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    The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014.

    Directed by Wes Anderson.
    Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori.


    SYNOPSIS:

    Wes Anderson returns with the gloriously bizarre tale of The Grand Budapest Hotel which follows lobby boy Zero (Revolori) and the enigmatic concierge Gustave H (Fiennes). Review Wes Anderson's films are never straight forward and he follows up the simpler Moonrise Kingdom with The Grand Budapest Hotel. Grand is definitely the way to describe Anderson's mystery thrill ride, which packs in a cameo from an Anderson favourite every few minutes and plenty of laughs throughout.


    The plot is as typically bizarre as you would expect from someone who created The Life Aquatic and Rushmore. We begin with Tom Wilkinson's unnamed author retelling the story of when he spent some time at The Grand Budapest Hotel. The narrative then shifts to a younger version of him played by Jude Law - a device that doesn't entirely work and makes for a disjointed start to the film. It is however saved when Law meets the owner of The Grand Budapest played by F Murray Abraham - quite possibly with the best narration voice I've heard in some time. From there the film takes flight as Abraham tells of the glory days of The Grand Budapest. Although the plot is absurd at times with its many twists, hyperbolic characters and Anderson-esque features, it is engrossing to view.

    Meeting Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H is where the film really gets going. A new addition to Anderson's increasing collection of A-list stars; Fiennes is phenomenal throughout the film and seems to be enjoying himself with every joke and piece of physical mastery. Fiennes' performance drives this film and he creates a character that you are utterly enthralled by, yet you never scratch beneath the surface.

    The cast for The Grand Budapest Hotel is a who's who of Hollywood. Anderson regulars Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman crop up in delightful roles. Schwartzman's role may be nothing more than a cameo but he makes his mark and sets the tone of what's to come on this delightful adventure. Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel to name but a few, make appearances that drive the bizarre story through. At times it does feel a bit like you're waiting for the next big name to show up; but this can be seen in a positive light. Actors love working with Anderson and it's clear from the amount of actors who are willing to undergo hours of makeup (Swinton), or just crop up in a non-essential role (Wilson) that it's a joy to watch these actors get involved in the smallest of ways.

    As with Moonrise Kingdom's sprawling house of the Belafonte in The Life Aquatic, it's impossible to discuss The Grand Budapest Hotel without talking about the set. Anderson's attention to detail to the hotel and town is as delicate as the cakes that Agatha (Ronan) makes. We are treated to a maze of corridors, luxurious rooms, servant quarters and much more as Anderson explores everything the hotel has to offer. Anderson treats the hotel with as much love and attention as he does his well-crafted characters. From little details like the typically quirky mountain lift to the stark contrast of The Grand Budapest from its glory days in the 1930s to the ghastly décor of the 1970s. The hotel is as important a character as any of the others.

    With The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson makes possibly his most accessible film yet in terms of traditional storytelling. It's a delightful adventure story from solid core performances from Fiennes and newcomer Tony Revolori. It is by no means flawless, it does drag in a few places and the amount of cameos teeters on ludicrous at times. But that's the enjoyment of a Wes Anderson film; you go into a bizarre world and simply let yourself embrace Anderson’s beautiful, bizarre creation.

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

    Helen Murdoch



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    Anghus Houvouras with some rampant speculation on Captain America: The Winter Soldier....

    Every week I spend an almost improbable amount of time discussing comic book themed TV shows and movies.  It's by choice, mind you.  I might be one of the last media writers still watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by choice rather than some kind of occupational mandate. 

    Sometimes my penchant for comic geekery extends beyond mere facts and I begin speculating based on hunches and instinct.  While most websites are pleased as punch to present you wacky theories and conjecture as potentially true based on the ethereal inside sources who are about as real as the rabbit in Harvey, I'm content to wildly speculate on a wide variety of topics based on nothing other than a gut feeling.  With that, i present to you the newest baseless theory based on ideas that have popped into my head.

    The Movie: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Rampant Speculation: Alexander Pierce is the Red Skull


    What's that you say?  Alexander Pierce, the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D. played by Robert Redford is in fact, Red Skull?  How on Earth did you come to that conclusion.

    It's a reach.  I'll give you that, but there's obviously something about Pierce that they've been hiding.  He's always shown for a handful of seconds and spouting out platitudes of nationalism and the importance of iconography.  We know the movie is called "The Winter Soldier" as he's heavily featured in all the promos, but who is pulling the strings?  Who has brainwashed Bucky and turned him into this killing machine?

