Katee Sackhoff Talks OCULUS, Being a Fan of Mike Flanagan’s Work, Concerns about Physical Intensity with Younger Actors, RIDDICK, and LONGMIRE

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The horror flick Oculus tells the story of a beautiful antique mirror whose most recent owners, siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites), are struggling to rebuild their relationship after the gruesome demise of their parents, 10 years earlier.  While the two attempt to uncover the truth, they also begin to turn on each other, as the malevolent supernatural force of the mirror infects their minds and reflects their own insecurities.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actress Katee Sackhoff (who plays the mother of the siblings in flashbacks) for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to Oculus, being a fan of director Mike Flanagan’s work, how she approached this character, her concerns about having to be intensely physical with the younger actors, and the technical challenges of the show.  She also talked about how Season 3 of her A&E drama series Longmire is going, and how fun it would be to get to further explore her Riddick character, if they make another movie.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

Vin Diesel Talks RIDDICK Sequel at Universal, Then Dances for Your Enjoyment

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Vin Diesel would like to thank his fans for making Riddick number one on the DVD sales charts, and he’d like to do it with musical flair.  Diesel took to his ever-popular Facebook page to thank his legions of fans for making the film a home-video success, as well as mentioning Universal’s interest in developing a sequel.  As an added bonus for fans, Diesel provided everyone with a private dance for about seven minutes.  Delightful.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

RIDDICK Blu-ray Review

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Behold, the power of cheese! If, after the perceived failure of The Chronicles of Riddick, you said that there would be another Riddick movie – and a full ten years later to boot – most people would think you were crazy. Even crazier to say that the new film would be demonstrably awesome. The Riddick movies were always a bit of an acquired taste: the first a surprise hit that helped make Vin Diesel a star, the second a big-budget epic that marked his gradual descent. Now the third movie arrives with its intended audience firmly in mind, which is part of what makes it such earthy fun. Hit the jump for my full review.

New to Blu-ray: SHORT TERM 12, YOU’RE NEXT, RIDDICK, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s promising new Blu-ray releases:

Weekend Box Office: September Starts Soft with $18.6 Million RIDDICK Debut

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The September box office kicked off with a single major debut: Universal’s Riddick. After the crazy-crowded summer season, you might think that a break from the competition would guarantee Riddick a robust start. You’d be wrong. The sci-fi sequel wound up with a mediocre estimate of $18.6 million from 3,107 locations instead of the $20-$25 million that many expected. Surrounded by holdovers that are now weeks past their prime, Riddick’s poor showing also helped September’s inaugural frame qualify as 2013’s weakest to date.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Riddick $18,673,000 $18.6
2.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $8,900,000 $91.9
3.  Instructions Not Included $8,100,000 $21.3
4.  We’re the Millers $7,925,000 $123.8
5.  Planes $4,274,000 $79.2
6.  One Direction: This IS Us $4,100,000 $23.9
7.  Elysium $3,100,000 $85
8.  Blue Jasmine $2,688,000 $25.4
9.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $2,500,000 $59.8
10.  The World’s End $2,302,000 $21.7

Friday Box Office: RIDDICK Seizes $7.3 Million

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In case that line of school buses didn’t tip you off, summer is officially done. In box office terms, that means acclimating to September and its more-modest movie prospects – starting with Riddick. As the weekend’s only major studio release, the sci-fi sequel pulled in an estimated $7.3 million from 3,107 locations on Friday. That points to a first weekend of about $18 million for Riddick: a substantial drop from the $23 million that Universal was hoping for. That would have been in line with the $24.2 million debut of Chronicles of Riddick in June 2004. Of course, that film ended as a big disappointment with its worldwide total of just $115.7 million.

