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New Gone Girl TV Spot Tortures Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne

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Can't it just be October 3rd already?  I already know Gone Girl will be good because I've never disliked a David Fincher movie and I love the book by Gillian Flynn.  But I'm starting to be more and more convinced this will be one of Fincher's major works.  For me his best stuff is Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Social Network (with The Game, Panic Room, Benjamin Button and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo all being very good but not all time greats).  My money is on this new one joining the upper ranks.  This new TV Spot doesn't diminish any of that and focusses on the tribulations of Ben Affleck's character (be sure to check out the trailer first if you haven't seen it). Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl TV Spot.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler Perry, »

- Evan Dickson

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Meet the Characters of Jason Reitman’s Dark Ensemble in 17 New Men, Women & Children Images

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Fresh off the full-length trailer debut, Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new Men, Women & Children images from Up in the Air and Young Adult director Jason Reitman’s new film.  The drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I saw the film at Tiff and thought it was excellent.  It’s an incredibly dark snapshot of humanity and the ways in which we interact with one another, and it marks a solid step forward in Reitman’s increasingly unpredictable filmography.  The story takes place in a Texas town, and the local high school is the link that connects the various storylines.  These new images reveal the cast of characters, including Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever’s young loners, Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt’s disillusioned married couple, and Dean Norris’ single father. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Six Gotham Clips Lift the Curtain on Fox’s Batman Origin Series

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Fox’s Gotham premieres in just a few days, so I can't see it taking much more than these six clips to tide you guys over until then.  To be perfectly honest, this show is so far removed from my own personal tastes that I don't feel qualified to tell you whether these clips are "good" or "bad."  They just exist.  The show features  James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), along with Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney. Hit the jump to check out the Gotham clips.  Be prepared for the Batverse to feel very different from both the Nolan and Burton takes on the world (so far, at least).  Gotham is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal Logue, John Doman, Barbara Kean, Camren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara. Clips courtesy of Fox. »

- Evan Dickson

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Watch the Batmobile Drive Around Slowly in 13 Minutes of Video from the Set of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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Interest in superhero movies is at a fever pitch, so it’s no surprise that a flood of video and photos from the set of the now-filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will continue to flow so long as cameras are rolling.  Zack Snyder knew exactly what he was doing when he recently unveiled the new Batmobile in full, because Snyder and his crew are currently shooting a number of scenes on the streets of Detroit that feature Bruce Wayne’s new wheels.  A rather lengthy piece of video of the aforementioned Batmobile “in action” has now surfaced, giving fans the opportunity to take a look at the car from a variety of angles.  It’s admittedly a very tame piece of video, and it doesn’t even feature any actual filming, but for those who are curious to see more of the Batmobile’s practical applications it might be of interest. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Suicide Squad May Have Fury Director David Ayer Lead Them into Battle

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It seems like Warner Bros. has been trying to get Suicide Squad off the ground for some time, and they may have just found the right fit in Fury director David Ayer.  Now that Warner Bros. has firmed up their Superman v Batman and Justice League plans it appears that they're ready to actively get this one rolling again.  Justin Marks (who is also writing Top Gun 2) was hired sometime ago to pen the script. This could be cool.  Producer Dan Lin has been describing the film for years as sort of a Dirty Dozen in the world of Supervillains (Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn), and I think that makes it right up Ayer's alley.  Hit the jump for more on David Ayer directing Suicide Squad. Per THR Warner Bros. actively started looking for a director earlier in the year, making it three years since Justin Marks turned in his script. »

- Evan Dickson

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Angelina Jolie to Next Direct Richard Leakey Biopic Africa; Roger Deakins Will Act as Cinematographer

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Angelina Jolie is showing no signs of slowing down as a filmmaker.  After making her debut with 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie won the highly coveted director’s job of the World War II drama Unbroken.  She put together a top-notch team including screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen and cinematographer Roger Deakins, and while that highly anticipated film is slated to hit theaters in December, Jolie is already hard at work on her next directorial effort, the small-scale drama By the Sea starring herself and Brad Pitt.  But now, in the midst of shooting one film and readying another for release, Jolie is already lining up her next next film as a director: Africa.  Jolie has signed on to direct the biopic of paleo-archeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted his life to combating elephant and rhino poaching. Hit the jump for more on the project, including the »

- Adam Chitwood

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Pete’S Dragon Has Cast Oona Lawrence in the Title Role of Director David Lowery’s Live Action Remake

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery (who has been on this new project for a year) has finally found the titular Pete for his Pete's Dragon remake.  Oona Lawrence (Boardwalk Empire, Fort Bliss) will now play the title role.  Lowery, who is now confirmed to direct after initially being attached as a writer, shared script duties on the picture with Tony Halbrooks. Considering how night-and-day different this material is from Ain't Them Bodies Saints, it will be interesting to see what Lowery comes up with. The new Pete’s Dragon will not be a musical, but will borrow elements from the original, which centered on a young orphan who flees his abusive parents and befriends a dragon that often turns invisible.  This new version will also be live-action with a CGI dragon.  Watch the trailer after the jump. Variety initially broke this casting news.  Oona Lawrence's new film Fort Bliss »

