New to Blu-ray: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, RUSH, TREME: The Complete Series, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a deliciously funny animated sequel, a new Criterion entry, Ron Howard’s latest film, and the final season plus a complete series box set for a beloved HBO show.  Briefly:

TOP 5: CARRIE, First Trailer for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, STAR WARS Editorial, THE FIFTH ESTATE

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With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.

My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.

Friday Box Office: GRAVITY Stays on Top as CARRIE, ESCAPE PLAN, and THE FIFTH ESTATE Open

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Three new releases challenged Gravity for the top spot at the box office on Friday, but the 3D space thriller remained on top with $9.1 million.  Gravity will cross $150 today and is likely to win its third weekend in a row, bolstering the film’s Oscar chances.  Carrie put up the best fight with a $6.6 million Friday for second place.  The Stallone vs. Schwarzenegger pitch brought in just $3.4 million in business for Escape Plan, good enough for fourth place.  In a semi-wide release, The Fifth Estate lagged behind with a seventh place opening of $587,000.  Check back tomorrow for the weekend box office report.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Gravity $9,070,000 $148.6
2.  Carrie $6,600,000 $6.6
3.  Captain Phillips
$5,150,000 $41.2
4.  Escape Plan
$3,360,000 $3.4
5.  Cloudy with a Chance 2
$2,550,000 $85.6

Bill Condon Talks THE FIFTH ESTATE, His Never-Released Extended Cut of DREAMGIRLS, His Supercut of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 65 days ago

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Now playing in theaters is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.  The Fifth Estate also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Bill Condon.  During our wide ranging conversation he talked about the challenge of telling a story that’s still happening, balancing dramatization with facts, the level of interest in the film while it was in production, casting, his editing process, deleted scenes, and more.  In addition, Condon talked about his extended cut of Dreamgirls that he’d love to release (it’s never been seen), his supercut of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2, what drew him to A Slight Trick of the Mind and how tough was it to get Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE FIFTH ESTATE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  The Fifth Estate opens today.]

Our modes of storytelling change with technology. As we see in the opening credits of Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, we’ve gone from cave paintings to hieroglyphics to the written word to the printing press to the typewriter and currently to the computer. But as The Fifth Estate shows, some stories stay the same, and in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the story is “power corrupts”. Through the structure of a fast-paced, high-stakes thriller, Condon paints a compelling portrait both of Assange and the brave new world created by his controversial brand of journalism. The film is occasionally beset with bursts of editorializing, both on the character of Assange and how WikiLeaks changed the world. But Condon also raises fascinating questions regarding privacy and transparency, power and responsibility, and seeking “truth” in the digital age.

Daniel Bruhl Talks THE FIFTH ESTATE, RUSH, How INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Helped German Actors, Michael Winterbottom’s THE FACE OF AN ANGEL, More

by     Posted 1 year, 66 days ago

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Opening this week is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.  The Fifth Estate also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Bruhl.  He talked about what it’s been like having two high-profile projects at the Festival, the parallels between Fifth Estate and Rush and how they eschew the use of a “good guy vs. bad guy” narrative, trying to tell The Fifth Estate story in a realistic way without taking sides, his meeting with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, future projects like Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, what to do in Berlin, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

From STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS to THE FIFTH ESTATE: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became a Household Name in 2013

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In 1976, Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was ushered into our world; in 2013, his incredibly British moniker became a household name when he landed a starring role in the global hit, Star Trek Into Darkness.  Cumberbatch is anything but a one-hit wonder, however, having built a fan following with roles in Atonement, War Horse, and of course, playing the title character in Sherlock.  Cumberbatch continues to test his skills by taking on roles across the spectrum, from voice roles in television with The Simpsons and Peter Jackson’s blockbuster trilogy, The Hobbit, to awards-worthy turns in 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate and August: Osage County.  Hit the jump for more on Cumberbatch’s career, including where he’s been, what we’ll see him in this year, and what films are yet to come.

