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The Legend of Tarzan
Coming to theaters July 1st, The Legend of Tarzan follows Alexander Skarsgård’s Lord Greystoke as he returns to the jungle and once again becomes Tarzan. With his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) by his side, he becomes a trade emissary to the Congo only to find himself in a deadly game devised by Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). Directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter movies, the film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou and John Hurt.
Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers
Yoga Hosers, the second part of Kevin Smith’s “True North Trilogy” (following Tusk), catches up with convenience store clerks Colleen C (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen M (Harley Quinn Smith) as they find an ancient evil buried beneath their store: tiny Nazi’s made of sausage (aka "Brat-zis"). Also reappearing from the first film is Johnny Depp as Montreal-based detective Guy Lapointe, while other cast members take on new guises: Justin Long plays a yoga instructor and Haley Joel Osment is Canada’s Hitler. When it played at Sundance, the July 29 release received mostly poor reviews.
Brahman Naman goes from Sundance to Netflix
A 1980s sex comedy set in India, Brahman Naman follows Naman and his best friends Ajay and Ramu as they qualify for the National Quiz Championships and make a booze-fueled train trip across the country determined to defeat their rivals in Calcutta and desperate to get laid. With solid reviews from its premiere in Sundance, this raucous comedy comes to Netflix on July 7th.
One last dip in The Shallows
As the final trailer for The Shallows reveals, Blake Lively must become “self-reliant” when she’s attacked by a great white shark and stranded 200 yards from the shore. Stalked by the shark, she devises a plan to survive. Find out if it works when the film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night) from a Black List script by Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing on 7th Street), hits theaters June 24th.
Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, the directors of A Cat in Paris, return with another animated gangster tale, this time set in New York. Leo has a mysterious illness that allows him to leave his body and explore the city like a ghost. When New York is thrust into chaos by a criminal controlling the city’s power supply, Leo teams up with Alex, a cop he meets in the hospital, to save the city. Phantom Boy comes to select theaters July 15th.
Get your Kicks in September
Coming to select theaters September 9th, Kicks follows fifteen-year-old Brandon (newcomer Jahking Guillory), a poor, hardworking kid whose new Air Jordans are stolen off his feet by a local thug named Flaco. Determined to get his sneakers back, Brandon and his two best friends go on a risky mission to retrieve them. Director Justin Tipping’s debut feature earned good reviews when it premiered in Tribeca this year, where it won a cinematography award.
Writer-director Brett Rapkin takes the subject of his 2006 documentary, Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey, as the source of his debut narrative feature, Spaceman. Josh Duhamel stars as Bill “Spaceman” Lee, a pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1969-1978 and the Montreal Expos from 1979-1982. This August 19 release focuses on Lee’s refusal to quit the game after being cut by the Expos.
Luke Meyer’s documentary Breaking a Monster chronicles the break-out year of the teen rock band Unlocking the Truth. Find it in select theaters June 24th.
At the Fork looks at how farm animals are raised for human consumption. Look for it in theaters beginning July 8th.
News and notes
- John Boyega will star in the sequel to Pacific Rim, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, directed by Steven S. DeKnight.
- Anthony Hopkins has joined Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel in Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight.
- Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Banks, Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter have joined Sandra Bullock in the Gary Ross directed all-female riff on Ocean’s Eleven. - The Playlist & Showbiz 411
- Randall Wallace (Braveheart) is writing a sequel to The Passion of the Christ for Mel Gibson to direct that will focus on the resurrection of Jesus. - THR
- Sacha Baron Cohen will star in Mandrake the Magician for Get Hard writer-director Etan Cohen. - The Tracking Board
- Aaron Katz (Land Ho!) will direct John Cho, Zoe Kravitz and Lola Kirke in the Los Angeles-set thriller Gemini. - THR
- Jennifer Lawrence and director Adam McKay have teamed up for a biopic about Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO of the controversial blood testing company Theranos. - Deadline
- Kate Winslet is in negotiations to join Idris Elba in The Idol director Hany Abu-Assad’s adaptation of Charles Martin’s novel The Mountain Between Us. - THR
- Hilary Swank and Katherine Waterston have joined Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Adam Driver, Katherine Heigl, and Seth MacFarlane in Steven Soderbergh’s return to feature filmmaking, Logan Lucky. - The Playlist & EW
- Angelina Jolie is in early talks to join director Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh is playing Hercule Poirot. - Variety