AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Check out Hawkeye’s New Outfit; Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige Talk about Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor

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When last we heard from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel was showing footage to an enthusiastic crowd at the San Diego Comic-Con.  Today, a new image from the film has popped up in the pages of Empire Magazine, and it shows off Hawkeye’s new costume.  It looks like Hawkeye took Tony’s “Legolas” joke from the first movie to heart.  I’m curious if this is the only superhero outfit he’ll wear since the Comic-Con concept art collage showed Hawkeye in a suit that resembles his costume from the first film.

Hit the jump to check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron Hawkeye costume along with some quotes about the movie from director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames Spader, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Director Antoine Fuqua Talks THE EQUALIZER, Westerns, the Hard R Rating, Changes from the 80s Series, and More on Set

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Last August, when director Antoine Fuqua was filming The Equalizer outside of Boston, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  I learned a lot about the movie on the set visit and walked away thinking the film could turn out great, especially with Washington playing an ass-kicking hero defending folks that need help.  When Sony test screened the movie, the pic scored huge numbers and they’re already prepping a sequel, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

During a group interview with Antoine Fuqua he talked about the changes from the 80s series, the hard R-rating, how it’s “a bit of a throwback to the 70’s where characters are allowed to breathe a little bit more,” how Washington plays a character with obsessive-compulsive disorder and the way it’s used in the film, if he views Equalizer with franchise potential, the challenges of working with someone he’s close to, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  The Equalizer opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on September 26th.

BETTER CALL SAUL Teaser Asks How Does Jimmy McGill Become Saul Goodman?

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We know Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) well, but how about Jimmy McGill?  As revealed in this brand new teaser for the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, the show will begin five years before Saul meets Walter White (Bryan Cranston), back when he was going by the name Jimmy McGill.

The piece doesn’t come with much new footage, but creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan do pose a few questions that could tease the trajectory of the show, namely, how do you become Saul Goodman?  In the promo, Jimmy announces that he’d rather not represent guilty people because it comes with too much aggravation, but of course, they’re Saul’s bread and butter when we meet him in Breaking Bad, so what sparked that change?  We’ll probably have to wait until the show kicks off in February 2015 on AMC to find out, but for now, hit the jump to watch the latest Better Call Saul teaser for yourself.

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “The Garveys At Their Best”

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In the penultimate episode of its inaugural season, The Leftovers finally gave viewers a reason to care about the Garveys.  It took nine hours to get here — was it worth it?  Like so much about The Leftovers, the placement of “The Garveys At Their Best” is a question of pacing.  It would have been a harrowing season opener, or another early episode.  Was Damon Lindelof afraid that a flashback episode would feel too much like Lost?  (That the present only matters because of the revelations of the past?)  Or was there a feeling that waiting this long would make the character reveals more interesting?  In any case, it arrived — hit the jump for why “I smoked.  And I don’t want a dog.”

New STAR WARS REBELS Short “Entanglement” Highlights Zeb and His Tardiness

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Disney has released a new Star Wars Rebels short, and this one shines the spotlight on Zeb Orrelios (voiced by Steve Blum).  The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy.  Looking at this short and the one we saw last week, I’m starting to get interested in this series.  The characters are likable and rambunctious rather than trying too hard to be hip and edgy.  It’s still a kids’ show, but it looks like it could be a good one.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels short, “Entanglement”.  Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Tiya Sircar.

THE WALKING DEAD Giveaway: Win Limited Edition “Tree Walker” Season 4 Blu-ray

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The Walking Dead season 4 is out on Blu-ray tomorrow, and we have a limited edition “Tree Walker” box set to give away to one lucky reader.  The “Tree Walker” set includes the extended episodes, featurettes, and commentaries of the typical season 4 Blu-ray, but comes in a cool, intricate package designed by McFarlane Toys.

Find out how to win the “Tree Walker” box set after the jump.

HBO Releases New Teasers for THE NEWSROOM, THE COMEBACK, and BOARDWALK EMPIRE

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Last night, HBO ran the series finale for True Blood (read Allison’s recap here), but also released teasers for three shows that will be premiering this fall.  On September 7th, Boardwalk Empire will begin its fifth and final season, and as this latest teaser reminds us, “No One Goes Quietly”.  Then in November, HBO will premiere the final season of Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom, and I can’t decide if it’s narcissistic or clever that they’re using script pages to tease the show’s conclusion.  And while it may be “good-bye” to Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom, it’s “Welcome back” to The Comeback, which will also premiere in November.

Check out The Newsroom final season teaser after the jump along with the teasers for Boardwalk Empire and The Comeback.

TRUE BLOOD Series Finale Recap: “Thank You”

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True Blood‘s final season was a long goodbye, and its finale was an opportunity to craft its legacy regarding what, exactly, we were ultimately saying goodbye to.  To judge True Blood on “Thank You” is, like I mentioned last week, to parallel the fan experience with the relationship between Sookie and Bill.  True Blood had to end for us to live with ourselves.  As Sookie said, “You’re choosing to die because I have no self respect?”  And we couldn’t be more grateful.  Hit the jump for the end.

