If you’re coming up a bit short on ideas for your holiday shopping list, you might want to check out this Geek Gifts Grab-Bag Giveaway! We’ve got a whole host of holiday collectibles from such cult favorites as Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica and even Downton Abbey to giveaway. Need a new ornament for the tree? Want some new clothing to show off your starship allegiance? Need a coffee table book that delves behind the scenes of a certain dramatic series about a wealthy British family in the early 20th century? Hit the jump for your one-stop shop of holiday geek goodies!
Warner Bros.’ big screen adaptation of Tarzan is back on in a big way. Though the project was initially planned as Harry Potter director David Yates’ follow-up to Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the studio put the brakes on the film due to budget concerns earlier this year. Apparently all parties came to an agreement, as movement picked up again a few months ago with Christoph Waltzentering talks to star as the villain opposite Alexander Skarsgard, who will play the titular Tarzan. Now Variety reports that Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to co-star with Skarsgard and adds that Waltz’s deal has closed.
Jackson was first linked to Tarzan over a year ago, when he was being eyed for the role of a Civil War veteran eager to redeem himself for his part in the massacre of Native Americans. No word if that’s still the role Jackson will be playing, but Variety also notes that The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie is now the top choice to play Jane. With the project heating up, expect to hear more casting news soon.
BBC America has released the first trailer and a collection of images and posters for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor. The episode will mark star Matt Smith’s last appearance as The Doctor before he hands off the role to new Doctor Peter Capaldi. Preceding the special will be a farewell documentary titled Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith, narrated by Alex Kingston and featuring interviews with numerous castmates, writers, producers, and guest stars. All this to say that if you’re a Who fan, you’re probably going to want to set aside some time (or your DVR) this coming Christmas Day.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images. Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith airs on BBC America December 25th at 8pm ET, immediately followed by the Christmas special The Time of the Doctor.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Doug Liman’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow. The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race. He wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier and perhaps change his fate thanks to the help of a fellow officer played by Emily Blunt. The film is essentially a sci-fi version of Groundhog Day, and judging by this first trailer Liman looks to have put together an intense and thrilling spin on a fascinating premise. Though there are obviously plenty of CGI effects involved, the aesthetic has a more grounded and realistic nature to it, which is encouraging. Moreover, it’s great to see a female lead that’s much more than a damsel in distress or simple love interest.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read our recap from the film’s Comic-Con panel. The pic also stars Bill Paxton, Laura Pulver, and Jeremy Piven. Edge of Tomorrow opens on June 6, 2014. [Update: Warner Bros. has also released a new poster for the film, which is now included after the jump.]
Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
The new ABC drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fell to a new series low last night, notching a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.92 million viewers for a drop of over half a ratings point from its most recent episode’s 2.6 rating. Read Evan’s recap here.
Alternatively, ABC’s new comedies saw a rise in viewership with The Goldbergs rising 21% from last week’s 1.4 rating to a 1.7 rating and 4.85 million viewers, while Trophy Wife was up 9% from last week’s 1.1 rating to a 1.2 rating and 3.49 million viewers.
CBS’ procedural NCIS notched a 2.8 rating and 18.84 million viewers, down 7% from its last episode’s 3.0 rating. NCIS: Los Angeles was even with a 2.4 rating and 14.71 million viewers, and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show dropped 6% from last year to a 3.4 rating and 9.71 million viewers.
Finally, NBC’s Chicago Fire garnered a 2.2 rating and 9.27 million viewers, dropping 4% from last week.
While we’ve been reporting on who might be playing Sarah Connor in the upcoming Terminator reboot, Terminator: Genesis, we might have an actor for her son…Her much older son. According to Deadline, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks to play John Connor, the robot-killing messiah-figure of the post-apocalyptic future. As we previously reported, Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) are the frontrunners for Sarah Connor, and since they’re both younger than Clarke by about two decades, there’s clearly some time travelin’ going on. I really hope that at one point, John Connor yells at his mom, “You’re not the boss of me!” and runs to his room.
The Monty Python folks will be joined by another immensely talented Brit in their new film. Screen Daily reports that Simon Pegg will star in the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything, which will feature the voices of Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones. The story revolves around Neil Clarke, “a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens.” The Monty Python members will voice the aliens, while Pegg will play the lead character of Clarke. The film will be a mix of live-action and CGI, with Jones also directing the pic in addition to lending his voice. Additional casting is underway, but Robin Williams is also set to voice Clarke’s pet dog.
