Sarah Gadon Talks DRACULA UNTOLD, the Character’s Lasting Popularity, David Cronenberg, Directing an Episode of REELSIDE, 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 Sarah Gadon about the film.  She talked about why Dracula has remained popular for generations, how the film’s focus on Dracula’s family drew her to the project, her relationship with David Cronenberg, directing an episode of Reelside about Caitlin Cronenberg, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall Talk THE JUDGE, the Rehearsal Process, Making the First Team Downey Movie, Their First Day on Set, and More

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Opening this weekend is director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, 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 a video interview with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.  They talked about filming in Massachusetts, how the rehearsals helped them figure out the characters, the way they like to work, what it was like making the first Team Downey project, the experience during the first day on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Rosemarie Dewitt Talks KILL THE MESSENGER, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Working with Jeremy Renner, the POLTERGEIST Remake, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta’s (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy 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.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Rosemarie Dewitt.  She talked about why she wanted to make the movie, balancing fact and fiction, the incredible true story, the Poltergeist remake, what traits Sam Rockwell and Jeremy Renner share, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

J.K. Simmons Talks WHIPLASH, Shooting in 19 Days, His Cannes Experience, Jason Reitman, TERMINATOR: GENISYS, 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 (who deserves Award consideration for this role).  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 this weekend when it opens in 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 J.K. Simmons.  He talked about shooting in 19 days and assembling the cut in less than 10 weeks to premiere at Sundance, what it was like watching the film for the first time at Cannes, the general tone on set, how he likes to work, his relationship with Jason Reitman, if he’s ever done voicemails as J. Jonah Jameson, Terminator: Genisys, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jeremy Renner Talks KILL THE MESSENGER, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Why He Wanted to Make the Movie, and Working with Louis C.K. on LOUIE

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Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta’s (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy 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.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Jeremy Renner.  He talked about why he wanted to make the movie, balancing fact and fiction, if he’s a fan of extended cuts, what it was like working with Louis C.K. on Louie, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Bella Thorne Talks ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, the Junket game, AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING, 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 Bella Thorne.  She talked about her character, what drew her to the project, who ruined the most takes from laughing, the junket game, what the last year has been like for her, Amityville: The Awakening, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Luke Evans Talks DRACULA UNTOLD, the Character’s Popularity, What Drew Him to the Project, Ben Wheatley’s HIGH RISE, 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 Luke Evans about the film.  He talked about why Dracula has remained popular for generations, how the film is focused on Dracula’s family and if that’s one of the things that drew him to the project, the challenging shoot, using social media, Ben Wheatley’s High Rise, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Dax Shepard and Vera Farmiga Talk THE JUDGE, Working with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, Filming in Massachusetts, and More

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Opening this weekend is director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, The JudgeRobert 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 Crashers, Fred 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 Howard, David 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 a video interview with Dax Shepard and Vera Farmiga.  They talked about what it was like working with Downey Jr. and Duvall, filming in Massachusetts, what it was like on and off set, and a lot more   Hit the jump to watch.

Director Damien Chazelle Talks WHIPLASH, His Drumming Experience, LA LA LAND, His Neil Armstrong Biopic, 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 this weekend when it opens in limited release.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed a great interview with Damien Chazelle.  He talked about what 2014 has been like after playing film festivals around the world, drawing from his own drumming experiences, the universality of the film, working with Blumhouse Productions, and more.  In addition, Chazelle talked about his two upcoming projects, La La Land, and a Neil Armstrong biopic.  Starring Teller and Emma Watson, he says he’s shooting La La Land in the spring and described it as an old fashioned musical in the vein of Singin in the Rain but set in contemporary L.A.  He wants it to be “a big, cinemascope love letter to Los Angeles.”  Regarding his Neil Armstrong movie, he says it’s a mission movie that’s primarily about the landing and it covers six years in time, starting with Armstrong joining NASA and ending with the landing.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Miguel Arteta Talk ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, His Love of John Hughes, 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 andElise 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 Miguel Arteta.  He talked about how the project came together, assembling the cast, if the Wreck-it Ralph mention was in the script or his idea, what he learned from the test screening process, his love of John Hughes, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Win Tickets to JOHN WICK Screening Thursday Night in NYC with Keanu Reeves Q&A!

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With filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch’s action thriller John Wick set for release on October 24th, I’m hosting a free screening Thursday night at 8pm in New York City followed by a Q&A with Keanu Reeves!  In the film, Reeves stars as an ex-hitman that comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  The film also stars Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, and Michael Nyqvist.

I’ve seen John Wick and it’s awesome.  Loaded with insane stunts, vicious kills, and some of the best close quarter action scenes this year, John Wick came out of nowhere to knock me on my ass.  I cannot recommend this film enough especially if you want to see Keanu Reeves kill everything.  For details on how you can attend the screening, hit the jump.

Ansel Elgort Talks MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, the Benefits of Social Media, Dealing with Fame After FAULT, INSURGENT, Taking a Break, and More

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Now playing in limited release is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children.  Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy GreerJ.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.

While at TIFF, I landed an exclusive interview with Ansel Elgort.  He talked about making the film, how Jason Reitman’s script deals with so many different subjects, deleted scenes, what the last year has been like, losing his anonymity after The Fault in Our Stars, social media, Insurgent, his music, what he wants to do in the future, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Director David Dobkin Talks THE JUDGE, Directing Robert Downey Jr. & Robert Duvall, Extended Cuts, the VACATION Reboot, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., More

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Opening this weekend is director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, The JudgeRobert 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 Crashers, Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey Jr.—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 Howard, David 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 a video interview with David Dobkin.  He talked about what it was like directing Downey Jr. and Duvall, filming in Massachusetts, his first cut, why he hates extended cuts and how he won’t be doing any in the future, shooting on film, and more.  In addition, with Dobkin producing the Vacation reboot, he talked about what it’s about and how impressed he was with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein‘s script.  Hit the jump to watch.

Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker and Ger Duany Talk THE GOOD LIE, Their Characters, Working with Non-Professional Actors, and More

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Now playing in theaters is the inspiring film The Good Lie.  Directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), the film tells the story of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” who were uprooted by the brutal Sudanese Civil War that started in 1983.  Young orphans of war, both boys and girls, trekked thousands of miles on foot through hostile, treacherous terrain to escape the violence and find safety.  Before 9/11, the United States had a program to bring survivors to America and help them get acclimated to their new lives.  Thousands were brought over.  The Good Lie tells the story of a few of these survivors.  Starring Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel, and Sarah BakerThe Good Lie will remind you about what’s really important.  For more on the film, watch this featurette or the trailer.

At the Nashville press day, I spoke to Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker and Ger Duany.  They talked about what it was like working with non professional actors, playing characters that represent real people, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

DVD/Blu-ray Deals: James Bond, DIE HARD, THE SIMPSONS, THE THREE STOOGES, THE WEST WING, FRIENDS, and More

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Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  As always, only limited quantities available so act fast.  Details below.

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