Woody Allen's American tale
Woody Allen’s latest stars Cate Blanchett as the titular Jasmine who, after suffering a major financial setback, moves in with her sister (Sally Hawkins). After a mini-tour of Europe (which he will continue in the south of France with his next film), Allen returns to the states—specifically, San Francisco—and gathers a typically impressive and unique cast: Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay. Look for Blue Jasmine in select theaters beginning July 26th.
Her to-do list is NSFW
Aubrey Plaza stars as 1993 high school valedictorian Brandy Clark in this raunchy period comedy with an impressive comedic cast that includes Donald Glover, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Alia Shawkat, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Scott Porter, Johnny Simmons, Sarah Steele, Connie Britton, and Clark Gregg. Set on losing her virginity and overachieving in sex as she has in math, Brandy suffers a series of humiliations. The To Do List, written and directed by Maggie Carey, comes to theaters July 26th.
Ben Affleck plays the bad guy in Runner Runner, a thriller about a Princeton grad student (Justin Timberlake) who blows his tuition money on an online poker game. Convinced he was cheated, Timberlake travels to Costa Rica, where he quickly gets in over his head with Affleck’s gambling tycoon and the FBI. Anthony Mackie, Ben Schwartz, and Gemma Arterton also star for director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer). Runner Runner hits theaters September 27th.
The Family that commits crime together ...
Formerly known as Malavita, The Family stars Robert De Niro as the patriarch of a mob family under witness protection. The problem is that his family has a hard time kicking old habits. Michelle Pfeiffer plays De Niro’s wife and mother to Dianna Agron and Joseph Perrino, while Tommy Lee Jones tries to keep them all out of trouble. After stepping into biopic territory with The Lady 43, Luc Besson returns to directing the type of picture (a mix of action and comedy) he’s been writing and producing for others. Look for The Family in theaters beginning September 20th.
Liam Hemsworth stars in this thriller as a talented surveillance specialist forced by his boss (Gary Oldman) to spy on his corporate rival (Harrison Ford). Caught in the middle of the big money scheming and corporate intrigue is Amber Heard as Hemsworth’s love interest, Josh Holloway as an FBI agent, and Lucas Till (not Thor) as Hemsworth’s brother. Robert Luketic (Killers, The Ugly Truth, 21) leaves Katherine Heigl behind this time to direct this adaptation of Joseph Finder’s novel. Paranoia opens on August 16th.
A look at festival hit Short Term 12
Short Term 12, Destin Daniel Cretton’s follow up to I Am Not a Hipster 55, won both the Grand Jury and Audience awards at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The films stars Brie Larson as a supervisor at a foster care facility who must deal with displaced kids as well as her own difficult past while confronting her future with a fellow staff member (John Gallagher Jr.). Early reviews have been excellent. Look for it in select theaters on August 23rd.
You can't get away from Ethan Hawke
Getaway, Ethan Hawke’s third movie of 2013 (following this week’s big release The Purge and the expanding Before Midnight), is a thriller in which a former race car driver (Hawke) must drive to save his kidnapped wife. As if he doesn’t have enough trouble already, Selena Gomez is along for the ride. Courtney Solomon (An American Haunting 38) directs, and Jon Voight also stars. Not to be confused with The Getaway (either version), Getaway hits theaters August 30th.
A last look at Man of Steel (for one week, at least)
If you are planning to see Man of Steel next week, you might want to skip the final trailer and 13-minute featurette below. There’s plenty of new footage, but questions still remain. Will director Zack Snyder rebound from Sucker Punch 33? How will Henry Cavill handle the iconic lead role? How will attaching Christopher Nolan’s name to Superman impact viewers’ expectations? Which father knows best, Kevin Costner or Russell Crowe? And will Michael Shannon utter Terence Stamp’s General Zod catchphrase? All these questions and many more will be answered next Friday. Expect reviews for the film to begin arriving on Monday evening.
An update on Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy will begin shooting in late June, so the cast is coming together quickly, with two more announcements this week. THR reports that Doctor Who’s Karen Gilanhas joined as the film’s lead female villain, and Deadline reveals that Benicio del Toro has also agreed to terms. It is unknown what specific characters they will be playing, but ComicBookMovie.com speculates that del Toro will play The Collector. As of now though, the only sure thing is that he has signed on for multiple Marvel movies. These latest additions can be seen with the previously announced Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, Ophelia Lovibond, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Enzo Cilenti when the Guardians of the Galaxy opens on August 1st, 2014.
