JUPITER ASCENDING Comic-Con Panel Recap: Epic New Trailer Revealed

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One of my most anticipated films of this summer was writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s original sci-fi pic Jupiter Ascending.  I was bummed when Warner Bros. decided to push the movie to next February, but luckily that gave the studio the opportunity to shed more light on the film at Comic-Con 2014.  Earlier today in Hall H, star Channing Tatum took the stage to present the film’s excellent new trailer and tease a bit more about the pic.  Read my full recap of the Jupiter Ascending Comic-Con panel after the jump.

Comic-Con: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Director/Producer Peter Atencio Talk KEY AND PEELE Season 4, Animated Spinoffs, FARGO, and More

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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele may well be the best damn comedy team working today.  After honing their skills on MadTV for five seasons, the duo struck out on their own to create Key and Peele.  Within months of premiering, the series produced a viral hit so popular that President Barrack Obama felt the need to comment on it publicly. Three seasons, (with Key and Peele Season 4 coming this fall), two Emmy nominations, and one Peabody Award later, these funnymen are just getting started.

Now they’re branching out into dramedy with turns on Fargo, features with Judd Apatow and even animated spin-offs of their meta-textual YouTube characters Vandaveon and Mike.  Yesterday afternoon, Collider sat down with the comedians and their Director/Producer Peter Atencio at Comic-Con to discuss all of the above.  And Cyrano de Bergerac by way of Cholo culture.  Read on for the full interview and some video snippets.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Comic-Con Panel Recap: “Comic-Con Belongs to the Mad”; First Footage Unveiled

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The Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel was one of the biggest question marks of Comic-Con 2014.  It’s been decades since the last installment.  It took years for the reboot/sequel to get made.  It was a new Mad Max, but the return of the series’ director, George Miller.  And how do you bring one of the most memorable visions of the post-apocalypse into the 21st century?  These questions made me eager to get a first glimpse at the madness.  But the fourth Mad Max doesn’t look mad.  It looks fucking insane in all the best ways.

Hit the jump for the Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel recap.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Comic-Con Panel Recap – Batman and Superman Square Off, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Revealed

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Comic-Con panel recap was one of the most highly anticipated panels of this year’s Con.  We also expected it to be this year’s closer for Warner Bros. panel.  “The Grand Finale,” of their presentation, if you will.  Instead, the studio decided to make the day explode by showing the first footage from the superhero movie.  And it did not disappoint.

Hit the jump for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Comic-Con panel recap.

Comic-Con: Sneak Peek at the Teen-Angst Time-Travel Movie PROJECT ALMANAC

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At Comic-Con late Thursday night, Paramount held a surprise sneak peek of its upcoming found-footage time-travel film Project Almanac, from first-time feature director Dean Israelite and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Originally scheduled for release back in February, it was postponed until January of 2015 to give Paramount and MTV Films time work out a marketing strategy. Some of that strategy will no doubt be based on the response of the select Comic-Con audience at this screening, which was generally positive despite the late hour (it started just after 11:00 pm).  Hit the jump for my Project Almanac preview.

Comic-Con: Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Clark Gregg, Cast and Producers Talk Season 2, Existing within the MCU, AGENT CARTER Connections, and More

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Shortly after the Marvel TV panel at Comic-Con on Friday, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with cast members Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain de Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeph Loeb, and Jeffrey Bell. If you watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you know there was a huge revelation about Brett Dalton’s character, Grant Ward. Many had wondered if Dalton would be returning for season two, but with his appearance at Comic-Con and having participated in interviews for the show, it’s safe to assume that he will be back. Also, with the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. has all but been completely obliterated.

During the roundtable interviews, the actors and producers talked about how The Winter Soldier will affect the show going forward, when the rest of the Avengers will discover that Agent Coulson is still alive, the show’s relationship to the new ABC series Marvel’s Agent Carter, and so much more.  Hit the jump to read the full interviews.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con Presentation Reveals First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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During Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con presentation in the convention center’s famed Hall H today, a crowd-pleasing presentation kicked things off with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  While we’ve previously seen Henry Cavill in costume as Superman, along with Ben Affleck in costume as Batman, this presentation was the first glimpse of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman armor.  Needless to say, it looks like the Internet’s knee-jerk reaction to Gadot’s casting was premature; no surprise there.  They also screened some footage that apparently wowed the crowd, so be sure to keep an eye out for our panel recap coming up soon!

Also starring Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne.  Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.  Hit the jump to check out the new Wonder Woman image.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Releases Hulk and Thor Concept Art to Complete the Avengers Team Poster

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San Diego Comic-Con continues to be the place for fans of comics and all their various incarnations to celebrate.  Perhaps the biggest project on the horizon for audiences and movie studios alike is Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated superhero sequel.  The studio has been releasing individual concept art character posters over the last couple of days which featured Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch battling the hordes of the robotic menace known as Ultron.  Now, the final two posters featuring Hulk and Thor have been released, and in a move that surprises few, the posters can be combined to show off an epic team battle.  Hit the jump to take a look at all the concept art released thus far.

Starring Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames Spader, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. 

Comic-Con: MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER Cast and Producers Talk Period Setting, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Crossover, Easter Eggs, and More

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To say that Marvel’s Agent Carter, the next addition to the Marvel television universe on ABC, is highly anticipated is pretty much an understatement. With the popularity of Hayley Atwell’s character in both Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Solider, not to mention the awesome One Shot Marvel produced, it’s not hard to get excited at the aspect of a whole show centering around Peggy Carter. While at San Diego Comic Con promoting the new show, I was able to sit down to a round table interview with Hayley Atwell herself and also Executive Producers Louis D’Esposito, Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus, Michele Fazekas, and Tara Butters to discuss what is in store for Agent Carter.

