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Watch the Producers from Interstellar, Boyhood, Birdman and More Talk the Studio Culture, China, and More in 40-Minute Roundtable Discussion

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The folks at THR have released yet another roundtable interview, this time focusing on producers.  Emma Thomas (Interstellar), Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood), Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything), John Lesher (Birdman, Fury), Marc Platt (Into the Woods), and Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Exodus: Gods and Kings, St. Vincent) take part in the 40-minute roundtable discussion, which touches on a number of topics from their unique perspective.  Two of the participants used to be studio heads, which leads to some interesting discussion about the current state of the movie studio culture (note: this was filmed before The Interview debacle).  The producers talk about everything from being fired, working with big directors, dealing with budgets, how China figures into the planning equation nowadays, and much more.  It’s a fascinating talk from a unique perspective on the filmmaking process. Check out the roundtable discussion after the jump, and »

- Adam Chitwood

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Annie Review

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The story of Annie, whether it's in the comics, the stage play, the 1982 adaptation, or Will Gluck's new, updated version, requires relentless positivity to combat its cynical message.  Annie must devote an entire song to the power of optimism because the story basically celebrates the lottery and the benevolence of the wealthy while also trying to show that love is the most valuable treasure of all.  One way to handle that conflict is to put on the biggest smile possible.  The other is the route Gluck has gone with his version, which is to be constantly clever, charming, and embracing a modern twist on the character even if it requires new songs that may not be quite as memorable as "Tomorrow" or "Hard-Knock Life", but still channel the fun and upbeat attitude of the character.  Filled with great performances from most of the cast, Annie is a funny, joyous »

- Matt Goldberg

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New Trailer for Director Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos Starring Kate Winslet

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Focus Features has released a new A Little Chaos trailer for director Alan Rickman’s upcoming romantic drama.  The film stars Kate Winslet as a talented landscape designer who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis Xiv’s (Rickman) palace in Versailles.  While challenging gender and class barriers thanks to her position of power, she also becomes romantically entangled with the court’s landscape artist (Matthias Schoenaerts).  The film certainly looks pretty and Stanley Tucci continues to be amazing, so I’m interested in checking out Rickman’s second feature film as a director. Check out the A Little Chaos trailer after the jump.  The film opens in limited release on March 27, 2015. Click over to Apple to watch in HD. Here’s the official synopsis for A Little Chaos: Academy Award winner Kate Winslet stars as a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is »

- Adam Chitwood

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Alamo Drafthouse and other Theaters Denied Permission to Show Team America: World Police

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This is why we can't have nice things when people give into terrorism.  Terrorism wants us to be afraid, and fear causes people to make bad decisions.  Movie theaters—places where people are already reluctant to go for a variety of reasons—pulled The Interview following non-credible threats from the cyber-terrorists who attacked Sony.  Sony subsequently canceled the film's release, and after slightly mulling over a VOD release, decided against it with no further plans for release (passing on VOD may have been a way to collect on the insurance).  These are bad decisions that can set a dangerous precedent and ramifications.  We already saw a glimpse of it yesterday with New Regency canceling the Gore Verbinski comedy Pyongyang. The Alamo Drafthouse responded to being unable to show The Interview by making the good decision to show another comedy that poked fun at North Korea, Team America: World Police, a »

- Matt Goldberg

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Review

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Near the end of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Robin Williams talks to Ben Stiller about accepting when it’s time to bid farewell to a loved one. The film is filled with flaccid attempts to pull at our heartstrings, but within the context of Williams’ untimely passing this moment is painfully bittersweet. Unfortunately, the rest of the film’s emotional and comedic moments fall flat as we watch Stiller lazily trudge through another series of museum misadventures. This go round Larry (Stiller) is sent to the British Museum in London to repair the Egyptian tablet that makes all the exhibits come to life at night. The films’ prologue provides some backstory about the discovery of the tablet during an archeological excavation and later on we learn about its creation through a fun Ben Kingsley narrated flashback. These recollections about the tablet are some of the most entertaining moments in the film, »

