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

  • Publish Date: February 4, 2011
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Meet your new Superman

ImageFor one thing, he'll need to shave

This week, Warner Bros. found their new Superman. His name is Henry Cavill. Who? Well, Cavill might be best known for his work on TV in the series The Tudors, where he played Charles Brandon to Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ King Henry VIII. He also has a starring role in two films coming out this year. He plays the lead, Theseus, in Immortals, Tarsem Singh’s take on Greek mythology, and he will star alongside Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver in The Cold Light of Day. According to The Playlist, Cavill’s breakthrough comes after a series of close calls including being on the shortlist for Batman and James Bond, and being Stephanie Meyer’s initial favorite to play Edward in the Twilight series, but this time he won out, beating a list of actors that Heat Vision says included Matthew Goode (Watchmen), Matthew Bomer (White Collar), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), and Joe Manganiello (True Blood). With Warner’s official announcement comes speculation on who might take the role of Lois Lane. Early frontrunners include Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel, and Malin Akerman, according to What’sPlaying, and LatinoReview adds Olivia Wilde to the group. However, one early mention will not be taking the role: Kristen Stewart is reportedly in talks to play Snow White to Viggo Mortensen’s Huntsman in Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman. Contradicting all this early speculation is Variety, which reports that the lead female role will not be Lois Lane and that Alice Eve, Diane Kruger, and Rosamund Pike are in the running for that role. It does not mean that Lois Lane will not appear in the film, but who might Zach Snyder be casting alongside Superman? Lana Lang? Cat Grant?

Paul Feig's Bridesmaids gets a trailer

Kristen Wiig co-wrote and stars in this comedy about a maid of honor who struggles to please the bride and her friends leading up to the big day. The cast includes Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Ellie Kemper (The Office), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911), and, well, if there has to be a guy in the film, why not Jon Hamm. The film was produced by Judd Apatow and director Paul Feig has worked on a slew of TV comedies in the past ten years -- Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, The Office, and Nurse Jackie, to name a few. See it in theaters May 13.

New trailer for Sundance hit Win Win

With his latest film, writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent) tells the story of struggling attorney (and high school wrestling coach) who gets a chance to turn his fortunes around when he starts to look after a client’s grandson who happens to be a great wrestler. Win Win premiered at Sundance this year and received good reviews. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air), and newcomer Alex Shaffer. A limited release is set for March 18.

Will Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes join Bond 23?

Sam Mendes is calling on some heavy hitters to join his Bond film. Deadline reports that current Oscar nominee Javier Bardem has been offered a role opposite Daniel Craig. Details on the role are extremely limited, but Bardem did tell the LA Times, “I’d be playing Bond’s nemesis, yes, but it’s not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced. It’s very intriguing.” It’s not official yet, and one lingering question might be how the timing will mesh with his possible starring role in The Dark Tower series. In addition to Bardem, Ralph Fiennes is considering a role that, while not the same as Bardem’s, is also “darkly complex,” according to the Daily Mail. Fiennes was last seen on screen as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Two more foreign-language Oscar nominees coming to U.S.

Trailers for In a Better World and Incendies, the final two Oscar nominees for best foreign-language film to arrive in American theaters (Dogtooth, Biutiful, and Outside the Law have already been released) hit the internet this week. Denmark's In a Better World, arriving April 1st, is the story of a doctor who works in an African refugee camp while his family struggles at home, especially his son who forms a risky friendship with another boy. Director Susanne Bier’s last film was her first Hollywood production, Things We Lost in the Fire, but she is better known for 2004‘s Brothers (later re-made with Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Natalie Portman) and 2006’s well regarded After the Wedding.

Canada's Incendies (due April 22) is an adaptation of the play Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad. The story follows twins as they set out for the Middle East after their mother’s will reveals that their father is still alive and that they have a brother they’ve never met. Those who have seen the film sing its praises and star Lubna Azabal (Paradise Now) received positive reviews at Sundance last week for her work with Ben Foster (The Mechanic) in Here. French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve (Maelstrom) directs.

Elektra Luxx trailer

Carla Gugino stars as pregnant former porn star turned sex education teacher Elektra Luxx in this sequel to 2009’s Women in Trouble. Sebastian Gutierrez returns as writer/director along with Women in Trouble alums Adrianne Palicki, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Malin Akerman and Timothy Olyphant also appear in what we hope is one of those sequels that betters the original.

Joaquin Phoenix in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

Joaquin Phoenix might return to acting soon. Oh wait, he was acting in I’m Still Here, so... anyway, Deadline reports that he is wanted for the role of Henry Sturges in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Sturges is the vampire that mentors Lincoln throughout his life after saving him from death at age sixteen. Sturges is a key role in the film -- teaching Lincoln the history of vampires, training him to kill vampires, and providing names of evil vampires. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct the film, which is set for release on June 22, 2012.

Soul Surfer trailer

Here’s the latest trailer for Soul Surfer, based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton (played by AnnaSophia Robb), the surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt play her parents, and American Idol success story Carrie Underwood makes her feature acting debut. The film is directed by TV vet Sean McNamara. See it in theaters April 8.

