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Director John Stockwell Talks Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden, the Responsibility of Bringing the Story to the Screen and Debuting on TV

4 November 2012 12:45 PM, PST

Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden follows the elite Navy Seal squad that took down the world’s most notorious and reviled terrorist while giving glimpses into the lives of those responsible.  Showing how the manhunt and raid on Osama Bin Laden unfolded through the eyes of the military and intelligence teams involved, the tense true-to-life action thriller is the National Geographic Channel’s first original feature inspired by real-life events.  From director John Stockwell, the film stars Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriguez, Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas, Robert Knepper and William Fichtner. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, John Stockwell (Blue Crush, Into the Blue) talked about the huge sense of responsibility in bringing the story of this mission to the screen, how this went from a theatrical release to the National Geographic Channel and Netflix, the footage of President Obama »

- Christina Radish

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Hollywood! Adapt This: Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

4 November 2012 10:16 AM, PST

I hope your Halloween was fun and full of sugar-sweet candy or revealing costumes and poor decisions, depending on your age range.  Did you happen to sit around a campfire telling scary stories?  No?  You’re not alone.  No one seems to do that anymore.  The recent spate of horror movies over the last few years has been dead-set on sticking to this “found-footage” gimmick as a way around good ol’ fashioned storytelling.  Could you imagine telling a scary story at a campfire by passing your phone around the circle to play a video or flipping through a virtual photo album?  Of course not, you’d appear as crazy as the escaped mental patient with hooks for hands from that totally true story that happened to a friend of a friend of your cousin’s.  But did you know that there used to be a time when a group of kids, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Matt Smith Talks Doctor Who Series 7 Part Two, the Show’s 50th Anniversary, the Return of Neil Gaiman, and More

4 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

At last weekend's London Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a very small roundtable interview with Matt Smith for Doctor Who.  While many were nervous when Smith took over the role from David Tennant, I think he's done an incredible job and I'm glad he's committed to being the Doctor for at least a few more years.  During the interview Smith revealed: When he first got the job, a little boy gave him a very small Dalek that can fit in his jacket pocket and he always has it with him when he wears that coat. He's open to a Sherlock crossover/cameo, but he's pretty sure Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are against it. The upcoming Christmas episode features Richard E. Grant as the villain and we'll meet a very important new character. They filmed the first episode of season 7 part 2 and they've got five more weeks of filming. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Weekend Box Office: Wreck-it Ralph Earns High Score with $49.1 Million; Flight Soars in Second

4 November 2012 8:56 AM, PST

Though much of the East Coast is still a ruin, Hurricane Sandy did not dampen enthusiasm at the weekend box office. Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph was the easy winner with $49.1 million from 3,752 locations. In half as many venues, Paramount’s Flight beat all pre-release projections with its $25 million launch. And while Argo continued to exhibit amazing staying power in third, Universal’s The Man with the Iron Fists was less impressive. The martial arts debut earned an estimated $8.2 million from 1,868 runs for fourth place.  Title Weekend Total 1.  Wreck-It Ralph $49,100,000 $49.1 2.  Flight $25,010,000 $25 3.  Argo $10,245,000 $75.9 4.  The Man with the Iron Fists $8,200,000 $8.2 5.  Taken 2 $6,000,000 $125.6 6.  Cloud Atlas $5,250,000 $18.2 7.  Hotel Transylvania $4,500,000 $137.5 8.  Paranormal Activity 4 $4,300,000 $49.5 9.  Here Comes the Boom $3,600,000 $35.5 10.  Silent Hill: Revelation 3D $3,300,000 $13.8 With overall grosses down last week before the Hurricane even hit, it seemed likely that this weekend’s box office would be another of Sandy’s casualties. But the storm seemed to have no effect on »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Rick Yune, Cung Le and Byron Mann Talk The Man With The Iron Fists

4 November 2012 8:22 AM, PST

After years of work, Wu-Tang Clan member Rza’s writing and directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists is finally hitting screens on November 2nd. The film, co-written by Eli Roth and presented by Quentin Tarantino is a cross-cultural mashup of 70s Kung Fu, 90s gangsta rap and 00s comic book logic. Some of the coolest elements of the film come from Rick Yune’s knife-wielding Zen-Yi and the villainous duo of Byron Mann and Cung Le, playing the power hungry Silver Lion and Bronze Lion. Last weekend Collider sat down with Yune, Le and Mann back stage at the House of Blues Sunset to discuss the film. During the interview we talked about character histories, sibling rivalries and get a few hints at how three-and-a-half weeks of shooting turned into a two-minute montage.  Hit the jump to watch. Rick Yune, Cung Le and Byron Mann: 00:00 – 1:40 – Before the movie, »

