There are two kinds of movie fans: people who embrace spoilers and people who avoid them like the plague. This post is for the former. IGN just put up a detailed description of the first act of Cowboys & Aliens, having visited director Jon Favreau and editor Dan Lebental in the editing room last November. Scheduled for release on July 29, Cowboys & Aliens stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde in a sci-fi spin on the Western genre that follows a mysterious stranger who realizes he’s the only person who can save a town from attacking aliens.
Favreau has become one of the most fan-friendly directors out there, always willing to show fans just enough to whet our appetites for his films and Cowboys & Aliens is no exception. If you don’t mind spoilers, hit the jump to read what happens in the first 40 minutes of the movie. Read More »
While the Captain America and Super 8 trailers seemed to be the big winners yesterday at the Superbowl, the new spot for Jon Favreau‘s Cowboys & Aliens did pretty well. It went further than the first teaser by showing us some more effects and action, including some daylight shots of the alien ships. (Even as it avoided the aliens altogether — expect that trend to continue.)
Part of the intent of the spot was to manage public perception of the film’s tone, as the title still seems to be leading people to the wrong conclusions. (That is, that the film is a comedy, or intentionally camp.) That was something that the filmmakers and Universal have known all along that they’d have to deal with, but it now seems like getting people to know what the tone of the film is will be the main hurdle to leap before the film opens on July 29. Jon Favreau talks about that exact subject, after the break. Read More »
Just a few hours before kickoff, director Jon Favreau has gone ahead and posted the Super Bowl commercial for Cowboys and Aliens which will air at the end of the first quarter. The film, directed by Favreau, stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde and will be released July 29. Check out the commercial, which features a ton of new footage, after the jump. Read More »
We won’t know until this Sunday which two teams will be playing in Super Bowl XLV on February 6 (Let’s go Jets!) but we do know several of the movies that will be competing during the commercial breaks. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Paramount has five commercial spots for some of its upcoming films: Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and Rango, Disney will be promoting Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, DreamWorks has bought time for Cowboys & Aliens and Relativity will air a spot for Limitless starring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.
Ads this year cost $3 million for a 30 second spot, slightly up compared to last year, so other studios have chosen to save money and buy time during pregame or Glee, which will air immediately following the game. Read which films will appear in those slots and also why we believe this isn’t the end of the Super Bowl shuffle. Read More »
It’s that time of year again: The NFL Playoffs. And for movie fans that means one thing: Super Bowl Commercials. We recently speculated that X-Men: First Class could show some footage during the big game, which takes place on February 6, but we now have our first confirmation: Cowboys and Aliens.
On Twitter late Tuesday night, director Jon Favreau confirmed he’s working on the spot right now. Read his tweet and more after the jump. Read More »
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The moment where I start to wonder if Cowboys & Aliens might just work isn’t when I’m standing just to the edge of set and Harrison Ford strolls by all dirty, bloody and decked out in period garb. The actor cuts an impressive figure as a beat-down cowboy, but anyone could have predicted that. The convincing moment was a bit later when, during close-up takes for the large scene we saw being filmed, he ad-libbed jokes before and after ‘cut’ was called, coming to life as the impish, smart Harrison Ford we always hope to see on screen. Its a man who enjoys acting and has a lot of life left in him. He might have been acting for us, the visitors, as well as for the camera — I’d bet on it — but to a certain degree it doesn’t matter.
Other moments presented themselves as well. I can’t tell you about the scene we saw being filmed. It’s a big one, and I understand why Universal doesn’t want a description floating around. It’s not from the comics because, well, very little of the film is really from the comics. This is very much an ‘inspired by’ scenario. While early stories about the film pegged it as an adaptation of the comic book version of the story, director Jon Favreau insists that this is a unique take on the idea of a Western territory besieged by aliens, and with new characters to go along with it.
So what can I tell you? Quite a bit, actually. I’ll be posting extensive interview transcripts over the next couple days, but in the meantime hit the jump for a more detailed look at Cowboys & Aliens. Read More »