First EX MACHINA Trailer Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander

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“To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods.”  Thus begins the first Ex Machina trailer, projecting an ominous tone for the psychological thriller.  The script by Alex Garland centers on a billionaire programmer (Oscar Isaac) who invites a young employee (Domhnall Gleeson) to his remote estate to be the human component in a Turing test to evaluate his new artificial intelligence robot, Ava (Alicia Vikander).  This is Garland’s directorial debut, and I am curious to see what he can do after contributing to great ambivalent science fiction like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go.  Plus, Isaac is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.  I’ll watch anything he’s in, especially if he plays a shady genius with a great beard.

The A24 release opens April 10, 2015.  Watch the Ex Machina trailer after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Talks YOUTUBE SPACE HOUSE OF HORRORS: A LEGENDARY HALLOWEEN, Watch the First 10 Shorts and See Images of the Sets

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For horrific reasons involving stitches I couldn’t make the Guillermo del Toro press day to promote the YouTube Space House of Horrors that he’s been involved with for the past few months.  But judging from the photos I’ve been seeing of the amazing sets they’ve built and talking to del Toro on the phone, it seems like a great experiment. ouTube creators had the opportunity to create original videos on terrifying cinematic sets inspired by del Toro at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and New York, as part of a special global programming event.  You can watch the first 10 Videos below and then check the YouTube Spaces Channel and the Legendary YouTube Channel for more in the coming days.

I chatted on the phone with del Toro for a few minutes and his enthusiasm was as infectious as ever.  Not only is he helping to select the winner, but that person will get a development deal with Legendary Pictures.  The sets they have built to shoot this stuff on are also truly astounding and we talked about their design as well (along with some updates on Crimson PeakPacific Rim 2 and Pacific Rim 3).  Hit the jump for the interview as well as check out the first ten videos and see some pics of the sets they’re using. 

THE COLLISION: Episode 109 – Marvel Phase Three and Facing off against Warner Bros./DC Comics

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the massive announcement regarding Marvel Phase Three.  We look at what the plan implies, what was left behind (poor Ant-Man), how enthusiasm for the future makes us forget the present (Avengers: Age of Ultron looked like an afterthought after the Phase Three announcement and that movie hasn’t even come out yet), the inevitable clash with Warner Bros./DC, marketing to fans, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“World War II Films and Fury“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

ARROW Recap: “The Magician”

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Felicity’s nowhere to be seen on tonight’s episode of Arrow, but that’s because she’s taking a much-needed vacation excursion to Central City to visit The Flash.  Can Team Arrow survive without her?  Yeah, of course they can, but to help out in her absence, Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) lends her bow in the effort to track down this season’s mysterious murderer.  That case is an enjoyable slow burn in an otherwise fast-paced and action-filled season thus far, but now a new enemy has appeared on the horizon and Team Arrow may have to forge some undesirable alliances to get out of this mess alive.

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

Michael Bay In Talks To Direct Benghazi Movie 13 HOURS

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Well this… this is something.  If Pain & Gain was one for him, and Transformers: Age of Extinction was one for them, then Michael Bay‘s potential new Benghazi movie 13 Hours is definitely payback for putting in the hours with those giant robots.  Given that Benghazi is an extremely touchy political issue it will be interesting to see where Bay, whose instincts for crowd pleasing are often spot on, falls along the spectrum of public opinion.

I actually think Bay is a smart guy who knows what he’s doing (and I think he does Transformers movies, at least in part, in order to gain the power to do stuff he’s more passionate about) so I’m actually looking forward to seeing what he’s thinking with this one.  13 Hours will be based on the Mitchell Zuckoff book of the same name and will be adapted for the screen by The Strain writer Chuck Hogan.  Hit the jump for more on Michael Bay potentially signing on for 13 Hours.

