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Now That We’ve Seen the Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer, Who Is This Ultron Fella?

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How about that Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, eh?  What an entrance!  We’ve come a long road and seen a lot of Marvel films to get to this point, and it seems certainly well earned.  You may be wondering, though, who is this Ultron fella that seems to be creeping out our heroes by shambling into Tony Stark’s pad?  What’s his deal and where does he come from?  In the comics, Ultron is, arguably, the major Avengers villain as he is first and foremost an antagonist to the group itself, rather than say Loki who’s really more of a Thor villain. While the origin of Ultron may be different in the movie, we thought we’d walk you through the birth and “life” of this sinister automaton who has been a thorn in the Avengers side for so long.  Get better acquainted with the comics history of Ultron after the jump. »

- Evan Valentine

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Christopher Meloni Talks White Bird In A Blizzard, The Impact of Man Of Steel and Whether He’ll Return in a Future DC Film

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Christopher Meloni needs to stay far away from Eva Green.  Earlier this year in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, he co-starred opposite Green as a square-jawed detective easily corrupted by her ample charm.  Meloni now finds himself once again under the actress’s spell in the indie feature White Bird in A Blizzard.  In the Shailene Woodley headlined film, Meloni stars as Brock – the mild-mannered husband to Eva Green’s sultry Eve.  It’s a loveless marriage, Eve never hesitating to remind Brock just how worthless and disappointing a man he truly is.  When Eve suddenly disappears one morning, Brock naturally becomes a suspect in his wife’s vanishing. But could somebody so weak-willed be capable of such a monstrous act?  Meloni, sporting a burly mustache and some wretched polo shirts, counters his naturally intimidating appearance to fully embody Brock’s emasculated demeanor.  It’s a fine turn »

- Tommy Cook

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Top 5: First Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer, John Wick, The Look Of Silence Trailer, Birdman, Brad Pitt Sits Between Two Ferns

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With Halloween under a week away, today marks my final horror recommendation of the season. Whether it's been a while since your last viewing or you've missed it all together, this is the perfect (and perhaps only) time of year to check out writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace's Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Often regarded as the odd duck of the franchise due to its storyline departure and a severe lack of Michael Myers, Season of the Witch relies less on slasher tropes in favor of sci-fi tinged horror. The gist of the plot is that a popular Halloween mask company (Silver Shamrock Novelties) is planning to kill every kid that wears one of their masks on Halloween night. Not a great business plan, but a serviceable witchcraft/sacrifice plan I suppose. The result is a vintage 80's horror pic complete with solid practical effects, surprisingly violent deaths, »

- Jason Barr

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Garry Trudeau Talks Alpha House, Bringing the Show to Amazon, His Writing Process, Choosing to Maintain a Low Personal Profile and More

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From show creator/executive producer Garry Trudeau, the Amazon original series Alpha House is a hilarious comedy about four misfit senators – Gil John Biggs (John Goodman), Robert Bettencourt (Clark Johnson), Louis Laffer Jr. (Matt Malloy) and Andy Guzman (Mark Consuelos) – who rent a house together in Washington, D.C. and deal with all of the outrageousness that comes with a life in politics.  Having watched Season 1, I can vouch for the fact that the writing is smart, the acting is great, and the stories are sometimes all-too-real, and Season 2 is sure to be that much stronger. During this exclusive interview with Collider, Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Trudeau talked about why a TV show and why Amazon, at this point in his career, what John Goodman brings to the show, why he’s turned down so many offers over the years, his previous TV experience, why he’s maintained such a low personal profile, »

- Christina Radish

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Friday Box Office: Ouija Conjures Easy Win; John Wick Strong in Second