Rio preview

Here’s an early look at the first few minutes of Rio, the latest animated film from the makers of the Ice Age series. The film follows a sheltered blue macaw named Blu as he leaves home to be mated with the last female of his species, only to be kidnapped and forced to survive in the wilds of Rio. Jesse Eisenberg provides the voice of Blu, while Anne Hathaway voices Jewel, his intended mate. See Rio in 3D and 2D theaters beginning April 15.

Stephen King’s The Stand heading to the big screen

Last week we reported on the adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. This week, Stephen King makes the news again, but for a different project: The Stand. THR’s Heat Vision reports that Warner Bros. and CBS Films are teaming up to adapt the novel for the big screen. The Stand has previously been adapted by King as a TV miniseries in 1994 and is currently being adapted by Marvel Comics into a planned series of six story arcs in thirty issues. The Stand tells the story of dozens of characters that survive an apocalyptic virus outbreak and come to form a community to fight the evil Randall Flagg (who also happens to appear in The Dark Tower series). The book has overlapping story lines running over many years and its extended and revised version, released in 1990, runs over 1,000 pages. King addressed word of the possible adaptation on He endorses Jake Gyllenhaal, making it as a trilogy, and the slaw at Popeye’s. Just read it.

Another look at Joe Wright's Hanna

This new look at Hanna, the young girl assassin story directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), provides a few awkward teenage moments not seen in the American trailers. Saoirse Ronan stars alongside Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, and Olivia Williams. See it in theaters April 8.

Monogamy trailer

Chris Messina (Julie & Julia) and Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) star in this thriller about a photographer’s obsession and its impact on his relationship with his fiance. Murderball director Dana Adam Shapiro makes his narrative feature debut with Monogamy, which hits theaters in a limited release beginning March 11.

Ironclad trailer

Anytime you got Brian Cox screaming, “No surrender!” and Paul Giamatti sporting a strange haircut and scraggly beard, the movie can’t be too bad, right? Well, U.S. audiences might not get a chance to decide since the film doesn’t have a release date yet, but Warner Bros. is releasing the film in the U.K., so check out the trailer below for Ironclad, the story of a group of knights defending Rochester Castle from King John.

Red band Drive Angry 3D teaser

Looking for some campy fun? Then go to the theaters starting February 25 to see Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, and William Fichtner in Drive Angry 3D. But don’t take it from me; take from this teaser:

Red band trailer for Take Me Home Tonight

Maybe it’s nostalgia, or the soundtrack, or the fact that the trailer provides some good laughs along with the red band requisite doses of nudity, cursing, drug use and violence, but this movie might be worth seeing even though it has been delayed forever. These could also be all the funny moments mashed up into two minutes. Either way, Take Me Home Tonight, starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, and Chris Pratt, comes to theaters March 4, so you don’t have to decide if you want to see it until then. Meanwhile, enjoy the trailer.

A two-minute rap recap of Dazed and Confused

If for some reason you haven’t seen Dazed and Confused, go see it right now. Then, you can enjoy this ultra-condensed version, courtesy of Mac Lethal:

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

  • Here’s a list of the winners at this year’s Sundance Film Festival - IndieWire
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt could join The Dark Knight Rises, possibly as Hugo Strange - Deadline & AICN
  • Zach Galifianakis is in talks to star with Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department) based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name. Robert Schwentke (Red) will direct. - LA Times
  • Ben Affleck’s next directorial gig might be the George Clooney-produced Argo about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. - Heat Vision
  • Mr. Brainwash provides some publicity for Banksy’s Oscar “campaign” - Movieline
  • John Woo will re-make The Killer in English and in 3D, but he won’t direct. John H. Lee will direct, and Jung Woo-Sung (Reign of Assassins) will star. Who are they, and why is this happening? - Deadline
  • Fletch is the reboot that never dies, and Warner Bros. is willing to give it another go. - Heat Vision
  • James Cameron says the 3D on the next two Avatar films will look better because he will shoot and project at a higher frame rate - WSJ
  • Cameron Diaz will star opposite Colin Firth in a Coen brothers-scripted remake of Gambit, the 1966 British caper starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) is directing. - THR
  • Eva Green has been cast as the female lead opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation. - Deadline
  • Here’s the list of films playing at this year’s SXSW Film Festival - IndieWire
  • Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand will star together in My Mother’s Curse, a road trip comedy from director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal). - THR
  • Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland) will direct a documentary on Bob Marley - Deadline
  • Real Genius stars Val Kilmer (Chris Knight) and Jon Gries (Lazlo Hollyfeld) will re-team for Deep in the Heart, about an alcoholic who recovers to become a multi-millionaire. Christopher Cain (Young Guns) will direct, and don’t forget to check out Kilmer’s sweet beard. - THR
  • A Pet Sematary remake is in the works. - LA Times
  • Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy will work together (as they recently did on Real Steel) on an action adventure flick written by Carlton Cuse (Lost) - Deadline

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  • Mitch Tough  

    Get me to Drive Angry and Take Me Home Tonight immediately!! Those look so damned good - in a campy fun kind of way.

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