Synopsis: A late-night talk show host is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female who revitalizes her show and her life.
Release Date: June 7, 2019
Thoughts: Movie nerds like myself who keep their ear to the ground (or, more to the point, keep up to date with their podcasts) heard the buzziest film to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Late Night, the comedy written by Mindy Kaling and starring Emma Thompson. Snapped up by Amazon for a June release, Late Night features Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as an icy late night talk show host on the decline and Kaling (A Wrinkle in Time) as her new (and first) female writer. There’s a little The Devil Wears Prada feel to this first look and I’m not hating it, but I can also tell the movie will have something more to say than just acerbic quips delivered with panache by Thompson. I’m mostly hoping the movie can follow through with an awards-worthy performance from Thompson and make good on its festival buzz when larger crowds get a look in early summer.
Synopsis: While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Release Date: February 10, 2017
Thoughts: Though 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey was a sizable (if controversial) hit for Universal, even its most ardent supporters agreed there was something amiss in the big screen adaptation of the first book in author E.L. James’s trilogy. Perhaps it was the well-documented disagreements between James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson that left the the movie having no real voice. Or maybe it was the rumored mutual hatred stars Jamie Dornan (The 9th Life of Louis Drax) and Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed) had for eachother, leading to questionable chemistry and giving Dornan pause to reconsider coming back for the final two entries. The paycheck (or perhaps lawyers) prevailed and Dornan returns along with Johnson for Fifty Shades Darker which looks just as inscrutable and sudsy as its predecessor. Adding Kim Basinger (Final Analysis), Hugh Dancy, Tyler Hoechlin (Everybody Wants Some!), and Bella Heathcote (The Neon Demon) and bringing in James Foley to relieve Taylor-Johnson of her directing duties, it will be interesting to see if this sequel can win back its target audience. With the final movie almost completed, there’s no stopping this machine even if we wanted to.
Synopsis: Back in Kansas, Dorothy Gale decides to return to Oz in order to help her friends
Release Date: TBD 2013
Thoughts: If 2012 was the year of Snow White, it looks like 2013 will be the year of Oz. In March we will get Oz: The Great and Powerful from director Sam Raimi and sometime in 2013 the animated tale Dorothy of Oz will be released. Judging by the trailer, I don’t think Raimi is sweating the competition. Some gaudily awful computer animation and a voice cast that reads like a who’s who of people I don’t want to see in a live-action film puts this one low on my 2013 To See list. Oz continues to fascinate people all these years after the original stories came out so I hate to shake a stick at another entry into the Oz phenomenon…but if this trailer is any indication on the quality we all might be clicking our heels to get out of the theater.