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- 01/27/14--23:13: _New RoboCop viral v...
- 01/27/14--23:30: _Josh Gad rumoured f...
- 01/28/14--04:20: _Win a trip to the 2...
- 01/28/14--05:16: _New promo for The W...
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- 01/28/14--09:27: _What Might Have Bee...
- 01/28/14--09:37: _It's a Birds of Pre...
- 01/28/14--09:38: _Movie Review - Lone...
- 01/28/14--10:26: _Meet Chopper, the g...
- 01/28/14--10:37: _Trailer released fo...
- 01/28/14--10:46: _Vin Diesel says Uni...
- 01/28/14--12:09: _Captain America: Th...
- 01/28/14--12:49: _X-Men: Days of Futu...
- 01/28/14--13:42: _First look at the B...
- 01/28/14--14:23: _Sly Cooper animated...
- 01/28/14--23:06: _Are these the final...
- 01/28/14--23:12: _Oscars 2014: The Ac...
- 01/27/14--14:33: Pedro Pascal discusses the Red Viper in Game of Thrones season 4
- 01/27/14--23:13: New RoboCop viral video
- 01/27/14--23:30: Josh Gad rumoured for The Thing in The Fantastic Four
- 01/28/14--04:20: Win a trip to the 2014 British Grand Prix with Sky Store and Rush
- 01/28/14--05:16: New promo for The Walking Dead season 4 midseason premiere
- 01/28/14--05:54: Comic Book Review - Star Trek #29
- 01/28/14--06:21: J.J. Abrams on the secrecy surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII
- 01/28/14--09:37: It's a Birds of Prey reunion as The Huntress returns to Arrow
- 01/28/14--09:38: Movie Review - Lone Survivor (2013)
- 01/28/14--10:26: Meet Chopper, the grumpy astromech from Star Wars Rebels
- 01/28/14--10:37: Trailer released for David Gordon Green's Joe starring Nicolas Cage
- 01/28/14--10:46: Vin Diesel says Universal wants another Riddick movie
- 01/28/14--14:23: Sly Cooper animated movie announced, first trailer released
- 01/28/14--23:12: Oscars 2014: The Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
battling The Mountain in the trailer for the fourth season of Game of Thrones, and now new cast addition Pedro Pascal (Graceland) has spoken about his character Prince Oberyn Martell, a.k.a. The Red Viper, in season four of HBO's epic fantasy series.
"[The Red Viper] is a prince who doesn't play by the rules," Pascal tells He is from the land of Dorne and he comes to King's Landing to stir things up. He has a pretty specific agenda and he really doesn't care what people think or also doesn't care what consequence he might meet, you know. He doesn't give a shit, he basically doesn't give a crap... He gets around, he's a lover and a fighter, he's very much both."
Game of Thrones season 4 gets underway on April 6th, with returning stars such as Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) joined by a host of newcomers including Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) as Tycho Nestoris, Joseph Gatt (Banshee) as Styr, Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Gangs of New York) as Mace Tyrell, Indira Varma (Rome) as Ellaria Sand, Michiel Huisman (Nashville) as Daario Naharis, Dean Charles-Chapman (The White Queen) as Tommen Baratheon, and Icelandic strongman Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane.
While director James Gunn has ruled out a first look at Guardians of the Galaxy, superheroes will be represented by Marvel Studios'Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while we'll also see the first footage from Michael Bay's upcoming sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction alongside promos for Need for Speed, Muppets Most Wanted and Draft Day.
So a couple of noticeable absences there (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla), but still there's plenty for films fans to look forward to during the big game...
"In RoboCop, the year is 2029 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 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 is directed by Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) and stars Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), 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 original RoboCop star Miguel Ferrer (Iron Man 3).
RoboCop is set for release in the UK on February 7th and in North America on February 12th.
Well, according to Movies.com Josh Gad (Frozen) is apparently Fox's first choice to yell "IT'S CLOBBERING TIME!" as Ben Grimm, citing "casting circles close to the film" as its source. However, the site then goes on to to state that they try to "trace these types of rumous back to the point of origin when we can", despite the fact that said report is actually the point of origin, so don't be too surprised if this ones turns out just to be another baseless rumour.
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.
Rush details the fierce rivalry between legendary F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One season, with Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) starring as Hunt and Daniel Bruhl (The Fifth Estate) as Lauda.
Anyone who rents Rush from Sky Store between January 27th and February 23rd will be automatically entered into the draw to win one of the following prizes...
