Robert Rodriguez Talks MATADOR, His Belief in Passion Projects, Looking Forward to Season 2, and More

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From writer/producer Roberto Orci, the 13-episode El Rey series Matador is an action-packed, fun, sexy, dangerous look at the world of an undercover CIA operative masquerading as a professional soccer star.  The story follows Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna), who becomes a professional soccer player for the LA Riot, in order to use his skills as a covert operative to get close to ruthless billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) and execute missions for the CIA.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Robert Rodriguez talked about why Matador was the perfect show for his El Rey Network, ordering it straight to series with 13 episodes, his belief in passion projects, why From Dusk Till Dawn was the right first show for the network, looking forward to Season 2, what led to The Director’s Chair, directing more episodes of the El Rey shows, and where he sees filmmaking technology heading.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

OLDBOY Director Park Chan-wook Set to Adapt FINGERSMITH into Korean-Language Thriller

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I quite enjoyed Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut, Stoker, but it looks like he’ll be returning to his native South Korea for his follow-up.  According to Screen Daily, Park is set to adapt Sarah Waters‘ 2002 novel Fingersmith, and will begin casting this month.  Waters’ book is set in Victorian London, and focuses on young women are who work as petty thieves (“fingersmiths”).  The book was previously adapted in 2005 into a two-part BBC miniseries starring Sally Hawkins and Imelda Staunton.  Park is resetting his adaptation to Korea sometime during the Japanese occupation (1910 – 1945).  The Korean title, “Agashi”, directly translates to “Young Lady” or “Miss”.  There’s currently no English title for the project.

Production is set to begin in the first half of 2015.  Hit the jump to read the synopsis for Waters’ novel.

MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT Trailer Features Monsters, Monsters and More Monsters

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Part of the reason Gareth EdwardsMonsters was such a remarkable film was because you walked in expecting an action-heavy alien invasion-type movie, but wound up getting a layered, moving relationship drama with the ever-present threat of the title characters relegated to the background.  Not everyone appreciated the unique take, but for those of you who were hoping for more monsters, it looks as though you’ll get your wish in the Monsters sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent.

We’ve got a brand new trailer for the second film and in just over two minutes of footage, there’s already significantly more creatures, action and destruction than in the first one.  Hit the jump to check it all out in the Monsters: Dark Continent trailer for yourself.  The film is due for a theatrical release in the UK on November 28th, but, at the moment, Monsters 2 does not have domestic distribution.

Lars Von Trier to Direct TV Series THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT; Show Will Be “Without Precedent”

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Sitting through five hours of Nymphomaniac already felt like a lot to endure, but filmmaker Lars Von Trier is now planning to send his English-language audience through an entire TV series. Von Trier previously worked on the 1990s Danish series The Kingdom, and now according to Deadline, he’s returning to long-form storytelling. At the Venice Film Festival for the out of competition screenings of the Director’s Cut of Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, producer Louise Vesth announced on behalf of Von Trier (who has kept to his 2011 promise of refraining from all public statements and interviews) that his next project will be an English-language TV series.

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THE RIOT CLUB Clip Featuring Sam Claflin and Max Irons; Plus THE SOUND AND THE FURY Clip

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Hopefully you’ve had your morning coffee and don’t plan on having a glass of wine for a while now because these new clips from The Sound and the Fury and The Riot Club might make you think twice about drinking either of them.  James Franco’s latest is just days away from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has its Toronto International Film Festival screening coming up right after, so the team behind it has unveiled a clip from the film, teasing the intensity we’ve got coming.

We’ve also got Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club making its way to TIFF for a world premiere.  Even though Joey King and Scott Haze both look like they can get a little nasty in that piece from The Sound and the Fury, the Riot Club clip actually might be tougher to stomach.  Hit the jump to find out why.

DRACULA UNTOLD International Trailer: Luke Evans Just Wants to Keep the Peace

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from Dracula Untold, but with the film’s October 17th release date coming up fast, Universal has got to start ramping up the promotional campaign soon, perhaps beginning with this brand new international trailer.  A good deal of the footage here comes from the domestic promo we got back in June, but it does highlight a few different elements of the narrative, namely the peace in Transylvania and how Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to destroy it.

