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    With Jurassic World gearing up to go into production, some official concept art from Nathan Schroeder (Star Trek, The Avengers) has arrived online, which gives us a look at a rather futuristic resort of the island of Isla Nublar; check out the two images here...



    Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015, with Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The LEGO Movie), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3), Vincent D'Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Jake Johnson (Drinking Buddies), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), David Oyelowo (The Butler) and the returning BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu.


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    Black Water Vampire, 2014.

    Written and Directed by Evan Tramel.
    Starring Danielle Lozeau, Andrea Monier, Anthony Fanelli, Robin Steffen and Bill Oberst Jr.

    DVD Review - Black Water Vampire (2014)

    SYNOPSIS:

    A documentary film crew investigate a series of brutal killings known as the Black Water murders. As they delve deeper into the story, they stumble upon a horrifying secret. One they may not survive.

    DVD Review - Black Water Vampire (2014)

    Who is actually responsible for a series of brutal killings in Black Water Creek? The victims have been found drained of blood and, in some cases, horribly mutilated. Could they really be the result of one man’s rage? This is the question that a young journalist and her team are hoping to answer but sadly for them, the answer they find is not what they were hoping for.

    Although this may be a fairly unoriginal plot for a horror film, you’ve heard of worse right? Unfortunately not. It gets about as ‘worse’ as it can thanks to a few simple words: found footage film. These are the words that every modern horror fan dreads thanks to every found footage flick since The Blair Witch Project being completely identical.

    Simply put, this film is a tedious mash-up of every horror staple you’ve already seen: distant noises, shrieking, a missing group member, creepy old people and terrible camera work to help you imagine it’s real (yeah right). Somehow, despite using every conceivable horror movie staple, this film still can only manage about as many jumps and scares as an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

    What’s probably most shocking about this film is the fact that the actors aren’t the biggest issue. They try their hardest to get a rise or a jump out of you but understandably buckle under the weight of a mediocre script and dreadful visual effects.

    The only thing that may be worse is that the film even manages to ruin what little mystery it did conjure up by showing you the vampire itself. Thanks to the terrible effects, the first time the vampire is shown on screen you can’t help yourself giggling a little. Our big baddy in Black Water Vampire is clearly just a man painted grey with big Spock ears to give him an added vampiric look – utterly laughable.

    All in all, if you like vampire films / found footage flicks, you may have a remotely passing interest in this film. For everyone else, please do not waste an hour and a half of your life on this film as it would be better spent watching beige paint dry.

    Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ / Movie: ★

    Ozzy Armstrong is a Stargate and Rocky superfan. Follow him on Twitter.



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    Just ten years after it first remade the movie for American audiences, Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures is to reboot The Grudge, Takashi Shimazu's English-language remake of his own 2002 Japanese chiller Ju-On: The Grudge.

    Released in 2004, The Grudge starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and proved to be a huge hit for Ghost House, banking $187 million from a budget of just $10 million, and spawning two sequels in 2006 and 2009 to diminishing returns.

    The reboot will be written by Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train), with Raimi producing alongside his regular partner Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. This is the second planned reboot for Buhler, who also has a remake of Jacob's Ladder on his slate.



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  • 03/24/14--00:05: Preview of Real Heroes #1
  • This week sees Image Comics kicking off the all-new six-issue miniseries Real Heroes, which marks Bryan Hitch's first foray into writing and drawing his own work and we've got a preview for you right here...

    "They are the six most famous actors in the world and together they play The Olympians, the biggest superhero movie franchise in history. Would you ask them to save the world? They may be our only hope..."








    Real Heroes #1 is out on Wednesday, priced $3.99.




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    With its UK release this Wednesday, expect Marvel Studios'Captain America: The Winter Soldier to grab much of the superhero headlines this week, but Sony Pictures has taken to Twitter to remind us that we've also got the return of Andrew Garfield's wall-crawler to look forward to in just a few short weeks, with the studio releasing a new promo image for The Amazing Spider-Man 2....