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After four adult-skewing frames in a row, teen audiences will regain control of the box office with Ouija this weekend.  The PG-13 horror movie starring Hasbro’s venerable “board game,” earned $8.3 million from 2,858 locations on Friday despite receiving some of the worst reviews of the year.  Ouija is not going to break out like R-rated Annabelle did a few weeks back, but the Universal release should have no trouble summoning over $20 million on its first weekend in theatres.  John Wick took second place yesterday, earning an estimated $5.45 million from 2,589 locations.  The R-rated drama marks the return of Keanu Reeves to the action genre after a less than stellar run in 47 Ronin last year.  Originally expected to bring in under $12 million, good reviews and strong word of mouth should get John Wick closer to $15 million through Sunday. More box office news and Friday’s top five after the jump. After two weeks in limited release, »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Constantine Premiere Recap: “Non Est Asylum”

24 October 2014 7:58 PM, PDT

Batman.  The Flash.  Even Green Arrow.  These DC Comics heroes are household names, and though some may be more well-known than others, they've all got just a bit more recognition in common circles than the antihero exorcist John Constantine.  So it was that NBC took on the challenge of bringing this conjurer and spellcaster into living rooms with its new series, Constantine.  The blessing and the curse of such a project is that the network can draw on the series' rich mythology while putting their own spin on the character, though it walks the line of confusing new audiences while possibly alienating fans.  However, if the pilot is any indication, then this series may be the surprise supernatural hit of the season.  Hit the jump for my Constantine recap. I'll be up front about this from the get-go: I'm not very familiar with the Hellblazer comics, at least much less »

- Dave Trumbore

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Nightcrawler Red Band Trailer Packed with Critic Quotes and Hilariously Crude Behavior

24 October 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler isn’t even a comedy, but this clever new red trailer had me laughing more than any other promo I’ve seen in a while.  The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a guy desperate to score a job.  While on the hunt, Lou stumbles across a “nightcrawler,” someone who captures footage of fires, murders and all sorts of chaos to sell to new stations and Lou comes to the conclusion that the gig is perfect for him. Nightcrawler is due in theaters on October 31st and in honor of the release, Open Road Films just unveiled a brand new trailer for the movie.  As this is likely one of the last promos we'll get, naturally, this Nightcrawler red band trailer is loaded with critic quotes.  They’re all glowing, but not in the way one might expect.  This is a see it to believe »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Paul Greengrass to Direct Berlin Wall Drama The Tunnels

24 October 2014 6:28 PM, PDT

Paul Greengrass has a lot going on right now, making his schedule nearly impossible to track, and now this is only going to make it more difficult; it’s being reported that Greengrass is attached to direct a film called The Tunnels. FilmNation Entertainment just snagged the rights to Greg Mitchell’s book proposal for a Berlin Wall drama, which would recount the untold true story of a group of West Germans who attempt to get their loved ones out of East Berlin with the help of American news networks who fund the mission.  Hit the jump for more on The Tunnels. As reported by Variety, Mark Gordon (Source Code, The Messenger) is producing this one.  FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Alison Cohen are responsible for brokering the deal.  Here’s what Ryder had to say about the project: “Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Adam Davidson to Direct the Pilot Episode of The Walking Dead Spin-Off Series

24 October 2014 5:27 PM, PDT

AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series just locked a director for the pilot episode and he’s an Academy Award winner!  Adam Davidson snagged the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film back in 1991 for The Lunch Date and, ever since, he’s been racking up TV credits.  He’s worked on a slew of shows including Lost, Deadwood, Dexter, True Blood, Fringe, Big Love, Masters of Sex and so many more. Davidson is expected to start shooting his Walking Dead companion series episode late this year.  Hit the jump for more on the show and Davidson. It’s times like this that I wish I had paid closer attention to who’s directing what episode of my favorite TV shows, but sadly, I can’t remember what went down in Davidson’s episodes of Friday Night Lights, Hell on Wheels or Six Feet Under.  However, he did just »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Zach Galifianakis and Amy Ryan Talk Birdman, Working with Director of Photography Emmanuel Lubezki, Michael Keaton, and More

