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

  • Publish Date: July 27, 2012
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The first two teasers for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel

If you saw The Dark Knight Rises 78 last weekend, you may have seen one of the previews for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (though you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a trailer to a Terrence Malick film). Two Steel teasers were released: one with narration by Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent, Superman’s Earth father, and one with narration by Russell Crowe as Jor-El, his birth father. The film doesn’t open until June 14, 2013, but we already know that the cast includes (in addition to the two fathers) Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Antje Traue as Faora. Expect much more action in the next trailer.

A long first look at the ambitious Cloud Atlas

Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer are trying to pull off something pretty spectacular with their adaptation of David Mitchell’s award-winning novel Cloud Atlas. The novel is composed of six stories in a challenging narrative structure, and the directors have attempted to tackle them all in roughly 164 minutes. The cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, James D'Arcy, Hugo Weaving, and Doona Bae, many of whom play multiple parts, some of a different gender. See them all when Cloud Atlas comes to theaters October 26th. Until then, check out the directors’ introduction to the film and the nearly six-minute trailer. EW has photos and a motion poster as well. (Note that if the trailer has been pulled from YouTube by the time you read this, you can also find it here.)

Ang Lee's Life of Pi

Adapting Yann Martel’s best-selling, Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi has proven difficult, but Ang Lee looks to have been a good choice to tackle the story of a shipwrecked Indian boy named Pi who is stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Newcomer Suraj Sharma plays Pi in what looks to be a return to form for Lee after the disappointing Taking Woodstock 55. Those who saw scenes at CinemaCon praised Lee’s use of 3D, so check out Life of Pi in theaters beginning November 21st.

The first trailer for Chasing Mavericks

Director Curtis Hanson’s career has been quite eclectic. After directing Losin’ It in 1983, he made a trio of thrillers in the early 90s (Bad Influence, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The River Wild) before his greatest critical successes: L.A. Confidential 90, Wonderboys 73, and 8 Mile 77. His most recent feature effort, Lucky You 49, sat on the shelf a while before getting a minor release, but now he’s back with Chasing Mavericks, the true story of surf legend Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston) who, at age 16, under the guidance of Rick “Frosty” Hesson (Gerard Butler), conquered one of the biggest waves Mavericks ever produced. The inspirational story also stars Abigail Spencer, Elisabeth Shue, and Leven Rambin. Hanson fell ill during the shoot (he’s now recovering), so the final days of shooting were completed by Michael Apted. Chasing Mavericks hits theaters October 26th.

TIFF and Venice announce their lineups

Fall's elite cinema events, the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, each announced their programs this week. Rian Johnson’s Looper will open the Toronto festival and be joined by Ben Affleck’s hostage drama Argo, Billy Bob Thornton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, the aforementioned Cloud Atlas, and Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to Blue Valentine 81, The Place Beyond the Pines. Among the many other films that will be screened, perhaps the most anticipated will be Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, starring Affleck and Olga Kurylenko as a couple who, after visiting Mont Saint-Michel, once known as the Wonder, return to Oklahoma where he falls for his childhood love (Rachel McAdams) and she strikes up a relationship with a priest played by Javier Bardem. A surprise inclusion came in the form of Frances Ha, a new, previously unannounced film by Noah Baumbach, co-written with and starring Greta Gerwig. Shot in black and white and focusing on an aspiring dancer and her friends in New York City, the film was kept secret throughout its production. For a full list, visit the TIFF website. Venice also has an impressive roster, including the latest works from directors Olivier Assayas, Ramin Bahrani, Harmony Korine, Brian De Palma, and Takeshi Kitano, as well as Malick’s To the Wonder. If you’ll be in Italy between August 29th and September 8th, check out the official website.

Beware of these bridesmaids

When it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Bachelorette received the inevitable comparisons to 2011’s Bridesmaids 75, but this debut film from writer/director Leslye Headland, who adapts her own play, while funny, has a darker, nastier edge. Kirsten Dunst leads fellow bridesmaids Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher on a ruinous night of debauchery that threatens to destroy the bride’s nuptials. Rebel Wilson, the roommate in Bridesmaids, plays the bride, and the supporting cast includes James Marsden, Kyle Bornheimer, and Caplan's Party Down co-star Adam Scott. See it on VOD beginning August 10th or in select theaters starting September 7th.

