First Look at the Outside Riley from Pixar’s INSIDE OUT

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In Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out, a group of emotions— Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black)—guide the life of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson.  We previously saw the emotions, and now a brief featurette on Disney Movies Anywhere has provided the first look at Riley.  As you’d expect, she’s an adorable little girl, but it’s important to remember she’s almost a supporting character in this story.  The plot involves Riley moving to a new town and a new school, which forces Joy and Sadness away from the control panel and into the far, unfamiliar reaches of her mind.  No disrespect to the studio’s recent movies, but Inside Out easily looks like one of Pixar’s most exciting projects in years.

Hit the jump to see the first Inside Out image of Riley.  The film opens June 19, 2015.

Has Warner Bros. Laid Down a “No Jokes” Rule for Its Superhero Movies? [Updated]

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I like jokes.  I think many people like jokes.  Jokes are not a fad, and they’ve been a staple of storytelling for quite some time.  They’ve been a large part of blockbuster movies where people go to have a good time, and part of that good time includes the magic of laughter.  There are exceptions, and one of the biggest is The Dark Knight trilogy, which had jokes, but they didn’t do much to lighten the mood.  Marvel responded by making humor an integral part of their movies, and the studio’s been pretty successful so far.

But with Warner Bros. planning to build its own interconnected set of superhero films, the studio might be countering in an utterly bizarre manner: by mandating that the new DC supehero movies have “no jokes”.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: An unlikely source has spoken up to refute this "no joke" mandate: Seth Rogen. More after the jump.]

STARRED UP Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Starred Up opens today in limited release and is also available on VOD.]

In movies, a father/son bond can be repaired in various ways: A game of catch, a cross-country road trip, or a death in the family to name a few. Starred Up finds a new one by putting the reconciliation inside a prison, and showing the attempts of a father to protect his reckless son from getting murdered by other inmates. Supported by excellent performances from Jack O’Connell and Ben Mendelsohn, director David Mackenzie and screenwriter Jonathan Asser have removed the schmaltz from the father/son story by taking two men who aren’t just estranged; they’re both violent and dangerous in a volatile environment. The filmmakers then proceed to further expand the story by offering the son different support structures and choices that further complicate his familial relationship.

New A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES TV Spots Has Neesons Threatening Your Worthless Lives

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Universal has released a couple of new TV spots for Scott Frank‘s upcoming crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones.  The film stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime.  Judging by the TV spots, it looks like Taken meets Saw, a concept that’s amusing enough for me.  Bring on the Neesons.

Hit the jump to check out A Walk Among the Tombstones TV spots.  The film also stars David Harbour and Boyd Holbrook.  A Walk Among the Tombstones opens in theaters on September 19th.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Concept Art Shows Unused Designs for Gamora and Nebula

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I’m strongly considering picking up the Guardians of the Galaxy concept art book because it has to be filled with interesting designs.  I’m happy with almost everything in the finished feature, but I’m always curious about what could have been, and concept art always shows roads not taken.  Artist Andy Park has posted some of his unused designs for Thanos’ daughters Gamora and Nebula, and I think what he came up with was in some ways superior to what we saw in the finished feature.

Hit the jump to check out Park’s Guardians of the Galaxy unused concept art.

After Winning Big at Emmys, Writer-Producer Steven Moffat Teases SHERLOCK Season 4

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Sherlock finally managed to solve the Emmys last night.  After going home winless for the first two seasons, season three (specifically the episode “His Last Vow”) did very well in the Best Miniseries or Movie category by earning Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actor (Martin Freeman), Best Writing (Steven Moffat), and Best Directing (Nick Hurran).  Naturally, this raises the expectations for season four even higher.

Speaking to EW about his Emmy Award-winning season, Moffat said, “We have a plan to top it. And I do think our plan is devastating. We’ve practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan … we’re probably more excited that we’ve ever been about Sherlock.”  I suppose this is a better answer than “More mysteries and shit.”  As we previously reported, Sherlock will have a Christmas episode in 2015 followed by three new episodes.

First TV Spot for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Hurls Accusations at Ben Affleck

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20th Century Fox has released the first Gone Girl TV spot.  Directed by David Fincher, the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  This is one of my most-anticipated films of the year, and I hope the marketing stays on this level where they’re using Fincher’s moody vibe and sinister tone to sell the movie rather than giving away chunks of the plot.  I have the feeling this is going to be one mean movie, and I can’t wait to see it.

Hit the jump to check out the Gone Girl TV spot.  The film also stars Tyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

THE COLLISION: Episode 102 – TIFF 2014 Preview

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This week on The Collision, we look ahead to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  We break down how TIFF compares to the year’s other major film festivals, its role in awards season, the films we’re looking forward to, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Robin Williams”), 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.