- Evan Dickson

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Matthew McConaughey Splashes Down in Another New Interstellar Poster

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Paramount Pictures continues its marketing campaign for Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated new film by unveiling yet another new Interstellar poster—the fourth such one-sheet of the week.  While the first two posters were a diptych of sorts, showing Matthew McConaughey on an ice planet and back on Earth, respectively, the third poster focused on space at large.  This fourth and presumably final poster (of this week, at least) sees McConaughey trekking through yet another uncharted planet, knee-deep in a liquid substance (water?) while the gorgeous heavens paint the sky above him.  I’m wary of seeing too much footage from the film before it hits theaters, so if Paramount wants to just continue releasing posters that tease the epic scope and locations of the film without getting into plot, that would be fine by me. Take a look at the new Interstellar poster after the jump.  The film opens »

- Adam Chitwood

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Simon Pegg and Director Peter Chelsom Talk Hector And The Search For Happiness, Script Changes, Guerilla-Style Filmmaking, Tiff, and More

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Now playing in limited release in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  Led by a great performance by Pegg, the film's definitely worth checking out.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.  For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here’s all our previous coverage. Recently I landed an exclusive video interview with Simon Pegg and Peter Chelsom.  During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about how they came to work together, how »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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CBS Orders Supergirl TV Show from Arrow Producer Greg Berlanti

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The Supergirl TV show is officially a “go”.  We heard a couple of weeks ago that Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti was developing a possible TV series based on the DC comics heroine, and now Deadline reports that CBS has given a big series commitment to Supergirl.  The drama will be written by Berlanti and Ali Adler (The New Normal, No Ordinary Family), with Adler also acting as an executive producer on the series.  Apparently CBS’ straight-to-series commitment is bigger than the one Fox recently gave to the upcoming Gotham, which is a prequel of sorts to the Batman storyline.  This continues the expansion of comic book adaptation fever into the TV world, which is becoming more and more crowded with small screen iterations of famous superheroes.  More on Supergirl after the jump. For those unfamiliar, the character of Supergirl was introduced in the comics world in 1959.  She is, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Check out Two Clips from Yann Demange’s Exhilarating ’71 Starring Jack O’Connell

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Two '71 clips have gone online, and they both do a great job at highlighting director Yann Demange's ability to build tension and create thrilling action.  The film is set in Belfast in 1971 and centers on a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) that’s been abandoned by his unit following a riot.  Trapped behind enemy lines, he’s unable to tell friend from foe, and we follow as he tries to find his way home while the locals battle for supremacy.  These clips showcase the lead-up to the riot and O'Connell's character, Private Gary Hook, on the run from Irish nationalists.  From these two brief clips, you can tell that Demange is a serious talent, and big things could be ahead for him if this movie is even a modest hit. Hit the jump for the '71 clips, click here for my review from Tiff, and click here »

- Matt Goldberg

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This Is Where I Leave You Review

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[This is a re-post of my This Is Where I Leave You review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film opens in theaters nationwide today.] Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans, or so the saying goes.  There are some trite phrases that, while clichéd, kind of ring true, and in the case of This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy’s adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel of the same name, the Altman family has certainly seen better days.  The patriarch’s dying wish was to have his entire family sit shiva for seven days to mourn his death, and when the Altman clan reunites to fulfill his request, old wounds are opened, past relationships are rekindled, and all are reminded that this isn’t exactly how they envisioned their lives turning out.  Buoyed by a stellar ensemble and a standout performance from Adam Driver, Levy mostly succeeds in bringing Tropper’s novel to the screen with plenty of humor, heart, and sentiment.  While Levy goes overboard with the »

- Adam Chitwood

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Terry Gilliam Talks The Zero Theorem, Working With Christoph Waltz, the End of the Universe, and Armageddonist Republicans

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Terry Gilliam's new film The Zero Theorem touches on a lot of his established aesthetic signposts while exploring new thematic ground with its questions about the universe and how we all wait for permission for the wrong things. The film stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star. I recently hopped on the phone with Gilliam to talk all things The Zero Theorem, his reaction to the film's philosophy as well his take on why people do what they do without thinking ahead.  Be sure to check out the trailer and hit the jump for my Terry Gilliam interview. Collider:  Watching this movie it became kind of clear to me that this Sisyphean sort of task that the protagonist has »

- Evan Dickson

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Michelle Monaghan Talks Fort Bliss, Working With Director Claudia Myers, the Experience of True Detective, Adam Sandler’s Pixels, and More

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In the indie drama Fort Bliss, U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) struggles to find her place in her five-year-old son’s life, after returning home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan.  When news of another deployment threatens the tentative bond she’s formed with her son, she’s forced to find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother with her obligations as a soldier.  Written, directed and produced by Claudia Myers, the film also stars Ron Livingston, Manolo Cardona, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber and Dash Mihok. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Michelle Monaghan talked about how she got involved with Fort Bliss, why she found the story so compelling, how intense the experience was, and how putting on the uniform really affected the way she carried herself.  She also talked about her experience on True Detective, »

