Martin Freeman Joins THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE; Bryce Dallas Howard in Talks for PETE’S DRAGON; Matt Smith to Star in PATIENT ZERO

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A few pieces of casting to report:

  • Martin Freeman is in talks to join Tina Fey and Margot Robbie in The Taliban Shuffle, a black comedy set in Kabul.  Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love) will direct the adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to join the cast of Pete’s DragonOakes Fegley, Oona Lawrence, and Robert Redford also star in the picture directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).
  • Matt Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in pandemic thriller Patient Zero, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall).

More on each project after the jump.

New TERMINATOR: GENISYS Images Featuring Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger; Plus Additional Plot Details

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You thought that description of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and the EW cover featuring Matt Smith and Jason Clarke being photo-bombed by a grinning Terminator were head-scratchers?  Just wait until you see some of the latest images from Terminator: Genisys.  EW just unveiled some new character artwork and the shots feature heavy weaponry and a whole lot of yelling.

Hit the jump to check out those new Terminator: Genisys images as well as some additional plot information.  The film opens July 1, 2015 and also stars Arnold SchwarzeneggerJai Courtney, J.K. SimmonsDayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

First Look at TERMINATOR: GENYSIS Provides Images of the Characters Plus Plot Details; Sarah Connor “Orphaned by a Terminator”

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The Terminator franchise has now been going for thirty years, and it’s going to need a reboot of sorts if it plans to stay alive.  Personally, I’d be fine letting lay fallow or never coming back to it again since every sequel diminishes the ending of T2 (“We might have saved the world!”; “Nope.  No you didn’t.  In no way what so ever.”)  But as the cover of EW proclaims, Terminator: Genisys (spelling is for nerds) is trying to “save a billion-dollar franchise.”  And how do you go about that?  With a character description that will have you scratching your head.

Hit the jump to learn more about the movie and to check out the Terminator: Genisys images from EW, which provide a first look at the characters.  The film opens July 1, 2015 and stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

Liam Neeson Eyes TELL NO ONE; Channing Tatum Boards STRUCK BY GENIUS; Matt Smith Joins PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

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A few casting notices:

  • Liam Neeson is circling the Tell No One remake, a thriller about a pediatrician who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders that claimed the life of his wife.
  • Sony picked up the rights Struck by Rights, the memoir of “mathematical marvel” Jason Padgett, as a possible starring vehicle for Channing Tatum.
  • Matt Smith will join Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

More on each project after the jump.

First Clip from Ryan Gosling’s LOST RIVER Featuring Matt Smith

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Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut will make its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival shortly, but today the first Lost River clip has landed online to give the rest of us an idea of what to expect from the ambitious feature.  The answer, apparently, is something weird and slightly hypnotic.  The film, previously titled How to Catch a Monster, weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense, and centers on a single mother of two and her teenage son who stumble upon a road leading to an underwater town.  This debut clip doesn’t have any dialogue but features a scene that involves Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Gosling wasn’t lying when he said his style was a mix between Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance.

Hit the jump to check out the Lost River clip for yourself.  The film also stars Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, and Saoirse Ronan.

New Images from LOST RIVER; Director Ryan Gosling Says Film Was Inspired by Decline of Detroit

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More new images from Ryan Gosling‘s directorial debut, Lost River, have gone online.  The film, previously titled How to Catch a Monster, weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense, and centers on a single mother of two and her teenage son who stumble upon a road leading to an underwater town.  Gosling recently released a statement saying he was inspired by directors Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance (he’s worked with each director twice) and saying his style falls somewhere in between the two.  Additionally, his time shooting The Ides of March in Detroit left an impact on him regarding the rise, fall, and possible rebirth of the bankrupt city.  Gosling says Lost River doesn’t take place in Detroit, but rather “in an imagined city in an imagined past,” and the city is the “damsel in distress.”  His full statement is fascinating, and it makes me even more excited to see the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the Lost River images.  The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, and stars Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, and Matt Smith.

Rumored Connection between TERMINATOR: GENESIS and THE TERMINATOR Revealed; DOCTOR WHO Star Matt Smith Joins Cast

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Terminator: Genesis (tentative title) looks like it will have a bit of a funky timeline.  Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) is young again, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is still young, and John Connor (Jason Clarke) is older than the both of them.  There’s also an old T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the mix.  With four movies already laid out (I’m assuming the new film will ignore the TV series entirely), and Genesis functioning as a spinoff/sequel/prequel/reboot-thing instead of a straight-up remake, how will the upcoming picture tie into the overall story?

Hit the jump to learn about the possible Terminator: Genesis connection to The Terminator.  Keep in mind that this might be considered a spoiler, so read on with caution.  But before hitting the jump, Paramount has released some exciting news for Doctor Who fans with the announcement that Matt Smith has joined the cast.  Per the press release, “Smith will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor.”  The cast also includes J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, and Byung Hun LeeTerminator: Genesis opens July 1, 2015.

Jenna Coleman Talks DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR, the 50th Anniversary, What She’ll Miss About Working With Matt Smith, Future Projects, and More

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In honoring the legacy of the longest-running and most successful sci-fi series in history, the groundbreaking television event, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, brings together the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith and the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, with companion Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt, and sees them embarking on their greatest adventure across space and time.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Jenna Coleman talked about what it’s been like to play Clara, how determined she is to embrace and enjoy the experience, how emotional it got towards the end of Matt Smith’s run as the Eleventh Doctor, how amazing it is to be a part of the iconic series during its 50th anniversary, what she’ll miss most about working with Matt Smith, when she learned what Clara’s story arc would be, filming her episodes out of order, what she thinks would most surprise fans about the way the show is shot, her favorite episodes, and what she’d most like to have from the set.  She also talked about the type of questions fans ask her, her experience on Captain America, what attracted her to Death Comes to Pemberley, and the type of roles she’d like to do, in the future.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Trailer for DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR, Starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt, Airing November 23rd

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We’re two weeks away from the worldwide simulcast debut of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor.  To mark the occasion, we’re bringing you the newly released trailer for the special, which will air on the BBC America November 23rd.  While there’s no sign of the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, just yet, the trailer does feature stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt.  What are you waiting for?  Hit the jump to check it out!