During the conversation, they talked a lot of what the portrayal of Carter in her daily life, living a double life to her friends and family, the possibilities of a crossover with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and easter eggs, whether or not Carter might have a new love interest, how excited they are to be doing a period piece, and Carter’s personal relationship with a surprising character. Read the full interview after the jump.

Friday Box Office: LUCY Shows More Muscle Than HERCULES on Opening Day

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It looks like Universal’s decision to move up the release date for Lucy will go down as one of the summer’s smartest plays.  Director Luc Besson’s sci-fi pic was supposed to open in August – not exactly an endorsement of its strong box office potential.  But arriving two weeks earlier than planned, Lucy is now aiming for one of the best sci-fi debuts of 2014 with at least $45 million.  That’s double what the R-rated title was originally projected to earn and is more than enough to make fellow newcomer Hercules look puny by comparison.  The action pic starring Dwayne Johnson came in second on Friday and should earn $28 million on its debut weekend.  That’s right on track with early projections for the film, though the number was supposed to equal a first place finish for the son of Zeus.

Hit the jump for Friday’s top five.

Comic-Con: Co-Creators Tim Kring and Gideon Raff Talk DIG, Shooting in Israel, Series Plans, HEROES REBORN, and More

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Tim Kring returned to Comic-Con with his latest show, Dig, a TV mini-series on USA, which will employ the multi-story narrative style that he used so effectively in Heroes and Touch.  Gideon Raff, a writer and producer on Homeland, serves as series co-creator on Dig.  The show is set in Jerusalem, where Raff was born and raised, and follows an American FBI agent (Jason Isaacs) who uncovers a far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the murder of an American archaeologist.  Anne Heche also stars as Isaacs’ love interest and David Costabile is an American minister with possibly sinister intentions.

Kring and Raff answered questions for the press, following the show’s debut at Comic-Con on Thursday.  During the interview, the two shared their thoughts on shooting on location in Israel and the importance of using multiple digital platforms to engage an audience.  Hit the jump for more highlights from the interviews.

Comic-Con: Creator Adam Reed Talks ARCHER Season 6 Villain, Guest Spots by Allison Tolman and Christian Slater, Laffy Taffy, and More

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Just a short while before their Comic-Con panel, we took part in roundtable interviews with the cast and crew of FX’s animated spy spoof Archer. Show creator and executive producer Adam Reed is coming right off a risky and ultimately brilliant fifth season in which the show’s intelligence agency turns bad, leading to a temporary renaming of the show as Archer Vice. We discussed obscure references to the creator of watermelon, both upcoming and dream guest stars, as well as a reveal for the primary villain in Archer Season 6. Hit the jump for the full interview.

ORPHAN BLACK Comic-Con Panel Recap: Cast and Creators Talk Male Clones, the Emmy Snub, and the Comic Book

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Awards season sees snubs left and right for well-deserved performances and craftsmanship, but never in recent history has there been such fan backlash as there has been for Orphan BlackThis little known BBC America series has managed to grow a loyal and rabid cult following in just two seasons, with the amazing talented Tatiana Maslany at the center of it.

Regularly playing four to five different clones in each episode, Maslany has truly earned her new spot as a Comic-Con superstar, and the energy was palpable when the Orphan Black panel started.  While about half the time was devoted to fan questions and touching stories, the panel was able to go into how the cast and crew felt about the making of the second season and where they were looking forward to as they begin work on the third.  Are there sparks flying between Paul and Mrs. S?  Will we see Tony, the newest clone, again?  And, really, where are Cosima’s parents?  In attendance with Maslany were actors Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, and Ari Millen, as well as creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.  Hit the jump for Orphan Black Comic-Con panel recap highlights.

BATES MOTEL Comic-Con Panel Recap: A Look Back at the Insane Second Season, and a Promise for More Creepiness to Come

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Bates Motel has never been a show that was afraid to “go there.”  With a second season that saw many supporting characters sent away or killed, a tense showdown with drug trading, and that mother and son kiss that went on just a bit too long, showrunners and creators Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have a lot to live up to with their upcoming third season of the A&E show.

Along with cast members Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Olivia Cooke, and Nestor Carbonell on hand, the panel reflected back on the insanity and never before seen hilarity of the second season, while teasing fans slightly with a special guest appearance, if the show will ever seen any character spillover from the original Psycho, and what the cast themselves would like to see for their characters in the upcoming season.  Hit the jump for the Bates Motel Comic-Con panel recap highlights.

The Cast and Producers of THE WALKING DEAD Talk Season 5, the Group’s Reunion, and Relationships at Comic-Con

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Hall H welcomed the cast and producers of The Walking Dead as they made their appearance at Comic-Con this morning to talk about the new season and interact with fans.  By now, everyone has probably already seen the trailer they also unveiled for Season 5.  It was a nice treat for fans and also helped answer some lingering questions.  Of course, one question always leads to five more when it comes to AMC’s hit drama.  So, the cast and creative team sat down with us following their panel for roundtable interviews.  While they tried to keep most details hushed, they did provide us with a pretty good outlook of what to expect when the series returns in October.  Hit the jump for highlights from the interviews with Robert Kirkman, Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln, and Chandler Riggs.

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