Movie News and Randomness

Ready for another installment of movie news?  Here’s the movie stuff that’s got me excited or apathetic this week.

1. Wild Trailer

I don’t really feel like I have to give this one much of a summary or introduction.  It’s based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, which has been sitting on my iPad for months and which I still haven’t read.  Reese Witherspoon stars.  I will see it, but probably not until its digital download release.

2. Box Office Woes: Age and Gender Gap Fueling Summer Decline 

Or, you know, the fact that everything has been complete shit.  But truthfully, the fact that fewer males are flocking to theaters and Hollywood still hasn’t figured out that women drive much of the box office means that it’s been a pretty lackluster summer for movies.  Whatever.  More female films, please.  (THR)

3. Laggies Trailer

The film stars Keira Knightley as a mid-twenties screw up who panics when her boyfriend proposes.  She goes to live with her new 16-year-old friend, played by Chloe Grace-Moretz.  It looks…interesting?

4. Netflix won’t ship or process your DVDs on Weekends

Wait, people still use the DVD option? (Cinema Blend)

5. New Gone Girl Trailer

Because why not?  I know I’ve posted a trailer for this, or at least I think I have?  I know I’ll see this one because I’m curious about how the ending has changed.  I can’t wait for the internet backlash on that one.  The internet loves a good backlash (and so do I!).

What movie news got you excited this week?

Movie News and Randomness

It’s been a while since I talked about the movie news that’s got me all hot and bothered (or lukewarm and apathetic).  Without further ado, here are 5 movie-related things to consider this week:

1. Gone Girl Trailer

People are blowing up the internet about this trailer, the first official look at the movie, out in October.  If the girls I “know” on Facebook are to be believed, this is based on, “like, the best book ever.”  At any rate, the buzz about the film’s altered ending means that I’ll be seeing this one eventually, mostly because my curiosity is more powerful than my reticence to jump on the Gone Girl bandwagon.  Thoughts?

2. Allegiant likely to be split into two movies, because $$$$$

Not that this is surprising to anyone with two brain cells to rub together, but it looks like Veronica Roth’s Divergent series will get the same treatment The Hunger Games and Harry Potter did, and see the final book split into more than one movie.  This is silly for a number of reasons, but the thing that stands out most to me is that the third novel is by far the weakest and least interesting of the series, so why bother dragging it out?

Oh, because of money?  Right. (Deadline)

3. If I Stay Trailer

Look, I wasn’t one of the people on the If I Stay love-train.  I don’t totally get it, but I understand its significance in the YA lit world.  This is the first official trailer for the much-anticipated movie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz.   It looks…fine.

Maybe I’m a bitter old shrew, but I can’t get past Moretz’s ignorant, misguided comments about YA:

Forman’s novel might occupy a certain part of the bookstore, but Moretz doesn’t love the “young adult” designation. She thinks it diminishes the book’s value. “What’s interesting about Gayle’s novel is that it’s not really that YA. It deals with issues that are much bigger…it’s much darker than I think most YA is,” says Moretz.

LOL okay, Chloe.  What does “it’s not really YA” even mean?  Are you serious?

Sorry I’m not sorry, but that’s literally the dumbest thing she could have said about YA literature while also proving that she has no idea what she’s talking about.  Which is, you know, okay.  But then maybe don’t say anything about YA?

4. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to star in “The Nest”

The two real-life friends are set to star in a movie called The Nest, about two sisters who get kicked out of the family home when their parents buy a condo.  I’m excited about a film with two females as its leads, because we need way, way more of those. (Showbiz 411)

5. Wish I Was Here Trailer

Remember when Zach Braff begged Kickstarter backers to fund his movie and there was a lot of (justified) backlash but it got funded anyway?  Well, this is the trailer for that movie.  It’s about a dad who struggles to juggle family life or something, but the trailer is mostly just slow-motion shots scored to The Shins.  It looks about as self-indulgent as you’d expect, and based on the early reviews out of Sundance, it’s going to be kind of a shit show.

