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

  • Publish Date: October 5, 2012
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The Lone Ranger rides again

After production delays due to budget concerns, Gore Verbinski’s take on The Lone Ranger finally has its first teaser trailer. Armie Hammer plays the titular character, and Johnny Depp plays Native American spirit warrior Tonto, working for the fifth time with Verbinski after three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and one animated film (Rango 75). (Another movie or two, and Tim Burton might start getting jealous). The story recounts how John Reid became the legendary masked man of the law by facing off against greedy and corrupt train barons led by Tom Wilkinson. Supporting players include Helena Bonham Carter, Barry Pepper, William Fichtner, and James Badge Dale. The Lone Ranger hits theaters July 3, 2013.

A quick teaser for A Good Day to Die Hard

With a quick nod to the franchise via the use of "Ode to Joy," John McClane is introduced to the movie-going public for a fifth time with a well-delivered quip by Bruce Willis. In this iteration of the story, McClane takes his skills overseas for the first time as he and his son Jack, played by Jai Courtney, get mixed up in the prison escape of a Russian terrorist. John Moore (Max Payne 31) directs Cole Hauser, Sebastian Koch, and Yulia Snigir (she’s the one on the motorcycle) through a series of explosions and gunfire-filled set pieces that will come to theaters February 14, 2013.

Mayor Crowe rules over a Broken City

Allen Hughes’ first feature without his brother Albert by his side stars Russell Crowe as a corrupt mayor and Mark Wahlberg as an ex-cop who gets caught up in the mayor’s dirty dealings. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Crowe’s wife, whose infidelity leads to a larger conspiracy. Supporting roles are filled by Kyle Chandler, Jeffrey Wright, and Barry Pepper. Broken City comes to theaters January 18, 2013.

A red-band trailer for Movie 43

With city-themed anthologies like Paris, je t'aime 66 and New York, I Love You 49 and the horror themed omnibus V/H/S opening this weekend, it was only natural that a film consisting of comedy sketches would be next. Producer Peter Farrelly (who also directs one piece) recruited Brett Ratner, Anna Faris, Elizabeth Banks, Mike Judge, Bob Odenkirk and more to direct segments featuring an impressive list of stars: Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Gerard Butler, Chloe Moretz, Johnny Knoxville, Naomi Watts, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Richard Gere, Justin Long, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Kieran Culkin, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Patrick Warburton, Chris Pratt, Jason Sudeikis, and Jack McBrayer. The trailer points toward a raunchy comedy that will have people laughing when it opens in theaters on January 25, 2013.

The Guilt Trip

Written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love 68) and directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses 47 and The Proposal 48), The Guilt Trip stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who decides to take his mother, played by Barbra Streisand, on the road with him as he tries to sell his latest invention. Featuring Adam Scott, Colin Hanks, Yvonne Strahovski, and Danny Pudi, the comedy seems well positioned to please families when it comes to theaters on December 25th.

Statham is Parker

Is the “Jason Statham Movie” now an official mini-genre? The star consistently plays a gruff, tough, man of few words who tosses off the occasional one-liner before or after getting into a fist fight that often leads to one of his victims breaking a limb. His character is often seeking revenge for something or someone, and he has little time for the ladies. Parker is the latest iteration of this formula with the addition of a bad Texas accent, a cowboy hat, and Jennifer Lopez as a female sidekick. This time, Statham faces off against Michael Chiklis, who double-crosses him after the pair pull off a robbery. Nick Nolte’s gravelly voice and The Wire’s Wendell Pierce also make appearances in this latest take on the Donald E. Westlake (aka Richard Stark) character that has been portrayed by Lee Marvin in Point Black and Mel Gibson in Payback. Taylor Hackford (Ray 73, Love Ranch 37) directs. Look for it in theaters January 25, 2013.

Leave the cave with The Croods

Chris Sanders, who co-directed How to Train Your Dragon 74 and Lilo & Stitch 73, works here with Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps 36) on a story about a caveman family discovering an incredible new world. Nicolas Cage provides the voice of the father, and Emma Stone voices the precocious daughter while Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman voice the mother, son, and grandmother respectively. The Croods’ adventure begins in 2D and 3D on March 22, 2013.

A second look at David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook

On the heels of its audience award-winning premiere in Toronto a month ago, The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer and clip for David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook this week, and it suggests the positive critical acclaim so far is not a fluke. Russell’s follow-up to his 2010 Oscar nominated The Fighter 79 is the tale of a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who after being released from a mental institution moves back in with his parents and strikes up a relationship with an odd, mentally unstable girl (Jennifer Lawrence). Cooper’s parents are played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker plays his friend. Russell’s screenplay is based on the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. Look for it in theaters beginning November 21st.

