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10/22/2014

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Teaser Debuts on Next Week's 'Agents of SHIELD'


If you were watching tonight's episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD featuring the first appearance of Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird, then you already know why next week will be must-see viewing. Marvel announced that the first teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron will debut during the October 28th episode titled "A Fractured House".

Chances are it will be the same teaser shown at SDCC last summer, and if so then you're in for a treat. It's a smart way to bump up the ratings for the show which has continued to slump through what has been a strong start to season two. Here's the official synopsis for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

*UPDATE* First Teaser for the Unofficial 'Dredd' Spinoff Series, 'Superfiend'



*UPDATE* A brief teaser has been released ahead of Thursday's full trailer.

Ever since Dredd opened a couple of years ago fans of the brutal lawman have been begging for a sequel. While Karl Urban has expressed some hope it may happen at some point, it was producer Adi Shankar who revealed a couple of weeks ago that he was developing an "unofficial" sequel miniseries for the web.  He's dropped other such projects in the past for The Punisher and one for Venom, but chances are nobody was expecting what his Dredd follow-up has turned out to be.

EW has released the first photos and poster for what is being called Superfiend, and as you can see it's going to be an animated web series, not live-action. One look at the poster also tells you that Urban isn't involved at all, which has to be a disappointment to fans hoping he'd be a part of everything Dredd. The story is based on the "Dark Judges", a group of undead law enforcers from another dimension. It isn't technically a sequel, either, but a part of Shankar's little stable of bootleg flicks.

Basically this looks like something Cartoon Network would have cast aside, and certainly doesn't resemble dark spinoffs we're used to seeing from Shankar. But then again the Dark Judges are pretty cool and it's a great storyline, so maybe it will turn out better than these images suggest. Superfiend should arrive later this month.







Tyler Perry Animates his Cash Cow in Trailer for 'Madea's Tough Love'



So how many Madea movies did you see this year? The answer is a whopping ZERO because there haven't been any, with Tyler Perry's only release being The Single Mom's Club which you probably didn't bother to see. Chances are you did check him out in his best performance ever as smooth-talking lawyer Tanner Bolt in David Fincher's Gone Girl, but for those who like their Perry sporting a wig and dress something for you is on the way, albeit in an unexpected form.

Perry will inflict Madea on us in the new animated film, Madea's Tough Love. Can the nosey grandmother be more irritating as a cartoon? The simple answer is yes, but she was always a cartoonish figure anyway so maybe this was the smart route for Perry to take.  Here's the synopsis, which basically sounds like any of the live-action Madea flicks.

After a hilarious run-in with the law, Madea is sentenced to community service. Determined to do good for the ’hood, Madea enlists Aunt Bam and Uncle Joe to try and save the Moms Mabley Youth Center from being shut down. With her irresistible sass and wisdom, Madea rallies the local kids to make a stand—and proves that behind her tough exterior is a whole lot of love! 

Madea's Tough Love hits Digital HD on January 13th 2015 and VOD January 20th. 

10/21/2014

Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Patrick Stewart Join Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room'


Jeremy Saulnier made quite a splash last year with his unpredictable revenge flick, Blue Ruin, which featured few recognizable faces but still had one great lead performance by Macon Blair. For his anticipated follow-up, Green Room, Saulnier will again team with Blair but the film will be led by much bigger names.

The Wrap reports that Patrick Stewart will play a white supremacist in Green Room, a thriller which sounds all kinds of awesome. First of all, it will reunite the Fright Night remake's Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots, while the story centers on a punk rock band trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, and must fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses. The peaceful Professor Xavier as a hateful white supremacist? Now that's just plain cool. Yelchin will play the band's leader while Poots is a skinhead who takes a stand against her racist friends.

Also part of the cast is Alia Shawkat, Mark Webber, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Kai Lennox, and Eric Edelstein. Filming is underway now. 

