Director Adam Wingard has received rave reviews for his R-rated, home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next, which screened at several film festivals over the past couple of years and will be released August 23. But his often gore-drenched creative sensibility — and twisted sense of humor — is not everyone’s cup of Darjeeling. In the spring of 2007, for instance, the then just the 24-year-old Wingard appeared on the premiere episode of Fox TV’s On The Lot, a much-hyped but now little-remembered, Steven Spielberg-produced filmmakers’ competition with the first prize of a million-dollar development deal at Dreamworks. As Wingard recalls, he was immediately put off by the reality show vibe of the televised contest and decided to self-sabotage. So in an unaired segment, he pitched a movie about a giant, skinless, suburbia-terrorizing dog named Roger to the show’s three judges: Brett Ratner, Carrie Fisher, and Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall. “I kept emphasizing how violent the film needed to be, and I was doing a dance as I was pitching,” says Wingard, who, it is probably worth noting, stands 6 feet 4 inches tall. “The whole thing was like a performance art piece. I was shocked they didn’t use it because I went out of my way to make an ass out of myself on national television. It was gold!” Needless to say, the Alabama-raised Wingard did not progress to the next round. “I don’t remember what the judges said,” he chuckles, “but I think they were really disappointed in me.” READ FULL STORY
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How terrifying is the new home invasion movie You’re Next? Very. It is also extremely funny, although a new clip from director Adam Wingard’s film — like its trailer — concentrates on the project’s potentially bone-splintering elements rather than its rib-tickling ones.
You’re Next stars Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), AJ Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die), and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and hits cinemas Aug. 23. You can check out the new clip and the film’s trailer below.
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It wasn’t quite “the chop heard ’round the world” but fans are still abuzz about the battlefield footage from Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8) that was shown at Comic-Con International last Saturday — specifically the climactic moment when Loki’s sword appears to lop off the outstretched right hand of the staggering thunder god.
Franchise star Chris Hemsworth missed the Hall H preview panel for the best of reasons (he’s in Hong Kong busy filming Cyber with director Michael Mann), but a few days later he still sounded disbelieving of the notion that 6,600 fans in Hall H had already watched final-stage footage of key scenes that he himself has yet to see. READ FULL STORY
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield, along with director Marc Webb, surprised fans at the EW/Tumblr meetup at Comic-Con last weekend, stealthily sneaking in to participate in a Q&A with moderator Sara Vilkomerson, who wrote the EW cover story on the highly anticipated second installment of the Amazing Spider-Man series. Producers Matt Tolmach and Ari Arad also joined in the conversation.
But before the cast and crew arrived on the scene, the audience was treated to an evening hanging out with fellow serious Spidey fans — EW’s Amanda Taylor spoke with some of them about their favorite villains and Peter Parker love interests. Check out footage from the event, and our in-studio interview with Foxx, Webb, Garfield, and Dane DeHaan, below:
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Even just watching motion-capture maestro Andy Serkis talk about playing empathetic ape Caesar is fairly mesmerizing. Serkis joined his Dawn of the Planet Apes director Matt Reeves and costars Jason Clarke and Keri Russell at EW’s Comic-Con studio to discuss the plot of the film, which picks up 10 years after 2011′s surprise summer hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Following a viral apocalypse, Caesar has built a kingdom of 2,000 apes in the woods. When they learn some humans remain (including Clarke’s and Russell’s characters), it’s a matter of survival for both groups. Watch the interview below. READ FULL STORY
To me, Bumblebee will always be a Volkswagen Beetle.
That’s how it was for countless children who grew up watching and playing with Transformers in the early 1980s. Yeah, the Beetle isn’t as badass as most cars. It’s small, goofy, and cute — not very powerful. But the same was true of the kids who loved him, 6-to-10 year-olds who longed to prove, like that little battling ‘bot, that they could be brave and strong like the big ones around them.
When Michael Bay’s big-screen smash-and-grab blockbuster Transformers came out in 2007, the characters I loved as a boy were all back, and more popular than ever. Only this time Bumblebee took the far more formidable form of a Camaro muscle car.
The little boy inside me, who still keeps one of those old shapeshifting VW toys dangling from his rearview mirror, has never recovered. Since the Transformers movies are machines that make a billion dollars every time they are turned on, most fans now would be outraged if the character ever switched back.
That is the cost when geek goes mainstream. You get more of what you love, but you have to share your toys with others. READ FULL STORY
Sandra Bullock and director Alfonso Cuarón sat with EW editor Jess Cagle at the EW.com digital Comic-Con studio this morning to talk about some of the crazy wire work and other stunts the actress endured for Gravity, where she and George Clooney play astronauts stranded in space. See the interview below. READ FULL STORY
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