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! 😀

51 thoughts on “Five for the Fifth: 5 Random Questions for the 5th of August

  1. The Die Hard is the guiltiest of my guilty pleasures. The fourth one was pretty bad, or at least very very over the top, and I still enjoyed it. If that movie had any other name than “Die Hard” and didn’t feature someone named “John McClane”, I would’ve hated it. Long story short, they could make 20 more “Die Hard” movies and I’d probably watch all of them. I’d have a lot of shame about it but I’d watch all of them.

    I’ve heard that Cornish is a longshot, that he wouldn’t do it unless he got total control over the script.

    1. Ahah, I guess I don’t blame you, John. This series is such riotous fun and I have a fondness for John McClane. I was reluctant to see Die Hard 4 however and it turns out it was the worst of the franchise IMO. I hope this one is better and I’m real curious to see how Cornish would’ve handled it. He seems like a really smart director after seeing him in Attack The Block panel.

  2. When I hear Ode to Joy, do I think of Christmas? Not exactly…Die Hard & Hans Gruber are my associations with that…”Nice suit. (name of suitmaker), London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there.” OK? LOL

    I think the Superman looks cool but Henry looks different to me, what did they do to his hairline? LOL

    1. Ha..ha.. Die Hard movies will always be associated w/ Christmas isn’t it? Someone should re-release it on the big screen on Christmas day one of these days 🙂 There are tons of great quotes from that first one, most of them from Hans Gruber!

      Yeah, I think we both agree on the hair… let’s hope it’s just an isolated case for this publicity shot and they’d style it naturally in the actual movie. Henry’s got such amazingly thick dark hair doesn’t he?

  3. 1. Henry Cavill is good pick for the role and I’m looking forward to the film. Superman Returns’ Brandon Routh wasn’t a bad selection, but filmmakers tried too hard for him to be Christopher Reeve (and there was only one of him for the iconic role).
    2. Without question, Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee as Dracula.
    3. Jean-Claude Van Damme in ‘Double Impact’… you know I’m kidding, right? I’d go with Jeremy Irons in ‘Dead Ringers’.
    4. I’m only curious to see ‘Die Hard 5’. I love the first three… well, if you kinda forget the second installment that is. The fourth was entertainingly okay — it was more for Bruce Willis returning to the role and getting a kick out of Justin Long and Timothy Olyphant in support. This sequel seems like they’re pushing it. Still, ‘RED’ was one of my faves in 2010. We’ll see.
    5. As much as I love the entire ‘Toy Story’ trilogy, and UP, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and the like, unquestionably my heart and soul is with WALL•E.

    You always have some fun and interesting post, Ruth. Have a great weekend.

    1. Wahoo Michael, thanks for taking up all five 🙂

      1. You’re right, I think that’s a bad idea every time the filmmaker asks an actor to ‘replicate’ a role someone else has done, especially someone as iconic as Superman. Yep, there is only ONE Christopher Reeve. Time to reinvent the role, and I’m glad they’re doing that here.

      2. Ah yes, speaking of iconic role, Christopher Lee, certainly.

      3. Mwahaha, JCVD… good one, Michael! I haven’t seen Dead Ringers yet but no doubt Irons did a great job in it

      4. I just can’t stand Justin Long in DH4, perhaps if they had someone else it’d be more bearable

      5. I commend you for being able to pick just ONE favorite Pixar movie! I find it really hard, but certainly WALL•E is in my top three, with perhaps Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc.

  4. I’m not a fan of the Superman franchise. I always find the film versions of Superman on the bland side. Only the TV series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, made like both Clark Kent and Superman. However, I’m looking forward to watching Henry Cavill on the big screen. Maybe his hotness will make me like film Superman

    Is it cheating to list both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in Face/Off as my favorite playing two different roles in the same movie because they are compelled to play two different roles? I’m always amazed by how each actor got each other’s characters mannerism once they started playing the other guy.

    1. Hi Sherry, not a Superman fan? 😦 😦 Ah well, I suppose I see your reasoning, I guess I’ve been a fan of that character since I was a wee kid so it’s hard to shake that off. Ha..ha.. but I’m sure lots of girls are in your corner regarding Henry (hey, that’s a title of a Harrison Ford movie! he..he..) He is super hot indeed, but I think he’s got talents to balance that out though.

      Oooh, another Face/Off fan, I LOVE it! No it’s not cheating, I like both Travolta and Cage playing dual roles in that. I’m doing a Double Theater post soon and this movie will be included as it’s one of my fave action flicks!

  5. PrairieGirl

    Gerard Butler in Dracula 2000 is, of course, my favorite vampire so far. But that may change in 2012 after we get to see Rufus’ rendition.

    And Nicolas Cage in Adaptation for best dual role as the painfully introverted screenwriter and who also plays his brother, the hapless (it only seems that way), outgoing, but genius screenwriter-come-lately.

