As I write today, in the back of mind rests more than a handful of permutations for my Black Friday plan of attack. Do I really need a new 42 inch HDTV? How about various seasons of television on DVD/Blu-ray for rock bottom prices? What about one of those sweet Dyson vacuum cleaners with the roller ball? The answer to all of the above is most likely a resounding “no”, but need isn’t what Black Friday is all about. Not even close. Black Friday is all about getting something/anything on the cheap if for no other reason than because if you don’t, then the person behind you in line will. Oh, America. How I love thee.
In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you’ll find our set visit coverage for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, our review and interviews for a little movie you may have heard about called The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the first trailer for director Tarsem Singh’s Snow White-tale Mirror Mirror, a new trailer for Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games adaptation, and Steve’s coverage from his visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
1. SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Set Visit Coverage
With the follow-up to 2009′s Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, set to hit theaters less than a month from now on December 16th, this week Steve was finally able to post the coverage he put together during his visit to the Waddeson Manor set all the way back in January. If you’re at all interested in learning more about the pic before its release, I strongly recommend checking out our “20 Things to Know/Video Blog Recap/Guy Ritchie Interview” as well as Steve’s interviews with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, and producers Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram.
2. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 Interviews and Review
So this new Twilight movie came out this weekend and it’s safe to say that it’s a pretty big deal. I know this not because I write for a movie blog but because my local newscast (which generally only covers breaking news such as squirrels water skiing) covered its midnight release and because some dear friends of mine sat through a three-movie Twilight marathon in preparation for this fourth installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Regardless of my own feelings towards the franchise, for every Collider reader who enjoys The Twilight Saga I think it’s important to let you know that we have Matt’s review of the pic and interviews with Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, producer Wyck Godfrey, director Bill Condon, and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg for your reading pleasure.
3. First Trailer for Tarsem Singh’s MIRROR MIRROR
“Snow who? Snow way?” This is an actual line of dialogue taken from the first trailer for Tarsem Singh’s “comedic adventure” Snow White tale, Mirror Mirror. If this less than stellar attempt at humor were an isolated incident, I might be inclined to pardon it. Unfortunately, the entire two and a half minutes on display in the trailer come off as half-hearted, low-brow, failed attempts at being either comedic or adventurous. It’s not often that I’ll completely write off a film based upon its trailer. This is one of those times.
4. New Trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES
I’ve never read a page of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy. As such, I have no preconceived notions of how Katniss should be portrayed, what emotions the setting/atmosphere should elicit, or how the first film should be paced with regards to the book trilogy as a whole. So what does all of this mean? It means that I’m a forever fan of Gary Ross (mostly as a result of Pleasantville), I believe Jennifer Lawrence seems as if she could hold her own in a battle to the death, and this new trailer has me really looking forward to the finished product. Also, just as a semi-related side note, “May the odds be ever in your favor” is a sweet tagline.
5. Our Coverage of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando
For fans of the series, I have to believe that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando would be a dream come true. Heck, based upon Steve’s reports from the attraction, it seems like a place I (someone who fell asleep during Prisoner of Azkaban) wouldn’t mind spending some time frolicking around. If you’ve yet to make it to Orlando for the first-hand experience, I recommend living vicariously through Steve’s 60 images from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and his on location interviews with Rupert Grint, Jason Isaacs, and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).