In a relatively quiet week for movies Arthouse filmmaker Harmony Korine comes dangerously close to making a mainstream movie and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken ensemble for A Late Quartet
It's a relatively quiet week for the movies, with no major releases this week as everyone braces for the true launch of the summer blockbuster season with Tom Cruise sci-fi action Oblivion on 12th April, followed two weeks later by Robert Downey Jr's return for Iron Man 3. There won't be another quiet week until September, basically.
So in cinemas this week, the US and UK swap releases: American audiences will get their chance to see James McAvoy in Danny Boyle's sleek hypnosis thriller Trance, which is No 3 on the UK box office chart. While British cinemas will get a look at James Franco's scene-stealing wannabe rapper-gangster in Spring Breakers, which currently sits at No 9 on the US chart.
While out promoting last week's rather quietly released sci-fi adventure The Host, costars Max Irons and Jake Abel chatted about the on-set pranks between the co-stars, showing a considerable gift for improvised banter. They look a bit punchy after sitting in these seats answering questions for hours on end, but after lots of joking around, they eventually get to talking about the film.
Jake Abel will be back as the villainous son of Hermes in this summer's sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which released its first trailer this week. This promises to be a bigger and much more action-packed quest for the demigod teens again played by Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson and Alexandra Daddario. And this time they're joined by feisty newcomers Douglas Smith and Leven Rambin, plus more experienced actors Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion and Anthony Head. It looks promising.
To tide us over while we wait for Benedict Cumberbatch's Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate, Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has made the documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, which opens next month. A new trailer makes it look like another slick, thrilling documentary from Gibney, whose latest film Mea Maxima Culpa uncovered scary truths about child abuse in the Catholic church.
There was a new trailer this week for 2 Guns, the new action-thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington as rival agents forced to work together. The film seems to combine lots of snappy comedy with mammoth explosions, shootouts and car chases. It also reunites Wahlberg with Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur, who directed Contraband. The film opens this summer.
And finally, we now have a trailer for Roland Emmerich's White House Down. Centred on a military attack on Washington DC, it looks even more eerily similar to Gerard Butler's current release Olympus Has Fallen than expected. This one stars Channing Tatum as the Die Hard-style hero trying to rescue the president (Jamie Foxx) amid a spectacular array of crashes and explosions.
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