Mondo Unveils GREMLINS and FARGO Knit Sweaters

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If you want to prepare for the holidays in style, the good folks at Mondo have you covered.  Today they unveiled a pair of heavy knit sweaters that are currently available for pre-order, and they’re pretty fantastic.  There’s a Gremlins knit sweater and a Fargo knit sweater, each designed by Middle of Beyond and made out of 100% acrylic.  Both sweaters range in size from XS to 3XL, and they’ll run you $85 each.  The Fargo one is based on the TV series rather than the Coen brothers masterpiece, but it’s solid nevertheless.  My favorite, though, is the Gremlins sweater.  It walks the fine line between stylish and tacky, and it features a variety of different Gremlins from Joe Dante’s 1984 film.

Hit the jump to take a closer look at the sweaters and to find out how you can get one for yourself.

Thursday TV Ratings: GRACEPOINT, SCANDAL, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Dip; VAMPIRE DIARIES Rises

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TV ratings for Thursday, October 16th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was even with last week’s 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 8.45 million viewers, while the network’s other two dramas were both down.  Scandal (read Allison’s recap here) dipped 3% to a 2.9 rating and scored 9.84 million viewers, while a terrific episode of How to Get Away With Murder dropped 13% from last week to a 2.7 rating and 9.67 million viewers.
  • On Fox, Bones matched last week’s 1.6 rating and scored 6.41 million viewers, while Gracepoint (read Allison’s recap here) continues to falter, dropping 11% to a 0.8 rating and 3.82 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Bad Judge dipped a tenth from last week to a 1.2 rating and 4.69 million viewers, A to Z matched last week’s 1.0 rating and scored 3.36 million viewers, and Parenthood was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and scored 4.14 million viewers.
  • Over at The CW, The Vampire Diaries was up 13% to a 0.8 rating and scored 1.96 million viewers, while Reign rose 25% to a 0.5 rating and 1.36 million viewers.

Ron Perlman and Kate del Castillo Talk THE BOOK OF LIFE, Dia de los Muertos, Bringing Mexican Culture to New Audiences, and More

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Now in theaters is Jorge Gutierrez‘s charming and visually stunning tribute to Dia de los Muertos, The Book of Life.  The animated feature depicts Gutierrez’s vision of the afterlife in which the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the Land of the Remembered, ruled over by the beautiful and kind-hearted La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), while those souls beyond remembrance languish under the rule of the trickster Xibalba (Ron Perlman) in the Land of the Forgotten.  The film’s events are set into motion when the deities place a wager on the romantic fate of three childhood friends – should Maria (Zoe Saldana) chose to marry Manolo (Diego Luna), a good-natured musician, Xibalba will stop meddling in human affairs, but if she marries the rakish warrior Joaquin (Channing Tatum), Xibabla will take over as ruler of The Land of Remembered.

I recently sat down for an exclusive video interview with Ron Perlman and Kate del Castillo.  They talked about what attracted them to the project, bringing Mexican traditions to a new audience, the beautiful ideas behind Dia de los Muertos, and the relationship between La Muerta and Xibalba.  Hit the jump to watch.

CAMP X-RAY Review

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[Note: This is a re-post of my Camp X-Ray review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  The movie opens in limited release this weekend.]

In Camp X-Ray, writer/director Peter Sattler attempts to chronicle life at Guantanamo Bay through the eyes of a young female private, played by Kristen Stewart.  It’s touchy subject matter for sure, and though Guantanamo Bay has been no stranger to controversy, there are plenty of avenues worth exploring.  While the film features a compelling central relationship between the aforementioned young private and a foreign detainee, it too often veers into melodrama or goes for the easy cliché, making for somewhat of a mixed bag.  Read my full review after the jump.

