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AMC has announced that the season 2 premiere of Halt and Catch Fire will be May 31st, according to Variety.

HACF_JoeThe show stars Lee Pace (The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy), Scoot McNairy (Argo, Gone Girl), Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe and centers around the explosion of computer companies in the 1980’s.  Cardiff Electric, the company Pace and McNairy’s characters work for, is a thinly disguised Compaq, while Davis and Bishe start up Mutiny, a company with the wild premise that computers could be connected via phone lines.

The Variety article also has a clip from season 2.

BTW, Pace is fresh off a win pitting his former (and much loved) series Pushing Daisies against Nathan Fillion’s Firefly for the show people would most like to see return.  He has said he’d be up for it if it were to happen… but I think a movie or maybe a Broadway musical would be more likely if it happens at all.  He and Fillion worked together when Pace was Guardians of the Galaxy’s villain Ronan and Fillion had a cameo as an alien in the prison scene.

Image: Lee Pace in Halt and Catch Fire

#HaltAndCatchFire

I read Gone Girl sometime last year, before I saw the movie.  The success of that book and film by Gillian Flynn have spawned thrillers in a similar style.  Two of them are The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, and The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.

I reviewed Gone Girl last September here.  While I had a few quibbles about it, it’s the superior of these three.  The plot and the twists and turns it took seem to have taken quite a bit of ingenuity to work out and so it’s one of those books that are hard to put down (once you get past the first half).

The Girl On The Train and The Kind Worth Killing both borrow the method of trading characters as the “writers” of each chapter.  Whereas Amy and Nick traded telling the story from their respective points of view in Gone Girl, both of the other books use the same idea.

Here’s the synopsis of The Girl On The Train from Goodreads.com:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Here’s the synopsis of The Kind Worth Killing, also from Goodreads:

On a late flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Over one too many martinis, the two strangers play a game, one in which they begin revealing more and more intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his wife, Miranda–how his marriage has gone stale, how a week ago he caught her in a serious betrayal. . . . Maybe they were a mismatch from the start, he the rich businessman, she the beautiful artist. But what begins as playful banter between Ted and Lily takes a swift turn when Ted claims, half-seriously, that he would like to kill his wife for what she’s done. Then Lily surprises him by saying that she’d like to help. After all, everyone dies, what difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than life intended?

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The second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is below.

Why do I keep seeing Red Reddington when Ultron talks?  (How great was last night’s Blacklist, huh?!!)

Technically Age of Ultron comes out April 23rd in the UK and May 1st in the US, but it’s guaranteed to have evening showings the night before for those of you who can stay awake for it.

#AvengersAgeofUltron

A long time ago on a Firefly-class spaceship far, far away… there was Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and a pilot named Wash (Alan Tudyk) in a show that was cancelled much too soon.

Firefly_cast_via_imdbAnd many fans have never forgotten it.

So now Fillion and Tudyk have gotten together for a web-based series called Con Man.  They are looking to Indiegogo for funding for the project.  Actually, the project has already hit something like 400% of its goal, so there must still be a number of Browncoats out there.

The premise of the show — and I know it’s far-fetched — is about a couple of actors who once played a captain and the pilot of a spaceship on a show that was cancelled (far too soon) and their adventures at fan conventions.

You can see their pitch on Vimeo here and go here to donate.  Guardians of the Galaxy’s writer/director James Gunn appears in the video.  Fillion had a bit part in GOTG.

Image: Firefly cast via imdb.com

#ConMan #Firefly

If you were wondering what happened to the original trio of heroes (Luke, Leia and Han) after Return of the Jedi and before the upcoming The Force Awakens, Disney will be filling you in.  According to Entertainment Weekly, they will be publishing no less than 20 different books, for all age ranges.

starwarsep7_starwars_dot_comThe article says there will be Easter eggs for what will happen in the movie hidden in the books.  Cue fans and webmasters picking these books apart for clues.  We’ll hear all about it shortly after publication.

Release dates for the books have not been announced.

In addition to the Star Wars cruises I posted on previously, Disney World (the one in Florida) will be having a special one-day Galactic Gathering on Thursday, May 14th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The following day will start Star Wars weekends at the Hollywood Studios part of the park.  You can find more info here on StarWars.com, the official website.  Beware that the Galactic Gathering on the 14th is pricey ($250 on top of the entrance fee to the park) and you have to sign up for it.

