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

  • Publish Date: November 22, 2013
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Film Friday will be taking next week off to celebrate the sacred holiday of Black Friday with our new game consoles loved ones. We'll return on December 6.

The (extremely) NSFW official trailer for Nymphomaniac

After five chapter teases—the last being the most explicit—a full official trailer has finally surfaced for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. The NSFW trailer finds Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, and Christian Slater all getting a moment of screen time amidst all the nudity and graphic sex. No matter which version is eventually released in Denmark on December 25th or in the U.S. in early 2014, the film will not play in competition at Cannes, according to Thierry Fremaux, but at least the director is welcome back at the festival: “That controversy was as stupid as what Lars said.” Now that there is a full trailer, does that mean we don’t get teasers for the last three chapters (Chapter 6: The Eastern & Western Church (The Silent Duck), Chapter 7: The Mirror, Chapter 8: The Gun)?

I’m tellin’ y’all, it’s Sabotage

David Ayer (End of Watch, Street Kings, Harsh Times) directs this story of an elite DEA team that becomes the target of a deadly cartel. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the head of the task force that comes under the investigation of Olivia Williams’ character. Rounding out the cast are Max Martini, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway, Harold Perrineau, and Mireille Enos. Sabotage hits theaters April 11, 2014.

Need For Speed and RoboCop need more Michael Keaton

In Need For Speed, an adaptation of the video game series from Electronic Arts, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul stars as Tobey Marshall, a mechanic and street car racer who emerges from prison looking to even the score with the man responsible for his false conviction. Kid Cudi and Imogen Poots lend their help as Paul clashes with Dominic Cooper and Michael Keaton philosophizes about racing. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) directs from a script by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), John Gatins (Flight), and George Gatins. Need For Speed hits theaters March 14, 2014.

This international trailer for Jose Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop focuses on the consequences to Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and his family while mixing in a little action and a good Michael Keaton tease as Omnicorp’s CEO. Abbie Cornish plays Kinnaman’s wife, and Gary Oldman is the scientist behind his transformation. Other supporting players include Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, and Jay Baruchel. Dead or alive, you’re coming with me to see RoboCop when it opens in theaters on February 12, 2014.

The Past

Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Academy Award winning A Separation stars Bérénice Bejo as a woman who asks her husband (Ali Mosaffa) to return to France from Iran, where he has been for four years, so they can finalize their divorce, allowing her to marry another man (A Prophet’s Tahar Rahim). Dealing with the consequences of her decision are three children. The Past earned good reviews at Cannes, where Bejo won Best Actress. Look for it in select theaters beginning December 20th.

Two new trailers for Muppets Most Wanted

This sequel to 2011’s The Muppets will not star Jason Segel or Amy Adams, but Muppet Gary is back along with director James Bobin and writer Nicholas Stoller, and there’s a slew of new actors ready to interact with all of your favorite Muppets as they tour the world and get entangled with a European jewel-heist team made up of Kermit impostor Constantine and his number two, Ricky Gervais as Dominic Badguy (give him a call at 213-293-5218). Joining in the fun are Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Sean “Diddy or whatever he’s going by these days” Combs, Tom Hiddleston, Danny Trejo, Zach Galifianakis, and many more. Muppets Most Wanted opens on March 21, 2014.

A new trailer for The Wind Rises

After spending the week of November 8th-14th in theaters to qualify for awards, The Wind Rises will return to theaters on February 21st before expanding the following week. The new release will allow moviegoers to choose between the original Japanese voice track with subtitles or a new English-dubbed version. This new trailer does not feature the dubbed voices, just a song that plays over the end credits of the feature. The animated film, inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of Japan’s A6M Zero WW II fighter plane, is Hayao Miyazaki’s 11th and final feature.

