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

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  • Publish Date: May 24, 2013

My body, my pad, my ride, my family ...

Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s debut as a feature writer-director, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival (under the name Don Jon’s Addiction) to mixed reviews, but there was plenty of praise for the cast including Tony Danza and Julianne Moore, plus Anne Hathaway and Channing Tatum, who star in the fake rom-com the main characters watch in the movie. Gordon-Levitt himself takes the lead as Jon Martello, a young man obsessed with his body, his apartment, his car and, well, porn. When he meets Scarlett Johansson’s Barbara Sugarman, her obsession with romantic comedies rubs up against his predilection for porn. Can these two make it work? Find out when it hits theaters October 18th.

A comedy trailer extravaganza

With the release of The Hangover Part III, the studios rolled out a new slate of trailers for their upcoming comedies this week. First up is a first look at We’re the Millers starring Jason Sudeikis as a pot dealer recruited by Ed Helms to make a run south of the border to pick up a very large shipment of marijuana. To give himself a better chance at success, he recruits a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) to play his wife, a runaway (Emma Roberts) to play his daughter, and a goofy kid (Will Poulter) who lives in his building to act as his son. As expected, the fake family’s journey does not go smoothly. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 55) and written by the team behind The Wedding Crashers, We’re the Millers comes to theaters August 9th. Check out the NSFW red-band trailer below.

Coming to theaters two weeks later (on August 23rd) is The World’s End. The finale to Edgar Wright’s action-comedy trilogy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost finds them joining Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan as they try to repeat an epic pub crawl they attempted 20 year prior, only to find that things aren’t what they used to be (in more ways than one). This new trailer gives a little more screen time to Rosamund Pike as well as the action that ensues after they meet some blue ink-filled baddies.

The Canadian comedy Starbuck hit U.S. theaters in March, and now we have a first look at the upcoming Hollywood remake starring Vince Vaughn. The teaser below basically sets up the story: a man who donated to a sperm bank 20 years earlier discovers that his deposits have, well, matured—he now has 533 children. Ken Scott, the writer-director of the original, is at the helm for this remake as well, and the supporting cast includes Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Bobby Moynihan, and Jack Reynor. Delivery Man hits theaters November 22nd.

Two teasers have already been released for Anchorman: The Legend Continues, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a third. Don’t expect any new footage or first looks at new characters like Harrison Ford or Kristen Wiig. It’s just the Channel 4 News Team, who return to the big screen December 20th.

Another comedy sequel coming to theaters this summer is Grown Ups 2. Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, and Kevin James are back, and Nick Swardson replaces Rob Schneider (by playing the brother of Schneider’s character in Grown Ups 30) in this continuation of the 2010 hit ($271 million worldwide). Here’s a look at the international trailer for what will surely be derided by critics and embraced by families avoiding hot summer temperatures on the weekend of July 12th.

Another comedy that deserves one last mention before it hits theaters next week is The Kings of Summer. A red-band trailer is now available, and it’s worth a look. The coming-of-age tale about three friends who decide to spend the summer building a house and living in the woods so they can get away from their parents has some edge thanks to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Funny or Die Presents...) and writer Chris Galletta.

A little action, too

It just so happens that Fast & Furious 6 is the other big release of the weekend, so if action is your genre of choice this weekend, expect to see plenty of new trailers for the upcoming blockbusters of the summer. (It also just so happens that we saved you a trip to the multiplex; we have all the trailers here.) Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th, and up until now the trailers have focused on the more contemplative side of Superman’s nature, but with this latest preview, the action takes center stage, and suddenly it feels much more like a Zach Snyder film. Let’s hope the movie isn’t as bipolar as the marketing seems to be.

While Man of Steel might be the most anticipated action film of the summer, The Lone Ranger might be the one with the most questions surrounding it. Will the Pirates of the Caribbean connection and the presence of Johnny Depp in another quirky action role be enough to bring people to the box office on July 3rd? Disney hopes you give it a chance, and maybe the latest trailer below will convince you.

The main challenge for The Wolverine is probably making people forget that X-Men Origins: Wolverine 40 even existed. X-Men: First Class 65 certainly helped in that respect, and its upcoming character-stuffed sequel from original X-Men director Bryan Singer will further excite fans of the series, but it’s unknown how this solo mission directed by James Mangold (who came aboard after Darren Aronofsky stepped down) will improve on the first one. A good sign is that the source material is by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, and finds Logan in Japan battling samurais and ninjas. See The Wolverine in theaters beginning July 26th.

Pacific Rim’s big new trailer came out last week, but a new featurette on the film is worth seeing for an explanation of the science behind the gigantic Jaegers. Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, and Max Martini discuss why two pilots are required to handle the giant robots and what their interaction entails. To get the full story, check out Pacific Rim in 2D, 3D, and IMAX theaters on July 12th.

Nymphomaniac (the movie) update

What would Cannes week be without a Lars von Trier update. THR caught up with Nymphomaniac producer Louise Vesth (because the director still isn’t doing interviews since his Melancholia Nazi press conference debacle), and Vesth had the following to say about the explicit sex scenes in the upcoming film, “We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital-impose the two, so above the waist it will be the star and the below the waist it will be the doubles.” This tricky bit of CG magic has delayed the film, so don’t expect to see it in any of the fall festivals. While the film is a two-parter, both will be finished at the same time, and Vesth added that von Trier will place words and symbols over some of the action which one buyer who saw footage of the film called “groundbreaking.” Vesth also hopes that the director will once again talk to the media, “Lars has thrown everything in this one. It's about religion, about God, about philosophy...There's so much to talk about with this movie. I hope he changes his mind and starts giving interviews again.”

