TOP 5: MAGIC MIKE, LOOPER, PEOPLE LIKE US, TOTAL RECALL, Pixar by the Numbers

     June 30, 2012

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This weekend I find myself deep in the heart of Louisville, KY for Fandomfest Louisville 2012. Part Comic-Con, part pop culture celebration, and part horror film festival, a few guests of note include Bruce Campbell, Sean Astin, Tyler Mane, and slasher icon Kane Hodder. While each of these attendees has a special place in my pop culture heart in one way or another, my mission today is to track down former WCW star Diamond Dallas Page. 10 year-old me loved nothing more than watching DDP and co. weekly on WCW Monday Nitro, and today may be the only opportunity I get to share that joy with someone who was an integral part of it.

All wrestling memories aside, awaiting you on the other side of this week’s Top 5 is a brief recap and link to our Magic Mike interviews with Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh and more, the new international and domestic trailers for Rian Johnson‘s Looper, Steve’s People Like Us video interviews with Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and more, the new Total Recall trailer, and Brendan’s inaugural By the Numbers feature that spans Pixar’s entire filmography to date.

1. MAGIC MIKE Interviews with Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh and More

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This weekend, curious women of all ages and Steven Soderbergh fans alike will meet in theaters and enjoy the spectacle that is Matthew McConaughey’s exposed abs. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you fall, you’ll do well to check out Christina’s Magic Mike interviews with Channing Tatum, McConaughey, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello, and the aforementioned Steven Soderbergh. In case that just whets your Magic Mike appetite, Matt’s review of the pic can be found here.

2. New International and Domestic Trailers for LOOPER

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Hands down, Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper is one of my most anticipated films of 2012. Not only does it combine all of my most sought after filmic elements – time travel, guns, and organized crime – but it also looks to boast some interesting existential themes in the process. Whether you’re like me and on the Looper bandwagon already, or if you’re in need of more convincing, I’m confident that this new domestic trailer and this new international trailer will be well worth your time.

3. PEOPLE LIKE US Interviews with Chris Pine, Alex Kurtzman and More

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Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, People Like Us, hits theaters this weekend and while it may be a departure from the sci-fi/action fare Kurtzman fans have likely come to expect, it’s also something that rings a little truer to Kurtzman as it’s inspired by events from his own life. In case this one has flown under the radar and you want to learn more, then I encourage you to check out Steve’s video interviews with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christina’s sit-downs with Kurtzman and musician Liz Phair who co-wrote the pic’s end credits song, “Dotted Line”.

4. New TOTAL RECALL Trailer

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I’ve made my feelings on director Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake pretty clear in a previous Top 5 installment. However, that was before this latest trailer landed and confirmed to me beyond the shadow of a doubt that a three-breasted female will indeed be making an appearance (even though Wiseman confirmed her inclusion to us at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I still needed to see it for myself). Is the remake more necessary now? No. But it’s a start.

5. Pixar by the Numbers – From TOY STORY to BRAVE

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Our own Brendan Bettinger never fails to entertain me with his number play. In the past, his Cinemath features have been the source of much joy (and a little initial confusion…but ultimately joy) on my own behalf. This week he introduced a new feature entitled By the Numbers. His first research specimen? Pixar. That’s right, we have a fairly comprehensive look at two decades of work from one of the film industry’s most respected names. In short, get in here.

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