Gravity is a truly remarkable and awe-inspiring film-going experience, unlike any other. The heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thriller pulls you into the infinite realm of deep space, as you follow Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). When a seemingly routine mission turns into an unimaginable disaster, the survivors find themselves spiraling into the terrifying blackness.
During a press conference at the film’s press day, writer/director Alfonso Cuarón talked about conveying the physics of space properly, how talking to NASA astronauts informed what he wanted to accomplish with the film, working with his son Jonas on the script, why they chose to tell the story with such an economical narrative, and the decision not to show anyone back on earth, while actress Sandra Bullock talked about what attracted her to this role, retraining her body for the film, her reaction to seeing the finished product for the first time, what this experience taught her about herself, and the companion piece that will be included on the DVD. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Earlier today, Collider was able to participate in a conference call with actor James Spader for his new edge-of-your-seat drama series The Blacklist, which airs on Monday nights on NBC. Naturally, during the interview, talk briefly turned to his upcoming role as the villain Ultron for the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we will run what he had to say about his work on The Blacklist, and what drew him to that role, we wanted to be sure to share what he had to say about how he ended up as part of the Marvel universe.
When asked about what made him want to sign on, James Spader talked about how he first met Kevin Feige a couple of years ago with the desire to become a part of the Marvel world, having been a fan of comic books as a kid, his sons’ interest in comics, and how Joss Whedon told him that he wasn’t thinking about anybody else for the role. He also said he hopes for a smooth transition between when he finishes The Blacklist and when he goes off to London to shoot The Avengers 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Disney has released a few new images from director John Lee Hancock’s (The Blind Side) upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks. The pic focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. All eyes are on this one as a potential crowd-pleasing Oscar contender, and the first trailer definitely teased a pair of excellent performances from Hanks and Thompson. In these new images, we also get a look at Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, who composed the score and songs for the eventual Mary Poppins film.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell. Saving Mr. Banks will premiere at AFI Fest in November and opens in theaters on December 20th.
Lionsgate has released a new image from the action flick, I, Frankenstein. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the story takes place in the present day and finds Frankenstein’s creature, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), being hunted by demons that want to learn the secret of his creation. In the image, we see Adam wielding two blades, which are really the only things that are missing from Mary Shelley’s classic novel. All classic monsters could use hand-blade-thingies (seriously, what’s the name for that kind of weapon? Hand-axes? Razor knuckles?)
Hit the jump to see the image, and check back on Friday for the first trailer. The film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney. I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th.
Disney has been dusting off some of its classic properties as of late for live-action updates, and it appears that a sort of Villains series could be in the works. Production is currently underway on director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella redo and next year will see the release of the Angelina Jolie-fronted Maleficent, and now the studio has announced plans to give the star-vehicle treatment to 101 Dalmatians antagonist Cruella De Vil. Hit the jump for more on the proposed Cruella film.
I wasn’t too bowled over by Captain Phillips when I saw it last week at the New York Film Festival, but I’m in the minority. My opinion was far from unanimous, and some of my fellow critics are already saying that Paul Greengrass’ dramatic thriller could be a contender in the Oscar race for Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Hanks), and Best Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi). I only run pass giveaways for films I think our readers will enjoy, and so I definitely want to give folks in Atlanta a chance to judge for themselves when it comes to this movie.
So that’s why I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 100 (yes, one-hundred) passes to the Atlanta screening of Captain Phillips. Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The film also stars Barkhad Abdirahaman, Faysal Ahmed, and Mahat M. Ali. Captain Phillips opens October 11th.
Shooting has begun on one of my most anticipated films of 2014, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s 22 Jump Street. We don’t know any details of the plot beyond Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) going undercover at a local college. Ice Cube, who will reprise his role Captain Dickson, will once again join Hill and Tatum. As we previously reported, Amber Stevens (The Amazing Spider-Man) will be the newcomer to the cast. The production will not only return to New Orleans, but will also shoot in Puerto Rico as well. In a statement for the press release, Hill and Tatum say, “We’re proud to be working alongside Phil, Chris, Neal, Ice Cube, Korean Jesus and the rest of our amazing crew and cast.” They should leave Korean Jesus alone. He busy! With Korean shit!
Hit the jump for the full press release. 22 Jump Street opens June 13, 2014.
The final episode of Breaking Bad scored 10.3 million viewers and a 6.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, marking series-best numbers in both categories. Obviously quite a few people made a point of catching up in time for the finale, as those numbers shatter last Sunday’s record of 6.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating.
Opposite BB, the season premiere of Showtime’s Homeland (which apparently couldn’t wait one more week) scored 1.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched season premiere of the show yet.
Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time’s season premiere hit a 2.6 rating in the demo and 8.45 million viewers, which is down 33% from last year’s season two premiere.
