35 Things to Know about THE EXPENDABLES 3 from Our Set Visit

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Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren and Jason Statham are walking through an abandoned building.  The hallways are torn apart.  Debris is everywhere.  The building looks like it’s in the middle of a war zone.  As the Expendables, clad in black clothing and carrying massive automatic weapons, take in their surroundings, they slowly make their way down a long hallway and carefully try to see what’s ahead.  As they reach a closed door they stop.  Stallone motions with his head to open the door and in an instant Couture kicks it open and they all rush in.

Last September, when director Patrick Hughes was filming The Expendables 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria, I was invited to visit the set with a few other reporters.  As a fan of The Expendables movies and especially the cast, I was excited to see them in action, and what I saw and learned on set made me think the third installment is going to be the best of the bunch.  Hit the jump for more.

45 Things to Know about DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES from Our Set Visit

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a great movie.  In a summer filled with explosions and spectacle, Apes used motion capture and other modern technology to help tell its story and audiences embraced the film.  By the time the movie finished it’s theatrical run, it had made close to $500 million worldwide.  Based on the box office and reviews, it was no surprise when Fox moved forward with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  The 2011 film set up a world and story that people wanted to see more of, so this felt like a sequel that was being made for the right reasons.

Last summer, when director Matt Reeves was filming in New Orleans, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters.  While on set I watched some filming, participated in group interviews with some of the cast and filmmakers, and learned a lot of cool stuff about one of my most anticipated films of 2014.  If you’re looking forward to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hit the jump for 45 things to know about the film.

DOLPHIN TALE 2 Set Visit Preview: Collider Goes to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Plus 4 New Images from the Film

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While much of the country was in the grip of sub-freezing temperatures, a group of online journalists (myself included) were lucky enough to visit the set of Dolphin Tale 2 in Clearwater, Florida.  Writer-director Charles Martin Smith returns for the sequel, which also features returning cast members Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble, and Cozi Zuehlsdorff to name a few.  Of course, Winter the Dolphin is back in her scene-stealing role at the center of the extended family drama which includes not just the human cast, but their animal patients as well.

Hit the jump to check out the first images from the film and for a preview of our set visit to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which we’ll reveal in full closer to Dolphin Tale 2′s September 19th release date.

35 Things to Know from Our Set Visit to 22 JUMP STREET, Starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill

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I have a conundrum.  I want to tell you how hilarious and off-beat Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s comedy sequel 22 Jump Street sounds, but the directors themselves have described their past successes as ones based off of low expectations, so they’d like us to play it down a bit.  I don’t know if I can do that.  After watching Channing Tatum and Wyatt Russell shoot a delightfully bizarre meet-cute scene on the football field, while Jonah Hill stands awkwardly and uncomfortably by them in full pads, and Jimmy Tatro goes on a curse-filled rant, I can’t lie to you and say you’re not going to laugh your ass off.  Sorry guys.

So I’ll do the next best thing and share a list of 35 Things to Know from our visit to the set in New Orleans, where sequel subversion was the theme of the day, and you could just tell that everyone on set was having a good time.  Hit the jump to get in the know.  22 Jump Street opens June 13th.

Director Gareth Edwards Talks Making the Leap from an Indie to a Blockbuster, Man-vs-Nature, Easter Eggs, and More on the Set of GODZILLA

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Filmmaker Gareth Edwards has made a bit of a leap between his feature debut and his follow-up.  His breakthrough feature, 2010′s Monsters, was made on a budget of $500,000, but those who have seen it know that it looks like it cost ten times as much.  His talent was in adding details to flesh out the world and provide a great sense of atmosphere.  Now he’s directing Godzilla, a tent-pole blockbuster featuring a beloved character, and while the stakes are high and the action is humongous , his focus on world-building and characters remains.

Last June, some fellow journalists and I visited the set, and during a break in filming, we got a chance to chat with Edwards.  During our conversation, we talked about the themes of the picture, making the leap from an indie to a blockbuster, Easter eggs, if anyone is going to shout, “It’s Godzilla!”, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Matt Visits the Set of GODZILLA and Witnesses the Monster’s Trail of Destruction

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A young man in a radiation suit surveys the ruins of a dilapidated Japanese house.  Insects crawl along the floors and walls.  Nature has overtaken the abandoned home.  The young man sweeps his flashlight across the dimly lit room, but what he’s trying to find is unknown.  His father is also combing the old house; hoping to find a crucial piece of information that could help them, and in turn, possibly help humanity.  It’s a quiet scene, but the stakes are monstrous.

Hit the jump to read about my visit to the set of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla.

Bryan Cranston Talks about His Thoughts on the Script, the Appeal of a Character-Driven Blockbuster, and More on the Set of GODZILLA

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I’ve been doing this job for about seven years now, and Bryan Cranston is easily one of my favorite interviews.  He has all of the confidence of someone who has worked hard to get where he is, but none of the ego.  Last year, some fellow journalists and I went to the set of Godzilla, and Cranston was an absolute joy to talk to.  He was smart, funny, nice, and came over multiple times during the day to speak with us.

During our conversations, we talked about his character (a scientist who’s the father of Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s character), the man-vs-nature theme, the action scenes, how Godzilla was his favorite monster growing up, working with director Gareth Edwards, and much more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talks the Tone of the Picture, the Raw Energy During Filming, and More on the Set of GODZILLA

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The first film I saw starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson was 2010′s Kick-Ass.  He played the scrawny, naïve, and cynical wannabe superhero Dave Lizewski.  The Aaron Taylor-Johnson my fellow journalists and I met on the set of Godzilla was a far cry from that character.  He strides over to us confidently, he’s more built, and the four years he’s aged since his breakthrough role has given him the added maturity that makes it easy to buy him as the hero in a blockbuster action movie.

