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Fast & Furious 6 Helmer Justin Lin Set to Direct Star Trek 3

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After producer/writer Roberto Orci dropped out of directing the upcoming sequel Star Trek 3 a few weeks ago, Paramount Pictures has now set Fast Five helmer Justin Lin to direct the sci-fi pic.  With J.J. Abrams busy on Star Wars, Paramount was in need of a new shepherd for the franchise.  Orci, who produced and co-wrote the previous two Trek films, subsequently won the directing gig after campaigning to be given the reins.  Despite fan disappointment over the decision, he had Abrams’ blessing and all seemed to be moving forward quite smoothly until a couple of weeks ago, when we learned that Orci had been forced out of the position over creative differences (though he remains involved as a producer).  Paramount wasted no time in finding a replacement, and they now have a director well-versed in the arena of franchise filmmaking.  More after the jump. News of Lin’s hiring comes courtesy of Deadline, »

- Adam Chitwood

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10 Best TV Episodes of the Season Thus Far

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Television is great right now.  It’s no secret that some of the best storytelling of any medium is happening right now on the small screen with exciting filmmakers and incredibly talented performers flocking to TV as they’re drawn to its character-centric, serialized stories.  Our own Allison Keene has been running down some of the highlights of 2014, including the Top 10 New Series of the year, the Top Returning Series, and miscellaneous Other TV Bests, but since there’s so much good stuff out there, the Collider Staff came together to highlight our favorite individual episodes of the TV season thus far.  Check out the list after the jump. *A brief note: In order to avoid having both past and current seasons of shows eligible for selection, we’ve narrowed this list to the TV season running from July to December.  Without further ado, here are the best TV episodes »

- Collider Staff

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Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and James Corden Talk Into The Woods, How they Prepared for the film, Their Favorite Disney Films, Marvel Movies, and More

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Into the Woods, one of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim’s most acclaimed stage productions, is a modern twist on what happens when several beloved fairy tales cross paths with each other.  It’s entertaining, funny and heart-breaking, all at once, with memorable music that explores themes of greed, ambition, loss, family, love, and the consequences of wishes.  From director Rob Marshall (Chicago), the film stars Meryl Streep (“Witch”), Johnny Depp (“Wolf”), Emily Blunt (“Baker’s Wife”), James Corden (“Baker”), Anna Kendrick (“Cinderella”), Chris Pine (“Cinderella’s Prince”), Christine Baranski (“Stepmother”) and Tracey Ullman (“Jack’s Mother”). During a roundtable interview at the film’s L.A. press day, co-stars Emily Blunt, James Corden and Anna Kendrick talked about their preparation for this project, why doing a musical in on every actor’s bucket list, and their favorite Disney films growing up.  Corden also talked about why he thinks there’s »

- Christina Radish

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New Better Call Saul Teaser Gets Caught Up In the Idea of Winning

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Yeeesh, is this my first Better Call Saul post?  Well let me go on the record and say that I'm cautiously optimistic for this new show.  We'll never get another Breaking Bad but, while playing in the same sandbox may seem like a bad idea, I'm fairly sure Vince Gilligan and company know that lightning never strikes twice and won't be 100% repeating themselves.  If the show has a different tone and objective, hopefully it avoids becoming the Joey of the Breaking Bad legacy. The new tone seems to be fairly evident in this 30-second teaser, which definitely operates under the assumption that we've seen Breaking Bad and know Bob Odenkirk's character since it consists primarily of people telling Saul things we already know run counter to his moral compass.  Hit the jump for the new Better Call Saul teaser.  The two-night series premiere begins on February 8th at 10/9c. »

- Evan Dickson

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New Selma Trailer and “Glory” Lyric Video Highlight One of the Best Films of the Year

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Director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma is one of the best films of the year.  It’s a movie both of its time and of our time, as DuVernay chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s (David Oyelowo) involvement in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which directly lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  In anticipation of the film’s release, Paramount has unveiled a new Selma trailer as well as a lyric video for Common and John Legend’s original song “Glory”, which was written for the film.  DuVernay's direction prevents the film from ever feeling like a piece of history, as her focus is always on connecting the relevance of this particular story to what's going on in our world today.  In light of recent events, the picture depressingly feels even more timely.  Selma is a phenomenal piece of filmmaking all around, and »

