Mondo Announces BOYHOOD SteelBook with 76 Minutes of Bonus Features

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Not only is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood a fantastic film, but it’s also quite the cinematic achievement.  Just in case you don’t know, Linklater completed the film over the span of 12 years and did so with the same cast and crew.  The movie begins with five-year-old Mason Jr. and sticks with him until he turns 18 with Ellar Coltrane portraying the character all the way through.

Mondo just announced that Boyhood will be Mondo x SteelBook #002.  If you’re in Canada, you’ll have two versions to choose from, a standard edition and a hand-numbered variant with a 16-page booklet.  Per usual, Mondo is only selling a select number of both copies, 4,000 of the standard edition and 2,000 of the variant to be exact, so you might have to act fast if you want to get your hands on it.  Hit the jump for more on the Mondo Boyhood SteelBook.

THE IMITATION GAME Producers and More Talk the Long Road to Getting the Film Made, Finding Their Director, Historical Accuracy, and More

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As we move into awards season, 2014 is proving to be an exciting year for films and no doubt there will be some year-end surprise contenders.  One of my personal favorites is The Imitation Game, directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, about British mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) who is credited with cracking the unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine.  Opening November 28th, the film’s intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man offers a fresh take on the biopic genre and features an impressive cast that includes Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong.

At the Below The Line press day, we sat down with Producers Teddy Schwarzman, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Production Designer Maria Djukovic, Costume Designer Sammy Sheldon Differ, and Music Supervisor Lindsay Fellows who discussed the development process with screenwriter Graham Moore, the challenge of bringing Turing’s story to the screen, the decision to have Tyldum direct, the vision he brought, what drew the designers to the project, how their research helped them design a period piece with historical accuracy, the actors’ input into their costumes, the musical choices, composer Alexandre Desplat’s score, their commitment to honoring Turing’s legacy, and his family’s positive reaction.  Check out our interview after the jump.

New Posters for THE PEANUTS MOVIE, PADDINGTON, and THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER

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We’ve got a collection of posters for some family films coming our way over the following year.  Briefly:

  • The Peanuts Movie – Snoopy rests peacefully in a new poster that continues to make the film look like it could be quite charming.  The animated film opens in 3D on November 6, 2015.
  • Paddington – The lesson of this poster: If you adopt a talking bear, he will ruin your home.  Most home insurance policies do not cover water damage caused by bears.  The film opens in the U.K. on November 28th and in the U.S. on January 16, and stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington Bear.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water – The upcoming sequel takes the animated characters into the live-action realm and turns them into superheroes, and these posters provide the names of their alter-egos.  The film opens in 3D on February 6, 2015, and features the voices of Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, and Douglas Lawrence.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

First HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Image Revealed as Mel Brooks Joins Voice Cast

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Sony Pictures Animation has revealed the very first Hotel Transylvania 2 image from the upcoming sequel in concert with announcing that Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast.  Brooks will be providing the voice of Vlad, the “ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy” father of Adam Sandler’s vampire character.  The story of the follow-up finds Vlad showing up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, resulting in a collision of “supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”  I never caught the first film but it was a sizeable success at the box office, grossing $358.3 million worldwide.  Genndy Tartakovsky returns to direct the sequel as Robert Smigel once again pens the script.

Check out the first Hotel Transylvania 2 image after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on September 25, 2015.

First UNFINISHED BUSINESS Red-Band Trailer: Vince Vaughn Starts a Business with Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson

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The first Unfinished Business red-band trailer has been released for director Ken Scott’s (Starbuck) upcoming comedy, previously titled Business Trip.  The film stars Vince Vaughn as a man who starts his own small business after being fired, only to find himself up against his old boss (Sienna Miller) during a business trip to Europe.  The movie actually looks really funny, which is a tad ironic considering Scott most recently directed Vaughn in the very unfunny Delivery Man.  There look to be some fantastic supporting turns from Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson as Vaughn’s new partners, and Nick Frost is a very welcome face amongst the cast as well.  Additionally, this is certainly one of the most NSFW red-band trailers I’ve seen in a while.

