TOP 5: THE HOBBIT Set Visit, IRON MAN 3, CLOUD ATLAS, First Trailer for EVIL DEAD Remake, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

     October 27, 2012

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Tonight the wife and I are hosting an inaugural Halloween gathering for three primary reasons: 1) it’s an excuse to hang out with friends, 2) it’s an opportunity to watch horror classics with said friends and 3) our street name is Elm and we can’t pass on the chance to christen the get together with the least original Halloween party name of all time (I’ll let you do the math). All of this in mind, I was finding it difficult to strike a healthy balance of scary movie goodness that was equal parts frightening (for fans of the horror genre like myself) and fun/of the “Halloween spirit” (for those who don’t necessarily enjoy the genre but can appreciate the season). That was until I remembered that we owned Ernest Scared Stupid on Blu-ray. Now the biggest concern I have is making sure no one walks out of the house at the end of the night with that little gem in hand.

All Hallows Eve 2012 party plans aside, in this week’s Top 5 we’ve got a lineup that includes a visit to the New Zealand set of The Hobbit, the first trailer amongst other new assets from Iron Man 3, Cloud Atlas interviews with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and more, the first red band trailer for director Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead remake, and a heartfelt plea for a Hollywood adaptation of The Legend of Zelda. A brief recap and link to each lives on after the jump.

1. THE HOBBIT Set Visit Coverage

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While millions of fans around the world cannot wait for December 14th to arrive so that they can return to Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Steve beat 99% of the general population to the punch when he visited the New Zealand set of The Hobbit earlier this year. To share in the excitement of that once in a lifetime trip, check out our set visit recap as well as our on-set interviews with Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Weta Workshop head Richard Taylor.

2. First Trailer for IRON MAN 3

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“Well, that was bleak”. That was my initial response after watching the first trailer for writer/director Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 for the first time. And the second time. And the third time. And…you get the point. It doesn’t matter how many repeat viewings I employ, the result is that the first cut from Black’s film is easily shaping up to feature Tony Stark/Iron Man at his lowest and most vulnerable state. In addition to the excellent trailer, I also encourage you to get your Iron Man fix by way of this teaser poster, 35 images from the trailer, this trailer breakdown, and Kevin Feige’s comments on Ben Kingsley’s performance as The Mandarin.

3. CLOUD ATLAS Interviews with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and More

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This weekend marks the opening of The Wachowski Siblings and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas and to celebrate Christina graced us with several interviews with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, and the aforementioned filmmaking team of The Wachowski Siblings and Tom Tykwer. In addition to these interviews, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give my full endorsement to Matt’s editorial on the importance of Cloud Atlas’ opening weekend, his review from TIFF 2012, and this excellent sketch featuring Hanks plugging the film (and much of his filmography) on The Colbert Report.

4. First Red Band Trailer for EVIL DEAD Remake

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The interwebs brought us the first trailer for director Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead remake this week and, in doing so, reminded me why red band trailers exist. If unsuspecting moviegoers had seen this cut of the preview attached to a screening of their beloved [insert PG-13 American “horror” film here], shit would have hit the fan quickly. As it stands, though, there’s no amount of tongue splicing and self-dismemberment that this beast of a red band trailer can’t handle. Also, if this trailer isn’t enough, be sure to check out Steve’s video interview with star Jane Levy at New York Comic-Con.

5. Hollywood! Adapt This: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

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My childhood memories are imprinted with the image of my gold case The Legend of Zelda for NES. Whether a testament to the greatness of that original game or to my own easily satisfied self, that memory alone is enough for me to fully support our own Dave Trumbore’s latest foray into the movie adaptation brainstorming session that is his Hollywood! Adapt This: series. If you haven’t already, get in here and let your nostalgia run free: Hollywood! Adapt This: The Legend of Zelda.

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