Ron Howard's action formula

Based on a true story, Rush looks at the at the rivalry and friendship between two of the great Formula 1 drivers of the 1970s, James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Chris Hemsworth plays Hunt, and Daniel Bruhl plays Lauda, while Ron Howard directs from a script by Peter Morgan (The Damned United 81, The Queen 91). The supporting cast includes Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) and Alexandra Maria Lara. Rush arrives in theaters September 20th.

Metallica gets even bigger

Metallica Through the Never combines new concert footage with a narrative film about a roadie named Trip (played by Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan), who tries to recover a mysterious item for the band. Trip finds himself in the middle of a melee between protesters, riot police, and a masked horseman that seems bent on killing him. How will this all come together? That’s up to director Nimrod Antal (Predators 51), but if you’re a fan of Metallica, it might not even matter. Check it out in IMAX 3D beginning September 27th (or in conventional theaters the following week).

Neil Jordan's latest vampire story

Coming to select theaters on June 28th is Byzantium, director Neil Jordan’s newest take on vampire mythology. Saoirse Ronan stars as a teen vampire who, along with her mother (Gemma Arterton), has been on the run for 200 years from an all-male vampire order called the Brotherhood. They settle in a seaside town where Arterton begins to run a brothel, and Ronan becomes friends with a sick boy played by Caleb Landry Jones, but the Brotherhood, in the form of Sam Riley and Johnny Lee Miller, are never far behind.

Summer's most under-the-radar sci-fi thriller: Europa Report

Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) star in this found-footage sci-fi adventure/horror film about an international crew of astronauts on an exploratory mission to Europa, Jupiter’s fourth moon. Sebastián Cordero (Chronicles 63) directs, and Anamaria Marinca, Christian Camargo, Daniel Wu and Karolina Wydra also star. Europa Report comes to VOD on June 27th before opening in limited release on August 2nd.

Ben Wheatley's next

If nothing else, Ben Wheatley is a prolific director. Since 2009, he has directed three critical successes (Down Terrace 68, Kill List 67, Sightseers 67), a segment for The ABCs of Death, a few TV shows, and now A Field in England. The latter film doesn’t have a North American release date, but it opens in the UK on July 5th. Shot in black and white, the story takes place in 1684 during the English Civil War and concerns a group of deserters who are captured by an alchemist. Expect a high level of psychedelic trippyness.

Her?

Spike Jonze’s last film was 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are 71, but 2013 will see him return to the big screen with Her on November 20th. The new film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Samantha Morton, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Pratt in a sci-fi romance that sees Phoenix fall in love with a computer operating system he created. While it might sound like another collaboration with Charlie Kaufman, Jonze actually wrote the feature himself.

A look at Sundance hit Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Winner of a cinematography award at this year's Sundance festival—with a visual quality compared to Terrence Malick’s work—this 1970s Texas-set story of the intertwined relationship between a robber (Casey Affleck), his wife (Rooney Mara), and a cop (Ben Foster) comes from writer-director David Lowery. Ain't Them Bodies Saints earned strong reviews in Park City (as well as this month at Cannes), and arrives in theaters in limited release beginning August 16th.

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

  • The big screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender will hit theaters on May 22, 2015.
  • Tom Cruise has dropped out of Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. so he can focus on M:I 5. - Deadline
  • Gael Garcia Bernal will lead Jon Stewart’s debut directorial effort, Rosewater, the true story of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari's 118 days in prison. - The Wrap
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the first new star to be rumored for Star Wars Episode VII. - Latino Review
  • RED 2 doesn’t come out until July 19th, but RED 3 is already in the works. - THR
  • As rumored a few weeks ago, Amanda Seyfried will join Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, and Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach's While We're Young. - The Wrap
  • Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, and Rodrigo Santoro will star in The 33, based on the true story of the 2010 Chilean miners rescue. - Variety
  • Sean Penn is in talks to play a loan shark in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice adaptation. - Cigarettes & Red Vines
  • Universal is developing a reboot of the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme classic Timecop. - Heat Vision
  • Sam Claflin, Max Irons, and Douglas Booth will star in Lone Scherfig's adaptation of Laura Wade’s play Posh. - THR
  • McG will direct Hunter Killer, a contemporary action thriller about a submarine captain going up against a “rogue Russian general.” - Variety
  • Liam Hemsworth will play a surfer who becomes an accomplished fighter pilot in Aurora Rising. - THR
  • Zac Efron will star in the true-crime story Narc, a “college-set Donnie Brasco.” - THR
  • Francis Ford Coppola is developing an Italian-American coming-of-age story focusing on “a boy and a girl in their late teens” and spanning from the 1930s to the '60s. - THR
  • Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) will direct Carol, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1950s-set novella The Price of Salt that will star Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska. - Screen Daily
  • Olivier Assayas will make the true story crime thriller Hubris his first U.S.-set feature.  - Indiewire
  • Richard Linklater hopes to make That's What I'm Talking About, a college comedy with an ensemble cast akin to the high-school set Dazed and Confused this fall. - Movies.com
  • Steven Soderbergh has some stuff for you to buy at Extension 765.

Comments (1)

  • FleshWorld  

    Don Jon looks funny as hell thanks for the trailer. I'm also excited for Europa Report.

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