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Zack Snyder Defends Man Of Steel Ending; Teases Batman Connection and Brainiac

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As with nearly every highly anticipated movie these days, Man of Steel fell victim to plenty of nitpicking. Some of it was warranted, while some of it got a little too intense. While Superman’s decision to kill was certainly controversial, many also took issue with the level of collateral damage that Superman’s final battle with General Zod elicited. Some argued that Superman should’ve known better, while others maintained that this was the young superhero’s first battle in a major metropolitan area, and he thus was inexperienced. Ahead of next week’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Comic-Con panel, where fans are sure to get an extended sneak preview at the Man of Steel follow-up, someone else has come forward defending the third act set piece of the 2011 Superman reboot: director Zack Snyder. [caption id="attachment_480921" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] Speaking with EW as part of the magazine’s extensive Comic-Con preview, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Friday Box Office: Holdovers Still in Charge as Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike Xxl Stumble into Holiday Frame

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Another Friday, another close race between holdovers Inside Out and Jurassic World. The Pixar hit took top honors at yesterday’s box office with an estimated $12.5 million. Jurassic World’s estimate came in at $11.8 million on Friday. But while the last two frames have seen Jw climb over Io to claim first place, this weekend seems to favor Pixar. At this point, Inside Out is expected to earn $30 million to Jurassic World’s $29 million. That’s statistically too close to call – and lord knows that box office tracking isn’t perfect. Still, after three weeks of dinosaur domination, Inside Out’s moment may have finally arrived. Two new releases are also in the mix this holiday weekend: Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike Xxl. As in 2014 (when the fourth of July fell on a Friday), both pics debuted nationwide on Wednesday. Opening day belonged to Magic Mike, which took first place »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Kevin Spacey & Adrien Brody Talk Directors, Collaboration at Jameson First Shot

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This past weekend Jameson First Shot announced their three winners. The competition, in its forth year, is a passion project from Kevin Spacey and his production company Trigger Street Productions. Each year, Spacey and co. recruit an actor (this year – Adrien Brody; past years have included Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman & Spacey himself) to star in three selected shorts from rising/unproduced filmmakers. The shorts are selected from across the globe – previous winners have hailed from Russia, South Africa, Canada & the Us. The winning shorts tend to be character-driven pieces, allowing the star (in this case Adrien Brody) the opportunity to play three distinctive characters – whilst also promoting three unknown writer/directors into the proverbial spotlight. This year’s winners Stephan Tempier, Mark Middlewick & Travis Calvert’s shorts run the gamut from farce to tragic-comedy to metaphysical-leaning romance. [caption id="attachment_481431" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Jameson First Shot[/caption] Tempier’s farcical Boredom stars Adrien Brody »

- Tommy Cook

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Our Favorite “American” Movies

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Today, Americans are celebrating their Independence Day, a day where a bunch of guys decided they didn’t want to be taxed without their government representing their interests. Thankfully, we no longer have that problem, and celebrate their achievement by taking the day off, grilling and devouring meats, and creating explosions. All in all, it ain’t a bad country. Because it’s Independence Day, we’ve decided to celebrate America by praising movies that have “American” in their title, because if it’s right there on the box, you know it’s quality.

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- Matt Goldberg

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Black Panther: Ava DuVernay Passes on Directing the Marvel Film

3 July 2015 1:57 PM, PDT

With Marvel Studios’ 2018 film Black Panther, it looked like we might possibly get Marvel’s first female director and first person-of-color director in one go with Selma helmer Ava DuVernay. A report surfaced in May that DuVernay was being courted to direct either Black Panther or Captain Marvel, the studio’s first female-led superhero pic. DuVernay didn’t shoot the report down and even seemed to address the rumors on Twitter from time-to-time, but now comes firm word that the pairing of DuVernay and Marvel won’t be happening after all. Speaking with Essence, the filmmaker revealed that she has opted to pass on directing Black Panther over (surprise!) a difference of vision with Marvel: “I'm not signing on to direct Black Panther. I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think »

- Adam Chitwood

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High-Res Presentation Reel Reveals the John Carter that Could Have Been

