Last weekend I checked out director Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake and found it to be a perfectly solid retelling of Brian De Palma‘s 1976 classic. With a solid lead performance from Chloë Grace Moretz and a downright terrifying turn by Julianne Moore, I found more than a few things to like about the pic. I also thought the opening scene was terrific and was surprised to hear Judy Greer tell Steve that it wasn’t in the original script. Although I knew how the story would play out, I found myself wanting so badly for Carrie’s prom night to go smoothly which I think is a credit to Peirce’s direction and the time she takes setting up the obstacle-laden road Carrie traverses on the way to her first date. Ultimately, is there anything extraordinarily fresh and/or updated about the remake? Not really. Nevertheless, it’s a solid movie that proves Stephen King‘s tale is just as relevant and effective today as it was nearly four decades ago.
With my paragraph review of Carrie in the bag, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Adam’s Divergent set visit, Steve’s Thor: The Dark World video interviews with Chris Hemsworth and more, two new trailers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Evan’s look at superhero movie casting decisions that nearly came to fruition. Much like in the past, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.
1. First Trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
This past week brought us a new poster and the first trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and while I liked not loved 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger, this trailer has me thinking the sequel could top it. The cut is overflowing with action, humor, and a Chris Evans that looks and feels more comfortable/confident than ever as Cap.
2. DIVERGENT Set Visit Recap
I’ve been so impressed with Shailene Woodley’s turns in The Descendants and The Spectacular Now that I’m almost to the point of watching a movie solely for the fact that she’s in it. Divergent looks as if it will put that statement to the test as I’ve been vocal about being burnt out on the YA novel adaptation craze and, yet, Ms. Woodley is in it which gives it at least a fighting chance of earning my box office dollars. Whether you’re on the fence like me or you’re a fan of Veronica Roth’s source material and can’t wait for the movie as a result, you’ll do well to check out Adam’s set visit recap and on-set interviews with Shailene Woodley & Theo James, director Neil Burger, Zoë Kravitz, and producer Douglas Wick.
3. THOR: THE DARK WORLD Video Interviews with Chris Hemsworth and More
In case you got all wrapped up in the first Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer and forgot, Thor: The Dark World hits North American theaters in just under two weeks and much of the rest of the world even sooner than that. 2011′s Thor remains my favorite Marvel movie not named The Avengers so it’s safe to say that I’m looking forward to seeing Thor and Loki reluctantly team-up in the sequel. My excitement aside, Steve has peppered the site this week with video interviews from The Dark World that I think will be of interest to anyone looking forward to seeing the pic in theaters soon. Check them out here: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
4. New Trailers for ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Like many, I’m eagerly awaiting the return of the Channel 4 News Team when Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens this December. While I can go back and watch the original seven days a week to help nurture my excitement, Paramount released two new trailers for The Legend Continues this week which gives me new footage to enjoy for a change. While both are solid, I have to say the international cut is my favorite if for no other reason than it gives us some vintage Brian Fantana material. In case these two trailers have only served to whet your appetite for more Anchorman, this past week also gave us a new poster for the film and Adam McKay saying he wants to release an alternate cut of the movie that’s made up entirely of different jokes.
5. Superheroes Who Never Were: Superhero Castings That Almost Happened
In what I see as a fun exercise in what could have been, our Evan Valentine posted Superheroes Who Never Were this week and walked us through a few superhero movie castings that almost happened. With this info in hand, every time I think of how much I disliked the casting of Topher Grace as Eddie Brock/Venom, I can at least be thankful knowing that we were all spared from a Nicolas Cage turn as Scarecrow.