New Posters for BIRDMAN, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, ALEXANDER, and ABCS OF DEATH 2

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We’ve got a few new posters to share this evening.  Briefly:

  • Birdman – A new Birdman poster for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ambitious drama shows a flying Michael Keaton amidst a stark black-and-white pattern.  The film opens in theaters on October 17th.
  • This Is Where I Leave You – A series of rather unfortunate character posters for Shawn Levy’s otherwise promising drama highlight the dynamic ensemble cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver.  The film opens in theaters on September 12th.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Two posters for Disney’s children’s book adaptation show the before and after of the film’s titular day.  Starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, the pic opens on October 10th.
  • ABCs of Death 2 – The official poster for Magnet’s second anthology collection of horror shorts portrays a rather menacing-looking Death.  The film will be available VOD on October 2nd and hits theaters on October 31st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

Collider’s Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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We’re halfway through the summer, and it’s been a pretty great one thus far.  Anticipated flicks like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, 22 Jump Street, and more all paid off.  Now we’re entering into the second half summer 2014 and the beginning of the fall, and there’s still plenty to look forward to.

Once again, Adam, Dave, and Matt have each compiled a Top 5 list of most-anticipated movies for the next three months.  Hit the jump to find out what they can’t wait to see and why.

First THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Trailer Features a Grieving Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver

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Warner Bros. has released the first This Is Where I Leave You trailer for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  This movie throws a lot of talented actors together, and it looks like they’re playing off each other wonderfully.  I was smiling throughout this trailer, and I’m glad that there appears to be so much chemistry among this amazing cast.

Hit the jump to watch the This Is Where I Leave You trailer.  The film stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

First Look at Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Many More in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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The first This Is Where I Leave You image has landed online for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  The fantastic ensemble cast of the comedic drama is led by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Cory Stoll, and Adam Driver as the Foxman siblings, with Jane Fonda playing their psychologist mother.  I’ve read the book and it’s a sharply comedic and rather emotional chronicle of this relatable, dysfunctional family, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Levy and his cast bring the story to life—especially with Tropper penning the script himself.

Hit the jump to check out the full cast in the debut This Is Where I Leave You image.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra Monk, and the not-pictured Abigail Spencer and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

Official Synopses for GODZILLA, TRANSCENDENCE, BLENDED, TAMMY, JERSEY BOYS, THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, and More

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In addition to a few first look images that Warner Bros. recently released in anticipation of its upcoming 2014 slate of films, the studio has also unveiled an extensive list of official synopses, providing a closer look at some highly anticipated features.  Briefly:

  • Transcendence – The feature directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall and opens April 18th.
  • Godzilla – The action redo stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston and opens on May 16th.
  • Blended – The African safari-set romantic comedy stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and opens on May 23rd.
  • Jersey Boys – Director Clint Eastwood’s musical adaptation stars Christopher Walken and opens on June 20th.
  • Tammy – The Melissa McCarthy/Susan Sarandon comedy opens on July 2nd.
  • This Is Where I Leave You – Director Shawn Levy’s star-studded dramatic comedy opens September 12th.
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again – The final chapter in Peter Jackson’s trilogy opens December 17th.

Hit the jump to read the full synopses for the aforementioned films and a few more.

New Release Dates from Universal/Legendary Pictures Include WARCRAFT, SEVENTH SON and THE MUMMY, Plus Warner Bros. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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Check out the latest update to the release date schedule:

  • Legendary Pictures’ Untitled Michael Mann Project will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, January 16, 2015.
  • Universal Pictures will release The Boy Next Door on Friday, January 23, 2015.
  • Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday, February 6, 2015.
  • Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft, released in 3D by Universal Pictures, will move from December 18, 2015 (which is currently occupied by a little film called Star Wars: Episode VII), to March 11, 2016.
  • Universal Pictures will release The Mummy on Friday, April 22, 2016.
  • Also, Warner Bros.’ This Is Where I Leave You will now open September 12, 2014.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

Jason Bateman Talks Directorial Debut BAD WORDS, the Soundtrack, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, Shawn Levy’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, and More at TIFF 2013

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut Bad WordsAndrew Dodge’s awesome script centers on a high-school drop-out (Bateman) who uses a loophole to compete in an 8th grade spelling bee, enraging teachers and parents alike, but befriending an awkward young contestant along the way.  And while the film could easily be a family friendly, PG movie that plays it safe, I’m happy to report Bateman has crafted a wholly R-rated movie that’s loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations.  It also explains why Focus Features quickly snapped it up during an all night bidding war following the world premiere.  Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz. 

The day after the premiere I got to sit down with Bateman for an extended video interview.  He talked about the warm reception for the film, landing distribution, marketing plans, the soundtrack (which is fantastic), working with child actor Rohan Chand, deleted scenes, and more.  In addition, Bateman talked about the Horrible Bosses sequel, the audience perception of The Change-Up, and Shawn Levy‘s This Is Where I Leave You.  Hit the jump to watch.