Check out the first Unfinished Business red-band trailer, green-band trailer, and first poster after the jump.  The film also stars James Marsden and opens on March 6, 2015.

Natalie Portman in Talks to Join Steve Jobs Biopic

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When Sony Pictures first tapped Aaron Sorkin to write a Steve Jobs biopic, many assumed the project would come together rather quickly.  While the film has indeed attracted some very high level talent, getting it off the ground has proved more difficult.  David Fincher flirted with the director’s chair before ultimately walking away, leading Danny Boyle to sign on to take the helm.  Then Leonardo DiCaprio circled the starring role before dropping out, followed by Christian Bale who did the same thingMichael Fassbender attached himself to star earlier this month, but somewhat surprisingly Sony put the picture in turnaround last week (possibly on account of losing Bale as the star).

Universal subsequently swooped in and acquired the project (with an eye on Awards Season 2015, no doubt), and now another major piece of the puzzle has been solved: Natalie Portman is in talks to join the cast.  More after the jump.

Collider Recommends 5 Charities to Support During This Holiday Season

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Black Friday is almost upon us.  Many of you will be seizing on terrific bargains and combing through gift guides so you can pick up the best stuff for you and your loved ones.  The generosity of the holiday season is wonderful, and we here at Collider want you to extend your generosity to those who could really use your aid.

Adam, Evan, Matt, Perri, and Steve have each selected a charitable organization we think is worthy of your donation.  Obviously, you’re free to donate to more than one.  We here at Collider just hope that in this season of giving, you’ll give to those who are less fortunate.  You may not know the person you’re helping, but you’re helping them more than you can know.  Read about our selected charities after the jump.

Director Matt Reeves Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray, The Next Sequel, and More

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With Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arriving on Blu-ray/DVD December 2, I was recently able to sit down with the busy director to talk about the film.  As I’ve said again and again, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is easily one of my favorite films of 2014 and the rare commercial movie that’s also deep and thoughtful.  Dawn is also atypical in that tells a complete story, but also opens the door for another sequel.

During the interview Reeves talked about the reception to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, what fans can look forward to on the Blu-ray, the status of the next Apes sequel, how they’re currently outlining the story, teases that the title may be “one word shorter,” and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say and click here to pre-order the Blu-ray on Amazon.

Matt Lauria Talks KINGDOM, Fighting for His Role, His Character’s Duality, The Show’s Exhausting Physical Element, and More

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The highly compelling, 10-episode DirecTV drama series Kingdom is a visceral family saga that takes place in Venice, California against the backdrop of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) subculture.  Former MMA legend and gym owner Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) is so focused on turning his youngest son, Nate (Nick Jonas), into the prized fighter that his oldest son, Jay (Jonathan Tucker), was too unfocused and unpredictable to become.  On top of that, add in former fighting superstar Ryan Wheeler (Matt Lauria), who happens to be the ex of Alvey’s current girlfriend Lisa Prince (Kiele Sanchez), and things are sure to get heated.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Matt Lauria talked about why he fought so hard for this role, how exhausting the physical aspect of the show is, the duality of the character, that all the characters have twists and turns, the high stakes of the situation they’re all in, and how this is a role that he’d love to play for years.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Holiday Deals on Blu-rays/DVDs and Toys

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Amazon has a number of great deals today and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  While we usually focus on DVDs and Blu-rays, Amazon’s gold box deal of the day is 50% off a number of Mattel and Fisher-Price toys, which is a great deal for parents.  Like all Amazon deals, don’t wait too long to buy.

James Cameron Says the AVATAR Sequels Will Be “Bitchin”; Reveals Peter Jackson Suggested Famous Line from the First Film

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James Cameron is hard at work developing his Avatar sequels, and the only way they can be described is by bringing back long-dead slang terms.  With a December 2016 release date officially set for Avatar 2, Cameron is currently getting ready to begin production on the three sequels back-to-back-to-back, and when asked by Empire about the storylines, Cameron, laughing, said he could reveal one thing: “They’re gonna be bitchin.’  You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”  Dear Fox, please print this on the poster.  Your marketing job will be half over!

