Edgar Wright, Cary Fukunaga, Winona Ryder, Jonathan Nolan, and More Set for Sundance 2015 Juries

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The juries for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have been announced, and there are some really talented people set to preside over the upcoming fest.  Edgar Wright, Winona Ryder, and True Detective director Cary Fukunaga are among those set for the U.S. Dramatic Jury, while Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan and Another Earth co-writer Brit Marling have been tapped to join the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which recognizes science in film.  Other notable jurors include Mia Hansen-Løve on the World Cinema Dramatic Jury and NPR correspondent Michele Norris on the U.S. Documentary Jury.  This is quite a lineup to match what’s already shaping up to be a very promising slate of films that will premiere and screen in Utah in January.

Check out the full lists of jurors for the various categories after the jump, and stay tuned to Collider in January for our full coverage from the festival.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st.

Official ANT-MAN Synopsis and Character Details Released; New Cast Additions Confirmed

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Now that Marvel’s Ant-Man has wrapped principal photography and is in the post-production part of its journey, the studio appears to be getting all of its ducks in order in regard to introducing the film to the general public.  While the Marvel Studios brand is strong, they still have to sell this movie (one of their weirder titles) to people who have no idea Edgar Wright was ever attached to or fell off of the project and who don’t care about what his take may have been like.

Hit the jump for the official Ant-Man synopsis and to learn about the smaller character additions that were made during production.  While I love Wright and think his take would have been great, I’ve got to come clean and say that director Peyton Reed is no slouch in his own right.  I’m very much still looking forward to July 17th, 2015.

Marvel’s ANT-MAN Wraps Filming

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Just yesterday, Warner Bros.’ massive DC Comics movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wrapped principal photography, but it appears that Marvel also had one of its own features complete filming the same day.  Director Peyton Reed announced on Twitter that principal photography on Marvel’s Ant-Man movie is now complete.  Considering the rocky road the film had towards production, it’s actually kind of impressive that it’s in the can.  The project lost its co-writer/director Edgar Wright back in March, but Marvel scrambled and reworked the film in time to start filming this past July.  More after the jump, including a full recap of the film’s somewhat bumpy road to fruition.

Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson Also Top Choices for READY PLAYER ONE

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Christopher Nolan might not be the only director in the running for Ready Player One.  It’s being reported that Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson are all being considered as well.  (Looks like you got your wish, Brendan!)

The film is based on Ernest Cline’s award-winning book of the same name.  It takes place in the year 2044. The world isn’t in great shape thanks to the exhaustion of Earth’s fossil fuels, but at least people can escape the energy crisis and overpopulation by logging in to OASIS, a video game getaway.  Hit the jump for more on the directors who are supposedly in the running to bring OASIS to the big screen.

Roberto Orci Will Not Direct STAR TREK 3; Edgar Wright Now Under Consideration

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Big Star Trek 3 news, folks.  While it was clear that J.J. Abrams was not going to be able to return to direct Trek 3 due to his duties on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Paramount Pictures opted to keep things familiar by tapping Star Trek producer/writer Roberto Orci to make his feature directing debut on the project.  This was a big coup for Orci, who has zero directing credits to his name and is a massive Trek fan, but was cause for concern for some who thought his previous filmography as a writer and producer wasn’t exactly encouraging.  Well now those fans can rest easy, as word comes that Orci has vacated the director’s chair for Star Trek 3.

With Paramount wanting to have the film finished in time for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary in 2016, they’ll need to work quickly to find a replacement.  One name that’s apparently on the shortlist: Edgar Wright.  More on the Star Trek 3 director shakeup after the jump.

THE CROW Remake Gets a New Director in Corin Hardy

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The Crow remake is still alive and kicking, and now it has a new director…again.  Relativity Studios has been developing a new adaptation of the James O’Barr graphic novel for some time now, initially setting Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct, followed by J. Javier Gutierrez when he dropped out.  A number of actors have been linked to the project over the years, from Bradley Cooper to Tom Hiddleston to James McAvoy.  Nearly two years ago, with Gutierrez attached to direct, the studio finally signed Luke Evans as the new lead.  Word has been quiet on the project as of late, but now we have confirmation that it is indeed still in the works, albeit with another new director: Corin Hardy.  Hit the jump for more, including the immensely talented filmmaker who suggested Hardy for the job.

