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DVD Previews: Robert Downey and the Devil’s Bounty

This week’s DVD/Blu-ray releases feature two action/adventure sequels and two 1970’s classics. Bring the classic characters of Sherlock Holmes or Ghost Rider into your living room, or laugh a bit with a screwball comedy from one of our generation’s best comedians. There are some great new releases for every taste this week.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), returns as the world’s most famous detective to face off with dangerous criminal Mastermind James Moriarty in this Sherlock Holmes sequel. Jude Law also returns as Holmes’ colleague Dr. Watson.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: Nicholas Cage reprises his role as Johny Blaze in this Ghost Rider sequel based on the Marvel comic series. This film finds Blaze hiding out in Eastern Europe until he is solicited to summon his powers in order to save a young boy from the devil.

A Little Bit of Heaven: This Romantic comedy stars Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal as Marley and Julian, a patient and doctor who accidentally fall in love.

Meatballs: Ivan Reitman’s 1979 comedy marked Bill Murray’s (Moonrise Kingdom) first major film role, and began a series of collaborations between Reitman and Murray, including Stripes and Ghostbusters. The film follows Murray as a camp counselor who is no more mature than the kids he looks after. This special-edition Blu-ray features interviews and a three-part making-of featurette.

Harold and Maude: This cult classic black comedy is being re-released on Criterion blu-ray. The film stars But Cort as a morbid teenage boy named Harold, who forges a relationship with a fun-loving elderly woman named Maude, featuring an iconic soundtrack from Cat Stevens.

Top Gun 2 Moving Forward? Tom Cruise Hopes So

Tom Cruise looks essentially the same as he did in 1986, though you can’t say the same for Val Kilmer. Otherwise, there could be a Top Gun sequel set not too far after the events of the first film.

Yes, Cruise recently told MTV that the Top Gun sequel that has been thrown around for a while is finally starting to gain traction, and that he “want(s) to get in those jets” (though he could be talking about starting a professional football career, or maybe joining an off-Broadway production of West Side Story).

This comes after DreamWorks President Adam Goodman reported that Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tony Scott will all be returning to their roles for Top Gun 2, and that a script is already finished. Check out our Top Gun quotes page to relive the original.

Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in Top Gun

Cruise is set to star in the jukebox musical Rock of Ages on June 15. Bruckheimer, meanwhile, is producing the Armie Hammer/Johnny Depp adaptation of The Lone Ranger slated for release next year.

The Great Gatsby Gets Some New Stills: Jay, Nick & Daisy All Dressed Up

Three new stills from The Great Gatsby show off the glamorous 1920’s style Baz Luhrmann was able to recreate for the upcoming film. Click the thumbnails to enlarge.

Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey MulliganNick Carraway The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, an adaptation of the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald Novel, is all about the illusion of happiness that wealth can afford. Luhrmann seems to have nailed the 1920’s high-society style necessary to hit home this idea.

The film stars Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, a transplanted Midwesterner on Long Island who becomes obsessed by his wealthy neighbor Jay Gatsby, played by DiCaprio. Carey Mulligan plays the apple of Gatsby’s eye, Daisy Buchanan, with Joel Edgerton and Isla Fischer (check out some Wedding Crashers quotes from her breakout performance) rounding out the cast.

The Great Gatsby opens this Christmas, along with another DiCaprio film, Django Unchained. Check out The Great Gatsby trailer for more.

Rock of Ages Interview: Julianne Hough & Diego Boneta Sing Film’s Praises

We sat down with Rock of Ages stars Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta as the two dish their rocking chemistry, the magnificent madness that is director Adam Shankman and what it meant to the two young actors that they now share a film with superstars Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin.

Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough in Rock of Ages
Both performers had different experiences seeing the Broadway musical that the film is based on, as dictated by the helmer of Rock of Ages. “I saw it after. Adam did not want me to see it before because there was going to be changes from the movie to the musical and he didn’t want me to be influenced by them,” Boneta said.

As soon as the film wrapped, the actor rushed to experience the theatrical version. “I flew up to New York and I watched the play as soon as I could. I was very impressed by what they did with adapting the play to the movie because it’s not an easy musical to adapt,” he said. “(Screenwriter) Justin Theroux did an amazing job with it.”

Hough, on the other hand, went to see it once she had the part, but hadn’t shot the film yet. “I was the most annoying person in the theater because I was like, ‘Oh, we changed this part’ and ‘Oh, that character isn’t even in it.’ My friends were like, ‘Julianne, shut up!'” Hough said and laughed.

Hough and Boneta play Sherrie and Drew, the central characters to the entire Rock of Ages story universe, who have a little romance. Both portray young adults landing in 1980s Los Angeles with rock star dreams. If their chemistry works, then the film works — something not lost on either performer. “It was really hard working with him. I’m just kidding,” Hough said, smiling.

“Diego was awesome. We got to know each other for six weeks prior because we were doing our little rock college thing. Then, we got to be the kids on set. We were there from the beginning to the very end of the shoot. We had that bond before we even started shooting.”

Boneta too felt the two bonded long before a camera started rolling. Something had them on the same page. “Julianne is an amazing, talented actress and we wanted to bring our A-game to this,” he said. It sounds as if the two gelled over their collective desire to not be the weak link in a star-studded cast. “We only have Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the movie! We wanted to really deliver. She became my sister throughout that whole process.”

“A sister he makes out with,” Hough added and they both laughed.

Even though they were prepared, we wondered what they felt like walking onto the set to work with the biggest names in the business in Cruise, Jones and Baldwin. “It’s my first movie! At first, I was nervous. I was a bit intimidated,” Boneta said.

“But then when we met them, and seeing how passionate they were on set and how excited they were, it went from being intimidated to being motivated. Seeing Tom on set, he was treating this movie like it was his first and last movie.”

Hough shares many scenes with Cruise and Baldwin, but was disappointed she never met her idol on the set. “I didn’t get to do any scenes with Catherine Zeta-Jones! As a female actor, she is the epitome of a beautiful female movie star. I still get nervous around her. I saw her yesterday and I was nervous. She walked in in this gorgeous white suit and just exuded movie star. She wears movie star perfume. She’s gorgeous, beautiful on the inside and out.”

Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta in Rock of Ages
Another person that inspired Hough and Boneta on Rock of Ages was their director, a firecracker to say the least.

“He’s a goofball and I think that’s an understatement. He is like crazy, insane fun,” Hough said. “He’s so happy though and he really loves what he does. That just translates to his work and just to us. Everybody around him, every single day, has that kind of energy.”

Boneta was struck by how Shankman was a team player that wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. “There was a very fancy production office and Adam had a very fancy office. I don’t think he was there once. His office was at the choreography warehouse with no air conditioning with this plastic white table, a plastic chair and he was there every single day. That’s how involved he was. Every detail, he was in the trenches. When you have someone like that directing, you can see that on screen.”

The Amazing Spider-Man Clip: Take It

My answer to the question “if you were a superhero, what would your power be?” has always been “to be adept at keepaway.” I don’t think I’m alone there, right? Peter Parker sure seems to be taking advantage of the skill. Check it out in the 10th clip from The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Rhys Ifans as The Lizard, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson, Parker’s high school nemesis who is featured in this clip. The film, directed by Marc Webb, marks a reboot of the series after three Spider-Man movies from Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire.

The film opens July 3 in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. For more, check out The Amazing Spider-Man Lizard featurette.