Guillermo del Toro Talks the Status of CRIMSON PEAK, PAN’S LABRYNTH on Criterion, and Making THE STRAIN Idiosyncratic

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As you may have noticed from our recent news that Guillermo del Toro is directing a small-scale black and white film before Pacific Rim 2, considering releasing two cuts of At the Mountains of Madness, and dropped details regarding the Pacific Rim animated series, Steve recently had a revealing conversation with the filmmaker about his upcoming projects.  There’s plenty to unpack from the interview, and so today we’d like to share what he had to say about the current status of his next film, Crimson Peak, whether Pan’s Labyrinth will be coming to Criterion, and how much creative freedom he was given by FX to make his new TV series The Strain.  Highlights include the revelation that Crimson Peak only has one deleted scene, a bit of insight into his production process, and the evolving creative procedure in making The Strain.  Read on after the jump.

HBO’s Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 5 and 6, TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2, Progress on WESTWORLD, and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how they’re not at all concerned about Game of Thrones getting further ahead than George R.R. Martin’s writing, that they plan to stick with the series until the story is finished, that Nic Pizzolatto’s first two scripts for the new season of True Detective are even more exciting than the first season, that they expect a casting announcement to be made in the next week, how they feel things are going with both Silicon Valley and The Leftovers, their strategy for drama, going forward, the progress of Westworld, and the status of the Ryan Murphy series, Open.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

We Came, We Saw, We Kicked Its Ass in the GHOSTBUSTERS Re-Release Trailer

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Sony has released a Ghostbusters re-release trailer for the film’s 30th anniversary.  The Labor Day weekend is notoriously slow at the box office, but Sony is making a smart move to capitalize on the soft competition by bringing the beloved comedy back to theaters for one week only.  If you’ve never seen Ghostbusters on the big screen before or if you’re a fan that wants to see it in a 4K restoration, then you’ll want to make time for this re-release.

Hit the jump to check out the Ghostbusters re-release trailer.  The 4K restoration will be released on August 29th.

BOYHOOD Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Boyhood opens today in limited release.]

Boyhood is a miracle. It is truly unique. It is a masterpiece. It is one of the best coming-of-age movies ever made. These superlatives may seem grandiose or even hyperbolic, but Richard Linklater’s 12-year project is a work of art unlike any other. More importantly, it’s a work that hits a thoughtful and emotional core. It is a movie that not only draws us into the lives of the characters, but also causes us to reexamine our own lives. Boyhood is both intimate and epic, subtle and overwhelming, and an absolute marvel.

Nathan Kress Talks INTO THE STORM, Handling the Camera, Playing with the Found-Footage Aspect, His Character’s Relationships, Stuntwork, and More

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Fans of Nathan Kress probably know him best from his work in the long-running Nickelodeon series iCarly, but now they’ll get to see him behind a camera in Steven Quale’s feature film Into the Storm.  The natural disaster picture uses a found-footage convention, with Kress starring as one of the students chronicling the storm’s destructive path via a handheld camcorder.  Off camera, Kress spoke to our select group of journalists visiting the Detroit set about his camera work, just how the found-footage aspect would be used, and his character’s relationships.  He also commented on his reaction to ending iCarly.

Also starring Richard ArmitageSarah Wayne CalliesMatt WalshAlycia Debnam-CareyArlen EscarpetaMax DeaconJeremy SumpterKyle Davis, and Jon ReepInto the Storm opens August 8th.  Be sure to check out the film’s recently released trailer here.  Hit the jump for more from Kress.  Spoilers follow.

Darren Lynn Bousman to Direct Sci-Fi Action Movie APEX; Described as PREDATOR Meets CALL OF DUTY

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Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) is set to direct the independent sci-fi action movie Apex.  The project, scripted by James E. Cavanaugh, is described as Predator meets Call of Duty.  A special ops unit is sent to retrieve a WMD from North Korea and ends up transported to another world where they must fight a dangerous alien race.  It’s an interesting premise—sounds like it could make a nice double feature with Edge of Tomorrow.  I am curious to see what Bousman and 2511 Productions can do with an indie budget to create an alien world.

Hit the jump for quotes from Bousman on his vision for Apex.

Roberto Orci Talks STAR TREK 3; Says Paramount Hasn’t Seen the Script Yet, Unconfirmed as Director Until Given the Greenlight

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Many were skeptical about director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot, but the finished film turned out to be the rare movie that seemed to please both die-hard fans and Trek newcomers in equal measure.  It was a thrilling start to a revitalized franchise for Paramount, and while reception to the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness was less enthusiastic, the sequel still went on to gross $467 million worldwide.  Obviously Paramount would be moving forward with another installment, but Abrams happened to be busy with this little thing called Star Wars, so a new director was needed.  After months of searching, the studio finally settled on a familiar face: Roberto Orci.  Having produced and co-written the first two films, Orci was already entrenched in the existing franchise, but Star Trek 3 marks a massive challenge as it will be Orci’s first time in the director’s chair, ever.

Our own Christina Radish recently got the chance to speak with Orci in anticipation of his TV series Matador (which has already been picked up for a second season) during the TCA Press Tour, and Orci gave an update on Star Trek 3’s progress, saying Paramount has yet to sign off on the script, adding that he’s not necessarily confirmed as the director until the film gets the greenlight.  More after the jump.

