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New trailers and updates for upcoming films
She's Funny That Way: The return of Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich returns to feature directing for the first time in 14 years with a screwball tale about a call girl (Imogen Poots), a famous director (Owen Wilson), his wife (Kathryn Hahn), a therapist (Jennifer Aniston), her boyfriend (Will Forte) and various other characters played by Lucy Punch, Debi Mazar, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Esposito, Cybill Shepherd, Colleen Camp, Tatum O’Neal, and Quentin Tarantino (as himself). Following mixed reviews from its premiere in Venice last year, She’s Funny That Way (originally titled Squirrels to the Nuts) opens in select theaters on April 10th.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
In 1983, a group of friends pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world: the heir of the Heineken beer empire, played here by Anthony Hopkins. They got away with it, but that’s when their troubles began. Directed by Daniel Alfredson from a script by William Brookfield and starring Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, and Ryan Kwanten, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken hits VOD and theaters March 6th.
Sean Penn is The Gunman
Can director Pierre Morel (Taken) do for Sean Penn what he did for Liam Neeson? He’ll have the help of an impressive cast (Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, and Mark Rylance) in this adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel, The Prone Gunman. Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international operative who finds himself battling the organization he used to work for. Jasmine Trinca plays his girlfriend, who is (not surprisingly) in peril. The Gunman hits theaters March 20th.
Salma Hayek is Everly
Available on VOD today and coming to theaters on February 27th, Everly stars Salma Hayek as the ex-girlfriend of a vengeful mob boss who wants her dead. Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) directs and keeps it simple: one woman versus a series of assassins in one room with guns, knives and grenades. Good luck, Everly.
Hugh Grant Rewrites
Hugh Grant reunites with his Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics, and Did You Hear About the Morgans? director, Marc Lawrence, for this romantic comedy about Keith Michaels (Grant), an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter who finds himself struggling after a string of flops and a divorce. Desperate, he takes a job as guest screenwriting professor at a university in upstate New York and finds himself becoming invested in his students lives, including single mom Holly (Marisa Tomei). The Rewrite, with a supporting cast of J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney, Chris Elliott, and Bella Heathcote, earned mixed reviews when it opened in the UK. It comes to VOD and some North American theaters on February 13th.
It Follows, even internationally
It Follows, director David Robert Mitchell’s (The Myth of the American Sleepover) well-received horror film, tells the story of Jay (Maika Monroe), who after her first sexual encounter learns that something will follow her until she passes it on to someone else. What it is, nobody knows, but Jay and her friends try to find a way to escape it. It Follows opens in the U.S. on March 27th, but the British moviegoers get to see it a month sooner. Here’s a trailer for the international release.
All the Wilderness
In this writing and directing debut from Michael Johnson, Kodi Smit-McPhee play James, a restless teenager rebelling against his single mother (Virginia Madsen) despite visits to a psychiatrist (Danny DeVito). But when he takes a liking to fellow patient Val (Isabelle Fuhrman) and meets a mysterious kid (Evan Ross), James begins to wrestle with his problems. All the Wilderness comes to select theaters February 20th.
Directed by Juan José Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) and originally released in Argentina back in 2013 as Metegol, this animated foosball movie will open in North America on April 10th with the title Underdogs and a new English-language cast. The film follows Jake, voiced by Matthew Morrison, as he tries to save his town and the love of his life, Laura (Ariana Grande) from childhood bully turned soccer star, Ace (Nicholas Hoult). Luckily, Jake’s foosball friends come to life to help out. Also providing voices are Bella Thorne, Katie Holmes, and John Leguizamo.
Here’s another NSFW preview of the February 20th release Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
News and notes
- The boxing drama Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Antoine Fuqua, will be released on July 31st.
- Director Bryan Singer announced that Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Tye Sheridan (Mud, Joe), and Alexandra Shipp (Drumline: A New Beat) have been cast as the young Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse.
- Marvel wants Chiwetel Ejiofor to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange. - Heat Vision
- Simon Pegg will co-write Star Trek 3 with Doug Jung, co-creator of the TV series Dark Blue. - Deadline
- Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) is on the list with Jeff Nichols to direct Jason Momoa in Aquaman. - Latino Review
- Joel and Ethan Coen will head the jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival this May. - Variety
- Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones, and Kate Mara are rumored to be testing for Gareth Edwards’ stand-alone Star Wars movie. - Heat Vision & Justin Kroll
- Jake Gyllenhaal will not replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flag in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Rumors now have Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal in the running. - Variety & Cinemablend
- Emily Blunt is in talks to play the main villain, the Snow Queen (sister to Charlize Theron’s Ravenna), opposite Chris Hemsworth in The Huntsman, the upcoming prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the first film’s visual effects supervisor, will replace Frank Darabont as director. - TheWrap & Variety
- Forbes reports that Ben Affleck’s Batman will appear in Suicide Squad, setting up a solo film with the Joker as his protagonist.
- Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) will play Olympic skier Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, and Hugh Jackman will play his coach, Chuck Berghorn, in an untitled biopic about the feel-good failure of the 1988 Winter Olympics. - TheWrap
- Zac Efron will star in the comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, “the story of two brothers who place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.” - Variety
- Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) is in talks to play the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. - Deadline
- Nicolas Cage will star in Larry Charles' hunt for Osama bin Laden comedy, Army of One, loosely based on Chris Heath's GQ magazine article about the adventures of Gary Faulkner. - THR
- Director Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2, Wild Card) has been tapped to helm the remake of The Blob. - Deadline
- Jennifer Lawrence will re-team with her Hunger Games director, Francis Lawrence, for The Dive, the true story of freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre. James Cameron will produce. - TheWrap
- Now that he has funding, Martin Scorsese will begin filming his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel, Silence, next week. Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Tadanobu Asano will star. - Deadline