The hits from this year’s American Film Market (AFM)* keep on coming. The yearly festival where buyers and sellers do business to bring us all the movies we’ll see in the (hopefully) near future offers plenty of photos and full synopses. You may not have the fat cash to purchase these movies but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their first images and plot details. We’ve got the goods for Hellraiser, Earthbound (Starring Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal), Nowhere Boy, The Concert, The Tournament, and the animated films Escape from Planet Earth, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil. Check it all out (plus the digital version of the promo poster for Scream 4) after the jump. Please note that I have copied down all synopsis exactly as they were originally written.
And if you missed our previous coverage, click here, here and here. You can see images from All Good Things starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, Pirhana 3D starring Elisabeth Shue and Richard Dreyfuss, Shanghai starring John Cusack and Ken Watanbe, The Fighter starring Christian Bale, The American starring George Clooney, Eagle of the Ninth starring Channing Tatum, Greenberg starring Ben Stiller, and Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, and much more.
HELLRAISER (director TBA)
The re-telling of Clive Barker’s classic horror masterpiece. Based on Barker’s critically acclaimed novella The Hellbound Heart, Hellraiser tells the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of forsaken demons – lead by one of the most enduring horror characters of all, Pinhead – he must force his former mistress to bring him the necessary human sacrifices to complete his body. Clive Barker’s Hellraiser promises to be a terrifying journey into the darkest corners of the soul.
EARTHBOUND, directed by Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman)
Carefree Marley Corbett (Kate Hudson) has it all; a promising career, amazing friends, her pick of any man, and an extremely witty sense of humor. Though she feels her life is complete, she never lets herself experience love, preferring to keep her relationships light and easy.
Julian Goldstein (Gael Garcia Bernal) is a successful doctor who has grown a hardened exterior from years of being the bearer of bad news. His detachment prevents him from getting close to anyone.
Marley and Julian’s first encounter leaves a lasting impression on both of them. For Marley, it is when she hears for the first time that she is sick. For Jeffrey, it is a realization that someone is still able to get through his tough exterior with nothing more than humor.
With Marley’s news, she decides to embark on a new adventure in life, knowing that she must enhance her precious days. Marley’s relentless sense of humor shines through under even the worst circumstances. With her newfound confidence she begins dating Julian. They both find themselves in a situation they have never been before…falling in love.
EARTHBOUND is a surprisingly funny and heartfelt story that proves sometimes laughter is the best type of medicine.
NOWHERE BOY, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood (Love You More)
From award winning artist turned director Sam Taylor-Wood and award-winning writer Matt Greenhalgh (Control) comes NOWHERE BOY, a touching and compelling story chronicling music legend John Lennon’s formative years. John is a spirited teenager, curious, sharp and funny, growing up in the shattered city of Liverpool. His home life is a difficult one, lacking the stability that most children take for granted. Without a father and with his mother Julia absent for most of his childhood, John grows up with aunt Mimi (Academy Award® Nominee Kristin Scott Thomas). After seeking to be reunited with his mother, he finds himself at the center of a struggle between Julia and Mimi, who compete for his love. As he yearns for a more conventional home life, John escapes into the world of American Rock and Roll. His fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney. But just as John’s new life begins, the truth about his past leads to a tragedy he would never escape.
THE CONCERT, directed by Radu Mihaileanu (Live and Become)
THE CONCERT is the new film from Radu Mihaileanu, the acclaimed writer/director of Live and Become, starring Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), François Berléand; (Transporter series), and Alexi Guskov. In this new comedy, Guskov stars as Andrei Filipov, a once celebrated Russian conductor of the Bolshoi who has hit rock bottom and is now working as a depressed custodian who drinks too much. But when he intercepts an invitation meant for his former orchestra to perform in Paris, Andrei masterminds a plan to pose as the leader of the group in order to make a triumphant return to the music scenes.
With a motley bunch of former musicians at his side, Andrei sets off for Paris to fulfill his destiny and return to his glory as a great conductor. Along the way, he will reunite with a young, beautiful violin virtuoso played by acclaimed actress Mélanie Laurent who holds the key to his past and to his future. With a message of hope and making the most of second chances, THE CONCERT promises to be one of the most uplifting and entertaining films of the year.
THE TOURNAMENT, directed by Scott Mann (Tug of War)
30 assassins. 24 hours.
Only one will survive.
Every ten years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world’s deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No. 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag. All fights are monitored 24hrs a day on redirected CCTV cameras and broadcast secretly to a ring of high stake billionaire gamblers. A gritty action-thriller, THE TOURNAMENT brings together international killers from every imaginable discipline in a blood-bathed contest to the death. We follow the competition favorites through stories of love, betrayal, revenge, and redemption as they finally discover the true value of life.
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, directed by Tony Leech (Hoodwinked!)
From the team that brought you the animated hit Hoodwinked, and it’s follow up Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.
Gary, a friendly alien and failed inventor from Planet Baab travels to earth to find his wife and daughter who crashed while on the way to an intergalactic gymnastics meet. Upon his arrival, Gary is captured by humans and sent to the secret alien prison known as “Area 51.” Gary makes friends with a rag tag hilarious group of fellow alien inmates and plots the greatest jailbreak in the history of the universe, all the while, distracting his human captors with wild and crazy inventions and resisting oddball brainwashing. Will Gary and the other aliens escape Area 51? Will he find his family again and return safely to planet Baab? Only time and one amazing adventure will tell!
HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD vs. EVIL, directed by Mike Disa (The Origin of Stitch)
The good…the bad…the Twitchy.
From the team that brought you Hoodwinked, the hilarious re-telling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood fable which grossed over US $110 million worldwide, comes the side-splitting follow-up HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD vs. EVIL. The sequel catches up with our heroine, Little Red, training with a covert group called the Sisters of the Hood. Finishing her training, Little Red is sent out on her first mission by the returning Nicky Flippers – head of the Happily Ever After Agency – to investigate the disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.
Of course, what is a sequel without guest stars from the original? Thankfully, Granny, and the rest of the Hoodwinked gang, including the intrepid reporter, the Wolf, also return to help solve the forest’s latest caper. HOODWINKED TOO! is sure to be a rollicking, clever, comic rollercoaster that promises to combine edge of the seat adventure with classic zany cartoon antics.
Finally, here’s the promo poster for Scream 4: