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    Some people have criticised the Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx) trailers for looking too much like a video game. Well, now we have the real thing: the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game has hit the net.

    The game ties-in to the events of the film, where Spider-Man searches for Uncle Ben's killer. Other elements are added, however; with one example being Kraven the Hunter becoming the web-slinging hero's mentor. At least, that's how the trailer's Kraven-led voice over makes it sound.

    There will also be sections of the game where Peter Parker is a playable character, for carrying out photo assignments and detective work. It all sounds very Batman: Arkham series.

    Watch the trailer below...


    The movie version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on April 18th 2014 in the UK and May 2nd 2014 in North America with a cast that includes Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, B.J. Novak, Chris Zylka, Embeth Davidtz, and Campbell Scott.

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    The Terminator franchise is one that's mostly forgotten since its glory days of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day; perhaps that's why several compaies were involved with the resurrection of said franchise with the anticipated Terminator: Genesis reboot.

    Well, until recently that is, as Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures has now dropped out of the project, leaving it to Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures to continue funding and producing it.

    The project did seem a little out of the ordinary for Annapurna Pictures to be involved with in the first place. This is what Megan Ellison told Deadline regarding her stance on the project:

    'We have been working closely with the filmmakers and have the utmost faith in their abilities. We love this project and the direction it is going in, but for now Annapurna’s primary focus is to produce independent films. As I am staying on as executive producer, I am looking forward to working closely with David and Paramount to make a film that will live up to the brands’ legacy and one that I know audiences will love.'

    The film is still on track, with Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) playing revolutionary hero John Connor and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) set to play his mother Sarah Connor. Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) is set to direct, with the film expected in July 2015.


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    Archie Comics has assembled Sonic the Hedgehog #83-84 and Sonic Super Special #13 to produce the graphic novel Sonic Archives 22.


    Get ready for super Sonic adventure as Sonic and his Freedom Fighter friends continue their battle in the lost city of Station Square amidst its mysterious human inhabitants! Buckle up for the dramatic conclusion to the Sonic Adventure videogame tie-in story as Super Sonic and Knuckles take on the gigantic monster Perfect Chaos in a battle that will leave you breathless!









    Sonic Archives 22which features a cover by Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante arrives on January 29, 2014.

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    Welcome to the 6th annual superhero showdown....


    REVISITING LAST YEAR'S PREDICTIONS... 

    As always, we'll get things underway with a recap of the past year, as Warner Bros. rebooted Superman and kicked off its DC Movie Universe with Man of Steel, Marvel Studios got Phase Two of the Cinematic Universe underway with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, 20th Century Fox banished the ghost of X-Men Origins: Wolverine with The Wolverine, and Universal Pictures found itself struggling in the crowded marketplace with Kick-Ass 2...

    Last Year's Prediction - "Kick-Ass 2 has no chance against the big boys, but it should go on to roughly match its predecessor with a global haul of around $75-$80m, while The Wolverine will benefit from the added 3D surcharge to pull in around $350m, which is on par with X-Men: First Class and about average for the franchise. Now that the character is firmly established, I imagine Thor: The Dark World will outperform the $450m take of the first movie and has a shot at reaching the $623.9m haul of Iron Man 2 if it can get off to a strong enough start. That just leaves Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, and I have to say I'm struggling to separate the two. Both will likely open huge and should each hit at least $700m worldwide, with $1 billion not out of the question. However, Iron Man 3 won't enjoy anywhere near the same kind of repeat business as The Avengers [and] if Snyder, Nolan and Goyer can deliver anything close to Dark Knight quality, then Warner Bros.'Superman reboot could really soar."

    The Reality - Well, I overestimated Kick-Ass 2 and Man of Steel somewhat, with Kick-Ass 2 pulling in just $59.6 million and Man of Steel just falling short of $700 million with $662 million, while Iron Man 3 had no trouble hitting a billion, obliterating the box office competition and becoming the biggest release of the year - and the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time - with $1.215 billion. The Wolverine also performed better than I expected, banking $415 million, while I was pretty much bang on the money with Thor: The Dark World.


    THIS TIME AROUND...

