Trailer Tuesday: The Wolf of Wall Street

Every Tuesday, I will post a trailer I saw in the past week that I felt was worth sharing.

A new trailer for a Martin Scorsese movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio? How could I resist?

By now, it is becoming clear that the partnership between Scorsese and DiCaprio is going down in movie history as one of the most successful. Since Gangs of New York, they put out a string of movies that are, simply put, undeniable. It has been a while since 2010’s Shutter Island, which was a remarkably strong thriller, and Leo did not appear in 2011’s Hugo, but it’s of no surprise to anyone why he was asked to play the lead in The Wolf of Wall Street; since his initial surge in popularity as a teen idol, he’s proved himself to be one of the most charismatic and iconic actors of American cinema today, and his collaboration with Scorsese has everything to do with that.

Neither is Jonah Hill’s appearance a surprise, actually, which could not have been said just a few short years ago, when the actor was making his name in Judd Apatow comedies. In fact, aside from Seth Rogan, one could argue he was the actor that’s gotten the most attention from those films. Hill received a supporting actor nomination for Moneyball in 2011’s Academy Awards, and I see more of the same in his future, as he continues pursuing other dramatic roles. He seems to be wearing some prosthetic teeth in The Wolf of Wall Street, and it looks awkward here, but I think it will work well as a look-defining characteristic in the movie.

Overall, I love the sleaze, the 90s vibe, McConaughey’s appearance in the trailer, the musical choices… It seems to me, Scorsese is doing to Wall Street here what he did to the mob with Goodfellas, by turning the entire thing into something of a dark farce. I can’t imagine the movie not doing well or being good, and I for one am looking forward to seeing it.

The Wolf of Wall Street is currently set to be 165 minutes long, and comes out Christmas Day this year (aww, Martin, you always know just what to get me); though there have been rumors of a delay.

Trailer Tuesday: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Every Tuesday, I will post a trailer I saw in the past week that I felt was worth sharing.

Finally, a superhero trailer worth sharing. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is my currently most anticipated superhero film of the coming year, far more so than Thor: The Dark World. To be fair, though, this is just my bias. Marvel has so far done a good job of differentiating their different superhero franchises in terms of genre, and I simply tend to like the international thriller/spy genre better than fantasy films – not that Thor doesn’t look good, which it does, largely due to the presence of fan-favorite Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.

Getting back to Cap, however. Chris Evans returns to the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America, as is Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (here returning under the guise of the titular Winter Soldier). The trailer showcases a possible rift within S.H.I.E.L.D., as Steve Rogers shows his disagreement with their policies.

We finally get a moving image of Anthony Mackie as the superhero and long partner to Cap, the Falcon, and we’re now able to get a better idea what his flight looks like. I have to say, it’s not the most believable looking – but then again, the concept isn’t very believable either. Falcon does not get much screen time in the trailer, and neither does the supposedly central villain, Winter Soldier, who despite that still gets to do cool bad-guy stuff as he antagonizes a freeway and catches the Captain’s shield.

The movie is directed Anthony and Joe Russo, previously known for their work on sitcoms, such as Community. Considering the fact that most of the action is typically to fully orchestrated by the directors in these films anyways, technical expertise in shooting action is probably not required, whereas the sitcom experience will help them capture the character and humor that the Marvel franchises have become known for.

Overall, all of the fandom aside, it’s just a cool trailer for an action movie that looks exciting, and worth seeing. Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in March of next year.

Trailer Tuesday: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Every Tuesday, I will post a trailer I saw in the past week that I felt was worth sharing.

So, this week, the trailer for Wes Anderson’s new film came out. Need I say more? I understand there are some people that might not care for his film, but I’ve found that as a general rule, I tend to not care for those people.
The trailer has everything we like in a Wes Anderson movie: genuinely funny dialogue, quirky costumes, and comedic appearances by great actors. I think I’m a big fan of Saoirse Ronan’s agent, because she’s been in all the right movies recently. I’m delighted to see Harvey Keitel in a feature film again, though his role will likely be small. Ralph Fiennes, who based on the trailer appears to be in the lead role, seems to be the only newcomer to Wes Anderson’s films, but I can already tell why he’d be perfect for his world.
Granted, this does appear to be more of the same from Anderson, whose style has not changed, really, since The Royal Tenenbaums. Even last year’s Moonrise Kingdom, however, was great, which served, if nothing else, as a reminder that the style he coined over a decade ago still works undeniably. I would, perhaps, like to see Wes Anderson try his hand at something slightly different, but at the same time, his voice changing would actually be a distinct loss to the world of cinema.
Interestingly, as distinctive as his style is, this is the first of Anderson’s films that he did not write with a partner. It is coming out on March 7th, 2014 in the USA.

Casting Friday: Ant-Man News, Hunham out of Shades, Larson in Gambler

Each Friday, I will summarize the important casting news or rumors from the preceding week, giving you a preview of who’ll be playing who in the future!

