Best of the Week: Apatow's 'This is 40' Trailer, Live-Action 'Jungle Book' Movie From 'Harry Potter' Writer and More

The first trailer for Judd Apatow's kinda-sorta sequel to Knocked Up has arrived. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their married couple roles they played in Knocked Up, with Apatow giving the movie more of a dramedy feel as the couple approaches 40. Jason Segel and Melissa McCarty appear briefly in this trailer, but the film also stars Megan Fox, Charlyne Yi, Albert Brooks and John Lithgow. This is 40 arrives in theaters , December 21st.

Steve Kloves has adapted ever Harry Potter book for the Warner Bros. film franchise which has amassed over $7.5 billion over eight movies, worldwide. Now WB has tapped Kloves to pen and direct a live action version of The Jungle Book. If you're wondering if Disney might have the chance to raise objection, the source material, Rudyard Kipling's book, is public domain, meaning no one can lay a copyright claim on it. Let's hope WB's version will turn out a lot better than Disney's 1994 live-action film that starred Jason Scott Lee.

Several weeks ago, Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer believed Snow White and the Huntsman could be extended beyond this summer's release by focusing on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman character. Deadline reports that David Koepp (he wrote classics like Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man) is in discussions to write a sequel. Universal is hoping to fast-track the sequel so that director Rupert Sanders and possibly Kristen Stewart would return for the sequel. We'll keep you posted on how things turn out as Hunstman arrives in theaters June 1st.

While we're on-topic, check out four new international character posters that were revealed earlier today.

Book of Mormon star Josh Gad is in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak opposite Ashton Kutcher in the indie biopic Jobs. The film will chronicle Jobs' life as a wayward hippie to co-founding Apple.

Meet "Big Hy," the world's oldest and noblest movie bootlegger who has been pirating movies for years. So why doesn't the movie industry prosecute him?

Molly Ringwald takes on Reddit's Ask Me Anything feature and admits to drinking Kristen Stewart's blood and that she almost participated in a Sixteen Candles sequel.

In promotion for the upcoming Japanese Ring three-quel, Sadako 3D, the little girl (Samara, known as Sadako in the original Japanese version) threw out the first pitch at a recent Japanese pro baseball game. Sadako 3D arrives in Japanese theaters on May 12.

 

Speaking of horror films, MGM has been trying to reboot Poltergeist for a while now. The studio is already rebooting Stephen King's Carrie with Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) in the title role. Now Sam Raimi has jumped on board to help produce the reboot.

Movies.com's Erik Davis and Indiewire's Matt Singer chat about hateful online comments chasing negative reviews of The Avengers. As of right now, there are only two rotten reviews for the Joss Whedon film, which opens next week.

Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and the cast of The Five-Year Engagement chat with us about the secret to success and what it's like working with Segel.

 

Christina Ricci has signed on for The Smurfs sequel and will voice a new character Vexi. She'll be playing an evil version of Smurfette.

If you've been waiting for that movie where Will Smith and Denzel Washington are sharing the screen, good news! The duo is set to star in a remake of Uptown Saturday Night, the 1974 action comedy directed by Sidney Poitier. Anchorman writer Adam McKay is in talks to write and direct.

Johnny Depp's upcoming Dark Shadows is only a few weeks from arriving in theaters. A new featurette was released exploring the history of vampires.

 

Speaking of vampires, Underworld: Awakening arrives on DVD/BluRay on May 8. The movie's Facebook page has been posting up lots of fanart, including this one below.

The Tribeca Film Festival enters its final weekend in New York. Catch up on all the features, news and commentary from the screenings and events at the annual movie fest.

We launched our Avengers Movie Guide this week, which features everything you need to get ready for next week's big release. From a character guide to an interview with Stan Lee, be sure to Like the page and stay up to date with the latest content, including our weekly Fandango Bucks give away!

Speaking of Avengers, a few weeks back, we heard that Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow would return in Iron Man 3. Now we're hearing for Johansson that Widow won't appear in the third Iron Man film. Instead, she wants a stand-alone Black Widow movie. What do you think?

And since we've brought up Iron Man 3, a couple of casting rumors surfaced this week. First, Jessica Chastain is in talks to play a "sexy scientist every bit as smart as Stark." Asian superstar Andy Lau is the other rumored casting addition, though who he would play wasn't revealed.

Speaking of casting rumors, Haywire star Gina Carano has apparently been offered a role in Fast & Furious 6. Jason Statham recently turned down a role in the sequel.

Two new images for Breaking Dawn – Part II arrived online. Check out Bella and Edward below and see the other pic featuring Jacob. Part II hits theaters November 16.

Summer is right around the corner. Check out our list of the best movies for kids of all ages.

Keanu Reeves fans will have to wait until next year to see him as a samurai warrior in 47 Ronin. Citing the extensive amount of 3D effects that still needed to be added, the release date was pushed back to February 8, 2013.

A couple of cool exclusive poster reveals landed on our site this week. Check out the exclusive character poster of Randy Couture for The Expendables 2. Over on our sister site, Movies.com debuted this cool Mondo Avengers character poster for Thor.

The Lego 3D film has received a release date: February 28, 2014. The film will be written and directed by 21 Jump Street's Phil Lord and Chris Miller. And speaking of animated films that won't be hitting theater screens anytime soon, Pixar unveiled their plans for three new film which will arrive between 2014-2016. They include a dinosaur film, a movie about the human mind and a film about the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos, to be helmed by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkirch.

Lindsay Lohan has been chosen to portray late screen icon Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime original TV movie, Liz & Dick, which will focus on Taylor's public and enduring romance with actor Richard Burton.

New trailers that arrived this week include Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf in Lawless, Jennifer Lawrence in House at the End of the Street, a new version for Brave and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a teaser for Adam Sandler's Hotel Transylvania and an exclusive clip from the upcoming What to Expect When You're Expecting. Also the cast of Prometheus touts director Ridley Scott in a new featurette and Paramount releases the opening scene for Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator.

Finally, the first official pics from Quentin Tarantino's slavery-themed Western Django Unchained arrived. Take a look at Leonardo DiCaprio's villainous Calvin Candie and Jamie Foxx as Django and Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz. Larger version available here.

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