First Trailer and Images for New AMC Drama Series HALT AND CATCH FIRE Starring Lee Pace

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During last night’s season finale of The Walking Dead, AMC took advantage of the likely massive viewership to tout one of its new upcoming series, Halt and Catch Fire.  From executive producer/showrunner Jonathan Lisco (Southland), the drama 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.  It actually looks like it could be a swell companion to HBO’s new modern day comedy tech series Silicon Valley, but the period setting of Halt provides a hefty amount of promising drama to mine from the PC boom.  This trailer is a brief teaser so we don’t see much, but the cast and premise certainly make this show one to check out.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out some debut images.  The series also stars Kerry Bishe and Toby HussHalt and Catch Fire premieres on AMC Sunday, June 1st at 10pm ET/PT.

First Trailer for Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana

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Marvel has released the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy.  Led by half-human, half-alien Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), the team is comprised of humanoid aliens Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), talking raccoon Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel), a giant, walking tree.  If you were at last year’s Comic-Con, you’ll recognize a lot of the footage, but for the majority of audiences this first look gives a great sense of tone and the type of humor on display in the film.  We also get a solid look at Karen Gillan as Nebula and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector; a dozen new still images from the film can be found here.

Lee Pace, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, and Peter Serafinowicz also star in the comic book adaptation directed by James Gunn.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.  Watch the trailer after the jump.


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After the disappointing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson has found his way back to ruling in Middle-earth with the sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugUnexpected Journey gave us the comfort food of familiar locales, but the story lacked urgency.  Desolation of Smaug reveals that while Unexpected Journey may have been a somewhat tedious set-up, the payoff is a fleet-footed, thrilling second chapter that confidently expands the world instead of creeping around the one Jackson previously created in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

33 New High-Resolution Images from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Warner Bros. has released a large batch of high-resolution images from director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of new characters like Bard (Luke Evans), the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).  Moreover, Benedict Cumberbatch brings to life the titular dragon Smaug in what’s sure to be one intense confrontation.

Hit the jump to peruse the new high-resolution images.  The film also stars Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan TurnerThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

Lee Pace Joins Ben Foster in Lance Armstrong Picture; Asa Butterfield in Talks to Join Clive Owen in KING OF THE KASTLE; Famke Janssen Boards KICKBACK

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Lee Pace (Lincoln) will join Ben Foster in the untitled Lance Armstrong picture scripted by John Hodge and directed by Stephen Frears.
  • Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) is in talk to join Clive Owen in co-writers and directors Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka King of the Kastle.
  • Famke Janssen (Hemlock Grove) has joined John Cusack in the crime thriller Kickback.  The picture also stars Sean Astin, Misha Barton, Michael Biehn, John Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stelio Savante, Tom Sizemore and Sean Young.

Hit the jump for more on each story.

New Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG; Plus Peter Jackson and Cast Discuss the Film During Fan Q&A Event

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Earlier today, director Peter Jackson and a good chunk of his The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug cast took part in a worldwide Q&A with fans that was simulcast across the globe.  Those in attendance included Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, and Andy Serkis, who not only reprised his role as Gollum in the first film but acted as the second unit director of the entire trilogy.  The discussion covered a variety of Hobbit-related subjects, including the 10 weeks of additional shooting this summer, what classic fiction character inspired Lilly’s performance, when we’ll see The Lord of the Rings trilogy blooper reels, and more.  Additionally, a new trailer was unveiled that has now been released online.

Hit the jump for a recap of the highlights from the event, a video of the event itself, and the new Laketown-heavy trailer.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.


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We’re only a little over a month away from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (holy hell, where did the year go?), and Warner Bros. is continuing to release character posters for the movie (just as they do with all their blockbusters).  This time, they have posters for Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) as well as new characters Bard (Luke Evans), Thranduil (Lee Pace), and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).  How is Thorin, the guy fighting to reclaim his home, the only one here who’s not holding a weapon?  Even Thranduil has tiny knives.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Fan Event Set for November 4th, Featuring Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis and More

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The second installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy may not hit theaters until December 13th, but fans around the world will be able to see the cast, crew and new footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug during a fan event on November 4th.  In addition to the debut of some first-look footage, the event will include a Q&A with Jackson and stars Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and, of course, Andy Serkis.  CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host the event kicking off Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm EST in New York, with live satellite feeds from Los Angeles, London and Wellington, along with an online stream accessible to fans around the world.  Check out all the details after the jump.

