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Monday, July 21, 2014

FXX to set TV history with The Simpsons marathon

FX recently acquired syndication rights for The Simpsons and announced their intent to air reruns of the animated classic on the side network, FXX. We now have news that in addition to being the first network other than Fox to air the show, they will be setting a record for the longest marathon in television history.

FXX will kick off their syndication by running every single episode of The Simpsons, that means all 25 seasons, in a killer marathon. Yes, you have the opportunity to watch all 522 episodes plus an airing of The Simpsons Movie after the 400th episode. The marathon will run from August 21st through September 1st and will go all 24-hours of the day. If you want to catch an episode you haven't seen in a while you better make sure you set your DVR.
After the marathon is over you will have the chance to see the show in heavy rotation on FXX as well as on demand on the FXNOW app and On both the app and the website you will have access to every episode and they will be full-length episodes.

First poster for Jurassic World

You'll have the first chance to pick up both variants of the poster for Jurassic World at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, but here is a peek at the new poster design by Mark Englert.

Both variants will be available at SDCC. If you text "JURASSIC" to 834567 you will get details on the poster drop. You can also follow @JurassicPark on Twitter or @JurassicWorld on Instagram.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Did the plot for Episode VII just leak?

If this is true I must say I am rather disappointed that we found out this early because it sounds pretty awesome. The following paragraphs will contain potential spoilers about Star Wars Episode VII, so proceed with caution if you want to be spoiler free.

You have been warned.

Badass Digest is reporting that the plot, and a lot of script details, for Star Wars Episode VII have leaked. Included in this leak are key plot points, characters, and the overall flow of events. It even details an opening scene. Now, keep in mind that this is all a rumor at this point but also remember that it could very well turn out to be true.

According to this leak, we will see the familiar Star Wars credit roll and it pans to find a floating, severed hand in space with a lightsaber in its grip. It lands on a desert planet and is discovered by the film's heroes to be played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. Boyega is apparently playing a character trying to change the course of his life (familiar enough). The pair recognize the lightsaber as an old Jedi relic and decide to return it to its rightful place.
The quest leads them to Han Solo and Chewbacca where they recognize the relic as Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and mention they haven't seen Luke since the events of Return of the Jedi which happened 30 years prior. Meanwhile, there is an evil force on a nearby frozen planet is developing a weapon capable of destroying entire solar systems, not just planets.

One thing that this plot reminds me of is A New Hope. It's almost like Luke stumbling across R2-D2 on Tatooine only it's characters stumbling across a severed hand. One thing it does reinforce, if it's true, is that John Boyega is indeed the main character of this new trilogy. It also is curious to think that Han and Leia are married, but they haven't seen Luke in 30 years? Also wondering, does Luke not develop a new Jedi academy? If lightsabers and Jedi tales are still considered relics that is somewhat curious.
I find this plot interesting enough, but I want a little bit more before I make a full judgment. Something about opening a movie with a severed hand is a bit odd.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Marvel announces release dates through 2019

Although they are all untitled releases, Marvel has shared some added release dates for planned films through 2019.

We will have Marvel releases on:

July 28, 2017
November 3, 2017
July 6, 2018
November 2, 2018
May 3, 2019

It is assumed that some of these dates will be sequels to films set for Phase Three (aka, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange), but we could also see a solo Black Widow spin-off and a film for Black Panther. Doctor Strange is still without an official release date, but most are assuming it's going to fill one of the 2016 release dates.

Upcoming releases we currently have dates for include:

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st)
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)
Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)
Captain America 3 (May 6, 2016)

There are also still two unfilled 2016 slots for July 8, 2016 and May 5, 2017. Many are guessing that the May 2017 date will belong to a third, and possibly final, Avengers film. I would also guess if Guardians of the Galaxy takes off that we will see a sequel to that and possibly some solo spin-offs.

Mark Romanek to direct prequel to The Shining

Warner Bros. has hired Mark Romanek to direct Overlook Hotel. It will serve as a prequel to the horror classic, The Shining.

