INTRUDERS Review: Secret Societies, Ghost Machines, and Unstoppable Assassins Abound in BBC America’s Body-Snatching Series

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“In the beginning, there was death.”  This is the mantra of BBC America’s new series Intruders, and the show makes good on that promise from the outset.  The body-snatching drama based on British novelist Michael Marshall Smith’s work spans multiple genres, from the ever-popular police procedural, to the vogue of supernatural deaths and rebirths, with elements of classic crowd-pleasers like secret societies, conspiracies, and yes, even creepy children.  While Intruders is sure to draw comparisons to The X-Files (which makes sense considering that the hit show’s producer Glen Morgan is both writer and executive producer of the new series), it’s much less episodic in nature and skews more toward the cult series Twin Peaks than anything else, thanks in part to its Pacific Northwest setting and layered mystery spiraling around its central plot.  

Hit the jump for my Intruders review, and for why you should welcome this show into your home when it debuts on BBC America tonight at 10pm ET. 

John Goodman in Talks for TRUMBO; Dakota Johnson Makes A BIGGER SPLASH; Domhnall Gleeson in THE REVENANT; Elle Fanning Leads A STORM IN THE STARS

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Here’s the latest casting news out of Hollywood:

  • John Goodman is in talks to star alongside Brian Cranston in Jay Roach’s Dalton Trumbo biopic, Trumbo.
  • Dakota Johnson joins Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in A Bigger Splash, directed by Luca Guadagnino.
  • Domhnall Gleeson is in negotiations to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant.
  • Elle Fanning to play Mary Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s period romantic drama A Storm in the Stars.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

First Trailer for BENDING THE LIGHT, the New Biographical Documentary from Director Michael Apted

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Need a palate cleanser from all of the recent Comic-Con news?  Well the first trailer from director Michael Apted’s new biographical documentary Bending the Light should do just that.  Whether it’s cutting-edge movie cameras, space-age telescopes, or even our own eyes, we view the world through a variety of lenses.  Apted’s latest film focuses on the former two styles of lens in Bending the Light, which explores both the creation of camera lenses from a premier Japanese factory to the award-winning photographers who use them to capture fleeting moments of everyday life.

Featuring Greg Gorman, Laura El-Tantawy, Richard Barnes, and Stephen Goldblatt, ASCBending the Light opens on August 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Comic-Con: Footage from Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Panel Featuring Robert Downey Jr. and the Cast, with Special Appearance by Josh Brolin

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While I’d bet that you’ve already caught up on Matt’s Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap from Comic-Con, now you can watch the panel for yourself thanks to newly released footage.  Let me tell you up front that, no, you won’t be getting a glimpse of the movie scenes we described for you in the recap, but you will get to see Chris Hardwick moderate a panel that included Kevin FeigeRobert Downey Jr.Jeremy RennerMark RuffaloChris HemsworthCobie SmuldersSamuel L. JacksonChris EvansAaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth OlsenPaul Bettany, and James Spader.  As if that weren’t enough star-power on display, the voice of Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, stole the show at the very end.

Also starring Scarlett JohanssonAndy SerkisHayley AtwellDon Cheadle, and Thomas KrestchmannAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the panel footage.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Have Fun Despite the Best Efforts of Hydra in This Season 1 Blooper Reel

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Season one of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is all wrapped up for the year, but the super spies have one last treat for their faithful viewers.  While the show definitely had some growing pains (chronicled by our own Evan Valentine’s weekly recaps) and plenty of unintentionally hilarious moments, this new blooper reel is an absolute delight.  Watch Clark Gregg get attacked by a rogue fly, Ming-Na Wen get tongue-tied, and Chloe Bennet welcome you to Chloe’s Corner.  Co-stars Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge get their own share of the giggles in this behind-the-scenes look.

Season one of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will debut on Blu-ray/DVD on September 9th.  Hit the jump to watch the season one blooper reel.

Collider Giveaway: INTO THE STORM Emergency Preparedness Kit Includes Waterproof Jacket and Blanket, and Survival Tool to Help Weather the Storm

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In anticipation of Steven Quale’s natural disaster picture Into the Storm, we have an awesome survival kit movie tie-in to give away to one lucky winner!  It’s chock full of must-have items for everyone’s emergency preparedness stash, including a waterproof blanket and jacket, a survival tool, and a backpack to stow it all in, plus t-shirts and a hat featuring the film’s imagery.  As for Into the Storm itself, make sure to get caught up on the film with my set visit coverage, plus interviews with Quale, producer Todd Garner, and stars Sarah Wayne Callies, Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh, and Nathan Kress.

Into the Storm will have special 8pm screenings on Thursday, August 7th before opening everywhere on Friday, August 8th.  Hit the jump to check out the final poster artwork for Into the Storm, plus images of the movie-related gear and how you can win it!

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Trailer – Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Bring the Madness, Plus a More Detailed Plot Synopsis and Character Description

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Warner Bros. has released the first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer for director George Miller’s highly anticipated fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise.  The post-apocalyptic actioner sees Tom Hardy filling the role of Max, a man seeking peace following the loss of his wife and child, while Charlize Theron plays Furiosa, a woman who aims to survive by trekking across the desert back to her homeland.  You’ll have to watch this trailer a few times, not to glean any plot details but just to catch bits and pieces of the insanity on display.  It’s certainly in line with the madness of the previous films, though it remains to be seen whether or not Hardy can fill Mel Gibson’s spiked boots because he’s incapacitated for the most part of this first look.  Still, there’s lots to be excited for – car crashes, insane leather fetishes, slavers, open-desert high-speed chases, two-headed geckos, etc – especially after such a long delay.

