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

  • Publish Date: November 4, 2011
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21 Jump Street red-band trailer

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in this re-imagining of the late '80s TV cop show 21 Jump Street that starred Johnny Depp (later replaced by Richard Grieco), Peter DeLuise, Holly Robinson Peete, Dustin Nguyen, and Steven Williams as Captain Fuller. Ice Cube is now the captain to a group of young looking cops sent in undercover to infiltrate a high school drug ring. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 66) direct from a script Jonah Hill wrote with Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 69). 21 Jump Street comes to the big screen March 16, 2012.

Next Bond movie has slightly less awful title than Quantum of Solace

In a press conference on Thursday, EON Productions, MGM and Sony Pictures announced the start of production on the 23rd James Bond film, which from here on out will be called Skyfall. has the full press release and photos, but we’ll quickly sum up what was confirmed. Sam Mendes will direct. Daniel Craig will star as Bond. Judi Dench will reprise her role as M, and Javier Bardem will play the main villain. New names announced for the first time include Ralph Fiennes, Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Albert Finney. French newcomer Bérénice Marlohe will play what might be assumed to be the “Bond girl” Severin, and Naomie Harris will play a field agent named Eve. Director Sam Mendes did reveal that Skyfall is a standalone story with no relation to the last two Bond films. On the official twitter account (@007), the first synopsis reads, “Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.” Skyfall is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012 in the U.K. and November 9, 2012 in the U.S.

Get a peek at the first U.S. trailer for festival hit Shame

Sure, Michael Fassbender was the bad-ass Stelios in the ab-tastic 300, but Hollywood really started to take notice after he portrayed Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s Hunger 82 in 2008. That film has triggered a partnership between director and actor that most recently brought Fassbender a best actor award at the Venice Film Festival for their latest collaboration, Shame. In the new film, Fassbender plays Brandon, a sex addict whose life is disrupted when his sister Sissy, played by Carey Mulligan, asks to stay at his apartment. The film will arrive in theaters with an NC-17 rating on December 2. Fassbender and McQueen already have another collaboration planned: the true story Twelve Years a Slave.

The official U.S. trailer for Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s award-winning novel We Need To Talk About Kevin stars Tilda Swinton as a mother struggling to come to terms with the horrible actions of her son, played by Afterschool’s Ezra Miller. John C. Reilly plays the father, and Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood provides the score. We Need to Talk About Kevin is Ramsay’s first film since 2002’s Morvern Callar 78, and her style combined with the difficult subject matter almost guarantees this will be a challenging film. See it in Los Angeles and New York beginning December 9.

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston have Wanderlust

David Wain (Role Models 60, Wet Hot American Summer 42) directs this comedy starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as couple who decide to leave New York City after Rudd gets fired from his job. They try to stay with Rudd’s brother (played by Ken Marino, who co-wrote the film with Wain), but eventually end up at a commune called Elysium, where Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman and Alan Alda provide a mellow hippie vibe to relax the once stressed-out couple. Rudd and Aniston previously starred together in 1998’s The Object of My Affection 51 and Rudd was the object of Phoebe’s affection at the end of Friends. Wain and Marino have a long history of working together, including The State and Childrens' Hospital. If you’re a fan of either pair’s previous work, check out Wanderlust in theaters beginning February 4, 2012.

Two new Malick films announced

It’s a bevy of riches for Terence Malick fans this week (heck, this year). With the release of The Tree of Life 85 and the confirmation that he had already shot another film with the working titled The Burial, fans could feel sated for years, but this week two more films were announced: Lawless and Knight of Cups. Before we get into the new films, 24 Frames has plot details for The Burial, which Malick was seen shooting in Oklahoma this year with Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko and Rachel Weisz. The film “concerns a philanderer (Affleck) who, feeling at loose ends, travels to Paris, where he enters a hot-and-heavy affair with a European woman (Olga Kurylenko). Said Lothario returns home to Oklahoma, where he marries the European woman (in part for visa reasons). When the relationship founders, he rekindles a romance with a hometown girl (Rachel McAdams) with whom he's had a long history.” Javier Bardem plays a priest whom Affleck consults. Something to go on, but honestly, when was the last time plot was of primary concern in a Malick film?

