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

  • Publish Date: August 2, 2013
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The first look at Ben Stiller's Walter Mitty

James Thurber’s "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has stood the test of time. What began as a short story in the March 18, 1939 issue of The New Yorker has been collected, anthologized, reprinted, made into a film in 1947 and now filmed yet again in 2013. Ben Stiller directs and stars in this update of the story, which sees a daydreaming photo editor’s search for a lost negative lead him into a real-life adventure. Steve Conrad (The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness) wrote the script, and joining Stiller in the cast are Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Sean Penn, Patton Oswalt, Kathryn Hahn, and Shirley MacLaine. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 5th before coming to theaters on December 25th. In case you’re wondering, the song featured in the trailer is “Dirty Paws” by Of Monsters and Men.

David O. Russell returns with American Hustle

Another trailer that feels a bit like a music video is this first look at David O. Russell’s American Hustle. Driven by Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times,” the trailer gives us a glimpse at the crazy hair and clothes donned by actors on a serious hot streak: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence, all working with Russell for the second time in three years. This fictionalized retelling of the FBI’s Abscam sting operation beginning in the late 1970s also features Jeremy Renner, Robert De Niro, Louis C.K., Michael Peña, Jack Huston, and Alessandro Nivola. The drama opens in a few theaters on December 13th before expanding nationwide on December 25th.

Peter Berg's Lone Survivor

Peter Berg began developing this adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 six years ago. He wrote the screenplay and cast Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch (his cohort on Battleship), Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch in this true-life tale of the failed June 28, 2005 mission "Operation Red Wings,” during which a four-man SEAL team on orders to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd encounter more than a hundred Taliban soldiers. Lone Survivor will open in New York and Los Angeles on December 27th for awards consideration before going nationwide on January 10th, 2014.

Robert Redford is still lost at sea

Early reviews have been very good for All is Lost, writer-director J.C. Chandor’s follow-up to 2011‘s Margin Call 76. The film stars Robert Redford as a man struggling to survive a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, and focuses almost entirely on Redford’s efforts to save his boat and himself. As a result, the movie contains very little dialogue and no other cast members. After a good reception at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, All Is Lost hits U.S. screens on October 18th.

Bad Grandpa, bad!

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa takes the Jackass formula, combines it with a little Borat- and Bruno-style role-playing, and lets the hilarity ensue. Johnny Knoxville is the titular grandpa, Irving Zisman, who is taking his “grandson” Billy (Jackson Nicoll) across the country to his father. Along the way, they disrupt a wedding, a funeral, and a child beauty pageant. Check it out in theaters beginning October 25th.

We’re the Millers and you’re not

Before We’re the Millers hits theaters this coming Wednesday, here’s a final red-band (NSFW) trailer with an intro from stars Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston. In the film, Sudeikis plays a small-time pot dealer who makes a run south of the border to pick up a very large shipment of marijuana to pay off a debt owed to his supplier, Ed Helms. To give himself a better chance at success, he recruits a stripper (Aniston) to play his wife, a runaway (Emma Roberts) to play his daughter, and a goofy kid (Will Poulter) who lives in his building to play his son. As expected, the fake family hits a few bumps along the road. Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) directs from a script by the writing teams behind The Wedding Crashers and Hot Tub Time Machine.

One last look at Elysium

Early reviews are starting to come in for Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s latest politically charged sci-fi film, and now we also have the final trailer. The film comes to theaters a week from today and tells the story of Max de Costa (Matt Damon), an ex-con who finds himself in need of a special medical procedure after a factory accident. Unfortunately for Max, the procedure he needs is only available on Elysium, a giant luxury space station floating above a polluted Earth with access restricted to the wealthy, so he decides to go through a dangerous experiment to transform himself into someone capable of breaking into the well-guarded space station. While Alice Braga, Diego Luna, and Wagner Moura help him on his trip, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, and Sharlto Copley just want him dead.

You get an Avatar! And you get and Avatar! Everybody gets an Avatar!

Early this week, The Wrap revealed that James Cameron had hired Josh Friedman—the writer of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and 2005’s War of the Worlds—to help him draft the screenplay for Avatar 2. Fox followed this up with an official announcement confirming the hiring of Friedman as well as Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (2000’s Shaft, Savages) to collaborate on the writing of Avatars 3 and 4. That’s right; there will now be three sequels to Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time. The first sequel will be released in December 2016, followed by the second in 2017 and the third in 2018. All three will be filmed in the Hobbit style of continuous production, beginning in 2014.

Machete don’t tweet

With all the knives, guns, babes, speedboats, and helicopters, this trailer for the sequel to 2010’s Machete looks like an Andy Sidaris film minus the nudity. Each cast member (Demián Bichir, Michelle Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, and Alexa Vega) gets a moment as director Robert Rodriguez sketches out the plot, which finds the president (played by Carlos Estevez, aka Charlie Sheen) needing Machete’s help in dealing with Mel Gibson—or a billionaire criminal mastermind played by Mel Gibson. Machete Kills hits theaters October 11th.

