Behind the Music Comic-Con Panel Recap: Composers for HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More Discuss Writing Music for Genre Properties

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Celebrating “Crime, Death, and Resurrection,” the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers’ work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated.

During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects.  Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Eric Bana Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, the Origins of the Script, Exorcism Movies, Why He Can’t do a TV Series in America, and More

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Now in theaters, is Deliver Us From Evil, a supernatural crime thriller that writer/director Scott Derrickson describes, “Serpico meets The Exorcist.”  While this may seem like the most unlikely pairing since Abbot and Costello first encountered The Wolfman, it’s actually a pretty good assessment of the film’s tone and style.  The Jerry Bruckheimer production tells the very-loosely-based-on-fact story of Ralph Sarchie, (Eric Bana) a hardboiled Police Sargent from the Bronx who, – with the help of a knife-wielding partner (Joel McHale) and the guidance of a Priest (Edgar Ramirez) carrying a dark past of his own – slowly discovers that the perp in his latest murder investigation just might be Satan himself.  As the walls close in and the bodies pile up, Sarchie and his cohorts race against time to find the culprit and protect his own family (Oliver Munn).

Recently, Collider sat down with Eric Bana to discuss his role as Sarchie.  During the conversation, he talked about what made this script stand out from other exorcism-centric films, the origins of the script, finding himself in a literal lion’s den, why he can’t do a TV series in America, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the full interview, and be sure to check out our previous Deliver Us from Evil interviews with Derrickson, Bruckheimer, Munn, McHale, and Ramirez.

Why Summer 2014 Never Had a Shot at the Box Office

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The holiday box office totals are in and, frankly, they’re not good.  We had three new wide releases make their way into over 3,000 theaters this weekend, but they still couldn’t top last weekend’s top contender, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  As noted in our weekend box office recap, Tammy took $21.2 million, Deliver Us From Evil claimed $9.5 million and Earth to Echo kicked off its run with just $8.3 million.  Even if you add up all three of those opening totals, that’s only about $39 million and even that pales in comparison to last year’s Independence Day weekend top earner alone, Despicable Me 2, which posted an impressive $83.5 million to start.

Sure, you could blame the weak holiday weekend on the fact that the new releases aren’t all that good or perhaps because July 4th fell on a Friday, but this isn’t the only problematic weekend of summer 2014.  The box office is down significantly for the summer season overall.  Why is that?  The answer is actually pretty obvious.  Find out what it is after the jump.

Joel McHale Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, the Superiority of Knife Fights, His Fear of Tom Selleck, and More

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Hitting theaters July 2, is Deliver Us From Evil, a new supernatural crime thriller that writer/director Scott Derrickson describes, “Serpico meets The Exorcist.”  While this may seem like the most unlikely pairing since Abbot and Costello first encountered The Wolfman, it’s actually a pretty good assessment of the film’s tone and style.  The Jerry Bruckheimer production tells the very-loosely-based-on-fact story of Ralph Sarchie, (Eric Bana) a hardboiled Police Sargent from the Bronx who, – with the help of a knife-wielding partner (Joel McHale) and the guidance of a Priest (Edgar Ramirez) carrying a dark past of his own – slowly discovers that the perp in his latest murder investigation just might be Satan himself.  As the walls close in and the bodies pile up, Sarchie and his cohorts race against time to find the culprit and protect his own family (Olivia Munn).

Recently, Collider sat down with McHale to discuss his ‘psychotic’ role in the film.  During our interview, he gave us a prophecy about the return of his then-still-canceled sitcom’s rise from the crypt, his affinity for knife fights, his deeply ingrained fear of Tom Selleck, how Derrickson looked deep into the bowels of the Golf Channel to cast this film, whether we are living in the darkest timeline and more.

Weekend Box Office: TRANSFORMERS 4 Retains Title Over Holiday Weekend with $36.4 Million

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Over a very muted Independence Day weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction had no trouble staying on top of the box office.  After ten days, the sequel has earned more than $575 million worldwide, putting it on track to become 2014’s biggest global earner before the end of the month.  Tammy, the comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, was the frame’s only other notable performer – because this year $21 million counts as notable.  As for the rest of the top ten, including new releases Earth to Echo and Deliver Us From Evil, 2014’s July Fourth weekend was one giant traffic jam of mediocrity.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Transformers 4 $36,400,000 $174.7
2.  Tammy $21,170,000 $32.9
3.  Deliver Us From Evil $9,500,000 $15
4.  22 Jump Street $9,400,000 $158.8
5.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $8,750,000 $140
6.  Earth to Echo $8,250,000 $13.5
7.  Maleficent $6,133,000 $213.8
8.  Jersey Boys $5,160,000 $36.7
9.  Think Like A Man Too $4,900,000 $57.1
10.  Edge of Tomorrow $3,640,000 $90.8

 

Full story after the jump.

