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- 02/27/14--13:52: Fleming - Episode 3 Review
- 02/27/14--13:54: Patrick Wilson set to join Marvel's Ant-Man
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- 02/27/14--23:03: Elementary Season 2 - Episode 11 Review
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- 02/27/14--23:04: DC announces September event The New 52: Futures End
- 02/27/14--23:28: Warner Bros. developing a Minecraft movie
- 02/28/14--01:19: Fast & Furious 7 to resume production in April
- 02/28/14--02:34: Update: Will there be an Anchorman 3?
- 02/28/14--02:42: The Following Season 2 - Episode 6 Review
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- 02/28/14--06:58: Crossover chaos ensues between IDW Publishing and Cartoon Network
Despite the fact it's literally just went into production, it looks like we'll be getting our first look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron next month when ABC delivers a special "sneak peek" at Joss Whedon's hotly-anticipated sequel on March 18th, Entertainment Weekly has revealed.
The preview will be shown as part of the network's one-hour special Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe which will also feature new footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as giving us a "front row seat to the inception of Marvel Studios, the record-breaking films, the cultural phenomenon, and further expansion of the universe by Marvel Television."
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st 2015 with Whedon directing a cast that includes MCU veterans 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), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Paul Bettany (JARVIS / The Vision) alongside new additions Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy) as the Scarlet Witch, James Spader (The Blacklist) as Ultron, and Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) as Baron Strucker.
Gavin Logan reviews episode three of Fleming...
We kick off the episode following Fleming running through a dark corridor speckled with Nazi regalia, making his way to some sort of target. After he triggers a trip wire he attempts to dodge flying bullets and remarkably he succeeds. Only we find out seconds later that this is simply a training exercise and in reality Fleming would've died long before he made it to his target. We're in Canada at a high-tech training camp and Fleming is deep in development mode, not just for himself but in preparation for his new team of double-hard commandos he's calling 30 Assault Unit. After lots and lots of jumping into muddy puddles and bouncing behind trees, Fleming firmly believes his new team are ready to be deployed as does Admiral Godfrey, only the latter also believes that Fleming himself would better be suited staying in the office. A judgement that soon gets proven to be true.
While the 30AU team are off kicking Nazi arse, Fleming is failing field tests again, this time the inability to pull the trigger on an enemy leaving himself with a battered eye but more prominently a battered pride. The recurring emphasis on Fleming's brain being his most powerful asset is strongly thrusted into the foreground when he writes up a document for a new agency known as the C.I.A. which is hailed as "a real page turner". It's highlighted again when a fellow officer "steals" a previous idea of his that was quashed and is then put into action. Now we're getting the idea that Fleming, the man, the lover and the writer are actually melding into the same person and finally we can see some clarification as to where and when the finishing line may be coming into place. The keen eye for detail that Fleming continually uses throughout his tasks, in this case making sure a dead body is convincing right down to the teeth and love letters he has written, succinctly illustrates the answer to an earlier question; he is in fact very much a thinker.
It seems just as Fleming is cementing a historical stamp in his career, his private life is anything less than uncontrollable, unmanageable and unsavoury, all of which may not necessarily be deemed negative elements. Despite their obvious attraction to each other and their discernible mutual respect for what can only be described as tame S&M, Fleming admits that he is not fit for marriage. Certainly his lover, in previous episodes, has shown herself to be someone who feeds off spontaneity and a dangerous excitement but for the first time we also see a more sensitive side after she learns of her husbands death. This incident, as tragic as it is, only sparks off an ultimatum of sorts between Ann and Fleming. She proclaims that her other lover Esmond will propose and also highlights to Fleming that she "needs to be married". No pressure then Ian!
Next week's final episode promises amongst other things, gadgets and German soldiers. The War is nearly over and surely Fleming is beginning to agree with his superior, the office is a better playground that the battlefield and a typewriter can be just as empowering as a gun.
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Deadline, Watchmen and The Conjuring star Patrick Wilson is set to join Marvel's Phase Three-launching Ant-Man, although there's no word yet as to which character he will be playing.
Ant-Man is being directed by Edgar Wright (The World's End), with Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) playing Scott Lang and Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) set to play the original miniature hero, Dr. Henry 'Hank' Pym. Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) is also said to be in talks about taking on the female lead, while Michael Pena (End of Watch) is rumoured for a villainous role.
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th, 2015.
Coming Soon, Silver has spoken about his plans for Watchmen, stating that their take on the material would have been "MUCH better" than that of Snyder:
"It was a MUCH much better movie. Oh God. I mean, Zack [Snyder] came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. [We were working from] a Sam Hamm script--who had written a script that everybody loved for the first Batman - and then [Gilliam] brought in a guy who'd worked for him to do work on it [Charles McKeown, co-writer of Brazil]. What he did was he told the story as-is, but instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing which was too hard and too silly, what he did was he maintained that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure. He felt that THAT character really altered the way reality had been."
"[McKeown] had the Ozymandias character convince, essentially, the Doctor Manhattan character to go back and stop himself from being created, so there never would be a Doctor Manhattan character," Silver continues. "He was the only character with real supernatural powers, he went back and prevented himself from being turned into Doctor Manhattan, and in the vortex that was created after that occurred these characters from "Watchmen" only became characters in a comic book... So the three characters, I think it was Rorschach and Nite Owl and Silk Spectre, they're all of the sudden in Times Square and there's a kid reading a comic book.. and he's like, 'Hey, you're just like in my comic book.' It was very smart, it was very articulate, and it really gave a very satisfying resolution to the story, but it just didn't happen. Lost to time."
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Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two.
Muppets Most Wanted is directed once again by James Bobin and stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey alongside a host of celebrity cameos from the likes of Sean Combs, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Salyma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Langella, Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Usher, and Christoph Waltz.
Muppets Most Wanted opens in North America on March 21st and in the UK on March 28th, and we'll have a review up for you soon.
Matt Smith reviews the eleventh episode of Elementary season 2...
Just as I start talking about Sherlock Holmes bringing logic back to the world with the return of Elementary last week, he has a week full of self-reflection and cluelessness this week. I’m a step behind the producers of Elementary, and that puts paid to the idea that critics know nothing and the people making this show actually do know what they’re doing. Which make
I mentioned the plot of last week’s episode wrapped itself up in a rather sitcom-like bow in concerns to Holmes’ return to police work, but I rather neglected the strand concerning Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hall) losing the full use of his arm due to a revenge-driven man who’d lost everything, which came about in no small part because of the involvement of our hero Holmes.
This week they’re both back at work, but at limited capacities. Bell behind a desk (there’s a joke there about a hotel and prisoners with early release), Holmes plagued by a buzzing in his head distracting him from the case at hand. He doesn’t know who a certain woman is in relation to her past with Watson, and he can’t even figure out he’s guilty for the past events with the shooter. Terribly, Holmes is clueless.
Like previous instalments of the show, it’s almost like the case in point doesn’t matter. But this week it’s all about the possibility of guilt and the grey areas between good and evil. Was Holmes right in how he treated people last week? Does it matter? Was the first murder victim a complete criminal if he was helping families get restoration payments? Holmes is constantly searching for the truth in every case, but it seems like this week he’s constantly behind. Despite all his skills, he’s unused to being more socially adept with the use of empathy.
Fortunately, the episode isn’t too serious and down in the dumps, with some humorous, cutting observations concerning children’s use of cameras and the name ‘Randy’. Once again, the series manages to keep a bit of a balance between character development, serious soul searching, light heartedness and the all-important case. There’s sometimes room for more than one at a time, with the ironic situation of Holmes stating he doesn’t want to help people while working for the police force, on a case concerning restoration payments for a high number of people who were wronged.
The series has shown immense growth in the character of Sherlock Holmes, and the first episode season one Holmes would probably be unrecognisable in ways. But it also shows it’s near impossible to make huge changes to yourself instantly. Like becoming a sponsor, or being in a situation where it’s not about him, Holmes is still taking baby steps into the shallow end. It’s not just about logic for him now, which should bring new territory and new possibilities in the coming episodes.
Like a critic of human nature, Holmes doesn’t quite know what he’s doing. But like many critics before and after him, he’ll stick his hand up and do his best to make sense. With the illogical growth of his personality and all the advantages and disadvantages it brings to Sherlock Holmes, he becomes a more realistic character. He isn’t merely the wearer of a particular hat, a holder of magnifying glasses and explainer of mysteries. He’s a human being. Which sounds like a plea on behalf of critics everywhere, which isn’t what I intended at all. But then, what do I know, I’m clueless.
s guessing what’s coming in later episodes really very difficult.
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Ahead of its premiere in just under a fortnight, the El Rey Network has released five blood-soaked character posters for Robert Rodriguez's upcoming small screen adaptation From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which we've got for you right here...
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series sees D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) taking over from George Clooney and Tarantino as the Gecko brothers, while the rest of the cast includes Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files) as Jacob Fuller, Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless) as Kate Fuller, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game) as Scott Fuller, Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges) as Sheriff Earl McGraw, Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Vanessa Styles, Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State) as Professor Aiden Tanner, Lane Garrison (Bonnie & Clyde, Prison Break) as Pete and Eiza González(Lola: Érase Una Vez) as Santánico Pandemonium. Watch the trailer here.
With breakout performances from Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire) and newcomers Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Ambyr Childers (The Master), We Are What We Are is an undeniably stylised piece of cinema.
To support the release of We Are What We Are (coming to select UK cinemas on 28th February and DVD 3rd March) we have an exclusive quad poster to give away to one lucky winner.Read on for details of how to enter the competition...
In We Are What We Are, a seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Sage) rules his family with a rigorous ferver, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Childers) and Rose (Garner) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.
