Colin Trevorrow Shares JURASSIC WORLD Image Recalling Dennis Nedry’s East Dock Nightmare

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Colin Trevorrow may have wrapped Jurassic World at the beginning of August, but that’s not stopping him from sharing more images from set, and this latest one is a fun throwback to the original film.  Remember when Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) tries to ditch Jurassic Park before all hell breaks loose and accidently knocks down the sign pointing to the East Dock in the process?  It looks as though that same sign made it into the fourth installment.

Hit the jump to check out that new Jurassic World image for yourself.  The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan KhanJake JohnsonJudy Greer, and Omar Sy, and will hit theaters on June 12, 2015.

STAR TREK 3 Might Include William Shatner… If He Decides to Show Up

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I remember the friction between William Shatner and J.J. Abrams before the release of Star Trek reboot in 2009.  If I recall, there were some awkward exchanges (and even videos) bandied about regarding Shatner’s displeasure with his cameo being cut.  For whatever reason he didn’t appear in Star Trek Into Darkness either, but now there’s a sliver of hope to confuse the timeline even more in Star Trek 3.

Apparently writer/potential director Roberto Orci has written a part for him in the script (with the help of co-writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay).  We already know that this Star Trek movie will actually take place in deep space (as opposed to San Francisco/the CAA courtyard) so it’s possibly the good news could keep rolling in.

Elle Fanning Talks THE BOXTROLLS, Her Inspirations for the Voice, the Appeal of Fantasy, Future Projects, and More

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Elle Fanning is superb voicing the feisty, upper-crust 11-year-old Winnifred Portley-Rind in LAIKA’s beautiful 3D stop-motion animated fantasy-adventure, The Boxtrolls, opening September 26th.  When scheming social climber Archibald Snatcher (Sir Ben Kingsley) attempts to exterminate the kind creatures that raised the orphan boy Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Winnie helps her new friend devise a daring plan to save his adopted family.  Not only was Fanning drawn to playing the sassy character with a big heart and a dark imagination, but she liked what the unique story had to say about love and courage.

At a recent roundtable interview, Fanning talked about finding the right frame of mind to play her character, her inspirations for Winnie’s voice, how her voice-over experience compared to regular acting, what it was like using a posh English accent, how she created the right environment in the recording booth, the appeal of fantasy and how it provides a fun escape, her interest in ballet, her plans to attend college after high school, what she’s learned from traveling around the world, her desire to one day write and direct, and her upcoming projects: Young Ones, Low Down, Trumbo and A Storm in the Stars.  Check out what she had to say after the jump:

New AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Character Posters; Ryan Murphy Concerned Twisty is Too Scary

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Ready for a more detailed look at the full American Horror Story: Freak Show lineup?  (Well, minus Twisty.)  FX just unleashed 11 brand new images showing off all of the main players.  We’ve got Jessica Lange’s Elsa Mars, Sarah Paulson’s Bette and Dot, and our very first look at Emma Roberts as Maggie Esmerelda, Wes Bentley as Edward Mordrake and Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott as well.

Hit the jump to check out those new American Horror Story: Freak Show character posters and to read about creator Ryan Murphy’s fear that the villain, Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch), might be too scary for some.  The show is set to return on October 8th on FX.

Exclusive LAST HIJACK Poster: A Somali Pirate’s Story Told Through Animation and Documentary Footage

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Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting’s Last Hijack is due to screen at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, September 28th and it’s bound to be a very unique piece of cinema.  The film focuses on a successful Somali pirate with family and friends who don’t approve of his dangerous gig.  Rather than tell his story using documentary footage alone, Pallotta and Wolting combine it with animated sequences and an online transmedia experience as well.

With the movie’s NYFF screening fast approaching, we got the opportunity to debut a simple yet striking exclusive new poster for the film.  Hit the jump to check out the Last Hijack poster and keep an eye out for the full feature, which is due to arrive in select theaters on October 3rd, will have an exclusive run on iTunes from October 7th to October 14th and then hit all other VOD platforms and additional theaters after.

Bryan Singer Officially Directing X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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Four or five months ago, the notion of Bryan Singer returning for X-Men: Apocalypse, seemed iffy.  Then, as the movie performed and treatment pages were teased, it seemed well within the realm of possibility.  And for the past month or so we’ve just assumed it was going to happen.  Now Singer’s deal has closed and he’s officially onboard.  So there it is.  Apocalypse grossed over $700 million worldwide, so they’re bound to want to repeat that success.

The story will follow the First Class gang along with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine into the 1980s.  We also know from the treatment page teased a few months ago that the Four Horseman will again be making an appearance.  Singer will direct the film from a script he’s been developing with Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg and X2 scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris.  The release date is May 27th, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on X-Men: Apocalypse.

Peter Dinklage Takes Lead Role in Violent Western THE THICKET

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I love westerns and I love Peter Dinklage, so this could pretty much be the perfect combo.  I’m even sidestepping my usual misgivings about posting about “development” status (i.e. –  this thing could very well still not happen) because this new film, The Thicket, sounds like it could be a lot of fun.

It’s based on a novel by Joe Anderson and will be produced by Gianni Nunnari (Seven, The Departed, 300) under his Hollywood Gang shingle.  Dinklage and his manager David Ginsberg will co-produce along with Nunnari’s partner Shannon Gaulding. There’s no word on a director yet, but it could excel in the right hands.  Hit the jump for more on Peter Dinklage in The Thicket.

Hulu Takes Bad Robot’s 11/22/63 Series; J.J. Abrams and Stephen King to Executive Produce

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Even though J.J. Abrams is currently busy in a galaxy far, far away, he’s still got time to turn back the clock to November 22, 1963 to explore what might happen if someone got the opportunity to go back in time and stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy because it was just announced that Hulu gave the adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 a direct-to-series order.

