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.

GAME OF THRONES Comic-Con Panel Recap: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, and the Cast Look Back at Season 4

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Game of Thrones Comic-Con panels are tough because there’s nothing to really show.  Unlike The Walking Dead, the new season isn’t only a few months away.  Shooting on GOT: Season 5 is just about to begin, so it’s not like there’s going to be a full trailer ready to go.  Instead, these panels function as retrospectives on the most recent season.  As a big Game of Thrones fan, I always enjoy these leisurely, pressure-free panels that almost function like debriefs.  We don’t know much about season five, but we’re going to learn about the most memorable scenes from last season

Hit the jump for my Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel recap. [Warning: Spoilers for the Show through Season 4]

GAME OF THRONES Blooper Reel Reminds Us That Lannisters Are People Too

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Game of Thrones is such an atmospheric show, and so immersive, that it’s easy to forget that it’s a film set just like any other (okay, it has something like 5 units, but you know what I mean).  So seeing a blooper real for the show can be surprisingly disarming.  You so closely associate these characters with the cruel, high stakes world in which they live that seeing them crack a smile or break character is shockingly refreshing.

At the San Diego Comic-Con today, the Game of Thrones panel unveiled a blooper reel for this past season and it’s definitely worth a watch. We’ll have more in-depth coverage of the panel shortly, but you should kill a few minutes with this first.  Hit the jump for the Game of Thrones blooper reel.

EVIL DEAD TV Show Planned; Sam Raimi Writing and Bruce Campbell Will Be Involved

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An interesting piece of news that came out at the panel for The Last of Us today was that Sam Raimi is currently writing and Evil Dead TV show.  Which is bizarre to me, but no more bizarre than the tortured development history of Army of Darkness 2.  Where does this leave that film?  And what does this mean for Evil Dead 2 (the apparently-still-gestating sequel to Fede Alvarez’s remake)?  We have no idea because Raimi didn’t mention anything in regard to those projects.  He barely mentioned anything in regard to this project except for the fact that he’s co-writing it with his brother Ivan Raimi and that Bruce Campbell will be involved.

Hit the jump for more on the potential Evil Dead TV show.

HANNIBAL Comic-Con Recap; Bryan Fuller and Cast on Who’s New in Season 3, Doing RED DRAGON, and Why You Won’t see Clarice Starling Anytime Soon

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Fans of NBC’s Hannibal–or fannibals, as they call themselves–came out in force at Comic-Con to support the dark, artsy drama, wearing flower crowns, black stag costumes and masks of the characters’ faces. Creator Bryan Fuller rewarded them with some juicy morsels about what (or who) his team of writers are cooking up for Season 3, including some new characters directly from the Thomas Harris novels on which the series is based.

Moderated by British TV host Jonathan Ross, the panel kicked off with a montage of footage from the past season, including scenes the gut-wrenching finale, which left the fates of many of the characters up in the air. Cast members Aaron Abrams (Brian Zeller), Scott Thompson (Jimmy Price) and Caroline Dhavernas (Alana Bloom) joined Fuller, director David Slade and executive producers Steven Lightfoot and Martha De Laurentiis on stage. We’ll serve up all the highlights from the panel after the jump.

THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Trailer and Comic-Con Panel Recap: Cast and Producers Tease “Spectacular Scope”

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With Breaking Bad over and the second half of Mad Men’s final season poised to wrap up next spring, AMC has struggled a bit to find original programming to match its early successes.  That said, one new show hit really, really, really big.  Entering its fifth season this fall, The Walking Dead is not only a ratings juggernaut on cable television, it also gives network favorites like The Big Bang Theory a run for their money in terms of viewership.  Despite a sort of revolving door of showrunners and behind-the-scenes skirmishes, the ratings have continued to grow and its commercial popularity remains higher than ever.  With a spinoff series in the works as well, The Walking Dead franchise is likely to keep AMC afloat for quite some time.

As they do every year, much of The Walking Dead cast (yes, even Norman Reedus) and executive producers Scott M. GimpleRobert KirkmanGale Anne HurdDave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero made the journey to Comic-Con earlier this Friday to preview the upcoming season and reveal the first trailer.  Watch the first The Walking Dead season 5 trailer after the jump, along with my full Comic-Con panel recap. The series returns on Sunday, October 12th on AMC.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Trailer Description; 30 Capitol Gallery Images

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 may not have a Hall H panel, but Lionsgate certainly went all out ensuring the film still had a presence at San Diego Comic-Con this year.  In conjunction with Samsung, Lionsgate set up the The Capitol Gallery at the Samsung Galaxy Experience right inside the Hard Rock Hotel’s Lounge 207.

It’s a small space, but there’s a lot going on it.  You can grab something to eat at Peeta’s Bakery, take a picture with the Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) holograms, a Peacekeeper and some Capitol citizens as well.  There’s also t-shirt making, a quiz that tells you which District you belong in, a booth where you can etch your name into a Samsung Galaxy case and more.  But that’s not even the best of it; on the second floor of the Hard Rock, there’s also an elaborately dressed screening room of sorts where you can catch the very first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer early on a Galaxy Tab S.  Hit the jump for our trailer description and some photos from the event.

