Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new images from some of its upcoming Summer 2014 films. Briefly:
- Jupiter Ascending – A new Jupiter Ascending image from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic shows that Channing Tatum’s half-werewolf/half-albino character has himself a pair of rocket boots, which come in handy when saving Mila Kunis’ queen character. The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.
- Tammy – A pair of new Tammy images from the upcoming comedy highlight Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, with McCarthy playing a down-and-out woman who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon). Directed by Ben Falcone, the film opens on July 2nd.
- Jersey Boys – Two new Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the stage musical show the titular characters, played by newcomers John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza. The film opens on June 20th.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
Ping Pong Summer does have a few glaringly weak components, but overall, the uniqueblend of nostalgia and satire gives the experience an oddly absorbing and charming quality.
The film stars Marcello Conte as Rad Miracle, a 13-year-old growing up in Mount Airy, Maryland in 1985. Every summer his family packs up and heads off to Ocean City, and this one is no different – except for the fact that Rad actually makes a friend (Myles Massey), meets a girl (Emmi Shockley) and buddies up with the town crazy lady, Randi Jammer (Susan Sarandon). The only thing threatening to keep the summer of ’85 from being Rad’s best yet is the local bully, Lyle Ace (Joseph McCaughtery). Rad can’t compete with Lyle’s wealth or hot ride, but if he practices enough, he might just have a shot at beating him at ping pong and finally putting him in his place.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Ben Falcone’s upcoming road trip comedy Tammy. The film stars Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes a road trip with her diabetic/alcoholic/foul-mouthed grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after she’s laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers that her husband is having an affair. This first teaser focuses squarely on McCarthy, who appears to be doing her best Shia LaBeouf impression right off the bat. It’s a great example of a teaser, since only the barest bones of a plot are on display. If you like the humor in this minute-plus, there’s a good chance you’ll want to check out the full movie.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy Bates. Tammy opens July 2nd.
Dwayne “The Rock Johnson is a movie star now. For much of the year, he’s been in movie after movie (so far four), and most of them have been hits, on top of having a TV show and his wrestling appearances. It took a while (films like The Rundown and Walking Tall didn’t do that well), but now he’s one of the biggest names in cinema. But something like Snitch shows that he’s an appealing presence on screen, but he can only lift material so far. A thoroughly mediocre film, Snitch will make for good cable viewing. My review of the Blu-ray of Snitch follows after the jump.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The Company You Keep opens tomorrow in limited release.]
Chase films probably shouldn’t feature septuagenarians. Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep is two movies: one is a surprisingly entertaining investigative thriller, and the other is the most casual, least threatening chase flick I’ve ever seen. Redford has lined-up a tremendous cast, yet spreads them around in weak bit parts, leaving the majority of the picture to himself and Shia LaBeouf. Mixed between their characters’ two stories are confused messages about the value of the truth and rallying for your beliefs (provided it’s not too much of an inconvenience).
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for director Justin Zackham’s ensemble romantic comedy The Big Wedding. The film centers on a divorced couple (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) who are forced to pretend like they’re still married when their adopted son’s (Ben Barnes) deeply religious biological mother comes to town for his wedding. Though the cast boasts some actual talent, the way the movie is framed in this recent trailer almost plays like a parody, complete with cheesy voiceover, zany physical comedy, and The Romantics’ “What I Like About You.” The pic was previously scheduled for release last October before Lionsgate decided to push it to this spring.
Hit the jump to take a look at the new trailer. The film also stars Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, and Robin Williams. The Big Wedding opens on October 26th.
Here’s the latest casting news:
- Rufus Sewell (Dark City) will join Dwayne Johnson (Snitch) in Brett Ratner’s fantasy epic, Hercules.
- Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) is in talks to star alongside Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) in the raunchy road trip movie, Tammy, along with Kathy Bates (Misery).
- Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) will reteam with Anchorman 2 filmmakers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for the indie comedy, Welcome to Me.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
At first blush, writer/director Ric Roman Waugh’s action drama Snitch looks to be much heavier on the action part of that descriptor. If you go into the theater having glimpsed at the movie’s trailer, poster and clips, or if you just know that it stars Dwayne Johnson (Faster), you might be expecting just another fun but shallow B movie. Hopefully you’d be pleasantly surprised, like I was, to find a much more complex plot that raises the stakes for each of its fully-realized characters in a way that tests the viewer’s limits of believability without crashing through them, all while delivering on the promised action sequences. Hit the jump for my review of Snitch.
