TOP 5: THE AVENGERS, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Returns, IN TIME Set Visit, THE IDES OF MARCH and REAL STEEL Interviews

     October 8, 2011

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In last week’s “Top 5″, I painfully admitted to not having seen either Moneyball or 50/50. Moreover, I put my credentials as “mildly credible film blogger” up as collateral in the case that I hadn’t checked both out by this week. Sadly, I’ll have to forfeit my title as I’ve only managed to catch 50/50 so far. On the bright side, I thought that film was great and is definitely one of my favorites of the year thus far. As for Moneyball, well there’s always this week.

In spite of my lack of mild credibility, I hope you’ll still choose to check out this week’s “Top 5″ where you’ll find new hi-res images from The Avengers, the return of Arrested Development, our In Time set visit coverage, and interviews for George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March and Shawn Levy’s robot boxing extravaganza Real Steel. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

1. THE AVENGERS Hi-Res Images; First Trailer Hits This Tuesday

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It seems like we’ve been talking about writer/director Joss Whedon’s The Avengers forever, and while I may be as tired of the periodic set photo/video as the next person, with its May 4th release drawing near we’re finally starting to see more official releases from the pic. This week, we got a look at some new hi-res images from the film and also received word that the first trailer would be hitting the interwebs on Tuesday, October 11th. As a comic book nerd who’s really looking forward to the film, it takes every bit of self-restraint I can muster not to type this entire blurb in ALL CAPS.

2. The Return of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

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I’ll admit that I had given up on the prospect of Arrested Development‘s Bluth family ever returning with new content either in series or movie form. Needless to say, I’m happy to admit that it appears that I was wrong. During a cast reunion in New York last Sunday, creator Mitch Hurwitz not only revealed that the Bluth’s would return for one season but also that it would lead directly into the long talked about movie. Now, it appears there is a bidding war for the same series that once struggled to garner sufficient ratings even in the face of critical acclaim. Oh, how things change.

3. IN TIME Set Visit Coverage; Interviews and 20 Things to Know About the Film

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Andrew Niccol’s script for The Truman Show has given the writer/director a lifetime “Interest Pass” from me. As a result, I was happy to see Hunter’s In Time set visit coverage go up a few weeks ahead of the film’s October 28th release. In case you missed it, or if you want to revisit it, I encourage you to check out his set visit report (featuring 20 things to know about the pic), his interview with stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, Niccol and producer Eric Newman, and his take on legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins going digital.

4. THE IDES OF MARCH Interviews with Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti and More

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George Clooney’s The Ides of March is one of those movies that I want to see if for no other reason than the cast itself. Sure, I enjoy a good political drama as much as the next guy/gal. But I really couldn’t give you any sort of synopsis for the pic off the top of the head. All I really know and/or care about is that it stars Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Maria Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright. That’s it. I’m sold. If you also appreciate the ensemble The Ides of March has put together, then you may want to check out our video interviews with the aforementioned Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, and Jeffrey Wright.

5. REAL STEEL Interviews with Hugh Jackman, Shawn Levy, Anthony Mackie and More

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Am I over-the-top enthused about checking out the robot boxing drama Real Steel? Not really. And yet, I can’t help but be intrigued by the touch of nostalgia that comes with seeing Rock’em Sock’em Robots brought to silver screen under the guise of an action/sci-fi/family drama. If you’re like me and can’t help but be interested in Real Steel, then it may behoove you to check out our interviews with stars Hugh Jackman and Anthony Mackie, director Shawn Levy (we actually have two), and boxing legend/film consultant Sugar Ray Leonard.

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