by / April 29th, 2011 /

Weekly film news: Crash! Bang! Wallop! What a trailer…

Review by on April 29th, 2011

Another Friday rolls around and the infernal wheels of Hollywood continue to spin, powered by nothing but our eternal need to see glowy pictures in a big dark room. It stops for no man, so lets get caught up in the film news from the week that was.

Avengers Assemble

Even if you’re not versed in the way of nerd, it’s hard not to marvel (pun intended) at the work going on at Marvel Studios. Four films into their billion dollar franchise crossover project, filming began this week on the ace up their sleeve: Avengers.

Set to be one behemoth of a super hero mash up, Avengers brings together Iron Man, Hulk, Thor (out this week) and Captain America (out July) to fight evil and undoubtedly blow up more things than is strictly necessary. The film is under the wing of geek messiah Josh Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Serenity – the fantastic sci-fi film no one saw) so expectations are ludicrously high.

Even if the film ends up a 2-hour special effect clusterfuck, you gotta at least admire Marvel’s moxy for trying something awesome. The Avengers is released May 2012, don’t expect to stop hearing about it between now and then.

He wasn’t lying when he said…

…I’ll be back. Terminator 5 is in the works, with your old pal Arnie set to reprise his role as the killing machine with a heard of gold (Or was it plutonium?). The project is set to be directed by Justin Lin (Fast Five) and is reportedly being shopped to a number of studios right now, who can snap it up for the bargain down payment of $36m. Quite the deal I think, especially if this will be Schwarzenegger’s first major role following his unexpectedly successful career in politics. Well, first major role… after this…

…but YOU were lying when you said…

…that you’d seen Casablanca? What about 2001: A Space Odyssey? A poll released by this week shares the top films people lie about having seen. We’ve all done it. Well, except me, I’ve seen every film ever made. The Godfather tops the list, which is quite the shocker. How haven’t people taken time to sit down and watch this sublime tale about… err… a guy… who, is like, someone’s godfather? Is there a church in there somewhere, that’d make sense… I’ve seen it, I swear! Anyways, here’s the top ten for your perusal, get caught up!

1. The Godfather (30%)
2. Casablanca (13%)
3. Taxi Driver (11%)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (9%)
5. Reservoir Dogs (8%)
6. This Is Spinal Tap (7%)
7. Apocalypse Now (6 %)
8. Goodfellas (5%)
8. Blade Runner (%)
10. The Great Escape (4%)

See movies on the internet for free!

Well, bits of movies. Edited together to exciting music, generally designed to get people excited and build hype for the full film. I guess they could be called trailers. What did you think I was talking about?

First up is X-Men: First Class. We had a trailer for this last week. And since then, another 100 or so have been released, each a smidgen more badass than the last. Here’s the full theatrical international trailer.

Remember those movies about giant robots that everyone says were really stupid and denied watching, but a lot of people secretly liked them (kind of the opposite of The Godfather so)? Well they’re making a third one, and here’s the new trailer! Cool!… wait, no…I mean booo!

Wands will clash! Robes will become entangled! Major characters will die (sorry, spoilers)! It’s the new theatrical trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (aka HP8 aka The last one, aww).

Top actors from UK and Ireland come to Cavan to celebrate Arts and Drama

MayDay Mullagh is a special event taking place next weekend (6/7/8 May) in the town of Mullagh, Co Cavan. Consisting of a series of workshops and talks relating to the arts, special guests will include Cillian Murphy, Jason Isaacs, Saoirse Rona, Martin McDonagh, amongst many others. It sounds like it could be an incredible experience for Irish artists and performers of any age. Here’s the schedule and here’s Kate Winslet talking about acting for the site:

Trailer of the week

Ridley Scott teams up with YouTube and everyone on the entire planet to create Life in a Day, a crowd sourced documentary on a whopper scale. Hokey, heartwarming or just kinda cool? Check out the trailer

Poster of the Week

Hobo With A Shotgun

No explanation needed.