Fox’s season premiere of Family Guy was also down, notching a 2.6 rating and 5.25 million viewers for a drop of 21% from last year’s season opener.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Sunday, September 29th, including Masters of Sex, Bob’s Burgers, Revenge, American Dad, and more.
On the new NBC drama series The Blacklist, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), who has been has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives, brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, has mysteriously surrendered to the FBI. Offering to help catch a blacklist of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists, his one condition is that he speaks only to Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. What follows is a twisting series of events that will lead everyone to wonder what Red’s true intentions really are.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Diego Klattenhoff (who plays FBI Agent Donald Ressler) talked about what it’s been like to go from facing off with Damian Lewis on Homeland (where he played Nicholas Brody’s former best friend, Capt. Mike Faber) to facing off with James Spader on The Blacklist, that he’s excited about the few notes he’s been given for where things are headed, why it was important to him that the show have a balance of serialized and procedural, and what it’s like to work with Joe Carnahan, who directed the pilot. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
AFI Fest was put in bit of a bind last week when the disappointing news broke that Sony Pictures Classic was opting to push director Bennett Miller’s excellent-looking drama Foxcatcher to 2014. The film had been poised to be AFI Fest’s centerpiece premiere film, and so the festival organizers were no doubt left scrambling to find a replacement. In Foxcatcher’s stead, AFI Fest announced today that director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) new film Out of the Furnace will now make its world premiere at the festival. The promising pic stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Additionally, Nebraska and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty have been added to the AFI Fest slate.
Hit the jump to check out some new images from Out of the Furnace. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker,and Sam Shepard and opens in theaters on December 6th.
The journey of Walter White has now officially come to an end. AMC aired the series finale of the brilliant drama series Breaking Bad last night, and while the response to the episode was mostly positive (read Allison’s recap here), us BB fans are still mourning the end of the show. We’ll have a chance to revisit the entire series once again when the bonus feature-loaded complete series Blu-ray set goes on sale November 26th, and in celebration of the series finale’s airing, Sony TV has released a snippet from one of the more exciting extras: a two-hour documentary on the series.
Cameras were rolling as Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul sat down to read the script for the series finale, “Felina,” and a portion of that video has now been released online. Additionally, AMC has released a few behind-the-scenes looks at the making of “Felina,” including a thoughtful conversation with creator Vince Gilligan about the episode. Hit the jump to watch all of the goodies.
Last month, Marvel announced James Spader was set to play the villain Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since Ultron is an evil robot, we didn’t know the extent of Spader’s performance. Would it just be voice work or would he be doing motion-capture work like Mark Ruffalo did for the Hulk? While doing the press rounds for his new TV series The Blacklist, Spader told The Inquirer [via CS], “I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I’m gonna fit in this Ultron character!” It sounds like Spader will probably be doing motion-capture work, which isn’t too surprising since Ultron is a humanoid robot.
For more another brief bit of info on the upcoming superhero sequel, hit the jump for a comment from from Scarlett Johansson. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit fans will get another look at the middle chapter in the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, tomorrow. In the meantime, those fans can enjoy Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the dwarves fighting through a tangled web of Mirkwood spiders. It could be a really fun sequence that plays like an expanded version of the Shelob scene from Return of the King. Or it could be something completely different. Either way, it’s dwarves battlin’ giant spiders. Sounds good to me.
Hit the jump to check out the banner, and come back tomorrow morning to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th. [Update: Warner Bros. has released a second banner; this one features Lee Pace as the Elvenking, Thranduil. You can check out the banner after the jump.]
The summer blockbuster season is over, so it’s almost time for the late fall blockbuster season to begin. Lionsgate is beginning to ramp up their marketing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and have released a new poster for the highly anticipated sequel. The story finds President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other. The new poster is similar to one for the first movie, but it bears the tagline, “Remember Who the Enemy Is”. Are we the enemy? I don’t remember doing anything to warrant Katniss shooting me in the face.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd (strangely, the poster reads November 21st, so perhaps that’s for the early evening showings that have become standard for blockbuster films).
Season 3 of the hit ABC fantasy series Once Upon A Time sees Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), David (Josh Dallas), Regina (Lana Parrilla), Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) in Neverland, on a mission to find Henry (Jared Gilmore) and bring him back to Storybrooke. Unfortunately, the very naughty Peter Pan and his Lost Boys have different plans for Henry.
During this recent interview to promote the show’s return, co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talked about why they wanted to take the story to Neverland, whether they’ll ever get to Camelot, Rumplestiltskin’s daddy issues, how far the Emma and Hook relationship will go, how soon viewers will get to see what’s happening in Storybrooke, where things are headed with Neal (Michael Raymond-James), when Ariel will make an appearance, how Robin Hood will develop, just what type of Tinkerbell will appear, splitting Season 3 into two 11-episode story arcs, and the theme of the first half of the season. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.