Watch the Star-Studded Musical Finale for THE COLBERT REPORT

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After nine years on the air, The Colbert Report came to an end last night as host Stephen Colbert prepares to take over Late Night from David Letterman next May.  It was a fitting finale in that Colbert provided a funny and outlandish sendoff for his Colbert Report alter ego, complete with a musical finale featuring the most random assembly of celebrities ever.  Seriously, name three random people and they were probably on The Colbert Report last night singing “We’ll Meet Again.”  George Lucas?  Check.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?  Check.  Tom Brokaw?  Yep.  Even Big Bird showed up.  Comedy Central has now made the musical Colbert Report finale available online, so if you missed it or just want to watch again (which is totally acceptable), you can now do so.

Watch the Colbert Report finale video after the jump, which also features James Franco, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ariana Huffington, J.J. Abrams, Mike Huckabee, Alan Alda, Elijah Wood, Patrick Stewart, and of course Bryan Cranston.  Seriously, most random collection of people ever.

Watch Air New Zealand THE HOBBIT Safety Video with Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood

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Air New Zealand is all in on the Lord of the Rings tourism industry.  They created a 5-minute safety video set in Middle Earth to show passengers before each flight with plenty of Hobbit sight gags.  Directed by Taika Waititi (Flight of the Conchords), the production values are solid and the clip is entertaining, as far as airline informational videos go.  The result will make you actually pay attention to the safety instructions on your next flight to New Zealand.

Watch the video—featuring appearances by Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, and Weta Workshop co-founder Richard Taylor—after the jump.

Vin Diesel Reveals New THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Images Featuring Kaulder’s Crazy Beard, Rose Leslie and Elijah Wood

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Is Vin Diesel an honorary member of The Last Witch Hunter marketing team or something?  Not only did he get to reveal the very first image from the film, but now he’s got a bunch more to share.  Diesel leads the film as Kaulder, a witch hunter who’s got to stop an evil coven of witches from unleashing a nasty plague upon humanity, but in order to do so, he’s got to team up with one of his enemies, a young witch played by Rose Leslie.

Hit the jump to check out the latest The Last Witch Hunter images that popped up on Diesel’s Facebook page.  The film also stars Elijah Wood and Michael Caine.

Vin Diesel Reveals Very First THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Image; Production is Underway

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Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine in a Breck Eisner film?  I’m in!  When news first broke that Summit Entertainment snatched up Cory Goodman’s The Last Witch Hunter pitch in a mid-six figure acquisition, it did catch my eye, but the premise alone wasn’t enough to spark much interest.  However, as the creative team started to come together, things changed big time.

Diesel is set to play an immortal witch hunter who’s forced to team up with his chief adversary, a female witch, in order to stop the evil covens of New York City from unleashing a plague and decimating humanity.  The project just went into production and Diesel opted to celebrate by sharing the very first photo from the film.  Hit the jump to check out The Last Witch Hunter image.

OPEN WINDOWS Trailer and Images: Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey Get Caught Up in the Web

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Timecrimes and V/H/S: Viral director Nacho Vigalondo has returned with the voyeuristic  thriller Open Windows, which stars Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey in a fan-stalks-celebrity game of cat and mouse that seems to be spurred on by a faceless psychopath.  Vigalondo has always been an interesting director, so I’m eager to check this one out (you can also read Perri’s review of the film out of SXSW).

This brief theatrical trailer adds a kinetic quality to the material that seemed to be missing from the promotional materials thus far.  I’m hoping the movie lives up to it because, from the looks of this, it could actually be pretty satirical and fun.  Hit the jump for the Open Windows trailer and images.  Cinedigm releases the film on VOD and Digital Download on October 2nd with a limited theatrical run scheduled for November 7th.

Elijah Wood Talks WILFRED, Looking back on the Show during Its Final Season, His Character’s Paranoia, What He Kept from the Set, and His Upcoming Projects

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Currently in its final season, the FX comedy Wilfred follows Ryan (Elijah Wood), a young man who is still questioning his sanity while learning how to overcome his fears and embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him.  As Ryan struggles to make his way through life, the one constant is his unique friendship with his neighbor’s canine pet, which he happens to see as a crude Australian (Jason Gann) in a cheap dog suit.

During this recent interview to talk about the show’s final season and to reflect back on the entire experience, actor Elijah Wood talked about where Ryan’s level of paranoia is, at this point, what he thinks the legacy of Wilfred will be, if there is a storyline or character he wishes was explored more deeply, what he’ll remember most about being a part of the show, what he took from the set, and what he has coming out next, as an actor and as a producer.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

SXSW 2014: OPEN WINDOWS Review

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You know when you’ve got so many windows open on your computer that you hit the point where you can’t keep track of them all, forget some are open and also why you opened them in the first place?  The same thing happens with the laptop point of view movie Open Windows. Hit the jump for my full review of Open Windows from the SXSW Film Festival.

Exclusive Premiere of an Alternate Poster for GRAND PIANO Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack

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We’re happy to host the exclusive premiere of an alternate poster from director Eugenio Mira’s upcoming thriller Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack.  The film centers on the supremely talented pianist Tom Selznick (Wood) who is attempting his first concert in years after crippling anxiety kept him from the stage.  As soon as he sits down to play, he finds himself locked into a battle of wits against an unseen assassin, forced to turn in the perfect performance or his life will be forfeit.

