Warner Bros. Pictures 2012 Summer Preview
JOHNNY DEPP as Barnabas Collins in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ gothic comedy “DARK SHADOWS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Peter Mountain.
Get your calendars out fellow movie geeks. Warner Bros Pictures has released a schedule, along with a few new photos, of what you’ll see in the air-conditioned cinemas this summer. Overall the studio has some of the most anticipated films of the coming year, with just a sample including Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” with Johnny Depp leading an all-star ensemble cast, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green; Adam Shankman’s screen version of the hit musical “Rock of Ages,” starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston and Alec Baldwin; and “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to his Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.
Looking ahead a bit to the awards season is the true-life drama “Argo,” directed by and starring Ben Affleck; the drama “The Gangster Squad,” starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”; and Baz Luhrmann’s screen adaptation of the classic “The Great Gatsby,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.
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In theaters and IMAX on May 11
(Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures)
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith
Story by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith
Based on the television series created by Dan Curtis
Producers: Richard D. Zanuck, Graham King, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, David Kennedy
Executive Producers: Chris Lebenzon, Nigel Gostelow, Tim Headington, Bruce Berman
Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Chloe Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Gully McGrath
(L-r) Director TIM BURTON and JOHNNY DEPP during the production of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ gothic comedy “DARK SHADOWS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Peter Mountain
Gothic Comedy. In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet -or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.
This film has been rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking.
In theaters on May 25
(Alcon Entertainment/FilmNation/Oren Peli)
Director: Brad Parker
Writers: Story by Oren Peli
Screenplay by Oren Peli and Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke
Producers: Oren Peli, Brian Witten
Executive Producers: Richard Sharkey, Rob Cowan, Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Allison Silver, Milan Popelka, Alison Cohen
Cast: Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsa¸ Berdal, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jesse McCartney, Nathan Philips, Dimitri Diatchenko
Horror Thriller. ”Chernobyl Diaries” is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, “Paranormal Activity.” The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme tour” guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone…
JULIANNE HOUGH as Sherrie Christian and DIEGO BONETA as Drew Boley in New Line Cinema’s rock musical “ROCK OF AGES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by David James
ROCK OF AGES
In theaters and IMAX on June 15
(New Line Cinema)
Director: Adam Shankman
Writers: Screenplay by Justin Theroux and Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb
Based on the musical “Rock of Ages” written by Chris D’Arienzo
Producers: Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Grant, Jennifer Gibgot
Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown, Hillary Butorac Weaver, Janet Billig Rich, Adam Shankman, Chris D’Arienzo
Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise
Rock Musical. ”Rock of Ages” tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more.
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY as Dallas and CHANNING TATUM as Mike in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic comedy “MAGIC MIKE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius
In theaters on June 29
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Reid Carolin
Producers: Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin
Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Mangianello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias
Dramatic Comedy. Set in the world of male strippers, “Magic Mike” is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
This film has been rated R for pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use.
TOM HARDY as Bane and CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM and © DC Comics
TOM HARDY as Bane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM and © DC Comics. Photo by Ron Phillips
CHRISTIAN BALE as Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM and © DC Comics. Photo by Ron Phillips
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
In theaters and IMAX on July 20
(Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer
Based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics
Batman created by Bob Kane
Producer: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven
Executive Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy, Thomas Tull
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman
This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.
(L-r) ZACH GALIFIANAKIS as Marty Huggins, JASON SUDEIKIS as Mitch Moore, DYLAN McDERMOTT as Tim Wattley, and WILL FERRELL as Cam Brady in Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy “THE CAMPAIGN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Patti Perret
In theaters on August 10
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Director: Jay Roach
Writers: Screenplay by Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell
Story by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell
Producers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach, Zach Galifianakis
Executive Producers: Amy Sayres, Jon Poll, Chris Henchy
Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox
(L-r) ZACH GALIFIANAKIS as Marty Huggins and WILL FERRELL as Cam Brady in Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy “THE CAMPAIGN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Patti Perret
Comedy. When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy from “Meet the Parents” director Jay Roach that takes today’s political circus to its logical next level. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there’s room to dig a whole lot deeper.
ASHLEY GREENE as Kelly in Dark Castle Entertainment’s supernatural thriller THE APPARITION, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Stefan Erhard
(L-r) ASHLEY GREENE as Kelly and SEBASTIAN STAN as Ben in Dark Castle Entertainment’s supernatural thriller THE APPARITION, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Stefan Erhard
In theaters on August 24
(Warner Bros. Pictures/Dark Castle Entertainment)
Director: Todd Lincoln
Writer: Todd Lincoln
Producers: Joel Silver, Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman
Executive Producers: Steve Richards, Sue Baden-Powell, Daniel Alter
Cast: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton
Supernatural Thriller. When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force…
This film has been rated PG-13 for terror/frightening images and some sensuality.