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The Collision: Episode 108 – World War II Films and Fury

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This week on The Collision, we talk about World War II films and David Ayer's new picture, Fury.  Our discussion of World War II movies explores the various sub-genres, the difficulty of balancing revereance with entertainment, depicting war honestly, the development of the genre over time, how it compares to movies depicting other American wars, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Ghostbusters 3, Cinematic Universes, and Robert Downey Jr. "), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood. Adam's Recommendation: Mark Harris' book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War Matt's Recommendation: The Guns of Navarone »

- Matt Goldberg

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30 Screengrabs from the Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

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We got a nice surprise when the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer dropped today.  To dig deeper into the footage, we have 30 trailer screengrabs for you.  The images feature Thor (Chris Hemsworth) choking Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) facing off against the Hulkbuster armor, Captain America (Chris Evans) outrunning a rolling car, and good looks at Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ultron (James Spader), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Andy Serkis. Directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the images after the jump. Click here for all our Avengers coverage or browse recent links below: First Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Teases Dark Tone, Catastrophic Destruction Assemble 2015: First Official Teaser Poster for Avengers: Age Of Ultron Avengers: Age Of Ultron: Check out Hawkeye’s New Outfit; Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Assemble 2015: First Official Teaser Poster for Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer came early, and Marvel has followed up by releasing the first official teaser poster with the tagline "Assemble 2015."  Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) "from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure." Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the sequel directed by Joss WhedonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the poster after the jump. Official synopsis: Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Michael Keaton Talks Birdman, Working with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki, and More

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I love this time of year.  The weather starts to cool off.  Football games start to matter.  And Hollywood releases some incredible movies that will be in play during Award season.  Which brings me to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible new film, Birdman.  Made to look like one long shot, Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable.  It's absolutely one of my favorite films of 2014 and it should be seen as soon as possible.  Trust me, this is a special movie that you want to see.  The film also stars Edward NortonNaomi WattsEmma Stone, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Watch Air New Zealand The Hobbit Safety Video with Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood

7 hours ago

Air New Zealand is all in on the Lord of the Rings tourism industry.  They created a 5-minute safety video set in Middle Earth to show passengers before each flight with plenty of Hobbit sight gags.  Directed by Taika Waititi (Flight of the Conchords), the production values are solid and the clip is entertaining, as far as airline informational videos go.  The result will make you actually pay attention to the safety instructions on your next flight to New Zealand. Watch the video---featuring appearances by Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, and Weta Workshop co-founder Richard Taylor---after the jump.

The post Watch Air New Zealand The Hobbit Safety Video with Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood appeared first on Collider. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Arrow Recap: “Corto Maltese”

7 hours ago

Pack your bags (but leave your bows), because Arrow's headed to a vacation destination!  Don't worry, we still spend plenty of time in Starling City, but the change of scenery was a nice way for Team Arrow to get into the action in a very different setting.  They get a little bit of time to relax in the sun and the sand, but it isn't long before international espionage and automatic weapons rear their ugly heads.  Oh, wait, while Arrow's gone, who's minding the store back in Starling City? Hit the jump for our Arrow recap. We kick things off with a flashback right out of the gates, heading back six months to when Malcolm Merlyn and Thea Queen were making travel plans.  Thea wanted to forget how to feel so she could never be hurt again, and she's right in assuming that Merlyn can teach her how to do just that. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Alfie Allen Talks John Wick, Game Of Thrones, Comic-Con, Favorite TV Shows, and More

7 hours ago

As I’ve said again and again, I absolutely loved John Wick.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  When I recently hosted a screening in NYC, there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film.  For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage. Last week in New York City I sat down with Alfie Allen for an extended interview.  In the film he's the reason John Wick comes out of retirement.  Allen talked about how he got involved in the project, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Charlie Kaufman to Rewrite Iq 83 for Steve Carell to Star

9 hours ago

It looks like Charlie Kaufman and Steve Carell may work together after all.  Carell was originally set to star in the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind scribe’s excellent-sounding musical Frank or Francis, but the feature was postponed due to lack of financing.  He then turned his attention to the FX pilot How and Why, only to see the network pass on picking it up to series earlier this year.  Now Kaufman has been tapped to rewrite a star vehicle for Carell, and it sounds kind of great.  The Adaptation. and Being John Malkovich screenwriter will pen an adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s science-fiction novel Iq 83, which revolves around the outbreak of a disease that is slowly making everyone dumber.  More after the jump. Deadline reports that Paramount has hired Kaufman to do a page one rewrite of Iq 83, which is being developed as a star vehicle for Carell. »

- Adam Chitwood

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First Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Teases Dark Tone, Catastrophic Destruction

