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

  • Publish Date: November 1, 2013
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The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past

After directing X-Men and X2: X-Men United, Bryan Singer returns to the director’s chair of the X-Men franchise for a third time with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The time-traveling film brings together some of the original cast (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Daniel Cudmore) as well as the cast from X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till) to fight Peter Dinklage’s Bolivar Trask as he tries to wipe out the mutants. First-timers include Omar Sy as Bishop, Fan Bingbing as Blink, Booboo Stewart as Warpath, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, and Adan Canto as Sunspot. Want to know a little more about the trailer? Bryan Singer breaks down a few of the images over at Empire. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.

A final preview of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) hopes to have the same success as his predecessor, Gary Ross, with this second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy (which will ultimately produce four films). The story picks up with Katniss and Peeta on their Victor’s Tour, but they soon find themselves back in the Capitol preparing for the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell). While the main players return (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson), new faces include Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heveansbee, Sam Clafin as Finnick Odair, and Jena Malone as Johanna Mason. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters and IMAX on November 22nd.

A Christmas treat from Martin Scorsese: The Wolf of Wall Street

Last week, after some concerns over its length (now reportedly 2 hours and 45 minutes), Martin Scorsese’s fifth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio (following Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island) finally received an official release date of December 25th. And, by the looks of its second trailer, The Wolf of Wall Street could be a gift to all movie lovers. DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who led one of the most successful brokerage firms of the 90s before the FBI began snooping around. The impressive supporting cast includes Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin, Jon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner.

The LEGO Movie has constructed another trailer

When a LEGO movie was announced, it was met with as audible groan and knowing sigh for the expected feature length commercial that would follow. But directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street) might have pulled off something a bit more entertaining with this story of a regular LEGO guy named Emmet (Chris Pratt) who is mistaken for being special by LEGO leader Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), who hopes Emmet will save them from President Business (Will Ferrell). Other characters include Lucy, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), and Bad Cop (Liam Neeson). Yes, many toys will be sold, but this second trailer is even more entertaining than the first. Everything is awesome! The LEGO Movie opens February 7, 2014.

A new look at Jason Reitman's Labor Day

Noted as a major change of pace from his last feature, Young Adult, Jason Reitman’s adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel Labor Day earned mixed reviews when it played in Telluride and Toronto. The story takes place over a long weekend in 1987, leading to the titular day as a woman (Kate Winslet) and her 13-year-old son (Gattlin Griffith) are held captive and then quickly won over by an escaped convict (Josh Brolin). Tobey Maguire narrates the film and this first trailer. Labor Day comes to select theaters on December 25th before getting a wider release in January.

Lars von Trier’s latest Nymphomaniac clip is extremely NSFW

The tease takes a turn towards the explicit in this fifth peek at Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. Chapter 5 is titled “The Little Organ School” and the description on the film’s website reads, “A chorale prelude by Bach: Three voices each with its own character, but in complete harmony. In other words: POLYPHONY. The nymphomaniac is easily inspired and acts it out.” Due to the nature of the clip—it features male and female full frontal nudity as well as a series of split screens, a cheetah, and simulated(?) intercourse—YouTube pulled it down within an hour of its appearance, but it has since popped back up elsewhere (see below). There are now three chapters to look forward to: Chapter 6: The Eastern & Western Church (The Silent Duck), Chapter 7: The Mirror, and Chapter 8: The Gun. No, there's still no word of a U.S. release date.

47 Ronin and 1 Keanu

Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, hits theaters today, so it’s appropriate that the second trailer for 47 Ronin also premiered this week. The long-delayed (and reportedly over budget) samurai film from first-time feature filmmaker Carl Rinsch stars Reeves as Kai, a rejected half-breed asked to help a small army of masterless samurai fight a vast army, sorcerers, and mystical beasts. Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Twilight Samurai), and Tadanobu Asano (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) also star. Look for it in 2D and 3D theaters beginning December 25th.

