TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL, THE CAMPAIGN Set Visit, CLOUD ATLAS Trailer and Images, THE WATCH Interviews, Batman by the Numbers

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As you’re likely aware, the 2012 Summer Olympics kicked off in London yesterday. In other words, it’s time for me to care about competitive swimming and gymnastics for the first time since the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. To all of our readers, especially those internationally-based, I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the Summer Olympics. Is it an event that evokes your inner-patriotism and love of otherwise obscure athletic feats? Do you take great joy in defeating the ol’ U.S. of A. in something other than Math and Science scores? Sound off in the comments.

This Saturday brings us the Man of Steel teaser trailer set to John Williams‘ original Superman score, coverage from our visit to the set of Will Ferrell and Zach GalifianakisThe Campaign, an extended trailer and first official images from Cloud Atlas, interviews with the fellas of The Watch, and Brendan’s latest By the Numbers installment covering The Caped Crusader from Batman: The Movie to The Dark Knight Rises. Unless you’re a Top 5 noob (in which case, welcome aboard!), you know that a brief recap and link to each can be found after the jump.

THE WATCH Review

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“Let’s keep it 1950s, kids,” Vince Vaughn‘s character says to his teenage daughter and her prom date in Akiva Schaffer‘s The Watch.  That sentiment could be applied to the film’s cherished values, and the characters’ drive to protect the most boring of places: the suburbs.  The suburbs are where white flew after African-Americans began moving into the cities, and now it’s a safe haven where nothing happens or will ever happen.  The paradox of The Watch is in seeing the heroes (played by Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade) go on a comic adventure to keep the status quo.  But in the dull trappings of Schaffer’s bland direction, Stiller’s killjoy character, and Ayoade’s wasted talented, there’s no comedy or thrills to be found.  It’s a movie where rocking the suburbs won’t wake the neighbors, and only the chemistry between Vaughn and Hill provides any levity to the tame R-rated comedy.

Akiva Schaffer Talks THE WATCH, HOT ROD, If Digital Shorts Will Continue on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and THE LONELY ISLAND

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Opening this weekend is director Akiva Schaffer’s (Hot Rod) sci-fi comedy The Watch (previously titled Neighborhood Watch).  The film stars Vince Vaughn,Jonah HillBen Stiller and Richard Ayoadeas a group of neighbors who form a local neighborhood watch group and end up stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy the world.  The film also stars Billy Crudup, Will Forte, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Nicholas Braun.  For more on the film, here’s the latest trailer, a red band trailer, an outtake reel, and all our previous coverage.

The other day I got to sit down with Schaffer for an extended interview.  As a fan of Hot Rod, his digital shorts on SNL, and The Lonely Island, it was one of those interviews that I was really looking forward to.   Thankfully, Schaffer was willing to talk about anything, and during our wide ranging conversation we talked about how The Watch came together, directing such a great cast, deleted scenes, and what will be on the eventual Blu-ray.  In addition, I asked why the Hot Rod Blu-ray is out of print, if the digital shorts will continue now that Andy Samberg has left SNL, and whether The Lonely Island will ever tour or do any sort of concert.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

International Trailer for THE WATCH Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade

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It almost seemed like Fox had forgotten about Akiva Schaffer‘s comedy The Watch (it received the blandest poster of the year thus far), but with about a month to go until the film’s release, it looks like the marketing is beginning to ramp up.  A new international trailer has gone online, and it’s got some good laughs throughout.  The plot centers on a group of neighborhood watch guys (played by Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade) who stumble upon an alien invasion plot.  Stiller and Vaughn seem to have settled into their standard personas (uptight guy and fast-talking guy, respectively), but I like seeing Hill as a little bit psycho, and it looks like British actor Ayoade (The IT Crowd) has a chance to steal the show in his big American debut.

Hit the jump to check out the international trailer.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, and Billy CrudupThe Watch (formerly titled Neighborhood Watch) opens July 27th.

