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10 Great Films of 2014 You May Have Missed and You Should Absolutely Watch

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Critics and the general populace live very different lives.  Critics live in the bubble—a wonderful place where you see movies early and for free.  Other moviegoers must carve out time in a busy schedule, track down films, and then pay high ticket prices.  We're incredibly sympathetic to these moviegoers, and so we don't expect you to see every movie.  It's easy to miss a lot of them, especially when you want to get a lot of bang for your buck. However, there were plenty of movies this year that deserved your attention, and we urge you to track down these ten films you might have missed due to their limited theatrical release.  Hit the jump for Matt and Adam's list. Matt's Recommendations Jodorowsky's Dune Even if you've never seen or don't like Alejandro Jodorowsky's movies, Jodorowsky's Dune is a celebration of film and creativity itself rather than the »

- Collider Staff

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Luke Evans Talks The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, Deleted Scenes, More

10 hours ago

As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is now in theaters.  Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. At last week’s London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Luke Evans.  He talked about what he would ask J. R. R. Tolkien, deleted scenes and what might be included in the extended cut, embarrassing moments from the set, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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First Trailer For Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Is Haunting and Beautiful

11 hours ago

I have yet to see Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter but I'm counting the days until I get the opportunity.  The new film from writing/directing team David and Nathan Zellner (Kid Thing) is a riff on a popular urban legend about a girl who believes Fargo is a true story and goes searching for the money Steve Buscemi's character buried near the end of that movie.  Of course the legend isn't true (the young woman who died in real life wasn't searching for the money), but the Zellners used it as a springboard for a film that looks like a fantastic examination of loneliness and obsession. Hit the jump to check out the Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter trailer.  The film stars Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard, David Zellner, & Nathan Zellner.  The score by The Octopus Project won a special jury award at Sundance.  It hits select theaters on March 13th, »

- Evan Dickson

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Allison’s Top 12 Returning TV Series of 2014

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(Huge Understatement Warning): There's a lot of great TV on right now.  And as yesterday's list of the Best New Shows illustrated, there are always more being added to the pack.  To keep up with every year's newest crop is a struggle, yet the shows listed here manage to do so with aplomb.  Many of these great returning series are old timers, bucking the trend of shows waning in their later years.  Others, though, are still relatively new, but have been able to avoid a sophomore slump by even improving upon their noteworthy first seasons.  It's rare, and it's also a wonderful thing for loyal fans.  Hit the jump for some unrestrained gushing. 12. Banshee [Season 2, Cinemax] -- Cinemax's twisty, brutally violent (but emotionally compelling) gangsters-in-Amish-land series Banshee returned for its second season with as much fury and manic trajectory as its first.  This season also spent one particularly beautiful episode on »

- Allison Keene

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Chris Pratt Is Straight Up Chillin’ with a Raptor in New Jurassic World Image

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The holidays are approaching, but as everyone readies themselves for trips and food and awkward time with extended relatives next week, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow wanted to offer up a little holiday greeting in the form of a new image from the film.  It’s a nice sentiment that’s made all the more special by the fact that the image in question is undeniably great, as it shows a badass-looking Chris Pratt taking part in a staring contest with a feisty velociraptor at his side.  We caught a brief glimpse of Pratt’s character seemingly working alongside the raptors in the film’s teaser trailer, and this image seems to suggest that he and the dangerous creatures just might be buddies. Check out the new Jurassic World image after the jump.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan KhanJake Johnson, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Sony Cancels Theatrical Release of The Interview; Mulling VOD Premiere [Updated]

13 hours ago

With the top five theater chains in the country now saying they won’t be showing directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s political comedy The Interview during its scheduled opening day of December 25th, Sony Pictures is now trying to figure out what to do with the film.  In case you somehow haven’t been paying attention, theater-owners today opted to pull The Interview from their theaters after an anonymous hacker group threatened to bomb screenings of the film on opening day.  This is all very fresh, as news of the big theaters pulling out broke hours ago, but the immediate response from many was to ask Sony to simply put the movie out on VOD, ensuring that it will still be shown to anyone that wants to see it.  Now word comes that a The Interview VOD release is definitely something the studio is considering.  More after the jump. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Sony Hack Fallout Continues; New Regency Cancels Gore Verbinski’s Pyongyang Starring Steve Carell

13 hours ago

Some people are joking that the Sony hack is a viral campaign for The Interview, but a more accurate joke would be a viral campaign for Blackhat, a movie about how much power a hacker can wield in the digital age.  Movie theaters have caved to terrorist threats, and now New Regency is avoiding the problem altogether by canceling Gore Verbinski's adaptation of Guy Delisle's graphic novel Pyongyang, which is a memoir following "the French-Canadian cartoonist’s travels through North Korea after obtaining a work visa (a rarity for a Westerner) for his job on a children’s cartoon show," but his journey becomes complicated when he's accused of espionage. According to The Wrap, Verbinski was prepping to start filming in March with Steve Carell set to star in the comedy, but now New Regency is the latest company to cave into fear, which is exactly what terrorists want. »