Holdovers made up the remainder of Friday’s top five, including Instructions Not Included. The Spanish-language comedy expanded its run to 717 locations this weekend after stunning the box office with one of the summer’s most impressive debuts over the Labor Day holiday.  Check back tomorrow for full details.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Riddick $7,300,000 $7.3
2.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $2,370,000 $85.37
3.  We’re The Millers $2,300,000 $118.2
4.  Instructions Not Included $1,640,000 $13.8
5.  One Direction: This Is Us $1,165,000 $21

Katee Sackhoff Talks RIDDICK, Shooting in Montreal, Her Record Collection, Getting Cut from PITCH PERFECT, OCULUS, Conventions, Twitter, and More

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Opening this weekend is writer-director David Twohy’s Riddick.  The R-rated film finds Vin Diesel’s character being hunted by mercenaries, and once again, they’re hopelessly outmatched by the anti-hero who can see in the dark.  But the mercs and their bounty are forced to team up when lethal alien monsters attack.  If you’re a fan of Pitch Black, you’re going to be very happy watching Riddick.  The film also stars Matt NableKatee SackhoffJordi MollaDave BautistaRaoul TrujilloBokeem Woodbine and Nolan Gerard Funk.

At the recent press day in Los Angeles I landed an exclusive interview with Katee Sackhoff.  She talked about making the film, what surprised her about the filming process,  how she was cut out of Pitch Perfect (but still gets residuals), the best part of attending conventions, Twitter, what she collects, Oculus, and much more.

David Twohy Talks RIDDICK, Including a Director’s Cut on the Blu-ray, Incorporating the Mythology into a Stand-Alone Movie, and More

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Making it as an independent production that allowed them to have the creative freedom to return to its R-rated roots, Riddick – the much-anticipated new chapter of the captivating sci-fi saga that includes Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick – is a dark thriller that sees the anti-hero wanted by every mercenary and bounty hunter in the known galaxy, and both Riddick (Vin Diesel) and the mercs are forced to fight for survival.  The film also stars Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, Dave Bautista, Raoul Trujillo, Bokeem Woodbine and Nolan Gerard Funk.

At the film’s press day, writer/director David Twohy spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about bringing the franchise back, knowing where they want the story to end up (ideally with two more films), how much the story changed over the years, the challenges of making a stand-alone movie while also incorporating the previous mythology, how the first cut was about two hours and 20 minutes, that he’s doing a director’s cut with an additional 10 minutes for the DVD/Blu-ray release, how the idea for the mud demons was something that was developed nine years ago, for one of the earlier films, and what it was like to create such a vast world on a soundstage.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

New Featurette for RIDDICK

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Universal has released new featurette for the sci-fi/action film, Riddick.  It opens with a slight contradiction between Vin Diesel and director David Twohy.  Diesel says “We always wanted it to be three films,” but then Twohy follows with “It was a question of where do we go next?”  The implication of a trilogy signals that they knew how it would be resolved, but clearly that wasn’t the case.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Just because a film is planned that doesn’t mean the final result will be good and vice versa.  This featurette contains new footage, and does a good job of laying out the story without giving too much away, although there is no alien-puppy-saving.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Katee SackhoffDavid BautistaJordi MollàMatt NableBokeem WoodbineRaoul TrujilloNolan Gerard Funk, and Karl UrbanRiddick opens September 6th.

Posters for RIDDICK, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, HOW I LIVE NOW, and MR. NOBODY

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A package of posters to open:

  • RiddickVin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, and David Bautista star in the sci-fi action sequel directed by David Twohy.
  • Kill Your DarlingsJohn Krokidas’ biopic follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).
  • How I Live NowSaoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor, George McKay, and Corey Johnson star in the Kevin Macdonald-directed feature set in the near-future UK.
  • Mr. NobodyJared Leto stars as the last-living mortal in 2092.  Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo, and Juno Temple co-star.

See the posters after the jump.

