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Wondercon: Revolution Panel Recap Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell, Stephen Collins and Executive Producer Rockne S. O’Bannon

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With only four episodes left in the season and Revolution’s renewal still up in the air, the cast and producer took the stage at WonderCon on Friday to discuss the events that have shaken up the show so far.  Elizabeth MitchellStephen Collins, and executive producer Rockne S. O’Bannon were on hand to provide some teases for the rest of the season and to briefly discuss plans for a possible Season 3 of the post-apocalyptic drama.  Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.  The talent was introduced following a 5-minute sizzle reel piecing together the moments that have shaped the season so far along with never-before-seen footage of what’s in store for the remainder of the season.  Here’s what we learned during the discussion with Mitchell, Collins, and O’Bannon: The Patriot and the nano storyline have been separate so far, with the group being divided »

- Elena Butler

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Indie Spotlight: James White, A New Feature from Borderline Films Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi

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Borderline Films, the production company behind Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killer, is now looking to give their fans an opportunity to contribute to their newest feature, James White.  Filmmakers Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond (who makes his directorial debut on this film) are reaching out via Kickstarter to help secure post-production editing costs and music rights.  James White is in good company, as the banner's previous films have played the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, and have been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene).  In addition to the behind-the-scenes names that are becoming quite familiar on the festival circuit, the pictures features Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi in front of the camera as well. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Jules And Jim Criterion Blu-ray Review

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Love triangles in cinema are as old as cinema itself, but most play out along a few generally similar lines.  Few take a path so unique as the course taken in François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, a landmark of the French New Wave, a film that on one hand may seem like a light-hearted romance but on the other hand hits notes of great sadness and ugliness in the realism emblematic of the movement.  My Jules and Jim Criterion Blu-ray review after the jump. Jules and Jim begins in pre-World War I Paris, when Austrian Jules (Oskar Werner) and Frenchman Jim (Henri Serre) meet and immediately bond over a shared love of art and women.  The closest of friends, they share everything.  Watching a slide-show, they both become entranced with the smile of a particular statue and subsequently seek out the statue itself, promising to take action if ever »

- Jackson

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Hannibal Recap: “Su-zakana”

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"Su-zakana" revealed many interesting things about Hannibal, regarding where the show is headed.  It shares one major facet with FX's The Americans, in that it has gotten a lot tighter, narratively speaking, in its second season.  In both cases, the shows' first seasons featured a lot of one-off Cases of the Week that often operated completely apart from drama and emotions that were being faced in the season-long arc.  For Hannibal, only the bee keeper episode has been disconnected from the major story this season (that being the stand-off between Will and Hannibal).  It's been to the show's benefit.  Hit the jump for why "there's a good chance everyone in this room has absorbed their twin." "Su-zakana" was interested in themes of rebirth, which worked on several levels.  The hour kicked off with (potentially) a new start.  Jack, Will and Hannibal appeared to leave everything on the dinner table (with »

- Allison Keene

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WonderCon: Frozen – “The Art of the Story” Panel Recap; Learn How the Film Changed During Production

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It's no surprise when a Disney film is met with critical and commercial success, but after winning an Academy Award and the title of highest grossing animated picture of all time, it's safe to say that Frozen is impressive even by Disney's high standards.  Storyboard artists Jeff Ranjo (Frozen, Surf's Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Fawn Veerasunthorn (Frozen, Hop, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), Nicole Mitchell (Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, Winnie the Pooh) and Normand Lemay (Frozen, Rio) were on hand at WonderCon today to give a behind-the-scenes look at the art of storyboarding and the process of crafting story for an animated film. Hit the jump to learn some Frozen movie secrets and for highlights of the panel. Frozen - The Art of the Story WonderCon Panel Recap: The group kicked things off by explaining the job of a story board artist. They described the process »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Stephen Collins Talks NBC’s Revolution, Making Brewster’S Millions with Richard Pryor, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture at WonderCon

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Earlier today, right before Stephen Collins took the WonderCon stage to promote NBC's Revolution, I was able to participate in a group interview backstage.  While I'm sure NBC wanted me to focus on the show, with Collin's great resume, I had to ask about some of his previous projects like Brewster's Millions with Richard Pryor and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Thankfully, Collins was more than happy to talk about both, revealing what it was like working with Pryor and what DeForest Kelly told him while making Star Trek.  In addition, Collins talked about Star Trek's reception at the box office and with critics.   Of course, he also talked about what fans can look forward to on the last four episodes of Revolution, teasing a huge action set piece on a steam train and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch. Revolution airs on NBC Monday nights. ComplexEmbed. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Orphan Black Season 2 Preview: BBC America’s Breakout Hit Returns Without Missing a Beat