- Matt Goldberg

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J.C. Chandor and Oscar Isaac Talk Bradford Young’s Incredible Cinematography in New A Most Violent Year Featurette

14 hours ago

Bradford Young.  Learn that name, because the guy is about to break out in a big way.  The cinematographer has been doing great work for a while now on films like Pariah and Middle of Nowhere, but his 2014 features A Most Violent Year and Selma display some of the best cinematography of the past few years.  The guy has a bold, confident voice, and what’s spectacular about his work is that his approaches to A Most Violent Year and Selma are incredibly different, but both are absolutely phenomenal.  A24 Films has released a new A Most Violent Year featurette in which director J.C. Chandor and Oscar Isaac talk about Young’s work on the film, which follows a businessman and his wife trying to hold on to their company in early 1980s New York.  Young says he wanted to capture a “refined quality of decay” of the city in the film, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Denis O’Hare Talks American Horror Story: Freak Show, Pushing the Envelope, Where He Wants the Show to Go Next, and More

14 hours ago

The FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show follows a troupe of the strange and unusual in 1952, who are looking to survive as performers amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.  From the twisted minds of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the show stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare and Finn Wittrock. During this interview with press to discuss his work on the popular series, actor Denis O’Hare (who plays a con artist named Stanley) talked about whether they can actually push the envelope of disturbing even further than they already have, the show’s portrayal of the gay community, coming up with his own backstory, what he’d like to see the show explore next, what his American Horror Story characters have in common and how they’re most different, and what scares people today. »

- Christina Radish

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Andy Serkis Says He Only Plays One Character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Discusses the Trailer and His Role

15 hours ago

Our introduction to a new era of Star Wars by way of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer was a hell of a way to kick off the marketing campaign for J.J. Abrams’ new film.  The teaser was spectacular for a number of reasons, not the least of which being Andy Serkis’ ominous narration.  There has been much speculation about Serkis’ role (or roles) in the film, given that the actor is pretty much the person at the forefront of performance-capture technology.  In a new interview with EW, the actor has spoken up a bit about the film and his character, shooting down reports that he’s playing multiple roles while also touching on how much he knew about his part in the trailer before its release.  More after the jump. Speaking with EW, Serkis confirmed that his voice in the trailer is that of the character »

- Adam Chitwood

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Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale Talk Annie, the Fun Shoot, Collaborating with Will Gluck, the Songs, and More

16 hours ago

Opening this weekend is Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  For more on Annie, watch the trailer or these five clips and eleven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. At the recent New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale.  They talked about collaborating with Will Gluck, contemporizing the film, the new songs, if a lot of friends that wanted to visit them on the set, how much fun they had making the film, and a lot more. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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See How the Minions Got to New York in New Minions Clip

16 hours ago

While there will surely be plenty of box office surprises next year, I think we can all agree that Minions is going to make bank.  Both Despicable Me films did well in theaters, but it’s the adorable minions that have become Universal’s own "Mickey Mouse" if you will, adorning everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs.  The characters get their own spinoff feature next year in a movie that covers the ancient origin of the creatures and revolves around their arrival in 1968 New York, where they set out to find the most despicable master.  A new Minions clip has been released today that focuses on the titular characters’ first arrival in NYC, and it also reveals how they landed upon their signature clothing.  While I wasn’t crazy about either Despicable Me film, I’m intrigued about an animated picture with main characters that speak gibberish.  It's also just impossible to resist their adorableness. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Want to Write for Collider? We’re Now Accepting Internship Applications

16 hours ago

I've been working for Collider since 2007, and over the years we've added great people to our team. The site continues to expand, and we are now accepting applications for paid internships (if you are still in college, you can receive college credit).  One position is Los Angeles-based and the other is based outside of L.A.  If you're looking to build a portfolio, get real experience writing about movies professionally, and contribute to our great site, we would love to read your application. Hit the jump for more details on who we're looking for, the responsibilities of the job, and how to apply. We will be accepting applications through January 1st and begin looking through them shortly thereafter. Ideally, we are looking for someone who: Is based in Los Angeles; Applicants are not required to be in L.A., but those outside of L.A. will receive a more critical examination of their writing ability. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Watch Sarah Koenig Fret Over How Serial Will End in Funny or Die Video

17 hours ago

One of the best pieces of storytelling from any medium this year is happening on a podcast.  Many, many people (myself included) have become addicted to Serial, a podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig that follows her investigation into a decades-old murder and the questionable trial and imprisonment that followed.  The final episode of this season, which will wrap up this particular case, premieres tomorrow, and much like some memorable series finales in recent memory (notably Lost), everyone’s wondering how it’s going to end.  The folks at Funny or Die decided to take a humorous look at what Koenig may or may not be dealing with as audience members are hoping for a satisfying conclusion to a case that remains unsolved (remember folks, this is real life, not an episode of Law & Order).  Regardless, SNL alum Michaela Watkins does a swell job of playing Koenig, and yes, there are Mail Chimp jokes. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Joss Whedon Talks Hesitation to Return, New Additions to the Team, Collaborating with Marvel, and More on the Set of Avengers: Age Of Ultron

