The first trailer for The Avengers
Joss Whedon directs this first assemblage of Marvel superheroes, which is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films of 2012. So what do you get when you put Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk into a film together? Some infighting, plenty of explosions, and clever quips from Robert Downey Jr. The superheroes have come together at the request of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury to combat Tom Hiddleston’s Loki as he tries to take over Earth. Along with Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) all reprise their roles from previous films. The new kid on the block is Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (aka the Hulk), who takes over a role previously filled by Eric Bana and Edward Norton, while Cobie Smulders also makes her debut as Maria Hill. The Avengers hits theaters May 4, 2012.
The first look at Polanski's Carnage
In this adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz pay a visit to Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly after their sons get into a fight after school. To say it doesn’t go smoothly might be an understatement. Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer 77) directs and co-wrote the adaptation with Reza. Early reviews for Carnage have been strong, so check it out when it comes to theaters December 16.
A new McG movie? This Means War
McG returns to feature filmmaking after spending much of his time exec producing TV shows. His last film, Terminator Salvation 52, is remembered more for Christian Bale’s on-set outburst than anything else, and his new film, This Means War, has been flying a bit under the radar as well. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy star as best-bud super-spies who discover that they are dating the same woman, Reese Witherspoon. A juvenile battle ensues, and Chelsea Handler provides her uniquely aggressive comedy stylings. The film will try to capture some Valentine’s Day goodwill when it comes to theaters February 17, 2012.
American Reunion red-band teaser
It has been eight years since we last saw the original American Pie 58 gang. Jason Biggs’ Jim and Alyson Hannigan’s band-camp-loving Michelle got married, and what followed were American Pie-branded straight-to-video releases. Fast forward a few years, and now Stifler (Sean William Scott), Oz (Chris Klein), Heather (Menu Suvari), Vicky (Tara Reid), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) are getting back together 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.
A Good Day to Die Hard again
The Jim Rome show is where people go to get their sports talk fill and not where a CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment announces a new Die Hard film, but that changed this week when Tom Rothman called into the show. /Film has a summation of what was revealed. Die Hard 5 will be titled A Good Day to Die Hard. It will take place in Russia and involves John McClane heading to Moscow after his son is arrested. Things start exploding after that. Shooting begins in January, and the film comes to theaters February 14, 2013. John Moore (Max Payne 31) will direct from a script by Skip Woods (Hitman 35). Variety also announced this week that testing will begin soon to cast McClane’s son. Names being thrown around right now are Aaron Paul, Ben Foster, Paul Dano, and Milo Ventimiglia.
A first look at Glen Close in Albert Nobbs
Glenn Close plays a woman playing a man in this 19th-century set drama. She earned raves for the same role when she played it on the stage, but when the film premiered at the fall film festivals, reviews were mixed. Rodrigo García (Mother and Child 64) directs from a script by Close and novelist John Banville, the Man Booker Prize winner in 2005 for The Sea. In addition to Close, the strong cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Janet McTeer. The film will get a limited release for Oscar qualification in December and then re-appear in theaters beginning January 27, 2012.
The first trailer for The Raven
John Cusack stars as Edgar Allan Poe in this re-imagining of Poe’s life in which his writings inspire a serial killer. Luke Evans plays a detective helping Poe catch the killer, and Alice Eve plays Poe’s wife. James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin 34) directs. So go brush up on The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Tell-Tale Heart before seeing The Raven when it comes to theaters March 9, 2012.
Another great trailer for The Muppets
It’s been an amazing run of trailers for The Muppets; now the movie just has to live up to them, and from this latest look, there’s a good chance it will. The film stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter, the newest Muppet, along with all your old favorites. There are cameos galore and director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) has a good history in combining music and comedy. Check it out November 23.
The U.S. trailer for Sleeping Beauty
Prior to premiering at Cannes, a trailer for Julia Leigh’s debut film appeared online and sparked interest, but most critics didn’t think the film live up to the trailer’s promise. A slightly re-configured trailer has now been released through IFC in anticipation of the film’s limited U.S. release on December 2. Sleeping Beauty stars Emily Browning as a university student who takes a very specialized job at a high end brothel.
Nine strangers survive a nuclear blast in the basement of their apartment building, but in The Divide, that’s just the beginning of their problems. Director Xavier Gens (Frontier(s) 44) directs an ensemble cast that includes Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Rosanna Arquette, Lauren German, and Michael Eklund. This post-apocalyptic thriller hits theaters January 13, 2012.