James Wan will Return to Direct 2016's 'The Conjuring' Sequel



After establishing himself as one of today's preeminent horror directors, James Wan (Saw, Insidious) decided to take a breather from the genre after helming last year's The Conjuring. He took on something completely different in Fast & Furious 7, and while that production has seen its fair share of turmoil causing some major delays, Wan is all but wrapped on it now and looking for what's next. And it looks like what he'll be doing is going back to what he does best, grabbing the reins for The Conjuring 2.

Yesterday news broke that New Line was bumping The Conjuring 2 from its October 2015 date down to some time in 2016, fueling speculation the move was accommodate Wan's schedule. That appears to have been the case with Wan returning to produce and direct the film which is now part of a growing franchise. Earlier this month saw the release of Annabelle, a spinoff that didn't include The Conjuring stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Both are expected to return for the original film's sequel, reprising their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Wan spoke about his time away from horror and how it ultimately sparked his desire to return....

Wan: “It was during the editing of Fast & Furious 7 that my brain started sparking ideas for The Conjuring sequel. Taking a break from horror has allowed me to be creatively rejuvenated. I’m excited to tell the story of the next case-file of Ed & Lorraine Warren and expand on this world we’ve created.”

There had been a plan for Wan to direct an adaptation of his comic book, Malignant Man, but that appears to be on the backburner for now. 

Natalie Dormer Enters 'The Forest'; Sean Bean Joins 'The Martian'




The gorgeous Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) continues her climb up the big-screen ladder by taking the lead in The Forest, based on an original concept by David Goyer. Directed by Jason Zada with a script co-written by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca, the psychological follows a young woman named Sara who enters the famous Aokigahara Forest (aka the Suicide Forest) at the based of Mt. Fuji to find her missing twin sister. Despite warning to "stay on the path", she must contend with the angry tormented souls that prey on those who enter. Dormer will be seen next in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The Forest will open on January 8th 2016.

Sean Bean, formerly of HBO's Game of Thrones and now starring in the TNT series, Legends, has joined Ridley Scott's The Martian. He'll play a NASA flight director in the film which stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars and must survive long enough to find a way home. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, and Jeff Daniels co-star.

Katniss Makes a Hard Choice in New 'Mockingjay' TV Spot



In exactly one month The Hunger Games begins the march to finality with Mockingjay, and it's a story so big Lionsgate had to split it in two. Actually, it's not that big but the money these movies make is huge so they had to find any way to extend the blockbuster franchise's lifespan. And part of that is an extensive, multi-faceted marketing campaign, which includes revealing brand new footage in the latest TV spot. Here's the official synopsis:

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens November 21st. 

Eli Roth Producing 'Cabin Fever' Remake; Steve Pink to Direct 'Cop Swap'



The film that launched Eli Roth's career Cabin Fever, is getting a remake and production is already underway. How did they get it up and running so fast? Easy, by using the exact same script from Roth's film. That's right, director Travis Zariwny is using Roth and Randy Pearlstein's screenplay word-for-word, which makes things pretty easy. Roth will exec-produce with Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario, and Nadine Crocker starring in the story of a group of friends ravaged by a flesh-eating virus while staying at a cabin in the woods.

Steve Pink will get out of the Hot Tub Time Machine to direct Cop Swap, an original comedy he'll write with Jeff Morris. The story is based on a real-life foreign exchange program and follows a misfit group of international cops on an internship with the LAPD who, led by a misfit American officer, stumble upon a major crime. Pink, who last directed About Last Night, may want to dial up Kevin Hart for this one. Call it a hunch. [Deadline]

Review: Gregg Araki's 'White Bird in a Blizzard' starring Shailene Woodley and Eva Green



NOTE: This is a reprint of my review from the Sundance Film Festival. White Bird in a Blizzard is available now On Demand.