3 July 2015 12:16 PM, PDT

Once upon a time Kerry Conran (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) was slated to direct an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's beloved science fiction series John Carter of Mars for Paramount. Of course, that didn't pan out, and what we ended up with was Disney's John Carter, the Taylor Kitsch-led box office disaster that generated a bizarre amount of hate for what I understand was just a kind of okay movie. For those who wanted to see what Conran's version might have looked like, today's your luck day. Harry Knowles, who was set to produce the axed adaptation, has released a high-res version of the presentation reel, featuring tons of gorgeous artwork and some solid fight choreography. A low-res version of this video has been floating around the internet for a while, but this version is crisp and offers a solid idea of what Conran had in mind for his film's aesthetic. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Batman V Superman Scenes Include a Rainy Rooftop Battle and Solemn Chats with Alfred

3 July 2015 10:59 AM, PDT

Now that we've seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice take center stage on the cover of Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con issue and had a chance to pore over the new images, we've also got descriptions for three scenes in Zach Snyder's epic superhero showdown starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Godot, Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons. As reported in EW [via comicbook] Bruce Wayne and Alfred share an "almost comically grim" scene in the "derelict husk" of Wayne manor, littered with "strewn leaves across the floor," as Bruce prepares to go to battle with Superman. Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and his loyal butler, Alfred (Jeremy Irons), are gravely intoning their lines into a burned-out fireplace, as Bruce prepares for his Valley of Elah moment with Superman. The billionaire vigilante appears weary but determined, not unlike the actor portraying him. And this will not be the only counsel Bruce receives from Alfred - nor should it, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Skydance CEO & COO David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and Director Alan Taylor Talk Terminator Genisys

3 July 2015 10:50 AM, PDT

While in Berlin for the world premiere of Terminator Genisys I landed an exclusive video interview with director Alan Taylor and Skydance CEO and COO David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (Skydance produced the movie with Paramount). During the interview they talked about how the script changed during production, Easter eggs, what they learned from friends and family screenings, setting up future movies, deleted scenes, and more. As I have said a few times, I really enjoyed Terminator Genisys. It’s easily the 3rd best in the franchise behind Terminator  and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and feels more in the James Cameron universe than any of the other sequels. I also really enjoyed seeing Schwarzenegger play his most iconic role again. Hopefully audiences turn out for this because everyone involved wants to make a trilogy of new Terminator movies, and I want to see what the next two installments have in store. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Disney’s 9 Most Wicked Animated Villains

3 July 2015 10:07 AM, PDT

Disney Animation excels at a lot of things - fantastic world building, top-tier artwork, and some of the catchiest songs in the world - but the studio's crowning achievement may just be the exceptional catalogue of villains built up over the last six decades. It's commonly said that a story is only as strong as it's antagonist, so it's no surprise that the foremost leader in children's storytelling has a pantheon of iconic villainy. Before we go forward, a few things to keep in mind about the list below: We're sticking to Disney Animated Classics, so that means no live-action and no Pixar (sorry, Lotso). This list is not ranked, but compiled in chronological order. Finally, this is in no way a comprehensive, definitive, or ultimate list. Disney animation has churned out more than 50 films in as many years, and a stunning amount of them are downright excellent, so these »

- Haleigh Foutch

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New Ant-man Trailer Disses the Iron Man Armor

3 July 2015 9:58 AM, PDT

Marvel has released a new Ant-Man trailer a couple weeks before the film finally debuts. In addition to directly explaining the plot, in particular the motives of Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) former protégé Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll), we get another Avengers name-drop along with Pym dismissing the Iron Man armor as “cute technology”. It looks like the film is very conscious of why there aren’t any Avengers around, and part of that has to do with Hank Pym’s disdain for them. A team of superheroes might get the job done, but Pym would rather give a thief a superpowered suit. It helps facilitate the McU, but also tells us about where Pym's character and beliefs, which is nice. Check out the new Ant-Man trailer below. The film also stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris and Bobby Cannavale. Here’s »

- Matt Goldberg

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Matt Bomer on Magic Mike Xxl, the White Collar Ending, Shane Black, and More

