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    After debuting the very first footage from Transformers: Age of Extinction during last weekend's Super Bowl [watch the TV spot here], Paramount Pictures has now kicked off the viral marketing campaign for the Michael Bay-directed sequel with Optimus Prime looking back over his time on Facebook; check out the Autobot leader's video here....


    Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for release on June 27th with a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), 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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    We've already had character posters for Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) [see here and here], and now it's the turn of another newcomer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Falcon (Anthony Mackie), who is the subject of the latest international one sheet for Captain America: The Winter Soldier....


    "After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy — the Winter Soldier."


    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Community) and also stars MCU veterans Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell) and franchise newcomers Emily VanCamp (Revenge) as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones and George St-Pierre (Death Warrior) as Georges Batroc / Batroc the Leaper. The film is set for release on March 26th in the UK and April 4th in North America.


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    Last night, HBO aired a special 15 minute sneak peek for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones before the latest episode of True Detective; entitled 'Fire and Ice - A Foreshadowing', the featurette includes a look back at previous seasons, clips from upcoming episodes, and interviews with cast and crew including the likes of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Rory McCann (The Hound), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow), Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and more...


    Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 6th and on Sky Atlantic in the UK on April 7th.

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  • 02/09/14--23:40: DVD Review - Filth (2013)
  • Filth, 2013.

    Directed by Jon S. Baird.
    Starring James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jim Broadbent, Joanne Froggatt, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, and Iain De Caestecker.

    DVD Review - Filth (2013)

    SYNOPSIS:

    A bipolar, bigoted junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

    DVD Review - Filth (2013)

    Straight off the bat lets say this: Filth, for all its artistic gusto and terrific central performance, is not for everybody. Like American Psycho and indeed Trainspotting before it, it is certain to divide opinions. Indeed, its £3.8million gross in the UK and Scotland is healthy enough, and it's largely positive critical acclaim suggested greatness, but like the aforementioned duo of films, there will be many who if nothing else, just won't "get" it.

    It's a feverish, nightmare-like film that drags us through the grinder and spits us out just as quickly. Here, the comparisons to American Psycho are obvious, as well as dashes of David Lynch at his best, as director Baird takes us on a visceral, imaginative rollercoaster that tickles the (dark) funny bone and doesn't allow us to catch breath. But like any rollercoaster, there are moments where once the initial rush has dissipated, it becomes good, not great. And that's how Filth feels: technically brilliant and brave, but once the initial meeting of McAvoy's Robertson sets in, it feels at times disorientating and underwhelming., though the final few moments bring the rush back somewhat.

    But what keeps the attention is the performance from X-Man himself, James McAvoy. It's a go-to response for us critics/writers/bloggers et al to band around the "career best" turn of phrase to sell it to us, but there simply isn't any other phrase that does this performance justice. McAvoy throws himself head first into this role; gone are the sympathetic, courteous touches of Charles Xavier, replaced by vile language, drugs, drink and sex, wrapped up in a hurricane of ferocity and rage more akin to a Frank Booth or Patrick Bateman.

    Throwing away the shackles of his loveable, down-to-earth persona, McAvoy transforms himself into this murky beast in a stunning piece of acting, and one that we will see replicated someday. Ably supported too by Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots and a quite remarkable Jim Broadbent cameo, Filth is a film rich in British talent that is on top form.

    Superb in its execution of Welsh's feverish novel, as well McAvoy's outstanding turn, Filth is a truly original experience. And while it sags through its midsection and the dark excesses take a firmer hold, it's a film that at least deserves your attention.

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

    Scott Davis



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    While there's been plenty of speculation about Batman vs. Superman, we've heard very little in the way of comments from the cast and crew of the upcoming Man of Steel sequel over the past couple of months, but director Zack Snyder has offered up a few comments during a promotional interview for 300: Rise of an Empire - specifically what Ben Affleck is set to bring to the table as The Dark Knight.

