New SELMA Trailer and “Glory” Lyric Video Highlight One of the Best Films of the Year

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Director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma is one of the best films of the year.  It’s a movie both of its time and of our time, as DuVernay chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s (David Oyelowo) involvement in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which directly lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  In anticipation of the film’s release, Paramount has unveiled a new Selma trailer as well as a lyric video for Common and John Legend’s original song “Glory”, which was written for the film.  DuVernay’s direction prevents the film from ever feeling like a piece of history, as her focus is always on connecting the relevance of this particular story to what’s going on in our world today.  In light of recent events, the picture depressingly feels even more timely.  Selma is a phenomenal piece of filmmaking all around, and I implore you to see it when it comes to a theater near you.

Check out the new Selma trailer, lyric video, and images after the jump.  The film also stars Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, and Oprah WinfreySelma opens in limited release on Christmas Day and expands nationwide on January 9, 2015.

New FOCUS Trailer Finds Will Smith and Margot Robbie Playing Con Artists

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Warner Bros. has released a new Focus trailer for Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s upcoming caper.  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.  This trailer is much lighter and more comedic than the previous one, showing off more of the “caper” side of the film than the intense drama.  I imagine the pic’s success will hinge on the chemistry between Smith and Robbie, who are already poised to reteam in WB’s DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad.

Watch the new Focus trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaneyFocus opens in theaters on February 27, 2015.

Laika’s Next Film Is Ancient Japan-Set KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS; Cast Includes Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron

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The Oregon-based animation studio Laika has been bringing gorgeous, exciting, and most importantly unique films to the screen with its past three features—Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls—and now the stop-motion animation studio has revealed its next project.  Production is underway on a “sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in mythical ancient Japan” called Kubo and the Two Strings, and the project is noteworthy for a number of reasons.  First of all, it marks the directorial debut of Laika President and CEO Travis Knight, who himself has worked as an animator on all of the studio’s films to date. Second, it features the studio’s most high-profile cast to date, including Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron.

Hit the jump for more on the film, which will hit theaters on August 19, 2016.

10 Best Surprises of 2014, From Emily Blunt as an Action Star to THE LEGO MOVIE Not Sucking

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While many year-end lists simply focus on either the best or the worst, this feels like a good opportunity to take a look at a year-end aspect that seems to go overlooked: the things that we didn’t see coming.  There’s an expectation that the new Christopher Nolan film is going to be eye-popping, that Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t going to be particularly great, and that the latest effort from Wes Anderson will probably be immaculately crafted.  But what about discovering that a loveable TV actor makes a seamless transition to becoming a movie star?  Or that shameless, toy-centric studio cash-grab is actually a great movie?  There were plenty of pleasant discoveries over these past 12 months, and after the jump, I run down the 10 best surprises of 2014.

New Trailer for Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Teases a Gorgeous, Terrifying Ocean-Set Adventure

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A new international trailer for director Ron Howard’s adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick non-fiction book In the Heart of the Sea has landed online.  The film tells the story of the whaling ship Essex, which in 1819 was rammed by an angry whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism, and the harrowing true story served as the basis for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  I was a big fan of what Howard put together for his previous film, Rush, and it looks like he’s on a roll with this follow-up.  Once again reuniting with cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, they appear to capture the terrifying nature of this sea expedition in visceral fashion, putting the audience right in the middle of the drama that ensues.

Check out the new In the Heart of the Sea trailer after the jump.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Jordi MollaIn the Heart of the Sea opens in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Peter Jackson Says He Doesn’t Like the Franchise-Driven Nature of Hollywood; Won’t Do a Marvel Movie

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With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies now in theaters, filmmaker Peter Jackson has finally come to the end of his tenure in Middle-earth.  The journey has been over a decade long, and while he tackled a few other projects in between the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit sagas, he’s maintained a focus on larger-scale films that pushed the boundaries of technology and scale.  However, Jackson says he now wants to go back to making considerably smaller films, ones that focus on true stories from his native New Zealand.  It’s a return to form really, as Jackson first broke into the mainstream with his excellent New Zealand-set drama Heavenly Creatures.

In a recent interview, though, Jackson not only says he’s eager to return to smaller movies, but he actively dislikes the “Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon”, saying he has no interest in directing a Marvel movie.  Read on after the jump.

First WESTWORLD TV Show Image Revealed; Jonathan Nolan Says HBO Drama Will Be “Ambitious” and “Subversive”

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Earlier today we got our first very brief look at one of the most anticipated new HBO series coming in the New Year, and now the first official Westworld TV show image has landed online as well.  Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, the sci-fi series revolves around androids that run amuck in a high-tech tourist destination—a theme park, to be exact.  The Dark Knight and Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan created the series, which finds Anthony Hopkins playing the park’s creative visionary and Ed Harris taking on the role of the robot gunslinger played by Yul Brynner in the film.

