Martin Freeman Says a Special SHERLOCK One-Off Episode May Air Between Seasons

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BBC’s Sherlock is undoubtedly one of the best shows on television, but it also happens to feature two incredibly in-demand actors as its leads.  Though showrunners Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have confirmed that there will be a fourth season of the show, it may be some time before it comes to fruition.  Not only are Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman very busy, but each season of Sherlock takes roughly six months to shoot, which is a major time commitment for all involved (especially Moffat, who also acts as showrunner on Doctor Who).

While it may be a couple of years before we see Sherlock season four, Freeman recently revealed that they have discussed making a Sherlock special episode, acting as a one-off in order to appease fans during the wait between seasons.  Hit the jump for more.

THE OTHER WOMAN Review

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There are some actors and actresses who cause you to wonder why they aren’t bigger stars.  You wonder why you have to point out that person’s previous films and characters when your friends and family ask, “What would I know them from?”  These performers are too talented and too under-appreciated, and you know they’re the best when they turn middling material into a movie worth watching.  Leslie Mann is such an actress, and she single-handedly saves The Other Woman.  A mostly forgettable picture becomes memorable thanks to her cute, goofy, incredibly endearing performance that manages to elevate a not only a stagnant script but also one-dimensional characters.

Felicity Jones to Lead A MONSTER CALLS; Emily Browning in Talks for LEGENDS; Mark Strong Joins GRIMSBY

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We have a few casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) is set to star in A Monster Calls, the new film from director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible).   The story, written by Patrick Ness from an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, “tells the tale of a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith.”  According to Deadline, Jones will play “Mum”, and Liam Neeson is being courted to play the Monster.  Jones will next be seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is co-starring opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in the drama True Story.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Emily Browning (Pompeii) and Mark Strong (Low Winter Sun).

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Matches Series Low; MODERN FAMILY Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Wednesday, April 23rd have been released.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow was even with last week’s series low 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.19 million viewers, despite apparently game-changing events occurring.  Read Dave’s recap here and click here for our interview with the show’s executive producer about the fallout from the episode.  Elsewhere on The CW, The 100 rose a tenth to a 0.6 rating and notched 1.94 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Modern Family ticked up a tenth to a 3.4 rating and scored 9.25 million viewers, The Middle dropped two tenths to a 1.8 rating and 6.85 million viewers, Suburgatory was down a tenth to a 1.6 rating and 5.25 million viewers, and Mixology rose three tenths to a 1.5 rating and garnered 4.15 million viewers.

Amanda Seyfried, Nonso Anozie, and More Join Joe Wright’s PAN Starring Hugh Jackman; Production Begins April 28th

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Filming on Joe Wright‘s Peter Pan prequel, Pan, begins in a few days, and now the production has rounded out the cast.  The film “tells the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds great adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan.”  New additions to the film include Amanda Seyfried as Mary; Jack Charles (Mystery Road) as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; Taejoo Na (The Kick) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (Ender’s Game) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (In the Name of the Children) as Nibs; and newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling.

These actors will join the already announced cast members—Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (TRON Legacy) as Hook; Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator) as Smee; and Levi Miller as Peter.  With so many characters, I’m not sure how closely Wright’s version will resemble the Peter Pan we all know, but knowing Wright, I’m sure it will at least be a visual feast.  Hit the jump for the press release.  Pan opens July 17, 2015.

FRIDAY THE 13TH TV Series in the Works

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Though the feature film reboot of Friday the 13th just landed a director, the franchise may also soon be getting new life on the small screen.  An hourlong dramatic TV series adaptation of the horror franchise is currently in development, as Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment are teaming up to bring a longform iteration of Jason Voorhees to fruition.  The director of the very first Friday the 13th film, Sean S. Cunningham, will be involved in the potential series as an executive producer, and the idea is to craft a contemporary Crystal Lake-set story that spans multiple time periods.  Hit the jump for more on the Friday the 13th TV show.

