TOP 5: Fantastic Fest Coverage, 50/50, MACHINE GUN PREACHER, GHOST RIDER 2, Tom Hiddleston Talks THE AVENGERS and THOR 2

     October 1, 2011


With the fall film season now in full swing, I’m 100% ashamed to admit that I’ve yet to see two of my most anticipated fall films: Moneyball and 50/50. Now, I have every intention of ending this charade at some point this weekend but, for now, I hope you’ll give me a pass. If I’ve still yet to check them out when we meet here next week, I’ll understand if you choose to revoke my “mildly credible film blogger” credentials. In the meantime…

…In this week’s “Top 5” installment, you can find all of our Fantastic Fest 2011 coverage. After that, interviews abound with the cast of Jonathan Levine’s dramedy 50/50, the cast, creators, and real-life inspiration for Machine Gun Preacher, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance director Brian Taylor, and Thor/The Avengers‘ Tom Hiddleston. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

1. All of Our Fantastic Fest 2011 Coverage


Calling southern Illinois home means that I have the misfortune of missing out on some of the best festivals that film has to offer. Toronto? Check. Sundance? Check. Fantastic Fest? Check with a sad emoticon face. Luckily, I have the opportunity to stay abreast on the happenings of the week long celebration thanks to the hard work of our very own Scott Wampler and Bill Graham. Does that mean I get to see Nacho Vigalando’s Extraterrestrial any sooner? No. But living vicariously through Scott is probably the next best thing. See for yourself by checking out all of our Fantastic Fest 2011 coverage.

2. 50/50 Interviews with Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard


A few weeks ago, I named Jonathan Levine and Will Reiser’s 50/50 one of my most anticipated fall films. With that in mind, it’s only natural that I would include our interviews with cast members Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, and Bryce Dallas Howard in this week’s “Top 5.” I try not to come to conclusions on any film before I’ve seen it, but I think it’s safe to say that the odds of me enjoying this pic are far greater than 50% (bad pun intended).

3. MACHINE GUN PREACHER Interviews with Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, and More

Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan MACHINE GUN PREACHER interview slice

I have a general rule that states if you put Gerard Butler in anything that isn’t a romantic comedy opposite Katherine Heigl or Jennifer Aniston, I probably still won’t like it, but I’ll hate it less. Based on everything I’ve seen from Machine Gun Preacher, I feel as if the pic may be an exception to the above stated rule. Butler seems to be in his wheelhouse here as a tough, albeit sympathetic and conflicted character. If you have similar hopes, I would recommend checking out our video sit-downs with Butler and Michelle Monaghan, director Marc Forster, screenwriter Jason Keller and Butler’s real-life counterpart, Sam Childers. In case you missed them, I might also suggest you check out Steve’s interviews with co-star Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and alternative rock legend Chris Cornell who contributed an original song to the film.

4. Director Brian Taylor Talks GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE


At least in theory, I can’t say I was overly excited by the prospect of a sequel to 2007’s Ghost Rider. Then the creative forces behind Crank unveiled a trailer for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance that featured Johnny Blaze urinating fire. I quickly reconsidered my position and now I can safely say that the film has my interest. If you feel similarly and want to learn more about the pic, click here for our exclusive video interview with co-director Brian Taylor where he talks about 3D conversion, the editing process, deleted scenes, and the film’s runtime.

5. Tom Hiddleston Talks THE AVENGERS, THOR 2, WAR HORSE, and More

Tom Hiddleston WAR HORSE, THE AVENGERS, THOR 2 interview slice TIFF

Of all the things about Thor that pleasantly surprised me (and there were quite a few), I dare say that Tom Hiddleston’s turn as Loki is near the top. In my opinion, he was near spot-on in his portrayal of Norse mythology’s God of Mischief and I can’t wait to see him reprise his role next summer in The Avengers. To hear Hiddleston talk about each of these films as well as a Thor sequel, Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, and writer/director Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, click here for Steve’s exclusive video interview with the actor.