Check out the latest and greatest posters for the following films:
- Transformers: Age of Extinction – An international poster featuring star Li Bingbing. Also starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, and Sophia Myles, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th.
- Need for Speed – Eight character posters featuring Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, and Ramon Rodriguez. Also starring Michael Keaton, Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed opens March 14th.
- Godzilla – This limited edition poster will be given away at the film’s SXSW 2014 screening. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.
Hit the jump to take a look.
Although her name isn’t in the title, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is going to be a big part of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Just how big a role it is remains to be seen, but this new character featurette teases a bit more about the super-spy and what she’ll get up to in the Marvel sequel.
Also starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will open April 4th. Hit the jump to watch the featurette.
On the new A&E drama series Those Who Kill, homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloë Sevigny) tracks down serial killers while attempting to come to terms with her own dark past. To help her with both, she enlists the help of forensic psychologist Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy), who also has his own demons to work through.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor James D’Arcy talked about how he came to be a part of Those Who Kill, what made him want to get involved with the project, how much he loved working with Chloë Sevigny, the research he did in figuring out what kind of man this would be, how both Catherine and Thomas are manipulating each other, the bigger mystery that’s at the heart of the story, whether their relationship might cross a line, making sure to keep things light on set, what director Joe Carnahan brought to the show, and what he enjoyed about getting to explore a character over a longer period of time. He also talked about the thriller he’s currently shooting with Milla Jovovich and Pierce Brosnan, called Survivor, the three days he spent working on Jupiter Ascending, and what working with Andy and Lana Wachowski (along with Tom Tykwer) has meant to him, both personally and professionally. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
If you’re a Marvel fan, this is an exciting time. We’ve got Captain America: The Winter Solider about to hit theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy arriving this summer, and production about to begin in New York City on the first of five planned Netflix shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. In case you didn’t know, Marvel and Netflix have teamed up to produce 52 one-hour episodes based on the Marvel characters, encompassing the four individual series (13 episodes each) and one four to eight-episode mini-series (dubbed The Defenders) that teams up all of the aforementioned characters and revolves around their exploits in Hell’s Kitchen. The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is spearheading Daredevil as the writer and director of that series, which is likely the first to go into production, and Melissa Rosenberg is shepherding Jessica Jones. Details on the other shows, though, are forthcoming.
With production beginning soon, many of us have started to wonder who will land the coveted roles. In the past, fans have been vocal about wanting Terry Crews to play Luke Cage. The other day I spoke with the actor in anticipation of Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club, and during our conversation I asked him about the possibility of taking on the role. While Crews previously took himself out of the running for the role since it wasn’t actually moving forward, now that it is, he definitely sounded a lot more interested despite the fact that he’s under contract for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, saying “anything can happen” and “I’m game.” As a big fan of Crews, I’d love to see him land the role. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Before the excellent True Detective finale last night, HBO debuted a number of trailers for its upcoming series and specials. We’ve already shared the new Game of Thrones trailer and the first teaser for the HBO movie The Normal Heart, so now it’s time to get to something a bit lighter: Veep and Silicon Valley. The comedy series Veep really hit its stride in season two as one of the best comedies on TV, and this brief new trailer for season three promises it hasn’t lost its step. As for Silicon Valley, we’ve already seen a few short trailers for creator Mike Judge’s new series, but this one delves a bit deeper into the plot, which revolves around a tech start-up company in Silicon Valley.
Hit the jump to watch the trailers. Silicon Valley premieres on HBO April 6th at 10pm ET while Veep season three premieres April 6th at 10:30pm.
TV ratings for Sunday, March 9th, are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- Fox’s animation domination block kicked off with Bob’s Burgers, which dropped over half a ratings point to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.11 million viewers. The Simpsons was also down with a 1.2 rating and 2.65 million viewers and a 1.6 rating and 3.73 million viewers for two back-to-back episodes. Family Guy, meanwhile, ticked up two tenths to a 2.2 rating and 4.49 million viewers, while the premiere of Cosmos (read Allison’s review here) hit a solid 2.1 rating and 5.79 million viewers on Fox, though it aired at the same time on a multitude of networks.
- Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time returned up four tenths to a 2.3 rating and 7.27 million viewers, new drama series Resurrection premiered to a big 3.6 rating and 13.31 million viewers, and Revenge returned up six tenths to a 1.9 rating and scored 6.5 million viewers.
- CBS’ The Good Wife was down half a ratings point in its return with a 1.3 rating and 8.91 million viewers, while The Mentalist dropped two tenths to a 1.6 rating and 9.94 million viewers.
The first clip for director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah has landed online. The film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe taking on the titular role. In this debut clip, we see Crowe’s Noah explaining his God-given task to his family, specifically discussing how they need to round up animals for the ark. Though Aronofsky had a bit of a push-and-pull with Paramount over the cut of the film, we know that the cut being released in theaters will indeed be Aronofsky’s director’s cut, and I’m excited to see what his take on the classic story entails.
