TOP 5: TRANSFORMERS 4 and 5, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE THREE MUSKETEERS Interviews, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, William Monahan on SIN CITY 2 and More

     October 22, 2011

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I’m writing to you this week in full “World Series Mode.” While there are plenty of things going on around the Midwest this time of year (homemade haunted houses are always a welcomed annual treat), a majority of my focus is on trying to will my beloved Cardinals to Fall Classic glory. Combine that with the fact that Batman: Arkham City is consistently calling my name and it’s a wonder that I’m even writing this right now. Hold on, what’s that, Arkham City? Okay, okay…I’ll be there in a second…

…In this week’s installment, you’ll find talk of Transformers 4 and Transformers 5 shooting back-to-back with Jason Statham potentially starring, a six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises being attached to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol‘s IMAX release, interviews with director Paul W.S. Anderson and the cast of The Three Musketeers, David Fincher and Rooney Mara talking about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and William Monahan discussing projects including London Boulevard, The Departed sequel, Sin City 2 and more. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

1. TRANSFORMERS 4 and 5 to Shoot Back-to-Back; Jason Statham May Star

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I’ll admit to having stopped caring about the Transformers franchise while cringing in my theater seat during Revenge of the Fallen. Regardless of my own indifference, though, Transformers is still a multi-billion dollar title that will continue to see sequels/prequels/etc. until the rest of the world decides they no longer want to pay to see it. With all of this in mind, what’s one surefire way for the studio to save a little cash and help maximize profits? Shoot Transformers 4 and Transformers 5 back-to-back. Oh, and perhaps get Jason Statham to star at a slightly lower price than what Shia LaBeouf might ask for. Click here to read our own Dave Trumbore’s breakdown of the above scenario.

2. Six-Minute THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Prologue Attached to MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL? Nolan May Shoot Scenes at the Occupy Wall Street Protests in New York

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It’s pretty simple really: anytime there is reliable information that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will have IMAX footage from the film for the general public to check out prior to its July 2012 release, it’s probably going to be in the “Top 5.” If you don’t want to learn about such things, I don’t recommend clicking here. While we’re talking about The Dark Knight Rises, I wonder how my right-leaning friends will feel about Nolan potentially shooting scenes of the pic at the Occupy Wall Street protests in NYC. I’m picturing them experiencing political boners over the thought of the world’s greatest detective taking out some “lazy, unemployed, freedom-hating, liberals.” Oh, politics.

3. THE THREE MUSKETEERS Interviews with Paul W.S. Anderson, Orlando Bloom and More

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For better or worse, The Three Musketeers hit theaters this weekend. Along with it comes a slew of interviews that Steve conducted with director Paul W.S. Anderson, Orlando Bloom (P.S. He talks about The Hobbit), Milla Jovovich (P.S. She talks about Resident Evil 5), Logan Lerman and Gabriella Wilde, Luke Evans, Matthew Macfayden, and Ray Stevenson. Regardless of how you feel about Musketeers, I’m confident there’s something for almost everyone at the above links (i.e. Anderson talking about directing a kids film). In other news, I’m scared for our kids…

4. David Fincher and Rooney Mara Talk THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself how director David Fincher and star Rooney Mara are going about bringing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to moviegoers yet again, this interview is probably a good place to start. The pair talk about casting the film (including a great story involving Mara’s own casting), the pressures of adapting the best-selling novel’s most brutal scenes and more.

5. William Monahan Talks LONDON BOULEVARD, THE DEPARTED Sequel, SIN CITY 2 and More

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I always enjoy interviews that work on more than one level. The interview that Steve recently had with director and Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan is one of those interviews. On one hand, if you’re interested in learning about any of the projects he is currently involved with (i.e. London Boulevard, The Departed sequel, Sin City 2, The Gambler, Tripoli, Becket, and/or Mojave) then it’s worth your time. On the other hand, if you’re also interested in the art of screenwriting and how Monahan approaches writing dialogue and characters from different time periods, then it’s doubly worth checking out.

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