    Given the fact that is has to be someone we already know from the Marvel Universe, that means it has to be Arnim Zola OR the Red Skull.  And wouldn't it be just like the Red Skull to hide in plain sight, taking on the guise of a smooth talking politician like Alexander Pierce?

    I know the objections: he died at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger.  Absorbed by the Cosmic Cube never to be seen again.  However, with the events of the Avengers and the tesseract opening doorways to other worlds, is it impossible to think that perhaps the Skull crossed back over just like Loki?

    I know Armin Zola is going to be involved in The Winter Soldier.  Though I can't see him being the architect of the whole maniacal plan.  His technical genius was practically unparalleled in the original Captain America and his mad science is no doubt a major contributor to the events of this star spangled sequel. However, I think there are greater forces at work.  Whoever is running the show and controlling these events has a personal vendetta against Cap. Someone wants him to suffer. 

    This baseless theory was somewhat bolstered by the sightings of Red Skull action figures with the new Winter Soldier toys.  It could be a total coincidence, but I have this weird feeling that Alexander Pierce might be little more than a mask that is peeled away for an awesome third act reveal.

    So, Alexander Pierce is the Red Skull?

    What do you think?

    Anghus Houvouras is a North Carolina based writer and filmmaker. His latest work, the novel My Career Suicide Note, is available from Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/My-Career-Suicide-Note-ebook/dp/B00D3ULU5I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371583147&sr=8-1&keywords=my+career+suicide+note


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    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Doug LIman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is in talks to direct the upcoming video game adaptation Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Locke) attached in the lead role of black ops agent Sam Fisher. Liman will also produce with regular partner David Bartis, while the script has been written by Eric Singer (American Hustle).

    Launching in 2002 with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, the popular stealth video game has spawned five sequels, shifting over 23 million units, as well as a series of tie-in novels. It is one of several Ubisoft projects in development, with movie versions of Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, Rabbids, Far Cry and another Tom Clancy title Ghost Recon all in the works.

    Are Liman and Hardy a good combination for the Splinter Cell movie? Let us know your thoughts...



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    Earlier in the week we got a rather fantastic UK trailer [which you can see here], and now Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have dropped a new poster and four images from the hotly-anticipated Godzilla reboot, giving us a new look at human cast members Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Ken Watanabe (Inception), along with director Gareth Edwards (Monsters)...


    Godzilla 2014

    Godzilla 2014

    Godzilla 2014

    Godzilla 2014

    Described as an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, the adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. The filmis set to open on May 16th with a cast that also includes David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine).



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    Villordsutch reviews Big Finish Audio Production's Doctor Who - The Crooked Man...

    Doctor Who – The Crooked Man Review
    Directed by Nicholas Briggs.
    Written by John Dorney.
    Starring Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Sarah Smart and Neil Stuke.

    "Winter at the seaside. The wind blows. The waves crash. People are dying and a strange spindly figure stalks the cold, deserted streets. A typical holiday for the Doctor and Leela in other words. When they stumble across a grotesque series of murders at the coast, the TARDIS travellers realise the local constabulary is out of its depth. Something supernatural has come to town, something evil.  And it all seems to be tied in to a particular young family. Monsters lurk behind strange doors. Tragic secrets wait to be uncovered. And somewhere, deep within, the Crooked Man sits. He is waiting for you."


    My first Big Finish review and I’ve started light (or lite if you favour that).  No Daleks, Cybermen or Ice Warriors for me as I’ve plumped for the Fourth Doctor in a rather macabre comedy by the seaside.  My first thoughts are ‘This is not what I expected?’ I’ve heard radio plays and listened to spoken books, but never Audio Productions nor did I know the difference; what you’re getting here is a full cast driven episode with no narrator carrying you along between each scene.  It’s the script, acting, music and direction which are being used to create a Who episode through your ears and in your head, and it works too.

    The Crooked Man
    is a tragicomedy and truth be told a fairly basic one at that. If it wasn’t for the humour and the final dark blow The Crooked Man perhaps wouldn’t have been a strong tale as there really isn’t any element of fear or dread conjured up by said Crooked Man and his companions, but those two elements are there and keep it up and afloat.  A couple of stand-out moments include the Bookshop Keeper murdered by being force fed the entire works of Charles Dickens (certainly is the worst of times) and one of the Crooked Man’s companions creating herself (physically and personality-wise) from what I’m guessing is an actress' tell-all, ghost-written autobiography.

