AMC Renews HALT AND CATCH FIRE for Season 2

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After the season finale only accumulated 574,000 viewers, it looked as though AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire would never make it to season 2.  On top of that, the only time it broke a million viewers was season premiere night.  Otherwise, the numbers ranged from 970,000 down to a lackluster 550,000.  But, it turns out, AMC still has faith in the series because it was just renewed and will air again next summer.

For those of you who have missed out, Halt and Catch Fire picks up about a year before IBM unleashes the very first IBM personal computer.  Lee Pace leads as Joe MacMillan, an ex-IBM executive who’s determined to beat them to it, even if it means running the risk of getting into some serious trouble in the process.  Hit the jump for more on the Halt and Catch Fire season 2 renewal.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Review

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Leading up to Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s been a persistent question among pundits, analysts, and even Marvel fans about whether or not the studio’s new film is “too weird”.  Somehow, we’ve come to expect a guy who can invent anything, an alien Norseman with a magic hammer, and a guy who was put into suspended animation instead of dying of hypothermia are all credible protagonists worthy of their own movies.  But once you go into outer space and feature a talking raccoon, all bets are off. Writer-director James Gunn has no problem convincing us of his space oddities as he taps into universally beloved qualities like humor, warmth, and a sense of adventure.  Although he’s still a little trapped by some familiar plot points and a few underdeveloped main characters, these are minor qualms in a movie that’s a total blast.

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.

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Posters Focus on Villains Ronan, Nebula, and Korath

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Following yesterday’s Guardians of the Galaxy posters for supporting characters, Marvel has now turned their attention to the film’s villains.  The studio has now released character posters for Ronan (Lee Pace), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Korath (Djimon Hounson).  I’ve enjoyed all these character posters because they’re bright, colorful, and don’t fill the image with sparks and debris.  It looks like we now have all of the character posters except Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.  If we do get one for him, I hope it’s based off this image.

Hit the jump to check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy posters.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe SaldanaDave Bautista, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Character Posters Give Yondu, Nova Prime and Corpsman Dey Their Chance to Shine

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It’s only two weeks or so until director James Gunn’s Marvel tentpole Guardians of the Galaxy hits US screens (it opens internationally a few days prior).  As you can tell by my reaction to the footage that was screened from the film last week, I’m quite excited for this picture (you should also check out the new TV spots that hit yesterday if you missed them).  Today sees the release of three character posters.  John C. Reilly’s Corpsman Dey, Glenn Close’s Nova Prime and Michael Rooker‘s Yondu.

Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanBenicio Del ToroDjimon HounsouPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley CooperVin Diesel, and Josh Brolin.  It opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump for the new Guardians of the Galaxy character posters!

More GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Images Released Featuring Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and More

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Marvel has released more Guardians of the Galaxy images online.  The story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  I wouldn’t go so far as to qualify these stills as “new” since we’ve seen most of them in the trailers, but I still appreciate the high-quality close-ups, and I certainly don’t want to see new images that end up spoiling the film.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy images.  The film opens in 3D on August 1st, and also stars Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Footage Review: Evan’s Reaction to Marvel Screening 17 Minutes of Footage

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I’ve been more excited about Guardians of the Galaxy than I have most other Marvel films for some time now.  I’m a huge fan of director James Gunn (Slither, Super) and the potential for strong authorial voices gets me more excited for tentpoles (see also Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and Edgar Wright’s unfortunately cancelled take on Ant-Man).  While I generally like Marvel movies, there’s something about the humor in all of the Guardians of the Galaxy promos that I’ve seen that has colluded with my fandom of Gunn to raise my expectations for this film.  So when an invitation came my way to preview 17 minutes of the film in 3D IMAX this evening at the TLC Chinese Theater, I leapt at it despite the fact that I would essentially just be watching 17 minutes of footage I’d be seeing in a more complete context within a matter of weeks.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyMichael RookerPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley CooperVin Diesel, and Josh Brolin.  It opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to read my Guardians of the Galaxy footage reaction!

Extended GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer Offers First Look at Michael Rooker as Yondu

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Marvel has released a new, extended Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.  Set to “Cherry Bomb” (like this recent TV spot), the trailer offers a first look at Michael Rooker as Yondu and spotlights the funny banter between the unlikely superheroes—played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper—who team up to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

Hit the jump to watch the new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.  Directed by James Gunn (Super), Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: New Image of Lee Pace as the Villainous Ronan the Accuser

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A new Guardians of the Galaxy image has gone online, and this one shows off Lee Pace as the movie’s big bad, Ronan the Accuser.  In the film, Ronan is after a mysterious orb, and according to the official synopsis, “has ambitions that threaten the universe.”  However, the orb is in the possession of thief Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), who teams up with the assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the rampaging Drax (Dave Bautista), the gun-toting raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Rocket’s muscle, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) to keep the orb safe.  Ronan’s costume and makeup is yet another cool design in a film that looks like it’s brimming with strange and wonderful oddities.  Now that we have a good idea of Ronan’s look, I’m eager to see more of his personality.  With the movie’s release a little over a month away, I assume we’ll be getting another full trailer in a few weeks or so.

