First Image from Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Drama Reveals His Fourth Collaboration with Tom Hanks

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The first images from director Steven Spielberg’s next film have been released online.  The still-untitled drama tells the true story of James Donovan, a lawyer working on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960.  Tom Hanks fills the role of Donovan in the picture, which boasts a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen.  Speaking with EW, Spielberg revealed what appealed to him about the project: “I’ve always wanted to make a spy movie, and this is that and then some.”  A Cold War spy thriller from director Steven Spielberg?  That’s definitely something to look forward to.

Check out the first images from Spielberg’s untitled film after the jump.  Once he completes post-production on the project, he moves directly into shooting his next directorial effort, The BFG.  The untitled Cold War thriller also stars Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda and opens in theaters October 16, 2015.

Watch the Producers from INTERSTELLAR, BOYHOOD, BIRDMAN and More Talk the Studio Culture, China, and More in 40-Minute Roundtable Discussion

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The folks at THR have released yet another roundtable interview, this time focusing on producers.  Emma Thomas (Interstellar), Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood), Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything), John Lesher (Birdman, Fury), Marc Platt (Into the Woods), and Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Exodus: Gods and Kings, St. Vincent) take part in the 40-minute roundtable discussion, which touches on a number of topics from their unique perspective.  Two of the participants used to be studio heads, which leads to some interesting discussion about the current state of the movie studio culture (note: this was filmed before The Interview debacle).  The producers talk about everything from being fired, working with big directors, dealing with budgets, how China figures into the planning equation nowadays, and much more.  It’s a fascinating talk from a unique perspective on the filmmaking process.

Check out the roundtable discussion after the jump, and if you’ve missed the previous ones be sure to check out the directors, actresses, actors, cinematographers, and writers.

New Trailer for Director Alan Rickman’s A LITTLE CHAOS Starring Kate Winslet

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Focus Features has released a new A Little Chaos trailer for director Alan Rickman’s upcoming romantic drama.  The film stars Kate Winslet as a talented landscape designer who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s (Rickman) palace in Versailles.  While challenging gender and class barriers thanks to her position of power, she also becomes romantically entangled with the court’s landscape artist (Matthias Schoenaerts).  The film certainly looks pretty and Stanley Tucci continues to be amazing, so I’m interested in checking out Rickman’s second feature film as a director.

Check out the A Little Chaos trailer after the jump.  The film opens in limited release on March 27, 2015.

Edgar Wright, Cary Fukunaga, Winona Ryder, Jonathan Nolan, and More Set for Sundance 2015 Juries

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The juries for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have been announced, and there are some really talented people set to preside over the upcoming fest.  Edgar Wright, Winona Ryder, and True Detective director Cary Fukunaga are among those set for the U.S. Dramatic Jury, while Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan and Another Earth co-writer Brit Marling have been tapped to join the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which recognizes science in film.  Other notable jurors include Mia Hansen-Løve on the World Cinema Dramatic Jury and NPR correspondent Michele Norris on the U.S. Documentary Jury.  This is quite a lineup to match what’s already shaping up to be a very promising slate of films that will premiere and screen in Utah in January.

Check out the full lists of jurors for the various categories after the jump, and stay tuned to Collider in January for our full coverage from the festival.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st.

New AMERICAN SNIPER Trailer Offers a Longer Look at Clint Eastwood’s Military Drama

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Warner Bros. has released a new American Sniper trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s film about U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  The trailer is a bit misleading in that the full film doesn’t have near as much ambiguity or thoughtfulness as this cut would have you believe.  I’ll be honest, I really didn’t like this movie.  It’s frustratingly one-note and refuses to delve into areas that could be fascinating (especially with regards to Kyle’s life once he leaves the military), and its only saving grace is a strong performance from Bradley Cooper, who does the best with the material he’s given.  Moreover, Eastwood completely fumbles sequences that should be tense or thrilling; the whole thing just feels like a missed opportunity.

