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The Collision: Episode 128 – Steven Spielberg, Hugh Jackman Leaving Wolverine, and Spectre

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This week on The Collision, Adam and I take on a variety of subjects.  Our main topic of conversation is Steven Spielberg.  We talk about why he's the best choice to helm Ready Player One, we look back at his career, his working habits, why he's not only a transformative and influential filmmaker, but also one who's managed to stay relevant over the years.  In other news, we talk about Hugh Jackman leaving Wolverine behind (which leads to a tangent about Deadpool and my comment that there's no way Fox is going to release an R-rated version) and the first trailer for Spectre.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Insurgent: Book vs. Film"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Americans Recap: “Stingers”

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There were some major bombs dropped in "Stingers," but in typical Americans fashion, they were handled quietly. The subplots of "Singers" may have been brushed off quickly (the brief reappearance of Kimmy, Nina working the scientist, the Jennings actually working at the travel agency, Gabriel telling Philip that Elizabeth asked for his son to get an early release), but that can't be blamed. The most shocking and incredible thing to happen in "Stingers" was that Paige finally knows the truth. That revelation has been teased since Season One, with Paige attempting to poke around the basement, call her parents at work, and set up small ploys or tricks to try and catch them out. She's accused them of affairs, and in this hour, threw out a number of other possibilities: witness protection? drug deals? murders? aliens? [caption id="attachment_436513" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via FX[/caption] Given what a hot-button issue this has been for Philip »

- Allison Keene

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Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig Shot a Secret Lifetime Movie Called A Deadly Adoption

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Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are toplining a Lifetime movie. No, that’s not a typo. And no, it’s not an April Fools’ joke either. In fact, they already shot the film. THR reports that the duo teamed up to star in a secret Lifetime movie called A Deadly Adoption, which is described as a campy and fun wink at the Lifetime movie genre that will likely premiere on the network in early summer, just in time for its 25th anniversary. The dramatic thriller finds Ferrell and Wiig playing a successful couple who house and care for a pregnant woman (Jessica Lowndes) in the hope of adopting her unborn child. Obviously, things go awry. The two-hour film was directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg (Escape from Polygamy) from a script by Andrew Steele, who also wrote the Ferrell/Wiig-starring IFC miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. Ferrell is apparently a fan »

- Adam Chitwood

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Arrow Recap: “Public Enemy”

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When last we left Arrow, Maseo (dressed as the vigilante) had Felicity in his bowsights and the Mayor was already down for the count. Tonight's hour picks up with Felicity being tackled to safety, but Ray taking an arrow in the chest instead. At a press conference, Quentin announces that he's reinstating the shoot-on-sight vigilante policy. Meanwhile, Thea and Roy are enjoying their reunion and mulling over fleeing the city together once more. The newscast announcing the arrest warrants for Team Arrow interrupt their romantic moments. In another soap opera moment occurring rather early on in the episode, it's revealed that Palmer is in need of a major surgical operation to keep him alive, but it carries the risk of permanent brain damage or death. Palmer's got a Plan B: Use his nanotech (patent pending) to swim through his bloodstream and break up the clot in his brain from the inside out. »

- Dave Trumbore

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It Follows Director Discusses Controversial Ending

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When I saw It Follows I found there was a lot to like about it. The movie was beautifully photographed and featured excellent performances, great music and some truly unsettling scares. But I had a few issues with the film and the conversation around it. First of all, I think many folks are doing it a disservice by calling it "the best horror film in 10 years" or (even more damaging) proclaiming one of many variations I've been hearing on the theme of "everything else is trash, this is perfect." While I would certainly say that It Follows is better than 95% of horror films out there, I think overly exalting the film sets up unrealistic expectations and denigrates the horror genre (which I actually think has a lot of good things going for it right now). Make no mistake, most filmmakers will never pull something off that matches the quality of It Follows, »

- Evan Dickson

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Jason Statham Talks Furious 7, Spy, and Fighting Dwayne Johnson

