What’s the best course of action should you ever find yourself a boring married person who’s hesitant to cash in “movie favors” due to the fear that your return favor will come in the form of the next four Katherine Heigl movies? Align yourself with like-minded boring married people and schedule yourself a significant-other-free triple feature. This advice comes directly from my own playbook and is the reason why this week’s Top 5 is arriving a little earlier than usual; so that I can make time to check out Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, and Django Unchained all in one glorious day. While you likely didn’t come here for relationship advice, as an added bonus to an already robust palette of content, I’m confident that you’re getting your time’s worth and then some.
All creative thinking pertaining to movies and how we can watch them while in a relationship aside, this week saw the announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominations, a little Evil Dead remake set visit coverage, Gangster Squad interviews with Ruben Fleischer and more, a healthy portion of posters and images from Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and developing news regarding Christopher Nolan potentially taking on Interstellar as his next directorial effort. All of the above resides in brief recap and link form after the jump.
1. 2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; LINCOLN Leads with 12 Nods
Early Thursday morning brought with it the announcement of the 85th Academy Awards nominations and, in turn, the annual routine of talking about who was nominated for approximately three minutes and who was “snubbed” for the rest of the time until the awards go down on February 24th. To the surprise of few, Lincoln grabbed the most nods with 12 while many are still trying to figure out how at least one of either Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck didn’t get nominated for their work behind the camera. On the opposite end of the spectrum, at least we can all rest easy knowing that the aforementioned Katherine Heigl has been recognized by the Razzies for her work in One for the Money.
2. EVIL DEAD Remake Set Visit
The fact that it’s a remake of a cult classic aside, based purely on this red band trailer for the film alone, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that director Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake won’t be for everyone. That said, there are many (my sick self included) who will be thrilled to check out the pic when it opens and to those people I simply say: here’s Steve’s set visit recap with 35 things to know about the film and an on-set interview with Alvarez himself. You know what to do.
3. GANGSTER SQUAD Interviews with Ruben Fleischer, Josh Brolin and More
I’ve written about it here before and given its inclusion in my previously mentioned triple feature, I think my feelings going into Gangster Squad are quite clear (and no amount of lukewarm critical reaction is going to change that!). For those who feel similarly, I recommend checking out Steve’s video interview with director Ruben Fleischer and our text interviews with Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Brolin, and producer Dan Lin.
4. Posters and Images Galore from Harmony Korine’s SPRING BREAKERS
I guess there’s no way to be sure (short of Brendan conducting some sort of poll where he uses math well and everyone enjoys it), and I don’t want to take away from Harmony Korine’s fan-base in the least, but I can’t help but think that the popularity of our Spring Breakers posters and images post this past week was at least in part thanks to the large amount of bikini-clad girls it contained. Again, it’s just a guess.
5. Christopher Nolan in Talks to Direct INTERSTELLAR; Will Rewrite Script
When you’re coming off wrapping one of the most successful trilogies in film history, chances are that news regarding your next movie is probably going to generate some buzz. Such was the case this past week for Christopher Nolan when it was announced that he is both in talks to direct and produce his brother’s script, Interstellar, and that he is going to perform his own rewrite to incorporate an original idea of his own into the pic. I don’t consider myself a “Nolan fanboy” who thinks he’s above criticism but, come on, the guy’s good. Real good. In fact, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with on Interstellar and if anyone says anything negative about it, I’ll get Internet-pissed and tell them all to go to hell. All right, so I am a fanboy…