So yeah, I’m excited.

Movie News and Randomness

Time for the bimonthly Movie News and Blather.  These are the movie-related tidbits I found interesting enough to blog about this time around!

1. Tammy Teaser Trailer

The film stars Melissa McCarthy, who I will pretty much watch in anything.*  It also stars Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, and a bunch of other great people, so how could I not want to see this one?  Plus, the teaser opens with “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio, so, you know.

*This is hyperbolic.  I will not watch Mike & Molly and can’t bring myself to sit through Identity Thief.  So, you know, I have my limits.

2. Jennifer Anniston will star in Cake

It’s about a woman obsessed with the suicide of another woman in her support group, so…cheery? (Variety)

3. Under the Skin Trailer

I can never quite make my mind up about Scarlet Johansson, but this sci-fi flick is getting pretty good buzz.  It’s about aliens, or something, and prominently features Johansson’s face.  The movie was scored by Micachu and the Shapes, which excites me, and I guess the cinematography is something to behold as well.

4. Live-action Tarzan movie is apparently a thing.

Did you guys know about this?  Because I didn’t.  Apparently it will star Alexander Skarsgaard as Tarzan and Margot Robbie as Jane.  It’ll be directed by David Yates, which is the only part about any of it I’m remotely okay with, and even that is sort of BLECH.  We don’t have to worry about it until 2016, though.

5. The Two Faces of January Trailer

While I wish the trailer didn’t give quite so much away, it has a pretty impressive cast.  I’m crazy for Oscar Isaac, so I’m down for this, but Viggo Mortenson and Kirsten Dunst are also in this thriller about tourists who get involved in a murder.  Or something.  Did I mention Oscar Isaac is in the trailer?

 

Movie News and Randomness

Awards season is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate it than to talk about some of the movie-related news that’s got me all atwitter this week?

1. Breathe In Trailer

The movie stars Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, and Amy Ryan, all of whom are sort of fabulous.  The movie doesn’t exactly look uplifting, but it does look compelling: domestic unrest, how people change and grow apart, the yearning for youth and what could have been.  It’s by the director of Like Crazy, so you know I’m there.

2. Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

Metacritic has a great roundup of some of the most anticipated films of 2014 to look out for.  I love me a list, and I love me some pop culture, so you know I’m making my own list based on the titles here. (Metacritic)

3. Walk of Shame Trailer

Look, I love Elizabeth Banks a lot.  I’m not such a huge fan of James Marsden, and I’d be lying if I said this looks like a great movie, but that doesn’t mean I won’t see it.  I just sat through Austenland the other day, and that was one of the LITERAL WORST MOVIES I’VE EVER SEEN.  But that’s how deep my love for an actor goes.  By the way, have you seen the photoshop of horrors they’ve done to Banks on the poster for this movie?

4. Adult World Trailer

Emma Roberts has really grown on me this year, and so I’ll definitely be checking out this little indie film, which debuts in theaters and VOD in mid-February.  Roberts plays a young woman living at home while attending grad school and hopes to attract the attention of an older, alcoholic professor played by John Cusack.  She takes a job at a sex shop to make some money.  This is the kind of film that is right up my alley.  I’m trailer crazy this week!

5. The Pretty One Trailer

Zoe Kazan, Ron Livingston, and Jake Johnson?  Are you kidding me? This one looks kind of awesome: a girl’s identical twin dies, and she assumes her identity.  Whatever, it’s probably ludicrous, but I’ll still totally be down to watch this one.

Movie News and Randomness

I think it’s about time for another installment of movie news and blather.  Here’s the movie news that’s got me all atwitter this week.

1. Labor Day Trailer

I’ve been reading about this movie for awhile, but this is the first time that I actually sat down and watched the trailer.  I love Kate Winslet, and while I’m more lukewarm on Josh Brolin, I have to say that this one looks pretty compelling.  It’s about an escaped convict who ends up staying in the home of a single mother and her 13-year-old son.  He wins them over, but it can’t end well, right?  It’s based on a book by Joyce Maynard, and it looks pretty good, although reviews have been mixed so far.