Check out the new American Sniper trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban, and Keir O’DonnellAmerican Sniper opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

First TRUE STORY Trailer: Jonah Hill and James Franco Go Dramatic in Dark Thriller

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Fox Searchlight has released the first True Story trailer for director Rupert Goold‘s upcoming drama.  Based on real events, the film stars Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, who strikes up a head-spinning relationship with accused murderer Christian Longo, played by James Franco.  After watching them play off each other in such hilarious fashion onscreen in This Is the End, I’ll admit there’s a bit of whiplash in seeing Hill and Franco play opposite each other in something as dark and serious as this.  That said, both actors have separately proven themselves to be formidable dramatic talents and the story here is incredibly compelling, so I’m really looking forward to catching this one next month at Sundance.

Hit the jump to watch the True Story trailer.  The film also stars Felicity JonesTrue Story will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and opens in theaters April 10, 2015.

New ORPHAN BLACK Season 3 Trailer Released; Premiere Date Set for April 18th on BBC America

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The addictive Orphan Black is returning in just a few months, and BBC America has unveiled a new teaser trailer to make the wait feel that much longer.  For those that have never seen the show, it’s a fun, twisty sci-fi series revolving around a group of clones (all played brilliantly by Tatiana Maslany) working to discover the secret and motive behind their origins.  Last season’s finale dropped a pretty massive bombshell, so fans that are caught up have been mighty curious to see what happens next.  This new trailer is a swell tease of what’s to come, and I think the line “This is war” is probably the most appropriate description of the series’ third season.

Watch the new Orphan Black Season 3 trailer after the jump.  The show also stars Jordan GavarisDylan Bruce, and Maria Doyle Kennedy and returns to BBC America on April 18, 2015.

Chris Pratt Is Straight Up Chillin’ with a Raptor in New JURASSIC WORLD Image

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The holidays are approaching, but as everyone readies themselves for trips and food and awkward time with extended relatives next week, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow wanted to offer up a little holiday greeting in the form of a new image from the film.  It’s a nice sentiment that’s made all the more special by the fact that the image in question is undeniably great, as it shows a badass-looking Chris Pratt taking part in a staring contest with a feisty velociraptor at his side.  We caught a brief glimpse of Pratt’s character seemingly working alongside the raptors in the film’s teaser trailer, and this image seems to suggest that he and the dangerous creatures just might be buddies.

Check out the new Jurassic World image after the jump.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 12, 2015.

Sony Cancels Theatrical Release of THE INTERVIEW; Mulling VOD Premiere [Updated]

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With the top five theater chains in the country now saying they won’t be showing directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s political comedy The Interview during its scheduled opening day of December 25th, Sony Pictures is now trying to figure out what to do with the film.  In case you somehow haven’t been paying attention, theater-owners today opted to pull The Interview from their theaters after an anonymous hacker group threatened to bomb screenings of the film on opening day.  This is all very fresh, as news of the big theaters pulling out broke hours ago, but the immediate response from many was to ask Sony to simply put the movie out on VOD, ensuring that it will still be shown to anyone that wants to see it.  Now word comes that a The Interview VOD release is definitely something the studio is considering.  More after the jump.

[Update: Sony has officially canceled the December 25th theatrical release of The Interview.  Read their full statement after the jump.]

J.C. Chandor and Oscar Isaac Talk Bradford Young’s Incredible Cinematography in New A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Featurette

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Bradford Young.  Learn that name, because the guy is about to break out in a big way.  The cinematographer has been doing great work for a while now on films like Pariah and Middle of Nowhere, but his 2014 features A Most Violent Year and Selma display some of the best cinematography of the past few years.  The guy has a bold, confident voice, and what’s spectacular about his work is that his approaches to A Most Violent Year and Selma are incredibly different, but both are absolutely phenomenal.  A24 Films has released a new A Most Violent Year featurette in which director J.C. Chandor and Oscar Isaac talk about Young’s work on the film, which follows a businessman and his wife trying to hold on to their company in early 1980s New York.  Young says he wanted to capture a “refined quality of decay” of the city in the film, and he does so to spectacular results.

Watch the A Most Violent Year featurette after the jump.  The film opens in limited release on December 31st before expanding in January 2015.  Selma opens on Christmas Day and expands on January 9, 2015.  Both are well worth seeing.

