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We’re Giving Away Two Badges to New York Comic-Con 2014

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The upcoming New York Comic-Con 2014 is completely sold out, but we here at Collider have two badges to the convention to give away to two very lucky readers.  The contest is in conjunction with the Blu-ray and DVD release of A Million Ways to Die in the West on October 7th, as the film will have a booth set up at Nycc where you can take your own old-timey western photos.  We’re only giving away the badges for Nycc, which you can pick up at will call, so airfare and hotel will be on you.  But if you’re up for making the trip or live in the New York area, then you should absolutely enter this contest. Hit the jump to find out how you can win.  New York Comic-Con 2014 runs from October 9-12th. In order to enter the contest, email thecollidermailbox@gmail.com with your name »

- Adam Chitwood

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Geek Gifts: Marvel Deadpool Sixth Scale Sideshow Collectibles Figure

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With the recent news that 20th Century Fox is finally moving forward with a Deadpool movie, set for release in February 2016, the "Merc with a Mouth" may be getting some renewed interest here pretty soon.  What better way to prove your longtime fandom than with your own Deadpool Sixth Scale figure from Sideshow Collectibles?  The new figure comes complete with an assortment of weapons and a number of cheeky dialogue boxes that you can place over the figure’s head, making this a genuine representation of the Deadpool character. Hit the jump to take a look at the Marvel Deadpool Marvel Sixth Scale Figure, and click here to pre-order. Here’s the official rundown for the figure from Sideshow Collectibles: Armed to the teeth with guns, puns, and things that go boom, Sideshow's fully articulated Deadpool Sixth Scale Figure is ready to break through any obstacle - especially the proverbial fourth wall. »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Babadook Clip: Hi, This is Mister Babadook. Is Amelia There?

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I just cannot wait until everyone’s running around saying, “Ba-ba dook, dook, dook.”  (In Mister Babadook voice, of course.)  Jennifer Kent’s feature directorial debut is making its way towards a November 28th release and IFC Midnight is paving the way with some must-see promo material.  The film’s most recent trailer rocks a wicked build and now this brand new clip manages to make your skin crawl via one actor, one shot and zero action. The Babadook stars Essie Davis as a single mother named Amelia.  Not only is she still having a tough time coping with the loss of her husband, but she also can’t get a good night sleep thanks to her son’s fear that there’s a monster lurking in their house.  Amelia brushes it off as best she can, but when a book called Mister Babadook just happens to appear in her son’s room, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Elizabeth Henstridge and Brett Dalton Talk Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 2, Fitz and Simmons, Ward’s Secret, and More

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The ABC drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back for Season 2, with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and having to rebuild the organization torn apart by Hydra won’t be easy.  With the team in shambles, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Skye (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), must decide where their loyalties lie. During this recent roundtable interview to discuss the direction of Season 2, co-stars Elizabeth Henstridge and Brett Dalton talked about the dynamic between Fitz and Simmons, not knowing about Ward’s secret too far ahead of time, the little details that the fans point out, whether they think Ward shot the dog, how captivity will affect Ward, and how the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. continue to affect the position of everyone left on this team. »

- Christina Radish

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Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel, Sarah Paker, Writer Margaret Nagle, and Producers Talk The Good Lie

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The Good Lie is an inspiring film about love, survival and triumph over adversity and a powerful reminder of what’s really important in life.  Philippe Falardeau directs the moving story of “The Lost Boys” who were uprooted by the brutal Sudanese Civil War that lasted from 1983 to 2005.  Young orphans of war, both boys and girls, trekked thousands of miles on foot through hostile, treacherous terrain to escape the violence and find safety.  Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 of them from Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp to America.  The entertaining drama stars Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel, and Sarah Baker. At a recent press conference in Nashville, Witherspoon, Oceng, Duany, Wiel, Stoll, Baker, screenwriter Margaret Nagle, producers Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill, and Unicef’s Kent Page talked about the importance of telling the story with integrity, Nagle’s exhaustive research, »

