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

  • Publish Date: March 8, 2013
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No giraffes were harmed in this trailer

The Wolf Pack is back (though Justin Bartha’s Doug is hard to find) in this first trailer for The Hangover Part III. The focus is on Alan (Zach Galifianakis) this time as he struggles with the loss of his dad. The structure of the first two films is rumored to be gone, but Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) will stop by Vegas and Tijuana. Also returning to the party are Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Jamie Chung, and Mike Epps, while newcomers include Melissa McCarthy and John Goodman. The mayhem begins May 24th.

Another look at Iron Man 3

Iron Man is back, and he has a few friends to help him out. No, not the Avengers, but a fleet of Iron Men recently hinted at in the latest poster. They’ll help him battle Sir Ben Kingsley’s the Mandarin in this third solo outing for Robert Downey Jr. Previous cast members Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine), and Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan) will be back, while Guy Pearce (Aldrich Killian), Rebecca Hall (Maya Hansen) and James Badge Dale (Eric Savin) make their debuts. Shane Black, who previously teamed with Downey on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 72, takes over directing duties. Iron Man 3 opens May 3rd.

M. Night Shyamalan finds life After Earth

Can the father and son team of Will and Jaden Smith resurrect M. Night Shyamalan’s career after the trifecta of The Last Airbender 20, The Happening 34 and Lady in the Water 36? They’ll give it a try in this story of General Cypher Raige and his son Kitai, who crash on Earth 1,000 years after it has been abandoned. It falls on Kitai to retrieve their emergency beacon so they can get home. After Earth comes to theaters on June 7th.

Come see The Incredible Burt Wonderstone!

This clever last trailer for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone poses as an add to see Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) at Bally’s Casino. In the film, Burt and Anton are a failing act faced with competition from street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). Looking for that spark that began his career, Burt seeks out his mentor, Rance Holloway, played by Alan Arkin. The supporting cast also includes Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Jay Mohr. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone comes to theaters next Friday.

Tomorrowland spoilers today

Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof have been mum about Tomorrowland, their 2014 feature starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, but speculation has run rampant since the project’s announcement under its original title 1952. Early talk was about aliens. Then a mysterious box arrived, and Jim Hill theorized that the film would be about a Walt Disney TV production from the 1950s that planned to explain that UFOs are real. This week, HitFix brings the spoilers with inside information on the log line being used to cast the picture: “A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.” The story goes on in more detail. Read it at the risk of ruining the surprise or being tricked. After all, who knows if this is the real story?

Noah Baumbach's festival hit Frances Ha

This surprise, small-budget, black-and-white collaboration between writer/director Noah Baumbach and writer/star Greta Gerwig enjoyed great reviews (its early Metascore is 86) when it premiered at film festivals last September. The story follows Gerwig as Frances, an apprentice dancer fumbling though life in New York City. Featured alongside Gerwig are Mickey Sumner as her best friend and Adam Driver (Girls) as one of her many roommates. Baumbach and Gerwig previously collaborated on the well-regarded Greenberg 76. Their new Frances Ha arrives in limited release on May 17th.

Sarah Polley tells Stories

Here's another hit from last fall's festival circuit. After Take this Waltz 68 and Away from Her 88, Sarah Polley turned to documentary filmmaking with Stories We Tell, and the results are impressive according to early reviews, with several critics naming it among the best films of 2012 (when it was released in Canada). On the surface, the film is a documentary about Polley's own family, but it also investigates memory, what constitutes truth, and how we all tell stories. It opens in New York on May 10th before expanding to additional cities the next week.

Josh Whedon makes Much Ado About Nothing

Yet another fall festival hit was Josh Whedon’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Shot in 12 days after wrapping The Avengers 69, his low-budget, black-and-white version of the classic tale updates it to a contemporary setting (it was filmed in Whedon’s own Southern California home) but retains the Bard’s language. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof star as Beatrice and Benedick, while young lovers Claudio and Hero are played by Fran Kranz and Jillian Morgese. The supporting cast includes Nathan Fillion as Dogberry and Clark Gregg as Leonato. Much Ado About Nothing comes to theaters June 7th.

Jon Stewart will direct a feature (and it's not a comedy)

The Death to Smoochy star (and host of The Daily Show) will take a leave of absence from his TV gig for 2-3 months this summer to direct his first feature film. Deadline reports that Jon Stewart wrote the screenplay as well for this adaptation (to be titled Rosewater) of Maziar Bahari’s memoir, Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Bahari, a BBC journalist, went to cover Iran’s elections in 2009, only to be imprisoned and interrogated for 118 days. Bahari appeared on The Daily Show after the incident and explained that an interview he did with correspondent Jason Jones contributed to his imprisonment. That clip can be seen here. The Daily Show will go on with John Oliver as substitute host until Stewart returns.


