If it's crap ... We'll tell you
I know it's been a while since we've had this many trailers all released back-to-back but the studios are busy stumping for their upcoming projects, so we have five new trailers for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
First up, it's 'Promised Land' - reuniting director Gus Van Sant with his 'Goodwill Hunting' star Matt Damon. Damon plays a salesman for a major natural gas company (so stow the "propane and propane accessories" quote) who descends upon a small town to tap into it's natural resources, only to experience a series of life-changing events. The film also features 'The Office' star John Krasinski (who also co-wrote the film with Damon) and Frances McDormand ('Fargo'). 'Promised Land' arrives in limited release on December 28th (in order to qualify for the Oscars) and then in theaters nationwide on January 11th, 2013.
Next, we have Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures' upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic '42'. Directed by Brian Helgeland ('Payback'), the film stars TV actor Chadwick Boseman as the famed second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers who broke pro baseball’s color barrier. The film features an outstanding ensemble cast including Harrison Ford, Alan Tudyk, and Christopher Meloni and will be released April 12th, 2013.
In an extended promo for his upcoming adaptation of the musical 'Les Miserablés', director Tom Hooper ('The Kings Speech') and the main actors discuss the benefits of the unique way they're shooting the film (i.e. recording the musical numbers live as they film rather than dubbing in a previously recorded soundtrack). The adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel features Hugh Jackman in the leading role of paroled prisoner Jean Valjean as well as a star-studded cast of A-list actors like Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert and Anne Hathaway as Fantine. The film was originally slated to open up December 14th, but has since been shuffled to a Christmas release date in order to avoid going head-to-head with 'The Hobbit' (which also opens Dec. 14th).
The first trailer for the post-Twilight young-adult-demographic-bait film 'Beautiful Creatures' has arrived and it's... well, let's just say that yes - it is a trailer. As we first reported HERE, the basic story might sound awfully familiar - boy and girl fall in love, only one of them harbors a supernatural secret that might someday tear them apart. One thing that might set this film apart is that rather than filling it with random lip-chewing heavy-breathing nobodies, Alcon Entertainment and WB have filled the movie with notable actors like Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Viola Davis. Right now, I'm sure there's nothing that can prevent this possible franchise from being lumped in with the rest of the sparkly vampires, but I suppose only time will tell. 'Beautiful Creatures' is set for release on Feb 13th, 2013 (just in time for Valentines Day, you poor suckers with girlfriends...)
Finally, to wash off the residue of that last trailer we have the upcoming sequel to 2009's 'The Collector', named simply 'The Collection'. Once again helmed by creator Marcus Dunstan, the film picks up after the original and revolves around main character Arkin (Josh Stewart) being blackmailed into accompanying a team of mercenaries to track down The Collector's booby-trapped warehouse and save a wealthy businessman's daughter. Out November 30th, we can only hope that the franchises continues to take audiences by surprise instead of falling to tired horror sequel tropes.