- Hunter Daniels

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The Collision – Episode 23: Video Games and Wreck-it Ralph

4 November 2012 8:03 AM, PST

This week on The Collision, we'll be talking about video games, why they tend to suck when they're made into movies, if movies based on video games can be better, and if their increasingly cinematic nature prevents them from moving between mediums.  We also get into a surprisingly contentious argument about Wreck-It Ralph.  Finally, in honor of this week's topic, we recommend some video games instead of movies. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Expectations and Cloud Atlas“), 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, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Adam's Recommendation: Assassin's Creed III Dave's Recommendation: Ico / Shadow of »

- Matt Goldberg

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray Review

4 November 2012 6:52 AM, PST

Director Alfred Hitchcock is having a pretty big year.  Two feature film iterations of the iconic filmmaker will have been released by 2012’s end—the Toby Jones-fronted The Girl and the aptly named Hitchcock with Anthony Hopkins—and this week a massive collection of Hitch’s films hits Blu-ray.  Just in time for Halloween, this convenient box set includes 15 of the most revered features from The Master of Suspense’s career in glorious HD, with special features and extras galore.  From Psycho to Family Plot, this swell collection will make a fine addition to the home video libraries of cinephiles aplenty.  Hit the jump for our full review of Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection on Blu-ray. Overview This is a massive Blu-ray collection encompassing 15 films, so I’ll just try to hit the highlights in this review in order to give readers a good idea of what the »

- Adam Chitwood

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Limited Paper: Mondo Releases the Next Wave of Universal Monster Posters from Their Gallery Show, Mass Effect 2 Gets a Sweet Poster and More!

3 November 2012 8:39 PM, PDT

Although things were quiet on the Limited Paper front this week, one shouldn’t assume that it’s been quiet all over in Poster World:  in truth, things are just as busy as they were throughout October…it’s just that many things have been going down behind the scenes.  Indeed, there’s reason to believe—whether you’re a casual collector, a frothing-at-the-mouth true believer who feel s compelled  to buy everything, or if you’re just now making the decision to get into the absurdly entertaining hobby of print-collecting—that the rest of 2012 is gonna be (to quote former first lady Nancy Reagan) “absotively redonkulous up in hurr, bitches”. But let’s not dwell on what may or may not be happening in the weeks ahead:  instead, let’s focus on what’s happening in the immediate future.   Wanna know when you can get a crack at the »

- Scott Wampler

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Top 5: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Wreck-it Ralph, Afm 2012, Francis Lawrence / The Hunger Games, Election 2012: Zomney Apocalypse & Idiocracy’s President Camacho

3 November 2012 2:47 PM, PDT

Just when I thought my limited edition poster appetite was satisfied, the Halloween season rolls around and Mondo drops this beauty from Ken Taylor for John Carpenter's masterpiece. Given that I wasn't fortunate enough to attend the benefit at L.A.'s New Beverly Cinema where the print's Regular edition of 225 was released for only $100 (which included a ticket to the screening no less!), I'm now banished to dealing with sellers who are already asking upwards of four times that number. Sigh. What's a guy to do but drop ridiculous amounts of money on movie art? But enough of Hoarders: Collectible Movie Poster Edition, standing out from this past week's headlines is the huge news regarding Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm and the launch of a new Star Wars trilogy beginning in 2015, Wreck-It Ralph interviews with John C. Reilly and more, our American Film Market 2012 coverage, Francis Lawrence helming the »

- Jason Barr

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Jude Law Joins Robert Pattinson and Naomi Watts in Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert

3 November 2012 9:51 AM, PDT

Jude Law has joined director Werner Herzog’s long-in-development Gertrude Bell biopic Queen of the Desert.  Described as the female Lawrence of Arabia, Bell worked extensively in the middle east and was responsible for establishing what would become the modern framework for Jordan and Iraq. She worked for British Intelligence during World War I, and was key in the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire and subsequent founding of Iraq.  Robert Pattison is already onboad to play T.E. Lawrence (ie. Lawrence of Arabia), while Naomi Watts is poised to play Bell.  THR reports that production is set to begin in March 2013 in Morocco. Ridley Scott had also been developing a Gertrude Bell biopic of his own with Angelina Jolie, but it appears that Herzog beat him to the punch.  Law is next set to film Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and will be seen in February in Steven Soderbergh’s thriller Side Effects. »