1st prize – 2014 British Grand Prix Tickets
- 2 x seats in the VIP box at Silverstone on 4th , 5th and 6th July
- A chance to go behind the scenes with Sky Sports F1
- Three nights in a five star hotel and travel included
2nd prize – F1 Show Tickets- 2 x tickets to F1 Show at Sky Studios - including travel & accommodation
3rd prize – Rush Goody Bag- McLaren team shirt signed by Jenson Button
- Rush poster signed by the movie stars and director
- Official McLaren team membership - for one year
- James Hunt biography
With excitement building for the return of The Walking Dead, AMC has debuted a new promo for the upcoming midseason premiere of the hit zombie show, which you can check out below...
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 season four returns to AMC in the States on February 9th.
Villordsutch reviews Star Trek #29...
I love my Star Trek. People who know me from long ago will recall how much love I had - so much so I didn’t have a girlfriend until I was 18. I didn’t need one as I had a shrine in my bedroom to worship Trek and at the head of the shrine was a signed picture of Riker (which I still have). That being said I did have one hate nesting in my Trek Love - not Wesley Crusher, I’m talking The Animated Series. It was dire with poor stories and even worse animation. To me, it was a mockery of everything I held dear. There was nothing on my shrine dedicated to the Animated Series.
Now issue #29 of Star Trek (Parallel Lives - Part 1) reeks of the Animated Series. It’s steeped in everything I despised from The Animated Series with its rather empty story and in this issue we have an awful gimmick that if it wasn’t for the fact I’m reviewing this comic I wouldn’t have entertained it whatsoever. I find it difficult to believe that Mike Johnson didn’t write this just too really wind up the Trek fans who shell out their hard earned cash evey month for this comic; what’s rather upsetting is that I’ve read previous stories by Mike Johnson and he can spin a good yarn so this to me just screams lazy.
To quickly fill you in on what has made me rather miffed at all of this is the fact that in this Trek universe all the male gender roles are now occupied by females roles and vice versa e.g. James Kirk is now Jane Kirk and Nyota Uhuru is now Nnamdi Uhuro and even Khan is XX not XY. However, this entire universe has followed the same story as we’ve seen since the reboot film with Nero popping through and this throws up and number of things. This isn’t a woman hating rant but rather is a lazy story rant. Another example which irks me is Kirk’s (Jane) mother piloted the Kelvin into Nero’s vessel; my brain can’t allow this as only six years back did we not witness Kirk’s (James) mother in the throes of labour at that time-line changing crash? This comic is purely designed to bait Trekkies and it’s doing a damned fine job here.
Before I explode with frustration at this story I’d like to say that Yasmin Lang's art is okay to look at but occasionally the continuity between faces and the lack of features on the characters 'faces makes it all a wee bit samey to look at. However, the cover however to this issue is rather excellent and I’d like to see more of that art within Star Trek comics.
If you’re not an avid collector you’re lucky this month - go and give another IDW title a chance. However, if you are an avid collector you have my sympathies.
Villordsutch likes his sci-fi and looks like a tubby Viking according to his children. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter.
Despite the fact that Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII is gearing up to go into production this Spring, we've had very little in the way of news from the eagerly-anticpated sequel, save for Carrie Fisher's comments that she's set to return alongside Original Trilogy stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.
Of course, as we saw with the whole Benedict Cumberbatch / John Harrison mystery on Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams likes to keep his cards close to his chest, and during a chat with The Daily Telegraph the director has spoken about the secrecy surrounding Episode VII.
"[Star Wars] has always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I've been used to, there'll be some sort of compromise... there's a purity in not knowing every little thing [about a story ahead of time]. We're living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information. I think it's nice to remember that there's nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation."
While a sense of anticipation is all well and good, perhaps Abrams should spare a thought for the fans forced to suffer through wild rumour after wild rumour, and finally give us some casting news? If only to put us out of our misery...
Chances are you might struggle to find many fans who'd argue that Marvel didn't knock it out of the park with its casting for the God of Thunder and the God of Mischief, but it could have be oh so different had the studio decided to go with Tom Hiddleston for the lead role of Thor, as opposed to his villainous brother Loki. Thanks to the upcoming home entertainment release of Thor: The Dark World, we've not got a sneak peek at what might have been, with an animated gif arriving online featuring snippets of Hiddleston's auditon for the Thunderer....
As it happens, this is the second glimpse we've had from the Thor: The Dark World bonus features this week, with yesterday bringing a behind-the-scenes featurette showing Hiddleston dressed as Captain America during filming of Chris Evans' cameo - if you've not seen it, you can watch it here.
"Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all."
Thor: The Dark World is released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 24th in the UK and February 25th in North America, with Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) directing a cast that also includes Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Kat Dennings, Zachary Levi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Christopher Eccleston.
