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Director Isao Takahata Talks The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, His Process, the Future of Studio Ghibli, the Popularity of Animation in Japan, and More

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One of my personal highlights from this year's Toronto International Film Festival was getting to interview director Isao Takahata for his new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  If you're not familiar with his name, Isao Takahata is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with Hayao Miyazaki, and he previously directed Only YesterdayPom PokoMy Neighbors the Yamadas, and the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies (which I can't recommend enough).  In his latest movie, which is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Takahata breaks away from Ghibli's familiar animation style and tells a story that embraces the connection between nature and magic.  For more on the film, read Matt's review.  The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be released in North America on October 17. During the interview Isao Takahata talked about how he picks his subject matter, how he decided on the look of the film and the style of animation, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Director Josh Boone Talks The Fault In Our Stars, the Extended Cut, Making the Material His Own, the Painful Writing Process, and Pretenders

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The Fault in Our Stars is far more than just Ya-appeasing schmaltz, deftly weaving romanticism with deeper philosophic undercurrents.  Josh Boone’s sophomore effort (post Stuck in Love) is a fairly straight adaptation of John Green’s novel – and keeps with the book’s strange tonal feat at once both tragic yet uplifting.  It’s sort of the feel-good movie about dying young; but Boone’s deft touch with the material and the cast somehow makes the juxtaposing tones mesh. In the following interview with Josh Boone in anticipation of film’s Blu-ray release, he discusses the Extended Cut of The Fault in Our Stars, why he’ll never write a novel, and injecting his authorial stamp onto the adaptation.  You can read Boone’s previous thoughts and comments on his upcoming adaptations of The Stand and Lestat – right here.  For the full Fault in Our Stars interview, hit the jump. »

- Tommy Cook

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David Fincher Says Corporate Culture Killed 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea; Will Be Focusing on HBO Series All Next Year [Updated]

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Sometimes I think it would be cool to see a genius like David Fincher tackle something like a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The project had been in the works at Disney for years, and at one point it seemed pretty close to happening.  But, according to Fincher, it was corporate culture that killed this big-budget behemoth.  Not a huge surprise at that level of expenditure. I'm not too bummed about losing this particular project, and I do think Fincher's version is lost whether or not Disney moves ahead with their own.  It would have been cool, but now we're getting Gone Girl, a movie I'm infinitely more excited about than I would have been about 20,000 Leagues. Still, his comments on the matter are more than worth checking out, as they're largely representative of a studio culture in which domestic ancillary revenue is on the wane (thanks pirates »

- Evan Dickson

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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley Set for Brooklyn Bridge; Leftovers Star Joins Shane Black’s Nice Guys; Paper Towns Finds Female Lead

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly: The excellent Brie Larson and Sir Ben Kingsley have been set to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the real-life drama Brooklyn Bridge. The Leftovers actress Margaret Qualley has landed a role in writer/director Shane Black’s 1970s-set crime drama The Nice Guys. Model/actress Cara Delevingne has been set to play the female lead in Fox 2000’s upcoming adaptation of the John Green novel Paper Towns. More on the aforementioned casting after the jump. Goldcrest Films announced today that Brie Larson and Sir Ben Kingsley have joined the cast of writer/director Douglas McGrath’s (Emma) drama Brooklyn Bridge.  Based on true events, Daniel Radcliffe stars as a brilliant but inexperienced engineer who is left to oversee construction of the Brooklyn Bridge after his father passes away.  Though besieged by “calamity, danger and doubt,” Washington finds »

- Adam Chitwood

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Director Adam Wingard and Screenwriter Simon Barrett Talk The Guest, the Fallacy of Boring Art Films, and Their Quest to Evolve

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The Guest is easily one of the best times you'll have in a theater this year.  It's funny, full of action, smart, and extremely stylish.  Three years ago I wouldn't have thought Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey would be a contender as an action star/serious badass, but I would have been wrong.  He's on fire here (as you can probably tell by the film's trailer).  So are director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S/2, You're Next), who continue to mine the genre field and find interesting ways to make their material relatable and exciting. I recently sat down with Wingard and Barrett to talk about the film.  I should note that I've interviewed the duo many times in the past, so I wanted to go a little bit off the beaten path with my questions here and focus solely on aspects »

- Evan Dickson

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Enter Our Spartacus Giveaway and Win a Special Edition of the Complete Series on Blu-ray

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If you're a fan of the Starz series Spartacus you're in some serious luck today because we're giving away a limited edition boxed set of the entire series. Spartacus: Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray hits stores today on Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD.  This 13 disc set contains all 39 episodes of the Spartacus seasons Blood & Sand, Gods of the Arena, Vengeance, and War of the Damned. The contest opens today and runs through the end of the month.  Hit the jump to see how you can win Spartacus: The Complete Series on Blu-ray below.  You'll be eligible for the limited edition figurine set, which has a retail value of $199.99.  In order to enter the contest, email thecollidermailbox@gmail.com with your name and address and include Spartacus Giveaway in the headline. You also need to have “liked” Collider on Facebook. This giveaway will be open until Monday September 29th »

