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Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace Talk Taken 3, Lenore’s Demise, Their Own “Special Set of Skills,” Hemlock Grove Season 3 and More

8 January 2015 9:55 PM, PST

The women of Taken haven’t had it easy over the years.  First, Kim (Maggie Grace) was taken by an Albanian human trafficking ring, then Bryan (Liam Neeson) and Lenore (Famke Janssen) were taken by an Albanian gang out for revenge and now, in Taken 3, Lenore is killed and Bryan is framed for her murder.  Fearing Kim could be next, Bryan goes on the run and takes it upon himself to find out who did it. Just before Taken 3’s January 9th release, I got to sit down with Janssen and Grace to talk about making what's said to be the final film of the series.  We touched on Janssen’s first reaction to the script, Olivier Megaton as an actor’s director, the “special set of skills” they learned while making the Taken movies that they can now bring with them to future films, what’s to »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Joe Dante, John Landis, and Barry Bostwick Set for Horror Anthology Tales Of Halloween

8 January 2015 7:51 PM, PST

Horror anthologies are officially back.  Recent years have seen the success of The ABCs of Death and V/H/S franchises, and now we're getting a Halloween-centric set of shorts from some of the most exciting working genre filmmakers, including Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) and Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman).  The project, Tales of Halloween, has landed a pack of horror legends to round out the cast. Directors Joe Dante, John Landis, Stuart Gordon, and Mick Garris are set to make cameos along with Rocky Horror Picture Show's Barry Bostwick, HeroesGreg Grunberg and genre regulars Lin Shaye, Adrienne Barbeau and Adam Green. Tales of Halloween will hit theaters this October.  The film will also feature performances from Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), and Paul Solet (Grace).  Hit the jump for more. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Frank Marshall Says No Plans for the Two Bourne Franchises to Crossover; Goonies 2 Doesn’t Have a Script Yet

8 January 2015 6:14 PM, PST

The TCA Winter Press Tour is in full swing, and on Thursday, HBO brought out a star-studded line-up of talent that included Queen Latifah for the original movie Bessie, Bryant Gumbel for his sports journalism series Real Sports, the casts of The Brink and Togetherness, and documentary directors Alex Gibney for Sinatra: All or Nothing at All and Andrew Jarecki for The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. After the panel for the Sinatra documentary, which will be an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer, executive producer Frank Marshall took some time to chat about some upcoming and possible future features.  He talked about getting Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass back to the Bourne franchise because they found a story that everybody responded to, and that Jeremy Renner is still a part of the franchise but there are no »

- Christina Radish

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Guillermo del Toro Resurrects A Killing On Carnival Row as Amazon Series with Pacific Rim Co-Writer Travis Beacham; Will Direct the Pilot

8 January 2015 5:51 PM, PST

While many are quick to notice that Guillermo del Toro attaches himself to a multitude of projects, never let it be said that he simply forgets the ones that haven't moved forward.  Years ago, del Toro was set to helm the noir fantasy thriller A Killing on Carnival Row from a spec script by Travis Beacham, which whom del Toro would go on to co-write Pacific Rim.  The Victorian steampunk story revolves around a serial killer on the loose in a future city that resembles 18th century London and is inhabited by both humans and other creatures.  The film was set up at New Line but fell apart, then Tarsem Singh came on to direct with del Toro producing.  That iteration never came together either, but now the project is finally moving forward in a wholly different form: as an Amazon series.  More after the jump. Per THR, Legendary Pictures »

- Adam Chitwood

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Producer David Heyman Reveals Production Designer Stuart Craig Is Returning for Fantastic Beasts; Aiming to Start Filming This Summer

8 January 2015 5:21 PM, PST

The Harry Potter series is officially the most successful film franchise in history, and for good reason.  The adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s brilliant book series aren’t simply translations of the story from page to screen, they’re inventive, vivid, impeccably crafted films all their own.  And so it was with great pleasure that the news of a new trilogy of films set in the Potter universe was greeted, with Rowling penning the screenplay for the first film.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them revolves around separate characters from Potter and takes place in a different time period and setting, but much of the team that brought Potter to life is involved, including director David Yates and producer David Heyman. Steve recently spoke with Heyman in anticipation of the release of Paddington, which is enjoying some pretty glowing reviews, and the producer spoke a bit about Fantastic Beasts. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Run All Night Trailer Has Liam Neeson Squaring Off Against Ed Harris

