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Now available on VOD and playing in select theaters is director Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.  The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce and the only hope for a family becomes an irrigation pipeline that can revitalize their land.  This conflict sets off a battle between the family’s patriarch Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) and a young man (Nicholas Hoult) looking to romance Ernest’s daughter Mary (Elle Fanning).  The film also stars Kodi Smit McPhee as Shanon’s son.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

Last week in New York City I landed a fantastic interview with Nicholas Hoult.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about what the past few years have been like, the process of making Young Ones, working with Michael Shannon, what it was like making Mad Max: Fury Road with George Miller, working on Drake DoremusEquals with Kristen Stewart, Comic-Con, X-Men: Apocalypse, Autobahn, Kill Your Friends, if he still has to audition, what he collects, what he’d like to do in the future, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of this very talented actor, I promise you will dig this interview.

Dean Norris Talks MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, Working with Jason Reitman, His Career, TOTAL RECALL, If He’d Like to Cameo on BETTER CALL SAUL, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children.  Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer,  J.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia CrocicchiaDennis Haysbert, and the voice of  Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced.  It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Dean Norris.  Besides talking about working with Jason Reitman and making Men, Women & Children, we talked about his career, the way he likes to work, playing a small but key role in Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall, Breaking Bad, his thoughts on Better Call Saul and if he’d like to cameo on it, getting to work with Christopher Plummer on Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and so much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Shawn Ashmore Talks THE FOLLOWING Season 3, Having a New Showrunner, X-MEN, and More at NYCC

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With The Following showrunner Kevin Williamson leaving after last season to head up his new CBS series, Stalker, the show upped writers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley to executive producers alongside director Marcos Siega, the series’ long-time on-set executive producer.  While some shows suffer when a new leader takes control, The Following wrapped up the long running storyline of the first two seasons in the recent finale, which makes season three able to start anew.  Of course the show will still be dealing with the ramifications of Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), but the new showrunners can take the keys knowing they can plot their own course.

Last weekend at New York Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with Shawn Ashmore where he talked about The Following season 3.  He discussed how the first episode will reveal the mysterious character in the last scene of season 2, if he likes to know the full arc before the season, his experiences with a new showrunner, his twin brother (who is also an actor), wanting Iceman to be part of X-Men: Apocalypse, and more.  Hit the jump for what he said.

Jeremy Renner Talks KILL THE MESSENGER, His Craft, Balancing Franchises, HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 2, and More

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Jeremy Renner is a busy man these days, balancing bigger stuff like Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Bourne Legacy with more character-centric turns in American Hustle and his new film, Kill the Messenger (which he also produced).  Kill the Messenger is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer.

I recently landed an extended interview with Renner.  He talked about making Kill the Messenger, the last time he had to audition, what it’s really like working with David O. Russell, his craft, the worldwide success of Hansel and Gretel and the status of the sequel, what his production company is developing, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Joel Edgerton Talks FELONY, the Moral Ambiguity of the Film, Screening Reactions, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, and More

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Now available On Demand and opening in select cities this weekend is director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) crime drama Felony.  Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition.  One of the men is guilty of the crime, one wants to uncover the truth, and one is trying to cover it up.

Last week in New York City I landed an extended video interview with Joel Edgerton.  He talked about what it’s like winning the “actor’s lottery,” the realness of the people and situations in Felony, the moral ambiguity of the film, reactions from screenings, how he hopes audiences will react after seeing the movie, what it was like working with Ridley Scott on Exodus: Gods and Kings, the challenge of adapting The Bible, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

100 Cosplay Pictures from New York Comic-Con

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Over this past weekend, I was able to attend New York Comic-Con.  While San Diego Comic-Con definitely gets all the press, I had a great time at NYCC, especially since the floors weren’t so jammed full with people that you couldn’t walk around, and I didn’t get trampled by thousands trying to get exclusives when the doors opened in the morning.  NYCC was a great mix of corporations trying to pimp their upcoming products and independent dealers trying to make a living.