    "Ben brings an interesting counterweight to the performance of Henry Cavill's Superman," Snyder tells Popcorn Magazine (via ComicBookTherapy). "[Affleck] has the experience necessary to paint the picture of an older and more [advanced] man than Clark Kent, [one] who bears the scars of a seasoned vigilante while [simultaneously] retaining the charm that Bruce Wayne deploys when present in the world."

    Meanwhile, Snyder also responded to a question about whether Batman vs. Superman is set to deliver an adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, with Snyder stating that it won't be a direct adaptation, "but the comic book will influence the history of Batman vs. Superman, on which David S. Goyer and myself will work."

    Batman vs. Superman is set for release in May 2016 with a cast that also includes Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), and Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth).

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    It's become a trend with horror movies these days to take two animals/creatures/natural disasters and combine them together to make a humorous title that can double as a hashtag. If movies like Sharktopus and/or Sharknado were up your street, then you may enjoy Zombeavers. That's right, zombie beavers.

    Can't fault them on originality.

    Written and directed by former stand-up comedian Jordan Rubin, Zombeavers was conceived first as a trailer pitch on Youtube cutting together clips from BBC nature documentaries as well as pre-existing horror movies. And with this being the Internet age, the trailer caught fire and was picked up by Hollywood producers who have Rubin the money to make his comedy horror dream a reality.

    ZOMBEAVERS is an action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. A weekend of sex and debauchery soon turns gruesome as the beavers close in on the kids. Riding the line between scary, sexy and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the hoard of beavers that attack them in and around their cabin.

    Have a look at the trailer of Zombeavers below....


    Zombeavers features Bill Burr (The Heat), Courtney Palm (Sushi Girl), Rachel Melvin (Dumb and Dumber To), and Lexi Atkins (White Dwarf).

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    Here at Flickering Myth, we love talking about movies, television, comic books, video games, and pretty much anything to do with geek culture. And of course, we love hearing your thoughts too, so that's why we've decided to launch The Flickering Myth Forum.

    At the moment, things are quite quiet over there, which is to be expected seeing as we've only launched it today, but we'd love it if you'd stop by, register and join in the discussion.

    We've set up a few threads (stuff on Batman vs. Superman, RoboCopThe Transporter reboot, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Game of Thrones, The Walking DeadArrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Oscars...), but this is your forum, so feel free to start your own topic, and help us to get the discussion going.

    And if you've any questions, or ideas on how we can improve the forum, do let us know...


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    With Fox set to begin production on The Fantastic Four next month, we still know virtually nothing about the superhero reboot, with director Josh Trank denying pretty much every rumour that's surfaced over the past few months - even the ones that seem to have some basis in fact. And of course the big one that's stirred plenty of controversy amongst certain fans is the fact that Trank appears set to reunite with his Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan, who's been heavily linked to the role of Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch. Speaking to Access Hollywood (via CBM), Jordan stopped short of confirming his casting, but he did admit that he's interested in the part, and also discussed the possible change of ethnicity for the Human Torch:

    "I can’t even — you know how it is in the industry! I can’t talk [about it] - it’s still up in the air, I just can’t. It’s one of things where, certain people start talking too soon and then what if it doesn’t happen for whatever reason? Then I’m the guy who was out there talking about something that coulda, shoulda, woulda, but didn’t. It’s not just about that role — I think times are changing. It’s 2014, comic books in general were established when we didn’t have civil rights, for the most part. So there weren’t a lot of comic book characters who were geared towards us, period. We weren’t the market that comic books were made for in the beginning. But as times change and things move on, I think us as a people need to evolve as well in our thinking and not be so narrow-minded. So, if not me, if not this project, [if it’s] someone else in another character, I wouldn’t be mad at that at all... [But] I would like to play a character, that may or may not be written for myself, that might look like me."

    Casting is underway on The Fantastic Four at present, with Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) said to be up for Mister Fantastic, Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and Kate Mara (House of Cards) reportedly testing for The Invisible Woman and Christian Cooke (Romeo & Juliet) under consideration for The Thing.

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    Everything really is awesome for The LEGO Movie, with the film having made an impressive $69.1 million from 3375 theatres on its first weekend in North America.

