Andy Samberg, Kit Harington, Lena Dunham, and More to Lead HBO Sports Mockumentary 7 DAYS IN HELL

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HBO is putting together a sports mockumentary project, and the network has pulled together a rather promising comedic ensemble.  Girls writer/co-executive producer Murray Miller is teaming up with Andy Samberg to create 7 Days in Hell, which is described as a mockumentary send-up of professional tennis.  Per THR, the one-off HBO Comedy Event will star Samberg as a superstar tennis “bad boy” who becomes embroiled in a seven-day tennis match at Wimbeldon with an Andy Murray-type prodigy and certified truck driver, played by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.  The current roster also includes Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, June Squibb, and Soledad O’Brien, who will play herself.

This sounds like the kind of delightfully goofy project that’s perfect for Samberg, and I’m very curious to see how Harington’s comedic skills stack up.  No word on when the project may air, but one assumes Samberg will have to fit the filming schedule into his hiatus from Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Unsung Hero: THE PURGE: ANARCHY’s Frank Grillo

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Welcome to “Unsung Hero,” a new feature we’re starting up to bring attention to actors, directors and other folks behind our favorite films who might not be in the spotlight as much as they deserve.  With The Purge: Anarchy in theaters now, we’re giving the inaugural installment to Frank Grillo.

The guy’s been around for a while having had a run on Guiding Light back in the late 90s and appearing in movies like The Sweetest Thing and Minority Report.  But even with snagging more substantial roles in films like Warrior, End of Watch and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Grillo isn’t exactly a household name just yet, so we’re going to do our part to change that.  Hit the jump for more.

Watch: Guillermo del Toro Leads Personal Tour of CRIMSON PEAK “Gothic Gallery” and Reveals First Logo at Comic-Con

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Last night at Comic-Con, right after the doors opened, I attended a very cool presentation at the Legendary booth.  Not only did I see a demo of the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot Oculus Rift game (I now understand why everyone is raving about Oculus Rift), I got to check out a very cool Crimson Peak set-up which included a personal tour with writer/director Guillermo del Toro.  As you can see in the video, del Toro explains more of the story for his next film, why he selected which props and costumes are on display, and how he personally designed everything you’ll see inside the booth which they’re calling a “Gothic Gallery.”   Designed to look like a set from the movie, the booth is definitely worth checking out, and I love the way it’s all-encompassing with great sound design by Randy Thom.

In addition to the video, you can also check out the Crimson Peak logo which is the family crest.  Crimson Peak stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam and will be released by Legendary and Universal in October, 2015.  For more on the film, here’s 35 things to know about the film from my set visit and a great on set interview with del Toro.

New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Posters Pit Black Widow and Captain America Against an Army of Robots

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Yesterday, Marvel revealed two new pieces of concept art from writer/director Joss Whedon’s Avengers sequel that gave us a look at Iron Man and Scarlet Witch doing battle against an Ultron army.  It appears that the two pieces are actually part of a larger banner, as today’s new Avengers: Age of Ultron poster shows Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow fighting off some Ultrons as well, with tiny glimpses of Thor’s hammer and Hulk’s big green hand at the edges.  I imagine Marvel will be releasing the rest of these individual posters over the next few days, leading up to the full banner reveal on Saturday in anticipation of the film’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con.

Hit the jump to take a look at today’s new poster, and check back on Saturday for our full panel recap.  Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, and Don Cheadle.  The film opens in theaters on May 1, 2015. [Update: We've added a Captain America poster as well.]

18 Images from the BATES MOTEL Comic-Con Booth

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Comic-Con is in full swing, and the San Diego Convention Center is full of booths for film and TV shows, toys and dolls, comic books, artists, authors and retailers.  One particularly cool both is the interactive experience that A&E has created for their hit drama series Bates Motel.

In Season 2, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) continued to work with dead animals, much to the dismay of his loving mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), filling and entire basement with his taxidermy.  Fans of the series can enter Norman’s creepy world and share the experience, in this recreated workshop with props similar to those on the set of the original series.  And while you’re there, you can even create a custom GIF with the infamous taxidermic bird, as inspired by the world of Alfred Hitchcock.  It’s creepy cool, as you can see by the photos, which you can check out after the jump.

