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New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Not exactly Masterminds
Originally titled Loomis Fargo, Masterminds tells the bizarre true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo Heist. Zach Galifianakis plays David Ghantt, who enlisted his work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig), who in turn brought in Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) on an absurd plan to steal $17 million from the armored car company's vault. And it actually works ... for a while. A series of double crosses leads to a hitman (Jason Sudeikis) entering the picture, and that’s not the end of the story. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) from a screenplay credited to Jody Hill, Danny McBride, and three others, Masterminds opens nationwide on Wednesday, August 19th.
Daddy’s Home, and Will Ferrell’s in trouble
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg made a surprisingly good comic team in The Other Guys, so someone had the bright idea to pit them against each other in the December 25 release Daddy’s Home. Ferrell plays a soft-hearted stepdad to Wahlberg’s children, who feel threatened (and probably rightfully so) when Wahlberg re-enters the picture. Linda Cardellini plays the mom caught between the two competing egos. Sean Anders and John Morris (That’s My Boy) direct from a script co-written with Brian Burns.
Sleeping With Other People
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 meet at a sex addict 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 on September 11th.
Hitman: Agent 47
In this franchise reboot, Homeland star Rupert Friend takes over the role of Agent 47 from Timothy Olyphant, who played the deadly assassin in 2007’s Hitman. Joining Friend and featured as his equal in this new trailer is Hannah Ware. Together, they face off against Zachary Quinto and his seemingly endless supply of soldiers. With Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, and Dan Bakkedahl, Hitman: Agent 47 comes to theaters August 21st.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
With Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the saga that began in 2009 with Oren Peli’s micro-budget horror movie comes to an end. Technically the fifth film in the series (2014’s Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is considered a spinoff), Ghost Dimension follows a new family and their discovery of a box of video tapes and a special ghost-seeing, old school video camera. Starring Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw and Ivy George, Gregory Plotkin’s directing debut (after being an editor on four previous installments) hits theaters on October 23rd.
Fans of Jackie Chan, massive battle scenes, sword and spear combat, and the grunts and growls of John Cusack and Adrien Brody will be happy that Dragon Blade arrives on VOD and in select theaters September 4th. Already a hit in China, the story focuses on an alliance between an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by Cusack, and a group of warriors led by Chan. With their combined strength, they battle to protect the Silk Road from Brody’s Roman leader, Tiberius.
Tom Hardy pulls double duty in Legend
In Legend, Tom Hardy stars as Ronald and Reginald Kray, the notorious gangsters who terrorized London in the 1950s and '60s. Writer-director Brian Helgeland (42, A Knight’s Tale) has assembled a strong cast—Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald, and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service)—for this October 2nd release. Watch the new trailer at Yahoo!.
Written by and starring Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, Trainwreck, comes to theaters on July 17th with excellent early buzz. Here’s a short trailer for the UK release.
He Named Me Malala is a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai by director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman). See it in theaters October 2nd.
News and notes
- Your new Spider-Man is Tom Holland (The Impossible), and he will be directed by Cop Car director Jon Watt. /Film has the full press release and a look at Holland’s acrobatic skills.
- Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) will star alongside Matt Damon in the latest Jason Bourne sequel. Julia Stiles will return to the series as well, and Viggo Mortensen is wanted for the villain role. - Deadline & TheWrap
- Ezra Miller is in early talks to join Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Alison Sudol, Josh Gad, and Michael Cera are being considered for other roles. - Variety
- Ariane Labed (Attenberg, Alps, Before Midnight, The Lobster) will make the jump to action blockbusters with Assassin’s Creed, joining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. - Deadline
- Marc Forster (World War Z) will direct The Downslope, a Civil War drama based on an original script Stanley Kubrick wrote in 1956. - Variety
- Josh Brolin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Olivia Munn are in talks to join Luke Evans and David Oyelowo in Three Seconds, a thriller based on the best-selling book by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom. - The Wrap
- Michael Keaton will produce and star in an adaptation of the comic book Imagine Agents. Written by Brian Joines, the comic focuses on I.M.A.G.I.N.E., an organization in charge of keeping the imaginary friends kids create under control. - Heat Vision
- Arnold Schwarzenegger will play a husband and father who seeks revenge on the air traffic controller who caused the plane crash death of his wife and daughter in the drama 478. - Deadline
- Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow) has joined Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Carice van Houten (Melisandre on GOT) and Carla Juri (Wetlands) in Brimstone. - Variety
- Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in Rampage, an action movie based on the classic Midway arcade game in which players control a gorilla, lizard, and werewolf and attack buildings. - Deadline
- Ralph Fiennes will direct a feature about Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. David Hare (The Reader, The Hours) will write the script. - Screen Daily
- Jaume Collet-Serra (Non Stop, Run All Night) is the favorite to direct the killer shark movie In The Deep. The story follows a woman stranded on a buoy 200 yards offshore with a shark between her and safety. - Deadline
- Latino Review reports that Chris Pine might actually be Green Lantern Hal Jordan instead of Wonder Woman love interest Steve Trevor and that a second Green Lantern could be played by Tyrese in the upcoming Justice League movies. Also, Ben Affleck might direct himself in The Batman, planned for theaters in November 2018.
- Seth Gordon will not direct Sony’s adaptation of the Uncharted game series. - TheWrap
- The next project for Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite will be the survival thriller The Search from a script by Spencer Mondshein. - Variety
- Rumors have a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover movie coming to theaters in 2018. - Latino Review
- Todd Solondz’s follow-up to Welcome to the Dollhouse, Weiner Dog, has begun shooting with a cast that includes Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet, and Tracy Letts. - Variety
- The sequel to Independence Day will be titled Independence Day: Resurgence. Check out the full announcement here.