TOP 5: THE BOURNE LEGACY, Joss Whedon to Write and Direct THE AVENGERS 2, THE CAMPAIGN, RED DAWN, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Deleted Scenes

     August 11, 2012

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Considering the 2012 election cycle is currently in full swing, I feel compelled to lend my endorsement to a truly worthy candidate: The Campaign. As someone who unashamedly enjoys a majority of Will Ferrell‘s manchild cinematic escapades, I expected to like the pic. That said, I’m now putting The Campaign just behind Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Elf in my personal “Ferrell Top 4″: something I didn’t expect to be writing the day after seeing it. Sure, the film borrows a ton from Talladega Nights and Ferrell’s take on President Bush. It also manages to combine relevance, irreverence, and humor in a way many mainstream comedies can only promise and ultimately fail to deliver on.

Political endorsements aside, this week’s Top 5 contains a considerable share of The Bourne Legacy coverage, Joss Whedon returning to write/direct The Avengers 2, The Campaign interviews with Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, and more, the first trailer and new poster for the Red Dawn remake, and the news that some of Bane’s backstory was left on The Dark Knight Rises‘ cutting room floor. A brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.

1. THE BOURNE LEGACY Coverage: Bourne Again, Interviews, and More

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In celebration of this weekend’s opening of The Bourne Legacy, our coverage of the franchise’s latest entry not only included a review and interviews with stars Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, and producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, but also a trip down memory lane with Matt’s Bourne Again installments (see The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum) and Brendan’s By the Numbers treatment. Note: Complaints about a lack of Bourne coverage will be not be tolerated.

2. Joss Whedon Returning to Write and Direct THE AVENGERS 2

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Considering he delivered a beast of a summer blockbuster that has yielded nearly $1.5 billion at the international box office to date, it may come as no surprise that Marvel wanted writer/director Joss Whedon back in the saddle for its sequel to The Avengers. This week, Whedon accepted Marvel’s invitation not only to helm a sequel but also to develop a television series for the beloved imprint and to be a creative force in their other films through 2015. In other words, it’s good to be Joss Whedon right now.

3. THE CAMPAIGN Interviews with Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, and More

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My opening paragraph says pretty much all I need to say about my feelings on The Campaign. That in mind, I’ll simply encourage you to check out Matt’s review of the film and his video interviews with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, Dylan McDermott, and director Jay Roach. Once you accomplish that task, do yourself a favor and check out the movie as soon as possible.

4. First Trailer and New Poster for RED DAWN Remake

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Finally ready to hit theaters nearly two years after its initial release date, FilmDistrict’s Red Dawn remake is primed to answer the question of who will protect the good ol’ Red, White, and Blue in the event of a foreign military invasion. The answer? Thor and those guys from The Hunger Games and Drake and Josh. Check out the first trailer and new poster for the embattled pic and sleep well knowing that we’re all in good hands.

5. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Deleted Scenes Develop Bane’s Backstory

Tom Hardy Bane THE DARK KNIGHT RISES image sliceJust when those suffering from The Dark Knight overload think it’s safe to come out, a headline regarding deleted scenes from The Dark Knight Rises drops and proves that Bat fever has yet to run its course. If you found yourself leaving the theater pondering questions such as “where did Bane’s mask come from?”, costume designer Lindy Hemming says there were deleted scenes addressing that question and others surrounding Bane’s rise from damaged youth to Gotham’s reckoning.

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