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Sony Mulling VOD Release for The Interview

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With the top five theater chains in the country now saying they won’t be showing directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s political comedy The Interview during its scheduled opening day of December 25th, Sony Pictures is now trying to figure out what to do with the film.  In case you somehow haven’t been paying attention, theater-owners today opted to pull The Interview from their theaters after an anonymous hacker group threatened to bomb screenings of the film on opening day.  This is all very fresh, as news of the big theaters pulling out broke hours ago, but the immediate response from many was to ask Sony to simply put the movie out on VOD, ensuring that it will still be shown to anyone that wants to see it.  Now word comes that a The Interview VOD release is definitely something the studio is considering.  More after the jump. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Sony Hack Fallout Continues; New Regency Cancels Gore Verbinski’s Pyongyang Starring Steve Carell

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Some people are joking that the Sony hack is a viral campaign for The Interview, but a more accurate joke would be a viral campaign for Blackhat, a movie about how much power a hacker can wield in the digital age.  Movie theaters have caved to terrorist threats, and now New Regency is avoiding the problem altogether by canceling Gore Verbinski's adaptation of Guy Delisle's graphic novel Pyongyang, which is a memoir following "the French-Canadian cartoonist’s travels through North Korea after obtaining a work visa (a rarity for a Westerner) for his job on a children’s cartoon show," but his journey becomes complicated when he's accused of espionage. According to The Wrap, Verbinski was prepping to start filming in March with Steve Carell set to star in the comedy, but now New Regency is the latest company to cave into fear, which is exactly what terrorists want. »

- Matt Goldberg

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J.C. Chandor and Oscar Isaac Talk Bradford Young’s Incredible Cinematography in New A Most Violent Year Featurette

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Bradford Young.  Learn that name, because the guy is about to break out in a big way.  The cinematographer has been doing great work for a while now on films like Pariah and Middle of Nowhere, but his 2014 features A Most Violent Year and Selma display some of the best cinematography of the past few years.  The guy has a bold, confident voice, and what’s spectacular about his work is that his approaches to A Most Violent Year and Selma are incredibly different, but both are absolutely phenomenal.  A24 Films has released a new A Most Violent Year featurette in which director J.C. Chandor and Oscar Isaac talk about Young’s work on the film, which follows a businessman and his wife trying to hold on to their company in early 1980s New York.  Young says he wanted to capture a “refined quality of decay” of the city in the film, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Denis O’Hare Talks American Horror Story: Freak Show, Pushing the Envelope, Where He Wants the Show to Go Next, and More

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The FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show follows a troupe of the strange and unusual in 1952, who are looking to survive as performers amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.  From the twisted minds of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the show stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare and Finn Wittrock. During this interview with press to discuss his work on the popular series, actor Denis O’Hare (who plays a con artist named Stanley) talked about whether they can actually push the envelope of disturbing even further than they already have, the show’s portrayal of the gay community, coming up with his own backstory, what he’d like to see the show explore next, what his American Horror Story characters have in common and how they’re most different, and what scares people today. »

- Christina Radish

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Andy Serkis Says He Only Plays One Character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Discusses the Trailer and His Role

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Our introduction to a new era of Star Wars by way of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer was a hell of a way to kick off the marketing campaign for J.J. Abrams’ new film.  The teaser was spectacular for a number of reasons, not the least of which being Andy Serkis’ ominous narration.  There has been much speculation about Serkis’ role (or roles) in the film, given that the actor is pretty much the person at the forefront of performance-capture technology.  In a new interview with EW, the actor has spoken up a bit about the film and his character, shooting down reports that he’s playing multiple roles while also touching on how much he knew about his part in the trailer before its release.  More after the jump. Speaking with EW, Serkis confirmed that his voice in the trailer is that of the character »

- Adam Chitwood

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Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale Talk Annie, the Fun Shoot, Collaborating with Will Gluck, the Songs, and More

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Opening this weekend is Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  For more on Annie, watch the trailer or these five clips and eleven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. At the recent New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale.  They talked about collaborating with Will Gluck, contemporizing the film, the new songs, if a lot of friends that wanted to visit them on the set, how much fun they had making the film, and a lot more. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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See How the Minions Got to New York in New Minions Clip

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While there will surely be plenty of box office surprises next year, I think we can all agree that Minions is going to make bank.  Both Despicable Me films did well in theaters, but it’s the adorable minions that have become Universal’s own "Mickey Mouse" if you will, adorning everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs.  The characters get their own spinoff feature next year in a movie that covers the ancient origin of the creatures and revolves around their arrival in 1968 New York, where they set out to find the most despicable master.  A new Minions clip has been released today that focuses on the titular characters’ first arrival in NYC, and it also reveals how they landed upon their signature clothing.  While I wasn’t crazy about either Despicable Me film, I’m intrigued about an animated picture with main characters that speak gibberish.  It's also just impossible to resist their adorableness. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Want to Write for Collider? We’re Now Accepting Internship Applications