- Adam Chitwood

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DVD/Blu-ray Deals on Mad Men, Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-man, Indiana Jones and The Dark Knight Trilogy

3 November 2012 9:49 AM, PDT

With the holidays approaching, Amazon has begun discounting some great DVDs and Blu-rays.  The most important thing to know about Amazon sales is they change in an instant (unless it's a gold box deal or something on sale for the week).   So if you see something you like, don't debate for too long. Mad Men season 1-5 Blu-rays up to 50% off (from $16.24 to $24.99) Mad Men season 1-5 DVDs up to 50% off (from $13.28 to $24.99) Prometheus (Blu-ray 3D/ Blu-ray/ DVD/ Digital Copy) $19.99 (60% off) The Amazing Spider-Man (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) $18.96 (54% off) The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises) [Blu-ray] - $29.96 (43% off) Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray] - $49.99 (50% off) Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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David Bautista Talks The Man With The Iron Fists, Riddick, and More

3 November 2012 9:31 AM, PDT

After years of work, Wu-Tang Clan member Rza’s writing and directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists is finally hitting screens on November 2nd. The film, co-written by Eli Roth and presented by Quentin Tarantino is a cross-cultural mashup of 70s Kung Fu, 90s gangsta rap and 00s comic book logic. Perhaps the film’s strangest element is Dave Bautista, the WWE wrestler turned mainstream actor who plays the heavy, Brass Body, a man with impenetrable metal skin. Last weekend Collider sat down with Bautista back stage at the House of Blues Sunset to discuss the film. During the interview we talked about Hollywood fame, where Brass Body got his powers, a bit about the new Riddick film and more.  Hit the jump to watch.. David Bautista: 00:00 – 1:05 – Have people started noticing you on the street for things other than wrestling? 1:05 – 1:45 – Where did Brass Body come from, »

- Hunter Daniels

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New Images from the Set of Spike Lee’s Oldboy Remake Featuring Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Brolin

3 November 2012 9:29 AM, PDT

Director Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s South Korean new-classic Oldboy is currently in production in New Orleans, and a few more photos from the set have surfaced.  The film stars Josh Bolin as an advertising executive who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years without explanation.  He is abruptly released and sets out to discover the who and why of his captivity, running across a social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.   We previously got a brief look at Brolin in costume, and these new set photos reveal Olsen’s tattooed character and Brolin sporting some intimidating workout clothes. Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson and James RansoneOldboy opens on October 11th, 2013. Here’s the synopsis for Oldboy: Oldboy follows the story of an advertising executive »

- Adam Chitwood

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Director John Kahrs Talks Paperman, How the Idea for the Short Came About, the Lack of Dialogue, Blending Traditional and CG Animation and More

3 November 2012 9:26 AM, PDT

The black-and-white short Paperman, running with the new Disney animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, follows the story of a lonely young man in New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office, and sets out to get her attention. At the press day for Wreck-It Ralph, Paperman director John Kahrs (animation supervisor for Tangled, and an animator on Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Monsters Inc.) talked about how the idea for this short came about, why he decided not to include any dialogue, using a blend of 2D and CG to execute his vision, the biggest challenge in doing a short versus a full-length feature, and his favorite short.  He also talked »

- Christina Radish

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Friday Box Office: Wreck-it Ralph and Flight Take Off on First Frame of November

3 November 2012 9:11 AM, PDT

It seems that the effects of Hurricane Sandy will not extend to the box office. In spite of the mess the storm made of the East Coast, November got off to a strong start at the multiplex with two impressive Friday debuts and an overall weekend expected to top 2011 by about 15%. Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph did the most damage: easily capturing first place with an estimated $13.4 million from 3,752 locations. The PG-rated toon is expected to take in $50 million by Sunday, making Wreck-It Ralph Disney’s biggest non-Pixar animated debut ever. Paramount’s Flight landed in second place with an estimated $8.1 million. Considering that the drama was in far fewer locations (1,900), however, Flight looks like the break-out hit of the frame. The Man with the Iron Fists saw a more modest opening. The R-rated action film took in $3 million from 1,868 runs and should end the weekend in the $8 million range.  We’ll have complete details tomorrow. »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Disney Channel Developing Boy Meets World Sequel Series Girl Meets World; Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel May Return