Martin Scorsese’s Hugo gets an audience
Martin Scorsese premiered an unfinished version of Hugo, his first foray into 3D filmmaking, at the New York Film Festival this week, and reviews were very good, even for an incomplete film. It’s a family film that possesses what some observers proclaimed to be the best use of live-action 3D ever. The Wrap has a summation of the post-screening Twitter reaction, and The Playlist and /Film weigh in on the film’s love of the history of cinema. Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir calls the film “absolutely magical” and claims “Scorsese does not use 3-D as a stunt or a value-added effect, but as a storytelling tool, a method of infusing his tale with humor, humanity and often breathtaking depth.” Based on Brian Selznick children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Hugo tells the story of an orphaned boy living in a Paris train station in the 1930s. A featurette was released this week. Check it out below before the film comes to theaters November 23.
The first trailer for Act of Valor
Starring actual Navy SEALs and based on actual missions, Act of Valor tells the story of a Navy SEAL squad on a mission to recover a CIA agent and foil a major terrorist attack. Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh direct from a script by Kurt Johnstad (300 51). The film hits theaters February 17, 2012.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim will now be released on May 10, 2013.
- Woody Allen changed the title of his next film from Bop Decameron to Nero Fiddled. Better? Woody thinks so, stating, “I couldn’t believe how few people had heard of The Decameron even in Rome, and the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio’s tales which it’s not.” - Anne Thompson
- Thor 2 has a new release date and a director. Patty Jenkins (Monster) will direct, and the film will arrive in theaters on November 15, 2013. Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston will all reprise their roles. - Deadline
- Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, will no longer be a theatrical release but a film on HBO. Michael Douglas will still star as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover, Scott Thorson. - Variety
- Oscar Isaac (Drive) will star in the Coen brothers' upcoming 1960s folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. - Deadline
- Check out Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis on the set of The Expendables 2.
- Sandra Bullock might play Clint Eastwood’s daughter in Trouble with the Curve. - Twitch
- Having already collaborated with him on Hunger and Shame, Michael Fassbender has joined director Steve McQueen’s next film, 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was enslaved in 1841. - Variety
- Another new promo website, ComesForthInTheThaw has been revealed for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. - Mouth Taped Shut
- My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, will now be released November 23.
- Don Johnson will play Spencer “Big Daddy” Bennett, who sells the titular character and his wife into slavery, in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. - Deadline
- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will come to theaters March 27, 2013.
- Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep has now added Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson and Sam Elliott to a cast that already includes Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Richard Jenkins, Brit Marling, Chris Cooper, Stanley Tucci, and Stephen Root. Who looks like they don’t belong? Just kidding, Shia. - Variety
- Aaron Eckhart will star as Adam Frankenstein in an adaptation of Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel I Frankenstein to be written and directed by Stuart Beattie. In the film, Adam, Frankenstein’s monster, has survived to find himself “in a centuries-old war between two immortal clans.” Release is set for February 22, 2013. - THR
- Jim Carrey is in talks to join Steve Carell in the Las Vegas magician comedy Burt Wonderstone. - Deadline
- Gerard Butler (Machine Gun Preacher) is in talks to star in Antoine Fuqua’s Hunter Killer as submarine Capt. Joe Glass, who forms an alliance with a Navy SEAL team to rescue the Russian president. Sam Worthington is wanted as the head of the SEAL team. - Variety
- Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) will direct the adaptation of Claire Messud’s bestselling novel, The Emperor’s Children. Rachel McAdams and Emma Thompson are also rumored to be attached. - Twitch
- Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) will play Jerahmeel, “an angel who falls in with Lucifer and ultimately becomes the Dark One's right-hand man as the renamed Moloch,” in Alex Proyas’ adaptation of Paradise Lost, which also stars Bradley Cooper, Casey Affleck and Djimon Hounsou. - Heat Vision
- Universal has scrapped that idea to release Tower Heist via premium VOD, so if you live in Portland or Atlanta, you’ll actually have to go to a theater to see the film. - The Wrap
- Primer director Shane Carruth is prepping Upstream Color. Details are limited, but the film is not related to A Topiary, an earlier rumored project. - CHUD
- Johnny Depp will get a chance to play Tonto after all. The Lone Ranger is back on and will begin production February 6, 2012 with Depp starring alongside Armie Hammer, and Gore Verbinski in the director’s chair. Check out an interview with Depp about the film, which will hit theaters May 31, 2013, at MTV.
- With his latest film 360 opening the BFI London Film Festival, director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) is already planning his next project, an adaptation of Peter Evans’ book Nemesis about Aristotle Onasis, his marriage to Jackie Kennedy and his rivalry with Bobby Kennedy. - The Playlist
- Rade Serbedzija (X-Men: First Class) will play the villain opposite Liam Neeson in Taken 2 which will hit theaters October 5, 2012. - Heat Vision
- Jack Nicholson could play Branch Rickey in Brian Helgeland’s Jackie Robinson biopic 42. - Vulture
- Did Drive inspire you to throw a hot dog? - Deadspin