FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 3 – “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)”

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Welcome to episode 3 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Edward Mordrake (Part 1),” we learn about the superstition of Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley).  Legend has it, should freaks perform on Halloween, Mordrake will rise up and pick one member of the troupe to take with him.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

Greg Berlanti Developing ARCHIE TV Series for Fox Called RIVERDALE

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Greg Berlanti’s got to be pretty busy with Arrow, The Flash, The Mysteries of Laura and all the shows he’s got in development including Supergirl, The Things They Left Behind and Blindspot, but he’s still got time for yet another one – a modern-day one-hour drama based on the Archie comics.  It’s being reported that Fox just scooped up the project with a script deal plus penalty.

Hit the jump for more on Berlanti’s Archie TV series, which will be called Riverdale and put a surreal twist on the fictional town.

Contemporary PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Series Being Developed for ABC by DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Creator Marc Cherry

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The classic romance/horror story The Phantom of the Opera might be finding its way to television thanks to Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry.  According to Variety, ABC is developing a “drama with musical elements” and would be set in the modern-day music business.  However, the series is not an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s famous musical, but rather the musical’s source material, the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux.  For those who don’t know, it’s about a musician who is scarred by acid, goes into hiding beneath an opera house, and then tries to lure a beautiful singer to his lair.

This modern-day update “is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville.”  It’s an intriguing take on the material, and Cherry showed with Desperate Housewives he has the skill to create a delectable soap opera.

James Spader Says AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’s Titular Villain Is a “Powerful, Smart Child” and “Batshit Crazy”

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Yesterday, fans finally got a look at Avengers: Age of Ultron (click here for screengrabs from the trailer), which was dominated by James Spader voicing the eponymous, evil robot.  The highly-anticipated sequel looks much darker than the first, and obviously a large part of that comes from an intimidating villain.  If audiences are going to buy Ultron as a true threat—and, let’s face it, someone as charismatic as Loki—then it’s going to come from Spader.

Thankfully, the actor has a strong understanding of how he sees the character, and how he’ll bring the Avengers’ foe to life.  Hit the jump for what Spader had to say.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerElizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Rumor: THE MUMMY Remake Opening Sequence Details Revealed?

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Technically Universal Pictures’ mission to establish a shared universe for its monsters is already underway because the studio squeezed some connective tissue into Dracula Untold after the fact, but the first movie to be shot post monster movie mash-up announcement is The Mummy.  The film will mark Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut.  He’ll be working with a Jon Spaihts-penned script with Chris Morgan producing.

Beyond that and the fact that the film’s got a June 24, 2016 release, we don’t know all that much about the project.  However, if the latest rumors are true, now we’ve got some story details, too.  Hit the jump to check them out.

JOHN WICK Review

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Because so many directors are overwhelmingly lazy with how they capture action (i.e. shake the camera around because nothing is as thrilling as nausea), we’ve gained a greater appreciation for filmmakers who can deliver excitement cleanly and clearly.  It’s an art and a science, and John Wick is an exercise at how to succeed at both.  Directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski show they are masters of efficiency as the kills are stylish and direct.  But technical proficiency doesn’t inherently lead to exhilaration, and while the technical craft of John Wick is undeniable, its half-hearted storytelling is supported not by strong characters or a deep narrative (the impetus for the protagonist would be comical in its simplicity if it wasn’t wholly depressing), but by an interesting world that’s far more intriguing than any of the people who inhabit it.

Adam McKay Says He May Direct a Marvel Project

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Adam McKay may not have been able to commit to directing Ant-Man this summer, but it seem as though his choice to come aboard as a screenwriter could land him in the director’s chair on another Marvel project at some point.

During a recent interview for the short film compilation We The Economy, McKay briefly discussed what he’s got coming up and it includes something that he’s in the early stages on over at Marvel.  Hit the jump for more on what McKay has in the works.

“The Sentence Is Death” in Full Trailer for JUDGE DREDD: SUPERFRIEND; Check out 4 New Images from the Producer Adi Shankar’s Animated Miniseries

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Earlier this week, we showed you the teaser trailer for producer Adi Shankar‘s unofficial Judge Dredd animated miniseries, Judge Dredd: Superfriend.  Today, the full trailer has landed online and we’re pleased to bring you four exclusive images as well.  This online animated miniseries, written and directed by The Junquera Brothers, looks irreverent and madcap, and I’ll be interested to see how fans of the original comics take to it.

Hit the jump to check out the Judge Dredd:Superfriend trailer, images, episode titles, and a statement from Shankar about the project.  The miniseries premieres on October 27th.

FRANKENSTEIN TV Series Gets Put Pilot Commitment from Fox

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Get ready for a lot more monsters because now, in addition to Universal’s plan to reboot their classic monster movies and create a new cinematic universe, we’ve also got a Frankenstein TV series in the works.  Fox just nabbed the “grounded sci-fi drama” Frankenstein via a put pilot commitment.  Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich is all set to pen the script.  He’ll also executive produce alongside Homeland’s Howard Gordon.