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Jason Statham is about to have a great summer. Not only is he excellent as the main antagonist in James Wan’s Furious 7, he’s also extremely funny in Paul Feig’s Spy.  While Statham is mostly known for his action roles, I think people will see him in a new light once Spy hits theaters in early June. With Furious 7 about to open around the world, I landed an exclusive interview with Statham here in Los Angeles a few days ago. He talked about the great reaction to Spy at SXSW, working with Paul Feig, being part of two big movies, collaborating with James Wan, fighting Dwayne Johnson and why he’s a great action star, what he’s thinking about doing in the future, and a lot more. [caption id="attachment_421057" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via Universal[/caption] Collider: Let’s start off with the most important thing. We’re going to get to Furious 7, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Gift Trailer: Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall Make a Creepy Friend

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Stx Entertainment has released the first The Gift trailer for writer/director Joel Edgerton’s upcoming feature directorial debut. Produced by Jason Blum, the psychological thriller revolves around young married couple, Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall), whose chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school digs up secrets from the past. The premise is fairly well-worn territory, but Edgerton looks to have put an interesting spin on the story with a swell acting trio to boot. He’s certainly got the “creepy oddball” thing down, and I’m curious to see how Bateman fares in the horror-thriller genre. This is Edgerton’s first feature as a director after having helmed a couple of short films, so The Gift could be a sign of things to come from the multitalented Australian. Watch the first The Gift trailer below. The film opens in theaters on July 31st. Here »

- Adam Chitwood

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New Salem Season 2 Trailer Gives an Extended Look at the Year Ahead

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Just yesterday (in an article for Bloodline) I was lamenting that all of these good shows seem to be piling up and I'm running out of time to watch them. There's just so much good TV out there that it's an embarrassment of riches. My newest case in point is this Salem Season 2 trailer, a clip that gives us a much better look at what's to come from the show than either the atmospheric teaser or recent trailer was able to provide. Lots of blood, witches and general creepiness ensue. And I haven't even see the first season yet. Check out the extended Salem Season 2 trailer below. The show also stars Janet Montgomery and Shane West (along with guest stars Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend) and will return to Wgn on Sunday, April 5th at 10 p.m. Et. Here's the official synopsis for Salem Season 2: From creators, writers and executive producers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos, »

- Evan Dickson

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Thomas Jane in Talks to Star in AMC’s 1960s Drama Mad Men

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There has been a lot of buzz regarding AMC's upcoming series Mad Men, which will take place at a Manhattan ad agency in the 1960s. Though not much else is known about it yet, the project comes from Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos), which seems to set a high bar. It has been reported today that Thomas Jane (The Punisher) is in talks to star as the male lead for the series, a character named "Don Draper." Though Weiner has said he's looking for an unknown to play the part (while AMC prefers a film star), Jane is overdue for the opportunity to lead a series, and Mad Men might be a great fit. (Jane has done a few period pieces before, including Boogie Nights). Mad Men would mark AMC's first foray into original scripted programming since The Lot, a lamentable comedy which ran for two seasons (that nobody watched), and Remember WENN, »

- Allison Keene

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3 Reasons Why We Don’t Need a Battlestar Galactica Reboot

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It's been a little over 20 years since Battlestar Galactica debuted on ABC, and there is now talk that the Sci-Fi Channel is going to be resurrecting the series. "Reboot Fever" seems to be sweeping the land, and it's a shame that such a stalwart series is part of that regrettable trend. So regrettable, in fact, that I've compiled a short list of 3 reasons why we don't need another Battlestar: 1. The Sci-Fi Channel The Sci-Fi Channel seems like a natural fit for a Battlestar reboot, but this is a channel known for some truly horrible TV movies. Dinocroc? Frankenfish? Dog Soldiers? (Actually, Dog Soldiers wasn't that bad). It seems unbelievable that they would be given the reins to make something as serious and epic as another BSG. 2. Women [caption id="attachment_431051" align="alignright" width="263"] Image via ABC[/caption] This is probably the most egregious of all of the rumors for Sci-Fi's BSG reboot is that the character »

- Allison Keene

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Watch: Ryan Reynolds Confirms Deadpool Will Be Rated R