During our conversation, we talked about the film’s central father-son relationship, training to play a Navy Lieutenant, the indie vibe on set that encourages a raw, intimate energy, his thoughts on the iconic monster, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

60 Things to Know about CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER from Our Set Visit

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is opening in less than a month, but I’ve been anticipating its release for well over a year now.  Last summer, I joined a small group of journalists on a set visit to Marvel’s latest film.  I had arrived with a general level of anticipation for the sequel, but when I left, the movie had made it’s way to my #1 most anticipated film of 2014, bar none. Why, you ask?  Well in addition to its stellar cast and Marvel’s well-established pedigree of films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been crafted in the form of a tense, cerebral, and many-layered political thriller.  (Rather appropriate given the current state of affairs in this country and abroad.)  And if that wasn’t enough, there’s something brewing in the third act of this film that will bring about major implications for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Hit the jump for much more!

Sebastian Stan Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Playing the Iconic Role, Stepping into the Costume, and Bucky Barnes vs the Winter Soldier

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Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the set of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with a small group of journalists.  We’re finally able to bring you an account of our on-set experiences, along with interviews from the cast and crew that tease the amazing action and intrigue that’s sure to come.  Directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s sequel stars Chris Evans as Captain America, but this interview is all about Sebastian Stan, starring the other title role.

While on set, Stan talked about the moment he realized he’d be playing the Winter Soldier, getting used to the costume, playing two very different versions of Bucky Barnes in both movies, his character’s relationship with Chris Evan’s Steve Rogers, physical conditioning and much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Russell Crowe Talks Spending Time in the Rain, Researching Biblical History, Working in Iceland, and More on the Set of NOAH

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During a break in filming on Darren Aronofsky‘s biblical epic, Noah, Russell Crowe, who plays the eponymous figure, stops by for a chat with me and my fellow journalists who are visiting the set.  In one of the many ways the film will defy expectations, he’s not wearing a robe and sandals.  He’s dressed in scraps of leather, furs, and something that doesn’t resemble any particular time period, but conveys the pre-history of the tale.  As Crowe tells us, eschewing the traditional representation of the biblical story is one of the reasons he wanted to be a part of the project.

During our conversation, we also talked about spending so much time in the rain, what else about Aronofsky’s vision that attracted him to the project, what he learned in his research, shooting in Iceland, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview, click here to read my full set visit report, and click here to check out a new featurette.  Noah opens March 28th.

Matt Visits the Set of Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH and Witnesses the Deluge

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The world is about to drown.  It is the middle of the night on October 3, 2012 and I’m on the set of Darren Aronofsky‘s biblical epic, Noah.  No one is a stranger to the name of the man who built an ark to save the creatures of the world after God decided to cleanse the Earth of sin by having it rain forty days and forty nights.  There is no story of Noah without his ark, and I along with a group of other movie journalists have come to see the ark and watch the 400 extras who are clamoring to come on board.  Unfortunately for those poor souls, they’ll never be able to get past the giants.

Giants, an ark, a deluge, and a human tale at the center—there’s a lot going on with Noah, and none of it has to do with a guy at the bow of the ship flanked by zoo animals.  Hit the jump for my full report from the set, click here for my interview with star Russell Crowe, and click here for a behind-the-scenes featurette about the ark.


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By now you’ve surely watched (and re-watched) the new trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to tease a series of set visit articles we have coming up later this year.  During an action-packed visit to the film’s Detroit set, a small group of journalists had a chance to interview the energetic Bay along with the film’s star, Mark Wahlberg.  And that’s only just scratching the surface of what’s to come!

Also starring Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing, Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th.  Hit the jump for our set visit preview.

Aaron Paul Talks Driving Preparation, Video Games, the Ending of BREAKING BAD, and More on the Set of NEED FOR SPEED

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Last year, when director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed was filming in Detroit, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.  While I was excited for the film based solely on the cast (Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson and Kid Cudi), I walked away excited for something else: the practical effects.  While on set, I watched as real cars raced around the city and they were definitely breaking every speed limit.  From what I was told from the cast and crew, this is how the whole movie was made; using real cars racing at high speeds with cameras recoding every move.  It should be a hell of a ride when the film opens March 14th.

During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Aaron Paul.  He talked about getting ready for the driving, what it’s like driving the Mustang, how the film is grounded in reality, his character’s revenge plans, whether he played the video game, the ending of Breaking Bad,  and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

15 Things to Know About RIO 2 from Director Carlos Saldanha’s Preview Presentation

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As a result of the success of the first film, Rio 2 is hitting theaters on April 11th, with Carlos Saldanha back at the helm.  This time around, Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) and their three kids journey to the wilds of the Amazon to meet more of their kind, finding out that there aren’t just more blue Macaws out there, but that they’re actually family.  While still having to contend with the vengeful Nigel (voiced by Jemaine Clement), Blu must also figure out how to win over his father-in-law Eduardo (voiced by Andy Garcia).

Collider was invited over to the 20th Century Fox studio lot for a presentation from director Carlos Saldanha that previewed new footage, introduced the new characters and voice actors, showed off the new world that this story is set in, and showcased the new original music.  Hit the jump to find out what we thought about the footage, what you should know about the sequel, and a Q&A with Saldanha.

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