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7/23/2016

New 'Star Trek' TV Series Title And Starship Revealed!


Let's just say that J.J. Abrams' rebooted Star Trek franchise isn't your bag. Where is a fan of Gene Roddenberry space exploration classic to go? Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) have been developing a TV series that may do the trick, and now we know what the show will be titled: Star Trek Discovery.

The title comes from the series' starship, U.S.S. Discovery (NCC-1031), and a new teaser reveals it for the first time. We don't know much about what the show will entail, but Fuller went on to say that the 13-episode first season will be telling one connected story, different for 'Trek' on the small screen. Here's the synopsis:

“The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”

Casting has only just begin and Fuller, who will serve as showrunner, promises to keep it diverse just as Roddenberry would have liked. David Semel (The Strain) will direct the first episode which will debut on CBS next January before moving to the CBS Access streaming service for the remainder of the season.

The Magic Is Back In New 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' Trailer


Only five years have passed since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows brought Warner Bros.' adaptation of J.K. Rowling's novels to a close. After grossing nearly $8B over the life of the franchise, there simply had to be a way to keep them going. And so there was, with Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel set in the same world but following a different character on a brand new adventure.

A new trailer for the magical film has arrived at Comic-Con, and it features Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander, who enters New York and gets into some trouble caused by a pesky Muggle. Here's the synopsis:

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Directed by David Yates with Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, and more co-starring, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens October 21st.

Charlie Hunnam And Excalibur Are One In First 'King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword' Trailer


And we think Warner Bros. has it tough getting fans excited for Justice League? No, the real difficulty is going to be Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which feels like an outsider among blockbuster franchises for the studio. The story of Camelot has been done to death, but Ritchie believes he's found a way to make his version fresh, and that's by turning Charlie Hunnam's King Arthur into a bad boy. He told  EW recently...

“I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland. The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they’re not interesting to watch. Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Wars because he’s the good guy. Good guys are boring.”

As a devoted fan of heels everywhere I tend to agree, but that doesn't mean dirtying up Arthur Pendragon is the way to go. That said, Hunnam is pretty good at playing characters with a bit of an edge to him. And clearly he agrees, adding “He’s a bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor. There’s definitely a harder edge than people would imagine.”

The first trailer has dropped at Comic-Con naturally, and it features the quick-cutting style we've come to associate with Ritchie's work. Think the way he was able to turn Sherlock Holmes into a fast-paced action flick and that's what he appears to be doing with Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable.

Also starring Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Jude Law, Aidan Gillen, Annabelle Wallis, and David Beckham (!!!), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opens March 24th 2017.

'Kong: Skull Island' Debuts A Gigantic Comic-Con Trailer!


“Our Kong is by far the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen, and that translates to a lot of different things on the island.” 

That was Kong: Skull Island director talking to EW about the massive scope of the film, or more accurately the massive size of King Kong himself. Honestly, that was made abundantly clear in the teasers released prior to the release of the brand new trailer, which hit at Comic-Con just minutes ago.

The film is set in the 1970s, a nice a twist, and stars Tom Hiddleston as an SAS tracker and Brie Larson as a war photographer who are both part of a group sent to the island to find the gigantic ape. Samuel L. Jackson is around stirring up all kinds of anti-ape sentiments, has he not seen Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? That guy always gets killed.  And why would you want to piss off Kong when he measures at over 100-feet in height? That just seems like an idiotic move. At that size Kong should have an easier time facing off against Godzilla, though. 

Also starring John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Thomas Mann, Toby Kebbell, and John C. Reilly, Kong: Skull Island opens March 10th 2017. 


There's Honor Among Thieves In New 'Suicide Squad' Comic-Con Trailer


No...it's not over. Following brand new trailers for Wonder Woman and Justice League, Warner Bros. has now revealed yet another Suicide Squad trailer cut for the Comic-Con crowd. Seriously, is there going to be ANYTHING left that we haven't seen?  We know Warner Bros. is desperate for people to see the film but this is crazy.