Coen Brothers’ HAIL, CAESAR! Set for Release on February 5, 2016

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Universal Pictures has set a Hail, Caesar! release date for the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.  The comedy has been slated for release on February 5, 2016, which marks the first 1st Quarter release date for a Coen Brothers film since 2004’s The Ladykillers.  The film takes place in 1950s Hollywood, during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and “follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.”  The incredible ensemble cast is led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill.  More on this curious choice of release date for Hail, Caesar! after the jump.

Daniel H. Wilson Offers Update on ROBOPOCALYPSE

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Nearly two years ago, Steven Spielberg was putting together the pieces for his next film, Robopocalypse.  The adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel of the same name was to return the director to a large-scale tentpole-type picture, telling the story of a future where an artificial intelligence comes online and threatens a, well, robot apocalypse.  Chris Hemsworth was set as the lead, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were poised to co-star, Drew Goddard was writing the screenplay, and filming was set to begin in Spring 2013 until suddenly it all came to a halt.  Spielberg decided to postpone the film indefinitely after coming up with “a better way to tell the story” that would necessitate heavy reworking of the screenplay.

The filmmaker went on to flirt with American Sniper before committing to shooting two new films back-to-back (he’s filming the first one right now), so whatever happened to Robopocalypse?  Wilson recently offered a bit of an update on the project, saying it remains “in the queue”.  More after the jump.

My Favorite Halloween Movie: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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[Since Halloween is this week, Adam, Perri, and I decided to write a bit about the films we watch annually to celebrate the holiday.  Click here for Adam's pick.]

My memory is a bit hazy, but I’m pretty sure The Nightmare Before Christmas was the first stop-motion animated film I ever saw.  I was used to 2D animation and had never seen the work of Ray Harryhausen and his ilk.  Then my parents took me to see the film, and Jack Skellington’s sentiments regarding Christmas Town could have easily applied to my feelings about Henry Selick‘s masterpiece.  The movie that may not be scary, but it embodies the best aspects of a child’s holiday traditions.

BANKSY DOES NEW YORK Trailer: Famous Street Artist Comes to NYC in New Documentary Premiering on HBO GO

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My favorite film of 2010 was Banksy‘s Exit Through the Gift Shop.  A film that begins as an exploration of street art culture eventually expanded to fascinating questions of who owns art, who is qualified to make it, and how does it function outside the confines of traditional space?  Banksy is now the subject of a new documentary, Chris Moukarbel‘s Banksy Does New York.  The film sees the street artist taking to NYC for a series of projects.  It’s possible the movie could lapse into glorification (look at how everybody loves Banksy!), but it also looks like there’s a hook of having the documentary (or at least parts of it) comprised of social media reactions, which is a new, interesting perspective on how art is distributed, observed, and discussed.

Hit the jump to check out the Banksy Does New York trailer.  The documentary will air on HBO GO on October 31st and then premiere on regular HBO on November 17th.

Jennifer Lawrence Takes Extreme Measures in New SERENA Trailer

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Magnolia Pictures has released the official US trailer for director Suzanne Bier’s drama Serena.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which seems like a slam dunk except for the fact that the film was shot before Silver Linings Playbook and has been sitting on the shelf ever since.  Apparently it’s just not that great as distributors refused to acquire the film for quite some time, but this trailer certainly makes the movie look at least interesting in a go-for-broke kind of way.  Lawrence and Cooper play 1920s newlyweds who begin to build a timber empire, but their passion becomes hindered as a hidden past is discovered and Lawrence’s character decides to take fate into her own hands.

Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, and will be released on iTunes and VOD on February 26, 2015 and in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Writer-Director Dan Gilroy Talks NIGHTCRAWLER, Deleted Scenes, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Weight Loss, Tim Burton’s SUPERMAN LIVES, and More

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One of my favorite movies of 2014 is opening this weekend: writer-director Dan Gilroy’s debut feature, Nightcrawler.  In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a guy desperate to score a job.  While on the hunt, Lou stumbles across a “nightcrawler,” someone who captures footage of fires, murders and all sorts of chaos to sell to new stations and Lou comes to the conclusion that the gig is perfect for him.  While I’ve seen Gyllenhaal deliver some great performances End of Watch, Prisoners, Zodiac and Brokeback Mountain, his work in Nightcrawler takes him to the next level.  It’s easily one of my favorite performances of the year and absolutely worth a full price ticket to see this weekend when the film opens.  For more on the film, read Matt’s glowing review or watch the red band trailer.

