Nick Frost & Rashida Jones Talk CUBAN FURY, Cuban Furry, Cute and Furry, Moms vs. Bullies, SOBER COMPANION, TRIBECA and More

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Nick Frost leads Cuban Fury as Bruce. Way back when, young Bruce was a rising salsa star. He proudly strut around in his bejeweled shirts and pristine dancing shoes, collecting trophies and titles left and right – that is until a group of bullies showed Bruce what they thought of his hobby. Years later, Bruce’s dancing shoes are collecting dust and he’s spending his days working safe and sound at a desk job. However, when he finds out his beautiful new boss, Rashida Jones’ Julia, has a little thing for salsa herself, his little thing for her inspires him to give dancing another go.

While in New York City promoting Cuban Fury’s April 11, 2014 release, Frost and Jones took the time to sit down with Collider to talk about Cuban Fury – or rather Cuban Furry. Or, if you prefer, Cute and Furry. Hear about the duo’s preference for making love at weddings versus dancing and memories of their mothers beating up bullies. We’ve also got Frost’s thoughts on his new Fox comedy pilot, Sober Companion, and Jones talking about her own for TBS, Tribeca.

Producer Evan Goldberg Talks NEIGHBORS, Scoring a Green Light, Deliberately Making the Leads Idiots, Needing More Rose Byrne, and More.

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Who would have thought turning the two lead characters into total idiots would have been the game changer that finally got Neighbors a green light?  Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) seem to have their priorities straight.  They love each other and their baby girl dearly, and are deeply dedicated to building a wonderful life for their family, but when a fraternity moves in next door and threatens to destroy that quaint existence, they make one rash decision after the next, sparking an all out war with the boys next door.

While in Austin, Texas for Neighbors’ worldwide debut, producer Evan Goldberg spent some time with Collider at the Funny or Die House decked out in Delta Psi essentials to discuss what it took to convince the studio to let them go big and make this movie.  Find out who could have been the leads in this film, how Byrne was vital to getting this movie made, how her on-set success affected the final cut, and much more straight from Goldberg after the jump. And, in case you missed it, click here to check out what he told us about his upcoming projects, The Interview, Console Wars and Preacher.

SXSW 2014: THE MULE Review

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You better wait to eat until after seeing this one – if you even have an appetite after anymore.  Co-directors Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson’s The Mule doesn’t fall in line with the Saw films or Insidious, but co-writer/co-star Leigh Whannell does give it a horrific quality of its own..  You may never want to experience certain sequences from this one ever again, but they do bolster the effect of the full film, justifying their inclusion.  Hit the jump for my review.

SXSW 2014: SILICON VALLEY Review

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Let the timeliness of the core concept pull you in and then Mike Judge takes it from there.  Not only does his new show, Silicon Valley, offer an abundance of highly relevant and insightful thoughts on the state of the dotcom craze, but they’re all packaged within an engaging scenario brimming with sharp humor, endearingly eccentric characters and the chance to come along for the ride while they try to make millions.  Hit the jump for my review.

GODZILLA Footage Revealed at SXSW with Waves, Airport Destruction, New Kaiju, Full Shot of Godzilla, and More

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Last night at SXSW in Austin, Texas, not only did Collider get the opportunity to sit down for a screening of the 1954 original, but a sequence from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros’ new rendition of Godzilla, too.  As director Gareth Edwards pointed out prior to rolling the footage, the material was unfinished and did contain a handful of work-in-progress VFX shots, but even then, it was strikingly absorbing and boasted an exceptional build.  Hit the jump for my recap.

Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA, Godzilla’s Origins, Making Him a Character with Layers, Hints at Additional Monsters, And More

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It’s been over three years since Gareth Edwards first signed on to direct Godzilla, but based on the film’s promotional campaign thus far, it looks as though it was time well spent.  The trailers have featured riveting performances, stunning visuals, and powerful builds, suggesting that Edwards may have achieved exactly what he set out to do from the moment he boarded the project – simply put, to deliver a good film.

Edwards is currently in Austin, Texas for SXSW where Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are holding a screening of the 1954 classic film, after which Edwards will take the stage for a Q&A.  We got the chance to have a little time with the director one-on-one prior to the event and even though he did steer clear of spoilers, he was able to offer loads of insight on what we can expect come May 16, 2014.  We discussed his monster’s origins, connecting his Godzilla to the existence of the Toho monster in the narrative, his personal distaste for post-credit scenes, the possibility of additional creatures, and loads more, and you can catch it all right after the jump.

SXSW 2014 Review: THE WILDERNESS OF JAMES

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The Wilderness of James marks an impressive feature debut for Michael Johnson, functioning as a thoughtful, engrossing character piece that allows you to leave your own troubles behind to experience, understand and care about someone else’s, and that quality in itself is refreshing. Hit the jump for my full review of The Wilderness of James from the SXSW Film Festival.

SXSW 2014: OPEN WINDOWS Review

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You know when you’ve got so many windows open on your computer that you hit the point where you can’t keep track of them all, forget some are open and also why you opened them in the first place?  The same thing happens with the laptop point of view movie Open Windows. Hit the jump for my full review of Open Windows from the SXSW Film Festival.