8 January 2015 5:18 PM, PST

Warner Bros. has released the first Run All Night trailer. Liam Neeson reunites with his Unknown and Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra to play an aging hitman who, in order to protect his son, must take on his former boss in a single night.  Despite the self-serious rendition of "O Danny Boy" that kicks in on the trailer about halfway through, the film actually looks pretty good.  It could just as easily been called "Dangerous Dads" given the central premise at hand, and while Neeson's been starring in a number of same-looking thrillers for the past few years, this one at least has a hook: the entire movie takes place over the course of one night.  But the most important thing here is that Run All Night is a film that's essentially Liam Neeson vs. Ed Harris.  That's all we really need to know. Hit the jump to check out the Run All Night trailer. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Watch: Dorian Gray Learns to Dance in Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Penny Dreadful Season 2 Clip

8 January 2015 4:51 PM, PST

Last year, Showtime's new drama Penny Dreadful became a surprise breakout hit.  The gothic, Victorian tale wove together a number of familiar characters -- Doctor Frankenstein, his Creature, Dorian Gray -- along with several new faces, all wrapped up in an engrossing vampire-slaying series.  But even the old felt new again, as Penny Dreadful exposed some incredible beauty in the story of the Creature (Rory Kinnear) in particular.  Hit the jump for more on what to expect from the series' second season, which is currently in production, as well as an exclusive Penny Dreadful Season 2 clip from behind the scenes featuring Reeve Carney. Penny Dreadful is currently filming in Dublin, Ireland, and is set for a spring 2015 debut.  According to series creator and executive producer John Logan, "This season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace. Their »

- Allison Keene

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Ava DuVernay Talks Selma, Her Personal Connection to the Location, Taking Over for Lee Daniels, Her Shot Selection and More

8 January 2015 4:35 PM, PST

Get ready to hear a lot about Ava DuVernay because after years of publicity work, she started making movies of her own and now her second narrative feature, Selma, is a major awards contender.  In fact, the film already earned her a Golden Globe nod making her the very first black female director to be nominated in the Best Director category.  Selma focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s (David Oyelowo) effort to secure voting rights for all people and specifically the events leading up to the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in the 1960s. With Selma due for a nationwide expansion on January 9th, I got the opportunity to sit down with DuVernay to discuss the process of making the movie including her personal connection to the location, what happened when she took over for Lee Daniels, the use of profile shots and more.  Hit the jump to check it out. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Purge 3 Release Date Set for July 1, 2016

8 January 2015 4:02 PM, PST

Get ready for more government-sanctioned murder.  The Purge 3 release date has been officially set for July 1, 2016, confirming that the popular horror franchise will indeed return to the Fourth of July holiday.  That release date sets the pic opposite Warner Bros.’ big Tarzan adaptation as well as Steven Spielberg’s family friendly The Bfg, offering up a trio of diverse films for the pre-Fourth of July weekend—which may or may not become the regular home of the Purge franchise.  More on The Purge 3 after the jump.  When The Purge 3 was first formally announced, we knew that James DeMonaco was returning to write the film but he wasn’t yet set to direct.  It’s still unclear who will be helming The Purge 3, but when Perri caught up with The Purge: Anarchy actor Michael K. Williams recently, he hinted that he and Frank Grillo may or may »

- Adam Chitwood

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Game Of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley Return to HBO April 12th

8 January 2015 3:26 PM, PST

Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars: Game of Thrones is coming.  Today during its TCA panel, HBO announced the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere date, as well as the return dates for the fantastic comedy series Veep and Silicon Valley.  All three shows return to the pay cable channel on Sunday, April 12th, ensuring that your DVR will be full of good things very, very soon.  Of note, this is also two days after Marvel will unveil its Daredevil series on Netflix, so it’s shaping up to be one busy TV-watching weekend.  And if you haven’t yet checked in on Veep or Silicon Valley, which will be airing their fourth and second respective seasons, I can’t recommend them enough.  Very different shows, but both are incredibly funny. Get a refresher of Game of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley after the jump, and mark those calendars. 