For the two new films, IndieWire has the full press release, but here's a quick summary. Both films star Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett and will shoot back to back in 2012. Lawless will also star Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Haley Bennett. Malick was seen capturing footage at Austin City Limits back in September with Bale and Bennett, but it’s quite possible this was prep work. Could it end up in the film? Sure, but with Malick, all bets are off. The second film, Knight of Cups, will star Bale, Blanchett, and Isabel Lucas. The title could refer to the tarot card, which has several different meanings. So, as usual, a few morsels of information leave us with numerous questions, but that’s part of the fun of tracking the enigmatic director’s career.

A teaser for Project X

Todd Philips has depicted out-of-control parties in Old School 54, The Hangover 73, and most recently The Hangover Part II 44. Now he’s producing a film about a high school party that three friends (Thomas Mann, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver Cooper) throw to make themselves more popular. All is well until word spreads and cars start ending up in pools. First-time director Nima Nourizadeh brings the mayhem to the screen. Join the party in theaters March 2, 2012.

The first trailer for Safe House

Set to "No Church in the Wild" from Watch the Throne, the trailer for Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s first Hollywood film brings the action with an almost Tony Scott-like feel. Adding to that feeling is the presence of Scott favorite Denzel Washington, who stars as a former U.S. intelligence operative turned prisoner whom Ryan Reynolds must protect after their safe house is compromised. The impressive cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick, and Rubén Blades, and Joel Kinnaman (who starred in Espinosa’s breakout hit Snabba Cash). Safe House hits theaters February 10, 2012.

The many projects of Steve Carell

In a week of Steve Carell news, first comes a casting update on Burt Wonderstone, the magician comedy he stars in with Jim Carrey. Variety reported that James Gandolfini will join the film as “Doug Munny, a classy billionaire who owns the Aztec Casino” where Carell performs. THR followed up that report with news that Olivia Wilde and Steve Buscemi where also in talks to join the cast. “Wilde will play Carell’s love interest, who at first is his assistant but later works for Carrey. Buscemi will play Carell’s longtime friend and partner who quits the act.” 24 Frames chimed in with news of another new Carell project that director John Carney (Once 88) will helm. Dogs of Babel "concerns a professor (Carell) who tries to coax his dog to speak out about the death of the professor's wife, to which the canine was the only witness.” The final piece of news come from a Deadline announcement that Carell will produce and star in Conviction as “a mastermind bank robber who serves five years in prison following a botched heist and is forced by an FBI agent to entrap his protege as the upstart pulls off a multimillion-dollar job.” This project is probably last in Carell’s schedule considering the early stages it is in and the other work he has lined up, including Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher.

A look at Underworld: Awakening

This fourth film in the vampire vs. Lycans series (Underworld 42, Underworld: Evolution 36, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 44) brings back original star Kate Beckinsale as Selene after she sat out the last film. Swedish directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein direct this installment about a newly escaped Selene discovering a world where humans hunt both vampires and Lycans and the possibility that she might have a daughter that is the key to saving the world ... but really this is about Beckinsale, a skin-tight outfit and lots of action. The cast includes Charles Dance, Michael Ealy, Stephen Rea, Sandrine Holt, and India Eisley. Underworld: Awakening hits theaters January 20, 2012.

Everyone’s back for American Reunion

The original American Pie 58 gang was last seen on screen together at Jason Biggs’ Jim and Alyson Hannigan’s band-camp-loving Michelle’s American Wedding 43. What followed were American Pie-branded straight-to-video releases. Well, now Stifler (Sean William Scott), Oz (Chris Klein), Heather (Menu Suvari), Vicky (Tara Reid), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) are all getting together on the big screen for their high school reunion. Also making an appearance will be Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge), Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy), and Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth). Original writer Adam Herz is joined this time by Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz, the guys behind the Harold and Kumar films. American Reunion will be in theaters April 6, 2012.

The Coen brothers add a Goodman, and maybe a Timberlake

The Coen brothers added one of their favorite actors to their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis, but it was the possible addition of Justin Timberlake that got people buzzing this week. Showbiz411 confirmed John Goodman would make his first film with the Coen brothers in ten years after having roles in Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother Where Art Thou?. No information was available on what role Goodman would play. And, according to Variety, “The Coens have offered Timberlake the role of Jim, a folk musician married to Jean, who will be played by Carey Mulligan.”

