Trailers first, in order of importance as decided arbitrarily by our bad self, which is why much of the mediocre navel-gazing Sundance stuff being dumped in the dog days of August will be down by the bottom: one for "Get Rich or Die Tryin’," Jim Sheridan directing one Curtis 50 Cent Jackson, is here (we’re intrigued, though not convinced of Mr. Jackson’s acting chops yet); one for "V for Vendetta" is here; one for "Walk The Line," Joaquin Phoenix doing Johnny Cash (and hot!) here; one for the trÃ¨s Aussie "Little Fish" here; one for "Junebug," with both the awesome Alessandro Nivola and Benjamin "The O.C." McKenzie here; one for disfunc-fam (that’s "disfunctional family," we’re trying to get it to catch on) drama "Thumbsucker" here; one for another disfunc-fam/dark-side-of-suburbia ensemble (dance the Sundance!) "The Chumscrubber" here; and one for beige-looking military rescue Miramax dump "The Great Raid" (with James Franco as the fabulously named Captain Prince) here.
Elsewhere, Mel Gibson‘s next directorial effort, "Apocalypto," will not be religiously themed, but will once again be in a long-dead language, namely a dialect of ancient Mayan. Via the Guardian, Matt Damon is in talks to play Lance Armstrong in a biopic of the once cancer-ridden, Sheryl Crow-dating champion cyclist. Via Reuters, a "Voltron: Defender of the Universe" movie is in the works:
The story being developed will be based on the series about five maverick explorer-pilots who must travel to the planet Arus to learn how to operate Voltron, a giant mechanical warrior formed by five smaller robots. The gargantuan robot is the last hope against the evil Drule Empire that has subjugated Earth and taken control of the universe.
Pharrell will be doing the score and exec producing. Also via Reuters, Jody Foster will return to the director’s chair to helm "Sugar Kings," about an idealistic lawyer who takes on a powerful sugar baron on behalf of exploited migrant workers. She may also star. Annnnnnnd…via AP, Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming movie about the aftermath of the tragedy that took place at the 1972 Munich Olympics gets a name…"Munich."
+ Trailer: Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (Yahoo!)
+ Trailer: V for Vendetta (Apple)
+ Trailer: Walk The Line (Yahoo!)
+ Trailer: Little Fish (Official Site)
+ Trailer: Junebug (Sony)
+ Trailer: Thumbsucker (MTV)
+ Trailer: The Chumscrubber (Official Site)
+ Trailer: The Great Raid (Apple)
+ Gibson’s "Apocalypto" Is Nigh (E! Online)
+ More News On The Coming Apocalypto (Empire)
+ Damon gears up for cycling champion biopic (Guardian)
+ ‘Voltron’ morphs into movie (Reuters)
+ Jodie Foster sweet on ‘Sugar Kings’ (Reuters)
+ Spielberg’s Olympic Saga Titled ‘Munich’ (AP)