    We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

    It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on April 18th in the UK and on May 1st in North America, with a cast that also includes returning stars Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) alongside franchise newcomers Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, Colm Feore (Thor) as Donald Menken, Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings) as Dr. Kafka, B.J. Novak (The Office) as Alistair Smythe, and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) in as yet unrevealed roles.



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    With a first trailer set to land tomorrow, USA Today has revealed the first official stills of Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain) as the mythical Greek hero in director Brett Ratner's (Rush Hour) upcoming action fantasy Hercules....



    Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.

    Based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, Hercules is set for release on July 25th in North America and August 8th in the UK, with a cast that also includes Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story), Peter Mullan (Tyranosaur), John Hurt (Snowpiercer), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Aksel Hennie (Headhunters), Reece Ritchie (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) and Tobias Santelmann (Kon-Tiki).


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    Marvel's marketing department may be a little preoccupied with promotion on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but director James Gunn has taken to Twitter to reveal a new image of former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan as the villainous Nebula from August's cosmic superhero ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy....

    Karen Gillan as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on August 1st with Gunn directing a cast that inlcudes Chris 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: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, 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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    After the critical failure of big budget blockbusters such as The Last Airbender and After Earth, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is returning to his roots with a low-budget thriller entitled Sundowning, which is currently shooting in Pennsylvania with a cast that includes Kathryn Hahn (We're the Millers) and young actor Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day).

    According to The Wrap, Sundowning "is described as a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia" and the film will see Hahn as a single mother whose two young children visit their grandparents, where things go "very wrong." Shyamalan has written and directed the movie, and is also producing alongside Marc Bienstock and Ashwin Rajan.



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    Plot for Peace, 2013.

    Directed by Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson.


    SYNOPSIS:

    A documentary that reveals the untold story of apartheid's fall, and the mysterious French businessman who was instrumental in Nelson Mandela's release from jail.


    Originally released in France in November last year, Plot for Peace is an intriguing documentary about an inconspicuous businessman named Jean-Yves Ollivier, whose mild-mannered dabbling in African politics helped avert crises, end apartheid and free Nelson Mandela.

    Ollivier, a French-Algerian, made a fortune trading cereal, oil and coal around Europe and Africa, and, as the documentary reveals, used his extensive contacts and influence during the 1980s in an attempt to end apartheid and assist in bringing peace to Africa. The continent was heavily divided, not only over apartheid in South Africa, but politically: this was the height of the Cold War and many African states were Marxist or Communist.

    The documentary begins quietly, with Ollivier playing Solitaire, before showing shocking archival footage depicting the state of affairs around South Africa at the time with scenes of conflict and oppression. Director Mandy Jacobson, who has made several documentaries about Mandela and African apartheid, was instrumental in gathering this great archival footage, while co-director Carlos Agullo does a splendid job of presenting this story in an engrossing manner. Known mainly for editing action and horror movies, Agullo’s direction gives the film the pacing and feel of a political thriller, which manages to draw the viewer in. While the documentary is written by historian Stephen Smith, this is not a dry, analytical documentary but an engaging one.

    The image of Ollivier playing Solitaire is repeated throughout the film, and the game is used as a metaphor for Ollivier’s attempt to create order from chaos and his ability to adapt to changing situations: quite literally playing the hand he was dealt.

    The documentary mostly consists of interviews with political figures from the period, who were often personally involved, rather than historians or journalists merely looking back and commenting on events. These interviews, gathered by the directors Carlos Aguilo and Mandy Jacobson, are particularly engrossing. Meanwhile, Ollivier himself narrates these proceedings in a calm, unassuming manner and explains how he, well, plotted for peace.

    The film covers the later stages of the Angolan civil war during the 1980s, specifically the 1987 hostage exchange which was orchestrated by Ollivier and which led to an independent Namibia, creating an environment where apartheid could be more easily resolved. The documentary does a good job of explaining these events, and required no previous knowledge of South African affairs to understand.