    1. Hear, hear, Becky. Yes, GB would make the sexiest prince of darkness for me as well, though the movie is a stinker!

      Ah yes, Nic Cage was good in Adaptation, but that is one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen!

      1. PrairieGirl

        Oh, for sure D2000 is not that good, so it was great after they introduced GB and there was a whole lot of his sexy self to see for the rest of the film. And Adaption was indeed weird, but somehow it keeps your interest all way through till the end.

  6. 1. The pic looks nice, but i am still not hyped for the movie
    2.If we’re talking purely movies, then Claudia from Interview with a Vampire is my favorite. If we’re including tv shows too, then you know my answer already 😉
    3.. Michael Cera in Youth in Revolt.
    4. I’m ambivalent. I didn’t hate the last Die Hard movies, but i wouldn’t mind letting the franchise die
    5.Honestly i’m not sure

    btw did you send my Irreversible post to Vince yet?

    1. Hi Julian, yeah I know you’re not hyped about the Superman flick, hopefully you’ll change your mind though.

      I’m surprised you didn’t answer Deborah as your fave vampire… I think TV version counts as well 😀

      Vince left you a comment on your Irreversible post already.

      1. Well i figured you wanted movie answers. Between Claudia and Deborah, Deborah would win out..although i did really like Kirsten’s performance as Claudia. And vampires will be the subject of my next post 😛

        And i just saw VInces comment a few days ago

        1. Looking forward to your vampire post, Julian, is it gonna be True Blood related or just vampires in general? Btw I think Kirsten’s performance was outstanding in ‘Interview’ for someone her age.

          1. Its more defending the vampire genre. I’ve noticed that ever since twilight whenever a new vampire movie is announced it is met with dismal. I will also mention what is imo killing the vampire genre these days, and what can be done to improve them. I also plan to mention recent vampire movies that i think show that there is still potential in that genre, and vampire movies coming out that i think have potential.

            And yeah, Kirsten was outstanding in that role. I was kind of surprised, as most of her recent roles didn’t really show her full potential(Which is one reason why i want to see Melancholia, as it looks like she had plenty of room to really act)

  7. 1. My view was that Zack Snyder is directing and the movie would probably be mediocre despite the great cast. Cavill looks the part and this picture doesn’t change anything except maybe confirm that Snyder will push his visual orgasm on Superman.

    4. Not really anticipating Die Hard 5. The fourth one was all right but forgettable and Bruce Willis sure isn’t getting any younger.

    5. My favorite Pixar movie would have to be Toy Story 3 at this point. As you know, I think they are very good but maybe a bit overrated.

    1. Hi Castor, ha..ha.. wow, what a term you used for Snyder’s vision. I think we all hope there’ll be more compelling story than just slick visuals 🙂

      At least you still think the 4th one was all right. I didn’t like it even though Bruce can still kick ass. Depending who’ll direct this, hopefully it’ll be eons better.

      Hey, you haven’t watched enough Pixar flicks to make a decision 😀 But I suppose, can’t go wrong with any of the TS movies.

  8. Ted S.

    The new Supe looks good, I’m hoping they got rid of the red diaper. I always felt Superman looks silly wearing that red diaper, he’s Superman for god sake!

    I was thinking of picking the novel version of Vampire Hunter before the film comes out but I’ll just see the movie instead. Yeah too bad Sewer didn’t get the Lestat role because he would’ve been perfect, I’ve read most of the Lestat novels and Tom Cruise was the last person I thought of in that role. My all time favorite vampire is Gary Oldman as Dracula.

    The Devils Double doesn’t look interesting to me, so I’ll skip it. Since he’s full of himself, I want to see Tom Cruise playing two roles in one film.

    I don’t really need to see another Die Hard film but if they make it, I’ll go see it. I hope they go back and set the film in Christmas time again, the last two films were set in the summer season. I agree the last one was bad, Len Wisemen should not have been given the director job on that one.

    1. Ha..ha… red diaper, I’m w/ you on that one, Ted, I hope they go with that suit in the Jim Lee illustration.

      Ahah, it’s Sewell, not ‘Sewer’, though it’s a fitting name I suppose as girls’ minds are in the gutter when they look at Rufus, just ask Becky 😀

      He..he.. I thought you like Tom Cruise?? But yeah, he’s mentally perfect for such a role, doesn’t he? But he doesn’t look Middle Eastern enough though.

      Oh, Len Wiseman directed DH4? No wonder! I hope they get a much better director for the 5th one, maybe there’s a slight chance it’d actually be good.

      1. Ted S.

        Ha ha, oops should’ve checked my writer before I hit the post comment button. But Sewell should definitely be a good vampire.

        I mis-read your question about the dual roles played by the same actor, I have to go with Jeremy Iron in Dead Ringers. Cruise is still my favorite actor but I sometime get tire of his antics. I hope M: I-4 will be good.