TOP 5: DELIVER US FROM EVIL, FOXCATCHER Trailer, Saturn Awards, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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This week I rewatched Errol Morris‘ landmark 1988 documentary The Thin Blue Line for the first time in around six years and was reminded of how remarkable it is. Available on Netflix to stream instantly, the film is not only lauded for Morris’ unique use of reenactments and “interrogation” style of interviewing but also because it was the primary catalyst behind Randall Dale Adams having his murder conviction and subsequent life sentence overturned. Morris’ private investigator skills are on full display in the pic as he dismantles the flawed testimony of witnesses that led to Adams’ conviction, culminating in a final taped interview with David Ray Harris that’s as surreal and powerful a conclusion as you’ll find committed to film. I try and avoid using hyperbole as much as possible, and I don’t think I’m overselling it when I say that The Thin Blue Line is among the most important documentaries ever made. If you haven’t already, watch it as soon as possible.

My Netflix recommendation aside, this week’s Top 5 features Deliver Us from Evil interviews with Olivia Munn and more, the fantastic new trailer for Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, interviews from the 40th annual Saturn Awards, the first trailer for Horrible Bosses 2, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

Friday Box Office: TRANSFORMERS 4 and TAMMY Lead Weak Fourth of July Frame

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Transformers: Age of Extinction remained on top of the box office for an eighth straight day on Friday, earning an estimated $10.6 million to easily dominate the week’s three new releases.  All of the new titles opened on July second and, as expected, Warner Bros.’ Tammy was strongest.  The comedy took second place with an estimated $6.6 million yesterday, putting its three-day total at $18.1 million.  Fellow newcomers Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo battled in the middle of the pack, with less than $250,000 separating their debuts from holdovers How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street, both of which are entering their fourth weekend in theatres.

Details and Friday’s top six films after the jump.

Olivia Munn Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, THE NEWSROOM Season 3, MORTDECAI, and Working with Jon Stewart and Johnny Depp

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Press junkets are weird.  First, you walk into a room in a fancy hotel where you come upon a complete stranger whose face you know well, and on whom you have been given a dossier.  Then, you sit down and for about four minutes this person is basically contractually obligated to answer your questions.  You talk, but it’s not really a conversation because both your questions and, generally speaking, his or her answers are scripted riffs.  This situation is even more strange if you initially knew this stranger’s face from a talk show where you saw her conducting interviews of her own.

This is the situation I found myself in when I sat down with actress Olivia Munn to discuss her role in director Scott Derrickson’s new, semi-fact-based religious thriller Deliver Us From Evil.  The Jerry Bruckheimer production, which also stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Joel McHale unfolds as a mix between Serpico and The Exorcist and is now playing in theaters nationwide.  During our discussion, Munn was forthcoming and seemingly unscripted. We talked about Jon Stewart taking a chance on her for The Daily Show, the shocking twist ending of The Newsroom, how her geek knowledge could have helped out during the action scenes, working with Johnny Depp and mustache fetishes for the upcoming Mortdecai, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the full interview, and be sure to check out our previous Deliver Us from Evil interviews with Derrickson, Bruckheimer, Ramirez, and real-life counterpart Ralph Sarchie.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, BAD BOYS 3, NATIONAL TREASURE 3, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5

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Now playing in theaters is Scott Derrickson’s new demonic police thriller, Deliver Us From EvilThe Jerry Bruckheimer produced chiller, starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Joel McHale and Olivia Munn tells a fictionalized version of real-world NYPD Sergeant Ralph Sarchie’s (Bana) lifelong struggle with evil, both manmade and supernatural.  The surprisingly thoughtful film mixes elements of Serpico and The Exorcist to create a gritty, violent drama with flourishes of the grotesque and moments of real emotional sincerity.

Recently, Collider sat down with producer Jerry Bruckheimer to discuss the film.  During the conversation, he told us what he looks for in a potential project, the how and why of Deliver Us From Evil and what scares him.  He also gave us quick updates on what to expect from several of his upcoming sequels including Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (which he says will be more of a straight pirates movie this time), Bad Boys III, National Treasure 3, and more.  Hit the jump for the video interview and transcript.

Former NYPD Officer Ralph Sarchie Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, Having His Life Story Made into a Movie, and His Experiences with the Paranormal

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While on set for Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil in the utterly creepy sanctuary of a dilapidated church in the Bronx, we were able to speak to former NYPD officer Ralph Sarchie about his experience not only in the NYPD and in the paranormal, but also at having the book based on his life turned into a movie, with Erica Bana playing him.  He spoke about how all of this came about, a bit about his spirituality and experience with the devil, and about the strangeness of being part of a movie filming in the same location he once chased a perpetrator down the street.