    The Crooked Man is a good introduction to Audio Productions for a Who fan I’d say, though I’m unsure how a non-Who fan would find it. 

    I’ll be reviewing more Big Finish releases over the coming months, and if anyone would like to have a look more of their releases (they do more than Doctor Who) then pop along to www.BigFinish.com.

    Villordsutch likes his sci-fi and looks like a tubby Viking according to his children. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter.



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    In 1926 J.R.R. Tolkien completed his translation of Beowulf, read it to a few friends, made one or two corrections, became happy with it, and then never saw the need to publish it! Now finally the Tolkien Estate has signed a deal to publish this translation which is to be edited by his youngest son Christopher Tolkien, who has said this about the book...

    ‘From his creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel’s terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot.’

    Beowulf was translated by the late Seamus Heaney back in 1999 for which he won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. Beowulf is one of the oldest surviving pieces of Old English literature and concerns Beowulf who comes to the aid of the King of the Danes against the monster Grendel (and his mother).

    This is the first book by J.R.R. Tolkien since the internationally bestselling The Fall of Arthur. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary will be published by HarperCollins on 22nd May 2014 and in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.



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    British comedian turned filmmaker Joe Cornish has signed on to direct Section 6, Universal's upcoming spy thriller that delves into the creation of the British intelligence agency MI6 during the First World War.

    Cornish made his directorial debut in 2011 with Attack the Block, and has also served as co-writer on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Ant-Man with Edgar Wright. Recently, he'd been mentioned amongst the candidates to helm Star Trek 3 after the departure of J.J. Abrams.

    Section 6 has been written by Aaron Berg and is set to star Jack O'Connell, who can currently be seen in cinemas in 300: Rise of an Empire and Starred Up.



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    After a steady stream of teasers, FX have finally released a full trailer (a whole minute!) for their upcoming miniseries adaptation of the Coen Brothers' classic Fargo.

    The 10-episode limited series is executive produced by the Coens, who also have writing credits alongside Noah Hawley (Bones), with Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad) directing the first episode. It will "follow an all-new 'true crime' story and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and 'Minnesota nice' that has made the film an enduring classic." You can watch the trailer below...


    Fargo will air later this year and stars Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) as drifter Lorne Malvo, Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as businessman Lester Nygaard and newcomer Allison Toleman (Prison Break) as Deputy Molly Solverson.

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    Earlier this week we got our first look at next year's The Avengers: Age of Ultron with some concept art from the ABC documentary Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe [which you can see here, if you've not already done so] and now Scarlett Johansson has offered up a few words about Black Widow's role in the hotly-anticipated sequel, hinting that we'll get to find out a little more about that red in her ledger.

    "In Avengers 2 we go back…. we definitely learn more about Widow’s back-story even more, and get to find out how she became the person you see," Johansson tells IGN during a promotional interview for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "All of these characters have deep, dark pasts. And I think in Avengers 2 maybe the past catches up to some of us a little bit."

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st 2015, with a cast that also includes returning MCU stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), 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, Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) as Baron Strucker, and James Spader (The Blacklist) as Ultron. 



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    With last year's Pacific Rim and the upcoming Godzilla, Legendary Pictures is leading a kaiju resurgence on the big screen, and it seems that the studio is open to further exploring the world created by Guillermo del Toro in last year's giant monsters vs. giant robots blockbuster, with CEO Thomas Tull sounding very optimistic about the chances of a Pacific Rim sequel during an interview with Collider.

    "We love being in business with Guillermo and frankly that movie, if you look it up, did I think more business than the first X-Men, did more than Batman Begins, our first movie, did more than Superman Returns, The Fast and the Furious, Star Trek - so for a movie that was an original property that we made up it’s done really well. It did north of 400 million dollars globally and both the home video sales and the merchandise have way over-indexed, so it seems like fans really loved the world. So we’re going to sit down with Guillermo and as long as we think it’s authentic and there’s something to say, we’re certainly open to it."

    Are you excited about the prospect of a Pacific Rim sequel? Let us know your thoughts...



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    Yesterday we got the latest and presumably final trailer for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones [which you can watch here], and now we have two new featurettes entitled 'Costumes', which includes behind the scenes footage from the eagerly-anticipated season, as well as comments from the cast and crew about the 'Purple Wedding'; check them out....