    Having been met with almost universal critical acclaim [read our review here], the film has opened with one of the most impressive debuts ever achieved by an animated film. Other newcomers this past weekend included George Clooney's The Monuments Men, opening a number 2 with $22.7 million, and Vampire Academy, which struggled with just $4.1 million.

    Most impressive is that The LEGO Movie has the highest debut of 2014 so far, while only The Passion of the Christ has a higher February opening.

    The LEGO Movie opens in the UK this Friday with a voice cast that includes Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Liam Neeson (Taken 2), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Charlie Day (Monsters University), and Alison Brie (Community).

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    John Travolta has signed on to play “Gummy Bear,” the Internet viral sensation that was big in 2012. Since its release, the Gummy Bear brand has generated 3.6 billion downloads, so naturally evidently, this is a big deal in Hollywood. The film will be written by Bad Boys scribe George Gallo and sees Gummy and his friends - a vegetarian vampire bat, a cat and a chameleon - fighting to save an alien planet from destruction.

    In further Travolta casting news, he has also signed on to the drama A Three Dog Life, based on the best selling memoir by Abigail Thomas. Starring alongside Salma Hayek, Travolta will appear as a husband whose brain is shattered following a car accident. Subject to hallucinations, rage and terror, he is forced to live in an insulated institution to control the side effects of his near death accident.

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    We've already seen one crossover with Thor: The Dark World, and a similar link-up with Captain America: The Winter Soldier is expected this year. However, it's unknown at this point exactly how far Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will integrate with Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it looks like even Clark Gregg is slightly unsure. In an interview with TV Guide, Gregg seems to be keeping his mouth shut.

    When asked about the chances of a S.H.I.E.L.D. feature, Gregg said, ""Ask me again [about a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie] after I've seen Captain America 2. From what I can tell from the trailers, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s a big part of that world... this C.E.N.T.I.P.E.D.E. plot and The Clairvoyant is going to kind of pull a lot of things together and perhaps connects to some of the Marvel films in the same way that a [previous episode] connected, to certain extent, with Thor 2. It will be interesting to see how our team integrates with the world after Captain America [The Winter Soldier].”

    How would you like to see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. intregrating with the MCU? Let us know in the comments below...

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    One time Even Stevens star and all round interesting bloke Shia LaBeouf has had an unusual week at the Berlin Film Festival. At a press conference for his latest film Nymphomaniac, LaBeouf stormed out after 10 minutes quoting Manchester United Legend and Kung-Fu master Eric Contana’s famous line, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."


    He later appeared on the red carpet for the premiere wearing a paper bag on his head with the words “I’m not famous anymore” written upon it. I’m unsure whether Shia LaBeouf fully understands exactly what fame is but he is certainly entertaining the rest of us with his shenanigans.


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    The first trailer for Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directorial debut The Two Faces of January has been released via Empire, along with a new poster which we've got for you right here...


    Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) star as a couple on the run abroad where they meet local guide Oscar Isaacs (Inside Llewyn Davis) and the three work together to flee the country after the murder of a police officer. The trailer looks interesting and with the talents of Mortensen, Dunst and Isaacs, The Two Faces of January should be an interesting little thriller.


    The Two Faces of January premieres at the Berlin Film Festival tomorrow and is set for release in the UK on May 16th.

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    Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina) is to hold open auditions for his upcoming Peter Pan adaptation Pan. Boys of all ethnicities aged between 11 and 13 are invited to auction for the part of Peter Pan, who is described as "a courageous & adventurous orphaned boy living in a world of fantasy and dreams, which sometimes leads him into trouble."
    Auditions will be held at London’s Wembley Arena on 23rd February at 10:00. Those auditioning must be no taller than 5ft 4in and accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you'd like to know more, head on over to the official casting website which you can find here.
    Pan opens on July 17th 2015 with Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) starring as Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis) as Hook.

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    Despite dropping a fantastic TV spot and trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios left a number of fans disappointed during the Super Bowl by not giving us our first look at the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, but it seems we won't have long to wait before we get to see the cosmic superhero team in action.

