Though it was clear from his days on Freaks and Geeks that Seth Rogen was a comedy talent to watch, few could have predicted that he would go on to become one of the most successful comedy writers—and burgeoning directors—working today. Rogen and his longtime friend Evan Goldberg made their feature screenwriting debut with the 2007 future comedy classic Superbad and followed that up with Pineapple Express in 2008 and The Green Hornet in 2011. The two made the move to directing to enormous success with last year’s excellent This Is the End, and now they have a number of exciting projects in the works as writers, directors, and producers.
While attending SXSW in support of the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy Neighbors, which he produced, Goldberg took some time to speak with us about a few of his upcoming projects. He talked about the editing process of his and Rogen’s next directorial effort The Interview, the status of the video game project Console Wars, and also provided some insightful comments on their take on Preacher, which he and Rogen are adapting as an AMC TV series. You can watch the interview and read his full comments after the jump.
With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now. We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony. Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race. After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.
While many wondered whether the opportune time had passed to capitalize on the massive success of 2006’s 300 with a sequel, it appears that a sizable audience for the franchise still exists. 300: Rise of an Empire earned an impressive $17.7 million on Friday, and while that won’t come close to 300’s insane $70 million weekend, it should be enough to hit a solid $40-$45 million for the weekend. Again, that’s a notable feat given the large time gap in between the original film and the pic’s R-rating, but it was no doubt given a boost by 3D ticket prices. The other new wide release of the weekend was DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which debuted with $8 million on Friday and is on track for a modest $30 million weekend. DreamWorks has been pretty hit and miss at the box office lately, but Peabody and Sherman looks to fall somewhere in between.
On the returning films front, Non-Stop dipped 54% in its second week and took in $4.6 million on Friday, while the Biblical saga Son of God saw a large 70% drop from its opening weekend to a $3.2 million take on Friday.
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Following John Oliver’s extended stint as guest host of The Daily Show while Jon Stewart was busy with his directorial debut, HBO scooped the comedian up with an offer he couldn’t refuse: his own half-hour comedy news series. Oliver made a tearful goodbye on the Comedy Central series last December, but now HBO has released a first trailer for his impending HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Since it’s a topical weekly news program, there’s no footage from the actual show itself, but Oliver does a nice job of explaining the series’ central conceit by reiterating that if a major, breaking event happens any day of the week at any time, they will cover it on Sunday.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver premieres on HBO Sunday, April 27th at 11pm ET.
A new U.S. trailer for director Jim Jarmusch’s love story Only Lovers Left Alive, aka “the Tom Hiddleston vampire movie”, has been released online. Hiddleston stars alongside Tilda Swinton as two vampires who have been in love for centuries. This trailer certainly showcases an offbeat tone, but the film actually looks to be quite romantic and, surprisingly, funny. As individuals who have been alive for a very, very long time, the principal characters have a unique outlook on life and culture and they aren’t afraid to share it. This also looks to be a wonderful performance showcase for Hiddleston and Swinton.
Hit the jump to watch the new domestic trailer. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, and Jeffrey Wright. Only Lovers Left Alive opens in theaters April 11th.
The new film from You’re Next director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett will be coming to a theater near you this fall. After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, Picturehouse has picked up U.S. rights to The Guest for a fall release, marking the studio’s second feature film release after making their debut with last year’s Metallica Through the Never. The Guest stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as a soldier who befriends the family of a fallen comrade and becomes a threat to everyone around him when it turns out he may not be who he says he is. I caught the pic at Sundance and it’s a great 80’s throwback that’s kind of like a cross between Halloween and The Terminator. Stevens is excellent in a dark role that is the polar opposite of his Downton Abbey character, and Wingard and Barrett have a ton of fun with the gleefully dark premise.
Hit the jump to read the full press release, click here to read Matt’s review, and be sure to watch Steve’s interviews with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett from Sundance.
You can’t sell a big superhero movie these days without product integration or cross-promotion, and thanks to Sony’s team-up with Kellogg’s, three new promo clips from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have landed online. The clips show off some meaty bits of new footage (including Oscorp and Norman Osborn), but they’re mostly notable because they feature narration from comic book legend Stan Lee, adding a retro, heroic feel to the footage. In the Marc Webb-directed sequel, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds himself surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp.
Hit the jump to watch the three promo clips, one of which is slightly spoilery. The film also stars Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.
Available today on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download is director Francis Lawrence’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While some were wary about a new director taking over the insanely popular franchise from Gary Ross, Lawrence turned in a pleasantly surprising and thrilling feature that stood head and shoulders above most of the big studio tentpoles released last year. In anticipation of the film’s home video release, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive clip from the bounty of bonus features included on the Blu-ray. This particular clip focuses on how the Catching Fire team turned a parking garage into the impressive training compound in the film. The sequel stars Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.
