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The Expendables was a big success domestically and internationally, but The Expendables 2 made its killing outside of the U.S., where it collected almost three times the domestic gross. The inevitable result is that The Expendables 3 will feature a more international cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Victor Ortiz, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Antonio Banderas, Robert Davi, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, and Harrison Ford (taking Bruce Willis’ place). This time, the team faces off against an old nemesis played by Mel Gibson. Directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) and written by Stallone and the Olympus Has Fallen team of Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt, The Expendables 3 comes to theaters on August 15.
Here comes The Judge
Taking a step into more dramatic filmmaking, David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change Up) directs The Judge, a story of a big-city defense attorney (Robert Downey Jr.) who returns to his hometown to find his father (Robert Duvall), the town’s long-standing judge, under investigation for murder. The film’s supporting cast includes Billy Bob Thornton as the confident prosecuting attorney as well as Vincent D'Onofrio, Vera Farmiga, Melissa Leo, David Krumholtz, Dax Shepard, and Leighton Meester. The Judge comes to theaters on October 10th.
The Wedding Ringer
Josh Gad is in desperate need of a best man and seven groomsmen, so he’s referred to Kevin Hart’s company, The Best Man Inc., to save his wedding. What Hart provides is a motley crew that seems to do more harm than good in this comedy written by Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender, the team behind The Break-Up. Garelick makes his feature directing debut with a supporting cast that includes Kaley Cuoco, Whitney Cummings, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, and Cloris Leachman. The Wedding Ringer opens on January 16, 2015.
The Two Faces of January
Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel about a vacationing American con artist (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife (Kirsten Dunst), and a Greek-speaking American tour guide (Oscar Isaac) who forms a dangerous bond with the couple. Previous adaptations of Highsmith’s work include The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train. The Two Faces of January premiered at the Berlin Film Festival to good but not great reviews, and will be available on iTunes and On Demand beginning August 28th before opening in select theaters on September 26th.
War has begun in the latest trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) takes over directing duties from Rupert Wyatt for this sequel to the surprise 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The story picks up 10 years after the virus outbreak (shown here) as a group of humans struggles to survive and form a truce with the apes. Jason Clarke plays a man who favors peace, but Gary Oldman believes war is inevitable. One of them is right. Keri Russell and Kodi Smit-McPhee have supporting roles. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 2D and 3D theaters on July 11, 2014.
An international look at The Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill/Star-Lord is the focus in this UK trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, as a bit of his backstory is revealed before he brings Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) together to save the universe from Ronan (Lee Pace). Director James Gunn (Slither, Super) has also cast Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael. Marvel’s next big moneymaker hits theaters on August 1st.
The Good Lie vs Dear White People
Even if it didn't come with the label “by the executive producers of The Blind Side,” the tone of the first trailer for The Good Lie would draw comparisons to the film for which Sandra Bullock won her Best Actress Oscar. Directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), the film, written by Margaret Nagle, follows Reese Witherspoon’s Carrie Davis as she helps three Sudanese refugees (Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal) find jobs and acclimate to life in America. Look for it in theaters beginning October 3rd.
Calling out narratives like The Blind Side is this first teaser for Dear White People. With good reviews out of Sundance, where it won a Special Jury Prize, this feature debut from writer-director Justin Simien looks at the state of race relations on the campus of Winchester University through the lives of four black students played by Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonha Parris, and Brandon P. Bell. Find it in theaters beginning October 17th.
That’s what you get when you play cops
New Girl castmates Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. impersonate cops in the aptly titled Let’s Be Cops. Directed by Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door) from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Thomas, the movie follows two pals as they go from dressing up for a costume party to trying to take down a criminal played by Andy Garcia—naturally, hijinks ensue. Keegan-Michael Key, Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, and James D'Arcy also star in this comedy that opens on Wednesday, August 13th. Watch the new red-band trailer below.
After Alex (Jason Ritter) attempts suicide, a group of friends (Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Maggie Grace, and Jane Levy) gather to support him. Writer-director Jesse Zwick makes his feature debut with this Big Chill-without-the-dead-body reunion film that earned mixed reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival. See About Alex on VOD or in theaters beginning August 8th.
Here’s the first trailer for the documentary Video Games: The Movie, coming to VOD and select theaters July 18th.
The Norwegian action-adventure film Ragnarok comes to iTunes/OnDemand and select theaters August 15.
Among Ravens, coming to select theaters on July 18th, stars Amy Smart and Josh Leonard as a troubled couple trying to keep it together on a July 4th weekend.
In brief ...
- Steven Spielberg’s next two films have been given release dates. The currently untitled Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks as attorney James Donovan, who was tasked with negotiating the release of captured American U2 pilot Gary Powers, will open on October 16, 2015. And The BFG (Big, Friendly Giant), an adaptation of Roald Dahl's book of the same name, will be released on July 1, 2016.
- The next installment in the Bourne franchise will be directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) and hit theaters on July 15, 2016, a year later than originally planned. Jeremy Renner will return as Aaron Cross.
- Harrison Ford’s broken left leg will keep him from filming Star Wars: Episode VII for eight weeks. J.J. Abrams and crew will shoot around him until then. [We suppose that means that Han Solo definitely won't be shooting first this time. —Ed.] - BBC News
- Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The actor commented on Jimmy Kimmel Live. - HitFix
- Maya Rudolph and John Leguizamo have joined Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in The Nest. - THR & Variety
- Teresa Palmer will play the female lead in next year's Point Break remake. - Variety
- Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty) are developing a movie based on the story of recently released POW Bowe Bergdahl. They’ll have competition from director Todd Field and Fox Searchlight, who acquired Michael Hastings’ Rolling Stone article “America’s Last Prisoner of War.” - Deadline
- Alison Brie is in talks to star with Lily Collins in Christian Ditter’s comedy How to Be Single. - Variety
- Kevin Costner will star in Criminal for The Iceman director Ariel Vromen. - Variety
- Jared Leto will take Will Smith’s place in director Julius Onah’s Brilliance. - Deadline
- Transformers 5 is coming, according to THR, so, don’t worry: the Age of Extinction will not last long. In other Transformers news, check out Transformers: The Premake on YouTube. Director Kevin B. Lee has compiled quite the production diary... and more.