    The first trailer - running at 2 minutes at 23 seconds - has been classified by the Alberta Film Ratings board, meaning we should expect it to arrive online in the very near future. Based upon the timeframe between rating and release for previous trailers, you'd have to expect this to land in February, and it wouldn't be too much of a surprise if it's with us before the weekend. Excited much?

    "From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance."

    Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on April 1st, with James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includesChris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey and Glenn Close (Damages) as Nova Prime Rael. 


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    While on the press tour for Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver brought up the reboot/remake/sequel of John Carpenter’s 80s classic Escape from New York during an interview with Collider, revealing that the Batman video game Arkham City is influencing the approach to the updated version:

    "There was a video game that came out a few years ago called Arkham City, which shows how Gotham became this walled prison, and they never deal with that in the story of Escape from New York, so part of our idea was to see how the city became this walled prison and how the Snake Plissken character was a hero and how he became not looked at as a hero. And then in the middle of the story would be the movie that we previously saw about the President’s daughter and he has to go in and get her. And then, you know, they did a sequel, Escape from LA, but I would like to then kind of find a way to have New York go back to a place that we’d like to see what it is today. So there is a way to tell the story in three ways, but we haven’t got there yet and we’re just starting."

    So, it seems as if it will still be a while before we get to see this reboot, but plans are definitely moving forward, with Silver indicating that we could be seeing more than one movie: "I always liked Kurt Russell’s character, the Snake Plissken character, so I’ve always liked [the idea of another movie], but we kind of figured out a way to do almost a trilogy of that story."

    Would you welcome a new Escape? Let us know your thoughts below...


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    Universal has released five clips from Non-Stop, the upcoming Liam Neeson action vehicle which sees the Taken star joined by Julianne Moore (Carrie), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Scoot McNairy (Argo).

    Non-Stop takes place on a transatlantic flight from New York to London, US Air Marshall Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a text demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 minion into an off shore account. Until he sends the money, a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes.

    Take a look at the clips here...






    Non-Stop is set for release on February 28th.

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    Regular Christopher Nolan collaborator and Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut this year with Transcendence and a new poster and international trailer have debuted today, which we've got for you right here...


    Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland) stars as Dr. Will Caster, a scientist in the filed of AI, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. When a series of anti-tehnology extremists attempt to stop him, they become the catalyst for him to succeed.


    Transcendence opens on April 17th, 2014 with a cast that also includes Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Paul Bettany (Margin Call), Morgan Freeman (The LEGO Movie), Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises), Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek) and Cole Hauser (A Good Day to Die Hard).

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    Last year Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) expressed his interest in taking on the role of Gambit in a potential X-Men movie, with producer Lauren Shuler Donner subsequently stating that she's "dying" to make it happen. Of course, we've already seen the Cajun card-thrower on the screen before, with Taylor Kitsch portraying the character alongside Hugh Jackman's Logan in the forgettable X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Kitsch has now responded to the Tatum casting talk during a chat with the Chicago Tribune.

    "I would under the right circumstances,” said Kitsch when asked if he'd be up for a return as Gambit. “But if [Tatum] does it, good on him. He’ll kill it. It’s such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy. It is what is it, I’m not going to be like ‘Oh my God, why don’t I get to play him?’ If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. And if not, I’ll move on. If they cast him, I wish him nothing but the best. I hope he kicks the [crap] out of it."

    Would you like to see Taylor Kitsch returning as Gambit for another outing, or would you prefer to see Tatum taking on the role? Let us know your thoughts....

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    Ahead of its release this Spring, a pair of new posters have arrived online for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Under the Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Her) as an alien seductress roaming the Scottish Highlands and preying upon poor unsuspecting men to have her wicked way with. So, what's the downside? Well, she's also harvesting them. Take a look...

    Under the Skin quad poster

    Under the Skin poster

    Update - And here's a new trailer...


    In search of loners, Laura (Scarlett Johansson) drives around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands. She’s an alien, sent from afar and equipped with enough human language and awesome seductive power to capture, destroy and presumably send home human males. And then, her curiosity about her human body and an accidental act of pity disrupt her mission. 

    Under the Skin is directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) and opens in the UK on March 14th followed by a North American release on April 4th.


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