The CW Adds Ra’s al Ghul Footage to New ARROW Season 3 Trailer

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The CW released the first Arrow season 3 trailer on Friday.  On Saturday, Stephen Amell announced that Ra’s al Ghul will be the big bad in season 3, so The CW has released a new extended trailer that adds about 30 seconds of Ra’s al Ghul footage at the end of the clip.  Ra’s al Ghul was referenced several times in season 2, so fans guessed this was coming.  His presence in this footage is represented by camera pans across a faceless costume and ominous voice-over, so it will be interesting to see who the Arrow team casts as the immortal villain.

Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Wolland and Caity Lotz along with new cast members Peter Stormare, Devon Aoki and Brandon Routh, Arrow season 3 returns October 8.  Check out the first look at Ra’s al Ghul after the jump.

Legendary Offers KING KONG Origin Story SKULL ISLAND to ATTACK THE BLOCK Director Joe Cornish; GODZILLA Writer Max Borenstein on Board

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Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con 2012 audiences with Godzilla test footage.  The studio tapped fresh face Gareth Edwards to reboot Godzilla with just one small sci-fi feature, Monsters, on his resume.  As of this writing, Godzilla has earned almost $500 million worldwide, so Legendary is understandably motivated to follow the same template for its next reclamation project, Skull Island.  Legendary brought a stealth teaser for the King Kong revival to Comic-Con 2014.  Now Deadline reports the studio wants Joe Cornish—whose sole feature credit is the wonderful alien invasion thriller Attack the Block—to direct Skull Island.  Deadline is not sure Cornish will accept the offer.  The director apparently fields many offers, including the MI6 spy thriller Section 6.  I am very excited to see Cornish’s next feature whether or not it’s Skull Island, so best of luck to Legendary in getting their man.

Additionally, Deadline’s report states Godzilla writer Max Borenstein will pen the Skull Island script.  Who better to recreate Godzilla‘s success and serve as the bridge to Legendary’s inevitable King Kong vs. Godzilla remake?

100 Cosplay Pictures from Comic-Con 2014

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Every year at Comic-Con, half the fun is seeing all the people that cosplay.  While the convention has tons of famous panelists, Cosplay allows Con-goers to dress up like any superhero, anime character, or comic book character and get huge props from their fellow attendees.  Check out 100 pictures after the jump featuring great cosplay versions of Batman, Catwoman, Black Widow, Frozen, Doctor Who, Street Fighter, X-Men, Avatar, Dredd, the Mandarin, the Rocketeer, Loki, Captain America, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Groot, Star Trek, Green Lantern, and so much more.

First Trailer for BENDING THE LIGHT, the New Biographical Documentary from Director Michael Apted

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Need a palate cleanser from all of the recent Comic-Con news?  Well the first trailer from director Michael Apted’s new biographical documentary Bending the Light should do just that.  Whether it’s cutting-edge movie cameras, space-age telescopes, or even our own eyes, we view the world through a variety of lenses.  Apted’s latest film focuses on the former two styles of lens in Bending the Light, which explores both the creation of camera lenses from a premier Japanese factory to the award-winning photographers who use them to capture fleeting moments of everyday life.

Featuring Greg Gorman, Laura El-Tantawy, Richard Barnes, and Stephen Goldblatt, ASCBending the Light opens on August 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Comic-Con: Footage from Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Panel Featuring Robert Downey Jr. and the Cast, with Special Appearance by Josh Brolin

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While I’d bet that you’ve already caught up on Matt’s Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap from Comic-Con, now you can watch the panel for yourself thanks to newly released footage.  Let me tell you up front that, no, you won’t be getting a glimpse of the movie scenes we described for you in the recap, but you will get to see Chris Hardwick moderate a panel that included Kevin FeigeRobert Downey Jr.Jeremy RennerMark RuffaloChris HemsworthCobie SmuldersSamuel L. JacksonChris EvansAaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth OlsenPaul Bettany, and James Spader.  As if that weren’t enough star-power on display, the voice of Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, stole the show at the very end.