3 November 2012 9:08 AM, PDT

Here’s a blast from the past to kick off your Saturday: The Disney Channel is apparently developing a revival of sorts of the fantastic 1990s TV series Boy Meets World.  TV Line reports that The Disney Channel is in the early stages of developing a sequel series called Girl Meets World.  The follow-up show would center on the daughter of the unendingly loveable couple Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel).  Hit the jump for more on this fascinating development. Per TV Line, the network is trying to get Savage and Fishel to reprise their roles from the original series, with THR adding that Boy Meets World co-creator/executive producer Michael Jacobs is behind this sequel series as well.  The original show ran for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 and amazingly never became stale or rote.  In fact, I’d venture to say that latter years (more specifically, the college-centered seasons 6 and 7) were my favorite. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jason Bateman’s Directorial Debut Bad Words Begins Production; Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone and Rohan Chandz Also Star

2 November 2012 6:52 PM, PDT

Back in July, we reported that Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) was lining up the 2011 Black List comedy Bad Words as his directorial debut.  We're happy to say that the production has officially begun and the supporting cast has been significantly rounded out. In addition to Bateman in the lead, the indie comedy will feature Allison Janney (The Help), Kathryn Hahn (Our Idiot Brother), Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids), Philip Baker Hall (Argo), and Rohan Chandz (Jack and Jill).  Andrew Dodge's comedic script centers on a high-school drop-out (Bateman) who uses a loophole to compete in an 8th grade spelling bee, enraging teachers and parents alike, but befriending an awkward young contestant along the way.  Hit the jump for much more on Bad Words. Here's the full press release for Bateman's directorial debut, Bad Words: Los Angeles (November 2, 2012) – Darko Entertainment, Aggregate Films and Mxn Entertainment announced today production commences this week on the dark comedy, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Wreck-it Ralph Releases Three New Clips

2 November 2012 6:20 PM, PDT

It's looking like director Rich Moore's animated feature Wreck-It Ralph is going to rule the box office this weekend.  If you're still on the fence about this family-friendly film, we've got three new clips to share with you in hopes of convincing you to check it out.  They highlight Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voiced by Jack McBrayer) meeting Sgt. Calhoun (Jane Lynch) for the first time, a deal struck between Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and a special game character cameo with some helpful information. Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Alan Tudyk, Ed O'Neill, Adam Carolla and Mindy Kaling, is currently playing in theaters.  Hit the jump to see the new clips.  Check out the following clips from Wreck-It Ralph: Here’s the synopsis for Wreck-It Ralph: Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy(R)-winning director Rich Moore (TV’s “The Simpsons, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Kristen Stewart in Talks to Star Opposite Ben Affleck in Focus

2 November 2012 5:40 PM, PDT

After The Twilight Saga ends for Kristen Stewart this November 16th, she may have a role lined up to star opposite Ben Affleck in Focus.  We previously reported that Affleck was circling a role, and Warner Bros. was looking to fast-track the project once they found a female lead.  It looks like Stewart is their choice.  Focus, written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa of Crazy Stupid Love,  tells the story of a "veteran con man who gets involved with a newcomer to the grifter business. They get involved romantically but that becomes perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. The complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future.”  Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Stewart is in talks to star opposite Affleck as the female lead in Focus. The writer/director duo previously wanted »

- Dave Trumbore

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Zoe Kazan Talks Ruby Sparks, Her Experience Writing and Acting in the Film, Her Original Ending and Working with Daniel Radcliffe on The F Word

2 November 2012 5:32 PM, PDT

Now available on DVD/Blu-ray is the romantic dramedy Ruby Sparks, from directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), about a once-famous novelist named Calvin (Paul Dano), who creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby (Zoe Kazan) that not only brings his work to life, but actually literally comes to life.  TheDVD/Blu-ray special features include Behind the Story, Real-Life Couples: Co-stars & Directors, Be Careful What You Wish For and the theatrical trailer. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the film’s star and screenwriter Zoe Kazan talked about how writing this feature came about, when she realized that she and her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano would be playing the roles, what writing allows her that acting doesn’t, how she originally had a different ending for the story, that she always wanted to leave the reasons for Ruby’s existence unexplained, how she just finished »

- Christina Radish

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