Bad Milo red-band: There’s a monster in your butt

The titular Milo, of Bad Milo, is an ass demon, or, more specifically, a demon that springs from Ken Marino’s ass to take revenge on the people that cause him stress. Those people include his boss (Patrick Warburton), his mother (Mary Kay Place), his dad (Stephen Root), and his wife (Gillian Jacobs). To tame the demon living in his ass, he seeks the wisdom of Peter Stormare (wouldn’t you), a hypnotherapist who believes Marino should bond with the little whippersnapper. Jacob Vaughan writes (with Benjamin Hayes) and directs after editing Black Rock (out on DVD this week). See Bad Milo on VOD beginning August 29th or in theaters October 4th.

A Teacher

In A Teacher, writer-director Hannah Fidell and stars Lindsay Burdge and Will Brittain explore a topic that seems to be in the news more often lately: a teacher sleeping with a student. Burdge plays Diana, a high school English teacher who begins an affair with Eric, one of her teenage students. With a running time of just 75 minutes, it’s an impressionistic view of a woman losing control and a relationship unraveling. Look for it On Demand beginning August 20th and in theaters September 6th.

Una Noche

At the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, Una Noche earned writer-director Lucy Mulloy an award for Best New Narrative Director, while stars Dariel Arrechaga and Javier Nunez Florian and cinematographers Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder also collected awards. Now, this story of three Cuban teenagers, their life in Havana, and their thoughts of escape to Miami will come to select theaters and VOD on August 23rd.

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

  • John Williams will score Star Wars: Episode VII. Check out the press release.
  • Diablo Cody’s directorial debut will premiere on DirecTV on August 8th before landing in theaters on October 18th.
  • Ben Foster will star as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' planned biopic. - Deadline
  • Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss will star in Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry's next film, Listen Up Philip. - The Wrap
  • Vin Diesel will star in World’s Most Wanted, an action film to be written by Dan Mazeau. - Deadline
  • With CBS passing on a TV spinoff, a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie is now in development for theaters, with Eddie Murphy returning and Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the team behind Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, writing the script. - Deadline
  • Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack, James Marsden, and Alan Tudyk have joined Linda Cardellini, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tim Robbins in the Kristen Wiig-led dramatic comedy Welcome to Me. - THR
  • Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) will direct Alpha, about the search for a captured canine trainer by a Navy Seal and his dogs. - The Wrap
  • Fede Alvarez (2013’s Evil Dead) will co-write and direct a secret sci-fi project titled Machina. - THR
  • David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher) and David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas) have joined Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Bill Irwin in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. - The Wrap
  • Ethan Hawke will re-team with his Hamlet director, Michael Almereyda, for a modern update of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. - Variety
  • Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) will join Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Variety
  • Sigourney Weaver is in negotiations to play the Inquisitor in The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes. - Heat Vision
  • Director Len Wiseman has dropped out of Universal’s reboot of The Mummy to focus on the Fox TV series Sleepy Hollow. - Variety
  • Vanessa Hudgens is in talks to join Denis Leary in The Kitchen Sink, which follows “a group of teens who form an unlikely alliance with vampires and zombies in order to take on an alien army.” - The Wrap
  • Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) is in talks to direct Quasimodo, an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Josh Brolin. - Variety
  • Rob Corddry and Jack Black will join the sex tape-making couple of Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in Jake Kasdan’s comedy Sex Tape. Corddry will play a friend aiding them in the recovery of the tape, and Black will have a cameo as the CEO of a porn company. - THR & The Wrap
  • David Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter films, is in negotiations to direct a reboot of Scarface. - Deadline
  • Alec Baldwin will join Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride in Cameron Crowe’s next film. - Deadline
  • Charles Grodin will play Naomi Watts' father in Noah Baumbach's While We're Young. Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried, and Adam Driver also star. - The Wrap
  • Chris Evans, aka Captain America, will make his feature directorial debut with 1:30 Train, “a romance in the vein of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise.” - Deadline
  • Jaume Collet-Serra is in talks to direct the live-action adaptation of Akira, again. He was previously attached back in January, but Warner Bros. scrapped the project, and he went on to re-team with his Unknown star, Liam Neeson, on Non-Stop. - Variety
  • Samuel L. Jackson will play the villain opposite Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Taron Egerton in Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar's The Secret Service. - Variety
  • Ellen DeGeneres will host the 86th Academy Awards. The Oscars will take place on March 2, 2014. - THR
  • Visit Trask to get a sneak peek at the Sentinels in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Comments (1)

  • MarcDoyle  

    Love that American Hustle trailer great use of the Led.

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