Producer Evan Goldberg Talks NEIGHBORS, Scoring a Green Light, Deliberately Making the Leads Idiots, Needing More Rose Byrne, and More.

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Who would have thought turning the two lead characters into total idiots would have been the game changer that finally got Neighbors a green light?  Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) seem to have their priorities straight.  They love each other and their baby girl dearly, and are deeply dedicated to building a wonderful life for their family, but when a fraternity moves in next door and threatens to destroy that quaint existence, they make one rash decision after the next, sparking an all out war with the boys next door.

While in Austin, Texas for Neighbors’ worldwide debut, producer Evan Goldberg spent some time with Collider at the Funny or Die House decked out in Delta Psi essentials to discuss what it took to convince the studio to let them go big and make this movie.  Find out who could have been the leads in this film, how Byrne was vital to getting this movie made, how her on-set success affected the final cut, and much more straight from Goldberg after the jump. And, in case you missed it, click here to check out what he told us about his upcoming projects, The Interview, Console Wars and Preacher.

SXSW 2014: Tom Savini and Director Alexandre Philippe Talk DOC OF THE DEAD Documentary, Their Favorite Zombie Performances, Torture Porn, and More

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Fresh off of its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, the EPIX documentary Doc of the Dead, directed by Alexandre Philippe, examines the rise and evolution of zombies in film, television and literature, and their impact on pop culture. Many of the genre’s most influential figures are featured in the film, including the “godfather of the zombie genre” George A. Romero, actors Simon Pegg and Bruce Campbell, producer Greg Nicotero, effects guru Tom Savini and acclaimed author Max Brooks.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Alexandre Philippe and Tom Savini talked about how this documentary came about, when they both became aware of zombies as a storytelling device, why torture porn isn’t entertainment, why people identify with zombies in a way they don’t with vampires and werewolves, how they feel about remakes, Savini’s desire to redo The Most Dangerous Game, and what the greatest representation of zombies is to them.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, VERONICA MARS, SXSW 2014 Coverage, NEED FOR SPEED, President Obama Visits BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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Last night I managed to pull myself away from Titanfall long enough to check out Veronica Mars which, surprisingly enough, is playing in a theater within an hour of me. As a fan of the series, the movie hit every note I could have asked for but also confirmed my suspicion that Mars is best suited for the type of long-form storytelling that television permits. Creator/director Rob Thomas does an admirable job of bringing us up to speed on the lives of our favorite Neptune characters against the backdrop of a ten year high school reunion. That said, 107 minutes doesn’t leave much time for breathing in between the introduction, mystery set-up, and resolution. I often felt rushed through the process, longing for 20-22 episodes for Veronica to crack the case as opposed to 75 minutes or so. This small gripe aside, Veronica Mars is a movie made for the fans (and, in no small financial part, by the fans) and I can’t imagine anyone who loved the series walking away from it disappointed by anything other than the fact that it had to end too soon.

We’ll talk a little more about VM in this week’s Top 5 which also includes a considerable amount of Captain America: The Winter Soldier content, our SXSW 2014 coverage, interviews for and Matt’s review of Need for Speed, and President Barack Obama‘s hilarious appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Keep doing what you’re doing for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

SXSW 2014: THE MULE Review

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You better wait to eat until after seeing this one – if you even have an appetite after anymore.  Co-directors Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson’s The Mule doesn’t fall in line with the Saw films or Insidious, but co-writer/co-star Leigh Whannell does give it a horrific quality of its own..  You may never want to experience certain sequences from this one ever again, but they do bolster the effect of the full film, justifying their inclusion.  Hit the jump for my review.

SXSW 2014: SILICON VALLEY Review

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Let the timeliness of the core concept pull you in and then Mike Judge takes it from there.  Not only does his new show, Silicon Valley, offer an abundance of highly relevant and insightful thoughts on the state of the dotcom craze, but they’re all packaged within an engaging scenario brimming with sharp humor, endearingly eccentric characters and the chance to come along for the ride while they try to make millions.  Hit the jump for my review.

GODZILLA Footage Revealed at SXSW with Waves, Airport Destruction, New Kaiju, Full Shot of Godzilla, and More

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Last night at SXSW in Austin, Texas, not only did Collider get the opportunity to sit down for a screening of the 1954 original, but a sequence from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros’ new rendition of Godzilla, too.  As director Gareth Edwards pointed out prior to rolling the footage, the material was unfinished and did contain a handful of work-in-progress VFX shots, but even then, it was strikingly absorbing and boasted an exceptional build.  Hit the jump for my recap.

Paul Wesley Talks BEFORE I DISAPPEAR, His First Experience as a Producer, Directing an Episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and More SXSW

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From writer/director Shawn Christensen, the indie drama Before I Disappear (playing at the SXSW Film Festival) tells the story of Richie (Christensen), a man at the lowest point of his life who gets a call from his estranged sister (Emmy Rossum), asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece (Fatima Ptacek) for a few hours.  As the night progresses, Richie finds himself caught in a battle between his two bosses, Bill (Ron Perlman) and Gideon (Paul Wesley), and soon figures out that maybe there is something else to live for.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Paul Wesley, who also served as a first-time producer on the film, talked about how he came to sign on for this project, how gratified he feels about the positive response the film is already getting, how involved he was in stretching the story from a short film (which won an Oscar) and shaping it into a full-length feature, how he also came to be acting in the movie, how different this character is from what he’s known for, how collaborative Shawn Christensen is, as a filmmaker, and how involved he was in the post-production process.  He also talked about trying his hand at directing, for the first time, with an episode of his CW series The Vampire Diaries, the experience of directing himself, that he’d like to direct a feature once his time on the show is done, and the type of projects he’s looking for.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA, Godzilla’s Origins, Making Him a Character with Layers, Hints at Additional Monsters, And More

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It’s been over three years since Gareth Edwards first signed on to direct Godzilla, but based on the film’s promotional campaign thus far, it looks as though it was time well spent.  The trailers have featured riveting performances, stunning visuals, and powerful builds, suggesting that Edwards may have achieved exactly what he set out to do from the moment he boarded the project – simply put, to deliver a good film.

