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Ruben Östlund and Johannes Kuhnke Talk Force Majeure, Filming the Avalanche Scene, Doing 30 to 50 Takes and More

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Force Majeure, Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama about a model Swedish family on a skiing holiday at a five-star resort in the French Alps, is Sweden’s official Oscar entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film.  When family patriarch Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) makes a split second decision in the face of an unexpected crisis, his relationship with his wife (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and children (Clara & Vincent Wettergren) begins to unravel.  Opening in New York today and in Los Angeles on October 31st, the film also features Kristofer Hivju and Fanni Metelius. At our roundtable interview, Östlund and Kuhnke talked about the influence of Stanley Kubrick and Luis Buñuel on the film’s visual style, filming the avalanche scene, Östlund’s directing style, shooting 30 to 50 takes of each scene to allow the actors to develop the feelings and emotions of the characters, wanting to tell »

- Sheila Roberts

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Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) Review

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[Birdman expands to more theaters this weekend.  Click here for Perri's review from the 2014 New York Film Festival] To paraphrase one of the most famous plays of all-time, Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is "but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage…A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury," and it signifies almost nothing.  Macbeth uses this to refer to life, but for Iñárritu—who literally has someone shout this soliloquy off-camera—it applies to the entirety of a picture that rejects subtlety in a misguided attempt to blend the language of film and stage, and address a multitude of topics including acting, celebrity, the New York/L.A. divide, superhero movies, critics, and ego.  The result is a cacophony of opinions and half-cooked ideas where the only one that comes close to fruition is an exploration of a nervous breakdown where identity has become consumed by artistic desperation. Riggan Thomson »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Crow Remake Aims to Start Shooting Next Year, Luke Evans Still Attached

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This remake refuses to really go away.  I really liked Alex Proyas' take on The Crow back when it came out in 1994, but the film and the accompanying material are just so much of that time that it's difficult to see how it would work as well today.  I think back to that movie and I think of Nine Inch Nails, Thrill Kill Kult, the death of Brandon Lee and the catchphrase, "it can't rain all the time."  I don't think back to the film's quality, which was patchwork at best (Proyas would do better work later on). Maybe that's where this remake could make some improvements.  If they could find another, more relevant, cultural signpost than mainstream 90's goth and make a more consistent film, then it might be worth it.  Producer Ed Pressman is certainly trying to make it happen.  Hit the jump for more on The Crow remake. »

- Evan Dickson

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Warner Bros. Looking for Female Director to Helm Wonder Woman

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The superhero movie boom has been happening for years now and only one superhero film has had a female director: Lexi Alexander's Punisher: War Zone.  And the budget for that film was drastically lower than the majority of superhero pictures.  Patty Jenkins (Monster) came close to directing Thor: The Dark World, but she and Marvel couldn't come to terms, so they went with Alan Taylor instead. It's absurd and sad that, even beyond superhero films, female directors almost never get to take on a blockbuster property.  There are legions of incompetent male directors who are given hundreds of millions of dollars to blow on a waste of time, but incredibly talented female directors are relegated to indies, rom-coms, and TV shows.  It's time to break through that glass ceiling, especially with superhero movies since we're going to be getting so many of them.  Fittingly, that time may have finally come with Wonder Woman. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Shailene Woodley and Gregg Araki Discuss the “Teenage Apocalypse” and the Adaptation Process of White Bird In A Blizzard

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Gregg Araki revisits the adolescent wasteland that defined his career in the mid 90s with his newest feature White Bird in a Blizzard. On the outset – the film feels at piece with Araki’s oeuvre (The Doom Generation, Nowhere, Totally F***ed Up) in that all focus on a dissatisfied youth (here played by Shailene Woodley) coming to terms with their place in a seemingly meaningless world. But there’s something darker and a bit more melancholy at play with Araki’s latest. The anarchic spirit of those earlier films has been replaced with a forlorn world-weary outlook. Woodley as Kat Connors isn’t the same unruly protagonist of Araki’s early work. Instead Kat’s a character desperately trying to regain any semblance of normalcy after her mother disappears one fateful morning. It’s a character intent on Not rebelling, living in a self-imposed ignorance to the truth that »

