TOP 5: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, WRECK-IT RALPH, AFM 2012, Francis Lawrence / THE HUNGER GAMES, Election 2012: Zomney Apocalypse & IDIOCRACY’s President Camacho

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Just when I thought my limited edition poster appetite was satisfied, the Halloween season rolls around and Mondo drops this beauty from Ken Taylor for John Carpenter‘s masterpiece. Given that I wasn’t fortunate enough to attend the benefit at L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema where the print’s Regular edition of 225 was released for only $100 (which included a ticket to the screening no less!), I’m now banished to dealing with sellers who are already asking upwards of four times that number. Sigh. What’s a guy to do but drop ridiculous amounts of money on movie art?

But enough of Hoarders: Collectible Movie Poster Edition, standing out from this past week’s headlines is the huge news regarding Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the launch of a new Star Wars trilogy beginning in 2015, Wreck-It Ralph interviews with John C. Reilly and more, our American Film Market 2012 coverage, Francis Lawrence helming the remainder of The Hunger Games franchise (including a two-part adaptation of Mockingjay), and special Election 2012 assets including Joss Whedon‘s endorsement of the Zomney Apocalypse and the return of Idiocracy‘s President Dwayne Elizando Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

AFM 2012: THE EXPENDABLES 3 Confirmed; THE MECHANIC 2 Announced

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There’s a lot of American Film Market (AFM) craziness on the way with announcements, confirmations, first images and synopses from plenty of upcoming films.  The Expendables 3 has looked like it’s pretty much a go since August, and a flyer from Nu Media/Millennium Films has confirmed that the studios are selling the international distribution rights, which will likely help fund the upcoming action flick.  A more surprising announcement is that Nu Media/Millennium Films are planning The Mechanic 2, a sequel to the 2011 action flick about a hitman (Jason Statham) and his protégé (Ben Foster).  We have absolutely no details on the plot for either sequel, but The Mechanic 2 is a bit of a surprise since the original flopped at the box office.

We’ll be sure to bring you any updates on both projects as we get them.  Hit the jump for a full look at the flyer, which also includes Nu Media/Millennium Films’ non-sequels.

TOP 5: A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, BREAKING DAWN, 21 JUMP STREET, Albert Brooks Interview, American Film Market Coverage

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Happy Saturday, folks. I’m writing to you this week surrounded by a mountain of used facial tissue (that’s right, I’m not endorsing Kleenex on the site without some sort of kick back…wait, dang it). Cold season has officially set in which means I’m on a daily regimen of Dayquil (which I have no problem endorsing), warm tea, and self-pity. In case you’re a longtime reader of the “Top 5″ and you’re wondering to yourself, “Wasn’t Jason just complaining about the summer heat?”, the answer is yes. Out of the 52 yearly weeks, I’m generally not complaining about the weather for approximately 2 or 3 of them. It’s sad, I know.

In this week’s “Top 5″ you can find our video interviews with the cast of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, press conferences with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and more from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 junket, the red band trailer for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s  21 Jump Street, a sit-down with the great Albert Brooks, and our coverage to date of this year’s American Film Market. Find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

First Synopsis for Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling

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Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn delivered one of the year’s best films with Drive and the two re-teamed for the remake of Logan’s Run and the indie drama Only God Forgives.  Not much was known about Only God Forvies, and a previous synopsis and logline provided conflicting information, but Steve went to the American Film Market (AFM) earlier today and was able to pick up an official logline and synopsis.  Here’s the logline:

Only God Forgives is a fast, powerful, high-profile, action and violent revenge story with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas, never seen before, as a merciless and terrifying mafia godmother.

After the jump, you can read all of the previous synopsis and logline, and then read the new synopsis.  Only God Forgives also stars Luke Evans, and reteams Refn with his Bronson cinematographer Larry Smith and editor Matthew Newman.

First Promo Image and Synopsis for WARM BODIES Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer

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Steve is over at the American Film Market where various studios are trying to sell the international rights to their upcoming films.  One of the films being sold is Jonathan Levine‘s zombie love story Warm Bodies, and Steve snapped a photo of the promo image.  The movie stars Nicholas Hoult as “R”, a zombie who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) after he eats her boyfriend’s brains and absorbs his memories.  I got to visit the set last week and while I’m embargoed like crazy, I can say the movie looks like an interesting spin on the genre.  Judging by this image, it looks like Summit Entertainment is going to play up the romance aspect (the movie also has horror and comedy) and making it look like zombie Twilight.  That’s a risky bet since I don’t think those audiences are going to cross-over, but it’s still early in the game and remember: this is trying to sell international studios, not the public.

Hit the jump to check out the promo image.  The film also stars Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, and Dave FrancoWarm Bodies opens August 10, 2012. [Update: We've updated the article with a full, comprehensive synopsis as well as a high resolution version of the image]

Promo Poster and Synopsis for Animated Film DELHI SAFARI

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While he was busy snapping photos at AFM (American Film Market), Steve grabbed some shots of the promo posters and synopsis for the animated film Delhi Safari.  The movie centers on a group of animals in a national park in Bombay trying to figure out a way to stop humans from building an apartment complex on their land.

