Trailer Trash Feature: 6th – 28th August

(Bi-weekly feature written for Lost In The Multiplex)

With the Toronto International Film Festival kicking off in just over a week we’ve been able to see quite a few trailers for some highly anticipated films this week. From an adaptation of a Charles Dickens classic to a comedy about dog napping, we have many great roles to showcase in this feature, including seven brilliantly cast psychopaths, Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a bike, Napoleon Dynamite as a serious lawyer, Vanessa Hudgens pole dancing, and Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother seducing the beautiful Elizabeth Olsen. I bet you never expected any of that…

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Great Expectations

Making its world debut at TIFF, we have the first international trailer for Mike Newell’s anticipated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations. The film follows the story of a young orphan named Pip who is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. With Jeremy Irvine in the lead role, the film stars an excellent cast including Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Jason Flemyng, Robbie Coltrane, Sally Hawkins, and Ewen Bremner. Directed by Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) with a screenplay by acclaimed screenwriter and novelist David Nicholls (One Day), the new trailer is quite haunting but shows how brilliant the cast look in their roles. Great Expectations is set to be released in the UK on 30th November.

Seven Psychopaths

One of the most anticipated films heading to TIFF is Oscar-winning director Martin McDonagh’s (In Bruges) Seven Psychopaths. Reuniting with actor Colin Farrell in the lead, Farrell plays an alcoholic screenwriter struggling to write a serial-killer script gets more real-life inspiration than he can handle when a dognapping scheme gone awry brings a galaxy of crazies to his doorstep. Also starring Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Harry Dean Stanton, and Tom Waits, the new trailer has caused a lot of excitement for film fans these past weeks so you’re sure to love it too. After debuting at TIFF next month, Seven Psychopaths will be released in the UK on 7th December.

The Impossible

Another first trailer is for an upcoming drama based on one family’s experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, The Impossible. From the crew of The Orphanage, including director Juan Antonio Bayona who will be making his English-language debut and scribe Sergio G. Sánchez, the film follows the true account of a family – Henry (Ewan McGregor), Maria (Naomi Watts) and their three sons – who begin their winter vacation in Thailand, but who find themselves caught with tens of thousands of strangers in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. Set to be released on 4th January, 2013, the trailer is quite intense, highlighting the horrific effects of the tsunami and the dramatic situations that the cast are set to face.

Red Dawn

We also have the first trailer for this year’s Red Dawn remake, which will be stunt co-ordinator Dan Bradley’s directorial debut. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Brett Cullen, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the film is set around a foreign invasion in the US when citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a revolutionary group of fighters. Initially expecting to be released back in 2010 before MGM came into financial difficulties, the film is now set to be released in the US on 21st November, whilst we are yet to get a UK release date. At least the cast have been able to get some much-needed recognition in this two-year delay, namely Hutcherson with his lead in The Hunger Games, as now we have a little more to look forward to.

Premium Rush

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the next trailer, a film about the best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers who attracts the interest of a dirty cop who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. Directed by David Koepp (Spider-Man) from a script he co-wrote with John Kamps (Ghost Town), the new trailer showcases some of the brilliant action and stunt scenes that this film has to offer. Also starring Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung, and Aasif Mandvi, Premium Rush has been released in the US this week and is set to come ashore to the UK on 14th September, a week before we get to see Gordon-Levitt in Looper.

Pitch Perfect

A film that I’m personally looking forward to, and please don’t ask me why, is Pitch Perfect which has a new TV Spot this week. Directed by Jason Moore, the trailer for this upcoming comedy musical is sure to get you singing along. Adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction novel of the same name, the idea came from the senior editor at Ga Q magazine when he followed a group of A cappella groups in America and wrote about the singing, groupies, partying and rivalries that were all part of the experience. The adaptation, with screenplay by Kay Cannon, follows Beca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University, who is cajoled into joining her school’s all-girls a cappella group The Bellas, which includes the popular faces of Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson. Injecting some much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. The new trailer looks like a lot of fun, and is an interesting handful of roles for those involved. Set to be released on 19th October, Pitch Perfect also stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Michael Higgins, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Freddie Stroma, Ester Dean, and Freddie Stroma.