Nicholas Hoult Goes DARK PLACES, Abigail Spencer Joins THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU and Addison Timlin Leads THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN Remake

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Check out the latest casting announcements below:

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Joel Kinnaman in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in CHILD 44; Rose Byrne Up for THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU and TOWNIES with Seth Rogen

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Though his AMC series The Killing was just resurrected for a third season, star Joel Kinnaman isn’t leaving features behind anytime soon.  The actor most recently wrapped the starring role in the RoboCop reboot, and now Heat Vision reports that Kinnaman is in negotiations to join Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the thriller Child 44.  The film is based on the book of the same name by Tom Rob Smith and takes place in the 1950s, where it centers on a security officer in the Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders.

Kinnaman is in talks to play Hardy’s “ambitious and murderous nemesis.”  Should the deal go through, Kinnaman would be reuniting with his Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa on the project.  Espinosa is coming off the success of last year’s Safe House, and Child 44 boasts Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan as producers.  Filming is hoping to get underway this summer.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning Rose Byrne joining Tina Fey/Jason Bateman and Seth Rogen/Zac Efron in a couple of upcoming projects.

James Gandolfini Joins ANIMAL RESCUE, Adam Driver Added to THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, S. Epatha Merkerson in Talks for SEXUAL HEALING

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • James Gandolfini is in talks to join Tom Hardy in the crime drama Animal Rescue.
  • Girls standout Adam Driver is in negotiations to join Tina Fey and Jason Bateman in the comedy/drama This Is Where I Leave You.
  • Law & Order star S. Epatha Merkerson is looking to play Marvin Gaye’s mother in the biopic Sexual Healing.

Hit the jump for more details.

Andrea Riseborough Joins BIRDMAN, Bella Heathcoat Boards an Untitled Comedy from Marc Lawrence, Corey Stoll Joins Shawn Levy’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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Check out the latest casting announcements below:

  • Andrea Riseborough (Happy-Go-Lucky) has joined the increasingly impressive cast of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s dark comedy Birdmanwhich already stars Michael KeatonEmma StoneZach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton.
  • Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) will join Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in an untitled comedy by writer/director Marc Lawrence (Did You Hear About the Morgans?).
  • Corey Stoll (The Bourne Legacy) boards This Is Where I Leave You, the Shawn Levy-directed adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel that stars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Tina Fey Joins Jason Bateman in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Meagan Good and Dylan Baker Join ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

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Check out the latest casting news from the following movies:

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Jason Bateman and Shawn Levy Moving Forward with THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Zoe Saldana, and More Testing for Roles

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The feature film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel This is Where I Leave You is picking up some steam.  The project was initially gearing up to begin production last spring under director Adam Shankman with an ensemble cast that included Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, Leslie Mann, Malin Akerman, and Jason Sudeikis, but Shankman subsequently exited the project and casting deals were never completed, so movement stalled.  Shawn Levy came onboard to direct last fall, and now Bateman is back on the project as the search to fill out the rest of the cast begins in anticipation of a May or June production start date.

The book tells the story of a dysfunctional family that is forced to reunite when their father requests they sit Shivah for seven days following his death, and the feature film adaptation has attracted a great deal of talent, with Harry Potter director David Yates previously flirting with the project.  Hit the jump to find out which actresses are currently testing for roles opposite Bateman.

Producer Adam Shankman Talks STEP UP REVOLUTION Blu-ray/DVD, Future STEP UP Movies, Directing GLEE’s Upcoming Christmas Episode, and More

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Step Up Revolution, the fourth installment of the wildly popular Step Up dance franchise, is now available on 3D Blu-ray and DVD.  With themes of love, injustice, hope and family, this time the story is set in Miami and features a cast that stages cutting-edge flash mobs meant to really the locals to protest against planned commercial development that would destroy their homes and businesses.  The film stars Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Misha Gabriel, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Peter Gallagher.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Adam Shankman – who produces the Step Up films with his sister, Jennifer Gibgot – talked about the over two hours of exclusive and behind-the-scenes bonus features, why the Step Up films have been so successful, how it’s more difficult to teach actors to dance than it is to teach dancers to act, the challenge of finding directors for each film who have their own passion and enthusiasm for the art of dance, and that it’s likely there will continue to be more films in the franchise.  He also talked about what fans can expect from the Glee Christmas episode he directed (in which he says Kurt and Blaine will sing together and share a lovely moment), what led him to part ways with This is Where I Leave You which he was scheduled to direct, that he hasn’t locked down his next project yet, and why he’s totally addicted to directing.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Shawn Levy to Direct THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Replacing Adam Shankman

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We have word that Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is stepping in to direct the ensemble comedy,  This Is Where I Leave You as a replacement for Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages).  Shankman was attached to the Warner Bros. film as recently as this past summer, but he departed the picture along with star Jason Bateman.  The studio then put the picture in limbo, but have recently entered final negotiations with Levy to direct.  The original cast also featured Jason Sudeikis, Malin Akerman, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann, but it’s not yet clear whether their schedules can accommodate the shoot.  Hit the jump for more.

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