Amy Adams Talks BIG EYES, Her Favorite Tim Burton Character, Working with Christoph Waltz, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, and More

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Amy Adams leads Big Eyes as Margaret Keane, the woman behind the famous sad-eyed waif paintings.  However, it wasn’t until 1970 that that information was made public because, for years, Margaret’s husband, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), claimed her work as his own. Margaret wasn’t particularly outspoken and it took her a good deal of time to insist on getting the credit she deserved, but it was her “quiet dignity” that drew Adams to the role.

While in New York City promoting Big Eyes’ December 25th limited release, Adams sat down to talk about that, the Tim Burton role she dreamed of playing back when she first considered getting into acting, working with Waltz, how to fake paint convincingly, Lois Lane’s role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.

10 LEGO Fan Projects That Need Your Support, Including LORD OF THE RINGS Sets, Tony Stark’s Workshop from IRON MAN, CENTURIONS, and More

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It’s been a really good year for LEGO.  Not only did The LEGO Movie enjoy critical and commercial success, the film is now just the start of a feature franchise built on the toy brick foundation.  Oh, and speaking of toys, LEGO has a host of lucrative major movie tie-ins due to hit shelves soon, like Avengers: Age of Ultron setsJurassic World figures, and new Star Wars approximations.

That’s all well and good for the company, but what about the legions of LEGO fans out there who opt to put aside the instructions and build their own fantastic creations?  Well thankfully those two factions work together for the benefit of all!  “LEGO Ideas” is an offshoot of the parent website that invites fan submissions and allows readers to lend their support; once a project nets 10,000 votes and company approval, they become official!  We’ve put together a list of ten worthy ideas for you to inspect.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Sony Might Send THE INTERVIEW to Its Streaming Service Crackle for Free

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The saga of The Interview continues.  When we last checked on the film, which had been pulled following threats on movie chains by North Korean cyber-terrorists who hacked the studio, the studio had “no further plans” to release the comedy, which is about an attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un.  The terrorists demanded that in addition to Sony not releasing the film into theaters, the studio also shouldn’t release it on DVD or VODPresident Obama said the studio “made a mistake” by giving into the terrorists’ demands, and while Sony unsurprisingly disagrees with that assessment, they may now try to rectify that wrong by putting the film onto their own VOD service, Crackle.

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5 Great Film and Music Moments From 2014

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Real cinema happens when a filmmaker uses all of the tools at his or her disposal to provide the viewer with an experience they can’t get in any other medium.  Sound, vision, and narrative all collide and the experience can occasionally be so singular and indelible you wonder why you, as a viewer, don’t advocate for yourself and seek the feeling out more often.  It’s like a drug.

Often times, these moments are accompanied by a piece of music that buoys them to such a degree that you can’t imagine the scene playing out in any other way.  While I didn’t see every movie released this year, it was easy to come up with five moments from the ones I did see that struck me in this manner.  Hit the jump for 5 Great Film and Music Moments From 2014.

First FOCUS Posters Feature Will Smith and Margot Robbie as Con Artists; New Trailer Coming Tomorrow

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Warner Bros. has released a pair of new Focus posters for Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s upcoming caper in anticipation of a new trailer coming tomorrow.  The film revolves around a seasoned con man named Nicky (Will Smith) who becomes romantically involved with Jess, a novice con artist (Margot Robbie), only to subsequently break things off when she gets too close for comfort.  Three years later, Jess—now an accomplished femme fatale—pops back into Nicky’s life, throwing his latest scheme into jeopardy. The first trailer teased a more dramatic tone than I was expecting, but the film has been described as a “comedy-caper-love story” so I imagine there’s some humor to the interplay between Smith and Robbie that we’ve yet to see.  As an added bonus, the picture gives us a preview of what to expect when the two actors team up in the DC supervillain pic Suicide Squad.

Check out the new Focus posters after the jump and come back to Collider tomorrow to see the new trailer.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaneyFocus opens in theaters on February 27, 2015.