It also looks as though Universal is running with the title Dracula Zero in some regions overseas.  I don’t care much for Zero or Untold, but back when we were on set for the film, it was called Dracula Year Zero, so that one did grow on me.  Regardless, we’re getting Dracula Untold on October 17th.  The film also stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance and Art Parkinson.  Hit the jump to check out that new Dracula Untold trailer.

Demián Bichir Talks THE BRIDGE Season 2, the Expanded Cast, Delivering on Threads from Season 1, Directing a Future Episode, REFUGIO, and More

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Season 2 of the FX crime thriller The Bridge has Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir) teamed up again to when the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil.  Brutal crimes and dangerous enemies will see them pulled into a complex web of drug running, money laundering and police corruption.  This season also stars Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Annabeth Gish, Franka Potente, Nathan Phillips, Abraham Benrubi and Lyle Lovett.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Demián Bichir talked about how excited he was to explore new avenues of the story for The Bridge Season 2, that he likes the way the show doesn’t label one country as good and the other as bad, the importance of keeping the promises you set up over the course of a season, having his brother Bruno on the show this season, working with such a talented cast, and playing a character that is very clear about where he wants to go and how he wants things to be done.  He also talked about the experience of shooting his directorial debut, Refugio (which he also wrote, produced and starred in), that he can’t wait to direct again, and how he’d like to direct an episode of The Bridge.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

WINTER’S TALE Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions.  Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with).  And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest.  There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room.  But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster.  Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter’s Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Rumor: HBO to Rebroadcast Every Episode of THE WIRE Remastered in HD [Updated]

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“It’s Baltimore, gentlemen.  The gods will not save you.”  That’s the opening line of a new promo for a plan to rebroadcast The Wire that promises “every episode, every season, remastered for the first time in high definition.”  The promo says the episodes air weeknights 8pm starting September 4.  If you check TV listings online, you’ll find other programs filling those timeslots—while About Time is a fine movie, it is not The Wire remastered in HD.

However, the Wire page at TV Guide has listings starting September 8 with season 1 episode 3, which would accommodate the first two episodes airing on September 4-5.  I can’t guarantee these remastered episodes will start airing this week, but it sure sounds like they exist, and that’s a major step for those of you hoping for an eventual Blu-ray release.  Hit the jump to watch the promo. [Update: It appears that news of the HD upgrade for The Wire was premature. More after the jump.]

David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS Acquired by Focus World for Early 2015 Release

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Filmmaker David Cronenberg’s latest effort will find its way to U.S. screens early next year.  Ahead of the film’s North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Focus World announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution for Maps to the Stars with plans to release the film stateside in early 2015.  The film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals (John Cusack), his wife (Olivia Williams) who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter (Mia Wasikowska), who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.  The plot also includes Havana (Julianne Moore), an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother.  The pic premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and while the overall reaction was mixed, Moore drew high praise for her performance and won the Best Actress award.

Many had pegged Moore as a contender in this year’s Oscar race, but if Focus World doesn’t stage a limited release in December to qualify for contention, that takes her out of the running.  That said, Focus World’s specific release strategy is unknown at the moment.  Read the full press release after the jump.

Ivan Reitman Talks DRAFT DAY Blu-ray/DVD, Working with Kevin Costner, Negative Effects of DVD Extras, GHOSTBUSTERS 3 and More

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Directed by Ivan Reitman, the sports drama Draft Day, available on Blu-ray/DVD on September 2nd, shows just how much NFL Draft Day can change the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams.  General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) is up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Frank Langella) and a hard-nosed coach (Denis Leary), who all think they know what’s best for the team, and he must decide whether to go with the consensus pick or trust his instincts and risk losing everything.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Sam Elliott, Sean Combs, Terry Crews, Tom Welling, Ellen Burstyn and Chadwick Boseman.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Reitman talked about wanting to make a sports movie that even people who don’t care about sports could enjoy, focusing on the human drama, what makes him want to direct a movie, that there were some major changes made between the original script and the final product, why he wanted to do this with Costner, how he feels about the bonus features on Blu-ray/DVD releases, and why it’s technically easier to make films now than it used to be.  He also talked about where things are at with Ghostbusters III, why a female presence is important, the delay Bill Murray’s reluctance has caused, and the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Ghostbusters I and II, out in September.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Jennifer Garner Surfs the Web in New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Images