Zack Snyder Trolls the Internet with Henry Cavill SuperJedi Image

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San Diego Comic-Con is a time when studios start touting or teasing a number of upcoming films, some of which haven’t even been officially announced yet.  However, director Zack Snyder has presumably decided to toy with this culture of intrigue and pop-culture excitement, as he recently shared an image on Twitter of Henry Cavill dressed up in full Jedi regalia with the hashtag “SuperJedi”.  Before you start getting any ideas, no Warner Bros. does not own the rights to Star Wars, Disney does, so no, a Star Wars/Superman crossover will not be happening.  A full Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice panel has not been officially announced for Warner Bros.’ Hall H block on Saturday, but I’d be surprised if we didn’t see at least something from the film.  Whether it has anything to do with this so-called “SuperJedi” I have no idea, but the internet is sure to be aflutter with Superman/Star Wars speculation throughout the next couple of days.  Well played, Mr. Snyder.

Hit the jump to check out the Henry Cavill SuperJedi image, and check Collider frequently over the next four days for our wall-to-wall Comic-Con coverage.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Trailer and Images: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Get Kinky

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Focus Features and Universal Pictures have released the first Fifty Shades of Grey trailer and images for director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s (Nowhere Boy) adaptation of the provocative E.L. James book.  The story revolves around Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and her introduction to a whole new world of sexual discovery and risqué activities in the hands of billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).  The trailer looks like it could easily be for a softcore porn on Cinemax or a serial killer thriller (though maybe I’m getting the latter vibe because I know Dornan from The Fall), and it gets so ridiculous that you just have to laugh.  I assume the camp is part of its charm, and I will say that visually Taylor-Johnson has found a rather striking tone for the pic.  Regardless of what those unfamiliar with James’ source material might think, the film is probably going to make fans (and Focus/Universal) very happy.

Hit the jump to watch the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer.  The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Victor Rasuk, and Callum Keith RennieFifty Shades of Grey opens in theaters on February 14, 2015.

Johnathon Schaech Talks RAY DONOVAN, the History Channel Mini-Series TEXAS RISING, His Upcoming Sci-Fi Film VICE, and More

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Actor Johnathon Schaech is certainly on a roll in his career, with interesting and intriguing projects in a variety of genres.  After a pivotal and integral role on Season 1 of the hit Showtime drama series Ray Donovan, and a memorable performance as the often villainous Castor on The CW’s Star-Crossed, he has since gone on to play Colonel Sidney Sherman in the History Channel mini-series Texas Rising, about the Texas Revolution against Mexico and starring Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Brendan Fraser and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, among others, which will premiere in 2015.  On top of that, he recently finished the Bruce Willis sci-fi/action film Vice, about a resort that offers its wealthy clients a chance to live out their fantasies until it suffers a mishap that causes one of its staff members to seek out revenge.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Johnathon Schaech talked about working on such a massive project as Texas Rising and collaborating with director Roland Joffé, his experience on Ray Donovan and wishing he didn’t have to leave the show, what he enjoyed about playing Castor on Star-Crossed, and doing a Bruce Willis action film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

WARCRAFT Movie Props Doomhammer, Dragon Sword, and Lion Shield on Display at Comic-Con

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In addition to the first logo, Legendary has a few Warcraft movie props on display at their Comic-Con booth:

  • Doomhammer - “A savage orc weapon unleashed in the name of the Horde”
  • Dragon Sword – “This gleaming blade is wielded in the name of the Alliance”
  • Lion Shield – “Symbol of the strength of Azeroth”

Check out images of the Warcraft movie props after the jump.  Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, and Clancy Brown star.  Directed by Duncan Jones, Warcraft opens March 11, 2016.

THE NOVEMBER MAN Gets a New Trailer and Poster; Seems Slightly More Fun Than Before

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Relativity Media has released the second trailer for The November Man, director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job) new action thriller.  The film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

While the first trailer was brief and dour, this new one is actually quite a bit more fun.  If you can embrace the incredibly on-the-nose exposition in the first half of the trailer, then you should have no problem tuning in to the (admittedly slight) humor built into the second half.  Only time will tell if this film transcends the tired tropes on display here, but at the very least it promises to be something of a quality repetition of the clichés its embracing.  Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey and Eliza Taylor also star. Hit the jump for the new The November Man trailer and poster.  The film opens in theaters on August 27th.

