Lots of new trailers to share today – so let’s get watching.
The last time Jason Statham played a character with a clearly defined set of rules as to how he conducts business, we got The Transporter franchise. Now the action star is back with a new character and a new code to live by in the upcoming feature Parker.
Based on the popular character from Donald Westlake’s series of novels, Parker is about a thief (Statham) who’s double-crossed and left for dead. The catch is that he isn’t dead – because that would make for a much shorter film – and he comes back to get his revenge with the help of Jennifer Lopez. If this sounds like Payback and Point Blank – well, it’s because it’s basically that story (Wikipedia claims the novel Flashfire was the inspiration for this film, but having read the synopsis I’m not sure that’s actually correct).
Whichever novel provided the inspiration is of secondary importance to all of the ass-kicking Statham dishes out in this trailer. We’d prefer less J-Lo in the trailer (and more Nick Nolte and Michael Chiklis), but we’ll take what we can get. Parker breaks into theaters on January 25, 2013.
In the realm of cinematic odd couples, Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand are right up there with Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty. Let’s hope that The Guilt Trip turns out better than Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Judging by this trailer, that’s not a given at this point.
Rogen and Streisand play a mother and son who go on a cross-country road trip and probably learn to love and appreciate each other in a whole new way by the time the credits roll. All of the gags revolve around Rogen being embarrassed by his mother’s actions (her bad driving, her being mistaken for his cougar girlfriend, her leading him into a topless bar unintentionally…) and that’s not exactly new narrative ground, but maybe the duo’s chemistry will take the hoary premise and make it seem new again.
We’ll find out definitively when The Guilt Trip arrives in theaters on Christmas Day. [via Coming Soon]
Finally, we wrap things up with a new clip from the DreamWorks Animated feature The Croods.
This brief preview gives us an idea of what to expect from the film (due out next spring). Nicolas Cage is the patriarch of a caveman family – and, as such, he’s always reminding his brood that being curious or wanting adventure is a recipe for death and disaster. Naturally, his spunky daughter doesn’t agree – and eventually shows her family that there’s more to the world than just their cave.
Featuring the talents of Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone, The Croods looks guaranteed to delight the young ones when it debuts next year.