When Mila Kunis was on “That 70′s Show”, I never thought she’d make the transition to movie star. But over the past few years, that’s exactly what she’s done with starring roles in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, “Max Payne”, “The Book of Eli”, and writer-director Mike Judge’s new film “Extract”. In “Extract”, Mila plays the femme fatale role, and she’s great.
Anyway, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Mila and she talked about her career, making “Extract”, “Family Guy”, “Black Swan”, Comic-Con, “Date Night”, college, and a lot more. It’s a great interview so take a look. And remember, “Extract” opens this weekend and you all need to go see it!
Warner Bros. had like 29 movies at this year’s Comic-Con. Okay, I’m exaggerating by saying 29, but they had the most movies and the most actors and filmmakers of all the studios in attendance. And while some of the red carpets at this year’s Comic-Con were incredibly difficult to land any interview on, the WB carpet was the best. That’s because for almost two hours they had actors and filmmakers walking from left to right and right to left on the carpet, so you almost always had someone to talk with. Trust me, it’s never like that.
Anyway, since a few of the interviews didn’t go for too long, I’m going to post some together in one article. In this one I’ve got Denzel Washington talking about “The Book of Eli” and Jackie Earle Haley talking about “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Both are after the jump:
Friday was a big day at Comic Con for the good folks over at Warner Brothers. Down in Hall H, the directors, producers, and stars of 7 of Warner’s upcoming stable of films took the stage to talk about their projects and treat the audience to debut clips and surprises. Up in the press room we got a chance to talk more in depth with the teams behind several of these blockbuster contenders.
The big guns come out after the jump as Denzel Washington and The Hughes Brothers talk Book of Eli, Josh Brolin and Megan Fox gunsling for Jonah Hex, and Cameron Diaz and James Marsden ponder the meaning of The Box.
Of the seven films Warner Bros. showcased this morning in Hall H, the one that with the least enthusiastic reception was The Hughes Brothers’ “The Book of Eli” starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, and Mila Kunis. It’s not that it looks particularly bad, but the way they presented it wasn’t very strong. However, the Q&A was incredibly entertaining. I was sitting next to Aint It Cool News’ Mr. Beaks and he leaned over to me at one point and said, “I think they’ve been drinking.” Please keep in mind that this presentation began at about 10:45. In the morning.
Hit the jump to learn about what we saw and how entertaining (and potentially drunk) Oldman and Washington can be together.
In advance of Friday’s Comic-Con panel, Warner Brothers has unleashed the first trailer for the new Denzel Washington pic, “The Book of Eli”, onto the internet. The film stars Washington as a survivor of the apocalypse (which apocalypse? THE apocalypse, duh!) who finds himself in possession of a certain book which may hold the key to mankind’s survival. “Eli” was directed by The Hughes Brothers and makes good use of the washed-out color palette that the apocalypse seems to favor. “Book of Eli” won’t hit theatres until January 10th, 2010 but you can get your doomsday thirst quenched right now by checking out the trailer after the jump…
At every Comic-Con, the movie studios premiere a ton of new images and posters. This year is no different as Warner Bros. has the first movie posters for “The Book of Eli”, “Clash of the Titans”, and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” on display at their booth. Unfortunately, the posters were hanging overhead, so while I normally take great photos of whatever is on display, this one was a bit of a challenge. Saying that, they’re still good enough to look at. See them after the jump.
After the draining events of Thursday (the bloody slap-fest between “Twilight” fans and all the other nerds will surely be exhausting to all), Friday is a moderate reprieve in terms of the Movies/TV arena. Oh, there are still massive events happening, but basically you can just sit down in Hall H and enjoy the proceedings rather than making “Sophie’s Choice”-level decisions about which line to stand in (unless you’re a Joss Whedon fan; then you’re screwed).
Panel highlights from Day 2 of Comic-Con include the thankfully-early-in-the-day Warner Bros. (which will feature “Where The Wild Things Are”, Sherlock Holmes”, “Jonah Hex”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “The Box”, and “The Book of Eli”), the Disney-Pixar Animation (the “Toy Story” trilogy, “Princess and the Frog”, “Ponyo”, and “Prep & Landing”), “9″, “Legion”, “District 9″, and an in-depth conversation between Peter Jackson and James Cameron.
However, should you choose to venture forth, away from the comfort of Hall H (where all those panels are), you can swim in the waters of television with panels for “The Prisoner”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Dollhouse”, TV Guide’s Sci-Fi Hot List, and a Q&A with Joss Whedon.
Hit the jump for the full schedule and to see what events I’ve highlighted because that’s everywhere I want to be. Now excuse me while I fetch my time-turner. Click here for Thursday.
Given the wealth of remakes, adaptations and updates on studio release schedules these days, movies made from original screenplays have become a rare commodity, at least for folks disinterested in Alvin and the Chipmunks. The Book of Eli was written by Gary Whitta, a newcomer with only one other credit to his IMDB resume – the forthcoming live-action version of Akira – and as directed by Allen and Albert Hughes, it promises to be more than the exception that proves the rule. Starring Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis and Gary Oldman, the film follows a lone warrior (Washington) as he navigates a dusty, violent, post-apocalyptic landscape, and Collider was recently invited to check out its fantastic, futuristic, and most of all dusty landscape.
The film was shot in New Mexico, the production location for several other recent blockbusters including Observe and Report and Terminator Salvation. The set we visited was a short distance from the Albuquerque airport, but by the time we arrived at the razed landfill where shooting was to take place, virtually all remnants of civilization were forgotten: tumbleweed (seriously) and dusty plains were the only sights for miles in every direction. Except, of course, for the set itself – a dilapidated house built especially for a big action set piece, some of which we hoped to watch as it was shot.
If you’re up on your Apocalypse Movie News then you’ve probably heard about “The Book of Eli” – the new End of the World movie the Hughes Brothers are shooting out in New Mexico. “Eli” stars a slimmed-down Denzel Washington as a man on a journey across a post-apocalypse USA with a book that could hold the key to man’s salvation. I’m relatively sure that the book in question is not “The Secret” but I suppose I’ll have to wait until the movie comes out in January to be sure.
In the meantime, USA Today has just posted five new images (after the jump) from “The Book of Eli” which should give you a hint about the director’s vision of the film – if not the contents of that book. Surprisingly, the Hughes Brothers have chosen to make the Apocalypse look kind of cold and depressing. So that book better be really, really inspirational or the end of the world is truly going to suck…