During my exclusive video interview with Dan Gilroy he talked about casting Gyllenhaal, the actor’s weight loss, the positive reaction from critics, deleted scenes, the experience of making his directorial debut, where the idea came from, unproduced scripts, writing Superman Lives for Tim BurtonStan Lee’s The Annihilator, future projects and more.  Hit the jump to watch what he had to say.

Jordan Peele to Write and Direct Horror Film GET OUT

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You’re probably familiar with Jordan Peele as one half of the very funny comedic duo of Key & Peele, but in addition to comedy, it appears that Peele has aspirations in the horror genre as well.  We’ve known for a little while that Peele has been developing a horror film of his own, but in a recent interview with Playboy, Peele revealed a bit more about the proposed feature, titled Get Out.  Peele intends to write and direct the film, and he has a really fascinating angle for the story: racial fears.  More after the jump.

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Posters for Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Keiynan Lonsdale and More

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Lionsgate kicked off its Insurgent 3D poster campaign yesterday morning with a design for Ansel Elgort’s Caleb and now we’ve got the other seven posters to go along with it.  We’ve got artwork for heavy hitters Four (Theo James) and Tris (Shailene Woodley) as well as Tris’ fellow Dauntless initiates, Peter (Miles Teller) and Christina (Zoe Kravitz).  There are also posters for Dauntless’ resident tattoo artist, Tori (Maggie Q), the Dauntless leader, Max (Mekhi Phifer), and a film franchise newcomer who’s a book series favorite, Uriah (Keiynan Lonsdale).

Hit the jump to check out all eight Insurgent posters for yourself.  The Divergent Series: Insurgent arrives in theaters in 3D and 2D on March 20, 2015.  The film also stars Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney and Daniel Dae Kim.

Tuesday TV Ratings: THE FLASH Dips While AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Tuesday, October 28th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s The Flash (read Dave’s recap here) fell 13% from last week to a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 3.37 million viewers.  Supernatural was also down, dropping 11% to a 0.8 rating and scoring 2.01 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (read Evan’s recap here) enjoyed a slight ratings uptick from the promise of the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip, though we’ll never really know how big of a bump the trailer debut might have given the Marvel series.  Last night’s episode rose 6% to a 1.7 rating and scored 4.46 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, Forever tied its series low with a 1.1 rating and 4.95 million viewers for a drop of 8%.
  • NBC’s fantastic new comedy Marry Me was down 13% from last week to a 1.6 rating and scored 5.60 million viewers, while About a Boy fell 14% to a 1.2 rating and 4.41 million viewers and Chicago Fire was down 11% to a 1.7 rating and scored 7.22 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, NCIS was up 4% to a 2.5 rating and 17.2 million viewers, NCIS: New Orleans was down 4% to a 2.3 rating and 15.74 million viewers, and Person of Interest ticked up 7% to a 1.6 rating and 9.7 million viewers.

First Look at TERMINATOR: GENYSIS Provides Images of the Characters Plus Plot Details; Sarah Connor “Orphaned by a Terminator”

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The Terminator franchise has now been going for thirty years, and it’s going to need a reboot of sorts if it plans to stay alive.  Personally, I’d be fine letting lay fallow or never coming back to it again since every sequel diminishes the ending of T2 (“We might have saved the world!”; “Nope.  No you didn’t.  In no way what so ever.”)  But as the cover of EW proclaims, Terminator: Genisys (spelling is for nerds) is trying to “save a billion-dollar franchise.”  And how do you go about that?  With a character description that will have you scratching your head.

Hit the jump to learn more about the movie and to check out the Terminator: Genisys images from EW, which provide a first look at the characters.  The film opens July 1, 2015 and stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

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