Like many others I presume, I can reduce my yesterday down to one common denominator: waiting. Waiting for my Xbox One to arrive in the mail, waiting for the “Day One” update to wrap-up, waiting for Call of Duty: Ghosts to install to my hard drive, waiting for Ghosts‘ mandatory 1Gb update to complete. All told, it was about a two and a half hour process from the time my console arrived at my door until I was able to fire my first virtual shot. Although I’d be lying if I said the delays weren’t tedious, at the end of the day it was absolutely worth it. Microsoft’s next-gen console isn’t perfect, but its ambition and by-and-large its initial execution are pretty damn impressive. Controlling the console via voice commands with Kinect is way smoother than I expected it to be. Directing my satellite television via the console is a feature that I believe, when mastered, I’ll wonder how I ever lived without. And that seems to be the general idea of the Xbox One: to make you reconsider what a video game console can and should do. Even if all of the pieces aren’t in place yet to make it a “must have” (I expect a steady barrage of software updates in the coming days, weeks, months, etc.), I’m having too much fun with it right now to care.
My initial Xbox One impressions aside, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and more, Dave’s Out of the Furnace set visit recap, Christopher Nolan strapping an IMAX camera to a Learjet for Interstellar, Delivery Man interviews with Vince Vaughn and more, and a new trailer for Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac that you’ll likely only feel halfway guilty for watching. Per the drill, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.
When possible, I like to prepare for movies by reading or watching the source material because they can provide a better understanding of their adaptation or remake. On Monday night, I watched Ken Scott’s Starbuck on Netflix Instant. It was pleasant and undemanding. The following night, I went to go see the remake, Delivery Man (also directed by Scott), and discovered I had seen almost the exact same movie in less than 24 hours. The original didn’t warrant a second viewing, and yet there I was, watching it again except this time it was in English and had actors I’d seen in other movies. It was one of the most pointless moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had.
Opening this weekend is DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man. The film is a remake of director Ken Scott’s 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck and stars Vince Vaughn as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic. Those kids are now suing to find out his identity, and Vaughn’s character sets out to become an anonymous “guardian angel” to his illegitimate children. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson. For more on Delivery Man, watch the trailer.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Cobie Smulders. She talked about what she liked about the story and script, Vince Vaughn, how she’s always the first one to break, what she collects, getting to voice Wonder Woman in The Lego Movie, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
One of the most talked about freshman TV shows is the ABC drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, the team of highly select Agents investigate the new, the strange and the unknown, across the globe, in order to protect the ordinary from the extraordinary. The show also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Chloe Bennet.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers/writers Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon talked about what it’s like to do a show with such a crazy level of secrecy, having a solid two-year plan for the series, finding a balance between drawing on the already existing Marvel universe and creating their own characters, including Easter eggs, what it’s like to run a show of this size, their hope that Cobie Smulders will return, especially now that she’s wrapping things up on How I Met Your Mother this season, the possibility of bringing in some other familiar faces from the Whedonverse, and Jed’s desire to direct an episode. They also talked about how surprised they’ve been with the lasting success of Dr. Horrible, and how they still hope to make a sequel, some day.
In Delivery Man, based on the original screenplay Starbuck, David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) led a simple life as the delivery driver for his family’s meat company, until he finds out that he is the biological father of 533 children who are the result of some donations he made when he was younger. With his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) pregnant and 142 of his children suing to learn his identity, David’s life is about to change, in a very big way.
At a press conference for the film, co-stars Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt (who plays David’s best friend and a father of four rambunctious kids) and Cobie Smulders talked about which aspects of the story they could personally relate to, reflecting on their own families during shooting, and feeling an internal shift when they each became parents themselves. Pratt also talked about jumping right back into things at home, after returning from London where he was filming Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and the type of roles he’s looking to do next, while Smulders talked about what it’s like to be shooting the final season of her TV series How I Met Your Mother and why she’s attracted to playing such strong women. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Not that there was ever much doubt, but Cobie Smulders says she’ll be returning to play S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Speaking to the Calgary Hearld, Smulders says:
“I think I’m in Avengers 2, but it is very top secret. I hope I’m in Avengers 2. I didn’t get my invitation yet. Well, actually, they know I’m in it but they don’t know to what degree I’m in it…I am really excited to read the script because they are introducing Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch into the Avengers universe and the bad guy [Ultron] is going to be very interesting.”
Hill didn’t have much to do in The Avengers, and while we don’t know the size of her role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I doubt she’ll have much to do in Age of Ultron. If Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets picked up for a second season, she could be a strong addition to the cast (assuming she’d want to do it).