The first film from the College Humor crew stars Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as a website manager whose "office," the local coffee house, is about to be turned into a “bistro lounge.” So, along with his friends (Steve Little of Eastbound & Down and Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recreation), he sets out to prevent the makeover. Writer-director Brad Copeland’s debut feature also stars Adrianne Palicki and Josh Groban. Coffee Town comes to select theaters and VOD July 9th.
Surfers, drugs, and family
Set in 1970s Australia and based on real events, the surfing drama Drift follows a family of surfers as they try to build a business out of the sport they love. While Sam Worthington, who plays a surf photographer, might seem like the star of the film, he’s not. The focus is on Myles Pollard as Andy Kelly and Xavier Samuel as his younger brother, Jimmy. Co-directed by Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill, Drift opens August 2nd in limited release.
Even more Insidious
Set for a Friday the 13th release, Insidious: Chapter 2, James Wan’s sequel to his surprise 2011 hit Insidious 52 ($97 million worldwide grosses on a $1.5 million budget), finds Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey back as the haunted Lambert family. Prepare to be scared (or possibly even scarred, mentally).
This documentary from Gabriela Cowperthwaite earned high praise when it premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. By focusing on the sad and violent case of an orca (aka killer whale) named Tilikum and the death of a Sea World trainer, the documentary makes the case against keeping animals in captivity. Blackfish comes to select theaters July 19th.
Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall play lawyers (and ex-lovers) defending an accused terrorist in this thriller from director John Crowley (Boy A 75). The script from Steven Knight (Eastern Promises 82) follows Bana and Hall as they uncover the story with the help of a journalist played by Julia Stiles and become targets of a wider conspiracy. Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed and Jim Broadbent also star. Look for Closed Circuit in theaters beginning August 28th.
Filth is filthy
Irvine Welsh wrote the novel that became the film Trainspotting. He also wrote Filth, and now that book is getting its own big-screen adaptation starring James McAvoy as a Scottish police officer more likely to break the law than enforce it. The boundary-pushing film also features Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Jamie Bell, and Imogen Poots. The film will hit U.K. theaters on September 27th, but there’s no release date yet for the U.S. This energetic trailer will have to do for now.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- The Expendables 3—with possible new additions Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan, and Milla Jovovich—will hit theaters on August 15, 2014.
- Community co-stars Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs have joined the cast of Hot Tub Time Machine 2. - Deadline
- Carey Mulligan is the frontrunner to play Hillary Rodham Clinton in James Ponsoldt’s biopic covering her years as a young lawyer. - THR
- Tom Hardy will star in The Outsider, Takashi Miike’s English-language debut about an American G.I. in post-WWII Japan who becomes a member of the Yakuza. - Deadline
- Mia Wasikowska will step in for Emma Stone, who had to depart Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak due to a scheduling conflict. - The Wrap
- Javier Bardem has been cast in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year as well as the Sean Penn-starring The Gunman, which will be directed by Pierre Morel (Taken). - Deadline
- Kristen Stewart will play Juliette Binoche’s assistant in Olivier Assayas’ Sils Marina. - Deadline
- Penelope Cruz will be the next Bond girl according to Yahoo UK.
- Jennifer Lawrence will star in Susanne Bier’s adaptation of Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir, The Rules of Inheritance. - Deadline
- Michael Greene (Green Lantern) will write the Blade Runner sequel. - The Wrap
- Lasse Hallström will direct and Helen Mirren could star in The Hundred-Foot Journey, “an adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel about the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France.” - Deadline
- Keira Knightley will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Imitation Game, based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma. - Variety
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will play Horus, the god of the sky, in Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt. - The Wrap
- Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) will direct the big screen adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic Fables. - THR
- Sony picked up the remake rights to A Prophet. - THR
- Don Johnson will play Cameron Diaz’s father in The Other Woman. Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, and Nicki Minaj also star. - THR
- Denzel Washington is in talks to star in the near-future thriller Shovel Ready based on an unreleased novel by Adam Sternbergh. - Deadline
- Marc Webber will follow-up The End of Love with The Ever After starring Teresa Palmer, Melissa Leo, Rosario Dawson, Kid Cudi, Phoebe Tonkin, and Jaime King. - Variety
- Camryn Manheim, Rumer Willis, and Illeana Douglas will join Rosamund Pike, Shiloh Fernandez, and Nick Nolte in the psychological thriller Return to Sender. - THR
- The Daily Mail has the first photos from the set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Inherent Vice.