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Disney’s The Jungle Book Adds Bill Murray; Warner Bros Version Gets a Release Date and New Title

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The October 9, 2015 release of Disney’s The Jungle Book isn’t all that far away, so the studio’s been casting up like crazy lately.  In the past month alone, the production has added Ben Kinglsey, Neel Sethi, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito to the line-up, and now they’ve got yet another new addition to share – Bill Murray as Baloo.  Sethi’s Mowgli will be the only actor seen on screen in the film, but he’ll be joined by a slew of CG characters including Walken as King Louie, Esposito as Akela, Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa in addition to Murray. We’ve also got some movement on Warner Bros. Pictures’ rendition of The Jungle Book, which is now titled Jungle Book: Origins.  The Andy Serkis-directed rendition is scheduled to make its way »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle Talk As Above So Below, Shooting in the Real Catacombs, the Film’s Unexpected Alchemical Sub-Plot, The Coup, and More

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Arriving in theaters August 29th is As Above, So Below, a documentary-style horror directed by John Erick Dowdle from a script he co-wrote with brother Drew Dowdle.  The film centers on a team of archeologists who venture deep into the Parisian Catacombs in search of an ancient relic, but soon find themselves trapped underground where they're confronted by the demons of their past. Following their Hall H panel at Comic-Con last weekend, I sat down with the pair to chat about the film.  They talked about filming in the Catacombs of Paris, delving into the site's amazing history, the film's unexpected alchemical element, their approach to "found footage" filmmaking, collaborating with Legendary CEO Thomas Tull, and a lot more.  They also talked about their upcoming film The Coup.  Check out what they had to say about As Above So Below after the jump. Question: How did the panel go? John Erick Dowdle »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Danielle Campbell Talks The Originals Season 2, Davina’s Quest for Vengeance, Resurrecting Mikael, New Characters and Relationships, and More

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In The Originals, returning to The CW October 6th, Danielle Campbell plays Davina - an exceptionally powerful witch on the path to take charge of her own life and exact vengeance on the titular Original family.  Last season on The Originals, Davina was kept on Marcel's tight leash, but with season two we can look forward to Davina embracing her power and taking strides towards her independence. At Comic-Con last weekend I sat down for a roundtable interview with Campbell.  She talked about her first Comic-Con experience, how Davina will explore her powers and independence this season, getting out of Marcel's attic, how much control she really has over Mikael, new relationships on the horizon, and more.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say. Question: Is this your first comic-con? Danielle Campbell: It is! How has it been? Campbell: It's been fun.  Everyone says it's crazy, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Dead Island Film Adaptation is Back on Track

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It’s been quite a while since we posted anything on that Dead Island video game-to-film adaptation, but it looks like Occupant Entertainment and Deep Silver are digging it up again.  It’s a role-playing survival game in which a highly infectious disease turns a resort full of people into zombies after which four immune survivors are tasked with tracking down supplies and finding a way to call for help. Not only has Dead Island sold over eight million units worldwide, but it’s also got an absolutely stunning Cannes Golden Lion-winning teaser trailer that even inspired a live-action remake.  You can check out both trailers as well as more details about the possible film adaptation after the jump. Back in 2011, it was Lionsgate that snatched up the rights to the game, but the project stalled.  The rights then went back to the publisher, Deep Silver, and now they've opted to team up with Occupant, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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New Life After Beth Clips Tease Comedy Over Horror

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I’m not gonna lie, I’m sort of excited for Life After Beth.  I’ve heard that director Jeff Baena’s film is fun yet slight, but it seems like the kind of slight I could get into.  And A24 has just released two clips that continue to further my anticipation of a film I might enjoy in the most casual of ways.  The film stars Dane DeHaan as a young man whose girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back from the dead, only to start deteriorating into a flesh-craving zombie.  One of these new clips highlights the apparent fact that smooth jazz can soothe a zombie while the other is more of a John Hughes-ish look at the dynamic between DeHaan and his older brother in the film that has a bit of a “Wyatt vs. Chet” Weird Science vibe. Hit the jump to watch the Life After Beth clips. »

- Evan Dickson

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Ridley Scott’s The Martian Release Date Set for November 25, 2015; Tim Burton’s Peculiars Pushed to 2016; Paper Towns Dated for July 31, 2015

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We have a few release date changes and announcements to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly: 20th Century Fox’s “Untitled Ridley Scott Project” has been confirmed, as The Martian release date has been moved up from March 2016 to November 25, 2015. Director Tim Burton’s next film, Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, will take over the date previously held by The Martin, as Fox has pushed it to March 4, 2016. Following the success of The Fault in Our Stars, Fox has set the adaptation of another John Green novel, Paper Towns, for release on July 31, 2015. Universal Pictures will release Clifford the Big Red Dog on April 8, 2016. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.  The Martian  Ridley Scott continues to roll right along, as he moved directly from Prometheus to The Counselor to Exodus: Gods and Kings, and now he’s poised to moved from the biblical epic right into the sci-fi adaptation The Martian. »