The first trailer for Sundance-winner Middle of Nowhere

Here’s the first trailer for another Sundance winner, Middle of Nowhere. Ava DuVernay won the U.S. directing award for this drama about a woman’s struggles after her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison. Emayatzy Corinealdi plays Ruby, while Omari Hardwick plays Derek, her incarcerated husband, and David Oyelowo plays a friendly bus driver and tempting alternative to her husband. Middle of Nowhere comes to theaters October 12th.

The Oranges

Sure, many have had their fill of indie comedies where an older man hooks up with a much younger woman, inevitably causing chaos in their respective suburban lives, but The Oranges, directed by Julian Farino from a script by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer, received solid reviews when it played at TIFF last year, and now we finally have an official trailer. The story revolves around the relationship between David Walling (Hugh Laurie) and the much younger daughter (Leighton Meester) of his best friend (Oliver Platt). Catherine Keener plays Laurie’s wife while his wise-cracking daughter is played by Alia Shawkat, and Adam Brody plays his son. Another strong comedic performer, Allison Janney, plays Platt’s wife (and Meester’s mom). Check it out in limited release beginning October 5th.

The strange love of Jack and Diane

Bradley Rust Gray, writer/director of The Exploding Girl 69, returns with this tale of young girls in love. Juno Temple plays Diane, a British teen spending the summer in New York where she forms a strong bond with Jack, played by Riley Keough in full tomboy mode. Beyond the normal barriers to love, Diane tends to suffer from nosebleeds and turns into a monster from time to time. Jack and Diane received relatively poor reviews when it screened at Tribeca, but viewers can still catch up to it on VOD beginning September 28th and in limited release starting November 2nd.

Get to know the families of The Campaign’s two candidates

The latest trailer for The Campaign focuses on the families of Will Ferrell’s Cam Brady and Zach Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins, the rival politicians in director Jay Roach’s latest film. Think of it as a combination of his HBO movie, Game Change 74, and his last feature, Dinner for Schmucks 56. The Campaign hits the road August 10th.

About Cherry’s porn career

In About Cherry, Ashley Hinshaw stars as Angelina, a young girl who leaves her dead-end job in Los Angeles and moves to San Francisco where she enters the world of fetish porn with the help of James Franco as a cocaine-addicted lawyer and Heather Graham as an experienced porn director. The supporting cast also includes Dev Patel, Lili Taylor, and Diane Farr. Stephen Elliott, the author of The Adderall Diaries, makes his directing debut with a script he co-wrote with porn actress Lorelei Lee, so authenticity shouldn’t be an issue. About Cherry opens September 21st in limited release.


Christophe Honoré is one of the more distinctive, genre-jumping filmmakers working today. From the disturbing My Mother 35 to the family drama In Paris 60 to the musical Love Songs 70, Honoré explores timeless themes in a new way. His latest, Beloved, was the closing night film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. This time, he returns to the musical genre with the generation-spanning story of Madeleine, a hooker in the 60s played by Ludivine Sagnier and as an older woman by Catherine Deneuve, and her daughter Vera, played by Chiara Mastroianni (Deneuve’s real life daughter). See it in theaters beginning August 17th.

The Ambassador

Director Mads Brügger, whose film The Red Chapel 58 won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, returns with another provocative look at a world unknown to many: the Central African Republic. He poses as a diplomat to expose the corruption of the country but gets more than he bargained for. The Ambassador comes to New York August 29th before expanding on August 31st.

The follow-up to Tell No One finally arrives in the States

Multi-hyphenate Guillaume Canet directed one of the most satisfying thrillers in recent years with 2006’s Tell No One 82. He somehow found time between acting gigs (Last Night, War of the Buttons) and making babies with Marion Cotillard to write and direct another film, Little White Lies, which finally makes it to U.S. theaters on August 24th after opening overseas in the fall of 2010. The film follows a group of friends on their annual vacation together, and the cast is stellar—Cotillard stars along with François Cluzet, Jean Dujardin, and Benoît Magimel.