- Christina Radish

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New Final Fantasy Xv Trailer Promises the Game Is Coming Some Day Eventually

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It's been over a year since Square-Enix released a trailer for Final Fantasy Xv, a game that has been in development for so long, that it has changed its title (it was originally titled Final Fantasy Versus Xiii), directors, and its console generation.  Square-Enix started working on it in May 2006.  I'm aware that video games take a while to make, but over eight years is a little on the long side.  Square-Enix knows it, and in a new trailer they released at this year's Tokyo Game Show, they made light of the game's long development process.  They also made light of the fact that this Final Fantasy, like many of the Final Fantasy games, is going to look very, very pretty.  Also from what I can discern from the trailer plot-wise, Final Fantasy continues to be a catchier title than Royalty n' Crystals. Hit the jump to check out the new Final Fantasy Xv trailer. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Godzilla Screenwriter Max Borenstein Returning to Pen the Sequel

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It wasn't a huge surprise when Legendary Pictures announced Godzilla 2 at Comic-Con.  Godzilla had a huge opening weekend, and it recently crossed $200 million domestic.  What was nice about the Comic-Con announcement was that it revealed three monsters that would be taking on Godzilla: Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.  According to Deadline, Max Borenstein, who wrote the first movie, is being brought back for the sequel, so he's probably got a good handle on how to wrangle these three classic monsters against Godzilla. Also, as we reported a few days ago, Borenstein is handling the script on the King Kong reboot Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer).  I'm not going to hold up Godzilla as a masterwork of character and story, but it's great as a Godzilla movie, and it's good to know that Legendary is sticking with a guy who knows not only his genre, »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Zero Theorem Review

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The Zero Theorem is director Terry Gilliam-squared.  The sci-fi film features all of his trademarks—unhinged characters, oppressive societies, canted angles and zooms, colorful settings—and then pushes them to a level that would border on self-parody if Gilliam wasn't already a self-deprecating person.  There's something fearless inside the Zero Theorem in that the movie tries to wear its brain on its sleeve, which is good because there's more pontificating than genuine romance.  The movie will inevitably invite comparisons to Gilliam's masterpiece Brazil, but The Zero Theorem struggles to solve its own problem, namely, turning all of its subtext into text. Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is an anti-social introvert who would rather stay at home inside his abandoned chapel than go to work at Mancom where he excels as a "number cruncher."  He wants to stay at home because he's anticipating a mysterious phone call, and is terrified he'll miss it. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Tusk Review

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For most of his career, Kevin Smith freely admitted that screenwriting—particularly dialogue—was his strong suit, but he wasn’t a tremendous director. In my review of Red State, I noted that visually, the movie was miles ahead of anything Smith had ever done, but it was hamstrung by a scattershot tone and shoddy screenwriting that was too reliant on juvenile humor. Although his follow-up, Tusk, keeps the same commendable visuals as Red State, Smith’s talent as a screenwriter has greatly declined as he descends into self-parody with conversations and monologues that go on endlessly but rarely advance the story or provide insight into the characters. Instead, his greatest passion is for his grotesque monster, a creature that looks more silly than disturbing. Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) is a smarmy, arrogant podcaster who goes to Canada to interview a kid who sliced off his leg in a YouTube video. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Frederik Bond Departs Olympus Has Fallen Sequel London Has Fallen Due to Creative Differences

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Director Frederik Bond (Charlie Countryman) signed on to direct the Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen just one month ago.  It was not meant to be.  Bond left the project six weeks before shooting is scheduled to begin.  A Millennium spokesperson told Heat Vision that Bond departed due to creative difference, although the split is reportedly "amicable." London Has Fallen has an unusual schedule to accommodate star Gerard Butler's current engagement shooting Geostorm.  The plan is to shoot for a month with Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo starting in October, then pick back up with Butler on board in April.  Producer Mark Gill and Butler are looking at candidates and hope to find a new director in the next 72 hours, so it seems they are determined to maintain that schedule.

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- Brendan Bettinger

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Fargo Showrunner Noah Hawley Scripting One of the Universal Monster Movies

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Next to True Detective, FX’s miniseries adaptation of Fargo was one of the year’s biggest surprises in the TV realm.  The prospect of anyone touching the Coen brothers masterpiece was unthinkable, but Noah Hawley—who wrote all 10 episodes—crafted a unique take on the material that caught on with critics and audiences alike.  While he’s no doubt very busy putting together the second season of the show (which will feature a new cast, story, and setting), Hawley has understandably caught the eye of Hollywood, and buried in a report on Sony optioning his novel Before the Fall is the news that Hawley is also scripting one of Universal’s upcoming monster movies.  More after the jump. In a report over at Deadline is the news that Hawley is separately writing the script for an untitled project at Universal that will be a part of the studio’s interconnected monster movie universe. »

- Adam Chitwood

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