- Adam Chitwood

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James Gunn Talks Guardians Of The Galaxy, Deleted Scenes, Would he do an Extended Cut, Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, and Spinoff Movies

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Now playing around the world is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  Loaded with great performances, an extremely funny script, and some fantastic action sequences,Guardians of the Galaxy should be a big hit with moviegoers and it helps to explain why Marvel was so quick to announce that a sequel is coming July 28, 2017.  For more on the film, read Matt's review. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with James Gunn.  He talked about his reaction to everyone loving the film, deleted scenes, whether he would release an extended cut, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Lasse Hallström Talks The Hundred-foot Journey, Turning Down Catch Me If You Can, How Casanova Affected His Career, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Lasse Hallström.  He talked about how he got involved in The Hundred-Foot Journey, film versus digital, his shooting style, the first cut, deleted scenes, turning down Catch Me If You Can, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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New to Blu-ray: Noah, Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, The Big Chill Criterion Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the definitive, remastered Twin Peaks box set, a Biblical epic from Darren Aronofsky, a salsa dancing comedy, a new Criterion Collection addition with a killer soundtrack, a Werner Herzog box set, and more.  Briefly: Noah (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $17.99 (55% off) Cuban Fury [Blu-ray] - $19.78 (34% off) The Other Woman [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) The Big Chill (Blu-ray + DVD) - $27.59 (31% off) Herzog: The Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $149.99 (6% off) Marty [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (43% off)

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- Adam Chitwood

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Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Jeremy Renner Talk Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Reading the Script for the First Time, and More at Comc-Con

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As you’ve probably gleaned from the past week, we here at Collider managed to pull a lot of coverage from San Diego Comic-Con 2014.  Following a series of press line interviews with the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron that Steve conducted backstage after the film’s Hall H panel, today we’re bringing you his video interview with Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Jeremy Renner, plus an unexpected cameo by Mr. Robert Downey Jr. In the interview, the actors discuss the disbanded nature of S.H.I.E.L.D., their reactions to first reading the Age of Ultron script and seeing normal human conversations (though Renner notes that he didn’t understand anything that was happening in the second half of the script), the atmosphere on set for the sequel versus the first film, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the video interview.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015. Samuel L. Jackson, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Will Ferrell May Play Russ Meyer in Russ & Roger Go Beyond; Edgar Wright Linked to Project

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Last year, a curious independent project started taking shape in the form of Russ & Roger Go Beyond.  Penned by The Simpsons and SNL scribe Christopher Cluess, the film chronicles the relationship between Roger Ebert and provocative director Russ Meyer as they develop and produce 1970’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which marked Ebert’s one and only screenplay credit.  Meyer was coming off a string of pulp films like Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill when he was asked by Fox to helm Dolls.  When he signed on, Meyer insisted that Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert write the screenplay.  The two struck up a rapport that continued until Ebert's passing, and the film will follow their path to getting Dolls made, including the controversy with the ratings board surrounding the film's X rating. It’s been some time since we’ve heard about Russ & Roger Go Beyond, but now »

- Adam Chitwood

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Nelsan Ellis Talks Get On Up, Learning About Bobby Byrd, Doing Some Serious Sweating Alongside Chadwick Boseman, the End of True Blood and More

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Whether you’re into True Blood or not, it’s about time that show comes to an end; Nelsan Ellis needs more time for movies now!  He stars in Get On Up as Bobby Byrd, James Brown’s (Chadwick Boseman) best friend, collaborator and steadfast supporter.  Back when they were just kids, Bobby convinced his family to take James in after he got out of prison and, ever since, even when things got especially tough, Bobby stood by his side no matter what. With Get On Up due in theaters on Friday, August 1st, Ellis took the time to sit down and discuss how he went in to audition for the role of James Brown and came out playing Bobby Byrd, what made this film especially challenging, what he thinks about Bobby’s choice to stick with James despite his poor attitude, how he feels about the end of True Blood and more. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Search for Amazing Amy Continues in New Gone Girl Posters; Plus New Image Puts Ben Affleck in the Hot Seat

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20th Century Fox has released a pair of new Gone Girl posters for David Fincher’s upcoming Gillian Flynn adaptation, as well as a new image from the film.  Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the prime suspect when his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  These new posters are pretty great, framing Amy’s watchful eyes over a fractured Nick, standing sullen and frustrated amidst a flurry of news ticker headlines.  Fincher is always hands-on in the marketing of his own films, and thus far the campaign for Gone GIrl has failed to disappoint.  Additionally, a new image shows Affleck’s Dunne being questioned by Detectives Boney (Kim Dickens) and Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) as Amy’s parents look on.  The film continues to look fantastic, and I really can’t wait to see what Fincher does with this dark and emotionally complex story. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Comic-Con: Arryn Zech and Kara Eberle Talk Rwby, Their Characters, Food Fights and What We Can Expect in Season 2

