JOHN WICK Review

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Because so many directors are overwhelmingly lazy with how they capture action (i.e. shake the camera around because nothing is as thrilling as nausea), we’ve gained a greater appreciation for filmmakers who can deliver excitement cleanly and clearly.  It’s an art and a science, and John Wick is an exercise at how to succeed at both.  Directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski show they are masters of efficiency as the kills are stylish and direct.  But technical proficiency doesn’t inherently lead to exhilaration, and while the technical craft of John Wick is undeniable, its half-hearted storytelling is supported not by strong characters or a deep narrative (the impetus for the protagonist would be comical in its simplicity if it wasn’t wholly depressing), but by an interesting world that’s far more intriguing than any of the people who inhabit it.

Adam McKay Says He May Direct a Marvel Project

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Adam McKay may not have been able to commit to directing Ant-Man this summer, but it seem as though his choice to come aboard as a screenwriter could land him in the director’s chair on another Marvel project at some point.

During a recent interview for the short film compilation We The Economy, McKay briefly discussed what he’s got coming up and it includes something that he’s in the early stages on over at Marvel.  Hit the jump for more on what McKay has in the works.

“The Sentence Is Death” in Full Trailer for JUDGE DREDD: SUPERFRIEND; Check out 4 New Images from the Producer Adi Shankar’s Animated Miniseries

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Earlier this week, we showed you the teaser trailer for producer Adi Shankar‘s unofficial Judge Dredd animated miniseries, Judge Dredd: Superfriend.  Today, the full trailer has landed online and we’re pleased to bring you four exclusive images as well.  This online animated miniseries, written and directed by The Junquera Brothers, looks irreverent and madcap, and I’ll be interested to see how fans of the original comics take to it.

Hit the jump to check out the Judge Dredd:Superfriend trailer, images, episode titles, and a statement from Shankar about the project.  The miniseries premieres on October 27th.

FRANKENSTEIN TV Series Gets Put Pilot Commitment from Fox

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Get ready for a lot more monsters because now, in addition to Universal’s plan to reboot their classic monster movies and create a new cinematic universe, we’ve also got a Frankenstein TV series in the works.  Fox just nabbed the “grounded sci-fi drama” Frankenstein via a put pilot commitment.  Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich is all set to pen the script.  He’ll also executive produce alongside Homeland’s Howard Gordon.

Apparently the show will pull from the Mary Shelley mythology and follow what happens when a corrupt FBI agent is brought back to life and given a second chance.   Hit the jump for more information on this new Frankenstein series.

First INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 Trailer Tip Toes by the Tulips and the Windows on the Way to More Jump Scares

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Focus Features has released the first Insidious: Chapter 3 trailer.  The latest chapter is a prequel to the first two movies, but still tells the tale of a suburban family that discovers their house is haunted by ghosts and demons who apparently have nothing better to do.  This leads to all manner of jump scares, although it’s amusing when the teenage daughter learns the house is haunted via texting.  I hope the movie has her texting, “Home is haunted lol,” to the cute guy next door and he responds with “¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell star.  Directed by Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 opens May 29, 2015.

Extended INTO THE WOODS Featurette Provides Plenty of New Footage from the Upcoming Musical

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Following yesterday’s EW covers and new images, Disney has now released an extended featurette for Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s classic musical Into the Woods.  The Disney production stars James Corden and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters, all of whom have wishes to change their lives.  While I’ll admit that Johnny Depp‘s costume and makeup for the Big Bad Wolf continue to plunge the actor into self-parody, the rest of the movie looks surprisingly great.  This featurette really sells not only the fantastic visuals, but also shows that this is a true ensemble piece.  The featurette also provides the first time we’re hearing the actors sing some of the songs, and they sound terrific.

Hit the jump to watch the Into the Woods extended featurette.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lucy Punch, Lilla CrawfordMackenzie Mauzy, Daniel HuttlestoneTracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)”

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This episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show could have been better.  “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)” is clearly being used as a build-up to next week’s “Edward Mordrake (Part 2).”  We’ve got characters doing things that are in stark contrast to what previous episodes have established, there are loads of great scenes but few have satisfying payoffs and, overall, the first part of the coveted Halloween episode just isn’t all that scary.  But does that mean I didn’t enjoy it?  Absolutely not.  The entertainment value of American Horror Story: Freak Show is through the roof.  At this point, no logic or structural issue stands a chance against the outlandish fun that’s to be had with these characters in this setting.  Hit the jump for more in my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

Awards Season Has Begun: BOYHOOD Leads Gotham Award Nominees; FOXCATCHER Stars Receive Special Jury Award

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And here we go.  The 2014 Awards Season has begun, and it begins with Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood leading with four nominations from the Gotham Awards.  Linklater’s terrific film picked up nominations for Best Feature, Ethan Hawke (Best Actor), Patricia Arquette (Best Actress), and Ellar Coltrane (Breakthrough Performance).  Also of note was Oscar Isaac receiving a Best Actor nomination for A Most Violent Year even though it has yet to be screened for the public (it will debut at AFI Fest next month).  Finally, I’m very amused that rather than choose between nominating Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher, they received a Special Jury Award jointly for their performances.  That’s one way to do it.