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- Adam Chitwood

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Following Freak Show Video Podcast: Episode 11 – “Magical Thinking”

8 January 2015 2:44 PM, PST

Welcome to episode 11 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In "Magical Thinking" we meet Neil Patrick Harris' Chester, a traveling salesman/ventriloquist/magician who's eager to be part of the show.  While Chester's busy charming Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson), Del (Michael Chiklis) conspires with Eve (Erika Ervin) to get Jimmy (Evan Peters) out of prison. You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast. Here’s the synopsis for American Horror Story: Freak Show episode 11, “Magical »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Lego Batman Movie Is About “Can Batman Be Happy?”; Will Arnett Says the Action Is “Mind-Boggling”

8 January 2015 1:59 PM, PST

2017 will bring us a number of superhero movies (as will every year from here to eternity, apparently), but one of my most anticipated is undoubtedly The Lego Batman Movie.  The character voiced by Will Arnett in The Lego Movie is getting his own spinoff, produced by Lego Movie writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and directed by their co-director Chris McKay.  All you really needed to say was “Lego Batman Movie with Will Arnett” to get me interested, but given that Lord and Miller crafted a hilarious take on the character in The Lego Movie, I’m especially eager to see what his own feature film looks like. Recently, Lord, Miller, and Arnett spoke a bit about The Lego Batman Movie, revealing that the central idea of the story is “Can Batman be happy?”  See what else they had to say after the jump.  Speaking with MTV News, the »

- Adam Chitwood

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Patrick Wilson to Lead Fargo Season 2; Ted Danson and Jean Smart also Join Cast; Full Synopsis Released

8 January 2015 1:38 PM, PST

FX's Fargo was one of the best TV surprises of last year by co-opting the tone of the Coen Brothers' classic film, but still adding a unique stamp on the material.  The 10-episode anthology series is putting together a terrific new cast for its second season, and now has an excellent leading man in Patrick Wilson.  Season 2 takes place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota in 1979, and follows a young Lou Solverson (the older Lou played by Keith Carradine in Season 1) as he investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate.  FX has also announced that Ted Danson is on board to play Lou's father-in-law, Sherriff Hank Larsson, and Jean Smart is signed to play crime family matriarch Floyd Gerhardt. An official synopsis has also been released, which outlines the roles for supporting cast members Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Ethan Hawke Talks Boyhood, Richard Linklater, and Reveals Criterion is Trying to Get Rights to Before Sunrise Trilogy for a Box Set

8 January 2015 1:05 PM, PST

Last night in Hollywood, IFC Films and Paramount held a party for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood to celebrate its Blu-ray/DVD release and to let the cast and filmmakers mingle with Oscar voters.  Based on how crowded the event was and how many people I heard saying “Best Picture,” I think the evening was a huge success for all involved. Shortly before the event started, I landed an exclusive video interview with Ethan Hawke on the red carpet. Besides talking about what the last year has been like since premiering Boyhood at Sundance and future projects like Good Kill, Ten Thousand Saints, and Ti West’s In the Valley of Violence, he revealed some awesome news: Criterion is trying to get the rights to the Before Sunrise trilogy to do a box set of all three films (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight)!  As a huge fan of the trilogy, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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New Ex MacHina Featurette Released; Alex Garland’s Sci-Fi Film to Make U.S. Debut at SXSW 2015

8 January 2015 1:04 PM, PST

On this past week's episode of The Collision podcast, Adam and I noted that one of our most-anticipated films of the year was Alex Garland's sci-fi film, Ex Machina.  The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as a computer programmer who wins a contest to meet with the CEO of a large search engine company (Oscar Isaac), but when he arrives, he discovers he’s part of an experiment to test the artificial intelligence of an android (Alicia Vikander).  A new featurette for the film has been released along with the announcement that the movie will make its U.S. debut at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival alongside Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, Michael Showalter's Hello, My Name Is Doris, and more. Hit the jump to check out the new Ex Machina featurette along with the first wave of SXSW 2015 announcements.  Ex Machina opens wide on April 10th, and the 2015 SXSW »

- Matt Goldberg

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Bruce Willis Takes Second Shot at Adapting Elmore Leonard’s Bandits; Mitch Glazer to Write the Script