The beginning and end of love

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, two films looked at very different sides of love. Writer/director Jon Kasdan, who previously directed In the Land of Women 47, brought the high school love and virginity tale The First Time to the festival, and actor Marc Webb (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 69) brought his passion project, a semi-autobiographical story about a single dad trying to raise his two year-old son (played by Webber’s actual son) which he also wrote and directed. Neither film wowed critics, but both will get limited theatrical runs with The First Time coming to theaters October 19th and The End of Love arriving next spring.


The latest James Bond adventure, Skyfall, comes to theaters November 9th, and this week saw the release of Adele’s theme song for the film as well as the first clip from the film and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. Satiate your Bond cravings for a few more weeks by checking them out below.

Wreck-It Ralph looks unbeatable

Another great trailer premiered this week for Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph. This time, the emphasis is on the relationship between John C. Reilly’s Ralph and Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope von Schweetz, who are out to save the day after Ralph game-jumps, throwing their whole world off-kilter. See it in theaters in 2D or 3D beginning November 2nd.

One last look at Seven Psychopaths

Opening next week is Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to In Bruges 67. The writer-director re-teams with the star of that film, Colin Farrell, to tell the story of a struggling writer who gets put into a very uncomfortable situation thanks to the dog-napping duo of Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. Woody Harrelson plays the gangster who wants his Shih Tzu back, and Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko, and Abbie Cornish also appear (though not in this featurette).

Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem

Rob Zombie has made a name for himself outside of music with his directorial efforts House of 1000 Corpses 31, The Devil’s Rejects 53, and Halloween 47. His latest horror film, The Lords of Salem, might be his strongest yet, gauging from the reaction from its Midnight Madness screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. His wife, Sherri Moon-Zombie plays a Salem radio DJ who receives a mysterious record that, when played, awakens an old demonic presence in the town. Bruce Davison, Ken Foree, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Dee Wallace also star in what will surely freak people out when it hits theaters in the spring of 2013.

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

  • The Internship, starring the Wedding Crashers duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, will now open June 7, 2013, three weeks earlier than originally planned.
  • Doug Liman’s All You Need is Kill with Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton will hit theaters March 14, 2014.
  • Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) will direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes directed by Rupert Wyatt. The film is scheduled for a May 23, 2014 release. - Deadline
  • While Rupert Wyatt stepped away from the Apes sequel, Marc Webb will return to direct the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. - THR
  • Judi Dench and Steve Coogan will star in Stephen Frears' adaptation of The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a 50 Year Search. Dench will play the mother, and Coogan will play the writer of the book who helped her search for her son. - Variety
  • Martin Freeman has joined the cast of Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, which already boasts Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan among its stars. - Variety
  • Sadly, Johnny Depp will not be in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. - Huffington Post
  • David Gordon Green is in talks to direct a feature version of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic book series Little House on the Prairie. Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) will write the script. - Deadline
  • Danny Strong, the Emmy winning writer of Game Change, will adapt the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. - Variety
  • Justin Reardon will have a solid cast for his directorial debut A Many Splintered Thing. The romantic comedy will star Chris Evans as a man trying to win the love of an engaged woman (Michelle Monaghan) with supporting roles played by Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Giovanni Ribisi, and Topher Grace. - Variety & Deadline
  • McG will direct Kevin Costner in a Luc Besson production about a dying Secret Service Agent on his final mission who is hoping to reunite with estranged family. - The Playlist
  • For some reason Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar will direct Yogi Bear 2. Oh, right: the 2010 original made over $200 million worldwide. - Deadline
  • George Clooney would like to cast Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, and Paul Giamatti in The Monuments Men, his adaptation of the book of the same name which details the search for artwork stolen by the Nazi’s during WW II. - The Wrap
  • Alison Brie, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) are in the running to play Steve Rogers' love interest in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it sounds like Scarlett Johansson will show up as Black Widow. - Deadline
  • Lynne Ramsey (We Need To Talk About Kevin) will direct Mobius, a “psychological action thriller” that will take Herman Melville’s Moby Dick into space as an obsessed captain takes his crew on a mission to kill an alien. - Heat Vision
  • Kim Basinger has joined Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Casey Affleck, Olivia Wilde, and James Franco in the cast of The Third Person, writer/director Paul Haggis’ new film about couples living in Paris, New York, and Rome.
  • Gael Garcia Bernal will play an AIDS patient opposite Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyer's Club. - THR
  • It's no longer just a cute internet joke: Hasbro games Monopoly, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Action Man will indeed be coming to a theater near you. - L.A. Times
  • Sacha Baron Cohen is developing The Lesbian, a comedy based on Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, who offered $65 million to any man who succeeded in marrying his lesbian daughter. - Deadline
  • Seth MacFarlane will host the Oscars. Good choice? - L.A. Times

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