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The Knick Recap: “The Busy Flea”

6 hours ago

In "The Busy Flea," The Knick continued its hypnotic look at the early days of surgical practice, weaving together personal stories with history.  One of the show's biggest achievements (aside from its gorgeous and distinctive look -- more on that later), has been the story of Algernon, and his desire to do things on his own terms.  But like most things at the Knick, that is easier said than done.  Hit the jump, because "you promised me a dead man!" Under Steven Soderbergh's direction, The Knick teases viewers, but also mirrors a sense of the series' unique perspective.  When Thackery's old love Abby enters the scene, her affliction is revealed piece by piece.  First, the admitting nurse glances up at her, and changes her attitude from one of indifference, to that of wonder and care.  When the patient turns to Thackery, as well as viewers, we see her blue-tinted lenses and dark nose piece, »

- Allison Keene

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Matthew McConaughey Eyed for Gold and The Stand’s Randall Flagg

8 hours ago

Matthew McConaughey’s got an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for True Detective, he’s the star of one of the most anticipated movies of the fall, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and now, on top of that, it looks as though he might be lining up three more projects. About a month ago we told you that McConaughey was in talks for The Company Man and now it’s being reported that he’s also wanted for the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand and Stephen Gaghan’s Gold as well.  Hit the jump for more on both films. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. wants McConaughey to take the role of Randall Flagg in Josh Boone’s big screen rendition of The Stand.  In the book, after the plague wipes out most of the population, Flagg lures the lowest of the low to Las »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Steve Martin in Final Negotiations to Star in Disney’s Magic Camp

9 hours ago

We haven’t seen Steve Martin on the big screen since The Big Year in 2011 and minus the animated film Home, he doesn’t even have anything on the way.  However, that could change soon, because it’s being reported that Martin is currently in final negotiations to star in Disney’s Magic Camp. Martin co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer-director Stu Zicherman and it focuses on a “straight-laced” banker who attended Magic Camp as a kid.  Now, all grown up, he’s going back to become a counselor in hopes of winning the Golden Wand competition.  Hit the jump for more on the project. According to THR, Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are the ones who penned the original script and now Martin and Zicherman are giving a new draft a go.  There are no producers attached and »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Marc Webb Discusses Sinister Six Plans in the Amazing Spider-man 2 Blu-ray Bonus Features

10 hours ago

The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is a bit all over the place right now.  There was the Amazing Spider-Man 3 release date shuffle, Sinister Six landing in the November 11, 2016 slot and all this talk about the Venom Carnage movie, too.  On top of that, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t really do the best job of teasing what’s to come - but perhaps that's just because they didn't even know which movie would actually hit theaters next. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just arrived on DVD and Blu-ray a few days ago and even though I haven’t had the opportunity to plow through the bonus features myself, many have and they’re sharing what Marc Webb said about building the mythology to prepare for Sinister Six and future films.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Warning: There are Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2 spoilers in this article. A »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Special Lost-Themed Episode of Phineas And Ferb to Air September 29th; First Look at Terry O’Quinn’s Character Revealed

12 hours ago

We learned a few days ago that the Disney Xd original series Phineas and Ferb will be resurrecting Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s characters from Shaun of the Dead for a special Halloween episode, and now news comes that a Lost-themed episode will debut next month.  Titled “Lost in Danville”, the episode features a story by Lost co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof and a voice performance by John Locke himself Terry O’Quinn as, fittingly, a polar bear.  The story involves a mysterious locked capsule falling into Phineas and Ferb’s backyard, which may or may not contain said polar bear.  I’m not particularly familiar with Phineas and Ferb myself, but the one-two punch of the Shaun of the Dead and Lost news is making me rethinking my interest in the series. Hit the jump to check out the first Phineas and Ferb Lost episode image.  It airs on Disney Xd on Monday, »

- Adam Chitwood

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New A Walk Among The Tombstones Images: Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens Are on the Hunt

12 hours ago

Universal Pictures has released some new A Walk Among the Tombstones images from director Scott Frank’s (The Lookout) upcoming dark crime thriller.  The film stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime.  While on the surface this could be seen as another cash-in on Neeson’s “badass hunting down bad people” movie genre, I’m highly encouraged by the involvement of Frank.  He penned the scripts for Out of Sight and Minority Report and I was a big fan of his previous directorial effort The Lookout, so it’s with some degree of anticipation that I’m looking forward to this one.   Moreover, Stevens proves in The Guest that he’s more than capable of handling a darker role, »

- Adam Chitwood

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John Wick Image Featuring Keanu Reeves as an Ex-Hitman Coming Out of Retirement

13 hours ago

Lionsgate had The Expendables 3 and Step Up All In in August, but the studio is actually only scheduled to release one more film prior to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21st, Addicted with Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe on October 10th.  However, word recently got out that they’re going to slip one more in there, and it’s one that you might not even be aware of – the Keanu Reeves action thriller, John Wick.  Reeves leads the film as a former hitman who goes back to work in order to track down the New York City gangsters that took everything from him. Minus a little casting news in October 2013, there’s been little to no talk about David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s first feature, however, now that Lionsgate just set it for an October 24, 2014 debut, that’s about to change big time, starting with the »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Andrew Dominik to Pen Justin Lin’s 3D Shaolin Temple Remake