Matt Smith and David Tennant Stand Tall in New Poster for DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Special THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR

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BBC America has unveiled a new poster for the highly anticipated television event The Day of the Doctor, which is a special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who.  The poster shows the TV special’s two leads, Matt Smith and David Tennant, standing back to back along with a disheveled John Hurt, and the episode also stars Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper.  There’s sure to be plenty more of promotional materials as we head closer to the episode’s premiere, but this poster is a nice tease of what’s to come.

Hit the jump to check out the new poster.  The Day of the Doctor will air on BBC America November 23rd.


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Last night I had the chance to check out We’re the Millers with a group of friends and while I wouldn’t classify it as a “Must See!”, it’s a plenty serviceable R-rated comedy. As you can probably tell from the trailers, English actor Will Poulter delivers some of the biggest laughs and, for my money, it’s hard to go wrong with Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn in most anything. Aside from its tendency to settle for just being “OK”, my only real gripe would be that the film’s premise exceeds its execution. On paper, it has the potential to be a hilarious, yet incisive, play on the nuclear family. On screen, it turns the convention on its head before ultimately forcing its characters to conform to many of its tenets.

Although I’m sure you can never get enough of my one paragraph film reactions, we must move on to this week’s Top 5. Included this week is the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Elysium interviews with Neill Blomkamp and more, the new Doctor Who, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters interviews, and a slew of We’re the Millers interviews with the cast and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Per routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above kindly requests your attention after the jump.

Peter Capaldi Is the New DOCTOR WHO

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And the new Doctor is…Peter Capaldi!  Following Matt Smith’s departure from the immensely popular BBC series Doctor Who, fans have been speculating about who would be cast as the new Doctor.  The anticipation ended today, though, as the announcement was made that Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has been tapped to play the Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who.  Capaldi is probably best known for his profanity-filled role in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It and the follow-up film In the Loop.  He most recently appeared this summer in the zombie tentpole World War Z, literally credited as “W.H.O. Doctor” for his role towards the end of the Brad Pitt film.  He has also appeared on a number of British TV series, including Torchwood.

The 55-year-old Capaldi marks a return to an older gentleman playing the Doctor following 30-year-old Matt Smith’s tenure, and it’ll be interesting to see what he brings to the series.  Film-wise, Capaldi will also be seen opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming WikiLeaks pic The Fifth Estate and has a role alongside Angelina Jolie in Disney’s Maleficent.  Hit the jump to watch video from the event at which Capaldi was revealed as the new Doctor, which also includes a brief interview with the actor.

Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat Talk DOCTOR WHO, Smith Leaving the Show, and Preparing for a New Doctor

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With the twelfth Doctor being unveiled imminently, I thought it would be fun to give some insight into the process of auditioning and finding the perfect actor for the role, as well as what it’s like for the actor passing the baton.  While at Comic-Con, Doctor Who co-stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman talked about what it’s like to be a part of the iconic show on its 50th anniversary, the enormity of what it’s like to leave the show, wanting the best actor to step into the role, and what they’ll remember most about the experience, while showrunner Steven Moffat talked about having no agenda or specific traits in mind during casting, how much time he’s had to prepare for a new Doctor, how it’s always been a massive news story, how much longer he’d like to stay with the show, and that he wishes the new actor could just show up on his first episode, without any prior casting announcement.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 18th Includes SHERLOCK, ENDER’S GAME, DIVERGENT, and More

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Comic-Con has released their schedule for Wednesday’s preview night and for Thursday, July 18th.  For those who haven’t attended Comic-Con before, “Preview Night” is when the Exhibitor’s Floor is opened, and collectors fight tooth and nail for exclusives.  Studios also screen pilots for TV shows that are set to premiere in the fall.  Then on Thursday, we have one of the strangest Hall H line-ups I’ve ever seen.  It begins with a line-up of animated shorts followed by the sci-fi indie Europa Report, and I have no problem with that, but Hall H is usually reserved for stuff that will pack the house.  Granted, that will come later in the day, especially with what’s sure to be an amazing panel: Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries, which will be an hour-long conversation between Edgar Wright, Marc Webb, and Alfonso Cuaron.  As for Ballroom 20, the powerhouse of the day is Sherlock, although I would have switched that with Dexter, which is finishing out the day in Hall H.

Hit the jump to check out everything from Hall H, Ballroom 20, and other highlights from the Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday, July 17th and Thursday, July 18th.

Matt Smith to Exit DOCTOR WHO This Year

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A new Doctor is coming.  The BBC announced today that Matt Smith is poised to vacate his role as the Doctor on the wildly popular TV series Doctor Who later this year.  The actor will appear in the 50th Anniversary special in November, and his final appearance as the Doctor will come with the show’s Christmas special, in which the Doctor will regenerate.  Smith was the 11th actor to inhabit the role on the long-running show, making his first appearance as the Doctor in the 2010 New Year’s Day special.  No specific reason is given for Smith’s departure, but all appears to be amicable.  The actor recently started branching out a bit with his acting career, as he’ll be seen on the big screen in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster.

Hit the jump to read a lengthy statement from Smith as well as a statement from Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat.  The search for the 12th Doctor will begin imminently, so brace yourselves Who fans.

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