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Trailer Roundup, Week of May 7th – May 11th

Welcome to another week in Trailer Roundup. Coincidentally, all of this week’s trailers come from the Warner Brothers late summer and fall lineup. So let’s get right to it!

Once upon a time in Hollywood, two young writers named Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Academy Award for Gus Van Sant’s drama Good Will Hunting. While one found success as a lauded dramatic actor – and influencial spy star – the other appeared in roles that most would like to forget. But when Ben Affleck directed Gone Baby Gone, everyone took notice at how talented a storyteller Affleck was. His follow-up, the heist thriller The Town, was as well a critical success. Now we await his next storytelling experience.

Based on a true story, a CIA specialist (Affleck) is tasked with evacuating six Americans holed up in the home of the Canadian ambassador at the height of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. But with time racing before the Americans are found and executed, the CIA man concocts an escape plan so outlandish, it may actually work. But first, he needs to meet will volunteers from the Hollywood filmmaking community. Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman also star in the drama, coming October 12th.

Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, who starred together in Gus Van Sant’s biopic, Milk, are seasoned powerhouse actors. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who starred together in the comedy Crazy Stupid Love, are young, talented, and remarkable actors who make audiences swoon – no matter which team you bat for. So for the four of them to work together in a gangster film noir epic from the director of Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer, it warrants a ton of excitement, and the first trailer for Gangster Squad does not disappoint.

In 1949 Los Angeles, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) rules over the city with an iron fist. Controlling the drugs, guns, prostitution, and gambling; Cohen fears no one. He owns the goons, the police, and the politicians.  That is, until a band of LAPD outsiders decide to bring the war to Cohen’s doorstep. In addition to Penn, Brolin, Gosling, and Stone, the cast also includes Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena, Robert Patrick, and Giovanni Ribisi and arrives October 6th.

The biggest election of the race this year may be the Presidential election, but for North Carolina Congressional district, it’s a bit more exciting as Will Ferrell – doing his best Southern drawl since his classic George W. Bush impression – and Zack Galifinakis in Jay Roach’s (Austin Powers) The Campaign, coming August 10th.

Four-term North Carolina Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is running unopposed for the fifth time. But when a gaffe makes powerful local CEO’s try to oust Brady, they look to Marty Huggins (Zack Galifinakis), the director of the local Tourism Center and unlikely opponent to Brady. The comedy also stars Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Dan Aykroyd, and John Lithgow.

This post originally appeared at Save The Seat.

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About Richard L. Vargas

Among many things, I'm a writer, blogger, news junkie, and pop culture enthusiast from New York City.

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