10 Years

For his fourth film this year we also have the first trailer for a film led by Channing Tatum, with the indie-drama 10 Years. Following a group of friends on the night of their high school reunion who, a decade later, still haven’t quite grown up, Tatum stars alongside Rosario Dawson, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Lynn Collins, Anthony Mackie, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Chris Pratt, Ron Livingston, Oscar Isaac, and Aubrey Plaza. The new trailer shows just how great this ensemble is for an indie film, and it looks as if a lot of interesting relationships are going to be explored. Directed by Jamie Linden from his own script and making his feature directorial debut, 10 Years will be released in the US on 14th September, but there is no word yet on a UK release date.

Trouble With The Curve

Another first trailer sees the return of a face we haven’t seen in front of the camera for four years, with Clint Eastwood starring in the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve. Starring alongside Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake, the film follows an aging baseball scout who’s losing his sight, who heads on a last road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to scout a hotshot prospect. With Robert Lorenz making his feature directorial debut and a script by newcomer Randy Brown, the new trailer shows off the high talent in this film, and it looks as if it could be on par with last year’s Moneyball, especially when thinking about the awards season. Trouble with the Curve will be released in the UK on 30th November.

Playing For Keeps

Another sports film that has its first trailer is Gabriele Muccino’s (Seven Pounds, The Pursuit of Happyness) soccer drama Playing For Keeps. Originally titled Playing the Field, the film sees Gerard Butler in the lead alongside Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid, and Judy Greer. Butler plays a down-on-his luck former soccer star who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boys’ soccer team. Whilst the new trailer isn’t anything special, the film can certainly promise some emotional depth from director Muccino. Playing for Keeps will be released in the UK on 1st February, 2013.

Stolen

This time with a first US trailer, we see Nicolas Cage return to the big screen and reunite with director Simon West (Con Air) for Stolen. Previously titled Medallion, Cage stars as Will Montgomery, a master thief who after being double-crossed in a heist gone awry is sent to prison for 8 years. When Will’s released, his old partner Vincent kidnaps his estranged daughter Allison and demands the entire $10 million as ransom. Now Will must trust his old partner in crime, the sexy Riley (Malin Akerman), to do one more clever heist and get his daughter back. Also starring Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Stolen will be released in the US on 14th September, but there’s no word yet on a UK release yet.

Liberal Arts

Another favourite of mine in this week’s feature is for Josh Radnor’s follow-up to his feature directorial debut and Sundance favourite Happythankyoumoreplease, with his back to school dramedy Liberal Arts. Starring alongside Elizabeth Olsen, the film follows thirty-something Jesse (Radnor) who returns home for his father’s retirement party and falls for college student Zibby (Olsen). I think this is an amazing leading duo and certainly one to anticipate, and the new trailer looks like there’s a lot of heart behind it. Also starring Zac Efron, Richard Jenkins, and Allison Janney, Liberal Arts is set to be released in the UK on the 5th of October.

For Ellen

Debuting at Sundance earlier this year, we also have the first trailer for So Yong Kim’s (Treeless Mountain) indie drama For Ellen. Stemming from Kim’s desire to understand her own father, For Ellen follows aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) who, in the midst of a low period in his life, agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Margarita Levieva). He soon realises, however, that signing the papers means he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo). With a good-natured lawyer (Jon Heder) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation. The new trailer looks very downbeat and slow but powerful nonetheless, and if nothing more it promises a deeply moving performance from Dano. Also starring Jena Malone and Dakota Johnson, For Ellen is set to have a limited released in the US from 5th September ahead of its VOD release on 19th September.

The Frozen Ground

And finally, it’s time to see Vanessa Hudgens pole dance in the first trailer for Scott Walker’s directorial debut with the thriller, The Frozen Ground. Also starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, the film is based on actual events and follows an Alaska State Trooper who partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Aside from the shock of Hudgens on drugs and half-naked in the trailer, it looks as if this could be a decent thriller and Cusack certainly gives you the chills from these few minutes alone. Also starring 50 Cent, Dean Norris, Radha Mitchell, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, and Katherine LaNasa, The Frozen Ground is set to be released in the US on 30th November but there is again no word yet.

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