Though filmmaker Bryan Singer is decidedly busy putting the finishing touches on this summer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, it appears that he’s carving some time out of his schedule to direct a high-profile TV pilot. Singer is now onboard to take the helm of the pilot for Battle Creek, an impending CBS series that hails from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who actually first wrote the pilot for the network back in 2002 before they passed on the project. When Gilligan came off the wild success of sticking the landing of Breaking Bad, the network magically rediscovered the project (which they still owned) and put it back into active development with a straight-to-series order.
Hit the jump for more on Battle Creek, Singer’s involvement, and how hands-on Gilligan will be with the new show.
We’ve got a sneak peek at 23 images from an upcoming episode of The CW’s Arrow to share with you today. While you’ll have to wait about two weeks to see these guys and gals in action, the appropriately titled episode “Suicide Squad” looks to shake up the established order of things. If you keep up with the show (and our recaps), then you know that Oliver Queen and John Diggle have been busy rounding up villains like Deadshot and Bronze Tiger. Now, it looks as if Queen could be on the wrong side of the law, while Diggle is aiding the very criminals he helped put away in a clandestine operation! What is going on here??
Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Caity Lotz, Michael Jai White, Michael Rowe, Sean Maher, Audrey Marie Anderson, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson star. Hit the jump to check out the images. Arrow’s “Suicide Squad” airs Wednesday, March 19 (8:00-9:00pm ET) on The CW.
When beloved TV shows come to a close or are abruptly canceled, there’s almost always talk of potentially continuing the story in a feature film form. That talk rarely materializes into an actual movie, but in the case of Veronica Mars and its rabid fanbase, patience and passion have actually brought the notion of a Veronica Mars movie to fruition. Written and directed by series creator Rob Thomas, the pic finds Kristen Bell’s titular character returning to her hometown of Neptune when her ex-boyfriend, Logan (Jason Dohring), is accused of murder, only to find that the case isn’t as straightforward as it first appears. Warner Bros.—which is distributing the Kickstarter-funded feature—has now released a batch of new images from the film, offering fans looks at some of their favorite VM characters nearly a decade after the show first debuted.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Tina Majorino, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, Chris Lowell, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ken Marino, Max Greenfield, and Jerry O’Connell. Veronica Mars opens in theaters on March 14th after first premiering at the SXSW Film Festival.
Paramount has released the first poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction, and when paired with the Super Bowl spot and the new trailer preview, this movie is going to be insane. Sure, it’s going to be dumber than a stump and have mind-blowing set piece, but on a conceptual level, this looks like the nuttiest Transformers yet. This poster has Mark Wahlberg wearing a confused expression, and perhaps his character is confused because he’s wielding a swordgun. Someone dropped something out of Final Fantasy VIII, put in the hands of a movie star, and it’s going to be in one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. The trigger appears to be a tooth for god’s sake. The kicker is the tagline: “The rules have changed”, which is news to me because I was unaware the Transformers series even had rules.
Hit the jump to check out the poster, and come back for a new trailer and more posters this week. The film also stars Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th.
In a TV landscape already saturated with cop series and crime shows, can Those Who Kill make its mark? Its first positive distinguishing factor is its setting — the show takes place, and is filmed, in Pittsburgh, which is a refreshing change of scenery. The other is that the personal history of newly minted homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny) — a history which drives her dogged pursuit of criminals — is one that is still very much present, alive, and shrouded in mystery, though not secrecy. Hit the jump for more on what makes Those Who Kill (based on a Danish series of the same name) a promising new show.
Fans eager to see how director Michael Bay plans to “reboot” his own franchise will want to keep an eye on this space tomorrow. The full trailer for Bay’s action sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction will debut on Tuesday, but today Paramount has released a preview with a few bits of new footage. We still know very little about the film other than the fact that none of the characters from the previous three Transformers films return and Mark Wahlberg takes on leading man duties; oh, and there are Dinobots. I wasn’t over the moon about the Super Bowl spot for the film, but I’m curious to see what Bay has done to retool the franchise with this fourth installment. Is the tone the same as the first three movies? Does the primary setting remain in the U.S.? Hopefully we’ll have a better idea of what to expect when the new trailer hits tomorrow.
Hit the jump to watch a preview of the new trailer. The film also stars Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th.
Last year, when director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed was filming in Detroit, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters. While I was excited for the film based solely on the cast (Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson and Kid Cudi), I walked away excited for something else: the practical effects. While on set, I watched as real cars raced around the city and they were definitely breaking every speed limit. From what I was told from the cast and crew, this is how the whole movie was made; using real cars racing at high speeds with cameras recoding every move. It should be a hell of a ride when the film opens March 14th.
During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Imogen Poots. She talked about getting ready for the driving, her character, the stunts, filming on location, why she wanted to wear a headband in the film, if anything surprised her on set, which car she’d like to take home, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what she had to say.