        Yeah, Wiseman somehow tricked Fox to let him made Die Hard 4. If there’s a fifth one, I want the old John McClane back and get a sinister villain. The bad guy in the fourth film was awful.

        Forgot to answer your last question, I think my favorite Pixar film is The Incredibles then Wall-E.

  9. I thought Die Hard 4 was one too many Die Hard films. It just gets to the stage where McClain’s wife-beater just can’t get any dirtier. Why doesn’t he just wear a different colour. No wonder his wife left, he never washes his clothes. I geneuinely can’t pick a favourite out of Pixar’s films because I love them all but I’d say that the first Toy Story film has a special place in my heart and I had memorised all the dialogue at one point. It is my most quoted film ever! I would probably go and see Man of Steel but I seriously think they should just ditch the Superman outfit, or at least change the colour. I just can’t take the character seriosuly when he’s running around in scarlet y-fronts. What about making the super ‘S’ be a scar on Superman’s chest, like Harry Potter’s lightening bolt? Then he could wear what he like and go incognito.

    1. Ha..ha… I think in the 4th one he actually had a different shirt on, a greenish color that hides the dirt a bit better than those wife beaters, no?

      I’m with you about Pixar, I can pick a top 3 or top 5, but can’t possibly pick just ONE favorite. But who knows after BRAVE comes out with the Scottish Princess, I just might love that one the most, we’ll see.

      Hey, that’s an interesting suggestion there making the ‘S’ emblem be a scar on his chest… but it might get cold as he flies up to outer space?? He..he.. silly me, Supes is never cold of course, as Lois once remarked in SR “I forgot how warm you are…” but then again, she was pressed next to him after all 😀

  10. 1. I’m stoked to see the new supes in action.
    2. Chris Sarandon in “Fright Night” one of the best vamps evah!
    3. Armie Hammer as Cameron/Tyler Winklevoss “The Social Network” he fooled me!
    4. Die Hard….or Trying Hard….to keep a franchise alive….let it go.
    5. Wall-E…..great story told with minimum dialogue and amazing visuals.

    1. I LOVE that you mention Chris Sarandon in Fright Night, Markus! He made such an elegant Dracula, it was a hoot to see him host the Fright Night panel at Comic-con.

      I also love WALL•E so, high five!

  11. Hi, Ruth and company:

    Wow! Great random questions.

    Being a guy and a child of the 1960s. ‘Superman’ will always be George Reeves Cheap special effects and all. Christopher Reeve came close, but it wasn’t the same.

    My choice for favorite vampire is not in the main stream, either.

    Delphine Seyrig as modern day Countess Bathory in ‘Daughters Of Darkness’ from 1971. Where the Countess befriends a honeymooning couple at an off season resort and decides to take one of them as her lover.
    Second choice would be Frank Langella in ABC’s ‘Dracula’ from 1979.

    Question #3 would be Jeremy Irons playing the good and psychotic plastic surgeon twin brothers in David Cronenberg’s ‘Dead Ringers’.

    ‘Die Hard’ really should have stopped after its first installment. Living just outside of DC, I didn’t buy the snowstorm. Ejection seats in a military surplus transport. Or the entire breadth of operations at Colorado’s Stapleton Field, that was supposed to be Dulles.

    Favorite Pixar flicks?: ‘Monsters, Inc’ and ‘The Incredibles’.

    1. What, what, you picked George Reeves over Christopher? 😦 No offense to Mr. Reeves but I think he’s more believable as Clark Kent.

      I didn’t even know Langella ever played a vampire, interesting.

      Wow, lots of answer for Dead Ringers, but Jeremy Irons as a twin OBGYN doctors? That’s bound to be twisted 🙂

      Ahah, well Die Hard movies never attempted much on realism I suppose.

      Oh, I like Monsters, Inc. but for some reason, The Incredibles was just ok, the trailer was a lot better.

  12. Doesn’t matter how many more ‘Die Hard’ movies they make, if they’re gonna be PG13 like the last one was then they’re not really ‘Die Hard.’

  13. Question 1- Nope. I like Cavill for the part. Polarizing reactions have hit the web lately. wow! But I like it.

    Question 2- Favorite cinematic vampire…I don’t really have one. Okay, maybe Alice from Twilight, only because she’s hot!

    Question 3- I have to vote for John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in Face Off!! Hands down!!

    Question 4- I wouldn’t mind a fifth one, if it goes back to the original feel with a formidable enemy like Alan Rickman. But the ridiculousness of Die Hard 4….nope!

    Question 5- Fave all-time Pixar movie is Toy Story. The best. Monster’s Inc is a close 2nd for me.

    A fun post Ruth!!