3 July 2015 9:37 AM, PDT

Now playing in theaters is Magic Mike Xxl. Gregory Jacobs takes over as director this time around, though Steven Soderbergh is still onboard as cinematographer, camera operator, and editor. Written by Reid Carolin, the story takes place three years after the events of Magic Mike, as Channing Tatum’s character has bowed out of the stripper game for good…or so he thinks. The rest of the Kings of Tampa decide to throw in the towel as well, but not before one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach with Mike sharing the spotlight. As the boys embark on a rowdy road trip, they renew old acquaintances and make new friends. As you can see in these fifty images, Jada Pinkett Smith plays a club owner, while Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Andie MacDowell fill other supporting roles. The film also stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Self/Less: Four Clips & Behind-the-Scenes Footage Reveal the Side Effects of Death

3 July 2015 9:33 AM, PDT

Focus Features has released four new clips and five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage for Tarsem Singh‘s latest mind-bender, Self/less, a psychological sci-fi thriller about a dying man (Ben Kingsley) who decides to transfer his consciousness into the body of a healthy, younger man (Ryan Reynolds). The procedure works, but he soon comes to realize that “immortality has some side effects.” While most of the clips are noticeably lacking in Tarsem's distinct visual opulence, one of them finally reveals a glimpse at that aesthetic panache Tarsem is known for - but seriously, just a glimpse. The glinting gold pillow atop a sterile medical bed both feels like signature Tarsem and fits with the idea that the immortality procedure and "best of the human experience" is exclusively available to those in the highest echelons of society. These clips are also a great reminder that Reynolds is an excellent actor when »

- Haleigh Foutch

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New Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Images Prepare for Proper Slaying

3 July 2015 9:20 AM, PDT

Screen Gems has released some new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies images. Directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and based on the parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the story follows Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her sisters Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) as they try to navigate societal pressures of the landed gentry and fend off hoards of zombies. Speaking to EW, Steers explained how he was approaching the film more as a spin on Jane Austen than a B-movie. “The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight,” says Steers. “The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink.” [caption id="attachment_481321" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Screen Gems[/caption] That’s a difficult line to walk. You don’t want to be stodgy with a ridiculous premise, but at the same time, »


- Matt Goldberg

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Zachary Levi Talks Heroes Reborn, the Tangled TV Series, The Nerd Machine, Comic-Con & More

3 July 2015 8:44 AM, PDT

Zachary Levi is undoubtedly one of the busiest actor/producers in Hollywood right now. He’s hosting the pop trivia game show Geeks who Drink for Syfy, premiering on July 16th, he’s a part of the Heroes Reborn mini-series for NBC, debuting on September 24th, he’ll be doing a guest arc on Eva Longoria’s new comedy Hot and Bothered, and he’ll be returning to voice Flynn for the Tangled TV series on the Disney Channel in 2017. If all of that isn’t enough, he’s bringing NerdHQ back to San Diego, with a really cool assortment of celebrity panels and fun activities that will be held at the New Children’s Museum during Comic-Con, from July 9 - 12. And if you can’t make the trek to be there in person, never fear, as you can stream all of the “Conversations for a Cause” at IGN.com and TheNerdMachine. »

- Christina Radish

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Deadpool: The Merc with a Mouth and Negasonic Teenage Warhead Catch a Cab

3 July 2015 8:32 AM, PDT

Following yesterday’s new Deadpool image, another one has found its way online. This latest image features Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and his cohort Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). We first got a look at Ntw a couple months ago when Reynolds shared an image on Twitter, but we still don’t know much about how she’ll factor into the movie. In the comics, she’s a mutant (remember, 20th Century Fox gets to use that word because they own X-Men) who has telepathic powers. As for her unusual alias, it comes from the Monster Magnet song of the same name. We don’t know how Ms. Warhead will factor into the plot or if she’ll even employ telepathy, but with her apparently dour demeanor, she could at least be a good foil for the bubbly, loquacious Deadpool. Perhaps we’ll get a better idea of their relationship when »

- Matt Goldberg

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Comic-Con 2015: 10 Must-See Panels

