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

  • Publish Date: November 11, 2011
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Mirror Mirror on the wall...

Since its inception, Rupert Sander’s directorial debut, Snow White and the Huntsman, has been linked with the other Snow White film in production, from Immortals director Tarsem Singh. Now we know that we will be getting two very different films. It was announced this week that Tarsem’s film, which he described to Moviefone as being “a very sweet kiddie movie,” will be titled Mirror Mirror when it is released on March 16, 2012. That film will star Lily Collins as Snow White, Armie Hammer as the prince, and Julia Roberts as the evil queen. Sander's film, however, certainly does not appear to be aimed at children. Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman finds The Evil Queen, played by Charlize Theron, hiring The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to kill Snow White (Kristen Stewart), but he decides to train her instead, leading to an epic battle. Check out the first trailer below, and see it in theaters June 1, 2012.

The second trailer for Soderbergh's Haywire

The next of director Steven Soderbergh's many upcoming projects is the action thriller Haywire, which turns former MMA fighter Gina Carano into a kick-ass action star. The film, which also stars Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano, and Michael Douglas, had a surprise screening at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles last week, where it received a fairly strong reception (including a pair of positive reviews from the trades). This week, a second trailer has surfaced for the film, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Haywire arrives in theaters on January 20, 2012.

A first look at Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

In this Brendan Fraser-less sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 57, Josh Hutcherson returns as Sean Anderson. but instead of going on another adventure with his uncle, he joins up with is mother’s boyfriend, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and sets off on a quest to find his missing grandfather. Luis Guzman and Vanessa Hudgens go along for the ride. Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 30) directs the film, which will be released February 10, 2012 in 2D and 3D.

Safe trailer

Last week it was Safe House, and this week we have Safe. Instead of a story about intelligence operatives starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, writer/director Boaz Yakin (Death in Love 39, Uptown Girls 33, Remember the Titans 48) tells the story of a former cop who rescues a young, gifted Chinese girl and ends up caught between the Triad gangs, the Russian mafia, and corrupt cops. Jason Statham stars in a role he seems to specialize in: the dude who kicks everyone’s ass. See him do it again in theaters beginning March 2, 2012.

A fun look at Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

If you love films then at some point you’ve probably seen a Roger Corman picture. During his career as a writer, director, and producer, he’s been a part of over 400 films and has given a start to the careers of Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, and many more. Alex Stapleton’s documentary, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, looks at the influence of this filmmaking legend. Check it out in limited release beginning December 16.

The Oscars make a change

Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy are out, and Brian Grazer and Billy Crystal are in as producer and host of next year’s Oscars. How did this all go down? Vulture has a good summation of the events surrounding Ratner’s resignation. Lets just say that doing press for the release of Tower Heist 59 was his undoing. It began with talk of “banging” Olivia Munn who “wasn’t Asian back then” on Attack of the Show. He followed that with a post-screening Q&A where he revealed that “rehearsing is for fags.” which immediately hit Twitter, but he didn’t stop there. Why not go on the Howard Stern Show? Nothing controversial is ever said on that show. Oops. Ratner decided to talk about his sexual exploits as well as asking Lindsay Lohan to take an STD test prior to sleeping with him. Needless to say, the Academy was not pleased, and Ratner resigned before he could be fired. They issued a statement. The next day, Eddie Murphy removed himself as host, and in stepped Brian Grazer. The last piece of the puzzle was Crystal who will host the show for the ninth time, second only to Bob Hope. Welcome back, Billy; you already have your opening monologue.

Well, at least Murphy still has A Thousand Words (uh, on second thought...)

It hasn't been Eddie Murphy's best week. First his new film Tower Heist 59 received mixed reviews (which, admittedly, is better than the overwhelmingly negative reviews his films tend to receive) and underperformed at the box office, and then came the Oscar fiasco. But his biggest setback yet might be the arrival of the first trailer for A Thousand Words, his long-delayed comedy. This film stars Murphy as a fast-talking businessman who lies to the wrong client, resulting in a curse which means that he can speak only a thousand words before he dies. (See, that Oscar-hosting gig probably would have killed him anyway.) The film has been sitting on the shelf since 2008, and after seeing the trailer, you might understand why. The supporting cast includes Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis, Clarke Duke, and Jack McBrayer, while Brian Robbins (Norbit 27, Meet Dave 43) directs from a script by Steve Koren (Bruce Almighty 46, Click 45). A Thousand Words is currently slated for a March 23, 2012 release.