- Adam Chitwood

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Southeastern Film Critics Association Picks The Grand Budapest Hotel as Best Film of 2014; Selma Misses the Top 10 List

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As a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, I feel compelled to report on how our group voted every year even though I admit we're not the biggest group or among the most influential.  In past years, the word "disappointed" has come up in my articles, but this year I'm excited for our top choice because it can change the awards conversation.  While many groups are voting for Boyhood or Birdman for Best Film, Sefca went with Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, and also awarded the movie Best Original Screenplay, Best Ensemble, and runner-up for Best Cinematography.  Although Budapest Hotel isn't my favorite movie of the year, I liked it more than Boyhood and Birdman, and have no problem with it being the association's choice for Best Film. The Top 10 list was also fairly well-rounded with Sefca choosing challenging films like Snowpiercer and Nightcrawler alongside crowd-pleasers like »

- Matt Goldberg

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Mike Colter Confirmed to Star in Marvel’s Netflix Series Luke Cage and Co-Star in A.K.A. Jessica Jones

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Daredevil recently wrapped production, and Marvel is now gearing up for its next two Netflix superhero series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.  As we previously reported, Krysten Ritter will star in Jessica Jones and Mike Colter (The Good Wife) was in line to lead Luke Cage.  THR now confirms that Colter will play the enigmatic hero-for-hire, and will first co-star in A.K.A. Jessica Jones before moving to his own series.  Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have a romantic relationship in the comics, so it's no surprise that the two series are being cast so close together considering the ties between the characters. Hit the jump for more. Colter is a rising star, and while he's had stints on The Following and The Good Wife, geeks are about to get pretty familiar with him since he'll also be playing the lead in the upcoming Halo miniseries, Halo: Nightfall.  I haven't »

- Matt Goldberg

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New Focus Trailer Finds Will Smith and Margot Robbie Playing Con Artists

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Warner Bros. has released a new Focus trailer for Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s upcoming caper.  The film revolves around a seasoned con man named Nicky (Will Smith) who becomes romantically involved with Jess, a novice con artist (Margot Robbie), only to subsequently break things off when she gets too close for comfort.  Three years later, Jess—now an accomplished femme fatale—pops back into Nicky’s life, throwing his latest scheme into jeopardy.  This trailer is much lighter and more comedic than the previous one, showing off more of the "caper" side of the film than the intense drama.  I imagine the pic's success will hinge on the chemistry between Smith and Robbie, who are already poised to reteam in WB's DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad. Watch the new Focus trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaneyFocus »

- Adam Chitwood

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Bruce Campbell Talks Upcoming Evil Dead TV Series; Says Fans Will Get “Quite the Explosion of Viscera”

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It's been over 20 years since Ash (Bruce Campbell) fought off the deadites, and in that span, fans have clamored for the character to return.  Evil Dead came back as a remake but without Ash, and looking at the angry, ugly nature of that film, his absence was for the best.  Now Ash will be back for real with the Evil Dead TV series, which will run 10 half-hour episodes on Starz in late 2015.  Campbell will return to play his iconic character, and Sam Raimi, who directed the original trilogy of Evil Dead movies, will helm the pilot and executive produce. Campbell, ever the raconteur, recently spoke to EW about the show and what fans can expect—in short, they should be very pleased because the actor knows his character and this franchise inside and out.  Hit the jump for more on the Evil Dead TV series. Campbell spent a substantial portion »

- Matt Goldberg

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Laika’s Next Film Is Ancient Japan-Set Kubo And The Two Strings; Cast Includes Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron

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The Oregon-based animation studio Laika has been bringing gorgeous, exciting, and most importantly unique films to the screen with its past three features—Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls—and now the stop-motion animation studio has revealed its next project.  Production is underway on a “sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in mythical ancient Japan” called Kubo and the Two Strings, and the project is noteworthy for a number of reasons.  First of all, it marks the directorial debut of Laika President and CEO Travis Knight, who himself has worked as an animator on all of the studio’s films to date. Second, it features the studio’s most high-profile cast to date, including Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron. Hit the jump for more on the film, which will hit theaters on August 19, 2016. A couple of months ago, Laika and Focus Features renewed their partnership with a new three-picture deal, and today it »

