Cyber-Terrorists Threaten to Attack Movie Theaters Showing THE INTERVIEW

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Earlier this week, Evan posted a great piece about why we at Collider will not be posting any material leaked from the cyber-attack on Sony.  However, we will continue to write about the hack itself, and the cyber-terrorists have issued a new threat against movie theaters that show The Interview, a movie the terrorists believe will cause North Korea to violently retaliated and start “The War”.  While what the terrorists have done to Sony is awful, these ass-clowns are pretty amusing in how they’re trying to kill a movie with threats that look like they were pulled from a rejected B-movie action script.

Their latest threat is directed at “the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere” and references 9/11, which is some level of meta-terrorism where the terrorists are referencing a terrorist attack in order to terrorizing people into being afraid of terrorism.  This is all against a movie where characters talk about “McConaughey goat-fuck.”  Hit the jump for more including the terrorists’ full threat and assault on proper grammar.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Review

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At one point in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Dwalin (Graham McTavish) tells a greedy, paranoid Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), “You are lesser now than you have ever been.”  The same could be said to director and co-writer Peter Jackson and the conclusion of his prequel trilogy.  In an interview with EW earlier this year, Jackson stressed that it was important to keep cutting back to main characters during the action scenes, “otherwise the audience gets battle fatigue.”  He should have taken his own advice as this trilogy is clearly spent and left with almost nothing but hollow spectacle, hypocrisy, poor characterization, and at times becoming an outright embarrassment.  If The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of cinema’s best, then Battle of the Five Armies cements The Hobbit trilogy as one of its most disappointing.

STAR TREK 3 Director Shortlist Down to Five; APES Director Rupert Wyatt Considered the Frontrunner

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A couple weeks ago, we got the joyous news that Roberto Orci would not be directing Star Trek 3.  Although Edgar Wright‘s name was floated as a possible replacement, five other choices have emerged with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt as the frontrunner.  Paramount is apparently high on Wyatt for the gig, and he’s met with the studio.  But Deadline reports there are four other directors who might be steering the Starship Enterprise to its new destination.

Hit the jump for more on Paramount’s candidates for their Star Trek 3 director.  Paramount is aiming to release the film in 2016, which would mark the series 50th anniversary. [Update: One of the directors has taken himself out of the running.  More after the jump.]

First SPECTRE Set Video Has Bond Riding in a Boat along the River Thames

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Filming has begun on the new James Bond film, and we now have the first Spectre set video, which features Bond (Daniel Craig) riding in a boat with fellow MI6 agent Bill Tanner (Rory Kinnear) along the River Thames.  I’ll admit it’s not exactly the most riveting stuff, but at that same time, it’s not exactly a spoiler either unless you’re outright neurotic about that stuff (“Bond gets on a boat at some point?  Movie: RUINED.”  This filming is being done outside the SIS building, which stands in for MI6 in the Bond series.

Hit the jump to check out the Spectre set video.  In addition to filming in London, the movie will also shoot in Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, Sölden, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee.  The film opens November 6th, and also stars Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, and Monica Bellucci.

Hot Toys Reveals Iron Man’s Mark XLIII Armor from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Since Tony Stark decided to do away with all of his Iron Man armor in Iron Man 3, the superhero needs a new suit, and he’ll have one for Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Hot Toys will have a line of new figures for the upcoming film, and they’re kicking it off with the Mark XLIII armor, which features a new paintjob that tries to find a fresh way to blend the gold, silver, and hot-rod red from the previous armors.  I wasn’t a big fan of the XLII armor from Iron Man 3, and this one is only a little better.  I guess I’m old fashioned in thinking the Mark III from Iron Man was the best in terms of design, and the colors here just don’t seem to go together all that well.  At least they’re sticking with the circular arc reactor rather than returning to the triangle from the Mark VI armor from Iron Man 2.

Hit the jump to check out the new Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man suit.  The figure will be available later this year, and the film opens May 1, 2015.

James Bond Producers Confirm SPECTRE Script Is Among the Materials Stolen in Sony Hack

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I don’t know who’s playing Blofeld in the new James Bond film Spectre, but if you’re curious about what’s going to happen in 007’s latest adventure and lack scruples, you’ll probably be able to find out soon.  Producers EON Productions have issued a statement acknowledging that the script was stolen as part of the Sony hack.  The hackers have threatened to continue leaking documents, and the script may be part of a “Christmas gift” that the hackers, Guardians of Peace, threatened this past Saturday.  If so, that would mark the seventh dump of documents.  The hack has been in response to Sony’s decision to release the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comedy The Interview, which the group believes will cause “The War” with North Korea because the nation is lampooned in the film.  Presumably, this group didn’t exist or was asleep at the keyboard when Olympus Has Fallen came out.

Hit the jump for more including EON Productions’ statement.