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Orphan Black debuted last year on BBC America to little recognition or fanfare, but picked up a cult following during its run that led to near-riots (in certain, mostly critical circles) that its star, Tatiana Maslany, wasn't nominated for all of the acting awards available.  This year, the audience should be bigger, and so is the pressure for the show to keep up its energy and intrigue. The series is in some ways a drama disguised as sci-fi, although what makes it great is that it's also wholly both.  And in the upcoming season, Maslany's portrayal of her many on-screen versions continues to be diverse, distinctive, and divine.  Hit the jump for more on where things kick off in Season Two, and a video recap of Season One (and if you aren't caught up, get so tout de suite!) Before diving in, you might want to check out BBC America »

- Allison Keene

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Jamie Bell Talks Turn, Coming to Television, Physical Challenges, Researching the Historical Setting, and More

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From showrunner Craig Silverstein (Nikita) and based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, the new AMC drama series Turn tells the untold story of America’s first spy ring.  A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War, the show follows Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, which is an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of the war, but also gave birth to modern spycraft. During this recent interview to promote the new show, actor Jamie Bell talked about what attracted him to this project, why he was drawn to television, the responsibility in playing someone who existed and who did something quite incredible, in terms of the history of this country, that spies were hated during that time period, »

- Christina Radish

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Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach Comment on a Potential Marvel Movie Crossover for The Amazing Spider-man

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Recent news of an X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credits tease at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had the internet all in a tizzy over the potential for a Marvel movie crossover in the future.  Although we updated our story to explain that this move was more to calm tensions between studios than it was to excite the fandom, there might yet exist some misunderstanding out there in the world.  Enter Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.  Both have offered up their comments on a potential crossover between the friendly neighborhood web-slinger and other Marvel franchises; it doesn't seem likely with Arad convinced there are plenty of spider-stories to tell, and Tolmach likening the appearance of Spider-Man in, say, The Avengers, as a "stunt."  Hit the jump for more. In an interview with IGN, Arad and Tolmach fielded questions about the rumored crossover between The Amazing Spider-Man »

- Dave Trumbore

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Sheep Are Used as Game Pawns in New How To Train Your Dragon 2 Clip; Plus New High-Resolution Images

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A new How to Train Your Dragon 2 clip has been released online, and it should bring to mind another recent fantasy franchise.  The long-awaited DreamWorks Animation sequel picks up five years after the events of the first film, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their friends are enjoying dragon races.  During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider.  This new clip provides a look at the aforementioned dragon races, as the main characters take part in a Quidditch-esque game that involves picking up sheep and dropping them into baskets.  It highlights the film’s great sense of humor, gorgeously colorful animation, and soaring score, making the wait for its release that much harder. Hit the jump to watch the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 »

- Adam Chitwood

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Morgan Freeman Talks Transcendence, Working with Wally Pfister on His Directorial Debut, the Success of The Lego Movie, Lucy, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany play two of Will’s fellow researchers, and as we’ve seen from the trailer, they have conflicting viewpoints on turning their co-worker into a computer.  The film also stars Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  For more on Transcendence, click here to watch some clips and here's all our previous coverage. Last week at the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Freeman.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, working with Pfister, if he thinks great directors share some common traits, if directors get intimidated working with him, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Tom Welling and Josh Pence Talk Draft Day, Working with Kevin Costner and Ivan Reitman, Surprising NFL Facts, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.  Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer GarnerDenis LearyJosh PenceTom WellingChadwick BosemanSean CombsSam ElliottTerry CrewsArian FosterEllen Burstyn, and Frank Langella. At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Welling and Pence.   They talked about getting to work with Reitman and Costner, surprising NFL facts, alternate takes including one that featured Welling getting punched by Costner, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch. Finally, here's our video interviews with Kevin Costner, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Christopher Meloni and Writer/Director Joel Surnow Talk Small Time, Returning to a Script from 1976, Casting Process, Sin City 2, and Surviving Jack

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Inspired by a true story, the indie drama Small Time tells the story of Al Klein (Christopher Meloni) and his longtime friend, Ash Martini (Dean Norris), who own a used car lot together.  While Martini is a happy bachelor, Klein still pines for his ex-wife (Bridget Moynahan) and struggles to find common ground with their son (Devon Bostick), who has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. At the film’s press day, writer/director Joel Surnow talked about how the first draft of Small Time was written in 1976, why he kept going back to the story, how different the finished film is now, the casting process, why he wanted the story to have a little edge to it, that he’s hoping to go into production on his next film this year, and why he thinks it’s fantastic that 24 (for which he was the co-creator/executive producer) is returning to television, »

- Christina Radish

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Full Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart Starring Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, and Julia Roberts

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HBO has released a new, full-length The Normal Heart trailer for director Ryan Murphy’s (Glee, American Horror Story) adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer stage play.  The film follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, and it looks at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.  Though Murphy is a bit hit and miss (his last two films were Running with Scissors and Eat, Pray, Love), I’m encouraged by The Normal Heart’s stellar ensemble cast and the fact that Kramer penned the screenplay.  Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch, in particular, look to be standouts, and the tone feels reminiscent of the heartwrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague, in which Kramer plays an integral role. Hit »