Image via starwars.com

#StarWars #TheForceAwakens

Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to premier on May 1.  Starting April 29th, Marvel is re-releasing 11 movies in a marathon in AMC and Regal theaters.  It will begin with Iron Man and end with Guardians of the Galaxy.

Rolling Stone has the entire list here.

If 11 movies are a bit too much, some Cinemark theaters will be showing the first Avengers along with Ultron.

Here’s Ultron’s trailer #3:

 

 

#AvengersAgeofUltron #MarvelMovieMarathon

USA Today has put together some clips from the late Leonard Nimoy’s roles outside of Star Trek.

Included are two roles in television shows he did with his Star Trek buddy William Shatner.  One was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in 1964.  The show starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin.  In the clip you might also recognize Werner Klemperer, best known as Col. Wilhelm Klink on Hogan’s Heroes.

Nimoy also appeared on Shatner’s cop show T. J. Hooker in 1983.  And 45 years before Peter Jackson made The Hobbit, he sang The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.

Enjoy the flashbacks.

#LeonardNimoy

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

Leonard Nimoy, who will forever be known as Star Trek’s beloved Spock, passed away today of pulmonary disease.  He was 83.

Leonard-Nimoy-via_colliderNimoy attributed his condition to smoking,  although he had given up the habit many years ago.

His list of credits on IMDb.com is long,  but he was instantly recognizable to everyone as Spock.  His last role was a cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness.

He leaves a wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, two children,  one stepson,  six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, an older brother, and a legion of fans.

Image via Collider.com

#LeonardNimoy

Look for a jump in the number of Harley Quinn cosplayers!  Margot Robbie has confirmed that she will be playing the DC villainess after signing a multi-picture, 10-year contract.

According to Den of Geek, she will first appear in Suicide Squad, which is due to premier in the US and the UK August 5, 2016.  Will Smith will be playing Deadshot, with Jared Leto as the Joker.

Here’s a synopsis of Suicide Squad from IMDb.com:

A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller, named A.R.G.U.S creates a task force comprised of super villains. They call it: the Suicide Squad because sometimes… they don’t come back. They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.

Viola Davis will be playing Amanda Waller.

Harley Quinn, a.k.a. Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, is the sometime girlfriend of The Joker and the BFF of Poison Ivy.

#HarleyQuinn #SuicideSquad

2015 Oscar Winners!

So the Oscars are over for another year.  Some of the winners are below, and I will also give you my take on who had the best red carpet dress (if you can’t figure it out from the image on the right) and throw in a pic of Captain America for good measure.

Rosamund_Pike_2014_oscars_via_eonlineAlthough everyone knows Guardians of the Galaxy was the best picture of 2014 it was inexplicably not nominated.  I have to admit the only Best Picture nominee I saw was The Imitation Game, which was fantastic, but it lost out to Birdman.

The Actress in a Leading Role Oscar went to Julianne Moore for Still Alice.  Eddie Redmayne won the Actor in a Leading Role award for The Theory of Everything.  The Actress in a Supporting Role winner was Patricia Arquette, for her role in Boyhood.  J. K. Simmons took home the Actor in a Supporting Role award for Whiplash.

The winner for Animated Feature Film was Big Hero 6.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was nominated for Sound Editing, but the award went to American Sniper.  How The Hobbit missed being nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling or for Costume Design is beyond me.  (Remember when Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the Best Picture Oscar, in the process sweeping all 11 categories it was nominated in?  That was 2004.)

chrisevans_oscars2015The Imitation Game won one Oscar, in the Writing: Adapted Screenplay category.  Birdman won for Writing: Original Screenplay.

Guardians was nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects but lost to The Grand Budapest Hotel in the Makeup category and Interstellar in Visual Effects.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier was also nominated for Visual Effects, and although it didn’t win star Chris Evans was looking pretty dapper in his Gucci tux while presenting tonight, so there’s that.

You can see the list of all the nominees and winners on the official Oscar website.