Evangeline Lilly Says Edgar Wright’s “Incredible” ANT-MAN Didn’t Fit Into the Marvel Universe; Judy Greer Reveals Her Role

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Fans are understandably excited about the slew of Marvel movies that Marvel Studios announced last month, but believe it or not, there are actually two Marvel films that genuinely exist (ie. footage has been shot, actors cast) that are poised for release next year:  Joss Whedon’s sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron hits in May, and then we’ll get Ant-Man in July.  Ant-Man is currently in the final stretch of principal photography in Atlanta, and by now you’re no doubt familiar with the project’s shaky road to production.  Writer/director Edgar Wright parted ways with the film months before filming, Marvel hired Adam McKay to rewrite the screenplay, and Peyton Reed replaced Wright in the director’s chair.

One of the most intriguing questions about the project concerns the version of the film we’ll never see: Edgar Wright’s.  Actress Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne in the film, hasn’t been shy about speaking her mind with regards Wright’s departure, and in a new interview she reveals that she almost left the project altogether and discusses how Wright’s vision differed from the new script.  More after the jump.

Edgar Wright and John Waters Reveal Their Top 10 of 2014 Lists; Show Love to BOYHOOD and MAPS TO THE STARS

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The critics groups and guilds will soon be announcing their year-end picks and nominations for 2014, and individual filmmakers are chiming in as well.  Edgar Wright and John Waters are the first out the gate, and their lists are both interesting.  Wright went with a nice mix of blockbusters and indies with Boyhood, Interstellar, The LEGO Movie, and Whiplash in his Top 10 while Waters went a bit more obscure with L’il Quinquin, Who Took Johnny, and Violette, although his favorite film of the year was David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, and also put Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and 2 on the list.

Hit the jump for the filmmakers’ lists.

My Favorite Halloween Movie: SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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Movies are a funny thing.  They exist both in the moment and also forever.  Some films you forget the minute you walk out the theater, and others stay with you, spawning repeat viewings for years to come.  Not unlike music, I’d argue that films are very closely tied to memory.  Sure there are some you rewatch simply because you enjoy them or because they’re just that good, but others act as a sort of sensory time travel machine, summoning up the feelings you had when you were, say, on a very memorable first date or hanging out with friends the night before everyone went away to college.  For me, this carries over into a sort of seasonal emotional connection.  There are some movies I enjoy watching at a specific time of year because they “feel” like fall or they “feel” like Christmas, regardless of how season-specific the content of the film may be.

As Halloween approaches, we here at Collider thought it would be fun to share with you our favorite Halloween movies.  My personal favorite Halloween film doesn’t really have anything to do with the holiday at all, but at the same time it’s a movie that I find myself making a point to watch every October.  It also happens to be a modern day classic.  Find out why Shaun of the Dead is my favorite Halloween movie after the jump.

Brad Bird and Edgar Wright Endorse Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Every Christopher Nolan film nowadays comes with high expectations, but the anticipation for Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar is, shall we say, outta this world (I’m so sorry).  Interest is at a fever pitch for the film, which promises astonishing visuals, scientifically grounded inter-dimensional travel, and strong performances from Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, etc.  As with all Christopher Nolan films, though, Interstellar has been shrouded in secrecy, so refreshingly we still know very little about the kind of movie we’ll be seeing.  However, the film is now fully complete and private screenings have started to take place.

While there’s no doubt some kind of embargo placed on Interstellar reactions for the time being (critics see it very soon), two highly talented and trusted filmmakers have weighed in with their thoughts: Brad Bird and Edgar Wright.  See what they had to say about the film after the jump.

