With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I can’t help but think that Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum’s The Vow is Hollywood’s way of saying, “We know you suck at planning romantic Valentine’s dates, so why not pay us to take care of that for you?”. And you know what? They’re right. I’ve already reserved a couple of tix for the pic and, just like that, I’m basically a romance deity (Note: “Romance deity” may be a slight exaggeration”).
All romantic escapades aside, this week’s “Top 5″ brings you all of our John Carter set visit coverage, a plethora of Star Wars items, a new trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, the first trailer and poster from Jeremy Renner‘s The Bourne Legacy, and all of Super Bowl XLVI’s movie ads in one place. You can find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
1. JOHN CARTER Set Visit Coverage
With director Andrew Stanton’s John Carter set to hit theaters on March 9th, Matt was finally given the all clear to divulge details from his visit to the film’s Mars/Big Water, Utah set. Click here for his recount of the visit, and make sure to check out his set interviews with stars Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe and Thomas Haden Church, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, and the aforementioned Andrew Stanton.
2. STAR WARS Editorial, Interviews, and George Lucas Addresses Edits
So, you may have heard that Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is being released in 3D this weekend. With that release comes a wide variety of coverage promoting the pic. Whether it’s Matt’s editorial documenting fans’ love/hate relationship with the franchise, George Lucas defending highly scrutinized changes such as CGI Yoda and the “Greedo shot first” debate, or Mr. Steven Shaw’s seven year-old daughter, Cyan, interviewing Lucasfilm digital artist John Goodson, stunt coordinator ObiShawn, supervising sound editor Matthew Wood, and Clone Wars CG supervisor Joel Aron, I’m confident that you can find something that simultaneously interests and enrages you.
3. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Trailer
A new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man hit computer screens around the world this week and, as you might expect, reactions were mixed. Whether you’re a part of the “didn’t we just sit through Spidey’s origin story in 2002?” crowd or you’re very much anticipating what Webb, Garfield, Stone, Ifans and co. have in store, I would advise taking another look at this new cut if for no other reason than Peter Parker’s sweet, sweet gadgets.
4. First Trailer and Poster for THE BOURNE LEGACY
Say what you will, but I never really bought into Matt Damon being the ultra-ass kicker that the Bourne franchise posited him as. Jeremy Renner on the other hand? Yeah, I can see him bashing someone’s face at will. By that virtue alone, I’m thinking that The Bourne Legacy could be my favorite installment in the franchise to date. If you haven’t already, check out the first trailer and poster from the pic and judge for yourself.
5. Super Bowl Movie Ads: THE AVENGERS, BATTLESHIP, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION and More
I don’t think it’s any secret that a considerable percentage of Super Bowl XLVI’s record-setting approximately 111.3 million viewers were casual fans who were predominantly in it for the food, drinks, and commercials. As a result, the “big game” is a big night for promoting your latest and greatest from all sectors of industry, Hollywood included. If you happened to miss any of the film ads that premiered last Sunday due to a bathroom break, third trip to the food line, etc., we’ve got them all for you right here.