Jonathan Tropper Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, BANSHEE Season 3, His Project with Steve Carell, Wanting to Direct, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with author Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie.  He talked about the difficulty of bringing his novel to theaters, collaborating with Shawn Levy, the incredible cast, the project he’s working on with Steve Carell, his approach to writing novels and screenplays, wanting to direct, and more.  In addition, with Tropper hard at work on Banshee season 3 (he’s the showrunner), we talked about how filming has been going, what fans can expect in season 3, how the end of the season will feel like the end of The Empire Strikes Back in the sense that there are unresolved questions, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks THE BOXTROLLS, What Convinced Him to Voice an Animated Villain, His Opinion of the Shakespearean Snatcher, and More

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Sir Ben Kingsley lends his extraordinary voice to the diabolical Archibald Snatcher in LAIKA’s breathtakingly beautiful 3D stop-motion animated adventure, The Boxtrolls, loosely based on Alan Snow’s best-selling children’s book Here Be Monsters!  The mischievous, trash-collecting creatures known as Boxtrolls live beneath the cobblestoned streets of Cheesebridge where they struggle to elude the evil Snatcher who claims they have stolen an orphan (Isaac Hempstead Wright).  Snatcher is determined to exterminate them in exchange for admittance into the town’s elite White Hats.  Opening September 26th, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Nick Frost and Tracy Morgan.

At our roundtable interview, Kingsley revealed what convinced him to bring to life an animated villain, why he found Snatcher a great character to play, how the script rang true as a refreshing family film, his unique approach to voicing his character, how he found the recording experience very freeing, why he appreciated a narrative that revealed the darker side of life, his satisfaction at seeing what the animators did with his character, the parallels between Snatcher and tragic Shakespearean characters like Richard III and Iago, and his enthusiasm for his upcoming films Learning to Drive and Robot Overlords.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE MAZE RUNNER Sprints Past A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES on Opening Day

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The Maze Runner, a big screen version of James Dashner’s 2007 novel,  will not be the latest YA adaptation to go down in box office flames.  Bucking the trend that saw page-to-screen conversions like Vampire Academy and The Giver open to disappointing numbers, The Maze Runner looks like it may actually exceed expectations.  The Fox release was originally projected to open to $27 million but, after earning a strong $11.2 million on Friday, the sci-fi thriller is now looking at an opening weekend of $35 million or above.  That’s not quite the level that Divergent hit back in March ($54.6 million) but it is well above the $27 million that Ender’s Game claimed last November.

Details and Friday’s top five after the jump.

Listen to a Track from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ GONE GIRL Score; Plus 9 New Images

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October 3rd seems so close and yet so far away.  Gone Girl is hands down my most anticipated film of the rest of the year, not because of the story or source material, but because David Fincher is one of the few truly uncompromising filmmakers we have left.  When the film hits theaters, we’ll know that this is Fincher’s film through and through, and he seems to have a lot to say about relationships and our inherent narcissistic nature in the telling of this story.  Another reason to be excited about Gone Girl is the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  The duo’s work on The Social Network is one of the vital pieces that makes that movie a masterpiece, and while their Girl with the Dragon Tattoo score was a bit too similar-sounding to Social Network for my taste, I’m incredibly curious to see what they’ve come up with for Gone Girl.  And I’m in luck, because the very first Gone Girl soundtrack clip has been released online, and it teases a very different—yet still haunting—kind of score.  Is that a copy machine I hear?

Take a listen to the first Gone Girl soundtrack clip from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross after the jump, along with some new images from the film.  Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris, Gone Girl will premiere at the New York Film Festival and opens in theaters on October 3rd.

THE INTERVIEW Red-Band Trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco Are Massive Sell-Outs

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Sony Pictures has released a new, full-length The Interview red-band trailer for the upcoming comedy, and it’s kind of fantastic.  The film marks the directorial follow-up of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg after the excellent This Is the End and sees James Franco playing a popular entertainment news interviewer who, along with his producer (Rogen), is tasked with assassinating Kim Jong Un in North Korea.  While the first trailer was just a taste of what we could expect from the pic, this new one dives deep into the plot while also revealing a bevy of wonderful cameos from the likes of Rob Lowe, Timothy Simons (Veep), and Anders Holm (Workaholics).  Not only does the movie look incredibly funny (and filthy), but the prospect of Lizzy Caplan as a CIA agent is highly promising.

Watch the new The Interview red-band trailer after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on December 25th.

THE KNICK Recap: “Start Calling Me Dad”

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The threads that The Knick has laid down for its first five episodes have started to intertwine in its sixth.  Algernon’s secret medical practice has an unexpected visitor, and Cornelia takes steps to apprehend Typhoid Mary.  Even Thackery’s desire to figure out where Christiansen went wrong in his treatment of previa patients turned a corner.  And though it wouldn’t be an episode of The Knick without a death, “Start Calling Me Dad” was, on the whole, one of the series’ lighter episodes.  Hit the jump, or away, moldy rogue, away!

THE BLUE ROOM Trailer and Poster Have Mathieu Amalric Mired in Seduction and Murder

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You may recognize Mathieu Amalric from movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly but his filmography in general extends much further than the types of films that normally hit our shores (or at least our American consciousness).  He wrote, directed and stars in The Blue Room, a seemingly steamy French thriller that will premiere at the 2014 New York Film Festival next week.