Edwards is currently in Austin, Texas for SXSW where Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are holding a screening of the 1954 classic film, after which Edwards will take the stage for a Q&A.  We got the chance to have a little time with the director one-on-one prior to the event and even though he did steer clear of spoilers, he was able to offer loads of insight on what we can expect come May 16, 2014.  We discussed his monster’s origins, connecting his Godzilla to the existence of the Toho monster in the narrative, his personal distaste for post-credit scenes, the possibility of additional creatures, and loads more, and you can catch it all right after the jump.

SXSW 2014 Review: THE WILDERNESS OF JAMES

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The Wilderness of James marks an impressive feature debut for Michael Johnson, functioning as a thoughtful, engrossing character piece that allows you to leave your own troubles behind to experience, understand and care about someone else’s, and that quality in itself is refreshing. Hit the jump for my full review of The Wilderness of James from the SXSW Film Festival.

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.

Karen Gillan Talks OCULUS, Lengthy Monologues, Munching on Light Bulbs, Favorite Lasser Glass Kills, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More

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If you missed out on Doctor Who and are eagerly anticipating Guardians of the Galaxy, get ready because you’re about to get a sense of what Karen Gillan is capable of in her upcoming release, Oculus.  She leads the film as Kaylie, but Kaylie isn’t your ordinary horror movie heroine.  As a child, Kaylie witnessed her parents’ murder and then saw her little brother get pegged for the crime.  Years later, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is released, but Kaylie refuses to let him readjust and finally live a normal life again because she’s still determined to prove that it wasn’t her brother, but rather, the supernatural force residing in the Lasser Glass that’s responsible for her parents’ death and many, many others.

Kaylie doesn’t just vow to avenge her family, throw herself into a dangerous situation and spend the rest of the film running for her life. She’s determined, passionate and prepared, and even manages to convince you she’s got a fighting chance.  You’ll get the opportunity to see how she fairs when Oculus arrives in theaters on April 11th, but for now, check out what Gillan told us about developing the character with her young counterpart, Annalise Basso, how she met the challenge of turning an enormous amount of expository dialogue into compelling material, what she’d do if Marvel came calling and needed her to shave her head again to film addition Guardians of the Galaxy scenes, and so much more in the interview after the jump.

SXSW 2014: BREAK POINT Review

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I’d take a solid story over a pretty picture any day, but Break Point’s shot selection is so sloppy, it nearly sinks all of the film’s assets.

Jeremy Sisto leads as Jimmy Price, a former tennis star who depleted his career via bad behavior, a poor attitude and a good deal of alcohol.  When his current doubles partner ditches him and Jimmy realizes that he doesn’t have any other options to pursue, he turns to one of few who’s stuck with him for life, his brother Darren (David Walton).  Despite their tumultuous past and present, Jimmy and Darren make an attempt at pushing their differences aside so that they can train hard and make it through a qualifying tournament and into The Alerian Open. Hit the jump for more.

SXSW 2014: SPACE STATION 76 Review

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Jack Plotnick’s feature directorial debut rocks a creative concept with some highly appealing production design, but the film is entirely devoid of a compelling through line, rendering Space Station 76 more of a short-lived novelty rather than a thoughtfully layered, story-driven experience.  Hit the jump for my full review of Space Station 76 from the SXSW Film Festival.

Evan Goldberg Talks PREACHER, THE INTERVIEW, and CONSOLE WARS; Explains Why PREACHER Works Better as a TV Series

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Though it was clear from his days on Freaks and Geeks that Seth Rogen was a comedy talent to watch, few could have predicted that he would go on to become one of the most successful comedy writers—and burgeoning directors—working today.  Rogen and his longtime friend Evan Goldberg made their feature screenwriting debut with the 2007 future comedy classic Superbad and followed that up with Pineapple Express in 2008 and The Green Hornet in 2011.  The two made the move to directing to enormous success with last year’s excellent This Is the End, and now they have a number of exciting projects in the works as writers, directors, and producers.

While attending SXSW in support of the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy Neighbors, which he produced, Goldberg took some time to speak with us about a few of his upcoming projects.  He talked about the editing process of his and Rogen’s next directorial effort The Interview, the status of the video game project Console Wars, and also provided some insightful comments on their take on Preacher, which he and Rogen are adapting as an AMC TV series.  You can watch the interview and read his full comments after the jump.

Jon Favreau Talks CHEF, Making a Personal Movie, THE JUNGLE BOOK, MAGIC KINGDOM, and More at SXSW

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If you’ve ever struggled to find a balance between nurturing a career and making time for friends and family, Jon Favreau’s latest should hit home.  He leads Chef as Carl Casper, a successful chef whose career is decimated by one abysmal review.  In an effort to regain some stability while also giving himself the freedom to take risks with his craft, Carl leaves the Los Angeles restaurant scene behind to run a food truck featuring his own, unique menu.  For more on the film, here’s my review.

While in Austin, Texas for Chef’s world premiere at SXSW, Favreau took the time to sit down with Collider and talk a bit about the passion that fueled this project.  Despite his appreciation for big budget productions, Favreau was thrilled to seize a particular opportunity that comes with making smaller ones, the chance to make a movie for an audience with in interest in a very specific set of challenges.  Catch what Favreau had to say about bringing the issue of choosing work over family to screen as well as his plans for The Jungle Book and the status of Magic Kingdom after the jump.

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