- Sheila Roberts

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Annabelle Wallis & Ward Horton Talk Annabelle and How Rosemary’S Baby Influenced Their Performances

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Yes – Annabelle for all intents and purposes is a spinoff of last year’s surprise success The Conjuring, taking that film’s stand-out side character (the eponymous creepy doll) and placing an entire film around it/her; but what the marketing and previews have failed to fully reveal – is that Annabelle, at heart, is much less a cash-grab Conjuring offshoot but more so an extended homage to early era Polanski, in particular Rosemary’s Baby & Repulsion.  Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton star as Mia & John, a couple coping through the repercussions of a vicious attack. The newfound family (she having just given birth to a daughter) move into an apartment complex wherein in her husband’s absence (he’s much too busy with his burgeoning medical career), she begins to experience violent supernatural forces all seemingly stemming from that good-for-nothing doll.  You don’t even have to look at the »

- Tommy Cook

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Annapurna to Finance That’S What I’M Talking About, Richard Linklater’s Spiritual Sequel to Dazed And Confused

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Boyhood is surprisingly close to reaching $40 million worldwide to go along with the waves of acclaim for director Richard Linklater.  We recently learned that Linklater plans to capitalize on this buzz to pursue That's What I'm Talking About, a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused that Linklater has wanted to make for years.  Now he'll get the chance: Deadline reports Annapurna Pictures has signed on to finance That's What I'm Talking About.  Paramount will release the movie in North America.  Annapurna International will sell the foreign rights. Blake Jenner stars as a college freshman and pitcher for the school baseball team, set in 1980 during his first weekend at college partying with his teammates.  Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell co-star.  Linklater, Sean Daniel, Sandra Adair, John Sloss, Ginger Sledge, and the ineffable Megan Ellison will produce.

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- Brendan Bettinger

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Robert Downey Jr. Goes Dramatic Opposite Robert Duvall in 8 Clips from The Judge

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of eight The Judge clips from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming drama.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a major departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies like Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey Jr.—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey.  These clips offer a good snapshot of the film’s tone, which is certainly dramatic but also tinged with Downey’s signature quick-witted sense of humor. Watch the Judge clips after the jump.  The film also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Scorpion Recap: “Single Point of Failure”

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Last week's premiere of CBS's action-drama Scorpion was so fast-paced that it didn't have time to breathe, thus depriving its supposedly advanced collective brain of oxygen.  Thankfully, the follow-up episode calmed down on the l33t speak and took a bit more time between action beats and epiphanies.  The result: a much more enjoyable hour of television that is moved closer to earning its self-described level of intelligence.  The wisest movie Scorpion makes in its second showing is backing off on the braininess a little bit, and allowing each of the characters to show a little heart.  Hit the jump for our Scorpion recap. So last week I was pretty harsh on the Scorpion premiere, and I stand by the D rating.  It promoted itself as an action-drama about a team of some of the world's smartest people solving the most complex problems of modern times.  Then they drove a »

- Dave Trumbore

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The Weinstein Co. & Netflix to Release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sequel Simulatneously Online and in IMAX Theaters; Plus First Images

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The Weinstein Co. and Netflix have signed a deal to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend simultaneously in IMAX theaters and on Netflix on August 28, 2015.  Netflix previously won a bid for the streaming rights to TWC movies, and the two companies joined forces for the original series Marco Polo.  The Green Legend deal ramps up the partnership and is the logical next step of Netflix's growing plan to disrupt the traditional distribution model. Netflix also released the first two images, featuring stars Michelle Yeoh and Donnie YenYuen Wo-Ping directed the Crouching Tiger sequel.  Hit the jump for the images and the full press release with quotes from Harvey Weinstein, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos, and IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster. Netflix Announces First Original Movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend To Premiere  Simultaneously On Netflix And In Select Global IMAX® Theaters Michelle Yeoh »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Gotham Recap: “Selina Kyle”