    Game of Thrones season 4 gets underway on HBO on April 6th and on Sky Atlantic on April 7th, with an enormous cast that includes Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), John Bradley-West (Samwell Tarly), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seathworth), Stephan Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Candice van Houten (Milsandre), Aidan Gillen (Petyr Baelish), Conleth Hill (Varys), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Diaran Hinds (Mance Rayder), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane).


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    Cheap Thrills, 2013.

    Directed by E.L. Katz.
    Starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner and Amanda Fuller.


    SYNOPSIS:

    A scheming couple put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar.


    To describe a film as cult often brims with a sense of self worth. A film too niche for a large audience but entertaining enough to grasp a small, but loyal audience. For good, Cheap Thrills encompasses this ideal. It’s ugly, morally repugnant and thoroughly nasty, yet I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

    Unemployed, debt-ridden and anxiously caring for his wife and newborn child, Craig (Pat Healy) finds himself in a bar when he meets an ex-con high school friend. Upon there meeting, an obnoxious, coke snorting couple (David Koechner and Sara Paxton) present a series of propositions. These propositions start off small-flirting with waitresses, darts-but as the payoffs increase, so do the tasks.

    These tasks are grotesque. In fact, it becomes incredibly difficult to watch as the film develops. There is no enjoyment watching two people compete with one another to eat a dog. In these moments, the film moves away from being a comedy and into something very different. The darkness takes over and my God is it dark. Very few films escalate as quickly and extreme as Cheap Thrills does.

    This escalation is matched perfectly by David Koechner’s obnoxious, boisterous, pork-pie hat wearing glad-hander. His comedic skills so evident in the Anchorman films shine bright, yet it’s his ability to blend the darkness and the humour that stands out. His pomposity contrasts Sara Paxton’s almost mute supporting character and Pat Healy impresses as the titular broken father.

    Cheap Thrills will struggle to find an audience. But when it does, it will flourish. It’s a morally repugnant. thoroughly nasty and ugly film but my God is it entertaining. It doesn’t charm but it achieves a rare sense of enjoyability stemming from the shock value. I felt sick throughout and I can’t wait to watch it again.

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

    Thomas Harris



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    Sony is bringing original programming to the PlayStation platform, with Deadline revealing that Sony Pictures TV is to adapt Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's Powers as an hourlong drama series which is expected to run for around 10 episodes.

    Part superhero fantasy, part police procedural, Powers"is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. The series follows Detective Christian Walker, who is in charge of protecting humans like us and investigating cases involving the God-like men and women, referred to as 'powers,' who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below."

    Powers had previously been in development as a series at FX, who produced an unreleased pilot which saw Jason Patric leading the cast as Christian Walker alongside Lucy Punch, Charles S. Dutton, Carly Foulkes, Bailee Madison, Alona Tal, Titus Welliver, Vinnie Jones, and Khary Payton.


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    Walt Disney Studios and the IMAX Corporation have today announced that several of Disney's eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases will receive IMAX releases, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 2014), Maleficent (May 2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (August 2014), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 2015), Tomorrowland (May 2015) and Star Wars: Episode VII (December 2015) all set for the BIG screen treatment.

    “Disney has enjoyed a terrific ongoing collaboration with IMAX, and we are thrilled to extend this relationship with a collection of exciting, highly anticipated cinematic events that are perfect for the immersive IMAX format,” said Alan Bergman, President of Walt Disney Studios, as part of today's announcement.

    “Disney’s and Marvel’s larger-than-life characters and dynamic universes clearly resonate with our core audiences,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We are delighted to build upon this longtime association and continue to collaborate to bring many of the most iconic and cutting-edge properties in the world to life in the most immersive way possible.”



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    When Hollywood actors aren’t filming for their latest box office release, they have a lot of cash to splash on keeping themselves entertained. While some may spend their time collecting flash cars or eating at the fanciest restaurants, others like to indulge in more unusual and unexpected hobbies.

    Leslie Mann - Unicycling



    Star of comedic films The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up Leslie Mann received a unicycle as a Christmas present when she was just ten years old. Since then, she has been mastering the art and has even impressed audiences on the Ellen DeGeneres show with her talents. Her skills include riding backwards and jumping off curbs. “I’m really good at it,” she told Ellen. “It’s so weird now that I think about it.”