- Evan Dickson

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First Powers Image Featuring Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward

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The Powers TV show never panned out over at FX, but Sony is giving the Brian Michael Bendis comic book another go.  The new rendition is currently in its fourth week of filming in Atlanta and is set to premiere on the Sony PlayStation Network, making it the gaming platform’s very first original series. The comic centers on Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), two homicide detectives who focus on cases involving individuals with superpowers and now we’ve got our very first look at the show's version of them.  Hit the jump to check out the new Powers image. The image comes from USA Today.  The outlet also got the chance to talk to executive producer Charlie Huston.  Here’s what he had to say about the show: "It's such a clever concept to try and imagine a real world where you actually have to »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Octavia Spencer Talks Red Band Society, Her Character’s Journey in Season 1, Favorite Scenes, and More

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The new Fox drama series Red Band Society is a provocative coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital.  The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives, even when they’re facing serious life-threatening issues and illnesses. During this recent interview to promote the show’s September 17th premiere, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer talked about how she got involved with the show, what appealed to her about this project, her character’s journey this season, working with such a talented young cast, her favorite scenes, getting to learn more about her character, and finding the beauty in unexpected places.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. Question:  How did »

- Christina Radish

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Rumor: Adam Driver Not a Villain in Star Wars: Episode VII?

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From the moment Adam Driver stepped into the Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill, there was talk about him playing a villain and we’ve been running with that idea ever since.  However, a photo just surfaced of Driver in costume on set that suggests otherwise. Hit the jump to find out what Driver was donning on set, but be aware; there are some spoilers in this article.  Star Wars: Episode VII is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars Mark HamillCarrie FisherHarrison FordAnthony DanielsPeter MayhewKenny BakerJohn BoyegaDaisy Ridley, Gwendoline ChristieOscar IsaacAndy SerkisDomhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Miltos Yerolemou and Max von Sydow. The images come from Rick Lawrence’s Facebook page (via Star Wars 7 News) and while they are a little blurry, it does look as though that’s Driver donning an X-Wing pilot uniform.  Does that mean »

- Perri Nemiroff

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New Into The Woods Poster; Plus Dracula Untold, V/H/S: Viral and Playing It Cool

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A bunch of brand new posters just hit the web.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance: Into the Woods – This one’s rocking quite the cast, but when you’ve got Meryl Streep on the roster, how can she not be the one front and center on the poster? V/H/S: Viral – We’ve got a new poster for the third installment of the V/H/S franchise just in time for the film’s Fantastic Fest screening. Dracula Untold – We’ve got a brand new IMAX poster for Dracula Untold, but it looks a lot like the one we got back in June. Playing It Cool – This movie looks pretty ridiculous and now it’s got an odd international poster featuring Chris Evans to match. Hit the jump to check out the Into the Woods poster and more. Into the Woods Via Disney. Here’s the »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Skull Island Will Star Tom Hiddleston; Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Direct King Kong Origin Story

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When Legendary Pictures unveiled their plans for Skull Island at Comic-Con in July everyone was caught off guard.  There was a release date for this King Kong reboot, but not much else besides a teaser trailer.  Now we know a lot more.  While early reports rumored Attack the Block director Joe Cornish to be in the mix to helm the picture, those duties will now fall to Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who previously directed The Kings of Summer. The film also now has an über-charismatic star in Tom Hiddleston, who absolutely killed it earlier this year in Only Lovers Left Alive.  The film will apparently take place almost entirely on the island. Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein has been confirmed to write the script.  Skull Island opens on November 4th, 2016.  Hit the jump for more. Here's the official press release: Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic »

- Evan Dickson

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Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs Will Star in Love, a Netflix Series from Judd Apatow and Lesley Arfin

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This could be really good.  Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Girls) will co-star in Love, a new Netflix series from Rust, Judd Apatow and Leslie Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls).  In a bold move of confidence, Netflix has picked up the show for two seasons already.  The first 10 episodes will air in 2015, with another 12 on the way in 2016.  Legendary Television will produce as well. Love follows Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid.  The show will be a half-hour series.  Hit the jump for more on Love. Here's the official press release: Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin are bringing an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships to Love, a new Netflix original series, licensed globally and debuting in 2016  in all Netflix territories. »

- Evan Dickson

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DVD/Blu-Ray Deals: Marilyn Monroe, Ken Burns Documentaries, Marvel, HBO Gift Sets, and More

