Director Patrick Osborne Talks FEAST, the Process of Pitching, Developing, and Producing a Short Film at Disney, Working with John Lasseter, and More

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The upcoming animated short film Feast, which will run in theaters with Big Hero 6, opening on November 7th, is the story of one man’s life, as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed through the meals that they share.  It’s a beautiful, funny, heart-warming story about love.

During a recent presentation and screening at Walt Disney Animation Studios, to showcase their latest short, director Patrick Osborne talked about how quickly Feast went from pitch to finished product, all with the guidance and support of John Lasseter.  During the interview, he discussed where this idea came from, making this as part of Disney’s shorts program, what the pitch process is like, creating the look of the food, developing a short versus a feature, what the lighting process is like, the must-have foods that he wanted to include, why he chose to make the human characters out of focus, the biggest challenges in coming up with the story, the most technically difficult scene, and collaborating with John Lasseter throughout the process.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

A SECOND CHANCE Clips and Images Featuring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Go Deeper Into the Film’s Criminal Underworld

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One of the feature TIFF films that I’m most looking forward to seeing is Love is All You Need director Susanne Bier’s thriller A Second Chance.  Last month we posted the trailer which was gripping, tense and dour (in a good way).  As I said then, this project looks like a little bit of a twist on Gone Baby Gone (also a good thing) in that it explores thematic elements that could be seen as a counterpoint to that film.  Now we have a series of five clips, totaling eight minutes of the film, that flesh about the characters a bit.

The film was written by frequent Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen and stars Jamie Lannister himself,  Nikolaj Coster-WaldauUlrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen also appear.  Hit the jump to check out the A Second Chance clips.  We also have new images from the film.  A Second Chance will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9th.

Nicole Holofcener to Write and Direct THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS

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It appears that filmmaker Nicole Holofcener has settled on her next feature.  Coming off the success of the sweet and endearing Enough Said, Holofcener will be turning her attention to an adaptation of Ted Thompson’s novel The Land of Steady Habits for Fox Searchlight.  Thompson broke the news on his blog (via The Playlist), saying the Please Give filmmaker will write and direct the story of a man in his early 60s who abandons his career and family in Connecticut for a new condo and a new life, only to realize that the world he rejected just might be the one he needs.  This sounds right up Holofcener’s alley, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what kind of cast she puts together.

There’s no word on how soon Fox Searchlight plans to start production, but it sure looks like this could be Holofcener’s next film.  Read a synopsis for the book after the jump.

Director Thomas Carter Discusses WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, Studio Interference, Deleted Scenes and Choreography

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Filmmaker Thomas Carter has a penchant for sports-related entertainment. As an actor, early in his career, he starred on the basketball-centric TV show The White Shadow. He segued from actor to director on the show for its final season – and since then he has directed a number of television programs from Hill Street Blues to Miami Vice. He returned to the high school basketball film-genre with the Samuel L Jackson headlining Coach Carter – and this Friday, he shifts sports to high-school football with the release of When The Game Stands Tall. In talking with Carter though, he is quick to point out that it isn’t necessarily sports that drew him to these films, but the choreography inherent in such activities (Carter also directed the dance-centric films Swing Kids and Save the Last Dance).

In the following interview with Carter, the candid filmmaker discusses his love for choreography, the differences in shooting a basketball vs. a football game and the deleted moment(s) from When The Game Stands Tall he wished hadn’t been cut. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren Talk THE EXPENDABLES 3, Their Freedom to Blow Up Anything While Shooting, Deleted Scenes, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3.  Like I said on TwitterThe Expendables 3 is a lot of fun and my favorite of the series due in large part to Mel GibsonWesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas.  All three are awesome and Banderas steals every scene he’s in.  In addition to the new cast, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Terry Crews  and Dolph Lundgren.  They talked about what they remember most about filming, making the movie in Bulgaria and how they could blow up anything, deleted scenes, Jason Statham‘s  on-set car accident, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

3 New THE MAZE RUNNER Clips and James Dashner Walk and Talk Featurette

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Almost any film can end up with a sleekly edited trailer, but film clips are different.  Sure, they’re completely out of context, but there’s no better way to get a good sense of tone and the potential of the performances than by seeing a more comprehensive version of a scene.

