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In just three movies, director Jeff Nichols has established himself as one of the most interesting American voices working in film today. His first two films, "Shotgun Stories" and "Take Shelter," won over art house crowds with their quiet ferociousness, and his newest movie "Mud" (which hit Blu-ray this week) just became the biggest indie movie of the year.

For this next project, Nichols is once again working with his frequent collaborator, actor Michael Shannon, but the project is something all-together new for the writer-director. "Midnight Special," a sci-fi chase film inspired by John Carpenter's movies, is Nichols' first studio film, but as we learned during an interview with him, it will still pack the same emotional punch that made his first three movies so memorable.

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The summer movies that usually grab people's attentions are the ones with monsters, robots, and monsters fighting robots. Those films go onto make hundreds of millions of dollars, but one small movie this summer made big waves by doing considerably less business.

"Mud," the third film from "Take Shelter" writer-director Jeff Nichols, made a little over $21 million this summer with a strategic release schedule and became the highest grossing independent movie of the year so far.

The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey, just hit Blu-ray and DVD today (You can watch an exclusive from the disc above!), so we got on the phone with Nichols to talk about how the release went and what's up next for him.

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Only a handful of actors have ever had a writer craft a role with them in mind. That's what happened with Matthew McConaughey when "Take Shelter" director Jeff Nichols approached him about the title character, an outlaw with a heart of gold, in his new film "Mud."

When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with McConaughey, he asked him how you approach a role that was made for you, and according to the actor, you try not to think about it too much.

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Apes

When "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt took the Gary Ross route and stepped down from the follow-up, the immediate question became, well, who's it going to be? The world of "Rise" nicely set up a sci-fi canvas for any ambitious filmmaker to take over and do pretty much anything they wanted for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Deadline now claims that 20th Century Fox has a shortlist made up of something of the most exciting up-and-coming directors and one unrealistic vet. Here's our rundown.

Matt Reeves
By most accounts, he's the studio's top choice by a long shot. The "Cloverfield" director had been attached to "The Twilight Zone" before leaving the project earlier this week. The timing sure does seem convenient.

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Arrested Development LEGO

While you're waiting for the new season of "Arrested Development," why not check out this LEGO version a very dedicated fan made in the mean time?

Also, several Cannes films release clips and learn about every Bond girl ever in today's Dailies!

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