Matthew Goode and Allen Leech Talk THE IMITATION GAME, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Alan Turing, and More

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Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality still made him a target of persecution.  The film is really more about Turing than the war, but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film in a way that makes it feel like a spy thriller.

During my exclusive video interview with stars Matthew Goode and Allen Leech, they talked about balancing fact versus fiction in the movie, what it’s like being part of such an important and special film, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.  The Imitation Game is currently in theaters and also stars Keira KnightleyMatthew GoodeCharles DanceMark StrongRory KinnearAllen Leech, and Matthew Beard.  For more on the film, watch six clips, the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

Benedict Cumberbatch Talks THE IMITATION GAME, Alan Turing, Future Projects, and Much More

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Over the past few years, Benedict Cumberbatch has shown incredible range while bouncing from project to project, always delivering great performances.  If you’re one of the few that isn’t familiar with his name, I recommend watching Sherlock (where he plays Sherlock Holmes), The Fifth Estate (where he plays Julian Assange), and also going to your local movie theater to see his incredible work in director Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game.  The film is about Alan Turing (played by Cumberbatch), a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality still made him a target of persecution.  The film is really more about Turing than the war, but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film in a way that makes it feel like a spy thriller.

When I recently spoke to Cumberbatch to help promote the film, he talked about why he wanted to be part of this important movie, balancing fact versus fiction, what Turing helped invent, what it’s like being connected to so many highly anticipated new movies, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch and for more on the film, watch six clips, the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

Keira Knightley Talks THE IMITATION GAME, Working with Benedict Cumberbatch, Balancing Fact and Fiction, EVEREST, and More

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Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality still made him a target of persecution.  The film is really more about Turing than the war, but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film in a way that makes it feel like a spy thriller.

During my exclusive video interview with Keira Knightley, she talked about balancing fact versus fiction in the movie, what it’s like being part of such an important and special film, what it was like working with Benedict Cumberbatch, if the script changed during production, her role in Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.  The Imitation Game is currently in theaters and also stars Matthew GoodeCharles DanceMark StrongRory KinnearAllen Leech, and Matthew Beard.  For more on the film, watch six clips, the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom McGrath Talk THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, Favorite Animated Movies, and More

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Opening tomorrow is Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith‘s The Penguins of Madagascar.  DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming spinoff features the espionage-minded birds as they go off on a mission to bring down the nefarious octopus Dave (John Malkovich) even though they end up getting in the way of the professional spy organization the North Wind, which is led by the wolf “Classified” (Benedict Cumberbatch).  The movie also features the voices of Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.  For more on the film, check out the trailer.

To help promote the film, I recently got to talk with Benedict Cumberbatch (he plays Agent Classified) and Tom McGrath (he voices Skipper).  They talked about the relationship between Agent Classified and the Penguins, script changes during production, how recording their dialogue separately can be an advantage, and their favorite animated movies.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Eddie Redmayne Talks THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Meeting Stephen Hawking, Working with the Wachowskis on JUPITER ASCENDING, and More

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One of my favorite films of 2014 is director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) The Theory of Everything.  The film is an adaptation of the Stephen Hawking biography Traveling to Infinity, written by his wife Jane Hawking.  Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking, The Theory of Everything chronicles his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time.  Led by phenomenal performances by Redmayne and Jones, The Theory of Everything will definitely be a player in awards season and I strongly recommend seeing it for yourself when it opens this weekend.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

Recently I landed an exclusive video interview with Eddie Redmayne.  He talked about going after the role, his first face-to-face meeting with Stephen Hawking, researching the role and what material he used, never feeling comfortable with his work or being able to relax while shooting, balancing the need to make a movie while keeping the material authentic, getting to work with the Wachowskis’ and Channing Tatum on Jupiter Ascending, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jennifer Garner Talks MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, Getting Cast on an Airplane, Jason Reitman’s Script, IMAGINE with Al Pacino, and More

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Now playing in limited release is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children.  Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy GreerJ.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia CrocicchiaDennis Haysbert, and the voice of  Emma Thompson, 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.  Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced.  It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

While at TIFF, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jennifer Garner.  She talked about the cool way she was cast, how the film isn’t preachy and captures what’s going on right now, if the story/script changed during production, her great run of films at TIFF, working with Al Pacino in Imagined (which now might be called Danny Collins), and more.