Making the announcement, executive producer Marc Guggenheim said, ""We consider Jessica a member of the Arrow family and we're looking forward to having her back for an episode everyone will be talking about after."
The Huntress will be back on the screen on Wednesday, March 26th in an episode appropriately entitled 'Birds of Prey'. Now, assuming we don't get to see Barbara Gordon, might Emily Bett Rickards' Felicity Smoak take Oracle's spot in the line-up?
Lone Survivor, 2013.
Directed by Peter Berg.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Yousuf Azami, Ali Suliman, Eric Bana and Alexander Ludwig.
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.
At its core, Lone Survivor is little more than a passion project, an almost American piece of propaganda. The first 10 minutes is a seemingly never ending montage of Navy SEALs training, an introduction more appropriate as a distasteful advert for the American army. Thankfully however, the film recovers fairly quickly gaining pace rapidly and ending in a “shit-storm” of brutality and tension. Peter Berg makes films less as pieces of thespian drama, but as bloated examples of the American film industry at there absolute worse.
In previous years, Berg has directed with a heavy hand, performances heavy and unsubtle. Maybe the limited but still immensely talented cast of Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana grounds the film. There is of course an underlying layer of cockiness that the film fails to shrug off-in a similar vein to Battleship - but it works to the films success. Wahlberg’s Luttrell balances an intensity and a sense of realism that very few actors could achieve while the much maligned Taylor Kitsch finally has a role in which his star power deserves to be boosted by.
Lone Survivor is a film about falling, both metaphorically and quite literally. Every moment of violence is of an uncomfortable brutality and each bullet is as gratuitously bloody as one could only imagine. If Berg aimed to create a film less entertaining than it is an example of heroism and brutality then he has succeeded in bucket loads. The problem with cranking it up to 10 from the off results in a finale that feels lack-lustre and predictable, a conclusion with nothing more than schmaltz.
The idea of heroism pulls the film down, awkwardly making every death a martyr, cranking up the schmaltz to an uncomfortable level. By no means as uncomfortably offensive and ugly as Act of Valour, Lone Survivor still struggles to build upon the political interests of Berg. The heavy hand of the Navy is spread across the film in a manner in which as the film comes to a close, one could be forgiven for mistaking it as simply a piece of propaganda. To the praise of Berg however, he does portray loyalty and courage as concepts with no boundaries, an idea that if forgotten would have resulted in a film of such distaste.
Lone Survivor is brutal and relentless but plays less as a film, and more as a piece of awkward American propaganda. Exactly how successful the film will be depends solely on how far the viewer chooses to go with it. At least it’s better than Battleship.
Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★
We've already seen a couple of shots of the new big bad The Insquisitor from the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, and now Disney and Lucasfilm have unveiled another new character, the R2-D2-inspired Chopper. Here's some images of the "grumpy" astromech, followed by a video with executive producer Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) introducing the character...
"He can be cranky, he takes his time, and he can sometimes have a bad attitude. But he's also incredibly loyal and heroic. Meet Chopper, astromech droid of the starship Ghost in the highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels animated series, revealed for the first time in this exclusive video..."
Star Wars Rebels is produced by Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) and Greg Weisman (Young Justice) and features a voice cast that includes David Oyelowo (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Scooby-Doo), Vanessa Marshall (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox), Taylor Gray (Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures) and Steve Blum (The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes).
After warm independent comedy Prince Avalanche, it seems director David Gordon Green's next project is sporting a more serious demeanour, with gritty drama / thriller Joe, and we've got the first trailer below which you can watch after the official synopsis...
"In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary – a kid trying to support his family – comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins – to finally be someone’s hero. As Joe tries to protect Gary, the pair will take the twisting road to redemption in the hope for a better life in this tough, hard-hitting but incredibly moving story."
Leading the cast of Joe is veteran Nicolas Cage (Stolen, The Frozen Ground) opposite up-and-coming star Tye Sheridan (Mud, The Tree of Life).
Joe is set for release on April 11th in the US and July 25th here in the UK. Read our ★★★★ review here.
here], Diesel has now taken to Facebook to thank his fans for making the threequel a success, as well as revealing that Universal wants to start development on a follow-up:
""I'm just excited, and happy, and I'm shouting out to you guys to say thank you. Universal just called me and told me Riddick is number one on the DVD charts. There's no way Riddick would have been made without you guys. You know that. and you guys have been a part of our page since 2012 and remember how arduous a road it was to get the movie made, and to make it rated 'R,' and to do it with such a low budget. It's a win for all of us and I really, really thank you so much. Yeah, I'm excited, and of course, Universal also says they want to develop the next one."