    Warner Bros. hasn't come out on top at the box office superhero showdown since The Dark Knight bested Iron Man back in 2008, and its assured that won't happen this year either, with DC entirely absent from the 2014 superhero season (and the 2015 superhero season, but that's another story). So, as WB puts all of its efforts into 2016 and Batman vs. Superman, Marvel fans are left with plenty to look forward to this year as Marvel Studios continues the build towards The Avengers: Age of Ultron with Captain America: The First Avenger and Guardians of the Galaxy, Marc Webb expands Sony's Spidey universe with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Bryan Singer brings together 20th Century Fox's two X-Men timelines for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Let's take a look at each in turn...


    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.
    Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Toby Jones, Maximiliano Hernandez, Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson.

    Chris Evans returns for his third outing as the super soldier Steve Rogers as Marvel kicks off the 2014 superhero season - and continues Phase Two of the Cinematic Universe - with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a loose adaptation of Ed Brubaker's Winter Soldier story arc which sees Cap's best buddy Bucky (Sebastian Stan) returning from the dead as the bionic-armed assassin.

    Captain America: The First Avenger wasn't the biggest of successes for Marvel (it's the studio's second-lowest earner behind The Incredible Hulk), but the sequel has a few things going for it. It's the first superhero movie of the year, it's got little in the way of blockbuster competition throughout April, and - much like Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World - it's also going to benefit from the Avengers Bump (it's cleverly been described as 'Avengers 1.5' by Anthony Mackie, and there are several familiar faces on display). So there's absolutely no doubt that The Winter Soldier will go on to outperform its predecessor, although it's not going to find itself challenging the top earners of the year either.

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release on March 26th in the UK and April 4th in North America. Watch the trailer here.


    New poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 

    Directed by Marc Webb.
    Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Colm Feore, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, Marton Csokas, Martin Sheen, Chris Zylka and Sarah Gadon.

    The second superhero movie of the year - and the second sequel - sees Andrew Garfield donning his new-look Spider-Man costume to do battle with a host of new villains, including Jamie Foxx's Electro, Paul Giamatti's The Rhino, Dane DeHaan's Harry Osborn / Green Goblin and Chris Cooper's Norman Osborn (that we know of), as Sony looks to take on Marvel Studios by expanding its Spidey Cinematic Universe.

    Despite a mixed reception from audiences, Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man managed to pull in over $750 million at the global box office back in 2012, and while that leaves it the lowest-grossing instalment of the franchise, the sequel doesn't have The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises going up against it. Usually, superhero sequels manage to outperform their predecessors (although that wasn't the case with Spider-Man 2), and with the wall-crawler the most recognisable name in this year's showdown, Sony must be confident that TASM2 will enjoy a solid run at the box office. But is cramming the film full of villains the answer? It didn't work out too well for Spider-Man 3, did it? Well, actually, box-office wise it did - the threequel is currently the highest-grossing chapter of the Spider-Man franchise with over $890 million in the bank. 

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on April 18th in the UK and May 2nd in North America. Watch the trailers here, here and here.


    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Directed by Bryan Singer.
    Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Lucas Till, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Evan Peters, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Binbing, Adam Canto, Josh Helman and Peter Dinklage.

    Arriving just three weeks after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is yet another sequel, with Bryan Singer bringing together the casts of the original X-Men trilogy and X-Men: First Class for an adaptation of the classic X-Men comic book arc Days of Future Past, which sees Xavier's team battling to prevent an apocalyptic future for mutantkind.

    Despite reinventing the modern superhero movie back in 2000, Fox's X-Men franchise has never quite managed to reach the box office heights enjoyed by Sony, Marvel Studios and Warner Bros., with X-Men: The Last Stand currently the biggest earner with just under $460 million worldwide. However, Singer has assembled a virtual who's who of the X-Men franchise for Days of Future Past, led of course by Hugh Jackman (whose last solo movie The Wolverine pulled in a solid $415 million last year), so the signs appear good for this one at the box office. However, repeat business could be tough, with the likes of Maleficent, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Edge of Tomorrow, 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 all arriving within a few weeks of its release. 

    X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for release on May 23rd. Watch the trailer here.


    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Directed by James Gunn.
    Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.

