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View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Fantastic Four, The Gift, Ricki and the Flash, and more.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Deadpool keeps his sense of humor
Looking to add something different to the comic book movie milieu, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) introduced himself on Monday in a clever teaser in which the irreverent tone of the character came through by poking fun at how his mouth was sewn shut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The red-band trailer (the first of the two streaming below) provides a violent dose of action and Reynolds’ smart-ass repartee as he transforms from the very sick Wade Wilson to Deadpool. Directed by Tim Miller (find his trailer comments at Empire) and starring Morena Baccarin as Copycat, Ed Skrein as Ajax, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Andre Tricoteux as Colossus, Deadpool opens on February 12, 2016.
Zoolander took in a modest $60 million when it came out in 2001, but it eventually developed into a cult hit, which can only mean one thing: a sequel. Zoolander 2 will open against Deadpool on February 12, 2016. Ben Stiller is back as dim fashion model Derek Zoolander, and Owen Wilson returns as Hansel. Much of the movie, written and directed by Justin Theroux and Stiller, will take place in Europe, with Will Ferrell reprising his role of Mugatu. The strong supporting cast includes Kristen Wiig, Penélope Cruz, Olivia Munn, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane, Justin Bieber, Fred Armisen, and Kanye West.
Vin Diesel is The Last Witch Hunter
Going from flying cars to secret worlds, Vin Diesel stars as Kaulder, an immortal witch hunter who—with a little help from priests played by Elijah Wood and Michael Caine and a lot of help from one of his enemies, a female witch played by Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones)—battles his centuries-old nemesis, the reincarnated Queen Witch (Julie Engelbrecht). Directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies) from a script by Cory Goodman (Priest), The Last Witch Hunter hits theaters October 23rd.
A peek at Everest
Inspired by true events and starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, Everest follows two expeditions as they attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. Director Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, 2 Guns) shot on location in Nepal and in the Italian Alps to try to capture the harrowing experience of scaling Everest. This latest trailer is for the IMAX release, which is set for September 18—one week prior to the general release date of September 25.
Jolie and Pitt, By the Sea
If By the Sea is as good as the movie it takes its trailer music from (All That Jazz), then moviegoers really have something to look forward to on November 13th. Written and directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jolie and husband Brad Pitt, the movie looks at the marriage of Roland, a writer, and Vanessa, a former dancer, as they grow apart while vacationing in a seaside town. Melanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud play young newlyweds, and Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer play two of the local inhabitants.
Roland Emmerich tries something different with Stonewall
Roland Emmerich (White House Down, Anonymous, 2012) directs Stonewall, a look at the Stonewall riots, a series of violent demonstration by members of the LGBT community that took place in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn. Starring Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, Jonny Beauchamp, Joey King and Caleb Landry Jones, Stonewall hits theaters on September 25th.
A last hit of Hitman: Agent 47
A bit more is revealed about Zachary Quinto’s character in this final trailer for Hitman: Agent 47. This reboot of the Hitman series that began with Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47 in 2007’s Hitman stars Homeland’s Rupert Friend. He teams up with Hannah Ware (Boss) to take on Quinto and his seemingly endless supply of soldiers. Directed by Aleksander Bach, the film also stars Ciaran Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, and Dan Bakkedahl. It opens on August 21.
Robert De Niro is The Intern
In the latest film from writer-director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give), Robert De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who becomes an intern for Anne Hathaway’s Jules Ostin, the founder of an online fashion site. With a strong supporting cast that includes Rene Russo, Andrew Rannells, Anders Holm, Adam Devine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, and Zack Pearlman, The Intern comes to theaters on September 25th.
Neil LaBute's Dirty Weekend
Coming to select theaters on September 4th, Dirty Weekend stars Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve as colleagues who get delayed in Albuquerque and learn a little more about each other as they try to keep certain secrets hidden. Written and directed by Neil LaBute (Some Velvet Morning, In the Company of Men), the film earned mixed reviews when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Previously titled Three Generations, About Ray stars Elle Fanning as Ray, a teenager transitioning from female to male. Making Ray’s transition more difficult is her mother (Naomi Watts), who must get her estranged father (Tate Donovan) to sign consent forms, and her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon), who is struggling to understand that she now has a grandson. Directed by Gaby Dellal (On a Clear Day), About Ray comes to select theaters beginning September 18th.
Get to know the crew of the Ares 3 in the latest teaser for Ridley Scott’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie. Find it in theaters October 2nd.
Hou Hsiao-hsien won Best Director at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for The Assassin. The latest trailer gives clues as to why, though we still have no clue when it will get a North American release.
The documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon earned good reviews when it premiered at Sundance. Look for it in theaters September 25th.
News and notes
- Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One will be released on December 15, 2017. - THR
- With Channing Tatum officially signed to play Gambit in Rupert Wyatt’s X-Men spin-off, the search for Gambit’s leading lady Belladonna Boudreaux has begun. The short list includes Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and the upcoming SPECTRE), and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road). - Deadline
- Ronda Rousey will star in her own biopic, based on her book My Fight/Your Fight. Mark Bomback (The Wolverine, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will write the script. - Variety
- Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre in next week’s Straight Outta Compton) has joined Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island. Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, and Tom Wilkinson are also being considered for parts. - Deadline
- Ali Larter will return as Claire Redfield opposite Milla Jovovich in the final Resident Evil film. - Deadline
- Frank Grillo will return as Sergeant in The Purge 3, coming to theaters July 1, 2016. - Variety
- Scoot McNairy is rumored to be playing Jimmy Olsen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. - Heroic Hollywood
- Peter Berg is in talks to direct Patriots’ Day from a script by Matt Charman based on Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis’ account of the Boston Marathon bombing. - Variety
- Woody Allen’s next film will shoot in New York and Los Angeles and star Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick, and Jeannie Berlin. - THR
- Billy Crudup will star opposite Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, and Greta Gerwig in Beginners director Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women. - Deadline
- Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Last Stand) will direct Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer) in Secret Agent. - Variety
- Will Smith will replace Hugh Jackman and star opposite Rooney Mara in director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl follow-up Collateral Beauty. - Deadline
- Warner Bros. is developing a movie based on Dungeons and Dragons. David Leslie Johnson (Orphan) has written the script. - Variety
- Colin Farrell will play a wizard alongside Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, and Alison Sudol in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. - THR
- William Friedkin (Killer Joe, The Exorcist, Sorcerer) will direct an adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2007 novel The Winter of Frankie Machine. Winslow will write or co-write the script. - Deadline
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon have joined Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony and Susan. - Variety
- Sure, this week's new Fantastic Four appears to be awful, but director Josh Trank (and his Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis) had something to say about it last night. The Playlist sums it up.