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Sons Of Anarchy Recap: “Toil and Till”

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Over the years, Sons of Anarchy has been its best when its stories relate to the club, and club politics.  Gangsters (and gang-busting law-enforcement) may come and go, but Samcro is forever.  Too often in the last few seasons, the show has favored overly twisty plots and one-off actor cameos over character drama for the Redwood members we've come to know and love.  But "Toil and Till" was an example of how all of that can work together beautifully when given the chance.  This hour had some great, extended character moments, along with one long, badass shootout.  Hit the jump for why clarity settles all scores, and pays back all debts. Sons of Anarchy's premiere left in doubt where this season was headed, and where the retribution would take the club (and would Gemma somehow get away with her transgression?)  "Toil and Till" cleared many things up, and even »

- Allison Keene

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Mackenzie Davis in Talks to Join Matt Damon in The Martian; Jack Huston Lands Ben-hur Lead

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Matt Damon is getting some company in the sci-fi survival film The Martian.  The Wrap reports that Halt and Catch Fire star Mackenzie Davis is in talks to join director Ridley Scott’s next film in a “small but crucial role”.  Scripted by Drew Goddard based on an e-book by Andy Weir, Damon stars as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to return home.  Jessica Chastain is set to co-star in the pic in another unspecified role, but one imagines Damon will hold most of the screentime by himself.  Davis has proven to be a formidable talent to watch in films like Breathe In and most recently the romantic comedy What If, and The Martian is certainly her highest profile role to date. In addition to The Martian, The Wrap notes that Davis is currently filming Anna Axster’s indie A Country Called Home »

- Adam Chitwood

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Casino Royale Helmer Martin Campbell in Early Talks to Direct Hunter Killer

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The game of Hot Potato over the spy thriller Hunter Killer continues.  The film has seen directors like Phillip Noyce, Antoine Fuqua, and most recently McG attached at one point or another, but has failed to come to fruition in the years that it’s been in development.  Relativity is still trying, though, and The Wrap now reports that Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell is in early talks to direct the pic, which is an adaptation of the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith.  The story revolves around an American sub commander and a Navy Seal team that must rescue the Russian president and defeat a renegade admiral who’s attempting a coup. Campbell hasn’t directed a film since 2011’s Green Lantern, and while he wasn’t a great match for superhero material, he helmed the excellent The Mask of Zorro and rebooted the James Bond »

- Adam Chitwood

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Her and Interstellar Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to Replace Roger Deakins on Bond 24; May Shoot on Film

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It was incredibly disappointing to hear that cinematographer Roger Deakins would not be returning for Bond 24 after doing such a stunning job on Skyfall.  However, as production on the next Bond installment is poised to get underway in December, director Sam Mendes has now settled on Deakins’ replacement, and it’s an excellent choice.  In Contention reports that Hoyte van Hoytema will be the cinematographer on Bond 24, marking yet another fantastic notch in what’s becoming a heck of a run in the director of photography’s career.  The Dutch-Swedish cinematographer first came to prominence for shooting the original Let the Right One In, going on to do equally arresting work on films like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and last year’s Her.  Most recently, though, he nabbed his most high profile film to date as Christopher Nolan hand-picked him to replace his longtime collaborator Wally Pfister on the upcoming Interstellar. »

- Adam Chitwood

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James D’Arcy Will Play Jarvis in Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Series

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Marvel Studios’ second foray into network television, the ABC series Agent Carter, is poised to start production soon, but the show has just now added a key cast member.  Variety reports that Cloud Atlas actor James D’Arcy has signed on to play Howard Stark’s Butler Jarvis—yes, that Jarvis—in the period spy drama.  D’Arcy will bring flesh and blood to what is likely the basis for Tony Stark’s virtual butler in the McU, though that’s due to change in Avengers: Age of Ultron when the movie Jarvis (voiced by Paul Bettany) takes on the form of The Vision.  More on Agent Carter after the jump. D’Arcy is probably best known to many from Cloud Atlas, and he reunites with the Wachowski siblings in the upcoming sci-fi adventure pic Jupiter Ascending.  With regards to Agent Carter, Variety reports that Jarvis will be an ally »