- Patrick Cooper

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Edgar Wright, Cary Fukunaga, Winona Ryder, Jonathan Nolan, and More Set for Sundance 2015 Juries

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The juries for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have been announced, and there are some really talented people set to preside over the upcoming fest.  Edgar Wright, Winona Ryder, and True Detective director Cary Fukunaga are among those set for the U.S. Dramatic Jury, while Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan and Another Earth co-writer Brit Marling have been tapped to join the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which recognizes science in film.  Other notable jurors include Mia Hansen-Løve on the World Cinema Dramatic Jury and NPR correspondent Michele Norris on the U.S. Documentary Jury.  This is quite a lineup to match what’s already shaping up to be a very promising slate of films that will premiere and screen in Utah in January. Check out the full lists of jurors for the various categories after the jump, and stay tuned to Collider in January for our full coverage from the festival. »

- Adam Chitwood

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New American Sniper Trailer Offers a Longer Look at Clint Eastwood’s Military Drama

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Warner Bros. has released a new American Sniper trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s film about U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  The trailer is a bit misleading in that the full film doesn’t have near as much ambiguity or thoughtfulness as this cut would have you believe.  I’ll be honest, I really didn’t like this movie.  It’s frustratingly one-note and refuses to delve into areas that could be fascinating (especially with regards to Kyle’s life once he leaves the military), and its only saving grace is a strong performance from Bradley Cooper, who does the best with the material he’s given.  Moreover, Eastwood completely fumbles sequences that should be tense or thrilling; the whole thing just feels like a missed opportunity. Check out the new American Sniper trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Box Office: The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies Opens with $24.4 Million

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Seems like audiences were indeed ready to journey to Middle Earth “One Last Time.”  The Battle of Five Armies, the final chapter in director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, pulled in an estimated $24.45 million from 3,875 locations yesterday.  That’s the biggest non-Friday opening of 2014 and the twelfth highest mid-week debut of all time.  The number includes $11.2 million in Tuesday previews, a figure that falls directly between the first two Hobbit films’ early screening totals.  In 2012, An Unexpected Journey brought in $13 million from midnight-only showings while, last year, The Desolation of Smaug earned $8.8 million from its initial previews.  Of course, both previous films opened on a Friday, which makes direct comparisons a little dicey.  At this point, it looks like The Hobbit 3 will reach $100 million in its first five days in domestic theatres - added to the $122 million the film has already earned overseas.  We'll have complete Hobbit-related box office coverage this weekend. »

- Nicole Pedersen

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First True Story Trailer: Jonah Hill and James Franco Go Dramatic in Dark Thriller

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Fox Searchlight has released the first True Story trailer for director Rupert Goold's upcoming drama.  Based on real events, the film stars Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, who strikes up a head-spinning relationship with accused murderer Christian Longo, played by James Franco.  After watching them play off each other in such hilarious fashion onscreen in This Is the End, I'll admit there's a bit of whiplash in seeing Hill and Franco play opposite each other in something as dark and serious as this.  That said, both actors have separately proven themselves to be formidable dramatic talents and the story here is incredibly compelling, so I'm really looking forward to catching this one next month at Sundance. Hit the jump to watch the True Story trailer.  The film also stars Felicity JonesTrue Story will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and opens in theaters April 10, 2015. Via Yahoo! »

- Adam Chitwood

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Michael K. Williams Says Frank Grillo May Return for The Purge 3; Carmen Ejogo is Ready to Move on to New Things

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The Purge 3 was officially announced back in October, but other than the fact that it’s happening, we know nothing about what’s to come in the new installment.  The Purge: Anarchy ditched the Sandin family from the 2013 original, so will The Purge 3 feature a brand new group of main players trying to survive the night while crime is legal for 12 hours?  It certainly could happen, but it also seems unlikely that James DeMonaco would introduce Carmelo and his anti-Purge group for no reason. Michael K. Williams has previously said that he thinks he’s bringing back his character for The Purge 3, but while promoting his upcoming film The Gambler, he told me that another Purge: Anarchy star might be joining him.  Hit the jump for more. Here’s what Williams said when asked if The Purge 3 is moving forward: “From what I understand there will »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace Talk The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