Beyond Outrage goes red-band

Takeshi Kitano’s sequel to Outrage is simply titled Beyond Outrage. But how much further can he push the yakuza crime drama? Well, from the sheer number of methods that people die from in this trailer, it looks like he’s found plenty of ways to push the boundaries of violence. In the film, Kitano returns as Otomo to seek revenge on the families that have risen to power while he’s been in jail. Look for Beyond Outrage on iTunes and On Demand beginning November 28th and in theaters January 3rd.

The Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones is another in the long line of “inspired by true events” horror films. Jared Harris stars as a university professor who recruits his students to take part in an experiment to create a poltergeist. Let’s assume it doesn’t go smoothly. Directed by John Pogue, this supernatural thriller also stars Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Olivia Cooke, and Rory Fleck-Byrne. Look for it in theaters beginning April 11, 2014.

Open Grave

Sharlto Copley (Elysium, District 9) stars in this thriller from director Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18). When he wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of how he got there, Copley’s John flees the scene, breaks into a house, and meets a group of people all suffering from memory loss. As they try to piece together what happened, a more vicious threat begins to hunt them. Open Grave hits VOD on December 24th and select theaters on January 3, 2014.

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

  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson will officially play Quicksilver in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. - The Wrap
  • Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in Steve Conrad’s untitled biopic. - THR
  • Luke Grimes (True Blood) will play Christian Grey’s brother, Elliot, and Victor Rasuk (How To Make It In America) will play Jose opposite Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey. - Variety
  • Jason Reitman’s next film, Men, Women & Children, will star Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer. - The Wrap
  • Christoph Waltz will join Chris Pine as a horrible boss in Horrible Bosses 2. - Deadline
  • Sigourney Weaver has joined Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sharlto Copley in the cast of Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie. - Variety
  • We can all relax. The Entourage movie is happening. - Deadline
  • Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Keanu Reeves in Brian Kirk’s sci-fi drama Passengers. - Variety
  • Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the visual effects supervisor on Snow White and the Huntsman, will direct the Highlander reboot. - Deadline
  • Noomi Rapace will play septuplet sisters in What Happened to Monday, a sci-fi film written by Max Botkin that will be directed by Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters). - Variety
  • Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) will write and direct a live-action version of the Star Blazers which was originally a Japanese anime called Space Battleship Yamato. - Deadline
  • Dennis Lehane will write the English-language remake of A Prophet. - Variety
  • Dustin Hoffman will play a choir master alongside Alfred Molina and Kathy Bates in Boychoir. Francois Girard (The Red Violin) will direct from a script by Ben Ripley (Source Code). - THR
  • Daniel Radcliffe will play runner Sebastian Coe in a biopic about his rivalry with Steve Ovett. James Watkins (The Woman in Black) will direct from a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon). - Variety
  • D.J. Caruso will direct and Kate Beckinsale is in talks to star in the Wentworth Miller-scripted ghost story The Disappointments Room. - Heat Vision
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) will star in A Second Chance for director Susanne Bier and writer Anders Thomas Jensen, who previously collaborated on In A Better World. - Deadline
  • Spike Lee is in talks to direct Spinning Gold, in which Justin Timberlake will star as music agent Neil Bogart, who discovered acts like KISS, Donna Summer and the Village People. - THR
  • David Chase (The Sopranos, Not Fade Away) will direct his second feature film, Little Black Dress, from his own script about the relationship between a disabled female war vet and a NYPD detective. - Deadline
  • Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott have joined Chadwick Boseman (42) in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get On Up. - THR
  • Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct a remake of Stephen King's Pet Sematary. - Variety
  • Channing Tatum will produce and star and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) will write and direct Bad Romance. - THR
  • Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star in the boxing drama Southpaw. Eminem was previously attached to the project that will have Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directing from a script by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). - The Wrap
  • First Olympus Has Fallen, and now it looks like London Has Fallen with stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman all returning. - Screen Daily

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