BREAKING BAD’s Bryan Cranston Climbing THE GREAT WALL While Aaron Paul Joins THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX

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A bit of a Breaking Bad themed casting roundup for you guys:

  • Bryan Cranston is in talks to co-star in Legendary Pictures’ The Great Wall for director Zhang Yimou.
  • Aaron Paul has signed on to Miramax’s The 9th Life of Louis Drax for famed horror director Alexandre Aja.

Hit the jump for more on these two established and talented actors continuing to get work.

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Circling Adaptation of THE ROSIE PROJECT from (500) DAYS OF SUMMER Screenwriters

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Phil Lord & Christopher Miller are among my favorite directors working today.  I will be excited for and watch any movie they make.  I just re-watched The LEGO Movie the other night for the fourth or fifth time and it just gets better (“I think I heard a whoosh.”).  According to Deadline, the duo are circling an adaptation of the novel The Rosie Project with (500) Days of Summer screenwriters Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber handling the script.  At this point, Miller and Lord are only developing the project, but they have an eye on directing.  However, they won’t commit unless they’re satisfied with the script.

Hit the jump to learn more about The Rosie Project.

Vin Diesel Shares New FAST & FURIOUS 7 Images, Describes the Trailer

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Vin Diesel continues to be the official public ambassador for Fast & Furious 7, and now he’s sharing a few new images from the film.  The tumultuous production faced innumerable hurdles following the tragic death of star Paul Walker in November, but now the finish line is in sight with director James Wan deep in post-production.  And there’s now a trailer, which Diesel recently saw and flipped for.  So hopefully we’ll see that soon.

Hit the jump to see the new Fast & Furious 7 images and read a brief trailer description.  The film also stars Dwayne JohnsonMichelle RodriguezJason Statham, LudacrisTyrese GibsonRonda RouseyTony JaaNathalie EmmanuelLucas BlackJohn BrothertonDjimon Hounsou, and Kurt Russell.  Fast & Furious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.

TWIN PEAKS: THE ENTIRE MYSTERY Blu-ray Review

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Few can deny that we’re living in a Golden Age of television, as the explosion of new outlets and stations has created a need for unique original programming.  People complain (rightfully so) about the proliferation of sleazy reality shows, but we’ve also received the likes of The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Veep, Downton Abbey, Justified, The Americans, Archer, Boardwalk Empire… the list goes on into the sunset.  And none of them – not a single one – would have made it to the screen were it not for Twin PeaksChanging an entire medium is rare enough, especially if your show barely lasted thirty episodes.  But so strange and marvelous was its appearance on ABC in the spring of 1990, that even then we knew nothing would ever be the same.  Hit the jump for my full Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray review.

Danica McKellar, Olivia d’Abo and Alley Mills Talk THE WONDER YEARS, How the Show Impacted Their Lives, and the 23 Hours of Bonus Features on the DVD

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Never before released on DVD, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late ‘60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage).  The cast recently got together for a reunion, which was taped to be included in the over 15 hours of exclusive bonus features on the six season, 26-disc, 115-episode box set.

During this recent interview to discuss The Wonder Years and what their time on it meant to them, co-stars Danica McKellar (“Winnie Cooper”), Olivia d’Abo (“Karen Arnold”) and Alley Mills (“Norma Arnold”) talked about how important the time period was to the show, how much they’ve missed these characters, why this was a life-changing job for them, why they think the show has had a sustaining popularity, what they learned about themselves from having been a part of the show, the bonus features on the DVD, and how time has affected their perspective of their time on the show.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE INTERVIEW Green-Band Trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco Are Ruining America and Must Take out Kim Jong-un