THE LAST OF US Comic-Con Panel Recap; Maisie Williams Being Eyed to Play Ellie

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Earlier this year, we reported that Screen Gems and Sam Raimi were set to produce a feature film adaptation of the acclaimed and best-selling game, The Last of Us.  Today at Comic-Con, the schedule had a “Sneak Peek” listed, and the peek was more details on this highly anticipated adaptation.  It was an exciting opportunity to tell fans that there was legitimate progress on this movie, and also for Raimi and the game’s creative director/screenwriter Neil Druckmann to gauge the audience’s reaction, especially on a piece of possible casting.

Hit the jump for my The Last of Us Comic-Con panel recap.

Joaquin Phoenix Reportedly in Talks to Play DOCTOR STRANGE

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Move over Benedict Cumberbatch and those persistent rumors.  Marvel and director Scott Derrickson might have found their Doctor Strange.  Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to star in the titular role for Marvel’s potential new franchise.

I think this is perfect casting because I think Phoenix is essentially always a great choice.  He’s one of the finest actors of our generation and can effortlessly disappear into pretty much any role.  Hit the jump for more on Joaquin Phoenix potentially playing Doctor Strange.

UNDER THE DOME Comic-Con Panel Recap: Rachelle Lefevre and the Cast Discuss Stephen King’s Involvement and the Rest of Season 2

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Although the cast and showrunner of CBS’s big summer sci-fi program Under the Dome, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, were there to promote their own show, stars Rachelle Lefevre and Alexander Koch got into the Comic-Con spirit by coming to their panel decked out in cosplays as characters from Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead respectively. Along with fellow actors Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Eddie Cahill and Colin Ford and executive producer Neal Baer, Lefebvre and Koch discussed their characters, making the show, and teased the rest of the current season and what’s to come further down the line.

Hit the jump for our Under the Dome Comic-Con Panel recap.

TEEN WOLF Comic-Con Panel Recap: Jeff Davis and the Cast Discuss the Influence of Steven Spielberg and the Upcoming Season 5

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Fans of MTV’s cult hit Teen Wolf were no doubt thrilled by showrunner Jeff Davis’ panel-opening announcement that the show has been renewed for a twenty-episode fifth season. Davis and his cast – Holland Roden, Tyler Hoechlin, Shelley Hennig, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Posey, and Dylan Sprayberry – filled up Ballroom 20 with screaming fans, many of whom camped out overnight for the chance to get teased about upcoming episodes and to ask the actors questions (or, in many cases, to declare their love).

Hit the jump for our full Teen Wolf Comic-Con panel recap.

THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES; WHAT HAPPENED? Trailer Offers Amazing Glimpse Into What Could Have Been

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Superman Lives is one of the great (or not-so-great) lost movies of Hollywood.  Back in the mid-90’s Tim Burton came onboard the project alongside star Nicolas Cage and screenwriter Kevin Smith.  They actually got pretty far along in development (you’ve no doubt seen Cage’s infamous photo in the costume) before the whole thing fell apart.  Now, filmmaker Jon Schnepp is attempting to brave the waters and figure out what happened with his upcoming documentary, The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?

The trailer for the film was unveiled last night at the San Diego Comic-Con and is actually pretty great, featuring many of the key players (no Cage though) in the debacle. Hit the jump for the The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened trailer and to find out more on how this intriguing film can become a reality.

Comic-Con: Director Jonathan Liebesman and Producer Andrew Form Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, the Tone, Splinter, the Mythology, and More

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in theaters on August 8th, four Ninja turtles, known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello, must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.

Following their panel in Hall H at Comic-Con, director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Andrew Form spoke to press in a roundtable interview about how much creative license they took with this film, whether the turtles have the same origin story, the use of motion capture, just how much you’ll see the actors’ faces in the turtles, what appeals to them about the Ninja Turtles, the tone of the story, and how they’d like to extend the mythology, in the future.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Teases Quicksilver, Hawkeye and The Vision at San Diego Comic-Con

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A few days back Marvel revealed their Comic-Con exclusive Ant-Man poster and two new examples of concept art for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Now we’ve got three additional posters that show off Quicksilver, Hawkeye and The Vision.  When combined with the two previously release posters of Scarlet Witch and Iron Man, they begin to form a more complete poster that is still in the process of being unveiled.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to see the full Comic-Con posters and for more on how you can get your own.  Click here to see the posters for Black Widow and Captain America and also here for Scarlet Witch and Iron Man. Hit the jump to take a look at the new concept art posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

PENNY DREADFUL Comic-Con Panel Recap: John Logan and Cast Discuss FRANKENSTEIN’s Influence, the Importance of Family, and Season 2

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Moderated enthusiastically by self-proclaimed “dreadful” and evidently devoted fan Aisha Tyler, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful closed out the festivities in Ballroom 20 on Thursday. Though some of the actors were absent, most notably Eva Green, showrunner John Logan and stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway all spoke enthusiastically about the first season of the surprise hit show and gave hints about what will be coming in the next season.  Hit the jump for more on our Penny Dreadful Comic-Con panel recap. 

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