JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot has signed commercial director Dan Trachtenberg to direct their latest project, Valencia, for Paramount Pictures’ Insurge division. Of course with this being a JJ Abrams project, many of the details are being kept under wraps. Find out what we know about Dan Trachtenberg’s Bad Robot movie project after the jump.

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Two Locke Trailers

Other than saying “hey, Tom Hardy is in this!” how exactly does one promote a film in which a guy drives a car for an hour and a half? A new set of two Locke trailers attempt to tackle the problem by running in opposite directions.

“One guy in a car” is the basic setup of Locke, the film from Steven Knight in which Hardy plays a troubled guy who fields phone calls while on a drive to attend an event that could change his life. The film may have a performance from Hardy that has been praised up and down the festival circuit since the film debuted last year (as the first spot’s quote barrage shows) but it is pretty short on the whizz-bang moments that trailer editors thrive on. So the approach here is a bit novel, and the short spots are heavy on tension and atmosphere — and Hardy’s performance. Read More »

Emily Blunt Sicario

Hours ago, we got word that Amy Adams has entered early talks to star in Story of Your Life. But before she and director Denis Villeneuve get to face down some aliens, he’ll be making a stop at the border for SicarioEmily Blunt is now negotiating to lead the thriller, which was scripted by Taylor Sheridan. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Zac Efron john grisham

Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Matthew McConaughey and Matt Damon have all played leading roles in adaptations of John Grisham novels. Now a new name will be added to the list: Zac Efron. The Neighbors and High School Musical star will produce and star in The Associate, based on the 2009 legal thriller by the novelist. His production company, Ninjas Runnin Wild, is currently out to writers and will then bring the package to studios. After that, a Zac Efron John Grisham movie should be an easy sell. Read More »

Amy Adams Story of Your Life

Amy Adams has worked with some pretty impressive directors in the past, and now she’s adding Denis Villeneuve to her list. The American Hustle actress is in early talks to star in Villeneuve’s Story of Your Life, a sci-fi thriller about an alien landing. The script by Eric Heisserer landed on the Black List in 2012. Hit the jump to find out whom Adams will be playing and more.

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The Drop trailer

Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam got to call the shots on The Drop, which scripted by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone). You probably wouldn’t even need to have that spelled out for you, because this first The Drop trailer very much conveys the feel of films like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, perhaps with a bit of Killing Them Softly thrown in. 

As in Killing Them Softly, here we get James Gandolfini, in his final performance, as guy who is tightly tied to a criminal lifestyle. But Gandolfini’s characters in the two films couldn’t appear to be more different — here, he’s a bar owner whose joint happens to be the cash drop point for the local mob. He and his bartender, played by Tom Hardy, end up in trouble when the place is robbed. (That poorly-chosen robbery might also act as a point of connection to Killing Them Softly.)

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Night in Old Mexico Trailer

In A Night in Old Mexico there’s a mini-Lonesome Dove reunion of sorts, as the film has Robert Duvall working with a script by Lonesome Dove scribe William T. Wittliff. This is a very different sort of project, however. Duvall plays an old rancher who has lost his land, and heads down to Mexico for one last drunken night out with his estranged grandson. But they give a ride to some bad men en route, and and up with the money those guys were carrying. It’s a lot of money, and people with guns want to get it back. Naturally, that gives Duvall a chance to show his tough old leathery side. Check out the A Night in Old Mexico trailer below. Read More »

Wolf Creek 2 trailer

Go back the the Outback, with that nice man Mick Taylor (played by John Jarratt) is ready to be your guide. A guide to Hell, at least. Jarratt returns in Wolf Creek 2, where he once again plays one messed-up son of a bitch — and this time writer/director Greg McLean has seemingly intensified Mick’s anti-social personality. Check out this new Wolf Creek 2 trailer, and see how the guy makes life — or ends it, rather — for a new group of characters. Read More »

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