40+ Movie Trailers: ‘The Amazing Spider-man,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Mission Impossible 4,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes 2,’ ‘Breaking Dawn,’ and more

Omigod! They’ve banned dancing—again! May I present the Footloose remake… Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 14, 2011

Adam Sandler does double duty as he plays both twins, Jack and Jill. The other roles went to Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek) and Al Pacino (Scarface).  Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 11, 2011

If you didn’t get enough of Natalia Tena (aka Professor Tonks) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, buy a ticket to see You Instead, where she’s the female lead. Set at a Scotland music festival, Tena must go through the day handcuffed to another singer. Sparks soon fly! Expected U.S. release date: unknown

After the jump: Films by acclaimed directors, Steven Spielberg, Gus Van Sant, Steven Soderbergh, David Cronenberg, and Pedro Almodovar plus more than one piece starring Antonio Banderas, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, and Anne Hathaway.

Disney’s Prom is a cute trailer with Friday Night Lights veteran, Aimee Teegarden, as its star. Be forewarned: It has a 3.8 rating on IMDb.com. Already in theaters.

Teegarden’s other project is the complete opposite of Prom. Beneath the Darkness operates on the Disturbia premise: Teens witness Dennis Quaid (The Parent Trap) commit murder and they try to prove he’s guilty. Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 31, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer has finally arrived! In addition to Christian Bale, you can look forward to seeing Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Inception alums, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy (seen in the trailer as the new villain, Bane). Expected U.S. release date: July 20, 2012

Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (21) are friends in love, and they meet on One Day every year. Expected U.S. release date: Aug. 19, 2011

Help yourself to more Julia Roberts (Eat, Pray, Love) and Tom Hanks (Castaway) goodness in Larry Crowne‘s second trailer. Already in theaters.

Capitalizing on the success of Pirates of the Caribbean is the upcoming animated movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Just so you know what to expect: The animation is similar to Wallace and Gromit. For me, what saves the trailer is the humor, which puts it more in The Incredibles territory, rather than Cars 2. Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 21, 2012

Two words: The Muppets. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 23, 2011

Check out the charming sneak peek for the cartoon, Arthur Christmas. The holiday spirit sneaks up on James McAvoy (Atonement), Hugh Laurie (House), and Bill Nighy (Love Actually). Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 23, 2011

Three Musketeers, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil), is the first of two films on D’Artagnan (the second will be from Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity). Anderson’s cast includes Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief), and Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings). Expected U.S. release date: October 21, 2011

I’m a fan of many animated/comic book heroes, but Captain America was never on my radar. Chris Evans (Fantastic Four), in a heroic scene in the trailer, at least makes me see why the character’s beloved. Sidenote: I wish I could say the same for girlfriend-to-be, Hayley Atwell, but I just saw her in a polarizing role in The Duchess, so I can’t say I like her. Expected U.S. release date: July 22, 2011

Another Friday Night Lights vet, Taylor Kitsch, hits the big screen with John Carter. A few differences: He has his shirt off most of the time, and it’s set on Mars. Expected U.S. release date: March 9, 2011

The recent years haven’t brought us a good Greek mythology film. While Immortals may not be the most thoughtful one, it certainly appears to be the best action one so far, courtesy of the 300 producers. Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) are in it, but what’s exciting is that we get to see a bit of what Henry Cavill (The Tudors) will bring to his role as the new Superman. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 11, 2011

Boom! Pow! Jason Statham! That’s the premise of thriller, Blitz, where there’s a cop killer on the loose. It would be easier to dismiss the action movie, if it didn’t have a 6.9 rating with over 1,000 votes on IMDb.com. Expected U.S. release date: Aug. 23, 2011

Killer Elite = Statham + father figure Robert De Niro (Meet the Parents) in trouble + villain Clive Owen (Closer) + love interest Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck). Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 23, 2011

The Thing is a prequel to the 1982 horror film of the same name. Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and up-and-comer Joel Edgerton (who was once a contender for the new Bourne movie). Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 14, 2011

Aaaaaand the most anticipated movie of the year, Final Destination 5! Expected U.S. release date: Aug. 12, 2011

Just from the title, you can tell that Contagion is simply about an outbreak. But then, one big star after the other appears in the trailer, including Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love), Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), Kate Winslet (Titanic), Cotillard (Inception), Jude Law (The Holiday), and Lawrence Fishburne (The Matrix). Later, I found out that the director is Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich) and the writer was behind The Bourne Ultimatum, so count me in. Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 9, 2011

Moneyball is a baseball movie based on a true story and a book by Michael Lewis (the same writer behind The Blind Side material). In this drama, Brad Pitt (Mr. and Mrs Smith) puts together a baseball team on a small (and I mean, small) budget. Robin Wright (The Princess Bride) and Jonah Hill (Superbad) also step up to the plate. Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 23, 2011

In This Must Be the Place, audiences can watch Oscar winner Sean Penn’s transformation as a retired rock star looking for his father’s killer. Expected U.S. release date: unknown

