BIG HERO 6 Clip Introduces Unlikely Friends Hiro and Baymax

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Disney has released a new Big Hero 6 clip online.  Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) directed the adaptation of the Marvel comic, which takes place in the high-tech city of San Fransokyo, and tells the story of a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) who, with his robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit) in tow, teams up with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters to save the metropolis from destruction.

I’m not familiar with the source material, but I really dug the trailer and am looking forward to seeing this movie next month.  I think it’s interesting that a lot of the more clever writing on the studio end of things these days is for animated projects.  This clip is most certainly from earlier in the film considering it seems to be the scene where Hiro and Baymax first meet.  Hit the jump to check out the new Big Hero 6 clip.  The film also features the voices of Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., and Alan TudykBig Hero 6 opens in 3D on November 7th.  And be sure to check back in with us tomorrow, since we have a lot more coverage on this film hitting then.

FROZEN FEVER Short Brings Back Familiar Faces With a New Song

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On the heels of Frozen’s billion dollar global gross last year comes the new Disney short, Frozen Fever, which you can check out next year.  Since it will be a while before we get a sequel to that film, this will likely be your only opportunity in the near future to get caught up with Anna, Elsa, Krista and Olaf.

Frozen Fever will be directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, who also helmed the original film.  It will also feature a new song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who are working together again for the first time since collaborating on Frozen in 2013.  Hit the jump for more on Frozen Fever.

Fall 2014 Horror Preview: ANNABELLE, OUIJA, THE GUEST, ABCS OF DEATH 2, and More

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It’s been a rather rough year for horror.  So far, there hasn’t been a surprise hit like The Conjuring or very many strong films at all for that matter.  The Purge: Anarchy and The Sacrament are good enough, but if I’m tallying up the 2014 releases that I’ll probably watch again in the coming years, there’d only be three on the list – Stage Fright, Afflicted and Oculus.

But the good thing is we’ve still got four more months to go, and September and October alone have a lot to offer.  Hit the jump to find out which upcoming horror movies could be worth checking out in our Fall 2014 Horror Preview.

Dax Shepard is Writing and Directing a CHiPS Movie That Will Be More Serious Than You’re Expecting

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I’m not sure that I ever saw an episode of the original CHiPS TV series, but Warner Bros. is counting on people like me being in the minority since they’re making a feature film version of CHiPS.  And here’s where it begins to get interesting – Dax Shepard has been hired to write, direct and star in the film with the hilarious Michael Peña joining him.  Shepard will play Larry Wilcox’s role of Officer Jon Baker while Peña will be subbing for Erik Estrada and playing Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.

My first reaction when I read this news was that this ship has probably sailed with ironic remakes like Starsky & Hutch being over ten years old.  But that’s were this actually gets even more interesting.  This version of CHiPS is said to be serious.  As in “not a comedy.”  Which isn’t really what you’d expect from Shepard, but I’m interested to see if he can pull it off.  Hit the jump for more on the CHiPS movie.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3 Release Date Pushed to 2017

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DreamWorks Animation has opted to delay the How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date by a full year.  Originally slated to open in theaters on June 17, 2016, the studio announced today that the third How to Train Your Dragon film is being delayed to June 9, 2017.  That moves it away from squaring off directly against Pixar’s Finding Dory on the 2016 weekend, but its new release date is two weeks after The LEGO Movie 2 and a week before an untitled Pixar film.  Hit the jump for more on this How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date change.

THE BOONDOCK SAINTS 3: LEGION Will Be Made if Troy Duffy Gets His Way

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Let’s hope that Troy Duffy keeps taking his time with his signature franchise since I could easily go the rest of my life without another Boondock Saints film.  I almost get the appeal of these movies in the sense that they position themselves as very much outside the PC Hollywood POV, but I think they’re garbage and I don’t think their misogynist immature hearts are in the right place at all.  But we could… could… be getting another one if Duffy has his way.

The title that he’s kicking around is The Boondock Saints 3: Legion, which apparently focusses on the McManus boys behind bars along with a cult of obtuse people outside the prison walls who take on their crime fighting mantle.  It’s also promised that the film will look at the origins of the McManii, showing us their “very first crime.”  We’ll see if he can get both Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus back this time seeing as the latter has blown up quite a bit since the last film came out in 2009.  Hit the jump for more on The Boondock Saints 3: Legion.

Terry Gilliam Talks THE ZERO THEOREM, Christoph Waltz, Working with the Late Robin Williams, MONTY PYTHON’s Success, and More from DragonCon 2014

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Terry Gilliam wants to offend you, he wants to shock you, and above all, he wants to make you think. The Monty Python funnyman and notoriously Hollywood-hostile director aims to achieve all three of those things with his newest film, The Zero Theorem.  In addition to talking up the sci-fi fantasy movie while attending Atlanta’s DragonCon, Gilliam shared a personal story about his experience working with the late Robin Williams, talked about landing Christoph Waltz in the lead of his latest film, and even commented on the long-running success of the British comedy troupe.

The Zero Theorem, which stars Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation, is now available on VOD and will enjoy a limited theatrical release on September 19th.  Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  Hit the jump for our DragonCon interview with Terry Gilliam.

Netflix Renews HEMLOCK GROVE; Season 3 Will Be Its Last

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Netflix just confirmed that Hemlock Grove will return for a third season and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.  Season 1 was practically unwatchable, but season 2 is almost a complete turnaround.  It’s still rather ridiculous and has its goofy soap opera-like moments, but overall, Hemlock Grove has become a highly entertaining guilty pleasure.

