What’s the best course of action should you ever find yourself a boring married person who’s hesitant to cash in “movie favors” due to the fear that your return favor will come in the form of the next four Katherine Heigl movies? Align yourself with like-minded boring married people and schedule yourself a significant-other-free triple feature. This advice comes directly from my own playbook and is the reason why this week’s Top 5 is arriving a little earlier than usual; so that I can make time to check out Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, and Django Unchained all in one glorious day. While you likely didn’t come here for relationship advice, as an added bonus to an already robust palette of content, I’m confident that you’re getting your time’s worth and then some.
All creative thinking pertaining to movies and how we can watch them while in a relationship aside, this week saw the announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominations, a little Evil Dead remake set visit coverage, Gangster Squad interviews with Ruben Fleischer and more, a healthy portion of posters and images from Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and developing news regarding Christopher Nolan potentially taking on Interstellar as his next directorial effort. All of the above resides in brief recap and link form after the jump.
Four posters and 24 images have been released for Harmony Korine‘s upcoming film, Spring Breakers. The movie centers on a group of girls (played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) who go to disturbing lengths to keep their spring break going, and their journey becomes even stranger when they encounter unhinged drug dealer, Alien (James Franco). Spring Breakers was one of the trippiest movies I saw at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and I found it quite enjoyable.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and the images. Spring Breakers gets released sometime this year. [Update: We added one more poster after the jump.]
The first trailer for the disaster thriller Aftershock, co-written by and starring Eli Roth, has been released online. The film takes place in the wake of a deadly earthquake, but as this trailer shows, it quickly turns into a bloody horror film in true Eli Roth fashion. It looks like a mix between Final Destination and Hostel, and I’m not sure if there’s simply one deranged killer on the loose or many, but the pic does indeed look to be quite gory.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to watch Steve’s interview with Roth and co-writer/director Nicolas Lopez. The film also stars Andrea Osvart, Ariel Levy, and Selena Gomez.
Warner Bros. has released a number of new high-resolution images from some of their upcoming 2013 titles. Briefly:
- Bullet to the Head – Written and directed by action veteran Walter Hill, the film stars Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, and Jason Momoa. The film opens on February 1, 2013.
- 42 – Directed by Brian Helgeland, the Jackie Robinson biopic stars Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, and Jon Bernthal. The film opens on April 12, 2013.
- The Great Gatsby – Directed by Baz Luhrmann, this 3D adaptation stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. The film opens May 10, 2013.
- We’re the Millers – Directed by Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball), this pot comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Emma Roberts. The film opens on August 9, 2013.
- Getaway – Directed by Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy, this thriller set within the confines of a car stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight. The film opens on August 30, 2013.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
If you haven’t seen director Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania (or were considering seeing it again), then perhaps a new animated short will give you the incentive to do so. Airing in front of the 3D animated feature will be Goodnight, Mr. Foot, a 2D short directed and animated by Tartakovsky himself. The short will screen exclusively in Regal Entertainment Group cinemas starting tonight, just in time for Halloween.
Hotel Transylvania features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade and Fran Drescher. Hit the jump to see the full press release and new images from the 2D animated short, Goodnight, Mr. Foot.
For the first time, I’m writing from the comfort of my newly remodeled “mancave” or, as my wife likes to lovingly refer to it, the “nerdcave”. For a space that used to be an attached garage/dungeon, I have to say that the end result is pretty cozy. I guess there really are no living quarters that a substantial amount of time, money, and framed movie prints can’t fix. Now, if only I could find a way to fit and/or afford a mini-fridge, classic stand-up arcade games (i.e. The Simpsons, and X-Men), theater-style seating, and a projection screen that comes down from the ceiling via hand-clap command, I may finally be able to fulfill my dream of never leaving home again.
All praises of my new space aside, this week’s incarnation of the Top 5 brings a look back at our Fantastic Fest 2012 coverage, Looper interviews with writer/director Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, The Avengers Blu-ray interviews with members of the pic’s visual effects team, The Perks of Being a Wallflower interviews with Emma Watson, writer/director Stephen Chbosky and more, and Hotel Transylvania interviews with Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez just to name a few. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each is holding down the fort after the jump.
Opening this weekend is the animated film Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack), the story centers on Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) trying to throw a party for his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday, but his plans go haywire when a human (Andy Samberg) comes to the monsters-only hotel and develops a crush on Mavis. The film also features the voices of David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Steve Buscemi (Wayne the Werewolf), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Molly Shannon (Wanda the Werewolf) and Cee Lo Green (Murray the Mummy). For more on the film, here’s six clips and all our previous coverage.