Andy Serkis Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Deleted Scenes, Advances in Motion Capture, and How Early He Was Cast in STAR WARS: EPISODE 7

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Let me be very clear: Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best films of the year and a huge step forward for what can be accomplished with motion capture technology, as Andy Serkis has again delivered one of the year’s best performances.  Loaded with incredible performances all around and a great script, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the rare commercial movie that’s also deep and thoughtful.  Dawn is also atypical in that tells a complete story but also opens the door for another sequel.  As I said, Reeves has hit a massive home-run with this film and I truly hope audiences and critics embrace this special movie.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

At the San Francisco press day I landed a great video interview with Andy Serkis.  He talked about his reaction to the finished film, advances in motion capture and film technology, how everything you see any ape do was done by a human performer, deleted scenes, how long ago he was cast in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode 7, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Warner Bros. Picks Up Shane Black’s NICE GUYS Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe

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Writer/director Shane Black’s long-in-the-works 1970s-set noir film The Nice Guys could finally be coming to fruition.  Last month, we learned that the Joel Silver-produced project was picking up steam with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the lead roles of a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the suicide of a fading porn star.  It’s the kind of hard-boiled, noir-tinged project that seems a perfect fit for Black, so fingers were crossed that the pic could finally come together.  Evidently all that wishing and hoping paid off, as Warner Bros. has now closed a deal to acquire the project, bringing it that much closer to being a reality.  More after the jump.

HBO Announces BOARDWALK EMPIRE and THE COMEBACK Premiere Dates; Steven Soderbergh’s THE KNICK Renewed Early

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As the TCA’s are ongoing, HBO and Cinemax took the stage today to make a few announcements.  Boardwalk Empire season 5 will premiere on HBO on September 7th, kicking off the final stretch of episodes for the Steve Buscemi-fronted series.  Additionally, the return of The Comeback will take place in November, as the fantastic, Lisa Kudrow-led cult comedy returns for a six-episode limited series event following its short-lived first season back in 2005.

And on the Cinemax side of things, THR reports that creator/showrunner Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming drama The Knick has already been renewed for a second season, even though season one doesn’t premiere until August 8th.  Clive Owen stars as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900 New York, an era in which medical procedures were extremely dangerous.  Soderbergh directed all 10 episodes of the first season and has stated his eagerness to return for season two.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

Kate Beckinsale in THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM for D.J. Caruso; Jim Belushi Tells THE WHOLE TRUTH; Dakota Johnson Is FOREVER, INTERRUPTED

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Here’s a bit more casting news for you to enjoy:

  • Kate Beckinsale will star in the psychological thriller The Disappointments Room for director D.J. Caruso.
  • Jim Belushi has joined Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth starring Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gabriel Basso.
  • Dakota Johnson is attached to star in Forever, Interrupted, an adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

5 New INTO THE STORM Images Reveal Stormchasers at the Mercy of a Fire Tornado

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While natural disasters in the real world are becoming increasingly frequent and devastating, they remain quite fun to view in the relative safety of a movie theater.  Enter Into the Storm, director Steven Quale’s tornado picture that takes a found-footage approach to stormchasers and small-town citizens attempting to survive a deadly outbreak of twisters.  We have five new images from the action-thriller to share with you today, featuring an upclose and personal look at the inside of a tornado, plus the rare and deadly fire-twister.

Be sure to read up on my set visit report for Into the Storm, along with interviews with Quale, producer Todd Garner, and stars Sarah Wayne Callies, Richard Armitage, and Matt Walsh.  Also starring Nathan Kress, Arlen Escarpeta, Jon Reep, Kyle Davis, and Jeremy SumpterInto the Storm opens August 8th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Will Have Multiple Directors and 4 “Central Roles”; William Friedkin in the Mix

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As it does every year, HBO lead the Emmy nominations this morning with a whopping 99 nods and it has a very solid chance at winning in some of the major categories thanks to the phenomenal True Detective.  Though the anthology series wrapped up its complete story at the end of the first season, many (myself included) have been incredibly curious to see what True Detective season 2 will bring.  Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto has previously teased that the next batch of episodes takes place in the “psychosphere ambiance” of California and deals with “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”  Subsequently, speculation has run rampant with what little information we have, and casting rumors have been in abundance.

During an interview earlier today regarding the first season’s nominations, Pizzolatto dropped a few more details about True Detective season 2, walking back the whole “occult history” angle and confirming that it will indeed have multiple directors.  Moreover, The Exorcist director William Friedkin separately confirmed that he has met about working on the series.  More after the jump.

Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro Wants to Release PG-13 and Unrated Cuts of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS Simultaneously

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Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to developing multiple projects at once.  We just learned that he will be doing a small black and white film prior to shooting Pacific Rim 2 next year for an April 7, 2017 release date (not to mention the Pacific Rim animated series).  He’s also producing The Strain TV series, debuting on FX, and that’s just the stuff he’s openly talking about.

Well, that stuff and his long delayed dream project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.  Last week we learned that he was considering a toned-down PG-13 version of that film in order to get it made. While that’s still true, that doesn’t mean it will be the only version that’s out there.  He’s also considering shooting all the gore for a simultaneously released Unrated Cut.  In fact, that’s his preferred plan.  Hit the jump for more.

The 2014 Emmy Nominations: 5 Surprises, 5 Snubs, and How the Voters Choose

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As predicted in who should be nominated for the Emmys the actual 2014 Emmy nominations provoked irritation and boredom by essentially copying and pasting the same names and series as the last several years.  There were a few adjustments: True Detective rightfully knocked Homeland out of the Best Drama list, but did Downton Abbey and House of Cards really deserve slots over The Good Wife‘s best season yet, not to mention an outstanding year for The Americans?  Hit the jump to learn the method behind this madness, as well as the picks for five surprises and five snubs from some of the non-major categories.

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