Mark Duplass Talks THE ONE I LOVE, Marketing the Movie While Keeping Its Twist Secret, How He Gets His Movies Off the Ground and More

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Think you need connections to make it in the film industry?  Not so says Mark Duplass, and he’s got the resume to prove it.  He made a short film for next to nothing and it got into Sundance, he followed that up with a $15,000 first feature, then he hit a point where he could get money to make his movies and now he’s able to finance them himself.  He’s a guy who started with nothing, worked his way up and truly earned the privilege to do whatever he wants.  And, best of all, even with that added freedom, he’s still churning out low budget, high quality productions that don’t lean on funds, but rather excel via clever concepts, strong storytelling and powerful performances, just like his latest, The One I Love.

Duplass executive produced and also stars in the film as Ethan, a guy who’s struggling with his marriage and opts to spend time at a secluded vacation home with his wife, Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), to try to rekindle what they’ve lost.  There’s so much more to it than that, but this is one that you’re better off going into knowing little to nothing about.  Hit the jump to read our spoiler free interview with Duplass and click here to check out what he told us about his upcoming Creep trilogy as well.

NIGHTCRAWLER, KRAMPUS, and SPECTRAL Get New Release Dates

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Universal pictures has found release dates for two films from their Legendary slate while Open Road has moved one of their more intriguing films to Halloween.

  • Writer/director Dan Gilroy‘s Nightcrawler moves from October 17th to October 31st.
  • Director Michael Dougherty‘s Krampus will open on November 25, 2015.
  • The Nic Mathieu-helmed Spectral will appear on screens on August 12th, 2016.

Hit the jump for more on these release date changes.

Director RJ Cutler and Author Gayle Forman Talk IF I STAY, the Emotional Response, and the Potential Sequel WHERE SHE WENT

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Based on the best-selling novel by Gayle Forman, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl who is deciding whether to pursue her musical dreams as a cellist at Juilliard or follow a different path with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), who’s on the verge of becoming a rock star.  When a tragic accident changes everything in an instant, Mia is caught between life and death with only one decision left to make.

At the conference at the film’s press day, director RJ Cutler and author Gayle Forman talked about what Chloe Grace Moretz brought to the role of Mia, what it took for her to pull off playing the cello, why audiences like emotionally moving experiences with books and movies, why this is more than just a young adult story, what it’s been like to see this novel brought to life, focusing the story on life instead of death, the role music plays, the importance of the parents, and whether the book’s sequel, Where She Went, might also get turned into a film.  Be sure to watch the trailer and check out our RJ Cutler and Gayle Forman interview after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New to Blu-ray: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN Criterion, TOY STORY OF TERROR!, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases are bountiful, as they include a rather disappointing superhero sequel, a Criterion Collection release of one of Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpieces, the latest Toy Story short, a Tom Hiddleston/Tilda Swinton-led vampire movie, and much more.  Take a look:

Chinese Movie Theaters Apparently Hellbent on Making the Experience Even More Miserable

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As someone who has gotten into at least two dozen verbal altercations with members of the texting community over the past five or six years, I pray for China.  And I hope that whatever China is up to these days doesn’t spread much further.  Because Chinese movie theaters are testing and refining systems that allow theatergoers to text during films and then see those texts on the actual screen the film is playing on.  “Bullet screens” will pop up over the movie you’re watching.  It’s bad enough that you have to see the light from someone’s phone, but now you have to see their stupid thoughts onscreen?

Don’t even try to justify this one to me as some kind of “eventuality.”  It’s not.  It doesn’t have to be.  One of the best parts of going to the movies is being able to out away your phone.  But apparently the epidemic is so bad there that theaters are feeling the need to lean into this cultural debacle.  Hit the jump for more on this nightmare scenario. 

Emmanuelle Chriqui Talks CLEANERS Season 2, Online TV Programming, and Collaborating On Her Character

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Season 2 of the high-stakes, action-packed Crackle series Cleaners follows the equally gorgeous and lethal contract killers Veronica (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and Roxie (Emily Osment) to a small island in the Caribbean where they think they are about to cash in, only to realize they have not yet escaped their past or Mother (Gina Gershon).  The show also stars David Arquette, Missi Pyle, Esai Morales, Omar Avila, David Rees Snell and John Savage.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Emmanuelle Chriqui (who is also an executive producer on the series) talked about how she came to be a part of Cleaners, how exciting it is to be a part of the new frontier of original programming, how daunting the stunt work is in such a limited amount of time, collaborating on the development of the story and characters, what made Emily Osment the perfect Roxie, and why they decided to change location for Season 2.  Check out our Cleaners Season 2 interview after the jump.

Mark Wahlberg in Talks for DEEPWATER HORIZON; Sigourney Weaver Joins A MONSTER CALLS, Passes on EXPENDABELLES

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The oil rig disaster film Deepwater Horizon has found its leading man.  All Is Lost helmer J.C. Chandor signed on to direct the pic last month, and now Deadline reports that Mark Wahlberg is in talks to take on the lead role.  The film is based on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster of April 2010 and focuses on the rig workers that were on site during the explosion that killed 11 people and injured 16 others.  Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously likened the the pic to A Perfect Storm, so nabbing Wahlberg for the lead role feels like a swell fit.  The actor will play the Number 2 manager onboard, with Chandor eyeing a spring or early summer 2015 production start date.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Sigourney Weaver, including the status of her involvement with the female Expendables movie.

