Director Matthew Vaughn Says “I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Shoot Film Again”

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The ongoing slide from film to digital has resulted in the vast majority of movies being shot on the latter, newer format.  While I still think there’s a noticeable aesthetic difference between the two mediums, the cost benefits of shooting on digital (along with the time-saving benefits since time really is money, especially on a film set) have definitely made a dent in the budgeting process for most projects.  Still, some directors have the clout to shoot on celluloid.  Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan come to mind and even Ti West was able to shoot In a Valley of Violence the old fashioned way.  With the amount of hits under his belt, one assumes that Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn has some say in this matter when it comes to his projects, and he claims he’s made the switch to digital.  Permanently.

Steve recently learned this when he spoke with Vaughn to talk about Kingsman: The Secret Service.  We’ll have the whole interview up closer to that film’s release in the UK on January 29, 2015 and in the US on February 13, 2015, but I wanted to share this noteworthy bit first.  Check out the amazing red band trailer for the film and hit the jump for more on Vaughn’s relationship with digital filmmaking.

Katherine Waterston Talks INHERENT VICE, Working With Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix, Referring to Pynchon’s Book During Shooting, More

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If Joaquin Phoenix‘s character Doc Sportello bears witness to the end of the 60′s in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film Inherent Vice, then Katherine Waterston‘s Shasta Fay Hepworth is what he bears witness to.  Aside from being the engine that sets the story in motion, she utterly embodies the change that occurred in the culture as free love gave way to greed and paranoia (Shasta herself being a victim of these things, not an avatar for them).  Along with a handful of other journalists, I recently had a chance to sit down with Waterston to discuss her role, and what it’s like working with such a singular director.

Hit the jump for our interview with Katherine Waterston.  Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th.  It also stars Josh BrolinOwen WilsonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroEric RobertsMartin ShortSasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.

David Fincher’s HBO Series With James Ellroy Titled SHAKEDOWN; Will Also Direct LIVING ON NOISE for the Network

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Back in September we reported that David Fincher and James Ellroy were collaborating on a Los Angeles-set 1950s crime noir series for HBO and now that show has a title, Shakedown.  Remember when Fincher had those five fallow years between Panic Room and Zodiac?  Boy am I glad he’s not repeating that, he’s one of our master filmmakers so I’ll take pretty much whatever he’s serving up.

Fincher will also direct another pilot for HBO called Living On Noise.  That series will reportedly center around the director’s involvement in the 1980′s music video scene (you probably already know that he shot videos for Paula Abdul, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, and Aerosmith back in the day).  Hit the jump for more on David Fincher’s involvement in Shakedown and Living On Noise.

Sony Drops New “In Franco and Rogen We Trust” THE INTERVIEW Promo Touting Christmas Release; Is a VOD Debut on the Way?

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In my four years of writing for Collider professionally, this may have been the weirdest movie news week I’ve ever seen.  The Sony hack hit a crucial moment as theater chains began refusing to show The Interview, followed by Sony Pictures officially pulling the theatrical release altogether.  The studio said it had “no further release plans” after the announcement despite some speculation that they might just release the film on VOD, but today the studio uploaded a new The Interview promo with the Christmas Day release intact.  Moreover, the video addresses the controversy directly, with a giant “In Franco and Rogen We Trust” blasted over new footage from the movie, which includes a character asking Franco, “How many times can the U.S. make the same mistake?”  Does this mean a VOD release is actually in the cards?  More after the jump.

Mark Wahlberg Says He’ll Probably Be Back for TRANSFORMERS 5

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Despite being one of the more underwhelming films released this year (though not as bad as Need for Speed), the fourth Transformers movie made a lot of money.  Like, over $1 billion worldwide a lot.  Needless to say, Paramount Pictures will be making Transformers 5; that much was never in doubt.  What is up in the air is whether Michael Bay will return to direct.  Paramount and the producers will be doing everything they can to get Bay back (after all, under his stewardship this franchise has made them insane amounts of money), but Bay has yet to officially commit to returning.  He recently entered talks to helm 13 Hours, a film about the embassy attack in Benghazi, but the filmmaker has yet to announce his next movie.

