Movie News: Ben Stiller, Shark Rider; Scarlett Johannson in Sexy, Disturbing 'Under the Skin' Teaser

Movie News: Ben Stiller, Shark Rider; Scarlett Johannson in Sexy, Disturbing 'Under the Skin' Teaser

Sep 03, 2013

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: The marketing machine for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is cranking up full time, well in advance of its release date of December 25, which may indicate the movie is aiming for awards-season consideration. Ben Stiller stars in and directs a new version of James Thurber's story, in which an office daydreamer fantasizes about world-trotting adventures. A new poster imagines him riding a shark, of all things, briefcase in hand. Kirsten Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott and Sean Penn also star. [Coming Soon]

Thieves Fortune: The excellent thriller The Fugitive hits Blu-ray today, which ties in nicely with the news that Andrew Davis, who directed Harrison Ford to great success in that movie, is working on a new version of Treasure Island. Titled Thieves Fortune, the setting has been updated to Louisiana, post-Hurricane Katrina, and is intended as a family-friendly adventure. The project is still in the development phase, with Davis, George Gallo (Midnight Run) and other writers working on the script. [Crave Online]

Transformers 4: More than 70,000 applied, and now four Chinese actors have been chosen to appear in Michael Bay's next installment in the Transformers franchise, which is huge in China. The candidates were whittled down via a nationally televised reality show; their supporting roles will be as a kung-fu fighter, a "sexy goddess," a computer geek and a character named Loli. The producers are hoping to gain coproduction status in China, which will ensure a release there. The movie will truck into theaters on June 27, 2014. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Under the Skin Teaser: Scarlett Johansson stars in Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, which debuted over the weekend at the Telluride and Venice film festivals to mixed reception. Still, the first NSFW (Not Safe for Work) teaser is certainly worth a look; the sexy images have a disturbing, nightmarish quality to them. Johansson plays an predatory alien who stalks among mankind. The movie does not yet have a release date. [Bleeding Cool]




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