ARROW Recap: “Seeing Red”

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This week’s Arrow took a bit of a detour from what we’re used to, as the gang went out in search of one of their own rather than spending the hour tracking down a typical baddie.  It seems that Roy (Colton Haynes) is not handling his injection of mirakuru well (or subsequent hook-up to a blood transfusion machine), and that has him tripping out on a mindless rage-filled bender.  Not good for the citizens of Starling City, and much worse for Arrow & Co.  Despite Roy’s behavior forming the bulk of this episode’s conflict, it was a real blindside of an ending that took viewers by surprise.  Hit the jump for my recap.

Trailer and Teaser Poster for Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette

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IFC Films has released the trailer and teaser poster for BoyhoodRichard Linklater’s remarkable film follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) over the course of 12 years, dropping in to view pivotal scenes in his life from the age of 6 to 18.  Viewers also see his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), their mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette), and father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) age alongside him.  No matter how the film is eventually received by critics and audiences alike, the idea behind Boyhood is a commendable one that eschews traditional schedules, casting age-appropriate actors to fill in the gaps, and even cutting-edge aging make-up.  Linklater has chosen, instead, to let the natural path of life carve its way forward for each of his actors; that alone makes this a film worth watching.

Hit the jump to check out the Boyhood trailer and poster, and click here to read Matt’s review from Sundance.  The film opens in limited release on July 11th.

Ron Howard to Direct THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR for Warner Bros.

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It might not be a household name here in the States just yet, but The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, from Swiss novelist Joël Dicker, is currently sweeping Europe.  Warner Bros. decided to keep ahead of the trend, and has acquired the film fights, with Ron Howard attached to direct; Howard will also produce along with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment.  Deals for producers Eugenie Grandval and Claire Lundberg are also in the works.  The book’s story follows a young, hotshot novelist who finds himself in the midst of scandal as his American literary mentor is implicated in the disappearance and murder of a 15-year-old girl.  Hit the jump for more.

FLASH GORDON Movie Rights Secured by Fox

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Twentieth Century Fox has secured the rights to Flash Gordon from Hearst Entertainment, with John Davis producing and Star Trek 3 scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.  First published 80 years ago in a sci-fi adventure comic strip from Alex Raymond, the title hero is a handsome athlete and Yale grad who rockets to the planet Mongo with his faithful companions to put a stop to the evil ruler, Ming the Merciless.  George Nolfi penned a treatment of the reboot and is now on board as producer.  Hit the jump for more.

Jon Turteltaub to Direct IT’S A SMALL WORLD for Disney; PEEPS Candy Rights Optioned for Film and TV

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Fifty years ago, Disney’s It’s a Small World debuted in its earliest iteration at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  Now, it’s set to become a feature film with Jon Turteltaub at the helm.  If it’s anything like the attraction itself, audience members will be buckled into their seats for two hours while the world’s children sing a song on loop until it drills itself into your skull for all eternity.  Perhaps Jared Stern’s pitch and eventual script will take a different path than that.  Stern, Turteltaub, and Dan Lin will act as producers on the Disney film, and though it will take a bit of time to come to fruition, it’s being eyed as a possible franchise.  (Via Deadline)

For an even more ridiculous adaptation story, hit the jump to learn how Adam Rifkin plans to adapt the Easter candy, Peeps.

First CROSSBONES Trailer Featuring John Malkovich as the Dread Pirate Blackbeard

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The bald head and white beard of John Malkovich in the above image doesn’t exactly scream “the dread pirate Blackbeard,” but that’s exactly the role he’ll take on in the new NBC series, Crossbones.  For fans of Malkovich’s quirks and particular brand of humor, this first trailer should be a delight as it shows the veteran chewing scenery with zeal.  For those who aren’t quite as fond of Malkovich (myself included), then this first look acts as more of a deterrent than an enticement.  That’s a shame, since the rest of the cast – which includes Richard Coyle, Tracy Ifeachor, and Yasmine Al Massri – appears to turn in a worth-watching performance.

Hit the jump to watch the first trailer for NBC’s Crossbones, which premieres Friday, May 30th at 10/9c.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy Announce the Globe-Trotting X-Men X-Perience

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Can’t make it to New York for the X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere?  Not to worry.  If you live in or near another major city, the X-Men X-Perience is likely headed your way!  Stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy announce the globe-trotting event in a new video, which also features some footage from the sequel (and plenty of good-natured ribbing among the three).  Joining them on this trip around the world will be Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Fan Bingbing, Omar Sy, Nicholas Hoult, and Ellen Page, though they’ll be splitting up to tackle various premieres.  Even if you aren’t looking forward to X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opens May 23rd, you should hit the jump to watch the video anyway because they’re all rather handsome and charming.

TERMINATOR: GENESIS Officially Begins Production

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Production on Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis has officially kicked off!  We got word of the start of the Skydance Productions reboot via the production company itself, which has posted an early slate that features both Taylor’s name alongside a sticker that reads “R.I.P. Sarah” as part of the Slates for Sarah movement.  Although it’s not much to go on as far as the movie is concerned, it’s good to hear that the picture is underway, especially with a theatrical release date coming in a little over a year.

Terminator: Genesis stars Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as John Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Dayo Okeniyi as Danny Dyson, and, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role that made him a household name.  Hit the jump to see Skydance’s start-of-production announcement for Terminator: Genesis.

