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

  • Publish Date: June 22, 2012
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Another look at The Dark Knight Rises

With only a month to go, anticipation is building for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film. This latest trailer combines previously seen footage with enough new footage to make it worth your time. Warner Bros. has also set up a site for fans to create their own TV spot; check it out here. The winner will be picked by Nolan and receive a trip to New York City for the premiere. The last bit of publicity is a press release from the offices of the mayor of Gotham announcing the signing of the Dent Act. SuperHeroHype found this on, but be warned: spoilers are present. Batman faces off against Bane in theaters beginning July 20th.


The Master impresses again

The first look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film The Master premiered four weeks ago without a frame of star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Well, that has been resolved this week with a new teaser for the film that is equally intriguing. The basic plot focuses on Joaquin Phoenix, who portrays Freddie Sutton, an ex-Navy man who falls under the influence of Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), the charismatic leader of a new religion. Amy Adams, as Dodd’s wife, also makes her debut here, but it might be Johnny Greenwood’s score that makes the strongest impression. See the film in theaters beginning October 12th.

A first look at Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina

Director Joe Wright’s last film, Hanna 65, wasn’t what many expected from the director of Pride & Prejudice 82 and Atonement 85, but Wright has returned to the land of period literary adaptations starring Keira Knightley for his next project, a take on Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Wright shot most of the film on a single soundstage, giving the footage both an epic and intimate feel that is impressive in this first trailer. In addition to Knightley, the film stars Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Ruth Wilson and Holliday Grainger. The film opens in the U.S. on November 9th.

The first full trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

The final chapter of the Twilight Saga comes to theaters November 16. Bella is a vampire, her child, Renesmee, is growing up quickly, and the Volturi are pissed. Everyone is back for one final battle, including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner (with a shirt), Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Michael Sheen, and Dakota Fanning, to name a few. Bill Condon, who directed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 45, returns as well.

Scorsese continues to cast The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street, written by Terence Winter and based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name, chronicles the rise and fall of the head of one of Wall Street’s most successful brokerage firms of the ‘90s. Leonardo DiCaprio will play Belfort, and as of this week he has been joined by two wives, a new father, and a drug dealer. Variety reports that Cristin Milioti, who was recently nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the musical adaptation of Once, will play Belfort’s first wife, an Italian-American hairdresser who’s heartbroken when he leaves her. The woman he leaves her for will be played by Margot Robbie (Pan Am), according to THR. Deadline adds that Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) will play a drug dealer and money launderer who helps hasten Belfort’s fall, and THR reveals that Rob Reiner is in talks to play Belfort’s father. These announcements come on the heels of Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, and Kyle Chandler joining the film over the past few weeks.

Dredd goes on a raid

What do you get when you take The Raid: Redemption 73, Sylvester Stallone’s Judge Dredd, some slick new effects and blend them all together? The new Dredd from director Pete Travis (Vantage Point 40) and writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later 73, Sunshine 64). Karl Urban stars as Dredd, and Olivia Thirlby plays a rookie with psychic abilities paired with Dredd for evaluation until a crime leads them to a 200-story building controlled by Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), a former prostitute now drug lord out to control the city with a new drug called Slo-Mo. Expect plenty of shots that take advantage of slow motion and filming in 3D when it comes to theaters September 21st.

Taken 2: Give me back my wife!

Rade Serbedzija and his crew better prepare for another ass-kickin’ at the hands of Liam Neeson because they just came looking for revenge on the wrong guy. Director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3 51, Colombiana 45), who with a name like that was required to be an action director since birth, takes the reigns form the original Taken 50 director Pierre Morel, moves the action to Istanbul and Albania, and gets Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace more involved with this sequel to the successful 2008 film. Check it out beginning October 5th.

A look at Celeste and Jesse Forever

Written (with Will McCormack) by lead actress Rashida Jones and co-starring Andy Samberg, this romantic comedy tracks the ups and downs of a couple who divorce but continue to spend time together. The film received mixed reviews when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but there was enough positive response for Sony Pictures Classics to pick it up. The film is directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind 65) and features supporting roles for Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, and Rich Sommer. Celeste and Jesse Forever comes to theaters August 3rd.


Who knew Rob Zombie is a hockey fan?

