SCORPION Recap: “A Cyclone”

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Last week’s episode of Scorpion rebounded from the frenetic and frankly idiotic pilot to develop some of its characters as they puzzled out a cure to a somewhat realistic threat.  Unfortunately, that unsteady foundation has already been tossed up into the air by this week’s episode, “A Cyclone.”  Sure, the dangers of terrorist bombings and shady government organizations overstepping their bounds are all too real, but this team of super-geniuses continue to find the absolute dumbest ways of dealing with their problems.

Hit the jump for my Scorpion recap.

GOTHAM Recap: “The Balloonman”

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Gotham’s got a long way to go before infamous villains like the Penguin, Two-Face, and the Riddler step into the spotlight.  So where do we start instead?  We start with “The Balloonman,” a moniker which is both the title of tonight’s episode and the nickname of the series’ first vigilante.  This hour was a big test for the Batman prequel series since it’s still trying to figure out whether or not it’s a hard-boiled noir drama or a heightened, comicbook version of the real world.  I’m happy to say that I think Gotham is starting to find its tone, as this episode featured some much-needed laugh-out-loud moments amongst the doom and gloom, and began to fully embrace its cartoonish qualities.  There are still some glitches to be sure, but Gotham is … more than just hot air.

Hit the jump for my Gotham recap.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Digital HD Edition Is a Worthy Addition to Your Digital Catalog

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In the near future, our world will undergo two drastic changes: firstly, mutants will be hunted to near extinction, and secondly, everyone will download movies to watch in Digital HD.  The heroes of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past do their best to prevent that first change from happening, but the excellent audio/visual quality of the film’s digital edition will help to ensure that second change still takes place.  Let’s be honest, it’s for the best.  Boasting a clear, crisp picture that is indistinguishable from watching a Blu-ray, along with instant access to special features and behind-the-scenes bonuses, it’s quite apparent that Digital HD downloads are the way of the future.  Hit the jump for my X-Men: Days of Future Past review in this particularly convenient format.

SCORPION Recap: “Single Point of Failure”

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Last week’s premiere of CBS’s action-drama Scorpion was so fast-paced that it didn’t have time to breathe, thus depriving its supposedly advanced collective brain of oxygen.  Thankfully, the follow-up episode calmed down on the l33t speak and took a bit more time between action beats and epiphanies.  The result: a much more enjoyable hour of television that is moved closer to earning its self-described level of intelligence.  The wisest movie Scorpion makes in its second showing is backing off on the braininess a little bit, and allowing each of the characters to show a little heart.  Hit the jump for our Scorpion recap.

GOTHAM Recap: “Selina Kyle”

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In the Gotham series premiere, viewers were introduced to a world without Batman that nonetheless featured many of the other heroes and villains from the storied franchise.  While the characters seem comfortable in their small-screen iterations, some of the actors are still working out the kinks.  It’s early yet, but the frontrunner for “Best Scenery Chewer” so far is Jada Pinkett Smith in her turn as ambitious gangster Fish Mooney.  Detective James Gordon is obviously the show’s lead and the city’s lone straight arrow, but Ben McKenzie hasn’t yet figured out the balance of noble hero and noir tough guy; instead he winds up just scowling a lot.  In between, however, we have quite a bit of potential, specifically in the performances of youngsters David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova, and relative newcomer Robin Lord Taylor.  Thankfully the show’s second episode gives each of them a share of the spotlight.  Hit the jump for tonight’s Gotham recap.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Unfinished Episodes Available to Stream Online

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Nothing as mundane as cancellation can stop Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  The series has officially been off the airwaves for over a year, but the spirit of it continues on in projects like Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions (the show’s final season) which is available on Netflix, and even the comicbook tie-in “Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir.”  Now, four unfinished episodes of the series are available to stream online courtesy of parent site, StarWars.com.  An introductory video explains the power of the series, as well as its stories as of yet untold.  Hit the jump for more.

New PREDESTINATION Trailer Gets Time-Travel Twisty with Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, and Sarah Snook

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A couple of months ago, we posted the first trailer for Michael and Peter Spierig’s upcoming sci-fi film, Predestination, and through the power of time travel, another trailer is now upon us!  Ethan Hawke, who previously collaborated with the brother directors in the 2009 vampiric horror film Daybreakers, stars as the enigmatic lead in this mind-bending picture.  It’s inspired by Robert Heinlein’s short story “All You Zombies”, so if you’re familiar with the source material then you should have a fair idea of where this picture is going. Possible spoilers aside, it’s still got potential to be a taut character-driven thriller, as this new trailer suggests.

Also starring Noah Taylor and Sarah SnookPredestination opens in theaters on January 9th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Joe Johnston to Direct LUMEN Pilot for TNT and Steven Spielberg; Syfy Renews DEFIANCE and DOMINION

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From the land of cable television news comes an order for a new pilot and two action/drama series renewals.  Here they are in brief:

  • TNT has officially ordered a pilot for Lumen, a fantasy drama about a family trapped in a fictional world replete with magic, mystery, and mayhem.  Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) will direct from a Chris Black script.  Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is among the production companies involved.
  • Syfy has renewed the popular freshman series Dominion, as well as a third-season order for the fan-favorite sci-fi series Defiance.  Both seasons will enjoy a 13-episode run, and will premiere all-new hours starting in 2015.

