New Trailers: 7 Likely Oscar Nominees + Harry Potter, Narnia and Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robert Downey Jr. Starrers

* The trailers said to be up for the Academy Awards.

*The Way Back is director Peter Weir’s (Dead Poets Society) adaptation of Slawomir Rawicz’s memoirs (The Long Walk, which is now on my wannabe reading list). Rawicz was a soldier who escaped a Siberian gulag and walked all the way to India with several men in the 1940s. Some have disputed the book, but the film adaptation’s on others’ Oscar watch. Jim Sturgess (21), Colin Farrell (Minority Report), Ed Harris (The Hours), and Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) take on the leading roles. Expected U.S. release date: unknown

Casino Jack has an Ocean’s 11 vibe to it. In the film, Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) is a lobbyist whose life eventually goes downhill. Kelly Preston (What a Girl Wants) is his on-screen wife. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 2010

The plot of The Dilemma: Vince Vaughn (The Break Up) finds out his best friend’s wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating with Channing Tatum (Dear John) so he tries to decide whether to tell his buddy, Kevin James (Hitch), or not. Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) steps in as Vaughn’s wife and Queen Latifah (Bringing Down the House) as a business associate. Expected U.S. release date: Jan. 14, 2011

More possible Oscar noms after the jump…

*In The King’s Speech, King George VI (Colin Firth) struggles to overcome a stutter that prevents him from speaking for his people during a war. Coming to his aid are his wife (Helena Bonham Carter) and a quirky speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush). Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 26, 2010

Yes, Warner Brothers has released a trailer for Harry Potter, but don’t get confused. That was a combined trailer for parts 1 and 2. In anticipation of the Nov. 19 release date, the studio gifts us with a trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Audiences at test screenings have said the movie focuses too much on the trio’s time in the forest, a flaw of the book as well. Hopefully, they fixed that for the official release because I’m really excited for it. The wedding scene looks especially good. If you look closely, it’s Ginny (or her back, at least) who Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is running to when the Death Eaters come, but Lupin pushes him away (1:09-1:17 in the video below).

I am Number Four is based on James Frey’s sci-fi-ish novel (under a pen name) so despite its cool-looking trailer, I initially dismissed it as another Jumper (great premise, not-so-great execution). Then, I learned D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) is directing it and his action films have been solid. Also, Timothy Olyphant (Die Hard 4) has a role, which would be delicious if he’s the villain. Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron (Glee) are in it as well. Expected U.S. release date: Feb. 18, 2011

*The Fighter details the life of Irish boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg). Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) steps up as his brother and Oscar-nominee Amy Adams as Ward’s girlfriend. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 10, 2010

If you put heavy hitters Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie together, I expect a great movie. From the looks of the trailer, that isn’t what I’ll get with the action flick, The Tourist. Perhaps Hollywood would have been better off putting them in a drama where they both play freaks (when they’re their acting best; Girl, Interrupted for her and Pirates of the Carribean for him) and where they aren’t a couple (as I see no chemistry). Here are two trailers for it even though neither shows anything the other doesn’t… Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 10, 2010

The Roommate is basically Single White Female but set in college. The thriller has Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Cam Gigandet (Twilight) as its cast. Expected U.S. release date: Feb. 4, 2011

*Another Year is from acclaimed UK director Mike Leigh (Vera Drake). It also features a UK cast, most notably Jim Broadbent (Chronicles of Narnia) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 31, 2010

Nutcracker in 3D stars Elle Fanning (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as a girl who receives a nutcracker doll for Christmas. The doll was actually a boy king from another world but was dethroned by a rat king. They go on an adventure to turn the nutcracker back into a real boy and take his rightful place as king. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 24, 2010 (limited)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader‘s third trailer is the best yet. In my opinion, it gives the most sense of adventure. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 10, 2010

*Me thinks I have soft spot for Westerns. That’s what True Grit is and I kind of want to see it. My hesitation lies in that I’m not a fan of anything I’ve seen the Coen brothers direct. The trailer is well-executed though. (Kudos to the clever gun sound with the typography at the end.) Another reason I think it works is the story revolves around a young girl (newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) trying to avenge her father. That’s always a winner in terms of both the storyline and actor. Just look at The Professional with Natalie Portman and Kick-Ass with breakout star Chloe Moretz. The movie also boasts of previous nominees Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, and Josh Brolin. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 25, 2010

Due Date trailer no. 2 is out. To recap: It’s a comedy in which Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) go on a road trip to make it in time to see Downey’s wife give birth. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 5, 2010

What would Elton John look like as a gnome? What would Shakespeare’s play be like with gnomes as the characters? You can find out in Gnomeo and Juliet. (It features music by John—in case you were wondering where he comes in.) The animated film looks ordinary, but the dreamy James McAvoy (Penelope) voices Gnomeo! Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) is Juliet and Jason Statham (Transporter), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), Maggie Smith (Harry Potter), Seth Green (Rat Race), and Patrick Stewart (X-Men) join the fun. Expected U.S. release date: Feb. 11, 2011

Wild Target looks like an amusing film. After all, it has 6.8 stars on as of this posting. The brilliant Bill Nighy (Love Actually) plays an assassin hired to kill the equally brilliant Blunt but spares her instead. Together with Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), they go on the run. Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 29, 2010 (limited)

*127 Hours trailer no. 2 is just as good as the first one. Check out the shoo-in for the Oscars shortlist for Best Director (Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire) and Best Actor (James Franco). Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 5, 2010

*I was sold on Blue Valentine once I heard it’s a starring vehicle for Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) and Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) as a married couple. It follows them through different time periods in their relationship. There’s been Oscar buzz, but since it received an NC-17 rating, some critics say the film’s now doomed. Should the Weinstein company leave it as is or edit it to get an R rating? I say they take their chances as is. Gosling’s and Williams’ performances should be strong enough to garner nominations come award season. Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 4, 2010

I must confess: I liked the Country Strong trailer so much, I replayed it a couple of times. What’s not to love? Even though it looks like the trailer reveals everything that could happen in the movie (hopefully that’s not the case), it’s got Gwyneth Paltrow—and not just Gwyneth Paltrow—but Gwyneth Paltrow singing! Plus, undiscovered acting gem and cutie, Garret Hedlund (Friday Night Lights). For the more mainstream, you’ve got country star Tim McGraw and Gossip Girl‘s  Meester. Paltrow plays an alcoholic country singer who tries to crawl her way back to stardom. If you like the title song in the trailer as much as I did, there’s a soundtrack waiting for you. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 22, 2010 (limited); Jan. 7, 2011 (wide release)


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