First up, we now have our first look at the Brett Ratner directed (we know) comedy that we're cautiously looking forward to "Tower Heist." Our hopes lie in the incredible cast which features Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Téa Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Pena, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck and Judd Hirsch. The film will follow an overworked manager of a luxury building (Stiller) who, along with other staff, loses their pensions to a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook (Alda). It so happens that the fraudster is being held under house arrest in the luxury penthouse apartment upstairs, and the manager and four cohorts figure a heist will make them whole. Sidibe and Pena will be joining Stiller in the master plan to rip off the Madoff character. Broderick will play Chase Fitzhugh, a Wall Street-type who also lost his money to the fraudster. "Tower Heist" will hit theaters on November 4th.
Meanwhile, "The Hangover 2" will be the comedy of the summer, hands down. Expectations are running very high for this sequel in which Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Drunken and drug-fueled mayhem presumably follows. Monkeys too it seems. The film lands in theaters on May 26th; a trailer soon please?
Zack Snyder's teen male fantasy "Sucker Punch" hits on March 25th, yet another spring bow for the director. To refresh your memory, the film stars Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn and Oscar Isaac and centers on a girl who enters an alternate reality with her friends and begins planning an escape from a mental institution where she was put by her evil stepfather who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. From there robots, dragons, airplanes, WWI battlefields and schoolboy fantasies all come into play as the quintet of girls kick ass in a CGI-filled landscape. This will either fucking rule or totally suck -- there's really no middle ground here.
Finally, Catherine Hardwicke reinvents the popular fairly tale for "Red Riding Hood." The film stars Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, Julie Christie, Gary Oldman, Max Irons, Lukas Haas and Virginia Madsen which takes the Brothers Grimm-like tale and sets it in a medieval village haunted by a werewolf. The first trailer for the film didn't exactly excite us but Gary Oldman chewing the scenery and schooling everyone around him pretty much buys our ticket. It hits on March 11th.