Film Friday will be taking a few weeks off. Look for its return on Friday, July 18.
Opening this weekend
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Brad Pitt is back to killing Nazis in Fury, the story of a WWII tank crew on one last mission in the final days of the war. Joining Pitt’s Wardaddy in the tank are vets Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal as well as an inexperienced soldier played by Logan Lerman. David Ayer (Sabotage, End of Watch) writes and directs the film, which will reportedly undergo reshoots in July before its November 14th release.
Coming to theaters October 17th is Dracula Untold, the latest re-imagining of the Dracula story. Luke Evans plays Vlad Tepes, a prince who turns to dark powers to protect his family and his people. Gary Shore’s directorial debut also stars Sarah Gadon as Vlad’s wife, Dominic Cooper as the main villain, and Game of Thrones alums Art Parkinson as Vlad’s son and Charles Dance as the shadowy figure who aids Vlad’s transformation to Dracula.
Next up, on the five-day forecast: fire tornadoes!
Special effects have come a long way since Twister, and it looks like this summer's Into the Storm will use every bit of modern computing power to generate wind, rain, and tornadoes (even the flaming variety). Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) directs from a script by John Swetnam (Step Up: All In) that follows a team of storm chasers and the citizens of Silverton as they run, drive and hide for their lives. The cast includes Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Alycia Debnam-Carey, Matt Walsh (Veep), and Jeremy Sumpter. Look for Into the Storm to touch down in theaters beginning August 8th.
Life After Beth
Aubrey Plaza is Beth, and Dane Dehaan is Zach in this zombie rom-com (or zom-com) that earned good to mixed reviews when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. When his girlfriend Beth dies and is “resurrected” (as her parents John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon phrase it), Zach initially sees it as a second chance, but maybe he’s ignoring the difficulties of loving someone who wants to eat human flesh. Anna Kendrick, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser and Alia Shawkat also star in writer-director Jeff Baena’s debut feature. Life After Beth opens in select theaters on August 15th.
The eclectic group of Bruce Willis, Jason Patric, John Cusack, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and K-pop star Rain make up the cast of The Prince, another variation on Taken. Willis plays crime boss Omar Kaiser, a man with a grudge against Patric’s retired assassin, so he kidnaps his daughter (Gia Mantegna) to lure his nemesis back to New Orleans. Director Brian A. Miller (The Outsider, Officer Down) and writers Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn) and Andre Fabrizio also teamed-up on the upcoming Vice. Look for their first project together On Demand and in theaters beginning August 22nd.
A second look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
With Michael Bay’s latest destruction opus hitting screens today, it’s no surprise that his next producing venture has a new trailer. Directed by Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans helmer Jonathan Liebesman, this reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise follows the revamped Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello as they try to stop William Fichtner, Shredder and the evil Foot Clan with the help of reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits 2D and 3D theaters on August 8th.
Love is Strange
After the success of 2012’s Keep the Lights On, writer-director Ira Sachs returned to this year’s Sundance Film Festival with another film co-written by Mauricio Zacharias focusing on a gay relationship. Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) have been together 39 years, but when word of their recent marriage reaches the Catholic school where George teaches music, he loses his job. No longer able to afford their apartment, they are forced to live apart. With a supporting cast that includes Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, and Christian Coulson, Love Is Strange has earned excellent early reviews. Look for it in select theaters beginning August 22nd.
The Last of Robin Hood
Kevin Kline stars as Errol Flynn in this look at the legendary actor’s relationship with aspiring actress Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning) and her fame-obsessed mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon). Written and directed by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, who worked together on 2006’s Quinceañera, The Last of Robin Hood comes to theaters on August 29th.
One last preview of The Purge: Anarchy
Writer-director James DeMonaco returns for this sequel to 2013’s The Purge, but this time the action moves to the streets to follow a man looking for revenge (Frank Grillo) and a young couple (Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez) whose car breaks down on the one night when you really don’t want that to happen. Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, and Keith Stanfield also star in The Purge: Anarchy, arriving in theaters on July 18th.
An unwelcome guest
Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens stars in The Guest , the follow-up to You’re Next from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett. The film follows David Collins (Stevens), an ex-soldier who introduces himself to the family of his deceased Army buddy, Caleb Peterson. The Petersons (parents Leland Orser and Sheila Kelley and kids Maika Monroe and Brendan Meyer) soon learn that David is not exactly who he claims to be. With good reviews from its premiere at Sundance 2014, The Guest is expected in theaters sometime this fall.
This debut feature from sibling directors Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film looks at the lives of three boys living in the titular Missouri town. With excellent early reviews, Rich Hill makes it into select theaters on August 1st before landing on iTunes and VOD August 5th,
President Snow speaks in the first teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, coming to theaters November 21st.
Child of God is James Franco’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel about a man’s descent into depravity. Look for it in select theaters August 1st.
In brief ...
- Pacific Rim 2 will hit theaters on April 7, 2017 with much of the cast returning. - Buzzfeed
- Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, and Tilda Swinton have joined George Clooney and Josh Brolin in Hail Cesar!, the next film from Joel and Ethan Coen. - THR & Variety
- Aaron Sorkin, who adapted Moneyball, is in talks to adapt Michael Lewis's latest best-seller, Flash Boys, a look at high-frequency trading. - THR
- Wong Kar-wai's next film will be an adaptation of a story from Zhang Jaijai’s I Belonged to You that focuses on “an affair between a girl and a married artist in Changchun.” - Filmbiz Asia
- Will Poulter (We’re the Millers) has joined Leonardo DiCaprio in director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s adaptation of Michael Punke’s novel The Revenant. - Variety
- John Turturro would like to spin-off his The Big Lebowski character, pederast Jesus Quintana, into a feature film. Dios mio, man. - THR & The Playlist
- Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) will direct a feature about the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew. A year ago, 19 members died in a wildfire in Prescott, AZ. Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) will write the script. - Deadline
- Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss have joined Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons and James Purefoy in Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise. - Variety
- Shane Black (Iron Man 3), who had a small part in the original Predator, has plans for a sequel. Black will write a treatment, oversee the script by Fred Dekker, and is attached to direct. - Heat Vision & Collider
- Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) will direct and Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) will write the script for MGM’s WarGames remake. - Deadline
- Joe Carnahan will write and direct Five Against a Bullet, the story of five bodyguards who must protect a Mexican politician from a drug cartel. - The Wrap
- Paul and Chris Weitz will write the English-language remake of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son. - Variety
- Casey Affleck would like Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) to play Josh Hamilton in his planned biopic on the baseball slugger. - Deadline
- Insidious: Chapter 3 writer-director Leigh Whannell announced that Dermot Mulroney will play one of the leads.
- Jason Sudeikis is in talks to play a hitman alongside Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig in the untitled Jared Hess-directed heist comedy formerly known as Loomis Fargo. - Deadline
- John Green revealed that Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) will write and direct the adaptation of his novel Looking for Alaska.
- Benjamin Bratt has joined Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in Ride Along 2. - Variety
- Scoot McNairy has joined the cast of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. - Deadline
- Frank Darabont is in talks to direct the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The focus this time will be on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman character. - The Wrap
- Doug Liman is in talks to remake John Huston’s World War II soccer movie Victory from a script by Gavin O’Connor. - THR