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In the Gotham series premiere, viewers were introduced to a world without Batman that nonetheless featured many of the other heroes and villains from the storied franchise.  While the characters seem comfortable in their small-screen iterations, some of the actors are still working out the kinks.  It's early yet, but the frontrunner for "Best Scenery Chewer" so far is Jada Pinkett Smith in her turn as ambitious gangster Fish Mooney.  Detective James Gordon is obviously the show's lead and the city's lone straight arrow, but Ben McKenzie hasn't yet figured out the balance of noble hero and noir tough guy; instead he winds up just scowling a lot.  In between, however, we have quite a bit of potential, specifically in the performances of youngsters David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova, and relative newcomer Robin Lord Taylor.  Thankfully the show's second episode gives each of them a share of the spotlight.  Hit »

- Dave Trumbore

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New Gotham Trailer Reveals Victor Zsasz, Arkham City, Sal Maroni and More

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A few minutes ago, I had no clue who Victor Zsasz was, but thanks to this new Gotham trailer, now I do and I want to know more about him.  Admittedly, I missed out on the first episode of the new Fox drama, but Dave dubbed the premiere a solid start and it also scored a 3.2 rating with adults 18-49 and a strong boost from the DVR viewership, too.  Soon enough, we’ll find out if those numbers are the result of the initial hype or if Gotham’s got the legs to contend with some of the other successful superhero TV shows out there. While we wait for the next ratings report to come in, why not check out what’s to come during the show’s first season?  Again, I’ve got some catching up to do, so all of the material in this season preview is a draw, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Inherent Vice Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Leads Paul Thomas Anderson’s Psychedelic Detective Romp

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Warner Bros. has released the highly anticipated first Inherent Vice trailer for filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, and it is glorious.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as private detective Larry “Doc Sportello” who is enlisted to help a former lover thwart a potential kidnapping involving her current billionaire boyfriend.  While PTA has trended a bit darker with his past few films, Inherent Vice looks to be a delightfully goofy romp that's closer in tone to Boogie Nights than There Will Be Blood.  I found myself laughing multiple times during this trailer, and Joaquin Phoenix looks to be absolutely perfect casting as the pothead protagonist.  Moreover, the supporting cast appears to be phenomenal as well, with Josh Brolin getting a particularly hilarious standout moment here.  Anderson cuts his own trailers so this is likely a very accurate snapshot of the film's vibe as a whole, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Tommy Wirkola Not Returning to Direct Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2

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Even though he has completed the script to the film, Tommy Wirkola (who also helmed the Dead Snow films) has said that he's decided against returning to direct Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2.  I'm not sure if this really qualifies as a blow against the film since Wirkola is still attached to produce the thing and oversee his script, and if Paramount is able to find some young hotshot director to make this their playground then it could actually be a cool scenario. I identify with Wirkola's reasoning here, as it seems he doesn't want to be caught in an endless cycle of making sequels to his own films.  The biggest hurdle facing the project remains the potential unavailability of star Jeremy Renner.  Hit the jump for more on Tommy Wirkola not returning to direct Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. Wirkola told Fangoria: “I’ve just decided to not direct Hansel & Gretel »

- Evan Dickson

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David Fincher Will Direct Every Episode of Utopia’s First Season on HBO

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With a new David Fincher film set for release this Friday (the highly anticipated Gone Girl, obviously), talk has turned to what the filmmaker will do next.  There was a significant wait between The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl, as Fincher was developing his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake at Disney for some time before the project floundered.  More recently, Fincher flirted with possibly reteaming with Aaron Sorkin on Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, but he walked when Sony was unwilling to give him the kind of creative control he was insisting upon (no doubt still sour from the contentious Dragon Tattoo production).  He also even took a meeting on Star Wars, but turned it down. Fincher recently said that he will be focusing on his HBO series Utopia for all of 2015, and now we know why: the filmmaker has revealed that he intends to direct every »