Karen Gillan Talks OCULUS, Lengthy Monologues, Munching on Light Bulbs, Favorite Lasser Glass Kills, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More

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If you missed out on Doctor Who and are eagerly anticipating Guardians of the Galaxy, get ready because you’re about to get a sense of what Karen Gillan is capable of in her upcoming release, Oculus.  She leads the film as Kaylie, but Kaylie isn’t your ordinary horror movie heroine.  As a child, Kaylie witnessed her parents’ murder and then saw her little brother get pegged for the crime.  Years later, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is released, but Kaylie refuses to let him readjust and finally live a normal life again because she’s still determined to prove that it wasn’t her brother, but rather, the supernatural force residing in the Lasser Glass that’s responsible for her parents’ death and many, many others.

Kaylie doesn’t just vow to avenge her family, throw herself into a dangerous situation and spend the rest of the film running for her life. She’s determined, passionate and prepared, and even manages to convince you she’s got a fighting chance.  You’ll get the opportunity to see how she fairs when Oculus arrives in theaters on April 11th, but for now, check out what Gillan told us about developing the character with her young counterpart, Annalise Basso, how she met the challenge of turning an enormous amount of expository dialogue into compelling material, what she’d do if Marvel came calling and needed her to shave her head again to film addition Guardians of the Galaxy scenes, and so much more in the interview after the jump.

SXSW 2014: BREAK POINT Review

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I’d take a solid story over a pretty picture any day, but Break Point’s shot selection is so sloppy, it nearly sinks all of the film’s assets.

Jeremy Sisto leads as Jimmy Price, a former tennis star who depleted his career via bad behavior, a poor attitude and a good deal of alcohol.  When his current doubles partner ditches him and Jimmy realizes that he doesn’t have any other options to pursue, he turns to one of few who’s stuck with him for life, his brother Darren (David Walton).  Despite their tumultuous past and present, Jimmy and Darren make an attempt at pushing their differences aside so that they can train hard and make it through a qualifying tournament and into The Alerian Open. Hit the jump for more.

SXSW 2014: SPACE STATION 76 Review

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Jack Plotnick’s feature directorial debut rocks a creative concept with some highly appealing production design, but the film is entirely devoid of a compelling through line, rendering Space Station 76 more of a short-lived novelty rather than a thoughtfully layered, story-driven experience.  Hit the jump for my full review of Space Station 76 from the SXSW Film Festival.

SXSW 2014: NEIGHBORS Review

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Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne versus a horde of out-of-control frat boys with Zac Efron at the helm; who wouldn’t want to see how that battle plays out?  Neighbors is light on character development, ridden with logic issues and doesn’t flow particularly well, but director Nicholas Stoller never loses sight of that chief appeal, resulting in a feature that may not be particularly memorable, but is still a fun watch. Hit the jump for my full review of Neighbors from the SXSW Film Festival.

Jon Favreau Talks CHEF, Making a Personal Movie, THE JUNGLE BOOK, MAGIC KINGDOM, and More at SXSW

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If you’ve ever struggled to find a balance between nurturing a career and making time for friends and family, Jon Favreau’s latest should hit home.  He leads Chef as Carl Casper, a successful chef whose career is decimated by one abysmal review.  In an effort to regain some stability while also giving himself the freedom to take risks with his craft, Carl leaves the Los Angeles restaurant scene behind to run a food truck featuring his own, unique menu.  For more on the film, here’s my review.

While in Austin, Texas for Chef’s world premiere at SXSW, Favreau took the time to sit down with Collider and talk a bit about the passion that fueled this project.  Despite his appreciation for big budget productions, Favreau was thrilled to seize a particular opportunity that comes with making smaller ones, the chance to make a movie for an audience with in interest in a very specific set of challenges.  Catch what Favreau had to say about bringing the issue of choosing work over family to screen as well as his plans for The Jungle Book and the status of Magic Kingdom after the jump.

SXSW 2014: CHEF Review

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Jon Favreau very clearly has something he’s eager say in his latest directorial endeavor, Chef, but there’s no harm in letting him use the film to express his feelings when he’s doing so in a highly entertaining and motivating manner.

Carl Casper (Favreau) is a talented chef working in a popular Los Angeles restaurant. The problem is, it’s not his restaurant and the owner is afraid of losing a good thing so demands that Carl push creativity aside in order to maintain their clientele with the familiar menu. When a popular food critic calls Carl out for playing it safe and sticking to the same old dishes, Carl loses his temper in the midst of a packed night and winds up an Internet sensation. Trouble is, Internet infamy doesn’t equal job opportunities and now, the only way for Carl to clear his name and get back on his feet is by taking the plunge and finally trying to do things his way – in a food truck.  Hit the jump for my full review of Chef from the SXSW Film Festival.

SXSW 2014: PING PONG SUMMER Review

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Ping Pong Summer does have a few glaringly weak components, but overall, the uniqueblend of nostalgia and satire gives the experience an oddly absorbing and charming quality.

The film stars Marcello Conte as Rad Miracle, a 13-year-old growing up in Mount Airy, Maryland in 1985.  Every summer his family packs up and heads off to Ocean City, and this one is no different – except for the fact that Rad actually makes a friend (Myles Massey), meets a girl (Emmi Shockley) and buddies up with the town crazy lady, Randi Jammer (Susan Sarandon).  The only thing threatening to keep the summer of ’85 from being Rad’s best yet is the local bully, Lyle Ace (Joseph McCaughtery).  Rad can’t compete with Lyle’s wealth or hot ride, but if he practices enough, he might just have a shot at beating him at ping pong and finally putting him in his place.

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