INHERENT VICE Review

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Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice is a mess of absurdities.  It investigates the ludicrous conventions of the detective genre.  It rambles through the self-indulgent, dying age of the hippies.  It lurches along the vainglorious, narcissistic Los Angeles culture and cityscape.  Anderson wants to package everything he can from his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel, and while the result is occasionally interesting, the movie becomes enamored of its own cleverness in how it approaches its various topics with a sense of droll mockery, straddling the border of wackiness and respectability.  We’re wound through a convoluted plot where the mystery may not be the point, but the points don’t matter when any emotional resonance is crushed beneath the weight of smug shenanigans.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See THE INTERVIEW

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The Interview could be the cure for the common awards season.  While I like that the end of the year brings more adult-oriented fare, I also love some good, hard-R comedy, and since Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s follow-up to This Is the End was pushed back from October to December, that means my holiday season will probably have some delightfully filthy and vulgar jokes.  At any time of year, The Interview would look like a must-see film, but I’m particularly glad to have it land in the calendar right now.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to The Interview.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film stars James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, and Randall ParkThe Interview opens December 25th.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Review

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Set aside biblical accuracy and historical accuracy.  Ridley Scott‘s Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn’t need to be a chapter-and-verse retelling of the Book of Exodus nor does the movie need to back everything up with empirical evidence.  It just needs to tell a compelling story, and it fails miserably.  The Exodus story is a rich narrative filled with betrayal, discovery, destiny, and freedom.  All of these aspects technically exist in Scott’s film, but in the most perfunctory manner possible.  The director couldn’t care less about exploring these emotions and themes in a meaningful way, and it’s only in his desire for big set pieces that he inadvertently stumbles upon the curious viewpoint of seeing the Exodus story as one driven primarily by violence.  The movie is a “biblical epic” not in that it reaches for some grand theme or is willing to consider the role of the divine.  It’s a biblical epic because it’s based off a Bible story and cost a lot of money, and it’s more enthusiastic about letting you know the latter than the former.

TOP FIVE Review

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There’s more than one way for a stand-up comedian to do a bit, and there’s more than one way for an actor to express frustration with his profession.  Chris Rock is one of the most insightful entertainers working today, and in the press he’s been doing for his new movie Top Five, he’s commented on race, politics, current events, comedy, and much more.  However, his new film is mostly concerned with fame, performance, and the trappings of both.  Although the story is built on a flimsy premise and its constraints create an awkward resolution, Rock has filled his picture with his sharp comedy that skewers celebrity and pride.

Director Shawn Levy and Writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney Won’t Be Building MINECRAFT

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Minecraft, a videogame whose appeal continues to elude me, is currently in development at Warner Bros.  In the game, the player builds whatever world they want using pixilated cubes, and can choose between a survival mode where they protect it from nocturnal monsters, or the player can go with a passive mode where they can build to their hearts’ content without any risk of destruction.  I guess it’s just fun to build things in digital space, but it doesn’t easily lend itself to a feature film, and the adaptation is looking for new writers and a director.

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New INHERENT VICE Trailer Cuts through the Paranoia to Clarify the Plot; Film Screening in Select Cities This Saturday

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Warner Bros. has released a new Inherent Vice trailer, and while it doesn’t play up the comedy as much as the previous trailer, it does provide a more straightforward view of the film, or at least as straightforward as a Paul Thomas Anderson movie can be.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.  This trailer highlights other plot points like the involvement of the Golden Fang as well as how the setting factors into the themes.  However, it doesn’t provide much in the way of the movie’s tone, which, admittedly, is harder to pin down in the span of less than two minutes.

Hit the jump to check out the new Inherent Vice trailer.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 9th, and also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.  Click here to check out six clips from the movie, and click here to find out if there’s an advanced screening in your area.

Roberto Orci Comments on Leaving STAR TREK 3 Director’s Chair; Says He Will Remain “Very Involved”

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Last week, we learned that Roberto Orci was stepping down as the director of Star Trek 3, and I greeted this news with cautious optimism.  On the one hand, it seems like Paramount came to its senses in not letting a guy who hadn’t even directed a YouTube short film to take the reins of a major blockbuster, although previous reports say that the script was the big problem, not his glaring lack of experience.  However, it’s not like he was kicked off the lot or even off the project.

Orci confirmed his continuted involvement on the website Trek Movie, and also commented on the rumors regarding the script and the current status of the film.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Trek 3 is currently scheduled to open in summer 2016.

It’s Dwayne Johnson vs. an Earthquake in the First SAN ANDREAS Trailer

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New Line Cinema has released the first San Andreas trailer for director Brad Peyton’s (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) upcoming disaster film.  Dwayne Johnson stars as a helicopter rescue pilot who must work together with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) to save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive Earthquake strikes California.  Unfortunately, this trailer is goofy at best–from the “sad” version of “California Dreamin’” to Johnson’s shocked look when the Hollywood sign falls over to Paul Giamatti solemnly saying that the quake will be felt on the east coast.  Actually, we’ve managed to secure an exclusive image of what that that east coast scene will look like.

Watch the first San Andreas trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Archie Panjabi, Ioan Gruffudd, Will Yun Lee, Colton Haynes, and Kylie MinogueSan Andreas opens in 3D on May 29, 2015.

Watch 10-Minute Featurette THE MAKING OF BOYHOOD as Director Richard Linklater and the Cast Comment on the Project over the Course of 12 Years

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With Boyhood available today on Digital HD, IFC Films has released a 10-minute featurette on Hulu briefly chronicling the film’s production.  I think the movie is remarkable, and it deserves credit not only for how it was made, but also because the finished feature has emotional resonance.  The concept is a hook, but not a gimmick, and this featurette weaves the production and its themes together as writer-director Richard Linklater and lead actors Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke discuss the project at various points over its production.  The movie continues to be fascinating, and I can’t wait to see it again.  It’s currently making waves on the awards circuit, and while I don’t know if it will go the distance to a Best Picture Oscar, nothing can take away from the fact that Boyhood is a singular picture, and I if I have one complaint about this feautette, it’s that ten minutes is too little time for such a massive achievement.

Hit the jump to check out the The Making of Boyhood featurette.  The film arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on January 6, 2015.

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