- Tommy Cook

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Chris Henchy and Economic Advisor Adam Davidson Talk We The Economy, Defining Gdp, the Biggest Economic Lie We’ve Been Told, and More

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We all know the economy crashed in 2008, but how many of us know why or how?  Odds are, if you pulled a random stranger off the street they would struggle to properly define a recession, let alone explain the complex series of events that led to the economic crash – I certainly can't.  In a world where economic theories and practices have come to rule of our personal lives (looking at you, credit scores) and dominate the sphere of political discourse, it's a bit unnerving when you realize just how little you actually know about what the economy is and how it works.  Enter Morgan Spurlock and his production company Cinelan, who have partnered with numerous creative talents and economy experts to present We The Economy: 20 Films You Can't Afford to Miss, an ambitious short film series that explores complex issues like how human psychology causes recession, the struggle to define Gdp, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Scandal Recap: “The Key”

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In Scandal's "The Key," Olivia is ready to get her expensive pants dirty, and find out what's really going on with Jake, who has seemingly disappeared.  Yet at first, despite being Olivia Pope, no one will return her phone calls or take her demands seriously (this is all to their peril).  In her search for Jake and for the truth, she's also inadvertently drawing together everyone she knows into a complex web that will hopefully save him.  Sooner would be better than later, though, since Fitz is on the warpath.  Hit the jump for why "respectfully, sir, she's probably drunk and in a food coma from too much fried chicken." "The Key" was another extended example of what happens when Fitz is left to make decisions for himself.  Let's be real, here -- he's never been anything more than a figurehead at best.  Really, he's a puppet.  He's been the puppet of Olivia, »

- Allison Keene

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Gracepoint Recap: “Episode Four”

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In its fourth episode, Gracepoint is finally starting to address the cracks that are forming in the community in the wake of Danny Solano's death.  Though there are still plenty of new clues and twists (and many red herrings), "Episode Four" also brought up the question of how well we can ever really know another person.  The Solanos (and the police) are starting to find out that Danny had his secrets, while Beth becomes distraught to find that everyone else in her family does, too.  Hit the jump for why you should "follow the evidence, inform the family, and don't get emotionally involved." Gracepoint is still lacking in urgency, but "Episode Four" did open the door to deeper, character-driven narratives, which the show also needs.  As mentioned last week, Beth remains the most compelling character, with Virginia Kull's very natural and heartbreaking performance grounding what would (and what is) otherwise a very plot-driven procedural. »

- Allison Keene

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Martin Scorsese to Produce 50th Anniversary Grateful Dead Documentary; Amir Bar-Lev to Direct

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The Grateful Dead formed in 1965, which means we are fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the storied jam band.  To celebrate the occasion, Martin Scorsese will executive produce a Grateful Dead documentary directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story).  Scorsese explained the appeal of the project and the unique stature of the band: “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band.  They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans.  I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved." Hit the jump for the press release with all the details. Grateful Dead Announce Official Documentary In Celebration Of 50th Anniversary Executive Producer Martin Scorsese And Director Amir Bar-Lev To Offer A Never Before Seen Look At One Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Most Fascinating And Enduring Bands Los Angeles – The Grateful Dead are proud to announce their first official career-spanning documentary »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sebastian Stan Join The Martian; Ethan Hawke to Play Chet Baker in Born To Be Blue

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Ridley Scott just scored two more industry heavyweights for The Martian, 12 Years a Slave star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier's Sebastian Stan.  They join Matt Damon, Jessica ChastainKristen Wiig, Michael Pena, Kate Mara and Sean Bean in the November 25, 2015 release about an astronaut who winds up stranded on Mars.  Filming is set to begin in Budapest this November. In addition, we also just got word that Robert Budreau’s Chet Baker biopic, Born To Be Blue, began filming in Ontario with Ethan Hawke leading as the legendary jazz trumpet player.  Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy) and Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica) also have roles in that one.  Hit the jump for more on both films. According to Deadline, Ejiofor will play Venkat Kapoor, the Director of the Mars Mission.  Damon is set to lead as an astronaut who gets stuck on Mars after his crew »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Rumor: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Teaser Trailer to Arrive This Fall?