Though Bay may or may not be back, it appears that the franchise’s new star, Mark Wahlberg, will indeed be returning for Transformers 5, as the actor revealed in a new interview that he’s committed to doing “a couple more” entires in the franchise and could even start filming T5 soon.  More after the jump.

New JURASSIC WORLD Image Has Chris Pratt Ridin’ with Raptors; Director Colin Trevorrow Teases the Threat of “The Other”

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Yesterday, we got a new Jurassic World image of Chris Pratt hanging out with a raptor, which felt like a way of doubling down on one of the more controversial aspects of the first trailer—shouldn’t raptors be scary?  Isn’t it cooler if they’re wild and undomesticated?  Of course, we don’t know the context of this perceived friendship or how it will play out, so I’ll give director Colin Trevorrow the benefit of the doubt, especially since a new image has been released that shows researcher Owen (Pratt) riding a motorcycle alongside his raptor pals.  But perhaps they’re not friends as much uneasy allies since this time there’s a much bigger threat out in the park.

Hit the jump to check out the new Jurassic World image and learn new details about the plot.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 12, 2015.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 10 – “Orphans”

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Welcome to episode 10 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Orphans,” we flash back to Elsa’s (Jessica Lange) past and explore what Pepper (Naomi Grossman) truly means to her.  Meanwhile, Desiree (Angela Bassett) grows increasingly suspicious of Maggie (Emma Robert) while Stanley (Denis O’Hare) is busy cooking up another scheme to add an exhibit to his growing collection at the Morbidity Museum.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

James Gunn Reveals Uncut AWESOME MIX: VOL. 1; Includes Cheap Trick and Three Dog Night

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Guardians of the Galaxy has its flaws, but its one of the few films of 2014 where my mind kept drifting back to it and all the scenes I loved.  It’s easily one of the most enjoyable films of the year, and part of the enjoyment comes from its delightful soundtrack.  It’s not that all of the songs are great (“The Pina Colada Song” plays on a loop in Hell), but they gave the movie its own vibe and atmosphere.

However, what we got in the film wasn’t the original, uncut “Awesome Mix: Vol. 1″.  Director and co-writer James Gunn has revealed the full set-list, which includes some fun songs that didn’t end up in the movie such as Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” and Three Dog Night’s “Never Been to Spain”.  Hit the jump for the full setlist and to learn how Gunn settled on the final soundtrack.

First Image from Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Drama Reveals His Fourth Collaboration with Tom Hanks

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The first images from director Steven Spielberg’s next film have been released online.  The still-untitled drama tells the true story of James Donovan, a lawyer working on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960.  Tom Hanks fills the role of Donovan in the picture, which boasts a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen.  Speaking with EW, Spielberg revealed what appealed to him about the project: “I’ve always wanted to make a spy movie, and this is that and then some.”  A Cold War spy thriller from director Steven Spielberg?  That’s definitely something to look forward to.

Check out the first images from Spielberg’s untitled film after the jump.  Once he completes post-production on the project, he moves directly into shooting his next directorial effort, The BFG.  The untitled Cold War thriller also stars Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda and opens in theaters October 16, 2015.

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Shawn Levy Talk NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB, How to Do Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson Impressions, and More

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Ever wonder what it feels like for Owen Wilson to play Jedediah, the tiny cowboy from the Wild West Diorama?  I got a brief taste of it at the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb press day last weekend and it’s awkward to say the least.  In the franchise’s third installment, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and the gang from the Natural History Museum must travel to London to try to figure out how to fix the tablet that brings the exhibits to life at night before it runs out of power.