Watch: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite as Pawn Shop Owners with Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Emmy Promo

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The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards are now less than a week away, and after last year’s somewhat confounding series of winners, anticipation is high to see how the final season of Breaking Bad stacks up against True Detective and if Veep can continue taking away heat from Modern Family.  In anticipation of the broadcast, the Television Academy has put together a fun 6-minute promo with three of the best in the business: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  Cranston and Paul play a pair of sleazy pawn shop owners in the reality show parody, while Louis-Dreyfus attempts to sell off one of her Emmys.  Unsurprisingly, the video is really funny and is a nice showcase of Cranston and Paul’s comedic chemistry, and it takes a rather unexpected turn towards the end.

Hit the jump to watch the “Barely Legal Pawn” video, and check back this weekend when Allison and I attempt to predict this year’s crop of winners.  The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on NBC Monday, August 25th at 8pm ET.

A GOOD MARRIAGE Trailer and Poster: Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia Have Secrets in New Stephen King Thriller

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Screen Media Films has released the first A Good Marriage trailer and poster for the upcoming thriller, written by Stephen King.  Based on King’s short story of the same name, the film stars Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia as a seemingly happily married couple whose relationship is tested when Allen discovers that her husband may in fact be a notorious serial killer.  It looks like a decidedly Stephen King-esque story, which is fitting since he also wrote the screenplay.  I was recently reminded of Joan Allen’s brilliance while finishing up the final season of The Killing on Netflix, and combined with the film’s pulpy premise, she provides a nice point of attraction for A Good Marriage.

Hit the jump to check out the Good Marriage trailer and poster.  Directed by Peter Askin, the film also stars Kristen Connolly and Stephen LangA Good Marriage will be released in theaters and on iTunes on October 3rd.

New ROSEWATER Images: Gael Garcia Bernal Is Blindfolded in Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut

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A couple of new Rosewater images have been released for comedian and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut as the film’s World Premiere looms closer.  Written and directed by Stewart, the pic stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Kim Bodnia and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me.  Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater.”  Stewart had a personal connection to the story, as Bahari’s previous Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy.  This has been high on my most anticipated list for some time, and I’m extremely eager to see what Stewart has put together when the film screens at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hit the jump to check out the new Rosewater images.  The film will likely make its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival before screening at TIFF, and is scheduled to open in theaters on November 7th.

Could Scoot McNairy Be Playing The Flash in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE?

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Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have been doing a wonderful job of keeping the specifics of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice under wraps while also providing fans with enough information/teases to keep them happy.  The film doesn’t open until March 2016, but we’ve had regular doses of minor reveals for the past few months, and we’ve already seen official looks at Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman.  By and large, Snyder and WB have kept people pretty satisfied.  That being said, there’s always room for speculation, which brings us to today’s curious matter.  A new Batman v Superman set photo has surfaced that has people wondering about the nature of actor Scoot McNairy’s role in the film, as it looks possible that he could be playing none other than Barry Allen aka The Flash in this pre-Justice League feature.  More after the jump.

Exclusive Character Posters For THE ZERO THEOREM Introduce the Film’s Characters and their Philosophies

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I finally got a chance to see Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem and was mightily impressed by its ability to conjure some of the magic of Gilliam classics like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys (albeit in a far warmer, less brutal manner than the latter film).  So I’m really glad we’re debuting these character posters that don’t just showcase the performers in the film, but the philosophies of the people they are playing.  The movie is all about ideas, a philosophical dialogue.  And these get at that.

The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  The film hits iTunes today, August 19th and limited theaters on September 19th.  Be sure to check out the trailer and of course check out the film afterwards.  Hit the jump for our exclusive character posters from The Zero Theorem!

Sigourney Weaver Brings “Va-Va-Voom” to Ancient Egypt in New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Images

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20th Century Fox has released a couple of new Exodus: Gods and Kings images from director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic.  One of these new images gives us a closer look at Sigourney Weaver, who plays Tuya, the mother of Joel Edgerton’s Ramses.  Costume designer Janty Yates tells EW that Scott wanted the character to be “va-va-voom,” likening her to Jessica Rabbit—a woman on the prowl.  It’s a curious choice for the Biblical epic, though the rest of the cast is a bit stylized as well, with Edgerton and Christian Bale’s Moses both wearing their fair share of eyeliner.

Hit the jump to check out the Exodus: Gods and Kings images and to see what Bale had to say about taking on what he describes as one of the most fascinating characters he’s ever studied.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens in theaters on December 5th.

Harry Lloyd and Katja Herbers Talk MANHATTAN, Learning about The Manhattan Project, What They’re Most Excited for Audiences to See, and More

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What happens if you round up the nation’s most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.

I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and barracks of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up.  While I was there I had the chance to sit down with Harry Lloyd and Katja Herbers.  They talked about what attracted them to the show, how much they knew about the history of the Manhattan Project growing up in Europe, what they’re most excited for people to see, and more.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.  Manhattan airs Sunday nights on WGN America.

FX Renews THE STRAIN for Season 2; The Virus Will Spread in Summer 2015

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There were rumors that The Strain got the go-ahead for a second season, but now FX has made it official, running with the appropriate press release title, “The Strain to Spread Though the Summer Of 2015.”  For anyone who hasn’t given the show a shot just yet, I highly recommend it.  We’ve seen six episodes of season 1 thus far and while I can’t say every moment rocks high quality writing, performances and believable behavior, there’s no denying that it’s still a blast to watch.

No spoilers here, but the show kicks off with a plane landing at JFK.  It touches down safe and sound, but when there isn’t a single peep from the pilot, crew or any of the passengers after, the CDC is called in to investigate what is dubbed a “dead airplane.”  But the thing is, the passengers aren’t dead.  They start waking up and that’s when crazy things start going down.  Hit the jump for more on The Strain season 2 renewal.

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