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

  • Publish Date: October 26, 2012
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Iron Man is back and on his back

While many consider 2008’s Iron Man 79 one of the best superhero movies of recent years, there’s not much love for Iron Man 2 57. So will Iron Man 3 continue the downward trend or can new writer/director Shane Black provided a much needed boost to the franchise? Start your speculation now. The first trailer features returning players Robert Downey Jr. as a troubled Tony Stark/Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine. Joining the cast are Sir Ben Kingsley as the main villain, the Mandarin, Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, and Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, and Ashley Hamilton. One thing is for certain: Tony Stark will need to do a little work around the house after the Mandarin’s helicopters pay him a visit. Iron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.

Q, 007, and one last trailer for Skyfall

James Bond returns to U.K. theaters today, but American moviegoers have to wait until November 9th to see the already well-reviewed Skyfall (unless they choose to see it in IMAX on November 8th). Luckily, the people behind Bond have provided one last trailer and a new clip for those eagerly awaiting the film’s release. In addition, the Daily Mail reports that Bond 24 is already in the works with Skyfall writer John Logan hired to pen the script and producers seeking an autumn 2014 release date. Hopefully Ben Wishaw will return as Q. Watch him introduce himself to 007 below.

Save the Date and beware of public proposals

Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie star as sisters with very different approaches to commitment in this romantic comedy from director Michael Mohan (One Too Many Mornings). Caplan breaks up with her boyfriend (Geoffrey Arend) after an ill-conceived public proposal, while Brie prepares to wed his bandmate (Martin Starr). Mark Webber appears as a possible rebound romance for Caplan, but the complications don’t end there. Mohan wrote the script with comic book artist Jeffrey Brown, whose drawings appear in the film. Save the Date premiered at Sundance this year and arrives on VOD November 8th, with a limited theatrical release to follow on December 14th.

Django Unchained’s best trailer yet

Two weeks ago, a second domestic trailer revealed new footage from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. This week sees an international trailer expand on its predecessor with more guns, more explosions, and a bit more DiCaprio. The story hasn’t changed: Christoph Waltz’s Dr. King Schultz frees Jamie Foxx’s Django, trains him to be a bounty hunter, and together they hunt down the Brittle brothers and search for Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), finding her in Candie Land where they attract the attention of Calvin Candie’s house slave Stephen, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Word is that Tarantino is still editing, but don’t worry; it will be ready for theaters by December 25th.

A good day to watch another trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard

Mary Elizabeth Winstead makes an appearance in this latest trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard, but the focus is still on John McClane, his son Jack, played by Jai Courtney, and their adventures in Russia. Director John Moore’s (Max Payne 31) supporting cast includes Cole Hauser, Sebastian Koch, and Yulia Snigir (she’s the one getting off the motorcycle) as well as gunfire, exploding cars, shattered glass, and helicopters. With a nod to the franchise via the use of Ode to Joy and the “yippee ki-yay” catchphrase, this fifth installment hits theaters February 14, 2013.

The Evil Dead remake gets a red-band trailer

As producers, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell fully support this remake of their 1981 horror classic, so this might be the rare case for optimism surrounding a remake. Raimi, Diablo Cody, and director Fede Alvarez all worked on the screenplay that places five friends in a remote cabin that happens to contain a Book of the Dead that can summon demons, who, like most demons, aren’t all that nice. Don’t expect Ash to show up and save the day; this looks to be a more serious take on the story with plenty of gore to spare. Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore star. Evil Dead hits theaters April 12, 2013.

A Haunted House, but not the scary kind

On the complete opposite side of the horror scale from Evil Dead is A Haunted House, a spoof of the Paranormal Activity franchise and The Devil Inside starring Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins as a couple who move into their dream house only to find out it is already occupied by demons. David Koechner, Nick Swardson and Cedric the Entertainer provide comedic support for first-time feature director Michael Tiddes. Check it out in theaters beginning January 11, 2013.

One last look at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

After four books and five films, The Twilight Saga will come to an end (at least this iteration) on November 16th. This latest featurette and clip bring those who have somehow avoided anything Twilight-related up to date with Bella’s transformation into a vampire and her new super-strength. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 45 director Bill Condon returns to finish what he started, but let’s be honest; all people really care about are how Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are doing.

Johnny Depp transcends

While he won’t be starring in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (sadly), Johnny Depp is in talks to star in Transcendence, the directorial debut of The Dark Knight Rises 78 and Inception 74 cinematographer Wally Pfister. THR reports that Depp is in for a major payday ($20 million against 15% of the gross) for a film described as being “in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey” and involving a malevolent computer that Depp gets “sucked into.” The script, written by newcomer Jack Paglen, is still being tweaked by Pfister, who is also considering Noomi Rapace, Christian Bale, James McAvoy, and Tobey Maguire for lead roles, and Christoph Waltz for a supporting turn.

The official U.S. trailer for Holy Motors

Critics went crazy for Holy Motors when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but describing the film is a challenge. /Film has the official synopsis, but on a very basic level Denis Lavant (Beau Travail) plays Monsieur Oscar, a man who travels around by limo playing different characters throughout the day. What is director Leos Carax saying about cinema, dreams, and the digital world? That is for you and your friends to discuss after seeing this film that's now rolling out in limited release around the U.S.

