I did it, folks. I came, saw, and survived yet another Black Friday. This year’s destination of choice was my local Best Buy and I sat outside in moderately chilly temperatures for around six hours for one lonely purpose: to buy things for cheaper than what they were the day before. That’s right, I rocked Best Buy to the tune of two seasons of television on DVD for a combined $15. Now, I know some of you reading this may be thinking, “Wait, Jason waited outside for six hours so that he could buy two seasons of TV on DVD?”. My answer: a resounding “Yes!”. It’s the small things, people. The small things.
But enough of my Black Friday exploits. In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you’ll find interviews for this weekend’s openers The Muppets and Hugo, new images and plot details from The Dark Knight Rises, new images from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and Gary Oldman and Colin Firth addressing Akira and Oldboy remake rumors. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
1. THE MUPPETS Interviews with Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and More
There’s just something about Jason Segel and Kermit the Frog. Regardless of context, I’m always happy to see them, they always make me smile, and I’m always excited for their own success as if it were my own (Disclaimer: Yes, I realize Kermit is a puppet…for the most part). If either Segel, Kermit, or any of The Muppets have the tendency to give you a similar type of “happiness beyond reason”, they I urge you to check out Matt’s review of the film, and Steve’s interviews with Kermit and Miss Piggy, Jason Segel and Walter, Amy Adams, director James Bobin, and co-writer Nicholas Stoller.
2. HUGO Interviews with Sir Ben Kingsley, Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield, and Emily Mortimer
I generally fall into the population that sees 3D as less a natural progression of the art of film and more a means to justifying increased ticket prices. That said, when a legend like Martin Scorsese takes on the technology for the first time, I become interested. Whether you’re someone who champions the use of 3D at any and all turns or you’re someone who is interested to see what it looks like in the hands of Scorsese, I recommend learning more about Hugo via Matt’s review and Steve’s interviews with Sir Ben Kingsley, Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield, and Emily Mortimer.
3. New Images and Plot Details Emerge for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
I hate spoilers just as much as the next guy/gal, but these new images and plot details from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises don’t fit the bill of the prototypical “spoiler.” Rather than feeling as if someone had taken a potentially great surprise and ruined it for me, I feel a little more educated and a lot more excited (if that’s even possible) for Rises after having partook in the article linked above. Still yet, if you want to know as little as possible before checking out the pic, I offer you the classic “proceed with caution” warning.
4. New Images from Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS
At face value, scanned pictures from an entertainment magazine may not be the most exciting film news story of all time. However, when said scanned images are from films as tightly guarded as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (see #3 above) and/or Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, they tend to carry a little more weight. If you’re as excited about Scott’s return to Sci-Fi as I am, then you may agree that these first looks at Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and an unnamed giant head statue are worth checking out.
5. Gary Oldman and Colin Firth Talk AKIRA and OLDBOY Rumors
I’m usually pleased to see both Gary Oldman and Colin Firth in any role (even if it is in The Unborn). Their inclusion is a big part of the reason why I’m looking forward to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as much as I am. That said, the only thing more interesting than hearing the pair talk about roles that we know they already have is hearing them discuss the roles that they’ve yet to sign on for. If you want to watch Oldman talk about potentially taking on Jaume Collet-Sera’s Akira adaptation or Firth’s thoughts on joining Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake, then I advise clicking here for Oldman and here for Firth.