2. Key and Peele are getting a movie

There’s no plot or anything yet.  Not even a premise, but Universal has tapped them for a movie deal, so that’s something, I guess.  Judd Apatow is going to share the writing credits with the duo.  I’ll see this because I like all three of them, but I expect it to be too long, just like every Apatow movie EVER. (Deadline)

3. Maleficent Trailer

Maleficent has always been the Disney villain that scares me the most.  Even though Sleeping Beauty is a really, really boring story, the character of Maleficent has always fascinated me.  The trailer for the Angelina Jolie vehicle is finally out, and while I don’t really have warm fuzzy feelings for Jolie as an actress or celebrity, I have to say it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

4. 50 Shades of Disaster Grey moves release date back

Like anyone is surprised by this.  The studio insists that this has absolutely nothing to do with the male lead dropping out and needing to be replaced.  This has to do with a busy summer schedule they didn’t want to compete with.  So now it’s scheduled for Valentine’s Day 2015.  Because nothing says Valentine’s Day like a heroine getting busy with an abusive control freak who demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge about the BDSM community. (Vulture)

5. Divergent Trailer

I guess this is the first real theatrical trailer for the movie based on the popular YA book.  Look, I wasn’t totally sold on the book but can still recognize a story with  massive appeal.  Do I think that this trailer tries to capitalize on much of The Hunger Games’s success? Yes, but I’ll still see the movie.

What movie news are you excited about this week?

Movie News and Randomness

Time for another installment of movie news and blather, where I bring you all the movie news that’s fit to print (or at least what I find interesting).  Without further ado or preamble, let’s get right into it!

1. Do you guys cringe every time you see the trailer for The Big Wedding, too?

I just think it looks awful.  I’m embarrassed for it.  I’m embarrassed for me, too, because I’ll probably see it.  Ugh.  Life, you know?

2. Inside Llewyn Davis might be the first Coen brothers movie I actually WANT to see

It boasts a pretty impressive cast and looks like it’s going to be interesting, intriguing, and well done.  I don’t know.  I’m not a Coen brothers fan, but this one looks not awful.

3. Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes finally has a trailer

You can watch it here.  I can’t wait to see it, but I love Judy Blume and I want to see Willa Holland in something where I don’t want to shake her.  I think it looks pretty great.  I can’t wait for this one in June.

4. The East looks pretty interesting and has my girl Ellen Page in it

It’s getting good buzz, and it’s about someone who goes undercover to investigate a cult and sort of gets sucked into it.  I don’t know.  It’s got Alexander Skarsgaard in it, too, so you know I’m there.

5. Emma Stone is in talks to star in Woody Allen’s next movie

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. (Deadline)

What movies are you excited about this week?

Movie News and Blather

Time for another installment of movie news and blather, where I bring you all the movie news that’s fit to print (or at least what I find interesting).  Without further ado or preamble, let’s get right into it!

1. Nick Offerman stars in Somebody Up There Likes Me

The trailer for Nick Offerman’s indie movie Somebody Up There Likes Me is live.  The movie is being released in limited theaters soon and will be available On Demand shortly after that.  The film also stars Jess Weixler and Offerman’s real-life wife, Megan Mullally.

2. Jessica Alba to star in Weightless

The film is about astronaut Maysie Overall, a woman who always dreamed of becoming an astronaut and visiting space.  Alba is in final negotiations to star in the film.  I don’t know why this is news, because odds are the movie won’t be well-received and Alba will give a lackluster performance, but she’s just so pretty and she tries so hard.  I can’t help but like her.  (Comingsoon.net)

3. Leviathan trailer looks incredible

This is all about fishing and whaling, and it looks to be totally mesmerizing.  The documentary also looks to be really upsetting.  I have really complicated feelings about what’s happening in the oceans, and this documentary looks like it’s going to only add to my conflicted feelings.

