16 Films You Need to See in 2013 (PHOTOS)

Hollywood just had its biggest year ever at the box office, raking in a whopping $10.8 billion in ticket sales. Naturally, the town celebrates by challenging 2013 to “top that.”

Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence and Matt Damon are just a few of 2012’s stars returning to conquer the box office in new year, with some help from J.J. Abrams, Ryan Gosling and Iron Man, of course.

There’s a crazy amount of movies vying for your attention in the new year. But don’t worry, Celebuzz is here to help with a guide to the must-see movies of 2013.

From superhero movie sequels to another trip to the Hunger Games, here are 16 films to look forward to this year.

Release dates are included when available, so Sharpie them in on your calendar and let us know in the comments which films you are dying to see.

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‘Star Trek’ Trailer Shines More Light on ‘Darkness’; James Franco’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ Future Unsure

First, there was the announcement teaser. Then a 9-minute IMAX preview. Now, Star Trek Into Darkness has released its first full trailer.

J.J. Abrams’ top-secret movie finds Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk struggling with command decisions as he must face a mysterious new threat in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch. May 17, 2013 can’t get here fast enough. Watch the trailer below. [Apple Trailers]

Robert Downey, Jr. recently dropped some hints as to what audiences can expect from Iron Man 3. Apparently, the film’s best bit of acting comes not from its star, but rather from former Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau, who plays Tony Stark’s executive bodyguard, Happy Hogan. “Happy has an amazing arc in this movie,” Downey said. “In fact, probably the best two bits of acting in the movie, so far from what I can tell…which sucks because I’m in every frame, are Favreau as Happy Hogan…I can’t give away much, but it’s ridiculous.” Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, hits theaters May 3, 2013. [Just Jared]

In more threequel news, director Todd Phillips teased story details on The Hangover Part III. “[The movie] is Alan’s story,” Phillips said of Zach Galifianakis’ character. ”He’s going through a crisis after the death of his father, [and] the Wolfpack is all he has.” The director also revealed that, while the Wolfpack will indeed return to Las Vegas this trip, it’s “just one of their stops” in the sequel. The film opens May 24, 2013. [EW]

We’ve known for some time that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt was not returning to helm the sequel (Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves has stepped in). Now it looks like Rise’s leading man, James Franco, may also sit out Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. “I was going to be a small part of the next movie,” Franco said in a recent interview. “There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened… Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.” We’ll find out if we have a Franco-less Dawn (new band name, calling it!) when the film hits theaters May 23, 2014. [MTV]

Which sequel news has you the most excited? Tell Celebuzz in the comments below. 

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Who’s Who in ‘Trek 2′: J.J. Abrams Shines a Light on ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Secrets

We are six months out until the release of J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek Into Darkness, and we still don’t know exactly who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing. (Is it Khan? Gary Mitchell?)

But thanks to a recent press event for the film at Bad Robot, we do know which fan-favorite character Alice Eve plays in the top-secret sequel — As well as a few more story tidbits. Read on to find out…

Several reporters attending the event have confirmed, via Twitter, that Eve plays Carol Marcus in the film.

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Marcus was Captain Kirk’s estranged lover – and the mother of his son. The character’s appearance in Into Darkness only adds to the rampant rumors suggesting that Cumberbatch is indeed playing Khan, Trek‘s most infamous villain. (Even though a recently-released still of the film identifies Cumberbatch in the role of “John Harrison,” that could be a red herring. Remember: The filmmakers have previously gone on record saying that the Sherlock star is playing a character from classic Trek canon, and Harrison is not a name from original continuity.)

What else can audiences expect from the sequel? “There are 14 Klingon characters in the film,” reports ComingSoon.net‘s Silas Lesnick via Twitter. Only 2 of the 14 aliens will have speaking roles, however. Also, expect the Klingons to sport “ornamental piercings”. You know, to stay hip.

The press event is a prelude to the December 14 premiere of Darkness‘ first 9 minutes, which will be attached to IMAX and IMAX 3D prints of The Hobbit. The films’ first full trailer will also be released this weekend on all non-IMAX prints of The Hobbit.

Star Trek Into Darkness arrives in theaters on May 17, 2013.

Who do you think the villain is in Star Trek Into Darkness? Discuss below. 

