First Images from THE HUMBLING, THE KEEPING ROOM, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, and LEARNING TO DRIVE

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • The Humbling (Directed by Barry Levinson) starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Dianne Wiest, and Greta Gerwig.
  • The Keeping Room (Directed by Daniel Barber) starring Sam WorthingtonBrit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Kyle Soller.
  • The Last Five Years (Directed by Richard LaGravenese) starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
  • Learning to Drive (Directed by Isabel Coixet) starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

First Images from Chris Evans’ BEFORE WE GO, GOOD KILL, THE GOOD LIE, and HUNGRY HEARTS

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Fresh off this morning’s excellent Toronto International Film Festival lineup announcement, we have debut images from some of the films that will be screening at the fest.  Briefly:

  • Before We Go – (Directed by Chris Evans) Starring Chris Evans and Alice Eve.
  • Good Kill – (Directed by Andrew Niccol) Starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones.
  • The Good Lie – (Directed by Philippe Farlardeau) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wiel, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Femi Oguns.
  • Hungry Hearts – (Directed by Saverio Costanzo) Starring Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, and Roberta Maxwell.

Hit the jump to chceck out the images and synopses.  TIFF 2014 runs from September 4th – 14th.

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE Trailer Ends Racism in America

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While we brought you a teaser trailer for the racial satire Dear White People a month or so ago, the new official trailer for the film is now available.  To be quite honest, I prefer this new cut to the previous one since it gives a much better sense of the comedy’s tone.  There’s plenty of social commentary to be found and it appears as if no topic is out of bounds, be it weaves, interracial dating, or the definition of racism itself.  I fully expect lots of nervous laughter in theaters later this fall.

Written and directed by Justin SimienDear White People stars Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell, Kyle Gallner, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Marque Richardson, and Dennis Haysbert, and opens in theaters October 17th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

IF I STAY Trailer Featuring Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley

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The latest trailer for If I Stay is now online, which gives fans of Gayle Forman’s YA novel a glimpse into the feature film.  Director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley.  A tragic event puts those Earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.  The new trailer offers quite a bit more bed-side footage than the previously released prologue trailer, but also appears to give away some of the story’s beats.  Viewer beware.

Also starring Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy KeachIf I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Showrunner Bruno Heller Talks GOTHAM, Avoiding Fantasy, Casting the Series, Teasing Out The Joker in Every Episode, and More

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One of the most highly anticipated new shows of the season is the Fox drama series Gotham.  From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) and with a beautifully cinematic pilot directed by Danny Cannon (the CSI franchise, Nikita), it is the origin story for a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as it shows what made them the formidable adversaries that they eventually become.  At its core, it is the story of Detective James Gordon’s (Benjamin McKenzie) rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and it chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time.

While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, showrunner Bruno Heller spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about developing the look for the city of Gotham, making it feel like the real world and not a fantasy world, deciding on the age of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) in this story, putting together such a tremendous cast, figuring out when to be more literal and when to be more subtle when it comes to the portrayals of the villains, that ever present question of when we’ll see The Joker, and the decision to have a possibility in every episode.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to Produce MANIMAL Adaptation for Sony Pictures Animation

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When Hollywood sets their sights on an adaptation, you never quite know how it’s going to turn out.  Is the tone going to be similar to the original and recreate what made it endearing, or will it be a tongue-in-cheek contemporary take?  Either approach can fail spectacularly or succeed beyond all expectations.  Now when the property in question is the short-lived TV series Manimal, it’s easy to write it off.  Enter Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.  You know what you’re getting with Gary Sanchez Productions, who might just be the best team to tackle the oddity that will be the Sony Pictures Animation live-action/animation hybrid, Manimal.  Hit the jump for more.

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Clip Has a Finger on the Pulse of the Film’s Humor

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We’re walking a fine line with Marvel’s marketing for Guardians of the Galaxy, with one side being in danger of giving away too much and the other offering teases to fans and newcomers alike.  In the last four days alone, we’ve seen not one, but two clips from the film.  Now, since audience reactions to an early screening were overwhelmingly positive, perhaps they want to encourage that great word of mouth with yet another clip.  This one does a solid job of not only showing off the film’s sense of humor, but further exploring the relationships between the characters early on in their tenuous arrangement.  Good stuff, but I’ve already seen more than enough to convince me to check this one out in theaters.

Starring Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaLee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz, and featuring the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st.  Hit the jump to check out the latest clip.

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood to Lead WESTWORLD for HBO

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TV’s the place to be!  That’s what award-winning movie actors are starting to learn thanks to the critical and financial success of shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and True Detective.  The cable network’s latest series adaptation tackles Westworld, writer-director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie that starred Yul Brynner as a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  While HBO could certainly have gone bonkers with a premise like that, their first casting announcements come with some gravitas.  Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe-nominated Evan Rachel Wood have been locked in as series leads.  Hit the jump for more.