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With the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now in theaters, I got to sit down with Martin FreemanRichard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando BloomEvangeline Lilly and Lee Pace at the London press junket.  During the interviews they talked about what the world premiere after party was like, what they'd ask J. R. R. Tolkien about their characters and The Lord of the Rings universe, embarrassing moments from the set (which includes Martin Freeman telling a very funny story), deleted scenes and what might be on the extended edition Blu-ray, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say. Finally, unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, this last chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Ringswill absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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New Orphan Black Season 3 Trailer Released; Premiere Date Set for April 18th on BBC America

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The addictive Orphan Black is returning in just a few months, and BBC America has unveiled a new teaser trailer to make the wait feel that much longer.  For those that have never seen the show, it’s a fun, twisty sci-fi series revolving around a group of clones (all played brilliantly by Tatiana Maslany) working to discover the secret and motive behind their origins.  Last season’s finale dropped a pretty massive bombshell, so fans that are caught up have been mighty curious to see what happens next.  This new trailer is a swell tease of what’s to come, and I think the line “This is war” is probably the most appropriate description of the series’ third season. Watch the new Orphan Black Season 3 trailer after the jump.  The show also stars Jordan GavarisDylan Bruce, and Maria Doyle Kennedy and returns to BBC America on April 18, 2015. Via BBC America. »

- Adam Chitwood

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First Crimson Peak Image Features Jessica Chastain in Gothic Garb for Guillermo Del Toro’s New Ghost Story

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Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak is easily one of my most-anticipated films of 2015.  It's been eight years since Pan's Labyrinth was released, and the director will now be returning to a smaller canvas following Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Pacific Rim (not to mention the false starts on The Hobbit and At the Mountains of Madness).  Crimson Peak is part-ghost story, part-gothic romance, and part-haunted house flick.  Putting that combination together in the hands of Del Toro is an incredibly exciting prospect, and that's not to mention a stellar cast featuring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam The first Crimson Peak image has been released, and it shows Chastain in a beautiful crushed blue velvet dress, standing in dilapidated surroundings.  The trailer we saw at Comic-Con (one of the few that hasn't officially been released online) was terrific, and I'm eager to see what else Del Toro has in store. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Check out New Images from The Voices Starring Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton; Film Set for Release in Theaters and VOD on February 6th

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I missed The Voices at Sundance and Tiff, and it has hurt both times because I've heard the film is delightfully insane.  Insane to the point where even though Lionsgate acquired, there was the question if the movie could even be released.  Thankfully, the film now has release date and Lionsgate has provided some new images as well.  Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver star in the psychological thriller about Jerry Hickfang (Reynolds), a factory worker who fancies his co-worker in accounting.  Per the official synopsis, "When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation."  Adam liked the film when he saw it at Sundance, and I can't wait to finally give it a look when it's released on VOD and in theaters on February 6th. Hit the »

- Matt Goldberg

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American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: “Orphans”

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I finally got what I wanted from American Horror Story: Freak Show, it just didn’t come at the right time.  Ever since episode 6, “Bullseye,” it’s been clear that the Freak Shows supporting cast deserves more than a scene here or there, and now Naomi Grossman further proves it.  Pepper’s always been a fine, likable member of the troupe, but “Orphans” takes the character well beyond just being the resident pinhead.  It’s easily one of the most moving episodes of the season, but it’s hard not to wonder, why now?  Perhaps it’s my own fault for having specific expectations for the final episode before the holiday break, but at the end of “Orphans,” I had more interest in revisiting American Horror Story: Asylum than seeing what’s to come on January 7th. Let’s begin by assessing the episode as its own entity.  “Orphans” is a tragically beautiful character piece. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Evangeline Lilly Provides New Ant-man Details; Says It’s “Very Much a Heist Film”

