THE COLLISION: Episode 113 – THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

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This week on The Collision, we take a look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.  We discuss how it differs from the first two films, the growing legacy of the series, where it fits in with current franchises, how it compares to the book, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

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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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

Guillermo del Toro Says PACIFIC RIM 2 Begins a Few Years After PACIFIC RIM in a Kaiju-Free World; Charlie Day and Burn Gorman to Return

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About a month ago Guillermo del Toro told Haleigh that he’s going in a very different direction with Pacific Rim 2.  Some favorite characters from the first film will return, but others won’t because del Toro is hoping to use them at the end of Pacific Rim 2 in an effort to ramp things up for a third film.

Who are the lucky ones to make it into Pac Rim 2?  We’ve got two names for you – Charlie Day and Burn Gorman.  While talking to del Toro about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of The Strain season 1, he told me that Day’s Geiszler and Gorman’s Gottlieb will return for the second film which picks up a few years after the events of the first.  Hit the jump for more.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 Title Revealed

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2013’s Now You See Me was one of those quiet box office successes that kind of flew under the radar.  The magician-centric heist picture didn’t garner great reviews, but it opened to a solid $29.3 million and went on to gross $351.7 million worldwide.  With an international hit on its hands, Lionsgate/Summit unsurprisingly put the wheels in motion for a sequel.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu takes over from previous helmer Louis Leterrier this time around with the entire main cast returning plus Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, and Jay Chou (The Green Hornet).  And now that filming is set to get underway soon, star Mark Ruffalo has revealed the official Now You See Me 2 title: Now You See Me: The Second Act.  More after the jump.

Ridley Scott Says He Won’t Direct BLADE RUNNER 2 But It Starts Shooting in 2015; Harrison Ford Appears in the Third Act

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For a filmmaker of 76 years of age, Ridley Scott is showing no signs of slowing down.  He just shot Prometheus, The Counselor, and this December’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings in quick succession, and while he’s prepping the sci-fi thriller The Martian to start production early next year, he’s also still talking about sequels to Prometheus and Blade Runner.  It’s the latter that he addresses today, revealing that while he won’t be directing Blade Runner 2, it is poised to begin production next year.  That’s somewhat surprising news given that we haven’t heard anything about a replacement director being set, but Scott now says he’ll only be involved in the picture as a producer.  However, he also let slip how Harrison Ford fits into the film’s story.  More after the jump.

Mondo Unveils PULP FICTION Poster for Timed Black Friday Sale; Variants to be Signed by Quentin Tarantino

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Black Friday is just a few days away now.  Better start prepping so you can take advantage of the best deals out there, like Mondo’s Black Friday sale for example.  Beginning on Friday, November 28th and wrapping up on 11:59PM CT on Monday, November 1st, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a stunning new Pulp Fiction poster by Laurent Durieux for $60 as part of a timed sale (no beating the rush, they’ll sell as many as they sell) and then Mondo will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship.  Cue the salesman voice.  But wait!  There’s more!

Mondo also plans to announce the online sale information for a variant print at a future date, which will be signed by Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino.  Mondo is donating 100% of the variant proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship.  Hit the jump for more on Mondo’s Black Friday plans and to check out that new Pulp Fiction print and variant.

2015 Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN Leads with Six Including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor

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The 2015 Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced, and Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) leads the pack with six nominations including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki), Best Male Lead (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Female (Emma Stone), and Best Supporting Male (Edward Norton).  Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma weren’t far behind with each picture racking up five nominations.

I like the Independent Spirit Awards because they can shine a light on films I think deserve more attention.  This year, they’ve brought some well-deserved attention to Blue Ruin, Obvious Child, The Guest, and Force Majeure.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced on February 21, 2015.

Hop in Some Gyroballs in 4 New JURASSIC WORLD Images Featuring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins

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Along with today’s first Jurassic World trailer, Universal Pictures has also released four new images from the upcoming sequel.  The movie takes place 22 years after Jurassic Park and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.  The folks running Jurassic World think genetically modified dinosaurs are a good idea, and so naturally bad things happen.  These images show off one of the film’s new doohickeys, a gyroball (not the official name, but I don’t know what else to call it), which looks like it tumbled out of Oblivion and got a paintjob.

Hit the jump to check out the new Jurassic World images.  The film opens in 3D on June 12, 2015, and stars Chris PrattBryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy Greer.

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