Weekly Rants: November 25 2012

This week, there weren’t that many interesting new trailers. Another movie starring Nicholas Hoult that will be released next year is Jack the Giant Slayer. Used to be known as Jack the Giant Killer, this movie was initially scheduled to come out summer this year, but they moved the release date by nine months to March 2013, due to Nolan’s giant Batman finale and also to give them more time to spend on the special effects. Here‘s the new trailer.

Still related to woods and fantasy and stuff, a second trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Epic also came out. The best thing about the trailer is, of course, the song—the first part of Snow Patrol’s beautiful The Lightning Strike, which was also featured in the first trailer.

Next year we will get a special treat: Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, round 2—Only God Forgives. After the insanely cool Drive, I can’t wait to see their next collaboration. A poster is up and really, you can do no wrong with Gosling.

Some new movies came out and critics’ reviews are already rolling. Among them are Hitchcock, Les Misérables, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi. Oscar buzz has already begun for the last four movies. [source, source, source]

Skyfall the Great has broken the record for the highest-grossing James Bond film ever. Its overall worldwide box office total is now $669.2 million, surpassing the previous champ, Casino Royale, which numbered at $599.2 million. The moral of the story: Daniel Craig makes a super duper awesome Bond. [source]

Speaking of Bond, since Kristen Stewart has been mentioning her interest to play a Bond girl, in a recent interview Craig was asked whether he would like her to be one and he answered, “No. She’s in Twilight.” I LOVE THIS MAN. But of course, being the gentleman that he is, he then added, “No, I’m being nasty. I’m only saying that because it’s [Breaking Dawn Part 2] coming out this weekend so we’re in direct competition with them. I’m sure she’d make a great Bond girl.” In a different interview, he was asked who’d make a better Bond Girl, Beyonce or Rihanna, and he answered “Rihanna, she’s dirtier.” Ooh Mr. Bond! [source, source]

In addition to James McAvoy, now Laura Linney is also in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks movie. You know, the premise sounds interesting and the cast even more interesting, but the fact that it’ll be directed by the same dude who brought us not one, but two Twilight movies just bugs me. [source]

A new poster (?) of the second installation of The Hunger Games has surfaced. It’s a mockingjay.. that’s CATCHING FIRE.

Uh.. it’s cool and all, but why?

For those of you not in the know, Peter Jackson has been posting BTS videos of The Hobbit on facebook. I, of course, refuse to see any of them. I need as little spoiler as possible, but if you want you can check them out here.

If the word ‘Evangelion’ leaves you screaming and crying and reminiscing about your youth, then let me just say that I FEEL YOU and let us all hope that international fans won’t have to wait for a year (or more) to be able to see it. Hideaki Anno’s latest mindfuck, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, has garnered over a million viewers, had Japan’s biggest box office opening of the year, and well on its way to defeat its previous two films. [source, source]

Frank Ocean is in demand these days, and apparently he has recorded a song for Tarantino’s Django Unchained. We’ll have to see if it made the cut, but it’d be nonsense if it didn’t.

Okay, I just find this funny—a guy spotted Terrence Malick dancing to a bit of country, filmed him, and uploaded it on YouTube. To quote Vulture.com, “A little short, but hey, it’s like Bigfoot footage — just enjoy what you get.” [source]

Last Sunday, Angelina Jolie held a private screening of Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible at London’s Soho Hotel. Even though she has never done a film together with Ewan McGregor, apparently she’s a fan. This kind of ‘support’ between A-listers is not something new, as Julia Roberts did the same thing with Biutiful last year, in order to support her friend Javier Bardem’s Best Actor campaign. McGregor is an excellent actor, and I often wonder why he has always been overlooked by the Academy. Here’s hoping next year will be a different story. [source]

An awesome news that turned out to be not as awesome as I expected—a radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is in production. It’s got a crazy cast list and honestly, when Gaiman started tweeting about it, I wanted it to be a movie so bad. Well, it’s not a movie but still great anyway, and will be available via BBC iPlayer. I guess I’ll just keep dreaming about a Good Omens movie.

That’s it for this week, folks. See ya next Sunday!

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