Adam McKay Talks Rewriting ANT-MAN with Paul Rudd; Reveals They Added “a Giant Action Sequence”, Made the Film Bigger and “a Little More Aggressive”

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While Ant-Man was one of the first feature film projects that Marvel Studios began developing, it went through some rather dramatic changes just months before finally starting production this summer.  Filmmaker Edgar Wright had been developing the movie for years, writing the screenplay with Joe Cornish and even casting the majority of the roles, but he left the project a few months before production over creative differences with Marvel.  The studio worked quickly to keep the project together and eventually signed Peyton Reed to direct, but before that Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay briefly flirted with the director’s chair.  While McKay subsequently opted not to take the helm, he did agree to come onboard as a screenwriter, fine tuning the script in the months leading up to the start of filming.

Steve recently spoke with McKay in anticipation of the upcoming short film series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, and during the course of their conversation McKay talked a bit about his involvement with Ant-ManPaul Rudd told us at Comic-Con that he had been working with McKay “every day for six weeks” on the Ant-Man script, and McKay confirmed as much in this new interview, elaborating on how he got involved in the project and his initial apprehension.  McKay also discussed the nature of the rewrite, saying they added some action beats and made the script “a little bigger, a little more aggressive, and funnier in places.”  Much more after the jump.

Watch Edgar Wright’s New Music Video for Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk’s Single “Gust of Wind”

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Yesterday we showed you a teaser of Edgar Wright’s new music video for Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk’s single, “Gust of Wind,” and now the full piece has arrived.  It doesn’t make up for the loss of a Wright-directed Ant-Man, but it’s still nice to get a little something while we wait for one of his other projects to get going – Baby Driver, Grasshopper Jungle and that new one he’s developing with Simon Pegg.

I doubt the song will catch on for me personally, but the combination of the tone of the track and Wright’s visual choices, especially those shot transitions, do make it a particularly smooth, pleasant watch.  Hit the jump to check out the “Gust of Wind” music video for yourself.

Watch a Teaser for Pharrell and Daft Punk’s “Gust of Wind” Music Video Directed by Edgar Wright

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There were many reasons why Edgar Wright’s departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man was a bummer.  While I’ve come to believe that Wright leaving the project was actually for the best, I’m still disappointed because I was really looking forward to seeing a new Edgar Wright movie in 2015.  The filmmaker has already lined up a few incredibly promising projects, but he actually found a way to get behind the camera much sooner than expected.  Wright recently helmed the music video for Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk’s upcoming single “Gust of Wind”, and a teaser for the music video has now gone online.  At 25 seconds in length it’s admittedly not much, but the teaser serves as a pleasant reminder that we have new Edgar Wright material to look forward to very, very soon.

Watch the “Gust of Wind” music video teaser after the jump, along with nearly all of the Wright-helmed music videos to date.  No word on when this latest one will be released, but I imagine it won’t be long now.

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Working Together on New Movie

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It would be shocking if Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright never worked together on a movie following The World’s End, and thankfully, the two will continue their creative partnership.  On a recent interview with BBC Music 6, Pegg announced that he and Wright were pursuing a new project.  “Edgar and I were having a conversation the other day about it, and it has a title and everything. We’re kind of into a creative cycle now…” said Pegg.  “We’ve all got different things [going] on and we know we have to get those things done. The coming-together thing is without question on the table and will happen when we can do it.”

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The Problem with Superhero Sagas: Why Treating Movies Like Television Is a Bad Idea

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When Marvel Studios started producing its own films with Iron Man in 2008, many in the industry and the public at large were quite sure that they would fail.  Headlines famously accused the comic book company of delving into its “second-tier superheroes” in order to compete with the likes of Batman and Spider-Man at the box office, and few could have predicted just how successful the studio’s new venture would be—or that Iron Man was only the beginning.  The tag at the end of the Iron Man credits introducing Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury kicked off one of the more ambitious feats in recent film history, beginning a series of interconnected movies that featured different lead characters inhabiting the same cinematic universe.  This culminated in the 2012 team-up film The Avengers to the tune of $1.5 billion.  Marvel Studios is now no longer just a production company; it’s a brand.

As with any successful brand, imitators followed.  Other major studios are aiming to mimic Marvel’s success with their own interconnected universes, and just recently Warner Bros. announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics adaptations that will surely all connect to one another.  However, this new approach to franchise filmmaking—ostensibly treating movies as episodes in a TV series—may actually be robbing us of more creatively satisfying superhero adaptations. 

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