There's a ton of new footage here, which again I think is a problem, and much of it focusing on the idea of teamwork, with Phil Jackson's "Triangle Offense" even getting a mention. Everything else you already know: Will Smith is Deadshot, Margot Robbie is the already-popular Harley Quinn, Jared Leto is Joker, and they are all part of a team of bad guys forced into suicidal missions by government big-wig, Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis. Actually, I'm not convinced Joker is part of the team at all. He seems to be off doing his own thing.

Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad arrives on August 5th.

Batman Assembles The 'Justice League' In Epic First Trailer!


How badly does Warner Bros. need Justice League, and really all of their upcoming DCU movies to be a hit? They've been working around the clock to change negative perceptions following the critically-panned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And what better place to shift the narrative than at Comic-Con, and it all starts with a kick-ass debut trailer for Justice League.

The teaser shows Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne gathering his forces to battle an enemy he can't beat alone. Jason Momoa's Aquaman is seen as a hard-drinking loner, plus we get glimpses at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as the smart-mouthed speedster, the Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Who's missing? Henry Cavill's Superman, but since he's right in the middle of the released image it's a safe bet he'll turn up.

So what do you think? Has Zack Snyder found a way to rebound or what? Justice League opens November 17th 2017.













First 'Wonder Woman' Trailer Reveals Her Heroic Destiny


Just yesterday we got a small taste of the power, grace, wisdom, and wonder of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman with the film's debut poster. But that was just to get fans ready for what would come today, straight from the Warner Bros. panel as the first official trailer has arrived.

And what a trailer it is, beginning with Diana Prince's first encounter with man, who happens to be her future love Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), the film is set during WWI as takes the first steps to becoming the hero we know her to be.  To do that, she must become leave her island paradise and venture into the outside world at a time of great conflict.

It's a wonderfully fresh premise, shot beautifully by Patty Jenkins who seems to have a firm control on the action scenes, as well as the quieter moments between Gadot and Pine. What's more, it doesn't come close to looking like anything Zack Snyder has done before, which is important as Warner Bros. tries to diversity their DCU slate.

Also starring Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, and Lucy Davis. Wonder Woman opens June 2nd 2017.

James Wan's 'Aquaman' Film Lands Former 'Justice League' Writer, Will Beall


If we're talking about the biggest differences between Warner Bros.' DCU and Marvel, perhaps the biggest has to do with their approach to screenwriting. Marvel has a very clear vision on who is doing what and where the stories will go. WB chooses to select a handful of writers drafting competing parallel screenplays, which is what they did for James Wan's upcoming Aquaman movie. The three writers brought on to draft scripts were Will Beall (Gangster Squad), David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2)and Zack Snyder's buddy, Kurt Johnstad (300).

While none of the screenplays were actually chosen, Beall has found himself back in as the sole writer of Aquaman. Perhaps this is some vindication because you may recall Beall had written an early Justice League draft only to have it tossed out. This time around Beall will be writing based on a story cooked up by Wan and Geoff Johns, so there's no excuse if he screws it up this time.

We may learn more about WB's Aquaman plans today at Comic-Con, so stay tuned. [THR]

Review: ‘Train to Busan’ A Non-Stop Zombie Ride With Heart



With hit shows like The Walking Dead and its spin-off Fear The Walking Dead, it has been zombie season for quite some time.  While zombies are at an all-time high on the small screen, we haven’t heard much from the undead on the big screen.  Sure, we’ve had a few films here and there like Maggie, Dead Snow, World War Z, and the REC and Resident Evil series, but for the most part we haven’t had a slam dunk zombie apocalypse film for quite some time.  Leave it to South Korea to revitalize the franchise in a way that hasn’t been done since 28 Days Later (still waiting on that third film!).  

Director Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan is quite an entertaining film that differs from other films in that it actually has a heart and reminds us to depend on our fellow man.  For quite some time, The Walking Dead has reminded us that the worst monster is your neighbors, who as soon as it hits the fan will leave you to be eaten.  The old saying of “I only need to run faster than you” has been a part of pop culture when it comes to navigating the apocalypse.  In Train to Busan, it’s about helping fellow strangers, or else you are no better than the soulless monsters you are trying to avoid.  


