Exclusive: Chris Pratt to Star in COWBOY NINJA VIKING

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Chris Pratt quickly went from talented comedic actor to franchise star with this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and now he’s poised to lead another studio tentpole film.  Sources tell us that Pratt is now attached to topline Universal’s adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, which was created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo.  It sounds like the kind of title that would pique the interest of Pratt’s Parks and Recreation alter ego Andy Dwyer, and indeed it’s a rather heightened genre project.  The story revolves around a schizophrenic assassin working for a secret government program who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking.  More after the jump.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Suits of Woe”

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“Suits of Woe” delivered another dense and emotionally rich episode of Sons of Anarchy, and possibly one of the best the show has ever done.  Like “Faith and Despondency,” it had a little bit of everything (character building, plot advancement, car chases, prison humor).  But “Suits of Woe” was the first step in a reckoning that is going to not only define these last two episodes of the series, but the series itself.  Hit the jump and “put some pants on.  We need to talk.”

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “The Things We Bury”

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Welcome back, true believers!  When last we left our heroes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the former S.H.I.E.L.D.  agent antagonist turned crazed serial killer had been thwarted and the alien language’s true origin had been revealed…somewhat.  With the language now shown to be the schematics for an ancient city, will this be the first revelation that begins the snowball effect toward Marvel Studios’ recently announced Inhumans film, as many are theorizing?  Meanwhile, this episode also promises to give us a Ward vs. Ward slugfest as former Agent Grant Ward fights his brother Christian, now senator, in a case of violent sibling rivalry.  Will this episode be the introduction of Attilan, the Inhuman city?  Which Ward will ward off his brother?  Will we get an appearance from Lockjaw, the giant bulldog with a tuning fork on his forehead the Inhumans use to teleport across the globe?  It’s as weird as it sounds folks.  Hit the jump for our recap of the latest episode, “The Things We Bury”.

Will Ferrell Prepares for Prison with Kevin Hart in First GET HARD Images

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Warner Bros. has released the first Get Hard images from the upcoming crime comedy.  Marking the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen, the film stars Will Ferrell as a Bernie Madoff-type wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence.  The prospect of pairing the comedic stylings of Ferrell and Hart is incredibly promising, and from the looks of these images their chemistry is going to be pretty great.  Moreover, the timely premise allows the duo to riff on topics that are especially relevant to our society at this point in time.

Take a look at the first Get Hard images after the jump, and check back here soon to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. NelsonGet Hard opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Rosamund Pike in Talks for THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US with Charlie Hunnam; Clive Owen, Maria Bello to Lead THE CONFIRMATION

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Rosamund Pike may well be on her way to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her tremendous turn in this year’s Gone Girl, and now she’s already keen on lining up her next project.  Variety reports the actress is in early talks to star in the survival love story drama The Mountain Between Us, which has Charlie Hunnam set as the male lead.  The story revolves around a pair of strangers—a writer on the way to her wedding and a doctor heading home from a conference—who survive a plane crash in the mountains.  Badly injured and alone, the two must find a way down the mountain, but since being stranded on a mountain with a good-looking stranger is one of nature’s most powerful aphrodisiacs, they begin to fall for each other.

Hit the jump for more, including casting for the directorial debut of Nebraska writer Bob Nelson.

THE FLASH Recap: “The Flash Is Born”

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Tonight, The Flash decided to take on the topics of school bullies and domestic abuse, albeit in a very cursory manner with very little in the way of practical advice of how to handle such confrontations.  Unless your abuser happens to be made of metal and you happen to develop superspeed, The CW is not the place to turn for conflict resolution.  However, if you want to see some excellent action scenes involving some fun supervillains from the pages of DC Comics, then this is a great place to start.  The Flash continues to be a fun hour of television with perfectly cast characters playing out not only action-packed story arcs but also dramatic relationships that easily draw viewers in.  At six episodes in, it easily remains one of the most entertaining shows on TV today.

