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New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Two new looks at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
For this sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) steps in for director Rupert Wyatt to tell the story of the continuing evolution of Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his band of apes. Taking place 10 years after the original film ended with a virus outbreak, Dawn finds a group of humans struggling to survive and form a truce with the apes. Jason Clarke plays a man who favors peace, but Gary Oldman has other ideas. Other new additions to the cast include Keri Russell and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 2D and 3D theaters on July 11, 2014.
New red-band trailer for the intriguing Snowpiercer
It has been a long road to American cineplexes for Bong Joon-ho’s latest film, but Snowpiercer will finally open on June 27th, and—even more surprisingly—in its original, uncut form. The Weinstein Company planned to trim 20 minutes and add a voiceover to the film, but finally relented and will release it as the director intended (just in fewer theaters than originally planned). The film, an adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige in which humanity takes refuge on a train that remains in perpetual motion after a new Ice Age destroys the planet, stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, and Kang-ho Song.
David Cronenberg returns with Maps to the Stars
David Cronenberg will return to Cannes this month with his fifth film to play in competition, Maps to the Stars. The new film takes a satirical look at Hollywood through the eyes of a chauffeur (Robert Pattinson), an aging actress (Julianne Moore) and a child actor (Evan Bird), his mysterious sister (Wasikowska) and their parents (John Cusack and Olivia Williams). The screenplay is by novelist (I’m Losing You) and occasional actor (One Crazy Summer) Bruce Wagner. The film is expected to reach theaters later in 2014; in the meantime, take a look at this Cannes trailer before it disappears.
You want pies?
Written by the husband-and-wife team of Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy, and directed by Falcone, Tammy stars McCarthy as a woman who’s having what you could call a terrible day. She’s lost her job and her car, and she just caught her husband cheating. Needing to get away, her only option is her grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon, who wants to see Niagara Falls. The success of the film obviously lies with how much you like McCarthy, but the supporting cast (Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon) is solid as well. Look for the comedy in theaters beginning July 2nd.
Even more ways to die in the West
There’s more death and more comedy in this final red-band trailer for A Million Ways To Die In The West, Seth MacFarlane’s follow-up to his successful debut feature, Ted. MacFarlane writes, directs, and takes the lead this time as Albert, a cowardly farmer who gets coached for a gun fight by the new lass in town, played by Charlize Theron. It’s the least she could do, since it’s her husband (Liam Neeson) who wants to kill him. With Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, and Sarah Silverman in supporting roles, A Million Ways to Die in the West rides into theaters on May 30th.
22 Jump Street international trailer
In 21 Jump Street, it was high school. In 22 Jump Street, it’s college. In 23 Jump Street, it will be graduate school, because Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) can do no wrong (at least not yet). The continuing story of partners Jenko and Schmidt (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) features many of the same players as the original film (Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Rob Riggle, Dave Franco) as well as a few new faces in Peter Stormare and Jillian Bell (featured here). Enjoy the final international trailer below before the film hits theaters on June 13th.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Trailer
Based on Judith Viorst’s classic 1972 children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he passes his bad luck onto his dad (Steve Carell), mom (Jennifer Garner), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey). Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) directs from a screenplay by Rob Lieber. Look for it in theaters beginning October 10th.
Nicolas Cage can't control his Rage
In Rage, the latest take on the “father takes revenge” genre, Nicolas Cage stars as a reformed criminal whose violent past comes back to haunt him when his teenage daughter is abducted. Rachel Nichols, Peter Stormare, and Danny Glover co-star for director Paco Cabezas (Neon Flesh), whose next film, according to Deadline, will be titled Mr. Right and star Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick in a Max Landis script about a woman who thinks she has finally met “the one” until she discovers he’s a reformed hitman. Cabezas seems to have a thing for stories about criminals struggling to make good. Rage, previously titled Tokarev, comes to VOD June 10th and select theaters on July 11th.
