Before I dive into the main topic of this week’s opening paragraph, just a quick disclaimer that the Top 5 will be taking a week off next Saturday to accommodate the first, and perhaps only, trip to Hawaii I will ever take. Here’s to hoping it’s less awkward but equally as life-changing and Kristen Bell/Mila Kunis-filled as Forgetting Sarah Marshall depicted. That said, while it fell just short of the cut this week, I still want to draw attention to the first trailer for director Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next that debuted on Thursday. As a horror fan, I’m always excited when a new entry in the genre gets lauded from both sides of the aisle (horror fans and those who aren’t as giddy about movies that make them think twice about turning out the lights). As far as I’m concerned, August 23rd can’t get here soon enough.
All Hawaii and horror fanboy talk aside, this week’s list offers up the first trailer(s) for The Wolverine, interviews with Dwayne Johnson and more for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the first trailer and posters for White House Down, a new red-band trailer for Pain & Gain, and The Host interviews with Saoirse Ronan and more. As you’re probably expecting, a brief recap and link to all of the above can be found after the jump.
A new red-band trailer and some images for director Michael Bay’s upcoming dark comedy Pain & Gain have been released online. Based on a true story, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. The main focus of this trailer is on the film’s humor, some of which is great (Rebel Wilson and Wahlberg’s closing rant are highlights), while other jokes seem a bit forced and are reminiscent of the more juvenile stuff in Bay’s Transformers franchise. Nevertheless, I’m very excited about the prospect of Bay tackling this “small-scale” true crime story, and Wahlberg and Johnson look to make a great comedic pairing.
Hit the jump to watch the new red-band trailer and to check out the new images. The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, and Tony Shalhoub. Pain & Gain opens on April 26th.
Paramount has released a new TV spot for director Michael Bay’s incredibly promising black comedy Pain & Gain. Based on a true story, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. The film’s first trailer is fantastic, and this TV spot does a great job of showcasing that pic’s charm and comedy. Pain & Gain looks like it could actually be Bay’s most entertaining film yet, but I have a feeling they’re keeping some of the story’s more sordid details under wraps. The real life ordeal is fairly horrific, though I expect Wahlberg and Johnson will bring enough levity/ridiculousness to the film to make it palatable.
Hit the jump to watch the latest TV spot. Anthony Mackie, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, and Rebel Wilson co-star. Pain & Gain opens April 26, 2013.
Opening this week is Ric Roman Waugh’s new thriller Snitch, based on the true story of a man (played by Dwayne Johnson) whose son is wrongly accused of dealing drugs and is facing decades behind bars under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Johnson strikes a deal—he will help lead to an arrest if his son can go free. He soon finds himself caught up in a massive undercover mission that could lead to the arrest of a Mexican Cartel drug lord—but at a potentially deadly cost. The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, and Michael K. Williams.
Recently I was able to speak to Mr. Johnson about the film Snitch in an exclusive interview. As it turns out, he’s a big Collider fan, with a sweet spot for Steve! He also told me about signing on to do the film and connecting with his character as a father who would also do anything for his kids. I also got some details about Fast and Furious 6, and the scoop on upcoming films Pain and Gain, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and his passion project Hercules. Click after the jump to see the whole interview.
New images have been released for Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain and Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive. Pain and Gain is based on a true story, and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. I wish this image was larger so I could turn it into desktop wallpaper. As for Only Lovers Left Alive, it’s a crypto-vampire love story love story between Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), two vampires who have been in love for centuries.” Indiewire adds that when they’re reunited, “their idyll is soon interrupted by Eve’s wild and uncontrollable younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska).” Now imagine if these films switched directors. That would be movie magic.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, John Turturro, and Rebel Wilson. Only Lovers Left Alive also stars John Hurt and Anton Yelchin.
A few new TV spots surfaced this weekend for…
- Oblivion – Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and Olga Kurylenko star in Joseph Kosinski‘s sci-fi actioner set in a future where Earth has been abandoned.
- Pain & Gain – Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie play three personal trainers who band together for a heist and get in way over their heads. Michael Bay directs.
- Movie 43 -Johnny Knoxville, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Jason Sudeikis, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Liev Schreiber, Anna Faris, Naomi Watts, and many others star in this comedy omnibus.
Watch the TV spots after the jump.
I’ll be honest, I did very little preparation for this week’s Top 5. With the all-encompassing destruction of the Mayan Apocalypse staring us in the face, I kind of figured what’s the point? No one’s going to care about movie news when Smoke from Mortal Kombat III’s fatality proves prophetic and Earth explodes, right? Alas, as is so often the case, the Mayans failed us and I was forced to pull things together at the last minute.
In this, our first post-Mayan calendar installment, we have This Is 40 interviews with Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, and Paul Rudd, a new teaser trailer and images for Star Trek Into Darkness, the first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain, the scoop on Damon Lindelof‘s lack of involvement in the Prometheus sequel and new info on 1952, and the first red-band clip and poster from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End. Brief recaps and links to each are waiting after the jump.