Apparently the show will pull from the Mary Shelley mythology and follow what happens when a corrupt FBI agent is brought back to life and given a second chance.   Hit the jump for more information on this new Frankenstein series.

First INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 Trailer Tip Toes by the Tulips and the Windows on the Way to More Jump Scares

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Focus Features has released the first Insidious: Chapter 3 trailer.  The latest chapter is a prequel to the first two movies, but still tells the tale of a suburban family that discovers their house is haunted by ghosts and demons who apparently have nothing better to do.  This leads to all manner of jump scares, although it’s amusing when the teenage daughter learns the house is haunted via texting.  I hope the movie has her texting, “Home is haunted lol,” to the cute guy next door and he responds with “¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell star.  Directed by Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 opens May 29, 2015.

Extended INTO THE WOODS Featurette Provides Plenty of New Footage from the Upcoming Musical

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Following yesterday’s EW covers and new images, Disney has now released an extended featurette for Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s classic musical Into the Woods.  The Disney production stars James Corden and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters, all of whom have wishes to change their lives.  While I’ll admit that Johnny Depp‘s costume and makeup for the Big Bad Wolf continue to plunge the actor into self-parody, the rest of the movie looks surprisingly great.  This featurette really sells not only the fantastic visuals, but also shows that this is a true ensemble piece.  The featurette also provides the first time we’re hearing the actors sing some of the songs, and they sound terrific.

Hit the jump to watch the Into the Woods extended featurette.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lucy Punch, Lilla CrawfordMackenzie Mauzy, Daniel HuttlestoneTracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)”

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This episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show could have been better.  “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)” is clearly being used as a build-up to next week’s “Edward Mordrake (Part 2).”  We’ve got characters doing things that are in stark contrast to what previous episodes have established, there are loads of great scenes but few have satisfying payoffs and, overall, the first part of the coveted Halloween episode just isn’t all that scary.  But does that mean I didn’t enjoy it?  Absolutely not.  The entertainment value of American Horror Story: Freak Show is through the roof.  At this point, no logic or structural issue stands a chance against the outlandish fun that’s to be had with these characters in this setting.  Hit the jump for more in my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

Awards Season Has Begun: BOYHOOD Leads Gotham Award Nominees; FOXCATCHER Stars Receive Special Jury Award

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And here we go.  The 2014 Awards Season has begun, and it begins with Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood leading with four nominations from the Gotham Awards.  Linklater’s terrific film picked up nominations for Best Feature, Ethan Hawke (Best Actor), Patricia Arquette (Best Actress), and Ellar Coltrane (Breakthrough Performance).  Also of note was Oscar Isaac receiving a Best Actor nomination for A Most Violent Year even though it has yet to be screened for the public (it will debut at AFI Fest next month).  Finally, I’m very amused that rather than choose between nominating Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher, they received a Special Jury Award jointly for their performances.  That’s one way to do it.

It’s also worth noting that the Gotham Awards mean next to nothing in the overall awards race.  They have the distinction of being the starting gun, but I’m glad they’re continuing to honor worthwhile movies.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced on December 1st.

Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christina Bale Will Play Steve Jobs in Untitled Biopic; “He’s Gonna Crush It”

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Last week, we reported that Christina Bale was in talks to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Danny Boyle‘s untitled Steve Jobs movie.  Written by Aaron Sorkin, the script will drastically differ from not only 2013′s Jobs, but all other biopics as the movie is only three scenes, all of which take place backstage before a famous Apple product launch.

In an interview with Bloomberg [via Variety], Sorkin has confirmed that Bale will play Jobs.  “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” he said. “It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it.”  Sorkin also says, “There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in.”  I like the part about having more words in this movie than in three movies combined because it implies only Bale has the power to master Sorkin’s verbosity.  I assume in this movie, Jobs is the cleverest, funniest, sharpest, and most erudite person on the planet.  Hit the jump to watch Sorkin’s interview with Bloomberg.

Ron Perlman Talks THE BOOK OF LIFE, His Creative Partnership with Guillermo del Toro, HAND OF GOD, PACIFIC RIM 2, and More

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Now in theaters from Producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez is The Book of Life.  Gutierrez’s charming and innovative take on the tradition of Dia de los Meurtos embraces the spirit of the holiday and imagines a stunning vision of the afterlife where the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the vibrant Land of the Remembered, while those beyond recall languish in the desolate Land of the Forgotten.  As Xibalba, mischievous ruler of the Land of Forgotten, Ron Perlman lends his signature booming voice, and as usual, brings an undeniable presence and magnetism to the screen.

I recently sat down with Perlman for an exclusive interview in anticipation of the film’s release.  We talked about his creative partnership with Guillermo del Toro, why he loved the character of Xibalba, embracing the tradition of Dia de los Muertos, and more.  He also talked about his Amazon series Hand of God and whether or not we’ll see more of Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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