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New trailers and updates for upcoming films
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Peter Jackson will wrap up his second Tolkien-inspired trilogy when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters on December 17th. The culmination of The Hobbit (after it passed through Guillermo del Toro’s hands, was expanded from two parts to three, and was re-titled from the original There and Back Again) picks up where The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ended, with Smaug on the loose. But for Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the other citizens of Middle Earth, their troubles are just beginning. The finale will no doubt push the limits of computer graphics and your bladder. It will be epic.
Trailer #3 for Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar
The latest trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar provides our first look at Matthew McConaughey’s partners in space exploration—Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley and David Gyasi—as well as our first glimpse at another planet. But the emphasis is still on McConaughey’s relationship with his children, especially Murph, played by Mackenzie Foy and then Jessica Chastain. Michael Caine co-stars as the professor with a plan to save the parched, dying Earth, and other supporting roles are filled by David Oyelowo, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, and Topher Grace. Check out the updates to the official site for more, and look for Interstellar in theaters and IMAX beginning November 7th.
Katniss is hungry for a fight
The third film in The Hunger Games series (and first of a two-part finale) finds Katniss reluctantly taking on the role of leader of the rebellion. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee believes in her; Julianne Moore’s President Alma Coin, not so much. This latest look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is still more teaser than trailer, but it does provide a glimpse of one other new character: Cressida, played by Natalie Dormer (whom Game of Thrones fans will recognize as Margaery Tyrell). Director Francis Lawrence returns along with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin. Mockingjay - Part 1 opens November 21st, with a soundtrack "curated" by Lorde.
The Comic-Con trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road
Before George Miller directed Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet, and Happy Feet Two, he was best known for cult classics Mad Max, The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. After a lengthy delay, a fourth Mad Max film is finally on the horizon. Tom Hardy takes over the role of Max Rockatansky from Mel Gibson, joined by Charlize Theron as Furiosa and a supporting cast that includes Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones. Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.
I don’t want to die in Canada!
Kevin Smith reunites with his Red State star Michael Parks for Tusk, a horror film set in Canada. The first of what Smith is calling The True North Trilogy (which will include Yoga Hosers and Moose Jaws, yes, Jaws with a moose) stars Justin Long as a podcaster enslaved and experimented on by an old sailor played by Parks. Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment play his girlfriend and friend who come looking for him. Tusk hits theaters on September 19th.
Disney goes Into the Woods
It might not be clear from this song-free teaser, but Into the Woods is a musical. with writer James Lapine combining several Grimm fairy tales along with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Rob Marshall’s adaptation (his third movie musical following the Academy Award-winning Chicago and the disappointing Nine) features a star-studded cast—Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and James Corden—in stories about Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), and Cinderella (Kendrick). Streep’s character, a witch, ties all the stories together. The film opens Christmas Day.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
The third installment in the Night at the Museum series, following 2006’s Night at the Museum and 2009‘s Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, sends Ben Stiller’s Larry Daley to London on a quest to revitalize the magic of the life-giving tablet. Joining him on his journey are Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt, Rami Malek as Ahkmenrah, Owen Wilson as Jedediah, Steve Coogan as Octavius, Mizuo Peck as Sacajawea, and Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot. Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, and Ben Kingsley also have supporting roles as director Shawn Levy takes the helm for the third time. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb comes to theaters on December 25th.
The Longest Week
Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup fight over Olivia Wilde in The Longest Week, the feature debut of writer-director Peter Glanz. Bateman plays Conrad Valmont, heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune, who finds his allowance cut off, so he moves in with his best friend, Dylan (Crudup), and soon thereafter falls for Dylan’s girlfriend, Beatrice (Wilde). To distract Conrad from Beatrice, Dylan sets him up with Jenny Slate’s Jocelyn. Find it on VOD or in select theaters beginning September 5th.
A second look at The Maze Runner
Wes Ball makes his feature directing debut with this adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling novel, The Maze Runner (the first of a trilogy). The story follows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) as he wakes up trapped in The Glade, which is surrounded by a gigantic maze. Things change when Kaya Scodelario’s Teresa arrives with a message that claims she’s the last one. Together, they try to figure out a way to escape, piecing together clues from their scattered memories and what they find in the maze. This latest YA adaptation comes to the big screen on September 19th.
Brad Anderson’s follow-up to The Call is Stonehearst Asylum, starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley. The story follows a recent medical school grad (Sturgess) who takes a position at a mental institution and soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues (Beckinsale), though he soon discovers there has been a recent staffing change. Look for it on VOD and in select theaters on October 24th.
We’ve already seen a teaser, and now here’s the first official trailer for Horns, Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel starring Daniel Radcliffe. Find it on VOD and in select theaters on October 31st.
The new international trailer for Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, and Edward Norton, is a longer, stranger (and slightly NSFW) look at the highly anticipated dark comedy coming to theaters on October 17th.
Here’s a new red-band trailer for Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The film opens in 2D and 3D theaters on August 22nd.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water brings the beloved Nickelodeon character to the big screen with Antonio Banderas. See it in theaters beginning February 6, 2015.
News and notes
- Check out the best movies released in July.
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be coming to theaters on July 28, 2017. James Gunn will return as writer-director.
- Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, will be released in select theaters on November 7th.
- The Huntsman, the prequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, will hit theaters on April 22, 2016.
- Alex Kurtzman’s reboot of The Mummy will be released on June 24, 2016.
- Demonic, starring Frank Grillo and Maria Bello, comes to theaters on December 12th.
- Joaquin Phoenix is the favorite to play the lead in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange. - The Wrap
- Warner Bros. wants Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Argo and re-wrote the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, to script Justice League. - THR
- Eva Green is in talks to reunite with Tim Burton on his adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. - Variety
- Due to a scheduling conflict, Patrick Wilson will not be in Ant-Man. - Deadline
- Paul Greengrass will develop and hopefully direct an adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside al-Qaeda. - Deadline
- Elle Fanning will star in the adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s young adult novel All the Bright Places and play Mary Wollstonecraft, who wrote Frankenstein as Mary Shelley, in A Storm in the Stars for director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda). - Variety & THR
- Legendary Pictures wants Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) to direct Max Borenstein’s script for Skull Island. The King Kong origin story will be released November 4, 2016. - Deadline
- Domhnall Gleeson has joined Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s The Revenant. - Variety
- John Goodman is in talks to join Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren in Jay Roach’s Trumbo, a biopic about the blacklisted Hollywood writer. - The Wrap
- Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski (of the "Blurred Lines" music video and the upcoming Gone Girl) will star in We Are Your Friends for director (and Catfish co-host) Max Joseph. - Deadline
- Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson will star alongside Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes in I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash. - Variety
- Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) has joined Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. - Heat Vision
- Jamie Foxx will play Mike Tyson in a biopic to be written by Terence Winter. - Variety
- Sony wants Edgar Wright to direct an adaptation of Andrew Smith’s young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle. - Deadline
- The Hateful Eight has an official poster. Expect it in theaters sometime next year.
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