Legendary Reveals WARCRAFT Movie Logo at Comic-Con

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Legendary unveiled the first Warcraft movie logo at their Comic-Con booth tonight and uploaded it to Twitter for the rest of us.  [Update: Legendary also brought a few props from the movie to display.]  Duncan Jones is directing the World of Warcraft feature adaptation and revealed last year that the story centers on “Anduin Lothar versus Durotan, Human and Orc heroes from the original real-time strategy games.”

We now have a glimpse of concept art, a set image of Jones at work, and this title logo.  Legendary has a panel in Hall H on Saturday, and I bet they are preparing to reveal more from the movie after the studio brought a Warcraft teaser trailer to Comic-Con 2013.  Starring Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, and Clancy Brown, Warcraft opens March 11, 2016.  Check out the full Warcraft movie logo after the jump.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Showcases Scarlet Witch and Iron Man at San Diego Comic-Con

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Hot on the heels of Marvel’s reveal of their Comic-Con exclusive Ant-Man poster come two new examples of concept art for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Andy Park, who created the Ant-Man design, also produced this new look at Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), which debuts alongside an equally impressive Iron Man poster from artist Ryan Meinerding.  It suffices as a tease for what’s sure to be a cavalcade of Marvel goodies at San Diego Comic-Con.

Starring Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames SpaderPaul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to see the full Comic-Con posters and for more on how you can get your own, and click here to see the posters for Black Widow and Captain America.

Comic-Con 2014: Marvel Studios Reveals ANT-MAN Convention Poster with Artwork by Andy Park

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In case you weren’t aware, San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is kicking off its programming tonight with Preview Night, in which lots and lots of marketing appears for various upcoming projects.  One such anticipated picture from Marvel Studios is the Peyton Reed-directed Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as the title hero alongside Michael Douglas.  Both actors are featured in this new poster which shows off some pre-production artwork from Andy Park created exclusively for the convention.  Also on display is a tease of the hero’s size-changing abilities which should prove to be a lot of fun to play with on the big screen.

Also starring Michael PeñaPatrick WilsonEvangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full Comic-Con poster for Ant-Man in all its glory.  If you missed them, check out Avengers: Age of Ultron posters featuring Iron Man & Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow and Captain America.

SINISTER 2 Will Haunt Theaters on August 21st, 2015

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Sinister 2 is just over a year away.  Focus Features announced today that the horror sequel will land in wide release on August 21st, 2015.  While original director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil)  isn’t returning behind the camera, he did team with C. Robert Cargill (who also worked on the original film) to pen the script and will of course produce the movie alongside Jason Blum.  If you saw Sinister you can probably guess why there aren’t any announcements about Ethan Hawke coming back.

I really liked the first film’s use of imagery and I think the general mood of the piece was its most successful element.  So I’m glad that they’re entrusting the reins on this on to Ciaran Foy, who directed the excellent Citadel (seriously, seek that one out if you haven’t seen it already).  Hit the jump for more on the Sinister 2 release date.

Robert Downey Jr. Hints at Return for IRON MAN 4

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I’ve never really expected an Iron Man 4, however naive that may seem.  I really, really liked Iron Man 3.  So far, having not yet seen Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s my favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And I had always sort of taken the hint that it was the final Iron Man installment for Robert Downey Jr.  It wrapped up his version of Tony Stark’s arc in a way that felt complete to me.  Also, anyone who’s paying attention knows that, exempting his appearance in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, he might be getting too expensive for Marvel.  Blockbuster dealmaking is a complicated game and once an actor is branded with a successful role it gets extremely expensive to keep them onboard after their initial contract expires.

But Robert Downey Jr. isn’t wiping his hands of a potential Iron Man 4 just yet.  Despite Gwyneth Paltrow’s prognostication that a 4th film isn’t in the cards (and Downey himself seeming noncommittal over a year ago), there still might be another go-around for Marvel and the original Tony Stark.  Hit the jump for more on the potential for Robert Downey Jr. returning to Iron Man 4.

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