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Jonathan Groff Talks Looking, Clicking with Co-Stars, Learning to Be in the Moment on Set, the Success of Frozen, and Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart

9 February 2014 2:15 PM, PST

The HBO series Looking tells the story of three friends, Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Barlett), who live, work and love in the city of San Francisco.  They explore the exciting and varied options available to a new generation of gay men, in a frank, honest, hilarious and tragic way. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Jonathan Groff talked about what attracted him to Looking, how quickly he clicked with his co-stars, getting to explore the quiet moments, how much fun it was to shoot at the Folsom Street Fair, how he had to learn to be in the moment on set, and whether his character will get his life together this season, or if that will be an ongoing journey.  He also talked about the huge success of Frozen, in which he voiced the character of Kristoff, and why working on it »

- Christina Radish

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Weekend Box Office: The Lego Movie Clicks with Giant $69.1 Million Debut; The Monuments Men in Second with $22.7 Million

9 February 2014 9:06 AM, PST

It was clear that The Lego Movie was going to be big, but ‘big’ in February usually means something different than at other times of the year.  Most projections had the animated film opening between $45 and $60 million.  Instead, the big screen debut of the classic toy brand earned an estimated $69.1 million from 3,775 locations.  That counts as big in any month, and stands as one of the best openings ever for an original animated feature.  The Monuments Men and Vampire Academy were also new this weekend, though only the former ended up successfully counterprogramming the Lego juggernaut.  Title Weekend Total 1.  The Lego Movie $69,110,000 $69.1 2.  The Monuments Men $22,700,000 $22.7 3.  Ride Along $9,400,000 $105.1 4.  Frozen $6,914,000 $368.6 5.  That Awkward Moment $5,400,000 $16.8 6.  Lone Survivor $5,300,000 $112.5 7.  Vampire Academy $4,100,000 $4.1 8.  The Nut Job $3,809,000 $55 9.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $3,600,000 $44.4 10.  Labor Day $3,230,000 $10.1 After a couple of slow weeks, the domestic box office was due for a big win, provided the right movie came along.  By all accounts, The Lego Movie »

- Nicole Pedersen

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DVD/Blu-ray Deals: True Blood, Abbott & Costello, MGM Best of Collections, Man Of Steel, Pacific Rim, and More

9 February 2014 7:26 AM, PST

Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  Some of these deals won't last, so if you see something you like, don't wait too long to pick it up. Up to 70% Off Seasons of True Blood on DVD and Blu-ray which makes it $19.99 per season on DVD and $23.99 per season on Blu-ray Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection - $50.99 (58% off) MGM Best of Romance Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $40.99 (66% off). Includes West Side Story, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Overboard, Legally Blonde, Benny & Joon, Moonstruck, Cutting Edge, Four Weddings and a Funeral MGM Best of Family Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $43.99 (66% off) includes All Dogs Go to Heaven, Secret of Nimh, Igor, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fiddler on the Roof, Pebble and the Penguin, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Greatest Story Ever Told, Black Stallion Man of Steel »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Talk The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Departed, The Aviator, Gangs Of New York, Jack Nicholson, and Much More

9 February 2014 6:58 AM, PST

Drawing a fully packed house, the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) presented the prestigious Cinema Vanguard Award to legendary director Martin Scorsese and award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, on behalf of their working relationship.  Having collaborated together five times now, on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street, the two have brought some intriguing stories to the big screen, with the promise of exciting things still to come.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what they had to say during the Q&A. While there, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio talked about how they first came to work with each other, the experience of making Gangs of New York, how The Aviator came about, playing a real-life person versus a fictional character, what led them to make The Departed, the experience of making Shutter Island, »

- Christina Radish

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Producer Joel Silver Breaks Down His Escape From New York Trilogy; Script Isn’t Complete Yet

9 February 2014 6:08 AM, PST

It’s been nearly a year since news broke that Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal snatched up the rights to John Carpenter’s Escape from New York after New Line’s claim to them lapsed, but announcements regarding Snake Plissken’s return to the big screen just about ended there.  However, while talking to Silver in New York City about his upcoming release, Non-Stop, he offered Collider an update on the status of the project and a clearer sense of how he’s going to turn the film into a trilogy.  Hit the jump for more. The 1981 original takes place during a time when crime is skyrocketing, and so much so that the entire island of Manhattan was evacuated so that it could be turned into a maximum-security prison. That’s where we meet Kurt Russell’s Snake Plissken. When the President of the United States happens »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Director Jaume Collet-Serra Hopes Akira Will Be His Next Project

