I feel compelled this week to use the Top 5 opening paragraph to ask our readers a moderately sized favor: if you have any interest whatsoever in the American horror genre and its future, please do your best to find a way to catch The Cabin in the Woods in theaters when it officially opens next weekend. I’m not asking this as a way of manufacturing some hyperbolic scenario in which the success or failure of said film will literally make or break the genre as we know it. Rather, I’m hoping to use it as a reminder that opening weekend box office dollars are one of the best ways that a moviegoer can have his/her voice heard by the film industry’s powers that be. If you’re tired of remakes of remakes and reboots of those remakes, then do your best to financially support something that isn’t afraid to turn genre conventions on their respective heads. Now, all favors aside…
Waiting on the other side of the Top 5 jump this week is a recap of our visit to the set of The Avengers, the first Total Recall trailer, video interviews with the cast of American Reunion, the first trailer/images from Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted, and a batch of new images from Prometheus. You know the drill, a brief recap and link to each of the above awaits…
1. THE AVENGERS Set Visit Coverage: Interviews, Video Blog Recap, and More
With its release less than one month away, it’s almost time to put away all of the build-up and finally just watch The Avengers. Almost. One final rite of passage before the big reveal, though, is Steve’s two-day visit to the pic’s Albuquerque set. Click here for a recap of the visit (including a two-part video blog, 35 things to know about the film, and 8 new images), and set visit interviews with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, director Joss Whedon, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg, and Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige. Be careful, though, by the time you make it through all of our coverage the May 4th theatrical release may have already come and gone.
2. First Trailer for TOTAL RECALL
When the first trailer for director Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake premiered this week I had two longstanding suspicions confirmed: 1) the pic will likely be a plenty serviceable sci-fi thriller/actioner, 2) I still really don’t have any reason to see it when I could just watch Paul Verhoeven’s original. In fact, you can probably just copy and paste the above sentences into a future Top 5 article covering the premiere of the first trailer from the RoboCop remake.
3. AMERICAN REUNION Interviews with Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, and More
Like any high school reunion, American Reunion could go one of two ways: 1) it could be a delightful trip down memory lane in which you enjoy catching up with old friends and reaffirming the relationships you had with them or 2) it could present that awkward situation in which you find yourself thinking, “Why did I ever like these people?”. Before RSVP’ing your presence in the theater, I recommend checking out our video interviews with Seann William Scott and Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari and Chris Klein, Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid and Thomas Ian Nicholas, and Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge to help make sure this is a situation you want to get yourself into.
4. Red-Band Trailer, Green-Band Trailer, and Images for Seth MacFarlane’s TED
For proof that I was none too excited about the initial development of Seth MacFarlane’s first motion picture, Ted, then look no further than my slightly sarcastic write-up regarding Mark Wahlberg’s negotiations to join the pic. Well, call me a flip-flopper because I love this debut red-band trailer (and, to a slightly lesser extent, this green-band cut) for the film. Luckily, I have no interest in ever running for any sort of elected office or else this change of heart could come back to haunt me.
5. A Stockpile of New PROMETHEUS Images Hits the Interwebs
It’s not all that often that an upcoming film pulls me in to the point that I get all giddy over the release of new images. Prometheus is one of those films. I’m beyond the point of needing the movie sold to me. I’m all in. If you’re anything like me, I invite you to join me in putting aside critical thought and reasonable expectations and just get super hyped over all of these (and these) new images from Prometheus.