TOP 5: FROZEN, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Trailer Cut Like THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, HOMEFRONT, What to Watch Online, OLDBOY

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Last night I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since catching it in theaters back in June. Previously, I wrote that the film had me emotionally invested in Supes in a way that only Grant Morrison‘s All-Star Superman had done before. While I’ve since been blown away by Alan Moore‘s For the Man Who Has Everything tale, my second Man of Steel viewing from yesterday corroborates my previous statement. I see the pic as being good, borderline great thanks in large part to the outstanding performances of Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. The tragedy of Zod’s story was somewhat lost on me during my first screening (perhaps it was dulled by the impressive array of action set pieces). This time around, though, I felt the full brunt of it and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him for knowing no other purpose than to defend the people of Krypton at any cost. Also, the scene where he introduces himself to the citizens of Earth? Downright frightening. Regarding Pa Kent: although I loved every facet of Costner’s performance the first time I watched the film, I was surprised at how much his scenes still resonated with me on the repeat viewing. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Co. for limiting his screen time and, in doing so, making every single second with him in the frame mean that much more.

My Blu-ray pick of the week aside, this week’s Top 5 features Frozen interviews with Kristen Bell and more, an It’s a Wonderful Life trailer cut in the style of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Homefront interviews with James Franco and more, the first installment in Allison’s new monthly list of recommended streaming, and Oldboy interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, and more. As tradition dictates, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

Jason Statham and Izabela Vidovic Talk HOMEFRONT, the Action Scenes, the Script by Sylvester Stallone, THE EXPENDABLES 3, FAST & FURIOUS 7, and More

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Opening this week is the Jason Statham-starrer Homefront.   Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves to a quiet town with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord (James Franco), his band of thugs, and meth’d-out sister (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn).  Homefront also stars Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo.  For more on the film, watch the red-band or regular trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Statham and Vidovic.   They talked about doing the action scenes, rehearsals, playing a father and daughter, just how many Statham movies Izabela had seen before filming Homefront, and more.  In addition, Statham talked about the script by Stallone, how the film attracted great actors to the supporting roles, and The Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic and Director Gary Fleder Talk HOMEFRONT, Stunts, Action, Kittens and More

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Opening November 27th, Homefront follows the classic Western paradigm of an ex-lawman who goes to live a quiet life in a small town only to discover he can’t escape his troubled past.  Jason Statham plays former DEA agent Phil Broker, a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater until meth kingpin Gator Bodine (James Franco) puts them in harm’s way forcing Broker back into action.  Directed by Gary Fleder from a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone based on the book by Chuck Logan, the action thriller also stars Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder.

At the film’s recent press day, Statham, Franco, Ryder, Bosworth, Vidovic and Fleder talked about bringing depth and humanity to the characters, finding the right emotional tone, Bosworth’s physical transformation, Statham’s unusual role as a father protecting his daughter, handling the dangerous stunts and action sequences, how production designer Greg Berry and D.P. Theo Van de Sande created the film’s authentic look, shooting on location in rural southern Louisiana, and composer Mark Isham’s indigenous score that acknowledges the region.  Franco also revealed what he’s learned from teaching, how he balances it with his busy filmmaking career, and his decision to adopt the film’s kittens.  Hit the jump to read the interview. 

ZOMBIELAND Series Pilot is Dead on Arrival

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It ain’t easy taking a popular cult film and adapting it into a successful TV series (emphasis on successful), but the advent of alternative digital platforms such as Netflix and Hulu are opening up more possibilities.  Enter Amazon and it’s Zombieland series pilot.  The series comes from Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and stars Tyler Ross (Milkshake) as Columbus, Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) as Wichita, Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) as Little Rock, and Kirk Ward (Fully Loaded) as Tallahassee.  Reese and Wernick are hoping for a 13-episode first season, but if this pilot is any indication, then they’ll be struggling to abide by Rule #33: Keep Hope Alive.  Hit the jump for my review.

Trailer for Amazon’s ZOMBIELAND TV Series; Watch the Full Pilot Online for Free

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Today Amazon has unveiled the pilot for its TV series adaptation of Zombieland, along with the trailer for the show.  The series comes from Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and stars Tyler Ross (Milkshake) as Columbus, Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) as Wichita, Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) as Little Rock, and Kirk Ward (Fully Loaded) as Tallahassee.  The story picks up two weeks after the movie ended, and Amazon is taking an atypical approach to its new pilots in that viewers get to vote on which ones they want to see picked up to series.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to find out how you can watch the full Zombieland pilot for free.

First Image and Poster for Amazon’s ZOMBIELAND TV Show

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The first image and poster for Amazon’s potential Zombieland TV show have made their way online.  The pilot comes from screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who also wrote the film, and stars Tyler Ross (Milkshake) as Columbus, Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) as Wichita, Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) as Little Rock, and Kirk Ward (Fully Loaded) as Tallahassee.  The story picks up two weeks after the movie ended and Reese and Wernick are hoping for a 13-episode first season.  Amazon is taking a unique approach to their potential series, though, as they’re making all of their pilots available online and letting fans decide which ones move forward as fully-fledged TV shows.

Hit the jump to check out the image and poster, and click here if you missed Steve’s interview with Reese and Wernick in which they talked about the Zombieland show.

ZOMBIELAND Pilot Lands Two Leads; Season 3 of AMERICAN HORROR STORY Features Returning Cast Members Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga

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After news that Amazon Studios and Sony TV would be producing the pilot for the Zombieland series, some casting and plot information became available.  Now, it looks like two of the four leads have been filled.  Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus (portrayed in the 2009 film by Jesse Eisenberg) while up-and-comer Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) will star as Little Rock (played by Abigail Breslin in the feature).  Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the feature script as well as that of the pilot, which continues the post-apocalyptic adventures of the foursome that also includes Tallahassee and Wichita.

Hit the jump for more on Zombieland as well as casting news on season three of FX’s American Horror Story

Winona Ryder May Join Jason Statham and James Franco in HOMEFRONT, Written by Sylvester Stallone

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Winona Ryder (Black Swan) is in negotiations to star in Homefront, an actioner written by Sylvester Stallone. Ryder would star alongside Jason Statham and James Franco. The plot, based on a book by Chuck Logan, centers on an ex-DEA agent, Phil Broker (Statham) who moves his family to a small town in hopes of a quieter life.  Instead, he runs afoul of a meth-pushing kingpin by the name of Gator (Franco).  Homefront, directed by Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls), starts production in New Orleans September 24th.  Hit the jump for more on Ryder’s role and additional casting for Homefront.

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