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

  • Publish Date: March 25, 2011
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Watch the first trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger

Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers/Captain America in this adaptation of the Marvel comic directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman). The story follows Rogers as he becomes Captain America and faces off against Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving. The rest of the cast includes Tommy Lee Jones as Col. Chester Philips, Stanley Tucci as Abraham Erskine, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, and Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan. Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters July 22.

Dark Knight Rises casting

Earlier this week, Variety reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined the cast of The Dark Knight Rises as Alberto Falcone, son of mob boss Carmine Falcone (played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins). Falcone is also known as the Holiday Killer. However, EW countered that report, indicating Gordon-Levitt will be in the film, but not as Falcone. Whether Variety's report is true or not will, we do know that Juno Temple (Kaboom) will also be in the cast. Collider speculates that she could play Holly Robinson, a juvenile prostitute who lived with Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman, being played by Anne Hathaway) in Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One or Stephanie Brown, daughter of the criminal Cluemaster, who fights crime under the name Spoiler. Again, the roles are speculation, but I’m sure we’ll get an official announcement sometime before the film is released on July 12, 2012.

A new red band trailer for Your Highness

The second red band trailer (and third overall) for Your Highness brings more colorful language and nudity than the previous trailers, so, really, who can complain about that. The story follows Thadeous (Danny McBride) and Fabious (James Franco) as they journey to rescue Fabious’ bride, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), from the evil Leezar (Justin Theroux). Along the way, they get a little help from Natalie Portman. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) directs. The comedy comes to theaters April 8.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides trailer

The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie discards Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom to focus fully on Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow and the search for the fabled Fountain of Youth. Returning along with Depp are Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Keith Richards as Captain Teague, and Kevin McNally as Gibbs. Newcomers include Ian McShane as Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz as his daughter Angelica. Rob Marshall (Nine) directs. See it in theaters and in 3D beginning May 20.

Superman: Man of Steel casting rumors

In a conversation with Latino Review, Zack Snyder confirmed that Viggo Mortensen was no longer in the running to play the villain in the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel, so other names immediately began to surface. The first name was Edgar Ramirez, the star of Carlos who was recently announced as Ares in Clash of the Titans 2. The second name mentioned was Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, The Runaways). Deadline reports “interest” in Shannon, but there’s no information beyond that. We’ll let you know when Superman’s nemesis is cast and who that nemesis will be (General Zod is the current frontrunner).

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold trailer

Morgan Spurlock, the man behind Super Size Me -- better known as the documentary about the guy who ate nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days straight and lived to tell about it -- has a new documentary about (and funded by) advertising, branding, and product placement, and he (and POM Wonderful) want you to go see it. Check out POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold in theaters April 22.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins teaser

This is not what Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller would have done with the classic children’s book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. The story of a poor house painter and the 12 penguins he takes on the road as a performing group has been turned into a Jim Carrey comedy about a businessman whose life unravels when he inherits six penguins, although he does teach them to dance. Mark Waters (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) directs a cast that includes Carla Gugino, Philip Baker Hall, Angela Lansbury, and Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos). See it in theaters beginning June 17.

Actors needed: Young, white, and male preferred

Two major action films are currently casting their lead roles and every well- and semi-known young, white male is trying to get one of the parts. First up is a live-action version of the classic Japanese animated film Akira (itself based on the epic manga series of the same name). According to Deadline, the two main characters, Tetsuo and Kaneda, each have a shortlist connected to them. Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, and James McAvoy are wanted for Tetsuo, and Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix are up for Kaneda. If you’ve seen Akira, this may all sound very strange. True, the new film will take place in a dystopian Manhattan, not Tokyo, but in the original, the characters are much younger. The Hughes brothers are directing from a script by Harry Potter-screenwriter Steve Kloves, so it’s hard to know what direction they’re heading, but has already created a petition to express their displeasure with the all-white casting rumors and their hope that Asian-American actors will be considered. In the end, The Bourne Legacy might help them out. The shortlist for that film also includes Garrett Hedlund in addition to Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Dominic Cooper (the upcoming Captain America), Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe), and Taylor Kitsch (the upcoming The Bang Bang Club). Good look to all the young dudes.

The Bang Bang Club trailer

The Bang Bang Club tells the true story of four photographers documenting the brutality and violence surrounding the first elections in post-Apartheid South Africa. The film stars Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, and Malin Akerman. Steven Silver directs from his own adaptation of the book, The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War. The film will get a limited release April 22.

The Big Bang trailer

Antonio Banderas stars as a private investigator in search of a missing girl and $30 million in diamonds in the neo-noir The Big Bang, and he has a strong supporting cast alongside him. Sam Elliott plays a reclusive billionaire; William Fichtner and Delroy Lindo play cops; James Van Der Beek continues to poke fun at himself by playing a famous actor; Snoop Dogg plays a porn director, and Autumn Reeser (Entourage) shows up as a waitress with some special tattoos. Tony Krantz, one of the producers of Mulholland Drive, directs. Check it out in limited release starting May 13.

