TOP 5: Alamo Texter Voicemail, John Davis Talks PREDATOR, HORRIBLE BOSSES Set Visit, SUPER 8 Review, J.J. Abrams Video Interview

     June 11, 2011


At the risk of inflating expectations, I have to say that this week’s “Top 5” includes one of my all-time favorite stories on the site: the “Alamo Texter Voicemail.” In less than two minutes, the Drafthouse puts a voice to “that person” who all too often sees the movie theater as a great place to get the most out of their unlimited monthly text plan. Joining Alamo’s contribution in this week’s installment is producer John Davis’ sit-down with Steve where he discusses the Predator franchise and what kept Arnold Schwarzenegger from doing Predator 2, our Horrible Bosses set visit, and a pair of Super 8 pieces coming in the form of Matt’s film review and Steve’s video interview with writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams.

Hit the jump to find a quick recap and link to each.

1. The “Alamo Texter Voicemail”


To be honest, I always kind of assumed that any person who paid for a movie just to text during it was either woefully inconsiderate or perhaps incredibly dense. This voicemail turned-common-courtesy-PSA from the Alamo Drafthouse provides evidence that indeed both are the case.

2. Producer John Davis Talks PREDATOR


If you ever find yourself wondering about the current status of the Predator franchise and/or why Predator 2 featured a whole lot of Danny Glover instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger, click here to check out Steve’s exclusive interview with producer John Davis. Broken up into three segments, you can also read what Davis had to say about other projects such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles by clicking here and here.



Late last summer, Steve had the opportunity to visit the set of the new Seth Gordon (The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters) comedy Horrible Bosses starring Jason Bateman, Jamie Foxx, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, and Charlie Day. While he was unable to figure out exactly what is so horrible about Aniston wanting to sleep with you on the job, his write-up does claim that he’s “never heard such dirty language on a movie set.” If you’re like me, you’ve already been won over by the prospect of ample cursing and you now want to click here to check out our full set visit.

4. SUPER 8 Review


In typical J.J. Abrams style, Super 8 has done its very best to capture the attention of an ever-segmented audience by making it ask, “What the heck is breaking out of that train crash?”. While that particular mystery is best left unspoiled, you can click here to get Matt’s take on Abrams’ latest trip down mystery/sci-fi lane.

5. J.J. Abrams Video Interview

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Speaking of J.J. Abrams, the writer/director/producer recently sat down for a video interview with Steve while promoting the aforementioned Super 8. What followed was a discussion that touches on IMAX, Amblin, viral marketing, Leonard Nimoy, and Star Trek 2. Click here to watch the interview for yourself.