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"[Futures End] gives some exciting teases of potential storylines that might be coming for our characters in the near future," said DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said of the event. "These stories aren't going to just be tied into the weekly. But what you'll be seeing is a lot of the writers who are working on series right now projecting forward — their ideas, their storylines, where they think their character might be five years from now. We really wanted to show things that seem like the logical progression of the characters and where the story lines are going."
The Futures End titles will be available to order from May 29th.
Created by Swedish programmer Markus Persson and published by Mojang, Minecraft was released in 2009 and is an open-world sandbox game where players build and destroy constructs out of 3D cubes. The game has been ported to numerous platforms including Android, iOS, Xbox and PlayStation and has attracted over 100 million gamers, giving a potentially huge audience for Warner Bros. to market a movie.
Are you excited for a Minecraft movie? Let us know in the comments below or head on over to The Flickering Myth Forum...
It's one of only a handful of 80s properties yet to get the reboot treatment, but John Carpenter's 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China looks to be getting a new comic book series from Boom! Studios and The Goon creator Eric Powell, who shared the following image on Twitter with the caption, "Oh, yeah. This is happening [and] it gets better. More news Friday"...
This isn't the first time we've had an announcement on a Big Trouble in Little China comic book, with Top Cow announcing at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International that it was producing its own title, only for the project to fall apart.
After shutting down production following the death of leading man Paul Walker late last year, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that filming on Fast & Furious 7 will resume this April for a six-to-eight week shoot. Screenwriter Chris Morgan has retooled the script and it's expected that Walker's character will be "retired", as opposed to being killed off.
Fast & Furious 7 is being directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars franchise veterans Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Lucas Black alongside Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy), Tony Jaa (Ong Bak), Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) and Ronda Rousey (The Expendables 3). It is set for release on April 10th 2015.
Speaking to Empire, Anchorman director Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Other Guys) has resolutely confirmed there will not be another sequel to the Ron Burgundy-starring movies. Read what he had to say below:
No, that’s the last sequel we’re gonna do. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3… I’m going to say definitely no. I’ll actually say it in this case!
That's not a 'never say never,' it's a 'no-way, Jose' - not only denying Anchorman sequels, but all others too. If a Step Brothers 2 is ever going to happen, it'll have to be under a different director.
But, in a semantic piece of logic dodging, the alternative cut of Anchorman 2 is out in cinemas in the US and UK from today, with 763 new jokes and the same cast as the first release. That includes Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Vince Vaughn, Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, James Marsden and Meagan Good.
Be sure to head on over to our YouTube channel for exclusive interviews with Adam McKay and stars Christina Applegate, James Marsden and Meagan Good...
Matt Smith reviews episode 6 of The Following season 2...
In last week’s review stopovers were mentioned. This week’s episode features an airplane and a trip to Venezuela. It’s all coming together... just as everything fittingly starts falling apart. This week sees the dissolution of factions good and evil. The above picture is the picture of teamwork, but it’s unfortunately coming apart for everyone. The cult’s pulling itself apart as it seems Agent Weston (Shawn Ashmore) is on to the idea that the FBI has an intelligence leak.
With the House of Killers looking like a mausoleum, it’s fitting this is the week Ryan Hardy makes his discovery of said abode. Both he and Weston, perhaps permanently affected by the events of season one, are becoming what they trained to stop. Killers and liars. Which isn’t an original premise, but it’s done with such balls-out glee it almost doesn’t seem the point.
This and particular episodes before it have at times felt like fulfilment of primal urges found presumably in the audience. The need to ‘punish’ evil, with the more obvious violence and the gloating that goes on over interrogations and phone calls.
That and Hardy’s willingness to murder in cold blood is worrying in the sense that the show doesn’t seem to have much to say on the matter. In the previous series it seemed they at least tried to bring up the topic of interrogation and murder as a point of discussion, while here it seems more like violent wish fulfilment. Although it did bring up the question of why Hardy seems worse because he’s now using the weapon of choice of the cult. What is the difference between Hardy shooting a cult member and stabbing them, in the end?
For more self-awareness, go to the bad guys. Joe Carroll’s façade is broken in front of Emma. He admits he’s not a writer in any decent sense, and admits he fears letting more people down. Though, as the arch-villain of the series, there is the feeling that there’s more than meets the eye whenever Carroll does anything. James Purefoy’s performance once again showing some glee in the slightly less worrying area of playing the dark pantomime villain. With his twitchy smirk, he can say more about his own character than most without uttering a word.
This episode feels and would sound more like the lead up to a season finale. Hardy on Carroll’s heels, the cult considering an escape attempt to South America and the FBI one step away from taking down the wrong main character. The fear is that the series is stretched out when it would naturally finish sooner. Like Hardy’s and Weston’s descent into darkness, the journey doesn’t seem long for the telling (also seemingly bought up by Carroll’s admittance that he hasn’t long for this Earth).
Hopefully the series doesn’t think it needs longer than it actually does. Like the connections that Carroll and Hardy have with the same enemy, it wouldn’t be a good end to the series if the one, but overriding, negative was that things went on for too long.
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