Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Best — and Worst — Movie Promos of the Week

The-Hobbit-IMAX-Midnight-Poster“True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.” You can write that one down as one of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s most memorable quotes, but the first clip from the highly anticipated December 14 release — as well as the latest behind-the-scenes postproduction video — were both trumped by four other pieces ofHobbit promotional material this week.

The Best Stuff

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey IMAX Midnight PostersEven as someone who isn’t a diehard Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fan, I still want one of these to hang on my wall — the Gollum one to be exact. But the best part about this quartet of posters is that they’re for some of the franchise’s most loyal followers, the ones with midnight IMAX tickets.

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Interview: The Walking Dead’s Dallas Roberts

It went from simply killing walkers to hoarding them in hopes your family would return to normal to treating them Michonne-style and using them as a defense tactic, but now we’ve got Milton and he’s putting the infected to use like never before.

After two seasons on the run, season 3 of The Walking Dead lets us settle in a bit at the community of Woodbury. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and co. thought they had it good at Hershel’s farm and are now pleased with their prison, but Woodbury isn’t just a safe haven from walkers; it’s as close to the good ol’ days as it gets. There’s a community, parties, sporting events – albeit unconventional ones – and even a town scientist named Milton. As far as we know, the picture of Woodbury looks fairly good.

As a brand new character with no roots in Robert Kirkman’s comics, we know very little about Milton’s past. As it turns out, the actor who plays him, Dallas Roberts, doesn’t know all that much, either. Not only did Roberts jump into the role with zero backstory information from the show’s writers, he’s also quite well versed in the art of dodging probing questions. While Roberts was careful to steer clear of spoiler territory about Walking Dead season 3′s upcoming arc, he did have quite a bit to share in the way of how he came to join the cast, his approach to figuring out Milton as he plays him, his hopes to see Milton riding a Humvee armed with a 50 cal., and more.

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‘Hunger Games’ Holiday Gift Guide and Panem Companion Giveaway

Hunger_Games_Holiday_Gift_GuideBlack Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone so the race is on to get those shopping lists taken care of in order to have gifts ready to go for the holidays. Whether you’ve got a friend or family member who’s the person who has everything, the person who never wants anything, or the one who’ll sport a smile no matter what you get them, if he or she is aHunger Games fan, we’ve got you covered. Not only did the fandom unite to bring you the best of the best of Hunger Games gift ideas, but the fine folks at Smart Pop Books have also made Movies.com the third stop on The Panem Companion Victory Tour. We’re repping District 3 by unveiling the book’s District 3 graphic as well as a snippet from the District 3 chapter of the book.

Ready for a sneak peek at the goods? Read on to check out some of the finest, most creative and fashionable Hunger Games goods on the market (according to the folks from all our favorite Hunger Games fansites), and to find out how to win a copy of The Panem Companion for the holiday season.

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Interview: Ex-Girlfriends Writer, Director And Star Alexander Poe

Are you toying with the idea of taking the plunge and making your first feature? In need of a little inspiration? Meet writer, director and actor Alexander Poe. After graduating from Columbia University’s Film MFA program, with good friends and talented peers by his side, Poe just went for it and made his first full feature, “Ex-Girlfriends.”

He stars in the film as Graham, a guy ridden with relationship woes. When his latest romance doesn’t pan out, Graham focuses back in on a former flame, Laura (Kristen Connolly). Trouble is, while trying to rekindle that relationship, Graham finds out that Laura has a boyfriend and that he’s cheating on Laura with Kate (Jennifer Carpenter), Graham’s ex-turned-friend.

Graham’s rocky romance attempts may have roots in Poe’s true experiences, but otherwise, Poe is doing pretty well! Not only did he manage to pull together the material, people and resources necessary for completing a feature film, but that film will be available on VOD on November 27th and can be seen theatrically at the Cinema Village in New York City starting November 28th. In honor of the big release, Poe took the time to sit down at one of the film’s shooting locations, The Brooklyneer, to talk about making the transition from film school shorts to a full feature, striking up a relationship with Jennifer Carpenter, putting a small budget to the best use possible and much more. Catch it all in the video interview below.

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Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Writer-director David O. Russell excels, but his stars steal the show. Bradley Cooper makes for a charming and enigmatic lead, but Jennifer Lawrence steals his spotlight. While everyone involved in “Silver Linings Playbook” pushes the bar higher and higher, it’s Lawrence who’ll be the toughest to top.

After eight months in a psychiatric facility, Pat (Bradley Cooper) heads home to live with his mother and father (Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro). Determined to get his wife back, Pat dedicates every waking hour to the pursuit, much to the chagrin of his father who desperately wants Pat to watch the Philadelphia Eagles games with him. Despite Pat’s persistence, a restraining order keeps him from making much progress. It isn’t until he meets the equally unsound Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) that he finds a way around the court-mandated red tape – as long as he helps Tiffany out with her dance competition first.

“Silver Linings Playbook” is a romantic comedy with a profound amount of drama and depth, a slice of life yet an immensely satisfying story with a beginning, middle and end, it’s off-putting at times, but still the ultimate crowd pleaser. The film is like nothing you’ve seen before, fulfilling certain expectations and defying others, only to turn around and offer something you never saw coming.

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Interview: The Normals’ Jess Weixler

Ever since “Teeth” hit Sundance back in 2007, actress Jess Weixler has been in the spotlight while also flying under the radar, choosing smaller, independent projects, letting her sink her teeth, no pun intended, into meatier roles and get the opportunity to work in the most appealing environments. Well, the abandoned mental hospital she shot “The Normals” is wasn’t particularly appealing, but after a major redesign courtesy of a top-notch art department, it was all beagles, mind games and a ton of mints.

Weixler stars as Gretchen, the sole female in a group of people opting to spend a couple of weeks at a drug testing facility to earn some quick cash – well, in addition to other activities. Gretchen follows the rules, taking her pills, giving blood and eating her meals as required, but in her free time, she enjoys taking advantage of being the only lady on team green, much to Billy’s (Bryan Greenberg) dismay.

“The Normals” already wrapped its run at the Cinema Village in New York City, but you can pop this little gem of a comedy whenever you’d like courtesy of iTunes, Amazon, Movies On Demand and more. In honor of the VOD release, I had the opportunity to chat with Weixler herself about life as a drug test subject, her hopes to make her directorial debut, our hair woes and more. Check it all out in the interview below.

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The Best — and Worst — Movie Promos of the Week

The_Last_Stand_PostersNot out of your Turkey Day food coma just yet? Have no fear; I’ve sorted through all the hot new movie promotional material and picked out the delightfully riveting and laughably disastrous for you. Sit back, relax, sip some Alka-Seltzer and take a look.

The Best Stuff

1. This Is 40 Red-Band Featurette: Based on its promotional campaign, This Is 40 doesn’t look like comedy gold, but there’s something about the environment and characters that’s just wildly magnetizing. The film’s brand new red-band featurette is charming to the max, suggesting the full feature may really manage to earn that 134-minute running time.Warning: The following is NSFW. [via Yahoo]

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