BIG GAME Review | TIFF 2014

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A good thirty minutes into Jalmari Helander’s Big Game, a thought arises that never ceases to fade: “Shouldn’t I be having more fun considering the goofy premise?”  It’s a kid in the wilderness who’s forced to protect the President of the United States.  Then you cast Samuel L. Jackson—a man whose ubiquity and longevity in spite of some seriously questionable choice in projects is a testament to his enduring popularity—as the President. Unfortunately, while Helander and co-writer Petri Jokiranta have a promising set-up, they’re never certain if they should let the comedy come from playing it straight or if they should go broad and silly, so the film ends up falling into bland ambivalence.

BIG GAME Clip Features Samuel L. Jackson Hiding from the Enemy in a Freezer

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Hold onto your butts; Samuel L. Jackson is back and he’s rolling down a hill in a freezer.  Really.  Jackson leads the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness selection, Big Game, as the President of the United States.  When a 13-year-old boy named Oskari (Onni Tommila) accepts the traditional challenge to head out into the wilderness for one day and one night to prove that he’s a man, he winds up stumbling across an escape pod – the Air Force One escape pod.  Now it’s up to Oskari to protect the President from the terrorists trying to kidnap him.

Check out what happens when Oskari insists, “Instead of looking tough, we have to be tough,” in the very first Big Game clip after the jump.  The film also stars Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman.

DIVERGENT Sequel INSURGENT Begins Filming in Atlanta

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Lionsgate has announced that the Divergent sequel Insurgent has begun production in Atlanta, barreling towards the film’s March 20, 2015 release date.  That’s a rather quick turnaround for the futuristic thriller since Divergent only just opened in theaters this past March, and especially given that director Robert Schwentke (Red) has only been on the project for a couple of months.  Schwentke takes over directorial duties from Neil Burger, who was too busy completing post-production on Divergent to be able to prep and shoot Insurgent in the allotted time.

Hit the jump for more on Insurgent, including the full press release and official synopsis.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, and Maggie Q.

Final Trailer for DIVERGENT Starring Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, and Kate Winslet

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Summit Entertainment has released a new trailer for Neil Burger‘s adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s best-selling young adult novel, Divergent.  The film takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  This trailer goes heavy on the story although there’s some bits of action scattered throughout.  I’m still a bit unclear on how one young woman’s “divergence” can bring down “the system” or how that system keeps society under control, but this trailer has made me eager to find out the answers.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, and Kate WinsletDivergent opens on March 21st.

Exclusive Deleted Scene from the THOR: THE DARK WORLD Blu-ray Features Thor, Volstagg, and Fandral Celebrating on Asgard

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With Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World arriving on Blu-ray and DVD later next month, we here at Collider are happy to offer an exclusive preview of a deleted scene that will be included on the home video release.  This is a scene that takes place towards the beginning of the film in Asgard, as Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), and Fandral (Zachary Levi) sit around a large table while Volstagg recounts some close battle encounters to a group of eager-eyed children.  It’s a nice scene that serves to flesh out the world of Asgard, and there’s plenty more fascinating material from the film included on the Blu-ray release.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  Thor: The Dark World will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download on February 25th.  Click here to pre-order.

Full Trailer and New Poster for DIVERGENT Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet

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Summit Entertainment has released a new full trailer and poster for director Neil Burger‘s futuristic thriller Divergent.  Based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, the film takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  The trailer does a nice job of setting up the world of the film as well as teasing both the adventurous and romantic aspects of the story.  Unlike Twilight, however, there is no love triangle in Divergent,  and Tris is very much a strong and independent female character.  Having read and enjoyed the book, this trailer works pretty well for me, but I’m interested to see how those unfamiliar with the source material respond.  It’s tough to tease the most exciting aspects of the story without spoiling major plot points, but things get extremely intense.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed any of our set visit coverage be sure to check out 30 Things to Know and interviews with Burger, Woodly & Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, and producer Douglas Wick.  The film also stars Kate WinsletMiles TellerJai CourtneyAshley JuddTony GoldwynRay StevensonMaggie QMekhi PhiferAnsel ElgortChristian MadsenBen Lloyd-HughesBen Lamb, and Amy Newbold.  Divergent opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 21, 2014.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD End Credits Scene Explained

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As with all Marvel movies, Thor: The Dark World contained an end credits scene.  Two in fact, but only one was important to future movies.  It’s also probably the most confusing to mainstream audiences thus far.  Whereas other “stingers” were clear references like Thor’s hammer at the end credits of Iron Man 2, the reference during the end credits of Thor: The Dark World probably left a lot of non-comics fans scratching their heads.

In an attempt to clear some things up, I’ve put together an explanation of the scene, and you can read it after the jump.  Obviously, this explanation contains spoilers.