New Banner for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG; New Trailer to Be Released Tomorrow [UPDATE: 2 More Banners Added]

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Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit fans will get another look at the middle chapter in the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, tomorrow.  In the meantime, those fans can enjoy Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the dwarves fighting through a tangled web of Mirkwood spiders.  It could be a really fun sequence that plays like an expanded version of the Shelob scene from Return of the King.  Or it could be something completely different.  Either way, it’s dwarves battlin’ giant spiders.  Sounds good to me.

Hit the jump to check out the banner, and come back tomorrow morning to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline LillyThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th. [Update: Warner Bros. has released two more banners featuring Lee Pace as the Elvenking, Thranduil, and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman.  You can check out the banners after the jump.]

AMC Orders 1980s Computing Boom Show HALT & CATCH FIRE and Revolutionary War-set TURN to Series; Starz Renews BLACK SAILS for Season 2

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Some developments regarding upcoming pay-cable series have been announced.  First up, AMC has given series orders to a pair of pilots: Halt & Catch Fire and Turn.  The former takes place during the 1980s computing boom and “is told through the eyes of a visionary and an engineer prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.”  Halt & Catch Fire is set in Texas’ Silicon Prairie and appears to be loosely based on the rise of Apple and Microsoft.  The impressive cast is led by Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, and Kerry Bishe, with Jonathan Lisco acting as showrunner.  The series was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, with Breaking Bad’s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein acting as executive producers.

Hit the jump for more on AMC’s new Revolutionary War show Turn and Starz’s very early renewal of Michael Bay’s pirate series Black Sails.

Comic-Con: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Director James Gunn and More Talk GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and Connection to Marvel Universe

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Having left production in London to make an appearance in Hall H at Comic-Con, cast members Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”/”Star-Lord”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Benicio Del Toro (“The Collector”), Dave Bautista (“Drax the Destroyer”), Karen Gillan (“Nebula”), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”), Lee Pace (“Ronan the Accuser”) and Djimon Hounsou (“Korath”) joined director/writer James Gunn (Slither, Super) to talk to the press about the otherworldly Guardians of the Galaxy that’s more anti-hero than hero.

During the interview, Gunn talked about the basic moral premise of the film, when he might announce further casting, the tone they’re going for, working with such a big budget, and the connection between the Guardians and the rest of the Marvel universe, while the cast talked about stepping into these high-profile roles, the extent of the training, and their favorite aspects of their characters.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Marvel Surprises with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Panel; James Gunn and His Cast Introduce Promising First Footage; New Concept Art Revealed

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While the official Comic-Con schedule listed Marvel’s panel as centering on Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we knew from experience to expect a few surprises.  As such, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was greeted with great applause when he introduced director James Gunn and the entire main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy earlier today in Hall H, all of whom flew in from the London set just to appear on the panel.  While filming only just got underway two weeks ago, fans were treated to the excellent debut of some footage from the pic, while Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, and Michael Rooker teased what to expect from the film.

Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Guardians of the Galaxy Comic-Con panel.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Roles for Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, and Karen Gillan Confirmed?

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Even though filming on Guardians of the Galaxy is set to begin soon, the casting is still somewhat of a jumble.  We know that on the Guardians side, we have Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer.  There’s are also Rocket Raccoon, but we don’t know his voice actor yet, and as for Groot, he could be mute.  Then we have Michael Rooker as Yondu, John C. Reilly as Rhomman Dey and Glenn Close as his Nova Corps supervisor.  That leaves Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, and Karen Gillan, but their roles only extended to rumors are best.  Now we might have confirmation on those roles.

Hit the jump for more.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014.

New Behind-the-Scenes Images from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Even though it’s still six months away, it feels like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will soon be upon us.  The marketing is ramping up, and new behind-the-scenes images have been released from the upcoming sequel.  Like we saw from the trailer, the second film is going to go heavy on the elves with Legolas (Orlando Bloom) returning along with the introduction of Thranduil (Lee Pace), the Elvenking and Legolas’ father, as well as original character, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).  I assume the marketing is saving the Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) stuff until closer to the release date.

Hit the jump to check out some of the behind-the-scenes images.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan TurnerThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.


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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  The film is a continuation of the story that began with last year’s An Unexpected Journey, and this trailer gives us a pretty extensive peek at what’s in store for the second installment in Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.  In addition to the return of Orlando Bloom‘s Legolas, we get a look at the new characters played by Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Lee Pace (Thranduil), and Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), as well as a nice tease of the titular dragon Smaug.  I may be misremembering just how CG-heavy An Unexpected Journey was, but there appears to be a rather exhaustive use of the technology here in Smaug.  Hopefully some of the more spotty-looking shots can be cleaned up in time for December, when audiences will once again be given the opportunity to see The Hobbit at 48 frames-per-second.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to check out 8 high-resolution images from the pic.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan Turner.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and HFR on December 13th.

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