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.

Could Scoot McNairy Be Playing The Flash in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE?

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Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have been doing a wonderful job of keeping the specifics of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice under wraps while also providing fans with enough information/teases to keep them happy.  The film doesn’t open until March 2016, but we’ve had regular doses of minor reveals for the past few months, and we’ve already seen official looks at Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman.  By and large, Snyder and WB have kept people pretty satisfied.  That being said, there’s always room for speculation, which brings us to today’s curious matter.  A new Batman v Superman set photo has surfaced that has people wondering about the nature of actor Scoot McNairy’s role in the film, as it looks possible that he could be playing none other than Barry Allen aka The Flash in this pre-Justice League feature.  More after the jump.

FRANK Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Frank opens today in limited release.]

“He’s the sanest person I’ve ever met,” band manager Don (Scoot McNairy) tells keyboardist Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) about their lead singer and songwriter, Frank (Michael Fassbender). Frank wears a giant fake head that he never takes off. Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is a funny, warm, thoughtful story about crafting an artistic identity, and needing to seize on to someone else’s expression when you don’t have one of your own. It also provides an insightful look at the fault in trying to forge an identity based on the acceptance of others instead of embracing one’s own oddities and shortcomings even if the world at large sees them as “insane”.

Rumor: Doomsday One of the Five Villains in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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It’s getting hard to keep up with all of the villains (and heroes) rumored to be participating in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Heck, it’s hard enough keeping up with the rumors about who wrote which version of a fake script that all of this info may or may not be coming from.  And now there are fresh rumors that Doomsday will be making an appearance in the film, perhaps as one of the five villains people claim are on tap for this franchise installment.

Hit the jump for more on the possible Batman v Superman Doomsday appearance.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterCallan Mulvey, Tao OkamotoScoot McNairy, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Irons.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

New GONE GIRL Trailer: Ben Affleck Is a Prime Suspect in David Fincher’s Latest Drama

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20th Century Fox has released a new full-length Gone Girl trailer. Directed by David Fincher, the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  After watching this trailer, this movie firmly remains one of my most anticipated of the year.  It’s unmistakably Fincher with cold, dim light permeating every scene (if there’s even much of a light source at all), and a remorselessness amongst all the characters.  There’s a bit more of the plot in this trailer as well, and while it doesn’t have the eerie attitude of the teaser trailer, it does a good job of conveying both the mystery and creepiness of the story.

Hit the jump to watch the new Gone Girl trailer, and click here fore the new teaser posters.  Tyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star.  Gone Girl opens October 3rd.

Scoot McNairy Added to BATMAN V SUPERMAN; Will Poulter Joins Leonardo DiCaprio in THE REVENANT

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A couple of interesting casting stories have surfaced this afternoon.  Firstly, Deadline reports that Scoot McNairy (Argo) has joined the cast of director Zack Snyder’s now-filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though the nature of his role is under wraps.  Given that the superhero pic will lead directly into Justice League (which will also be directed by Snyder), plenty of characters are poised to be introduced that will have larger roles later on.  It’s possible that McNairy could play a major role in the DC Cinematic Universe, or maybe he just has a key supporting role in the Man of Steel follow-up.  I’m selfishly hoping it’s the former, as the actor has become a welcome scene-stealer as of late in pics like Monsters, 12 Years a Slave, and Killing Them Softly.  He currently has a lead role on the new AMC drama series Halt and Catch Fire.

Hit the jump for more on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and casting news for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s next film.

New Trailer and Poster for FRANK Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, and Michael Fassbender

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Magnolia has released a new Frank trailer and poster.  The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as an aspiring musician who joins an eccentric band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank, played by Michael Fassbender.  The story is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom with Fassbender sporting an odd, large mask for the entirety of the film.  I enjoyed the film when I saw it at Sundance, and while it makes sense that the trailer would focus on the weirdness of the band and Frank’s behavior, the movie is really about Gleeson’s character and his desperation to find acclaim despite a dearth of talent.

Hit the jump to check out the Frank trailer and poster.  The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairyFrank opens in limited release on August 15th.

THE ROVER Review

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“Life isn’t fair” is a well-known and rarely disputed maxim.  As our awareness of the world grows, we learn this lesson.  David Michôd’s The Rover hits this point with the power of a gunshot.  His post-apocalyptic wasteland has the same brutality we’ve come to expect from the genre, but with an unnerving quiet and weary disconnect that gives power to the unrelenting nihilism.  Stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson ground the picture with their unsettling performances, and while the movie’s tone may be draining, it’s never tedious.

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.”

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.

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 Offbeat Sundance Comedy FRANK Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal

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The first trailer for director Lenny Abrahamson’s dark comedy Frank has been released online.  The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as an aspiring musician who joins an eccentric band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank, played by Michael Fassbender.  The story is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom, as Fassbender sports an odd, large mask for the entirety of the film.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it’s incredibly weird, very funny, and oddly sweet.  Fassbender is excellent as the titular Frank, and Gleeson shines once again as the straight man opposite a bounty of strange characters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s full review.  The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairyFrank opens in the U.K. on May 9th and in the U.S. later this year.

NON-STOP Review

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Non-Stop manages the difficult task of being a solid thriller as well as constantly silly, and the result is a film that was far more entertaining than I expected it to be.  Director Jaume Collet-Serra‘s previously filmography has been underwhelming to say the least, and his previous collaboration with star Liam Neeson, the thriller Unknown, was awful.  But paired with a solid script from John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach, and Ryan Engle, Collet-Serra keeps the story moving, the whodunit a constant question, and utilizes Neeson’s performance to ground the picture so that our eye-rolls don’t do a complete 360.

17 New Images from NON-STOP Feature New Looks at Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, and Michelle Dockery

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Director Jaume Collet-Serra’s sky-high action thriller Non-Stop recently shared a few clips that show Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) in action attempting to track down an assassin hiding in plain sight somewhere on the passenger jet.  Now, we have a collection of new images that show off the rest of the cast.  In addition to Neeson and Collet-Serra, we get a look at fellow passengers and crew, played by Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Linus Roache, Anson Mount, Corey Hawkins, Corey Stoll, and Frank Deal.  Your guess is as good as mine as to which one of them is the culprit.  Hit the jump to take a look at the new images.  Non-Stop opens February 28th.

Watch 5 Clips from Jaume Collet-Serra’s NON-STOP Starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore

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With director Jaume Collet-Serra‘s Non-Stop opening February 28th, Universal has provided us with five clips from the upcoming action/thriller.  If you haven’t seen the trailer, the film takes place on a transatlantic flight where a U.S. Air Marshall (Liam Neeson) must stop a mysterious hijacker who is threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes until $150 million is transferred into a secret account.  The film also stars Julianne Moore, Corey Stoll, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’O, Bar Paly, and Anson Mount.

Like most of you, I’ve love getting to watch Neeson when he gets to punch people in the face, which I suspect will be a big part of Non-Stop.  I honestly can’t wait to see it.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

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