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Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Marilyn Monroe: Classic 9 Film Collection [Blu-Ray] - $34.99 (83% off) - The eight film collection includes Bus Stop, Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits. Up to 70% Off Ken Burns Documentaries like Prohibition, The War, Jazz, The Central Park Five, Baseball, and many more Up to 60% Off HBO Gift Sets like Deadwood, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and more Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set - $49.99 (60% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series – $70.99 (56% off) Seinfeld: The Complete Series – $59.49 (60% off) Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set) [Blu-ray] – $119.99 (45% off) The Godfather Collection »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Listen Up, Philip Trailer Plunges Jason Schwartzman into Ego Gratification

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After a teaser trailer that was decidedly retro, Listen Up, Philip (the new film from The Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry) gets a more conventional trailer that still isn't pulling any punches when it comes to the mean-spirited (yet creatively accurate, in my opinion) subject matter.  The pic stars Jason Schwartzman as a self-obsessed author awaiting the publication of his “sure-to-succeed” second novel.  Facing a deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), uncomfortableness at his home, and an indifference to promoting his novel, Philip is offered the chance to retreat to the summer home of his idol, played by Jonathan Pryce.   Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Krysten RitterJosephine de La BaumeJess WeixlerDree HemingwayKeith Poulson, and Eric Bogiosan.  Tribeca films releases Listen Up, Philip in theaters on October 17th.  I'll be there.   Here’s the official synopsis for Listen Up, »

- Evan Dickson

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Exclusive Clip from Transformers: Age Of Extinction’s Blu-ray/Digital Release Takes a Peek into the Mind, Method, and Madness of Michael Bay

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The closest most people get to understanding the singular vision and unique method of Michael Bay's filmmaking is to simply watch his finished products.  Unfortunately, so much is lost in translation between the empty frame at the beginning of production and the overloaded insanity Bay packs into each and every scene by the movie's end.  While I was lucky enough to see Bay's process in action while on set of his recent blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, now you can get a front-row seat thanks to our exclusive clip.  This behind-the-scenes video, which celebrates the film's release on Blu-ray/Digital, reveals a glimpse of Bay visualizing an epic scene while translating his vision to his cast and crew.  Hit the jump to check it out, and for more on the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray/Digital release. Take a look at our exclusive clip from the Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray below: ComplexEmbed. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Director Shawn Levy Talks This Is Where I Leave You, Michael Giacchino, the Deleted Sex Scene Between Adam Driver and Connie Britton, and More

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Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam DriverCorey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, 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.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with director Shawn Levy.  He discussed how he was able »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Collector Concept Art Shows the Evolution of Benicio Del Toro’s Most Prized Possessions

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One of the more densely layered visual sequences in Guardians of the Galaxy comes when Star Lord, Groot, Drax, Gamora and Rocket visit Benicio Del Toro's character The Collector during their sojourn to Knowhere. His collection is filled to the brim with so many easter eggs and callbacks to the Marvel universe (not to mention one of director James Gunn's prior films, Slither) you need several viewings to process all of it.  If you've seen the end credits tag you'll know that The Collector even has a prized (if marginalized) Marvel character in his possession. But of course the aesthetic choices you see in the film didn't just arrive in their current form.  A considerable amount of work was done testing different concepts and looks - some of them departing radically from the finished design - before the creative team settled on the environment you see onscreen in the film. »

- Evan Dickson

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An American Werewolf In London Maze Preview: 26 Images from Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights Attraction

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Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary.  Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-a-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever. Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour the An American Werewolf in London maze, which recreates legendary scenes from the cult favorite using gruesomely convincing props, »

- Christina Radish

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New Insterstellar Poster Will Not Be the End of Us

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Warner Bros. and Paramount have released a new Interstellar poster online.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey and revolves around a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole “to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”  Like the teaser poster, the tagline is a mix of fatalism and optimism, and I’m curious to see if that will mirror the tone of the picture.  As for the shot of McConaughey in the spacesuit, his expression is inscrutable.  Is it determined?  Confused?  Hungry?  He’s a real actor now, so it’s layered. Hit the jump to check out the new Interstellar poster.  The film also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens »

- Matt Goldberg

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Rose McIver Talks Petals On The Wind DVD, Intense Ballet Training, the Harrowing Shoot, iZOMBIE, Exploring Comedy, and More

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Petals on the Wind, the sequel to V.C. Andrews’ best-selling novel and Lifetime smash hit movie Flowers in the Attic, is now available on DVD.  Set 15 years after the end of the previous film, the second installment shows the Dollanganger children as they attempt to find their way in the world, following their escape after years of imprisonment.  But as Cathy (Rose McIver) and Christopher (Wyatt Nash) try to put their sordid past behind them, they soon discover that certain secrets can’t be left behind.  The film also stars Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Bailey Buntain, Dylan Bruce and Will Kemp. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Rose McIver talked about how she got involved with the film, taking on the role from Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) and then passing it off to the next actress, how much she knew about these books before signing on, the intense ballet training, »

- Christina Radish

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