    While the documentary spends a great deal of screen-time on these scenes, it glosses over how they directly affected apartheid, and the actually end of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela is dealt with in the last few minutes of the film. Considering how short the documentary, at just 93 minutes, this is a missed opportunity.

    Similarly, despite Ollivier and others telling us how important he was to these events, the film itself may be of more interest to historians studying the wider Cold War and African history, rather than those looking for a new angle on Apartheid and the life of Nelson Mandela. It certainly does a good job of encouraging the audience to want to further research into the period.

    The film raises also raises several interesting ideas. One could derive a strong Objectivist/Capitalist message from how a driven individual like Ollivier can succeed where politicians like Jacques Chirac failed; one interviewee points questions the democratic merit (or lack thereof) for the kind of parallel-diplomacy practiced by someone like Ollivier, who is ostensibly answerable to no one, but it is hard to argue with the results.

    Ollivier is a charming character, but whether a whole film was needed to tell his story is debatable. Furthermore, the absence of Nelson Mandela himself, who passed away in December last year, in the documentary is noticeable: Ollivier has expressed regret over his stubbornness in refusing to make this documentary for several years, if he had agreed earlier Mandela may have been well enough to be included.

    From a technical perspective, the film is a standout: the film editing is great; scenes of modern day Africa are shot and scored like a serious political thriller; the mix of war footage and archival news is good; the historical content is credible and high quality. Overall, it is well worth watching for students of history and political theory, or want to be introduced to South African history.

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

    Luke Graham is a writer and works in newspaper production. If you enjoyed this review, follow him @LukeWGraham and check out his blog here.




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    The latest image from Son of Batman has debuted and it teases the return of Killer Croc. The Batman villain will be voiced by Fred Tatasciore who has previously lent his voice to The Incredible Hulk for numerous Marvel adaptations. Son of Batman finds the Dark Knight discovering he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son with Talia al-Ghul named Damian Wayne who is secretly being raised by Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins.


    Hidden atop a secret mountain stronghold lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra’s al Ghul. Together with his equally dangerous daughter Talia, he oversees a trained army of assassins with plans for global domination. But an uprising from within the league now threatens to shift the balance of power and sends Talia and her young son, Damian, fleeing to Gotham City. With assassins on their trail, Talia seeks the protection of Batman, who, unbeknownst to him, is the boy’s father. With his son in tow, Batman wages war against the villain Deathstroke and the League of Shadows, all while teaching his headstrong boy that one can’t fight crime by becoming a criminal. With help from Gotham’s finest, including Commissioner Gordon and Nightwing, Batman will soon discover that his son and most trusted ally are one and the same!

    Son of Batman is set for release on May 6th, with a voice cast that includes Jason O'Mara (Justice League: War) as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Stuart Allan (Rise of the Guardians) as Damian Wayne / Robin, Morena Baccarin (Homeland) as Talia, Giancarlo Esposito (Once Upon a Time) as Ra's Al Ghul, David McCallum (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Alfred Pennyworth, Xander Berkeley (24) as Kirk Langstrom / Man-Bat, and Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) as Deathstroke / Slade Wilson. Watch the first trailer here.



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    20th Century Fox has certainly made us wait, with the first teaser for X-Men: Days of Future Past arriving way back in October, but now at last we have a new full-length trailer for the eagerly-anticipated mutant sequel, as well as a brand new poster....


    The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.


    X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and features a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside X-Men newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Binbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adan Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Evan Jonigkeit (The Following) as Toad, Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road) as William Stryker, and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as Bolivar Trask.


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    Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off principal photography in Italy which will mask itself as Serbia. The scene in question will take place during the winter and set photos signal either an earthquake occurring or probably far more likely an explosion; check out a few set photos here, including a low quality shot of Jeremy Renner in costume as Hawkeye....






    Update - And here's a few more shots, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy) as Scarlet Witch, along with some funny looking metal guy (and Ultron stand-in, perhaps?)...