A new trailer for director Robert Redford’s thriller The Company You Keep has been released online. In addition to directing, Redford also stars in the film as a civil rights lawyer who must go on the run when he’s outed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) as being a former 1970s Weather Underground militant. The trailer teases an engrossing thriller with a stellar ensemble cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, and Brit Marling. LaBeouf looks to be in fine form as well as the film’s lead, and I’m eager to see how Redford expands on the plot’s themes in the full feature.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from last year’s Toronto Film Festival. The pic also stars Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, and Nick Nolte. The Company You Keep opens on April 5th.
With director Ric Roman Waugh’s (Felon) Snitch opening February 22, we’ve been provided with five clips. The film stars Dwayne Johnson as a father whose son is wrongly accused of a crime and sentenced to 10 years in jail. In order to clear the boy’s name, he must go undercover and risk his own life. Snitch also stars Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper. Hit the jump to check out the clips and look for our exclusive video interviews with the cast soon.
Dwayne Johnson is really getting ahead of the curve when it comes to Super Bowl spots. Earlier today his Super Bowl commercial for the “Got Milk?” campaign was released online, and now Summit has unveiled its Super Bowl spot for the upcoming thriller Snitch. Johnson stars in the film as a father who volunteers to go undercover for the DEA in order to clear his son’s name and get him out of a ten-year prison sentence. There’s a nice vigilante vibe from this trailer, and it looks as if director Ric Roman Waugh gives Johnson an opportunity to stretch his dramatic chops as well.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spot, and check back here on Collider Sunday night for a round-up of commercials and movie ads from the big game. Snitch also stars Susan Sarandon, Michael K. Williams, Jon Bernthal, and Benjamin Bratt and opens on February 22nd.
Dwayne Johnson is one of a handful of action stars who are trying to re-energize the genre and it looks as if his new film Snitch could be a much-needed shot in the arm. From director Ric Roman Waugh (Felon), Johnson stars as a father who volunteers to go undercover for the DEA in order to clear his son’s name and get him out of a ten-year prison sentence. This cut is much tighter than the first trailer and delivers the plot conceit quickly before getting to the bread-and-butter action scenes. Also starring Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper, Snitch opens February 22nd. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
Judging by the trailer for Snitch, mandatory minimums are a great law-enforcement strategy as long as you force Dwayne Johnson to be an untrained undercover informant. Johnson plays a father who, in order to keep his son from going to jail, is forced to work with the feds to take down a drug kingpin (Benjamin Bratt). Snitch could end up being a bunch of goofy, B-movie fun especially with a strong supporting cast that includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Barry Pepper, Harold Perrineau, and Susan Sarandon. Or, it could be Faster. I’m hoping it’s the former.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Snitch opens February 22, 2013.
The wildly ambitious adaptation of Cloud Atlas is a brilliant piece of filmmaking from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, but it’s also a very hard sell for general audiences. The film takes place across multiple settings and time periods, with the fantastic ensemble cast taking on a number of different characters. In order to entice those who may be a bit apprehensive about the film, an extensive 13-minute featurette has been released that features interviews with the directors and the entire cast explaining how the film works. It’s a fascinating watch not only to see how The Wachowskis and Tykwer pulled this thing off, but also to get a look at the whole cast in their various make-up and costumes.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and click here to catch up on all of our previous coverage. The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Doona Bae, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Keith David, Ben Whishaw and James D’Arcy. Cloud Atlas opens on October 26th.
I have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time, because this is Cloud Atlas weekend. Since I was convinced by the word Wachowski from day one, I have stubbornly avoided watching too much beyond the first trailer to go in as fresh as possible for what looks to be one of the few truly ambitious wide releases this year. Thankfully Dave is still around to help provide context for a “ridiculously cool” featurette. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, and Jim Broadbent discuss the multiple characters they get to play in the five-minute clip—titled “An Actor’s Dream”—which features plenty of behind-the-scenes footage.
Co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas opens on October 26. Watch the featurette after the jump.