FALLING SKIES Season 4 Trailer Introduces the Mysterious Woman in Red

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When last we left our heroes in the Fightin’ Second Mass, they were celebrating a hard-fought victory, but found themselves caught between the powerful alien forces of the Espheni and the Volm.  As the new Falling Skies trailer shows, the fighting has reached a fever pitch, and our warriors are about at their wits’ end.  Add in a mysterious woman in red and the continuing strangeness surrounding Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and Anne Glass’s (Moon Bloodgood) daughter Alexis, and it’s no surprise that everybody’s on edge.  Be sure to check out our WonderCon coverage for much more on the show.

Also starring Doug Jones, Maxim Knight, Drew Roy, Will Patton, and Colin Cunningham, season four of Falling Skies premieres on TNT on Sunday, June 22 at 10/9c.  Hit the jump to watch the Falling Skies trailer and for more on the upcoming season.

First THE GRAND SEDUCTION Trailer Starring Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, and Liane Balaban

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Director Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction trailer is now online, courtesy of eOne Entertainment.  The light-hearted comedy takes place in the small fishing village that’s in desperate need of a doctor, not just to treat its variously (and humorously) afflicted residents, but to fulfill a business contract that will keep the local factory up and running.  When a young doctor (Taylor Kitsch) arrives for a trial residency period, the town’s mayor (Brendan Gleeson) pulls out all the stops in order to woo the man into setting up shop permanently.  It’s an odd bit of plot that comes out of left field, but the trailer shows off the film’s quaint sense of humor.

Also starring Liane Balaban, the film opens May 30th.  Hit the jump to watch The Grand Seduction trailer.

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims Top Spot, Easter Weekend Boosts Religious Films

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While the top five remains unchanged from yesterday’s box office report, the real items of interest are the religious films that populated the top ten.  (An argument can also be made for just how poor a showing Wally Pfister’s Transcendence has had.)  While Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 were once again the only competition for the top spot, newcomer Heaven Is for Real made a real push into the top three, nearly bumping the animated family-friendly sequel from its perch.  Though they dropped off from their position’s in last week’s box office, God’s Not Dead and Noah managed to hang in the top ten, perhaps helped by the holiday weekend.  Take a look at the top ten box office estimates below:

Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $26,200,000  $201.0
2.  Rio 2  $22,700,000  $75.6
3.  Heaven is for Real  $22,200,000  $29.3
4.  Transcendence  $11,000,000  $11.0
5.  A Haunted House 2  $8,800,000  $8.8
6.  Divergent  $5,900,000  $134.1
7.  Draft Day  $5,890,000  $19.5
8.  Oculus  $5,200,000  $21.2
9.  God’s Not Dead  $4,800,000  $48.3
10.  Bears  $4,800,000  $4.8
 Noah  $4,800,000  $93.3

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Hollywood! Adapt This: TEEN TITANS

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DC Comics’ television properties that skew towards a younger demographic have done quite well over the years.  Smallville enjoyed a decade on the air before passing the baton to the the relatively new series Arrow.  Spinning off of that show’s success, The CW is also bringing a new series based on The Flash to TV screens later this year.  Gotham will be debuting on the small screen this year as well, though it will be centered on James Gordon rather than Bruce Wayne/Batman.  While solid writing, proper casting, and high-quality production values are clearly the foundations to the success of these properties, targeting a younger market has certainly helped.  That’s why today’s adaptation suggestion feels tailor-made for today’s TV audiences.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Teen Titans.

Friday Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Battles RIO 2 for the Top Spot, While HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Trumps TRANSCENDENCE

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This Good Friday wasn’t so great for Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, the sci-fi drama Transcendence, as the film debuted in a sub-$5 million opening.  The film barely managed to stay ahead of this weekend’s other overlooked (and for good reason) debut, A Haunted House 2, and that’s only if current estimates hold.  The Johnny Depp-starrer received no help from critics as it currently holds a 19% rating on RT, and failed to impress our own Matt Goldberg.  What did impress audiences this week, or at least a certain subsection of them, was the religious-themed Wednesday debut, Heaven Is for Real, which claims Friday’s third spot (and reclaims its budget) leading into Easter weekend.

None of the new entries, however, proved to be a contest for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, which repeat their box office rivalry from last week.  It’s still pretty close, as estimates only separate the top two spots by a paltry (to some) $300,000 or so.  Will Cap win the weekend, or will the family-friendlier animated sequel reap the holiday audience rewards?  Check back tomorrow to find out!

Title  Friday Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $9,566,000 $184.5
2.  Rio 2  $9,200,000 $62.1
3.  Heaven Is for Real  $7,850,000 $14.9
4.  Transcendence  $4,815,000 $4.8
5.  Haunted House 2  $4,030,000 $4.0

Indie Spotlight: JAMES WHITE, A New Feature from Borderline Films Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi

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Borderline Films, the production company behind Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killeris now looking to give their fans an opportunity to contribute to their newest feature, James White.  Filmmakers Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond (who makes his directorial debut on this film) are reaching out via Kickstarter to help secure post-production editing costs and music rights.  James White is in good company, as the banner’s previous films have played the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, and have been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene).  In addition to the behind-the-scenes names that are becoming quite familiar on the festival circuit, the pictures features Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi in front of the camera as well.  Hit the jump for more.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach Comment on a Potential Marvel Movie Crossover for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

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Recent news of an X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credits tease at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had the internet all in a tizzy over the potential for a Marvel movie crossover in the future.  Although we updated our story to explain that this move was more to calm tensions between studios than it was to excite the fandom, there might yet exist some misunderstanding out there in the world.  Enter Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.  Both have offered up their comments on a potential crossover between the friendly neighborhood web-slinger and other Marvel franchises; it doesn’t seem likely with Arad convinced there are plenty of spider-stories to tell, and Tolmach likening the appearance of Spider-Man in, say, The Avengers, as a “stunt.”  Hit the jump for more.

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