Hit the jump for The Flash recap.

New THE GOOD DINOSAUR Image Revealed; Director Peter Sohn’s Story Changes for the Pixar Buddy Comedy Include a New Antagonist

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Pixar has been no stranger to major, last-minute changes on its films—especially when it comes to swapping out the director—but changes for the studio’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur has had quite possibly the farthest reaching effect.  Up co-director Bob Peterson was poised to make his directorial debut with the film, but he was removed from the project nine months before release.  The film was subsequently pushed back from 2014 to November 25, 2015, leaving Pixar without a 2014 release and straining the studio financially, resulting in layoffs and a shift of the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory to 2016.

The studio confirmed last month that Peterson’s co-director Peter Sohn has now taken over as the director of the film, and details have surfaced regarding how Sohn overhauled the story and why Peterson was fired in the first place.  Read on after the jump.

Peter Berg to Direct Cartel Thriller THE HUNT FOR EL CHAPO; LET’S BE COPS Helmer Tackling Sci-Fi with SLINGSHOT

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Filmmaker Peter Berg has found an interesting piece of material that may be well suited to his talents as a director.  THR reports that the Lone Survivor and The Rundown director is attached to helm and produce the global thriller The Hunt for El Chapo for Universal Pictures, which is based on a New Yorker article (read it here) about the capture of drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman.  The project has Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten set to pen the screenplay.  Guzman was imprisoned in the early 1990s, escaped, and then ran the Sinaloa cartel while on the lam.  He was captured in February of this year during an operation that involved the Mexican Navy, the DEA, and the U.S. Marshals.

Berg has been doing some fine work in television since Lone Survivor, helming the pilot and subsequent episodes of HBO’s The Leftovers as well as the Dwayne Johnson HBO pilot Ballers, but he recently signed on to helm Mark Wahlberg in the remake The Six Billion Dollar Man.  Hit the jump for news concerning Luke Greenfield turning his attention to the sci-fi genre.

Steve McQueen Will Next Direct a Film About Activist Paul Robeson

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Filmmaker Steve McQueen has been doing incredible work for years now, but it all came to a head last year with his Best Picture-winning drama 12 Years a Slave.  His follow-up project was a bit atypical for an Oscar winner, as he opted to turn his attention to developing and direct the HBO pilot Codes of Conduct, which revolves around a young African-American man entering New York City high society.  With that drama now complete, McQueen has announced his next feature film project: a film about actor, singer, and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson.  More after the jump.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Looking at Actors for Young Jean Grey and Cyclops Roles; Chloe Grace Moretz and Elle Fanning in the Mix

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We kind of knew this was coming, but it looks like we now have confirmation that the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse will introduce young versions of even more mutants from the original X-Men series.  Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 film X-Men: First Class successfully rebooted the franchise with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence playing 1970s versions of Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique, respectively, and then Bryan Singer’s time-twisting follow-up Days of Future Past brought both casts together in a compelling and fun sequel.  However, Apocalypse moves away from the time travel aspect of DOFP and into the 1980s, so with Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, etc. back out of the picture, Singer and Co. are looking to fill in the gaps with younger versions of some more mutants.

Which mutants, you may ask?  Well a new report unveils a list of actors that are being eyed to play a young Jean Grey and a young Cyclops.  More after the jump.

Heavy Drama Gets Animated in FANTASTIC MR. FOXCATCHER Trailer

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Director Bennett Miller’s drama Foxcatcher is certainly one of the darkest and most somber films of the year, so obviously it makes a fine companion to the visual stylings of director Wes Anderson.  Someone has taken the audio of the Foxcatcher trailer and quite successfully dubbed it over footage from Anderson’s incredible (not to mention wildly entertaining) 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox.  It’s an odd match but it actually works quite well, and it even has the Megan Ellison Seal of Approval.  Both films are great and I highly recommend seeking out Foxcatcher—which includes three of the best performances of the year—when it comes to a theater near you.