The third trailer for Hop

The first two trailers for Hop gave no hint at what the story was beyond E.B. (Russell Brand), the heir to the Easter Bunny, wanting to play drums in Hollywood, but now we know the stakes. Cute, fluffy, yellow chicks are trying to take over Easter. James Marsden and Kaley Cuoco star along with all the animated creatures in director Tim Hill’s (Alvin and the Chipmunks) latest live action/animation-blending family film. Hop hits theaters April 1.

Oliver Stone’s next project

Oliver Stone’s next film will be Savages. It is based on the Don Winslow novel of the same name, which tells the story of two beach-bum pot dealers who get mixed up with the Mexican drug cartel. In previous reports, Jennifer Lawrence was connected to the project, but it seems Oliver Stone has lost her to that small little trilogy, The Hunger Games. So who else might be joining the cast? Well, Benicio del Toro has been confirmed as the main enforcer for the cartel, and Deadline reports that Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Taylor Kitsch are the favorites to play the marijuana growers (there goes the Bourne Legacy for Kitsch, or maybe not) while Olivia Wilde could replace Jennifer Lawrence as Ophelia, whose kidnapping sets the story in motion. Salma Hayek is also wanted for the role of the brutal but maternal cartel matriarch.

Another trailer for Last Night

Will he cheat? Will she cheat? Both? Neither? Last Night might not answer those questions, but the trailer is definitely posing them. Keira Knighlty, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet star in this look at a married couple struggling with temptation when they are apart for a night. Massy Tadjedin wrote and directed the drama, which opens in limited release beginning May 6.

Moonrise Kingdom casts a familiar face

The ridiculously good cast of Wes Anderson’s next film, Moonrise Kingdom, just got a familiar addition. The film is being shot in Rhode Island during the spring, and the Providence News Examiner revealed that Jason Schwartzman has joined Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand, and Bill Murray to film the story of two young lovers who fall in love and run away, causing the small New England town they live in to think they’ve disappeared. Casting of the two young lovers has yet to be announced. Expect a 2012 release.

Sympathy for Delicious trailer

Written by star and real-life paraplegic Christopher Thornton, Sympathy for Delicious tells the story of a once successful DJ who discovers he has the power to heal others but not himself. The film is Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut, and he recruited a few friends to join the cast, including Orlando Bloom, Juliet Lewis, and Laura Linney. The film premiered at Sundance 2010 to poor reviews but will get a limited release April 29.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer trailer

John Schultz (Aliens in the Attic) directs this film based on the series of Judy Moody books by Megan McDonald. In the film, Judy, played by Jordana Beatty, tries to have the best summer ever by earning “thrill points” with the help of her zany Aunt Opal, played by Heather Graham. See it in theaters June 10.

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

  • Alexander Payne’s next film, The Descendants, will be released December 16.
  • The King’s Speech (the PG-13 version) comes to theaters April 1.
  • Rise of the Apes will now hit theaters August 5 instead of November 23.
  • Ian McShane will play a king in Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer, which will hit theaters on June 15, 2012.
  • Paul Giamatti has joined Tom Cruise (and possibly Amy Adams) in Rock of Ages, which will be released June 1, 2012. - Deadline
  • The Tree of Life will premiere at Cannes, but will it play in competition? - Variety
  • Read the plot summary and casting details of Clash of the Titans 2 here.
  • Who’s being looked at for the two lead female roles in the Total Recall remake? - Deadline
  • Billy Bob Thornton is in talks for Bad Santa 2. - The Wrap
  • Rob Marshall might direct Johnny Depp in a remake of The Thin Man, to be written by Jerry Stahl. - Heat Vision
  • Will David Fincher direct Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra? - Deadline
  • Julianne Moore has joined Jeff Bridges in The Seventh Son, an adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s young adult series The Last Apprentice. - Bloody Disgusting
  • Director Matt Reeves says Cloverfield 2 will happen. - Total Film
  • Neil LaBute will direct an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Crooked House written by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey). - The Independent
  • Robert Pattinson revealed that Samantha Morton (The Messenger, Minority Report) has joined David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis. - MTV
  • While fans hope that his latest film, Melancholia, will premiere at Cannes, Lars Von Trier is working on his next film about “a woman who discovers her eroticism”. The working title will be The Nymphomaniac, which is probably better than his alternate title, Dirt in Bedsores. - The Playlist
  • Tom Hooper, Academy Award winning director of The King’s Speech, is in talks to direct a film version of the musical Les Miserables, which itself is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. - Deadline
  • Alan Rickman (Die Hard) and Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass) have joined Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in the Gambit remake written by Joel and Ethan Coen, which will be directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station). - The Wrap
  • Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Andy Samberg (SNL) will star in Celeste & Jesse, a “romantic dramedy” written by Jones about a couple attempting to remain friends after divorcing - 24 Frames
  • Not surprisingly, a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, which will wrap production in April, is already in the works. - Heat Vision
  • Will Gluck (Easy A) will direct Sex on the Moon, an adaptation of the upcoming book by Ben Mezrich (who also wrote The Accidental Billionaires, the source material for The Social Network). The story follows the true adventures of a 25-year-old NASA intern and his plan to steal lunar rocks and sell them to impress a girl. - 24 Frames
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) wrote and will direct and star in Liberal Arts, the story of a 35-year-old who yearns for the life of a college student. - THR
  • Want to know the plot to the next American Pie movie, American Reunion? Check it out here.

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