Happy Saturday, folks. I’m writing to you this week surrounded by a mountain of used facial tissue (that’s right, I’m not endorsing Kleenex on the site without some sort of kick back…wait, dang it). Cold season has officially set in which means I’m on a daily regimen of Dayquil (which I have no problem endorsing), warm tea, and self-pity. In case you’re a longtime reader of the “Top 5″ and you’re wondering to yourself, “Wasn’t Jason just complaining about the summer heat?”, the answer is yes. Out of the 52 yearly weeks, I’m generally not complaining about the weather for approximately 2 or 3 of them. It’s sad, I know.
In this week’s “Top 5″ you can find our video interviews with the cast of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, press conferences with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and more from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 junket, the red band trailer for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s 21 Jump Street, a sit-down with the great Albert Brooks, and our coverage to date of this year’s American Film Market. Find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
1. A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS Video Interviews
It looks like I’m going to have to make room in my annual Christmas-themed comedy lineup. Traditionally, Elf, Christmas Vacation, Just Friends, and Jingle All the Way (okay, not really) are a mainstay for me and mine around the holiday season. Based on everything I’ve heard about A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, it could soon make the cut. If you’ve already seen the pic and loved it as much as Matt did or if you’re as hopeful as I am, then you may want to check out our video interviews with stars Kal Penn and John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, and Thomas Lennon.
2. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 Press Junket Coverage
Like it or not, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is hitting theaters in a few weeks and it’s most likely going to make a bazillion dollars give or take. Rather than fret over whether or not the film’s merits actually warrant that type of success and popularity, I recommend taking the approach I adopted sometime around New Moon‘s release and just be happy that we’re one installment closer to this whole thing being a distant memory. All pessimism aside, in my never-ending quest to not be known as a “hater”, I want to encourage anyone who is legitimately looking forward to Breaking Dawn to check out our junket coverage featuring press conferences with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, author Stephanie Meyer, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and producer Wyck Godfrey (we also have another interview with Godfrey here).
3. Red Band Trailer for 21 JUMP STREET
In the name of full disclosure, I have to say that I’ve never been a huge fan of Channing Tatum’s work (an admission that I’m sure will rock the actor to the core). In my defense, all of that was before I witnessed him, in full park cop attire, threaten to beat a man’s genitals off. Will the final product be full of low-brow, potty humor? Probably. I don’t care, though, because this red band trailer for 21 Jump Street is pretty great.
4. Albert Brooks Talks DRIVE, TAXI DRIVER and More
Actor/writer/director Albert Brooks had an excellent career before he ever thought about taking on the role of Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 crime drama Drive. It just so happens that his take on the cutthroat Rose has helped bring his stellar resume to light for a whole new generation of audiences who may have otherwise never considered revisiting his work in Lost in America, Broadcast News (for which he received his one and only Oscar nomination to date), or Defending Your Life just to name a few. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Brooks or you’re just wanting to learn more about the guy who played Bernie Rose to a tee, I suggest checking out Steve’s interview with Brooks from earlier in the week.
5. American Film Market 2011 Coverage
If at any point this week you found yourself wondering, “Where are all of these new movie images and synopses coming from?”, the answer to that question is the American Film Market currently being held in beautiful Santa Monica. The market runs from November 2nd-9th so be on the lookout for even more images and synopses to pop up in the coming days. In the meantime, you can click here to check out all of our coverage of the event and get up to date on anything you may have missed.