Filming will get underway in London on March 23rd, and Pegg already has a pretty big 2014 lined up. He’ll reprise his role as Benji in the Christopher McQuarrie-directedMission: Impossible 5, set to begin filming next year, and Paramount is also hoping to start production on Star Trek 3 in 2014 as well. The first order of business on the Trek sequel, though, is finding a new director.
20th Century Fox has released the first posters for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Details on the plot are still scarce, but we know that it will continue building to the original 1968 film, there will be more ape talking, and an attempt to balance Caesar’s story wit the story of the surviving humans. But people don’t show up to a Planet of the Apes movie for the homo sapiens. They want the apes, and these posters give Caesar and his compatriots a close-up. The war paint is interesting because it raises the question of why they paint their faces at all. Are they at war with other apes and/or the humans? Is it an attempt to find an identity and display individuality? I really enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, so I’m eager to find out what director Matt Reeves has in store.
Hit the jump to check out the posters along with a PSA from the “The Office of Public Health Awareness” about how to protect yourself from Simian Flu. Reeves tweeted that we can expect to see the first trailer on December 18th at 6:00am PST. In addition to Andy Serkis reprising his role as Caesar, the film also stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Toby Kebbell. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 11, 2014.
From Frank Darabont, the new TNT drama series Mob City depicts the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster, in 1940s Los Angeles. Based on the critically acclaimed book “L.A. Noir” by John Buntin, the story follows Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal), who has been assigned to a new mob task force headed by Det. Hal Morrison (Jeffrey DeMunn), as part of the crusade by Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) to free the city of criminals like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), and to stop the corruption in his own police force.
At the show’s press day, actor Robert Knepper (who plays legendary hitman Sid Rothman) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to this show, juggling Mob City with his CW series Cult, how he considered taking a theater job in China before his role went from recurring to regular, the similarities between Sid Rothman and T-Bag, the honor system these criminals lived by, and how he views the relationship between Sid and Joe Teague. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Sons of Anarchy has always had intense finales, but oh mother. The show has been moving towards the events in “A Mother’s Work” for awhile, even though seeing them play out (and how they played out) was one of the most disturbing things Sons has ever done. Like Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy has a harsh moral universe, where violence begets more violence, and so forth. Nero alluded to this when he asked Jax about his belief in karma, and the consequences of his actions. It’s something Jax himself knows, but as he said in the cold open, he’s always been able to justify it (something he also has in common with Walter White — no act is too much for the protection of his family). But what if family goes against family? Hit the jump for more.
Yesterday, the teaser trailer for Godzilla was released online, and judging by the reaction of the people I follow on Twitter, response was positive. It’s a well-made trailer, and more importantly, the response shows that people are eager to see the giant monster get a second chance at an American adaptation. Today, an international trailer and TV spot have gone online, and the tone is the same, but they contain brief new bits of footage. If yesterday left you with a need for more Godzilla (or a need for actors who will be in Godzilla, since there’s not much of the titular monster at this point), it’s a quick fix.
Hit the jump for the trailer and TV spot. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
This week on The Collision, we’re talking television with our TV editor, Allison Keene. We discuss new shows we like (such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and shows we don’t (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes under heavy fire), the status of returning shows (I remain the only person in the world who’s loving the final season of How I Met Your Mother), and look ahead to the show we’ll be seeing in spring 2014. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
Universal continues to inch forward on how to proceed on Fast & Furious 7 following the death of Paul Walker. As we previously reported, Walker was only halfway finished with filming, and had yet to shoot some of his biggest scenes. According to THR, screenwriter Chris Morgan is revising the script, and he might work in scenes Walker had already shot. It’s an encouraging sign that the studio and director James Wan want to find some way to a satisfying good-bye for Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, rather than cut him out of the film entirely. If Morgan is about to weave in the material Walker shot before his death, then the delayed production might be able to resume by January.
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and unsurprisingly, 12 Years a Slave led the pack with four nods including Best Ensemble, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o). The surprises came with the snubs. The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, and Inside Llewyn Davis missed the cut, and it’s clear that The Weinstein Company was a heavy hitter by getting multiple nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler and August: Osage County. Arguably, the biggest snub was Robert Redford for All Is Lost. Not only is it an acclaimed performance, but also part of his momentum is supposed to be based on the respect he’s accumulated for his long career. Keep an eye for Oscar Beat as Adam breaks down what the nominations and snubs mean in the long run. [Correction: Adam tells me Wolf of Wall Street was ineligible because it missed the SAG voting deadline, so it's not really a snub]
Hit the jump for the full list of nominations including the ones for television shows. The winners will be announced on January 18th.