9 February 2014 5:43 AM, PST

After spending years trying to get a live-action adaptation of Akira off the ground, it seemed as though Jaume Collet-Serra was going to be the man to do it - that is until plans imploded due to budget issues.  However, two years after Warner Bros. insisted on re-working the script to bring down the $90 million tab, news broke that the project was back on track.  In August, word got out that Collet-Serra was in discussions to re-board the production and apparently those discussions went quite well because Collet-Serra himself confirmed he’s actively working on the project.  Hit the jump for more. While talking to the director about his latest film, Non-Stop, Collet-Serra made a point to note: “I’m focusing on Akira though.” In fact, Akira might even be his next endeavor because he also added: “So hopefully that’s the next one.” The main issue for Warner Bros. has been that big budget. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Watch 6 Clips from Winter’S Tale Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint

9 February 2014 5:40 AM, PST

In advance of the Valentine’s Day release of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, Warner Bros. has sent over us 6 movie clips from the film.  The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel follows a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay), and discovers that neither death nor time can stand in the way of true love.  These new clips give a great look at the romantic fantasy drama’s cast of characters across time and space. Winter's Tale also stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips. var complextvadtag = (typeof(cmnvideotagdefault) === 'function') ? cmnvideotagdefault('') : null;var options = {adSetCode: '67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0'};if (complextvadtag !== null) {options.vast = {tagUrl: complextvadtag};}Oo.ready(function() {Oo.Player.create('ooyalaplayerFoMWZsazpzIYXH0pkLPPl9zjEINRBipk', 'FoMWZsazpzIYXH0pkLPPl9zjEINRBipk', »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Justice League: War Blu-ray Review

9 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST

If you simply can't wait to see DC's most famous superheroes team up to do battle on the big screen, then you'll want to check out Justice League: War, the latest effort from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment.  The animated feature adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's 2011 "Justice League: Origin" storyline finds the famous heroes battling crime separately before they officially team up.  When a powerful new threat invades the Earth, the heroes must put aside their differences in order to work together and save the world.  It's a worthy addition to the series of animated features, and a great place-holder between live-action movies. Featuring the voices of Alan TudykJason O'MaraMichelle MonaghanChristopher Gorham, Justin KirkShemar Moore, and Sean Astin, Justice League: War is now available on Blu-ray.  Hit the jump for my review. Feature: If you're a fan of Johns and Lee's original arc, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Cast and Crew of Starz’s Black Sails Series Discuss Their Roles, Origins of the Show, and Introducing Audiences to a Different Take on a Life of Piracy

9 February 2014 3:30 AM, PST

Black Sails is Starz Network’s latest offering following a band of pirates in the “golden age of piracy”.  Taking place in 1715 in the British colony of New Providence Island, Black Sails is looking to offer its viewers a more realistic take on piracy.  Recently, Collider was able to sit down and chat with members of the cast and crew to discuss their roles, the origins of the show, and how they hope to introduce audiences to a different shade of swashbuckling.  Hit the jump as we talk with show creator Jonathan E. Steinberg, Toby Stephens (Captain Flint), Hannah New (Eleanor Guthrie), Luke Arnold (John Silver), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Max), Zach McGowan (Captain Charles Vane), and Mark Ryan (Gates). “I’ve been wanting to tell this story for a long time, and we played with it for awhile before falling into the idea of doing a more realistic take on the idea of Treasure Island, »

- Evan Valentine

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Drew Pearce Talks about His Marvel One-Shot All Hail The King, Working with Marvel, No Heroics, the Runaways Movie, and More

