Five for the Fifth: 5 Random Questions for the 5th of August

Happy Friday the Fifth, everyone! I haven’t been consistent with this supposedly monthly posting, as the last one was back in May, but I’m going to try to do this once a month (yeah I know, I said that last time, too :D) Well, the gist of the post is that I give five random news item/trailer, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic (you can do all five or just pick a topic). Ok, let’s do it shall we?

1. First thing first… This was all over the news yesterday so granted most of you have seen it, but I just had to post this Man of Steel‘s first look here as I’ve been a longtime fan of Henry Cavill.

Oooo… my initial reaction of course is pure glee… As I’ve said in this post, the first time I saw Henry on screen in The Count of Monte Cristo about a decade ago, I already thought he’d make a good Superman. Now here he is… in his full Man of Steel glory! Yes it’s a publicity pic, not exactly in the midst of a scene as the project hasn’t begun filming yet, but it’s enough to give us a taste of the tone of the film, which judging by that costume alone and Henry’s expression, it’s going to be a lot darker and perhaps even enigmatic.

I think the costume looks awesome, like The Amazing Spiderman‘s suit, I like the darker colors and the textured look, the crotch area is too dark to make out if he’s wearing that red underwear, which I’m guessing he’d still have those on. I hope it’d be in the muted red tone like his boots, or better yet, the suit would look more like this Jim Lee’s illustration. I agree with a lot of people’s comments about the hair though, should go easy with the hair gel! I wish they’d kept it more natural as obviously in real life Henry can definitely sport the iconic Superman curl as you can see in this picture!

Well, now that you’ve seen this first look, does it alter your view about Man of Steel in any way?

• Now switching from the good ‘ol hero to a bad ass prince of darkness… I’ve mentioned before that Rufus Sewell has been cast as the villain in Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter, just a reminder, here’s the plot of the movie: “President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.”

You’ve got to be at least intrigued by that right? Well, for one I’m thrilled to see Rufus nab a prominent role in a relatively high profile project. In this interview with the Wall Street Journal blog, he shed a light to what his character called Adam:

WSJ: So you’re a smart vampire then.

RS: Well, yes actually. I’m a 5,000 year old vampire who has seen it all. And the big thing for me was to decide how he was supposed to talk because you can’t do an Aramaic twinge – because if they cut the scene that explains where you came from you just look stupid. So I just picked Old Hollywood – rather, old American, like Roosevelt. He’s a man’s man, cigar room dealmaker who also happens to be the king of the vampires.

Sounds like they’ve got the perfect man for the job. I always thought Rufus is devastatingly handsome in an otherworldly kind of way. And I often vampires as being rather elegant, which suits Rufus well, too. Btw, I found out from the article he was up for the role of Lestat in Interview with the Vampire, that is until Tom Cruise expressed serious interest, that is 😦 In any case, looks like the vampire genre is still going strong even as Twilight is coming to an end (thank goodness!)

So my question to you is… who’s your favorite cinematic vampire?

• Y’know, I wasn’t a big fan of Dominic Cooper, perhaps because I thought he was terrible as Willoughby in the 2008 BBC version of Sense of Sensibility. But I slowly warm up to him after seeing him in An Education and Captain America. Now, he’s got a movie coming out in August called The Devil’s Double that’s likely to show his chops as a serious actor. Check it out:

Cooper is playing a dual role of Saddam Hussein’s son Uday and his body double, army lieutenant Latif Yahia. The story is based on Latif’s memoir of the same name. After reading some reviews, including this one by AP, I know this is not my cup of tea at all. Not sure I can endure it even if I’m curious to see Cooper pulling off a dual performance. I haven’t seen too many movies like this, the only ones I can think of right now is Leo DiCaprio in The Man in The Iron Mask.

Which other actor(s) have you seen who played two different roles in the same movie convincingly?

Ok now, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised about this given the name of the franchise, but STILL! According to Deadline, Die Hard 5 (yep there was a 4th movie if some of you missed it, ahah) is in the works and 20th Century Fox is frantically looking for a director after the initial helmer left the project. Apparently Bruce Willis is eager to reprise his role as John McClane which will be set in Russia.

What I’m surprised about is the names being considered: Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising) and John Moore (Max Payne). Now, the first three are pretty talented bunch, but whatever, I’m kind of tired of seeing another Die Hard movie. I like the first 3 but I think it’s time to give it a rest, no?

Well, do you feel the same way I do or are you excited to see Die Hard 5?

• I saw this video a few days ago and was really bowled over by it. It’s called The Beauty of Pixar, created by a law student and a movie buff from Brazil, Leandro Copperfield.  Based on the description on the Youtube page, he apparently spent 11 days re-watching all 11 Pixar feature films and then took 500 hand-selected scenes and made an amazing tribute to the best animation studio on the planet.

Amazing editing, isn’t it? He said that he’s not a professional editor nor has done anything related to movies, which makes this all the more impressive!

So, the question is an easy one (but might be tough to answer)… What’s your all time favorite Pixar movie?

Well, that’s it for this month’s Five for the Fifth. Now, please pick a question out of the five above or better yet, do ‘em all! 😀