    And so, we come to the first original superhero property of the year - and the one that has the most question marks surrounding it - with director James Gunn bringing Marvel's cosmic superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy to the screen for the final Phase Two offering before The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    Guardians of the Galaxy is a bold move for Marvel Studios, with the team having little in the way of name recognition outside of comic book fans, not to mention the fact that the last space-set superhero movie Green Lantern failed to live up to expectations both critically and commercially. However, this is Marvel Studios, who are still riding high of the success of The Avengers, and at this point look as if they can do no wrong. The internet is on board, but the question is, can Marvel get the general public interested? It's still early days with regards to the marketing campaign, but from what we've seen the film looks like a tonne of fun and if that comes across in the trailers then there's a chance Marvel can bring the 2014 superhero season to a close with a bang. However, it won't be easy, especially with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opening the following week...  

    Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on August 1st.


    PREDICTIONS - 

    In 2012, superhero movies grossed $3.5 billion at the box office, with both The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises hitting the $1 billion mark. Last year that figure fell to just under $3 billion, with only Iron Man 3 reaching the magical ten figures. This year, the cumulative gross is sure to fall again - probably by a bigger margin - and I'd be hugely surprised if any of 2014's offerings manage to crack a billion. Saying that, 2014 isn't going to be the year that the superhero bubble bursts and I expect each of these films to make solid profit for their respective studios.

    As for the biggest earner of the year, I can't look past The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and I expect the sequel to pull in around $700 million, followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past with around $500 - $550 million apiece (if I had to pick between the two, I think The Winter Soldier will have the slight edge due to The Avengers Bump). And as for Guardians of the Galaxy, it's really tough to predict... but if it reaches $400 million then I think Marvel would be happy with the returns.

    How do you think this year's big superhero movies will fare, and which will come out on top box office-wise? Let us know your thoughts on the 2014 Superhero Showdown...

    PREVIOUS SHOWDOWNS...

    2013 - Iron Man 3 vs Man of Steel vs Kick-Ass 2 vs The Wolverine vs Thor: The Dark World
    2012 - Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance vs The Avengers vs The Amazing Spider-Man vs The Dark Knight Rises
    2011 - Thor vs X-Men: First Class vs Green Lantern vs Captain America: The First Avenger
    2010 - Iron Man 2 vs Kick-Ass vs Jonah Hex
    2009 - Watchmen vs X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    Gary Collinson


    Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen - Available now via Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.


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    The story of Philippe Petit's attempt to tightrope across the twin towers in 1974 was most recently captured in the Oscar winning documentary Man on Wire. This is about to change, as Twitch are reporting that Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Flight) plans to adapt the autobiography Petit's tale, known as To Reach the Clouds.

    Early details state that Zemeckis plans to turn it into a 3D feature, possibly starring Joseph Gordon Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, Don Jon). On board to produce the film is Tom Rothman, former head of Fox, under Tristar Productions.

    In terms of Zemeckis' style as a director, this concept seems to gel perfectly with his affinity for special effects and unbelievable stories. There are claims Zemeckis has wanted to do a project based on the life of Petit for a while, finally helped by Rothman who was looking for a large 3D project to work on, ever since the success of sci-fi masterpiece Gravity. Chances are this project will be an easy one for Zemeckis considering his usual style and form. More news as it comes.


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    Red band trailer for Jean-Claude Van Damme comedy Welcome to the Jungle
    Jean-Claude Van Damme is set to flex his comedic muscles in director Rob Meltzer's comedy Welcome to the Jungle, and while we've already seen a green band trailer for the film, a new red band version has now been released, which features a whole 16 seconds of extra footage; check it out after the official synopsis...

    "Legendary action star Jean-Claude Van Damme takes on his first comedic role and joins Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Megan Boone, and Dennis Haysbert in "Welcome to the Jungle". This laugh-out-loud comedy follows a group of unsuspecting office workers who find themselves stranded on a desert island when a corporate retreat led by unhinged former Marine Storm Rothchild (Van Damme) goes horribly wrong. Now Chris (Brody) and his co-workers must battle nature -- and each other -- to survive!"


    Welcome to the Jungle is set for a limited run in the States from February 7th; expect a straight-to-DVD release here in the UK at some point this year.


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    Hugh Jackman joins Pan as Blackbeard
    Just yesterday it was revealed that Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis) looks set to join Warner Bros.' Peter Pan movie Pan in the role of Captain Hook, and now it has been confirmed that Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) will take on his first villainous part, having signed on to appear as the pirate Blackbeard.

    Jackman was first said to be in talks with the studio back in mid-December, having become the first choice for the role after Javier Bardem (Skyfall) allegedly turned down the opportunity.

