Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Quvenzhane Wallis Talk ANNIE, the Fun Shoot, Collaborating with Will Gluck, Embarrassing Moments on Set, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  For more on Annie, watch the trailer, five clips and eleven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or read Matt’s review.

At the New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Quvenzhane Wallis.  They talked about collaborating with Will Gluck, how much fun they had making the film, embarrassing moments on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace Talk THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

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With the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now in theaters, I got to sit down with Martin FreemanRichard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando BloomEvangeline Lilly and Lee Pace at the London press junket.  During the interviews they talked about what the world premiere after party was like, what they’d ask J. R. R. Tolkien about their characters and The Lord of the Rings universe, embarrassing moments from the set (which includes Martin Freeman telling a very funny story), deleted scenes and what might be on the extended edition Blu-ray, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

DVD/Blu-ray Deal: Up to 67% Off SONS OF ANARCHY: SEASONS 1-6 Plus Credit for Season 7

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Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is up to 67% off the Sons of Anarchy seasons 1-6 limited edition box set along with a coupon code for a credit to complete the collection with Sons of Anarchy: Season 7.  Inspired from the Sons of Anarchy club table featuring the reaper, the Blu-ray set includes 19 discs and the DVD has 25.  Like all Gold Box deals, it’s good while supplies last or midnight tonight.  If you’re a SOA fan, the box set is great and would definitely make a cool gift.

Hit the jump for the list of special features.

Luke Evans Talks THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, Deleted Scenes, More

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As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is now in theaters.  Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.

At last week’s London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Luke Evans.  He talked about what he would ask J. R. R. Tolkien, deleted scenes and what might be included in the extended cut, embarrassing moments from the set, what it was like working with Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this week.  It’s great.

Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale Talk ANNIE, the Fun Shoot, Collaborating with Will Gluck, the Songs, and More

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Opening this weekend is Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  For more on Annie, watch the trailer or these five clips and eleven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.

At the recent New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale.  They talked about collaborating with Will Gluck, contemporizing the film, the new songs, if a lot of friends that wanted to visit them on the set, how much fun they had making the film, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joss Whedon Talks Hesitation to Return, New Additions to the Team, Collaborating with Marvel, and More on the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.   Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming.  While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015.  In The Avengers sequel, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) from carrying out his sinister plan.  The film also stars  Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson.

While on set, I participated in a great group interview with Joss Whedon.  He talked about how making The Avengers sequel was different from the first film, the look of the Vision, when he first started coming up with ideas for the sequel, the success of the Hulk in the first film, Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, James Spader, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Martin Freeman Talks THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, SHERLOCK, and More

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I love interviewing Martin Freeman.  Not only is he a very talented actor that’s always great in front of the camera; it’s also because no matter what you want to talk about, he always finds a way to work in funny stories that will make you laugh. My interview last week in London for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was no different.  Not only did he talk about what people say about him online, or what he’d ask J. R. R. Tolkien if he could travel back in time, he told an amazing R-rated story about the game he likes to play with his cast mates – specifically Aidan Turner.  Trust me, there is no way you watch this interview and not laugh out loud.  Hit the jump to watch.

Aaron Paul Talks EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, Working with Ridley Scott, the Parting of the Red Sea Sequence, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters around the world is Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.  As most of you know, the film is Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer.

At the press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul.  He talked about what it was like working for Ridley Scott, why he’ll always remember shooting the Red Sea sequence, deleted scenes, future projects, his wife’s charity, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Exclusive: GANGS OF WASSEYPUR – PART 1 and 2 Red Band Trailer and Poster; Presented by Adi Shankar

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When I think of Indian cinema, I immediately think about Satyajit Ray’s amazing Apu trilogy (Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959), the incredible Bollywood film movement, and films that feature amazing song and dance numbers.  However, what I never associate with Indian cinema is gangster films loaded with blood and violence.  That all changed last week when I caught writer-director Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1.  While I’d heard the film was great at last year’s Sundance (it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I wasn’t prepared for the level of blood and guts on display and the scope of the story.

Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and 2 takes place over the course of a seventy-year struggle between two crime families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India.  Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs, Gangs of Wasseypur follows the rise of a family along with the children, numerous wives and girlfriends.  The best way to describe the film is to say it’s the Indian equivalent to The Godfather saga.  With Part 1 getting a one-week run at Film Society Lincoln Center January 16th and a two-week run at 11-cities nationwide with AMC, we’ve been provided with the exclusive red-band trailer and poster.  Hit the jump to check them out and you’ll get a small taste of why people have raved about the films.  Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and 2 will also be available On Demand April 17th and is presented by producer Adi Shankar (DreddThe Grey).