9 hours ago

The first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer for writer/director Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated superhero follow-up has leaked online under a week before its official release.  The sequel finds Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) teaming up once again to battle the devious robot known as Ultron (James Spader).  This is very close to the footage that was shown at Comic-Con, save for a different final shot and an extended clip that was shown of the so-called "Avengers Party."  What's clear from this trailer is that the tone is darker, the stakes are higher, and the threat is seemingly more nefarious. Watch the trailer after the jump.  Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson and opens in theaters May »

- Collider Staff

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New Into The Woods Images Feature Johnny Depp’s Big Bad Wolf, Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella, and More

9 hours ago

Earlier this morning, we got our first look at Johnny Depp’s Big Bad Wolf from director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) upcoming musical adaptation Into the Woods.  It’s an interesting look to say the least, and while I figured the reason Depp was left out of the trailer was because his character would be CG-aided, it turns out he’s actually just wearing what looks like a relatively cheap Halloween costume.  Indeed, Depp tells EW Marshall let him put his own spin on the character: “Rob Marshall wasn't afraid to let me take the role to a level of heightened reality, almost cartoon-like, where one second the Wolf is here, and then, boom, suddenly he's over there.” Nevertheless, the film still has promise with its fantastic ensemble and twisty premise, and some new Into the Woods images have now landed online that give some different looks at Depp’s wolf, »

- Adam Chitwood

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NBC Lands Bewitched Sequel Series

10 hours ago

The next in an increasingly common series of “remakes” or “reboots” on television has found a home.  Variety reports that NBC has landed the Bewitched sequel TV show that has been shopped around for the last couple of weeks.  The proposed series will follow the granddaughter of Darren and Samantha Stevens, who were played in the original series by Dick York (and then Dick Sargent) and Elizabeth Montgomery.  The fantasy sitcom ran for eight seasons on NBC from 1964-1972 and spawned a short-lived spinoff Tabitha in 1977 and an ill-conceived feature film remake in 2005 starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. NBC has given a pilot production commitment to the Bewitched sequel series, which hails from writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, whose credits include Never Been Kissed and The Vow.

The post NBC Lands Bewitched Sequel Series appeared first on Collider. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Xbox’s Live-Action Digital Series Halo: Nightfall Gets a Full, Dramatically Overwrought Trailer

11 hours ago

Quality storytelling has never been the first thing that has come to mind when I think "Halo".  I think "Excellent multiplayer gaming in the first installment" and "teabagging your opponent's avatar".  But I guess the Halo mythos must have enough going in its space-marines-versus-aliens plotline to warrant not one, but two series.  The first is Halo: Nightfall, which is being executive produced by Ridley Scott, and will serve as a lead-up to Halo 5: Guardians.  The series follows Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and Office of Naval Intelligence (Oni) agents as they attempt to investigate terrorist activity on the colony world of Sedra. The full trailer for the series has gone online and…hoo-boy.  I'll just ask this: If this didn't have the Halo brand attached, would you care at all?  Also, none of the characters are jumping and strafing at the same time, so how does this really tap into the spirit of the games? »

- Matt Goldberg

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Images Offer First Look at Ultron and the Hulkbuster Armor

11 hours ago

Marvel is taking an odd yet not entirely surprising approach to unveiling the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer by debuting it on ABC next week during the new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (synergy!).  It’s an understandable effort to boost the ratings of the low-rated series, and I’m sure the trailer will be online shortly afterwards.  But if you can’t wait until next week to see the first footage from director Joss Whedon’s sequel, newly unveiled images from the trailer offer a sneak peek at what we can expect—including the first Ultron image that unveils the villainous robot as played by James Spader, and Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster armor. Hit the jump to take a look at the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer images.  For a recap of the extended footage we saw at Comic-Con, click here.  The full trailer debuts on Tuesday, October »

- Adam Chitwood

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Alex Ross Perry Talks Listen Up Philip, Working with a Bigger Budget, Making Movies on the East Coast, Why It’s Okay If You Can’t Relate to Philip and More

11 hours ago

You know what can happen when you take a film on the festival circuit?  You leave home for a bit and may fall out of touch with close friends.  That’s what happened to writer-director Alex Ross Perry and it made him wonder, what happens to those friends when he’s not around?  That’s a question he explores in his new film, Listen Up PhilipJason Schwartzman stars as the title character, a writer eagerly awaiting the release of his second novel who’s got the tendency to do what he wants and speak his mind at all times, even if it hurts others. Some may describe Philip as an unlikable character, but Perry approaches it from a different perspective.  Whether or not you can relate to Philip, he hopes that the movie makes viewers wonder, where does that kind of behavior get you?  Hit the jump to hear about that, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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First Eye In The Sky Images Featuring Helen Mirren as the Commander of a Top Secret Drone Operation