- Adam Chitwood

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Steve Carell Talks Foxcatcher, The Positive Critical Response, If He Stayed in Character on Set, What Helped Him Prepare for the Role, and More

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Now playing in limited release is one of my favorite films of 2014: director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball, Capote) Foxcatcher.  With career best performances and phenomenal direction, the film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  The film also stars Sienna MillerVanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall.  For more on Foxcatcher, watch the trailer, read Matt’s review, or click here for all our previous coverage. At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Steve Carell.  He talked about the positive critical response, if he really stayed in character on set, how the outtakes of the John du Pont documentary helped him get ready for the role, and a lot more. Collider:  First of all congratulations on the movie, you’re fantastic, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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10 Best Surprises of 2014, From Emily Blunt as an Action Star to The Lego Movie Not Sucking

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While many year-end lists simply focus on either the best or the worst, this feels like a good opportunity to take a look at a year-end aspect that seems to go overlooked: the things that we didn’t see coming.  There’s an expectation that the new Christopher Nolan film is going to be eye-popping, that Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t going to be particularly great, and that the latest effort from Wes Anderson will probably be immaculately crafted.  But what about discovering that a loveable TV actor makes a seamless transition to becoming a movie star?  Or that shameless, toy-centric studio cash-grab is actually a great movie?  There were plenty of pleasant discoveries over these past 12 months, and after the jump, I run down the 10 best surprises of 2014. Emily Blunt Is a Badass Director Doug Liman’s sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow is so good because it gives us something different. »

- Adam Chitwood

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New Trailer for Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea Teases a Gorgeous, Terrifying Ocean-Set Adventure

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A new international trailer for director Ron Howard’s adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick non-fiction book In the Heart of the Sea has landed online.  The film tells the story of the whaling ship Essex, which in 1819 was rammed by an angry whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism, and the harrowing true story served as the basis for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  I was a big fan of what Howard put together for his previous film, Rush, and it looks like he's on a roll with this follow-up.  Once again reuniting with cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, they appear to capture the terrifying nature of this sea expedition in visceral fashion, putting the audience right in the middle of the drama that ensues. Check out the new In the Heart of the Sea trailer after the jump. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Peter Jackson Says He Doesn’t Like the Franchise-Driven Nature of Hollywood; Won’t Do a Marvel Movie

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With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies now in theaters, filmmaker Peter Jackson has finally come to the end of his tenure in Middle-earth.  The journey has been over a decade long, and while he tackled a few other projects in between the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit sagas, he’s maintained a focus on larger-scale films that pushed the boundaries of technology and scale.  However, Jackson says he now wants to go back to making considerably smaller films, ones that focus on true stories from his native New Zealand.  It’s a return to form really, as Jackson first broke into the mainstream with his excellent New Zealand-set drama Heavenly Creatures. In a recent interview, though, Jackson not only says he’s eager to return to smaller movies, but he actively dislikes the “Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon”, saying he has no interest in directing a Marvel movie. »

- Adam Chitwood

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First Look at Joe Anderson as Mason Verger in Hannibal: Season 3

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Last week, we reported that Joe Anderson was replacing Michael Pitt to play Mason Verger in Hannibal: Season 3. This was understandably met with some disappointment since Pitt was terrific as Verger, who perfectly played to the show’s utter lunacy. How crazy was Verger? He drank a child’s tears. That happened on a network TV show. How are you not watching Hannibal?!?! While Pitt will be missed, I’m excited to see what Anderson will bring to the role. He’s a fine actor, and considering when we last saw Verger in season two, now is the ideal time to bring in a new actor, especially since the psychopath will look somewhat different after eating his own face. (This Show Is On NBC.) Anderson has been Instagramming some photos of his gruesome visage, and you can check out his Hannibal: Season 3 images after the jump. This first »

- Matt Goldberg

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Matthew Vaughn Says About 90% of His Story For X-men: Days Of Future Past Made It to the Screen; Explains Changes Made by Bryan Singer

