American Directing Duo Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead Win Best Film at PIFFF 2014 for SPRING

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The Paris International Fantastic Film Festival has come to an end, and the big winner of its Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) for Best Film has been awarded to the American-Italian film Spring, directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.  Unlike most festivals, the audience is the jury in the feature films categories.  Benson later took to Twitter to thank the French audience for its support.

The closing ceremony ended with a screening of Kevin Smith’s rather disappointing Tusk, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. Justin Long stars as comedian-turned-podcaster targeted by a sadistic killer who wants to transform him into a walrus.  Not even Johnny Depp as the alcoholic ex-cop can save this horror of a film.

Michelle MacLaren Will Develop and Direct WONDER WOMAN; Zack Snyder to Produce

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It appears that we now have a Wonder Woman director, and the choice gives fans of both the comics and filmmaking in general reason to rejoice.  When Warner Bros. first announced it was officially moving forward with a Wonder Woman movie, one of the first directors that immediately came to mind was Michelle MacLaren.  She’s been doing incredible work in television for years, helming notable episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead, and her move to feature filmmaking has been long overdue.  Some welcome news came a couple of weeks ago when it was reported that MacLaren was actually in talks to take the helm of WB’s Wonder Woman movie, and now word comes that MacLaren will indeed develop and direct the film.  More after the jump.

New BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Trailer Breaks out the Batmobile

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It’s been too long since we saw a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has now given us a fresh look at the upcoming video game, which takes place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham City and finds the titular superhero squaring off against Scarecrow, who has united Batman’s enemies in a plot to finally kill The Bat.  To make matters more complicated, the mysterious “Arkham Knight” is in the mix.

In this trailer, we get a good look at some of the gameplay.  Specifically, we see how developer Rocksteady has attempted to seamlessly integrate the Batmobile into the combat by having Batman leap out of the vehicle to fight his enemies.  If you’re asking why Batman doesn’t just run everyone over, remember that Batman doesn’t kill people.  Hitting a person with a fast-moving assault vehicle tends to result in vehicular homicide.  But the gameplay does look cool, although I’m always wary of vehicles in video games because so many have awful controls.  Hit the jump to check out the new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer.  The game hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 2, 2015.

Enter Our Giveaway to Win a Copy of the AMERICAN HUSTLE Soundtrack on Vinyl in Celebration of Record Store Day’s Black Friday

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You’re no doubt familiar with the concept of Black Friday, but did you also know that the sales event includes some great deals at local record stores as well?  In celebration of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 28th, Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recording will be releasing new copies of the American Hustle soundtrack on vinyl exclusively in independent record stores, featuring six songs from the movie not included on the CD version.  Moreover, the 12” 2LP vinyl also premieres “Stream of Stars”, a rare song from Jeff Lynne of ELO fame.

In celebration of the release, we here at Collider have been provided with a couple of copies of the record to give away to a pair of very lucky readers.  Find out how you can enter and get more information on the vinyl after the jump.

Full Theater List Released for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer; Will Show in 30 Theaters across North America

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Earlier today, we learned that the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer would be playing in select theaters starting this Friday.  Our original list included nine Regal Theaters, and now Disney has officially announced all 30 theaters that will play the 88-second teaser.  The official Star Wars website also revealed that the teaser will be shown in theaters around the world this December.  While we initially believed that the teaser would only be shown this weekend, the official website makes no mention of a cutoff date, so presumably these 30 theaters will continue to play the trailer after Sunday.

Hit the jump for the full list of theaters playing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015.

Christian Bale Gets Romantic and Joel Edgerton Gets Angry in 2 New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Clips; Plus New Featurette

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20th Century Fox just released a brand new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette in which director Ridley Scott states the obvious, that his latest is epic in scale, but the studio also just unveiled two new clips that offer up a taste of some of the quieter, more intimate moments of the film.  The first gives us our first good look at Maria Valverde’s Zipporah as she runs through what makes Moses (Christian Bale) happy – while her bracelets jingle incessantly – and then the second shows what happens when you lie to Ramses (Joel Edgerton).