Hit the jump to check out the promo posters and the synopsis for Delhi Safari.

Images and Synopsis for Philippe Claudel’s SILENCE OF LOVE

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Our AFM (American Film Market) coverage continues with images and a synopsis for Silence of Love, the new film from director Philippe Claudel (I’ve Loved You So Long).  The film stars Stefano Accorsi, Neri Marcore, Clotilde Courau, Anouk Aimee, and Lisa Cipriani.  Hit the jump to check out images from the film along with a synopsis.  Silence of Love is slated to be released in France on April 20, 2011.

Promo Poster and Synopsis for Kevin Macdonald’s LIFE IN A DAY

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Back in July, we reported on the fascinating documentary project Life in a Day.  Produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald (State of Play), the documentary was compiled from users submitting footage they took on July 24, 2010 to YouTube.  Designed as a time capsule and as an experiment in social filmmaking, the film is scheduled to make its worldwide debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

While Steve was at AFM (American Film Market), he grabbed an image of the promo poster and synopsis.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Promo Poster and Synopsis for Dustin Hoffman’s QUARTET

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Our ongoing AFM (American Film Market) coverage continues as Steve grabbed a shot of the promo poster and synopsis for Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet.  It’s hard to believe that Hoffman has never officially helmed a film until now, but it’s exciting to see what he’ll come up with.  He’s also got a great cast with Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, and Tom Courtenay set to star.

Hit the jump to check out the promo poster and synopsis.

UPDATE: The studio has asked us to remove the poster. Sorry if you missed it.

Filming Already Underway on Movie Based on the Ordeal of the Trapped Chilean Miners

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The story of the trapped Chilean Miners is one that captivated the globe because it was a story that involved trapped miners, but with the feel-good twist of them not dying.  According to THR, shooting on a movie, entitled The 33 of San Jose, based on their ordeal began five days after the 33 miners emerged alive on October 13th.  Pre-production began three weeks before that and “writers J.J. Barrios and Jacobo Bergareche began penning the script with director Antonio Recio on a flight from Spain to Chile, just days after the news of the miners’ plight began to unfold around the globe.  It’s okay to capitalize that quickly on the story because it wasn’t a tragedy.  Of course, they didn’t know it wouldn’t turn out to be a tragedy when they started writing the script, but I admire their positive thinking when it comes to mining incidents.  Hit the jump for more on the project.

False Advertising: Poster for LOVE & DISTRUST “Starring” Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr., and Sam Worthington

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While Steve was busy snapping photos at the American Film Market (AFM), he grabbed a shot of a surprising poster for Love & Distrust.  The film boasted a star-studded cast featuring Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Worthington, Amy Adams, and James Franco.  Somehow, we had never reported on or even heard of this movie.  Of course, there was the standard note in the corner about “Credits Not Contractual”.  They may not be contractual, but they can certainly be misleading.  Hit the jump to check out the poster, and to learn why you’ve probably never heard of this movie and why buyers should beware.

A Recap of All Our AFM Coverage; Tons of Synopses, Posters, and Images for Upcoming Films

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With the American Film Market (AFM) starting today in Los Angeles, we’ve been posting an enormous amount of promo posters and first synopses from a wide assortment of movies. Due to the amount that we’ve been posting, we think there is a good chance you might have missed some of the posters and info over the course of the day. So to make sure you’re all caught up, here’s links to all our AFM coverage. Look for more tomorrow:

Posters and Synopses for THE THREE MUSKETEERS, SOURCE CODE, and MAN ON A LEDGE

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We have some great posters and synopses from the American Film Market (AFM) for the upcoming films The Three Musketeers, Source Code, and Man on a Ledge. Musketeers is the reboot of the Alexandre Dumas classic from director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) and stars Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds).  Source Code is Moon director Duncan Jones’ highly anticipated second feature film and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air).  Finally, Man on a Ledge is a heist film with a death-defying twist that stars Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, and Ed Harris.  Hit the jump to check out the posters, the first Source Code image, and highly detailed/pretty spoilery synopses for these films.

First Image and Synopsis for Tom Hanks’ LARRY CROWNE

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Steve’s over at the American Film Market (AFM) and has been getting info on a variety of upcoming films.  We now have the first image and synopsis for Tom Hanks’ Larry Crowne.  The movie is Hanks’ first directorial feature since That Thing You Do.  He also stars in the film alongside Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Rami Malek, and Taraji P. Henson.  Hanks co-wrote the film with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).

Hit the jump to check out the first image from the film along with a synopsis.  According to the synopsis, Larry Crowne is slated to open on August 12, 2011.  We previously reported that the film was set to open on July 1, 2011, which would have put it up against Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  We don’t know if August 12, 2011 a new date or if it’s a mistake. [Update: Universal has informed us that the release date is still July 1, 2011]

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