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I got to speak with Samberg and Gomez. During our very loose interview, we talked about how they got involved in Hotel Transylvania, the recording process, how things changed during production, and more. In addition, we joked about future touring plans, how this year’s Oscar race is be between The Master and Hotel Transylvania, Samberg’s upcoming BBC show Cuckoo, and Gomez talks about Feed the Dog which she just finished filming. Hit the jump to watch.
Six clips from the animated film Hotel Transylvania have been released. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack), the story centers on Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) trying to throw a party for his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday, but his plans go haywire when a human (Andy Samberg) comes to the monsters-only hotel and develops a crush on Mavis. The film looks to have some funny bits, and I’m sure kids will get a kick out of the monster comedy aspect.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The voice cast also includes David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Steve Buscemi (Wayne the Werewolf), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Molly Shannon (Wanda the Werewolf) and Cee Lo Green (Murray the Mummy). Hotel Transylvania opens on September 28th.
Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers is a wild, aggressive, mildly disturbing, darkly comic, and surprisingly thoughtful film about hedonism so thick you’ll about to choke on it. For college kids who feel entitled to a good time and never want the party to stop, Spring Breakers takes their debauched desires, and plays them out to a grotesque degree where the characters are tested in how far they’ll go to keep the passion of spring break burning forever (the other burning will require penicillin). Complimented by the glorious stunt casting of James Franco as a goofy drug dealer, Spring Breakers defies simple explanation, and sends the audience spinning as we grasp for some kind of anchor in this sweaty mosh pit of a movie.
Playing as part of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness run is the natural disaster thriller, Aftershock. Co-written by star Eli Roth and director Nicolas Lopez, Aftershock centers on a group of young partygoers in Chile who find themselves surrounded by death and destruction when a violent earthquake brings the town down around them. In this exclusive first clip, we get a look at what appears to be during the initial quake, its destruction taking out dancers in a club Final Destination-style. Hit the jump to check it out!
Earlier today, TIFF announced that they were adding new films to their already stellar Galas and Special Presentations line-up. Among the new additions are:
- Passion (directed by Brian De Palma) Starring Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, and Paul Anderson.
- Love Is All You Need (directed by Susanne Bier) Starring Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, and Paprika Steen.
- Spring Breakers (directed by Harmony Korine) Starring Selena Gomez, James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, and Heather Morris.
- Yellow (directed by Nick Cassavettes) Starring Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Max Theoriot, Riley Keough, Daveigh Chase, Heather Wahlquist, and Melanie Griffith.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.
From acclaimed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky comes the new family comedy, Hotel Transylvania, featuring the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez. The picture centers on Dracula (Sandler), who runs a resort for monsters and goes into over-protective parent mode when a human boy (Samberg) shows up and courts his daughter (Gomez). Eight new colorful character posters are now available for your viewing pleasure.
Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, David Spade, CeeLo Green and Molly Shannon also lend their voices to Hotel Transylvania, which opens September 28th. Hit the jump to see the posters.
Here are some casting updates at a glance:
Hit the jump for more on each project.
The Toronto International Film Festival announced lineups for a few more 2012 programs today, and we’ve got a batch of new images from films that will be screening as part of the Midnight Madness series. We’ve seen a couple of these images before, but now they’re all in glorious high-resolution. Briefly:
- Dredd (Directed by Pete Travis) Starring Karl Urban, Lena Headey, and Olivia Thirlby.
- The Lords of Salem (Directed by Rob Zombie) Starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Clint Howard, and Sid Haig.
- Aftershock (Directed by Nicolas Lopez) Starring Eli Roth, Andrea Osvart, Ariel Levy, and Selena Gomez.
- Hellbenders (Directed by J.T. Petty) Starring Clancy Brown, Clifton Collins Jr., Robyn Rikoon, and Andre Royo
Hit the jump to check out images and synopses for these films. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.
This week, Collider was invited to participate in an early footage preview for the Sony Pictures Animation film Hotel Transylvania, opening in theaters on September 28th. Set in Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish resort where monsters and their families can be free to be who they are without humans to bother them, the story follows his beloved daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), who longs to explore the world on her 118th birthday. But, things are drastically shaken up when a human guy (Andy Samberg) stumbles into the hotel and takes an immediate shine to Mavis.
After getting to see a series of scenes from the film, which looks to be both funny and heartfelt, and showcased some of the wacky and wild legendary monsters featured in it, we got the opportunity to take part in a press conference with Selena Gomez, who talked about her desire to do animated roles as a way to stay connected to her family audience, the pressures of playing Dracula’s daughter, how honored she is to be a part of this cast, the ways in which she identifies with this character, how she prepared for this role, and that she loves scary movies and being scared. Check out what she had to say after the jump.