They’re both quality clips, but I also can’t say there’s anything particularly mind-blowing about them that’ll have you eager to see the film as soon as it comes out.  Hit the jump to check out both Exodus: Gods and Kings clips as well as that aforementioned featurette.  The film hits theaters on December 5th and also stars John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.

James Gunn Calls the Shared Cinematic Universe a Flawed Business Model

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We all know how this industry operates – if something is successful, it can’t just be a big winner on its own.  It’ll be dubbed the next big thing and many will try to ride the wave and make a profit off of the concept as well.  It’s happening with found footage horror movies, young adult book-to-film adaptations and superhero TV shows, but one of the biggest and riskiest trends of the moment is the shared cinematic universe.

Marvel’s currently dominating the box office with the MCU so, naturally, we’ve got DC and Warner Bros. showing off an enormous upcoming line-up, Sony trying to do something similar with the Spider-Man film franchise, Universal gunning to turn their classic monster movies into a new shared cinematic universe and we’ve also got Star Wars expanding laterally as well.  Perhaps there’s enough hype surrounding some of these properties for the studios to pull it off, but, as Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn points out, there’s a risk of some becoming cart-before-the-horse-type situations.  Hit the jump to check out his thoughts on the shared universe craze.

Oscar Isaac to Play Villain Apocalypse in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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20th Century Fox has found its villain for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse, and the studio has nabbed one of the best actors working today to bring the character to life.  Variety reports that Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac has signed on to play the titular antagonist, a very old mutant who was considered a god during the time of ancient Egypt.  The crux of Apocalypse takes place in the 1980s and the film has been described as a “disaster movie”, so the powerful villain presumably acts as a formidable force for the X-Men team.  More after the jump.

Christoph Waltz May Be Playing Blofeld in BOND 24

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2012’s Skyfall was almost certainly one of the best entries in the James Bond franchise to date (if not the best), but it looks like returning director Sam Mendes may be upping the ante in the follow-up.  Skyfall was a successful attempt at melding the legacy of the Bond franchise with its most recent Daniel Craig-fronted iteration, as the story simultaneously addressed how a person like James Bond fits into the modern landscape while also referencing some of the series’ most notable hallmarks.  With the ending of Skyfall acting as a mild reset to the goings-on at MI 6, a new rumor now claims that Mendes might be resurrecting one of the most famous Bond villains of all with actor Christoph Waltz’s role in the upcoming Bond 24: Ernst Stavro Blofeld.  More after the jump.

Rumor: STAR WARS Spin-Off Plot Is a Heist Film Involving Bounty Hunters and the Death Star

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You can see the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer this weekend, but we can now look even further ahead as a new rumor has surfaced regarding Gareth EdwardsStar Wars spin-off plot.  These spin-offs have the unique ability to take place anywhere in the Star Wars timeline.  The new episodes will be tethered to each other and must take place post-Return of the Jedi, and that’s fine, but the spin-offs can do what Star Wars does best: build its universe.  I would put Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic right next to A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back as my favorite Star Wars story.  I want to see behind all the corners and know what’s going on beyond the saga of the Skywalkers.

The rumor for the Star Wars spin-off hints at a very cool plot that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before, and yet has a huge impact on the mythology we all know and love.  Hit the jump for more.  The untitled Star Wars spin-off is slated to open on December 16, 2016.

First PAN Images Show a Screaming Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s PETER PAN Prequel [Updated with New Posters]

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We’re almost at the end of 2014, which means we’re long overdue when it comes to marketing the movies of summer 2015.  Today, Warner Bros. has released the first Pan images along with what’s sure to be the first of 197 character posters. The film “tells the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds great adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan.”  These images show us not only Levi Miller as Pan, but also Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard, and um…well…yeah.  None of these images are too encouraging, but I have faith in director Joe Wright.  While he does have a tendency to go overboard in his staging and visuals, his past work promises we’re not going to get a run-of-the-mill Peter Pan story even though I was never all that curious about the character’s origin story.

Hit the jump to check out the first Pan images along with a poster of Miller as the eponymous character.  The film opens July 17, 2015, and also stars Garrett Hedlund (TRON Legacy) as Hook; Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator) as Smee, Amanda Seyfried as Mary; Jack Charles (Mystery Road) as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; Taejoo Na (The Kick) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (Ender’s Game) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (In the Name of the Children) as Nibs; and newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling. [Update: We've added more character posters after the jump.]

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Confirmed to Play This Weekend in Front of All Movies at Select Theaters [Updated with Note from Abrams]

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Last week, we reported the rumor that Disney might take a unique approach to releasing their first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer by showing it in front of every movie at select theaters over Thanksgiving weekend.  Granted, the Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally one of the biggest of the year for the box office, but why only release it only a handful of theaters (the original reddit post regarding this rumor had it pegged at 100)?

I was a bit dubious about this news, but we now have official confirmation as Regal has posted on their website that nine of their theaters will have the trailer running in front of every movie from November 28 – November 30th.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and to find out where you can see it. [Update 1: Abrams himself has now confirmed that the trailer will debut this weekend, adding that it will be 88 seconds in length.  Take a look at the note after the jump.] [Update 2: The full list of theaters playing the trailer has been announced. Click here to see if it's playing near you.]

Sylvester Stallone Says THE EXPENDABLES 4 Will Be More Violent; Admits The PG-13 Rating For THE EXPENDABLES 3 Was a Mistake

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There was a lot of backlash when The Expendables 3 was rated PG-13 in order to garner a wider audience.  Between that move and the unfortunate leak that occurred several weeks before the film’s release, the sequel didn’t really hit the box office with its best foot forward.  And now franchise creator Sylvester Stallone is weighing in by saying that rating the film for more family friendly audiences was a “horrible miscalculation.”  Incidentally, he says this on the eve of the film’s Blu-ray release, which will feature an unrated version of the picture.  He also promises that The Expendables 4, should it happen, will be more violent.

Hit the jump Stallone’s comments on The Expendables 3 rating.  The film (along with the unrated cut) arrives in a Blu-ray combo pack (with Digital HD) on November 25th.  Mel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell also star.

Samuel L. Jackson Tweets Behind-the-Scenes Images from Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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What a difference a year makes.  At the beginning of 2014, Quentin Tarantino shelved The Hateful Eight after a draft of the script was leaked online.  But as the year has progressed, Tarantino has gone from suing over the leak to having a staged reading to casting and is now ready to film entirely in Colorado next month.  Samuel L. Jackson is once again reuniting with Tarantino, and tweeted a couple images from behind the scenes.  Admittedly, there’s nothing major here—no costumes or sets—but it is nice to see the assembled cast and have a reminder we’re getting a new Tarantino movie next year.

Hit the jump to check out The Hateful Eight images.  The film also stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Channing Tatum, Demian Bichir, and Bruce DernThe Hateful Eight opens late 2015.

Read the STAR WARS Original Opening Crawl Before It Was Finessed by Brian De Palma

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You can’t have Star Wars without the opening crawl, and I admit I’ll be excited on December 18, 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens appears on screen followed by the first new crawl text in ten years.  Like all other aspects of almost any other production, Star Wars: A New Hope went through plenty of tweaks, and the opening crawl was among them.  The original screenplays for the trilogy are fascinating (Star Wars: The Annotated Scripts is a great read), and a page from a 1976 draft recently found its way online.  The opening crawl presented in this draft isn’t drastically different from what’s in the final film—the gist is the same—but George Lucas, with the help of friend Brian De Palma, were able to finesse the language and make it read better.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars original opening crawl and a comparison to what ended up in the final film.

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