The film also stars Léa Drucker and Stéphanie Cléau and was co-written by Cléau from a novel by Georges Simenon. Hit the jump for The Blue Room trailer.  We’ll keep you posted on its upcoming release from IFC films.

Gary Whitta to Adapt Mark Millar’s STARLIGHT After He Wraps up STAR WARS Script

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Gary Whitta is on what you’d call a roll lately.  After being hired to write one of the upcoming Star Wars standalone films (to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards), it was announced today that he’d be adapting Mark Millar‘s graphic novel Starlight for Twentieth Century Fox.  The comic, written by Millar and illustrated by Goran Parlov, hit stores in March under the Image comics banner and is intended to be a six-part miniseries (issue number five arrived last month).  Millar has called the material a mash-up of Flash Gordon and The Dark Knight Returns.

We already knew that Fox was tackling the project and that Simon Kinberg, the comic gatekeeper over there, would be producing.  But Whitta’s hire is significant in that he’s highly in demand and his involvement signals faith in the material all around.  Hit the jump for more.

James Spader Talks THE BLACKLIST Season 2, Red’s Relationship with the FBI, How the Show Surprises Him, and More

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The hit NBC drama series The Blacklist is back for Season 2, and Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) is sure to be as shady and mysterious as ever.  Along with Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), the two have been making their way through a list of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists that Red has compiled over the years, some of whom have proven to be more difficult to stop than expected.

During this interview to discuss the show’s return, actor James Spader talked about the questions about who Elizabeth Keen’s father is, how Red’s relationship with the FBI has changed, always turning things on their ear, how Mary Louise Parker’s character is connected to Red, the return of Peter Stormare as Berlin, how the show surprises him, that some of the criminals will be connected to a bigger story and some will be connected to things that are much more immediate, and how much he enjoys working in both film and television.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Reese Witherspoon’s THE GOOD LIE Gets a Featurette on the True Story Behind the Film

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Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for The Good Lie that focusses on the real-life Sudanese backdrop that inspired the film.  Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) directed the picture, which stars Reese Witherspoon (who is already generating Oscar buzz with one of her other films this year, Wild).  If you’ve seen the trailer for the movie you know that its overall aim is one of uplift, and it looks well done for one of these types of stories.

Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel JalNyakuoth Weil, and Corey Stoll star in the October 3 release.  Brian GrazerRon Howard, and Molly Smith (The Blind Side) are producing.  Check out The Good Lie featurette after the jump.

New GONE GIRL TV Spot Tortures Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne

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Can’t it just be October 3rd already?  I already know Gone Girl will be good because I’ve never disliked a David Fincher movie and I love the book by Gillian Flynn.  But I’m starting to be more and more convinced this will be one of Fincher’s major works.  For me his best stuff is Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Social Network (with The Game, Panic Room, Benjamin Button and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo all being very good but not all time greats).  My money is on this new one joining the upper ranks.  This new TV Spot doesn’t diminish any of that and focusses on the tribulations of Ben Affleck‘s character (be sure to check out the trailer first if you haven’t seen it).

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl TV Spot.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

Meet the Characters of Jason Reitman’s Dark Ensemble in 17 New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Images

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Fresh off the full-length trailer debut, Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new Men, Women & Children images from Up in the Air and Young Adult director Jason Reitman’s new film.  The drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I saw the film at TIFF and thought it was excellent.  It’s an incredibly dark snapshot of humanity and the ways in which we interact with one another, and it marks a solid step forward in Reitman’s increasingly unpredictable filmography.  The story takes place in a Texas town, and the local high school is the link that connects the various storylines.  These new images reveal the cast of characters, including Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever’s young loners, Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt’s disillusioned married couple, and Dean Norris’ single father.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Men, Women & Children images and click here for Matt’s review.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert, and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! Criterion Blu-ray Reviews

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Criterion has released two Spanish-language movies of a sexual nature, one from Mexico, one from Spain.  The former is Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien (which translates to “And your mother too”), which Criterion has been promising for five years, while the other is Pedro Almodovar’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, which was notorious for its NC-17 rated content at the time.  My review of both Criterion editions of these films follow after the jump.

Six GOTHAM Clips Lift the Curtain on Fox’s Batman Origin Series

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Fox’s Gotham premieres in just a few days, so I can’t see it taking much more than these six clips to tide you guys over until then.  To be perfectly honest, this show is so far removed from my own personal tastes that I don’t feel qualified to tell you whether these clips are “good” or “bad.”  They just exist.  The show features  James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), along with Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.

Hit the jump to check out the Gotham clips.  Be prepared for the Batverse to feel very different from both the Nolan and Burton takes on the world (so far, at least).  Gotham is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal Logue, John DomanBarbara KeanCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara.

Watch the Batmobile Drive Around Slowly in 13 Minutes of Video from the Set of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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Interest in superhero movies is at a fever pitch, so it’s no surprise that a flood of video and photos from the set of the now-filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will continue to flow so long as cameras are rolling.  Zack Snyder knew exactly what he was doing when he recently unveiled the new Batmobile in full, because Snyder and his crew are currently shooting a number of scenes on the streets of Detroit that feature Bruce Wayne’s new wheels.  A rather lengthy piece of video of the aforementioned Batmobile “in action” has now surfaced, giving fans the opportunity to take a look at the car from a variety of angles.  It’s admittedly a very tame piece of video, and it doesn’t even feature any actual filming, but for those who are curious to see more of the Batmobile’s practical applications it might be of interest.

Take a look at the latest Batman v Superman Batmobile video after the jump.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy IronsBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.

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