Fans have waited a long time for the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s 2006 film 300, but the wait is almost over as director Noam Murro’s “inbetweenquel” 300: Rise of an Empire is poised to hit theaters in a matter of days. For those unfamiliar, the film finds Greek general Themistokles attempting to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the way against the massive invading Persian forces, led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Artemisa (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. In anticipation of the film’s release, we’ve got some fun 300: Rise of an Empire-related materials to give away to some lucky readers, including an Android tablet, a pair of IMAX tickets, gorgeous-looking coffee table book 300: Rise of an Empire: The Art of the Film, a mini replica of one of the ships, t-shirts, hoodies, a duffel bag, and more.
Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to get a closer look at some of the materials. 300: Rise of an Empire opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D in special 8pm screenings on Thursday, March 6th and starts everywhere March 7th.
In the remaining episodes of Season 3 of the MTV drama series Teen Wolf, Scott (Tyler Posey) is struggling to find his place as an Alpha, while he, Allison (Crystal Reed) and his best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) are experiencing strange side effects after reigniting the power within Beacon Hills. And in the heightened world these teenagers live in, all of their lives are in danger and everything has extreme consequences.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Arden Cho (who plays Beacon Hills newcomer and newly discovered Kistune, Kira) talked about her audition process for the show, binge-watching the entire series in two weeks, how nervous she was about being the new girl on set, what it was like to shoot her first scene, how excited she is to play such a quirky character, how happy she is about the overwhelmingly positive fan response, that she learns things about her character at the very last minute, how much she enjoys shooting the scenes between Kira and her parents, how much her athletic background works to her advantage on such a physical show, her favorite scene and episode this season, and whether she’d love to be a part of a possible female-centric Kitsune spin-off series. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Sony Pictures has released a pair of new motion posters for director Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While the character of Spider-Man easily lends himself to the idea of a motion poster, these are more like short Vines that end with a still poster image. Nevertheless, if you’re itching to see more of Spidey’s web slinging in action, these should sufficiently appease that desire. Webb was recently confirmed to return to helm The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and all signs are pointing to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 setting up a gallery of villains that may or may not be explored in further entries from Sony’s planned Spider-Man movie universe.
Hit the jump to take a look at the motion posters. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, and Paul Giamatti. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.
Make no mistake; Disney’s Frozen is a box office behemoth. The film picked up two well-deserved Oscars last night for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, and this weekend the pic crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office with $1,000.2 billion. That puts the fairy tale musical at number 18 on the all-time box office chart, sandwiched between The Dark Knight at 17 with $1,004.6 and The Lion King at 19 with $987.5 million. This also makes Frozen the second film of 2013 to join the Billion Dollar Club, as Iron Man 3 (also released by Disney) currently holds the number 5 slot with a whopping $1,215.4 billion worldwide.
Broadway veteran Idina Menzel performed the Oscar-winning Frozen song “Let It Go” during the Academy Awards ceremony last night, but it was clear that she had trouble hearing herself in her in-ear monitor, resulting in a sadly disappointing performance. You can watch the “Let It Go” clip from the film after the jump if you need a refresher of just how amazing Menzel’s voice really is. Frozen will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 18th, but you can click here to pre-order.
With next summer’s Terminator: Genesis, the Terminator franchise is getting a reboot except for the one piece it can’t seem to let go: Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was even awkwardly shoehorned into Terminator: Salvation, and now he’ll be along for the new installment even though all of the other major characters—Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese—are being playing by new actors. Speaking to TheArnoldFans, Schwarzenegger said, “We start filming in the middle or in the end of April and it will be a four or four-and-a-half month long shoot. We will be filming it in New Orleans with some of it in San Francisco and maybe a little of it in LA but most of it will be done in New Orleans.”
Hit the jump for the full quote from Schwarzenegger as well as some possible details about the script. The film also stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney. Terminator: Genesis opens July 1, 2015.
Last year, when Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was filming in Montreal, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. For those not familiar with the story, the movie finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants. The film also takes place in the distant future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails. Trust me, Days of Future Past is a very cool storyline, and a perfect way to have the old and new cast in one film.
During a break in filming, I participated in a group interview with producer Hutch Parker. He talked about how the project came together, what it was like the first time Fassbender and Ian Mckellan met, the Quicksilver sequence, the use of 3D, the possibilities of crossing over with Marvel, if they’re planting seeds for where the franchise can go next, the Sentinels, the VFX, Easter eggs, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Today, Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is the giant box set, The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition, which is the definitive edition of the Hollywood classic. It contains the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet copy as well as a 52-page hardcover photo book, ruby slippers sparkle globe, collectible award pin set, a journal, and a map of Oz. There’s also a 4GB “Wicked Witch of the East” flash drive for people who like their flash drives to look like severed legs. If you’ve been waiting to add The Wizard of Oz to your collection, this is the edition to have, and this is the day to do add it since it will be $54.99 for today only. Click here to buy it.
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Last night, Robert Lopez took home an Academy Award for co-writing “Let It Go” from Frozen, and became the youngest person to “EGOT”, i.e. win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. Lopez previously won the Grammys and Tonys for The Book of Mormon, and received Daytime Emmy Awards for music direction and composition for the kids TV series The Wonder Pets.
Per Variety, other “EGOT” members include Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, and Scott Rudin. So if you need a bit a trivia about last night’s ceremony, you can point at Lopez’ win.