The Last Airbender, based on the popular animated series, has already faced its share of controversy due to its non-Asian casting despite Slumdog Millionaire star, Dev Patel. Patel plays a fire lord out to wage war against Aang, the story’s “chosen one” as he can control all four elements: fire, water, earth, and air. This final trailer shows a lot more of the special effects than previous sneak peeks, which makes it one to see in theaters.Expected U.S. release date: July 2, 2010
The Secretariat trailer didn’t impress. The only way it could work is if it lives up to its own inspirational hype. As repeatedly shown in the video, the movie’s “based on the impossible true story” of a racehorse who won the Triple Crown in the 1970s. Diane Lane (Unfaithful), as the horse’s owner, shows hints of girl power that may be worth watching. John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich) also stars. Expected U.S. release date: October 8, 2010
Even after being plagued by post-production nightmares, the Jonah Hex trailer makes an appearance. Josh Brolin (W) stars as Hex, who exacts revenge on the man who killed his family (Malkovich). Brolin couldn’t do it without the help of Megan Fox (Transformers). Expected U.S. release date: June 18, 2010
After the jump: 13 more trailers!
I watch my fair share of action movies, but Black Death leans more on the gory and horror side. It’s only seemingly redeemable qualities are its stars, Lord of the Rings‘ Sean Bean and The Other Boleyn Girl‘s Eddie Redmayne. Expected release date: May 2010
Eclipse is the third film in the Twilight franchise. That description alone will either make you skip this trailer or rush to view it. Expected U.S. release date: June 30, 2010
Toy Story 3. Need I say more? Expected U.S. release date: June 18, 2010
Get Low has the bragging rights of an all-star, award-winning cast. The film, which has 8.1 stars on IMDb.com, tells the tale of a man (Robert Duvall of The Godfather) who throws his own funeral. Sissy Spacek (Nine Lives) and Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) join the cast. Expected U.S. release date: July 30, 2010
Fresh off his Oscar nod, Woody Harrelson (Messengers) is Defendor, an imagined crime-fighter. In this comedy, Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) play his psychiatrist and friend, respectively. More than 6,000 IMDb.com users give it a respectable 7.3 stars. After playing in the film festival circuit, the movie is now out on DVD.
Grown Ups is a comedy about five friends (Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider) who reunite for the Fourth of July weekend. Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph play some of their wives. Expected U.S. release date: June 25, 2010
Sex and the City 2′s new trailer reveals a little more about the film, if only in casting. John Corbett (Serendipity), Penelope Cruz (Vanilla Sky), and Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) join the girls as they travel to Abu Dhabi for their next adventure. It looks like headscarves will be making a comeback. Expected U.S. release date: May 27, 2010
In this movie, an Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell from In Bruges) catches a mermaid named Ondine (newcomer Alicja Bachleda). Naturally, they fall in love but not without someone after her and threatening to expose her secret, of course. In fairness, the cinematography is beautiful and the film does have 7.6 stars on IMDb.com. Expected U.S. release date: June 4, 2010
The Kids are All Right was the buzz of the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s about two kids (Josh Hutcherson of Bridge to Terabithia and Mia Wasikowska of Alice in Wonderland) who reach out to their biologial father, aka their sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo of 13 Going on 30). Oscar favorites Julianne Moore and Annette Bening play their lesbian moms. Expected U.S. release date: July 7, 2010
Dinner for Schmucks throws comedic pros, Paul Rudd (Clueless) and Steve Carell (The Office), together. Rudd needs to bring the most idiotic person to dinner in order to land a job promotion. That’s right. Carell is the idiot. Don’t feel bad for him, though. Zach Galifianakis (Hangover) also plays a stupid person. Expected U.S. release date: July 23, 2010
The Other Guys, another comedy, teams up Will Ferrell (Stranger than Fiction) and Mark Wahlberg (Four Brothers) as partners on the force who pale in comparison to two other cops, Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane) and Dwayne Johnson (Race to Witch Mountain). Did I mention that in an already solid trailer, Wahlberg does ballet? That bit alone makes it worth watching. Expected U.S. release date: August 6, 2010
Easy A is a romantic comedy vehicle for rising star Emma Stone (Superbad). She plays a student on the straight and narrow till she decides to take advantage of the rumor mill to improve her reputation. Surpisingly, the film has a great cast: Amanda Bynes (She’s the Man), Penn Badgley (John Tucker Must Die), Lisa Kudrow (Friends), and Oscar nominees Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, and Thomas Haden Church. Expected U.S. release date: September 17, 2010
Paper Man seems like the perfect combo of quirky and heart. Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber) plays a writer who strikes a friendship with a young girl, played by Stone. That’s the heart of the movie. The quirkiness? Daniels has an imaginary superhero friend. Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal) milks that role for all its worth — complete with a cape and tights. Expected U.S. release date: April 23, 2010 (limited)
You can see Reynolds in a trailer of his other upcoming movie, Buried, in my previous post. Also included: other trailer versions of The Last Airbender and Sex and the City 2, among others.