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT Finale Conquers New Releases with $56.2 million

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After opening on Wednesday, Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies remained the clear box office winner in its first weekend – earning more than three times what Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb claimed in second.  That gives the final chapter in The Hobbit trilogy a five-day domestic total of over $90 million, which is in line with pre-release expectations.  In contrast, Night at the Museum 3 started a bit slow, especially compared to fellow new release Annie.  Sony’s remake of the family musical came within $1 million of second place and earned a higher per-screen average than its bigger-budget Friday competition, despite opening in 669 fewer locations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies $56,220,000 $90.6
2.  Night at the Museum 3 $17,300,000 $17.3
3.  Annie (2014) $16,300,000 $16.3
4.  Exodus: Gods and Kings $8,065,000 $38.9
5.  Mockingjay – Part 1 $7,750,000 $289.2
6.  Wild $4,150,000 $7.2
7.  Top Five $3,570,000 $12.4
8.  Big Hero 6 $3,563,000 $190.4
9.  Penguins of Madagascar $3,525,000 $64.1
10.  Interstellar $2,600,000 $171.4


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Dr. Evil Interrupts SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE To Comment on Sony Hack

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Now that the President has commented on North Korea hacking Sony Pictures and the studio deciding not to release The Interview, there’s really only one voice left to hear from: Dr. Evil (Michael Meyers).  If you’re going to have a conversation about a movie where the characters try to take down a parody of a Bond villain, you need to include a parody of a Bond villain.

It’s been 12 years (!) since we last saw Dr. Evil, but it was charming seeing him break out his trademark quips while also leveling some good zingers at the expense of both North Korea and Sony.  While I’m not sure if this will spur interest in a fourth Austin Powers movie, it’s nice to see the memorable character back for a few minutes.  Meanwhile, Verne Troyer nervously waits by a phone.  Hit the jump to check out the video.

DVD/Blu-ray Deals: ALIEN ANTHOLOGY, THE WIZARD OF OZ, Over 800 Blu-rays Under $10, and More

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Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  If you’ve been waiting to own Alien Anthology and Prometheus, Amazon has them on sale as a bundle for under $20!  Details below.

First THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Movie Image Reveals Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in Guy Ritchie’s Spy Series Adaptation

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Warner Bros. has unveiled the very first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie image from director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the popular 1960s TV series.  Steven Soderbergh was initially attached to helm the film for WB before Ritchie came on, after which Tom Cruise came onboard to star alongside Armie Hammer (The Social Network) before leaving to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, with the Man of Steel himself Henry Cavill subsequently filling the vacant role.  This finished iteration of the film takes place in the early 60s at the height of the Cold War, as Cavill’s CIA agent Napoleon Solo is forced to team up with Hammer’s KGB agent Illya Kuryakin to stop a mysterious criminal organization.  The 1960s aesthetic is on full display in this debut image, and I’m curious to see how Ritchie handles this inherently fun spy set-up.  I imagine a debut trailer isn’t far off.

Check out the first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. image after the jump.  The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, and Jared Harris, with Ritchie having penned the screenplay alongside his Sherlock Holmes collaborator Lionel WigramThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens in theaters August 14, 2015.

THE MISSING Recap: “Concrete”

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With every new episode, The Missing proves itself to be an atypical crime series.  “Concrete” showed the grey areas in murkier ways than the show has ever dared before, with not just Tony but Julien being brought into a questionable light.  But Julien asks the right question about it all: “how is justice best served?”  Hit the jump for why the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Shawn Levy and the Cast of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM SECRET OF THE TOMB: Who Can Do the Best Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller Impression?

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Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) and the rest of the Museum of Natural History exhibits are back for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, but the magical tablet that brings them to life at night is losing its powers.  Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) doesn’t know how to restore it, but he thinks his father might.  The problem is, his father is on display at London’s British Museum so Larry’s (Ben Stiller) got no choice, but to cross the Atlantic to save his friends.