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t due out until March 25, 2016, but is it possible we could see a teaser trailer this fall?  There’s an outlet reporting that the very first Batman v Superman teaser is finished and that it could be attached to a film coming out soon. Which film?  They can’t confirm, but if this rumor is true, I’d put my money on another Warner Bros. release, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Hit the jump for more on this Batman v Superman teaser trailer rumor. The report comes from Batman-on-Film.com (via Cbm).  The outlet claims to have insiders telling them that the first teaser trailer is “complete and ready to go.”  Their sources also say that it’ll be paired with a November or December film release.  Batman-on-Film.com also pinpoints The Hobbit as the most likely option. Again, this is an unconfirmed report, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Olivia Cooke Talks Ouija, Re-Shooting Half the Film, Bates Motel: Season 3, and More

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Ouija is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears, as they attempt to make contact with the other side and unleash an evil that that they may never be able to stop.  When Laine’s (Olivia Cooke) childhood best friend Debbie (Shelley Hennig) suddenly dies, she discovers an antique Ouija board that she thinks can be used to say goodbye to her friend, but instead it quickly turns into a dangerous game where they might all meet the same fate as their friend. At the film’s press day, appropriately held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, actress Olivia Cooke spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she wanted to be a part of this project, how she related to her character, just how much the story changed and evolved, re-shooting 50% of the film, who she’d want to contact with a Ouija board, »

- Christina Radish

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Following Freak Show Video Podcast: Episode 3 – “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)”

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Welcome to episode 3 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)," we learn about the superstition of Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley).  Legend has it, should freaks perform on Halloween, Mordrake will rise up and pick one member of the troupe to take with him. You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast. Here’s the synopsis for American Horror Story: Freak Show episode 3, “Edward Mordrake (Part 1):" The Freaks refuse to perform on Halloween due to an old carny superstition. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Greg Berlanti Developing Archie TV Series for Fox Called Riverdale

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Greg Berlanti’s got to be pretty busy with Arrow, The FlashThe Mysteries of Laura and all the shows he’s got in development including Supergirl, The Things They Left Behind and Blindspot, but he’s still got time for yet another one – a modern-day one-hour drama based on the Archie comics.  It’s being reported that Fox just scooped up the project with a script deal plus penalty. Hit the jump for more on Berlanti’s Archie TV series, which will be called Riverdale and put a surreal twist on the fictional town. According to THR, Riverdale will highlight the Archie, Betty, Veronica love triangle, but also feature familiar supporting characters like Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones and Kevin Keller as well as Josie and the Pussycats.  During the course of the show, the main trio will “explore the surrealistic twists of small-town life, in addition to the darkness »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Contemporary Phantom Of The Opera Series Being Developed for ABC by Desperate Housewives Creator Marc Cherry

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The classic romance/horror story The Phantom of the Opera might be finding its way to television thanks to Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry.  According to Variety, ABC is developing a "drama with musical elements" and would be set in the modern-day music business.  However, the series is not an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical, but rather the musical's source material, the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux.  For those who don't know, it's about a musician who is scarred by acid, goes into hiding beneath an opera house, and then tries to lure a beautiful singer to his lair. This modern-day update "is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville."  It's an intriguing take on the material, and Cherry showed with Desperate Housewives he has the »

- Matt Goldberg

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James Spader Says Avengers: Age Of Ultron’s Titular Villain Is a “Powerful, Smart Child” and “Batshit Crazy”