Deliver Us From Evil is a paranormal thriller inspired by real-life cases recorded in a book by former NYPD officer Sarchie (Eric Bana), who is originally a skeptic, but encounters a priest (Edgar Ramirez) who convinces him that an inexplicable case is actually caused by demons and other paranormal forces.  The film also stars Joel McHale, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy and Sean Harris.  Hit the jump for my interview with Sarchie.

Edgar Ramirez Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, Tortured Souls, Creating a Memorable on-screen Priest and the POINT BREAK Remake

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Hitting theaters tomorrow is Deliver Us From Evil, a new supernatural crime thriller that writer/director Scott Derrickson describes asSerpico meets The Exorcist.”  While this may seem like the most unlikely pairing since Abbot and Costello first encountered the Wolfman, it’s actually a pretty good assessment of the film’s tone and style.  The Jerry Bruckheimer production tells the very-loosely-based-on-fact story of Ralph Sarchie, (Eric Bana) a hardboiled Police Sargent from the Bronx who, – with the help of a knife-wielding partner (Joel McHale) and the guidance of a Priest (Edgar Ramirez) carrying a dark past of his own – slowly discovers that the perp in his latest murder investigation just might be Satan himself.  As the walls close in and the bodies pile up, Sarchie and his cohorts race against time to find the culprit and protect his own family (Oliver Munn).

Last week, Collider sat down with Ramirez to discuss the origins of his character, the concept of strength through suffering, real life ghosts, Olivier Assayas, the upcoming Point Break remake (he says it’s “going to keep the subversive, rebellious spirit of the first one”) and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

5 Reasons Why DELIVER US FROM EVIL Could Be The Surprise Hit Of The Summer

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Deliver Us from Evil, a new supernatural thriller from director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister), will hit theaters on July 2.  It has a fantastic cast (Eric BanaOlivia MunnÉdgar Ramírez, Joel McHale and Sean Harris), a great premise and we wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be a crowd pleaser in the same vein as last year’s The Conjuring.

In the film, “New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.”  Hit the jump to find out why we think it might be this summer’s surprise hit.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL Writer/Director Scott Derrickson Talks Cops, Demons, Popes and More

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Last weekend, Collider sat down with Scott Derrickson to discuss his new supernatural police thriller, Deliver Us From Evil, starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale.  The deeply creepy and surprisingly thoughtful film, which hits theaters July 2nd, mixes Serpico and The Exorcist in the story of Ralph Sarchie (Bana) a real-life NYPD Sergeant from the Bronx who eventually became involved in Church-approved exorcisms after a career working the toughest streets the city had to offer.

During our one-on-one interview, Derrickson discussed creating original and memorable priests to match original and memorable demonic possessions, how he bought the rights to The Exorcism of Emily Rose for a hundred bucks, the way this movie prefigured Pope Francis,  the relative merits of Hellraiser and Exorcist sequels, why The Day the Earth Stood Still is perhaps the film closest to his heart, the limits of found footage as a storytelling device and much more.  Hit the jump to read the full, exclusive interview.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL: NYPD Sergeant Ralph Sarchie Shares His Real-Life Dealings with Demons

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Writer-director Scott Derrickson’s paranormal crime thriller Deliver Us from Evil, opening soon, is based on the real-life experiences of retired N.Y.P.D. Sergeant Ralph Sarchie.  Eric Bana plays Sarchie in the upcoming film, but you can hear the real story from the demonologist himself in this new short video.  Take his words at face value or with a grain of salt; either way, Sarchie is certainly a character.  Now whether he’s a disturbed individual in need of psychological help, a clever huckster, or something in between, I’ll leave up to you to decide.

Deliver Us from Evil also stars Edgar RamirezJoel McHale, and Olivia Munn, and opens July 2nd.  Hit the jump to see Sarchie’s story.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL: First Clip from Scott Derrickson’s Horror Film Features an Evil Jack-in-the-Box and a Heroic Olivia Munn

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The first clip from Scott Derrickson’s upcoming psychological horror film Deliver Us from Evil really stresses the fact that a potential homeowner should request a paranormal investigation as part of the real estate appraisal process.  What might seem like faulty electrical wiring, uneven door frames, and slanting floorboards could actually be the caused by a more common problem: poltergeists.  If this has happened to you, do yourself a favor and order an exorcism as soon as possible; it really helps to increase your home’s resale value.  Oh, and keep those Jack-in-the-Boxes properly tuned.

Deliver Us from Evil stars Eric BanaEdgar RamirezJoel McHale, and Olivia Munn, and opens July 2nd.  Hit the jump to watch the first Deliver Us from Evil clip.

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