Despite the Steven Spielberg credit and lush scenery, War Horse‘s trailer doesn’t seem to have much going for it—till I read the plot. A boy and his horse are separated when the animal is sent to the war. The boy then enlists and goes after it. *tear* Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 28, 2011

Based on a book, Seven Days in Utopia tells the story of Lucas Black (Friday Night Lights), a golfer on a losing streak, who goes to a small town called Utopia. Once there, he rediscovers the game with the help of Robert Duvall (The Godfather). Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) and Oscar winner Melissa Leo play Black’s and Duvall’s love interests, respectively. Trivia: Utopia is a real place in Texas. Add that to your bucket list! Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 2, 2011

Up next is the second trailer for Gus Van Sant’s (Milk) film, Restless. While I liked the first sneak peek better (it’s more dreamlike), this is worth two minutes of your time. It’s about a boy who falls in love with a dying girl, Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland). Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 16, 2011

Breaking Dawn needs all the help it can get at the box office, so be kind and take a quick look at the latest Twilight sequel. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 18, 2011

What follows are the first and second trailers of the horror comedy (horredy?), Fright Night. The film secured Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Colin Farrell (Daredevil), and for Dr. Who fans, David Tennant. Expected U.S. release date: Aug. 19, 2011

If Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) and Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) weren’t solid actors, I’d think their recent marriage was a publicity stunt for their film, Dream House. Naomi Watts (The Painted Veil) also makes an appearance in the trailer, which seems to reveal the plot twist. Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 30, 2011

I would describe Apollo 18 as the Blair Witch Project—but on the moon. Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 2, 2011

A Dangerous Method details the relationship between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen from Lord of the Rings) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender from X-men: First Class). Keira Knightley (Atonement) takes on the role of one of their patients in this David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) film. Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 30, 2011

Oscar winner Pedro Almodovar directs Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro) in The Skin I Live In. Banderas, a plastic surgeon, invents a synthetic skin that can withstand any damage, and of course, he’s obsessed with a woman. Expected U.S. release date: Aug. 17, 2011

Dark humor abounds in Lucky, where Colin Hanks (Orange County) wins the lottery and murders people with his wife. Already in theaters.

Elizabeth Banks (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer), and Emily Mortimer (Match Point) call Paul Rudd (Clueless) Our Idiot Brother. Hugh Dancy (The Jane Austen Book Club) and Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) are in on the fun. Expected U.S. release date: Aug. 26, 2011

Get your Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland) fixing with the second trailer of the comedy, 30 Minutes or Less. Expected U.S. release date: Aug. 12, 2011

With Flypaper, moviegoers are treated to another bank robbery comedy. Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) gets caught in the middle of two simultaneous heists at the same bank. It also happens to be the workplace of his current squeeze, Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy). Expected U.S. release date: Aug. 4, 2011

Not only does the comedy Horrible Bosses have a stellar cast (Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jason Bateman!) and 7.6 stars on IMDb.com, it’s also got this red-band trailer. Already in theaters.

The Guard is a dry comedy, which headlines banter between Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda). Expected U.S. release date: July 29, 2011

50/50 is a funny take on Gordon Levitt’s struggle with cancer. Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express), Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Lady in the Water) co-star. Trivia: The lead role originally went to McAvoy, who dropped out for personal reasons. Expected U.S. release date: September 30, 2011

Elementary, my dear Watson! Robert Downey Jr. and Law are back in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, along with Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 16, 2011

Kudos to whoever created the score of the Martin Scorsese piece, Hugo! They’ve lent a magical quality to the trailer, which makes me want to see the film. (Apparently, the 30 Seconds to Mars song is Hollywood’s go-to music, not that I’m complaining. See: Legend of the Guardians trailer.) Plus, Law (The Holiday), Ben Kingsley (Tuck Everlasting), and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) are all in it. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 23, 2011

At least the music composer of Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol is more original. For this action flick, Eminem’s hard-hitting music is used. Trivia: The next installment will see Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker) replacing Tom Cruise. And in case you missed it, don’t forget to check out the super use of punctuation marks in the movie title. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 16, 2011

Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) directs and stars in Higher Ground. The Academy Award nominee’s character struggles with her faith in the compelling trailer below. Expected U.S. release date: Aug. 26, 2011

Pixar will release an—surprise—animated feature called, Brave. The teaser doesn’t reveal a lot, except the look of the princess who pursues her interest in archery, but somehow endangers the entire kingdom. Expected U.S. release date: June 22, 2012

Puss in Boots is, without a doubt, the cutest trailer of the bunch. Don’t believe me? Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 4, 2011

Who here didn’t read The Adventures of Tin Tin comics? Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn looks good. In case you’re curious, Jamie Bell (Jumper) voices the main character. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 23, 2011

The Amazing Spider-man‘s first trailer is here! It shows off the impressive cast: Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Emma Stone (Easy A), Oscar winner Sally Field, Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Dennis Leary (Rescue Me) and Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1). The video also indicates a different perspective a la the new director, Marc Webb. It’s similar to video games, which looks cool, but I hope it’s just for the teaser because I don’t think I could sit through a whole movie filmed like that. Nonetheless, I love the tagline at the end! It invokes more than enough dread. Squee! Expected U.S. release date: July 3, 2012


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