Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Expendables 2 TV Spot: Shoot Something!

The best line in the newest TV spot for The Expendables 2 is “shoot something!” It really gets to the heart of the film’s ethos. If its myriad action superstars aren’t blowing something up, why are they there?

The spot is full of explosions and winky action lines like “You’re terminated!” I half expect someone to call Jason Stathom “cranky” or hand Chuck Norris a couple Texas Rangers tickets.

In addition the action stars that are returning from the first film, newcomer Liam Hemsworth of The Hunger Games (check out some The Hunger Games quotes) joins the cast as Bill “The Kid” Timmons. Other new additions include Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme (who plays a villain named Jean Vilain…I can’t get over that).

The Expendables 2 opens August 17. For a longer look at the film, take a look at the full Expendables 2 trailer.

Snow White and the Huntsman Exclusive: Sam Claflin Chats Becoming Prince Charming

Sam Claflin called us from London for an exclusive chat to talk about the eagerly anticipated Snow White and the Huntsman. The film lands in theaters with Kristen Stewart as the legendary fairy tale character, The Avengers’ Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman and Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen. Claflin portrays the iconic Prince Charming and found the entire experience filming Snow White with director Rupert Sanders a dream come true.

Sam Claflin in Snow White and the Huntsman
The moment Claflin first met Sanders and saw his vision strewn throughout the director’s office with storyboards and artwork, Claflin knew he had to come aboard the Snow White ship. “He was so passionate about this idea that allowed his massive imagination to run wild,” Claflin said. “Rupert is truly a genius.”

The words on the pages of the script by Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini also clinched it for the UK actor. “I love how in the script we’re reinvented and rediscovered this classic tale that we all know and loved and turned it on its head and retelling it with gothic effect,” Claflin said.

The filming of Snow White and the Huntsman was trying. It was action heavy and allowed the actor to further his experience with stunt sequence work that he first tried on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. “It was very hard work and physically demanding. Even the part of Snow White, she is a very physical and strong character. At the end of the day of filming, we were all tired,” he said and laughed. “But, the thing is when you’re so passionate about a project like this, we all went home really wanting to get back to work the next day. It was really fun. It never felt like it was work at all. It was a triumph on Rupert’s part.”

Sanders’ film is hardly your grandmother’s Snow White tale and that is evident from the first Snow White and the Huntsman trailer where audiences see Stewart’s character all dolled up in armor, ready for battle. “Kristen Stewart… she really brought it. She has done everything in her power to make this the best it can be. People might have their reservations, but she’s going to prove to people how amazing she is,” Claflin said. He reported being inspired by how the Twilight actress handled herself, given the expectations thrown on her by audiences used to seeing her as Bella. “There’s such pressure on her shoulders. Trust me, she will impress everybody. Without her, this film would not nearly be the great movie it is now.”

One thing remains the same with the fairy tale and that is the romance surrounding Claflin’s Prince Charming and the heroine of the title. Even though it is a role of a lifetime, the actor almost said no because early drafts of the script reminded him too much of another character he played recently. “I did have my reservations about filling Prince Charming’s shoes. I thought it initially was a lot like the character Philip I played in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He was the guy who got the girl and straight-laced,” Claflin said. After working closely with Sanders, the Prince Charming you see on screen is quite different from that first draft.

“Rupert and I devised this character that has so much bite, it’s edgier than the classic Prince Charming. He doesn’t mind rolling around and getting his hands dirty. It was a great opportunity for me.”

Working on Snow White and the Huntsman gave Claflin an education he never would have received anywhere else.

Sam Clafin in Snow White and the Huntsman
“I’m proud now to step away from this and say that I did that. I needed to do this in order to grow — having this opportunity to be surrounded by these incredible actors like Kristen, Charlize [Theron] and Chris [Hemsworth]. I grew up watching some of these people on television and in films. I’m proud of what we’ve all achieved. Hopefully, everyone will enjoy it as much as we did making it. I’m excited to see what other people think of it.”

Claflin is dying to tell us about his favorite scene, but unfortunately, his description would be a spoiler! “I know it’s very cliché, but every scene I was involved with was just fantastic to be a part of. There wasn’t a dull moment on set. My first day of filming was my opening scene in the film. It’s this big action epic scene with fights and stuntmen everywhere — that was just a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve grown up as a kid loving knights and horses and castles and all that stuff. To be on the set, with this Elizabethan backdrop, it was a schoolboy’s dream come true.”

As the film is set to premiere at midnight across the world, how is Claflin feeling? “It’s a mix of nerves and excitement. It’s exciting for everyone to see it, but I’m nervous for the feedback. Will people like it? Will they like the surprises and the unexpectedness of the film? My adrenaline is definitely visible. I’m never going to stop sweating ever again,” he said, laughing.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Makes $100 Million Worldwide

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a modest little dramedy about a group of English pensioners who move to a hotel in India, opened the same weekend as The Avengers. That’s already top-5 grossing film all-time The Avengers. You know, biggest opening weekend in history The Avengers? That’s some stiff competition.

But The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has just surpassed the $100 Million mark for worldwide box-office gross. Starring Judi Dench (Skyfall) and Bill Nighy, and produced by Fox’s indie wing, Fox Searchlight, Marigold‘s character-driven drama seems to be resonating with audiences all around the world.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Poster

Check out our exclusive interview with John Madden, the director of Marigold, for some insights into the making of the film. If you haven’t seen it yet, The Best Exotic Marigold opened wide on May 25, meaning it should be in theaters near you right now.

The Bourne Legacy Trailer: There Was Never Just One

The new trailer for The Bourne Legacy has hit the net. Jeremy Renner stars in the fourth installment of the Bourne series, with Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton (Moonrise Kingdom) joining on. Take a look:

Renner is making a big splash this summer, starring in two major blockbusters. He played Hawkeye in the smash hit The Avengers, which broke box office records earlier this month, and now he takes over for Matt Damon in the Bourne series.

Damon’s character of Jason Bourne will not appear in this film, which picks up after the events of the first three films, though he has not ruled out involvement in future Bourne projects. The film is based on the book by the same name, which is part of a series of nine total novels (with a tenth being published soon).

The Bourne Legacy opens August 3, and has made our list of the Top 10 Summer Movies.

Piranha 3DD Exclusive Interview: Director John Gulager Gets Fishy

Sitting down with Piranha 3DD director John Gulager for our exclusive video interview and immediately it’s hard not to notice he brought a little friend. Yes, that’s a real prop from his film sitting in his lap, blood-laden lips and all! Gulager saw many challenges in taking over the Piranha franchise in its follow-up to the 2010 smash. The film that opens on VOD and in theaters June 1 stars David Koechner and Danielle Panabaker as a pair of owners of a water park that’s about to get very wet and definitely dangerously wild. Piranha 3DD also features David Hasselhoff as himself and Gulager dishes how that priceless cameo came about.