13 hours ago

A pretty exciting China-backed project is taking shape.  It was announced earlier this year that Fast Five director Justin Lin had signed on to helm a $100 million 3D Shaolin Temple remake, and now Deadline reports that The Assassination of Jesse James and Killing Them Soflty writer/director Andrew Dominik will be writing the screenplay.  The original 1982 film was Jet Li’s big screen debut and took place during the period between the Sui and Tang Dynasties, revolving around the son of a murdered Tang emperor who trains himself up to enact revenge on the perpetrator.  Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures are producing the project, which Lin intends to direct next after he completes the new Bourne sequel.  That film hasn’t even started production yet, so Shaolin Temple is still a few years off. Hit the jump for more on Dominik’s involvement. When the Shaolin Temple remake was first announced, »

- Adam Chitwood

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John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Talk Love Is Strange, Prepping Without Rehearsals, Props They’ve Kept from Past Films, Interstellar and More

13 hours ago

You’d think two prolific actors like John Lithgow and Alfred Molina would have worked together before.  The guys are good friends, but, it turns out, Love Is Strange is their very first movie together.  They play Ben and George, respectively.  They’ve been together for 39 years, but are only first making it official now.  But, as soon as they get married, the Catholic school where George works fires him leaving them no choice, but to sell their apartment and find a less expensive one.  However, until they find that new place, they need somewhere to stay and no one they know can accommodate them both, so Ben heads off to live with his nephew (Charlie Tahan) and his family in Brooklyn while George settles in with their former neighbors. With Love Is Strange due for a limited release this weekend, we got the opportunity to sit down with Lithgow »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Blu-ray and DVD Deal: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series Over 77% Off

13 hours ago

Today’s Gold Box Deal of the Day over at Amazon is for Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series on both Blu-ray and DVD.  The Blu-ray set of the sci-fi series is down from $199.99 to $44.99 at a hefty 78% off, while the DVD set of Stargate Atlantis is just $29.99 for a savings of 85%.  Those are pretty serious deals, so if you were a fan of the TV show, now’s your chance to own all five seasons. Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $44.99 (78% off) Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series [DVD] - $29.99 (85% off)

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- Adam Chitwood

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Amityville: The Awakening Trailer Wants Cameron Monaghan to Kill Them All

14 hours ago

Do we really need another Amityville Horror movie?  When news first broke that a new one was in the works, I’d say probably not, but now that our very first glimpse of Amityville: The Awakening is here, it actually looks like it has some potential.  This rendition is led by Bella Thorne.  Her character moves into the notorious Suffolk County, Long Island house with her mother and sister because her brother was in a terrible accident, is now in a coma and there’s a hospital in the area that has the best neurological department in the state. We’ve definitely got some genre clichés here, namely a moody teenager who doesn’t want to start over at a new school, some creepy dolls and a handful of jump scares, but even then, the first Amityville: The Awakening trailer is far better than I expected.  Hit the »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Amazing Spider-man 2 Blu-ray Special Features Offers up a Look at the Visual Effects

14 hours ago

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting Blu-ray/DVD this week, Sony has been releasing snippets of the movie's bonus features.  Several days ago, we got a look at the film's makeup design and application for Electro (Jamie Foxx), and today there's a clip from the featurette regarding the movie's visual effects.  Visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen explains that Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has become a bit of a daredevil, so that allowed the team to play with Spider-Man's leaps and falls.  Additionally, animation supervisor Dave Schaub points out that they wanted to incorporate different moves into Spider-Man's arsenal like scrambling on his weblines while swinging.  These featurettes are fun because they're a reminder that even if you don't like the movie, the work that goes into making it can still be interesting. Hit the jump to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 visual effects featurette, and click here to buy »

- Matt Goldberg

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Tyler Ross Talks The Killing Season 4, Moving to Netflix, Where His Character Ends Up, Henry Gamble’S Birthday Party, and More

14 hours ago

The fourth and final season of the drama series The Killing, available exclusively on Netflix, wraps up previously unresolved story threads and takes viewers on a journey through a new crime.  Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) and Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman) struggle to manage the fall-out from their shocking actions at the end of last season, while also trying to solve the murder of a picture perfect family, survived only by the son, Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), who was shot in the head during the massacre and left with no clear memory of what happened.  The season also stars Joan Allen, as Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military academy that Kyle attends, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden, as two of the other students there, and Gregg Henry. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Tyler Ross (who gives a terrific, heartbreaking and haunting performance as Kyle Stansbury »

- Christina Radish

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The Babadook Clip: Mister Babadook Comes Knocking

15 hours ago

Ever since seeing writer-director Jennifer Kent’s feature directorial debut, The Babadook, all I’ve wanted to do is be a total weirdo and walk around whispering, “Ba ba-ba dook, dook, dook,” to everyone.  Trouble is, the movie doesn’t hit theaters until November 28th, so until then, I’d probably sound like an idiot.  But, a brand new clip from the film did just hit the web and it reveals what The Babadook’s all about and his creepy catchphrase, too. Hit the jump if you dare let Amelia (Essie Davis) read you the story of Mister Babadook in The Babadook clip.  The film also stars Noah Wiseman, Barbara West and Daniel Henshall. Via Bloody Disgusting. This is a smart clip to release from a marketing standpoint because it’s a concise and highly effective introduction to The Babadook, but just wait until you see it in context.  One »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Girls Season 4 Teaser: Lena Dunham Goes for a Bike Ride