A first look at ParaNorman

Laika, the animation house that brought Coraline 80 to life under the direction of Henry Selick, has a new feature coming in 2012 called ParaNorman. The film follows Norman, voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, as he uses his ability to talk to all kinds of dead creatures and tries to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Chris Butler wrote the original script and co-directs with Sam Fell (Flushed Away 74, The Tale of Despereaux 53). Check out the teaser set to Donovan’s Season of the Witch before seeing the film August 17, 2012.

The Innkeepers

Writer/director Ti West’s follow-up to The House of the Devil 73 stars Sara Paxton and Pat Healy as the last employees of the supposedly haunted The Yankee Pedlar Inn. Before the inn closes, they’re determined to find out if the ghost stories are true. Kelly McGillis is there to help and advise them not to go down into the basement. Sounds like good advice. The Innkeepers debuts on VOD December 30 before hitting theaters February 3, 2012.

Linda Lovelace x2

It’s a good thing Amanda Seyfried is comfortable with nudity because Variety announced this week that she and Peter Sarsgaard have been cast in a Linda Lovelace biopic to be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl 63). Lovelace was the infamous star of the groundbreaking porn film Deep Throat. She claims to have been coerced into the porn biz by her husband Chuck Traynor, whom she eventually divorced. The film is currently titled Lovelace and draws from Eric Danville's book The Complete Linda Lovelace. Seyfried and Sarsgaard will go up against Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon, who have been cast as Lovelace and Traynor in a competing project, Inferno, based on Lovelace's autobiography Ordeal. Paz del la Huerta will also be naked in the film and Matthew Wilder will direct. So which project looks more promising?

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

  • Bill Murray has joined Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, Patricia Arquette, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. - Variety (And check out Murray as FDR in Hyde Park on the Hudson.)
  • Joel Edgerton may have to choose between lead roles in 300: Battle of Artemisia and Steve Soderbergh’s Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Vulture
  • Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) will play Lancelot in David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot. No word yet on who will play Arthur, but names being thrown out there include Kit Harrington, Sam Claflin, Dominic Cooper, Hans Matheson, Jim Sturgess, Ben Walker, and Liam Hemsworth. - THR
  • Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom will work together for the first time since Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown when they join Clive Owen and Anil Kapoor in Cities for director Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, Thirteen Days, No Way Out). - The Wrap
  • Rampart, the latest film from Oren Moverman (The Messenger) will get an Oscar qualifying run beginning November 23. The film, co-written by Moverman and novelist James Ellroy, stars Woody Harrelson as a renegade LAPD officer in a performance praised at TIFF.
  • Mark Steven Johnson (Ghost Rider) will direct Robert De Niro and John Travolta in Killing Season, a story of revenge written by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman). - THR
  • Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) will write a big screen adaptation of Phineas and Ferb. - 24 Frames
  • Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, and Misty Upham (Frozen River) are the latest to join Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. - Deadline & Variety
  • Andrew Niccol has already cast Saoirse Ronan as the lead in his adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host, and now Variety has a list of potential actors (Liam Hemsworth, Jai Courtney, Max Irons, etc) for the two male leads.
  • Eddie Redmayne will play Marius opposite Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway in Tom Hopper’s musical adaptation of Les Miserables. - Deadline
  • Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the first film adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will re-team with Noomi Rapace for Dead Man Down, a crime film that will also star Colin Farrell as a mob hitman. - THR
  • Emma Stone is in negotiations to star in the comedy He’s Fuckin’ Perfect. - Deadline
  • Odd pairing of the week: Taylor Lautner and Gus Van Sant - THR
  • Charles Huddleston will direct a modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House with Ben Kingsley, Julian Sands, Jena Malone and Michele Martin in the lead roles. - Variety
  • Nicole Kidman will play animal rights activist Dame Daphne Sheldrick for director Philip Noyce in My Wild Life. - THR
  • If you’re a fan of director Hal Hartley, check out his Kickstarter page and donate. He needs help finishing his latest film, Meanwhile.
  • Andy Serkis has signed on to continue his motion capture work for two sequels to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. - Deadline
  • Steve Buscemi is attached to direct an adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ novel Queer. The script was written by Oren Moverman and the cast already includes Guy Pierce, Ben Foster, and Kelly Macdonald. - Vulture
  • Wrath of the Titans won’t come out until March 30, 2012, but Warner Bros. has already hired writers for Clash of the Titans 3. - Heat Vision
  • Will Jennifer Lopez play Carmen Sandiego? - Deadline

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