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Matthew McConaughey Joins The Billionaire’S Vinegar for Sony Pictures

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Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in Sony Picture's The Billionaire's Vinegar. Based on Benjamin Wallace's book The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. The film centers on the scandal surrounding several fraudulent bottles of wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Hardy Rodenstock, a music manager-turned-wine dealer supplied the wine. Billionaire Bill Koch payed $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, before coughing up twice that amount for an investigation to confirm their origins and a lawsuit against Rodenstock. What else are you going to do when you're a billionaire? [caption id="attachment_340263" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Brothers[/caption] Per Deadline,The script is by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas  (Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma) with no director attached at this time. Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment have been developing the project for years; Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Will Smith and Steve Tisch will produce. They have previously »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Alison Brie Talks Get Hard and Sleeping With Other People

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Opening this weekend is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy Bernie Madoff-type investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence.  The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Alison Brie. She talked about working with Will Ferrell, Community season 6, if people ever realize she’s the voice of Unikitty in The Lego Movie, Sleeping with Other People, and more. Here’s the interview followed by a list of what we talked about. [complextv contentid="FkNWw3dDoaK8jL_JXNxDsO4s10Tgssgy" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""]   Alison Brie: What was it like working with Will Ferrell? How she’s »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus In Talks for Force Majeure Remake

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Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is circling a starring role in Fox Searchlight's remake of the award-winning Swedish drama Force Majeure. This could be a piece of casting genius. Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 film examines marriage, family and gender dynamics by asking, what would you do in a dire emergency? The original film centers on a family who goes vacationing in the French Alps when an avalanche tumbles down on their resort. The mother tries to protect her two children while the father runs inside the building, abandoning his family. When they are all safely reunited, his actions raise questions and consequences that threaten the stability of his family. THR reports that Dreyfus is in negotiations for the role as the mother and will produce the project as well. She's is perfect for the role. While instant remakes tend to draw my ire and side-eye as obvious cash grabs, Dreyfus' involvement in »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Paul Feig Talks Spy, Jason Statham, and Test Screenings

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When a big movie studio is willing to show a film months before its release, they know they have the goods. That was definitely the case when 20th Century Fox world premiered writer-director Paul Feig’s comedy Spy at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.  The potential franchise-starter features Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who goes into the field for the very first time after her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid. Loaded with an all-star cast (Jason StathamRose ByrneMiranda HartBobby CannavaleAllison JanneyPeter Serafinowicz, and Morena Baccarin), one of the main reasons Spy is so great is that each supporting character has a moment to shine, and Statham completely knocks it out of the park in his first big studio comedy. During the premiere, the crowd was laughing so loud I missed lines of dialogue between Statham and McCarthy. Trust me, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Halt And Catch Fire Season 2 Premieres May 31 on AMC

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AMC's tech startup drama Halt and Catch Fire is set to return with its second season on Sunday, May 31st at 10 Pm. Set in the '80s, the series stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishé, and offers an insiders perspective on the personal computer revolution. The second season picks up in early 1985, and centers on Donna (Bishé) and Cameron's (Davis) tech startup, built on the foundation of the internet. Meanwhile, Joe (Pace), Gordon (McNairy) and Bosworth (Toby Huss) deal with the fallout from season one. The second season also stars Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire) as Sara Wheeler. Recurring roles this season include James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) as Jacob Wheeler and Mark O’Brien (The Republic of Doyle) as Tom Rendon. [caption id="attachment_323233" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via AMC[/caption] Executive producer and series showrunner Jonathan Lisco commented on Halt and Catch Fire season 2, To our passionate core audience and »

- Haleigh Foutch

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The Collision: Episode 127 – Insurgent: Book vs. Film

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This week on The Collision, Perri, Adam, and I talk about The Divergent Series: Insurgent, especially with regards to how the film vastly differs from the books, so this episode has full spoilers for both, although there are no spoilers for the final book in the series, Allegiant .  We also discuss the future of the film franchise, how it relates to other Ya properties, our disappointment that Ya franchises like Beautiful Creatures and Vampire Academy died after one entry, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Cinderella and Disney Animated Classics Going Live-Action"), 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, @PNemiroff, @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood. On a side note, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Amanda Seyfried Talks While We’Re Young and Ted 2

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On my way to the While We’re Young press day to talk to Amanda Seyfried I checked my Timehop app and it told me that exactly five years ago to the day, I ran my very first interview with her for the movie Chloe. That certainly made for a sobering reminder of how long I’ve been at it, but perhaps it’s kind of appropriate to walk into an interview for a movie like this with that in mind. The film stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a happy couple who suddenly realize that something is missing. Their best friends are gearing up to have a baby, but instead of supporting them, they become infatuated with a younger couple, Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Seyfried). They’re fun-loving, easy going, and Josh and Cornelia find their care-free lifestyle invigorating. During my interview with Seyfried »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Oren Shai, Jocelin Donahue, Aj Bowen and Izabella Miko Talk The Frontier at SXSW