Would you like to see Diesel back for another Riddick movie? Let us know in the comments below....
According to the site, Captain America 3 is yet to be officially given the green light, but the Russos have apparently put together an outline for the film's story arc and will begin negotiations with Marvel once the film opens this Spring. Assuming The Winter Soldier delivers box office-wise (which it presumably will), then you'd have to expect the third movie to feature alongside Ant-Man as part of Marvel's Phase Three, especially considering Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man will be absent from the next wave of movies between The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release on March 26th in the UK and April 4th in North America, with Evans joined by MCU veterans Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell) and franchise newcomers Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Emily VanCamp (Revenge) as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, George St-Pierre (Death Warrior) as Georges Batroc / Batroc the Leaper and Robert Redford (All Is Lost) as Alexander Pierce.
If you were keeping an eye on Empire Magazine's 25 special edition X-Men: Days of Future Past covers that were unveiled yesterday [see here, if you weren't], then you'll have no doubt noticed that the design of the "future" version of the Sentinel is a dramatic shift from the mutant-killing machines' traditional appearance. Speaking to Empire, production designer John Mayhre has offered up some insight into the thinking behind the design, which seems to have split fans down the middle:
"They’re biomechanical weapons. We had to come up with what would be the ultimate version that could actually, in principle, stop the X-Men. We started with this idea that they were almost made up of magnetic plates slapped over one another, imagining that the plates could contract or grow, so the Sentinel can be skinny to get through a small space or the plates can open up to become a bigger shape. So they have become virtually unstoppable."
What do you make of this Sentinel design? Let us know in the comments below...
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for release on May 23rd with a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Fan Binbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adam Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road) as William Stryker, Evan Jonigkeit (Girls) as Toad and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as Bolivar Trask.
It was announced last week that Kraken Releases were *ahem* releasing Blu-ray and DVD copies of the now-out-of-print titles Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan and Ebirah, Horror of the Deep and now we have our first look at the covers.
The DVD and Blu-ray releases will be unleashed on May 6th in the US. Full details are unknown but we do know that the films will contain both the original Japanese audio (provided by Toho) as well as their English dub versions. The trailers will also be available on each disc as a bonus feature.
"Sly Cooper is a kinetic and comedic heist film that tells the story of Sly Cooper, an orphaned raccoon thief, along with his childhood friends and partners in crime, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. In the film, Sly learns of his birth family’s secret legacy; that he comes from a long line of talented and international thieves. Endowed with this knowledge, Sly and his friends are catapulted into a global adventure as they race to reassemble pieces of an ancient book holding The Cooper Clan’s family secrets before it can fall into the hands of Clockwerk – an evil Russian metallic owl bent on ending the Cooper family line. From romantic Parisian backdrops to the lush mountains of China, gritty film noir meets bright, colorful graphic novels in this origin story of the world’s greatest thief-turned-hero."
Last week we caught a glimpse of how the Heroes in a Half-Shell might look in the upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot courtesy of a Michaelangelo Halloween costume, and now ComicBookMovie has posted an image which allegedly features in the final designs for the Turtles in maquette form...
Update: And here's a possible look at The Shredder...
So, if these are the real designs, what do you make of them?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) and produced by Michael Bay (Transformers: Age of Extinction), with Megan Fox (Transformers) as April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Raphael, Pete Ploszek (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Jeremy Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Donatello, Noel Fisher (Battle Los Angeles) as Michaelangelo, Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) as Splinter, Will Arnett (Arrested Development) as Vernon Fenwick, and William Fichtner (The Lone Ranger) as Shredder. The film is due for release on August 8th in North America and October 17th here in the UK.
There are not many bookmakers backing Allen to make it a fourth Best Original Screenplay award, as he is a 9/1 long shot with the likes of Unibet. Instead, the odds on favourite for the award are Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for American Hustle. The best price the bookmakers are offering is 8/13, but there is a lot of smart money being placed on both Her and Nebraska.
You can get 15/8 on Spike Jonze’s Her, which is his first solo screenwriting debut, and he has already secured a Golden Globe win for Best Screenplay in the movie that sees Joaquin Phoenix fall in love with a computer (to be fair it does have the voice of Scarlett Johansson so we guess he can be forgiven).
If talking robots doesn’t float your boat in the way they float Phoenix’s, then why not have a punt on the 13/2 price you can get on Bob Nelson’s Nebraska? The American comedy drama has been nominated for six Academy Awards, and Nelson has a great chance of taking home the money for Alexander Payne and his crew.
American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell)
Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack)
Her (Spike Jonze)
Nebraska (Bob Nelson)
The winners of the Academy Awards will be announced on March 2nd.