The Counselor

Looking back at Season 1 of Breaking Bad, it’s funny to remember how unassuming Walter White was in the very beginning. Meth-making was just something he turned to in a desperate attempt to support his family. But getting into that world is easier than getting out of it, and at this point there’s really no possibility he’ll get a happy ending when the show returns next month.

In Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, Michael Fassbender‘s lawyer character learns a similar lesson. In his eagerness to make a quick buck, he slips into the drug trade. When a deal goes sour, though, he soon realizes that it’s not such easy money after all. Watch the first domestic trailer after the jump.

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Cameron Diaz

Apparently, Sony simply adores the idea of Cameron Diaz being mean to children. The studio recently put in motion a sequel to Bad Teacher, her surprise hit comedy from 2011, and now they’ve got her on board for Annie, in which she’ll play nasty, alcoholic orphanage headmistress Miss Hannigan. She joins Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Counselor

A film directed by Ridley Scott, scripted by Cormac McCarthy, and starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and John Leguizamo can’t possibly help but come with sky-high expectations. Happily, the first teaser for The Counselor isn’t letting us down.

To be fair, it’s tough to tell exactly what’s going on here since the audio is Russian. For all I know, Pitt’s dubbed voice could just be reciting the opening lines of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. But the movie looks utterly intense and very, very gorgeous, and if anyone’s earned the benefit of our doubt it’s this group. Hit the jump to watch the footage.

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Bad Teacher

Maybe Paul Feig hasn’t cornered the market on R-rated female-led comedies after all. Sony is moving forward with a sequel to 2011′s Bad Teacher, with Jake Kasdan returning to direct. Star Cameron Diaz is still working out her deal, but it’s expected that she’ll come back as well.

While the first Bad Teacher failed to live up to its comedy potential (IMO, anyway), it did gangbusters at the box office with a $216 million worldwide take. To put that into perspective, that’s more than either Horrible Bosses or 21 Jump Street made ($209 million and $201 million, respectively) but less than Bridesmaids did ($288 million). Get all the details after the jump.

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Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street

Mark your calendars. Sony has just set a June 6, 2014 release date for 21 Jump Street 2, starring Jonah Hill and Channing TatumPhil Lord and Chris Miller will be back to direct the comedy sequel, which will see the undercover cops heading to college.

Sony also dated two other big summer movies for 2014. They already have The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening on May 2 but they also dated Think Like A Man Too, the sequel to Tim Story comedy starring Kevin Hart, for June 20 and Sex Tape, Jake Kasdan‘s comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple whose homemade video goes mainstream, for July 2. That last one is a huge vote of confidence for the comedy, as it’ll open on one of the busiest weekends of the year, opposite Disney’s Maleficent. Jump Street opens against the new Ninja Turtles. [Deadline]

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher turned out to be a big smash hit for Sony, grossing over ten times its modest $20 million box office budget. Those are the kind of numbers that usually give rise to a sequel — and while there aren’t any plans right now to make one (or at least not yet), there is a reunion brewing for the trio at its center.

Cameron Diaz has entered early talks to re-team with her Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and co-star Jason Segel for Sex Tape, which is also being distributed by Sony. Diaz, along with several other actresses, was rumored for the lead a while back but now she’s inching closer to an actual deal. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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What we’ve got here is a remake of a classic caper movie from the writers of Fargo starring an Oscar-winner, a box-office bombshell and a naked Professor Snape. The movie is Gambit, directed by Michael Hoffman, with a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman. Firth plays an employee desperate to get back at his boss (Rickman) who enlists the help of a cowgirl (Diaz) to con him into buying a fake painting. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg and performances by Stanley Tucci, Cloris Leachman and Tom Courtenay all factor in. A trailer has been floating around for about a week but is just coming to our attention now. Check it out below. Read More »

Just because Joel and Ethan Coen wrote a movie doesn’t mean it will turn out well (see Sam Raimi’s early effort Crimewave) but I’ve still had hope for Gambit. That’s in part because the original film is a great bit of fun; it stars Michael Caine as an art thief who recruits a nightclub girl (Shirley MacLaine) to assist in a very specific heist. The original features some wonderful role reversals and simply well-executed scenes, and I hoped that with a script from the Coens the remake might follow suit.

The remake stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in altered versions of the original lead roles, with Alan Rickman as the guy they’re trying to rip off. UK show Lorraine premiered the trailer for Gambit, and we’ve got an embed below that shows most of the footage. Not as good as a legit version of the full trailer, but it’ll do as a start — at least when it comes to making me worried that the film won’t be all that great. Read More »

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