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‘The Host’ Premieres New Pics; Kyle Chandler Nixes ‘Friday Night Lights’ Film; Tarantino Teases Next Project

The film adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s The Host arrives in theaters March 29, 2013. To tide fans over, Summit Entertainment released new images from the sci-fi drama starring Saoirse Ronan. Click here to check out the new pics! [Hollywood.com]

Is Quentin Tarantino circling a gangland epic as his next film? After screening his latest film, Django Unchained, at a BAFTA event, the director hinted that tommy guns and fedoras are in his future. “I could conceive maybe someday doing a 30′s gangster picture, or something like that.” The Pulp Fiction director also said that making another Western could be in the cards. [Bleeding Cool]

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Fans of the TV show Friday Night Lights are going to have to take a knee if what Coach Taylor says about the prospective new movie is true. While promoting his new film, Zero Dark Thirty, Kyle Chandler said that, despite reports to the contrary, he is neither involved in any plans to bring the NBC series to the big screen, nor wants to be. “My general attitude about Friday Night Lights is, it was a great movie with Billy Bob [Thornton]. It was a great TV show,” Chandler said. “But they ended [the show] at exactly the right time, and exactly the right way as well.” The actor went on to say that he has yet to see a script for the film, or have any contact with director Peter Berg regarding the project. [MTV]

Thursday’s release of an announcement trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness is just the beginning. On December 14, Paramount Pictures will present the first 9-minutes of the film attached to IMAX prints of Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit. The studio has finally released a list of theaters where audiences can catch the footage. Click here to see if Darkness is coming to your town. [IMAX]

Excited for the Star Trek sequel news? What do you think of the pics from The Host? Weigh in below.

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‘The Host’ Premieres New Pics; Kyle Chandler Nixes ‘Friday Night Lights’ Film; Tarantino Teases Next Project

The film adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s The Host arrives in theaters March 29, 2013. To tide fans over, Summit Entertainment released new images from the sci-fi drama starring Saoirse Ronan. Click here to check out the new pics! [Hollywood.com]

Is Quentin Tarantino circling a gangland epic as his next film? After screening his latest film, Django Unchained, at a BAFTA event, the director hinted that tommy guns and fedoras are in his future. “I could conceive maybe someday doing a 30′s gangster picture, or something like that.” The Pulp Fiction director also said that making another Western could be in the cards. [Bleeding Cool]

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Fans of the TV show Friday Night Lights are going to have to take a knee if what Coach Taylor says about the prospective new movie is true. While promoting his new film, Zero Dark Thirty, Kyle Chandler said that, despite reports to the contrary, he is neither involved in any plans to bring the NBC series to the big screen, nor wants to be. “My general attitude about Friday Night Lights is, it was a great movie with Billy Bob [Thornton]. It was a great TV show,” Chandler said. “But they ended [the show] at exactly the right time, and exactly the right way as well.” The actor went on to say that he has yet to see a script for the film, or have any contact with director Peter Berg regarding the project. [MTV]

Thursday’s release of an announcement trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness is just the beginning. On December 14, Paramount Pictures will present the first 9-minutes of the film attached to IMAX prints of Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit. The studio has finally released a list of theaters where audiences can catch the footage. Click here to see if Darkness is coming to your town. [IMAX]

Excited for the Star Trek sequel news? What do you think of the pics from The Host? Weigh in below.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Teaser Trailer Unveiled: Benedict Cumberbatch is So Evil (VIDEO)

There are some new faces in the world of Star Trek, and one has arrived to have his “vengeance.”

J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures have just unleashed the new teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, the much-anticipated sequel to the 2009 mega hit, Star Trek.

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, perhaps best known for his award winning role as Sherlock Holmes across the Atlantic Ocean, possesses all sorts of evil in the new Star Trek film — at least, that’s what the trailer wants viewers to think.

“You think your world is safe,” Cumberbatch’s character says in a voiceover, “It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace. For I have returned . . . to have . . . my vengeance.”

While the evil level in Cumberbatch’s character is up for debate — rumor also has it that he is the legendary villain Khan — the film does see the return of many of its stars from three years ago.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldanaall reprise their roles as Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Uhura, respectively.

Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Simon Pegg also make a return as their Star Trek characters, as the franchise welcomes newcomers Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters May 17, 2013.

What do you think of the new trailer for ‘Star Trek Into Darkness?’ Who do you think Benedict Cumberbatch’s character is? Weigh in below.