With the new installment hitting theaters this weekend, I got the opportunity to meet my favorite actor from the Night at the Museum films, Crystal the Monkey who plays Dexter.  After that, I decided it’d be cool to make some time to talk to director Shawn Levy, Wilson, Stiller and franchise newcomers Rebel Wilson and Dan Stevens about their experience making the film.  But really, the group was great.  They shared some impressions of each other, taught me a thing or two about being the size of Owen Wilson’s character and more.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

Friday Box Office: THE HOBBIT 3 Stays on Top; NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 and ANNIE Battle for Second

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On a week that focused more on the film audiences won’t be able to see this Christmas rather than the handful that they will, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies remained the clear box office leader.  After posting a strong debut of $24.4 million on Wednesday, The Hobbit 3 added another $9.9 million on Thursday (down almost 60%), for a two-day total of $34.4 million.  That’s a bit under projections but, even so, with an estimated $16.5 million from 3,875 locations yesterday, director Peter Jackson’s final trip to Middle Earth had no trouble staying ahead of two new family-themed holiday releases.  Fox’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb came in second on Friday with a reported $5.6 million from 3,785 locations – just ahead of Sony’s remake of Annie.  Despite being part of the now-infamous studio hack that claimed the box office life of Sony’s The Interview, Annie over-performed yesterday with an estimated $5.3 million from 3,116 locations.

Full story and Friday’s top five after the jump.

Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Quvenzhane Wallis Talk ANNIE, the Fun Shoot, Collaborating with Will Gluck, Embarrassing Moments on Set, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  For more on Annie, watch the trailer, five clips and eleven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or read Matt’s review.

At the New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Quvenzhane Wallis.  They talked about collaborating with Will Gluck, how much fun they had making the film, embarrassing moments on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: Sony Cancels THE INTERVIEW, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, STAR TREK 3 Director Shortlist, KNIGHT OF CUPS, 10 Underrated Films of 2014

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Return readers will remember that I used each October installment to recommend a horror film that I thought you may have missed for one reason or another. I’ll do something similar this week with a Christmas movie that I think is worth your time if you find yourself looking for a new seasonal favorite. Since seeing it in theaters in 2007, writer/director Preston A. Whitmore II‘s This Christmas has become annual holiday viewing at my house. Starring Idris Elba, Mekhi Phifer, Delroy Lindo, and Loretta Devine, the film hits every beat you can ask for in a Christmas movie: siblings returning home from separate parts of the country to celebrate the holiday together, finding romance with a person from your past, helping an estranged member of your family out of a life-threatening jam, pre-loathsome Chris Brown absolutely slaying a Christmas number at open mic night when no one in his family even knew he could sing, etc. If all of the above sounds like cookie cutter dramedy material that’s because it is. Still yet, This Christmas does it so well that you can’t help but feel great while watching it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll try and reconcile the fact that you actually like Chris Brown in it and, hopefully, you’ll thank me for the recommendation.

Moving on to the reason we’re here, this week’s Top 5 highlights Sony cancelling the theatrical release of The Interview, interviews for and Matt’s review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Star Trek 3 director shortlist, the first trailer for Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups, and a look at 10 underrated films of 2014 that you may have missed. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden, James Lapine and Rob Marshall Talk INTO THE WOODS, Casting, the Rehearsal Process, “Tinderella” and More

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Twenty-seven years after Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical Into the Woods premiered on Broadway, the piece is making its was to the big screen.  The story centers on the Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt) who so desperately want to have a child, but come to realize that they can’t unless they reverse The Witch’s (Meryl Streep) curse.  Meanwhile, elsewhere in the kingdom, Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) is busy slaving away for her wicked stepmother (Christine Baranski) while dreaming of attending the King’s festival and dancing before The Prince (Chris Pine).

With Into the Woods making its way into theaters on Christmas Day, Corden, Blunt, Pine, Kendrick, Lapine and director Rob Marshall all came to New York City to participate in a press conference.  The group discussed the unique layers of the characters, the challenges of making a movie musical, the extensive rehearsal process and loads more.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

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