    “Hugh Jackman always delivers indelible performances that resonate with audiences,” said Greg Silverman, Warners’ President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, on the announcement. “We know he will create a Blackbeard who will be a powerful presence in this original Peter Pan adventure.” 

    The film will explore the origins of Peter Pan as he is taken to Neverland and eventually becomes its saviour by leading a rebellion against Blackbeard and his band of pirates. Joe Wright (Anna Karenina) is handling directing duties, with Warner Bros. slotting the film into Batman vs. Superman's original release date of July 17th 2015, where it will face off against Marvel's Ant-Man.



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    Splicing its way onto DVD this winter comes the blood chilling creature feature – BLOOD GLACIER (a.k.a. The Station). With giant insects and crazed cross breeds galore, what’s not to get excited about in this perfect hybrid of horror and science gone wrong. Blood Glacier is the body horror we have been waiting for since John Carpenter’s The Thing.

    To celebrate the release of Marvin Kren's Blood Glacier, we have a copy on DVD to give away! Coming to DVD on Monday 27th January from StudioCanal.

    Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter...

    Working in a remote outpost of the German Alps, technician Janek and a cohort of scientists are stunned to discover a bleeding blood glacier parked high up in the mountain range. As the gory infected berg melts the blood attracts the local wildlife only to transform them into hellish hybrids and monstrous mutations. 

    As this fusion of nightmarish creatures evolves in the life-giving mountain air, a second group including Janek’s ex-girlfriend advance towards the base in what will become a showdown of humans vs. nature upended into giant wood lice, beetle-foxes, crossbreed flying predators and much, much worse.

    Imagine every creature that makes you shiver fused into one and meet your ultimate fears up at… Blood Glacier!

    Pre-order Blood Glacier on Amazon. 

    To be in with a chance of winning, firstly make sure you like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter)...


    ...Then complete your details below, using the subject heading "BLOOD GLACIER". The competition closes at midnight on Saturday, February 8th
    . UK entrants only please.

     
     By entering this competition you agree to our terms and conditions, which you can read here.


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    New origin story for The Fantastic Four in Fox's reboot?
    20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four is finally starting to move forward, with Fox and director Josh Trank (Chronicle) said to be testing several actors this month ahead of principal photography starting at the back end of March, and now we may have a plot synopsis for the reboot, which suggests radically different origins for Marvel's First Family.

    "The Fantastic Four will tell the tale of two very young friends, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm. After an event transforms the boys, they find themselves empowered with bizarre new abilities. Reed becomes a scientific genius who can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions. Ben becomes a monstrous, craggy humanoid with orange, rock-like skin and super-strength. However, the two end up being owned by the government and used as weapons. But after they mature, two others with powers come into the picture – Sue Storm 'The Invisible Girl' and Johnny Storm 'The Human Torch.'"

    This synopsis comes by way of Acting Auditions, and there's nothing to suggest its accurate, but we have heard similar rumours before, suggesting that the reboot would take inspiration from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book series, and considering the age of the actors said to be testing for the role, this one seems like it could be genuine. However, the original rumours came before rewrites from Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), who was said to be "overhauling the script substantially".

    Update - Josh Trank has taken to Twitter to deny the report, stating that the synopsis is false...



    The Fantastic Four is set for release on June 19th 2015, with Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) thought to be playing Johnny Storm, Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Richard Madden said to be testing for Reed Richards, and Kate Mara (American Horror Story) and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) up for Susan Storm.



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    Meet the future of law enforcement in new RoboCop featuretteWe've seen plenty of promotional material for the upcoming RoboCop reboot lately [check out a viral video, extended TV spot and five clips], which isn't too surprising considering the film is set to arrive early in February, and now we have a new featurette entitled 'Meet the Future of Law Enforcement', which offers up some new footage, as well as taking us behind-the-scenes for some comments from the cast; check it out after the official synopsis...

    In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex's life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.


    RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as Alex Murphy / RoboCop, while the supporting cast includes Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Michael Keaton (Batman), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up), Aimee Garcia (Dexter), Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Miguel Ferrer (Iron Man 3). The film opens on February 7th in the UK and February 14th in North America. 



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    Grudge Match, 2013.

    Directed by Peter Segal.
    Starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Kevin Hart, Jon Bernthal, LL Cool J and Ireland Baldwin.


    SYNOPSIS:

    A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match.


