Lists, Top 10s — January 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

JESSICA’S TOP 10 MOST ANTICIPATED 2013 FILMS BASED ON ENSEMBLE CAST

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2013 is certainly a year for big movies with big casts. While an ensemble cast can sometimes clash if there’s just too many big names (i.e. Valentine’s Day) it can also lend itself to some epic films (i.e. The Avengers). It’s hard to say just which of the following casts will work and which will flop but there’s definitely some intriguing mixes.

Things that didn’t make the list- sequels with the same cast. So you won’t see Anchorman: The Legend Continues, or Iron Man 3, this list only includes original casts. You won’t see documentaries either, even though all the bands and musicians included in Sound City sound epic, it doesn’t really count as a cast per se. Lastly, there are almost always great casts for animated films, but since a lot of the entertainment comes from the actual art of the film, I didn’t think they were appropriate to include.

Most importantly, this list isn’t based on plot or one on actor alone, it’s based on the cast as a whole. So even though some films may or may not be more anticipated based on their subject matter, that didn’t affect their placement here. Now here we go.

10. The Great Gatsby- Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton

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Leo has been in so many Oscar-deserving roles even though he’s only been nominated three times, I’m really hoping this movie is his win. Plus spiderman is in this. Not a huge Mulligan or Fisher fan, but they’re both adorable. Aussie native Joel Edgerton seems to be popping up more and more in films since 2011′s Warrior, and I’m interested to see his portrayal of the volatile, two-timing millionaire Tom.

Despite it’s original release date of Christmas 2012, the film went back into post-production to 3D-ify it better, and is now set for May 10th, 2013.

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9. Oz: The Great and Powerful- James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Zach Braff

I’m quite skeptical of this film as a whole, but hot damn this is one beautiful cast. James Franco has proved he can do comedy or drama, as has Braff, which will likely be important in this fantasy-adventure film. It’ll be cool to see the dynamics of the three witches Theodora (Kunis), Glinda (Williams) and Evanora (Weisz) since each of the ladies will be sharing the spotlight. The witches are skeptical that Oscar (Franco) is not the great wizard everyone’s been expecting, and so am I.

Check it out on March 8th, 2013.

8. This Is The End- Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson

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We’ve definitely all seen this cast in various combinations before. Pineapple Express and Knocked Up for example, were both hilarious and successful films but this cast seems to strive when working alongside Judd Apatow, who is nowhere to be found on this project. This film is however directed by Evan Goldberg, who actually wrote Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen. The two paired together to write This Is The End, so the collaboration effort is definitely still in effect. This film will no doubt issue side splitting laughs, but I just hope it’s a fresh take on this cataclysm of bromances.

This summer Blockbuster is due in theatres June 14, 2013.

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7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty- Ben Stiller, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn

I feel like I haven’t seen as much Ben Stiller in recent years, but if Christine Taylor was my wife, I might want some more family time too. This is sort of an interesting cast especially with Shirley MacLaine in the mix. At a sassy 78 years old, I quite enjoyed her latest film performance with Bernie. Patton Oswalt is another spicy addition, since he mostly does television acting, and of course, raunchy stand-up comedy. Toss in Scott, Wiig and Kahn and I’m interested to see how all the strong personalities will balance alongside each other.

You can look forward to this release, Christmas Day 2013.

6. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone- Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini

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Carell and Carrey seem to be a dynamic duo, with their over-the top slapstick comedy. Plus Academy Award nominated actor Arkin, Boardwalk Empire protagonist Buscemi, and Tony Soprano, and we’ve got ourselves a heaping bunch of some over the top male leads.  Carell and Carrey will be going head to head as competing magicians. And the only thing I like more than their bromances is when they’re trying to outdo one another.

In theatres everywhere March 15, 2013.

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5. White House Down- Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Jason Clarke, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lance Reddick

Channing Tatum is sort of spotty in my book of reliable actors, but it’s the rest of the cast who pushed this film further down the list. And even so, at least Channing isn’t hard on the eyes. This will be Foxx’s next performance since Django, and he always seems to provide a heartfelt and dynamic character. Anyone who wins an Academy Award for Best Actor for playing a blind pianist and can play an action hero/badass slave, is top notch in my book.

