TOP 5: KICK-ASS 2, Rare Footage from Jerry Lewis’ THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED, Vin Diesel Voicing Groot in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?, PARANOIA, D23 Expo

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I hate to wish my life away, but with both The World’s End and You’re Next hitting theaters I really can’t help but look ahead to next weekend. That’s to say nothing of the pics opening this week (I plan on checking out Kick-Ass 2 next Wednesday), rather that the aforementioned two are a pair of my most anticipated of the soon-to-end summer movie season. In fact, You’re Next has been on my must-see list since Matt reviewed it at TIFF 2011 nearly two full years ago. In addition to the excitement associated with finally seeing the movie, my latent resentment of Goldberg for having seen it a lifetime ago will finally come to a close which is nice because I could use the sleep.

But enough about next weekend. Let’s focus on the here and now. This week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Kick-Ass 2 interviews, rare footage from Jerry Lewis‘s unreleased film The Day the Clown Cried, Vin Diesel all but confirming that he’s voicing Groot in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, Paranoia interviews with Harrison Ford and more, and a recap of our coverage from Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Director Robert Stromberg Talks MALEFICENT at D23

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At last weekend’s D23, I landed a video interview with Maleficent director Robert Stromberg.  While this is Stromberg’s first time behind the camera, he’s no stranger to big-budget Hollywood movies. He’s served as production designer on films like Avatar, Alice in Wonderland (he won the Academy Award for Art Direction on both films), and most recently worked on Disney’s Oz the Great and PowerfulMaleficent tells “the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain” and stars Angelina Jolie as the title character with Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, and Sam Riley in supporting roles.

During the interview Stromberg talked about what he learned from Sam Raimi, James Cameron, and other directors, how he got involved in the project, the tone, when he knew he wanted to be a director, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Producer Todd Lieberman Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, the Cameos, Ricky Gervais’ Past as a Singer, and More at D23

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One of the many films Disney promoted at D23 was director James Bobin’s sequel Muppets Most Wanted.   In the follow-up, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit is mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s sidekick, Tina Fey plays a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell plays an Interpol agent.  For more on the film, here’s the first teaser trailer and Dave’s recap of the D23 panel.

Shortly after the panel, I landed a video interview with producer Todd Lieberman.  He talked about how the sequel came together, the writing process, the songs, Ricky Gervais’ past as a singer in the 1980s, the cameos, upcoming projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR Interviews with Lucas Neff, Judy Greer, and Co-Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream at D23

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Let’s be honest: Pixar has lost a bit of its luster.  While I still love the company and will see everything they release, they’ve moved from being a studio that releases home-run after home-run to a company that has to answer to Disney shareholders and sell merchandizing.  And I’m fine with that.  The fact is, I’m cool with Pixar making sequels because it then allows them to make films that take chances like RatatouilleWALLEUp, and next summer’s The Good Dinosaur.

For those unfamiliar, The Good Dinosaur takes place on an Earth where the asteroid never killed the dinosaurs and the creatures now live happily alongside humans.  The lead character, a dinosaur named Arlo, will be voiced by Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), while Bill HaderNeil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer voice his siblings.  At D23, I was able to talk with Neff, Greer, and co-director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream on the red carpet.  Hit the jump what they had to say.

Tom Hiddleston Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD Reshoots, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, His Rare Olly Moss THOR Posters, and Future Projects

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As a big fan of Tom Hiddleston, D23 was a lot of fun.  That’s because while you normally only get to talk to someone once at an event, since he was there multiple days to promote different things, I got to speak to him twice.   The first time we talked about voicing a young Captain Hook in The Pirate Fairy, making Thor: The Dark World, and appearing in character as Loki at Comic-Con (watch the interview here).  Then on the second day, we talked about his very rare Olly Moss posters for Thor and Thor: The Dark World, the Thor 2 reshoots and filming additional scenes, working with Jim Jarmusch and Tilda Swinton on Only Lovers Left Alive, and what’s a priority for him in choosing future projects.  He also talks about going back to the stage to perform Coriolanus.  Hit the jump to watch.

Chris Evans Talks Directorial Debut 1:30 TRAIN, Dunkin Donuts Coming to L.A., and The Weinstein Company Editing SNOWPIERCER for Domestic Audiences

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A few days ago at D23, I landed an extended video interview with Chris Evans.  Since we covered so many subjects, I broke it up into two parts.  In part one, which you can watch here, Evans talked about making Captain America: The Winter Solider, what the film is about, how it continues the love story from the first film, what it means for him to have the entire planet watching Marvel movies, if Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Tom Hiddleston appearing as Loki at Comic-Con.

In part two, which is after the jump, Evans talks about his directorial debut 1:30 Train and what it’s about, revealing he hasn’t yet cast the female lead but filming is set to begin November 1st.  In addition, Evans talks about Dunkin Donuts finally coming back to L.A. (we’re both from New England where they are on every corner), and the recent news that The Weinstein Company might be cutting Bong Joon-ho‘s post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer, for American audiences.   While he’s careful about not saying the wrong thing, I didn’t hold back on what I thought and I think you’ll enjoy seeing his reaction.


