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. 

Will Ferrell May Play Russ Meyer in RUSS & ROGER GO BEYOND; Edgar Wright Linked to Project

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Last year, a curious independent project started taking shape in the form of Russ & Roger Go Beyond.  Penned by The Simpsons and SNL scribe Christopher Cluess, the film chronicles the relationship between Roger Ebert and provocative director Russ Meyer as they develop and produce 1970’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which marked Ebert’s one and only screenplay credit.  Meyer was coming off a string of pulp films like Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill when he was asked by Fox to helm Dolls.  When he signed on, Meyer insisted that Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert write the screenplay.  The two struck up a rapport that continued until Ebert’s passing, and the film will follow their path to getting Dolls made, including the controversy with the ratings board surrounding the film’s X rating.

It’s been some time since we’ve heard about Russ & Roger Go Beyond, but now it appears that the project has piqued the interest of Will Ferrell, who is circling the role of Meyer.  More after the jump.

Corey Stoll Talks ANT-MAN, Playing Yellowjacket, the Script, Working With Michael Douglas and More at Comic-Con

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Corey Stoll is handling being in a tough position rather well.  After all, he was cast by Edgar Wright in Ant-Man some time ago and now finds himself under the stewardship of an entirely different (albeit quite capable) director in Peyton Reed.  But Stoll himself seems cool as a cucumber under these circumstances (not to mention proving himself remarkably adept at fielding tricky questions).

After the Marvel panel this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Stoll fielded questions from reporters (Steve being among them) about the nature of his role as Yellowjacket and the status of the script.  He also gives some impressions of SDCC as a whole.  Hit the jump for our Ant-Man interview with Corey Stoll.

ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed Talks Stepping Into Edgar Wright’s Shoes, the State of the Script and the Film’s Villains at Comic-Con

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Director Peyton Reed, known for his fantastic work in Bring it On and Down With Love, was most certainly facing an uphill battle this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. After all, he’s not just the new director on Ant-Man, he’s replacing geek-beloved auteur Edgar Wright on the project.  It takes a confident hand to introduce yourself as the guy who replaced Wright at this kind of convention, but I’m confident Reed will turn in a good movie (however different it may be than Wright’s take).

But life moves on and Ant-Man is marching forward (as ants do) with cast members Paul RuddMichael DouglasCorey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly still in place.  Steve caught up with Reed at SDCC right after the film’s panel and was able to spend a few minutes with him getting a status report on the project.  Topics include the state of the script, how it fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film’s villains and more.  Hit the jump to watch.  Ant-Man opens July 17th, 2015.

Edgar Wright Directing the Insane Sounding GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE After Wrapping BABY DRIVER

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edgar-wright-grasshopper-jungleIt feels nice to be an Edgar Wright fan right now.  Sure, it would have been nice to see his version of Ant-Man, but we’re getting the 100% Wright movie Baby Driver in its place.  That film already promises to revisit the fertile creative environment that allowed him to make Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.  And now we get to see what his stab at YA filmmaking looks like in addition to that.

Don’t worry though, it’s not typical YA (even if it were, Wright wouldn’t execute it in a typical manner).  He’s been brought onboard to direct Grasshopper Jungle for Sony.  I haven’t read this book but it sounds nuts in a good way.  Because it literally has giant grasshoppers.  Hit the jump for more on Edgar Wright directing Grasshopper Jungle.

BABY DRIVER Will Be the Next Edgar Wright Film

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Every cloud has a silver lining.  When Edgar Wright left Ant-Man back in May, a lot of people were understandably disappointed (Wright himself probably chief among them).  But here’s the thing, what that really means is that we’re getting more movies that are his vision top-to-bottom.  More “Edgar Wright Movies.”  For eight years it looked like Ant-Man could actually fit in that category, but forces at either Marvel or Disney began to push back.  Personally, I’m glad Wright didn’t waste another 18 months working on something that might have felt diluted by executive notes.

Wright fans now find themselves in a happy scenario where they’re getting a new movie from him sooner rather than later.  It’s called Baby Driver.  You may even remember this title being bandied about 6 years ago when he signed a two picture deal with Working Title Films following Hot Fuzz (the first film under that deal ended up being The World’s End).  Back then the film was described as “a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the U.S.” And now it’s apparently happening.  Hit the jump for more on Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.

Corey Stoll Confirms Edgar Wright Cast Him in ANT-MAN; Talks Reading Both Versions of the Script

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Actor Corey Stoll has been on a tremendous roll in his career lately, with his work on the Netflix series House of Cards, the horror series The Strain, currently on FX, a guest arc on Season 4 of Showtime’s Homeland, and roles in the White Bulger feature Black Mass, as well as Marvel’s Ant-Man.

Even though everything Marvel is always top-secret, when I got some time to chat with the incredibly versatile actor at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, I did get some tidbits and wanted to share his enthusiasm for what sounds like it will be a unique film about a scientist (Michael Douglas) who enlists a thief (Paul Rudd) to safeguard his size-changing technology and create a superhero with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength.  Having been cast by original director Edgar Wright, but now also having read the script for new director Peyton Reed‘s iteration of the project, Stoll said he thinks it’s insane that this movie hasn’t been made before, and that it will be a completely different experience.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks Edgar Wright’s Departure From ANT-MAN; Teases the Tone of DOCTOR STRANGE

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It will probably be a long time before we get some truly candid quotes regarding director Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man.  Maybe in 20 years when Peter Biskind gets around to whatever book of his that will cover Hollywood from 2000-2020.  Today’s comments from Marvel head Kevin Feige on the matter are probably about as frank as things are going to get in the near future.  The fact of the matter is that this kind of stuff happens all the time, but the exceptions here are that Wright was on the project for eight years and was only months out from shooting.  For whatever reason, Disney and Marvel (with an emphasis on the former most likely) became unhappy with the script fashioned by Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish and brought on studio writers to take a crack at a polish.  When that polish wasn’t to Wright and Cornish’s liking, they exited the project.

Enter new director Peyton Reed (in my opinion a very talented filmmaker in his own right) and a new revision by Adam McKay (followed up by a production polish).  While Feige doesn’t give exact details of what went wrong, he does successfully paint a portrait of a flawed dynamic where everyone is being “too nice.”  Which can always lead to problems.  Hit the jump for more on the departure of Ant-Man director Edgar Wright as well as a few tidbits about Doctor Strange.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks ANT-MAN Troubles and Hiring Peyton Reed to Direct; Reveals Reed Previously Met for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Much has been written about Marvel Studios’ recent struggles with Ant-Man, and while the intricacies regarding director and co-writer Edgar Wright’s departure may not be made entirely clear for some time, we do know this: fans were excited for an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie, and we will not be getting an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie.  As every minute detail of the subsequent replacement director search was reported on, the studio even appeared to be foundering in finding a new filmmaker to take the reins of a movie that’s set for release next summer.  Finally, Marvel settled on Bring It On and Down with Love director Peyton Reed to bring Ant-Man to fruition, and the studio has an uphill battle in winning back the fans that were so enthused to see Wright’s take.

The studio itself has been very quiet with regards to Ant-Man recently, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has now spoken at length about why they chose to hire Reed and touched on Wright leaving the project.  Moreover, Feige revealed that Reed had previously met with the studio about directing a different Marvel project entirely.  Hit the jump to read on.

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