Benedict Cumberbatch Talks THE FIFTH ESTATE, Preparing for the Dancing Scene, the Difficulty in Telling a Story That’s Still Happening, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 68 days ago

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Opening this week is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.  The Fifth Estate also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a video interview with Benedict Cumberbatch.  He talked about what it’s like having so many people interested in everything he does, the difficulty in telling a story that’s still happening, how The Fifth Estate doesn’t just show one person’s perspective of the story, if he prepared more for the dramatic scenes or for the dance scene, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Dan Stevens Talks THE FIFTH ESTATE, How His Career Has Changed Since DOWNTON ABBEY, What He Collects, Adam Wingard’s THE GUEST, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 69 days ago

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Opening this week is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.  The Fifth Estate also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Stevens.  He talked about his exit from Downton Abbey, how his career has changed since starring on the show, making The Fifth Estate, what changed during production, what he collects, how he got into acting, future projects like Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones and Adam Wingard’s The Guest, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

3 Clips and Almost 20 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from THE FIFTH ESTATE Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

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DreamWorks has released three clips and nearly 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks.  I caught the pic at the Toronto International Film Festival and it definitely provides an interesting look into the beginnings of WikiLeaks as well as a peek into the divide between new and old media.  You can read Matt’s full review from TIFF here.

Hit the jump to watch the clips and b-roll.  The film also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten.  The Fifth Estate opens on October 18th.

Benedict Cumberbatch Brags About Web Hits in New Clip from THE FIFTH ESTATE

by     Posted 1 year, 75 days ago

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DreamWorks has released a new clip from director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks.  This particular clip takes place towards the beginning of the film, when WikiLeaks is starting to gain national attention.  Two journalists from The Guardian (David Thewlis and Dan Stevens) pay Assange a visit, and a sort of pissing contest ensues.  I caught the film at TIFF and while I wasn’t as taken with it as Matt was (read his review here), it’s certainly a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Laura Linney, Stanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten.  The Fifth Estate opens on October 18th.

Collider’s Most Anticipated 2013 Movies: October to December

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The summer movie season has come to a close, and it’s now time to turn our focus towards what this fall has in store for us.  Unsurprisingly, there are a number of very promising character-centric pics headed our way, and on paper these next few months look to be an embarrassment of riches.  We saw more than a few disappointments this summer (especially with regards to the sci-fi genre), so hopefully the end of the year will have a higher success rate when it comes to delivering the goods.  Regardless, it’s sure to be a nice change of pace from the effects-driven onslaught of the summer.

In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave run down what films they’re most looking forward to between October and December.  Hit the jump to read on.

Pixar Delays THE GOOD DINOSAUR Over a Year to November 25, 2015 and Pushes FINDING DORY to June 17, 2016; MALEFICENT Moved Up to May 30, 2014

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Disney has made a couple of significant release date shifts in its upcoming calendar, one of which could mean that 2014 will pass entirely without a new Pixar movie.  Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, which just recently saw director Bob Peterson removed from the project, has been moved off its May 30, 2014 date and pushed over a year and a half to November 25, 2015.  This is a massive change and, barring another move from Pixar, could mean that 2014 will be the first year since 2005 without a new Pixar movie.  This isn’t an altogether surprising move, since The Good Dinosaur only just lost its director this summer with only nine months to go before the film’s planned release.  The pic still doesn’t have a firm replacement director, but now Pixar can comfortably move forward without the stress and rush of getting TGD into theaters in a matter of months.

Hit the jump for more release date shift news, including Finding Dory and Maleficent. [Update: Disney has also announced that The Fifth Estate will now open on October 18th wide and the sports drama McFarland has been dated for November 21, 2014.]

THE FIFTH ESTATE Clip Features Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl Clashing Amidst the Information War

by     Posted 1 year, 107 days ago

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A new clip from Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate features a clash of ideals between Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) over how to handle their involvement in the information war.  It’s a great look at the relationship between the two activists and the tone of the film itself, just as yesterday’s behind-the-scenes featurette gave audiences a look at the ideology that went into the making of the film.  You can also read up on Matt’s review of the film from TIFF 2013 here.

The film also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackieDavid ThewlisPeter CapaldiDan StevensAlicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten.  The Fifth Estate opens in theaters on October 18th.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

TIFF 2013: THE FIFTH ESTATE Review

by     Posted 1 year, 108 days ago

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Our modes of storytelling change with technology.  As we see in the opening credits of Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, we’ve gone from cave paintings to hieroglyphics to the written word to the printing press to the typewriter and currently to the computer.  But as The Fifth Estate shows, some stories stay the same, and in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the story is “power corrupts”.  Through the structure of a fast-paced, high-stakes thriller, Condon paints a compelling portrait both of Assange and the brave new world created by his controversial brand of journalism.  The film is occasionally beset with bursts of editorializing, both on the character of Assange and how WikiLeaks changed the world.  But Condon also raises fascinating questions regarding privacy and transparency, power and responsibility, and seeking “truth” in the digital age.

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