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Disney Signs Deal With Netflix; ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer to Debut

On Tuesday, Netflix gave its subscribers yet another reason to veg out on the couch all day. The company signed a multi-year deal with Disney to exclusively  stream first-run live-action and animated films. Starting in 2016, subscribers will be able to access theatrical releases from Disney, Marvel and Pixar. Netflix announced the deal via press release.

Meanwhile, less than 24 hours after J.J. Abrams unveiled the poster for his top-secret movie Star Trek Into Darkness, word comes that a special 60-second trailer for the film will hit the internet on Thursday, December 6. Simon Pegg, who plays “Mr. Scott” in the film, tweeted the news of the internet-only trailer on Tuesday. Fans wanting to see the full trailer will have to wait until December 14, when it is released before prints of The Hobbit. [Twitter]


On the heels of news that Dale DeHaan will play Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, his co-star Jamie Foxx recently spoke to Entertainment Tonight regarding his role as the sequel’s villain, Electro. “I think Electro will be an exciting character to play because he’s a … genius electrician-type person,” Foxx said. “He gets the short end of the stick from the whole world, and the next thing you know he turns it on.” Andrew Garfield will reprise the role of Spider-Man opposite Foxx in the sequel, which hits theaters May 4, 2012. [Entertainment Tonight]

Work is already progressing on a sequel to Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim before the original even has a trailer in theaters. Del Toro and Rim‘s screenwriter Travis Beacham will co-write Pacific Rim 2 for Legendary Pictures, the production outlet behind the original film. No word yet on what the story will be, other than it will be set in the same “monsters vs. 30-foot robots” world of the original film. Pacific Rim opens July 2013. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Frances Ford Coppola, after a string of small indie movies, is returning to studio filmmaking. The Godfather director is currently looking for studio to set up home for his next film, a sprawling New York-based epic that spans from the 1920s to the ’60s. The mystery project will mark the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s first studio film since 1997′s The Rainmaker, starring Matt Damon. [Entertainment Weekly]

Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jason Clarke and Drive‘s Oscar Isaac will topline Mojave, written and directed by Oscar-winner William Monahan. The thriller’s plot is being kept under wraps, but the story reportedly centers on two men who end up in the dessert and find themselves entering “a vortex of criminality and violence.” Monahan will finish the big screen adaptation of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, starring Charlize Theron, before shooting Mojave early next year. [Variety]

Which news story excites you the most? Weigh in below. 

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‘Host’ Star Mulling ‘Cinderella’ Role; ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Poster Debuts

Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella is closing in on a leading lady. Saoirse Ronan (The Host), Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) and newcomer Alicia Vikander are in talks to play the Disney princess for director Mark Romanek. This piece of casting news comes on the heels of reports that Cate Blanchett is circling the role of the Evil Stepmother. [Variety]

J.J AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness continues to peel back the curtain as it ramps up to its trailer premiere on December 14. The film’s first official teaser poster hit the internet late Sunday night. Click here to see a surprisingly star-free, Dark Knight-inspired poster. [StarTrekMovie.com]

Warner Bros. superhero team-up film, Justice League, may have found its villain. According to reports (read: rumors), DC Comics staple Darkseid will be the Big Bad terrorizing Superman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League when the film is released in 2015. Until Warner Bros. releases an official statement, take all of this with requisite grains of salt. [LatinoReview].

Stephen King’s latest literary property to get a big-screen adaptation has just added some genre-friendly names to its cast. The Walking Dead’s Carl, aka Chandler Riggs, and Super 8’s Joel Courtney will star in Mercy, an adaptation of King’s creepy short-story “Gramma.” Riggs and Courtney will play brothers who are tasked with caring for their grandmother, who just happens to be a witch. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Which news bit are you most excited about? Discuss in the comments below!

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Josh Hutcherson Teases ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’; ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Synopsis Revealed

Fans of The Hunger Games will have to wait till next November for the sequel, Catching Fire, to hit theaters, but star Josh Hutcherson recently spilled some production details to tide fans over.

When asked what portions of the film director Francis Lawrence will shoot in IMAX, Hutcherson said: “They’re shooting, I think, all the stuff in the arena is going to be IMAX. So when you go see it in IMAX, you’ll see the regular movie when we’re in the Districts and in the Capitol. When you see us go up in the pod in the games, it will open up into IMAX. It will be amazing. It’s very cool.” [MTV]

Meanwhile, the veil of secrecy surrounding J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness has also been lifted…ish.