4. There’s going to be a documentary about the conspiracy theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and I’m excited.

The film is entitled Room 237, and it will be released March 29th.  I didn’t even know this was a thing, but now I can’t wait. (Metacritic)

5. The Fault in Our Stars movie should begin filming this summer.

Did you know it was being made into a movie?  Have I posted about this before?  I can’t remember any more, so forgettable and obvious is this news.  Anyway, it’s got a very commercial production team and is guaranteed to make some good money at the box office, whoever they get to star in it.  I don’t know.  I’ll see this, because I’m a sucker and because I can’t help but be manipulated, but at least I know I’m being manipulated…right? (MTV’s Hollywood Crush)

What movie news did you hear about this week?

Movie Blather and Randomness

Gentle readers, it’s time for another installment of movie blather and randomness, wherein I give you the latest (or latest-ish) news relating to all things movies.  Without further ado, let’s get to the news!

1. Carrie teaser trailer is live

Just in time for Halloween, the first teaser trailer for Stephen King’s Carrie remake is live.  There obviously isn’t much to go on, based on the one-minute teaser, but it certainly looks pretty crazy.  What’s interesting about the casting of Chloe Grace Moretz is that she’s fairly divisive amongst audiences–people either think she can’t or they don’t.  There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of middle-ground.  I loved King’s book and enjoyed the original movie, so I’ll definitely be seeing this.

2. Shailene Woodley to star in Divergent movie?

I’m not going to lie: I’m somewhere between “meh” and “wrong on this one, but I’m writing about it because it’s sort of a big deal in the YA book blogosphere.  There’s been a lot of speculation about who could play Tris in the sure-to-be mediocre Divergent movie, and it looks like Shailene Woodley (she of The Descendents and also The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which I will never let her live down).  This isn’t a done deal yet, but it’s looking fairly likely, I guess.  I don’t know.  Meh. (Deadline)

3. Save the Date trailer looks awesome

Have you guys seen this? It has so many of my favorite people I hardly know where to begin.  Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Alison Brie?  It looks quirky and weird and probably uneven, but to say that I am so there is probably the understatement of the week. I can’t wait, you guys.

4. Starlet trailer is mesmerizing

I hadn’t heard of this movie until I started doing a little bit of research for this post, but I watched the trailer and couldn’t look away.  It looks so, so great, you guys. I can’t wait to see this–it’s the kind of thing my mom and I go see together (when we’re not seeing really stupid movies, I mean), and I think this one is going to be really moving and memorable.

5. Most popular Halloween costumes this year are exactly what you’d expect

The original source is Fandango, so take from that what you will about those surveyed, but the report is that The Avengers and Katniss from The Hunger Games are topping the Halloween costume circuit this year.  The entire article is sort of bizarre, but it’s worth a look just to see what people seem to want to do for Halloween.  My costume is pop culture related, but nothing quite so relevant.  (Maybe I’ll post pictures after the party tonight.  Maybe.) (THR)

What movie news are you excited about this week?

Movie Blather and Randomness

Gentle readers, it’s time for another installment of movie blather and randomness, wherein I give you the latest (or latest-ish) news relating to all things movies.  Without further ado, let’s get to the news!

1. A second trailer for the Silver Linings Playbook

This is fast-becoming one of my most-anticipated movies.  The buzz surrounding it continues to be really good, and I love Jennifer Lawrence so much, that I’m afraid I’ll see pretty much anything she’s in (I’ll wait for the DVD of HATES, though).  What do you guys think about this one?  Does it look as good to you as it does to me, or does my insane love for Matthew Quick make me totally biased?

