TOP 5: WHITE HOUSE DOWN, THE CONJURING Set Visit, THE HEAT, Jim Carrey Declines to Promote KICK-ASS 2, 2013 Saturn Awards Interviews

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Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.

All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.

1. WHITE HOUSE DOWN Interviews with Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and More

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It’s been about 17 years since I’ve looked forward to checking out the new Roland Emmerich film (I’m looking at you, Independence Day). Don’t get me wrong, I think Emmerich is an extremely talented guy who has carved out a niche for himself in which few others can compare. It’s just that the over-the-top disaster pic usually doesn’t play to my sensibilities. Fan of the genre or not, though, when you have dialogue that includes such gems as “how do you lose a rocket launcher?” I can’t help but take notice. Whether your excitement for White House Down (Matt’s review here) stems from a love of Emmerich’s trademark style, Channing Tatum, the type of humor described above, etc., I have to believe that there’s something for you in Steve’s video interviews with Jamie Foxx & Channing Tatum, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Roland Emmerich.

2. THE CONJURING Set Visit & New Trailer

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As someone whose DVR is filled with Syfy’s Paranormal Witness, it comes as no surprise that my most anticipated film yet to be released this summer is director James Wan’s The Conjuring. The early buzz I’ve read has been fantastic across the board and, let’s face it, the first trailer was fantastic. This week a new trailer for the film landed online (featuring interviews with the real-life Perron family on which the film is based) and Dave posted a ton of set visit coverage including 30 things to know about the film from his visit, and on-set interviews with James Wan, Ron Livingston, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, and producer Peter Safran. I trust you know what to do with the above links.

3. THE HEAT Interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and More

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Although I’m still reeling from the joy and laughter that This Is the End provided, I’m trying to get myself in the right frame of mind to give my heart to another comedy this weekend. As difficult as that may seem, if Matt’s glowing review is any indication, The Heat should be more than up to the task. In case you’re in need of more convincing before dropping your hard-earned cash at the box office, I recommend checking out Steve’s video interviews with Melissa McCarthy & Sandra Bullock (whose chemistry is palpable even in this 5-minute sit-down), and the always great, always sharply-clad, director Paul Feig.

4. Jim Carrey Declines to Promote Violent KICK-ASS 2

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A new Kick-Ass 2 poster hit the interwebs too, but the real reason the movie makes this week’s cut is because of the waves caused by Jim Carrey’s announcement that he would not partake in any promotion for the film due to its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. Some have applauded Carrey for obeying his conscience, others have criticized the actor for disavowing the film as if its graphic content came as a surprise. Regardless of your stance, I think it’s an interesting situation worth discussing like civilized humans in the above link’s comment section (yes, I realize I used the words “civilized” and “comment section” in the same sentence).

5. 2013 Saturn Awards Interviews with Joss Whedon and More

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The 38th Annual Saturn Awards took place this past Thursday night in Burbank and some of our unsung heroes, Tommy Cook, Hunter Daniels & Jeff Morreale, did all of us a solid by covering the red carpet. In case you’re wondering what the Saturn Awards are, it’s an annual awards show presented by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films. Also, The Cabin in the Woods won an award this year so that should tell you all you need to know about how great the event is. We’ll be posting interviews from the red carpet all weekend which you can find by clicking here. In the meantime, some of my personal favorites thus far include our interviews with Joss Whedon and Shane Black.




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