3 hours ago

I've been working for Collider since 2007, and over the years we've added great people to our team. The site continues to expand, and we are now accepting applications for paid internships (if you are still in college, you can receive college credit).  One position is Los Angeles-based and the other is based outside of L.A.  If you're looking to build a portfolio, get real experience writing about movies professionally, and contribute to our great site, we would love to read your application. Hit the jump for more details on who we're looking for, the responsibilities of the job, and how to apply. We will be accepting applications through January 1st and begin looking through them shortly thereafter. Ideally, we are looking for someone who: Is based in Los Angeles; Applicants are not required to be in L.A., but those outside of L.A. will receive a more critical examination of their writing ability. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Watch Sarah Koenig Fret Over How Serial Will End in Funny or Die Video

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One of the best pieces of storytelling from any medium this year is happening on a podcast.  Many, many people (myself included) have become addicted to Serial, a podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig that follows her investigation into a decades-old murder and the questionable trial and imprisonment that followed.  The final episode of this season, which will wrap up this particular case, premieres tomorrow, and much like some memorable series finales in recent memory (notably Lost), everyone’s wondering how it’s going to end.  The folks at Funny or Die decided to take a humorous look at what Koenig may or may not be dealing with as audience members are hoping for a satisfying conclusion to a case that remains unsolved (remember folks, this is real life, not an episode of Law & Order).  Regardless, SNL alum Michaela Watkins does a swell job of playing Koenig, and yes, there are Mail Chimp jokes. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Joss Whedon Talks Hesitation to Return, New Additions to the Team, Collaborating with Marvel, and More on the Set of Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.   Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming.  While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015.  In The Avengers sequel, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) from carrying out his sinister plan.  The film also stars  Elizabeth OlsenAaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson. While on set, I participated in a great group interview with Joss Whedon.  He talked about how making The Avengers »


- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Jungle Book Director Jon Favreau Shares Behind-the-Scenes Images of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, and More

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Jon Favreau is a pro at working social media (he even made using Twitter a plot point in Chef), and he's using his skills to showcase his upcoming film, The Jungle Book (not to be confused with Jungle Book: Origins, which is being directed by Andy Serkis).  The director has released the first set photo from the movie along with behind-the-scenes images of voice actors Bill Murray (Baloo), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Christopher Walken (King Louie), and musician Kermit Ruffins.  The film will be a blend of live-action and CG animation, with Neel Sethi filling the live-action role of Mowgli, a young boy who is raised in the jungle by wolves and goes on a journey of self-discovery when he comes to the civilized world. Hit the jump to check out The Jungle Book set photos.  The film opens October 9, 2015, and also features the voices of Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Five Largest Theater Chains Cave to Terrorist Threats; Won’t Show The Interview; Landmark Cancels New York Premiere

5 hours ago

Yesterday, we reported on the latest threat from the cyber-terrorists who hacked Sony.  The group threatened violence towards any theater showing The Interview, and although the Department of Homeland Security says there is no active plot against movie theaters, Carmike Cinemas has decided to drop the upcoming comedy about a dimwitted talk show host and his producer going to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong-un.  Insiders tell THR that exhibitors are worried about being held liable if they show the movie and violence occurs.  I assume concern about the lives of innocent people is a close second. Hit the jump for more on how theaters are giving into the terrorists' demands. [Update: THR now reports that the top five theater chains--amc, Regal, Cinemark, Cineplex, and Carmike--as well as Bow Tie Cinemas have all dropped the movie according to THR.] THR reports that theater owners are bickering over whether or not to show the film, and if they show the film, they want Sony to provide "heavy security".  For their part, Sony is leaving the decision in theaters' hands »

- Matt Goldberg

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The National Film Registry Adds The Big Lebowski, Willy Wonka, Ferris Bueller’S Day Off, Rosemary’S Baby, and More

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Every year, the members of the National Film Preservation Board (Nfpb) selects 25 films to be added to the Registry, and these films will be preserved in the Library of Congress for all-time due to their significant contribution to American society.  After watching the great documentary These Amazing Shadows (which is about the National Film Registry) several years ago, I wondered when The Big Lebowski would get in.  A couple years ago I was still wondering the same thing.  For a movie that didn't blow up the box office when it was released or rack up tons of awards, it has entered the national consciousness and even created an annual festival that's been going around the country since 2002. Today, The Dude is finally in the registry.  The Nfpb have announced their selections, and The Big Lebowski is among them.  Other films added to the registry include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, »

- Matt Goldberg

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AMC Theaters Teams with MoviePass to Test Monthly Subscription Service