18 hours ago

When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.   Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming.  While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015.  In The Avengers sequel, 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 carrying out his sinister plan.  The film also stars  Elizabeth OlsenAaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson. While on set, I participated in a great group interview with Joss Whedon.  He talked about how making The Avengers »


- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Jungle Book Director Jon Favreau Shares Behind-the-Scenes Images of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, and More

18 hours ago

Jon Favreau is a pro at working social media (he even made using Twitter a plot point in Chef), and he's using his skills to showcase his upcoming film, The Jungle Book (not to be confused with Jungle Book: Origins, which is being directed by Andy Serkis).  The director has released the first set photo from the movie along with behind-the-scenes images of voice actors Bill Murray (Baloo), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Christopher Walken (King Louie), and musician Kermit Ruffins.  The film will be a blend of live-action and CG animation, with Neel Sethi filling the live-action role of Mowgli, a young boy who is raised in the jungle by wolves and goes on a journey of self-discovery when he comes to the civilized world. Hit the jump to check out The Jungle Book set photos.  The film opens October 9, 2015, and also features the voices of Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Five Largest Theater Chains Cave to Terrorist Threats; Won’t Show The Interview; Landmark Cancels New York Premiere

18 hours ago

Yesterday, we reported on the latest threat from the cyber-terrorists who hacked Sony.  The group threatened violence towards any theater showing The Interview, and although the Department of Homeland Security says there is no active plot against movie theaters, Carmike Cinemas has decided to drop the upcoming comedy about a dimwitted talk show host and his producer going to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong-un.  Insiders tell THR that exhibitors are worried about being held liable if they show the movie and violence occurs.  I assume concern about the lives of innocent people is a close second. Hit the jump for more on how theaters are giving into the terrorists' demands. [Update: THR now reports that the top five theater chains--amc, Regal, Cinemark, Cineplex, and Carmike--as well as Bow Tie Cinemas have all dropped the movie according to THR.] [Update #2: Sony has now canceled the theatrical release of the film.  More here.] THR reports that theater owners are bickering over whether or not to show the film, and if they show the film, they want Sony to provide "heavy security".  For their part, Sony is leaving the decision in theaters' hands »

- Matt Goldberg

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The National Film Registry Adds The Big Lebowski, Willy Wonka, Ferris Bueller’S Day Off, Rosemary’S Baby, and More

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Every year, the members of the National Film Preservation Board (Nfpb) selects 25 films to be added to the Registry, and these films will be preserved in the Library of Congress for all-time due to their significant contribution to American society.  After watching the great documentary These Amazing Shadows (which is about the National Film Registry) several years ago, I wondered when The Big Lebowski would get in.  A couple years ago I was still wondering the same thing.  For a movie that didn't blow up the box office when it was released or rack up tons of awards, it has entered the national consciousness and even created an annual festival that's been going around the country since 2002. Today, The Dude is finally in the registry.  The Nfpb have announced their selections, and The Big Lebowski is among them.  Other films added to the registry include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, »

- Matt Goldberg

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AMC Theaters Teams with MoviePass to Test Monthly Subscription Service

16 December 2014 9:00 PM, PST

Several years ago, MoviePass came on the scene with the terrific idea to sell consumers a monthly subscription that would offer unlimited theatrical screenings for a flat fee.  The only problem with their plan is that movie theaters didn't want to participate.  AMC Theaters in particular issued a statement saying that MoviePass did "not integrate well into our programs and could create significant guest experience issues."  But times have changed, and young people aren't showing up at theaters like they used to.  The Nielsen Co. reporting [via The Kansas City Star] that total attendance dropped 5 percent this year. Now AMC Theaters is singing a different tune and seeing if MoviePass is the way to win back Millennials.  Hit the jump for more. The Kansas City Star reports that in January, "AMC theaters in Boston and Denver will begin working in concert with MoviePass to offer monthly subscription packages for $45 and $35. More cities will be added. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Suicide Squad Sets Viola Davis to Play Amanda Waller

16 December 2014 8:07 PM, PST

I'm more excited for Suicide Squad than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Not only does it look like it's not trying to rush a setup for a big crossover film, it's got a bonkers cast that includes Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevinge as Enchantress, and Jared Leto as The Joker.  Now the incredibly talented Viola Davis is rounding out the cast to play Amanda Waller.  In the comics, Waller is a cold, pragmatic government agent who's in charge of the Suicide Squad, a team of supervillains tasked with carrying out secret missions in exchange for pardons. Hit the jump for more. We previously reported that Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer were also in the mix to play Waller (who was played by Angela Basset in Green Lantern), and while they would have been interesting choices, »

- Matt Goldberg

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