    Mila Kunis – World of Warcraft



    Mila Kunis, actress, voice actor and FHM’s sexiest woman in the world, admitted that she had a passion for the MMO game World of Warcraft. She’s a self-proclaimed addict and claims that she’s “really good” at it. Unfortunately, she was so hooked on the game that she has had to give it up. Instead, she has swapped the popular fantasy adventure for social games, such as Farmville and other Facebook titles.

    Angelina Jolie – Dagger Collecting


    Another scarlet of the silver screen with a hobby that may raise a few eyebrows is Angelina Jolie. According to the Lara Croft star, her mother took her to buy her first dagger when she was just 12 years old. Although it may seem like an odd gift, this sparked an interest in Jolie, who has been building a razor sharp collection of antique art ever since.

    Ben Affleck – Pro Poker



    Ben Affleck has a real talent for poker and takes the game very seriously, winning a six-figure cash prize worth $365,400 at the 2004 California State Poker Championship. The Batman vs. Superman actor even competed at the World Series of Poker alongside fellow stars Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as acclaimed pros Daniel Negreanu and Full Tilt Professional Gus Hansen.

    Liam Neeson – Fly Fishing



    When he’s not starring in action-packed blockbusters, Taken actor Liam Neeson likes to spend his time out on the water fly fishing. In an interview with Contact Music, he said: “when I’m not working I love my other life which is being with my kids and fly fishing as much as I can.” He has even participated multiple times on the American programme, Fly Fishing Around the World. “The last one I did was in New Zealand for about ten days and I brought my best friend. We had two cameras up our noses the entire time but they’re great fun.”



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    Universal Pictures has kicked off the promotional campaign for Dumb and Dumber To by releasing a pair of teaser posters for the comedy sequel, which sees Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprising the roles of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne....

    Dumb and Dumber To posterDumb and Dumber To poster

    "Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film's directors, Peter and Bobby Farrell take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given."

    Dumb and Dumber To is set for release on November 14th, with a cast that also includes Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Kathleen Turner (The Virgin Suicides), Steve Tom (The Campaign), Rachel Melvin (Days of Our Lives), Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street), and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games).




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    Rizzoli & Isles to address the death of Lee Thompson Young
    This past August, Rizzoli & Isles actor Lee Thompson Young took his own life and now the show will address his death at the start of its fifth season. Angie Harmon, who plays Rizzoli, shared the news via Twitter stating, "Hope you enjoyed @RizzoliIslesTNT season 4 finale," Harmon tweeted. "Season 5 eps 1&2 address our beloved Lee w/ love, honor & respect. Thank you @JanNash100."

    Production on the series was stopped following the actor's suicide on August 19th. The episode that aired after his death was dedicated to him with a memorial card that read "In Loving Memory of Lee Thompson Young, 1984 - 2013."

    Show creator Janet released this statement on behalf of TNT and Warner Bros. after Young's passing:

    "Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and offscreen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother."

    Season five of Rizzoli & Isles is set to premiere June 17th on TNT.


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    Our review will be heading your way in a little less than an hour, but before then we've got two brand new TV spots for Marvel's upcoming Phase Two sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which you can check out below via CBM... 

    "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 set for release on March 28th in the UK and April 4th in North America, with Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell) joined in the cast by MCU 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.



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    The fourth installment in George Miller's post-apocalyptic Mad Max series has been a long time coming, but we've now got just over a year to wait before Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) steps into Mel Gibson's shoes for the long-awaited Mad Max: Fury Road, and a new image has surfaced online giving us another look at Hardy as Max Rockatansky...

    Tom Hardy as Mad Max in Mad Max: Fury Road

    "Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived."

    Mad Max: Fury Road is set for release on May 15th 2015, with a cast that also includes Charlize Theron (Prometheus), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max), Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian), Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Riley Keough (Magic Mike), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian), Josh Helman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jennifer Hagan (Jack) and newcomers Abbey Lee Kershaw and Courtney Eaton.



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    The Flickering Myth Podcast returns...


    We've had a month off (sorry), but The Flickering Myth Podcast is back with some thoughts on Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

    Recorded outside of the ODEON in Leicester Square moments after seeing the movie, Flickering Myth co-editor Luke Owen and staff writer Scott J. Davis give their initial reactions to the third part of Marvel's Phase Two including the cast, the action scenes, the story and how this movie will play into The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    "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."

    The episode is now live so if you refresh your iTunes or RSS feed it should automatically update. However, you can also listen to Episode #26 directly in the player below...


    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release on March 28th in the UK and April 4th in North America, with Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell) joined in the cast by MCU 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.


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