- Adam Chitwood

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Director Isao Takahata Talks The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, His Process, the Future of Studio Ghibli, the Popularity of Animation in Japan, and More

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One of my personal highlights from this year's Toronto International Film Festival was getting to interview director Isao Takahata for his new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  If you're not familiar with his name, Isao Takahata is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with Hayao Miyazaki, and he previously directed Only YesterdayPom PokoMy Neighbors the Yamadas, and the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies (which I can't recommend enough).  In his latest movie, which is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Takahata breaks away from Ghibli's familiar animation style and tells a story that embraces the connection between nature and magic.  For more on the film, read Matt's review.  The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be released in North America on October 17. During the interview Isao Takahata talked about how he picks his subject matter, how he decided on the look of the film and the style of animation, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Director Josh Boone Talks The Fault In Our Stars, the Extended Cut, Making the Material His Own, the Painful Writing Process, and Pretenders

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The Fault in Our Stars is far more than just Ya-appeasing schmaltz, deftly weaving romanticism with deeper philosophic undercurrents.  Josh Boone’s sophomore effort (post Stuck in Love) is a fairly straight adaptation of John Green’s novel – and keeps with the book’s strange tonal feat at once both tragic yet uplifting.  It’s sort of the feel-good movie about dying young; but Boone’s deft touch with the material and the cast somehow makes the juxtaposing tones mesh. In the following interview with Josh Boone in anticipation of film’s Blu-ray release, he discusses the Extended Cut of The Fault in Our Stars, why he’ll never write a novel, and injecting his authorial stamp onto the adaptation.  You can read Boone’s previous thoughts and comments on his upcoming adaptations of The Stand and Lestat – right here.  For the full Fault in Our Stars interview, hit the jump. »

- Tommy Cook

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David Fincher Says Corporate Culture Killed 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea; Will Be Focusing on HBO Series All Next Year [Updated]

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Sometimes I think it would be cool to see a genius like David Fincher tackle something like a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The project had been in the works at Disney for years, and at one point it seemed pretty close to happening.  But, according to Fincher, it was corporate culture that killed this big-budget behemoth.  Not a huge surprise at that level of expenditure. I'm not too bummed about losing this particular project, and I do think Fincher's version is lost whether or not Disney moves ahead with their own.  It would have been cool, but now we're getting Gone Girl, a movie I'm infinitely more excited about than I would have been about 20,000 Leagues. Still, his comments on the matter are more than worth checking out, as they're largely representative of a studio culture in which domestic ancillary revenue is on the wane (thanks pirates »

- Evan Dickson

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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley Set for Brooklyn Bridge; Leftovers Star Joins Shane Black’s Nice Guys; Paper Towns Finds Female Lead

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly: The excellent Brie Larson and Sir Ben Kingsley have been set to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the real-life drama Brooklyn Bridge. The Leftovers actress Margaret Qualley has landed a role in writer/director Shane Black’s 1970s-set crime drama The Nice Guys. Model/actress Cara Delevingne has been set to play the female lead in Fox 2000’s upcoming adaptation of the John Green novel Paper Towns. More on the aforementioned casting after the jump. Goldcrest Films announced today that Brie Larson and Sir Ben Kingsley have joined the cast of writer/director Douglas McGrath’s (Emma) drama Brooklyn Bridge.  Based on true events, Daniel Radcliffe stars as a brilliant but inexperienced engineer who is left to oversee construction of the Brooklyn Bridge after his father passes away.  Though besieged by “calamity, danger and doubt,” Washington finds »

- Adam Chitwood

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Director Adam Wingard and Screenwriter Simon Barrett Talk The Guest, the Fallacy of Boring Art Films, and Their Quest to Evolve

