30 Minutes Or Less, headlined by Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreationand the gone too soon Human Giant), could rival, if not surpass, the buddy comedy film Pineapple Express. Eisenberg’s deadpan humor and dry wit complements Ansari’s brash comedic swagger, as evinced in the trailer’s opening moments. Seeing Danny McBride in a gorilla mask is also funny (he may be using that same mask to shield himself from the dismal box-office performance of Your Highness).
Opening August 12th, this is director Ruben Fleischer’s first film since his surprise hit Zombieland, which also starred Eisenberg. Injecting the Johnny Cash song “Get Rhythm” (Philip Steir Remix) into the trailer was also a good move. Plus, any movie with a character named Chango (played by Michael Pena) has to be good!!
Kenneth Branagh is one of the most respected actors and directors of Shakespeare in the world. When he has acted in and directed projects outside of Shakespeare, he has also appealed quite well to critics. However, when it was announced that Branagh was directing the film version of the Marvel comic book Thor, many wondered if he was the right director to handle this film, considering that he has never directed a big blockbuster movie.
Chris Hemsworth, who stars as Thor, thinks that it was a great choice to have Branagh direct the film.
Friday Night Lightsactress Aimee Teegarden stars in the new teen drama Prom, playing Nova Prescott, the class president and head of the prom committee at her school.
“As far as our similarities, but Nova and myself we always give 110% at anything we do and have a lot of ambition in life and we want to go out there and do great things,” said Teegarden during a press conference to promote the film. “But as far as being involved in prom, for my own prom I wasn’t involved in the decorations or that kind of thing at the time. I kind of felt I was a little too cool for school with my own prom. Actually after doing this movie, I kind of regret not being involved with my own prom and kind of taking that moment in when I was in high school and enjoying that moment of sort of success. You’re a couple of weeks away from high school and it may be the last time you’re actually going to see your friends and communicating with your peers.”
During the press conference, the cast and crew were asked to name their favorite high school films. “I really loved An Educationso much that I bought it on DVD and that doesn’t happen very often,” added the actress, who can also be seen in Scream 4. Click on the media bar and listen to Teegarden elaborate on why she loved the film that propelled Carey Mulligan’s career (Prom co-star Thomas McDonnell can also be heard on the clip).
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel continue their racing adventures with Fast Five, the latest installment in the Fast and the Furiousfranchise. After springing Dom (Vin Diesel) free at the end of the last film, Brian (Walker) works once again with his good buddy to take down a crime lord (Joaquim de Almeida). Dwayne Johnson (Faster) is the federal agent determined to take down the duo.
“With Brian and Dom it’s not much unlike Vin and I,” said Walker, who starred last year with Idris Elba in the heist movie Takers. “We get along and I think there is a mutual kind of respect and kind of fascination with one another, just as there is with Brian and Dom.”
Click on the media bar and listen to Walker talk about Brian’s current state of mind in Fast Five.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallenpaled in comparison to the original film, but the latest trailer of Transformers: Dark of the Moonlooks terrific. Apparently the U.S. government has kept a few secrets from Optimus Prime and his brave Autobots, as the 1960s space race was not just about landing on the moon. Plus, it’s great to see Frances McDormand (Fargo, Burn After Reading) joining the franchise, as she warns Sam Witwicky, “If you breath a word of what you’ve seen here, we’ll do time for treason.” For some cinema purists, watching Michael Bay films is akin to doing time, but explosions, over the top action, and end of the world scenarios are dishes served on most summer film menus. Bay’s body of work, even at its nadir (The Island), has at least entertained me for a couple of hours (plus, The Rockand Transformersstill hold up).
Any movie whose title could be a Pink Floyd album is good enough for me, and newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is definitely easy on the eyes. It’s amazing that with so many beauties in the Transformersuniverse (Megan Fox, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor), all Sam can do is yell….Optimus!! One hopes that there is “more than meets the eye” with Transformers Dark of the Moon, which opens nationwide July 1st.