JON FAVREAU: “All HIGH CONCEPT MOVIES ARE INTRINSICALLY RIDICULOUS”

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After listening to the Jon Favreau/Guillermo del Toro’s entertaining press conference at Comic-Con, I’m actually pulling for Cowboys & Aliens (although the movie has already received mixed reviews).

During the talk, the director said that the reactions to Cowboys & Aliens has been either two things: movie fans either love the “high concept” story or they are shunning the idea of a Western/Sci-Fi mash up.

Click on the media bar to hear Favreau explain why all high concept films are “intrinsically ridiculous” (del Toro can also be heard in the clip).

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Cowboys & Aliens, starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, opens Friday.

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STEVEN SPIELBERG IDENTIFIES WITH TINTIN’S TENACITY

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Steven Spielberg directs and Peter Jackson produces the highly anticipated film The Adventures of Tintin, which hits theaters December 23rd.

At the San Diego Comic-Con, Mr. Spielberg recalled how the series of books from Herge inspired him.  “Tintin, at least speaking for myself, he’s an intrepid tenacious reporter who often becomes more a part of the story instead of just a reporter reporting the news,” said the filmmaker.  “And in a sense, you know, what I identify with Tintin is that he does not take no for an answer and that’s been the story of my life.”

Peter Jackson discusses how he and Spielbeg created the visual world for The Adventures of Tintin.

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Mr. Spielberg talks about giving the characters life in The Adventures of Tintin, and he mentions Captain Haddock’s (Andy Serkis) journey. 

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JASON O’MARA, SHELLEY CONN FACE DINOSAURS IN ‘TERRA NOVA’

terra2 Premiering on Fox September 26th (8 pm et/pt), Terra Nova transports viewers to 2149 during a critical point in the Earth’s existence.  The world is in need of dire repair, and a family (Jason O’Mara and Shelley Conn are the parents) head back to the Prehistoric Era to save humanity.

The project is executive produced by Jurassic Park filmmaker Steven Spielberg.  “If you are handed a script that has Steven Spielberg’s name on it, of course you feel like you have to step up,” says Conn.  “It’s not so much daunting as much as feeling reassured.  It’s a high concept production, but you feel like you’re in the safest hands you can possibly be.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Conn and O’Mara talk about working with the special effects on Terra Nova.

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Here’s what the actors had to say about the dinosaurs viewers will see on Terra Nova

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‘BREAKING IN’S’ ODETTE ANNABLE SIGNS ON TO ‘HOUSE’

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Odette Annable, who starred last year with Betty White and Kristen Bell in the comedy You Again as well as the Fox series Breaking In, has signed on to House as regular cast member, reports TVGuide.com.

Annable, who is married to actor Dave Annable, will play a prison doctor who joins House’s (Hugh Laurie) team.  It’s Annable’s highest profile role since headlining the little seen 2009 thriller The Unborn.

During our interview with Annable while she promoted Breaking In (which has yet to be canceled by Fox), the actress explains that she is still trying to find her footing in the industry.  “I feel like I am just still carving my path and finding out what’s really right for me and what works,” said the 26-year-old.

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DANIEL CRAIG SADDLES UP WITH ‘COWBOYS & ALIENS’

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James Bond actor Daniel Craig plays Jake Lonergan, a loner who wanders into a New Mexico town named Absolution in Cowboys & Aliens. Although he initially clashes with a powerful cattle baron (Harrison Ford) and his men, they team up after a space craft threatens their very existence.

“Really the best fun I had was just saddling up every day,” says Craig. “Whether you came to work with a bad head or just in a bad mood, getting on a horse was like ‘Oh okay, here we go.’  Everything sort of calms down a little and you look up and you’re in beautiful countryside.  So I get a kick out of doing the action, I always have.  One of the reasons I wanted to become an actor so I could fall over, well.  It just gave me that opportunity.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Craig talk about the redemption aspect behind Cowboys & Aliens.

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Cowboys & Aliens, co-starring Olivia Wilde, opens Friday.


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