Another visual feast from the director of Baraka

Here’s another beautiful trailer for Samsara, which also comes to theaters on August 24th, and that’s where you’ll want to see it. Directed and shot in 70mm by Ron Fricke, the director of Baraka and the cinematographer/editor of Koyaanisqatsi, Samsara is another visual feast shot in twenty-five countries over five years.

Three featurettes for upcoming films

Check out these behind-the-scenes featurettes for Total Recall (coming out next week) The Bourne Legacy (August 10th), and The Words (September 7th).

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

  • According to Robert Rodriguez's Twitter feed, Lady Gaga has joined Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, Charlie Sheen, and Demian Bichi in Machete Kills.
  • The 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. has been moved from its original January 2013 date to December 19, 2012.
  • Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad (starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Gosling) will require reshoots after a scene featuring a shootout inside a movie theater had to be removed following the tragedy in Aurora. As a result, the film’s release date has been pushed back to January 11, 2013.
  • Kevin Costner is in talks to play a high school track coach in McFarland. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) will direct. - Variety
  • James Marsden (not Matthew McConaughey) will play JFK, and Liev Schreiber (not Liam Neeson) will play LBJ in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. - Variety & Deadline
  • Jackie Earle Haley and Jay Baruchel have joined the cast of the new Robocop. - Deadline & Heat Vision
  • Mike Epps will reprise his role of “Black Doug” in The Hangover 3. - Variety
  • Sam Riley (Control, the upcoming On The Road) will star as the titular character in Iain Softley’s adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe. - Screen Daily
  • Emile Hirsch is in talks to join Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster in Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor. - Variety
  • Sam Worthington could join Arnold Schwarzenegger in David Ayer's action-thriller Ten. - Variety
  • The Despicable Me minions will be getting their own film. - Deadline
  • J.J. Abrams will produce, and Edgar Wright will direct and co-write with Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend), a new sci-fi film, Collider. What’s it about? It’s a secret. - Deadline
  • Fred Ward will play a U.S. Navy admiral opposite Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in 2 Guns from director Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband).- Variety
  • Would you want to see Wikileaks: The Movie! starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Bill Condon? Dreamworks thinks you might. - Deadline
  • Does there really need to be a third Hobbit movie? Until they decide on whether or not to stretch the book out to yet another film, check out Peter Jackson’s latest video blog. - Heat Vision
  • Jon Favreau will play a securities lawyer opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. - Deadline
  • Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and Ruth Wilson have joined Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell in Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins adaptation. - Variety
  • Denzel Washington is now The Equalizer. Possible directors for this TV-to-film adaptation are Pierre Morel (Taken), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), and Gareth Evans (The Raid). - Deadline
  • Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) will direct a remake of the French thriller With a Friend Like Harry. Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) will write the script. If you haven’t seen it, go check out the original; it’s pretty great. - Variety
  • Doug Liman has been tapped to direct Lionsgate’s adaptation of Jack Finney’s (The Body Snatchers) time-travel romance novel Time and Again. - Variety
  • Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian have acquired the rights to the BBC fictional docudrama The Day Britain Stopped, about a disaster that shuts down the country’s transportation system. Check out the original here. - THR
  • Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) is in talks to play Kristen Stewart’s boyfriend in Cali, a thriller to be directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook). Start your Kristen Stewart’s boyfriend jokes... now! - Variety
  • Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill, who star in this week’s The Watch, are planning another comedy together, Aloha. Yes, it takes place in Hawaii. Until then check out this blooper reel from The Watch, which is probably better than the actual movie. - THR

Comments (2)

  • Crazy-El  

    A beautiful comparison with Terrence Malick concerning the teaser of Superman. It is not negative in itself. We already feel the objective on the vision of Superman.

  • NeoBasch  

    The big news here is To the Wonder. Can't wait for it. Eager to hear some early reactions. Hopefully it'll still be released in theaters this year.

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