    1. Hi T, thanks for taking all 5!

      1. Glad you’re excited about Man of Steel as I am.
      2. No surprise there 🙂
      3. Props for another Face/Off mention, love that movie!
      4. Rickman would be hard to top as DH’s iconic villain, but maybe they should tap one of the men/women from my Top 10 Seasoned actors post to do it? Would love to see Judi Dench against John McClane, he might not stand a chance!
      5. So you mean Toy Story 1 right? Yeah, that’s a masterpiece no doubt.

  14. FUNK

    hi ya
    I think Cavill will do the Superman role justice and can’t wait for it to hit the big screen.
    favorite vampire is Christopher Lee
    I’ve always liked Betty Davis in Dead Ringer
    No more Die Hards please
    haven’t really gotten into the Pixar as of yet.

    1. Hi Funk, such nice, concise answers! 😀 Glad to hear another positive remark about Cavill, but you haven’t gotten into Pixar yet? What, what? 😀 Well, I hope you would one day, they are such amazing films that I’m sure you’ll fall in love with at least one if not a few of them.

  15. Hi Ruth! Just saw “The Devil’s Double” this week – it’s definitely worth it if you’re in the mood for an action type of movie. I’ll have to admit, when I first saw the trailer – I just wasn’t sure if it was my cup of tea either. Though, I got an invite to a screening and decided to check it out as I was in the mood for an action type movie. I think it has an interesting storyline as it takes us into the world of politics and the dangers involved. I had always heard stories of high profile politicians possibly having a “double, ” though have never seen a movie about the topic. Hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Hi Filmgurl, thanks for the tip about Devil’s Double. Hmmm, I still don’t know I can stomach it even if I get a free screening ticket, but I might rent it. Did you review the movie btw?

  16. Hi Ruth

    1. I love Cavill (he’s gorgeous to be sure) but I think I am all Superman-ned out for the time being … maybe a Justice League movie …

    2. I do not think I have a favorite vampire to be quite honest.

    3. My brother was just saying that the Dominic Cooper movie looks quite interesting. Anyways let me put a punt in for Charlie Chaplin as Adenoid Hynkel/ the Jewish barber in The Great Dictator. The Monty Python crew were pretty good at this as well 🙂 A quick bit of research and I see that there are loads of perfomances in this category. Oh and how could I possibly forget Kim Novak in Vertigo (one of my all-time favorites)

    4. Re: Die Hard 5 – for me the last Die Hard movie was Die Hard with a Vengance (’nuff said)

    5. Pixar while I am assured produce great movies, I have never been a devotee of. That said, I do plan (at some time) to see Toy Story 1-3 as a marathon without interruption! Also Wall-E piqued some interest for me.

    1. Hi Luv, yes he is indeed gorgeous… but a Justice League movie? Um, I don’t know about that even though it’s probably inevitable given Marvel is doing The Avengers.

      Oh I didn’t know Kim Novak plays two characters in Vertigo, I have yet to see that one but hopefully soon.

      I hope you enjoy the Toy Story trilogy, perhaps the best trilogy ever in the history of cinema (no, it’s not an exaggeration). And WALL•E is one of my all time faves as well.

  17. 1. I still think Reeves is a better superman, judging from the pic.

    2. Cinematic vampire…hmmm…hmmm…hmmm… not sure who.

    3. No doubt about this…Cillian Murphy in peacock as he awesomely became a super shy guy and a confident woman as his alter ego. Both roles are scary convincing.

    4. Die Hard 5?? wow…isn’t it too many already?

    5. Hmmm…I have no love (nor hate) for Pixar…can’t answer this question as I don’t remember which one is pixar animation anymore.

    Those are interesting questions Ruth…tho I skipped number 2 and 5 😉

    1. Why yes of course, Nov, nobody can top Mr. Reeve! 😀

      Oh yeah, I remember your review of Peacock, Cillian makes a much prettier woman than a lot of real women, ahah.

      Hmmm, you can’t remember which ones are Pixar movies? That makes me sad 😦 So what would your favorite animated picture be?

      1. There are so many digital animation and I couldn’t tell which one is from Pixar.

        My favorite animated picture is still Spirited Away, I like traditional animation more than the digital ones. If I have to name animation picture from Hollywood,Lion King is my answer.

        1. Oh Lion King is a good one, Nov. Mufasa is such a wonderful, iconic character… I think his death is still one of the saddest moments in movies for me.

  18. I believe the excessive hair gel is intentional. Different hair and a different expression, etc. make it easier for Clark to blend in.

  19. Unfortunately I agree with you on the Die Hard franchise. They probably should have stopped at number three. However, Justin Lin is a talented action director and I’d love for him to give it a try or maybe rebooting Transformers. I believe he could make it work!

    1. Hi Joel! Yep, I think 3 out of those 4 directors including Lin would be a good choice to do this. I’ve heard good things about Fast Five and considering its success, he might end up doing this.

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