Before I dive into the main topic of this week’s opening paragraph, just a quick disclaimer that the Top 5 will be taking a week off next Saturday to accommodate the first, and perhaps only, trip to Hawaii I will ever take. Here’s to hoping it’s less awkward but equally as life-changing and Kristen Bell/Mila Kunis-filled as Forgetting Sarah Marshall depicted. That said, while it fell just short of the cut this week, I still want to draw attention to the first trailer for director Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next that debuted on Thursday. As a horror fan, I’m always excited when a new entry in the genre gets lauded from both sides of the aisle (horror fans and those who aren’t as giddy about movies that make them think twice about turning out the lights). As far as I’m concerned, August 23rd can’t get here soon enough.
All Hawaii and horror fanboy talk aside, this week’s list offers up the first trailer(s) for The Wolverine, interviews with Dwayne Johnson and more for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the first trailer and posters for White House Down, a new red-band trailer for Pain & Gain, and The Host interviews with Saoirse Ronan and more. As you’re probably expecting, a brief recap and link to all of the above can be found after the jump.
1. First Trailers for THE WOLVERINE
While 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine left a sour taste in my mouth that still lingers today, I have to say that I think these first domestic and international trailers for James Mangold’s The Wolverine look promising. Not overwhelmingly great. Not Origins trainwreck. Promising. Personally, I like the international version a little more if for no other reason than I think the opening voice over describing the burden of Wolvie’s apparent immortality is a nice touch. In either case, if the pic only tops Origins and never again asks me to watch a six second tease of the trailer, I’m going to call it good.
2. G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Interviews with Dwayne Johnson and More
I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’ve still yet to see 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. With or without that pic, though, I’ve decided that I have to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Matt’s review here) if only so I can finally experience the “cliffside ninja fight scene” teased by the trailers in full effect. Seriously, I’ve been telling my wife (who didn’t ask) about how awesome that scene is going to be for months now. Regardless of your own motivation for seeing the film, I recommend checking out our most recent video interviews with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Dwayne Johnson, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Adrianne Palicki & D.J. Cotrona, and director Jon M. Chu. Also, don’t miss Steve’s phone interview with Storm Shadow himself, Byung-hun Lee.
3. First Trailer and Poster for WHITE HOUSE DOWN
Channing Tatum > Gerard Butler. Based purely on this mathematical opinion, I prefer White House Down to Olympus Has Fallen as far as “shit, the White House is under attack” movies go. In case that argument isn’t convincing enough, I encourage you to check out the first trailer with poster and teaser posters for White House Down to form your own opinion.
4. PAIN & GAIN Red-Band Trailer
I’ve said it before and I’ll continue saying it: I really can’t wait to see Pain & Gain. Love him or hate him, Michael Bay is a gifted visual storyteller and this material set in the world of all things macho/hyper-masculine looks to be right in his wheelhouse. Plus, by the looks of this new red-band trailer, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of CGI robots doing their best blackface minstrel show routine. Yes!
5. THE HOST Interviews with Saoirse Ronan and More
As much as I cherish Andrew Niccol’s screenplay for The Truman Show, I wasn’t able to bring myself to watch In Time and I really haven’t been moved to check out his latest, The Host (Dave’s review here), either. Regardless of my own apathy, for those of you who are excited about the latest Stephenie Meyer adaptation and/or just want to see what Niccol is bringing to the table, I suggest checking out Steve’s extended video interview with star Saoirse Ronan and Dave’s own video interviews with Diane Kruger, Max Irons & Jake Abel, and Ronan to supplement your curiosities.