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We've already seen a couple of trailers from across the pond for the British romantic comedy I Give It a Year, the directorial debut of Brüno and Borat writer Dan Mazer, which he also wrote himself. Now the film is poised to debut in the United States later this summer, and a new trailer has arrived. Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) play an unlikely couple who are inexplicably happy, embarking on a new chapter of their life by getting married. But their friends and family don't think it will last, and their exes, played by Anna Faris and Simon Baker, might make their predictions come true.
Unsurprisingly, Man of Steel, the superhero franchise reboot from producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder, took the box office by storm this past weekend opening with just over $201 million worldwide. And now there's rampant discussion about the film from a subtle set up for Justice League to the developing sequel bringing back Snyder and writer David S. Goyer. But even more prominent than either of those possibilities is what actually happens on the big screen at the end of Man of Steel. If you haven't seen the film yet, then you definitely won't want to read on, because what follows is discussion of spoilers.
Back in the fall of 2011, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders, 28 Weeks Later) was hired to direct Summit Entertainment's film reboot of the fan favorite franchise Highlander. Since then, Ryan Reynolds became attached to lead the film, but late last year Fresnadillo fell away from the project, and now The Wrap reports the film is without a leading man as well. The Green Lantern star has reportedly backed out of the production as well, leaving producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis to start all over. Reynolds' departure comes after Summit wasn't able to find a replacement for Fresnadillo quickly enough.
It's been just over a year since Prometheus hit the big screen last year, and the divisive Alien prequel from director Ridley Scott has a sequel that is finally making some progress. The Wrap reports that 20th Century Fox has just hired Jack Paglen to write Prometheus 2, though no details about where he will take the story are revealed. If Paglen's name doesn't sound familiar, that's because he's a relatively new writer on the scene. But you'll become familiar with his work soon enough since he wrote Transcendence, the sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp that will mark the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister.
Normally TV productions are outside of our wheelhouse, but when Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment banner round up some A-list talent to bring to life letters from around the world sent to Jackie Kennedy in the wake of the assassination of her husband and President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, we're inclined to pay attention. Letters to Jackie is a new TV documentary based on Ellen Fitzpatrick's book of the same name which looks at more than 800,000 letters, read by Jessica Chastain, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Zooey Deschanel, Anne Hathaway and more. Now a trailer for the TV doc airing on TLC this fall has arrived, and it's really very touching.
This summer, Idris Elba sees summer blockbuster action in Pacific Rim, and he just landed a role alongside Javier Bardem and Sean Penn in The Gunman. But later this fall, Elba might be entering awards consideration territory with Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The film from Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) has been in the works ever since Mandela himself granted the rights to his life story to producer Anant Singh fifteen years ago. The movie follows Mandela's life from his childhood in a small village all the way up to his inauguration as President of the South Africa, and now the teaser poster is here.
Back in the spring, we learned that Scarlett Johansson was going to kick some ass outside of the Marvel universe again with The Fifth Element and The Professional director Luc Besson for his latest action thriller Lucy. The film follows Johansson as the title character who is forced to become a drug mule. But rather than just carrying the drug, it enters her system and turns her into a lethal vixen who can absorb knowledge with ease, move things with her mind, see into the future, and doesn't feel any pain at all. Now The Wrap has learned Morgan Freeman is in talks to take a pivotal role in the action thriller. Read on!
Independence Day is just around the corner for Americans, and the holiday weekend preceding or following it usually turns out to be one of the biggest of the summer. This season it will be the western adventure The Lone Ranger fighting for #1 with Universal and Illumination Entertainment's animated sequel Despicable Me 2. The little yellow minions are a hit with the little tykes, and families have really taken to Steve Carell's loveable super villain Gru and his adopted daughters. Now Carell takes the spotlight in a new featurette for the film where he breaks down the film's plot. We also catch a glimpse of Eduardo (voiced by Benjamin Bratt at the last minute), the new super-criminal causing problems for The Anti-Villain League.
Just after hearing a rumor about the villain plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Sony Pictures has just announced the release dates for the third film in the wallcrawler's franchise reboot, and also the release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 4. It was originally though that this new series was planned for a trilogy initially, but maybe those plans have changed. Director Marc Webb is currently shooting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Andrew Garfield for a May 2nd, 2014 release to kick off next summer, but as of now we're not sure if Sony will bring him back for these sequels, or if the director will even want to return.
Every now and then something great comes out of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," especially when he rounds up a slew of celebrities for his faux movie trailers or picks on Matt Damon. Such is the case with a recent appearance from Jack Black on the show who revealed a sizzle reel for a new film that he and Tenacious D partner Kyle Gass have been really passionate about. If Teen Wolf Too with Jason Bateman wasn't the Teen Wolf sequel you were hoping for, then this superior sequel Adult Wolf should do the trick. After all, would a high school basketball star werewolf go on to fame? Or would he ride that wave to sadness? Watch!
After the first red band trailer and a Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) centric international trailer for Kick-Ass 2, we're hoping there's a little more of a tease in store before the film arrives later this summer. But until then, MTV had an exclusive visit to the set of the comic book sequel, complete with quick interviews with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Faison and more. The set visit highlights the evil lair that superhero Red Mist, now the vengeful villain The Mother Fucker, has created for him and his legion of bad guys. But Kick-Ass and his team of heroes, including Jim Carrey, won't back down. Watch!
Following the first full trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second part of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book, a longer glimpse behind the scenes of the film has just been revealed. A six-minute featurette focuses on the beautiful shooting locations in New Zealand that are being used for Middle-Earth. This doesn't seem completely specific to the second film with a look at the making of Hobbiton and more, but it's still a great featurette for fans of the series. Plus, there's something amusing about seeing the actors in full dwarf make-up and wardrobe hopping out of a helicopter.
When the directing job for Star Wars: Episode VII was still up in the air, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was one of the most desired names to get behind the camera. And while director J.J. Abrams ended up with the gig, with a presumed new trilogy on the horizon, along with some spin-off films in the Star Wars universe, fans were still hopeful that Blomkamp could end up in a galaxy far, far away at some point. However, the filmmaker seems to have put the kibosh on that possibility after speaking with IGN about his film Elysium starring Matt Damon (watch the awesome new trailer here). So just what did he say?
We're not even halfway through the summer, but the later releases of the blockbuster season are pushing hard for audiences to get interested. One such film that seems like it has a bit of an uphill battle for audiences outside of the young adult realm is Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The film gives Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Priest) the lead role as a seemingly human woman (or Mundane) who learns that she is part of a sect of half-angel warriors, making her able to see between the our world and theirs. There's a lot going on in this international trailer, but this one seems like a bit of a dud. Maybe we'll be surprised?