Hit the jump to watch the clip, and if you missed any of Matt’s set visit coverage be sure to check out his full set visit report and interview with Crowe. The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Anthony Hopkins. Noah opens in theaters on March 28th.
As Sony continues to pummel the public with new trailers, images, posters, promo clips, etc. for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, many fans have started to express concerns over the amount of villains in the film. We were initially led to believe that Electro (Jamie Foxx) was the primary baddie in the Spidey sequel, but as more materials have been released, additional big Spider-Man villains have been revealed to have a presence in the follow-up. Director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 suffered from antagonist bloat, so it’s understandable that fans are worried Amazing Spider-Man 2 might have the same problem.
While speaking at SXSW in Austin this weekend, director Marc Webb addressed concerns that there are too many villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and explained why this isn’t the case. In the process, he revealed that Rhino only appears in the film for a few minutes, discussed what he’s improving upon for the sequel, and talked about his initial reluctance to direct the first film. Read on after the jump.
Now playing in theaters 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 Jack O’Connell and Callan Mulvey. They talked about their reaction to the finished film, the use of 3D, what it was like filming in Bulgaria, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
A new trailer for director Atom Egoyan’s real-life drama Devil’s Knot has been released online. The film is based on the story of the West Memphis Three, who were wrongfully accused and convicted of the murder of three young boys in Arkansas in the 1990s. Reese Witherspoon stars as the mother of one of the victims while Colin Firth plays a private investigator hired to look into the defense case. I caught the pic at TIFF last fall and found it to be a massive disappointment. The film has no real focus and the performances—by talented actors, mind you—are bafflingly atrocious. Moreover, the story of Witherspoon’s character verges into exploitation territory.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review. The film also stars Alessandro Nivola, Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, and Amy Ryan. Devil’s Knot opens in theaters May 9th.
Disney is ramping up its marketing campaign for Maleficent, the studio’s big summer tentpole of the year, and it continues with today’s release of a new poster from the film. Directed by Robert Stromberg, the pic tells the story of how the Sleeping Beauty villain became, well, a villain. Angelina Jolie plays the titular character, a woman whose betrayal sets off a drive of revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides. This new poster is quite simple as it just shows Jolie’s Maleficent against a white background, but the makeup effects and Jolie’s menacing face do a swell job of selling the character—and by extension the movie—on their own.
Hit the jump to take a closer look at the new poster. The film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.
Initial filming is currently underway on Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the production is so large that some of the actors aren’t even showing up until two months into production. That’s what Chris Hemsworth revealed this weekend while at Wizard World Comic-Con, where he briefly discussed writer/director Joss Whedon’s follow-up. While the actor obviously didn’t reveal any plot specifics—or anything of substance, really—he offered up some obvious yet still enticing nuggets about the superhero team-up and talked a bit about his shooting schedule. Read his comments after the jump.
We have an exclusive TV spot for Sabotage, the latest from writer/director David Ayer (End of Watch). The voiceover tells most of what you need to know: “When he arrested the world’s most wanted druglord, he became the cartel’s most wanted man.” The hail of gunfire fills in the rest. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, and Josh Holloway star. Sabotage opens March 28. Watch the TV spot after the jump.
HBO’s stellar True Detective came to a close last night with its first season finale, which was essentially a series finale given that the show is an anthology series and the finale closed out the story of Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Chole and Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart for good. The finale appears to have had a bit of a polarizing reaction on its audience, with those deeply invested in the mythology and clue-hunting coming away a bit disappointed and those who were more engrossed in the character study aspect of the series feeling fulfilled. Personally, I find myself in the latter category as I thought writer Nic Pizzolato and director Cary Fukunaga delivered a stellar finale that stuck the show’s primary focus: the characters.
While many are still trying to piece together what was and wasn’t answered, Pizzolato took part in an illuminating post-mortem on the finale, discussing the concluding chapter of the show and other alternate endings he considered. The scribe also provided a tantalizing tease about season two, which will “keep being strange” and involve “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” Read on after the jump, but beware of full spoilers for the True Detective finale.
Fox is resurrecting its popular drama 24 in the form of a 12-episode limited event series this spring, and the network has now unveiled the first full trailer for 24: Live Another Day. The story picks up four years after the events of the series finale and finds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer thwarting terror abroad in London. He doesn’t exactly have the backing of the U.S. government, and this trailer offers us a look at Benjamin Bratt as the head of the CIA operation tasked with tracking Jack down. Though I’m still a bit unconvinced that Jack Bauer’s return is necessary, I’m interested to see how the 24 format is adapted into this close-ended limited series.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The show also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Tate Donovan, Yvonne Strahovski, William Devane, Stephen Fry, and Michelle Fairley. 24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.