Safe Haven ... or is it?

The world demands another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, so it will get one. This one stars Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, and Cobie Smulders and is directed by Lasse Hallström, who was nominated for best director for The Cider House Rules 75 back in 1999 but has more recently directed the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Dear John 43 and this year’s Salmon Fishing in Yemen 58. Hough stars as Katie Feldman, a woman running from her past and trying to start fresh in a small North Carolina town where the hunky and widowed Alex Wheatly (Duhamel) lives. As she opens up, her past invades and threatens everyone she’s close to (probably including his kids). You get the idea. Safe Haven will be in theaters February 8, 2013, right in time for Valentine’s Day.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning red band

If you want action, then look no further than Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. The fourth film in the Universal Soldier franchise has been generating good buzz from festival screenings, and now a red-band trailer reveals just how action-packed and blood-soaked a film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren can be (then again, there was The Expendables 2 earlier this year). The real star is Scott Adkins, who plays a Unisol haunted by the murder of his family and driven to find the killer at all costs. This is director John Hyams’ follow-up to 2009‘s Universal Soldier: Regeneration. Look for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning on VOD now or in limited release starting November 30th.

The Central Park Five

Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon direct this documentary about five black and Latino teenagers who were falsely convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park in 1989. The film looks at the failures of the legal system, the media frenzy surrounding the case, and the impact on the lives of the five accused. The Central Park Five has been generating good reviews at festivals in anticipation of its limited theatrical release on November 23rd.

It’s back to romantic comedies for Hugh Grant

While you can see Hugh Grant playing multiple characters in Cloud Atlas this weekend, THR reports that he will return to more familiar ground by starring in a new romantic comedy for director Marc Lawrence. The two previously collaborated on Two Weeks Notice 42, Music and Lyrics 59, and Did You Hear About the Morgans? 27. This time Grant will play Ray Michaels, a washed up screenwriter who finds romance with a single mom while teaching writing at a small east coast college. Expect British charm, witty repartee, some mild roadblocks on the road to happily ever after, and plenty of young coeds.

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

  • Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley, will come to theaters October 11, 2013.
  • Matthew Vaughn will not direct X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to his 2011 hit. Bryan Singer, the producer on that film and director of X-Men and X2, could be his replacement. Vaughn might be moving on to another comic book adaptation: Mark Millar’s Secret Service.- Deadline
  • Werner Herzog will direct an adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel Vernon God Little. - Variety
  • Jason Segel will star in and co-write a feature adaptation of Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’ documentary The Other F Word about aging rock stars and their struggles balancing their lifestyle with fatherhood. - Deadline
  • Shirley MacLaine is talks to star opposite Melissa McCarthy in the road trip comedy Tammy. - THR
  • David Oyelowo will play Sugar Ray Robinson in a biopic based on the Wil Haygood biography Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson. - Deadline
  • Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, 2011’s Fright Night) is in talks to direct Jon Hamm in Million Dollar Arm, the true story of a sports agent who discovered two pitchers through a reality show in India. - Variety
  • Anna Kendrick, currently singing in Pitch Perfect, will star in an adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years to be written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. - Moviehole
  • The adaptation of Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender is officially moving forward with the backing of Fox and New Regency. - Variety
  • Tate Taylor (The Help) is in talks to direct a biopic of The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, but who will play the legend? - Deadline
  • Emmy Rossum will take care of an ALS-stricken Hilary Swank in You’re Not You. - THR
  • Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) will star in A Thousand Times Good Night. Binoche will play a war photographer struggling to balance work and family. - Variety
  • Jeremy Renner will play the estranged son of an aging rock star played by Al Pacino, and Julianne Moore will play a potential love interest for Pacino’s character in Crazy, Stupid, Love writer Dan Fogelman’s directing debut, Imagine. - Deadline
  • After the Avatar sequels, James Cameron plans on directing an adaptation of The Informationist by Taylor Stevens. The Africa-set thriller centers on lead character Vanessa Michael Munroe’s search for the missing daughter of a Texas billionaire. - THR
  • Cameron Crowe would like Bradley Cooper to star opposite the already-cast Emma Stone in his next directorial effort. - Deadline
  • Ryan Gosling will not be in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Logan’s Run remake. It is unknown if the director is still attached. - Variety
  • Clive Owen will play a philanderer blackmailed by a teenager in The King of the Castle, the directorial debut of co-writers Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (The Sitter). - L.A. Times
  • Adam Sandler’s next comedy (after next year’s Grown Ups 2) will be a western, titled Ridiculous 6. Expect it to be in theaters in March of 2014 - Deadline
  • Jonathan Demme is attached to direct Old Fires, the story of an architect who emerges from a coma hoping to reconcile with his wife and children. - Variety
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise one of his first screen roles in The Legend of Conan. Writer and producer Chris Morgan says, “Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.” - Deadline
  • If you plan on seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey or Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables adaptation this December, come prepared. Les Miserables will be a faithful rendering of the original material and will run close to three hours, and somehow Peter Jackson will turn the relatively short novel, The Hobbit, into three films, the first running two hours and forty minutes. - Jeff Sneider & Empire

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