With the craziness that is the Toronto International Film Festival winding down this weekend, things around Collider are slowly shifting back into normalcy (whatever that means). Although I’ll talk more about TIFF after the jump, I’d like to take this space to give Steve, Matt and Phil a big “thumbs up” for a job well done in covering the event. Especially our own Mr. Goldberg who, by my last count, has turned in an impressive 33 film reviews over the last nine days. Kudos, gentlemen. Now, enough with the backpatting…
In this week’s installment, you’ll find our recap of the Raiders of the Lost Ark Los Angeles screening with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford, the first look at Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, interviews with Drive‘s Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn, an exclusive with Megan Fox where she discusses (among other things) whether or not she has seen Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and all of our TIFF 2011 coverage in one place. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
1. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Screening Recap with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford
For many, the opportunity to watch an Indiana Jones flick with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford would be considered a dream come true. For our own Tommy Cook, it was work…very welcomed, highly enjoyable, I can’t believe this could be construed as “work” type of work. Click here for his full recap of the Raiders of the Lost Ark screening which took place as part of Hero Complex’s 30th Anniversary screening.
2. DARK SHADOWS Set Photos Give First Look at Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins
When the first set photos from Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation landed online this week, some were a little taken aback by the look of Johnny Depp’s Barnabas Collins. Given that I’ve never partaken in the original material, I can’t say I was moved one way or the other by the pics. In fact, Depp’s piled on makeup and mildly over-the-top appearance is kind of what I expect when he and Burton team-up. Nevertheless, a healthy debate over the look of the character broke out in our comments section. If you haven’t said your piece yet, click here to check out the pics and join the debate.
3. DRIVE Interviews with Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn
After months of needing (not wanting…needing) to check out director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, I’m finally getting the opportunity tonight. I’m looking forward to this not just because I think the film looks great, but also because seeing it will finally allow me to bury the hatchet and stop being so envious of my colleagues (i.e. Steve and Matt) for having seen and loved it already. I feel as if a weight is being lifted off of my shoulders as I type. All personal matters aside, if you’re looking forward to Drive half as much as I am, or if you’ve already seen it and loved it, then you may want to check out our interviews with Ryan Gosling and Winding Refn. In case you’re not yet sold on the pic, you can also click here to read Matt’s sparkling review.
4. Exclusive: Megan Fox Talks FRIENDS WITH KIDS, Comic Book Movies, TRANSFORMERS 3 and More
Say what you will about Megan Fox’s choice of work and/or quality of work, but one thing you can’t question is her willingness to answer questions as openly and honestly as possible. While this attribute may or may not be appreciated by everyone, it almost always makes for an interesting interview. In the case of Steve’s sit-down with Fox, it means getting her take on Transformers: Dark of the Moon, comic book movies in general, playing Halo: Reach online and more. If any of this sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend clicking here to read the full interview.
5. All of Our TIFF 2011 Coverage
As I mentioned in the introduction, Steve, Matt and Phil have done a bang-up job covering this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. From review to interviews, the trio has covered it to the best of their ability and I can only hope that our readers have appreciated their efforts and learned something new in the process. That said, if you’d like to peruse all of our coverage in search of something that may have fallen through the cracks, I encourage you to click here and do exactly that.