Dane Cook Talks Comedy Special TROUBLEMAKER, Following His Plan for a Live Show, His Upcoming Indie 400 DAYS, and More

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In the Showtime comedy special Troublemaker, comedian Dane Cook is stirring things up again.  With his patented brand of observational humor, he’s skewering aspects of modern life, from our hidden internet selves to how much time we spend texting to gender taboos, in general.  His directorial debut was filmed last fall and showcases his acerbic wit and dead-on insight, as he explores the hilarious aspects of everyday life and human behavior, in a way that only he can.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Dane Cook talked about why he wanted to direct his own special and that he’ll be directing his next, as well, that he’d like to also direct another comedian’s special and help them keep their authenticity, why he wanted to delve so deeply into personal connection and relationships, just how closely he follows his plan for a live show, addressing his hecklers, the differences between being funny on stage and being funny on film, how every subject is fair game when you’re a stand-up comic, and the worst stand-up experience he’s ever had.  He also talked about what attracted him to 400 Days, which centers on four astronauts who are locked away for 400 days while on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel, creating a lead role in a comedy, from the ground up, developing a TV show, and whether he might ever turn back up on Hawaii Five-O.  Check out the full interview after the jump.

The Films of Andrew Dominik: THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

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Andrew Dominik’s second feature film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is an unmitigated masterpiece.  After testing out his prowess on the fleet, trim Chopper Dominik went for a stately sprawl for his followup and pulled it off with remarkable precision.  A slow, meditative western with a commercially unwieldly title (Brad Pitt reportedly made it part of his deal that the studio wasn’t allowed to abbreviate it)  -  the film was facing an uphill commercial battle from the beginning, despite the starpower of its lead.  Not knowing how to market such a thing, Warner Bros. released Jesse James into a scant 301 theaters in the fall of 2007 to the tune of a $3.9 million domestic gross.

Director Tim Johnson Talks HOME, Finding Inspiration at Comic-Con, Boov Technology, Erasing Enemies with Bubble Weapons and More

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You’d think an alien race with the ability to control gravity would know a thing or two about, let’s say, a kitten purring, dancing and the English language, but that’s not the case with the Boov of Home.  After shutting off the Earth’s gravity and conquering the human race in a matter of seconds, the Boov move in.  But the thing is, it’s not malicious.  The Boov genuinely think that they can improve the quality of life for Earth’s “native savages,” so they restrict all humans to Australia and pack the continent with white picket fence houses, amusement parks, big screens and loads of high fructose corn syrup drinks, everything we could possible need – from the Boov perspective at least.

Shortly after screening some footage at Home’s New York Comic-Con panel, I got the chance to sit down with director Tim Johnson to discuss adapting Adam Rex’s book, The True Meaning of Smekday, working with characters that change colors when they emote, loading up his cast with familiar voices including Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons and Rihanna, and much more.  Hit the jump to check it all out in my video interview.

Visiting AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Buckner Mansion and the Costume Designs of Lou Eyrich

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This past weekend, Collider was invited to the set of American Horror Story: Coven in New Orleans for an event honoring the work of Costume Designer Lou Eyrich just in time for the show’s release on Blu-ray.  The Emmy Award winning costume designer was on hand to discuss her work on both Coven & the current season Freak Show, as well as the demanding schedule of being a costume designer for TV and the most challenging aspects of her job.  For a rundown of the event and interview highlights with Eyrich, in which she discusses the original designs for Freak Show’s villain Twisty the Clown, hit the jump.

André Holland Talks THE KNICK, Research for the Role, Racism of the Era, SELMA, and More

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Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Cinemax drama series The Knick showcases The Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City in 1900, when it was the home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and stuff who pushed the boundaries of medicine in a time of high mortality rates and no antibiotics.  Equal parts brilliant and arrogant, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) is the newly appointed leader of the surgery staff, but his own ambition for medical discovery is almost overshadowed by his addiction to cocaine and opium.  While addressing issues of race, sex and class, the show will undoubtedly make viewers grateful for how far we’ve come.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor André Holland (who plays gifted, Harvard-trained surgeon Dr. Algernon Edwards) talked about how he got involved with The Knick, what attracted him to this role, the extent of his research, the level of outward racism during this time period, the constantly shifting dynamics between the characters, dealing with the gore level of the show, his most memorable surgery scene, and how much he loves the fast pace.  He also talked about what it means to him to be a part of Selma, due out in theaters on Christmas, and the remarkable man that he got to portray.

Scarlett Johansson Offered Lead in Live-Action Adaptation of GHOST IN THE SHELL

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Last month, we reported that Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was in talks to star in Rupert Sanders‘ (Snow White and the Huntsman) live-action adaptation of the classic manga/anime, Ghost in the Shell.  The story focuses on Major Motoko Kusanagi, the leader of a covert ops unit that fights cyber-terrorists.  Motoko has a fully synthetic cyborg body but retains her human essence/soul or “ghost.”  According to Deadline, DreamWorks has decided to now offer the lead role to Scarlett Johansson with a bigger payday, which has now pushed Robbie towards Suicide Squad.