Check out the first Westworld TV show image after the jump along with some exciting comments from Nolan himself on what he aims to be a “fucked up” series.  Westworld will debut on HBO sometime in 2015.

Mark Ruffalo and Edward Norton Discuss Working with David Fincher in Exclusive Clip from EPIX’s HOLLYWOOD SESSIONS

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Filmmaker David Fincher has a reputation for doing many, many takes of scenes during production, and the advent of digital photography has given him the ability to push his actors even further in striving to get the best possible performances.  Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo recently took part in a roundtable discussion for the LA Times and EPIX’s “Hollywood Sessions” series, and in an exclusive clip from tonight’s Supporting Actor episode (in which Norton is up for Birdman and Ruffalo for Foxcatcher), the two discuss what it was like to work with Fincher and, amusingly, the difference between Norton’s experience on Fight Club and Ruffalo’s on Zodiac, which was Fincher’s first all-digital film.  Ruffalo’s response is pretty great.

Watch the clip after the jump and tune into “Hollywood Sessions: Supporting Actress” tonight on EPIX at 8pm ET/PT, which also features Josh Brolin, J.K. Simmons, and Christoph Waltz.

Enter Our Giveaway and Win a BLACK SAILS Prize Pack

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Fans of Black Sails, take notice.  We’ve been provided with a pair of prize packs for the Starz pirate series to give to a pair of lucky readers, and we’re hosting a giveaway.  The two winners will each received the complete first season of Black Sails on Blu-ray, a t-shirt, a telescope, and last but not least a pirate-infused Black Sails flask.  The giveaway is in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of Black Sails Season 1 on Blu-ray on January 6, 2015, followed by the show’s season two premiere on January 24, 2015.  Take a closer look at the prize pack and find out how you can win after the jump.

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.

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.

Geek Gifts: Baby Groot Hot Toys Collectible Offers the Most Detailed Version Yet

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As soon as audiences saw Guardians of the Galaxy opening weekend, fans were clamoring to own a dancing Baby Groot of their own.  Production on the collectible took a while, as director James Gunn opted not to have the toys manufactured in advance for fear of having the character’s fate spoiled before the movie opened, but things have started to catch up, and now an official Baby Groot Hot Toys collectible is poised for release.  The 1/4th scale “Little Groot” collectible features three interchangeable head sculpts as well as moveable arms and body to recreate the character’s “I Want You Back” dance.  At the reasonable price of $44.99, this thing would make a swell Christmas present.  It’s expected to ship in January.

Take a look at the Baby Groot Hot Toys figure after the jump, and click here to pre-order.

Watch David Fincher Discuss His Philosophy, ALIEN 3, Studio Reaction to FIGHT CLUB, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and More in 25-Minute Interview

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A couple of months ago, filmmaker David Fincher was honored at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and took part in an interview onstage.  A portion of that interview has now been officially released online, and it’s full of golden nuggets from one of the most exciting directors working today.  Fincher candidly touches on everything from his personal philosophy about filmmaking to his experience making Alien 3 (and why he wanted to do it in the first place) to the studio’s reaction to seeing a first cut of Fight Club to the miracle of autonomy that he enjoyed when putting together The Social Network.  It’s a fascinating and insightful interview that’s well worth a watch.  Check it out after the jump.

Michael Pitt Not Returning for HANNIBAL Season 3; Will Be Replaced by Joe Anderson

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A surprising casting change is underway for Hannibal Season 3.  Last year’s string of episodes for the most gorgeous show on television introduced the character of Mason Verger, with Michael Pitt wonderfully inhabiting the memorable role.  However, TV Line reports that Pitt has opted not to return for the show’s third season, forcing showrunner Bryan Fuller to recast the character.  The switch actually comes at a fairly opportune time, as last we saw Verger his face was in a rather…disheveled condition.  Joe Anderson (The Divide, The Grey) will be replacing Pitt and filling the role of Verger in the new season.  More after the jump.

New DAREDEVIL Netflix Show Images Reveal a Lawyer By Day, Superhero By Night

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A couple of new Daredevil Netflix show images have landed online, giving fans a new look at the upcoming limited series from Marvel and the streaming service.  Spartacus alum Steven S. DeKnight acts as showrunner on the upcoming series, though Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb (who also oversees Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Agent Carter) is still intimately involved in crafting Marvel’s first foray into Netflix territory.  In a new piece in EW, Loeb describes Daredevil as “a crime drama first, superhero show second”, and while DeKnight maintains that the series is certainly “grittier and edgier” than what Marvel has done before, the target audience remains all-encompassing so they’re “not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity.”

Check out the new Daredevil Netflix show images after the jump.  The series stars Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Moore, Bob Gunton, Ayelet Zurer, and Vondie Curtis-HallDaredevil will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2015.

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