Luke Bracey Talks THE BEST OF ME, His Chemistry with Liana Liberato, Shooting Their First Kiss, the POINT BREAK Remake, 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, actor Luke Bracey (who plays the younger version of Dawson) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about sharing his role with James Marsden, his relatively smooth audition process for this role, the easy chemistry he had with Liana Liberato, and how much fun they had shooting the first kiss for their characters.  He also talked about simultaneously becoming both a romantic lead (with films like this) and an action hero (with his upcoming role as Johnny Utah in the Point Break remake), what ultimately made him want to sign on for Point Break, and just how different the story and character is.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Charlie Cox Says the DAREDEVIL Netflix Show Is “Much, Much Darker” Than Anything Marvel’s Done Before

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Whether you’re a fan of their output or not, there’s no denying that Marvel Studios’ ambition is impressive.  They seem to really be swinging for the fences by kicking off the Civil War storyline in Captain America 3, and while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t the slam dunk many were expecting from the studio’s first foray into television, their subsequent TV offerings promise to at least move into different territory.  The upcoming ABC series Agent Carter has a period setting and is essentially a prequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show will kick off a mini Marvel universe on the small screen.

We recently got our first look at Daredevil star Charlie Cox as the titular superhero, and now the actor has spoken a bit more about the Netflix series, saying it’s significantly darker than anything Marvel has done before.  Read on after the jump.

William H. Macy Talks His Directorial Debut RUDDERLESS, Searching for 10 Years to Find the Right Project, KRYSTAL, and More

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Rudderless, the feature directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, follows Sam (Billy Crudup), a man whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son.  He passes his days by drowning his pain in alcohol, until he discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, and he begins to reconnect with his son while exploring his unknown talent.  When he learns and decides to play these songs in a local bar he catches the attention of a young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), and the two decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless.

At the film’s press day, filmmaker/actor William H. Macy spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about looking for the right project for his directorial debut for at least 10 years now, handling the tragic act that serves as the catalyst for the film, the evolution of the film from the first script that he read, what sold him on Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin, as musicians, and how much he had to cut out of the film for his final edit.  He also talked about already knowing what his next project will be, a Southern gothic comedy, called Krystal.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

James Wan Returning to Direct THE CONJURING 2, and Maybe a DC Comics Movie

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Filmmaker James Wan is returning to the horror genre.  While the director behind Saw and Insidious hit a high mark with last year’s terrific The Conjuring, he subsequently opted to try his talents outside the horror genre by taking over the Fast & Furious franchise.  Fast & Furious 7 proved to be an incredibly tough shoot due to Paul Walker’s unfortunate passing in the middle of production, with Wan recently telling us it was both the hardest film he’s ever made and the one he’s most proud of.  Thanks to the massive commercial (and critical) success of The Conjuring, Warner Bros. set the wheels in motion for a sequel.  The film was initially slated to open next Halloween, but it was unclear if Wan would be returning to the director’s chair or if he would continue to focus his talents on other genres.

Last night Warner Bros. announced that it was pushing the release of The Conjuring 2 to 2016, and now it appears we have a reason for the release date shift: Wan is, in fact, returning to direct.  Hit the jump for more, including Wan’s future with the Fast & Furious franchise.

JUDGE DREDD SUPERFIEND Teaser Trailer Warns “Death is Coming” in New Miniseries

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A few weeks ago we told you that producer Adi Shankar was working on a miniseries to continue the story of Dredd that he started in the amazing 2012 film starring Karl Urban. Yesterday came the surprising news that this series wouldn’t be live action like Shankar’s other offshoots The Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Venom: Truth in Journalism, but an animated miniseries called Judge Dredd Superfiend.

And it actually looks really good.  It’s definitely broader in a visual sense than the 2012 film (though that film was so satirical in tone that this aesthetic embellishment seems organic).  It contains elements of the Dark Judges story arc and was written and directed by The Junquera Brothers.  Look for the full trailer on October 23rd and you don’t even have long to wait for the miniseries itself, which debuts next week on October 27th.  Hit the jump for the Judge Dredd Superfiend teaser trailer.