Like every convention I get to attend, I used whatever free time I had to take pictures of all the people doing cosplay.  While I saw a number of great costumes, I think the cosplay championship belt resides in San Diego since more people cosplay at SDCC and a huge percentage of the costumes are jawdropping.  I only saw a few things at NYCC that made me stop in my tracks.  In San Diego, you can’t move around without seeing something unbelievable.  That said, there were still plenty of impressive costumes to be found at NYCC.  Hit the jump to check out 100 cosplay pictures from New York Comic-Con.

Susan Downey Talks THE JUDGE, Radical Changes in Developing the Script, SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 Status, PINOCCHIO, YUCATAN, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director David Dobkin’s The Judge.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies such as Wedding CrashersFred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey.  The film also stars also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton,Vincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  For more on The Judge,watch the trailer or these eight clips.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an extended interview with Susan Downey.  She talked about developing The Judge and what changed along the way, the first cut, collaborating with Dobkin in the editing room, why they wanted it to be their first project, how the industry has changed since working with Joel Silver, what needs to happen to get Robert and Shane Black (writer/director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) working on another project, the status of Sherlock Holmes 3, Team Downey projects Pinnochio, Yucatan (which was based on the late Steve McQueen’s idea for the treasure hunt movie), the Hunter Scott U.S.S. Indianapolis story, a horror movie, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Kevin Bacon Talks THE FOLLOWING Season 3 at NYCC; Says “There Is Evil Bigger Than Joe Carroll”

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With The Following showrunner Kevin Williamson leaving after last season to head up his new CBS series, Stalker, the show upped writers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley to executive producers alongside director Marcos Siega, the series’ long-time on-set executive producer.  While some shows suffer when a new leader takes control, The Following wrapped up the long running storyline of the first two seasons in the recent finale, which makes season three able to start anew.  Of course the show will still be dealing with the ramifications of Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), but the new showrunners can take the keys knowing they can plot their own course.  Which is exactly what they’re doing according to series star Kevin Bacon.

Earlier today at New York Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with him where he talked about The Following season 3.  While he said the upcoming season would start with the characters in a happier place and feature new love interests, he revealed “there is evil bigger than Joe.”  In addition to talking about how the season starts, he said they’re about to film episode three, discussed what about his character thematically is he interested in exploring this season, how much he knows about the season arc, adjusting to a TV schedule, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he said.

Ben McKenzie Talks GOTHAM at New York Comic-Con; Says They’re Introducing Arkham Asylum in Tomorrow Night’s Episode

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Earlier today at New York Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with Ben McKenzie for Gotham.  On the hit Fox show, McKenzie plays Detective James Gordon, and the show is about his rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil while introducing a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy.  While all shows take a bit of time to find a rhythm that works, Gotham is loaded with a talented cast and executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The MentalistRome), so I’m rooting for it.

During the interview, McKenzie talked about why he wanted to take on the role after playing a cop on Southland, how he likes to approach things as an actor, what’s coming up on future episodes, and he reveals that tomorrow night’s episode introduces Arkham Asylum, saying it’s “a major piece of the puzzle as to what’s happening in Gotham.  It starts in episode four and they’ll go into it further later in the season.”  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  Gotham airs Monday nights on Fox.

Damon Lindelof Talks TOMORROWLAND, the Teaser Trailer, What the Film is About, and More at NYCC

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Brad Bird only makes great movies.  If you’re not familiar with his name, he directed The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  So when Disney announced Bird would be helming Tomorrowland (which is scripted by Bird, Jeff Jensen and Lost alum Damon Lindelof), you could have told me it was about a man’s quest to get a bowl of soup and it would have been one of my most anticipated films of the year.  Thankfully, he decided to tell a different story, and it’s a big budget sci-fi movie that stars George Clooney and revolves around “a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’”

The other day at New York Comic-Con, Disney finally unveiled the first footage from Tomorrowland (panel recap here) and a great teaser trailer that absolutely leaves you wanting to know more.  Which is exactly what a teaser is supposed to do.  Shortly after the NYCC panel ended, I got a few minutes with Lindelof on the red carpet.  He talked about the creation of the Tomorrowland teaser trailer, what the film is about, what they’ve tried to learn from friends and family screenings, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say and towards the end watch for a Brad Bird photobomb.

