I'm filling in for Matt this week while he's off lounging in Vermont. Mmmm ... lounging. This week I decided to focus on trailers that feature actors and actresses who are just so damn good looking. Bonus points go out to the person who can tell me who spoke the line used in the title of this post, and in what context.
Descent: If anyone could go up against Angelina Jolie in a Sexiest Hollywood Lips competition, it would be Rosario Dawson. In Descent, which first premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, Dawson plays a college girl who is brutally raped by a guy she trusted. From there her entire world flips upside down as she struggles with the transformation this attack has caused, as well as whether or not she should exact revenge upon the guy who did this to her. The film was also slapped with an NC-17 rating, which means this ain't no after school special about coping with a brutal attack while sipping Juicy Juice in the park. Check out Ryan's coverage of the film from Tribeca; Descent is scheduled to hit theaters (or should that be "a theater") on August 10.
Rendition:. Does it get any hotter than Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal? What if we add Peter Sarsgaard, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin to the cast? When her husband is kidnapped and sent off to some faraway "torture" prison for being a suspected terrorist, one woman (Witherspoon) hunts for the truth, one guy (Gyllenhaal) hunts for reasons and everyone else goes along for the ride. Has Oscar come knocking a bit early? Directed by Gavin Wood (whose Tsotsi won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language pic two years ago), Rendition arrives in your local theater on October 12. Check out the trailer below.
Dedication: When Billy Crudup plays weird and eccentric, he's fantastic (see: Jesus' Son). Will Mandy Moore be able to keep up with him? He plays a children's author with major issues, and she plays the unlucky illustrator forced to to team up with him after his long-time collaborator (Tom Wilkinson) passes away. Justin Theroux makes his directorial debut with a film that looks quirky, cute and colorful -- kind of like the song you dedicated to your secret crush on Valentine's Day back in seventh grade.
Resident Evil: Extinction: Milla. Need I say more. Yes, she's back for one more go-round in this third Resident Evil installment, originally based off the popular video game. This time she joins the survivors of Raccoon City as they journey from Nevada to Alaska, fighting the evil Umbrella Corp. every step of the way. They could show me 300 images of Milla holding two giant knives, and I'd still ask for more. I just wouldn't stand near her at the carving station. Look for this one to hit on September 21.
Things We Lost in the Fire: Oh Halle -- they should call this one Things We Lost in Halle Berry Once She Won That Damn Oscar. In Things We Lost in the Fire, Berry plays a woman who lost her husband, and then decides to shack up with his troubled best friend (Benicio del Toro) in an attempt to ... have an extra hand around the kitchen? Cinematical's Ryan Stewart wasn't so crazy about the trailer when it first hit, and I'd have to agree. Let's hope audiences don't add this film to the fire when it arrives in theaters on October 26.
Here are this week's new trailers on AOL Moviefone:
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alviiiin! Some people were freaked out when three singing chipmunks invaded their living rooms back in the '80s. Me, I've been waiting for Alvin, Simon and Theodore to hit the big screen my entire life.
- Horton Hears a Who!: Jim Carrey once again returns to the world of Dr. Seuss as a giant cartoon elephant who hears voices coming from a piece of floating dust. Yes, he hears dust people.
- My Kid Could Paint That: A documentary about a four-year old girl who has the uncanny ability to paint abstract images and sell them for lots of money. Is she for real? Is it all a fraud? And can she teach me how she does it?
- The Hottest State: Ethan Hawke directs this film off his own book, in which a man falls for a woman and subsequently learns the truth about himself.
- Lust, Caution: Director Ang Lee follows up Brokeback Mountain with this espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai.
- Descent: Rosario Dawson proves that she's the wrong girl you want to date rape.
- Love for Sale: Surely in the Sky: When a woman is abandoned by her husband, she comes up with a plan to escape her small town ... with help from the local prostitute.
- Summercamp!: A documentary that reminds us how much fun it was when our summers were spent at camp, and not in a cubicle.
- The Orphanage: Guillermo del Toro produces this scary flick about a haunted Orphanage that's full of terrifying secrets.
- I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With: An overweight loser searches for love, happiness and, yes, someone to eat cheese with.
- Deep Water: The stunning true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race.