Hit the jump to check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy image featuring Ronan.  The film opens in 3D on August 1st, and also stars Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. ReillyPeter Serafinowicz, Michael Rooker, and Glenn Close.

Nathan Fillion to Have a “Fun Cameo” in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Check out the Film’s Empire Magazine Covers

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Many geeks like Nathan Fillion, and they’d probably like to see him play a geekier part than his role on the Castle.  However, they’ll have to shrug and accept the fact that he’ll probably never fill their fan-casting for Nathan Drake or Hal Jordan.  However, he will sneak into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Initial rumors wanted to give him as huge a role as possible, and he was soon being connected with Nova Prime a.k.a Richard Rider.

However, director James Gunn, who worked with Fillion on Slither, Super, and PG-Porn, went to Twitter to quiet down the rumors.  Hit the jump for more, and to see Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Empire Magazine covers.  The film opens in 3D on August 1st.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Seven New Images Take Us to Knowhere and Back

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Marvel has released seven new Guardians of the Galaxy images.  The story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to recapture a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  These images were briefly glimpsed in the trailer, but these stills allow us to focus on some cool details like Knowhere looking like a decaying skull.  We also get a close up on Ronan, who makes Pace look unrecognizable, at least from this perspective.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy images.  The film opens in 3D on August 1st, and also stars Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz.

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY International Trailer Features More Rocket Raccoon

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Marvel has released a new Guardians of the Galaxy international trailer that features more Rocket Raccoon, less classic rock, and additional focus on the story.  While I was already sold on director James Gunn’s intergalactic adventure, this new trailer will get a lot more regular moviegoers excited for the movie.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Starlord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to recapture a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

Hit the jump to check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy international trailer and click here for our full rundown of the highlights from the recent Guardians Q&A.  The film also stars Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Peter Serafinowicz, Michael Rooker, and Glenn CloseGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.

HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: AMC Hopes That Building a Computer Will Make for High Drama

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With Breaking Bad having wrapped up, and Mad Men only seven episodes away from the conclusion of its run, AMC is surely hoping that Halt and Catch Fire will prove to be its next prestige drama.  It didn’t quite pan out with Rubicon or Low Winter Sun, but then again, those shows didn’t feature Lee Pace.  Halt and Catch Fire is stylish, and takes place in the 1980s, when the computer wars seemed to be over, and IBM was left wearing the crown.  But at the mid-level Cardiff Electric, Pace’s savvy and suave Joe MacMillan looks to make a name for himself by challenging that Goliath (the show is essentially a reworked story of the birth of Compaq).  Hit the jump for why “computers aren’t the thing.  They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.”

Over 45 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Images from the New Trailer, Including Rocket, Groot, Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, and More

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Yesterday, Disney debut a pretty fantastic new trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  It again conveyed the offbeat tone with which writer/director James Gunn has tackled this comics adaptation, and it also offered a closer look at what to expect from the space-set adventure.  Since there was quite a bit of new footage in the trailer, we’ve rounded up a batch of screenshots from the most interesting bits that were gleaned.  They include better looks at Rocket the Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), as well as Lee Pace’s intimidating, villainous Ronan the Accuser and a number of other characters and environments.

Hit the jump to check out a large gallery of Guardians of the Galaxy images.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, and John C. ReillyGuardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st.

Watch the Premiere of AMC’s New Drama HALT AND CATCH FIRE Online Now

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The first half of the final season of AMC’s Mad Men comes to an abrupt close next Sunday, but fortunately the network has a promising new drama taking its place the following week.  Ahead of its official on-air premiere, AMC has made the entire first episode of Halt and Catch Fire available to watch online for free right now.  From executive producer/showrunner Jonathan Lisco (Southland), the series takes place in Texas in the early 1980s, during the rise of the PC era.  Lee Pace leads the cast as a former IBM executive who recruits an engineer (Scoot McNairy) and a volatile prodigy (Mackenzie Davis) to help him reverse engineer the new IBM PC.  The trailers have all looked great so far, and I’m really looking forward to checking out the first season.  If you want to get an early peek, now’s your chance.

Hit the jump to watch the premiere episode of Halt and Catch Fire.  The show also stars Kerry Bishe and Toby HussHalt and Catch Fire premieres on AMC Sunday, June 1st and 10pm ET/PT.

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