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Director Matthew Vaughn's last superhero outing X-Men: First Class is easily my favorite film out of the franchise since it launched back in 2000.  Vaughn, who is incredibly light on his feet when it comes to imbuing his work with a sense of fun (even when dealing with action and some occasional heavy violence), got the tone just right.  The result was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2011 for me.  So it was a bit of a bummer that he didn't come back for X-Men: Days of Future Past, even though that film wound up being better than a lot of people seemed to expect. Turns out there may be another reason for that (besides director Bryan Singer seeming more engaged than he has in years).  During an interview for Kingsman: The Secret Service Vaughn told Steve that about 90% of his story for the film made it into the final product. »

- Evan Dickson

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First Westworld TV Show Image Revealed; Jonathan Nolan Says HBO Drama Will Be “Ambitious” and “Subversive”

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Earlier today we got our first very brief look at one of the most anticipated new HBO series coming in the New Year, and now the first official Westworld TV show image has landed online as well.  Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, the sci-fi series revolves around androids that run amuck in a high-tech tourist destination—a theme park, to be exact.  The Dark Knight and Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan created the series, which finds Anthony Hopkins playing the park’s creative visionary and Ed Harris taking on the role of the robot gunslinger played by Yul Brynner in the film. Check out the first Westworld TV show image after the jump along with some exciting comments from Nolan himself on what he aims to be a “fucked up” series.  Westworld will debut on HBO sometime in 2015. Speaking with EW, Nolan described the allure of »

- Adam Chitwood

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Mark Ruffalo and Edward Norton Discuss Working with David Fincher in Exclusive Clip from Epix’s Hollywood Sessions

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Filmmaker David Fincher has a reputation for doing many, many takes of scenes during production, and the advent of digital photography has given him the ability to push his actors even further in striving to get the best possible performances.  Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo recently took part in a roundtable discussion for the La Times and Epix’s “Hollywood Sessions” series, and in an exclusive clip from tonight’s Supporting Actor episode (in which Norton is up for Birdman and Ruffalo for Foxcatcher), the two discuss what it was like to work with Fincher and, amusingly, the difference between Norton’s experience on Fight Club and Ruffalo’s on Zodiac, which was Fincher’s first all-digital film.  Ruffalo’s response is pretty great. Watch the clip after the jump and tune into “Hollywood Sessions: Supporting Actress” tonight on Epix at 8pm Et/Pt, which also features Josh Brolin, J.K. Simmons, »

- Adam Chitwood

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HBO Year-End Video Provides Brief New Looks at Game Of Thrones: Season 5 and Westworld

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Every year, HBO releases a video looking back at their programming, and then giving a brief look at what’s to come the following year.  Based on the past year, the network can congratulate itself for new series True Detective and Silicon Valley as well as the (arguably overdue) sendoffs for True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and The Newsroom.  Now it’s time to prepare for the new year with quality returning shows and fresh series, and the year-end video provides brief glimpses of Game of Thrones: Season 5 and the new show Westworld among others.  It’s exciting to guess which new series could be the network’s next big hit: Will it be the Duplass Brothers’ Togetherness?  The Brink starring Tim Robbins, Jack Black, and Aasif MandviBallers starring Dwayne Johnson?  And when you throw in the original movies and miniseries, it should be an exciting 2015 for HBO. Hit the »

- Matt Goldberg

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Serial Looks for the Truth Behind Santa Claus in Saturday Night Live Sketch

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Sarah Koenig’s podcast Serial was a huge hit this year as millions of people tried to figure out a 15-year-old murder mystery.  It was a unique piece of entertainment, and I feel it was misunderstood by some who thought that the podcast was actually about solving the mystery when halfway the season it became clear that the real value of Serial was witnessing the journalistic process and entering a journalist’s train of thought.  When it came to the investigation, it was more Zodiac than Dateline, and if you wanted it to be the latter, you were probably disappointed. But the podcast also carried its own tone and flavor, which opened it up to parody.  Funny or Die took its shot before the podcast’s season finale, and last week’s Saturday Night Live also lampooned the series by having Koenig try to solve the mystery of Santa Claus. »

- Matt Goldberg

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