This week, poor Osher Günsberg was sick, so I roped in my bestie and roommate Maude Garrett from Geek Bomb to help me with the podcast! We chat about the movies you should see this weekend: in the US, see Guardians Of The Galaxy! In Australia, if you like spy thrillers like I do, see A Most Wanted Man with the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. On iTunes, Jurassic Park is always worth a re-watch, and because Guardians is so much fun, our theme is: the movies we had the most fun watching! What would be yours?
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1. FINALLY! We can see the Interstellar trailer from Comic-Con! WOOOHOO! This trailer shows more of the story, and also the cinematography, the emotion, the space setting… I’m in awe, it all looks fantastic. I think this could be a strong contender for next years Oscars. Big theme + special effects + personal story about family and love = WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER. Click HERE to watch the new trailer…
2. Another new trailer bit of goodness is this first look at Into The Woods. This is the Stephen Sondheim musical, given the big screen treatment by Disney, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine. I remember doing this musical at school (I was in the lighting department because I can’t sing) and I loved it. Looking forward to seeing this version!
3. As well as Interstellar, one of my most anticipated films for the rest of the year is… BIRDMAN. Especially after this new extended trailer. Here, we see Michael Keaton wrestle with the demons from his past, namely the comic-book character he played, Birdman. This is a perfect film for the Hollywood movie industry right now! (I also love how some of the cast, like Emma Stone, are shot with lenses that almost make them look like a bird…)
4. If you thought Vin Diesel‘s role in Guardians Of The Galaxy was easy… well… you pretty much thought right. But Marvel have revealed that he did a bit of extra work, dubbing his three main words “I Am Groot” into a few different languages. In this video, he says, “I Am Groot” in Brazilian Portuguese. That’s at least an extra half a day’s work right there.
5. And just for fun, here is a great compilation of every time Samuel L Jackson has said “motherf***er” in movies! (This makes me want to re-watch Pulp Fiction for the millionth time…)
1. Tarantino fans rejoice! The dream of seeing his revenge western The Hateful Eight on the big screen is becoming even more tangible, with the release of this movie poster, with a date of 2015 on it. Intriguing! The poster also says that the film will be released in glorious Super Cinemascope 70mm film, just as P.T. Anderson did for The Master. Here’s a closer look at the poster:
2. Reason number 563 to love Chris Pratt? The actor made a surprise appearance at a Guardians Of The Galaxy screening in New York, which was filled with kids from various charities. He did a Q&A, hung out with them, and took selfies with everyone who asked. He even gave the kids some inspiring words: “Take it from a kid who grew up having no money, struggling hard to get by. Just know that if you stick to your path and you believe in yourself and be courageous enough to be yourself, you can grow up and you can be your own Star-Lord.” BLESS!
3. I’m not sure if this trailer has been out for a while or if it’s new, but yesterday, while watching A Wanted Man, I saw it for the first time. It’s the trailer for Whiplash, the Sundance stunner which sees Miles Teller play an aspiring jazz drummer, and J.K. Simmons his VERY tough teacher. This looks fantastic. The movie will be playing at the Toronto Film Festival, and released in limited cinemas from October 10.
4. One of the exciting pieces of news from Comic-Con was Legendary Pictures‘ announcement of Skull Island, which appears to be a King Kong prequel. Now, it looks like Joe Cornish may take the director’s role for the project. If you don’t know the name Joe Cornish, make sure you watch a little film called Attack The Block. It’s an alien invasion indie film, and one of the most inventive I’ve seen in the sci-fi genre. He would be a great choice to take over the King Kong reins, similar to Gareth Edwards, who went from the low budget Monsters to the huge Godzilla, and did so well that now he’ll be doing Godzilla 2 and a Star Wars spin-off film.
5. And yesterday, this trailer for The Longest Week was released, starring Jason Bateman as a privileged man-child who is cut off from his parents, moves in with his friend (played by the lovely Billy Crudup) and competes with him for a women, played by Olivia Wilde. Great cast, looks cute enough… but what intrigues me the most is the production design. Directed by Peter Glanz, this almost looks like Matthew Vaughn in it’s “60s but also current” styling of the sets and costumes… I dig the cat eyeliner.
Marvel vs DC, Wonder Woman, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Lucy vs Hercules…
1. Not too much news today, while Hollywood catches up after Comic-Con… but one interesting headline is: the Fifty Shades Of Grey trailer has become the most watched of the year. In less than one week, the trailer has been watched over 36 million times on YouTube from all the different posts. After being added to Facebook, the trailer got 1.2 million likes, shares and comments in 24 hours. And it’s not even that exciting! This movie is going to be BIG.
2. Yesterday, the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies was released, and I’m pleased to see it looks like the most action packed out of the bunch. I really enjoyed The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but so far the two Hobbits haven’t thrilled me in the same way. There just seems to be a lot of walking. Here, things look more exciting, and grim… I love the choice of Pippin’s song from The Return Of The King… and the special effects look incredible.
3. Another new trailer released yesterday was a red band one for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. I loved the first movie, in all its gory, gritty, cool dialogue glory. And this one looks even better. I can’t wait to see the different stories (including two original ones) and actors like Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this dark world.
4. Warning. This next trailer may make you a little teary. I’m sure you remember Batkid and his mission to save Gotham (aka five year old cancer survivor Miles Scott getting his amazing wish in San Francisco) Well, now there’s a documentary coming about how that wish was all put together, and this trailer, called Batkid Begins, is beautiful. Well shot, a touching story, and great moments captured on camera. The film is seeking funding on Indiegogo, and has already raised about half of its total goal. Click here if you would like to donate.
5. And speaking of fan backed projects, have you seen my AMC Movie Talk mate Jon Schnepp‘s trailer for The Death Of Superman Lives, What Happened? It’s a documentary which looks at what could have been a great superhero film – Superman, directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage. How amazing would that have been?? Schnepp released the trailer at Comic-Con, and already the video has had over a million views. If you would like to donate (I have!) click here!