The prequel has been drafted by former Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzarra and apparently his script is adapted from the original prologue written by Stephen King.King's prologue was cut from his novel just before it was published. It focuses on Bob T. Watson, a robber who was the hotel's first owner.
Romanek is no stranger to this sort of genre. His films include Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo. However, he has mostly directed music videos and shorts. He's worked with artists such as Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Madonna, Iggy Pop, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Fiona Apple, Linkin Park, and Coldplay. His music videos have always been considered visionary and very detailed. That includes setting a Guinness World Record alongside Michael Jackson for the most expensive music video ever made with "Scream." The video carried a $7 million price tag and was less than 5min long.
The first and most notable adaptation of King's novel was directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1980 and starred Jack Nicholson. It followed a struggling writer who brought his family to the Overlook Hotel during the off-season. An evil presence in the hotel takes hold of him and he attacks his wife and his psychic son. One of the most celebrated aspects of The Shining is the mystery and the fact that the audience never quite has anything laid out for them. You are left guessing which makes everything very unsettling.

I think Romanek will do just fine, but he has a history of just walking away from projects. He was hired to direct The Wolfman and he suddenly left right before filming and he also departed from Disney's new adaptation of Cinderella due to creative differences. He is also no longer attached to Boston Strangler starring Casey Affleck. It's all good if he manages to stick around.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer to premiere at SDCC

We finally have confirmation that the first full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con next weekend. The trailer will air on the Galaxy Tab S as part of the Samsung Galaxy Experience on Friday, July 25th at 12pm. The trailer will be introduced by the cast despite there being no Hunger Games panel this year. The main reason the trailer is premiering this way and not in Hall H is because there is no panel.

Now... actually seeing this trailer right away is going to be a bit tricky if you're not at Comic-Con or don't own a Samsung device. If you are not at SDCC, you can see a short preview of the trailer at participating Best Buy locations. They will also be handing out a limited supply of complimentary tickets for Mockingjay - Part 1 if you watch the preview.
Another way to participate is to download the Hunger Games Movie Pack app. The app will be a free download on capable Samsung devices beginning July 28th and will give Galaxy owners access to exclusive Hunger Games content.

In other words, if you're not at SDCC or don't own a Samsung device you're pretty much screwed on seeing the trailer right away. There isn't any information on when the trailer will be available for everyone to watch, but I am pretty sure something will leak online before the weekend is up. Stuff from SDCC always finds its way out before it should. I also agree with the guys over at Collider in saying that this marketing campaign seems to be more of a Samsung advertisement than one for The Hunger Games. It's a bit of an odd choice.

First look at Marilyn Manson in Sons of Anarchy

We have our first look at shock rocker, Marilyn Manson, in the upcoming season of Sons of Anarchy. The seventh and final season will premiere on FX with a 105min episode on September 9th.

Manson (aka, Brian Warner) has been cast as a new white supremacist leader who, judging from the picture, is in prison with Jax (Charlie Hunnam).

Chris Franjola will be hosting an aftershow, Anarchy Afterword, after the premiere of season 7. The show will air live and stream on FXNOW. It will air three times throughout the season and all episodes will be available on streaming and VOD for one month after the air date.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Deborah Ann Woll joins Daredevil

The upcoming Netflix series, Daredevil, has added a new addition to their cast. True Blood veteran Deborah Ann Woll has been cast in a female lead role of Karen Page. She joins Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Rosario Dawson.

Karen Page is the most notable and long-time love interest for the blind hero, Matt Murdock. In the comics, she and Murdock go through quite a few make up and break up situations and she is ultimately killed by Bullseye. She also shared her love with Murdock's close friend, Foggy Nelson, and had traded her secretary job for acting after Murdock revealed his alter-ego to her.
Thought she was cut from almost the entire theatrical cut, she was portrayed by Ellen Pompeo in the 2003 adaptation of Daredevil with Ben Affleck and Colin Farrell. Woll is a television veteran at this point and is no stranger to fantasy. She's appeared in all seven seasons of HBO's True Blood and has had small roles on The Mentalist, Law & Order: SVU, and CSI. She's also starred in films such as the remake of Mother's Day, Ruby Sparks, and Seven Days in Utopia.

Annabelle - First Trailer

Annabelle is not the official sequel to The Conjuring, but we have the first teaser for the horror spin-off set to hit theaters on October 3rd. It looks pretty crazy, too.

