A perfectly pitched look at Pitch Perfect
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, and Brittany Snow star in this comedy about an all-girl a cappella group battling the reigning boys champions for singing superiority. Jason Moore makes his feature directing debut after being nominated for best director (musical) at the 2004 Tony Awards for Avenue Q, and the script is an adaptation of Mickey Rapkin’s book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon. Catch it in theaters beginning October 5th.
Resident Evil: Retribution
Milla Jovovich returns as Alice in this fifth film in the Resident Evil series (Resident Evil 33, Resident Evil: Apocalypse 35, Resident Evil: Extinction 41, Resident Evil: Afterlife 37). Her husband Paul W. S. Anderson, director of the first and fourth in the series, returns to helm his second in 3D and third 3D film in a row if you include 2011’s The Three Musketeers 35 (which, we must remind you, Quentin Tarantino really liked). From the trailer it looks like another Alice vs. the Umbrella action-fest and not much more, but that should suffice for fans of the first four. The supporting cast includes Michelle Rodriguez (returning as Rain Ocampo), Kevin Durand, Jason Isaacs, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, Bongbing Li, and Oded Fehr. Look for it in theaters beginning September 14th.
Spend 2 Days in New York with Julie Delpy
This sequel to Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in Paris 67 finds Delpy’s Marion broken up with Adam Goldberg’s Jack and living in New York with their child, her new boyfriend (Chris Rock) and his daughter from a previous relationship. The culture clash comedy begins when Delpy’s family visits from Paris. Delpy’s real father, Albert Delpy, plays her father in the movie as well. 2 Days in New York opens in U.S. theaters on August 10th.
Penelope Cruz returns to Almodovar
Deadline reports that Penelope Cruz will be reuniting with Pedro Almodovar for Los Amantes Pasajeros or Standby Lovers. The two last collaborated on 2009’s Broken Embraces 76. Their latest will be a comedy about an a affair on a plane, and Cruz will be joined by some of Almodovar’s previous stars in Lola Duenas (Volver 84), Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother 87), Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In 70), and Paz Vega and Javier Camara from Talk to Her 86. Cruz most recently re-teamed with Woody Allen, who directed her Academy Award winning performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona 70 in To Rome with Love, which is starting to pick up some unenthusiastic reviews. After shooting with Almodovar, Cruz will join her husband, Javier Bardem, as well as Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Cameron Diaz, in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor.
Meet Gwen and Peter from The Amazing Spider-Man
As its July 3rd release approaches, the tone of Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man is slowly being revealed. After a few viral videos and an extended trailer in the last month, this week revealed two new featurettes and three clips from the film. The first featurette and clip focus on the chemistry between Andrew Garfield’s Peter and Emma Stone’s Gwen, and the second is another look at Rhys Ifans as the Lizard. The final clip shows Peter playing with Flash Thompson (Chris Zylka). Enjoy.
Eastern Promises to get a sequel
Ever wonder what happened to Viggo Mortensen’s character after the reveal at the end of David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises 82? Well, Vulture reports that Cronenberg, original writer Steven Knight, Mortensen, and Vincent Cassel will all be back for a sequel that will pick up the story with “the incompetent underboss Kirill (Cassel) thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai (Mortensen) really have inherited the throne from his crime-lord father.” There’s more to the story, but we won’t ruin it for anybody who hasn’t seen the first one, so go check it out before the sequel comes around. It won’t start shooting until the beginning of next year, so you probably have two years to catch up with Mortensen wrestling naked in a Russian bathhouse.
Meet some of Oliver Stone's Savages
Oliver Stone’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel Savages got an interesting new bit of promotional material this week: interrogations of the main characters by Stone. They reveal a bit of the story—the girlfriend (Blake Lively) of two Laguna Beach drug dealers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) is kidnapped after they refuse to cooperate with the Mexican cartel (Salma Hayek and her henchman Benicio Del Toro)—but also suggest how Stone will push his filmmaking style once again.
Two Sundance 2012 successes get trailers
In For a Good Time Call..., two female roommates (Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller) start up their own phone-sex business resulting in a raunchy comedy that many critics enjoyed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. This first trailer keeps it light, fun, and a little crass and features Justin Long, Seth Rogen, and Mimi Rogers. The film will get a limited release beginning August 31st.
Lauren Greenfield won the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her look at the lives of billionaire David Siegel and his wife Jackie as they struggle to deal with the stock market crash and their 90,000 square foot mansion. The Queen of Versailles will open in limited release beginning July 20th.
Django Unchained international trailer
Sure, the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained just premiered last week, but this new international cut provides enough new moments to warrant a watch. The focus is still on Christoph Waltz’s Dr. King Schultz and Jamie Foxx’s Django as they hunt down the Brittle brothers and search for Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). See it in theaters beginning December 25th.
The trouble with World War Z
Depending on your love or hate for the script of Prometheus 65, this might come as good or bad news. Heat Vision reports that Damon Lindelof has been hired to rewrite the script of Marc Forster’s troubled adaptation of World War Z starring Brad Pitt. The film is an adaptation of Max Brooks’ 2006 novel of the same name, and as THR reveals, the filmmakers (plus Pitt as a producer) intended the zombie picture to have some real sociopolitical resonance, but that Forster’s indecision (or lack of empowerment) caused problems on the set from the beginning, and now the film is looking at seven weeks of re-shoots. With Lindelof now onboard, should we prepare for an ending with more questions than answers?
