Monday evening’s TV ratings are in. Briefly:
- NBC’s The Blacklist dipped 13% from last week’s 3.1 rating to a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 11.07 million viewers.
- Over on CBS, a rather shocking episode of How I Met Your Mother dropped 8% to a 3.3 rating and scored 9.11 million viewers. Elsewhere on the network, 2 Broke Girls rose 4% to a 2.6 rating and 8.43 million viewers, Mike and Molly was up 5% to a 2.2 rating and 8.88 million viewers, Mom ticked up 5% to a 2.0 rating and 8.38 million viewers, and Intelligence was even with last week’s 1.2 rating and scored 5.27 million viewers.
- Fox’s season finale of Almost Human was down 6% to a 1.5 rating and 5.65 million viewers, while The Following rose 6% to a 1.7 rating and 5.14 million viewers.
- ABC’s Castle garnered a series low 1.6 rating and scored 8.14 million viewers.
- The CW’s Star-Crossed was up 33% to a 0.4 rating and 1.19 million viewers, while Beauty and the Beast was even with a 0.3 rating and 879,000 viewers.
The feature film adaptation of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By novel has taken one step forward and one step back. The mystery novel kicks off the fan-favorite Travis McGee series and was first set up as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, with the actor courting directors like Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to take the helm. With a very busy schedule already on his plate, though, DiCaprio has now opted not to star in the pic, but Deadline reports that The Wolverine director James Mangold is negotiating to take the helm of Fox’s potential franchise-starter. Hit the jump for more.
CBS Films has released the first trailer for writers/directors Derek Lee and Clif Prowse’s found footage horror thriller Afflicted. The film is a twist on the found footage genre and follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Early on in their journey, however, it suffers a dark and unexpected turn when an encounter with a mysterious woman leaves one of them afflicted. The found footage aspect of the pic comes into play as the two set out to document their journey on video. Some of their cameras are actually attached to their heads, allowing Lee and Prowse to display some of the horror and action from a first person perspective. The pic went over quite well at last year’s Fantastic Fest by winning Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay in the horror category, and it looks to be some pretty riveting stuff. I’m interested to see how this conceit progresses throughout the full feature.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Derek Lee, Clif Prowse, and Baya Rehaz. Afflicted will be available VOD and in theaters on April 4th.
Ahead of today’s new trailer debut, Paramount has unveiled a pair of new character posters for director Michael Bay’s fourth Transformers film, Transformers: Age of Extinction. Yesterday we got a look at Mark Wahlberg’s character wielding a swordgun on his personal poster, but today’s character posters are decidedly less tame and boast the clichéd tagline, “The Rules Have Changed”. Jack Reynor plays Shane in the film, a “bad-boy-with-boyfriend-potential,” while Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel) plays Wahlberg’s daughter Tessa. We should have a much better idea of the plot when the new trailer debuts later today, but for now we get a nice introduction to the film’s human characters.
Hit the jump to take a look at the new posters and check back here on Collider tonight at 7:30pm ET to watch the new trailer. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens on June 27th.
Casting continues on Fox’s highly anticipated drama series Gotham, as the all-important roles of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle have been filled. The series’ main focus is an origin story of Commissioner James Gordon (to be played by Ben McKenzie), but it will feature a young Bruce Wayne in a series regular supporting role. The network announced today that Touch actor David Mazouz will be playing a preteen Wayne, but the press release stresses the fact that Mazouz is playing a young Bruce Wayne and not Batman—it sounds like the Caped Crusader is unlikely to make an official appearance on the series; at least not in the near future. The official description of the Wayne character is as follows:
David Mazouz (Touch) has been cast as the preteen Bruce Wayne, sentenced to a solitary life after the tragic murder of his wealthy parents. Serious and soulful, young Bruce relies on the guidance and protection of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon.
Hit the jump for the official description of Gotham’s iteration of Selina Kyle.
A deleted scene has been released from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as another deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World. The Catching Fire scene has Sam Claflin explaining how his learning to tie a noose in less than ten seconds ultimately went to waste, and while this scene does show more of his character Finnick Odair being charming, I can understand why it was left on the cutting room floor. As for the scene from Thor, it’s a brief fight between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and some Asgardian guards, and that’s about it.
Hit the jump to check out the deleted scenes. Click here to pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will be released on March 7th. Thor: The Dark World is now available to own, and you can click here to go buy it.
Disney has released a new featurette and TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and about half of it is comprised of new footage. In the sequel, Captain America (Chris Evans) joins forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). The movie continues to look good, the buzz is strong (so strong that they’re bringing back directors Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America 3), and April 4th can’t get here soon enough.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette and TV spot. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will open in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.