24 October 2014 5:22 PM, PDT

I love this time of year.  The weather starts to cool off, football games start to matter and Hollywood releases some incredible movies that will be in play during Award season.  That brings me to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible new film, Birdman.  Made to look like one long shot, Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite films of 2014 and it should be seen as soon as possible.  Trust me, this is a special movie that you will want to see.  The film also stars Edward NortonNaomi Watts, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Laggies Review

24 October 2014 4:00 PM, PDT

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Laggies opens today in limited release.] There is certain kind of movie that I would describe as a “Sundance Comedy”. They’re technically indie films even though they feature movie stars, and they’re almost always fairly tame. They’re cute at best and forgettable at worst, and Lynn Shelton’s Laggies has the distinction of being both. What begins as a moderately interesting coming-of-age tale eventually devolves into something so light and airy that it’s on the verge of floating away, especially when the characters’ implausible actions do nothing to keep the story grounded. Megan (Keira Knightley) and her high school friends are still best buds ten years after graduating, but Megan feels like she’s started to drift away from them and her high school sweetheart, Anthony (Mark Webber). Their friends are getting married and having kids, and Megan is still trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Elle Fanning on Low Down, Jazz Music, Kissing Peter Dinklage, Ben Affleck’s Live By Night, Trumbo, and More

24 October 2014 3:51 PM, PDT

Based on Amy-Jo Albany’s memoir about growing up in the care of her gifted but frequently absent musician father, Low Down focuses on what it was like for Amy (Elle Fanning) to turn to the love of her aging grandmother (Glenn Close) while Joe (John Hawkes) struggled as much with his heroin addiction as he did finding gigs.  In the years between 1974 and 1976, surrounded by a ragtag bunch of Hollywood outcasts and eccentrics, Amy was witness to heartbreak and tragedy, but still hung onto the love she had for her family.  Directed by Jeff Preiss, the film also stars Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Flea. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Elle Fanning talked about why she wanted to do this project, using her imagination to put herself in Amy’s shoes, learning about the jazz music that’s showcased in the film, having to kiss Peter Dinklage, »

- Christina Radish

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Jim Parsons to Lead NBC’s Animated Elf: Buddy’S Musical Christmas TV Special

24 October 2014 3:44 PM, PDT

Who’s ready for a little extra hugging, smiling, singing, candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup this year?  Once we hit December, 2003’s Elf will likely be airing on TV nonstop, but this year, in addition to the Will Ferrell live-action comedy we’ll also get a Buddy the Elf animated special as well. NBC will air Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas on Tuesday, December 16th at 8pm with The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons voicing the title character.  Hit the jump to find out who will be joining him. As reported by THR, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas will also feature the voices of Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins.  The story will be a retelling of the narrative from the feature film and chronicle what happens after Buddy passes »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Warner Bros. Nabs World Breaker from The Signal Director William Eubank

24 October 2014 2:32 PM, PDT

William Eubank’s second feature, The Signal, didn’t sell nearly as many tickets as it deserved during its limited theatrical run, but he’ll get another go at it because it’s being reported that Warner Bros. just acquired a script he penned with Philip Gawthorne called World Breaker. Eubank is set to direct and will be switching gears big time on this one.  Whereas The Signal is a horror/sci-fi mash-up of sorts, World Breaker is a medieval-themed project with a mythical Scottish warlord at the heart of it.  Hit the jump for more on Eubank and World Breaker. According to Variety, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken will produce the film while Joseph Vicenti and Joshua Horsfield will serve as executive producers.  The narrative follows that Scottish warlord and his sons as they try to defend their castle during a massive siege conducted by the merciless commander of an enemy army. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti to Lead Showtime’s Finance Drama Billions

24 October 2014 1:39 PM, PDT

Showtime’s got a new series in the works that’s well worth keeping an eye on called Billions.  It’s being described as a complex, contemporary drama that digs deep into the world of high finance.  Neil Burger (Divergent) is locked to direct the pilot early next year in New York using a script penned by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis will star as the show’s two main characters, a U.S. attorney and a hedge fund titan, respectively.  Hit the jump for more on Showtime’s Billions. According to the press release, Lewis and Giamatti’s characters are both “titanic figures” within the finance industry.  Giamatti’s U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes is the “hard charging, whip-smart” type while Lewis’ Bobby "Axe" Axelrod is a “brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king.” This will be Burger and »