Bean Joins THE MARTIAN, Dormer Enters THE FOREST, Livingston Faces THE 5TH WAVE, and David and Knapp Fight THE NICE GUYS

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We have some casting news for you today.  First up, Sean Bean has signed on to Ridley Scott‘s The Martian.  Scripted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) based on an e-book by Andy Weir, Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough for NASA to rescue him.  According to THR, Bean will play a NASA flight director.  It seems like a safe job, but I’m sure Bean’s character will find some way to die.  He’ll probably choke on a donut or something.  The film also stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen WiigThe Martian opens November 25, 2015.  Bean currently stars on the TNT series Legends and will next be seen in Jupiter Ascending and Pixels.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Ron Livingston (Office Space), Keith David (Cloud Atlas) and Beau Knapp (Super 8).

Monday TV Ratings: GOTHAM and THE BLACKLIST Slide; SLEEPY HOLLOW Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Monday, October 20th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s The Blacklist dropped a considerable four tenths from last week, earning a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 9.37 million viewers.
  • Fox’s silly yet enjoyable Gotham (read Dave’s recap here) was also down, garnering a 2.2 rating and 5.99 million viewers for a drop of two tenths from last week.  Sleepy Hollow ticked up to a 1.8 rating and scored 5 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, The Big Bang Theory was down a tenth to a 4.4 rating and 15.65 million viewers, while the second season premiere of The Millers earned a 2.2 rating and scored 9.13 million viewers.  That’s down a tenth from last year’s season finale, but the comedy lost half of its lead-in audience from TBBT.  The new drama Scorpion was even with last week’s 2.4 rating and scored 10.52 million viewers, and NCIS: Los Angeles was up a tenth to a 1.7 rating and 8.65 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Castle dipped three tenths to a 1.6 rating and 9.29 million viewers.
  • The CW’s The Originals matched last week’s 0.7 rating and scored 1.54 million viewers, and Jane the Virgin was up a tenth to a 0.7 rating and 1.75 million viewers.

MANHATTAN Creator Sam Shaw Talks Season 1, Future Plans for the Show, His Partnership with Tommy Schlamme, and Much More

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One of the best shows you’re not watching is WGN America’s Manhattan.  Created by Sam Shaw 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.  Over the first 13 episode season, the show explored the costs of secrecy and isolation as a result of building the “gadget,”  while also offering a fascinating look at the science involved in the design.  I’m a huge fan of this show and was very happy to learn it’s getting a second season.

With the first season ending Sunday night, I recently sat down with creator Sam Shaw for an extended video interview.  During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about how the show came together, his partnership with Tommy Schlamme (who directed the first two episodes), incorporating real figures into a world made up of fictitious characters, his long term plans for the show which include showing the repercussions of creating and using the bomb on the people that created it, the advantages of being picked up straight to series, the challenges of writing emotional, engaging stories, Easter eggs, teasing what he can for season 2, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of WGN America’s Manhattan, you’ll love this interview.  Hit the jump to watch.  Finally, if you haven’t seen Manhattan yet, WGN America is airing the entire 13-episode first season this Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m. PST.

Check Out the WE THE ECONOMY Animated Shorts, Adam McKay’s “The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas” and Chris Henchy’s “GDP Smackdown”

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Financial institutions have a leg-up on the American populace because economics are difficult to understand.  They’re also kind of boring, and Americans love to be entertained.  We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss is a series of short films that attempt to use entertainment as means of educating people about the economy.  Funny or Die has released two animated shorts from the anthology: “The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas” directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and “GDP Smackdown” by Chris Henchy (writer on The Campaign).

These are interesting shorts, but they unintentionally reveal another problem in America: confirmation bias.  For example, those who deny income inequality exists in America or that any solution is “socialism” won’t be swayed by McKay’s short. There’s no argument that can upset their worldview.  These shorts may use entertainment to convey economic facts, but in America, the only “facts” we want are the ones that don’t make us reconsider the world.  Hit the jump to check out the short films.  We the Economy is now available on multiple platforms.

Robbie Amell Talks THE FLASH, How He Was Offered the Role, Fighting Someone Else in the DC Universe, Sharing Firestorm with Victor Garber, and More

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Viewers were introduced to Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) during Season 2 of The CW’s hit drama series Arrow, in a way that made the character both likeable and intriguing, and it was easy to see why he immediately got his own TV show.  With The Flash having made its debut to huge ratings, Barry is now getting his own backstory and mythology and villains to fight, while also playing into the bigger DC universe and, at times, characters will cross back and forth between the two shows.