Richard Armitage Talks THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, Deleted Scenes, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, More

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Now playing in select territories and opening in North America Wednesday is the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.

At last week’s London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Richard Armitage.  He talked about what he always remembers about making the movies, some of his deleted scenes, what he would ask J. R. R. Tolkien, embarrassing moments from the set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this week.  It’s great.

Exclusive: William Monahan Candidly Discusses THE GAMBLER, His Severe Bike Accident Earlier This Year, His Approach to Writing, MOJAVE, VENGEANCE, John Le Carre’s A DELICATE TRUTH, Television, and More

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With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) The Gambler opening soon, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed).  As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  The film also stars Brie LarsonJessica LangeJohn Goodman, and Michael K. Williams.  As you might imagine with a script by Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences.

Over the past few years I’ve landed a number of great interviews with Monahan.  While all the interviews were informative and insightful, I think the one you’re about to read is the best yet.  Not only is it really in depth and candid, but he talks for the first time about his severe motorcycle accident where he almost lost his foot and discusses the process of writing The Gambler and how the project came about, if he ever had to make huge changes to a project and why, his approach to screenwriting, the inception and intent of a great scene from the film that sees Mark Wahlberg delivering a lengthy monologue about talent, his thoughts on the current state of television, why he avoids writing about the middle class, the status of other projects like Mojave, American Desperado, Tripoli, Blood Meridian, John Le Carre’s A Delicate Truth, The Throwaways, Becket, Vengeance for Charlize Theron, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of William Monahan or simply interested in screenwriting, I promise you will love this interview.  Hit the jump to read.

Ridley Scott, Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul Talk About Bringing EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS To Life

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2015 is going to be a big year at Collider.  Behind-the-scenes I’ve been working on a number of things that will make the site an even better place to get your news, reviews and interviews.  I can’t wait to launch all the cool upgrades and reveal what I’ve been doing.

While you’ll have to wait for most of that to take effect, we are launching one of the upgrades today.  As most of you know, when we interview people at press junkets, we run the full interview.  While we’re going to continue offering that option, we’re also going to offer highlights from all the interviews in one video and mix in footage and graphics.  Curious about what I mean?  Then hit the jump to see Ridley ScottChristian BaleJoel Edgerton and Aaron Paul talk about bringing Exodus: Gods and Kings to life.

Ridley Scott and Christian Bale Talk EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the 4-Hour First Cut, Deleted Scenes, Camel Poop, and More

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As most of you know, Exodus: Gods and Kings is Ridley Scott’s take on the Biblical story of Moses with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer.

Last week at the big press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Ridley Scott and Christian Bale.  They talked about why they wanted to tell this story, the 4-hour long first cut, how the Blu-ray will have 25 minutes of deleted scenes, memorable moments from the set including Bale’s experience with camel poop and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Exodus: Gods and Kings is currently playing in select markets around the world and is due to open in North America this weekend.

Joel Edgerton Talks EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, Working with Ridley Scott, Shooting with Multiple Cameras, Deleted Scenes, LIFE and BLACK MASS

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Now playing in select markets around the world and opening this weekend in North America is Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.  As most of you know, the film is Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John TurturroAaron PaulBen MendelsohnSigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer.

Last week at the big press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Joel Edgerton.  He talked about what it was like working for Ridley Scott, what he learned on set that he could apply to other movies, working with multiple cameras at the same time, deleted scenes, what he stole from the set of Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Anton Corbijn’s Life with Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

A Thank You to Our Readers From Collider

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Thank you, Collider readers.  I don’t say that enough on the site.  It’s because of all of you that we’re able to bring you exclusive video interviews with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.  It’s because of you that we’re allowed to visit the sets of movies when they’re filming and report back on what we saw.  And it’s because of you that Collider has managed to grow over the past nine years to become a site that is able to employ a handful of writers full time to bring you the latest movie and TV news, analysis, reviews, interviews, and original features.  We all know how lucky we are to be working for Collider, and I want to make sure all the readers out there know we appreciate you coming back again and again to the site to read and watch what we’ve put together.

Anyway, last week 20th Century Fox invited us to cover the press junket for Ridley Scott‘s Exodus: Gods and Kings in Paris.  While we tend to skip stand-up opportunities, I decided to use my limited time standing in front of the Eiffel Tower to tease what’s coming on the site in the next few days in terms of Exodus coverage and to say thank you on camera.  Hit the jump to watch and check back all week for video interviews with Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, and Ridley Scott & Christian Bale.

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