- Adam Chitwood

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Saw Re-Release Trailer and Poster Celebrate the 10th Anniversary and Reverse Bear Trap

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It’s been four years since we got a Saw release for Halloween, but this year, the franchise is out to make a quick buck off its seven-film run.  In honor of the franchise’s 10th anniversary, the very first Saw film will hit the big screen again for one week beginning October 31st. Leading up to the start of the film’s one-week run, we’ll get five brand new posters all of which will feature Amanda Young’s (Shawnee Smith) reverse bear trap.  In fact, the first one already hit the web and it’s a stunning rendering of one of Jigsaw’s most iconic traps.  Hit the jump to check that out and to watch the Saw re-release trailer as well. Over the years the Saw franchise went on to accumulate over $800 million worldwide.  Some installments didn’t do as well as others, namely Saw VI, which only took $14.1 million opening weekend, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Chris Pratt Proves Marvel Can’t Fail in SNL Parody Video

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There was a lot of talk about how big of a risk Guardians of the Galaxy was for Marvel Studios, and on some level it was.  But after the film’s massive box office success (it’s currently the highest grossing film of the year stateside), it became clear that the Marvel brand has now somewhat overshadowed the studio's actual content—audiences trust that a Marvel movie will be fun, humorous, and entertaining, and so there’s a certain amount of built-in audience Marvel can expect for the properties that the studio chooses to develop.  When Chris Pratt hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, the variety series opted to poke some fun at this notion by putting together a trailer for some of Marvel’s other upcoming projects.  Personally, I would buy a ticket for Pam 2: The Winter Pam in a heartbeat. Watch the Marvel SNL parody video after the jump, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Magic Mike Xxl Adds Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, and More to Cast; Gets a Synopsis

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I'm getting excited for Magic Mike Xxl (despite the fact that Matthew McConaughey won't be returning).  And I'm excited even though original director Steven Soderbergh (who was able to guide his first film from a $7 million budget to a $167 million worldwide gross), won't be back either (actually he will, since he's shooting it under his alias Peter Andrews, which effectively provides new director Gregory Jacobs with the best sounding board ever).  This movie will still, in all likelihood, rule. Channing Tatum is of course back and now he's got company. Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover have joined the film along with Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith.  And it has a synopsis now too!  Hit the jump to learn the (bodacious) plot basics for Magic Mike Xxl. In the film: Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, »

- Evan Dickson

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New X-men: Days Of Future Past Viral Video Teases Quicksilver’s Parentage

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The viral marketing for the DVD and Blu-ray release of X-Men: Days of Future Past continues today with another social media post from “Peter Maximoff” aka Quicksilver.  The character as played by Evan Peters was an undeniable highlight of the X-Men sequel earlier this year, and 20th Century Fox is capitalizing on his popularity with a series of viral videos that tease the home video release of Days of Future Past.  While I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the film again and thumbing through the extras, Fox has already announced that an extended cut of the movie will hit home video next summer.  The question then becomes, to double dip or not to double dip? Watch the new X-Men: Days of Future Past viral video after the film, and click here to pre-order the film on Blu-ray.  Days of Future Past will be released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Films of David Fincher: The Social Network

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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher.  These articles contain spoilers.] If The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a director and a screenwriter working at cross-purposes, then The Social Network are the two sides working in perfect harmony.  Fincher's cold, austere tone was energized by Aaron Sorkin's fast-paced, witty dialogue, and Sorkin's grandiloquent verbiage was grounded by Fincher's realism.  In some ways, the movie is highly stylized and yet it's indisputably honest when it comes to the characters, stakes, environment, and tension of the story.  The facts may be in dispute, but this much is true: The Social Network is one of the defining works of the 21st century. Speaking to Time in 2010, Sorkin explained the appeal of the project: There are elements of it that are as old as storytelling: friendship and loyalty, class, jealousy, betrayal — all those kinds of things that were being written about 4,000 years ago. It struck me as a great big classic story. »

- Matt Goldberg

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