It's easy to dismiss White Bird in a Blizzard as Shailene Woodley's Havoc, the Anne Hathaway yawner that showed her frisky, naked side in an attempt to break The Princess Diaries stigma she was trapped in. While it may have worked for her, obviously it did, Woodley has always been mature beyond her years, and so as she flashes her nude bod and embraces her character's raw sexuality, it doesn't seem like such a wild step for her; more like a natural progression. It helps that the film is directed by Gregg Araki, whose films usually have more going on beneath the surface than just stories of teen angst and sexual yearning.

White Bird in a Blizzard is based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, adapted by Araki and spruced up with his penchant for the surreal and slightly dysfunctional. Part mystery, part languid coming-of-age story, the film is set in the 1980s, a period that seems to be a particular favorite for Araki, although his hold over the time is purely surface in this case. Vivacious high school student Kat Connors (Woodley) comes home one day to find her totally unhinged mother Eve (Eva Green, at her insane best) fully dressed and sleeping in her room, appearing totally unaware of her surroundings. There's tension between them, but not the normal tension between a parent and child. There's sadness and a touch of hatred on both sides; nothing like the outright venom Eve holds for Kat's father, Brock (Christopher Meloni, tightly coiled), a sad-sack pushover who doesn't seem to know how to handle a house full of strong-willed women. Within a few days, Eve has up and disappeared without a trace or a good-bye note.

The mystery of Eve's disappearance is never far from Araki's attentions, but it lurks in the background of a story that's mainly about Kat's angry steps into womanhood. The chain-smoking, skimpy outfit-wearing Kat knows what she wants, and has no problem going after it. She's literally dating the boy next door, a shirtless dunce (Shiloh Fernandez) who suddenly seems disinterested in sex. So Kat gets what she needs elsewhere, banging the studly cop (Thomas Jane) investigating Eve's disappearance. Kat has no problem going into the gory details of their carnal encounters, describing them in earnest to her best friends (Gabourey Sidibe and Mark Indelicato), a pair of outsiders who happily eat up her stories with a spoon.

We come to learn that Kat used to be overweight, but has shed the pounds and is only now coming to realize her powers over men. But as we watch her develop into a sexual vixen, flashbacks walk us through Eve's deteriorating mental state. Eve wants to be youthful and adventurous again, and sees Kat as a vampire sucking the life right out of her just as much as her boring marriage. As she becomes more erratic, it only becomes more suspicious that nobody seems to be all that concerned about her disappearance. With a slightly out-of-phase tone that's less his "Teenage Apocalypse" trilogy and more Mysterious Skin meets Twin Peaks (Laura Palmer herself, Sheryl Lee, makes an appearance), Araki explores ideas of body image and female identity with an unusual spin, backed by all of the director's favorite '80s pop hits. But Araki has a difficult time mustering up a lot of energy for the story at times, punctuated by pointless therapy sessions between Kat and her shrink (Angela Bassett). It takes forever for things to get moving, and even when they do it often doesn't seem to be going anywhere until Kat's past and present converge in a twist that David Lynch would be proud of, even if it comes out of nowhere.

Eva Green doesn't get a ton of screen time but she's a dominating presence even though her performance is pure camp in the Mommie Dearest mold. She'd tower over everyone if it wasn't for Woodley, again showing remarkable range from insecure teen to confident woman. It's a role that may turn off some of her fans, especially those who know her from the ABC Family days, but at least Woodley has chosen worthy material to make such a bold step. White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it's worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki's intoxicating sense of mood.

 Rating: 3 out of 5

Disney Reveals Ocean-Set Animated Comedy 'Moana' for 2016



Walt Disney Animation is poised for a huge hit in a couple of weeks when Big Hero 6 opens, but they already looking further down the line to their next projects. The studio has announced the CG-animated comedy Moana to be released in 2016. They've also dropped a piece of concept art that shows it to be a grand sea-faring adventure. Here's the synopsis:

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. 

Directing will be the duo of  Ron Clements and John Musker, whose previous work on Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid, two Disney classics. Moana is expected to open in late 2016, possibly taking the November 23rd date Pixar set aside earlier this year.