Rob Zombie will step away from the horror genre with his next film, Broad Street Bullies, a look at the famed Philadelphia Flyers hockey teams of 1973-1976. The team was chronicled in a 2010 HBO documentary by director George Roy and was known for its rough play, two Stanley Cup championships, and its intimidating defeat of the Russian team in an exhibition in 1976. The director of House of 1000 Corpses 31, The Devil’s Rejects 53, and the reboots Halloween 47 and Halloween II 46 will write the film as well, and he has the full support of the organization. According to Deadline, “He likened the tone of the tale to Rocky meets Boogie Nights on ice. ‘Each character involved is more outrageous than the next,’ Zombie said. ‘The backdrop of the turbulent year of 1974 is perfect for this ‘stranger than fiction’ sports tale.’”

Welcome to Monsters University

Brave 68 hits theaters today, so along with it comes the first teaser for Pixar’s next release, Monsters University. The film is a prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc., checking in with John Goodman’s Sulley and Billy Crystal’s Mike Wazowski in college as they train to become professional scarers. Their nemesis, Randall Boggs (voiced by Steve Buscemi), is back along with the Abominable Snowman (John Ratzenberger). Expectations will be high for director Dan Scanlon and the Pixar team when the film hits theaters June 21, 2013.

Sandler and Samberg reunite for the much tamer Hotel Transylvania

Previous teasers gave a glimpse of the world of Hotel Transylvania, but the new official trailer reveals more about the plot and the look of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez). That’s My Boy 30 father and son, Adam Sandler (Dracula) and Andy Samberg (Jonathan, the only human at the party), are rivals again, voicing the roles of protective father and Mavis’ love interest, respectively. Kevin James (Frankenstein), David Spade (Quasimodo), Cee Lo Green (Murray the Mummy), and Fran Drescher (the Bride of Frankenstein) also lend their voice talent to the film that opens on September 21.

Who’s protecting your neighborhood?

The latest trailer for The Watch provides a little more information on the characters Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade play, and let’s just say they might not be the first call you’d make when aliens invade your neighborhood, but, hey, the kids in Attack the Block 75 were underdogs too. Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod 43) directs from a script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and filling out the cast are Billy Crudup, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, and R. Lee Emry. Check it out in theaters July 27th.

Babymakers red-band trailer

Two weeks after the debut of the first trailer for The Babymakers comes a red-band trailer that adds a little raunch but not much else. Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers 48, Club Dread 45, and Beerfest 46) directs Paul Schneider, Olivia Munn, Kevin Heffernan, Aisha Tyler, Nat Faxon and M.C. Gainey in this story of a man who at one time donated sperm, but now must steal it back so he and his wife can make babies of their own. Check it out in theaters August 3rd.

Klown green band

The first U.S. trailer for Mikkel Nøgaard's comedy Klown was extremely NSFW, but it really only consisted of one scene. This latest look gives an idea of just how much trouble these two friends, Frank and Casper, get into when Frank brings along his girlfriend’s 12 year-old nephew on a weekend of debauchery. A remake starring Danny McBride is already in the works, so check the original out when it comes to theaters and VOD on July 27th.

Featurettes and clips for Savages and Ted

Oliver Stone’s Savages and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted are both hard-R summer films—one for its violence and one for its raunchy comedy—but both are trying to find an audience in a summer filled with comic book franchises and more family-friendly offerings. Check out the featurettes and clips below to get a taste of what to expect when Ted comes to theaters next week, and Savages hits theaters a week later on July 6th

The first trailer for V/H/S

The horror anthology V/H/S is comprised of six shorts by directors Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg and Ti West and has received good reviews in early festival screenings. You can see it in the comfort of your home as early as August 31, but if you like to watch your horror in theaters, you’ll have to wait until October 5th.

Peter Berg shifts gears

Peter Berg and Buzz Bissinger are cousins, but they are also collaborators. In 2004, Berg wrote and directed a big-screen adaptation of Bissinger’s non-fiction book Friday Night Lights, a look at the 1988 season of the Permian High School Panthers football team from Odessa, Texas. The feature length Friday Night Lights 70 then spawned the critically praised, but sadly under-seen, television series Friday Night Lights, which Berg produced and directed two episodes of (including the pilot which set the style for the whole series). Berg’s recent output has been more scattered (Battleship 41, Hancock 49), but Variety reports that Berg is now interested in adapting Bissinger’s latest book, Father’s Day, an exploration of Bissinger’s relationship with his 24-year-old special-needs son, Zach. The book chronicles the pair’s 3,500 mile road trip from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, and the lessons Bissinger learns along the way. Berg is currently prepping the true-life military tale Love Survivor, so this latest collaboration between the cousins could be a ways out.