Also starring Scarlett JohanssonAndy SerkisHayley AtwellDon Cheadle, and Thomas KrestchmannAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the panel footage.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Have Fun Despite the Best Efforts of Hydra in This Season 1 Blooper Reel

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Season one of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is all wrapped up for the year, but the super spies have one last treat for their faithful viewers.  While the show definitely had some growing pains (chronicled by our own Evan Valentine’s weekly recaps) and plenty of unintentionally hilarious moments, this new blooper reel is an absolute delight.  Watch Clark Gregg get attacked by a rogue fly, Ming-Na Wen get tongue-tied, and Chloe Bennet welcome you to Chloe’s Corner.  Co-stars Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge get their own share of the giggles in this behind-the-scenes look.

Season one of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will debut on Blu-ray/DVD on September 9th.  Hit the jump to watch the season one blooper reel.

Paul Greengrass to Direct Adaptation of Non-Fiction Thriller AGENT STORM: MY LIFE INSIDE AL QAEDA

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Paul Greengrass scored a nice hit with his most recent feature Captain Phillips, which did fairly well at the box office and received a slew of critical praise.  Deadline is reporting that the director is now attached to adapt another true story for the big screen.  Greengrass will reteam with his Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin to adapt Morten Storm’s non-fiction book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda.

Storm was a former Islamic radical who became a double agent for the CIA as well as British and Danish intelligence.  Greengrass excels at turning true stories into powerful dramatic features, so this sounds like it could be a good fit.  He’s still attached to the Martin Luther King Jr. film Memphis, which I hope comes together one day.  Hit the jump to read the official synopsis for Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda.  The book will be available to buy on September 2nd.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, Vin Diesel and James Gunn Talk GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is such a fun ride, with great action, plenty of laughs, a ton of heart and perfect choices in music.  It will have you singing along, and cheering for the snarky Rocket Raccoon and a talking tree named Groot.

During a conference at the film’s press day actors Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”/”Star-Lord”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Dave Bautista (“Dax the Destroyer”), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”), Benicio Del Toro (“The Collector”) and Vin Diesel (“Groot”) were joined by director James Gunn to talk about what attracted them to this project, how liberating it is to not have to fit into the regular Marvel scheme of things, why Yondu is such a bad-ass, fighting the right attitude for Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the emotional journey of the story, the process for having the music organically come from and compliment the story, the physicality of these roles, why the movie references Kevin Bacon, and everyone’s favorite song on the soundtrack.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Marvel STAR WARS Comics Fill in the Blanks Between A NEW HOPE and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

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I’m not sure if I have a burning desire to find out what happened between the first two Star Wars films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  It feels like if there was originally anything terribly interesting there George Lucas would have filled us in over 30 years ago.  But for those of you who are bigger Star Wars fans than me (which is pretty much everyone) it should be good news that Marvel is reuniting with the franchise for a run of three separate comic books series that fill in the blanks between those two films (including the moment Darth Vader learned he was Luke Skywalker’s father).

The series will be called simply Star Wars, Darth Vader and Princess Leia (with only the latter getting a multi-issue run apparently).  Hit the jump for more info and artwork from the new Star Wars comics.

Hannah Ware Talks HITMAN: AGENT 47, Working with Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto, Filming in Berlin, and More at Comic-Con

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Shortly before Aleksander Bach’s Hitman: Agent 47 world premiered its trailer in Hall H at Comic-Con (our recap of the trailer and panel is here), I sat down with Hannah Ware for an exclusive video interview.  Based on the popular video game franchise, Hitman: Agent 47 tells the story of an elite, genetically engineered assassin (Rupert Friend), known only by the last two digits of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.  His latest target is a young woman, but the mission brings startling revelations about both of their pasts.  The film also stars Zachary Quinto.

