First EX MACHINA Trailer Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander

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“To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods.”  Thus begins the first Ex Machina trailer, projecting an ominous tone for the psychological thriller.  The script by Alex Garland centers on a billionaire programmer (Oscar Isaac) who invites a young employee (Domhnall Gleeson) to his remote estate to be the human component in a Turing test to evaluate his new artificial intelligence robot, Ava (Alicia Vikander).  This is Garland’s directorial debut, and I am curious to see what he can do after contributing to great ambivalent science fiction like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go.  Plus, Isaac is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.  I’ll watch anything he’s in, especially if he plays a shady genius with a great beard.

The A24 release opens April 10, 2015.  Watch the Ex Machina trailer after the jump.

Neil Patrick Harris to Host NBC Variety Show Based on SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY

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Neil Patrick Harris will host a new NBC variety show, adapted from the ITV program Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.  The untitled series will be shot in front of a live audience and feature “comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.”  NBC has ordered 10 episodes from ITV Studios America.  The network has not scheduled a premiere date—I would be surprised to see it on Saturdays unless NBC is planning an aggressive programming move.

Harris is the best chance to revive the classic television format for a modern era.  The versatile actor will next show off his hosting talents at the 2015 Academy Awards.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Exclusive BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Clip Starring Nicole Kidman: “The Truth Is Half My Life Is Over”

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We have an exclusive Before I Go to Sleep clip to share.  Nicole Kidman stars as an amnesiac who wakes up every day with no memory.  The clip sets an ominous tone as Kidman watches a video of herself explaining her predicament that ends abruptly with a “He’s coming.”  Based on the S.J. Watson novel, the premise leads to darker territory as “terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life—as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).”

The thriller, directed by Rowan Joffe (Brighton Rock), opens October 31.  Watch the Before I Go to Sleep clip after the jump.

Exclusive LOW DOWN Clip Featuring Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage

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We have an exclusive Low Down clip to premiere.  Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down examines the complex relationship between jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) and his daughter Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning): “Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds.”  Peter Dinklage plays one of those vagabonds, offering Amy-Jo a tour of his hole-in-the-wall in the clip.

Lena Headey, Flea, Caleb Landry Jones, and Glenn Close also star.  Low Down opens in New York October 24 and reaches Los Angeles October 31.  Watch the clip after the jump.

Martin Scorsese to Produce 50th Anniversary Grateful Dead Documentary; Amir Bar-Lev to Direct

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The Grateful Dead formed in 1965, which means we are fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the storied jam band.  To celebrate the occasion, Martin Scorsese will executive produce a Grateful Dead documentary directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story).  Scorsese explained the appeal of the project and the unique stature of the band:

“The Grateful Dead were more than just a band.  They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans.  I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved.”

Hit the jump for the press release with all the details.

30 Screengrabs from the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer

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We got a nice surprise when the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer dropped today.  To dig deeper into the footage, we have 30 trailer screengrabs for you.  The images feature Thor (Chris Hemsworth) choking Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) facing off against the Hulkbuster armor, Captain America (Chris Evans) outrunning a rolling car, and good looks at Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ultron (James Spader), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Andy Serkis.

Directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the images after the jump.

Assemble 2015: First Official Teaser Poster for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer came early, and Marvel has followed up by releasing the first official teaser poster with the tagline “Assemble 2015.”  Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) “from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”

Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the sequel directed by Joss WhedonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the poster after the jump.

Watch Air New Zealand THE HOBBIT Safety Video with Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood

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Air New Zealand is all in on the Lord of the Rings tourism industry.  They created a 5-minute safety video set in Middle Earth to show passengers before each flight with plenty of Hobbit sight gags.  Directed by Taika Waititi (Flight of the Conchords), the production values are solid and the clip is entertaining, as far as airline informational videos go.  The result will make you actually pay attention to the safety instructions on your next flight to New Zealand.

Watch the video—featuring appearances by Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, and Weta Workshop co-founder Richard Taylor—after the jump.

