Five for the Fifth: JUNE edition

Hello folks, welcome to the June 2012 edition of Five of the Fifth!

As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation/poster, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here. So let’s get started, shall we?

1. If you’ve read my Breaking Dawn and Snow White and the Huntsman reviews, you’ll know I don’t think very much of Kristen Stewart. But really I have my reasons. I know that it’s perhaps unfair to only judge her in those Twilight movies, I mean after all, R-Patz was quite good in other films so I was willing to give her a chance. But really, after seeing her as Snow White, I’m even more baffled as to why she is so in high demand.

K-Stew’s ‘signature’ expression

I mean this girl has NO range whatsoever. I mean if she has the same exact expression for every single emotion known to man. She’s not even THAT beautiful that guys would be all over themselves to go see what she’s going to do next. I’d think she’s not the prime reasons people go see Twilight nor this Snow White movie for that matter, so she’s not exactly box office gold. Or is she??

So my question is, what’s your thoughts on K-Stew? Am I the only one who thinks this way about her?

2. Did you guys see this yet? I just LOVE Bill Murray and here he gives some sort of a tour to his next movie Moonrise Kingdom the only way he could.

The movie is about a pair of young lovers who flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. This is Murray’s fifth collaboration with Wes Anderson, so basically he has starred in most of his films as Anderson has only directed seven feature films so far. I have only seen The Royal Tenenbaums which I quite like, and one of my girlfriends pretty much swore by The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou so I’m curious to check that out soon.

How many Wes Anderson films have you seen and which one is your favorite?

3. I just Coriolanus which is Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut. I think he did a great job adapting a Shakespearean political play to the big screen and I’m curious to see if directing is something he’d do again in the near future.

There have been quite a few actor-turned-directors in Hollywood, and at times they could be better behind the camera than in front of it [I’m looking at you Ben Affleck]. Paste Magazine listed 15 greatest actor-directors and also mentioned two who have recently joined the actor/director club: Vera Farmiga and Paddy Considine who directed Higher Ground and Tyrannosaur, respectively.

So who is YOUR favorite actor-turned-director ever, and what’s your favorite film that he/she directed?

4. My hubby Ivan did a triathlon this past weekend and he met a couple of fellow triathletes. At brunch afterwards, he told me that one of them is a dead ringer for Tom Cruise! He said the guy had a similar long-ish hair like the one he’s sporting in MI:4 and also of similar built and height. He had his sunglasses on when he first saw the guy, and he already resembled him then. But the second he took those off, Ivan actually paused for a minute and had to tell him how much he resembled the Cruister and how he could practically be his body double, to which he nonchalantly replied, ‘yeah I get that a lot.’

In any case, that same night we saw the Rock of the Ages trailer in the theater.

As someone growing up in the 80s, I have to see this on the big screen for nostalgia sake. I mean, I used to be into hard rock bands like Warrant, Guns ‘n Roses, Skid Row, etc. and Warrant’s hit HEAVEN is one of my all time favorites! Cruise looks like a hoot as the shirtless, tattooed rock star Stacee Jaxx, I gotta give it to the man, even at 50 he’s still got it!

Any of you looking forward to this movie?

5. My pal Terrence just pointed out in his Movie News Monday about some movie reshoots that cause their releases to be delayed. Some of them are Brad Pitt’s World War Z (which needs an additional seven weeks of reshoots, yikes!), Spielberg’s Robocalypse, Thor 2, etc.

Well, one movie I have been anticipating for some time is Playing The FieldIt was actually on my most-anticipated list this year before it got pushed from March to December!! Below are a couple of on-set pics from the movie:

It stars my beloved Gerry Butler as a former soccer star with a wild past who tries to redeem himself by coaching his son’s soccer team. The cast looks pretty good, well apart from Jessica Biel who I hope only has a small part, there’s Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid and Judy Greer. Can’t wait for this one!

So my last question to you is, what movie you’re most anticipating that gets its release pushed back?

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

Flix Character Spotlight: Lucy in ’13 Going On 30′

If one were to Google “scene-stealing performance,” Judy Greer should appear as the first page of hits. Born and raised in the Detroit area, she’s been working steadily since the late 1990s. She gets the odd dramatic role here and there (The Village, What Women Want) and has worked a fair amount in television (Arrested Development, Archer, and Mad Love, which looks to be headed for cancellation).

But mostly she utilizes her talents to grab your attention in light comedy movies. It’s a definite talent, one that few have to this degree. Perennially cast in the best friend or supporting character role, she takes that type and makes it riveting. She brings a needed acerbity to rom-com fare like 27 Dresses (in which she co-starred with the perennially under-appreciated James Marsden). She has the distinction of being the only watchable thing in The Wedding Planner. She apparently also portrays the best friend in Love and Other Drugs, which I have not yet seen.