Hit the jump to watch the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, and click here to read our full recap of the film’s Comic-Con panel.  The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley KeoughZoe Kravitz, Courtney EatonRosie Huntington-WhiteleyHugh Keays-ByrneNathan Jones, and Abbey Lee Kershaw.  Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Sequel Confirmed by Marvel Studios During Comic-Con; Opens July 28, 2017

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In addition to confirming the roles of Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly in Marvel’s Ant-Man, the studio also officially announced a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy.  The first film is less than a week away from opening, but its sequel has already been slated for July 28, 2017.  This release date is the very first in a new batch of calendar slots recently claimed by the studio.  At this point, it seems like Marvel thinks Guardians is money in the bank, and if early screening reactions are any indication, they might very well be correct.  We’ll find out when the first film opens on August 1st.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaLee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz, and featuring the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

Marvel Studios Officially Confirms Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll’s Roles in ANT-MAN

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During Marvel’s presentation at Comic-Con today, Kevin Feige confirmed that Ant-Man’s Corey Stoll would indeed be playing a villainous role, while Evangeline Lilly has landed the female lead.  We’ll keep the specifics of their characters until after the jump for those who’d like to stay spoiler-free, but they should come as pleasant if unsurprising news to comic fans.

Also starring Paul RuddMichael Douglas, and Michael PeñaAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR Skips out on Comic-Con But Offers a Glimpse at The Thing

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Apparently Fox decided not to bring any marketing for The Fantastic Four to Comic-Con this weekend, even though the Josh Trank-directed picture is currently shooting in Louisiana and will debut before next year’s convention.  However, a very unofficial image has leaked out into the interwebs that shows what is apparently the film’s new version of The Thing.  Jamie Bell is playing the rocky humanoid hero, aka Ben Grimm, and thankfully it looks like he’ll be doing so through motion capture.  It looks pretty good, but the bar was previously set laughably low by poor Michael Chiklis’ rock suit in the last effort.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Also starring Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, and Toby Kebbell as Dr. Doom, The Fantastic Four is set to open June 19, 2015.  

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con Presentation Reveals First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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During Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con presentation in the convention center’s famed Hall H today, a crowd-pleasing presentation kicked things off with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  While we’ve previously seen Henry Cavill in costume as Superman, along with Ben Affleck in costume as Batman, this presentation was the first glimpse of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman armor.  Needless to say, it looks like the Internet’s knee-jerk reaction to Gadot’s casting was premature; no surprise there.  They also screened some footage that apparently wowed the crowd, which Matt covers in his panel recap.

Also starring Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne.  Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.  Hit the jump to check out the new Wonder Woman image.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Releases Hulk and Thor Concept Art to Complete the Avengers Team Poster

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San Diego Comic-Con continues to be the place for fans of comics and all their various incarnations to celebrate.  Perhaps the biggest project on the horizon for audiences and movie studios alike is Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated superhero sequel.  The studio has been releasing individual concept art character posters over the last couple of days which featured Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch battling the hordes of the robotic menace known as Ultron.  Now, the final two posters featuring Hulk and Thor have been released, and in a move that surprises few, the posters can be combined to show off an epic team battle.  Hit the jump to take a look at all the concept art released thus far.

Starring Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames Spader, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. 

AGENT CARTER to Feature Edwin Jarvis, aka Howard Stark’s Butler and Inspiration for Tony Stark’s AI

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During a roundtable interview at Comic-Con with Agent Carter producers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, our reporter Rachel Howard learned that a very special character will be featured on the period television show.  Since the screenwriters have had such a good time planting Easter eggs and messing with time-travel tropes in their Captain America features, they said that fans could expect more of the same in the show, which takes place in 1946 and finds Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter marginalized while working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) when the men return home from WWII.  Joining Carter on screen will be none other than Edwin Jarvis, a name comic book fans should know quite well.  Hit the jump for more.

ANT-MAN Actors Exit Due to Scheduling Conflicts

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Marvel’s Ant-Man has certainly had its fair share of drama behind the scenes before it has even started production.  The Interwebs are well aware of once-upon-a-time director Edgar Wright’s long-standing attachment to the project and his supposedly amicable departure from it.  Wright’s exit was more about creative differences than scheduling conflicts, which is the reason for the latest bout of difficulties besetting the film.  Hit the jump to find out who is on the way out.

Starring Paul RuddMichael DouglasMichael PeñaEvangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

Peter Jackson Could Work DOCTOR WHO Episode into His Schedule after THE HOBBIT Trilogy

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While Peter Jackson has a bit more to do this year to finish up his Hobbit trilogy with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, he might be taking a trip to the small screen in the near future.  Which TV show, you ask? Well, Jackson has expressed an interest in directing an episode of Doctor Who.  Jackson would have done the show already if it weren’t for his insane schedule over the last few years.  Perhaps things would go a little easier if the Good Doctor took a trip to New Zealand where Jackson spends much of his time.  I jest, but according to Steven Moffat, that’s not exactly out of the question.  Hit the jump for more.

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