With Night at the Museum 3 making its way into theaters on December 19th, I got the opportunity to sit down (or stand in my case) with Wilson, Stiller and director Shawn Levy.  After offering up some advice on how to hold my own at such a tiny size, they busted out some impressions and discussed the surprising The Cove reference in the film.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Watch the Producers from INTERSTELLAR, BOYHOOD, BIRDMAN and More Talk the Studio Culture, China, and More in 40-Minute Roundtable Discussion

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The folks at THR have released yet another roundtable interview, this time focusing on producers.  Emma Thomas (Interstellar), Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood), Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything), John Lesher (Birdman, Fury), Marc Platt (Into the Woods), and Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Exodus: Gods and Kings, St. Vincent) take part in the 40-minute roundtable discussion, which touches on a number of topics from their unique perspective.  Two of the participants used to be studio heads, which leads to some interesting discussion about the current state of the movie studio culture (note: this was filmed before The Interview debacle).  The producers talk about everything from being fired, working with big directors, dealing with budgets, how China figures into the planning equation nowadays, and much more.  It’s a fascinating talk from a unique perspective on the filmmaking process.

Check out the roundtable discussion after the jump, and if you’ve missed the previous ones be sure to check out the directors, actresses, actors, cinematographers, and writers.

ANNIE Review

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The story of Annie, whether it’s in the comics, the stage play, the 1982 adaptation, or Will Gluck‘s new, updated version, requires relentless positivity to combat its cynical message.  Annie must devote an entire song to the power of optimism because the story basically celebrates the lottery and the benevolence of the wealthy while also trying to show that love is the most valuable treasure of all.  One way to handle that conflict is to put on the biggest smile possible.  The other is the route Gluck has gone with his version, which is to be constantly clever, charming, and embracing a modern twist on the character even if it requires new songs that may not be quite as memorable as “Tomorrow” or “Hard-Knock Life”, but still channel the fun and upbeat attitude of the character.  Filled with great performances from most of the cast, Annie is a funny, joyous update that keeps the musical’s upbeat attitude intact while still dancing to its own tune.

New Trailer for Director Alan Rickman’s A LITTLE CHAOS Starring Kate Winslet

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Focus Features has released a new A Little Chaos trailer for director Alan Rickman’s upcoming romantic drama.  The film stars Kate Winslet as a talented landscape designer who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s (Rickman) palace in Versailles.  While challenging gender and class barriers thanks to her position of power, she also becomes romantically entangled with the court’s landscape artist (Matthias Schoenaerts).  The film certainly looks pretty and Stanley Tucci continues to be amazing, so I’m interested in checking out Rickman’s second feature film as a director.

Check out the A Little Chaos trailer after the jump.  The film opens in limited release on March 27, 2015.

Alamo Drafthouse and other Theaters Denied Permission by Paramount to Show TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE

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This is why we can’t have nice things when people give into terrorism.  Terrorism wants us to be afraid, and fear causes people to make bad decisions.  Movie theaters—places where people are already reluctant to go for a variety of reasons—pulled The Interview following non-credible threats from the cyber-terrorists who attacked Sony.  Sony subsequently canceled the film’s release, and after slightly mulling over a VOD release, decided against it with no further plans for release (passing on VOD may have been a way to collect on the insurance).  These are bad decisions that can set a dangerous precedent and ramifications.  We already saw a glimpse of it yesterday with New Regency canceling the Gore Verbinski comedy Pyongyang.

The Alamo Drafthouse responded to being unable to show The Interview by making the good decision to show another comedy that poked fun at North Korea, Team America: World Police, a film that holds up on its own merits, not just because it’s become timely.  But now Paramount Pictures is shutting down screenings; screenings that would tell terrorists, “We will not let you control what we are and aren’t allowed to watch.  We don’t live in your shithole country.”  Hit the jump for more.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Review

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Near the end of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Robin Williams talks to Ben Stiller about accepting when it’s time to bid farewell to a loved one. The film is filled with flaccid attempts to pull at our heartstrings, but within the context of Williams’ untimely passing this moment is painfully bittersweet. Unfortunately, the rest of the film’s emotional and comedic moments fall flat as we watch Stiller lazily trudge through another series of museum misadventures.

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