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If you missed Disney’s fan event D23 last weekend (which we recapped here), you’re in luck!  A number of the presentations have been made available online in short video clips.  Unfortunately, there will be none of the sneak-peek footage that was screened at D23, but you can take a look at the special guests and actors that showed up to talk about their upcoming movies.  Marvel’s slate of films includes Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.  Hit the jump to watch these D23 presentations and find out where you can view many more.

Damon Lindelof Talks TOMORROWLAND, Disney Pins, the Upcoming TOMORROWLAND Viral Campaign, and More at D23

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One of the many live-action projects teased at D23 this weekend was director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof‘s Tomorrowland.  While not much is known about the project (here’s what Dave had to say about the presentation), the fact that these two storytellers are involved is enough to have me incredibly excited.  After all, Bird directed some of my favorite films (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille), and Lindelof was involved in one of the best shows of the last decade (Lost).  So it’s an extremely safe bet I’ll be in a movie theater on opening day, December 12, 2014.

Shortly after his presentation at D23, I spoke to Lindelof backstage.  He talked about what the film is about, the viral campaign, the cool Tomorrowland pin he was wearing, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ty Burrell Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, MODERN FAMILY, and More at D23

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At this weekend’s D23, I was able to get a few minutes with Ty Burrell on the red carpet.  As a huge fan of Modern Family and The Muppets (he plays Jean Pierre Napoleon in the sequel, Muppets Most Wanted), it was cool to hear him talk about making the sequel and what it was like working with the Muppets for the first time.  In addition, he talked about making Modern Family and how he’s still amazed at the quality of the scripts even as they enter the fifth season.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Director Alan Taylor Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, How They’re Still Shooting New Scenes, Trying to Find the Right Tone, and More at D23

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I love it when people are honest.  All too often, when you’re talking to someone in Hollywood, they give you the vanilla answer and everything sounds homogenized.   Thankfully, when I spoke to Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor backstage at D23, he was more than happy to shine a light on what’s really going on in the editing process and what it’s been like working with Marvel.  He also talked about how they’re still filming additional scenes (they’re shooting a new one with Anthony Hopkins this week), how they’re trying to find the right tone, how he wanted to use a different composer, and a lot more.  If you’re looking forward to the Thor sequel, you’ll enjoy this interview.  Hit the jump to watch.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER, Watching the Film for the First Time, the Soundtrack, and More at D23

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Shortly after presenting the D23 crowd with new footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (here’s Dave’s recap), I landed a video interview with directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.  They talked about what the last few weeks have been like since Comic-Con, how long their assembly cut was and their initial thoughts after watching it, if they’ve started thinking about the soundtrack, and if they’ve shot the after-the-credits scene yet.  Hit the jump to watch the video interview.


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We closed out our D23 experience with a presentation from Disney’s upcoming slate of live-action films.  Yesterday’s animation panel – featuring looks the films of Disney/Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios - was a difficult one to top.  We’ve already covered the superpowered side of things with our Marvel recap, so now we’ll move on to the live-action fairy tales, original sci-fi mysteries, puppet sequel capers and nature documentaries you’ve all been waiting for!

The second half of today’s presentation included advanced looks at Saving Mr. Banks, Into the Woods, Cinderella, Maleficent, Tomorrowland, Muppets Most Wanted and DisneyNature’s Bears.  There was quite literally something for everyone in this batch of upcoming films.  Hit the jump to read my recap and see which one(s) strikes your fancy!

Natalie Portman Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Chris Hemsworth, Working for Terrence Malick, and More at D23

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Earlier today Natalie Portman attended D23 to show off some new footage from Thor: The Dark World.  (Here’s Dave’s recap of what was shown.)  Shortly after leaving the stage, I participated in a group video interview with her backstage.  She talked about what it means to be part of the most popular genre on the planet, working with Chris Hemsworth again, what the word family means to her, and what was it like working for Terrence Malick.  Hit the jump to watch.

Chris Evans Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER and THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Says AVENGERS Sequel Starts Filming First Week of March

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Earlier today at D23, I landed an extended video interview with Chris Evans backstage after he presented some new footage for his upcoming Marvel film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  For more on what was shown, read Dave’s recap.  Since we talked about so many of his upcoming projects, I’m breaking it up in two parts.  For today’s installment, he talks about making Captain America: The Winter Solider, what the film is about, how it continues the love story from the first film, what it means for him to have the entire planet watching Marvel movies, if Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Tom Hiddleston appearing as Loki at Comic-Con.  And while Evans doesn’t know much about The Avengers sequel, he did reveal filming is scheduled to begin the first week of March next year.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.


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Disney’s massive fan event, D23, kicked off its second straight day at the Anaheim Convention Center to a sold-out capacity crowd who anxiously awaited sneak peeks at the company’s slate of upcoming live-action films.  The first day of D23 – which featured presentations for Disney/Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios – set a high bar for big reveals, guest stars and a lesson in showmanship.  Did Day 2 have the firepower to top it?  Well, considering that Marvel was in attendance to show off Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, there was more than enough muscle to go around.  Hit the jump for my recap.

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