The filmmaker certainly took his time in crafting the follow-ups to the highest grossing film of all time, and when it came to writing the screenplays he broke the stories with a team of writers and then assigned each of them one specific film.  In the recent edition of Empire, Cameron elaborates a bit on this writing process and reveals that the films will be shot in 48 FPS instead of 60.  Moreover, the director lets slip that one of the most quoted lines from Avatar actually came from Peter Jackson.  Read on after the jump.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Featurette and Poster Delve Into the American Dream With Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

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A24 Films has issued a new A Most Violent Year featurette and poster in support of writer/director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) upcoming crime drama. The featurette is a nice look at not only the making of the piece, but the American economic situation that inspired it.  The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.”  I’m excited to see this movie next week, I typically love Isaac and Chastain so even if it’s not all that violent or action-packed, which I’ve heard, I should be just fine watching a solid drama featuring the pair.

Check out the first A Most Violent Year featurette and poster after the jump.  The film also stars Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks.  A Most Violent Year opens in limited release on December 31st before expanding in January 2015.  

New UK Trailer for KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Busts Out the Spy Movie References

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20th Century Fox has released a new UK trailer for director Matthew Vaughn’s (X-Men: First Class) adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service.  The story revolves around a secret spy organization called Kingsman, in which Colin Firth’s veteran spy works to recruit and train an unrefined but promising street kid (Taron Egerton).  It’s been clear from the first trailer that Vaughn is making a sort of riff on the typical James Bond movie with this picture (complete with eccentric villain played by Samuel L. Jackson), and this new trailer has plenty of references not only to Bond but the spy genre as a whole.  I’ve never not had fun with one of Vaughn’s films, and Kingsman looks to be an absolute blast.

Check out the new Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer after the jump, and click here to view four new character posters.  The film also stars Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport, and Mark HamillKingsman: The Secret Service opens in the UK on January 29, 2015 and in the US on February 13, 2015.

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Crack Up in Exclusive Featurette Clip from THE SKELETON TWINS Blu-ray

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One of the best films I saw at Sundance this past January was director Craig Johnson’s dark comedy The Skeleton Twins.  The film stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged twin siblings who are drawn back together after Hader’s character tries to commit suicide.  It’s at once sweet, funny, and sad, and Hader turns in a genuinely terrific dramatic performance.  Despite the serious subject matter, the picture has well-placed moments of humor, and in anticipation of the film’s release on home video, we here at Collider have been provided with an exclusive clip from one of the featurettes.  This behind-the-scenes clip focuses on the improvisation in the picture, with candid (and very funny) footage of Hader and Wiig trying to keep it together on set.

Watch the Skeleton Twins featurette after the jump.  The film will be released on Digital HD on December 2nd and on Blu-ray/DVD on December 16th.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Jason Blum Talks MERCY, Adapting Stephen King, What He Looks For in a Script, How He Picks Directors, Filming in LA, Working With The MPAA and More

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Now available on Blu-ray is Mercy, Peter Cornwell‘s feature length adaptation of Stephen King‘s short story Gramma, which follows a single mother (Frances O’Connor) and her two young sons as they relocate to a remote country estate to care for her ailing mother, Mercy (Shirley Knight).  Unlike most grandmothers, Mercy isn’t all candies and kisses on the cheek, and as her prognosis worsens the family learns shocking truths about the source of Mercy’s darkness.  Mercy also stars Chandler Riggs, Mark Duplass, Dylan McDermott, and Joel Courtney.

Nearly two years ago I joined a handful of journalists on set while they were filming Mercy in Simi Valley.  While there, we had an opportunity to sit down for a lengthy chat with producer Jason Blum.  This was my first time speaking with Blum (who I’ve interviewed a number of times since), and I was instantly struck by the clarity of his vision and confidence in his low-budget/high-concept business model.  Given how much Blumhouse has grown over the last two years, it’s fascinating to look back and see how on point Blum was in his predictions (the success of The Purge despite its summer release date, for example) and how faithful he has remained to the basics of the business model he describes here.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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