Also starring Tamsin Egerton, Kerry Bishé and Alex Winter, Grand Piano will be available OnDemand starting January 30th, with a limited theatrical release on March 7th.  Hit the jump to check out the full poster.

Rebel Wilson Joins NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3; Elijah Wood Leads SET FIRE TO THE STARS; James Marsden to Replace Paul Walker in Nicholas Sparks Adaptation

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Here’s a look at the latest casting news from some upcoming films:

  • Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is set to join Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in Shawn Levy’s Night At The Museum 3, opening Christmas Day.
  • Elijah Wood (Sin City) will lead a British cast in the indie 1950s period picture, Set Fire to the Stars, with Andy Goddard co-writing and directing.
  • James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has been offered the lead in the Michael Hoffman-directed Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me, replacing the late Paul Walker.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

English-Language Voice Cast for Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES Includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, and Mandy Patinkin

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Walt Disney Studios will be distributing director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film The Wind Rises to domestic audiences early next year, and today the studio has unveiled the voice talent that will be dubbing the English-language version of the Studio Ghibli film.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt will lend his voice to the lead role of Jiro Horikoshi, while the rest of the cast will be filled out by John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Ronan Farrow, and Elijah Wood.  The film tells the story of the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II, and examines the Japan’s turbulent first half of the 20th century as the country struggled through an earthquake and economic fallout.

Hit the jump to read the full cast list, which denotes the characters that the actors will be voicing. Click here to read Matt’s review of the film.  The Wind Rises will open in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014 before expanding wide on February 28, 2014.

First Trailer and Poster for GRAND PIANO Starring Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Tamsin Egerton, Kerry Bishé and Alex Winter

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I can’t believe a movie like Grand Piano actually exists, but I’m so happy it does.  Elijah Wood stars as Tom Selznick, a piano virtuoso crippled by stage fright who makes his long-awaited return to the stage.  Turns out someone else has been planning for his reappearance, a sniper hidden somewhere in the theater who says Selznick must turn in a perfect performance or he’ll die.  John Cusack, Tamsin Egerton, Kerry Bishé and Alex Winter also star.

Hit the jump to check out the first trailer and poster for Grand Piano, available on iTunes/On Demand January 30, 2014 and in theaters March 7, 2014. 

Sundance 2014 First Images from THE GUEST, COOTIES, DEAD SNOW; RED VS. DEAD, and THE BABADOOK

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is in the midst of unveiling its lineup, and today the festival announced the films that will be screening as part of the Park City at Midnight series.  We now have first-look images and synopses for a collection of said films:

  • The Guest – Directed by Adam Wingard; starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Chase Williamson, and Brendan Meyer.
  • Cooties – Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Millott; starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, and Nasim Pedrad.
  • Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead – Directed by Tomm Wirkola; starring Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, and Jocelyn DeBoer.
  • The Babadook – Directed by Jennifer Kent; starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Hit the jump to check out images and synopses for the aforementioned films.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Elijah Wood’s Horror-Comedy COOTIES Adds Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson; Max Landis’ Cast Expands in Directorial Debut ME HIM HER

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Elijah Wood’s production of the Leigh Whannell-scripted horror-comedy Cooties has added Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) and Rainn Wilson (The Office) in addition to Wood.  Filming kicks off on Monday, July 15th.
  • Max Landis’ directorial debut Me Him Her has added a trio of cast members: Dustin Milligan (Slither), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Emily Meade (Trespass).

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Elijah Wood Talks MANIAC, the Challenges of Acting in POV Format, Working with Alexandre Aja and Franck Khalfoun and His Production Company, Spectre Vision

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In ManiacElijah Wood stars as Frank, a deeply disturbed mannequin store owner and part-time serial killer with a history of childhood abuse.  Frank gets his therapy on the cheap, finding relief in the act of scalping his victims, and with the film shot almost entirely in POV perspective we’re there for every strangled scream, broken bone, and drop of blood.  Directed by Franck Khalfoun and based on the 1980 slasher, Maniac stands on its own as a solid horror film that’s bolstered by gruesome effects, great performances, and an amazing soundtrack.  Maniac also stars Nora ArnezederMegan Duffy, Liane BalabanAmerica Olivo, and Jan Broberg.

Earlier this week I spoke with Wood.  We talked about the distinct challenges of working in POV format, creating a character in voice over, and working with Alexandre Aja and Franck Khalfoun.  Wood also discussed the implications of the rapidly occurring changes in the film industry and plans for his new horror-centric production company, Spectre Vision.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Elijah Wood Talks WILFRED Season 3, His Idea of What Wilfred Actually Is, Growing Over the Course of the Series, Trying on the Dog Suit, and More

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The FX comedy Wilfred has returned for Season 3, and Ryan (Elijah Wood) is still learning how to overcome his fears and embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him.  As Ryan struggles to make his way through life, the one constant is his unique friendship with his neighbor’s canine pet, which he happens to see as a crude Australian (Jason Gann) in a cheap dog suit.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s third season, actor Elijah Wood talked about keeping a sense of ambiguity, as to what Wilfred is, that he has his own idea for what Wilfred actually is, how he believes the show has to be resolved or move in a certain direction, at a certain point, how the sense of growth over three seasons helps keep the character fresh for him, his favorite moment from this season, how it’s been harder for him to keep a straight face, the importance of Bear to the story, what it was like to have Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) play Ryan’s therapist, and how he tried on the dog suit for himself, this year.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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