Hannibal Lecter is Michael Kohlhaas
Premiering at Cannes last year with the simpler title of Michael Kohlhaas, the upcoming Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas is based on Heinrich von Kleist’s 1811 novella. The drama stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, plus NBC's just-renewed Hannibal) as a 16th century merchant who seeks violent justice after a wealthy baron steals two of his horses. Arnaud de Pallieres directs the film, which has received mixed early reviews. Look for it in theaters and on demand beginning May 30th.
A Coffee In Berlin
Winner of Outstanding Feature Film, Best Actor (Tom Schilling), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Gwisdek), Best Director and Best Screenplay (Jan Ole Gerster), and Best Score at the 2013 German Film Awards, A Coffee In Berlin follows Niko (Schilling) through the streets of Berlin for one eventful day. Titled Oh Boy when it premiered in 2012, the film will makes its stateside bow in select theaters on June 13th.
A group of friends falls apart in creepy Coherence trailer
Writer-director James Ward Byrkit makes his feature debut with this sci-fi thriller about eight friends who encounter a series of troubling events after an astronomical anomaly. Coherence stars Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, and Alex Manugian (who shares a story credit), and comes to select theaters and VOD on June 20th with a solid early buzz from festival screenings.
In brief ...
- Will Star Wars: Episode VII be subtitled The Ancient Fear? Conan O’Brien offers some other options. - AICN
- In more Episode VII news, this week's new Entertainment Weekly reports that Harrison Ford will be a "co-lead" of the new film, along with three of the young newcomers. As previously reported, Luke and Leia will also have significant roles. Casting is still underway for a major female part.
- Midnight Special, directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud) and starring Michael Shannon, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, and Joel Edgerton, will open on November 25, 2015.
- Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, starring Carey Mulligan, will open in the U.S. on May 1, 2015.
- Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby will be released as a single cut (subtitled Them) as well as in its original two versions, Him and Her. - Deadline
- Emma Stone will star with Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen’s 2015 film. - Variety
- Liam Neeson will play the monster opposite Felicity Jones in Juan Antonio Bayona's adaptation of Patrick Ness’ children’s fantasy novel A Monster Calls. - Screen Daily
- Rebel Wilson will star in New Line’s remake/reboot of the the Goldie Hawn-starring comedy Private Benjamin. - The Wrap
- Nat Wolff will star in director Josh Boone’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. - THR
- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will star together in an original script written by Jolie. - Deadline
- Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) will star as a woman who can transform people’s bodies in Clive Barker’s latest horror film Jacqueline Ess. - Variety
- Green Acres will be the next 1960s TV show to make the move to the big screen. - Deadline
- Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up to The Great Beauty will star Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Dano. - Variety
- Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will produce a Flintstones animated feature for Warner Bros. Chris Henchy (The Campaign) will write the script. - THR
- Gerard Butler will not play Bodhi in Ericson Core’s remake of Point Break. - Heat Vision
- Leslie Mann and Octavia Spencer will star in the comedy Las Madres, the story of “three unemployed friends who decide their only chance at economic opportunity in today’s climate is to go after a criminal with a reward for his capture.” - Variety
- Britt Robertson (The First Time) has joined Scott Eastwood in George Tillman Jr.’s adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Longest Ride. - Deadline
- Christopher Walken will play father to Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman in The Family Fang, Bateman’s directorial follow-up to Bad Words. - Variety
- Adam Devine (Workaholics) will return as Bumper Allen in Pitch Perfect 2. - Deadline
- Jay Roach is in talks to direct The Trade. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were previously attached to star, but now they will produce the story of the 1970s wife-swapping scandal between two New York Yankees pitchers. - Variety
- Insidious: Chapter 3 will be released on April 3, 2015. Leigh Whannell, who wrote the first two films, will take over directing duties from James Wan.
- Robert Orci is in talks to direct Star Trek 3. - Deadline