A new red-band trailer for Goon

Sean William Scott stars as a bouncer turned semi-pro hockey player in Goon. The film is based on the story of Doug Smith, which was captured in the book he co-wrote with Adam Frattasio, Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey. Jay Baruchel (who also stars) and Evan Goldberg (Superbad 76) wrote the script, and Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight 42 and It’s All Gone Pete Tong 56) directs a cast that also includes Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, and Eugene Levy. Goon hits theaters March 30, 2012.

A cast of Seven Psychopaths

Martin McDonagh was known as a successful playwright before the release of his first film as writer/director, 2008’s In Bruges 67. That film won numerous awards including a BAFTA for best screenplay, a Golden Globe for star Colin Farrell, and an Oscar nomination for original screenplay (losing to Dustin Lance Black’s Milk script). McDonagh also recently helped produce his brother’s feature directorial debut, The Guard 78. This week, McDonagh began production on his new film, Seven Psychopaths, but not without a little drama. Deadline reports that Woody Harrelson replaced Mickey Rourke this week after Rourke expressed his dislike of the writer/director to Moviefone, stating, “The director was a jerkoff. He wanted a whole lot for nothing... He can go play with himself.” Harrelson joins a cast led by Colin Farrell as a struggling screenwriter who gets involved with L.A.’s criminal underworld after his best friend, played by Sam Rockwell, steals the beloved Shih Tzu of a psychopathic gangster (the role the dog-loving Rourke seems made for that is now Harrelson’s). Also in the cast are Christopher Walken, Olga Kurylenko, and Tom Waits.

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

  • Ridley Scott hinted that his new Blade Runner film is “liable to be a sequel” but don’t expect the return of Harrison Ford as Deckard. - WSJ
  • J.J. Abrams wants Benicio Del Toro to play the villain in his upcoming Star Trek sequel. - Variety
  • Michael Fassbender is wanted for the lead role in Londongrad, the story of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent who was poisoned with polonium-210 in 2006. - Deadline
  • Check out photos of Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara on the set of Lawless, one of two new Terence Malick films announced last week.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn are wanted for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant based on the Michael Punke novel about an 1820’s fur trapper left for dead by his companions after being attacked by a bear. Needless to say, he doesn’t die, and instead seeks revenge. - Deadline
  • has pictures of Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman on the set of Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.
  • Deadline reports that it’s down to four actors to play John McClane’s son in A Good Day to Die Hard: Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), James Badge Dale (Rubicon), and D.J. Cotrona (Detroit 1-8-7).
  • Ezra Miller (Afterschool) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) are in the running to play Tetsuo opposite Garret Hedlund’s Kaneda in the live action remake of Akira. - THR
  • Mike Newell will step in for Sam Mendes and direct the adaptation of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach. - Screen Daily
  • The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher will get an Oscar qualifying run beginning December 30 in New York and LA before expanding on January 13, 2012.
  • Jessica Chastain will play Princess Diana in a biopic focusing on a secret post-divorce affair she had with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani surgeon. Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall 82) will direct. - Thompson on Hollywood
  • Camilla Belle and Diego Boneta will play Adam and Eve, and Rufus Sewell will play the angel Samael who encourages Lucifer’s rebellion in Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost. - Variety
  • A few more actors were added to the cast of Django Unchained this week. Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo, and Todd Allen might not have familiar names, but they have faces you’ll recognize. “Remar and Russo will play slave trading brothers Ace and Dicky Speck... Allen will play plantation overseer Dollar Bill, while Wopat has been cast as Marshall Gill Tatum.”  - Variety
  • Max Irons and Jake Abel will star opposite Saoirse Ronan in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host. - EW
  • George Tillman Jr., who directed Notorious, the biopic about rapper Christopher Wallace (aka Notorious B.I.G.), will now direct a biopic of another musician: Miles Davis. - Risky Business

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