2. Danny Strong will pen the Mockingjay movie script(s)

Danny Strong, who is fresh off of winning a screenwriting Emmy for the excellent Game Change, has been hired to write the screenplay for the third (and fourth) Hunger Games movies.  I can’t be the only person who knows Strong best for his work as the morally relative Jonathan on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and that’s basically why this news is as exciting as it is.  I did like Game Change, though.  This is exciting. (Variety)

3. Mindy Kaling wrote a romantic comedy

Mindy Kaling wrote the script for a romantic comedy that Anne Hathaway is attached to. The movie is called The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie (yeah, it’s awful), and I will see it based on the fact that Kaling co-wrote it alone.  I also secretly like Hathaway even though we still aren’t speaking because of her involvement in Love & Other Drugs.  I’ll forgive you eventually, girl.  The movie is exactly what you think it will be: a lady who has no self-esteem dates losers until a hot guy pursues her.  Gross, but also I’m totally there because that was my life until I was about 25, only it wasn’t a hot guy so much as…well, that’s another story entirely.  (Videogum)

4. 28 Hotel Rooms Trailer is mesmerizing

The movie stars Chris Messina (MY PERFECT MAN), and so you know I’m going to see it.  If I can sit through An Invisible Sign for Messina, I can pretty much do anything.  However, this one looks super compelling and interesting and probably really depressing.  I love stories like this, where there’s a lot of grey area and a lot of questions.  Can’t. Wait.

5. Just when you thought your childhood boardgames were safe after Battleship bombed, Hungry Hungry Hippos is a thing

No, seriously.  It’s like a real thing that is happening.  They’re also developing a movie based on Monopoly and “Action Man,” which I can’t even be bothered to google.  Why is this happening?  That’s not a rhetorical question. (LA Times)
What about you?  What movie news are you excited about this week?

Movie Blather and Randomness

Gentle readers, it’s time for another installment of movie blather and randomness, wherein I give you the latest (or latest-ish) news relating to all things movies.  Without further ado, let’s get to the news!

1. For a Good Time, Call… Trailer is raunchy, silly, and kind of awesome?

I didn’t really think much of this film when I saw the posters for it, but I finally watched the trailer, and I have to say, I wouldn’t be opposed to watching this one.  It looks like it might be a total raunchfest, which I’m okay with.  There have been a slew of articles over the past week or so comparing this one to the (terrible) movie Bachelorette, saying that these are the movies that Bridesmaids paved the way for.  I’m not sure about that, but I’ll still see this one.

2. Metacritic’s Fall Movie Preview

The site has all kinds of goodies, from trailers to release dates.  I love the start of each season, because it means that someone, somewhere, is creating a list of movies/books/music being released in that season.  Metacritic is my favorite resource for movie and music news, so this round-up of what’s to come is a great thing to have at your disposal.

3. V/H/S trailer is terrifying

Have you guys seen the trailer for this? I’m a total sucker for things like this, and unfortunately I don’t have a lot of brave souls in my life who will watch these sorts of movies with me, but I’m determined to watch this one (it might have to happen in the middle of the day in a brightly-lit room).  It’s certainly not genre-defying, but it looks like it might be satisfying in that really-scary way that so few movies are.

4. The Brave Little Toaster is getting a reboot, studios continue to rape our childhoods for profit

Word on the street (which street, I’m not sure) is that The Brave Little Toaster is getting another reboot.  This time, the film will be a “CGI/live-action hybrid,” and that sound you heard was me dry-heaving.  I don’t understand what the point of remaking a movie like this is, because surely there can’t be that much demand for it?  Will I see it?  Probably, but I’ll hate-watch it like a CHAMP. (the Wrap)

(Also, does anyone remember that scene with the quicksand or mud or whatever? Still terrifying.)

5. The To-Do List redband trailer is live

This movie stars Aubrey Plaza as a girl determined to lose her virginity.  It boasts a fairly impressive comedic cast and is garnering good buzz.  I personally can’t wait to see this, as I love Plaza and this is the type of movie that I not-so-secretly love.

Anything I missed this week?  Movies you’re most looking forward to seeing?