digressionism. Digress /dɪˈgrɛs, daɪ-/ verb: Depart from the main subject.” There is no explanation beyond that. What the film’s Metascore will be is anyone’s guess, but von Trier gets a 100 for marketing. The Playlist has the full press release and photo.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- After rumors earlier in the week that Nicolas Winding Refn, Shane Black, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee, and David Yates were being considered, it looks like Sam Mendes is back as the favorite to direct the next Bond film (and possibly the one following that, as well). - Deadline & Showbizz411
- Henry Cavill is in talks to replace Tom Cruise in Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. - Variety
- Josh Brolin and Katherine Waterston have joined Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Inherent Vice. - Deadline
- Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried, and Reese Witherspoon are all candidates to play Hillary Rodham Clinton in James Ponsoldt’s biopic Rodham, which focuses on her years as a law student. - The Independent
- Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will direct Pirates of the Caribbean 5. - Deadline
- Anton Corbijn (The American) will direct Life, the story of James Dean’s friendship with Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock. - THR
- Tom Hardy as Elton John? Why not. - HitFix
- Joel McHale will join Eric Bana and Sean Harris (Prometheus) in Scott Derrickson’s supernatural thriller Beware the Night. - Heat Vision
- Eric Roberts has joined the cast of Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). - EW
- Robert Schwentke (RED) is in talks to direct The Finest Hours, a based on a true-story feature about the Coast Guard's rescue attempts during a 1952 Nor’easter. - Heat Vision
- Johnny Depp will not star in the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass due to a salary dispute. - THR
- Paul Greengrass’ Martin Luther King Jr. project, Memphis, is back on, with Forest Whitaker in the lead role. - The Wrap
- Chris Columbus, director of the first two Harry Potter films, is in talks to direct Pixels, based on the short by Patrick Jean. - Heat Vision
- Melissa Leo will play Denzel Washington’s former handler in Antoine Fuqua’s adaptation of The Equalizer. - Deadline
- James Bobin (The Muppets) is an early candidate to direct the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. - Variety
- Doug Ellin (Entourage) will write and (possibly) direct Bad Santa 2. - Deadline
- Would you like to see shorter trailers? Movie theater owners would. - THR
- John C. Reilly and Glenn Close are up for roles in Guardians of the Galaxy. - HitFix and Deadline
- Grumpy Cat could be getting a movie. - Deadline