TWC-Dimension has released the first trailer for Paddington. The story centers on a young bear (voiced by Colin Firth) who is lost at Paddington Station in London, adopted by a kind family, and then Paddington sets out in search of an explorer who inspired his aunt years before. This is an announcement trailer, and all it really gives us is half of a look at Paddington’s face. It’s a little surprising that Paddington looks like a realistic bear cub, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less adorable.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman. Paddington opens December 12th.
Most reviews labeled Batman: Arkham Origins as a serviceable continuation of the series, but it came with the caveat that the developer was WB Montreal instead of Rocksteady, who created the first two games, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Rocksteady has now “returned” to the series (I doubt they ever really left; they probably just wanted more time to work on their game, and Warner Bros. didn’t want a three-year gap between entries), with Batman: Arkham Knight. A four-minute announcement trailer has been released, and in all honesty, it’s pretty silly. It’s pulling a page from the Man of Steel playbook by having the dead father narrate hopes for his superhero son, and some of the moves Batman does are ridiculous. But Rocksteady’s Arkham games have been incredibly fun, and this will be the first one where you can drive the Batmobile, although I’m not sure how that gets you around faster than being able to fly like in Arkham City.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and a brief plot synopsis. Batman: Arkham Knight will be released later this year on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (so I guess I’m going to have to buy one of those…).
Summit has released a new featurette for Neil Burger’s adaptation of the best-selling novel, Divergent. The story takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups, and faces grave consequences if it’s revealed that she’s “Divergent”. Theo James plays Four, Tris’ instructor and love-interest, and this featurette provides a behind-the-scenes look at the character and his performance. I haven’t seen any of James’ previous work, so I don’t know how he’ll handle the emotional scenes, but from a physical standpoint, he fits the bill.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film also stars Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, and Kate Winslet. Divergent opens on March 21st. [Update: We've also added a new TV spot]
Yesterday, it was reported that Scarlett Johansson is pregnant, which is wonderful for her and her fiancée, but will be a bit of a headache for filming on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to E! Online, the production is going to “fast-track her scenes” once she finishes her press tour for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and begins filming overseas on April 5th.
It’s the sensible move since production on a major blockbuster tends to go for months, and they don’t know when Johansson will start to show. It’s going to be difficult to hide a baby bump under the character’s catsuit, so unless Black Widow develops a predilection towards standing behind things, carrying boxes, and wearing frumpy sweaters, filming her scenes ASAP is probably the best way to go. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
This week’s new Blu-ray releases includes the most recent winner of the Best Picture Oscar, the highest grossing film of 2013, an American remake of a South Korean revenge classic, a few older titles, and more. Briefly:
Inspired by the life of co-creator Sarah Haskins, the ABC comedy series Trophy Wife tells the story of a reformed party girl named Kate (Malin Akerman), who is hoping that the third time’s the charm, now that she’s the third wife of the slightly older Pete (Bradley Whitford). Determined to make things work and become a part of this instant family, no matter what, she has to figure out how to juggle two ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins) and three step-children (Ryan Lee, Bailee Madison, Albert Tsai) while keeping her sanity.
During this recent interview to promote the return of new episodes, co-stars Malin Akerman and Bradley Whitford, along with executive producers Sarah Haskins and Lee Eisenberg, talked about how The Bachelor host Chris Harrison came to guest star on the show, how they decided on a Disney-themed party for Bert (Tsai), the upcoming two-part wedding episode, their Scandal parody, the character pairings that they’ve been surprised by, and just how relatable this crazy family is to people. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Opening this weekend is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire. In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan. I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass. The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission. It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February. While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.
At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Murro. He talked about how he landed the job, the long production process (they shot for 80 days), how the film takes place at the same time as 300, the intense sex scene, his hope that the fanbase will re-edit 300 and Rise of an Empire into one long movie, his thoughts on another sequel, the use of 3D, future projects, and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
Last year, Bates Motel proved itself a surprisingly strange and hypnotic entry to the TV landscape. Not only did the series find a way to be much more than just a prequel to the Hitchcock film, but the performances (particularly by Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates) were unlike anything else. Bates Motel also created a unique setting — modern, yet a throwback — and expanded the world of White Pine Bay beyond the motel and its infamous inhabitants. “Gone But Not Forgotten” picked up right where the show left off last year with its mysterious and potentially damning finale, but in its typical way, ultimately wriggled away from what seemed to be the obvious truth. Hit the jump for why “this is the road that’s going to ruin our lives.”