LUTHER Season 3 Preview; The BBC Drama Wraps Up Its Dark Tale

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The BBC’s compelling crime drama Luther returns to American shores by pulling a half-Netflix, if you will.  You can binge, but only after four days: BBC America will air the four-part miniseries (also know as Season Three) on consecutive nights.  It’s a nice schedule for rabid viewers, particularly as the show’s stakes have never been higher.

On the flip side, Luther is not without its flaws.  There are those who have said the show can be unnecessarily and cartoonishly violent (criticism I’ve lobbed at shows like Sons of Anarchy and Boardwalk Empire) while wanting to remain serious.  But while the third season certainly doesn’t shy away from these moments, it also retains, as it always has, a good sense of what fans want to see when all is said and done.  Hit the jump for more on the show’s potentially polarizing final season.

Idris Elba Talks LUTHER Season 3, Luther’s New Love Interest and His Relationship with Alice, Exploring a Prequel Story, and Future Seasons

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The crime drama Luther returns to BBC America for its third installment (airing as a four-night event from September 3rd through September 6th), which finds Detective John Luther (Idris Elba) struggling to cope with his own demons. He’s back under intense pressure, with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-cop determined to bring him down, all while attempting to pursue a chance at happiness with Mary Day (Sienna Guillory).

During a recent interview to promote the return of what is truly one of the most compelling shows on television, actor Idris Elba (who has won a Golden Globe Best Actor award for his work on the series) talked about the overall theme of Season 3, how much John Luther has changed since Season 1, Luther’s new love interest versus his relationship with Alice (Ruth Wilson), why he thinks Luther is a perfect character for the big screen, what excites him about exploring a prequel story, and the chances of possible future seasons.  He also talked about balancing his work on the series with all of the films he’s been doing, his preparation to play Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom, how his experience on The Wire fits into the arc of his career, his desire to do another American TV series, and where he’d like to take his career, in the future.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

LUTHER Creator Neil Cross Confirms Prequel Movie

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The BBC’s captivating crime drama Luther just finished up its third season run in the U.K., which left fans asking what might be next for the series.  The show’s iconic star Idris Elba had made mention in the past of his hopes for a movie (perhaps instead of a fourth season) to wrap up the series, and word is that is now coming true.

Luther creator Neil Cross confirmed at the Edinburgh TV Festival yesterday that he has written a prequel script for a movie that will bring back some of the favorite characters from the first season of the show.  But, since the events will be leading up to that first season, that means sadly there won’t be any Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson).  Alice does however appear in the third season, which will run on consecutive nights on BBC America starting September 3rd.  Hit the jump for more on the prequel project without spoilers from the third season.

16 New Images from THOR: THE DARK WORLD Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Christopher Eccleston

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Marvel has released 16 new images from Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World.  The film finds Chris Hemsworth’s Thor squaring off against the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  Producer Craig Kyle tells Empire that when the film picks up, Asgard has been at war for almost a year because the cost of rebuilding the bifrost, “but during that time, when the cops were largely cut off from the rest of the universe, you had miscreants that came in from outside the Nine Realms, pillaging and destroying and causing havoc. So that’s what our guys have been doing now – trying to put all these fires out across the Nine Realms.”  While I still have my doubts about the movie, I still love the look of Asgard and the characters’ costumes.  I’m also impressed by the makeup work on Malekith unmasked (seen above), and want to see more of him in action.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Natalie PortmanTom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony HopkinsThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

Idris Elba Stars in Cary Fukunaga’s BEASTS OF NO NATION; EVERY THING WILL BE FINE for Rachel McAdams; Ashley Greene in STATEN ISLAND SUMMER

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Here’s the latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each story.

New Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Christopher Eccleston

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Marvel has released a new trailer for director Alan Taylor’s sequel, Thor: The Dark World.  The film finds Chris Hemsworth’s Thor squaring off against the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The trailer is a shorter, rearranged version of what was shown at Comic-Con, and it leaves me cold.  There’s plenty of destruction and ominous warnings, but only at the very end do you see any emphasis on the title character.  It almost seems like Marvel has given up on their hero, and realized that they should sell it on Loki (Tom Hiddleston) since he’s the more popular character.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

New Poster for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Marvel has released a new poster for Thor: The Dark World, and sadly, it’s cluttered beyond all reason.  The poster embraces the lazy “floating head” design, then crams in as many characters as possible (for those counting, this poster has ten characters on it).  “Busy” doesn’t even begin to describe the visual, and while that can sometimes work to a poster’s advantage (like the final theatrical poster for Iron Man 3), it can also be overwhelming and a complete abuse of Photoshop (like the IMAX poster for Iron Man 3).  The only thing this poster tells me is that Thor is about to get pelted with tiny meteors.

Hit the jump to check out the new U.K. poster.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie PortmanTom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony HopkinsThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

First Trailer for MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris

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The Weinstein Company has released first trailer for director Justin Chadwick’s (The Other Boleyn Girl) biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  The film stars Idris Elba and chronicles the life of Nelson Mandela from his childhood in a rural village to his election as president of South Africa.  Elba is unsurprisingly fantastic, and the pic actually looks to take on a pretty large scope when tackling Mandela’s story.  As far as biopics go, Long Walk to Freedom looks quite impressive.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Naomie HarrisMandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens on November 29th.