3 July 2015 8:20 AM, PDT

For one weekend every year, film, TV, and comic book studios descend upon San Diego to present and preview some of their biggest and/or most exciting upcoming projects. Comic-Con is where Marvel first announced the title Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s where Zack Snyder took the stage to reveal that the Man of Steel follow-up would be a “Batman vs. Superman” movie, and it’s where Tom Hiddleston entered Hall H in character as Loki and bent thousands of people to his will. But Comic-Con is host to more than just panels previewing blockbusters. Last year David Fincher took part in a small panel looking back on Fight Club, and this year Joss Whedon gets the Hall H stage all to himself to do…something. With the Collider staff set to embark on our trip to San Diego next week where we’ll be bringing you recaps, interviews, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Hannibal Season 3 Recap: “Contorno”

3 July 2015 7:58 AM, PDT

If last week's episode of Hannibal Season 3 was a funereal contemplation of loss and unresolved anger, "Contorno" features what will surely be only the first bloody torrent of vengeance in the wake of Hannibal's trip to Florence. As Will and Chiyo make their way from Lithuania to Italy, Inspector Pazzi (Fortunato Cerlino) began to set a trap for his would-be prey, one ultimately done at the behest of Mason Verger (Joe Anderson). Rather than simply call his colleagues and take in the "monster of Florence," Pazzi looks to cash-in on Hannibal's capture, and "Contorno" felt distinctly aware of the dangers of ignoring one's past or, conversely, allowing it to slow you down. When Pazzi and his monster meet again, their conversation about the history of the inspector's family, their depictions in art and myth, slyly telegraphs his brutal end.    [caption id="attachment_481277" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via NBC[/caption] Of course, Pazzi wasn't the only one considering his past. »

- Chris Cabin

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The Collider Podcast: Episode 12 – Inside Out and Pixar

3 July 2015 7:15 AM, PDT

This week on The Collider Podcast, Adam and I discuss Inside Out and delve into Pixar. We discuss why Inside Out is such a marvelous film, how the movie developed, the chances it takes, and where it fits into Pixar’s oeuvre. We also talk about Pixar, where the studio has been, where it’s headed, if the original braintrust will return the studio to greatness, and much more. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider Podcast below; click here for last week’s episode ("Jurassic Park"); and click here to find us on iTunes. And if you like the podcast, please leaves a positive review on iTunes. We’ll think you’re a terrific person! If you don’t like the podcast, feel free to keep that to yourself. Also: That Was No Dream. To keep up to date with The Collider Podcast, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Jurassic World: Ty Simpkins Talks Landing His Role, the Gyrosphere, and More

3 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

With Jurassic World now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Ty Simpkins. He talked about how he landed the role, working in the Gyrosphere, if the script changed during production, getting to work with Shane Black on The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3, video games, future projects, and more. If you didn’t know, executive producer Steven Spielberg personally oversaw the Jurassic World story development, as Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly fine-tuned the existing screenplay penned by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), which for the first time takes place within a functioning Jurassic Park. The film also stars Nick RobinsonTy Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Omar SyIrrfan KhanJake Johnson, and Judy Greer. For more on the film, read Perri’s review. Question: Let me start by saying congratulations on the movie, really good. Ty Simpkins: Thank you. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Joe Manganiello on Magic Mike Xxl, a 3D Sequel, Bodyguarding for Tyrese, and More

2 July 2015 2:44 PM, PDT

Now playing in theaters is Magic Mike Xxl. Gregory Jacobs takes over as director this time around, though Steven Soderbergh is still onboard as cinematographer, camera operator, and editor. Written by Reid Carolin, the story takes place three years after the events of Magic Mike, as Channing Tatum’s character has bowed out of the stripper game for good…or so he thinks. The rest of the Kings of Tampa decide to throw in the towel as well, but not before one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach with Mike sharing the spotlight. As the boys embark on a rowdy road trip, they renew old acquaintances and make new friends. As you can see in these fifty images, Jada Pinkett Smith plays a club owner, while Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Andie MacDowell fill other supporting roles. The film also stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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