New WHIPLASH Trailer Showcases the Jazz-Infused Horror Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons

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A new Whiplash trailer has gone online, and it gave me flashbacks of how much the film unnerved me when I saw it at Sundance.  The film stars Miles Teller as a student jazz drummer who aspires to greatness under a ruthless instructor, played with palpable intensity by J.K. Simmons.  Although some may want to file this under “drama”, make no mistake: this is one of the scariest horror films of the year.  The word “horror” usually implies something supernatural and thriller conveys some form of excitement.  Whiplash is nerve-wracking dread, but it’s still a must-see, especially for Teller and Simmons’ performances.

Hit the jump to check out the international Whiplash trailer.  The film opens October 10th.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Check out Hawkeye’s New Outfit; Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige Talk about Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor

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When last we heard from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel was showing footage to an enthusiastic crowd at the San Diego Comic-Con.  Today, a new image from the film has popped up in the pages of Empire Magazine, and it shows off Hawkeye’s new costume.  It looks like Hawkeye took Tony’s “Legolas” joke from the first movie to heart.  I’m curious if this is the only superhero outfit he’ll wear since the Comic-Con concept art collage showed Hawkeye in a suit that resembles his costume from the first film.

Hit the jump to check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron Hawkeye costume along with some quotes about the movie from director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames Spader, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

New STAR WARS REBELS Short “Entanglement” Highlights Zeb and His Tardiness

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Disney has released a new Star Wars Rebels short, and this one shines the spotlight on Zeb Orrelios (voiced by Steve Blum).  The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy.  Looking at this short and the one we saw last week, I’m starting to get interested in this series.  The characters are likable and rambunctious rather than trying too hard to be hip and edgy.  It’s still a kids’ show, but it looks like it could be a good one.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels short, “Entanglement”.  Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Tiya Sircar.

HBO Releases New Teasers for THE NEWSROOM, THE COMEBACK, and BOARDWALK EMPIRE

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Last night, HBO ran the series finale for True Blood (read Allison’s recap here), but also released teasers for three shows that will be premiering this fall.  On September 7th, Boardwalk Empire will begin its fifth and final season, and as this latest teaser reminds us, “No One Goes Quietly”.  Then in November, HBO will premiere the final season of Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom, and I can’t decide if it’s narcissistic or clever that they’re using script pages to tease the show’s conclusion.  And while it may be “good-bye” to Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom, it’s “Welcome back” to The Comeback, which will also premiere in November.

Check out The Newsroom final season teaser after the jump along with the teasers for Boardwalk Empire and The Comeback.

R.I.P. Richard Attenborough (1923 – 2014)

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Director and actor Richard Attenborough has passed away at the age of 90.  Perhaps best known to U.S. audiences as the kindly but misguided John Hammond in Jurassic Park, Attenborough’s career spanned seven decades and in 1983 he won Best Director and Best Picture for Gandhi.  His other directing credits included the star-studded A Bridge Too Far, the screen adaptation of the beloved stage musical A Chorus Line, and the biopic Chaplin, which earned Robert Downey Jr. a Best Actor nomination.  His notable acting roles include Brighton Rock, 10 Rillington Place, The Great Escape, and many more.  In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II awarded a life peerage to the British filmmaker.

Our deepest condolences go out to Lord Attenborough’s family and friends.  For more in-depth look at his life and accomplishments, click here.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Asterion”

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In my recap of “Blackbird,” I mentioned that despite an emotionally compelling episode (in part), Masters of Sex seemed to really just be treading water.  That fact was also a disappointment primarily because of the Buell Green storyline, which flatlined before it had an opportunity to really be anything interesting.  “Asterion” had two major time jumps, but ultimately, they showed that the more things change, the more things stay the same.  Hit the jump for why “some things cannot be undone.”

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Special Features Offers up a Look at the Visual Effects

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With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting Blu-ray/DVD this week, Sony has been releasing snippets of the movie’s bonus features.  Several days ago, we got a look at the film’s makeup design and application for Electro (Jamie Foxx), and today there’s a clip from the featurette regarding the movie’s visual effects.  Visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen explains that Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has become a bit of a daredevil, so that allowed the team to play with Spider-Man’s leaps and falls.  Additionally, animation supervisor Dave Schaub points out that they wanted to incorporate different moves into Spider-Man’s arsenal like scrambling on his weblines while swinging.  These featurettes are fun because they’re a reminder that even if you don’t like the movie, the work that goes into making it can still be interesting.

Hit the jump to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 visual effects featurette, and click here to buy the movie on Blu-ray or DVD.

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