Watch the Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher trailer after the jump.  Foxcatcher is now playing in select cities. 

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Say LEGO BATMAN Spin-Off Will Acknowledge Every Era of Batman Filmmaking; Are Handling LEGO Movies Like AVENGERS

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I’ll admit that I was a bit disappointed we were getting a LEGO Batman spinoff before getting The LEGO Movie 2, but leave it to Phil Lord & Christopher Miller to get me excited for it again.  The filmmaking duo are serving as producers on LEGO Batman, and to their credit, they created a fun spin on the character in The LEGO Movie.  Also, while “Everything Is Awesome” is the song that gets all the attention (only because it gets stuck in your head to the point where you want to die), “Untitled Self Portrait” is pretty damn funny.

My main qualm with a LEGO Batman movie was that we’ve already seen Batman so many times on screen, but it turns out that LEGO Batman will be using the Dark Knight’s past on-screen iterations to its advantage.  Hit the jump for more including how the upcoming LEGO movies, including Ninjago, will tie together Avengers-style.

Monday TV Ratings: STATE OF AFFAIRS Debuts So-So; GOTHAM Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Monday, November 17th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s series premiere of State of Affairs (directed by Joe Carnahan) debuted to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 8.6 million viewers.  That’s three tenths shy of last week’s episode of The Blacklist in the same timeslot.
  • Over on Fox, a Harvey Dent-infused episode of Gotham (read Dave’s recap here) ticked up a tenth to a 2.3 rating and garnered 6.41 million viewers.  Sleepy Hollow was also up a tenth from last week’s series low to a 1.6 rating and scored 4.61 million viewers.
  • CBS’ 2 Broke Girls rose two tenths to a 2.1 rating and garnered 7.92 million viewers, while Scorpion matched last week’s 2.0 rating and hit 10.06 million viewers and NCIS: Los Angeles was up two tenths to a 1.7 rating and 8.7 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Castle was up two tenths to a 1.8 rating and 9.38 million viewers.
  • The CW’s The Originals matched last week’s 0.7 rating and scored 1.41 million viewers, while Jane the Virgin dropped a tenth to a 0.4 rating and garnered 1.11 million viewers.

SAFE HOUSE Director Daniel Espinosa May Helm Marathon Bombing Drama BOSTON STRONG for Fox; Casey Affleck Departs

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The Boston Marathon bombing drama has found a director and a studio, but it’s lost its star.  Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has acquired Boston Strong, which is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa in talks to take the helm.  Casey Affleck was previously attached to star when it was looking for a studio home, but his deal eventually fell apart.  The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, which follows the massive manhunt for the two men responsible for the tragic Boston bombing in 2013.  More after the jump.

THE DUFF Trailer and Poster Set Out to Obliterate Body Image Progress

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That headline is half in jest, since I actually think there’s a chance that The Duff has its heart in the right place.  It’s just that the execution of that intent, so far, is a bit confounding.  First, star Mae Whitman is neither ugly or fat.  But I’m not worried about her.  She’s an adult and likely knows that she’s not ugly or fat.  But what do little girls think of themselves when they see Whitman, who is more than conventionally attractive, positioned that way?  When they look and the mirror don’t feel like they can even measure up to Hollywood’s standards of “ugly” and “fat?”  All of this is hammered home by the vaguely predatory tagline, “if you don’t know who it is, then it’s probably you.”  I’m sure there’s some redemption in the film itself.  It looks to have good performances for what looks essentially like a more specific, current version of Mean Girls.  It looks well made.  I just feel like its positioning itself in a clunky, potentially harmful manner.

Hi the jump for The Duff trailer and poster.  The film also stars Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Alison Janney, Romany Malco and Ken Jeong.  It was directed by Ari Sandel from a script by Josh Cagan and opens in theaters next year.

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