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Ant-Man really does feel like the red-headed stepchild of the Marvel franchise right now.  I know it hasn't been forgotten and we'll hear more about it in the not-too-distant future, but right now it has the misfortune of coming off the heels of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it's not considered big enough to kick off Phase Three (which will begin with Captain America: Civil War).  That's not to mention the production drama that went down before filming. But that doesn't mean the movie won't be good, and I'm excited to see a film that looks different from anything we've seen before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Evangeline Lilly is excited too, and she recently commented on the upcoming superhero movie.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.  Ant-Man opens July 17, 2015, and also stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip "Ti" Harris, David Dastmalchian, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay Talk White Collar Series Finale, What This Show Meant to Them, What They Took Home from the Set, and More

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Created by Jeff Eastin, the USA Network series White Collar is coming to an end, after six seasons.  In the explosive series finale, “Au Revoir,” FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) gets involved in a dangerous con against the Pink Panthers, in order to help Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) pull off a risky heist.  Meanwhile, Neal has designed a new plan that will serve the interest of the Pink Panthers and himself, with his goal being to permanently rid himself of an ankle bracelet and free himself of his ties to the FBI.  And whether it’s all resolved in the end or not, it’s been a great ride, watching two very different men form a very unlikely friendship. During this recent interview with press to talk about the series finale and what being a part of the show has meant to them, co-stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay »

- Christina Radish

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New Last Days In The Desert Images Feature Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds, and Ayelet Zurer in the Biblical Drama Starring Ewan McGregor as Jesus

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There are a lot of must-see films for me at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and hovering around the top of the list is Rodrigo Garcia's Last Days in the Desert.  The plot takes place during Jesus' forty days in the desert, but here's the twist—Ewan McGregor is playing both Jesus and the Devil, and Jesus is tested by the Devil when confronted by the fate of a family in crisis.  We previously saw McGregor as Jesus, and now we have images of the family—Tye Sheridan (Mud) as "The Boy",  Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones) as "The Father", and Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel) as "The Mother". Hit the jump to check out the new Last Days in the Desert images.  The film will make its world premiere on January 25th at 6:30pm in the Eccles Theater. Here’s the official synopsis for Last Days In the Desert »

- Matt Goldberg

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DVD/Blu-ray Deal: Up to 67% Off Sons Of Anarchy: Seasons 1-6 Plus Credit for Season 7

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Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is up to 67% off the Sons of Anarchy seasons 1-6 limited edition box set along with a coupon code for a credit to complete the collection with Sons of Anarchy: Season 7.  Inspired from the Sons of Anarchy club table featuring the reaper, the Blu-ray set includes 19 discs and the DVD has 25.  Like all Gold Box deals, it's good while supplies last or midnight tonight.  If you're a Soa fan, the box set is great and would definitely make a cool gift. Sons of Anarchy: Seasons 1-6 [Blu-ray] - $99.99 (67% off) Sons of Anarchy: Seasons 1-6 DVD - $89.99 (60% off) Hit the jump for the list of special features. Special Features: -Season 1: The Making of Sons of Anarchy, Season 1 Featurette/ Casting Sons of Anarchy Featurette/ The Ink Featurette/ The Bikes Featurette/ Anarchy on the Set/ Deleted Scenes. -Season 2: Deleted Scenes/Gag »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Don’t Expect to See The Interview Anytime Soon; Sony Says It Has “No Further Release Plans”

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Following last night's news that Sony had decided not to release The Interview after major theater chains refused to screen the film, I saw people on Twitter popping up saying that Sony should release the movie on VOD right now as if there was some switch waiting to be flipped.  Considering that movies stay in theaters for 3-4 months before hitting VOD, I don't think there was someone at Apple or Amazon waiting by the phone, ready to put the film up for rent or purchase at a moment's notice. I don't know how we'll see The Interview, but I double it will be anytime soon.  Hit the jump for more. A Sony Pictures spokesman tells Variety that the studio "has no further release plans for the film."  We previously reported that Sony was mulling a VOD release, but if that does happen, I still don't think we'll see it any time soon. »

- Matt Goldberg

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