With the 84th Annual Academy Awards nearly one week into our past, I’d be interested in hearing from our readers what the one genuine surprise of the night was for them. For me, it was Meryl Streep’s Best Actress win. Now, don’t get me wrong, Streep is obviously an incredible actress who requires zero justification from a movie blogger. It’s just that, of all the award categories in question, I genuinely expected Viola Davis to win Best Actress. So, if you feel so inclined, sound off in the comments section below about your biggest surprise win/loss of the night. Sarcasm, including “your mom” responses, is encouraged.
In the bag of goodies that is this week’s “Top 5″ you’ll find the new trailer and a ton of new images from The Avengers, a new television spot for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a Prometheus viral video that reassures my suspicions that Guy Pearce could indeed take over the planet if he wanted to, interviews for The Lorax with Danny Devito, Ed Helms, and more, and all of our coverage from the set of Jason Segel and Emily Blunt‘s The Five-Year Engagement. A brief recap and link to each follows after the jump.
1. New Trailer and Images for THE AVENGERS
At this point it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that I’m going to love The Avengers. So, if you’re here looking for an objective analysis of the pic’s latest trailer or its newest batch of hi-res images then you’ve come to the wrong place. The Avengers is going to be awesome, I’m going to be giddy while watching it, and everyone else is going to feel the exact same way I do (but really, just ask iTunes). End of story.
2. New Television Spot for G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
Maybe it’s the uncanny charisma of The Rock, maybe it’s the gravity-defying stunts, maybe it’s the Glitch Mob remix of “Seven Nation Army”, or maybe it’s all of the above being packed into 30 precious advertising seconds. Regardless of the reasons, I kind of want to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation in spite of the fact that I still have no interest in watching its predecessor.
3. Guy Pearce Is the Most Intimidating CEO of All-Time in This PROMETHEUS Viral Video
Let’s all just take a second to be thankful that Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland isn’t our boss. Now, with that out of the way, I vehemently encourage you to take three minutes or so to watch this Prometheus viral video. I’m confident that asking your boss for that raise will feel around 60% less intimidating just by virtue of the fact that he/she isn’t Pearce/Weyland.
4. THE LORAX Interviews with Danny Devito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, and More
Whether you’re a fan of Dr. Seuss movie adaptations or not (the image of Mike Myers as the iconic “Cat in the Hat” still haunts me to this day), it’s hard for me to feel overly pessimistic about a pic that features the voice talents of both Danny Devito and Ed Helms. So, even though Matt wasn’t thrilled by The Lorax, I encourage you to do your own due diligence in deciding whether or not its worth your time – an exercise that should certainly include checking out Steve’s video interviews with Devito, Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and director Chris Renaud.
5. THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Set Visit Coverage
Being in the midst of my own 16-month engagement, I have to say that director Nicholas Stoller’s Whether you’ve already written this pic off based on genre alone or if you’re like me and willing to follow Segel and Co. into whatever depths they decide to explore, I suggest checking out Steve’s coverage from his visit to the California set. Click here for 20 things to know about the film and new images, click here for his on-set interview with Segel and Blunt, click here for Alison Brie and Chris Pratt, click here for director Nicholas Stoller and producer Rodney Rothman, and here for Jacki Weaver and Jim Piddock.