One of at least four apocalypse comedies coming out this year (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This Is the End and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End being the two biggies), Rapturepalooza stars Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley (Bones) as a young couple who set out to kill the Antichrist, played by Craig Robinson (the lead in another May 10th release from Lionsgate, Peeples). Also featured in the doomsday comedy are Rob Corddry and Ken Jeong. The script comes from the pen of Chris Matheson, who wrote Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure 44, so there’s that.

What Maisie Knew

In this contemporary retelling of Henry James’ 1897 novel, Julianne Moore plays an aging rock star and Steve Coogan plays her art-dealing husband, until he leaves with the nanny (Joanna Vanderham) and she marries a bartender (Alexander Skarsgård). As a result, their young daughter is shuffled between them, only to find solace with the bartender and the nanny. Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, the team behind The Deep End 78, Bee Season 54 and Uncertainty 45, What Maisie Knew comes to U.S. theaters in May.

Biutiful director’s Birdman cast

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the director of gloomy interconnected stories like Amores Perros 83, 21 Grams 70, and Babel 69, has begun casting his first comedy, Birdman. THR reports that Michael Keaton will play a washed-up comic book movie star who puts on a Broadway play in an attempt at a comeback. The film is based on a Raymond Carver short story and will also star Emma Stone as Keaton’s daughter who has recently left rehab and becomes his assistant, Naomi Watts as an actress in the play, Zach Galifianakis as the play’s producer, Ed Norton (Deadline) as the egotistical lead actor threatening the production, and Andrea Riseborough in an unknown role.

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

  • So maybe Han, Luke, and Leia will be back. George Lucas told Bloomberg Businessweek, “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation... Maybe I’m not supposed to say that... I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
  • Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar, will be released on November 7, 2014. - Deadline
  • Steven Spielberg is developing Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay for Napoleon into a miniseries. - THR
  • Sam Mendes will not direct the next James Bond film. - Empire
  • Harrison Ford will play a legendary newsman in Anchorman: The Legend Continues. - THR
  • Liam Neeson and Giovanni Ribisi will join Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried in Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West. - THR
  • Halle Berry will return as Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Omay Sy (The Intouchables) has also joined the cast. - Deadline & Bryan Singer
  • Rebecca Hall will join Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany in Wally Pfister’s Transcendence. - Collider
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) and Jake Johnson (New Girl) will play best friends who impersonate cops in director Luke Greenfield’s Let’s Be Cops. - Deadline
  • Resident Evil 6 will hit theaters on September 12, 2014. - Shock Till You Drop
  • Jesse L. Martin will play Marvin Gaye in Sexual Healing, Julian Temple’s biopic of the singer. - Deadline
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan will play a veteran FBI agent alongside two psychics played by Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell in Afonso Poyart’s Solace. - Heat Vision
  • Nick Cannon will play former drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross in a film to be directed by Nick Cassavetes. - THR
  • Christina Hendricks will star in the Campbell Scott-directed adaptation of Joan Didion’s A Book of Common Prayer. - Variety
  • David Yates wants Jessica Chastain to play Jane in his update of Tarzan, and Alexander Skarsgård is in the running to play the ape man. - NY Post
  • Keri Russell will reunite with her Felicity director, Matt Reeves, when she joins Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Gary Oldman, and Andy Serkis in the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. - Variety
  • Gil Kenan (Monster House) will direct the Poltergeist remake. - Deadline
  • Corey Stoll (currently receiving raves for House of Cards) and Jane Fonda will join Jason Bateman and Tina Fey in Shawn Levy’s adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You. Variety & Deadline
  • Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass will play a couple with marital problems, and Ted Danson will be their therapist, in Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love. - Deadline
  • Sofia Vergara is in talks to star opposite Jason Statham in Simon West’s remake of Heat. - Heat Vision
  • A sequel is already in the works for Oz the Great and Powerful. - Variety

Comments (3)

  • MarcDoyle  

    I'm already excited for Nolan's Interstellar. This start to the 2013 film year has been so atrocious, just the thought that there are interesting films in the pipeline buoys me.

  • LamontRaymond  

    Rapturepalooza looks really, really bad. Frances Ha will probably suck, but it could be endearing if done well but I doubt it will be. And Joss Whedon is like a guaranteed employment insurance policy for people who have worked with him before I would love it if Much Ado turns out well. And the Hangover III trailer is not promising it would be great they just reserve all the funny stuff for the actual movie.

  • mrmonster  

    I can't wait for Iron Man 3. After Earth looks okay too.

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