However, I’d like to give her props for her work in one of my all-time favorites, 13 Going On 30. Yes, this is a deeply cheesy movie, and the formula of the younger person trapped in an older body has been many times before. But somehow this one is fresh, and I think Greer is part of why. Jennifer Garner captures Jenna’s 13-year-old mannerisms and speech patterns perfectly, but Greer, as her grown-up best frenemy Lucy, is excellent. With line delivery ranging from deadpan (“You’re pregnant”) to sarcastic (“Oh no, not his thingy”) to snappy (“Jenna, if you’re gonna start lying about your age, I’d go with 27”), sometimes within the same scene, she commits cinematic larceny just about every time she appears. She also manages to make shallow, two-faced Lucy funny and very nearly likable until the very end. What could have been more of cardboard cutout becomes a very real person, similar to someone you probably know…especially if you’ve attended high school.

I don’t know if she’ll ever become a household name or carry a big action picture, or if she even wants to. I do know that I am interested to see the three projects Greer has in the can for 2011 and 2012: The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne, starring George Clooney, due out December 2011; and two in post-production: Jeff Who Lives At Home, with Ed Helms and Jason Segel, and Playing The Field, with Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel.

What do you think of Judy Greer? Do you think she’s leading lady material?

Misc. News & On-Set Photos of FC’s Anticipated Flix

As I mentioned on yesterday’s post, I was in the middle of working on this post when the Immortals trailer hit. But even within a day, there’s always new movie news to share, so read on below and hope you learn something you didn’t know before you come over here 😀

    • Firstly, I’m so excited that Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, one of my anticipated movies of this year is going to open Venice Film Festival! Here’s a quote from the film’s producer Doug Urbanski via Playlist: “We’re in post-production. We’ve been invited to open the Venice Film Festival. We’ll be releasing in the U.K. probably in September. Then we’ll probably release in America in October or November… All of these things will be decided in the next two weeks but I would think that we have a very serious Oscar contender for next year.” Considering the cast that’s comprised of Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, and John Hurt, I think the Oscar buzz is totally understandable. The film is said to open sometime in December and I sure hope Gary Oldman would finally garner a nomination!

      I couldn’t find a photo with a lot of the cast members, but I did see this one of Tom Hardy sporting a blond wig and a bunch of tattoos. (Photos courtesy of JustJared)

    • Speaking of on-set photos, I also found a bunch of photos of Gerry Butler (who co-stared w/ Hardy in Rocknrolla) was also spotted on the set of his upcoming dramedy Playing the Field with Dennis Quaid, along with the female cast who play his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and the soccer moms who have the hots for him.

      As I mentioned before here, the movie is about a former soccer star with a wild past who tries to redeem himself by coaching his son’s soccer team, only to find himself tempted by the kids’ restless and gorgeous moms. Y’know, I wasn’t too enthused about it when I first heard it, but now that Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones have joined the cast, I’m really looking forward to this. There hasn’t been a great soccer comedy flick (well, since Bend It Like Beckham), so I hope this movie will change that. Plus GB looks ever so handsome in his soccer uniform 😀  (Photos courtesy of

      Butler w/ Biel | Thurman, Quaid & Zeta-Jones on the set

  • Now this one is fresh from the oven! Variety just reported this morning that the upcoming Superman film now has a villainess to go along with General Zod in fighting their ultimate Kryptonian nemesis. Thirty year-old German actress Antje Traue (Pandorum) has been cast as Superman villainess Faora, which according to the article is believed to have been the inspiration for the character Ursa in Richard Donner’s Superman films. I can kinda see the resemblance between the two, especially their striking but chilly eyes.

    Antje Traue & Sarah Douglas as Ursa

    Looks like the Man of Steel better watch out! Here’s the brief description of the character in that Variety article: Faora Hu-Ul was introduced in Action Comics #471 as a beautiful Kryptonian woman with an intense unexplained hatred for all men. She was an expert at the Kryptonian martial art of Horo-Kanu, which utilizes pressure points on the Kryptonian body and made her a dangerous foe for Superman to fight in hand-to-hand combat.

  • Last but not least, this is a pretty interesting news and I do hope it’s more than a rumor. Not contend with being one of the most talented actors in the business, Russell Crowe is seriously considering tackling on directing. What’s the movie about? Well, according to Deadline, it’s a period cop drama from L.A. Confidential‘s crime author James Ellroy in which he might also star in.

    The story “… deals with the unsolved murder of an LAPD officer, and the nationally televised shootout in South Central L.A. between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the LAPD, where 50,000 rounds of gunfire were exchanged.” Well, L.A. Confidential is one of my favorite crime dramas, so this definitely piqued my curiosity and if Russell does end up helming the project, I’d be sure to watch it.

Well, that’s the news roundup for this week folks. Any thoughts on any of these news? Feel free to also add any movie news you’ve just heard that you’re excited about.