BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Cuanto”

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The past is coming alive on Boardwalk Empire, and not just through Nucky’s flashbacks.  As things begin to take a turn towards the end for the series, Nucky is confronted not only by how his experiences and choices as a young boy shaped his future, but how things like his relationship with Margaret also changed him.  The business of being a gangster is changing, too, with the new guard (led by Lucky Luciano) is looking to squeeze out the old, one way or another.  As Lucky tells Al Capone, his vision is to have the Italians unite and run things.  “Nucky Thompson ain’t Italian,” Capone opines regarding Atlantic City.  Lucky assures him: Nucky is being taken care of.  Hit the jump for what that means, and why “I haven’t blushed in 40 years.”

THE STRAIN Recap: “Last Rites”

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One of the problems with The Strain is that for every step forward, it then takes a leap back.  Last week’s “The Third Rail” was a great hour that worked on all fronts, particularly when it came to its monsters.  While “Last Rites” had some great creepy moments (including an always welcomed appearance by the Master), it floundered — as it often does — when it revolves around anything deeper.  But, it also teased the cloaked man/vamp again, as well as some other dark portends for the finale.  Hit the jump to answer the ad for antisocial anarchists.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer Might Be Attached to INTERSTELLAR

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In case you needed another reason to want to see Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, a new rumor has surfaced that the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer could be attached.  This rumor comes via Russian site FilmPro [via CBM], and like all rumors, you should take it with a grain of salt, but I expect the trailer to surface sometime in November.  Major blockbusters like to release their first teaser six months ahead of release followed by a full trailer three months ahead of release, and then we just get an onslaught of marketing.

I find it a bit surprising that Disney would attach the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to Interstellar considering that A) Interstellar is a Paramount/Warner Bros. co-production; and B) Disney has Big Hero 6 opening on November 7th, the same day as Interstellar.  Either way, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer will be online soon after it plays in theaters if not slightly before.  The movie opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis.

RAY DONOVAN Season Two Finale Recap: “The Captain”

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What a strange, rushed, and very open-ended finale for Ray Donovan‘s second season, written by departing show runner (and series creator) Ann Biderman.  “The Captain” was an odd way to end things, and didn’t feel at all like a goodbye until next season.  Hit the jump for why hitting people who don’t deserve it, for money, is the story of Ray’s life.

Ben McKenzie Talks GOTHAM, Why He’s Not Wearing the Jim Gordon Moustache, Favorite Batman Villains, and More

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One of the most highly anticipated new shows of the season is the Fox drama series Gotham.  From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) and with a beautifully cinematic pilot directed by Danny Cannon (the CSI franchise, Nikita), it is the origin story for a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as it shows what made them the formidable adversaries that they eventually become.  At its core, it is the story of Detective James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and it chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time.

During this recent interview to promote the new show, actor Ben McKenzie talked about how he got involved with Gotham, how being a law officer in the city of Gotham compares to the L.A. ‘hood of Southland, why they opted not to go with the Jim Gordon moustache, how much of the stunt work he does himself, his favorite Batman villains, whether any of the non-human villains might appear, his favorite storyline so far, the show’s powerful female characters, the initial acting challenges with the role, and why comic book movies and TV shows are so popular.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

BROOKLYN NINE NINE Recap: Season 2 Premiere “Undercover”

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back and, aside from the fact that it’s now on Sunday nights, it hasn’t really missed a step.  The amazing cast of supporting players keep the show in the “must see” zone while Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta still drags things down a bit with his ham-handedness.  Don’t get me wrong, Samberg’s a big talent and is quite capable in the role, it’s just that his part is routinely written to be dumber and slightly less functional than his colleagues.  Granted, this is an imbalance that has improved vastly since the first few episodes of Season 1, but it still remains (albeit at a much more tenable level).

The Films of David Fincher: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher.  These articles contain spoilers.]

Across his filmography, David Fincher’s work has been noted as dark, foreboding, chilly, cynical, cutting, and irreverent.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a striking anomaly in his filmography as the allure of the project makes some sense, but the execution is a lush, unabashed romance bubbling with mawkish sentiment.  The movie is graceful, beautiful, poetic, and yet oddly distant.  The whole production feels gilded as Fincher made a deeply moving film out of a fairly terrible script.  The most curious thing about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is how it manages to be a tearjerker despite its craven desire to elicit emotion from a director who rejects sentimentality.

Andre Braugher Talks BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Season 2, Perfecting the Art of the Straight Man, Feeling Reinvigorated by the Series, and More

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From Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur, the hit Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows talented-but-carefree Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), by-the-book Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), and their precinct colleagues. While based in the workplace, the ensemble series focuses on the men and women behind the badge.

During this recent interview to promote the return the show’s sophomore season, actor Andre Braugher talked about what he’s most excited about with Season 2, working with guest star Kyra Sedgwick, what initially drew him to the show and character, whether the atmosphere on set has changed at all, what he’s enjoyed most about being a part of the show, playing the straight man, and whether he might direct an episode.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE Review | NYFF 2014

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I’d like to consider myself someone who’s open to all styles of art, unique forms of expression and storytelling techniques, but perhaps I have to draw the line at Jean-Luc Godard’s latest, Goodbye to Language. The thing only clocks in at 70-minutes long, but the screening felt like an eternity and even after it finally ended, I was stuck with the frustration of having wasted a morning and was left with a nasty headache to go along with it.  This movie is playing in some of the most prestigious film festivals around the world yet has claimed a top spot on my worst of the year list and is pretty high up amongst my worst of all time selections as well.