Hit the jump to watch the bonus features clip. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is available on home video now.
Screen Gems has released the first trailer for director Scott Derrickson’s (Sinister) supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. The film stars Eric Bana as a New York police officer who teams up with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. It’s tough to make a genuinely scary horror film, but Derrickson very much succeeded with last year’s Sinister and this trailer shows the director’s penchant for building tension. Though the trailer is pretty light on plot, it does a nice job of conveying the mood and tone of the pic, and I’m hoping the full feature offers a solid story hook.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean Harris. Deliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.
Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- NBC’s Parks and Recreation scored a rise of 9% with a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and garnered 2.89 million viewers. That’s about on par with its recent episodes.
- The CBS juggernaut The Big Bang Theory was up 4% from last week’s episode with a 5.2 rating and 17.91 million viewers, easily eclipsing everything else on TV Thursday.
- Closing out NBC’s night was Parenthood with a 1.2 rating and 3.8 million viewers, which is a rise of 9% from last week’s series low.
Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings for Thursday, March 6th, including Community, The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, and more.
Though American Hustle failed to land a single win out of its 10 nominations at the Oscars last weekend, the film remains a hit with audiences with a worldwide box office total of $248.2 million. Director David O. Russell’s latest feature hits Blu-ray and DVD in a couple of weeks, and in anticipation of the home video release a deleted scene from the pic has been released online. It’s no secret that Russell has a very particular way of working that involves plenty of improvisation and the creation of new scenes on the fly, and that energy is prevalent in this deleted scenes which finds the core characters played by Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale giving a tour of New Jersey to “the Sheikh”, played by Michael Peña. All does not go as planned, resulting in Renner’s character losing his cool in front of some New Jersey residents.
Hit the jump to watch the new deleted scene. It’s unclear exactly how many deleted scenes will be included on the Blu-ray/DVD, but there’s likely plenty of footage that didn’t make the finished film. American Hustle will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 18th. Click here to pre-order.
Tom McCarthy is best known for writing and directing small-scale dramedies like Win Win and The Station Agent, but he may soon be adding “comic book movie” to his resume. McCarthy has been tapped to write with an eye to direct an adaptation of the Doug Tennapel graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex for Universal Pictures. The studio has been trying to get the project off the ground for some time, and the story revolves around a boy who moves in with his grandfather for the summer after losing his pet dog. When he discovers a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a cave, his life (obviously) changes and he must prove to the townspeople that the giant dinosaur means no harm. Hit the jump for more.
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón just won the Oscar for Best Director, but you don’t have to wait long to see the talented director’s next project. In the midst of the very lengthy post-production process on Gravity, Cuarón made his first foray into television by writing and directing the pilot for NBC’s new drama series Believe. The network has now released the first two minutes of the show online ahead of its Monday premiere, and it’s fittingly one of the director’s signature long, unbroken shots. The story centers on a wrongfully-imprisoned death row inmate who is broken out of jail in order to protect a young girl with powerful abilities. Cuarón also serves as an executive producer on the show alongside J.J. Abrams, and this is definitely a promising opening for the show.
Hit the jump to watch the first two minutes of the series. The show stars Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo, and Kyle MacLachlan. Believe premieres on NBC Monday, March 10th at 10pm ET.
Hollywood has been trying to reboot the Zorro franchise for a few years now, and it looks like things are heating up for the project once again. Two years ago, a futuristic reboot called Zorro Reborn was planned at 20th Century Fox that would have painted the titular character as more of a vigilante than a hero. Gael Garcia Bernal was poised to star, but the film never materialized. Now there’s movement on a new adaptation of the character, as Sony is gearing up to start work on a Zorro film described as a “gritty” reboot of the swashbuckler. Hit the jump for more.
Jack Bauer returns to say “Dammit Chloe!” another 46 times in a couple of months in Fox’s highly anticipated event series 24: Live Another Day, and some new images from the show have landed online. The 12-episode limited series finds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer thwarting terror abroad in London four years after the events of the show’s series finale. These new images show the return of Jack, a newly punk Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Audrey (Kim Raver), and even now-President James Heller (William Devane), and we also get a look at some new characters, including Benjamin Bratt as the head of the CIA operation that’s tracking Jack in London, Tate Donovan as the White House Chief of Staff, and Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan, a “brilliant but impulsive” CIA field operative working in London.
Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here if you missed the first teaser trailer. 24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.