During the interview Hannah Ware talked about preparing for Comic-Con, what people should know about the movie, shooting on location in Berlin and Singapore, working with Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto, the action scenes, what she collects, her excitement for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

First NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 Images: DOWNTON ABBEY’s Dan Stevens Debuts as Lancelot

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20th Century Fox has unveiled the first Night at the Museum 3 images from director Shawn Levy’s upcoming sequel.  Officially titled Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third and final entry in the franchise takes the action to London’s British Museum and the city as a whole, where Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens brings the legendary Lancelot to life.  Ben Stiller reprises his role as night watchman Larry Daley, and Robin Williams also returns as the bombastic Theodore Roosevelt.  The previous sequel, Battle of the Smithsonian, raked in over $400 million at the worldwide box office, so the holiday debut for Secret of the Tomb should ensure solid business for the family film.  With these new image debuts today, I imagine a premiere trailer should be on the way shortly.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first images from Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  The film also stars Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson, Patrick Gallagher, Mizuo Peck, Bill Cobbs, Dick Van Dyke, and Mickey RooneyNight at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens in theaters on December 19th.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Trailer and Poster: Peter Jackson’s Trilogy Concludes in Epic Fashion

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy.  This is the trailer they showed us at Comic-Con on Saturday, and it’s interesting to see how the prequel trilogy is trying to pull into The Lord of the Rings by using “The Steward of Gondor”, which was sung by Pippin (Billy Boyd) in The Return of the King.  The song still works here because it’s sad and somber, but the line that sticks with me from this trailer is when Thorin asks his company, “Will you follow me one last time?”  It’s a line that’s really directed towards the audience, but there’s a weariness to it that’s surprising.  It’s almost like saying, “Well, we’ve already come this far.  May as well finish it out.”

Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer and new poster after the jump, and click here to read our full Comic-Con panel recap.  The film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando BloomThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Check out All of Our Comic-Con 2014 Coverage So Far

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Comic-Con 2014 is in the books, and this weekend we brought you an onslaught of coverage from our many reporters who were on the scene of the world’s largest geek convention.  We had panel recaps and interviews galore, and if you tried to keep up with it all this weekend, some articles may have been lost in the shuffle.

Hit the jump for a breakdown of all the movie panels, TV panels, movie interviews, TV interviews, and other Comic-Con 2014 coverage we posted this past weekend.  Also, keep checking back all week because we have plenty of Comic-Con stuff left to share with you.

THE JUNGLE BOOK Adds Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito; Eva Green in Talks for Tim Burton’s MISS PEREGRINE

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Disney continues to expand the cast of it’s The Jungle Book adaptation, even if only one actor will ever be seen on screen.  Director Jon Favreau’s iteration recently cast young newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and he will be the only live-action actor to appear in the film.  The rest of the cast is filled out with CG-animated creatures, and today Disney announced that Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast.  Walken will fill the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack.  Other voice actors in the film include Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and Sir Ben KingsleyThe Jungle Book is scheduled for release on October 9, 2015.

Hit the jump for news concerning a Dark Shadows actress leading the next film from director Tim Burton.

Chris Evans Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, the Great Joss Whedon Dialogue, and More at Comic-Con

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Shortly after the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast left Hall H at Comic-Con Saturday night, I got to conduct video interviews with most of them in the press room.  While the interviews had to be conducted in groups due to how many reporters were in attendance, we still managed to get a lot of great information from the cast.  You can watch my Paul Rudd and Mark Ruffalo interviews by clicking the links.

During the interview with Chris Evans, he talked about the process of making Avengers: Age of Ultron, the great Joss Whedon dialogue, if they’re going to address where the other Avengers were during their stand-alone movies, if he had one Avenger to help him out in Snowpiercer who would he pick, and more.  Hit the jump to watch what Chris Evans had to say at Comic-Con.

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