New Posters for THE EXPENDABLES 2 and THE WATCH

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We’ve got a couple of new posters for two all-star lineup films to share today.  First up, the final poster for The Expendables 2 has landed online.  The one-sheet highlights the film’s ensemble of hardened action stars and lots and lots of explosions.  The message here is clear: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and co. are so bad ass that they’re impervious to fire.  The film’s story finds Stallone’s crew up against baddie Jean-Claude Van Damme who is in possession of weapons-grade plutonium (that bastard!).  The film opens on August 17th.

Additionally, a new poster for the sci-fi comedy The Watch has landed online.  Previously titled Neighborhood Watch, the film stars Vince VaughnJonah HillBen Stiller and Richard Ayoade as a group of neighbors who form a local neighborhood watch group and end up stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy the world.  While the poster isn’t much, I’m encouraged by the fact that Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) directed the pic and the film’s red-band trailers are really funny.  The film opens on July 27th.  Hit the jump to check out the posters.

New Trailer for THE WATCH Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill

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A new trailer for director Akiva Schaffer’s (Hot Rod) sci-fi comedy The Watch (previously titled Neighborhood Watch) has been released.  The film stars Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller and Richard Ayoade as a group of neighbors who form a local neighborhood watch group and end up stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy the world.  This trailer is essentially an all-ages version of the red band trailer that was released a few weeks ago, with a few bits of new footage interspersed throughout; we also get our first look at the aliens.  This trailer has a few laughs, but as we saw with the red band cut the pic is a pretty hard-R so it’s hard to get a gist of the comedy when it’s cleaned up.  That said, I’m really looking forward to seeing this ensemble of great comedic talents play off of each other with the filter taken off.  Moreover, Hot Rod is wonderfully underrated and I’m eager to see Schaffer bring his brand of weird to a big commercial comedy.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Billy Crudup, Will Forte, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Nicholas Braun. The Watch opens July 27th.

New Title and Red Band Trailer for THE WATCH Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill

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The comedy previously known as Neighborhood Watch now has a new red band trailer and a new title.  To distance itself from the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, director Akiva Schaffer’s (Hot Rod) sci-fi comedy is now simply titled The Watch.  Nevertheless, this trailer exactly what I was hoping would come out of a Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Ben Stiller team-up.  Thankfully, it appears they’re going full-R on this one based on the a high number of f-bombs and dick jokes thrown into this red band clip.  The film stars Vaughn, Hill, Stiller and Richard Ayoade as a group of neighbors who form a local watch group and end up stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy the world.

I’m a huge fan of Hot Rod, and it looks like Schaffer is bringing some of the same oddball humor to this film. The sci-fi aspect is played way up in this trailer, and I especially love how the characters react after stumbling upon an unknown alien weapon.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Billy Crudup, Will Forte, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Nicholas Braun. The Watch opens July 27th.

New Images from NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, LIFE OF PI, ICE AGE 4, and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 3

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Do you hear that?  That’s the sound of new images from four 20th Century Fox movies:

  • Neighborhood WatchBen Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade star in the alien invasion comedy.
  • Life of PiAng Lee is directing the adaptation of Yann Martel‘s fantasy adventure novel with Suraj Sharma in the lead.
  • Ice Age: Continental DriftRay Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Queen Latifah reprise their characters in the fourth entry in the animated series.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysZachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, and Robert Capron are back to depict more of the awkward adventures of middle schooler Greg Heffley

Images after the break.

20th Century Fox CinemaCon Recap: Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI, TAKEN 2, NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, PROMETHEUS, and More

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At this morning’s 20th Century Fox CinemaCon 2012 panel, Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos (Co-Chairman Fox Filmed Entertainment) world premiered footage from all their upcoming releases and talked about what they have coming up in the future.  While I was excited to see more of Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus, and Liam Neeson kicking a lot of ass in Taken 2, the real surprise was Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi.  Called unfilmmable by anyone that’s read Yann Martel‘s 2001 novel about a boy and a tiger that get stranded at sea, the unfinished footage that Fox world premiered today was nothing short of stunning, and it was easily the highlight of their presentation.  While you might have wondered if Ang Lee could pull it off, based on what I saw today, Life of Pi is an early contender for Best Picture and all the other year end awards.  Hit the jump for more.