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Yesterday, fans finally got a look at Avengers: Age of Ultron (click here for screengrabs from the trailer), which was dominated by James Spader voicing the eponymous, evil robot.  The highly-anticipated sequel looks much darker than the first, and obviously a large part of that comes from an intimidating villain.  If audiences are going to buy Ultron as a true threat—and, let's face it, someone as charismatic as Loki—then it's going to come from Spader. Thankfully, the actor has a strong understanding of how he sees the character, and how he'll bring the Avengers' foe to life.  Hit the jump for what Spader had to say.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerElizabeth OlsenPaul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. Speaking to Total Film, Spader explained what drew him to the character »

- Matt Goldberg

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Rumor: The Mummy Remake Opening Sequence Details Revealed?

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Technically Universal Pictures’ mission to establish a shared universe for its monsters is already underway because the studio squeezed some connective tissue into Dracula Untold after the fact, but the first movie to be shot post monster movie mash-up announcement is The Mummy.  The film will mark Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut.  He’ll be working with a Jon Spaihts-penned script with Chris Morgan producing. Beyond that and the fact that the film’s got a June 24, 2016 release, we don’t know all that much about the project.  However, if the latest rumors are true, now we’ve got some story details, too.  Hit the jump to check them out. According to Superhero Movie News (via /Film), here’s what we’ll see in the opening sequence of the film: “The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt and his mission in the Iraqi dessert to find a group of »

- Perri Nemiroff

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John Wick Review

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Because so many directors are overwhelmingly lazy with how they capture action (i.e. shake the camera around because nothing is as thrilling as nausea), we've gained a greater appreciation for filmmakers who can deliver excitement cleanly and clearly.  It's an art and a science, and John Wick is an exercise at how to succeed at both.  Directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski show they are masters of efficiency as the kills are stylish and direct.  But technical proficiency doesn't inherently lead to exhilaration, and while the technical craft of John Wick is undeniable, its half-hearted storytelling is supported not by strong characters or a deep narrative (the impetus for the protagonist would be comical in its simplicity if it wasn't wholly depressing), but by an interesting world that's far more intriguing than any of the people who inhabit it. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is mourning the death of his »

- Matt Goldberg

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Adam McKay Says He May Direct a Marvel Project

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Adam McKay may not have been able to commit to directing Ant-Man this summer, but it seem as though his choice to come aboard as a screenwriter could land him in the director’s chair on another Marvel project at some point. During a recent interview for the short film compilation We The Economy, McKay briefly discussed what he’s got coming up and it includes something that he’s in the early stages on over at Marvel.  Hit the jump for more on what McKay has in the works. Here’s what McKay told Crave when the outlet asked if he’s working on anything new with folks like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly: “We have one over at Sony called Border Guards that’s being written by Jesse Armstrong for Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and about five or six other things.  I’m starting to »

- Perri Nemiroff

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“The Sentence Is Death” in Full Trailer for Judge Dredd: Superfriend; Check out 4 New Images from the Producer Adi Shankar’s Animated Miniseries

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Earlier this week, we showed you the teaser trailer for producer Adi Shankar's unofficial Judge Dredd animated miniseries, Judge Dredd: Superfriend.  Today, the full trailer has landed online and we're pleased to bring you four exclusive images as well.  This online animated miniseries, written and directed by The Junquera Brothers, looks irreverent and madcap, and I'll be interested to see how fans of the original comics take to it. Hit the jump to check out the Judge Dredd:Superfriend trailer, images, episode titles, and a statement from Shankar about the project.  The miniseries premieres on October 27th. Shankar provided his two reasons for wanting to do this series: 1. The “Bootleg Universe” is about viewing things through a fresh lens.  I wanted to do something that played up the satirical tone of the Judge Dredd comics, an anti-establishment British comic about post apocalyptic America.   Furthermore, I’m not going »

- Matt Goldberg

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