May 12th: Iron Man 3 continued to dominate at the box office, making another bajillion dollars this weekend. The real story, however, is the runner-up – Baz Luhrmann’s sexy The Great Gatsby update starring hot young(ish) things Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, which defied expectations with $51.1 million in its debut frame. You know what this means? Coming spring 2015: Howard’s End starring Justin Beiber and Kim Kardashian. Source: Box Office Mojo
May 11th: The imminent Star Wars VII will be filmed in the UK, according to BBC. Tagline: Keep Calm and Boba Fett on. Source: BBC
May 10th: The trailer for the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, August: Osage County, hit the internet this week. The film, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin centers on a family that converges at home after the death of its patriarch for dysfunction, laughter, tears and lots and lots of Oscars. Source: Entertainment Weekly
May 9th: Director Joe Wright has emerged as a strong contender for the big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Wright was thrilled announcing “I was hoping that the Academy Award winning adaptations of Atonement and Anna Karenina would, one day, lead to my big break in porn.” Source: The Hollywood Reporter
May 9th: Old School co-stars Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell will reteam for Daddy’s Home, about a family man (Ferrell) whose life is turned upside down when his wife’s ex-husband (Vaughn) moves in with them. Old School 2 seems like Amour by comparison. Source: Variety
May 9th: In other trailer news, the preview for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock sent the interweb into a tizzy this week. The imminent alien attack can be attributed to extraterrestrials’ assumption that all humans have excellent cheek bones and are ageless. Source: Entertainment Weekly
May 8th: Marvel’s The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon has taken to his blog to set straight the rumor that he was making upwards of $100 million for Avengers 2. Although the fact that he wrote the blog entry on a laptop made out of pure gold and lined with an ivory keyboard, isn’t helping his case (In other news: Joss Whedon Rules!). Source: Whedonesque
May 6th: Clueless director Amy Heckerling will join forces with Jada Pinkett-Smith and latino soap star William Levy for the appropriately titled Salsa, about a woman who reaches a turning point in her life through the art of, well, salsa dancing. Will it be a hit? Como si!
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May 5th: Iron Man 3 totally tanked this weekend with $175 million opening. Source: Box Office Mojo
May 3rd: Benjamin Bratt has taken over voicing duties from Al Pacino for the role of villain Eduardo in the sequel Despicable Me 2, marking the first time Benjamin Bratt has been mentioned in the same sentence as Al Pacino. Source: Deadline
May 3rd: Men in Black 4 has gotten the green-light from Sony Pictures. Threat received, Sony. Source: The Wrap
May 2nd: Edgar Wright and the cast of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World reunited at Entertainment Weekly’s Cape Town this week. File under: Awesome. Sub-file Under: Why Haven’t You Seen Scott Pilgrim? Source: Entertainment Weekly
May 1st: I just can’t stop updating at this point: The newest addition to the Jane Got a Gun cast, Bradley Cooper, has left the film, citing scheduling conflicts. Source: The Hollywood Reporter
May 1st: Reese Witherspoon has booked her next role, as a sports reporter in the film Get Her Off the Pitch. She will start production after her current starring performance in her own E! True Hollywood Story. Source: Deadline
The Mayans predicted we would all be gone on 12/12/12. Obviously they got it wrong since we are all still here. But it looks like the end is near or has already arrived with this apocalypse themed summer movie season. It kicks off with Iron Man 3 opening wide on May 3 followed by doom and gloom everywhere, from global dystopias, alien invasions, to bank robbing magicians. Don’t forget to click on the titles to view the trailers. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.
Iron Man 3 (in 3D)
With Ben Kinsley as Iron Man’s arch nemesis Mandarin, May can’t arrive soon enough.
Greetings From Tim Buckley (Limited)
Follow Jeff Buckley as he comes to terms with his father’s legacy and lives in the famous folk musician’s shadow. I think I’ll wait for the Coen Brothers to dive into the ’60’s folk music scene with Inside Llewyn Davis.
Love is All You Need (Limited)
It’s the lovely Pierce Brosnan but it feels a bit Hallmark-like channel to me.
The Great Gatsby MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated
One of my favorite cocktails: Impossible love, high–octane tragedy, pretty people, and things with a dash of Baz Lurhmann!
Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) both produces and stars in this natural disaster horror thriller.
Sarah Polley’s documentary Stories We Tell, about her own life and her own mother and father.
Cannes 2013 (until May 26)
“Ever since its creation, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.”
Star Trek Into Darkness (in IMAX/3D) MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated
Bring it on, Mr. Abrams!
The English Teacher (Limited)
A valentine to New York City, from director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale).
Epic (in 3D)
An adaptation of William Joyce’s children’s book The Leaf Men with the voices of Christoph Waltz, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell and many more.
Fast & Furious 6
It’s kind of awesome how good this sixth movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise looks.
The Hangover Part III
Can’t we all just join AA?
Before Midnight (Limited)
Before Midnight, the follow-up to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) made a smashing debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (Limited)
Alex Gibney’s new documentary, the truth has consequences.
M. Night Shyamalan’s blockbuster sci-fi film with Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. I’m excited and scared at the same time.
One heck of an ensemble cast Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco star as a group of magicians who team up to rob banks during their shows. Also, part of the cast include Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, and Mélanie Laurent.
The East (Limited)
Zal Batmanglij’s The East is his second feature following Sound of My Voice, a corporate eco-terrorist mystery-thriller starring Brit Marling.
The Kings of Summer (Limited)
A Sundance darling.
Shadow Dancer (Limited)
Oscar winning director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) British thriller stars Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson.