Exclusive: ABCS OF DEATH 2 Directors Bruno Samper and Kristina Buožytė’s Favorite Deaths; Plus Greatest Movie Deaths Supercut

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First we got to premiere a still from Bruno Samper and Kristina Buožytė’s ABCs of Death 2 segment, then we got to talk to Samper about creating the film and now we’re wrapping up our string of “K is for Knell” exclusives with Samper and Buožytė’s favorite big screen death scenes.

Hit the jump to find out what they picked and to catch a supercut with all of the ABCs of Death 2 directors’ picks in it.  ABCs of Death 2 is currently available on VOD and hits select theaters on October 31st.

Exclusive LOW DOWN Clip Featuring Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage

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We have an exclusive Low Down clip to premiere.  Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down examines the complex relationship between jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) and his daughter Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning): “Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds.”  Peter Dinklage plays one of those vagabonds, offering Amy-Jo a tour of his hole-in-the-wall in the clip.

Lena Headey, Flea, Caleb Landry Jones, and Glenn Close also star.  Low Down opens in New York October 24 and reaches Los Angeles October 31.  Watch the clip after the jump.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Pretend to Be a Dragon in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition Clip

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One of the more impressive aspects of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the characterization of the titular dragon.  Benedict Cumberbatch not only provided the voice for the sleepy/cranky character, but he did performance capture as well that was then used to inform the animation of the dragon’s movements.  In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition on Blu-ray, a behind-the-scenes clip has been released that shows Cumberbatch performing as Smaug.  It’s a pretty fun watch, and you can definitely see how Cumberbatch’s movements influenced the finished product.  Additionally, Warner Bros. has released an assortment of other clips (both from the film and behind-the-scenes) from the EE release that are sure to pique interest, and we’ve included them as well.

Take a look at the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition clips after the jump.  The film will be available on Blu-ray 3D and DVD on November 3rd, and is currently available on Digital HD.

Exclusive STONEHEARST ASYLUM Clip: Michael Caine Begs Jim Sturgess to Help Him Escape the Asylum Dungeon

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Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum features Jim Sturgess as Edward Newgate, a recent medical school graduate who accepts a position at the title mental institution.  At first, he’s taken by the superintendent’s warm welcome and more modern approach to caring for his patients, but that’s only because he knows nothing of the disturbing recent staffing changes.

Want to know more about what Newgate just walked into?  The film doesn’t hit theaters until October 24th, but we’ve got an exclusive clip that offers up a nice tease of exactly what he’ll be dealing with.  Hit the jump to check out that brand new Stonehearst Asylum clip.  The film also stars Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Clip and Featurette Highlighting Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde’s Remarkable Relationship

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Focus Features just unveiled some brand new promotional material for The Theory of Everything, paving the way to the film’s limited release on November 7th.  The clip is a bit on the schmaltzy side, but Adam’s predicating that both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones could score some Oscar nods, so I’m going to take his word for it and assume that both will do big things with the material in the full feature.

In addition, we’ve also got a brand new featurette for the film in which Redmayne and Jones discuss Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde’s loving relationship.  Hit the jump to check that out as well as the new The Theory of Everything clip.  The film also stars Charlie CoxEmily Watson and David Thewlis.

New BIG HERO 6 Clip Introduces T.J. Miller’s Wannabe Fire-Breathing Lizard, Fred

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Hiro (Ryan Potter) and Baymax (Scott Adsit) have been killing it in every piece of promo material released for Big Hero 6 thus far, but now it’s time to meet another member of the team, T.J. Miller’s Fred.  This brand new Big Hero 6 clip actually comes from the footage revealed at the film’s New York Comic-Con panel.  Hiro’s a gifted kid, but much to his big brother’s disappointment, he’s busy using his talents to make money in illegal back alley robot fights.  In hopes of setting him straight, Tadashi brings him to his lab to show him what he’s working on and to introduce him to his school friends, including Fred.

Hit the jump to check out the clip for yourself and click here to read my Big Hero 6 New York Comic-Con panel recap.  The film hits theaters on November 7th and also features the voices of Jamie ChungDamon Wayans Jr.Genesis RodriguezJames CromwellAlan Tudyk and Maya Rudolph.

New THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Clip Shows How the Gang Got Together

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new The Penguins of Madagascar clip that takes us through the beginning of the movie.  Directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie), the film finds the scene-stealing penguins leading a film of their own as they’re joined by a wolf named Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), who leads a covert team of protective animals.  This is one of the clips they showed at Comic-Con, and like everything else I’ve seen from this movie, it looks surprisingly charming and funny.

Hit the jump to check out the new clip from The Penguins of Madagascar.  The film also features the voices of John Malkovich, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, and Peter StormareThe Penguins of Madagascar opens in 3D on November 26th.

New BIRDMAN Clips and Posters Shine a Light On Michael Keaton’s Battle Against Edward Norton

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I’m so exceed to see Birdman, a dark comedy starring Michael Keaton that director Alejandro González Iñárritu staged to appear as one long, continuous shot.  The film stars Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  Two new clips from the film hit today, and both of them feature Keaton going toe-to-toe with Edward Norton as a smarmy New York theater actor.  And they’re great.  We’ve also got a look at a few city specific posters for the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the new Birdman clips and posters.  The film also stars Naomi WattsEmma StoneZach GalifianakisAndrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan.  Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens in select theaters on October 17th. Just a heads up that the language in these scenes is NSFW.

Jake Gyllenhaal Pitches to Rene Russo in New NIGHTCRAWLER Clip, Plus New Images

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Open Road Films has released a new Nightcrawler clip from director Dan Gilroy’s upcoming psychological thriller, which was one of the best films I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a sociopath who plunges into the depths of filming gruesome footage for local news, and begins pushing the limits between covering the news and making it.  The film has shades of Network and Taxi Driver, and you’ll get a little taste of the former in this new clip that finds Bloom pitching himself to a late night network news producer played by Rene Russo.  Their relationship in the film develops in delicious fashion, and I can’t wait to see the movie again when it opens on Halloween.

Hit the jump to check out the new Nightcrawler clip as well as some new images, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton, and Kevin RahmNightcrawler opens in theaters on October 31st.

How JOHN WICK and 87Eleven Taught Me to Shoot People in the Face

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I f*cking loved John Wick when I finally saw it a few weeks ago.  The movie has the most simple of setups and an even more simple (but relatable) piece of motivation for all of the carnage, but that’s part of its genius.  The film also builds an impressive underworld with its own set of rules, social stratification and visual aesthetic and it relays all of this information with impressive economy. However, it goes without saying that one of the true highlights of the film is all of the mayhem, stunts and plain old “getting shot in the face” that happens here.  That wouldn’t have been possible without 87Eleven, a veteran stunt and second unit directing outfit run by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (their credits include The Matrix Trilogy and many, many other films).

Stahelski and Leitch also make their full-on directorial debut with John Wick, handling both the first and second units and making all of the creative calls on the film.  Last week they had me down to their studio (along with a few other journalists) and taught me a thing or two about gunplay.  Hit the jump to check it out.  John Wick stars Keanu Reeves Adrianne PalickiWillem DafoeBridget MoynahanIan McShaneJason IsaacsAlfie AllenLance ReddickJohn Leguizamo, Dean Winters, and Michael Nyqvist. It hits theaters on October 24th.

The Penguins Battle a Vending Machine in New THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Clip

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While DreamWorks Animation has a kind of “throw everything against the wall and see what sticks” attitude when it comes to their films, every once in a while they put together something special.  I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to the spinoff feature The Penguins of Madagascar, but ever since that first trailer I’ve found myself wanting to see more comedic adventures from the titular penguins.  A new Penguins of Madagascar clip has now landed online, and it once again highlights the humorous interplay amongst the penguins and their love of Cheezy Dibbles as they find themselves squaring off against a vending machine.  It’s funny stuff, and I’m genuinely eager to catch the film in theaters next month.

Hit the jump to watch the new Penguins of Madagascar clip, and if you missed Evan’s recap from watching some extended footage from the film, click here.  The pic features the voices of Tom McGrathChris MillerChris KnightsJohn MalkovichBenedict CumberbatchKen JeongAnnett Mahendru, and Peter StormareThe Penguins of Madagascar opens in 2D and 3D on November 26th.

Watch Edgar Wright’s New Music Video for Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk’s Single “Gust of Wind”

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Yesterday we showed you a teaser of Edgar Wright’s new music video for Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk’s single, “Gust of Wind,” and now the full piece has arrived.  It doesn’t make up for the loss of a Wright-directed Ant-Man, but it’s still nice to get a little something while we wait for one of his other projects to get going – Baby Driver, Grasshopper Jungle and that new one he’s developing with Simon Pegg.

I doubt the song will catch on for me personally, but the combination of the tone of the track and Wright’s visual choices, especially those shot transitions, do make it a particularly smooth, pleasant watch.  Hit the jump to check out the “Gust of Wind” music video for yourself.

HOUSEBOUND Faces Off With a Diabololical Teddy Bear in This Exclusive Clip

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I didn’t get a chance to see Housebound when it played at SXSW earlier this year in Austin, but literally every peer of mine in the genre world who saw it was raving about it.  So I’m discovering this movie alongside you guys and we now have an exclusive clip from the film to share with you that shows a bit of the film’s funny, clever side I’ve been hearing so much about.

The film was written and directed by Gerard Johnstone and stars Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata and Glen-Paul Waru. It hits iTunes, VOD and select theaters on October 17th from XLrator media.  Hit the jump for our exclusive Housebound clip.

5 New FURY Clips Blast Their Way Online for Brad Pitt’s Upcoming World War II Tank Movie

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Sony has released five new Fury clips online.  The movie takes place near the end of World War II, and Brad Pitt leads as Wardaddy, an army sergeant and tank commander with Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Pena), Coonass (Jon Bernthal) and the group newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), under his command. When they’re tank “Fury” breaks down in enemy lines, the group must make a desperate stand to stop an onslaught of Nazi troops.

Hit the jump to check out the Fury clips.  The film opens October 17th.  For more on the film, here’s 30 things to know about the film and interviews with David Ayer and producer John Lesher.

Watch a Supercut of the Funny Parts from EDGE OF TOMORROW in New Mashup, Plus an Exclusive Deleted Scene

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Edge of Tomorrow is one of my favorite films of the year.  By some miracle considering the hectic production, director Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt assembled a smart, funny, and thrilling sci-fi time travel film that, above all, feels fresh.  We’re inundated with same-feeling movies week after week, but Edge of Tomorrow was a wonderfully unique and fun adventure that felt like a breath of fresh air.  In anticipation of the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release tomorrow, October 7th, we’re happy to debut a new deleted scene that can be found on the home video release and to also share a pretty funny mashup of some of the humorous bits from the film.  It’s a nice reminder of just how funny this sci-fi actioner is, and the deleted scene is from the final act of the film and involves Cruise finding himself an appropriate weapon.

Hit the jump to watch the Edge of Tomorrow Blu-ray clips, and click here to pre-order the film on Blu-ray.

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