R.I.P. Richard Attenborough (1923 – 2014)

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Director and actor Richard Attenborough has passed away at the age of 90.  Perhaps best known to U.S. audiences as the kindly but misguided John Hammond in Jurassic Park, Attenborough’s career spanned seven decades and in 1983 he won Best Director and Best Picture for Gandhi.  His other directing credits included the star-studded A Bridge Too Far, the screen adaptation of the beloved stage musical A Chorus Line, and the biopic Chaplin, which earned Robert Downey Jr. a Best Actor nomination.  His notable acting roles include Brighton Rock, 10 Rillington Place, The Great Escape, and many more.  In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II awarded a life peerage to the British filmmaker.

Our deepest condolences go out to Lord Attenborough’s family and friends.  For more in-depth look at his life and accomplishments, click here.

THE STRAIN Recap: “For Services Rendered”

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In “For Services Rendered,” The Strain slowed down the monster onslaught (somewhat) in order to reveal some backstories and world-building.  What it really proved, though, was that all of this is about Abraham versus Eichorst, and younguns need to be seated and learn a thing or two.  (Abraham learned about these vampires, and how to kill them, from his Bubbie, heard?  An Armenian-Romanian Bubbie, no less).  The episode also introduced us to a brand new friend (or possibly foe …).  Hit the jump, if your sword-cane is ready.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Asterion”

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In my recap of “Blackbird,” I mentioned that despite an emotionally compelling episode (in part), Masters of Sex seemed to really just be treading water.  That fact was also a disappointment primarily because of the Buell Green storyline, which flatlined before it had an opportunity to really be anything interesting.  “Asterion” had two major time jumps, but ultimately, they showed that the more things change, the more things stay the same.  Hit the jump for why “some things cannot be undone.”

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Walk This Way”

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The Donovan clan, who have been living very separate lives this season, were all forced under one roof in “Walk This Way.”  The results were, predictably, a disaster.  But, “Conor wanted the family; Conor got the family.”  In many ways, “Walk This Way” was a perfect capsule episode of Ray Donovan that focused on the Donovans being as messed up as they could possibly be.  As far as what it means for their futures, though, things are not as clear.  Hit the jump for the difference between acne and a priest.

Michael Rooker Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Making Yondu “More Handsome” in the Sequel, How WALKING DEAD Conflicted with Filming, and More

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Not only has Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy become the biggest movie of the summer, but it’s just highly entertaining fun.  An action-packed epic space adventure, it’s such a fun ride, with great action, plenty of laughs, a ton of heart and perfect choices in music, and it will have you cheering for the snarky Rocket Raccoon and a talking tree named Groot.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Michael Rooker (who plays blue-skinned humanoid Yondu) talked about how amazing it is to be a first-time Marvel actor and hit a home run, that he was confident that director James Gunn would put him in the film, if he could just convince Marvel and Disney, how he wouldn’t have been able to do Guardians, if his time on The Walking Dead hadn’t come to an end, how Yondu’s teeth and contacts bothered him more than the make-up, how very similar the finished product is to the original script, what a collaborative filmmaker James Gunn is, how even though he has no idea where his character will go in the sequel yet, he does know that Yondu will be more fleshed out, and that he’d love to see Yondu in other environments like Avengers 3.  He also talked about his next project, Bolden, which is a mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first cornet king of New Orleans.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Is DOA with Just $6.4 Million as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Reclaims Box Office Throne

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Hoo-boy, people did not want to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The box office prospects for the follow-up were already looking pretty dim following dismal reviews and lack of general interest, but few would have guessed that directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s stylized sequel would only make $6.4 million for the entire weekend—for the entire weekend!  That’s down 78% from the first film’s opening weekend, and puts the film at No. 8 on the box office chart, as Marvel Studios’ highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy reclaimed the top spot for the first time since its opening weekend.  The film was usurped by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in its second weekend, but pulled in an impressive $17.6 million over the last three days for a domestic total of $251.9 million.  Guardians is now on track to best Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the highest grossing film of the year, stateside.

Hit the jump for the full Top 10 and analysis.

INTRUDERS Review: Secret Societies, Ghost Machines, and Unstoppable Assassins Abound in BBC America’s Body-Snatching Series

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“In the beginning, there was death.”  This is the mantra of BBC America’s new series Intruders, and the show makes good on that promise from the outset.  The body-snatching drama based on British novelist Michael Marshall Smith’s work spans multiple genres, from the ever-popular police procedural, to the vogue of supernatural deaths and rebirths, with elements of classic crowd-pleasers like secret societies, conspiracies, and yes, even creepy children.  While Intruders is sure to draw comparisons to The X-Files (which makes sense considering that the hit show’s producer Glen Morgan is both writer and executive producer of the new series), it’s much less episodic in nature and skews more toward the cult series Twin Peaks than anything else, thanks in part to its Pacific Northwest setting and layered mystery spiraling around its central plot.  

Hit the jump for my Intruders review, and for why you should welcome this show into your home when it debuts on BBC America tonight at 10pm ET. 

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