New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Pledge your allegiance to the third Divergent movie
Director Robert Schwentke, who helmed The Divergent Series: Insurgent, returns along with Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, and Naomi Watts for The Divergent Series: Allegiant. For the first time, Tris and Four go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago to find another society and a sinister Jeff Daniels. This second trailer for the March 18 release gets an assist from Jónsi of Sigur Rós.
Directed by Bryan Buckley, making his feature debut, and starring Melissa Rauch (who also co-wrote the script with her husband Winston), this raunchy comedy about a bitter bronze medalist gymnast who feels her celebrity slipping away thanks to a promising newcomer (Haley Lu Richardson) will finally make its way into theaters on March 18th. The film earned mixed reviews at Sundance a year ago, but the strong supporting cast includes Gary Cole as Rauch’s father and Sebastian Stan as a rival gymnast as well as Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch and SNL’s Cecily Strong.
Kevin Spacey as a cat? Purr-fect
Playing President of the United States might be difficult, but plenty of actors have pulled it off. Playing a billionaire who becomes trapped in the body of a cat to learn the value of family? Now that’s a challenge, and Kevin Spacey accepts it in the August 5 release Nine Lives. Director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black III) takes another shot at family comedy after the failure of RV, and he has cast Jennifer Garner as the wife of Spacey’s furry billionaire, Christopher Walken as the pet store owner who transfers Spacey into Mr. Fuzzypants, and Malina Weissman as Spacey’s cat-loving daughter.
Cemetery of Splendor
Writer-director Apichatpong (aka Joe) Weerasethakul won the Palme d’Or in 2010 for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. He returned to the festival last year with Cemetery of Splendor, which earned excellent reviews (landing on some year-end top ten lists) but played out of the main competition in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival. Finally heading to a handful of North American theaters on March 4th, the film takes place at a clinic for soldiers suffering from a mysterious sleeping sickness. The place becomes an invigorating new world for housewife Jenjira (Joe regular Jenjira Pongpas), a volunteer looking after the soldiers.
Kubo and the Two Strings
The August 19 release from the stop-motion animators at Laika, Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of Kubo, who must battle a mythical spirit from his past and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. The voice cast includes Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark on Game of Thrones), Charlize Theron, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, and Ralph Fiennes, but as with other Laika films (Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls) the real stars are the animators.
The directorial debut of Nebraska screenwriter Bob Nelson stars Clive Owen as Walt, a struggling carpenter who must take care of his eight-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberhe) for a day while his ex-wife (Maria Bello) and her new husband (Matthew Modine) are away. When Walt’s tools are stolen, father and son come into contact with a colorful cast of characters played by Patton Oswalt, Tim Blake Nelson and Robert Forester. The Confirmation comes to iTunes and select theaters March 18th.
Three for the kids
Planning on seeing Kung Fu Panda 3 this weekend? Yes or no, skip the trailers and watch them below.
Coming to theaters May 20th is The Angry Birds Movie. This debut feature from Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly pits Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), and Bomb (Danny McBride) against the green piggies and their leader (Bill Hader).
In The Secret Life of Pets, the life of Max (Louis C.K.) is turned upside down when his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper), brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a mutt from the pound. The July 8 release features voice work by Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Kevin Hart, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.
Following reboots of The X-Files and Full House, 90‘s nostalgia continues to consume 2016 as even troll dolls get their own movie. The fun-loving creatures like to dance and avoid being eaten by the evil Bergens. With the voice talent of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Jason Schwartzman, Gwen Stefani, and Russell Brand, Trolls hits theaters November 4th.
Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! hits theaters a week from today! Here’s a featurette to fill a couple of minutes while you wait.
News and notes
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- Kim Basinger will play Elena Lincoln, Christian Grey’s former lover, in Fifty Shades Darker. - Variety
- Saoirse Ronan will star as a Sacramento, CA high school senior in Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut Lady Bird. - Deadline
- Michael Stuhlbarg and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have joined Jessica Chastain and Alison Pill in director John Madden’s gun control drama Miss Sloane. - THR
- After directing The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow will helm another script by writer Mark Boal—a drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots. - Variety
- Sam Raimi is in talks to direct a remake of Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet. - Deadline
- Antoine Fuqua is attached to direct an adaptation of Dan Slater’s upcoming Mexican cartel book Wolf Boys. - Variety
- McG is in early talks to direct Masters of the Universe for Sony. - Deadline
- Uma Thurman, Alexandra Daddario, Barkhad Abdi, Gemma Arterton, and Dhanush will star in in Marjane Satrapi’s The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir. - Variety
- A Bigger Splash castmates Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts have signed on for Darius Marder’s directorial debut The Sound of Metal. - Deadline
- Jared Harris (Mad Men) has joined Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in Robert Zemeckis’ World War II-set spy thriller. - Variety
- Matt Smith will star as photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and Zosia Mamet will play Patti Smith in writer-director Ondi Timoner’s biopic Mapplethorpe. - Deadline
- Writer-director Alan Rudolph will reunite with his Choose Me stars Lesley Ann Warren and Keith Carradine for the drama Ray Meets Helen. - Variety
- Starry Eyes helmers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch will rewrite and direct the sequel to Mama. - Heat Vision
- Clive Owen will play a detective in a futuristic society for writer-director Andrew Niccol’s Anon. - Deadline
- Amy director Asif Kapadia will direct Silver Ghost, a narrative feature about the origins of Rolls Royce. - THR
- Jared Hess will direct and co-write (with his wife Jerusha Hess) NickToons, a movie that will combine characters from classic Nickelodeon cartoons like Doug, Rugrats and Ren & Stimpy. - Variety
- Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) will direct No Exit, based on the tragic 2013 Prescott, AZ wildfire. - THR
- Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens will star in Permission, a romantic comedy from writer-director Brian Crano about a couple who decide to sleep with other people to save their marriage.
- Natalie Dormer, Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany, and Martin Freeman will star in Official Secrets. Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) will direct from Sara and Gregory Bernstein’s adaptation of The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion. - THR
- Toni Collette has joined Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Nina Dobrev, Deepika Padukone, and Ruby Rose in xXx3: The Return of Xander Cage. - Heat Vision