Watch: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite as Pawn Shop Owners with Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Emmy Promo

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The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards are now less than a week away, and after last year’s somewhat confounding series of winners, anticipation is high to see how the final season of Breaking Bad stacks up against True Detective and if Veep can continue taking away heat from Modern Family.  In anticipation of the broadcast, the Television Academy has put together a fun 6-minute promo with three of the best in the business: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  Cranston and Paul play a pair of sleazy pawn shop owners in the reality show parody, while Louis-Dreyfus attempts to sell off one of her Emmys.  Unsurprisingly, the video is really funny and is a nice showcase of Cranston and Paul’s comedic chemistry, and it takes a rather unexpected turn towards the end.

Hit the jump to watch the “Barely Legal Pawn” video, and check back this weekend when Allison and I attempt to predict this year’s crop of winners.  The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on NBC Monday, August 25th at 8pm ET.

A GOOD MARRIAGE Trailer and Poster: Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia Have Secrets in New Stephen King Thriller

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Screen Media Films has released the first A Good Marriage trailer and poster for the upcoming thriller, written by Stephen King.  Based on King’s short story of the same name, the film stars Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia as a seemingly happily married couple whose relationship is tested when Allen discovers that her husband may in fact be a notorious serial killer.  It looks like a decidedly Stephen King-esque story, which is fitting since he also wrote the screenplay.  I was recently reminded of Joan Allen’s brilliance while finishing up the final season of The Killing on Netflix, and combined with the film’s pulpy premise, she provides a nice point of attraction for A Good Marriage.

Hit the jump to check out the Good Marriage trailer and poster.  Directed by Peter Askin, the film also stars Kristen Connolly and Stephen LangA Good Marriage will be released in theaters and on iTunes on October 3rd.

New ROSEWATER Images: Gael Garcia Bernal Is Blindfolded in Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut

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A couple of new Rosewater images have been released for comedian and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut as the film’s World Premiere looms closer.  Written and directed by Stewart, the pic stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Kim Bodnia and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me.  Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater.”  Stewart had a personal connection to the story, as Bahari’s previous Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy.  This has been high on my most anticipated list for some time, and I’m extremely eager to see what Stewart has put together when the film screens at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hit the jump to check out the new Rosewater images.  The film will likely make its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival before screening at TIFF, and is scheduled to open in theaters on November 7th.

Could Scoot McNairy Be Playing The Flash in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE?

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Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have been doing a wonderful job of keeping the specifics of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice under wraps while also providing fans with enough information/teases to keep them happy.  The film doesn’t open until March 2016, but we’ve had regular doses of minor reveals for the past few months, and we’ve already seen official looks at Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman.  By and large, Snyder and WB have kept people pretty satisfied.  That being said, there’s always room for speculation, which brings us to today’s curious matter.  A new Batman v Superman set photo has surfaced that has people wondering about the nature of actor Scoot McNairy’s role in the film, as it looks possible that he could be playing none other than Barry Allen aka The Flash in this pre-Justice League feature.  More after the jump.

Exclusive Character Posters For THE ZERO THEOREM Introduce the Film’s Characters and their Philosophies

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I finally got a chance to see Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem and was mightily impressed by its ability to conjure some of the magic of Gilliam classics like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys (albeit in a far warmer, less brutal manner than the latter film).  So I’m really glad we’re debuting these character posters that don’t just showcase the performers in the film, but the philosophies of the people they are playing.  The movie is all about ideas, a philosophical dialogue.  And these get at that.

The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  The film hits iTunes today, August 19th and limited theaters on September 19th.  Be sure to check out the trailer and of course check out the film afterwards.  Hit the jump for our exclusive character posters from The Zero Theorem!

Sigourney Weaver Brings “Va-Va-Voom” to Ancient Egypt in New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Images

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20th Century Fox has released a couple of new Exodus: Gods and Kings images from director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic.  One of these new images gives us a closer look at Sigourney Weaver, who plays Tuya, the mother of Joel Edgerton’s Ramses.  Costume designer Janty Yates tells EW that Scott wanted the character to be “va-va-voom,” likening her to Jessica Rabbit—a woman on the prowl.  It’s a curious choice for the Biblical epic, though the rest of the cast is a bit stylized as well, with Edgerton and Christian Bale’s Moses both wearing their fair share of eyeliner.

Hit the jump to check out the Exodus: Gods and Kings images and to see what Bale had to say about taking on what he describes as one of the most fascinating characters he’s ever studied.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens in theaters on December 5th.

Harry Lloyd and Katja Herbers Talk MANHATTAN, Learning about The Manhattan Project, What They’re Most Excited for Audiences to See, and More

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What happens if you round up the nation’s most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.

I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and barracks of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up.  While I was there I had the chance to sit down with Harry Lloyd and Katja Herbers.  They talked about what attracted them to the show, how much they knew about the history of the Manhattan Project growing up in Europe, what they’re most excited for people to see, and more.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.  Manhattan airs Sunday nights on WGN America.

FX Renews THE STRAIN for Season 2; The Virus Will Spread in Summer 2015

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There were rumors that The Strain got the go-ahead for a second season, but now FX has made it official, running with the appropriate press release title, “The Strain to Spread Though the Summer Of 2015.”  For anyone who hasn’t given the show a shot just yet, I highly recommend it.  We’ve seen six episodes of season 1 thus far and while I can’t say every moment rocks high quality writing, performances and believable behavior, there’s no denying that it’s still a blast to watch.