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Gavin Hood is in the midst of shooting his Ender’s Game follow-up, Eye in the Sky, in South Africa, but he’s already got some stills from the film to show off.  The movie stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a military intelligence officer remotely leading a drone operation to track down terrorists in Nairobi.  However, when Powell and co. come to realize that the terrorists are preparing for a suicide mission, it’s decided that the targets are to be taken out instead.  Trouble is, just when pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to get the job done, he sees a nine-year-old girl walk right into the kill zone.  Now he’s got to “pass the request for confirmation of the next step up to the highest levels,” which includes the foreign secretary played by Iain Glen. Hit the jump to check out the very first »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Turned Down the Offer to Host This Year’s Oscars

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It was announced last week that the excellent Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting this coming February's Oscar ceremony, but it turns out that Nph wasn’t the Academy’s first choice.  THR reports that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—who have produced the last two ceremonies in a row—first “begged” Ellen Degeneres to return as Oscar for this year’s ceremony.  She firmly declined the offer, and then they next approached Chris Rock, who hosted in 2005.  He turned down the offer as well, and so Zadan and Meron then went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus who, shocker, said “no”.  They then finally landed on Harris, who graciously agreed to take on the gig.  More after the jump. Hosting the Oscars is essentially a no-win scenario. You have to be able to balance the humor and entertainment with the fact that everyone in the room is incredibly nervous and just »

- Adam Chitwood

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New The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV Spot Features Teary-Eyed Josh Hutcherson

12 hours ago

Whether you’re into the non-stop Hunger Games marketing campaigns or not, there’s no denying that Lionsgate knows how to deliver quality promotional material.  At this point, we’ve already seen a teaser trailer, a full-length trailer and a TV spot for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 yet this latest TV spot still rocks some brand new footage and a relatively unique tone.  The film’s promotional push isn’t just laying it all out there to get as many moviegoers into theaters as possible.  Lionsgate is actually taking more of a storytelling-centric approach, having each new piece add a layer to the situation, encouraging viewers to become invested well before the movie even comes out. Hit the jump to check out the latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot featuring Willow Shields’ Primrose Everdeen, a little encouragement from Elizabeth Banks as Effie and a super sad Josh Hutcherson. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Hobbit Movies Cost $745 Million, But That’s Okay Because They’ve Already Made Nearly $2 Billion

12 hours ago

Calculating the budget of Hollywood films is a tricky business.  Rarely is the “official” number the actual amount that a movie cost, and even if a movie seems to have made more than its reported budget, that doesn’t factor in the cost of marketing and distribution; roughly, a movie has to make about one and half times its budget to become profitable.  The cost, obviously, goes up with sequels, as studios put more money into a film that now has a much higher probability of becoming profitable thanks to brand recognition based on the first film.  In the case of The Hobbit franchise—a series of prequels to one of the most popular and successful film trilogies of all time—one can imagine the amount of money Warner Bros. spent to bring them to fruition. But now one doesn’t have to imagine that number, as it is being »

- Adam Chitwood

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Steve Coogan to Replace Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime Comedy Series Happyish

12 hours ago

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death left a gaping void in the acting world, and there are so many more roles it would have been wonderful to see him tackle.  Among his planned projects was Happyish, a 10-episode half-hour comedy series for Showtime created, written, and executive produced by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander (who also wrote the terrific book Foreskin's Lament).  The series is described as "a soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place." The project was in stasis following Hoffman's death, but Showtime has decided to move forward by casting Steve Coogan in the lead role of "Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like 'digital,' 'social' and 'viral.'" The series was also set to star Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Kaitlyn Dever Talks Laggies, Working with Lynn Shelton, the Lesson She Learned from Keira Knightley, The Greens Are Gone, and More

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Kaitlyn Dever is one of film and television’s fastest rising and most versatile young actresses and 2014 has been another busy year for her.  She stars in Lynn Shelton’s new comedy, Laggies, opening October 24th, in a supporting role with Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz playing a hard partying teenager with a sarcastic sense of humor who says whatever’s on her mind.  She also stars in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children opposite Jennifer Garner which hit theaters last weekend.  Finally, she’s currently starring in the popular ABC sitcom, Last Man Standing, which followed her recurring role in the acclaimed FX drama Justified. I recently landed an exclusive interview with Dever who talked about her reaction when she first read the script for Laggies, the appeal of the role, finding the right mindset to play Misty, the important lesson she learned from Knightley, what she enjoyed most about working with Shelton, »

- Sheila Roberts

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