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The Guest is easily one of the best times you'll have in a theater this year.  It's funny, full of action, smart, and extremely stylish.  Three years ago I wouldn't have thought Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey would be a contender as an action star/serious badass, but I would have been wrong.  He's on fire here (as you can probably tell by the film's trailer).  So are director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S/2, You're Next), who continue to mine the genre field and find interesting ways to make their material relatable and exciting. I recently sat down with Wingard and Barrett to talk about the film.  I should note that I've interviewed the duo many times in the past, so I wanted to go a little bit off the beaten path with my questions here and focus solely on aspects »

- Evan Dickson

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Enter Our Spartacus Giveaway and Win a Special Edition of the Complete Series on Blu-ray

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If you're a fan of the Starz series Spartacus you're in some serious luck today because we're giving away a limited edition boxed set of the entire series. Spartacus: Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray hits stores today on Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD.  This 13 disc set contains all 39 episodes of the Spartacus seasons Blood & Sand, Gods of the Arena, Vengeance, and War of the Damned. The contest opens today and runs through the end of the month.  Hit the jump to see how you can win Spartacus: The Complete Series on Blu-ray below.  You'll be eligible for the limited edition figurine set, which has a retail value of $199.99.  In order to enter the contest, email thecollidermailbox@gmail.com with your name and address and include Spartacus Giveaway in the headline. You also need to have “liked” Collider on Facebook. This giveaway will be open until Monday September 29th »

- Evan Dickson

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First Powers Image Featuring Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward

8 hours ago

The Powers TV show never panned out over at FX, but Sony is giving the Brian Michael Bendis comic book another go.  The new rendition is currently in its fourth week of filming in Atlanta and is set to premiere on the Sony PlayStation Network, making it the gaming platform’s very first original series. The comic centers on Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), two homicide detectives who focus on cases involving individuals with superpowers and now we’ve got our very first look at the show's version of them.  Hit the jump to check out the new Powers image. The image comes from USA Today.  The outlet also got the chance to talk to executive producer Charlie Huston.  Here’s what he had to say about the show: "It's such a clever concept to try and imagine a real world where you actually have to »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Octavia Spencer Talks Red Band Society, Her Character’s Journey in Season 1, Favorite Scenes, and More

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The new Fox drama series Red Band Society is a provocative coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital.  The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives, even when they’re facing serious life-threatening issues and illnesses. During this recent interview to promote the show’s September 17th premiere, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer talked about how she got involved with the show, what appealed to her about this project, her character’s journey this season, working with such a talented young cast, her favorite scenes, getting to learn more about her character, and finding the beauty in unexpected places.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. Question:  How did »

- Christina Radish

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Rumor: Adam Driver Not a Villain in Star Wars: Episode VII?

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From the moment Adam Driver stepped into the Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill, there was talk about him playing a villain and we’ve been running with that idea ever since.  However, a photo just surfaced of Driver in costume on set that suggests otherwise. Hit the jump to find out what Driver was donning on set, but be aware; there are some spoilers in this article.  Star Wars: Episode VII is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars Mark HamillCarrie FisherHarrison FordAnthony DanielsPeter MayhewKenny BakerJohn BoyegaDaisy Ridley, Gwendoline ChristieOscar IsaacAndy SerkisDomhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Miltos Yerolemou and Max von Sydow. The images come from Rick Lawrence’s Facebook page (via Star Wars 7 News) and while they are a little blurry, it does look as though that’s Driver donning an X-Wing pilot uniform.  Does that mean »

- Perri Nemiroff

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New Into The Woods Poster; Plus Dracula Untold, V/H/S: Viral and Playing It Cool

10 hours ago

A bunch of brand new posters just hit the web.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance: Into the Woods – This one’s rocking quite the cast, but when you’ve got Meryl Streep on the roster, how can she not be the one front and center on the poster? V/H/S: Viral – We’ve got a new poster for the third installment of the V/H/S franchise just in time for the film’s Fantastic Fest screening. Dracula Untold – We’ve got a brand new IMAX poster for Dracula Untold, but it looks a lot like the one we got back in June. Playing It Cool – This movie looks pretty ridiculous and now it’s got an odd international poster featuring Chris Evans to match. Hit the jump to check out the Into the Woods poster and more. Into the Woods Via Disney. Here’s the »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Skull Island Will Star Tom Hiddleston; Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Direct King Kong Origin Story

