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Awaiting you in this week’s “Top 5” is a slew of interviews for The Hunger Games, a recap of Michael Bay‘s campaign to turn Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens so as to make them more believable (yes, you read that right), a NSFW international teaser trailer for David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis, a sparkling new Prometheus trailer, and all of our WonderCon 2012 coverage. In case you don’t know the drill, I’ll remind you that a brief recap and link to each follows after the jump.
1. THE HUNGER GAMES Interviews with Jennifer Lawrence, Gary Ross, and Liam Hemsworth
I know a movie has really caught the attention of the general public when my mom tells me she’s going to see it (by my recollection, this may be a first since 1994’s Forrest Gump). Enter The Hunger Games. It’s already set the record the highest opening for a non-sequel and, from a critical perspective, it’s receiving solid support too (check out Matt’s own positive review by clicking here). While it seems the pic has embedded itself into the fibers of society at large, in case you need more of The Hunger Games in your life we’ve got you covered via interviews from the film’s L.A. press junket with Jennifer Lawrence, director Gary Ross, and Liam Hemsworth.
2. Michael Bay Knows What’s Best for Your Childhood: TEENAGE
ALIEN NINJA TURTLES
Generally speaking, I feel like my fellow Generation Y’ers and I are willing to tolerate a lot of things. Soaring gas prices, lifelong student loan debt, war without end, the looming prospect of paying into a Social Security program that won’t exist by the time we’re old enough to draw from it, etc. All of that said, the buck stops when you start trying to toy with our beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So, earlier in the week when producer Michael Bay stated that the Turtles in his upcoming reboot would be aliens rather than mutants, a resounding “enough is enough” echoed across the interwebs. In case you missed it, get up to date by checking out Bay’s response to the backlash and director Jonathan Liebesman’s take on the criticism.
3. New Poster and NSFW International Teaser Trailer for David Cronenberg’s COSMOPOLIS
As unfair as it is, I’m just as guilty as the next guy or gal of writing off Robert Pattinson in any role because he’s, well, Edward Cullen. In this NSFW international teaser trailer for David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis adapation, though, Pattinson is far from a sparkly vampire with self-control issues. In fact, he kind of seems like a badass. Say what you will, but I think that a little Cronenberg gore and violence is exactly what the doctor ordered to help begin laying Cullen to rest.
4. New PROMETHEUS Trailer Makes June 8th Seem Really Far Away
I don’t want to be the guy who pigeonholes creativity, but for heaven’s sake, Sir Ridley Scott, going forward please spend more time in the science-fiction genre and less in the “films that even remotely resemble Robin Hood” genus. You’re just, how do I put this, better at it. As if Alien and/or Blade Runner weren’t proof enough, this latest Prometheus trailer should help matters.
5. All of Our WonderCon 2012 Coverage
I’m not going to lie, I haven’t even partaken in all of our WonderCon 2012 coverage. Simply put, there’s a ton of it. Now, if you’re brave you can attempt to start right here and dive headfirst into the WonderCon 2012 deep end. Or, you can refine your approach a little and check out some of our coverage of key titles like The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus, Looper, Resident Evil: Retribution, Battleship, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, or my personal favorite, the Cosplay pics!