20th Century Fox just unveiled three brand new clips from their September 19th release, The Maze Runner, and if their intensity is any indication, the full feature is going to be one heck of a film.  Hit the jump to catch all three The Maze Runner clips as well as a featurette of author James Dashner touring the set of the film.

MISS MEADOWS Trailer Positions Katie Holmes as a Prim Vigilante Serial Killer

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To me, for better and for worse, this feels like the kind of quirky dark comedy we were getting on the regular back between 1999 and 2004.  Now, not so much.  Which is to say that this trailer for Miss Meadows is simultaneously refreshing and stale.  For what it’s worth I’m definitely interested in seeing this, I’ll take a formula I haven’t seen in a while over a formula I’m exposed to every day.  And I happen to think Katie Holmes is a strong performer who took herself off the scene right before she started getting really interesting roles.   The film is written directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, who directed the apparently abysmal Because I Said So, but I will hold out a sliver of hope regardless.

In Miss Meadows Holmes plays a sweet and proper elementary school teacher whose perfect manners and pretty floral dresses hide a dark secret: when she’s not teaching at the local elementary school or tending to her garden, she’s moonlighting as a gun-toting vigilante.  The film also stars James Badge Dale, Mary Kay Place and Jean Smart.  Hit the jump for the Miss Meadows trailer.  Entertainment One releases the film on November 14th. 

First AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Teaser Offers a Helping Hand

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FX has released the first American Horror Story: Freak Show teaser trailer in addition to confirming the series’ October 8th premiere date, which we told you about last week.  The fourth season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series takes place in the sleepy town of Jupiter, Florida in 1952, as “a troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.”  This season will tell the story of the “freaks” against the backdrop of “the dying world of the American carny experience.”  Sounds like American Horror Story alright.  Jessica Lange plans for this to be her last season with the show, and she’ll be joined onscreen by AHS veterans Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and Angela Basset, as well as AHS newcomer Michael Chiklis.

Hit the jump to watch the decidedly creepy American Horror Story: Freak Show teaser.  The series premieres on FX Wednesday, October 8th at 10pm ET/PT.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Set Image Reveals a Different Look at Henry Cavill’s New Costume

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Judging by some of the reaction to this picture, it appears as though there are some slight shifts away from the established Man of Steel look in Henry Cavill‘s costume for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Not that I can tell.  I’ve seen Man of Steel exactly once and don’t really plan on seeing it again to see if I can spot some minute differences.  This set image (obviously) adds more color to the costume than the official still from last month, and I suppose it’s interesting to see the painted-on muscle patterns in the light of day.  But, on the whole, I think this is a less interesting development than the picture of Scoot McNairy as (potentially) The Flash.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently filming in Detroit under the direction of Zack Snyder for a March 2016 release.  The film also stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Jesse Eisenberg.  Hit the jump for the Batman v Superman Henry Cavill set image. 

INSURGENT Trailer to Debut in Theaters with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1; Is There a Fifth DIVERGENT Film in the Works?

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It looks like Lionsgate will use the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hype to give the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, a little boost.  We expected this would happen, but now Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed it; the very first trailer for Insurgent will screen before Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21st.

Feltheimer and co. have high hopes for the Divergent franchise overall, so high in fact that they’re considering going beyond four films.  Hit the jump for more on the Insurgent trailer debut as well as the possibility of a fifth Divergent film.

THE DROP Clips and Images Featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in One of His Final Roles

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Fox Searchlight has released three new clips and some new images from The Drop.  In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters.  When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld.