7 hours ago

So, has the rating controversy over Deadpool finally been solved? A couple of days ago, Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter in the midst of production on the Marvel Comics adaptation to address the film’s rating. He reiterated that he’s always wanted Deadpool—a story that focuses on a violent antihero who uses profanity—to be rated-r and was currently “fighting” with the studio, since it would be a significant leap of faith for 20th Century Fox to release an R-rated Deadpool, alienating a large portion of the moviegoing audience that usually turns up for superhero movies. Today, an “exclusive” video interview between Extra’s Mario Lopez and Reynolds on the Deadpool set surfaced over at JoBlo, during which the rating issue was solved once and for all: Of course today’s “holiday” initially made this all a tiny bit unclear, and Reynolds preceded the video with some tweets hinting towards a PG-13 Deadpool. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Marvel Studios Teases Phase 9, Lokitty’S Revenge

8 hours ago

Various companies are having fun today with their April Fools gags (of course, there’s no shortage of people to tell you they’re not having fun; I’m sure these people are lovely at parties). Google Maps offered Pac Man, Amazon turned back the clock to 1999, and now Marvel is jumping all the way ahead to Phase 9 with a movie everyone would go see: Lokitty’s Revenge. It’s just the Avengers but with household pets, and that’s good enough for me. All that’s really been missing from the series so far are more adorable animals, and people love dogs and cats. That’s why Puppy Bowl is so successful. Admit it: you would watch an Avengers movie with no plot if it was just animals playing together. We would then speculate what the film means for Phase 10. Check out the teaser for Marvel: Phase 9. Lokitty’s Revenge opens May 20-never. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Charlotte Ross Talks Arrow, Felicity’s Romantic Life, and Fan Support

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In the “Public Enemy” episode of The CW series Arrow, an attack on the mayor’s office leaves Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) critically injured. As a result, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is pleasantly surprised when her mother, Donna Smoak (Charlotte Ross), shows up at the hospital to offer her support. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Charlotte Ross talked about how humbled and grateful she is for the overwhelming fan response to her and her character, being both excited and nervous about joining the show, the natural chemistry between her and Emily Bett Rickards, what she loves and admires about her character, the fact that Donna has an opinion about whether Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) or Ray Palmer is a better choice for her daughter, and if she’s rooting for Donna to get some romance in her own life. [caption id="attachment_436573" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via The CW[/caption] Collider:  What’s »

- Christina Radish

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Sean Young Wants To Play This Superhero in Tim Burton’s Batman Sequel

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Ever since bursting out onto the scene in Stripes, taking a hit in Ridley Scott’s commercial flop Blade Runner, and making a fantastic rebound in No Way Out, people have wondered where Sean Young will be going next. But is Young on the same page as the rest of us? She’s no doubt quite talented but it’s been nearly four years since her last big hit (Cousins doesn’t count) and she seems to be looking in all the wrong places. Hence an uncomfortable situation where she reportedly scaled a wall at Warner Bros. to confront Tim Burton for not meeting with her with regard to the role of Catwoman in Burton’s Untitled Batman Sequel. You’ll recall the Burton’s 1989 take on Batman made an astounding $400M worldwide in 1989 so it’s natural that Young wants a role in the upcoming sequel (though that certainly »

- Evan Dickson

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New The Look Of Silence Trailer Shows the Chilling Companion Piece to The Act Of Killing

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Drafthouse Films has released a new The Look of Silence trailer. Director Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to his mind-blowing 2013 documentary The Act of Killing, examines the victims of the Indonesian genocide that wiped out over a million people who were accused of being communists. Oppenheimer approaches his story though an optometrist whose brother was killed in the genocide, and sees him bravely confront the murders who may not have been directly responsible for his brother’s death, but were unquestionably involved in the deaths in thousands of others. Like The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence is horrifying and fascinating picture that demands to be seen. Click here for my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Watch The Look of Silence trailer below. The film opens this summer. Here’s the official synopsis: The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act Of Killing. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Mondo Unveils Matt Taylor’s Back To The Future Part II Poster