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If you didn’t know about them all ready, you’ve probably heard about Rooster Teeth recently when they were able to raise $2.4 million on Indiegogo for their first feature length movie Lazer Team.  Rooster Teeth has been around for more then a decade, producing the popular Halo based comedic web-series Red Vs. Blue (now in its 12th season), as well as comedic shorts, podcasts, video game and news related content, as well as hold a yearly internet and gaming convention, Rtx, in early July in Austin, Texas. Since Rooster Teeth launched Rwby in July of 2013, the beautifully CG animated anime-styled web-series has been wildly popular; inspiring cosplays, fanart, and fanfiction. Created by Monty Oum, who co-writes the show with Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross, the story centers on a team of four girls; Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang, who are training to be Huntresses and protect their world.  The »

- Rachel Howard

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Calvary Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Calvary opens today in limited release.] The Catholic Church can give absolution to sinners who feel true repentance. The Church is a vessel for God’s forgiveness. But their cover-up of sex abuse was, by the morals of any civilized human being, unforgivable. John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary is a dark, complex, and demanding meditation on faith, the limits of forgiveness, the necessity of compassion, the possibility of absolution, and inevitable reckonings. Anchored by yet another incredible performance from Brendan Gleeson, Calvary is the rare film that shows the intricacies of religion without becoming pedantic in the process. Father James (Gleeson) is taking confession on a Sunday when a confessor says that he was sexually abused by a priest for years. The priest is now dead, and the confessor explains that killing an evil priest wouldn’t get anyone’s attention anyway, but killing a good priest will make people sit up and take notice. The »

- Matt Goldberg

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First Official Thanos Image from Guardians Of The Galaxy Revealed in Marvel’s Phase 1 & 2 Recap Video

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Marvel StudiosThe Avengers was a massive success, and while most fans were left satisfied by the film as a whole, Marvel kicked off another whirlwind of anticipation with the film’s post-credits scene in which the comics supervillain Thanos was first glimpsed.  Speculation ran rampant that the cosmic baddie would be the foe in The Avengers 2, but that turned out to be false as Joss Whedon and Co. instead settled on the robot Ultron.  And so it appears that Marvel is playing the long game when it comes to Thanos, but his time may finally be drawing near as the character makes his first in-movie appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, opening in theaters this weekend.  Josh Brolin was cast in the integral role, performing the facial performance capture for the character after principal photography on Guardians had already wrapped.  Though Thanos isn’t on screen for too long in the film, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Watch: Every Marvel Easter Egg Explained Through Thor: The Dark World

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When Marvel Studios kicked off its first independent production with Iron Man in 2008, few could have predicted that it would become the juggernaut that it is today.  “Marvel” is no longer just the company, it’s the brand name.  This is why Guardians of the Galaxy is much less of a risk than people might think; a “Marvel Movie” is a massive selling point in and of itself.  One of the benefits of the autonomy that Marvel Studios has enjoyed over the past few years is the ability to pepper its films with Easter Eggs that actually pay off, rather than ones that are just simply sly nods to the source material that never go anywhere (though there are a few of those too).  In celebration of this weekend’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy, a video has been put together that points out every single Easter Egg in »

- Adam Chitwood

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: What Did You Think?

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Though we’ve seen a fair amount of sequels from Marvel Studios over the past few years, the time has finally come to introduce a new comics property to the moviegoing public with Guardians of the Galaxy.  The film has been billed as a “risk” since Day One given the source material's offbeat and relatively obscure nature, and then it became even more of a question mark when Marvel tapped Slither and Super director James Gunn to take the helm.  However, while the finished film is indeed probably weirder than any Marvel film thus far, it’s oddly one of the most personal.  Guardians is very much a space opera, but more than that, it’s really a dysfunctional family story about a group of broken, morally ambiguous loners coming together to fight off real evil.  Chris Pratt proves he’s got the goods to lead a tentpole all his own, »

- Adam Chitwood

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First Images From Jon Stewart’s Rosewater Convey Film’s Bleak Tone

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Yesterday Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater got a release date and now we have a look at the first images released from the film.  If anyone was expecting a comedy, this definitely isn't one.  Written and directed by Stewart, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari‘s memoir, Then They Came for Me.  Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard, and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater”.  Stewart had a personal connection to the story as Bahari’s previous The Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy. I’m eager to see Rosewater, not just for the subject matter but out of personal curiosity to see if Stewart has directing chops.  He puts a lot »

- Evan Dickson

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Dom Hemingway Blu-ray Review

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Director Richard Shepard’s comedy Dom Hemingway tells you exactly what kind of film it is with its opening scene: Jude Law delivers an ode to his, um, member, directly into the camera while engaging in a certain act in a prison shower.  It’s vulgar and hilarious all at the same time, and Law delivers the lines with such gusto that you’re inclined to take this guy’s word for it.  The rest of the film is an absolute delight, but particularly the first act is a whirlwind mix of hilarity, sadness, and pure boldness as we follow the titular Hemingway’s very specific path to rehabilitation after being released from prison.  Read my full Dom Hemingway Blu-ray review after the jump. The Film Following that very memorable opening scene, Dom Hemingway kicks into gear as Jude Law’s titular safecracker is released from prison after serving a 12-year sentence. »

- Adam Chitwood

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