After Peter (Bill Skarsgård) and Roman (Landon Liboiron) outted the Vargulf in season 1, they’re stuck dealing with the repercussions of the attacks at the start of season 2.  Peter’s on the run with his mother and Roman’s reeling over Shelley (Madeleine Martin) and his Upir birthright.  Miranda Cates’ (Madeline Brewer) arrival does offer some solace, but this is Hemlock Grove we’re talking about.  Ultimately her involvement brings the show to a whole new level of supernatural chaos and, naturally, that leaves you eager for more.  Hit the jump for more on Hemlock Grove season 3.

THE POLITICIAN: Vince Vaughn Could Be on the Upswing in New Comedy

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It looks like Vince Vaughn is willing himself out of a career rut with some of the projects he’s been signing onto recently, which is something I’m pretty happy about.  I’ve always loved his comic timing and have found him to be a relatable, charismatic and funny screen presence more often than not.  But the shine started to come off of him over the past few years as his comedies grew more formulaic (in my opinion this fallow period stretches from Fred Claus up until Delivery Man).  But with a role in Season 2 of True Detective and what sounds like a darker film coming up in Term Life, maybe Vaughn truly is taking back his career á la Matthew McConaughey.

The Politician could be another step back in the right direction.  At first glance, it appears possible that this studio project could be another paycheck gig, but with the addition of What If writer/director Michael Dowse behind the camera, its prospects brighten.  Also, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are two of the producers.  Another encouraging sign.  Hit the jump for more on Vince Vaughn as The Politician.

New CYMBELINE Trailer and First Clip; Ethan Hawke-Led Shakespeare Adaptation Acquired for North American Release

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Ahead of the film’s Venice Film Festival debut, a new Cymbeline trailer has been unveiled along with the news that writer/director Michael Almereyda’s unique Shakespeare adaptation has been acquired for North American distribution by Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment.  The film reinvents one of Shakespeare’s lesser works and revolves around an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America.  As evidenced by this new trailer, It’s very much in the vein of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and it actually marks the second Shakespeare collaboration between Almereyda and star Ethan Hawke, as the two previously worked together on 2000’s Hamlet.  This adaptation of Cymbeline looks to be rather intense, with even a bit of a Sons of Anarchy vibe aside from the Shakespearean dialogue.

Watch the new Cymbeline trailer and first clip after the jump.  The film also stars Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, and Anton YelchinCymbeline will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will be released in spring 2015.

I ORIGINS Director Mike Cahill to Helm THE MAGICIANS TV Show Pilot

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The Magicians TV show is finally taking shape.  Just after the third and final book in author Lev Grossman’s phenomenal The Magicians trilogy debuted atop the New York Times Bestseller list, THR reports that Another Earth and I Origins filmmaker Mike Cahill has been tapped to helm the pilot for Syfy’s TV series adaptation.  Crudely described as “Harry Potter for adults”, the books revolve around a group of twentysomethings who, after graduating from a secret magician school hidden away in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as kids is real and poses a grave danger.  The books—The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land—are tremendous, and essentially tackle the premise with a realistic “what would really happen” bent, delving deep into issues of depression, loss, love, and friendship.  Seriously, I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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John Hawkes Talks LIFE OF CRIME, His Preparation Process, Elmore Leonard, Baltasar Kormákur’s EVEREST, and More

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Life of CrimeDaniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters.  The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around.  The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back.  The film also stars Mark Boone JuniorIsla FisherWill Forte.  Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it’s definitely worth checking out.  For more on the movie, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with John Hawkes.  He talked about making Life of Crime, how quickly he said yes to the project, the way he likes to work and if he did anything special for this role, Elmore Leonard, Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Nazi Zombie Commander Herzog is Back in Exclusive DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD Poster

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You think Commander Herzog (Orjan Gamst) and his cohorts unleashed some outrageous and wonderfully grotesque brutality upon Martin (Vegar Hoel) and his buddies in the first Dead Snow?  Just wait until you see what Herzog is capable of with a bigger army in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead.  In the sequel, Martin is back, and he’s got his arm back as well.  Trouble is, there’s a little mix-up at the hospital.  They never recover the arm Martin sawed off himself up on the mountain, but rather, they find Herzog’s severed arm in Martin’s car, so stick that one on him instead.

It’s a downright brilliant scenario that broadens the Dead Snow mythology in some of the greatest and goriest ways imaginable.  Get ready for some serious head-smashing and disemboweling because Herzog and co. are back in theaters on October 10th and with the release fast approaching, Collider’s got the honor of unveiling the latest Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead poster.  Click here to read my review of the film and hit the jump to check out that new artwork.

Four DC Comics Movies URL Registrations Hint at Warner Bros.’ Upcoming Plans

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It’s no secret that Warner Bros. is in the midst of building its own DC Comics Movies slate, crafting its answer to the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe.  They’ve already staked out release dates for nine upcoming DC Comics movies, and the in-production Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is looking like one massive Justice League prequel with appearances scheduled for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and more.  The question on everyone’s minds, though, is in what order will Warner Bros. be introducing more standalone DC comics movies?  Well an answer may have surfaced by way of four URLs that Warner Bros. just registered, which just so happen to match up to four very specific DC comics properties.  More after the jump.

Shane Black’s THE NICE GUYS Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Set for June 17, 2016 Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set The Nice Guys release date in the heart of Summer 2016, confirming that the 1970s-set noir film will indeed be writer/director Shane Black’s next feature.  The Lethal Weapon scribe has been working on the project for years with producer Joel Silver, but it finally gained traction after the massive box office success of Black’s second directorial feature, Iron Man 3.  The story revolves around a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated suicide of a fading porn star.  Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe became attached to the project a few months ago, shortly after which Warner Bros. acquired the noir-tinged picture.

More on the Nice Guys release date and the film itself after the jump.

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