The success of last year’s Bridesmaids got the wheels in motion for a wave of female-driven wedding comedies, among them Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette. But this first trailer for Bachelorette should dispel any notion that it’s simply a watered-down Bridesmaids retread.

Early buzz out of Sundance was that Bachelorette was sharper and darker than last year’s wedding-themed comedy, and while reactions were mixed it seems worth checking out for its for its cast alone. Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher play a trio of mean girls called upon to serve as bridesmaids for an old pal (Rebel Wilson), but it’s not wrong before things go awry. Kyle Bornheimer, Hayes MacArthur, James Marsden, and Adam Scott also star, which means, yup, it’s a mini-Party Down reunion. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Ever wanted to see the Easter Bunny incarnated as an angry Australian rodent kangaroo bunny, voiced by Hugh Jackman? If so, Rise of the Guardians is going to be a treat. The film adapts William Joyce‘s book in which modern mythological figures such as Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the Sandman (Tom Kenny), and the aforementioned bunny recruit Jack Frost (Chris Pine), to save the world.

We’ve seen a bit of footage in the past from this latest DreamWorks Animation offering, but a new trailer for Rise of the Guardians is the most substantial look at the film to date. As has been the case with other recent work from DreamWorks, the animation is very technically accomplished, and there’s a liveliness to some of the camerawork that I really like. Whether the story works will be a different matter, but there’s enough cute work from the voice actors that it might be worth a look for that alone. Read More »

Ask anyone with even a passing familiarity of contemporary literature what the Great American Novel is, and you’re bound to hear the name The Great Gatsby more a few times. First published in 1924, F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s best loved work captured the zeitgeist of the country in the glittering ’20s, as well as the timeless elation and tragedy of the American Dream.

So it’s not an exaggeration to say that this new cinematic adaptation of the classic tale, from (Australian) director Baz Luhrmann, has a lot to live up to. Happily, Luhrmann’s got a top-shelf cast helping him out. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the title character Jay Gatsby, the ultimate self-made American man, while Tobey Maguire play writer Nick Carraway, who narrates the proceedings. Rounding out the cast are Carey Mulligan as Gatsby’s long-simmering love interest and Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as her brutish husband Tom, Isla Fisher as his mistress Myrtle, and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Daisy’s friend and Nick’s love interest Jordan. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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We have quite a mixed bag of new images for you today, covering everything from supernatural teen romance to comic book adaptation. After the jump, get a look at the sci-fi not-quite-remake Dredd, the YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures, Tom Hooper‘s star-studded Les Misérables, Louis Leterrier‘s magician heist flick Now You See Me, and Brian De Palma‘s steamy thriller Passion.

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One of the wildcard films of 2012 is Now You See Me, directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans).

Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco play The Four Horsemen, a group of illusionists that perform big business heists even as they’re on stage doing their magic act. Hot on their heels is FBI agent Mark Ruffalo and an Interpol agent played by Melanie Laurent. The film also features Common, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. That cast, combined with the premise, has locked my interest in the film.

The first video look at the project is now available in the form of a set visit report from Entertainment Tonight. Check that out below. Read More »

Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.

The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.

The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.

After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »

Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost are real and it’s their job to protect the children of the world. That’s the basic setup for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming 3D film Rise of the Guardians. The film is directed by Peter Ramsey, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and William Joyce, based on the Guardians of Childhood books from the latter.

Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher and Jude Law, the first trailer for the film has just been released and you can check it out below. Read More »

Could romcom queen Kate Hudson be branching out at last? Earlier this week, she signed on for her first animated feature in DreamWorks’ Me & My Shadow, and she’s now gunning for action stardom with Everly. Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) will direct from a 2010 Black List script by Yale Hannon. Hudson will play a woman trapped in her apartment as she fends off attacks from assassins hired by her ex, a ruthless mob boss.

Hudson is best known for her romantic comedy roles, like last year’s Little Bit of Heaven and Something Borrowed, but her upcoming slate shows a little more variety. In addition to Me & My Shadow and Everly, she also has Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist due out next year.

After the jump, Piper Perabo fights a bear and Common does magic.

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