No spoilers here, but the show kicks off with a plane landing at JFK.  It touches down safe and sound, but when there isn’t a single peep from the pilot, crew or any of the passengers after, the CDC is called in to investigate what is dubbed a “dead airplane.”  But the thing is, the passengers aren’t dead.  They start waking up and that’s when crazy things start going down.  Hit the jump for more on The Strain season 2 renewal.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Hires Adrianne Palicki to Guest Star as Bobbi Morse a.k.a Mockingbird

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After the incredibly disappointing first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the series is returning with a new gameplan: guest stars, guest stars, and guest stars.  Kyle MacLachlan is playing Skye’s father; Lucy Lawless is playing veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartley; and Reed Diamond is playing Hydra baddie Daniel Whitehall (a.k.a Kraken).  THR is now reporting that Adrianne Palicki will be making an appearance this season as Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird.  According to THR, Morse “will appear in the fifth episode of the Marvel procedural with the potential to return; the episode will find her popping in perhaps not as an ally to Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team.”  While Palicki is a likable presence, her casting and the casting of other guest stars doesn’t address the show’s larger problem like the bad writing, dull main characters, and crummy special effects.  Hopefully, season two is where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes into its own instead of being that TV thing Marvel does.

Hit the jump for the Comic-Con video where agents Billy Koenig and Sam Koenig (Patton Oswalt and Patton Oswalt) teased the appearance of Morse in the new season.

Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller Talk SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

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Nearly a decade after the first film, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have reunited to bring the visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  In a town where murderers reign and the desperate want vengeance, their paths cross at the famous Kadie’s Club Pecos, where Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) still dances while mourning the loss of her love, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis).  With Marv (Mickey Rourke) in the center of the carnage, a cocky young gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), and Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is battles with the woman of his dreams and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).

During a conference at the film’s press day, actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green talked about living in Sin City, with this dialogue and these extremes, going into the mind of Frank Miller, trickiest scenes, playing a Rodriguez bad-ass, the motives of the women in Sin City, working in Austin at Troublemaker Studios, working with Christopher Lloyd, feeling comfortable with Nancy’s swagger, the sex and sexuality of the story, and why Nancy is a stripper who never actually takes her clothes off.  Also there, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller discussed getting even closer to the comics this time around, what the 3D added, the process of lighting the film, what their collaboration has meant to each other, and how they’d like to go into production on a third film, right away.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Shere Khan in Andy Serkis’ JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS

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Jon Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book for Disney already has Neel Sethi, Lupita Nyong’oIdris ElbaScarlett Johansson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito on board and is barreling towards an October 9, 2015 debut, but now Andy Serkis’ rendition for Warner Bros., which is now titled Jungle Book: Origins, is making some moves, too.

Serkis’ Jungle Book just locked its very first star, Benedict Cumberbatch.  He’ll voice the film’s villain, Shere Khan, a tiger who’d rather not have any humans in his territory at all.  Hit the jump for more on Cumberbatch’s casting.  Jungle Book: Origins is set for an October 21, 2016 debut.

Disney XD Sets Dates for 1-Hour Movie STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION and the STAR WARS REBELS Series Premiere

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Disney XD has announced their multi-platform rollout for their new animated series, Star Wars RebelsDeadline reports that the one-hour debut, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will premiere on September 29th on WatchDisneyXD.com and the Watch Disney XD app.  Spark of Rebellion will then make its global TV broadcast on various Disney channels on October 3rd at 9pm (U.S).  Finally, the animated series will have its premiere on Disney XD at October 13th at 9pm (U.S.).  “The series will air in 34 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households,” according to Disney.

It’s a huge rollout for the show, which takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but it’s important to remember that The Clone Wars set a high bar with young fans of animated Star Wars, and now they’ll need to be convinced that Star Wars Rebels is a worthy successor.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Adam Driver Highlights the Importance of Keeping STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Grounded

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When you’ve got a story that takes place in space and involves distant planets, lightsabers, epic battles and an abundance of alien creatures, “grounded” is probably not the first word you’d think to use to describe it, but for Star Wars: Episode VII star, Adam Driver, it’s those relatable, universal themes that make the Star Wars franchise a standout.

Even though the web’s been flooded with Star Wars: Episode VII talk lately, there’s been little to nothing from the stars of the upcoming installment – until now.  Hit the jump to read what Driver had to say about what makes the Star Wars films so special.

First ANT-MAN Image Features Paul Rudd Brooding by the San Francisco Bay

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Yesterday, Marvel sent out a press release announcing the start of filming on Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man.  Today, the first Ant-Man image has gone online, and it features thief-turned-hero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) standing out by the Golden Gate Bridge.  Specifically, he’s at Fort Point, which is where Scottie “rescued” Madeleine in Vertigo, so there’s some fun movie trivia for you.  I’d be surprised if Hitchcock’s classic had anything to do with Reed’s movie, but it’s certainly a lovely, scenic viewpoint.  I have no idea where in the movie this could take place, but probably not near the conclusion unless Marvel is going for their first bummer ending.

Hit the jump to check out the Ant-Man image.  The film also stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., and John SlatteryAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

First ’71 Trailer: Jack O’Connell Tries to Find His Way Home

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One of the best films I saw at this year’s Berlin Film Festival was ’71, which is the feature directorial debut of Yann Demange (whose credits include some high-profile and acclaimed British television series like Top Boy, Criminal Justice, Secret Diary of a Call Girl).  The film is set in Belfast in 1971 and it’s about a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) that’s accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot.  Trapped behind enemy lines, he’s unable to tell friend from foe, and we follow as he tries to find his way home, while the locals battle for supremacy.  One of the reasons the film is so powerful is that it doesn’t portray any character or side in absolutes.  Each person we meet along the way has depth, and Demange doesn’t pull any punches when depicting the violence of the times.

With ’71 doesn’t yet have a release date in America, the film opens in the U.K. on October 10th and the first trailer has landed online.  What’s great about the ‘71 trailer is that it sells you on the story and action without ruining any of the twists and turns.  Hit the jump to check it out.

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