New Posters and UK Teaser Trailer for MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris

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New posters and a U.K. teaser trailer have been released for the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  The film stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and co-stars Naomie Harris in as his wife Winnie the tale of “Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa.”  I have absolutely no idea what this could possibly add to what we already know about Mandela despite the promises of the posters.  He’s a living saint, and all this trailer tells me is that Elba does a killer impression of the man.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with a couple of new posters.  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens in the U.K. on January 3, 2014.

PACIFIC RIM Review

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One of the reasons I love going to the movie theater is that it can show off a level of spectacle an average home theater can never match.  No matter how big the TV screen, and no matter how many speakers, there’s no substitute for what a movie theater can offer.  Plenty of blockbusters attempt a level of spectacle that can do the big screen justice, but it’s not simply a matter of bigger being better.  There has to be weight and detail and a way for it to all come together that transports us into a world that’s larger than life.  With Pacific Rim, director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro has pushed the boundaries of not only increasing the size of the spectacle, but also in providing an imaginative premise where giant robots and giant monsters wrestle within a colorful, fleshed-out world.  Unfortunately, it’s a world where all of the style struggles to provide substance to the thin plot and flimsy characters.

Go Behind the Scenes of Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM in New 14-Minute Featurette

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim—his first directorial feature in five years—finally hits theaters this Friday, and in case you can’t wait a few more days for the full film, Warner Bros. has graciously released a lengthy 14-minute featurette that delves deep behind the scenes of the pic.  The featurette includes interviews with nearly the entire cast, as Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, and Charlie Hunnam all speak about the story of the film and the process of making Pacific Rim with del Toro.  There are also sit-downs with del Toro and Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull.  Whether you’re looking forward to the film already or are on the fence about whether it’s worth seeing this weekend in theaters, this featurette should do the trick.

Hit the jump to check out the new featurette.  The film also stars Rinko Kikuchi and Rob KazinskyPacific Rim opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 12th.

New Posters and TV Spots for PACIFIC RIM

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The marketing blitzkrieg for Pacific Rim continues with new posters and TV spots.  Usually, this kind of onslaught eventually gets on my nerves because it’s for movies that basically sell themselves.  At some point, there’s only so much awareness you can build around a property like Batman or Harry Potter, especially if it’s a sequel.  But Pacific Rim needs all the help it can get because some people don’t seem to understand it past something that looks like Transformers even though one of the points of pride of the filmmakers is that they built a unique world for their picture.  The trick is getting people to take a chance on a property that’s not a remake, adaptation, or sequel.  If that means marketing the bejeezus out of the film, so be it.

Hit the jump to check out two new TV spots and two new posters.  The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron PerlmanPacific Rim opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 12th.

Watch 12 Minutes of Awesome Behind-the-Scenes Footage From Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM

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With Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim opening July 12, Warner Bros. has provided us with some awesome behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.  If you’re a fan of del Toro, you’ll be able to see him directing the cast, as well as hear his trademark laugh when he likes what he sees.  In addition, you can watch Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman film a few scenes on some massive practical sets.  But while everything I mentioned is cool, without a doubt, the best part of the footage is being able to see the the giant robots (known as Jaegers) come to life.  Unlike some films that have the actors stand on green screen so the scene can be built in a computer, del Toro build massive sets to house the control room of the Jaegers and they really are a site to behold.  Trust me, Pacific Rim is going to wow you in so many ways and this footage is just the tip of the iceberg.  Hit the jump to check out the footage.

Finally, If you missed any of my set visit coverage, be sure to check out my video blog recap with 20 things to know, plus interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene.

New Featurette for Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM Delves into the Film’s Story and Characters

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The marketing campaign for Guillermo del Toro’s great-looking new film Pacific Rim is about to be kicked into high gear, and as a result Warner Bros. has now released a nearly 4-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for the pic.  For those unaware, the story is kicked off by the emergence of monsters (known as Kaiju) who start a war that devastates humanity.  To fight back, humans build giant robots (known as Jaegers) that are controlled by two pilots.  This featurette gives a clear outline of the story and the world that del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham have created, and it also provides a nice behind-the-scenes look at del Toro’s process as a director and his approach to crafting the Pacific Rim universe.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out his video blog recap and 20 things to know, plus his interviews with Guillermo del ToroCharlie DayRon Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene.  The film also stars Charlie HunnamRinko KikuchiIdris ElbaClifton Collins Jr.Max Martini, and Rob Kazinsky.  Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.

New Trailer for PACIFIC RIM Underscores Destruction with Idris Elba Speech “At the Edge of Our Hope”

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Warner Bros. has released a new Pacific Rim trailer with the heading “At the Edge,” taken from the Idris Elba speech that structures the clip: “At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other.  Today there’s not a man or woman in here that shall stand alone.  Today we face the monsters that are at our door.  Today we are cancelling the apocalypse!”  You know the rest: the music swells, the people unite, and giant robots battle giant sea monsters to cancel that apocalypse.

Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman star alongside Elba.  Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim opens July 12.  Watch the trailer after the break.

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