The film follows Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) a divorced hedge fund manager and all around terrible person.  As soon as you meet him, you want him to become zombie food immediately as he seems to only care about the bottom line.  He’s the exact person who wouldn’t be built to survive the zombie apocalypse because he’s just a selfish snob.  However, he does deeply care for his daughter, even if his ex-wife and daughter don’t know it.  To make up for his failing as a father, he agrees to take his adorable daughter to see her mother in the city of Busan, more than a 200-mile train ride away.  They hop on the train with a cast of colorful characters on what seems to be any normal day, but of course, today’s going to be anything but normal.

As it hits the fan, it becomes a life and death struggle against hordes of zombies and they navigate getting to safety as the world is coming apart all around them.  Managing investment accounts is no longer the priority for Seok-woo.  Ensuring his daughter is safe and survives all the mayhem becomes his sole focus.  Through this ordeal, we meet a wide range of characters the share this adventure with: a husband and his pregnant wife, two elderly sisters, a homeless man, and members of a baseball team as they all try to remain alive as people are turning into zombie left and right.

Now let’s talk about the zombies.  The film does a great job at setting up the rules in this zombie universe.  Although we never learn the true root cause of how zombies came, nor do we see a “Patient Zero” zombie, we quickly learn the rules to this brand of zombies.  These are zombies similar to 28 Days Later, in which you only have a few moments before someone is turned.  There’s no time for heartfelt goodbyes if a loved one is attacked.  You better put them down or start sprinting.  Speaking of sprinting, these zombies mirror 28 Days Later because they are all Olympic runners and once they see you, tough luck.  Speaking of seeing you, turns out you have to be in their line of sight and they are light sensitive.  This helps out a bunch when the trains go into tunnels and the zombies have less visibility in the darkness than normal humans do.


As much of Train to Busan takes place on the train, the film is very claustrophobic.  Much of the action takes place is small cars and when the rain goes through tunnels they have to slowly tip toe past zombies without making a sound.  There are a few moments that take place off the train, but this is done to displays to the audience that this apocalypse isn’t just happening to them and it shows the scale of which the world has gone to hell.  While in most zombie films the hero has a gun and always does the “double tap” to make sure the zombie is dead, this film is full of commuters, so there's no lethal weapons to use.  Try defeating a rabid Olympic-sprinting zombie with just your fists.  If you are lucky, you got to use a baseball bat against hordes of train zombies.  The film is more “action horror” than “survival horror” as there aren’t many jump scares.  There are a few action scenes that are well choreographed as the core group goes into battle with the undead.  

As stated before, the film is a commentary on heling your fellow man.  The arc that Seok-woo goes through is a welcome one.  When it starts going bad, he’s all about himself and his daughter, but throughout the ordeal, he begins to show his humanity.  The antagonist in the film is a few passengers, especially an older business man who’s strictly about himself.  He’s someone that Seok-woo possibly sees himself as if he continues his selfish ways, so he decides to make a change and help out his fellow strangers on the train.  The film balances the right amount of action, horror, and heart.  By the end of the film: you’ve screamed, you’ve cried, and you’ve felt better about humanity.

Rating: 4 out of 5


‘Preacher’ Comic Con Trailer Shows What’s Ahead This Season



While much of the first season of Preacher has been in Texas, it looks like that is about to change.  One gripe I’ve heard from fans of the graphic novel is that from the first panel of the comic book, Jesse is done with Texas and goes on a road trip with Tulip and Cassidy to find God.  Basically, this entire season has almost acted like a prequel to the comic book.  Whether you like that or not, it gives us more of a backstory as well as insight to these characters as we head towards the season finale.

AMC just released a trailer at Comic-Con for the remainder of the first season.  Not only will Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip be heading out of town to find God, but it looks like Fiore and DeBlanc are recruiting The Saint of Killers to kill Jesse so that they can get Genisis back.


Preacher airs on AMC Sunday nights at 9:00 PM.