First Images from JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Movie; Cast Revealed

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The first Jem and the Holograms movie images have been released for director Jon M. Chu’s (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) adaptation of the 1980s animated TV series, as the cast is now unveiled.  Things have been moving fast on the Jason Blum-produced film, as it was only just announced a little over a month ago.  Chu’s cast is led by Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (Flipped) as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja, and Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana.  For those unfamiliar with the property, the story revolves around the adventures of the titular rock band and its mysterious frontwoman Jem.  In this adaptation, Jem is an orphaned teenager who becomes an internet sensation and subsequently embarks on a music-driven scavenger hunt with her band.  Blum previously told us that the pic will be rated PG, and I’m interested to see how this curious project turns out.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Jem and the Holograms movie images.

ZOMBIELAND Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to Pen Adaptation of Upcoming Video Game WATCH DOGS

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Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell franchises are already incredibly popular.  They’ve spawned numerous sequels and they show no signs of slowing down.  It’s no surprise they’re being turned into movies.  Assassin’s Creed is set to star Michael Fassbender, Splinter Cell will be led by Tom Hardy, and both are due out in 2015.  But today Ubisoft and New Regency are moving ahead on a new film adaptation from the video game developer–Watch Dogs, which hasn’t been released in stores yet.  It’s got an action-friendly premise wherein you play Aiden Pearce, a grey hat hacker who can bend a hyper-connected Chicago to his will with his ability to hack into everything ranging from traffic lights to bank accounts.  Ubisoft has been planning to adapt Watch Dogs into a movie for almost a year, but now they’re taking a substantial step forwards.

According to Deadline, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been hired to handle the script.  They’re good writers, so the larger question is whether or not Watch Dogs will be the hit Ubisoft expects.  The game is promising, and I’m eager to play it, but I’m also worried that it’s promising far more than it can deliver.  Hit the jump to check out the latest trailer and see what I mean.  Watch Dogs will be released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 27th.

First Image from the Set of Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT

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One might say video game adaptations are “cursed”, but the truth is that they’ve all just been bad movies.  But if anyone can make the first successful video game-to-movie adaptation, it’s Duncan Jones.  The Moon and Source Code filmmaker is currently hard at work on a highly anticipated feature film iteration of World of Warcraft, and now the first Warcraft movie image straight from the set has been released online.  It doesn’t reveal any of the cast or even much of the environment, but instead focuses on Jones looking intently at his monitors.  Legendary Pictures has yet to release any plot information from the film, so for now we’re still in the dark, but I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Hit the jump to check out the first Warcraft movie image.  The film stars Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, and Clancy BrownWarcraft opens in 2D and 3D on March 11, 2016.

Kevin Feige Says Edgar Wright’s Plan for ANT-MAN Impacted How Marvel Approached the MCU; Confirms an Actor Has Been Cast as Thanos

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Earlier today, we shared a few nuggets of information about Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron from writer/director Joss Whedon, but now it’s time to hear from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.  He’s been the mastermind behind the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe from the beginning, and way back when Jon Favreau was gearing up to begin production on the first Iron Man, Feige already had Edgar Wright working on a feature film adaptation of Ant-Man.  Wright’s a busy guy so it’s taken some time for the movie to come together, but he finally has his cast set and is gearing up to begin production in just a few months ahead of Ant-Man’s July 2015 release date.

During a recent interview, Feige talked a bit about Wright’s Ant-Man, confirming that the story they locked into place for the film all those years ago has impacted how Marvel approached its cinematic universe (specifically the lineup for The Avengers), knowing how Ant-Man would later come into play.  Moreover, he again teased the appearance of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Read on after the jump.

First Look at Disney’s Next Animated Short Film, FEAST; Will Play in Front of BIG HERO 6

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Disney has released the concept art for their next animated short film, Feast.  Per the official logline, “The story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.”  I can already hear myself going “Awwwww,” when I see it play in front of Disney’s upcoming animated feature film, Big Hero 6Feast is the directorial debut of Patrick Osborne, who worked as the head of animation on the amazing Paperman.  He’s also worked as an animator on Bolt, Tangled, and Wreck-It Ralph.