New GOOSEBUMPS, JUPITER ASCENDING, and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Released Ahead of Comic-Con

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Comic-Con officially begins tomorrow night, but the festivities have been well underway since last week with studios releasing sneak peeks of the movies they’ll have on tap for the annual convention.  Earlier today we got a look the first poster for Goosebumps, and now three new images have been released (click here for the images that were released last week).  Warner Bros. has also released images for a couple of the movies they’ll have for Comic-Con: Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.  We’ll be in Hall H on Saturday covering these two panels, but in the meantime enjoy pale Channing Tatum and buzz-cut Charlize Theron.

Hit the jump to check out the Goosebumps images along with ones from Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.

First Images From WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, COMING HOME, FORCE MAJEURE, and A SECOND CHANCE

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • While We’re Young (Directed by Noah Baumbach) starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin.
  • Force Majeure (Directed by Ruben Östlund) starring Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju and Fanni Metelius.
  • Coming Home (Directed by Zhang Yimou) starring Chen Daoming and Gong Li.
  • A Second Chance (Directed by Susanne Bier) starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th-14th.

DEUS EX Movie Enlists PREDATORS Writer Michael Finch

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The Deus Ex movie, adapted from the video game franchise of the same name, now has a new screenwriter.  Heat Vision reports that CBS Films and producers Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh have enlisted Predators screenwriter Michael Finch to work on the screenplay for the pic, which draws mainly from the Deus Ex: Human Revolution game and revolves around an ex-SWAT security specialist who unravels a global conspiracy after undergoing mechanical augmentation.  Sinister scribes Scott Derrickson and Robert Cargil wrote the previous draft of the Deus Ex script when Derrickson was attached to direct, but he’s a little busy at the moment as he’s gearing up to helm Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  It’s unknown if he’ll still be involved in the development of Deus Ex, but clearly CBS Films wants another pass on the script.

In addition to Predators, Finch also penned the script for the upcoming video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 and the impending thriller The November Man, and also worked on CBS Films’ adaptation of American Assassin.  Watch a trailer for the Deus Ex game after the jump.

Daniel Stern and Christopher Denham Talk MANHATTAN, Sam Shaw’s Excellent Script, the Moral Ambiguity of their Characters, and More

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What happens if you round up the nation’s most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) 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.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.  Manhattan stars John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zuckerman, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, and Eddie Shin.

I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and offices of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up.  While I was there I had the chance to sit down with actors Daniel Stern and Christopher Denham for an exclusive video interview.  They talked about Sam Shaw’s exceptional script, their research process, the moral ramifications of their characters’ actions, working with the immersive sets and costumes, and how the show’s themes reflect on contemporary issues.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Diane Keaton Talks AND SO IT GOES, Singing for Frankie Valli, Teasing Michael Douglas, Prepping for Her Scenes with Music, the Bad Boy Appeal and More

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Diane Keaton said it herself; there’s nothing wrong with falling for a bad boy and that’s exactly what happens to her character in Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes.  Well, perhaps “bad boy” is a bit of a stretch, but Michael Douglas’ Oren Little is a total jerk, very self-centered and doesn’t give a damn about what anyone thinks of him.  Regardless, Keaton’s character still sees something in him and when the two of them wind up spending loads of time together taking care of Oren’s granddaughter, Sarah (Sterling Jerins), there’s no stopping it.

With And So It Goes due in theaters on Friday, July 25th, Keaton took the time to sit down for a roundtable interview in New York City to talk about making the movie.  Hit the jump to read what she had to say about her tiny singing voice, building a comprehensive backstory for her character, her admiration for Jerins’ ability to cry on cue effortlessly, her personal prep technique that annoys Douglas most and loads more.

Comic-Con 2014: Posters for GOOSEBUMPS, PIXELS, THE INTERVIEW, THE WALKING DEAD, and More

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With Comic-Con set to begin tomorrow, we’re about to be inundated with a crazy amount of new posters, images, and information about upcoming TV shows and movies.  Like years past, a number of Collider writers are heading to San Diego to help cover the convention.  We’re going to be offering panel recaps, interviews with some of the biggest names at Comic-Con, and tons of pictures from the convention floor including our yearly cosplay picture article.  The next few days are going to be crazy, so I hope you keep checking back for our coverage.

While walking around the past hour in San Diego, I snapped pictures of a number of posters on display outside the hotels and inside the convention center.  Hit the jump for pics of Goosebumps, Pixels, The Interview, The Walking Dead, Legends, Fury, The Blacklist, Vikings, and more.  Keep in mind, things are still being set up, so this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s outside the convention.

INTO THE STORM Clip Shows Sarah Wayne Callies and Richard Armitage Getting Too Close to an Incoming Tornado

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We’ve come a long way since Twister’s flying cows.  We’ve already seen loads of destruction in the first two trailers for Steven Quale’s Into the Storm and also read quite a bit about it in Dave’s set visit reports, but now it’s time to get a sense of what just a single one of these tornados is capable of in the very first clip from the film.

When the town of Silverton is ravaged by a freak onslaught of twisters, Sarah Wayne Callies’ Allison, a meteorologist working alongside a team of storm chasers, is pretty much asking to have an up close and personal encounter with a vicious cyclone and, sure enough, she winds up getting closer than anyone.  Hit the jump to see what happens in the first Into the Storm clip.  The film will arrive in theaters on August 8th in 2D and IMAX, and also stars Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-CareyArlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle DavisJon Reep, and Scott Lawrence.

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