8 February 2014 6:42 PM, PST

The Marvel One-Shots have continued to increase in quality, and the latest one, All Hail the King, is the best yet.  Written and directed by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce, All Hail the King is funny, clever, has some exciting twists, and is probably best viewed with a group of friends.  At the very least, it's a welcome extra on the upcoming Blu-ray for Thor: The Dark World. I recently spoke with Pearce about the short film, the process of creating a One-Shot, the "brutal" shooting schedule, the generous support from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Co-President Louis D'Esposito, working with Ben Kingsley again, and more.  We also talked about the possibility of his British sitcom No Heroics reaching a wider audience, his script and enthusiasm for Runaways, if he's ever talked with Whedon about it since Whedon did a run on the comics, and more.  Hit the »

- Matt Goldberg

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Watch 5 Clips from Jaume Collet-Serra’s Non-stop Starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore

8 February 2014 6:37 PM, PST

With director Jaume Collet-Serra‘s Non-Stop opening February 28th, Universal has provided us with five clips from the upcoming action/thriller.  If you haven't seen the trailer, the film takes place on a transatlantic flight where a U.S. Air Marshall (Liam Neeson) must stop a mysterious hijacker who is threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes until $150 million is transferred into a secret account.  The film also stars Julianne Moore, Corey Stoll, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’O, Bar Paly, and Anson Mount. Like most of you, I've love getting to watch Neeson when he gets to punch people in the face, which I suspect will be a big part of Non-Stop.  I honestly can't wait to see it.  Hit the jump to watch the clips. var complextvadtag = (typeof(cmnvideotagdefault) === 'function') ? cmnvideotagdefault('') : null;var options = {adSetCode: '67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0'};if (complextvadtag !== null) {options. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Southland and The O.C. Actor Ben McKenzie to Play Gordon in Gotham Pilot

8 February 2014 3:25 PM, PST

The DC Comics/Batman prequel series Gotham has found its Gordon, and one imagines the news has Seth Cohen shrieking with delight.  It was announced today that Southland and The O.C. star Ben McKenzie will play Jim Gordon in the pilot, which revolves around the Gotham’s future commissioner and takes place within the Batman universe.  The Fox show—which has a series commitment from the network—comes from executive producer/showrunner Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and Danny Cannon (CSI, Nikita) is onboard to direct the pilot. As previously reported, Fox hopes to use Gotham as a vehicle for exploring famous Batman villains like the Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin.  It comes on the heels of The CW’s recent success with an Arrow TV show, and that network also has a potential The Flash series in the works.  More after the jump. McKenzie starred on the NBC/TNT drama Southland four five seasons, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Director Mark Waters Talks Vampire Academy, Working with a Cast of Mean Girls Fans, Deleted Scenes, and Collaborating with Author Richelle Mead

8 February 2014 9:24 AM, PST

Based on the best-selling book series from author Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy tells the story of half-vampire/half-human guardian Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and her royal Moroi vampire best friend Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry).  As two 17-year-old girls trying to survive the perils of Moroi society and high school, Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who are putting her life in jeopardy.  From director Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and writer Dan Waters (Heathers), the film also stars Danila Kozlovsky, Dominic Sherwood, Sarah Hyland, Cameron Monaghan and Sami Gayle. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, director Mark Waters talked about what it was like to work with a cast who were such big fans of Mean Girls, why being too sincere has been the downfall of some of the previous Young Adult adaptations, what makes this story and film different, the challenge of figuring out how »

- Christina Radish

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James Franco to Direct Film about the Making of Cult Classic The Room

8 February 2014 9:19 AM, PST

At any given time, James Franco is attached to write, direct, produce, star in, and adapt so many different projects that it’s hard to keep track.  However, Franco just set another future project in motion that is particularly intriguing.  Deadline reports that Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions has optioned the book and life rights to The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, which is chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s “so-bad-it’s-good” cult classic The Room.  Franco will direct and co-produce the adaptation, and he has also expressed interest in starring in the pic alongside his brother Dave Franco.  Moreover, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are onboard as executive producers. Hit the jump for more, including the synopsis for the book. The Room is a truly terrible movie, but it’s made with such passion by writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau that it’s a wonderfully entertaining sight to behold. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Animation Co-Director Chris McKay Talks The Lego Movie, How the Story Changed During Production, Cameos, Blu-ray Extras, and More

8 February 2014 9:16 AM, PST

As I have said many times, director Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The Lego Movie exceeded my lofty expectations.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (“Everything is Awesome”), The Lego Movie is truly something special and I strongly recommend checking it out this weekend.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s been made using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation and the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah HillAlison Brie, and many others. At the recent press junket, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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First Trailer for Mike Judge’s New HBO Series Silicon Valley