Paramount Pictures, via their press site, released the film’s first official story synopsis. Here it is:

“In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

“When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

“With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

“As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.” [TheFilmStage.com]

Marvel’s Kevin Feige teased plot details about another much-anticipated sequel, Iron Man 3. When asked how the film, starring Robert Downey, Jr., will link back to The Avengers, Feige said: “Iron Man 3 doesn’t feature any of the other Avengers, or Nick Fury showing up, or any of those world-blending conceits that the Phase One films had… We’re sticking to the vision for these films, and showing once again that these characters are just as interesting alone as they are together.” [Empire]

Frankenweenie screenwriter John August is in talks to adapt author R.J. Palacio’s bestseller, Wonder, for Lionsgate. The New York Times bestseller centers on a 10-year-old boy with an unusual deformity on his face, as he struggles to fit in with the kids at school. In addition to this year’s Frankenweenie, August also worked on the script for another 2012 Tim Burton film, Dark Shadows. [Variety]

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is adding fuel to the fire that his take on Superman may indeed have a link to Warner Bros.’ Justice League. Speaking with The New York Post, Snyder danced around the subject of how Justice League will handle Superman’s involvement. When prodded further, Snyder said: “I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.” While it’s not exactly a confirmation that Snyder’s Superman will appear in Justice League, it’s not exactly a denial either. [The Playlist]

Who – or what –  are Captain Kirk and his crew are up against in the Star Trek sequel? How badly do you want Hunger Games: Catching Fire in your eyes right now? Discuss with fellow movie fans in the comments below! And all you Iron Man fans can watch the trailer for the threequel right now!

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‘Alex Cross’ Star Tyler Perry on Tackling Co-Stars, New Challenges and Returning for ‘Star Trek 2′ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

In the films that he’s written, directed and starred in, Tyler Perry’s biggest challenge was usually getting support-top hosiery to stay on while he throttled his co-stars as Madea. But in Alex Cross, where he plays a homicide detective and serial killer profiler, Perry recounted that it was just the throttling that kept him on his toes.

“The biggest challenge for me was letting go in the fighting,” he told Celebuzz. “I’m always careful because I’m a nice guy, but that guy lives down inside me, that UFC guy, but I keep him under wraps. So letting go of that was the biggest challenge for me.”

What does his new role mean for the future of Madea?

Despite the 180 Perry makes with Alex Cross, he insists that his iconic matriarch isn’t going anywhere.

“Just like [Alex Cross author] James Patterson has a very loyal audience, so do I, and I like to give them what they want,” he said. “So if they like Madea, Madea will be around. If they love this, this will be around. I don’t think there has to be a choice between one or the other. But as an actor, you should be able to do many different things.”

Meanwhile, one of the “different things” that Perry will apparently not be doing in the near future is returning to the Star Trek movie series, after enjoying a cameo in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 franchise reboot.

“No, we couldn’t work it out – couldn’t work out the timing of it all,” he revealed. “But I spoke to J.J. a few days ago, and I’m very excited for it and for him.”

Alex Cross opened in theaters nationwide Friday, October 19. Watch the film’s theatrical trailer below.

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‘Dredd 3D’ Star Karl Urban: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Will Be ‘Epic’, ‘Emotional’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Karl Urban is currently commanding screens nationwide as the title character in Dredd 3D, but in 2013, he’ll be rejoining the ensemble cast of Star Trek for the film’s sequel.

After the actor revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness was Gary Mitchell, an iconic character from the original series’ pilot, speculation has run rampant about how much the follow-up might take from the show, as opposed to trekking off into its own direction.

Speaking to Celebuzz at Fantastic Fest, where Dredd 3D played as one of the opening night films, Urban was perhaps predictably diplomatic about the sequel’s story.

What does Urban promise audiences will experience in the ‘Trek’ sequel?

“It was just wonderful getting back together with that team – we’re like a family,” Urban said. “J.J. Abrams is one of the most brilliant directors that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He’s going to deliver something to an audience that’s going to be epic, that’s going to be emotional, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

 

When asked if in the sequel he feels a greater sense of ownership 0f “Bones” McCoy, the character first played by DeForrest Kelley, he demurred, confessing his appreciation to get to participate at all.

“I just have such huge admiration for the TOS cast,” he said. “The original series was something special to me that I enjoyed as a kid. And to be a part of that is an amazing privilege.”

Watch the trailer for Dredd 3D, which was released nationwide on Friday, September 21.

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