    There are plenty of must see movies coming out this year. To pick one out as the must see movie of this year would be tough. Of course Grudge Match would surely rank up high on the must see list… surely… no? Okay, maybe not but for those who were fans of either Rocky or Raging Bull, or both, this will be viewed (somewhat out of pure curiosity) as a film that needs to be watched. In this age of sequels, remakes and gimmicky films, Grudge Match in many regards manages to tick all three boxes. It’s almost an unofficial sequel in the respective Balboa/La Motta universes. It’s also part Rocky Balboa remake. What’s most definite is that the movie has the feel of something a bit gimmicky. It’s more about its idea than its execution.

    The plot sees two aging boxers with a long standing rivalry who are tempted out of retirement to finally have the deciding match that they never had in their prime. Stallone is basically playing Rocky again. He’s the nice guy, the everyman. Robert De Niro plays a watered down version of Jake La Motta. He’s got a drinking problem, he’s selfish, but of course this rather tame movie never delves into anything like the depth that Scorsese did in Raging Bull. There’s the odd complication along the way but the most thought that was put into this film was when some creatively jaded studio executive probably walked into a boardroom and pitched it. “Let’s do Rocky vs Raging Bull.” “Sure, get someone to type up a screenplay. We’ll give them a couple of days. That should be enough time.” That slightly lazy, and no doubt, rushed script does little more than cobble together references to better films, and just about every cliché they could think of.

    Did we expect anything more? Probably not. This was always an idea that even the best directors would have struggled to do with any conviction, or that wouldn’t seem like a quick attempt at making an easy cash cow (not that the poor box office returns are any real surprise). Despite how lazy the film feels on almost all fronts, there’s certainly a sense of fun here. Sly and De Niro are having a good time. They’re not too bad here. They’re coasting, as is everyone else, but they play up to their respective roles well enough. Alan Arkin completely steals the movie without having to make much of an effort to do so. He’s typically reliable. Kim Basinger also seems quite happy to appear back on a mainstream big screen pic, and she still looks great too. Kevin Hart desperately shouts and mugs for laughs, not always succeeding. He’s essentially a poor man’s Chris Tucker, so make of that what you will.

    For such a middle of the road script, you need a middle of the road director. Peter Segal ably steps up to the director’s chair to point the camera and shoot without adding much in the way of visual flair, or inspired performances. The boxing sequences are okay. Obviously the respective ages of Sly and De Niro mean the sequences were never going to reach the levels of the boxing films they did 30 years ago, but they’re shot as if Segal had been reading a text book on how to shoot boxing sequences.

    It’s overlong, and it’s not very good, but it’s still a fairly enjoyable watch. No emotional investment is required by the viewer - it’s an easy, undemanding watch with not a single surprise. The film does outstay its welcome at just shy of two (often mawkish) hours, but there’s enough laughs in there (just about) to keep things from getting boring. This is very much home entertainment viewing and probably not worth a trip to the big screen unless you’re a big fan of Stallone and / or De Niro.

    Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★

    Tom Jolliffe




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    Fans of the epic fantasy series created by George R.R. Martin and brought to the small screen by the creative duo of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will get to reflect on past killings, sexual adventures and epic battles as well as hint of what the future will bring to the likes of the dragon princess Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), pint-size manipulator Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), and avenging illegitimate soldier Jon Snow (Kit Harington).


    HBO has produced a 15-minute presentation which will include a retrospective as well as clips from upcoming episodes of the fourth season, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and answers to questions asked by fans.  

    Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing airs before the debut episode of True Detective on Sunday, February 9th @ 8:45 p.m. (ET/PT).

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    The Godfather Part II is Joss Whedon's "guiding star" for The Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Despite being deep in pre-production on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon has found the time to pop over to France for the Paris premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, but of course much of the press focus was on the upcoming Avengers sequel. Speaking to AlloCine (via CBM), Whedon discussed whether the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will impact Age of Ultron, as well as revealing that The Godfather Part II is his "guiding star" for the follow-up to the 2012 mega-blockbuster.