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A few days ago, we got the red-band trailer for The Interview, and it was painfully funny.  All the jokes were landing, and it helps that they’ve got a great premise: James Franco plays Dave Skylark, a vapid talk show host who, along with his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen), land an interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park).  But their attempt at hard news gets upended when the CIA asks the duo to assassinate the North Korean leader.  If you’re worried that the movie can’t work without R-rated jokes, this green-band trailer should put your mind at ease.  This could easily be one of the funniest films of the year.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer for The Interview.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Lizzy Caplan

Vince Vaughn Confirmed to Star alongside Colin Farrell in TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2; Official Logline Released

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We’ve been digging for every piece of True Detective Season 2 news we can find, and now we finally have some official news.  In addition to yesterday’s confirmation that Colin Farrell would play one of the leads, HBO has announced that he’ll co-star with Vince Vaughn.  The description of Farrell’s character has been true since it was first reported: “Ray Velcoro, who has been damaged by years of turmoil in both his personal and professional lives.”  The official description, in addition to confirming the character’s name, adds that he’s “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owes him.”

As for Vaughn, we previously reported that his character was “Frank Semyon, a former thug turned businessman who’s working with a local Mayor and his political cohorts to spearhead the construction of a high-speed railway system,” so again, The Wrap was right.  HBO adds that Frank is “a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.”  Hit the jump for more including the official logline.

WHIPLASH Director Damien Chazelle to Helm Neil Armstrong Biopic; THE FIFTH ESTATE Writer Josh Singer to Pen Script

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Arguably the biggest success story to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the breakthrough for director Damien Chazelle for his debut feature Whiplash.  The intense drama has received plenty of critical acclaim and earned both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize.  It remains to be seen if this movie will be able to power through to awards season (Sony Pictures Classics should at least push J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor), but it’s definitely put Chazelle on the map.  Although his next feature will be the musical La La Land with Miles Teller and Emma Watson, he’s going to be taking a giant leap with his follow-up: First Man, a biopic about Neil Armstrong.

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Shea Whigham Joins Marvel’s AGENT CARTER Series as SSR Chief Roger Dooley

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Marvel’s Agent Carter is expected to begin production soon to prepare for a possible January debut, so the studio is busy loading up the cast.  We just found out that James D’Arcy is in as Howard Stark’s butler, Jarvis, and now Marvel just revealed that Boardwalk Empire’s Shea Whigham is on the roster as well.

The show takes place in 1946 and follows what happens when the men return home from war and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) gets relegated to administrative duties at the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve).  Hit the jump to find out who Whigham will portray on the show.

The Films of David Fincher: SE7EN

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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.]

Where as Alien3 has been forgotten thanks to ignominy, the shadow of the first two Alien movies, and its botched production, Se7en has persevered for almost twenty years if for no other reason than what’s in the fucking box.  Se7en is where David Fincher‘s filmography truly begins, and it’s fitting that a director who self-identifies as cynical should lead with a movie that abhors human nature, massacres the good in more ways than one, and even feels slight reverence towards its heinous killer.  There’s a beauty to the cruelty as the movie presents a stylized realism that taps into a rotting, fetid world but does so without establishing a particular locale, drenching the unnamed city in rain, and sinking the shots into darkness and low angles.

Se7en is where David Fincher finally got to come out and play.  Alien 3 was a trap that became a prison and eventually he just had to flee from the depressing hellhole of that production.  He returned to music videos thinking he would never make another movie again, and when Se7en came along, he went all in on a “meditation on evil and how evil gets on you and you can’t get it off.”   Fincher didn’t return with an open palm.  He came back with a clenched fist.

DIVERGENT Director Neil Burger Set to Wield ALL THE OLD KNIVES

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Divergent director Neil Burger decided to pass on helming the sequel, Insurgent, due to the time constraints, but now he’s found an enticing follow-up.  According to Deadline, Burger is attached to direct All the Old Knives, a spy thriller based on the upcoming novel by Olen Steinhauer, who also wrote the script.  The story takes place in Carmel-by-the-Sea where two ex lovers—one a CIA spy and one an ex-CIA spy—come to dinner to reminiscence.  However, the meal has an ulterior motive where one of them comes to discover if a disastrous hijacking was part of a larger conspiracy.  “It also becomes clear,” adds Deadline, “that one of the ex-lovers may not survive the meal.”  Having recently visited Carmel-by-the-sea, I quite enjoy the notion of contrasting an idyllic setting with a battle of wills between two lovers who are discussing the ramifications of a mission that led to the death of everyone on board the plane.

