TOP 5: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Movie Stars Portray Famous Movie Villains, TRANSFORMERS 4, QUANTUM OF SOLACE Script Problems, Kathleen Kennedy Talks JURASSIC PARK 4, TINTIN, More

     December 10, 2011


I think there’s something to be said for coming to your own conclusions. Case in point: I may currently be at odds with 77% of the Rotten Tomatoes critic community when I say this, but I found The Sitter to be worthy of my box office dollars. Was it the best comedy I’ve ever seen? Not even close. Was it the best comedy I’ve seen in the past six months? Nope. That said, I had been looking forward to the pic over the course of covering it for this site. When the critical negativity began pouring in, I could have easily passed on the film as a result (something I’ve been guilty of in the past). Instead, I decided to check it out and I laughed (quite a bit, actually). So, what’s the moral of my story? If you want to see a movie, go see it. Don’t let poor reviews detour you from something you think you may enjoy. Use reviews as a foundation for healthy debate rather than as an excuse to not give something a chance because someone else didn’t like it.

All ranting aside, in this week’s “Top 5” installment, you’ll be able to read all about The Dark Knight Rises and its IMAX prologue, viral campaign, and potential IMAX footage runtime. You can also see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Rooney Mara and more portraying classic movie “villains” of their choice, get up to date on Michael Bay potentially returning to direct Transformers 4, Daniel Craig discussing the script problems that plagued Quantum of Solace, and producer Kathleen Kennedy talking Jurassic Park 4, Tintin, Lincoln, and Robopocalypse. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

1. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Prologue Recap, Viral Campaign, IMAX Footage Runtime


This was a big week for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises what with the world premiere of its IMAX prologue and the launch of its viral campaign. If you’ve been living under a rock and/or without Internet connectivity for the past few days, I recommend getting up to date on all of TDKR happenings such as our spoiler-free prologue recap/video blog, the first artifacts of its viral campaign, early reports of how much IMAX footage the film will contain, and composer Hans Zimmer on his approach to scoring the pic.

2. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Rooney Mara and More Portray Famous Movie Villains


Here’s a great example of a story that is worthwhile not because it features some sort of industry-shaking news but simply because of its referential coolness. As part of director Alex Prager’s “Touch of Evil” photo project, contemporary stars such as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Rooney Mara, Viola Davis, Ryan Gosling, Michael Shannon, Gary Oldman, and more have taken on the personas of some of cinema’s most memorable characters (mostly of the villain variety). Click here for our story and click here for the entire photo gallery.

3. Michael Bay Returning to Direct TRANSFORMERS 4?


At this point, does it really matter who or what (that’s right, I’m not ruling out the possibility that a robot could helm the next installment) directs Transformers 4? Big picture speaking, it’s most likely going to make a ton of money worldwide as long as it follows its tried and true formula of “mildly charismatic male lead + attractive female lead + plenty o’ things blowing up”. Nevertheless, it seems as if Paramount is convinced that no one knows how to execute said formula better than Michael Bay (and they’re probably right). Inso facto, it looks as if he will most likely return to the director’s chair for Transformers 4.

4. Daniel Craig Talks QUANTUM OF SOLACE Script Problems


Apparently, the drop-off in quality from Casino Royale to Quantum of Solace was so noticeable that 007 himself felt it necessary to address the situation while answering questions regarding the next Bond installment, Skyfall. In doing so, Daniel Craig discusses the effect the writers’ strike had on Solace‘s production and the reasons why he believes Skyfall will be a return to form for the franchise. Click here for the full story.

5. Producer Kathleen Kennedy Talks JURASSIC PARK 4, TINTIN, and More

Kathleen Kennedy JURASSIC PARK TINTIN Sequel interview slice

Producers often find themselves lost in the shadows of the material they help create. For example, if you were to ask someone if they are at all familiar with Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List, etc. I would venture to say that their answer would be “yes”. However, if you were to phrase that question differently and ask someone if they are at all familiar with the work of Kathleen Kennedy, I think the odds of a “yes” response may not be in your favor. I say all of this only to set up what I think is an interesting interview that Steve recently had with terrific producer Kathleen Kennedy. If you are at all interested in getting updated on projects such as Jurassic Park 4, The Adventures of Tintin and its sequel, Robopocalypse, and/or Lincoln, then clicking here (and here) is a solid decision on your behalf.