First Official Images of Charlie Cox as Daredevil and Matt Murdock from MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL

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Marvel and Netflix have released the first images of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and Daredevil and I have to say…they look great.  While showrunner Steve DeKnight promised the show would explore the noir side of the Marvel Universe in a modern day Hell’s Kitchen, I wasn’t sure if Daredevil would start off wearing the red costume or if they’d slowly build towards it as the show went on.  Judging from the first images, DeKnight has definitely been influenced by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s run on the series (Daredevil: Man Without Fear), and it wouldn’t surprise me if the storyline borrows liberally from their take.  After all, it was a great run, so why not use it.

Anyway, we’re going to have a lot more on Daredevil later today with Perri’s recap of the New York Comic-Con panel.  Until then, check out the first images.  Daredevil also stars Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Marianna), Vondie Curtis Hall (Ben Urich), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley) and Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley).

Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey and Dylan Minnette Talk ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, Working with Steve Carell, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Miguel Arteta’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Based on the classic children’s book of the same name, the film follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible day of his young life.  But then, things get even worse and Alexander finds himself watching his upbeat parents (Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell), older brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey), and even the little baby of the family (Zoey and Elise Vargas) going through a string of events so terrible that they make up the baddest of very bad days.  For more on the film, watch the trailer here.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey and Dylan Minnette.  They talked about working with Steve Carell, who ruined the most takes, how much they practiced their facial expressions for the poster, if they watched any specific films prior to filming, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Gary Shore Talks DRACULA UNTOLD, His First Cut, Deleted Scenes, Why He Cut Samantha Barks’ Character Baba Yaga, and More

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Opening this weekend is Dracula Untold.  Directed by Gary Shore, the film stars Luke Evans as Vlad, a character based on Vlad the Impaler.  When the Turkish ruler Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to take 1,000 boys from Transylvania including Vlad’s son, Vlad makes a desperate play to save them by becoming a vampire.  The film also stars Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson, and Noah Huntley.  For more on the film, watch a clip or read 50 things to know about Dracula Untold from our set visit.

The other day in New York City I spoke with Gary Shore about the film.  He talked about what he learned while making his first feature, his first cut, deleted scenes, why he cut out Samantha Barks’ character (Baba Yaga) and how it’ll be included on the Blu-ray, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

JOHN WICK is Coming to 42 Cities for Free; Get Tickets Here

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Last night in New York City, I hosted a free John Wick screening near Comic-Con and had the fortune of moderating a very fun Q&A with Keanu Reeves and Alfie Allen.  While I love John Wick, you never know how something might play with a big NYC crowd, but during the screening there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces.  In the film, Reeves stars as an ex-hitman that comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, and Michael Nyqvist also star.  For more on the movie, watch the trailer, or check out all our previous coverage.  Trust me, this is a film that absolutely needs to be seen in a theater.

Since most of you weren’t able to make the screening last night, Lionsgate is offering another way to see John Wick for free: they’re hosting 42 free screenings around the country on October 21st and 22nd (depending on your city).  So if you’re looking forward to this awesome movie (and you should be), hit the jump to get free tickets!

Miles Teller Talks WHIPLASH, BLEED FOR THIS, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, Wanting to Play Elvis, and More

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One of my favorite films this year is writer/director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash.  The film stars Miles Teller as a jazz drummer who aspires to greatness under a ruthless instructor, played brilliantly by J.K. Simmons.  While the film focuses on musicians, it’s really about anyone trying to become great at something and the cost of achieving said goal.  Trust me, it’s a great movie and something you should seek out when it comes to a theater near you.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

Last week at the Los Angeles press day I landed an extended video interview with Miles Teller.  He talked about what the past year has been like, the experience of premiering at Sundance, how he views the promotional circuit, the tight 19-day schedule to shoot Whiplash, his interaction with Simmons on set, his relationship with Chazelle, preparing for Bleed for This and how he approaches preparation in general, how it felt to play a superhero in The Fantastic Four and getting along with the other actors in New Orleans, wanting to play Elvis, what he’s looking to do in the future, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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