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s new film The LEGO Movie. The story centers on Emmet (Chris Pratt), an average LEGO minifigure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary person in the LEGO world and is looked upon to save his people from an evil tyrant named President Business (Will Ferrell). This trailer had me laughing out loud multiple times, which is no surprise when you consider that it comes from the hilariously twisted minds of Lord and Miller, the duo behind 21 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Pratt feels like pitch perfect casting as the film’s optimistic hero, and this trailer highlights some excellent use of LEGO’s more recognizable IP’s like Batman and Wonder Woman. Is it February yet?
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Cobie Smulders. The LEGO Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014.
The first trailer for Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now available. In the upcoming sequel, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) team up to face off against Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who has been survived and become an assassin known as “The Winter Soldier”. However, the trailer doesn’t explain the Winter Soldier’s origin. That’s okay because it does an excellent job of conveying the moral conflict at the center of the movie: Captain America’s values of right-and-wrong versus the grey area inhabited by S.H.I.E.L.D. Beyond that central conflict, you have plenty of terrific looking action and a bad day for the helicarrier.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.
ABC has released a new promo for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Cobie Smulders makes an appearance to bridge from The Avengers to the new show: “The Battle of New York was the end of the world. This is the new world.” That launches into new footage of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team in action, scored by “Soldier’s Angel.” Guns and helicopters are nice, but since I was always going to check out S.H.I.E.L.D., I am ready to see how Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen arc out the series in the long form—not to mention episodes full of the pepper dialogue I expect from a Whedon show.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 8pm on ABC. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge star. Watch the new spot after the break.
A couple weeks ago, Marvel showed off their pilot for the highly-anticipated new series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Today, they’ve released plenty of new images, and some that could be considered slight spoilers for fans who would enjoy a pleasant surprise when they see the pilot. But for the most part, these are images of lead actors Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.
Hit the jump to check out the images (I’ve put the ones that could be considered spoilers near the end). Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24th at 8:00pm EST on ABC.
Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan were joined by producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman at the first and last How I Met Your Mother Comic-Con panel this year to show a teaser for the final season of the show and to take questions from a loving audience. How I Met Your Mother will return Season 9 on September 23.
Hit the jump to read a recap of the panel, what fans can expect from the final season, how the show’s new framework will work out, and just how much we will find out about “the mother.”
The audience for Iron Man 3 had to ignore the absence of The Avengers. Thor: The Dark World will deal with the problem by having the Asgardian away from Earth. Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks like the first Marvel movie since The Avengers to actually have to deal with the post-Avengers world. Although Cap’s name may be in the title, the sequel has Black Widow has a co-lead and wraps Steve Rogers in the intrigue of S.H.I.E.L.D. and forces him to reconcile his old-fashioned values with the complicated moral issues of the present day. It’s a damn exciting prospect for a follow-up adventure.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have a knack for delightfully goofy and fun storytelling with their previous films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, and early next year they return to the world of animation with The LEGO Movie. The first trailer was greeted to a positive reception, and Lord and Miller took the stage in Hall H at Comic-Con earlier today to talk about the film and show off some more footage. They revealed that Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Cobie Smulders have joined the voice cast as DC superheroes, talked about blending CG and stop-motion, how they got LEGO to sign off on the film, and more.
Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for The LEGO movie.
DreamWorks Pictures has released the full theatrical trailer for the upcoming comedy Delivery Man. The film is a remake of director Ken Scott’s 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck and stars Vince Vaughn as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic. Those kids are now suing to find out his identity. This new trailer delves deeper into the film’s plot, as we see that Vaughn’s character eventually tries to act as a “guardian angel” to the fatherless children, trying to help them through their problems anonymously. Scott directs this remake of his own film, and the pic is very much being marketed as a family film as opposed to a straightforward comedy. Chris Pratt is unsurprisingly on point here, but I’m interested to see if Delivery Man‘s heart comes off as genuine or sappy in the full feature.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Cobie Smulders and Britt Robertson. Delivery Man opens on November 22nd.
DreamWorks has released a brief first trailer for Delivery Man. The trailer quickly sets up the premise: Vince Vaughn plays a sperm donor who ended up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic. Those kids are now suing to find out his identity. The movie is based off the Ken Scott‘s 2011 Canadian film Starbuck, which I heard was pretty good. Here’s hoping that Scott, who is helming the remake, can repeat his success.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson. Delivery Man opens November 22nd.