I’m going to bypass my usual opening paragraph musings this week and simply wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day weekend. Given that I don’t have any immediate family or friends who serve, I won’t claim to know the first thing about the sacrifices that each serviceman/woman and their respective families and friends are continually asked to make. I reap all of the benefits of their service without any of the concessions. As a result, I owe a debt of gratitude to each and every one of them.
In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you can find the first trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, a cornucopia of interviews for Immortals and Cars 2, new set images from the set of The Expendables 2 featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and a look at the road that led Billy Crystal and Brian Grazer to the top of the 2012 Oscars. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
1. First Trailer for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
I’m no Snow White connoisseur by any stretch, but when did she become such a fighter? And what happened to all of those dwarves? Call me old fashioned, but I remember Snow White being a little less killer and a little more princess. At any rate, this first trailer for Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron looks to be a more, um…aggressive take on the classic tale.
2. IMMORTALS Interviews with Henry Cavill, Tarsem Singh, Stephen Dorff and More
With director Tarsem Singh’s tale of mere mortal vs. Mickey Rourke, Immortals, hitting theaters this weekend, we have a handful of interviews from the film for readers to check out. Henry Cavill talks about the pic and his ongoing work in Man of Steel, Singh discusses the film and his own take on Snow White (now entitled Mirror, Mirror), Stephen Dorff touches on his new film Brake, producer Mark Canton talks the 300 sequel and more, and producer Gianni Nunnari gives a rundown of some of his own upcoming projects.
3. CARS 2/Pixar Interviews with John Lasseter, Producer Denise Ream and More
I’m cheating a little here, but we’ve had a ton of Cars 2 DVD/Blu-ray coverage over the past few weeks and I thought it best to wait until everything had ran before putting it all in one place. In case you’ve missed any of it, make sure and check out our own Tommy Cook’s interviews with a “Who’s Who of Pixar” including: John Lasseter, producer Denise Ream, supervising animators Dave Mullins and Shawn Krause, FX technical director John Reisch and effects supervisor Gary Bruins, and character designer Jay Shuster.
4. THE EXPENDABLES 2 Set Pics Feature Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and More
I have to say: my interest in The Expendables sequel went from about a “4″ to a “9″ with the news that Jean-Claude Van Damme would be joining the ranks. That in mind, I hope you can understand my excitement and forgive me for making a big deal about a picture of a visibly aged Van Damme sitting in a chair on set. If you’re anticipating Van Damme’s turn in The Expendables sequel as much as I am, or if you just want to experience a little nostalgia from the man who brought us all Bloodsport, I recommend clicking here to see the images of he, Bruce Willis, and more on set.
5. Billy Crystal and Brian Grazer’s Road to the 84th Annual Academy Awards
One week ago, Tower Heist director Brett Ratner was set to produce the Oscars and Eddie Murphy was well on his way to new found relevance as host of the annual festivities. My how things change. A few ignorant remarks from Ratner and a resignation from Murphy later and the Academy has now welcomed Brian Grazer as the new co-producer alongside fellow co-producer Don Mischer and mainstay Billy Crystal as the new host. As for me? I’m kind of bummed that The Muppets won’t be emceeing the biggest night in Hollywood.