    And a couple of videos...



    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), 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 Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) as Baron Strucker and James Spader (The Blacklist) as Ultron.



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    Over the weekend, NBC debuted the first poster for the upcoming four-episode event miniseries Rosemary's Baby, and now we have an extremely brief teaser, which you can check out right here after the official synopsis...

    Rosemary and her husband, Guy, move into a Paris apartment that has a darkly storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both Guy and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

    Rosemary's Baby sees Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) leading a cast that also includes Saldana joined in the cast by Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Patrick J. Adams (Suits), Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only), Christina Cole (Casino Royale), and Weronika Rosati (Last Vegas).


    Rosemary's Baby is set to air later in the year.



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    WIN the ultimate Spider-Man experience – climb and abseil over the top of the iconic o2 in an official Spider-Man Morphsuit with virtual super powers...

    Ever wanted to see the world through Spider-Man’s eyes? Well, now you can, on top of one of the largest domes in the world.

    London's o2 stands at an impressive 100 meters high – that’s taller than Big Ben and you’d be standing right at the top of it, looking out over the whole of London… as Spider-Man!

    Officially licensed from Marvel – the Spider-Man Morphsuit costume incorporates wearable smartphone technology and augmented reality to bring Spider-Man’s super powers to life, making it the most technologically advanced super hero costume on the planet.

    Also in the official Marvel range is Captain America, Deadpool, Ironman and Wolverine. You can take a look at the full range of Marvel costumes here: www.morphsuits.co.uk/superhero-marvel-costumes and see the suits in action here.

    As well as the ultimate Spider-Man experience at the o2, also thrown into the mix would be a ticket to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at any UK Cineworld cinema.


    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on April 18th in the UK and on May 1st in North America, with returning stars Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) joined by new additions Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, Colm Feore (Thor) as Donald Menken, Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings) as Dr. Kafka, B.J. Novak (The Office) as Alistair Smythe, and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) in as yet unrevealed roles. Watch the final trailer here.

    To be in with a chance of winning one of five places on April 12th, firstly make sure you like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter)...



    ...Then complete your details below, using the subject heading "I'M SPIDER-MAN". The competition closes at midnight on Saturday, April 5th
    . UK entrants only please. Please note that travel to and from the o2 is not included.

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


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    There's just two days to go until the UK release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and following yesterday's rather splendid cast and crew poster, Marvel Studios has now debuted a new character one-sheet featuring Emily VanCamp (Revenge) as Sharon Carter, a.k.a. Agent 13...

    Agent 13 character poster 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 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) starring alongside MCU newcomers Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, 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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    We've had official character images for Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Detective Harvey Bullock and newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle - as well as some set photos of the Wayne family murder - and now Fox has released another first-look character image from Gotham, this time featuring Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, described as "a tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London who has loyally served the Waynes. Now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he’s fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne."


    Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth in Gotham

    Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

    Gotham is currently filming under director Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd), with a cast that also includes David Mazouz (Touch) as Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot, Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix) as Fish Mooney, Zabryna Guevara (The Guilt Trip) as Detective Essen, Erin Richards (Being Human) as Barbara Kean and Drew Powell (Malcolm in the Middle) as Butch Gilzean.


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    With a new trailer set to arrive tomorrow, a brief teaser has arrived online for Doug Liman's (The Bourne Identity) upcoming sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow, which stars Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher) as a soldier forced to relive his death on the battlefield over and over after getting caught in a time loop; check it out after the official synopsis...

    The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.

    Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.

    But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.


    Edge of Tomorrow is set for release on May 30th in the UK and June 6th in the States, and also stars Emily Blunt (Looper), Bill Paxton (Aliens), Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood), Tony Way (Game of Thrones), Kick Gurry (Tangle), Franz Drameh (Attack the Block), Dragomir Mrsic (Snabba Cash II) and Charlotte Riley (World Without End).