Ellen Barkin and Method Man Talk THE COBBLER, Social Media, THE WIRE Legacy, and More

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One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthyThe Cobbler.  In the modern-day fairy tale, Adam Sandler plays a lonely cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes,” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy after helming films like The Station AgentThe Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters.  The Cobbler also stars Dustin HoffmanSteve BuscemiEllen Barkin,Melonie DiazMethod Man, and Dan Stevens.

Shortly after the world premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Ellen Barkin and Clifford Smith (Method Man).  They talked about how the project came together, changes during production, what it was like working with Thomas McCarthy, the way they like to prepare for a role/project, social media, the legacy of The Wire, if and when it’ll be available in HD, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say. 

Marton Csokas Talks THE EQUALIZER, Collaborating with Antoine Fuqua, His Character’s Tattoos, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS

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Now playing in theaters is director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for all our previous coverage which includes clips, on-set interviews, trailers, and more.

While at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an interview with Marton Csokas (he plays the main villain).  He talked about collaborating with Antoine Fuqua, how the tattoos helped inform who the character was (his character has a lot of them), what it meant to be part of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies, and more.

Director Shawn Levy Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Fidelity to the Book, Casting Adam Driver, Deleted Scenes, THE INTERNSHIP, and More

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While at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I landed an awesome interview with director Shawn Levy for This is Where I Leave You.  As I’ve said many times, I really enjoyed the film due to the great performances and the very funny script.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, which opens old wounds and reignites passions that have long been repressed.  This is Where I Leave You stars Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

During the extended video interview Levy talked about how he was finally offered the project after chasing it for years, how he worked with author/screenwriter Jonathan Tropper to make the script more dramatic, how Warner Bros. let him pick the cast in exchange for keeping the budget down, what he had to do to get Adam Driver in the film, deleted scenes,  how he didn’t anticipate the Google tie-in backlash on The Internship and how he should have released the R-rated version, future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua Talk THE EQUALIZER, Editing, What They Learned from the Test Screening Process, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  For more on the film, click here for all our previous coverage which includes clips, on-set interviews, trailers, and more.

While at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a great interview with Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua.  They talked about what it meant to premiere at TIFF, how they create kick-ass action scenes, if Washington ever visited the editing room, what they learned from the test screening process, Washington’s reaction after seeing the film for the first time, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

Simon Pegg and Director Peter Chelsom Talk HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Script Changes, Guerilla-Style Filmmaking, TIFF, and More

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Now playing in limited release in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  Led by a great performance by Pegg, the film’s definitely worth checking out.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.  For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Recently I landed an exclusive video interview with Simon Pegg and Peter Chelsom.  During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about how they came to work together, how Pegg’s childhlike curiosity made him perfect to play Hector, the guerilla-style filmmaking they employed for some of the scenes, script changes, deleted scenes, future projects like Star Trek 3 and Mission Impossible: 5, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE COLLISION: Episode 103 – The Good, the Bad, and the Oscar Worthy of TIFF 2014

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This week on The Collision, we look back at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  We talk about the films we liked, the movies that surprised us, the ones that disappointed us, and the ones that have now entered the Oscar race.  This week, we had many recommendations because we saw so many movies we enjoyed this year at TIFF, so that’s why there’s nothing after the jump this week.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“TIFF 2014 Preview”), 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 @AdamChitwood.

Alba Rohrwacher and Director Saverio Costanzo Talk HUNGRY HEARTS, Incorporating Real-Life Experiences, the Awesome Opening Scene, and More

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At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with star Alba Rohrwacher and director Saverio Costanzo for their movie Hungry Hearts.  Also starring Adam Driver, the film is about a couple that meets, falls in love, has a child, and then covers what happens when they encounter a life or death circumstance.  While I’d love to go more into detail about what they encounter/have to deal with, I’m not sure how much the filmmakers want revealed, so I’ll just say some of the film plays out like a real-world horror film.

During the interview, Rohrwacher and Costanzo talked about the experience of going from the Venice Film Festival straight to TIFF, incorporating real-life experiences into the film, how the movie doesn’t judge specific lifestyles, how much of the script was set before filming, the awesome opening scene (which is an eight minute-long uninterrupted take), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jane Fonda Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Working with the Cast and Director Shawn Levy, THE NEWSROOM, and More

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Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival 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.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Jane Fonda.  She talked about why she wanted to be involved in the project, what it was like collaborating with Shawn Levy, how she prepares for a role, if she’s streamlined her process, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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