Andy Serkis Says He Only Plays One Character in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; Discusses the Trailer and His Role

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Our introduction to a new era of Star Wars by way of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer was a hell of a way to kick off the marketing campaign for J.J. Abrams’ new film.  The teaser was spectacular for a number of reasons, not the least of which being Andy Serkis’ ominous narration.  There has been much speculation about Serkis’ role (or roles) in the film, given that the actor is pretty much the person at the forefront of performance-capture technology.  In a new interview with EW, the actor has spoken up a bit about the film and his character, shooting down reports that he’s playing multiple roles while also touching on how much he knew about his part in the trailer before its release.  More after the jump.

See How the Minions Got to New York in New MINIONS Clip

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While there will surely be plenty of box office surprises next year, I think we can all agree that Minions is going to make bank.  Both Despicable Me films did well in theaters, but it’s the adorable minions that have become Universal’s own “Mickey Mouse” if you will, adorning everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs.  The characters get their own spinoff feature next year in a movie that covers the ancient origin of the creatures and revolves around their arrival in 1968 New York, where they set out to find the most despicable master.  A new Minions clip has been released today that focuses on the titular characters’ first arrival in NYC, and it also reveals how they landed upon their signature clothing.  While I wasn’t crazy about either Despicable Me film, I’m intrigued about an animated picture with main characters that speak gibberish.  It’s also just impossible to resist their adorableness.

Watch the new Minions movie clip after the jump.  The film features the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon HammMinions opens in theaters on July 10, 2015.

Watch Sarah Koenig Fret Over How SERIAL Will End in Funny or Die Video

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One of the best pieces of storytelling from any medium this year is happening on a podcast.  Many, many people (myself included) have become addicted to Serial, a podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig that follows her investigation into a decades-old murder and the questionable trial and imprisonment that followed.  The final episode of this season, which will wrap up this particular case, premieres tomorrow, and much like some memorable series finales in recent memory (notably Lost), everyone’s wondering how it’s going to end.  The folks at Funny or Die decided to take a humorous look at what Koenig may or may not be dealing with as audience members are hoping for a satisfying conclusion to a case that remains unsolved (remember folks, this is real life, not an episode of Law & Order).  Regardless, SNL alum Michaela Watkins does a swell job of playing Koenig, and yes, there are Mail Chimp jokes.

Check out the Serial Funny or Die video after the jump.  If you haven’t yet listened to the podcast, I cannot recommend it enough.

Peter Jackson to Next Focus on Smaller, True-Story Films Set in New Zealand; Doesn’t Rule Out a Return to Middle-Earth

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Filmmaker Peter Jackson has now made six full-length feature films out of material from author J.R.R. Tolkein.  While Jackson’s return to Middle-earth following the brilliance of his Lord of the Rings trilogy was originally welcomed, interest in his new The Hobbit films waned after the first film turned out to be a bit of a slog.  You can blame the stretching of the material, the shooting in 48 fps, or simply a weak story to begin with for how this trilogy turned out (though to be fair it certainly has its fans), but none of that really matters now.  The final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters in two days, and all eyes are on what Jackson will turn his attention to next.

He’s an undeniably talented filmmaker with a penchant for eye-popping visuals, but Jackson says that after making three massive movies in a row, he’s ready to turn his attention to stories with a much, much smaller budget.  But that doesn’t mean he’ll completely rule out a return to Middle-earth sometime in the far future.  Read on after the jump.

Bradley Cooper Just Wants to Get the Bad Guys in New AMERICAN SNIPER Clip; Plus 19 New Images

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Warner Bros. has released a new American Sniper clip and a batch of new images from director Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama.  Bradley Cooper plays U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours of duty in Iraq and quickly became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  His reputation extended across enemy lines, making him a prime target for the insurgency, and when he returned home to his wife and kids he struggled to leave the war behind.  I’ve seen the film and I really wasn’t crazy about it.  There’s a fascinating story to be told here, especially with regards to how Kyle’s life came to an abrupt end, but that’s not the one Eastwood is interested in telling; it’s a frustratingly one-dimensional portrayal of the war and its effects on those who fought in it.  Nevertheless, Cooper gives a strong performance as Kyle, which you can see here in this brief clip in which Kyle is arguing to be on the ground with the other soldiers instead of perched safely in his sniper’s nest.

Check out the new American Sniper clip after the jump, along with a batch of new images.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Jake McDormanLuke GrimesSam Jaeger, Navid Negahban, Sammy Sheik, Mido Hamada, and Keir O’Donnell.  American Sniper opens in limited release on December 25th.

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