17 hours ago

HBO has released the first Girls Season 4 teaser, offering fans a very Hannah Horvath-esque first look at the new season.  The teaser trailer is just a short bit of footage that shows creator/star/writer/director Lena Dunham riding a bike and then running into a bit of trouble, so it’s more of a heads up than an actual trailer.  The teaser also says that the show is currently in production, which isn’t technically true.  Dunham confirmed that they wrapped Season 4 last week, so right now Girls is actually in post-production in anticipation of the early 2015 premiere date.  Though I know the series has its detractors, I find there’s more to like about it than to dislike mostly thanks to the magnetic Adam Driver.  I imagine he’ll have less of a presence this year what with filming Star Wars and all, but the guy turns in »

- Adam Chitwood

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Rumor: Star Wars Sequels to “Redefine Longform Storytelling”; Will Integrate Cartoons, Books, Comics

18 hours ago

By the time Star Wars: Episode VII opens next December, I feel like I'll know everything about it.  That's not to criticize the film itself; that's just the nature of the online reporting, especially when you cover every trailer, TV spot, Vine, Instagram, Twitpic, and social media technology yet to be invented.  However, with where the Star Wars universe is headed, there may be too much to cover.  The entire expanded universe canon has been "scrapped" (I don't know if you can say something was discarded when it was never seriously considered by its originator), and Star Wars is starting afresh.  But the sequels may be more than a way of launching new tie-ins.  Lucasfilm might be trying to legitimately make these tie-ins a rewarding part of the Star Wars experience. Hit the jump for more on the plans for the Star Wars sequels, spin-offs, and more. According to Badass Digest, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Love Is Strange Review

19 hours ago

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Love Is Strange opens today in limited release.] “Write what you know,” is a common piece of writing advice. I don’t know how much of Ira SachsLove Is Strange is autobiographical, but it feels true to life. Boring, boring life. Because the film feels true to life, it also feels like one of the most self-indulgent films I’ve ever seen. Sachs is completely oblivious to what its audience would find remotely interesting or even emotionally relatable. The director takes his central relationship, one featuring great chemistry between Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, and completely undermines it with a hypocritical narrative. Not content to ruin his picture’s strongest asset, Sachs also drags his movie down with worthless side-plots and then tries to give his picture the illusion of depth and emotion with cheap tricks and unearned sentiment. Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) have been together for 39 years, and they’ve finally tied the knot now »

- Matt Goldberg

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True Detective Season 2 to Be Slightly Less Dark; New Season Will Use 3 or 4 Directors

20 hours ago

Although True Detective was a show that plumbed the depths of time, death, futility, and other fun topics, I never considered it a downer show.  Russ' misanthropic observations were always balanced out by Marty's reactions and the sheer charisma of McConaughey's performance.  Saying "Time is a flat circle," is more fun in a Texas drawl. But since True Detective is an anthology, season two will be a whole new ballgame.  According to Variety, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told the audience at the Guardian International Television Festival in Edinburgh that the new season "won't be quite as dark as the first."  But then he added, "It’s still dark. [Creator, writer, and executive producer Nic Pizzolatto] explores the darkness in people’s souls. … It’s not as dark, but it’s not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul."  Hit the jump for more. Filming on True Detective season 2 is expected to begin next month in California, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Chloe Moretz Talks If I Stay, Working with Director R.J. Cutler, Her Love of Boyhood, The Fifth Wave, and More

21 August 2014 9:33 PM, PDT

Opening this weekend is director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.  The movie stars Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley. A tragic event puts those earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.  The film also stars Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach.  For more on If I Stay, watch these clips, check out over 40 images, or click here for all our previous coverage. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Chloe Moretz.  She talked about wanting to make a movie that girls her age could go see with their families, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Jim Caviezel Talks When The Game Stands Tall, His Passion For Filmmaking and Why He’ll Never Direct An Episode Of Person Of Interest

21 August 2014 6:57 PM, PDT

Within a few moments of interviewing Jim Caviezel, it’s apparent immediately how much the actor loves talking about film.  Not just acting or his eclectic resume or any role in particular – but other facets of the process: lighting, directing, cinematography… Caviezel has made a career of playing quiet and introspective characters; but in person he is naturally gregarious and prone to go off any number of tangents – be it his affinity for directing or his relationship with WWII Pow Louis Zamperini.  Perhaps it’s that naturally convivial nature that imbues his subtle roles with unforeseen depth.  In When the Game Stands Tall, Caviezel plays to type as the introverted Bob Ladouceur - the coach who led the De La Salle Spartans on the longest winning streak in high-school football.  It’s another quietly powerful performance for Caviezel, much of the film’s success dependent on his ability to convey »

- Tommy Cook

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