Rosamund Pike in Talks for THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US with Charlie Hunnam; Clive Owen, Maria Bello to Lead THE CONFIRMATION

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Rosamund Pike may well be on her way to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her tremendous turn in this year’s Gone Girl, and now she’s already keen on lining up her next project.  Variety reports the actress is in early talks to star in the survival love story drama The Mountain Between Us, which has Charlie Hunnam set as the male lead.  The story revolves around a pair of strangers—a writer on the way to her wedding and a doctor heading home from a conference—who survive a plane crash in the mountains.  Badly injured and alone, the two must find a way down the mountain, but since being stranded on a mountain with a good-looking stranger is one of nature’s most powerful aphrodisiacs, they begin to fall for each other.

Hit the jump for more, including casting for the directorial debut of Nebraska writer Bob Nelson.

Exclusive Clip from Stephen Sommers’ ODD THOMAS Starring Anton Yelchin

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It’s our pleasure to bring you an exclusive look at writer-director Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas.  This clip features star Anton Yelchin as the title character, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities, who runs into quite the supernatural surprise by way of a faceless horde.  There are sure to be plenty more spooky moments in store for audiences who check out the rest of the feature adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel.

Also starring Addison Timlin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nico Tortorella, Patton Oswalt, and Willem Dafoe, Odd Thomas is now available on VOD and opens in theaters February 28th.  Hit the jump to watch our exclusive clip.

Patton Oswalt Talks TRAGEDY PLUS COMEDY EQUALS TIME, Doing Another Stand-Up Special, Preparing to Shoot Live Performances & Upcoming TV Guest Spots

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The latest stand-up special from comedian Patton Oswalt, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and premiering on EPIX on January 17th, tackles issues ranging from frozen food to the future of America.  Using his trademark blend of acerbic with and unabashed silliness, in front of a packed house at San Diego’s Spreckels Theater, no subject is off limits, including making fun of himself.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Patton Oswalt talked about why he wanted to do another stand-up special, what he does to prepare before shooting one of his live performances, how much his material changes and evolves, when he realized he had a knack for comedy, that no topic is off limits to him, and the difference between being funny on stage and being funny in a movie.  He also talked about how he’ll be returning to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the other shows he’d love to do a guest arc on, just how crazy things can get on Twitter, why he thinks comedy films and actors don’t get the recognition they deserve, and how he still hopes to direct someday.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 New York Film Festival.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens tomorrow.]

The problem with platitudes is that they may profess a nice sentiment, but the statement tends to be an obvious one, and it will be a fleeting memory by the time you finish reading that t-shirt or bumper sticker. Platitudes can’t cut deeper and provide a thoughtful, lasting impression that would cause us to seriously take stock of our lives and values. Ben Stiller’s two-hour platitude, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, may seem like it’s championing bravery and adventure, but the presentation, while initially enjoyable, quickly becomes hollow, frivolous, and overbearing. It’s a movie where a man’s facial hair defines his character more than his actions.

New Trailer and Poster for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

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20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for Ben Stiller’s upcoming drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Stiller both directs and stars in the film as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn).  This new trailer gets some help from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to showcase the titular Mitty’s fantasy sequences, and the visuals in the film remain extremely strong.  The pic had a bit of a polarizing effect on critics (read Matt’s take here and Steve’s take here), but it feels more like a commercial crowd-pleaser than a critical darling.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, which is a tad heavy on the photoshop.  The film also stars Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt, and Sean PennThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens on Christmas Day.

Ben Stiller Discusses His eHarmony Profile in New Clip from THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

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A new clip from Ben Stiller’s latest directorial feature The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has been released online.  Stiller stars in the film as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn).  In this new clip, we see Stiller riding a bicycle in a rather gorgeously remote location and discussing his eHarmony profile on the phone with a character played by Patton Oswalt.  The film premiered at the New York Film Festival to a rather mixed response (Steve loved it, while Matt did not), but I’m interested to see more from what looks to be Stiller’s most visually ambitious film yet.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Kristen WiigAdam ScottShirley MacLaine, and Kathryn Hahn.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.

International Trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Starring Ben Stiller

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An international trailer has gone online for The Secret Life of Walter MittyBen Stiller (who also directed the film) stars as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn).  The international trailer features a little more new footage than the recent new trailer, but it’s still pushing the “uplifting film you’ll see on Christmas” angle.

Hit the jump to check out the international trailer, click here for Steve’s thoughts on the movie, and click here for my review.  The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Adam ScottThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.

New Trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Plus the 25-Minute New York Film Festival Press Conference

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20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The Secret Life of Walter MittyBen Stiller (who also directed the film) stars as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn).  Steve and I saw the movie this weekend.  He liked it; I didn’t.  The trailer is a fair representation of the film, and even though it goes through a lot of the plot, the trailer doesn’t really give anything away since everything is so spaced out and mixed up.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the New York Film Festival press conference.  The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Patton OswaltThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.

