A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Trailer and Poster; J.C. Chandor’s Film Starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac Opens Dec 31 in NY and L.A.

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J.C. Chandor is definitely on the rise, with a surprising amount of people favoring his dark horse Robert Redford film All Is Lost over Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity juggernaut in last year’s “solo and in peril” sweepstakes.  And A Most Violent Year definitely looks like it could be the film that really solidifies his place on the map.  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.”

A24 has just released a trailer for the film that’s incredibly intense and foreboding and surprisingly successful in making you feel like you know these characters already.  Oscar Isaac is such a chameleon, I had to look twice to make sure this was in fact the same Isacc from Inside Llewyn Davis. And of course Jessica Chastain has never delivered a bad performance.  The trailer doesn’t even really show Albert Brooks, but after Drive I’m hoping he plays a similarly menacing figure.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster for A Most Violent Year.  The film opens in NY and LA on December 31st.

Exclusive First Look at Terry O’Quinn’s Character in PHINEAS AND FERB’s Upcoming LOST Episode

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Not only are Phineas and Ferb bringing back Shaun and Ed, they’re also bringing back Lost (in their own, unique way).  On September 29th, Disney XD will air the episode Lost in Danville, with a story by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof himself.  Not only that, but Terry O’Quinn (who played John Locke on the show) will voice a character named Captain Mystery.  Rob Morrow and Jane Kaczmarek also guest star in the episode.

We have the official first look at O’Quinn’s Captain Mystery.  Hit the jump for a better look.  Phineas and Ferb’s Lost in Danville airs Monday, September 29th at 730PM.

Jane Fonda Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Working with the Cast and Director Shawn Levy, THE NEWSROOM, and More

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Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Jane Fonda.  She talked about why she wanted to be involved in the project, what it was like collaborating with Shawn Levy, how she prepares for a role, if she’s streamlined her process, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Maya Forbes Talks INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, Tackling the Issue of Mental Illness, Mark Ruffalo, the Difficulty of Getting Films Made as a Woman, and More

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One of the rare films to play at both Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear.  Based on her own childhood experiences, the film takes place in 1978 Boston and stars Mark Ruffalo as a manic-depressive father struggling to raise his young daughters while also trying to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana).  Loaded with fantastic performances and a great script that’s able to keep Ruffalo sympathetic even when he’s causing serious problems, Forbes’ debut feature really impressed me, and you should look forward to seeing it for yourself next year in theaters.

Shortly after the TIFF premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Maya Forbes.  During the interview she talked about getting to be part of Sundance and TIFF, her first cut of the film and what she cut out, the subject matter and how there is an element of fortuitousness to the timing of the movie with mental illness being talked about in the media, putting together the financing, casting Mark Ruffalo, being truthful while also making an entertaining movie, when we’ll see a trailer, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

The STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and BATMAN V SUPERMAN War Continues with a First Official Look at the Return of the Millennium Falcon

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Directors J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder have been going back-and-forth online by parodying their respective blockbusters, Star Wars: Episode VII and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Snyder struck the most recent blow by showing a Stormtrooper getting arrested for hi-jacking Batman’s ride.  Abrams has retorted in a way that will be tough to top.  He’s stolen the Batmobile back and placed it on the underside of the Millennium Falcon.  And this isn’t just a cutesy little model.  This is a real shot of the Millennium Falcon with a huge pan and everything.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII Millennium Falcon video featuring the Batmobile.  It’s now your move, Mr. Snyder.  May I suggest putting Batman behind the wheel of a Star Destroyer?  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

New INTERSTELLAR Poster Finally Features the Beauty of the Cosmos and a Positive Tagline

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Another Interstellar poster has gone online, and it’s the prettiest of the bunch so far. The film stars Matthew McConaughey and revolves around a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole “to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”  The most recent trailer gave us a hint of how gorgeous the space scenes will be, and this poster is another glimpse at that promise.  It also doesn’t have a tagline that mixes the hope of discovery with the reminder that we’re all going to die unless we leave Earth.

Hit the jump to check out the new Interstellar poster.  The film opens in 2D and IMAX on November 7th, and also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.

INTERSTELLAR App Lets You Create Your own Solar System; Check out Images from the Mobile Game

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Studios using apps to market their movie is now standard these days.  The question isn’t how well an app sells a movie.  I don’t know how much of a film’s profits are derived from creating an infinite runner loosely based on a movie’s plot.  The question to ask is, “Is the app fun?”  An Interstellar app is being released today in-browser and as a free app in the Google Play store, and it comes as a free app to iOS next week.  The game uses bits of the film’s science to handle space travel, but a large part of the app seems to be about creating your own solar system, planets, stars, and asteroids, and sharing it with friends.  The primary goal is to see how far the player can explore before running out of fuel.  The press release also details some of the other features, and it sounds like this game could be addictive.

Hit the jump to check out image from the Interstellar app.  Christopher Nolan‘s new film opens in 2D and IMAX on November 7th.

Wilmer Valderrama and John Murdy Talk FROM DUSK TILL DAWN Maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

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Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary.  Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever.

Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour the From Dusk Till Dawn maze, which brings many of the shows key visual moments to life.  Walking through each scene, accompanied by actor Wilmer Valderrama, who plays the show’s big bad villain, and HHN Creative Director John Murdy, it was clear how much time and thought was put into every little detail.  Check out what they had to say, and what you can expect from the maze itself, after the jump.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Video Sends the Batmobile on a Chase

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The past week, Batman v Superman news has been all about the Batmobile, and that trend continues with new video.  Instagram user shiva_honey captured some video of the Batmobile speeding down the street in a high speed chase, and I have to say I’m impressed.  It’s a big, clunky vehicle and yet it handles corner without missing a beat.  However, I love the second video where the Batmobile is presumable returning to its starting point, and the music overlaying the return is Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice”.  It would amuse me to no end if they used that music in the movie by having Batman playing it on the radio.  You can still fight crime while listening to Doggystyle.

Hit the jump to check out the Batman v Superman Batmobile video.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy IronsBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton Talk THE VOICE Season 7

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The hugely successful vocal competition The Voice is back on NBC for its seventh season, and this time around, music superstars Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as celebrity musician coaches.  With some of the biggest names in music putting together teams of the strongest vocalists from across the country, assembled through the blind audition process, they then bringing in equally recognizable talent to help advise their competitors during the battle rounds.  Once they get down to the top 12 artists, it is up to America to pick the ultimate winner.

During a recent conference to promote the new season, new The Voice coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams talked about why they decided to join the show, coaching style, getting competitive, what a great time they’re having working together again, how Gavin Rossdale came to be one of the celebrity advisors, and being the lone female, while returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton talked about how quick the chemistry happened among the new line-up, how the show has affected their lives, giving the contestants advice that comes from their own mistakes, team strategy, and having pranks backfire.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THEY CAME TOGETHER Blu-ray Review

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When Wet Hot American Summer came out in 2001, it was released by USA Films – a company that eventually morphed into Focus Features, but at the time had no real footing theatrically.  That may explain why the film was barely released, but eventually found a cult audience.  Considering it was written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (the latter of whom directed the film), and featured many members of The State there was almost a guarantee it would be funny, but the fledging USA Films didn’t know how to sell it.  Originally Showalter and Wain wanted to follow that film with They Came Together, which they were unable to make until recently, and it was also given a small theatrical release (but was also put on VOD).  But now that it’s on home video, it seems likely it too will become a cult favorite.  Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Cobie Smulders, Chris Meloni and many familiar faces, it is equally hilarious, and my They Came Together Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Liam Neeson Eyes TELL NO ONE; Channing Tatum Boards STRUCK BY GENIUS; Matt Smith Joins PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

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A few casting notices:

  • Liam Neeson is circling the Tell No One remake, a thriller about a pediatrician who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders that claimed the life of his wife.
  • Sony picked up the rights Struck by Rights, the memoir of “mathematical marvel” Jason Padgett, as a possible starring vehicle for Channing Tatum.
  • Matt Smith will join Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

More on each project after the jump.

Kate Mara Offered Role in Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN, What Does This New Film Mean for BLADE RUNNER 2 and PROMETHEUS 2?

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It’s looking fairly concrete that the next Ridley Scott film we’ll be getting is The Martian (after the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings of course).  The film will star Matt Damon as an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must find his way back home. The script was written by the amazing Drew Goddard (based on Andy Weir’s e-book turned Crown novel).  And it could be good, I’m looking forward to seeing Scott work in a somewhat smaller scope.  I mean, it’s a sci-fi movie set on another planet but it looks as though it’s sort of an intimate film in the vein of Cast Away.

Last week we had heard that Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig were in the mix to appear in the film.  I’m not sure if that’s still the case (it’s possible that this movie has a big female cast, though I’m sure someone who has read the book would know better than I), but Kate Mara (House of Cards) has been offered a role in the film.  Ridley Scott and Fox are aiming for a November 25th, 2015 release on this one, so they better get cracking.  Especially since Scott intends to make Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2 right afterwards.  Hit the jump for more.

New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer Digs Deep Into the Darkness of Life in the Digital Age

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Men, Women & Children trailer for director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) excellent new drama.  The film follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I caught the film at TIFF and found it to be a dark, complex, and emotional snapshot of humanity that also marks another bold step in Reitman’s diverse career.  You can’t say the Juno filmmaker isn’t making ambitious choices, and while some critics found the technology angle in Men, Women & Children to be contrived, I’d argue that the film really isn’t about the dangers of the internet at all—it’s about us.  Adam Sandler is fantastic in the most subdued performance of his career, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) absolutely shine as the emotional center of the film, and Breaking Bad star Dean Norris is debatably the highlight of a wonderfully talented ensemble.  I highly recommend seeing the film when it comes to a theater near you.

Hit the jump to watch the new Men, Women & Children trailer and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsTimothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

Felicity Jones Talks THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Staying True to Real Life, Working with Jonah Hill on TRUE STORY, and More at TIFF 2014

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) The Theory of Everything.  The fantastic film is an adaptation of the Stephen Hawking memoir Travelling to Infinity, written by his wife Jane Hawking.  Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking, The Theory of Everything chronicles his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time.  Led by phenomenal performances by Redmayne and Jones, The Theory of Everything will definitely be a player in awards season and I strongly recommend seeing it for yourself when it opens November 7th.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

Shortly after the TIFF premiere I landed an exclusive video interview with Felicity Jones.  She talked her process in preparing for a role, how on set she could tell they were making something special, the way she got involved in the project, how Marsh’s background in documentaries helped everyone stay true to the real story, the May Ball and other U.K. idiosyncrasies, the competition for strong female roles and how TV is more progressive in some ways, what it was like to work with Jonah Hill in True Story, how she’s about to start filming A Monster Calls, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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