I love unconventional interviews, recorded conversations between actors, actresses, directors and screenwriters about the filmmaking process. It might be that the relationships that have already been established on set translate to a more honest interesting and entertaining interview. That is one of the many reasons I LOVED Jon Favreau‘s old television talk show Dinner For Five. Favreau has attempted to capture the same experience with a series of cast interviews he conducted for The Huffington Post to promote Cowboys & Aliens. The first interview is with his film’s co-star Harrison Ford. Ford is notoriously a dry/bad interview: I’ve heard many horror stories from my colleagues — he loves to work but seems to hate talking/promoting his films. But Favreau was able to get Ford’s A-game and get him to open up about his work over the years. You can watch the video interview clips embedded after the jump.

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As you know, we’re big fans of long form interviews at /Film. In the past, we’ve posted extended 30-minute and possibly even one-hour interviews found on shows as Charlie Rose and other corners of the interwebs. Its rare that we see a filmmaker or screenwriter interviewed for anything longer than that. Well, this week The Kevin Pollak Chat Show had a 2 hour and fourty minute interview with Damon Lindelof, co creator and showrunner of Lost, producer for Star Trek, co-writer/producer for Star Trek 2, writer of Jon Favreau‘s Cowboys & Aliens and Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.

During the interview, Lindelof talks about his twitter “feud” with Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, his inspirations, learning at NYU, his early life trying to make it in Hollywood, Stephen King and King film/TV adaptations, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, the creation of Lost and working with JJ Abrams, collaborating with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on Cowboys & Aliens, working with Ridley Scott on Prometheus and how it connects to the Alien films, how the writer’s strike allowed him to produce Star Trek while also working on Lost, brief thoughts on the newly announced 1952 project he’s working on for Disney, his Larry King impression, and much more. Watch the whole interview embedded after the jump.

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What did Total Film rank as the Best Superhero Movie of All Time? When and where will Cowboys & Aliens have its world premiere? Did you ever think you’d be able to create energy out of nowhere like Cyclops? How much did Green Lantern cost and what’s it on track to make? And what the heck is that image about? Find out about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

I’d answer the headline question with ‘no,’ but there might be a more measured approach to the Con from various movie studios. The New York Times has an article today that points to the fact that movie studios are reassessing how they’ll spend money and time at Comic Con. The paper says that Warner Bros. and Disney and DreamWorks are not bringing films to the show this year, and notes that Marvel is trying to decide whether to do a big panel in 2011. So what’s going on with Comic Con? Read More »

I have to confess I’ve been only mildly curious about Cowboys & Aliens, Jon Favreau‘s adaptation of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg‘s sci-fi Western comic. Though I like the concept in theory, and though I’m a fan of Favreau as well as stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde, something about the earlier trailers haven’t quite done it for me.

That’s changing now, though. This new “extended sneak peek,” which aired at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards on Friday, has definitely pushed Cowboys & Aliens up a few places on my “most-anticipated summer movies” list. It’s more action-heavy than the earlier full-length trailer, and in my opinion looks way more exciting. Check it out after the jump.

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This past awards season, The Hollywood Reporter posted full hour long roundtable interviews with the directors, screenwriters, animators and actors of the award season contenders. It seems like that was so successful that they have done the same thing for their Summer 2011 movie preview.

After the jump you can watch a 58-minute roundtable interview with Jonathan Aibel (Kung Fu Panda 2); Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern); Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon); Christopher Markus (Captain America: The First Avenger); Ashley Edward Miller (Thor) and Roberto Orci (Cowboys & Aliens). I always love hearing Hollywood screenwriters talk about their craft. I especially like hearing from writers behind Hollywood blockbusters, because that arena is such an interesting mix (or some would say compromise) between art, spectacle and commerce, all at a big budget level.

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Summer is coming quick, and we’re starting to get better looks at quite a few of the big studio films that will compete for your time and money as the temperature rises. Fox has released a tense image from X-Men: First Class, and the new summer preview issue of Entertainment Weekly offers up new images from Super 8 and Cowboys & Aliens. See ‘em all after the break. Read More »

‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Trailer

Thursday night during American Idol, Universal Pictures and director Jon Favreau premiered the theatrical trailer for the upcoming Summer blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens. Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, the big budget, western sci-fi hybrid is scheduled for release on July 29. Up until now we’ve seen a teaser trailer, a Super Bowl commercial and attendees of Comic Con, Butt-Numb-A-Thon and WonderCon have seen extended scenes, but this is by far the most revealing look yet. And it does so without spoiling as much as one would expect.

For those of us without the willpower to watch American Idol, and even for those who did, the trailer is now online. Check it out and leave your thoughts after the jump. Read More »

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