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    Marvel's hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron kicked off principal photography yesterday, and today has seen three of Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) - doing battle with mysterious mo-cap-suited bad guys. Earlier today we posted a batch of set photos and video which gave us a glimpse at the action from a distance, but now thanks to Just Jared we've got some close-up shots of the trio of Avengers in action...

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    And here are a few more from CBM, including a shot of Ultron (kind of)...

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st 2015, with Joss Whedon directing 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), 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 Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) as Baron Strucker and James Spader (The Blacklist) as Ultron.

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    We know we'll be seeing some familiar faces in Star Wars: Episode VII, and it seems we might be getting to revisit a familiar location too. No, it's not Tatooine (although surely that's a given at some point during the Sequel Trilogy), but rather the ice planet of Hoth, which of course housed the Rebel Alliance during The Empire Strikes Back.

    According to Icelandic news site Visir (via Blastr), "crews in Iceland may arrive in April to film 'plate shots', background images that will then be used for green-screen work done by the cast on a soundstage." So, no freezing weather conditions for Abrams and company. Of course, there is a chance this is little more than a rumour, as there really doesn't appear to be much of a reason for our characters to revisit such a remote, desolate and hostile word, but with production set to get underway in May, we should find out soon enough...

    Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th, with Adam Driver (Girls) reportedly set to play the villain and the likes of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) all but confirmed as reprising their roles from the Original Trilogy.



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    King Kong's Final Resting Place

    Horror, adventure, action, drama, fantasy, and even romance are all genres associated with the King Kong movies. But if we were only allowed to choose one genre, which would best fit our loveable, oversized gorilla? For some reason, Mister Kong and all of his variations are frequently lumped into the horror genre. Is this a fair classification or an impetuous generalization? The time has come to address this mostly ignored issue and find our friend his proper home.



    Who is Who?

    The idea that King Kong is simply a horror movie is a disheartening misconception. Yes, all of the film start out with a horror theme, especially upon arrival at Skull Island, but they quickly change direction and become so much more. Kong being solely a horror film would imply that he is its monster. The only way that the horror claim could be justified is to reverse that perception and say that humanity is the true villain in the movies. Humans kidnapped Kong and tried to capitalize on his individuality. Bolstering their arrogance with chains and bars, they underestimated the substance of Kongs character and passion.


    Which Side Are You On?

    Lets make this an easy argument. Did you want King Kong to fall to his death at the end of each movie, or were you hoping that somehow he could live happily ever after? When you watched Halloween, you didn't want Michael Myers to kill Laurie Strode. When you watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you didn't wish to see The Master have Buffy as an appetizer. And when you watched Aliens, you didn't want the big she-creature to tear Ripley to shreds at the end of the movie. Just like Laurie, Buffy, and Ripley, King Kong was unwillingly pursued and tortured by a dark force. He was a good-natured soul, wronged and exploited paying the ultimate price for his loyalty and affection. He was no monster, just a furry fellow, torn away from his home and planted in a horrifying place called civilization.



    The Kong Saturation

    The point is that King Kong was the protagonist, not an evil menace and he is perceived in a positive light. Just take a look at his memorabilia legacy. You can play the King Kong video game (based on Peter Jackson's movie) as Kong himself and take on all of the deadly creatures from Skull Island. Or, try to spot him on the dark city streets while trying to win the jackpot at InterCasino by playing their entry into King Kong gaming lore. The game features skulls, dinosaurs, ships, and Kong himself, while offering a bonus round where you have to catch airplanes. How cool is that? You can also wear King Kong T-shirts or collect action figures, comic books, and posters. The big guy still lives, and he found his way onto store shelves and into our hearts.


    Not So Easy!

    Maybe this is a tale that cannot be so easily categorized. It has a little bit of every genre. We can take a simple approach and call it a classic, or explain its hybrid genre configuration whenever the subject comes up. Kong and his story are unique, deserving of more than just one word to sum up its spirit. King Kong is a symbol for strength, honor, and courage. He stood tall in his beliefs for freedom and love. He was truly a king.


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