Warner Bros. Pushes THE CONJURING 2 to 2016 and Schedules Untitled Horror Film for Halloween 2015

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Warner Bros. started developing a sequel to The Conjuring before the first movie opened.  That bet paid off when The Conjuring grossed over $300 million worldwide.  After two weeks, The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle has already reached $166 million worldwide.  The studio, who must be thrilled with the new horror franchise, had scheduled The Conjuring 2 for October 23, 2015 with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga set to return as the paranormal investigators.  However, Warner Bros. pumped the brakes a bit, delaying The Conjuring 2 to 2016.

In a corresponding move, Warner Bros. scheduled a untitled horror film from New Line in its place on October 23, 2015.  Deadline speculates the unspecified project could be 1) Crawlspace, starring Michael Vartan as a widower who moves into a house troubled by “a very disturbing secret from the past” or, 2) Superstition, set at “a house that was once the site of a witch’s execution.”

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Building Large Set in New Mexico Desert

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice crew has started constructing a large set in the desert in New Mexico.  What could it be?  Your guess is much better than mine in this case, so please speculate away in the comments.  It could be Themyscira, the home of Wonder Woman.

Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons star in the superhero faceoff directed by Zack SnyderBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.  Hit the jump for a glimpse of the New Mexico structure.

Christopher Nolan Compares the INTERSTELLAR Experience to the BATMAN Movies, 2001, and THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

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We are less than a month away from the release of Interstellar, the new Christopher Nolan sci-fi adventure led by Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine.  Entertainment Weekly has an Interstellar cover story and managed to get a few quotes from Nolan on his objective in making the movie.  Nolan contrasted his new movie with his previous work:

“This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience.  You would think that’s the case with Batman movies but it’s not; they’re more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen.”

Nolan instead likens the experience to 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.  Hit the jump for the full quotes, and click here for 7 new images from the film.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Teaser Takes Katniss Back to District 12 Ruins to “Make It Personal”

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Lionsgate has released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser.  The sequel finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 as the figurehead of the rebellion against the Capitol.  The clip takes Katniss back to the destroyed District 12 in order to “make it personal for her,” says Plutarch (Philip Seymour) in voiceover.  “Let her see what the Capitol did to District 12.”  We get to see a sequence of great Lawrence reaction shots scored by Lorde’s Mockingjay single “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, and Jena Malone also star in the sequel directed by Francis LawrenceThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser.

Bill Murray to Sing Christmas Carols in Christmas Special Directed by Sofia Coppola

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I fear this is a joke, but I sure hope it’s true: Bill Murray and Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola are planning a Christmas special in which Murray will croon Christmas carols.  Murray elaborated:

“It’s not going to be live.  We’re going to do it like a little movie.  It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music.  It will have texture.  It will have threads through it that are writing.  There will be prose… It will have a patina style and wit to it.  It will be nice.”

More on what little we know about the Christmas special after the jump.

Robert Downey Jr. Joins CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; “Civil War” Storyline Pits Iron Man vs. Captain America

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Last week, Robert Downey Jr. went on the record to clarify that Iron Man 4 was not in the cards for him.  Instead, Downey promised, “I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”  Downey also hinted at a secret plan he expected Marvel to announce soon.  That plan was revealed tonight.

Downey is close to signing a deal to co-star in Captain America 3.  The sequel will use the “Civil War” storyline, where the Superhero Registration Act mandates that anyone with superhuman abilities register with the U.S. government and agree to act as law enforcement.  Captain America opposes the legislation, but Iron Man supports it, setting up Downey to play the villain.  More after the jump.

Check Out New Images from Next Week’s Episodes of THE FLASH and ARROW

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We have put together an image gallery for next week’s episodes of Arrow and The Flash.  In Arrow Season 3, Episode 2 (“Sara”), Arrow (Stephen Amell) must fight Simon Lacroix (aka Komodo), “another archer [who] appears in town and starts skewering businessmen.”  In The Flash Season, 1 Episode 2 (“Fastest Man Alive”), Barry (Grant Gustin) changes into The Flash to stop six gunmen, but is frustrated when “he passes out before he can capture the robbers.”

To keep up with The CW’s superhero shows, stay tuned to Dave’s Arrow recaps and The Flash recaps.  Check out the images after the jump.

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