- Adam Chitwood

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Thursday TV Ratings: Community Finale Tops Parks And Rec; Scandal Finale Surges

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights: The season five finale of NBC’s Community saw a slight ratings uptick, rising 11% from last week’s series low 0.9 rating to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 2.9 million viewers.  It barely edged out Parks and Recreation for the night, but that’s still far from a “solid” ratings performance.  And yet, a sixth season renewal is actually looking pretty likely since it would put the series in a lucrative position for syndication.  If NBC doesn’t renew Community and “Basic Sandwich” ends up being the series finale, we’ll all just have to assume a giant asteroid destroyed all life on earth.  It is canon, after all. Over on ABC, Scandal closed out its buzzworthy third season with a 3.4 rating and 10.45 million viewers, rising 13% from last week and marking the show’s highest rated season finale yet. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Watch the Opening Scene from Brin Hill and Joss Whedon’s In Your Eyes

18 April 2014 8:36 AM, PDT

While Joss Whedon is currently directing the blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, he hasn't forgotten about indie fare.  His previous film was the microbudget adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing, and he also wrote the upcoming drama In Your Eyes.  Directed by Brin Hill, In Your Eyes is "about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined."  The opening scene has gone online, and if it's focused on the younger versions of the two "polar opposities", then this scene reveals their intriguing, supernatural connection.  Even though there is a supernatural twist, I almost got a Snow Angels vibe when it comes to an idyllic school environment being disrupted by a distant tragedy.  I'm definitely curious to check out more of this film. Hit the jump to check out the In Your Eyes opening scene.  The film stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), Michael Stahl-David »

- Matt Goldberg

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First Images from MacBeth Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

18 April 2014 7:48 AM, PDT

Filming on Justin Kurzel's Macbeth is currently underway, and the first two images have been released.  The adaptation of Shakespeare's play stars Michael Fassbender as the titular Scottish king with Marion Cotillard playing Lady Macbeth.  In an interview with the Daily Mail, Fassbender says all the cast speaks with Scottish accents except for Cotillard.  "We felt it would be unreasonable for her to put on a Scottish accent," says Fassbender.  "It would not be unreasonable to presume that her character spent time in the French court."  I'm willing to allow for that assumption when there's a great actress like Cotillard in such a juicy role. Hit the jump to check out the Macbeth images and to learn more about Kurzel and Fassbender's take on the material.  The film also stars Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth DebickiMacbeth opens in the U.K. in early »

- Matt Goldberg

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New Godzilla Featurette Focuses on Director Gareth Edwards

18 April 2014 7:06 AM, PDT

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released a new Godzilla featurette.  This featurette is a brief chat with director Gareth Edwards.  For those who don't know, Edwards breakthrough feature was 2010's Monsters, an indie film that looks far more expensive because of Edwards' background as a visual effects artist and his ability to use effects shots wisely rather than simply throwing a bunch of CGI at the screen.  In this interview, Edwards explains that he's going for a realistic take on Godzilla, which stays true to the original 1954 movie.  Even though there's a giant monster roaming around, the original film is really about living in the aftermath and fear of the atomic bomb.  While I assume Godzilla won't be a dour blockbuster, I'm glad Edwards respects the monster's origins and wants to be true to the spirit of the classic picture. Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Key And Peele: Seasons One & Two Blu-ray Review

18 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

Comedy is the most subjective of mediums, and one man's hilarious genius is another man's desperate hack. Widely successful comics often water down their material in order to appeal to the broadest possible demographic, while niche comics tailor their message to much that they can't break out of their established audience. Key and Peele seem to have avoided that fate by finding the right mixture of intelligence, critical thinking and personal passion with their Comedy Central series. The jokes feel like they come from your clever best friend: accessible without being so bland that they fall flat. Their new Blu-ray set – covering the first two seasons – puts some of their best routines on display, which are more than enough to excuse the occasional failure. Hit the jump for my full Key & Peele Blu-ray review of seasons one and two. Their partnership plays a huge role in their success. Keegan-Michael Key »

- Rob Vaux

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Chris Pine in Talks for Disney’s The Finest Hours; Michael B. Jordan to Lead Men Who Kill; Caleb Landry Jones Joins Stonewall

17 April 2014 6:41 PM, PDT

We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly: Chris Pine is in talks to lead Disney’s coast guard drama The Finest Hours, which now has a new director in Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl). Michael B. Jordan is attached to lead the action thriller Men Who Kill, which is being developed as a star vehicle for the actor at 20th Century Fox. X-Men: First Class actor Caleb Landry Jones is in talks to join director Roland Emmerich’s gay rights drama Stonewall. Hit the jump for much more on the aforementioned casting. THR reports that Chris Pine is in talks to topline the drama The Finest Hours for Disney, with Craig Gillespie in negotiations to take the helm.  Based on a true story, the film recounts the 1952 Coast Guard rescue mission to recover 84 men trapped in a deadly nor’easter blizzard. Two »

- Adam Chitwood

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