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SCANDAL Recap: “Like Father, Like Daughter”

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Important question for Scandal watchers: is there anyone who still wants Fitz and Olivia together, besides Fitz?  We know it’s all he has left, as he has failed “as a father, as a husband, and as a man” (in his words — but don’t forget “as a President,” too).  But is Fitz still defensible, or even likable, in any way?  When the two of them were alone together for the first time this season in the Oval Office, and “The Light” started to play, was anyone desperate for a rekindling?  Or instead, were we desperate to get to any other part of “Like Father, Like Daughter”?  Hit the jump if “we can do this later, I’m really wasted.”

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA Review

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[This is a re-post of my The Tale of Princess Kaguya review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film opens today in limited release.  Please note that this review is for the original Japanese-language version, so there is no critique of the English-language dubbing or the voice acting.]

Studio Ghibli’s films have always embraced the connection between nature and magic, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya continues this tradition in fine form. Writer-director Isao Takahata, who also co-founded Studio Ghibli, breaks from the company’s familiar animation style to venture into a sumi-e look that perfectly suits the story’s celebration of nature’s simplicity and magnificence. Although Kaguya does become slightly redundant in highlighting its heroine’s values before the film indulges in an abrupt revelation, Takahata and Ghibli have still found fresh life in their classic themes.

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie Close to Signing on for SUICIDE SQUAD

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Following Warner Bros.’ big announcement that Suicide Squad would be their first DC movie following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, word surfaced that the studio was courting Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, and Ryan Gosling to star.  The DC comic focuses on a group of supervillains who go on suicide missions in exchange for pardons.  None of these supervillains are household names.  There’s no Joker or Lex Luthor in the gang.  In the comics, the lineup has changed over the years, but last week, it was rumored that Deadshot, Harkness (a.k.a Captain Boomerang), Vixen, Blockbuster, Multiplex, Jaculi, and Mindblogger would comprise the squad with the first three acting as the leads.

A couple days ago when we reported that WB was going after Smith, Hardy, Robbie, and Gosling for the film, it seemed fairly audacious.  Now that audacity may have landed three of the four actors.  Hit the jump for more.  Suicide Squad is due out August 5, 2016.

Michelle Monaghan Talks THE BEST OF ME, What Attracted Her to a Nicholas Sparks Movie, PIXELS, the Response to TRUE DETECTIVE, and More

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Based on the best-selling novel by author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of two former high school sweethearts, Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan), who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart.  In their hometown for the funeral of their beloved friend, they are suddenly forced to face the love that they’ve never forgotten, as well as the life that got in their way.  The film also stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney.

At the film’s press day, actress Michelle Monaghan spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she was attracted to this project, the surreal experience of sharing the role with another actor, they mannerisms that they wanted to be sure to share, and what she enjoyed about this character.  She also talked about how fortunate she feels to have been a part of True Detective, and just how palpable the creative energy was on set.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Director Joe Hahn Talks MALL, Why He Chose This Material as His First Feature, the Casting Process, His Music Video Background, and More

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Mall, the feature directorial debut from Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, examines a group of disgruntled suburbanites – a man on a personal war campaign, a teenager whose favorite pastime is smoking pot, a housewife whose best days have been left behind, a greedy businessman whose only desire is to increase his wealth, and a depressed pervert – who find themselves at a shopping mall in the midst of a seemingly random shooting.  From a script co-written and produced by Vincent D’Onofrio (who acts in it, as well), the film also stars Cameron Monaghan, Gina Gershon, Peter Stormare, James Frecheville, Gbenga Akinnagbe and India Menuez.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, Joe Hahn talked about why he wanted to take on Mall as his first feature, staying artistically creative when you’re also handling the business side of things, how he found the casting process, his background directing music videos for the band, the tone he likes to have on set, the technical aspects of directing that he was looking to explore, how he found the editing process, changing the ending of the film, and why it was important for him to get his bandmates involved.  He also talked about how he would love to do a big effects or superhero movie, that he’s considering branching out into writing something himself, and his desire to design a comic book.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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