    "The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one. I can't assume that everybody went to see Thor: The Dark World, Captain America, and Iron Man 3 in-between. I have to go from one movie to the next and be true to what's happened [in the previous movies], but not be slavish to it... The model I'm always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather Part II where a ton has happened in-between and it's a very different movie [from The Godfather], but you don't need any information. It's there in the film about what's happened since, what's different, and why is this a different film; why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker. It's all there, you're in the vernacular of the first movie and you're just ready to pick up in this new place, and hopefully that's what will happen with my movie. Obviously I'm talking about one of the greatest films ever made... I hope mine will be good, but that is my guiding star."

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st 2015, with Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) joined by Marvel newcomers Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) as Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) as Quicksilver, Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) as Baron Strucker, and James Spader (The Blacklist) as Ultron.


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    Last week brought the news that Warner Bros. has decided to push back the hotly-anticipated Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman ten months to May 2016, with production also delayed from February to May. However, it seems the latter part may be inaccurate, as Deadline is reporting that Ben Affleck has been forced to pull out of directing the pilot for The Middle Man due to scheduling conflicts with Batman vs. Superman, as "the main players have been summoned to start work right away."

    In addition to Affleck, the main players for Batman vs. Superman presumably includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Lawrence Fishburne (Perry White), along with new addition Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6), who will portray Wonder Woman. But, if production is set to go ahead as planned in February, there's a distinct lack of numbers in the cast, so perhaps we won't have as much of a wait as we thought before Warner Bros.' reveals who's set to appear as the villain(s).

    Batman vs. Superman is set for release on May 6th 2016 with Zack Snyder directing a script from David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio (Argo).



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    With season four of The Walking Dead set to return next month, AMC has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the remaining episodes of the fourth season, which teases what's in store for the main characters as well as feature interviews from the cast and crew. Check it out below after the official description for the show's return...

    Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else's fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested -- a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.


    The Walking Dead returns to AMC in the States on February 9th.



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    According to Deadline, two more names have joined the cast of The CW's upcoming Arrow spin-off pilot The Flash, with Rick Gosnett (The Vampire Diaries) and Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th) set to feature alongside Grant Gustin's Scarlett Speedster and the recently announced Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) as Detective West.

    Cosnett has secured the role of Eddie Thawne, who has been rumoured as a possible Professor Zoom / Reverse-Flash, owing to the similarity of his name (Eobard Thawn) and the description of the character as "a recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, whose past is a mystery and who harbors a dark secret." Meanwhile Panabaker will star as Caitlin Snow, "a highly intelligent bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs" who is better known in the New 52 as Killer Frost.

    The Flash is set to shoot in March, with David Nutter (Arrow) directing.


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    Two new images have been released from the upcoming small screen adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which is set to premiere in March on Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network. The first image features D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as the Gecko brothers, played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino in the 1996 movie, while the second gives us a look at Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez), who is taking over from Salma Hayek as Santánico Pandemonium...

    From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

    From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

    "Based on the thrill-ride film, the supernatural crime saga is centered around bank robber, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead."

    From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is set to premiere on March 11th.


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    Rupert Sanders to direct live-action Ghost in the Shell
    A live-action Hollywood version of Masamune Shirow's acclaimed manga Ghost in the Shell has been in development at DreamWorks since 2008, when the studio acquired the rights at the behest of Steven Spielberg.

    Since then, there's been little real movement on the movie, but the adaptation now finally seems to be pushing ahead with Deadline revealing that director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to helm the project.

    While screenwriters Jamie Moss (Street Kings) and Laeta Kalogridis (Terminator: Genesis) had both previously worked on the project, Sanders will instead utilise a new script from William Wheeler (Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist) while Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) will serve as producer.


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    With little over a year to go before its release, Universal Pictures has debuted the first poster for director Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaptation of the all-but-forgotten E.L. James erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which features Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time) as Christian Grey...


    Fifty Shades of Grey is set for release on Valentine's Day 2015, with Dornan's starring alongside Dakota Johnson (The Social Network) as Anastasia Steele. Also featuring in the cast are Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (True Blood) and Victor Rasuk (How to Make It in America). 


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    Thanks to Tformers, we've got our first real look at the redesigned robot modes for the Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in Michael Bay's upcoming fourth instalment Transformers: Age of Extinction by way of new product listings for tie-in merchandising, including busts, head magnets and full-body key chains; check them out here (and obviously ignore the Transfomers: Revenge of the Fallen watermarks, which the images contain for some strange reason)...







    Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for release on June 27th, 2014 with Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Raynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Kelsey Grammer (The Expendables 3), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Bingbing Li (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She's Out of My League).

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