FARGO Recap: “The Rooster Prince”

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The chaos and violence that defined the first hour of Fargo are starting to have some ramifications.  In its second hour, “The Rooster Prince” began to illustrate what a mad and connected world of violence Bemidji is, something that Molly is starting to piece together (thankfully, because the Molly of the premiere would have never gotten there).  But Bemidji is a small town, and personal alliances are standing in the way of justice.  Hit the jump for why you should never open and sniff a jar filled with pee.

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Talk THE OTHER WOMAN, Their Chemistry on Set, the Rating, and More

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The Other Woman is a romantic comedy with a refreshing twist centering on three women (Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton) who discover they’ve all been three-timed by the same lying, cheating SOB (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).  Their realization leads to an unlikely friendship as they team up to help each other get their lives back on track and teach him a lesson he’ll never forget.  Opening April 25th, the female-driven revenge comedy directed by Nick Cassavetes from a screenplay by Melissa Stack also stars Taylor Kinney and Don Johnson.

At a recent press conference, Diaz, Mann, Upton, Coster-Waldau and Kinney talked about the unique appeal of the story, the fun physical comedy and chemistry that developed on set, how Nine to Five was a huge influence, Kinney’s struggle to keep a straight face as Mann kept throwing him curve balls, Mann’s spectacular drunk and her excitement at making out with the hot guy from Game of Thrones, Coster-Waldau’s bruising scene with Upton that got cut, Upton’s reaction to working with Diaz and Mann in her feature debut, and how Diaz and the filmmakers convinced the MPAA to give the movie a PG-13 rating. Check out the interview after the jump.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “The Only Light in the Darkness”

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Welcome back, True Believers!  Last week’s episode gave us an in-depth look at Agent Garrett’s, aka Bill Paxton’s, Hydra.  Fun was had by all as the charismatic team took over a S.H.I.E.L.D. installation and rallied behind the idea that the once nearly omnipresent agency was unraveling at the seams.  Meanwhile, the Agents tried to pick up the pieces and were met by Agent Koenig, aka Patton Oswalt, in a secret base set up by Nick Fury.  On tonight’s episode, the often mentioned “Cellist” (love interest of Coulson originally brought up in the Avengers movie) makes an appearance, played by Amy Acker.  Also, another villain from the funny books makes his Marvel “movie-verse” premiere. Hit the jump for our recap of “The Only Light in the Darkness.”

FLASH GORDON Movie Rights Secured by Fox

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Twentieth Century Fox has secured the rights to Flash Gordon from Hearst Entertainment, with John Davis producing and Star Trek 3 scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.  First published 80 years ago in a sci-fi adventure comic strip from Alex Raymond, the title hero is a handsome athlete and Yale grad who rockets to the planet Mongo with his faithful companions to put a stop to the evil ruler, Ming the Merciless.  George Nolfi penned a treatment of the reboot and is now on board as producer.  Hit the jump for more.

Jon Turteltaub to Direct IT’S A SMALL WORLD for Disney; PEEPS Candy Rights Optioned for Film and TV

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Fifty years ago, Disney’s It’s a Small World debuted in its earliest iteration at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  Now, it’s set to become a feature film with Jon Turteltaub at the helm.  If it’s anything like the attraction itself, audience members will be buckled into their seats for two hours while the world’s children sing a song on loop until it drills itself into your skull for all eternity.  Perhaps Jared Stern’s pitch and eventual script will take a different path than that.  Stern, Turteltaub, and Dan Lin will act as producers on the Disney film, and though it will take a bit of time to come to fruition, it’s being eyed as a possible franchise.  (Via Deadline)

For an even more ridiculous adaptation story, hit the jump to learn how Adam Rifkin plans to adapt the Easter candy, Peeps.

New to Blu-ray: SORCERER, BIG BAD WOLVES, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases are rather scarce, but they do include a new HD transfer of an underseen William Friedkin thriller and director Quentin Tarantino’s favorite film of 2013.  Briefly:

Doug Liman in Talks to Direct Sci-Fi Children’s Book Adaptation RAILHEAD for Warner Bros.

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Doug Liman’s schedule is becoming quite crowded.  The Mr. and Mrs. Smith filmmaker most recently completed the upcoming sci-fi pic Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise, and now Warner Bros. is looking to stay in business with Liman as Heat Vision reports that he is currently in negotiations to direct an adaptation of Railhead, an upcoming book by author Philip Reeve.  Warner Bros. recently acquired the novel, which takes place in a futuristic society in which trains run through space portals.  The crux of the story revolves around a petty thief who is hired to steal an object that turns out to be much more powerful that he was led to believe.

The book doesn’t hit shelves until Fall 2015, but WB has gotten a jump on the material.  Next up for Liman, though, is the video game adaptation Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy set to star.  That starts production later this year for a planned 2015 release.

First CROSSBONES Trailer Featuring John Malkovich as the Dread Pirate Blackbeard

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The bald head and white beard of John Malkovich in the above image doesn’t exactly scream “the dread pirate Blackbeard,” but that’s exactly the role he’ll take on in the new NBC series, Crossbones.  For fans of Malkovich’s quirks and particular brand of humor, this first trailer should be a delight as it shows the veteran chewing scenery with zeal.  For those who aren’t quite as fond of Malkovich (myself included), then this first look acts as more of a deterrent than an enticement.  That’s a shame, since the rest of the cast – which includes Richard Coyle, Tracy Ifeachor, and Yasmine Al Massri – appears to turn in a worth-watching performance.