I could go either way on this movie.  It looks like a perfectly good thriller that has been marinating a bit too long in the “tough guys in a tough neighborhood doing tough things” tropes that a lot of filmmakers follow too far down the rabbit hole.  On the other hand it also looks like it might balance that out with a genuinely deft touch.  It also has a great cast and a well-regarded director in Bullhead helmer Michaël R. Roskam and it marks one of Gandolfini’s final performances.  Hit the jump to check out The Drop clips and images (also watch the trailer if you missed it). The film also stars Matthias Schoenaerts,  Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville.  It opens on September 12th.

First CAMP X-RAY Poster, Plus New Posters for TRASH, HORNS, WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, and JESSABELLE

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A few new posters have made their way online.  Briefly:

  • Camp X-Ray – The first Camp X-Ray for the Guantanamo Bay-set drama makes no mistake about its selling point, as star Kristen Stewart graces almost the entire one-sheet.  The film opens in theaters and VOD on October 28th.  Read my review of the film here.
  • Trash – The first UK poster for director Stephen Daldry’s anticipated new film highlights its three unknown leads.  Also starring Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, the pic doesn’t yet have a US release date, but could make a surprise appearance in this year’s awards season.
  • Horns – A couple of UK character posters for director Joe Hill’s darkly comic thriller shows the light (Juno Temple) and dark (Daniel Radcliffe) sides of the film, which opens in theaters and VOD on Halloween.
  • White Bird in a Blizzard – Star Shailene Woodley is front and center on the poster for director Gregg Araki’s sexually-charged drama.  The film will be available on VOD September 25th and opens in theaters on October 24th.
  • Jessabelle – The first poster Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert’s new horror film shows the dual nature of star Sarah Snook’s lead character.  The film opens in theaters on August 29th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

AUTOMATA Trailer: Antonio Banderas Faces a Robot Uprising in Sci-Fi Thriller

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Millennium Entertainment has released the first Automata trailer for director Gabe Ibáñez’s upcoming sci-fi thriller.  The I, Robot-esque story takes place in the year 2044 where robots are ubiquitous and operate under two fundamental laws that prevent them from harming humans or themselves.  Antonio Banderas plays an insurance agent of the ROC robotic corporation who discovers that the robots may be more human than people are led to believe.  Though we’ve seen this story many times before, the film actually looks quite good.  Dylan McDermott fills the role of the robot-hating human, while Ibáñez imbues the picture with a washed out aesthetic reminiscent of Blade Runner that reflects the dire nature of humanity.

Hit the jump to watch the Automata trailer.  The film also stars Melanie Griffith and will be released in theaters and VOD on October 10th.

Marin Ireland and Damon Gupton Talk WE TV’s THE DIVIDE, Shooting the Pilot Twice, Working with Tony Goldwyn, and More

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The WE tv drama series The Divide follows Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland), a whip-smart caseworker with a knack for getting herself in and out of trouble, and Adam Page (Damon Gupton), the youngest DA in the history of Philadelphia, both on opposite sides of a case where the outcome could either protect or destroy their reputations.  Created by Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese, the show also stars Nia Long, Paul Schneider, Joe Anderson and Clarke Peters.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Marin Ireland and Damon Gupton talked about how they came to this show, auditioning for Tony Goldwyn, who is acclaimed as both an actor and director, what attracted them to these characters, shooting the first pilot about a year and a half ago, how things changed and evolved, the research they did for these roles, and where things are headed for the remainder of the season.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Showtime Renews MASTERS OF SEX and RAY DONOVAN for Season 3

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Fresh off AMC’s decision to bring Halt and Catch Fire back for another season, Showtime has ordered Masters of Sex Season 3 and Ray Donovan Season 3.  Both shows received 12-episode orders for a third season, set to debut in early 2015.  I haven’t seen either, but Masters of Sex is high on my list of shows I need to catch up on.  Lizzy Caplan has earned rave reviews for her lead performance, garnering an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series along with a bevy of Emmy nods for the show in general.  The series averages four million weekly viewers across all platforms while Ray Donovan averages five million, so bringing both shows back was a no-brainer for Showtime.  Read the full press release after the jump.

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