It’s also worth noting that the Gotham Awards mean next to nothing in the overall awards race.  They have the distinction of being the starting gun, but I’m glad they’re continuing to honor worthwhile movies.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced on December 1st.

Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christina Bale Will Play Steve Jobs in Untitled Biopic; “He’s Gonna Crush It”

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Last week, we reported that Christina Bale was in talks to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Danny Boyle‘s untitled Steve Jobs movie.  Written by Aaron Sorkin, the script will drastically differ from not only 2013′s Jobs, but all other biopics as the movie is only three scenes, all of which take place backstage before a famous Apple product launch.

In an interview with Bloomberg [via Variety], Sorkin has confirmed that Bale will play Jobs.  “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” he said. “It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it.”  Sorkin also says, “There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in.”  I like the part about having more words in this movie than in three movies combined because it implies only Bale has the power to master Sorkin’s verbosity.  I assume in this movie, Jobs is the cleverest, funniest, sharpest, and most erudite person on the planet.  Hit the jump to watch Sorkin’s interview with Bloomberg.

Ron Perlman Talks THE BOOK OF LIFE, His Creative Partnership with Guillermo del Toro, HAND OF GOD, PACIFIC RIM 2, and More

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Now in theaters from Producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez is The Book of Life.  Gutierrez’s charming and innovative take on the tradition of Dia de los Meurtos embraces the spirit of the holiday and imagines a stunning vision of the afterlife where the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the vibrant Land of the Remembered, while those beyond recall languish in the desolate Land of the Forgotten.  As Xibalba, mischievous ruler of the Land of Forgotten, Ron Perlman lends his signature booming voice, and as usual, brings an undeniable presence and magnetism to the screen.

I recently sat down with Perlman for an exclusive interview in anticipation of the film’s release.  We talked about his creative partnership with Guillermo del Toro, why he loved the character of Xibalba, embracing the tradition of Dia de los Muertos, and more.  He also talked about his Amazon series Hand of God and whether or not we’ll see more of Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

BLOODLINE Teaser Trailer: Netflix’s Upcoming Original Series Promises Darkness and Burning Boats

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Netflix has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming original series Bloodline.  Per the logline, “Set in the Florida Keys, Bloodline centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.”  That’s a solid premise, but it becomes a must-see when you have a cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek.  This teaser trailer is incredibly brief, but it immediately conveys the show’s presumably dark and brooding tone.

Hit the jump to check out the Bloodline teaser trailer.  The series will premiere all 13 episodes in March 2015.

Brad Pitt Gets Viciously Berated by Zach Galifianakis on New Episode of BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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In the last episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis squared off with Barack Obama.  In the newest episode, his guest is the significantly more popular Brad Pitt, who’s appearing to promote Fury (pronounced “Furry”), and proceeds to get demolished with a barrage of insults by Galifianakis.  Pitt plays the sketch as if he’s barely tolerating Galifianakis, which makes it even funnier.  There’s also a surprise appearance by an acclaimed stand-up comedian, which I won’t spoil here.

Hit the jump to check out the new Between Two Ferns episode.

THE COLLISION: Episode 108 – World War II Films and FURY

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This week on The Collision, we talk about World War II films and David Ayer‘s new picture, Fury.  Our discussion of World War II movies explores the various sub-genres, the difficulty of balancing revereance with entertainment, depicting war honestly, the development of the genre over time, how it compares to movies depicting other American wars, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Ghostbusters 3, Cinematic Universes, and Robert Downey Jr. “), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

30 Screengrabs from the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer

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We got a nice surprise when the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer dropped today.  To dig deeper into the footage, we have 30 trailer screengrabs for you.  The images feature Thor (Chris Hemsworth) choking Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) facing off against the Hulkbuster armor, Captain America (Chris Evans) outrunning a rolling car, and good looks at Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ultron (James Spader), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Andy Serkis.

Directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the images after the jump.

Assemble 2015: First Official Teaser Poster for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer came early, and Marvel has followed up by releasing the first official teaser poster with the tagline “Assemble 2015.”  Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) “from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”

Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the sequel directed by Joss WhedonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the poster after the jump.

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