Something Sinister this way comes
After helming the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still 40, director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose 46) returns to the horror/thriller genre he made his name in with Sinister. The new film stars Ethan Hawke as a crime novelist who stumbles upon a very creepy story about the family who used to live in the house his family now occupies. Vincent D’Onofrio plays a professor with knowledge of the supernatural, and Fred Thompson plays the town sheriff. Sinister will bring the scares to theaters on October 5th.
War of the Buttons
Christopher Barratier, director of The Chorus 56, returns to World War II and its impact on children in his new film War of the Buttons. Taking place in occupied France, two rival gangs made up of kids from neighboring villages take sides when a young Jewish girl is in danger of being revealed to the Nazis. Laetitia Casta (Brigitte Bardot in Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life 58) and the actor/director Guillaume Canet star along with a group of mainly unknown child actors. The trailer’s narration and music are not subtle, but if that doesn’t turn you off, check it out in theaters beginning July 18th.
News about two West Memphis Three films
Atom Egoyan’s film based on the story of the West Memphis Three filled some major roles this week. According to Deadline, Alessandro Nivola will play Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the victims and someone who has been under suspicion for possibly playing a role in the murders. Reese Witherspoon will play the central role of his wife, Pam Hobbs. Variety also reports that Egoyan has cast his Damien Echols. He’s an unknown drama student at Nebraska Wesleyan University by the name of James Hamrick, and, if anything, he looks the part. He’ll be joining an experienced cast that includes Colin Firth as detective Ron Lax, Amy Ryan as Lax’s wife as well as Dane DeHaan (Chronicle 69) and Mireille Enos from AMC’s The Killing. Meanwhile, the Peter Jackson-produced documentary on the same subject, West of Memphis, will be released in the U.S. on December 28th, and if you haven’t seem them already, check out the Paradise Lost series of documentaries.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- Frozen, Disney new animated musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen and featuring the voice of Kristen Bell, will come to theaters November 27, 2013.
- Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, which got a solid if not spectacular reception at Cannes this year, will hit U.S. theaters on November 16th. - Variety
- Abbie Cornish will play Robocop’s wife and Hugh Laurie is in talks to play his main adversary in Jose Padilha’s Joel Kinnaman-starring remake. - Deadline and Variety
- Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will join Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) in Ed Zwick’s The Great Wall. Zhang Ziyi is also being pursued to star in the recently delayed picture. - Deadline
- Zachary Levi (Chuck) will replace Josh Dallas as Fandral in the upcoming Thor 2. Dallas is currently starring in ABC’s Once Upon a Time. - Heat Vision
- Anton Yelchin has joined Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt in Jim Jarmusch’s vampire tale, Only Lovers Left Alive. - Deadline
- According to Bret Easton Ellis, Lindsey Lohan and porn star James Deen will star in The Canyons, a film he wrote and Paul Schrader (Auto Focus) will direct.
- Chris Hemsworth is attached to star in an adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s National Book Award-winning In the Heart of the Sea, the true story of the Essex, a whaling ship attacked by a whale that inspired the novel Moby Dick. - Deadline
- Neil Burger (Limitless) will direct an adaptation of Denis Lehane’s short story Animal Rescue. - Variety
- Ian McShane will teach Nick Frost to dance in the romantic comedy Cuban Fury. - THR
- Ray Winstone is the favorite to face-off against Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. - Deadline
- Alfre Woodard is the latest to join Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave. - THR
- Jay and Mark Duplass are in talks to write and direct a remake of the 1978 romantic comedy Same Time, Next Year. - Deadline
- Is The Lone Ranger turning into John Carter 2 for Disney, or will it be a box office hit like the troubled Men In Black 3? - Heat Vision
- Star Trek 2 will go through a post-conversion process and be released in IMAX 3D. - IMAX
- Easy A director Will Gluck is in talks to direct an adaptation of Geoffrey Gray’s bestselling novel Skyjack: The Hunt For D.B. Cooper, the story of a man who in 1971 hijacked a Boeing 727, demanded $200,000 and parachuted out of the plane never to be found. - Deadline
- Charlize Theron (and her newly shaven head) is in talks to star in Murder Mystery, a comedy whodunit to be directed by John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). -
- Bill Paxton will join Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in the adaptation of the graphic novel 2 Guns. - Variety
- A sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset could shoot this summer. - IndieWire
- Jean Dujardin is in talks to play a “suave Swiss banker” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. - Variety
- Portia Doubleday will play bad girl Chris Hargensen and Judy Greer will play Miss Desjardin, the gym teacher, in Kim Peirce’s Chloe Moretz-starring remake of Carrie. - Deadline
- Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) will write and direct an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s novel Snow Crash. - Deadline
- Check out the first synopsis for Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 follow-up Elysium. - Collider
- Benicio Del Toro will star opposite Mathieu Amalric and Gina McKee in Arnaud Desplechin’s (A Christmas Tale) in AKA Jimmy Picard, “the true story of a friendship between a Native American and a French psychoanalyst.” - Deadline
- Who wants to see a Tonka Truck movie? Anyone? Anyone? - Deadline