New Featurette and Volstagg Character Poster for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Marvel has unveiled a featurette and a new character poster for director Alan Taylor’s upcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World.  The featurette delves into the film’s location shooting and massive sets, giving us a look at the production filming at Stonehenge and using Iceland as a double for the world of the Dark Elves.  It’s a fascinating look behind the scenes of the pic, and it’s promising to see Taylor taking a very practical approach to the film’s locations that will hopefully pay off onscreen.  Additionally, Marvel has released a character poster for Ray Stevenson’s Volstagg.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and character poster, and if you missed Steve’s set visit coverage check out 50 things to know and his interviews with Taylor, Tom Hiddleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and producer Craig KyleThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

First Trailer and Infographic for DIVERGENT Starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, and Theo James

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Summit Entertainment premiered the first trailer for director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel Divergent on MTV’s VMA’s tonight, and we have it here for your viewing pleasure. The futuristic thriller takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  This trailer is incredibly brief, and while it’s very clearly aimed at a younger audience, we do get a hint of the more violent aspects of the story and the severity of Tris’ situation.  Roth’s novel is quite a compelling page-turner, and my hope is that Burger has successfully transferred the book’s more intriguing aspects to the screen.  It’s tough to suss out much from this short trailer, but Kate Winslet definitely looks to be on point as the stern Jeanine.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out a handy infographic that clearly explains the world of Divergent. The film also stars Theo James, Miles TellerJai Courtney, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ansel Elgort, Christian Madsen, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, and Amy Newbold. Divergent opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 21, 2014.

First Footage from DIVERGENT Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet

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The first footage from director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel Divergent has landed online ahead of the full trailer debut this coming Sunday, August 25th.  The futuristic thriller takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  This brief teaser doesn’t reveal much, but fans of the book will be happy to finally see the characters in action.  I was able to visit the Chicago set of the film earlier this year, and as a fan of the book I was encouraged by the direction Burger has taken.  It’s biggest obstacle, however, will be avoiding being labeled as a Hunger Games copycat.  Hopefully the full trailer does a nice job of distinguishing this as a wholly separate–and thoroughly entertaining–dystopian adventure.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser, and check back to see the trailer after its debut on MTV’s VMA’s on Sunday, August 25th.  If you missed Steve’s interview with Burger and Roth from Comic-Con, click here.  The film also stars Kate WinsletTheo James, Miles TellerJai CourtneyAshley JuddTony GoldwynRay StevensonZoe KravitzMaggie QMekhi PhiferAnsel ElgortChristian MadsenBen Lloyd-HughesBen Lamb, and Amy Newbold.  Divergent opens on March 21, 2014.

New Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Christopher Eccleston

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Marvel has released a new trailer for director Alan Taylor’s sequel, Thor: The Dark World.  The film finds Chris Hemsworth’s Thor squaring off against the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The trailer is a shorter, rearranged version of what was shown at Comic-Con, and it leaves me cold.  There’s plenty of destruction and ominous warnings, but only at the very end do you see any emphasis on the title character.  It almost seems like Marvel has given up on their hero, and realized that they should sell it on Loki (Tom Hiddleston) since he’s the more popular character.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

New Poster for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Marvel has released a new poster for Thor: The Dark World, and sadly, it’s cluttered beyond all reason.  The poster embraces the lazy “floating head” design, then crams in as many characters as possible (for those counting, this poster has ten characters on it).  “Busy” doesn’t even begin to describe the visual, and while that can sometimes work to a poster’s advantage (like the final theatrical poster for Iron Man 3), it can also be overwhelming and a complete abuse of Photoshop (like the IMAX poster for Iron Man 3).  The only thing this poster tells me is that Thor is about to get pelted with tiny meteors.

Hit the jump to check out the new U.K. poster.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie PortmanTom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony HopkinsThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

Ray Stevenson Talks Season 7 of DEXTER, How He Got Involved, Playing the Villain, Working on a Secretive Show, Plus THOR: THE DARK WORLD & DIVERGENT

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Ray Stevenson is a great actor.  So, when I heard that he would be playing the villain on Season 7 of the Showtime drama series Dexter, I was very intrigued, and he definitely didn’t disappoint.  As Isaak Sirko, the ruthless leader of the Koshka Brotherhood, Stevenson gave a complex and layered performance of a character where there was certainly more than meets the eye.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Ray Stevenson talked about how he came to be a part of Dexter, how he wished his character could have gotten Dexter (Michael C. Hall) on a kill table, that he loved working with such a great cast and crew, what it was like to work on such a secretive show, and just how much more villainous a stone cold killer can get when you break his heart.  He also talked about being a part of the Marvel universe as Volstagg in the Thor films and the challenges of wearing such an extensive fat suit, as well as what appealed to him about Divergent, in which he’s playing Marcus.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

First Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, and Tom Hiddleston

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Marvel has released the first trailer for director Alan Taylor’s (Game of Thrones) sequel Thor: The Dark World and it looks great.  Like every well cut trailer, it showcases a ton of impressive looking action, while revealing new details about the story.  I especially liked the reveal of how Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will be involved in the sequel.   If you dug the first Thor, you’re going to love this trailer.  Hit the jump to watch and let me know what you think in the comments.  

Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston,Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony HopkinsThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Review

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If you’re going to make a movie designed to sell toys, you may as well show how much fun it is to play with them.  Although almost none of the original characters remain, G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues the spirit of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra by happily embracing big vehicles and weapons to deliver set pieces on steroids that never feel overbearing.  It’s not a particularly smart movie or one with compelling characters, but without any irony it takes one of the villain’s lines to heart: “America likes the guy who blows stuff up.”

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