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It’s tough enough directing a first feature, but Oren Shai decided to go all out and make his first feature a pulpy Western set in the 1970s. The story goes down at a secluded motel/diner on a desert road. Jocelin Donahue plays Laine, a young woman on the run from the law who pulls up to the motel looking for a little refuge before continuing on her way. However, while laying low, she overhears that some of the other guests could have big money coming their way, money that could make all the difference to Laine given her current situation. While in Austin for The Frontier's SXSW world premiere, Shai, Donahue, Aj Bowen and Izabella Miko all sat down to discuss their experience making the film. We ran through how Shai got the green light to make an especially ambitious first feature, the audition/offer process, delivering exposition through subtext, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Man From Reno Review

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There’s a light touch to much of Dave Boyle’s modern-noir Man from Reno, eschewing the usual aesthetic trappings of the genre, lulling the viewer into a false sense of comfort before inevitably pulling the rug out from under. The movie opens in the fog and climaxes on a sunny dock, rendering the so-called ambience of film-noir moot. The notion here that a noir doesn’t have to be set in run down alleys and shadowy high-contrast rooms and smoky bars to suggest something corrupt and malicious; a sunny dock and a warmly-lit hotel-room hold just as much, if not more, sinister intent. There’s something downright transgressive about using San Francisco in such a manner, the city that gave birth to the quintessential noirs The Lady From Shanghai & The Maltese Falcon now repurposed as their aesthetic counterpart. Two entwining storylines compete for attention. In the first, a successful »

- Tommy Cook

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Watch President Obama and The Wire Creator David Simon Discuss the War on Drugs

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The Wire is, without a doubt, one of the best programs in television history. Not only is it incredibly well-crafted drama with compelling characters and unexpected story arcs, but the show transcended the TV medium by directly commenting on the state of affairs in our country—often in frank, tough-to-swallow manners. That we’re still talking about the show today (seven years after it went off the air) as something that’s still relevant to our times is both a testament to the series’ craft, and a sad truth about how little we've progressed. If you’ve ever heard creator David Simon speak you know he’s an incredibly smart human being, and he plays a significant role in Eugene Jarecki’s must-see documentary The House I Live In, which chronicles the history of the “War on Drugs", its effects, and the troubles with our prison system. Recently, Simon sat »

- Adam Chitwood

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Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards Will Appear At Star Wars Celebration

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This is interesting news for several reasons. First, I think it's fantastic that they are giving fans access to stand-alone directors Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards. Beyond the likely trailer debut for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the people behind Star Wars Celebration seem to be working to give the fans (some of whom purchased tickets Two years ago) as much access to the creators of the new mythology as possible. The second reason it's interesting? There have been online whispers that Trank was off the project so it's nice to see that he still seems to be unequivocally onboard. [caption id="attachment_424503" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via LucasFilm.[/caption] I doubt he'll have much to say about his stand-alone film since that project remains untitled (though that could change at the celebration). Edwards should have more material to work with, since we already know that Star Wars: Rogue One features Felicity Jones »

- Evan Dickson

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Oscars: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Not Returning

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While word of this got out a few weeks ago, it’s now been confirmed via Deadline that producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will not be returning to produce the Oscars next year. The duo has produced the last three ceremonies in a row, beginning with the disappointing Seth MacFarlane-hosted show in 2013, which was followed by the forgettable but inoffensive Ellen Degeneres-hosted ceremony. I can’t say I’m sad to see Meron and Zadan go. Their obsession with music filled each telecast with performances that had nothing to do with any of the nominees (remember the Dreamgirls tribute?) and made for bloated runtimes, and their hosts didn’t really have a whole lot to do. But Meron and Zadon did bring a couple of new traditions to the Oscars that I hope continue: unveiling every single nomination on TV was a nice way to highlight categories that often get overlooked, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Behind the Stunts of Game Of Thrones Season 5

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Along with several million other people I am eagerly awaiting the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 5 next month. And while I typically don't go in for stunt reel stuff or any kind of behind-the-scenes action before I see something (for some reason I just prefer to watch the show and then delve into supplements later), this video released by HBO features some new footage and new faces and I think it's worth a look. Stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam certainly seems to have his hands full. Here's the synopsis for Game of Thrones Season 5: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is struggling to balance the demands of the Night’s Watch with those of the newly arrived Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei (Lena Headey) scrambles to hold on to power in King’s Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a »

- Evan Dickson

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Vikings Season 4 Gets Full Order from History

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Fans of utterly ridiculous beards and large sharp things rejoice! History Channel announced today that they will be renewing Vikings, their quietly very popular scripted series, for a fourth season. Production on the next season is scheduled to start in the coming months in Ireland, with creator Michael Hirst (The Tudors) supervising production. Considering the fact that season 2 of Vikings has five episodes left, it would seem the cast and crew will be heading over to Ireland for the next season before this season is even done. Dirk Hoogstra, executive vice president and general manager of History, made the announcement about Vikings Season 4, saying: “Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television…we are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, »