Poster Round-Up: ON THE ROAD, ROCK OF AGES, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, and NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

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We’ve got a few new posters to share with you this evening.  Briefly:

  • On the Road – New character posters showcasing Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund from director Walter Salles’ adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel.
  • Rock of Ages – An ensemble poster from the 80s rock musical starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand.
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – A new poster from the blood-filled twist on the story of our nation’s 16th President.  Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, and Anthony Mackie star.
  • Neighborhood Watch – A new poster for the sci-fi comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade as bored men who join a neighborhood watch group for fun.

Hit the jump to check out the new posters.

Teaser Trailer for NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill [Updated with Images and UK Poster]

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Just the other day we got a look at a teaser poster for the comedy Neighborhood Watch, and now a teaser trailer has hit the web. The film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade who are in over their heads as a group of neighbors who form a local watch group and end up stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy the world. This trailer is very much a teaser, as it’s mostly just the four leads riding around in a minivan blasting Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. As if the cast wasn’t enough to entice me to see Neighborhood Watch, The Lonely Island member and Hot Rod director Akiva Schaffer is at the helm. If this movie is even half as goofy and twisted as Hot Rod, I think we’ll be in for a good time.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser. The film also stars Billy Crudup, Will Forte, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Nicholas Braun. Neighborhood Watch opens July 27th. [Update: We've added images and the UK poster]

First Teaser Poster for NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill

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As Steve was walking out of a screening tonight, he noticed the teaser poster for Neighborhood Watch up on the wall and quickly snapped some pictures to show you guys.  It’s a slick one-sheet, opting for a subtle tweak of the suspicious silhouette on the familiar Neighborhood Watch logo.  The sign itself is riddled with bullet holes and covered in a goo that indicates just how over far Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade are in over their heads as a group of neighbors who form a local watch group and end up stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy the world.

This happens to be one of two teaser posters that we know about, so look for the official release of both designs soon.  In the meantime, hit the jump for a first look at the teaser poster.

Update: We’ve been provided with the official poster in high resolution. It’s after the jump

Set Photos from NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, LOVELACE, DOG FIGHT, and FILTH

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In this edition of “Photos from the Set,” we have:

  • Neighborhood WatchBen Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade star as a group of neighbors who form a local watch group and end up stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy the world.
  • LovelaceAmanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgard star as Linda Lovelace and her abusive husband Chuck Traynor in the biopic about the star at the center of the porn phenomenon Deep Throat.
  • Dog FightWill Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star as rival politicians running for a congressional seat in a small North Carolina district.
  • FilthJames McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming star in the adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel about a malicious Scottish police officer.

Hit the jump for the set photos and more info on each movie.

Renowned Prosthetics Actor Doug Jones Cast as a Party-Crashing Alien in NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

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Some of Hollywood’s most iconic practically-achieved characters as of late have been brought to life by Doug Jones (Hellboy).  Probably most well known for his portrayal of Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies, Jones has also played the Silver Surfer in the Fantastic Four sequel, as well as characters in Pan’s Labyrinth, Doom and Men in Black. Jones will next star as a party-crashing alien in Fox’s Neighborhood Watch, the Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) directed comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.

The plot of Neighborhood Watch is about a group of dads who join the watch to escape the pressures of their families, only to stumble upon an intergalactic plot to destroy the world. Hit the jump for more.

Casting Call: Jaimie Alexander Joins Arnold Schwarzenegger in THE LAST STAND; Billy Crudup Up for NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

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Jaimie Alexander, who played Sif in this summer’s Thor, has landed herself a prime role opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Governator’s comeback film The Last Stand. Directed by Kim Jee-Woon, the film centers on the Sheriff of a sleepy border town who is the only thing that stands in the way of a drug kingpin headed for Mexico. Variety reports that Alexander will play “a beautiful cop under Schwarzenegger’s command” who strikes up a romance with an officer played by Rodrigo Santoro. Peter Stormare and Zach Gilford also star in the pic, which is set to begin shooting later this month in Albuquerque. Alexander is expected to return for Thor 2. The Last Stand opens January 18th, 2013.

Hit the jump for casting news on the Ben Stiller comedy Neighborhood Watch.

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