Although I wrote 30 Movies for Teens 2012 in January, there have been some changes since then. Here is an update on the movies that will interest teens this summer of 2012.
1. The Avengers (5/4) – Written and directed by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse), The Avengers is based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. The movie stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. (See also: The Avengers: Guides to Marvel’s Super Heroes)
2. Dark Shadows (5/11) Another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration, this time a comedic version of the late 1960s gothic soap opera.
3. Battleship (5/18) – Science fiction war film based on the Battleship game, starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Liam Neeson.
4. Men in Black 3 (5/25) – Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back in this science fiction comedy in 3D. Agent J (Smith) must travel back in time and team up with a younger agent K (Josh Brolin) to save the fate of the planet.
5. Snow White & the Huntsman (6/1) – In the second Snow White film of the year (and don’t forget the TV show, “Once Upon a Time”), Snow White is played by Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and the Queen is now Charlize Theron, who seems to be on a mean streak lately.
6. Prometheus (6/8) – Ridley Scott directs this science fiction film that was originally intended to be a prequel to Alien. Prometheus takes place in the late 21st century as its crew tries to learn about the beginning of mankind by exploring the civilization of an alien race. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron.
7. Rock of Ages (6/15) – Tom Cruise stars in this adaptation of the Broadway musical. Also starring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Kevin Nash, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Malin Åkerman, and Mary J. Blige, the movie features the music of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, and Twisted Sister.
8. That’s My Boy (6/15) – A father (Adam Sandler) moves in with his son (Andy Samberg) right before his wedding and soon begins sparring with his daughter-in-law (Leighton Meester).
9. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (6/22) – Supernatural film based on the novel in which Abraham Lincoln has a secret identity as a vampire hunter.
10. Brave (6/22) – Disney 3D computer animated adventure produced by Pixar. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
11. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (June 29) – The sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, starring Bruce Willis and “The Rock” (Dwayne Johnson).
12. The Amazing Spider-Man (7/3) – A complete reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, starring Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Emma Stone as his love interest and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard. To be released in both 3D and IMAX 3D.
13. Katy Parry: Part of Me (7/5) – 3D concert film.
14. Ted (7/13) -Directed by Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) Ted stars Mark Wahlberg in a comedy in which his character, John, had his childhood dream come true when his teddy bear, Ted, came to life. However, things get more complicated when he becomes an adult. Also starring Mila Kunis.
15. The Dark Knight Rises (7/20) – The 3rd film in the Christopher Nolan Batman series. Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy this installment will serve as the conclusion to the series.
16. Ruby Sparks (7/25) – From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, a young writer (Paul Dano) writes about his dream girl and he finds her (Zoe Kazan) in his living room. Is he going crazy?
17. Neighborhood Watch (7/27) – A comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Nicholas Braun in which a group of neighbors set up a neighborhood watch in the suburbs as an excuse to get away from their families. However, they discover an alien plot that threatens the world and they must do something.
18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (8/3) – The 3rd film in the series, based on the 4th book in the series.
19. Total Recall (8/3) – Based on the 1990 Total Recall film starring Arnold Arnold Schwarzenegger this movie stars Colin Farrell in the lead role. As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on. Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston also star.
20. The Campaign (8/10) – Comedy with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis running against each other in a political campaign.
21. Sparkle (8/17) – Inspired by the Supremes, Sparkle is about three teenage sisters in the 1950s who form a girl group. This will be the acting debut of American Idol winner Jordan Sparks. Also starring Derek Luke, Whitney Houston, Mike Epps, Cee-Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, and Omari Hardwick.
22. ParaNorman (8/17) – Animated film about a preteen who is only friends with dead people. However, when the town is attacked by zomies, its Norman to the rescue.
Which of these 22 movies for teens do you want to see this summer?
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