- Chris Cabin

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Get Hard Review

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[This is a re-post of my Get Hard review from SXSW 2015. The film hits theaters nationwide on March 27th.] The core concept behind Get Hard is pretty clever and had loads of potential, but director Etan Cohen and his co-writers, Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, don’t do much with it. If you’ve seen the film’s trailer, that’s really all there is to it. Will Ferrell leads as James King, a hedge fund manager living the dream. He’s got an incredible house, a beautiful fiancee (Alison Brie) and his boss/soon-to-be father-in-law (Craig T. Nelson) is making him a full blown partner at the company. But then he’s accused of fraud and embezzlement, sentenced to 10 years in a maximum security prison and given a mere 30 days to get his affairs in order. With absolutely no hope of surviving in San Quentin, James turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) for help because he falsely assumes that he’s been to prison. That’s not the case »

- Perri Nemiroff

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See Batman V Superman’s Aquaman Minus Giant Letters

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In February, we got our first look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We also got a look at gigantic text plastered over his face telling us to “Unite the Seven”. Thankfully, we now have a look at the character minus the text, so if you want to continue collecting your hero portraits—so far there’s also Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)—add this to your collection. Presumably, we’ll get the remaining characters—The Flash and Cyborg—sometime in the next year leading up to the film’s release (the current rumor is that Green Lantern won’t be showing up until possibly Justice League: Part I). Check out the Batman v Superman Aquaman image below [via EW], and scroll down further for a potential spoiler about what happens to his trident. [caption id="attachment_432283" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] »

- Matt Goldberg

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Rumor: Adam McKay on Deck to Direct a Marvel Movie?

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Back when Edgar Wright exited Ant-Man due to creative differences, there was some talk of Adam McKay possibly taking the position, but just before signing on the dotting line, he opted out and Peyton Reed took the gig. However, that didn’t mean McKay was out entirely. He joined the project in a screenwriting capacity and back in January we found out he’s getting a full-blown screenwriting credit on the film alongside Paul Rudd whereas Wright and Joe Cornish are only getting “story by” credits. Further proving McKay was doing well with Marvel, back in October, he revealed that he’s “starting to get into the early stages with Marvel” and that “maybe I would take on one of the characters ... discussions are definitely going on.” Now it looks like those discussions might pan out because we’ve got Latino Review reporting that McKay is indeed “in the on-deck »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Wednesday TV Ratings: An Empire-less Night for Fox Put Survivor, CBS on Top

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The Wednesday TV ratings for March 25th are in; here are some of the highlights: TV viewership was down by 5% overall for the night, as most scripted series saw big drops. Were those all viewers fans of Fox's Empire who now aren't watching other broadcast series (and then some?) Fair enough. Empire has left a giant ratings hole since its finale last week, it seems, which put CBS back on top for the night in both they key 18-49 demographic, as well as with viewers overall. To kick things off at 8 p.m., Survivor won its hour with a 2.2 rating and 9.52 million viewers. Fox's American Idol, also at 8 p.m., is definitely missing Empire. It was down to a 1.7 (from a 2.4 last week) and 8.34 million viewers, coming in third for the night after ABC's The Middle, which eked out a win over the singing competition with a 1.8 rating and 7.24 million viewers. »

- Allison Keene

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Ned Rifle Review | SXSW 2015

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It’s been about 17 years since Henry Fool hit theaters, but the time has finally come for writer-director Hal Hartley to wrap up the trilogy. Whether or not you go into Ned Rifle with a connection to the characters, there is some fun to be had with the material, but knowing what the group experienced in prior films will undoubtedly enrich the experience. However, on the other hand, Hartley did kick off the series with an eccentric yet thoughtful character journey so there’s no overlooking the fact that Ned Rifle feels more like playtime in an unnecessarily heightened version of the world he established in the first installment. Liam Aiken leads as Ned Rifle. When his mother, Fay Grim (Parker Posey), is convicted of treason and given a life sentence, Ned is sent to live with Reverend Daniel Gardner (Martin Donovan) and his family. Four years later, Ned turns »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Ray Donovan Season 3 Adds Aaron Staton, Fairuza Balk to Cast

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As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. Following his reoccurring role as Ken Cosgrove on Mad Men, Aaron Staton will appear in a reoccurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan Season 3. According to Deadline Hollywood, Staton, who has also appeared in bit parts on The Good Wife and Person of Interest as well, will play Mr. Donellen, “a strict yet kind high school teacher with a tragedy in his past.” Little else is known about how Donellen will figure into the world of Liev Schreiber’s titular L.A. fixer, especially considering how things were left with Mickey (Jon Voight), the rest of Donovan’s friends and family, and the FBI at the end of season 2. [caption id="attachment_362604" align="alignright" width="351"] Image via Showtime[/caption] The casting of Staton is only the latest in a long line of casting news for the Showtime series. Earlier this year, Fairuza Balk (Almost Famous) joined »

- Chris Cabin

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