Dwayne Johnson Confirms Role in Ludlum’s THE JANSON DIRECTIVE; Akiva Goldsman to Write Script

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A couple of months ago Dwayne Johnson was reported to be in talks to star in Universal’s adaptation of Robert Ludlum‘s novel The Janson Directive.  Now it has been confirmed that he is officially cast.  Not only that, but Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman will be writing the script (presumably a page-one rewrite of the draft John Hlavin was commissioned to execute a few years ago).  Make no mistake, Universal wants to fashion this into a Bourne style franchise for Johnson and I… have no problem with that.  It’s gotta be better than The Bourne Legacy.

The story follows a former consular ops agent who goes into business as a private security consultant after becoming uncomfortable with the high number of sanctioned killings as a covert operative.  I’m kind of looking forward to seeing Johnson do serious action work that doesn’t have the wink and nod element built in (though I love the Fast & Furious movies).  Hit the jump for more on The Janson Directive.

Weekend Box Office: THE EQUALIZER Shoots to the Top with $35 Million

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As expected, The Equalizer came out on top this weekend, earning an estimated $35 million from 3,236 locations.  That’s surprisingly strong for a September debut – especially considering the movie is based on a TV series few people remember.  The credit goes to Denzel Washington, who has one of the best opening weekend records of any A-list actor.  Not all of Washington’s films in the past decade have gone on to be hits (Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), but the man can definitely open a movie.  The Equalizer is Washington’s best box office debut since 2012’s Safe House and it also gives director Antoine Fuqua the highest opening of his career.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Equalizer $35,000,000 $35
2.  The Maze Runner $17,500,000 $58
3.  The Boxtrolls $17,250,000 $17.2
4.  This Is Where I Leave You $7,010,000 $22.5
5  Dolphin Tale 2 $4,835,000 $33.6
6.  No Good Deed $4,600,000 $46.6
7.  A Walk Among the Tombstones $4,234,000 $20.8
8.  Guardians of the Galaxy $3,789,000 $319.1
9.  Let’s Be Cops $1,515,000 $79.6
10.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $1,450,000 $187.1

 

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First SON OF A GUN Clip: Brenton Thwaites Teaches Ewan McGregor Chess in Prison

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Entertainment One has released the first Son of a Gun clip.  The Australian thriller follows a young man (Brenton Thwaites) who becomes the apprentice of a calculating crime boss (Ewan McGregor).  The clip shows what looks like the meet-cute between the two in prison, where the apprentice walks by and shows the boss where he went wrong in his chess game.  McGregor is more intimidating than I expected.

Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, and Tom Budge also star in the feature directorial debut of Julius Avery.  There is no U.S. release date yet, but Son of a Gun opens October 14 in Australia.  Watch the Son of a Gun clip after the break.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Images Feature Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, and Evan Ross

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After an opening salvo last week Lionsgate continues to supply new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images on the regular.  The three pics they just released are fairly inconsequential but I loved Catching Fire so much I’m happy to report on the minutia of  Francis Lawrence’s upcoming films in the series.  The new images focus on the characters played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, and Evan Ross.  As you can tell from the end of Catching Fire and the first trailer for the new film, Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee is coming from a completely different place this time around.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images.  The film also stars Jennifer LawrenceLiam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MooreElizabeth BanksNatalie Dormer, and Donald Sutherland.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

André Benjamin Talks JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE, His First Exposure to Hendrix’s Music, Playing Guitar Left-Handed, His Experience with Fame, and More

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From writer/director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), the indie biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side covers the year from 1966 to 1967, when Jimi Hendrix (with a memorable and magnetic performance from OutKast’s André Benjamin) was an unknown back-up guitarist making his mark on London’s music scene.  It’s an intimate portrait that shows the sensitive and complex man behind the rock legend.

During a conference at the film’s press day, André Benjamin talked about what he hopes audiences will take away from this film, his own experience with fame, his first exposure to Jimi Hendrix’s music, what most surprised him about the man behind the performer, having to play guitar with his left hand for the film, working with his female co-stars Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell, how he found his performance, and whether he even considers himself an actor.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Annaleigh Ashford Talks MASTERS OF SEX Season 2, How Her Character Grew from the Pilot, Working with Sarah Silverman, and More

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On the hit Showtime series Masters of Sex, actress Annaleigh Ashford gives a pitch perfect performance as Betty Dimello, a brash prostitute with a frank understanding of her own sexuality, who married a rich man (Greg Grunberg) to get her out of the life she was leading.  From the beginning of Dr. Masters’ (Michael Sheen) sex study, Betty allowed him to observe her and the other girls in her brothel, becoming both a friend to Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) and one of the few women who keeps Masters in line.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Annaleigh Ashford talked about how she came to be a part of this show, learning about Betty as she got each script, her reaction to learning the real history between Betty and her husband, working with such a talented cast, getting into the headspace of a woman like this, in this time period, what a treat it is to play someone who unabashedly tells it like it is, that she would ultimately love to see Betty happy, working with such high caliber directors, and how socially relevant many of the show’s plot points still are today.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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