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Robert De Niro is a Dirty Grandpa
Not to be confused with Bad Grandpa, Dirty Grandpa stars Robert De Niro as Dick Kelly, the recently widowed grandfather of Zac Efron’s uptight Jason Kelly. About to marry his boss’s controlling daughter (Julianne Hough), Jason sets off for Florida with Dick, only to end up in Daytona Beach during Spring Break. Hijinks of the dirty variety ensue as they meet Aubrey Plaza, Jason Mantzoukas, Zoey Deutch, Adam Pally, and others. This January 22, 2016 release is directed by Dan Mazer (I Give It a Year) from a script by John Phillips.
Just a tease of the Grimsby boys
Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy, The Brothers Grimsby, asks the question: what if the world’s most dangerous spy had a soccer-hooligan brother? Mark Strong plays the deadly assassin opposite Baron Cohen’s idiot sibling. Also starring Rebel Wilson, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Scott Adkins, Rory Keenan, Gabourey Sidibe and Tamsin Egerton, the Louis Leterrier- (Now You See Me) directed film hits theaters on March 4, 2016.
The ridiculous Ridiculous 6
After receiving plenty of bad press during its production, Adam Sandler’s first film for Netflix now has a first trailer, and it doesn’t look like it’s straying much from the formula of Sandler’s Sony films. The title refers to six brothers played by Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, and Luke Wilson. During their adventures they come into contact with a cast of characters played by Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Blake Shelton, Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Nick Nolte, Vanilla Ice, Whitney Cummings, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, Chris Parnell, and Lavell Crawford. Frank Coraci (Blended) directs from a script by Sandler and Tim Herlihy (Pixels). The Ridiculous 6 comes to Netflix on December 11th.
Sam Rockwell plays the titular character, a Biblical archaeologist, in Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess’ latest. The film tracks Verdean as he covers up his lies after presenting fake Biblical relics to pastor Tony Lazarus (Danny McBride) and his wife (Leslie Bibb). Will Forte plays a rival pastor in Lazarus’ small town, and Amy Ryan and Jemaine Clement play Verdean’s assistants. Don Verdean earned mixed reviews at Sundance this year. Look for it on demand and in theaters December 11th.
Angst By the Sea
Written and directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt and starring her and husband Brad Pitt, By the Sea 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. Find it in theaters on November 13th.
Hello, My Name is Doris
Coming to theaters March 11, 2016 is Hello, My Name Is Doris. Sally Field stars as Doris, who takes a liking to her company’s new art director, John, played by New Girl’s Max Greenfield. As she begins hanging out with John and his friends, Doris finds herself renewed, but her best friend, Roz (Tyne Daly), believes Doris is making a fool of herself. Michael Showalter’s film earned good reviews when it premiered at SXSW, where it won the Audience Award.
The Lady in the Van
The History Boys director Nicholas Hytner’s big-screen adaptation of Alan Bennett’s play tells the story of the bond Bennett (Alex Jennings) formed with Miss Shepherd, a homeless woman who lived in a van on his property for 15 years. Maggie Smith reprises her Olivier-nominated stage role in a performance praised by critics at TIFF. The Lady in the Van opens in select theaters on December 4th.
The World of Kanako
Last week, Drafthouse Films released a violent teaser for The World of Kanako. Now a full trailer is available, and it’s almost as crazy. Tetsuya Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls) directs Kôji Yakusho (13 Assassins) as a former detective searching for his daughter Kanako (Nana Komatsu). Find it on VOD and in select theaters December 4th.
For his feature directorial debut, actor Jackie Earle Haley has gathered an impressive cast—Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens, Christopher Abbott, John Travolta, Rob Brown, Edi Gathegi, and himself—for a gangster picture about four friends who must kidnap the nephew of a rival kingpin to pay back a mobster. Criminal Activities hits VOD, iTunes, and select theaters on November 20th.
A spin on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Adam and Aaron Nee’s Band of Robbers comes to VOD and select theaters on January 15, 2016.
Coming to theaters December 23rd is the fourth film in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. That is all.
News and notes
- Sandra Bullock will lead an all-female cast in a new Ocean’s Eleven film that will be directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games). - The Playlist
- Billy Bob Thornton will return as Willie Soke in Bad Santa 2. - THR
- Dan Stevens has joined Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowel in Nacho Vigalondo’s sci-fi film, Colossal. - Variety
- Patricia Arquette has joined Robert Pattinson and Mia Goth in Claire Denis‘ untitled sci-fi film written by Zadie Smith. - Screen Daily
- Ian McShane will return for John Wick 2, and Common will join the cast as the main villain. - Heat Vision
- Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks will return to helm Pitch Perfect 3. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson will also return, along with screenwriter Kay Cannon.- Variety
- Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell will star in the now untitled comedy previously known as Bad Moms. - THR
- Director Paul King will return for the sequel to Paddington. - Deadline
- Luc Besson announced that Rihanna will have a “big part” in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, his adaptation of the comic series Valérian and Laureline. She joins Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and Clive Owen.
- Jennifer Aniston will play a 39-year-old amnesiac who still believes she’s 29 in the What Alice Forgot, based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel. - THR
- Pom Klementieff (Spike Lee’s Oldboy) has joined the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. (and is rumored to be playing Mantis). Matthew McConaughey reportedly turned down the role of the main villain. - Heat Vision & Variety
- Noomi Rapace will star alongside Christian Bale in Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari biopic. - THR
- Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny are in talks to star in a film about the Borden family murders. Sevigny would play the ax wielding Lizzie Borden, and Stewart would take the role of live-in maid Bridget Sullivan, also rumored to be Lizzie’s lover. - THR
- Walter Hill will direct Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez in Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale, the story of an assassin who seeks revenge on the surgeon who turns him into a woman. - Heat Vision
- In Silent Wife, Nicole Kidman will star as a wife who plots her husband’s murder after she discovers he plans on leaving her for a younger woman. Adrian Lyne (Unfaithful, Indecent Proposal, Fatal Attraction) will direct from Billy Ray’s adaptation of A.S.A. Harrison’s book. - THR
- Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton will star in a movie version of Billionaires Boys Club, the true story of the 1980s Ponzi scheme run by Joe Hunt and Dean Carney. The TV movie starred Judd Nelson as Hunt. - Variety