Twice Born

In this adaptation of Margaret Mazzantini’s novel, Penelope Cruz stars as a single mother who brings her teenage son back to Sarajevo, where his father, an American photographer played by Emile Hirsch, died during the Bosnian War. This is Cruz’s second collaboration with actor-writer-director Sergio Castellitto on one of Mazzantini’s books, the first being Don’t Move. In addition, Castellitto’s son, Pietro, who also had a role as a kid in Don’t Move, plays Cruz’s son this time around.. Twice Born comes to select theaters on December 6th.

A new look Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy is an adaptation of the first book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. The story focuses on Rose (Zoey Deutch), a Damphir (half vampire-half human) and her best friend Lissa (Lucy Fry), a Moroi (a mortal full blooded vampire). After running away together two years earlier, Rose and Lissa are brought back to St. Vladimir's Academy, where Rose trains with Guardian Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky) to become Lissa’s Guardian and protect her from Strigoi (undead vampires). While it sounds more complicated than it is, director Mark Waters and his brother, writer Daniel Waters, seem to be going for a tone akin to their previous high school works, Mean Girls and Heathers. Olga Kurylenko, Gabriel Byrne, Joely Richardson, and Sarah Hyland also star in the film coming to theaters February 14th, 2014.

Best Night Ever will likely not be yours

"Filmmakers" Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (The Starving Games, Vampires Suck, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, Date Movie) put Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and Spring Breakers into their spoof machine and get this story of the soon-to-be-married Claire (Desiree Hall) and her crazy Las Vegas bachelorette party. If the Metascores of their previous films don’t scare you off, then check out Best Night Ever on VOD beginning December 26th or in theaters January 31st; an appropriately-colored red-band trailer is below.

Watch Jonas Cuaron’s Gravity-related short Aningaaq

Have you seen Gravity? If you haven’t, then SPOILER ALERT! Remember that scene where Sandra Bullock’s character Dr. Ryan Stone makes radio contact with an unknown man, speaking a language she doesn’t understand, but for a moment she feels a little less alone? Well, Gravity’s writer Jonas Cuaron, son of the film’s director Alfonso Cuaron, directed a short film about the other end of that radio conversation. The short, titled Aningaaq, stars Orto Ignatiussen, and has been submitted for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category. Check out the full film below and read the full story at THR.

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

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicolas Hoult, will hit 2D and 3D theaters on May 15, 2015.
  • Insidious: Chapter 3 will be released on April 3, 2015.
  • Aaron Paul has joined Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried in Fathers and Daughters. - Variety
  • Doug Liman will direct the comedy El Presidente, starring Tom Cruise as a Secret Service agent assigned to protect an alcoholic, womanizing ex-president. Jack Nicholson is being wooed to play the former commander-in-chief. - THR
  • Malcom D. Lee is in talks to write, direct and produce the sequel to The Best Man Holiday. - Deadline
  • Imogen Poots will star in Todd Field’s adaptation of Jess Walter’s bestselling novel Beautiful Ruins. - Variety
  • Dakota Fanning will star in Miss Bala director Gerardo Naranjo’s English-language debut, a coming of age story about a punk band’s roadie in the 1980s. - Deadline
  • Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi have joined Method Man and Dan Stevens in Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler as a shoe repairmen who gets involved in the lives of his clientele. - The Wrap
  • Lake Bell will star as a single girl mistaken for a stranger’s blind date in Man Up. Simon Pegg will also star, and Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie) will direct. - Deadline
  • Javier Bardem has been offered the main villain role of Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s Peter Pan film based on a script by Jason Fuchs. - Variety
  • Christopher McQuarrie will direct, and Colin Firth will star in an adaptation of author Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel Three to Kill, the story of a businessman who witnesses a murder and becomes the target of two killers. - Deadline
  • Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) will direct the English language remake of Tell No One. - Variety
  • Alex Tse, the writer of the Watchmen film adaptation, has been hired to bring the video game Gran Turismo to the big screen. - Heat Vision
  • Thankfully, Paramount might be able to stop the reported It’s A Wonderful Life sequel. - Variety
  • Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and team are trying to raise money to help finish Life Itself, a documentary on Roger Ebert. Check out the campaign at indiegogo.

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