8 January 2015 12:47 PM, PST

It's increasingly rare to see Bruce Willis act like a professional and give a quality performance regardless of the material (of his last 12 films, his only worthwhile work was in Looper and Moonrise Kingdom), but perhaps he'll show his acting talent in an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Bandits.  Not to be confused with the forgettable 2001 Barry Levinson film of the same name, Willis optioned the black comedy when it was published in 1987, but the rights lapsed and were picked up by Quentin Tarantino along with the rights to three other Leonard novels.  Tarantino only ended up adapting Rum Punch (into Jackie Brown), and now the rights are back in Willis' hands, who will produce the picture in addition to starring. He's also getting his Rock the Kasbah director Mitch Glazer to pen the screenplay.  Hit the jump for more. If complex Elmore Leonard storylines are your bag, Bandits will likely have you covered. »

- Matt Goldberg

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American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: “Magical Thinking”

8 January 2015 12:26 PM, PST

American Horror Story: Freak Show has been struggling to keep its overabundance of characters and their wealth of unusual predicaments together, but, oddly enough, the addition of one more actually serves the show well.  Neil Patrick Harris breathes fresh, new life into the material, presenting Chester as a deeply disturbed man with a lot of personality and one heck of a psychosis to consider.  The trouble is,  “Magical Thinking” is the 11th episode of a 13-episode season.  At this point, can Freak Show dig deep enough to justify Chester’s introduction so late in the game while also wrapping up the show in a satisfying manner for all the main players? Meet Chester.  A soldier who returned home from war with a metal plate in his head and an obsession with a puppet named Marjorie.  While he was gone, his wife Lucy struck up a relationship with another woman named »

- Perri Nemiroff

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New Ant-man Images Highlight Paul Rudd In and Out of Costume; Rudd and Evangeline Lilly Talk Script Changes; Plot Details Revealed

8 January 2015 11:44 AM, PST

Marvel’s Ant-Man has been revealed.  A couple of days ago, we got our first look at footage from the upcoming superhero film in the first teaser trailer.  While the cut was unexpectedly pretty serious, and admittedly a bit underwhelming, Marvel is quite simply one of the most popular brands around, so interest in Ant-Man is high nevertheless.  In this week’s EW cover story, a few new Ant-Man images have been revealed alongside some candid and revealing quotes from the cast and crew about the tumultuous road to production.  Evangeline Lilly, in particular, had yet to sign her contract when director Edgar Wright departed over creative differences, and she refused to sign until she saw the new, completed script, adding “I got held off for months.  Marvel knew [that first revised screenplay] wasn’t good.  They just knew it was in the direction they wanted.” All’s well that ends well, we hope. »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Onion Respond to Murderous Attack on Satirical Publication Charlie Hebdo

8 January 2015 11:07 AM, PST

Yesterday, religious fanatics shot and killed 12 employees and wounded 11 others in an attack on the office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.  The publication had attracted condemnation, threats, and violence in the past for its jokes and criticisms of Islam, and yesterday's attack was likely in response to Hebdo's irreverence. But if your faith is so weak that it can't withstand jokes—no matter how "disrespectful" they might be—then your faith is built on sand.  This goes not only for religion, but any group that lashes out with threats and violence when met with criticism (Gamergaters come to mind).  The attack on Charlie Hebdo reminds us that comedy is not only something that brings us joy, but it's also something that brings us strength, and that scares feckless thugs who hide behind perversions of faith.  In response to the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, two of America's leading satirical outlets, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Gets R-Rating for “Unusual Behavior”

8 January 2015 10:36 AM, PST

“Unusual behavior?”  I guess that’s one way to describe it.  The big screen adaptation of  E.L. James' bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey just got its MPAA rating and while the R-rating itself isn’t all that surprising, the MPAA’s reason for it is.  There’s issues like “strong sexual content” and “language,” but then there’s also this little bit about “unusual behavior.” In case you’ve completely missed out on all the hype surrounding the book and the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey follows Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), a college student who writes a school newspaper piece about the hot, young and insanely successful entrepreneur, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).  The two strike up a relationship and Anastasia comes to learn that Christian’s bedroom -   or playroom - habits include some “unusual behavior.”  Hit the jump for more. First, here’s the rating description via Box »

- Perri Nemiroff

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