NYFF 2013: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Review

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The problem with platitudes is that they may profess a nice sentiment, but the statement tends to be an obvious one, and it will be a fleeting memory by the time you finish reading that t-shirt or bumper sticker.  Platitudes can’t cut deeper and provide a thoughtful, lasting impression that would cause us to seriously take stock of our lives and values.  Ben Stiller’s two-hour platitude, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, may seem like it’s championing bravery and adventure, but the presentation, while initially enjoyable, quickly becomes hollow, frivolous, and overbearing.  It’s a movie where a man’s facial hair defines his character more than his actions.

Rodrigo Santoro Finds FOCUS with Will Smith; Bobby Cannavale Joins ANNIE; Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk and Ian Roberts Join KITCHEN SINK

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Impressive First Trailer for Ben Stiller’s THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Ben Stiller‘s next directorial effort, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  In the remake of the 1947 film, Stiller stars as the eponymous LIFE Magazine proofreader who, incapable of standing up for himself in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite.  Trailers these days tend to follow a fairly predictable path, complete with dubstep and “BWAAAM” moments that aim to highlight a particularly exciting and/or expensive sequence.  This trailer for Walter Mitty, however, is brilliantly refreshing, as it attempts to capture the mood and tone of the film with a simple (and haunting) Of Monsters and Men song and minimal dialogue.  It really looks like Stiller has crafted something special here, and this is exactly the kind of film I’m eager to see following a summer filled with studio blockbusters.  I also wouldn’t be surprised if The Secret Life of Walter Mitty turned out to be a major awards contender later this year.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed Steve’s interview with Stiller and Kristen Wiig from CinemaCon, click here.  The film also stars Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, and Shirley MacLaine.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.

Comic-Con: Patton Oswalt, John Lee, and Alyson Levy Talk THE HEART, SHE HOLLER, What to Expect in Season Two, Creating Creepy Comedy, and More

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Vernon Chatman’s (Wonder Showzen) demented and nightmare inducing comedy The Heart, She Holler will be returning to Adult Swim sometime later this year and some of the shows cast and producers were at Comic-Con this year to show clips from the upcoming season and to talk to press about what fans can expect to be disturbed by this season.  Collider participated in a round table with Patton Oswalt along with executive producers John Lee and Alyson Levy where they talked about how it’s like to create a show on Adult Swim, what fans can expect from the upcoming season, if Patton would ever create a show on Adult Swim, and if there is such a thing as something being too nightmarish for the show. Hit the jump to read more.

19 New Images from ODD THOMAS Starring Anton Yelchin; Film’s Release Delayed Indefinitely over Financial Dispute

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Nineteen new images have been released online for Stephen Sommers‘ adaptation of Dean Koontz‘ novel, Odd Thomas.  The film stars Anton Yelchin as a short-order cook who can communicate with the dead, and judging by the trailer, it’s got a fun, quirky vibe that’s a far cry from Sommers’ previous blockbuster films, which includes The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Van Helsing, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  The images don’t tell us much about the film we didn’t already know, but we have learned some unfortunate news about the feature.  According to THR, “Two Out of Ten Prods., known at TOOT, and Fusion Films filed their lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming as defendants Outsource Media Group Fund, ABS Investment Group, individuals Craig Chang and Mark Bishop, and Outsource Media Group,” over $35 million in marketing and distribution costs.  THR has more details regarding the particulars of the case, but the long and short of it is that we shouldn’t expect to see the film until this matter is resolved.  It’s disappointing when you consider that not only does it have Yelchin in the lead, but the cast also includes Willem Dafoe and Patton Oswalt.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Odd Thomas also stars Addison Timlin, Nico Tortorella, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Patton Oswalt’s STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Comes to Life in Animated Short

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Hey, remember when Patton Oswalt did a guest spot on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and did an eight-minute filibuster on his pitch for Star Wars: Episode VII?  Well, it took the internets about a month to do it, but that dream is now a reality.  Animated by Isaac Moores, the eight-minute video features your favorite Star Wars characters reimagined for a contemporary audience and quite a few crossovers from the Marvel realm (now that both are owned by Disney).  If you haven’t heard Oswalt’s original speech, I won’t ruin the surprises for you here.  Hit the jump to check the short out instead.

Patton Oswalt Explains Death to Batman; Merges THE AVENGERS 2 and STAR WARS: EPISODE VII in Amazing PARKS & RECREATION Deleted Scene

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In addition to giving a moving response to the Boston Marathon tragedy, Patton Oswalt has been using his status as Lord High Geek to star in some amazing comedy videos this week.  The first is a bit from College Humor where he plays the Penguin in the site’s ongoing mockery of Batman, “Badman”.  In the sketch, Batman fails to understand the difference between death and being asleep.

The other video is a deleted scene from Parks and Recreation where he plays a citizen doing a filibuster by creating possibly the nerdiest fan-fiction crossover ever between Star Wars: Episode VII and The Avengers 2 while also bringing in the rest of the Marvel Universe, licensing rights be damned.  Eventually it just becomes geeky white noise where I stopped following the plot and just heard bits like “Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia, Han Solo love triangle”, “Robot Chewbacca”, and “Time Ribbon”.  I imagine that Oswalt wrote/riffed the uncut 8-minute scene, but since Parks has such amazing writers, I could believe they had input as well.  Hit the jump for comic greatness.

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