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Judging by the film’s first trailer, Men, Women & Children is going to be a rather striking departure for Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker Jason Reitman.  His previous feature, Labor Day, showed that Reitman was in the midst of evolving as a director, but Men, Women & Children looks to be worlds away from his other films, teasing a deeply dark, dramatic, and intense chronicle of living life in the digital age.  Based on the Chad Kulten novel of the same name, the picture revolves around high school students and their parents, and how their relationships, self-image and quality of life are affected by the internet.  A pair of new Men, Women & Children images have been released that feature stars Jennifer Garner and Ansel Elgort, and the photos continue the sober tone that was prevalent in the film’s teaser trailer.  I’m incredibly curious to see what kind of film Reitman has put together here, and I look forward to catching the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival later this week.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Men, Women & Children images.  The film also stars Kaitlyn Dever, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma ThompsonMen, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 3rd.

MAGIC MIKE XXL Second Unit Filming Has Begun with Steven Soderbergh as Camera Operator

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Ladies and gentlemen, Magic Mike XXL is on the way.  Director Steven Soderbergh’s “male stripper movie” Magic Mike was one of the bigger surprises of 2012 in more ways than one.  Not only did the $7 million pic become a box office smash to the tune of $167 million worldwide, but Soderbergh dug deep into his subject matter, crafting a seriously dramatic story about the American Dream against the backdrop of the male stripper world.  Tatum has been hard at work on the Magic Mike sequel for the past year, and today Soderbergh revealed that second unit filming has already begun via a Magic Mike XXL image on Twitter.  Though Soderbergh is in retirement from film directing, he’s acting as the cinematographer, camera operator, and editor on Magic Mike XXL while Gregory Jacobs takes over the director’s chair.  It appears that he’s getting a jump on things before principal photography begins in earnest, with a little second unit photography work in Myrtle Beach.

Take a look at the teaser Magic Mike XXL image after the jump, courtesy of Soderbergh.  Full cast has yet to be confirmed, but Tatum is back in the lead role and the film is slated to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD Review

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There’s this one gag in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead that keeps popping into my mind and making me giggle even days after seeing it.  The first film is a brilliant blend of camp and gross-out horror, but the sequel is above and beyond in almost every respect.  There’s more humor, more outrageous gore, more zombie genre mythology and just so many more priceless moments that you’ll want to run and tell your friends about.  In fact, on our way out of the screening, the group I was with couldn’t settle on a favorite one.  How can you possibly choose between using a zombie body for traction to get a car out of deep snow and blowing up baby carriages?

Joe and Anthony Russo Talk COMMUNITY Season 6; Say “Dan Harmon Will Make a Movie” and Reveal Chris McKenna Wrote Jokes for CAPTAIN AMERICA 2

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Community is really kind of “The Little Engine That Could” of modern sitcoms.  The show found its creative footing during its first season and built up a small yet loyal fanbase, but during its five seasons on NBC it faced the threat of cancellation nearly every year, had its showrunner/principal creative force fired for a season and then rehired a year later, and then finally NBC cancelled the offbeat series once and for all this past May.  Fans were obviously upset by this news, but it felt like it had been a long time coming.  But no, Community wasn’t dead yet.  At the last minute, Yahoo Screen picked up the rights to the series and ordered a sixth season of Community to air exclusively on the digital platform.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been involved with Community since its inception, helming the pilot and 20 other episodes of the show throughout its run.  When Steve recently spoke with the Russo brothers in anticipation of the Marvel film’s Blu-ray release, the two also discussed their impending return to Community to direct one Season Six episode and the show’s move to Yahoo Screen.  Additionally, they addressed the prospect of a Community movie, saying they’re confident it will happen and would be willing to direct it “in a heartbeat,” and revealed that executive producer Chris McKenna actually contributed jokes to The Winter Soldier.  More after the jump.

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