I feel like I haven’t seen Maggie in a while, although I enjoyed her in Won’t Back Down. She’s not my most favorite actress to watch on screen, but usually adds some warmth to films which could come in handy in this thriller. Jason Clarke has been getting a lot of hype from his Zero Dark Thirty performance, and if you missed Lawless you stop what you’re doing and go see it right now (even though his part in it was small). He’ll be in two other films in 2013, including #10 on this list, so it’s possible the 43 year old Australian Actor is on his way to a bigger and better career. It’s these back-to-back supporting roles that can really make or break an actor, so I try to pay attention before the huge starring roles come in.

Special props go to Lance Reddick, for starring in one of my all-time favorite TV dramas, The Wire, which takes place in both of our hometowns, Baltimore. He’s definitely an intimidating guy, and since he’s more recently starred in two J.J. Abrams series, Lost and Fringe, I’m excited to get to see him on the big screen.

This film is set to be a summer Blockbuster, with it’s release date of June 28th, 2013.

4. The Big Wedding- Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Hiegl, Amanda Seyfriend, Topher Grace, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes

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This film will only be in limited release, and is kind of already reminding me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding except with a super-cast of extremely famous people, just based on the type of humor alone. De Niro is almost 70, but seems to still have some tricks under his sleeve (extreme pun referenced to 2012′s Red Lights, which was pretty good.) Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon are both also nearing their 70′s but still pack some spunk. As a life long obsessor of all things Robin Williams, I’ll pretty much see anything he’s in. It’s weird to think Eric Foreman from That 70′s Show is 34, I don’t know quite how I’m going to handle him if he’s trying to be mature. Hiegl and Seyfried will likely draw the younger crowd, so the film and the crowd isn’t only full of geezers (which it sort of seems like it’s geared towards). The Big Wedding may boast a big cast, but will it bring big laughs too?

Look for it in theatres near you, April 26th 2013.

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3. Now You See Me- Jesse Einsenberg, Melanie Laurent, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson

So this is sort of a random group of actors. We have the staple awkward kid (Eisenberg), the beautiful French Shosanna from Inglorious Basterds (Laurent), The Hulk (Ruffalo), Karen from Mean Girls (Seyfried), Tallahassee from Zombieland (Harrelson), and God himself (Freeman). You can pretty much count me in for anything Woody Harrelson but I’m actually excited to see this entire cast work together in this thriller film about magic.

An early summer flick, be on the lookout for this film in theatres June 7th, 2013. 

2. Last Vegas- Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglass, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara

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The first five listed actors here are all Academy Award winners which is easily enough to get it down to the #2 spot. Plus who doesn’t love Turtle? I mentioned before that this list isn’t based off plot, and it’s a good thing too, because this is set to be a comedy. While these actors aren’t necessarily not funny per se, I usually think their dramatic acting is slightly more their forte. In any case, I don’t know if this film will be earning them any Oscar nods, but I sure hope it’s funny!

In theatres everywhere December 20th, 2013.

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1. The Monument’s Men - George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Paul Giamatti

Holy bananas. This has got to be one of THE most epic cast of ever. Not only is Clooney also directing, but just LOOK at all the names he brought onto this project. He most recently brought in Damon, which for those of you who read Vanity Fair, means he is basically recreating the cover of their Leading Men issue for this film (which also features Craig). I’m excited to see Dujardin in a speaking role. You likely know him as the first French actor to win an Academy Award, which was for the silent film The Artist (which you’ve had plenty of time to see by now).  I think it’s safe to say that anything Bill Murray touches is going to be awesometastic. Add Goodman, Blanchett and Giamatti and this is one ensemble cast that is a force to be reckoned with.

I personally can’t wait for this film, hitting theatres December 18th, 2013.

Honorable Mentions:

Prisoners- Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Viola Davis

Olympus Has Fallen- Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart, Ashley Judd, Dylan McDermott

Gambit- Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Cloris Leachman

Girl Most Likely- Annette Bening, Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss, Matt Dillon

R.I.P.D.- Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise Parker

 

Remember, we here at Man, I Love Films don’t do definitive lists. We do our favorites and we want to hear yours. So, make sure and tell us about them in the comments section below.

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