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Exclusive: MISS MEADOWS Poster Featuring Katie Holmes as a Gun-Toting Vigilante

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Katie Holmes is one bad teacher in writer-director Karen Leigh Hopkins’ upcoming thriller Miss Meadows.  As the film’s recent trailer reveals, Holmes’ title character may seem like a sweet and unassuming grade school teacher, but her innocent charm belies a murderous (and possibly psychotic) vigilante who targets her victims based on their bad behavior.  As a special treat for you today, we’ve got an exclusive poster premiere to share with you, which hints at the demure and demonic sides of Holmes’ character.

Also starring James Badge DaleMary Kay Place and Jean SmartMiss Meadows can be seen in theaters and On Demand starting November 14th.  Hit the jump to take a look at our exclusive premiere of the new Miss Meadows poster.

JAMES WAN PRESENTS DEMONIC and AMITYVILLE Fall off Release Schedule; MORTDECAI Moves up a Fortnight; THE AGE OF ADALINE Delayed until April

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Here’s a look at the latest release date shuffle:

  • The Weinstein Company / Dimension Films horror projects Amityville and James Wan Presents Demonic were previously slated to bookend the new year, but have now been moved to TBD status.
  • Lee Toland Krieger’s romantic drama, The Age of Adaline, starring Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Harrison Ford, Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn and Michiel Huisman, moves to an April 24, 2015 release date.
  • David Koepp’s Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth PaltrowEwan McGregorOlivia Munn, Aubrey PlazaJeff GoldblumOliver Platt, and Paul Bettany, takes the vacant January 23, 2015 release date.

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First Look at LAST DAYS, Kathryn Bigelow’s PSA on Elephant Poaching Which Premieres at the 52nd NYFF

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Kathryn Bigelow’s newest project may not be a military-themed thriller, but it could be her most important work yet.  The anti-poaching PSA Last Days is set to premiere Saturday, September 27th at the 52nd New York Film Festival, followed by a panel discussion titled “The Crisis in Elephant Poaching.”  Bigelow will moderate the panel, with WildAid’s Peter Knights, Assistant District Attorney of New York County Julieta V. Lozano, award-winning journalist Peter Godwin, and Somali human rights activist K’naan Warsame participating.  Tickets to the free event will be distributed one hour prior to its 6pm start time.

The PSA is one of a few anti-poaching projects to make headlines in recent years.  Leonardo DiCaprioTobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy have teamed up to produce an anti-poaching drama for Warner Bros. with Will Staples writing the screenplay.  Even more recently, Angelina Jolie is lining up her next next film as a directorAfrica, the biopic of paleo-archeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted his life to combating elephant and rhino poaching.  Bigelow gets the first crack at it this weekend with Last Days.  Hit the jump to see the first look at the PSA.

First GONE GIRL Clip Features a Meet-Cute between Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, While a New TV Spot Puts Affleck on the Defensive

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Believe it or not, we’re only about a week away from the release of David Fincher’s latest dramatic adaptation, Gone Girl.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that there’s been a recent uptick in the film’s marketing material, what with two TV spots being released, along with a host of images.  Today, we are being treated to another TV spot and the movie’s first clip, which provide a rather interesting contrast for where the lead characters’ relationship begins and ultimately where it ends up.

Starring Ben AffleckRosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl will premiere this Friday at the New York Film Festival and then opens in theaters on October 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the film’s first clip, as well as a newly released TV spot.

Jeremy Renner Talks Hawkeye, Chances for a Solo Film, His Part in the AVENGERS Ensemble, and His Appearance in CAPTAIN AMERICA 3

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Here’s the deal, Internet: I’ll provide you with interview footage of Jeremy Renner basically confirming Hawkeye’s appearance in Captain America 3 if you make me a GIF of Renner’s dramatic winks.  Sound good?

There have been a few similar unofficial confirmations of just such an occurrence in recent weeks.  Captain America 3 directors Joe and Anthony Russo themselves mentioned Hawkeye’s involvement in the film during Steve’s interview with them for Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray release, and around the same time, Renner mentioned the possibility of joining the film as long as his schedule allowed it.  This one sounds like a safe bet.  Hit the jump to hear it (and see it) from Renner himself.

GAME OF THRONES’ Charles Dance and Lena Headey Board PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES; Screen Gems Secures U.S. Distribution

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Though Jane Austen likely continues to spin in her grave, Burr Steers’ adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies keeps managing to shamble its way forward.  In addition to landing domestic distribution through Screen Gems, the 19th century zombie apocalypse film also boasts the addition of Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Lena Headey.  There are no indications as to which roles the attached cast members will be embodying, but the recent casting news comes as a good sign for fans who have been waiting to the novel realized on the big screen.  It’s currently scheduled for a 2015 release.

Hit the jump for more on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

MOMMY Trailer Offers a Look at Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Film Festival Award-Winning Drama

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If you couldn’t make it to this years Cannes Film Festival, you’re in luck because the films are now coming to you!  One notable entry from the competition is writer-director Xavier Dolan’s award-winning drama, Mommy.  The winner of the Jury Prize centers on a single mom and her mercurial son whose daily struggle to coexist is helped by the friendship of a strange new neighbor.  It’s certainly not your run-of-the-mill schmaltzy family film as both mother and son have some major personal and mental health issues going on, so if hard-hitting dramas are more your speed, then put this one on your radar.

Starring Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clement, Alexandre Goyette, and Patrick Huard, the Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions presentation of Mommy lands in theaters January 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the film’s official synopsis and poster.

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