- Perri Nemiroff

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More New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Footage Coming During Next Week’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

24 October 2014 12:46 PM, PDT

A trailer leak isn’t really a good thing, but it seems to have worked out well for Avengers: Age of Ultron and for those eager to see as much footage as possible, too!  Marvel just revealed that within the first 24 hours, that new teaser trailer scored 34.3 million global views, which decimates the previous record of 20 million views set by Iron Man 3. Because the teaser trailer arrived prior to that planned Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere, Marvel has decided to offer up even more brand new Age of Ultron material during the October 28th episode.  And the studio isn’t stopping there.  Marvel will air even more exclusive Age of Ultron footage during Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop! on November 4th as well.  Hit the jump for all the details.   Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015. First off, in case you’re not (at least) one of those 34.3 million global views, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Jesse Eisenberg in Talks to Join the Suicide Squad as Lex Luthor

24 October 2014 12:07 PM, PDT

As production is looking to wind down on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. is currently reading its third DC Comics film of the new era: Suicide Squad.  The project is in some ways an odd follow-up to Batman v Superman in that it doesn’t really feature any of the characters that casual fans might recognize, with Warner Bros. instead saving Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc. for after Suicide SquadDavid Ayer, the writer/director behind Fury and End of Watch, is set to direct and is currently working on the script, and casting has begun with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy all in talks to play members of the titular group of supervillains. But now it looks like Warner Bros. is keen on adding some connective tissue to Suicide Squad that will make it feel more like a piece of the DC Movie Universe, and »

- Adam Chitwood

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Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and More Join James Franco’s Zeroville

24 October 2014 12:07 PM, PDT

Back in September, James Franco hit the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival rocking a shaved head with a tattoo of A Place in the Sun’s Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on the back of it.  It wasn’t some oddball stunt like what Shia Labeouf pulled at Berlin, but rather, while attending the festival to debut The Sound and the Fury and also to accept his Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award, he decided to get a little work done.  Franco took the opportunity to shoot some shots for his next directorial endeavor, a film called Zeroville. But even though Franco started knocking off shots last month, his co-cast is first being announced now.  It’s being reported that Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz will all join him in the film.  Hit the jump for more on Zeroville. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Executive Producer Daniel Cerone Talks Constantine, Having a Full Season Arc, Easter Eggs, and More

24 October 2014 11:57 AM, PDT

From executive producer David S. Goyer and showrunner Daniel Cerone, Constantine is based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC ComicsJohn Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell.  Along with trying to find a loophole out of that, Constantine begrudgingly fights to save the soul of others. During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Daniel Cerone talked about wanting to create a scary show for network TV, having a full season story arc and a sense of what they’ll do for a second season, not having a final end game, the biggest challenges in dealing with a chain-smoking character with broadcast standards, when and why they decided they needed to write out the Liv character and instead »

- Christina Radish

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Zero Dark Thirty Cinematographer Greig Fraser Will Shoot Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Movie

24 October 2014 11:28 AM, PDT

While Lucasfilm and Disney have been incredibly tight-lipped with regards to director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, the studios have unveiled essentially nothing about the other Star Wars films in the works.  We know that starting next year, there are plans to release a new Star Wars movie every year, and we also know that the first film after Episode VII will be a “standalone” Star Wars feature directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards.  After that we have Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII and then Josh Trank’s “standalone” feature, so the studios certainly have a pretty deep bench and no doubt have a master plan of sorts. With Edwards on deck, he’s started to put together his crew in anticipation of starting production on his secretive Star Wars project in London next year, and the first major addition is a rather exciting one: cinematographer Greig Fraser. »

- Adam Chitwood

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