JGL & Rudd as Ant-Man

Variety reported this week that the hotly anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 film Ant-Man is close to being cast: the role now evidently comes down to either Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Paul Rudd.

According to the Variety article that broke the story, the two actors are set to meet with Marvel execs before a final decision is made.

The two actors are 12 years apart in age. Levitt already has experience in comic adaptations, appearing in last year’s Dark Knight Rises, as well as next year’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The film would, however, be a departure for Paul Rudd, whose career has so far been marked mostly by comedy.

The film is set to be the first of the Phase 3 films, to follow Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on July 31st, 2015. Edgar Wright is directing the film, co-written with Joe Cornish, whose directorial debut Attack the Block made waves in 2011.

Rashida Jones as the Wasp

This is not the last of the Ant-Man news to surface this week, however: according to Superhero Movie News, casting is underway for the titular hero’s wife and super hero Janet van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp. According to the site’s source, she will not appear in her superhero identity, but will play the love interest.

Currently, the rumor is that Rashida Jones, best known for her role in Parks & Recreation. Her co-star Chriss Pratt is already appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy as Peter Quill, Star Lord.

She is reportedly being chosen due to her chemistry with Paul Rudd, who may play Hank Pym, Ant-Man himself. The two appeared together in Our Idiot Brother and I Love You Man.

While the Wasp will reportedly not perform any superheroics herself in the film, she reportedly is planned to do so in later films (likely Avengers 3).

The Wasp has already been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the recently released initial animatics for the first Avengers, a still from which can be seen below:

Hunham Out of Shades

Charlie Hunham is evidently no longer interested in becoming the universe’s most desirable male, as he has left the lead  in Fifty Shades of Grey which was all but certain guarantee of that.

While there is no hard fact on the reason for this move, the rumor is that he was refused “extensive creative input”, which he was seeking in the form of script approval. Other speculation involves him not being popular with the franchise’s fans (a petition to remove him from the project received over 88 thousand signatures as of now). The official reason is that his television commitment to Sons of Anarchy  was simply too demanding, but logic dictates that he would have been aware of those well before initially agreeing to star in the picture.

Brie Larson in Gambler

Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, 21 Jump Street) is set to appear alongside Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 James Caan original.

The remake is currently rumored to be directed by Rupert Wyatt, who previously did the fantastically engaging Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Casting Friday: Kit Harington, Saoirse Ronan in FF Reboot; Nicole Kidman in Silent Wife

Each Friday, I will summarize the important casting news or rumors from the preceding week, giving you a preview of who’ll be playing who in the future!

Kit Harington, Saoirse Ronan in FF Reboot

According to Variety’s sources, casting is beginning for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, and we have a rumored shortlist for actors. The list for Reed Richards, the leader of the Fantastic Four, includes Kit Harington, who appeared in Game of Thrones as Jon Snow, Jack O’Connell, who will be in 300: Rise of an Empire, and Miles Teller of … FootlooseProject X? I guess The Spectacular Now is supposed to be good.

Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan, Kate Mara and potentially but I guess now not really Margot Robbie tested for Sue Storm. I’m struck by thinking that, isn’t Saoirse potentially too young for the role? I guess they have a direction in mind here. Saoirse has been in the news a lot recently, as she also apparently read for Star Wars Episode VII.

Michael B Jordan has long been rumored for the role of Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, and that hasn’t changed, no new names have been thrown in. No word yet on the Thing’s casting.

The film is being produced by Fox and is currently slated for a 2015 release. 2015’s gonna be a busy year!

Nicole Kidman Lead in Silent Wife

Nicole Kidman is producing and will play the lead in Silent Wife, an adaptation of the successful novel by the same name, according to Deadline. As the author of the novel, A.S.A. Harrison passed away shortly after the release of her novel, so the deal was made with her estate for the film rights.

There is no word yet on who will appear as Kidman’s co-lead, or who will direct.

Casting Friday: Giamatti Rhino, Olsen Avengers

Each Friday, I will summarize the important casting news or rumors from the preceding week, giving you a preview of who’ll be playing who in the future!

Giamatti Rhino

While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is yet to come out (it is scheduled for May 2nd, 2014), actor Paul Giamatti, who plays the villain Rhino in the film, already confirmed his appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. The film is currently slated to be released on June 10th, 2016. Whatever else could be said about this news, it is definitely a spoiler for the second film.

In the same interview, Giamatti said he does not know whether he will be appearing in the 4th film of the franchise, also already greenlit. He did not reveal anything further about the rumors of a Sinister Six team-up in upcoming films.

Olsen Avengers

I’ve previously talked about the rumor of Olsen playing Scarlet Witch in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, but there has been no confirmation of it until now. Granted, the quote does not specifically mention the role, but Samuel L. Jackson, who of course is playing Nick Fury in the film, confirmed that she is involved:

“I don’t think we begin shooting before March of next year. I know we’re shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen, but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside. I haven’t seen a script.”

Not many more casting news this week. I, for one, am waiting for news on who’s playing Constantine in the upcoming tv pilot!