Hit the jump to watch the first trailer for NBC’s Crossbones, which premieres Friday, May 30th at 10/9c.

Director Steven Quale Talks INTO THE STORM, Mixing Big Visual Effects with the Grounded Human Element, and More at WonderCon

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Over the weekend, shortly before Into the Storm director Steven Quale hit the WonderCon stage to talk about his movie, I landed a few minutes with him backstage on the red carpet.  He talked about how the film mixes big visual effects with a grounded human element, how real-life tornadic events influenced what they decided to portray, if the science in the movie is real, how they never considered making it in 3D, how the film was shot, upcoming projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here to read our recap of the Into the Storm WonderCon panel.  The film stars Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Max Deacon, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence.

Jessica Chastain to Play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s BLONDE

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Jessica Chastain may soon be adding “biopic” to her already impressive resume, though not in the traditional sense of the word.  Per The Wrap, the actress is near a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in The Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik’s next film Blonde.  Though Naomi Watts had previously been attached to play the famous leading lady in the pic, she fell off the project some time ago.  The film is not your traditional “cradle-to-grave” story, as Dominik previously described it as a “sprawling, emotional nightmare fairy-tale type movie” and it is based on author Joyce Carol Oates’ historical novel of the same name.  Hit the jump for more on this exciting prospect.

Jerry Bruckheimer Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, the Summer Release Date, BAD BOYS 3, NATIONAL TREASURE 3, TOP GUN 2, and More at WonderCon

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From filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Deliver Us From Evil tells the story of the real-life series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes that police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) began investigating in New York.  As frightening events occur around the city, Sarchie teams up with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez) who is schooled in the rituals of exorcism.

While at WonderCon to promote the film’s July 2nd theatrical release, producer Jerry Bruckheimer spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being attracted to the procedural aspect of this story, why he responded to the true story of the book when he bought it 10 years ago, how even though the film tested very high, it’s all about the second weekend of release for him, how important the casting was, and what Scott Derrickson brings to this genre.  He also talked about what it will take for Bad Boys 3 to get done, that they just got a first act in for the National Treasure 3 script last week, how close they are to getting Beverly Hills Cop 4 into production, why they’re looking to do Top Gun 2, why they’re moving into the cyber crimes area for a possible CSI spin-off CSI: Cyber, and how he’s developing a show for TNT.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Robert Downey Jr. Shares First Official Image from the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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The first Avengers: Age of Ultron image has now landed online…officially.  Yes, onlookers previously snapped shots of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen filming an action sequence from the Marvel sequel a few weeks ago, and we’ve recently seen a few videos featuring Captain America, but today the first official image from the set has arrived courtesy of the one and only Robert Downey Jr.  The actor started up a Twitter account recently, and today he took the opportunity to provide a “sneak peek” at Avengers: Age of Ultron with a snapshot that also includes executive producer Jeremy Latcham.  There’s not really much to see, as both are wearing reflective vests likely due to the hazardous nature of the scene that was being filmed, but it serves as a fun “heads up” that the actor might be regularly sharing images from the Avengers 2 set.

Hit the jump to check out the set image.  Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, and Thomas KretschmannAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

FOXCATCHER Set for November 14th Release; Tina Fey/Amy Poehler Comedy THE NEST Faces STAR WARS on December 18, 2015

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Release dates have been announced for two very promising projects.  First up, Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s new drama Foxcatcher will finally arrive in theaters on November 14th of this year.  The pic was originally slated for release last fall, before Sony Pictures Classics pushed it to 2014 in order to get out of the incredibly competitive awards season pile-up.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).

Based on the incredible first trailer, this looks to be a serious awards contender, and its November release date puts it in prime position to take advantage of the buzz.  The pic will square off against Dumb and Dumber To and the WWII actioner Fury on its date, but again, this is all about riding the buzz through the December awards voting period.  It’ll have a nice head start, as Foxcatcher has its world premiere next month at the Cannes Film Festival.  Hit the jump for release date news concerning the new Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy.

Disney Chairman Alan Horn Says the STAR WARS Films Will Have Budgets in the $175 Million to $200 Million Range

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Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn spoke a bit this morning about the highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII, but his comments were essentially confirming things we already know: the cast isn’t 100% set yet, principal photography hasn’t begun, George Lucas is consulting, and future Star Wars films could return to the May release date strategy.  However, he also revealed a fascinating nugget with regards to the budgets of the new Star Wars movies.  One might think that a movie as big as Episode VII would have a budget of epic proportions, but the number that Horn quoted is actually pretty in line with other recent tentpole films.  More after the jump.

Director Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA’s Roar and Designing the Monster at WonderCon

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Over the weekend, shortly before Godzilla director Gareth Edwards hit the WonderCon stage to talk about his movie, I landed a few minutes with him backstage on the red carpet.  While the interview was brief, he talked about designing the sound of Godzilla, how they came up with the new roar, his look, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here to read our recap of the Godzilla WonderCon panel.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan CranstonElizabeth Olsen, Ken WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

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