TOP 5: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, First Trailer for GODZILLA, POMPEII Set Visit, TERMINATOR Reboot News, JUPITER ASCENDING Trailer

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What began as a way to keep my mind off of my upcoming fantasy football playoff matchup has blossomed into a full-on love affair. Over the past week I’ve watched a considerable amount of Parks and Recreation via Netflix and I couldn’t be happier with my time killer of choice. I’ve made it through the first three seasons, all of which have delivered consistent laughs and excellent character moments (Ron’s inability to resist his ex-wife and Leslie’s attempt to stay awake during Pawnee Cares’ diabetes telethon come to mind). I’ll admit that my television viewing is often marred by my own skepticism. When Parks debuted, I watched the first few episodes and wrote it off as cutting and pasting The Office‘s format into a small town, local government setting. These last few days I’ve realized that’s almost exactly what Parks is and yet I couldn’t care less because it’s smart, funny, and endearing at nearly every turn.

My new found love of Parks and Recreation now officially on the record, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug interviews and review, the first trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, a recap of Steve’s visit to the set of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, several bits of news out of the Terminator reboot camp, and the first trailer for The Wachowski Siblings‘ latest Jupiter Ascending. What comes next is a brief recap and link to each of the above.

First Trailer for The Wachowski Siblings’ JUPITER ASCENDING Starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Lana and Andy Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending.  The film follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who has to scrub toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  Channing Tatum co-stars as a genetically engineered ex-military hunter who must track her down.  Judging from this trailer, one thing is abundantly clear about Jupiter Ascending: this is the Wachowskis going 100%, full-blown sci-fi.  Coming off the philosophical (and excellent) Cloud Atlas, this film appears to be something a bit more in the vein of The Matrix for the Wachowskis in that it appears to be lighter and a bit more adventurous in spirit.  The world building on display in this trailer is nuts, and though the footage is indeed very out-there, I have a feeling once audiences settle in to the JA universe it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, James D’Arcy, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Doona BaeJupiter Ascending opens in 3D on July 25, 2014.

TIFF 2013: BLOOD TIES Review

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There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be.  It could provide a reason to give a damn about the characters.  We could see the development of their conflict, the tension between brothers and the brothers’ tension with their lovers.  Instead, Guillaume Canet’s film hits the ground stumbling as the disjointed picture jumps between characters seemingly at random, and never spends enough time to make us care, or wastes time showing just how shallow these horrible people really are.  Coated in the veneer of a throwback crime drama, Blood Ties is an insult to its genre, its cast, and its audience.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Blu-ray Review

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Although Walt Disney never got a chance to see his own version of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz stories brought to the screen before his death in 1966, director Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful makes a valiant attempt at recreating Disney’s vision.  The big-budget, 3D reimagining of Baum’s collection of stories introduces small-time magician turned prophecy-fulfilling wizard, Oscar Diggs (James Franco) as he’s swept up into the magical world of Oz where must sort out the intentions of three very attractive witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz).  Accompanied by a flying monkey and a china doll (voiced by Zach Braff and Joey King respectively), Diggs must discover the goodness within him if he’s to save the people of Oz from the tyranny of the wicked witch.

Now available on Blu-ray, Oz the Great and Powerful is a visually dazzling addition to the Oz films that acts as a prequel to 1939′s The Wizard of Oz.  While it comes nowhere near the caliber of that classic tale, this new imagining is a welcome journey back into the Emerald City and the unique lands that surround it.  Hit the jump for my Blu-ray review.

First Trailer and Poster for BLOOD TIES Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana

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Last week, we saw the first images from Guillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties, and now the trailer and poster have been released.  The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers.  One has recently been released from prison, and the other is a cop who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard.  It’s weird to see Marion Cotillard trying on a New York accent, but the crime-drama aspect looks good, and there’s definitely a lot of potential here.  As for the poster, I really like the 70s-style they’ve used.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Clive Owen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, James Caan, and Zoe Saldana.

8 Images from Guillaume Canet’s BLOOD TIES Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana

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Blood Ties, the new film from Tell No One director Guillaume Canet, is premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and the first eight images from the movie have been released.  The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers.  One has recently been released from prison, and the other is a cop who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard.  The stellar cast includes Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, James Caan, and Zoe Saldana.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The Cannes Film Festival is now underway, so we should expect to hear the buzz on Blood Ties soon.

The Wachowski Siblings’ JUPITER ASCENDING, Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, Begins Filming; First Synopsis Released

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Shooting has begun on the Wachowski Siblings‘ new sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending.  The film follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who has to scrub toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  The movie is currently shooting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and will remain in the U.K. until June.  The production will then move to Chicago to finish filming.

Hit the jump for the first full synopsis.  The film also stars Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, and Sean BeanJupiter Ascending opens in 3D on July 25, 2014.

TOP 5: IRON MAN 3, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Interviews, First Trailer for THE HANGOVER PART III, Giant-Sized JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumor, AFTER EARTH

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collider-top-5-sliceI realize that it’s a little too March to be discussing my favorite holiday gifts, but I only recently had the opportunity to dive into one of mine and, as a result, I feel the need to share it’s greatness with our readers. The ESPN 30 for 30 Collector’s Set Blu-ray is an outstanding collection of sports documentaries that is rife with social commentary and almost sure to have something for sports and/or documentary fans alike. Before I get accused of paid programming, I’ll disclaim that all thirty of its films aren’t home runs (that’s right, a sports pun). Moreover, I’m fairly sure that all of the series’ entries are available to watch instantly on Netflix right now making the physical collection redundant for some. Regardless of how you partake, I encourage you to sift through the series, find a topic that interests you, and give it a shot.

All recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 features a healthy portion of Iron Man 3 coverage (including the new trailer), Oz the Great and Powerful interviews with Sam Raimi, James Franco, Mila Kunis, and more, the first trailer for The Hangover Part III, a sizable Justice League movie rumor, and the new trailer and poster for Will Smith and Jaden Smith‘s After Earth. As you may be expecting, a brief recap and link for each of the above waits after the jump.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Review

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We can find truth in deception.  We find the deeper truth beneath the artifice.  Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful makes no secrets of its deception, and shows how deception can be used for good or evil.  We just don’t call it deception when it’s used for good.  Then it’s an illusion, not a trick.* Oz creates a beautiful illusion that we can get lost in not because of the visual effects wizardry or the size of the canvas, but because of the honesty of the characters and Raimi staying true to his oddball style.

Mila Kunis Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, the TED Sequel, and the Wachowskis JUPITER ASCENDING

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Opening this weekend is Disney and director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful.  The film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie that definitely should be seen on a movie screen and it’s absolutely worth the extra charge to see it in 3D.  Oz The Great and Powerful also stars Zach Braff and Joey King.

Recently, I got to speak with Kunis.  We talked about what it was like to walk on the yellow brick road for the first time, her reaction to the finished film, 3D, the Ted sequel, and the Wachowskis‘ upcoming film, Jupiter Ascending.  Hit the jump to watch.

James Franco and Mila Kunis Talk OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Reuniting with Sam Raimi, and the Wachowskis’ JUPITER ASCENDING

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From director Sam Raimi, Oz the Great and Powerful imagines the origins of the wizard that was first brought to life in author L. Frank Baum’s book The Wizard of Oz, in a fantastical adventure that utilizes 3D to enhance what is truly an awe-inspiring movie-going experience.  When small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is unexpectedly carried from Kansas to the vibrantly beautiful Land of Oz in a tornado, he soon meets three witches – Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) – who are unsure about whether he truly is the great wizard that they’ve been expecting.  In one of the biggest tales of fake it ‘til you make it, Oscar must use his magical skill and a little ingenuity to help good triumph over evil.

At a press conference at the film’s press day, actor James Franco talked about working with Sam Raimi again, getting to learn magic from Lance Burton for the role, why he enjoys working with Mila Kunis, the inner journey his character goes on and finding a balance in his eclectic career, while actress Mila Kunis talked about playing Theodora as a normal girl who gets her heart broken, making the character her own, the best part about playing a witch, and how much she enjoys doing wire work, which she says she’ll be doing a ton more of on her next project, the WachowskisJupiter Ascending.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New Trailer for OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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A new trailer has dropped for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful.  This one minute glimpse into the land of Oz sets the stakes of the battle to come and features plenty of clashes between witches, wizards and more.  Watch James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz take to the screen in the special effects spectacular starting March 8th.

You can also check out these recently-added clips and behind-the-scenes footage, along with interviews from Steve’s set visit: 30 things to know about the film plus a video blog, and his interviews with Sam RaimiJames FrancoMichelle WilliamsZach Braff, and Joey King.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

2 New Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Sam Raimi’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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Two new clips and 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage have been released from Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful.  The film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).  We previously saw a clip showcasing the conflict between Theodora and Evanora, as well as Oz and his cohorts “traveling by bubble”, which should be impressive on the big screen in 3D.  The new clips showcase the film’s attempt at comedy by showing Oz’s frustration with his traveling companions, Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and China Girl (voiced by Joey King).

Hit the jump to check out the previously released clips and the new ones as well as the behind-the-scenes footage.  Also, click on the respective links for Steve’s set visit: 30 things to know about the film plus a video blog, and his interviews with Sam RaimiJames FrancoMichelle WilliamsZach Braff, and Joey KingOz the Great and Powerful opens March 8th.

Extended Clip from OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Features Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz

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A few days ago, we posted a partial clip from Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful that debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Now, an extended version of that clip is available.  It features Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) as Evanora arguing with Mila Kunis (Black Swan) as Theodora over the truth of Oz’s claims.  Needless to say, things get a bit…heated.

Hit the jump to watch the extended clip, and be sure to get caught up on Steve’s set visit here: 30 things to know about the film plus a video blog, and his interviews with Sam RaimiJames FrancoMichelle WilliamsZach Braff, and Joey King.  Oz the Great and Powerful opens in 3D on March 8th.

First Clip from OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Featuring Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis

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The first clip from Oz the Great and Powerful premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week when star Rachel Weisz appeared on the show.  Weisz plays the witch Evanora, here engaged in a heated discussion with fellow witch Theadora (Mila Kunis).  They conflict over the arrival of a Kansas magician (James Franco) who just landed in Oz, and the building tension forces Theadora to tap into her wicked side.  The early buzz says Oz is good, which makes me more curious to check it out than I was a week ago.  Here’s hoping Sam Raimi delivers a fun fantasy adventure.

Michelle Williams and Zach Braff also star in the March 8 release.  Watch the clip—plus a bit of the interview where Weisz talks about her Machiavellian character and the crazy costumes—after the jump.

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