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

  • Cloud Atlas, directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, will be released October 26th.
  • Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, a film that sparked many different opinions when it premiered at Cannes, will come to U.S. theaters on October 5th.
  • The thriller Dead Man Down starring Noomi Rapace, Colin Farrell, Terence Howard and Dominic Cooper, will hit theaters April 5, 2013.
  • Reese Witherspoon will star in an adaptation of the self-help book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. - Deadline
  • Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5, judge on The Voice) will play one half of a musical couple (with Keira Knightley) in Once director John Carney’s Can a Song Save Your Life. - Deadline
  • Jennifer Connelly is officially in talks to join Darren Aronofsky’s Noah as Russell Crowe’s wife (a role she also played in A Beautiful Mind). - Variety
  • Django Unchained is still shooting and still casting, as Jonah Hill joined the film this week. - Deadline
  • Barry Sonnenfeld is attached to direct an adaptation of DC Comics' The Metal Men. - Vulture
  • You’ll have to wait until May 16, 2014 to see Jonathan Liebesman’s take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film has been delayed due to budgetary concerns. - Deadline
  • Rosie Huntington Whiteley will follow her acting debut in Transformers: Dark of the Moon with a role in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. - Deadline
  • Colin Farrell will play the father of Mary Poppins creator, P.L. Travers (who will be played by Emma Thompson, so we’re thinking flashbacks are involved), and Tom Hanks will play Walt Disney, in Saving Mr. Banks. - Deadline
  • Peter Bogdanovich is attached to direct John Ledger starring Tom Sizemore as the titular character, a sex addict losing his grip on his job and his family. - Variety
  • Alex Pettyfer is the latest to join the ever-growing cast of Lee Daniels’ The Butler. - Deadline
  • Deadline reports that Ed Helms and Jason Mantzoukas have joined David Wain’s romantic comedy spoof They Came Together, and THR adds Michael Ian Black, Cobie Smulders and Noureen DeWulf to the cast.
  • Cam Gigandet will play a psychic opposite Emily Browning in Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush. - Variety
  • Amber Heard is in talks to join Liam Hemsworth in Robert Luketic’s corporate espionage thriller, Paranoia. - Variety
  • Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson will star in The Spectacular Now for director James Ponsoldt, whose Smashed received solid reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. - Deadline
  • Ryan Philippe will write, produce and star in his directorial debut, a thriller about a kidnapped Hollywood star titled Shreveport for the city in which it takes place. - Variety
  • Ivan Reitman is attached to direct Draft Day, a comedy that follows a fictional version of the Buffalo Bills’ general manager on the day of the NFL draft. - Deadline
  • Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, the directors of the charming Safety Not Guaranteed, will also mix romance and sci-fi in their next feature, The Ambassador - Deadline
  • Edward James Olmos is in talks to play a Mexican drug kingpin opposite Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Bill Paxton, and Paula Patton in 2 Guns. - Variety
  • A Sesame Street movie is in the works. - Heat Vision
  • Prepare for Jurassic Park 4 from the writers that brought you The Rise of the Planet of the Apes. - Deadline
  • Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett will play novelist Erskine Caldwell and photographer Margaret Bourke White in Skinny and Cat, Barbra Streisand’s first directorial effort since The Mirror Had Two Faces. - Showbiz 411
  • Bruce Greenwood and Michael Gladis (Mad Men) will join Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Amy Adams, Mireille Enos, and Dane DeHaan in Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three film, The Devil’s Knot. - THR
  • Winning! Charlie Sheen will play the president of the United States in Machete Kills. - Robert Rodriguez
  • Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry and Amanda Peet have joined Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Colette, and Liam James in The Way Way Back, the directorial debut of adapted screenplay Oscar-winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. - Deadline
  • Are you still wondering what David said to the Engineer in Prometheus? Find out at The Bioscopist.

Comments (1)

  • jerrycurlan  

    I really hope that Savages delivers. The cast looks amazing, but you never know with Stone.

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