Bad Robot, King, executive producer-writer Bridget Carpenter and Warner Bros. Television will turn the book into a nine-hour event series.  Hit the jump for more on 11/22/63.

John Noble Talks SLEEPY HOLLOW Season 2, What His Character Has Been Doing, Getting to Play Multi-Layered Characters, and More

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After its shocking Season 1 finale, the hit Fox drama series Sleepy Hollow is back for Season 2, with all-new crazy and wild adventures, as the heroic duo of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) must again fend off the forces of evil to save not only their town, but the world.  Henry Parish (John Noble) was the only one who came away from the events of last season unscathed, as Ichabod was buried alive in a coffin, Abbie was trapped in purgatory, Ichabod’s wife, Katrina (Katia Winter), was kidnapped by the Headless Horseman, Capt. Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) was behind bars for a murder he did not commit, and Abbie’s sister, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood), was among the wreckage of a horrific car crash.  Obviously, there wouldn’t be a show anymore if that meant the end for all of those characters, so the fun will be in seeing how they make it out of those precarious situations.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor John Noble (who gives a fantastically stand-out performance as Henry Parish, aka the Horseman of War) talked about how lucky he feels to play such complex and multi-layered characters, what attracted him to Sleepy Hollow, that he knew his character’s arc before he started last season, so that he could lay in little hints along the way, always focusing on the human aspect and the family, what fans can expect from Season 2, what Henry has been up to since we saw him get his revenge, and whether it’s possible for his character to ever find some redemption.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Collider Goes to MondoCon: Over 25 Poster, Toy, and Vinyl Images from Mondo’s First Convention

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Take one glance at my family room and it’s obvious the impact that Mondo has had on my collecting habits. Framed prints line my walls, many of which are either Mondo releases or works from artists that I became familiar with while perusing the gallery’s archives. Safe to say, then, that it was an absolute privilege to be able to attend the inaugural MondoCon in Austin this Saturday. Held at The Marchesa Hall & Theater, the convention boasted a more intimate setting than convention goers may be accustomed to. In reality, you could cover the two halls that made up the “convention floor” in a matter of minutes if you just wanted to get a quick overview of everything the exhibitors had to offer. Like with any Tyler Stout print, though, those who took time to stop and admire the details were rewarded with a variety of items from some of today’s best artists, designers, composers, and more.

For less words and more images, hit the jump for a visual recap of my day in Mondo heaven.

Fall Pilot Review: FOREVER

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ABC’s Forever is essentially a patchwork of other successful television series.  In fact, Forever may be the most calculated of the fall premieres by following a simple formula for success (one that CBS is usually champion of).  There’s a procedural aspect, a little bit of the supernatural, romance, mystery, and all of it is tied together by the handsome Welsh face of Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), a doctor with a little bit of a death wish. Sure we’ve seen it all before, but is there something about this one that’s different?  Hit the jump to find out if that alchemy works, and if Forever deserves a spot on your DV-R.

The Films of David Fincher: ALIEN 3

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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher.  These articles contain spoilers.]

“It was a baptism by fire.” David Fincher doesn’t have particularly fond memories of his directorial debut, Alien 3.  It was a troubled production before he even came on board, and despite his wealth of experience having worked on music videos and commercials, he was thrown into a situation that would easily scare away experienced feature film directors.  Call it hubris on Fincher’s part, but the hellish production on Alien 3 was a key part of his development.  And yet despite all of the problems on set, Alien 3 is not without its redeeming aspects.

Vin Diesel Reveals New THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Images Featuring Kaulder’s Crazy Beard, Rose Leslie and Elijah Wood

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Is Vin Diesel an honorary member of The Last Witch Hunter marketing team or something?  Not only did he get to reveal the very first image from the film, but now he’s got a bunch more to share.  Diesel leads the film as Kaulder, a witch hunter who’s got to stop an evil coven of witches from unleashing a nasty plague upon humanity, but in order to do so, he’s got to team up with one of his enemies, a young witch played by Rose Leslie.

Hit the jump to check out the latest The Last Witch Hunter images that popped up on Diesel’s Facebook page.  The film also stars Elijah Wood and Michael Caine.

Tommy Wirkola Says HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 2 Script is Complete; Is Jeremy Renner Too Busy to Return?

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I know I’m probably in the minority on this one, but Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was an irreverent, ridiculous blast and I absolutely cannot wait for a sequel.  Even though the film got trounced by critics, it still managed to make $55.7 million at the domestic box office and accumulate $170.6 million overseas to go along with it.  The film only ran Paramount a $50 million production tab, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when the studio announced plans to develop a sequel, but there hasn’t been much talk of it since.

However, writer-director Tommy Wirkola is busy making the rounds for his upcoming release, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, and during one interview, he confirmed that he’s written the script and that the folks at Paramount dig it.  Hit the jump for more on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2.

Oliver Stone Wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Star in Edward Snowden Movie

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Oliver Stone, eager to be on the pulse of current events even if he doesn’t know how the pulse is beating, is set to write and direct a movie based on NSA leaker Edward Snowden.  The film will be based on the book Time of the Octopus, which was written by Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, and “is considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events since Snowden first released the documents.”  Americans were shocked at the news that their communications were being “monitored” (even though the news was widely misconstrued), and then went back to putting their every thought on Facebook and Twitter.

According to Variety, Stone has offered the role of Snowden to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and while the actor has agreed to do it, negotiations have yet to begin.  If the deal is made, production would likely begin at the end of this year or early 2015.  Gordon-Levitt just wrapped production on Robert ZemeckisThe Wire, and is currently filming an untitled Christmas comedy with Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie.  He’s also trying to crack the script for a movie based on Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman.

 

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