Film Friday (8/14): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: August 14, 2015
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Opening this weekend

View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Straight Outta Compton, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Mistress America.

New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Here's your first look at The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film (as the trailer proudly proclaims) is actually a film of firsts: his first to have its script leaked early on the internet, first to have a publicly staged and ticketed live-read prior to production (script changes have been made since then) and first to have an original score (composed by Ennio Morricone). Shot partly in Wyoming, the film takes place “six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War” as John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) are waylaid at Minnie's Haberdashery when a snowstorm impedes their way to Red Rock. Joining them are bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), Bob the Mexican (Demián Bichir), hangman Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen) and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). The Hateful Eight opens in 70mm on December 25th before going wide on January 8, 2016.

From Heisenberg to Trumbo

In the November 6 release Trumbo, Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo, the successful screenwriter whose career came to an end when he (and many others) were blacklisted for their political beliefs. Directed by Jay Roach from a script by John McNamara, the film follows Trumbo as he fights the government and Hollywood studios for his freedom. Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Root, and Alan Tudyk also star.

Ride Along 2: Straight into Miami

This weekend’s Straight Outta Compton will remind viewers where Ice Cube came from, and Ride Along 2 will show them where he is now. This sequel to the 2014 hit ($153 million globally on a $25 million budget) returns Cube as James Payton, Kevin Hart as Ben, his brother-in-law-to-be, and Tika Sumpter as Angela Payton, bride-to-be and Cube’s sister. Now partners, James and Ben must go down to Miami to catch Benjamin Bratt’s Antonio Pope. Helping them will be Olivia Munn and Ken Jeong. Director Tim Story returns as well for this January 15 release.

Bradley Cooper is Burnt

Originally titled Adam Jones, Burnt stars Bradley Cooper as, well, Adam Jones, a two-star Michelin chef who wants to be a three-star Michelin chef. After falling from his famous perch, Adam must climb back up from the bottom to get what he wants. Directed by John Wells (August: Osage County) from a script by Steven Knight (Locke), the October 23 release has a strong supporting cast that includes Alicia Vikander, Jamie Dornan, Lily James, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys, and Omar Sy.

Sleeping with Other People gets dirty

Writer-director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) has described her new romantic comedy Sleeping with Other People as “When Harry Met Sally with assholes.” The film stars Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis as ex-lovers who reconnect at a sex addiction meeting 12 years after losing their virginity together. After so many failed relationships, they agree to try to keep things platonic, but that proves just as difficult as sleeping with each other. With a supporting cast that includes Jason Mantzoukas, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne and good reviews from its premiere at Sundance this year, Sleeping with Other People comes to theaters September 11th.

The Transporter crashes back into theaters

In this second trailer for the reboot to the franchise that has already produced The Transporter, Transporter 2, and Transporter 3, Ed Skrein (taking over for Jason Statham and lowering his vocal register) must save his father (Ray Stevenson) after a heist orchestrated by Loan Chabanol’s Anna puts him in danger. Expect less parkour and more car crashes from Brick Mansions director Camille Delamarre. The Transporter Refueled hits theaters September 4th.

The Keeping Room

In the Civil War-set The Keeping Room, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, and Muna Otaru fight to defend their home from two rogue Union soldiers played by Sam Worthington and Kyle Soller. The filmed earned mixed reviews when it premiered at Toronto last year, but Indiewire’s Eric Kohn called it an “artful period drama and first-rate thriller.” Directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) from a script by Julia Hart, the film opens in select theaters on September 25th.

Jem and the Holograms takes on a new meaning

Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) returns to his music and dance roots (see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Step Up 2: The Streets) to helm this adaptation of the '80s animated TV show about Jerrica Benton, owner of Starlight Music, who uses her alter-ego Jem (and her hologram computer Synergy) to sing with her band the Holograms. As a new featurette explains, Chu and writer Ryan Landels have veered from the original to make a more grounded coming-of-age story about Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples) and her three sisters (Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko) gaining fame in the internet age. However, the latest trailer does introduce the movie’s version of Synergy, but its job is slightly different. Jem and the Holograms opens on October 23rd.


Written by Hossein Amini (Drive, The Two Faces of January) and directed by Mikael Håfström (Escape Plan), the long-delayed Shanghai tells a pre-Pearl Harbor spy story with an eclectic cast (John Cusack, Chow Yun-fat, Gong Li, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Franka Potente, David Morse, Hugh Bonneville, and Ken Watanabe). Find it in select theaters next Friday.

Short takes

The first international TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens features a bit of new footage. Check it out below.

The documentary Palio puts viewers in the middle of the world’s oldest horse race as two jockeys battle to become champions. Look for it in select theaters beginning November 6th.

Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, Daniel Mays, Michael Gambon, Bill Paterson, Tom Courtenay, and Catherine Zeta Jones star in Dad’s Army, a big-screen version of the British comedy from the 1960s and '70s. Look for it in theaters on February 5, 2016.

The September 9 release Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small North Dakota town by white supremacist Craig Cobb.

News and notes

  • Leonardo DiCaprio will play serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes for director Martin Scorsese in screenwriter Billy Ray’s adaptation of Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America. - Deadline
  • Bill Murray will appear in some capacity alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, coming to theaters July 22, 2016. - Heat Vision
  • Zac Efron has joined Dwayne Johnson in director Seth Gordon’s Baywatch movie, which according to Johnson will be “big, fun and RATED R.” - THR
  • Zach Galifianakis will voice the Joker in LEGO Batman. - Heat Vision
  • Dave Franco will return as Pete in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are also back, and Chloe Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein have joined the cast. Nicholas Stoller is once again directing. Look for it in theaters May 20, 2016. - THR
  • In the comedy Bastards, Owen Wilson and Ed Helms will play brothers whose mom slept with her fair share of famous men in the 1970s. Together, they go on a road trip to find their biological fathers. The supporting cast includes J.K. Simmons and Terry Bradshaw. - THR
  • Tom Hardy will produce and possible star in an adaptation of the comic book 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. - Heat Vision
  • Topher Grace has joined Brad Pitt in Netflix’s film War Machine. David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) will direct his own adaptation of Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. - Variety
  • Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl will star in Unforgettable. Dawson will play a woman tormented by her new husband’s mentally unstable ex-wife (Heigl). - Variety & THR
  • Matt Dillon and Ann-Margret have joined Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin in the Zach Braff-directed remake of Going in Style. - Variety
  • Aaron Eckhart will play Tom Hanks’ co-pilot in Clint Eastwood’s Captain Sully movie. - THR
  • Naomi Watts is in talks to star in Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow’s next film, Book of Henry. - Variety

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