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As with many properties from the 80s, the Back to the Future franchise is an IP that has thus far failed to dwindle in popularity. In fact, it may even be more popular today than it was around the time the initial trilogy was released. You’d be hard pressed to go to any convention—or even shopping mall—without seeing something emblazoned with the DeLorean or some sort of Back to the Future reference. Seeing as how Back to the Future is insanely popular, it was only a matter of time before the good folks at Mondo commissioned a poster for the franchise. They've released a few different pieces of Back to the Future art from artists like Laurent Durieux and Phantom City Creative, and now they’re ready to unveil yet another piece—though this one’s for the exceedingly entertaining sequel. Matt Taylor’s Back to the Future Part II »

- Adam Chitwood

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Oscar Beat: Saving Private Ryan Has Best Picture in the Bag

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The 71st Academy Awards are looming closer, and it looks like at least two of the biggest categories are all but assured. Steven Spielberg’s World War II drama Saving Private Ryan has been cleaning up both at the box office and with critics, and I have no reason to doubt it’ll reign supreme at this year’s Oscar ceremony. The last time Spielberg tackled the World War II era, he gave us Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan is as much a love letter to veterans of that war as it is an astoundingly crafted feature film. There are actually three World War II-centric films nominated for Best Picture this year, but Saving Private Ryan is really the only one that has a shot at winning. Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, although brilliant, is likely too esoteric for voters, and while there’s significant love for Life Is Beautiful, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Dwayne Johnson Signs on to Disney Animation’s Moana; Will Show off His Singing Chops

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Back in December, we reported that Dwayne Johnson was in talks to join Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming film, Moana. The comedy-adventure revolves around a spirited teenager and born navigator who teams up with the legendary demi-god Maui and sets out to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. Johnson is now officially on board to voice Maui, and he also shared another exciting bit of news on his Instagram post: At Disney Studios signing contracts to play the male lead in their next big classic animated musical, #Moana. Just had an amazing 2hr presentation and it's easy to see why they're the greatest story tellers in the world. Im excited. And in the background my homies Fred & Wasabi from #BigHERO6 are jumpin' for joy joy cause they heard I'm gonna sing in the movie. #WeTrulyKnowWhereWereGoing #WhenWeUnderstandWhereWereFrom #NeverForgetHome #Moana A photo posted by therock (@therock) on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:11am Pdt You can see »

- Matt Goldberg

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Dig: Watch an Exclusive Clip from the Upcoming “Emma Wilson’s Father”

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USA Network’s Dig has been getting a surprising amount of good buzz off of its first few episodes, due at least partially to its sense of geography and the specific way the creators, directors, and writers portray life in Jerusalem. The continuing investigation into the murder of an archeology student, found not far from the Ark of the Covenant, has proved immersive, especially considering the weight of Hebrew mythology involved in the show, most prominently in the image of the red heifer. Collider has an exclusive clip from the next episode, "Emma Wilson's Father," which premieres tomorrow night. The press release summarizes the plot of the episode as such: Peter (Jason Isaacs) delves further into Emma’s (Alison Sudol) mysterious past, which ultimately leads him to uncover an ancient symbol that has been hidden for centuries.  At the compound in New Mexico, someone from Debbie's (Lauren Ambrose) former life attempts to rescue her. »

- Chris Cabin

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Lucy Is Still an Unlicensed Psychiatrist in New The Peanuts Movie Image

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20th Century Fox has released a new The Peanuts Movie image, and it’s another sign that the film will stick closely to the charm and personality of Charles Schulz’ comic strip. Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!) and produced by Paul Feig, the story follows “the little round-headed boy with the indomitable optimism on a quest to get something he’s sure he needs, even though he discovers he’s pretty Ok just as he is.” Knowing Lucy and Charlie Brown’s relationship, it’s unlikely that the positive reinforcement is coming from her unless you see constantly taking a football away as tough love. Check out The Peanuts Movie image below. The film opens in 3D on November 6th. Via Yahoo! [caption id="attachment_436601" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Image via Yahoo![/caption] Here’s the official synopsis for The Peanuts Movie: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved »

- Matt Goldberg

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