Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes

It’s not really surprising that suave, handsome Englishman Jude Law would book a role in a James Bond-esque spy flick. But it’s something of an unexpected delight to hear that he’s been cast in this particular James Bond-esque spy flick.

Law is joining Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Susan Cooper, the next comedy from Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig. More details after the jump.

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Quvenzhané Wallis was an unknown when she was cast in the offbeat indie Beasts of the Southern Wild, but her winning personality and natural talent won her fans and earned her accolades in no time. Now she’s applying those qualities to a more conventional project, Will Gluck‘s updated adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Annie.

The first =trailer offers plenty of chances to see Wallis in action, singing and dancing her way through modern-day Harlem. Not even the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) can keep Wallis’s Annie down, and in seemingly no time at all she’s charmed her way into the life of kindly billionaire Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Neighbors 2

Seth Rogen has made more than his share of movies about man-children reluctant to grow up, but in Neighbors, he plays a guy who’s achieved all the hallmarks of adulthood. He’s gainfully employed and happily married, and even has an adorable baby girl to boot. No, his problem here is that other people haven’t grown up — namely, the rowdy frat boys that have just moved in next door.

Zac Efron plays the leader of the gang, a seemingly reasonable guy who turns vengeful when Rogen and his wife (played by Rose Byrne) call the cops on a party they’re throwing. The tension between the two houses intensifies, and pretty soon there are babies eating condoms and grown men getting launched into the ceiling. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.

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Little Orphan Annie

Sony may have moved Annie into the present day, but a first-look image reveals they haven’t gotten rid of the sunny charm that’s kept her so beloved all these years.

The picture shows Quvenzhané WallisJamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne performing the classic tune “Tomorrow” in the streets of New York City. Everyone looks like they’re having a blast, perhaps because it’s tough not to when they’re surrounded by balloons and trailed by an entire marching band. Check it out after the jump.

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Neighbors 3

Zac Efron has spent the years since High School Musical drifting between very different types of movies without ever quite finding his new niche. But the way things are going, 2014 could be the year he becomes the next big thing in R-rated comedy.

Earlier today, we got the green-band trailer for That Awkward Moment after seeing a red-band trailer last week. Now we have the green-band trailer for his other, possibly even raunchier movie Neighbors, following the release of its red-band trailer last month. Nicholas Stoller directs this one, about young parents (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) battling the rowdy frat (led by Efron) next door. Watch the promo after the jump.

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Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy

A Bridesmaids sequel isn’t in the cards, but a Bridesmaids reunion could be. Rose Byrne has entered talks to re-team with her Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig on Susan Cooper, a potential comedy franchise about a female James Bond type. More details on the upcoming project after the jump.

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Neighbors 2

With films like Knocked Up and Pineapple Express, Seth Rogen‘s early film career was built on playing overgrown man-children. But he’s steadily progressed into more adult roles since then, and now in the Nick Stoller-directed Neighbors, he’s the out-of-touch grown-up facing off against a younger, more immature threat.

In the film, Rogen and Rose Byrne play new parents happily settling into a comfortable new neighborhood. Then a rowdy frat (led by Zac Efron) moves in next door, and the tension between the two houses escalates into out-and-out war. Watch the first red-band trailer and check out some high-res stills after the jump.

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The first trailer for James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2 probably raised more questions than it answered, especially for those who know the first film well. This new international trailer kicks off in exactly the same manner as that first look, but it doesn’t run long before it veers into some new footage. We see a bit more of the supernatural torment that lies in wait for the characters played by Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson, and there are hints of Wilson’s character’s past.

And don’t worry, spoilerphobes, there’s still no explicit answer to the question of what that trailer-end ghost was pointing at, and only a small hint of that new wrinkle for the story that Wan talked about when Germain interviewed him a few weeks back.  Read More »

The Turning

Omnibus films are tricky beasts. Their very structure tends to make them wildly uneven, particularly if the director and stars change between each segment. But even if the occasional dud is all but unavoidable, a couple of really great pieces can make the whole thing worth watching.

The Turning consists of seventeen interconnected shorts, each based on the short story collection of the same title by Aussie author Tim Winton. It’s too early to tell if any of them are any good, but the ambition on display, at least, is admirable. The director and star lineup is intriguing as well. Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham are among those behind the camera, and Cate Blanchett, shows up as the lead of one chapter, with Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, and Miranda Otto also playing roles. Check out the first trailer after the jump.

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