The only thing I will say, so far, is it definitely doesn't look like a prequel. It looks very modern. Either way I think this looks pretty promising. I will definitely see it.

Bryan Cranston to star as LBJ on HBO Special

After a very successful run on Broadway as former President Lyndon Johnson, Bryan Cranston has teamed up with Steven Spielberg to bring the play, All the Way, to HBO.

Cranston has already won a Tony Award for his portrayal of LBJ and it seems as though he's aiming for an Emmy as well. The play followed LBJ as he struggled to pass the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 and with the escalation of the Vietnam War. It just ended its run on Broadway last month and in addition to Cranston winning a Tony, it also took home the award for Best Play.
Spielberg has already tackled a struggling presidential tale as he earned rave reviews for his 2012 film, Lincoln, which starred Daniel Day Lewis. Word has it he's been eyeing an adaptation of this play for quite sometime.

The role required Cranston to stretch a bit as he had to portray both personalities of LBJ; the self-pitying man and the threatening President. Play writer Robert Schenkkan will adapt the script for Spielberg and Cranston. He previously worked with Spielberg on the HBO series, The Pacific, and Cranston previously teamed with him for Saving Private Ryan.

Marvel reveals the new Captain America

Marvel just keeps rolling the punches right in.

Just a few days after announcing a new female Thor for Marvel comics, Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, revealed who will be the new Captain America on the Colbert Report last night. You might recognize the name Sam Wilson as he also goes by Falcon. Well, Falcon will now wear Cap's suit as Steve Rogers' super soldier serum has worn off and he rapidly aged 65-years.
Wilson is a longtime friend and partner of Rogers so it makes sense for him to take over the duties as Captain America. The takeover will take place this October in the "All-New Captain America" series.

Similar to what has been said about the upcoming female Thor, this might serve as some foreshadowing for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. That doesn't necessarily mean that Anthony Mackie will be replacing Chris Evans as Cap, but it might be a hint that Evans will be walking away from the MCU. He has already hinted that he would not like to renew his contract which led people to think that The Winter Soldier arc will be moving forward and that Sebastian Stan will take over the Captain America role. This new comic arc might put a wrinkle in things, so it's definitely something to pay attention to. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ouija - First Trailer

Well, I can't say I'm surprised that this looks horrible.

Ouija hits theaters on October 24th. I would expect since it's a Universal release that this will be a scare zone at Halloween Horror Nights in one or both of the Universal Studios parks. Just calling that one right now.

First official images for The Avengers: Age of Ultron

I'm a bit surprised this is hitting now and not at Comic-Con later this month, but I'll take it.

Marvel has released, via Entertainment Weekly, the first images from The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film is the featured story in the upcoming magazine issue and includes an interview with director Joss Whedon.

With these images we get the first official look at Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch along with confirmation that Colonel James Rhodes, aka War Machine/Iron Patriot, will be in this Avengers film. We also see Banner working closely with Stark and what seems like an Avengers party in the Stark tower.
Joss Whedon also elaborated a bit on what role the villain robot, Ultron, will play in the film. There is already confirmation that Ultron is being portrayed by James Spader via motion capture, but he originates directly from Tony Stark as he creates an AI robot to replace the necessity for him to physically wear the Iron Man suit. Seeing that Ultron is AI and much smarter than the average human, he determines that Earth would be better without humans and aims to destroy them.

I am sure we will know more after Comic-Con next week and that we might even get another teaser like we did last year. However, it is possible that Marvel will do what they did with the first Avengers film and save the teaser for the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy. Either way, I'm sure we will see some footage soon. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Big Hero 6 - Full Trailer

Marvel reveals a female Thor

After teasing a massive reveal coming on The View, Marvel has announced that the role of Thor will be filled by a female in the Thor comics.

This marks the first time a female will yield Thor's mighty hammer, Mjolnir. She will make her first appearance in the new, relaunched Thor comics this fall. Many are speculating this is hinting a replacement for Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a lot of comic events have served as a precursor to film events.

Writer Jason Aaron released a statement warning readers about this new woman:
"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is nor Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe, but it's unlike any Thor we have seen before."

The current Thor is apparently being named "unworthy" and will be replaced as the classic God of Thunder we all know. In replacement of Mjolnir he will be equipped with a giant axe called Jarnbjorn.