Hit the jump to check out the Feast concept art.  The film will make its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10th, and be released in front of Big Hero 6 on November 7th.

First Trailer for Clark Gregg’s TRUST ME Starring Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, and Allison Janney

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Continuing on with today’s unofficial “Trailer Thursday” theme, the first Trust Me trailer for Clark Gregg’s latest directorial effort has now landed online.  Gregg wrote, directed, and stars in the pic as a down-on-his-luck agent for child actors who discovers a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Saxon Sharbino) and must subsequently deal with her overprotective father (Paul Sparks), an untrustworthy producer (Felicity Huffman), and his nemesis (Sam Rockwell) in order to get himself back on top.  It’s been six years since Gregg’s solid directorial debut Choke, and he appears to be delving into a bit lighter territory with this feature.  The trailer highlights a swell mix of comedy and drama and showcases the stacked ensemble cast, and Gregg is charming as ever in the lead role.  The world of child actor agents is ripe with material, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Gregg has put together with the full feature.

Hit the jump to watch the Trust Me trailer.  The film also stars Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon, and Niecy NashTrust Me will be available VOD on May 6th and opens in theaters on June 6th.

Exclusive STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST ‘Ken’ Teaser Trailer; Plus 5 New Images

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Two weeks ago we premiered Joey Ansah’s Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist ‘Ryu’ teaser trailer along with the poster and 16 images.  When we posted the article, I mentioned we’d premiere the next teaser trailer in two weeks, which brings us to today.  In this new teaser, focusing on Ken, we get a better look the character’s backstory and a great tease at his flaming shoryuken (which looks awesome).

For those unfamiliar with Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, it was created by Ansah and his producing partner Jacqueline Quella.  After the success of Ansah’s Street Fighter Legacy live-action short film, they acquired the rights from Capcom and created a multi-format series called Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist.  Premiering next month on Machinima as a 12-part series and then airing on TV, the show is about the coming of age of Ken & Ryu (the two iconic Street Fighter characters).  Over the course of the series, we will see how the past, present, and future of all of the Street Fighter characters are intertwined.  The series stars Ansah, Christian HowardTogo IgawaAkira KoieyamaMike MohGaku SpaceShogen HyunriHal Yamanouchi and Mark Killeen.  Hit the jump to watch the new Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist Ken teaser trailer. 

First Trailer for Horror Thriller JESSABELLE Starring Sarah Snook and Mark Webber

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Lionsgate has released the first Jessabelle trailer for director Kevin Greutert’s (Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) horror thriller, which also marks the latest effort from Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge producer Jason BlumSarah Snook (Spirited) stars as a young woman recuperating from a terrible car wreck at her family home in Louisiana who finds herself haunted by a long-tormented spirit.  Somewhat surprisingly, the film was written by Reno 911! co-creator/writer Robert Ben Garant.  He appears to have made the genre switch quite successfully, as Jessabelle looks to be a promising spin on the haunted house/ghost story trope.

Hit the jump to watch the Jessabelle trailer.  The film also stars Mark Webber, Larisa Oleynik, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Chris Ellis, Fran Bennett, and Amber StevensJessabelle opens in theaters on August 29th.

New Trailer for LET’S BE COPS Starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.

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20th Century Fox has released a new Let’s Be Cops trailer.  Directed by Luke Greenfield’s (The Girl Next Door), the film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster.  The film also stars Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Like I said in the intro to my CinemaCon video interview with Johnson and Wayans Jr., while Let’s Be Cops wasn’t on my radar when the movie was filming, everything I’ve seen so far makes me think we might have the sleeper comedy of the summer.  The movie looks really funny and I’m very happy it’s going to be a hard R comedy.  Johnson and Wayans Jr. told me the film is like an 80s movies with crazy comedy, nudity, and a 3rd act filled with action.  Check out the Let’s Be Cops trailer and let me know what you think.  Let’s Be Cops opens August 13th.

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