Paramount has released the first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain, and it’s kind of fantastic. Based on a true story, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Wahlberg and Johnson look to make an incredibly strong comedic pair, and Wahlberg in particular appears to be in excellent form as a bodybuilder with big dreams. Though the film was made on a budget of $22 million, Bay’s visual style is unmistakable and there’s a strong Bad Boys vibe that permeates throughout the trailer; the description of the film as “small-scale” is only applicable when you’re taking about Michael Bay. All in all, this is promising stuff.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Anthony Mackie, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, John Turturro, and Rebel Wilson co-star. Pain and Gain opens April 26, 2013.
Opening January 18 is director Allen Hughes’ (The Book of Eli) political thriller Broken City. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a private detective who is hired to identify the lover of a powerful politician’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Russell Crowe plays the morally ambiguous politician. The film also stars Jeffrey Wright. For more on the film, here’s the first clip and the brand new trailer.
Over the weekend I sat down with Wahlberg for a fun interview. We talked about how he got involved in Broken City, putting together the great cast, the way he produces, and upcoming projects like Pain & Gain, Ted 2, and Transformers 4. However, while it was great to talk about his film projects, the best part was hearing him talk about the New England Patriots and getting to attend the game last week with his son. While I thought about editing out his comments on the Patriots after the disappointing loss last night, I thought some of you might like to see it. Hit the jump to watch.
Mark Wahlberg is quite a busy guy, and his schedule doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. The actor hit the comedy jackpot this summer in Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s feature directorial debut Ted, which already has a sequel in the works, and he’s also poised to delve into franchise fare as the lead in Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers 4. Steve recently got to interview Wahlberg in anticipation of the upcoming political thriller Broken City, and the actor gave updates on Transformers 4 and a sequel to Ted, and talked briefly about Bay’s small-scale black comedy Pain and Gain. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
New posters have popped up online today for Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain and Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures. Pain and Gain, based on a true story, stars Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg as two weightlifters who get involved with a kidnapping and extortion scheme that goes horribly wrong. Also starring Ed Harris, Anthony Mackie, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson and Rob Corddry, Pain and Gain opens on April 26, 2013.
Two new character posters have popped up for Beautiful Creatures stars Jeremy Irons and Zoey Deutch. Adapted from the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl novel, Beautiful Creatures stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich as two star-crossed lovers caught up in supernatural events transpiring in their small town. The film opens February 13, 2013. Hit the jump to check out all the posters.
Michael Bay turned quite a few heads when, after previously saying that Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be his last film in the robot explosion franchise, he decided to come back and direct the series “reboot” Transformers 4. Much was made about his intentions, and it was suggested that Bay agreed to direct Transformers 4 on the condition that Paramount finance his $25 million black comedy Pain and Gain starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg.
Pain and Gain is now in the can and poised for release in April, and Bay recently talked quite openly about why he made the decision to come back and direct Transformers 4 and revealed a bit about what to expect from the sequel. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Paramount has set an April 26th, 2013 release date for director Michael Bay’s (relatively) small-scale dark comedy Pain and Gain, per Exhibitor Relations. Based on a true story, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. The Fargo-esque pic was made for a modest $25 million, so the film marks a change of pace for Bay following three back-to-back mega budget Transformers films. We’ve already seen some enticing set photos featuring Wahlberg and Johnson wearing some rather outlandish costumes, and I’m eager to see how Bay handles a movie devoid of explosions and 45-minute long action sequences. Hit the jump for more on Pain and Gain, plus a look at the newly released teaser poster.
Now playing on VOD and opening in limited release this weekend is writer-director Leslye Headland‘s R rated comedy Bachelorette. Here’s the official synopsis and trailer:
“On the night before an old friend’s wedding, three bridesmaids go searching for a little fun: Regan (Kirsten Dunst) an overachieving, über-Maid of Honor who’s secretly smarting over the fact that she’s not the first to marry; Gena (Lizzy Caplan), a whip smart sarcastic who’s actually a closet romantic; and Katie (Isla Fisher), a ditzy beauty who loves the good life. Though the bride to be (Rebel Wilson) insists on keeping the bachelorette party tame, the women proceed with an after-hours celebration of their own. Bachelorette also stars Adam Scott, James Marsden and Kyle Bornheimer.”
During the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Rebel Wilson and Leslye Headland. We talked about how the film premiered on iTunes and the evolving distribution model, whether the script changed during production, and I got updates on the About Last Night remake and Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain (Wilson plays a supporting character). Hit the jump to watch.
Earlier this week I got to speak with Patton Oswalt & Rob Corddry for Lorene Scafaria‘s offbeat romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. The film focuses on two neighbors (played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley) who bond during a road trip as they both try to reconnect with lost loves and family before a meteor destroys the Earth. In the film, Oswalt and Corddry play two of the offbeat characters they meet along the way. For more on the film, click here for seven clips.
During the interview Oswalt and Corddry talked about how they made the characters their own, improv, how they prepare for their roles, future projects like Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain and more. Hit the jump to watch.