Vin Diesel Talks RIDDICK, Balancing His Producer and Actor Roles, Making Good on Promises, HANNIBAL THE CONQUEROR, Future of Cinema, and More

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Making it as an independent production that allowed them to have the creative freedom to return to its R-rated roots, Riddick – the much-anticipated new chapter of the captivating sci-fi saga that includes Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick – is a dark thriller that sees the anti-hero wanted by every mercenary and bounty hunter in the known galaxy, and both Riddick (Vin Diesel) and the mercs are forced to fight for survival.  From writer/director David Twohy, the film also stars Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, Dave Bautista, Raoul Trujillo, Bokeem Woodbine and Nolan Gerard Funk.

During a press conference to promote the film’s upcoming September 6th theatrical release, actor/producer Vin Diesel talked about his desire to do more sci-fi films, balancing being actor and producer while on set, whether this was how he always envisioned the story for the third installment, how fighting Dwayne Johnson compares to fighting Dave Bautista, and the possibility of doing two more films.  He also talked about his hope to deliver on this promise to still make Hannibal the Conqueror, and his thoughts on the statements Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have made about the future of cinema.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

First Clip from RIDDICK Starring Vin Diesel

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Universal has released the first clip from Riddick.  The film finds Vin Diesel’s titular character being hunted by mercenaries, and once again, they’re hopelessly outmatched by the anti-hero who can see in the dark.  But the mercs and their bounty are forced to team up when lethal alien monsters attack.  I’m looking forward to this movie, and most of this clip is the Riddick-versus-monsters stuff we expected.  But there’s a moment near the end of the clip that had me absolutely cracking up.  You’ll know it when you see it.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Katee SackhoffDavid BautistaJordi MollàMatt NableBokeem WoodbineRaoul TrujilloNolan Gerard Funk, and Karl UrbanRiddick opens September 6th.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See RIDDICK

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I’m a fan of the Riddick franchise.  I’ll be the first to admit that The Chronicles of Riddick is a big disappointment, but I really like Pitch Black and it would be great to keep the video game series going since I think the best iteration of the character is Escape from Butcher Bay.  But the eye-shine anti-hero is coming back to the big screen in what looks to be a return to form.  It appears that Vin Diesel and writer-director David Twohy heard the reaction to Chronicles loud and clear, and have returned to what worked the first time out: mercs and monsters.  Sign me up.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of Riddick.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  Riddick opens September 6th.

Katee Sackhoff Talks LONGMIRE Season 2 Finale, Hopes for Season 3, and Nervousness About Playing the Female Lead in RIDDICK

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The Season 2 finale of the A&E drama series Longmire premieres on August 26th and things are sure to be explosive.  Detective Fales (Charles Dutton) returns with warrants, forcing Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) and Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) to face what happened in Denver, while Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) will have to deal with what she’s been running from.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Katee Sackhoff talked about how excited she was to really sink her teeth into Vic’s journey this season, why she thinks Vic and Walt are able to trust each other, what’s it’s been like to work with co-star Robert Taylor, that the finale will wrap up some storylines while raising new questions, that she hopes to hear about whether Season 3 might happen early enough that they can avoid shooting in New Mexico during the hottest time of the year, and that she loves the serialized aspect of the show and is hoping for more of that, in the future.  She also talked about why she’s nervous about the reaction to her work in Riddick, and how great it was to get to be a part of the “Women Who Kick Ass” panel at this year’s Comic-Con.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New Trailer for RIDDICK Starring Vin Diesel

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Universal Pictures has released yet another trailer for director David Twohy’s upcoming sci-fi sequel Riddick.  The film finds Vin Diesel’s titular character being hunted by mercenaries, and once again, they’re hopelessly outmatched by the anti-hero who can see in the dark.  But the mercs and their bounty are forced to team up when lethal alien monsters attack.  Everything we’ve seen from the film thus far hints at a movie closer to Pitch Black than The Chronicles of Riddick, and this trailer is no different—though it covers much of the same ground as the restricted trailer that was released during Comic-Con.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed it, click here to check out the motion comic prequel to Riddick.  The film also stars Katee SackhoffDavid BautistaJordi MollàMatt NableBokeem WoodbineRaoul TrujilloNolan Gerard Funk, and Karl UrbanRiddick opens September 6th.

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