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Isaac Hempstead Wright Talks THE BOXTROLLS, Finding the Voice, Live Action vs. Animation, GAME OF THRONES, and More

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Isaac Hempstead Wright, best known for playing Bran Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, lends his impressive vocal talents to The Boxtrolls, LAIKA’s stunning 3D stop-motion animated adventure directed by Anthony Stacchi.  Wright voices the character Eggs, an orphaned human boy affectionately raised by a community of quirky, mischievous, fantastical creatures who live beneath the cobblestoned streets of Cheesebridge.  When the villainous Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) threatens to exterminate all the Boxtrolls, Eggs teams up with his spirited friend Winnie (Elle Fanning) to save his adopted family.  Opening September 26th, the film also stars Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg and Toni Collette.

At a recent roundtable interview, Wright revealed what appealed to him about the project and his character, the challenge of shooting Game of Thrones while doing The Boxtrolls, how he found the voice for Eggs, his reaction to seeing his character on screen, what it was like working with a stellar cast, the difference between performing live action versus animation, his love of classical music and the piano, his attempt at powering his way through Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, his adventure holiday in Jordan’s Wadi Rum Desert, and rumors he’ll play Octavius in a film adaptation of the Shakespearian thriller, Caesar.  Check out the interview after the jump:

Michael K. Williams Wants to Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther

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We’ve been talking about a possible Black Panther movie for quite some time now, but as far as we know, there hasn’t been much movement on the project yet.  However, while discussing his upcoming release, Kill The Messenger, Michael K. Williams expressed interest in taking the role of T’Challa if the movie actually happens.

According to Marvel’s character description, Black Panther is a royal descendant of a warrior race who eats a heart-shaped herb to enhance his senses and his physical attributes.  He’s skilled in unarmed combat and uses a hybrid fighting technique that combines acrobatics with animal mimicry.  Hit the jump for more on Williams’ hope to join the MCU.

THE COLLISION: Episode 104 – THE MAZE RUNNER

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This week on The Collision, Perri and I talk about this past weekend’s big hit, The Maze Runner.  We talk about why it works as a movie, how it differs from the book, how greater fidelity to the source material might have improved the film, how the picture fits into the larger YA movie landscape, and more.  As always, we finish up with recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Good, the Bad, and the Oscar-Worthy of TIFF 2014″), 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 @PNemiroff.

Liv Tyler Talks SPACE STATION 76, Working With Director Jack Plotnick, Shooting THE LEFTOVERS, and Her Hopes for Season 2

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From co-writer/director Jack Plotnick, the quirky indie film Space Station 76 tells the story of Omega 76′s new assistant captain Jessica Marlowe (Liv Tyler), whose arrival inadvertently creates tension among everyone at the space station.  Jessica’s intelligence and unwavering focus on her work confuses the Captain (Patrick Wilson) and upsets Misty (Marisa Coughlan), especially as it becomes clear that her husband Ted (Matt Bomer) and daughter Sunshine (Kylie Rogers) are finding themselves drawn to Jessica.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Liv Tyler talked about how she came to be a part of Space Station 76, why she wanted to work with Jack Plotnick, the visual style of the film, how her character ends up at this space station and in the position that she’s in, how much she adores Matt Bomer, shooting at a former porn studio, and being able to add to her character’s wardrobe from her own closet.  She also talked about what drew her to the HBO series The Leftovers, getting the next script just a couple of days before they’d shoot the episode, and learning to act on impulse.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

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