In Episode 3, “Things You Can’t Outrun,” viewers will revisit the painful night the particle accelerator exploded and killed Caitlin Snow’s (Danielle Panabaker) fiancé, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), who also becomes one half of Firestorm, in future episodes.  During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Robbie Amell talked about how he was offered the role, how excited his mom is that he booked the show, finding his place among the actors and characters, who Ronnie Raymond is, Ronnie’s relationship with Caitlin, why he’s stayed away and let his fiancée think he was dead, sharing Firestorm with Victor Garber, how awesome it is to get to be in a fight with somebody else from the DC universe, and how he’d love to have a storyline with his cousin Stephen Amell, aka Arrow.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 TV Spot Contains New Footage of Katniss Refusing to Give up the Fight

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Lionsgate has released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot, which contains fresh footage from the upcoming blockbuster.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in Panem while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  We’ve had some huge hits this year, but I’m still putting my money on The Girl on Fire for winning the 2014 box office race, especially since this looks like the biggest Hunger Games movie yet.

Hit the jump to check out the new TV spot.  The film also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

Bianca Santos and Shane Harper Talk HAPPYLAND, The Tone of the Show, Appreciating Theme Park Employees, and More

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The MTV series Happyland is a teen comedy that explores the underbelly of one of the country’s most popular theme parks while going behind-the-scenes to reveal the not so magical reality of the park workers.  Having grown up around manufactured happiness, as the daughter of park princess mom, Elena (Camille Guaty), the cynical Lucy (Bianca Santos) just wants to get out and experience something real.  And now with Ian (Shane Harper), the new park owner’s son, having joined the family business, a scandalous secret is turning all of their lives upside down.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Bianca Santos and Shane Harper talked about how they got involved with this show, what drew them to these characters, the tone of this show, the conflict between their characters, how they would describe the Happyland theme park, getting a new appreciation for employees at theme parks, family dynamics, and the desire to find something more than manufactured happiness.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Warner Bros. Pushes THE CONJURING 2 to 2016 and Schedules Untitled Horror Film for Halloween 2015

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Warner Bros. started developing a sequel to The Conjuring before the first movie opened.  That bet paid off when The Conjuring grossed over $300 million worldwide.  After two weeks, The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle has already reached $166 million worldwide.  The studio, who must be thrilled with the new horror franchise, had scheduled The Conjuring 2 for October 23, 2015 with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga set to return as the paranormal investigators.  However, Warner Bros. pumped the brakes a bit, delaying The Conjuring 2 to 2016.

In a corresponding move, Warner Bros. scheduled a untitled horror film from New Line in its place on October 23, 2015.  Deadline speculates the unspecified project could be 1) Crawlspace, starring Michael Vartan as a widower who moves into a house troubled by “a very disturbing secret from the past” or, 2) Superstition, set at “a house that was once the site of a witch’s execution.”

GOTHAM Recap: “Viper”

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Tonight’s episode of Fox’s Gotham was particularly difficult to watch for the lactose intolerant.  Yes, a bulk of the episode’s plot centered on a drug that drained the victims of their body’s calcium, leading them to binge on dairy projects before eventually collapsing under their own body weight as their bones crumbled from the inside.  Pure nuttiness.  That aside, there was a good bit of this hour dedicated to young Master Wayne and his ever-present desire to solve his parents’ murder once and for all, now, thankfully, with more help from Alfred.  Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin continues to steal the show, followed closely by Donal Logue’s roguish Harvey Bullock, but is it enough to keep viewers addicted?

Hit the jump for our Gotham recap.

Tom Riley, Laura Haddock, Blake Ritson and Gregg Chillin Talk DA VINCI’S DEMONS Season 3, Working with a New Showrunner, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and Much More

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Last week at New York Comic-Con, I landed an awesome extended video interview with Da Vinci’s Demons stars Tom RileyLaura HaddockBlake Ritson and Gregg Chillin.  While I’ve found group interviews to be sometimes difficult, the interview you’re about to watch is definitely one of my favorites.  As you’ll see, the four of them look and act like close friends and they were able to have a lot of fun with my questions while also teasing what’s to come on Da Vinci’s Demons season 3 (which they’re almost done filming).

During the interview they talked about working with a new showrunner, how the new season is more grounded and will be set in Florence more than previous seasons, collaborating with the writers, how the season starts and what it’s about, the way they like to work, how many takes they get to do, how much they like to know about future storylines, who ruins the most takes, and so much more.  In addition, while you might not have recognized her, Laura Haddock played Peter Quill’s mother in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy.  I jokingly asked the group if the success of the film has turned Haddock into a diva on set.  Hit the jump to watch what they had to say.

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