17 hours ago

Several years ago, MoviePass came on the scene with the terrific idea to sell consumers a monthly subscription that would offer unlimited theatrical screenings for a flat fee.  The only problem with their plan is that movie theaters didn't want to participate.  AMC Theaters in particular issued a statement saying that MoviePass did "not integrate well into our programs and could create significant guest experience issues."  But times have changed, and young people aren't showing up at theaters like they used to.  The Nielsen Co. reporting [via The Kansas City Star] that total attendance dropped 5 percent this year. Now AMC Theaters is singing a different tune and seeing if MoviePass is the way to win back Millennials.  Hit the jump for more. The Kansas City Star reports that in January, "AMC theaters in Boston and Denver will begin working in concert with MoviePass to offer monthly subscription packages for $45 and $35. More cities will be added. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Suicide Squad Sets Viola Davis to Play Amanda Waller

17 hours ago

I'm more excited for Suicide Squad than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Not only does it look like it's not trying to rush a setup for a big crossover film, it's got a bonkers cast that includes Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevinge as Enchantress, and Jared Leto as The Joker.  Now the incredibly talented Viola Davis is rounding out the cast to play Amanda Waller.  In the comics, Waller is a cold, pragmatic government agent who's in charge of the Suicide Squad, a team of supervillains tasked with carrying out secret missions in exchange for pardons. Hit the jump for more. We previously reported that Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer were also in the mix to play Waller (who was played by Angela Basset in Green Lantern), and while they would have been interesting choices, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Trailer for the Final Season of Parks And Recreation Travels to the Year 2017

18 hours ago

The final season of Parks and Recreation has no patience for our pitiful present.  For its final 13 episodes, the show will take place in the year 2017, a time with delivery drones, Johnny Karate has his own TV show, and Gary is now called Terry.  Last season's finale was a big cliffhanger that raised plenty of questions, and a new teaser trailer only offers more.  While it's nice that Parks and Recreation will have some mysteries to solve, I'm just happy to be spending time with these characters again before we have to say goodbye to Pawnee. Hit the jump to check out the Parks and Recreation trailer for the final season.  The season premieres on January 13th at 8/7c. Via EW.

The post Trailer for the Final Season of Parks And Recreation Travels to the Year 2017 appeared first on Collider. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Starz’s Limited Series The Missing Will Get a Sequel

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Today, Starz has announced that its limited series The Missing, which first aired on BBC One in the U.K, will get a sequel series.  It will again be an eight-part series, and also again written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams.  Like this first run, the story will be told over two time frames, but will focus on a new case, a new location, and new characters.  Hit the jump for why you should approach this news with cautious optimism. Can the terms "miniseries" or "limited engagement" really be taken seriously anymore?  The latter allows for more wiggle room, at least; if the series is a hit, there's a possibility of sequel, while if it bombs, it can quietly disappear into the ether.  The Missing should certainly not disappear -- it is one of 2014 most affecting new series, and an outstanding entry to a crowded field of crime dramas. »

- Allison Keene

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Martin Freeman Talks The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, Sherlock, and More

19 hours ago

I love interviewing Martin Freeman.  Not only is he a very talented actor that's always great in front of the camera; it's also because no matter what you want to talk about, he always finds a way to work in funny stories that will make you laugh. My interview last week in London for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was no different.  Not only did he talk about what people say about him online, or what he'd ask J. R. R. Tolkien if he could travel back in time, he told an amazing R-rated story about the game he likes to play with his cast mates - specifically Aidan Turner.  Trust me, there is no way you watch this interview and not laugh out loud.  Hit the jump to watch. As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Aaron Paul Talks Exodus: Gods And Kings, Working with Ridley Scott, the Parting of the Red Sea Sequence, Future Projects, and More

21 hours ago

Now playing in theaters around the world is Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.  As most of you know, the film is Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer. At the press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul.  He talked about what it was like working for Ridley Scott, why he'll always remember shooting the Red Sea sequence, deleted scenes, future projects, his wife's charity, and more.  Hit the jump to watch. Aaron Paul: What was it like working for Ridley Scott on a huge Hollywood movie. Was there a day or two that he'll always remember from making Exodus? »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Collision: Episode 114 – Exodus: Gods And Kings and Ridley Scott

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This week on The Collision, we discuss Exodus: Gods and Kings.  We talk about the film's lack of personality, how it deals with the story's religious aspects, the priorities and filmography of director Ridley Scott, our feelings about his work going forward, and much 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 ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"), 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 @PNemiroff. Adam's Recommendation: Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut) Matt's Recommendation: American Gangster

The post The Collision: Episode 114 – Exodus: Gods And Kings and Ridley Scott appeared first on Collider. »

- Matt Goldberg

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