8 February 2014 8:52 AM, PST

The first trailer for Beavis and Butthead and Office Space creator Mike Judge’s new HBO comedy series Silicon Valley has landed online.  The show takes place in present day and revolves around the work of tech startups, venture capitalists, and tech blogs—but with a very heavy Mike Judge bent.  This first-look trailer is incredibly funny, as Judge’s sense of humor feels like the perfect fit for the tech world.  It also helps that the cast is filled out by skilled comedians. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The series stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Christopher Welch, and Amanda CrewSilicon Valley debuts on HBO Sunday, April 6th. Via TechCrunch.  We’ll have the official embed up from HBO once it’s available. Here’s the synopsis for Silicon Valley: Richard (Middleditch) is an introverted computer programmer living »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Weinstein Company Breaks Record for The Imitation Game; RADiUS-twc Acquire Everly with Salma Hayek; Open Road Acquires Rock The Kasbah

8 February 2014 8:49 AM, PST

Here's the latest word on acquisitions at the European Film Market in Berlin: The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing, for a reported record of $7 million. RADiUS-twc has acquired U.S. rights to Joe Lynch's action thriller, Everly, starring Salma Hayek, Togo Igawa, Masashi Fujimoto, and Hiroyuki Watanabe. Open Road has acquired U.S. rights to the Barry Levinson comedy, Rock the Kasbah, starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia Labeouf, and Zooey Deschanel. Hit the jump for more on each picture. First up from Deadline comes news of the record-breaking acquisition purchase of rights to The Imitation Game by The Weinstein Company.  Cumberbatch stars as "Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Top 5: The Lego Movie, The Science of Robocop, Paul Bettany in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Preacher TV Series, 2014 Super Bowl Movie Spots

8 February 2014 7:21 AM, PST

I typically try and use the opening paragraph to talk about something not already covered in the Top 5 list itself. I'm making an exception this week because The Lego Movie is good enough to warrant it. Writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have crafted an outstanding family comedy that's sharp, funny, and as imaginative as the product it expertly seeks to promote. For all of the laughs it provides (of which there are many), I think its greatest achievement is how precisely it balances the weight of story and self-promotion. Make no mistake, its primary goals are to drive sales and promote the Lego brand. Lord and Miller's script is smart enough, though, to achieve these by genuinely capturing the spirit of creativity and inventiveness that makes Lego so unique. I can only wish that all product placement strategies were this inspired and on point. Moving on to the »

- Jason Barr

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Zoe Kazan Talks The Pretty One, Playing Twins, Technical Difficulty of Shooting Dual Roles, In Your Eyes, and More

8 February 2014 2:03 AM, PST

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Jenée Lamarque, The Pretty One tells the story of what happens when Laurel (Zoe Kazan) loses her identical twin sister Audrey (also played by Zoe Kazan) in a fatal car accident and must learn how to break out of her shell and discover who she is, as an individual.  The film also stars Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston and John Carroll Lynch. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Zoe Kazan talked about what made her want to play these dual roles, why she wanted to work with writer/director Jenée Lamarque, how it felt like she was, at time, playing four different characters with the various gradations, which twin she was more drawn to playing, and how technically difficult it all was.  She also talked about getting to work with the writing of Joss Whedon on the film In Your Eyes, and »

- Christina Radish

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Over 60 Pictures from Laurent Durieux’s Mondo Gallery Show in Austin

8 February 2014 1:53 AM, PST

This month's Mondo gallery showing of Laurent Durieux's work was super popular with over 100 people waiting in line in the cold 37 degree weather, some of whom had been waiting since around 9:00 in the morning.  Laurent's work has always captivated me since he seems to bring in such an enormous amount of depth while retaining a large amount of detail.  You really feel like you're looking into the window of the world of the film when you look at one of his pieces of art. My  favorites of the show were the original colored pencil pieces.  They had such imagination and depth in them, it was hard realizing that they were such tiny pieces of art that were barely the size of my hand.  At the same time, I really enjoyed the Back to the Future 1 and 2 pieces with their retro sci-fi tones.  I was disappointed when I did »

- Bryan Henderson

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