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When Legendary Pictures unveiled their plans for Skull Island at Comic-Con in July everyone was caught off guard.  There was a release date for this King Kong reboot, but not much else besides a teaser trailer.  Now we know a lot more.  While early reports rumored Attack the Block director Joe Cornish to be in the mix to helm the picture, those duties will now fall to Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who previously directed The Kings of Summer. The film also now has an über-charismatic star in Tom Hiddleston, who absolutely killed it earlier this year in Only Lovers Left Alive.  The film will apparently take place almost entirely on the island. Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein has been confirmed to write the script.  Skull Island opens on November 4th, 2016.  Hit the jump for more. Here's the official press release: Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic »

- Evan Dickson

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Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs Will Star in Love, a Netflix Series from Judd Apatow and Lesley Arfin

11 hours ago

This could be really good.  Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Girls) will co-star in Love, a new Netflix series from Rust, Judd Apatow and Leslie Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls).  In a bold move of confidence, Netflix has picked up the show for two seasons already.  The first 10 episodes will air in 2015, with another 12 on the way in 2016.  Legendary Television will produce as well. Love follows Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid.  The show will be a half-hour series.  Hit the jump for more on Love. Here's the official press release: Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin are bringing an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships to Love, a new Netflix original series, licensed globally and debuting in 2016  in all Netflix territories. »

- Evan Dickson

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DVD/Blu-Ray Deals: Marilyn Monroe, Ken Burns Documentaries, Marvel, HBO Gift Sets, and More

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Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Marilyn Monroe: Classic 9 Film Collection [Blu-Ray] - $34.99 (83% off) - The eight film collection includes Bus Stop, Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits. Up to 70% Off Ken Burns Documentaries like Prohibition, The War, Jazz, The Central Park Five, Baseball, and many more Up to 60% Off HBO Gift Sets like Deadwood, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and more Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set - $49.99 (60% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series – $70.99 (56% off) Seinfeld: The Complete Series – $59.49 (60% off) Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set) [Blu-ray] – $119.99 (45% off) The Godfather Collection »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Listen Up, Philip Trailer Plunges Jason Schwartzman into Ego Gratification

11 hours ago

After a teaser trailer that was decidedly retro, Listen Up, Philip (the new film from The Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry) gets a more conventional trailer that still isn't pulling any punches when it comes to the mean-spirited (yet creatively accurate, in my opinion) subject matter.  The pic stars Jason Schwartzman as a self-obsessed author awaiting the publication of his “sure-to-succeed” second novel.  Facing a deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), uncomfortableness at his home, and an indifference to promoting his novel, Philip is offered the chance to retreat to the summer home of his idol, played by Jonathan Pryce.   Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Krysten RitterJosephine de La BaumeJess WeixlerDree HemingwayKeith Poulson, and Eric Bogiosan.  Tribeca films releases Listen Up, Philip in theaters on October 17th.  I'll be there.   Here’s the official synopsis for Listen Up, »

- Evan Dickson

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Exclusive Clip from Transformers: Age Of Extinction’s Blu-ray/Digital Release Takes a Peek into the Mind, Method, and Madness of Michael Bay

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The closest most people get to understanding the singular vision and unique method of Michael Bay's filmmaking is to simply watch his finished products.  Unfortunately, so much is lost in translation between the empty frame at the beginning of production and the overloaded insanity Bay packs into each and every scene by the movie's end.  While I was lucky enough to see Bay's process in action while on set of his recent blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, now you can get a front-row seat thanks to our exclusive clip.  This behind-the-scenes video, which celebrates the film's release on Blu-ray/Digital, reveals a glimpse of Bay visualizing an epic scene while translating his vision to his cast and crew.  Hit the jump to check it out, and for more on the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray/Digital release. Take a look at our exclusive clip from the Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray below: ComplexEmbed. »

- Dave Trumbore

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