And now – drum roll, please – in my humble opinion, although I’m a person who has no clue why designers are important or why we should care about haute couture, the best outfit of the night was Thranduil’s.  Sorry, I mean Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, who wore a red Givenchy number.  Honorable Mention goes to Karolina Kurkova, who wore a white Marchesa.

As fun as it is to see all the pretty dresses, there were a couple of more important things happening – for one, a Twitter hashtag #AskHerMore to encourage the red carpet hosts to ask the ladies about more than just which designer they were wearing.  And then there was Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette, who called for equal pay and equal rights for women in America in her acceptance speech.  Meryl Streep’s reaction was priceless.

Image: Rosamund Pike via eonline.com, Chris Evans via nytimes.com

#Oscars

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder tweeted the first image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman (click on the thumbnail to see the full-size pic).  He neglected, however, to let us in on exactly what “Unite the Seven” means – some say it’s the seven seas, others the seven members of the Justice League – so hopefully Snyder will clear that up at some point.

aquaman-firstlook_via_CBMSnyder will also direct the two Justice League movies.  The films are courtesy of DC Comics and Warner Bros.

According to ComicBookMovie.com, Aquaman will make a brief appearance in Dawn of Justice.  He will get his own movie but it won’t be out until 2018.

Batman v Superman will be released March 25th, 2016.  It stars Ben Affleck as the new Batman (well, you can’t argue that the man doesn’t have the chin for it!), with Henry Cavill returning as Superman, and Gil Gadot with her first appearance as Wonder Woman.  To me the DC movies feel a bit like the red-headed stepchild of the Marvel films, but we’ll see what the box office says.  I think I’m looking forward more to Cavill as Napoleon Solo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but maybe that’s just because I’m a spy film fan, and Guy Ritchie makes the thing look like so much darn fun.

Image via ComicBookMovie.com

#Aquaman #BatmanvSuperman

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a trailer for Disney’s live action Cinderella.  The film stars Lily James (whom you might recognize as Rose on Downton Abbey) as Ella, Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell as Ella’s mother in a flashback to Ella’s childhood, and Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden as the prince.  It is directed by Kenneth Branaugh.

The film premiers March 13th in the U.S., March 27th in the U.K.

#Cinderella

This is what you get when you mix Henry Cavill (Superman), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), and the 1960’s spy television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.:

This is directed by Guy Ritchie, whose more recent projects include the two Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes films.  (If you haven’t seen Ritchie’s older films Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, put them on your watch list.)

From the trailer U.N.C.L.E. looks like it could be good fun – a tongue-in-cheek spy film with a lot of action, humor and a great cast.  Cavill was actually the third actor attached to star in the lead role of Napoleon Solo.  Tom Cruise (thankfully) bowed out to work on the 99th Mission Impossible, and George Clooney dropped out when a back injury kept him from attempting the action sequences.  I know a lot of people can only think of Cavill as Superman, but frankly I think it looks like he’s perfect for Solo.  While he does a great American accent, he’s really a Brit, and was on the short list of actors to take on the role of 007 that of course went to Daniel Craig instead.  Here’s hoping when Craig hangs up James Bond’s tux for the last time Cavill will be the one to pick it up.  If nothing else U.N.C.L.E. will show that he can do spy.  Besides, according to Wikipedia and other sources, James Bond author Ian Fleming was instrumental in creating the television show, which was originally titled Ian Fleming’s Solo.

The film also stars Hugh Grant and, it is rumored, David Beckham.  It will be released in the U.S. and the U.K. on the 14th of August.

#TheManFromUNCLE #HenryCavill #ArmieHammer

Well, okay, it is a fantasy, in a way.  The Disney cruise ship Fantasy is the venue, the destination: the Western Caribbean, the year: 2016, the Captain: Darth Vader.  Wait… whaaaat??

disneystarwarscruise“Adventure.  Excitement.  A Jedi craves not these things.” — Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.

Yeah, well, us normal Earth-bound humans do crave some adventure and excitement, so Disney is giving Star Wars fans eight opportunities to get their fix with Star Wars At Sea sailings from January through April of next year.  For one day out of each cruise there will be everything from character greetings to screenings of The Force Awakens and even a Jedi Training Academy for little would-be Lukes and Leias.  Star Wars Rebels, the new animated series, will also be screened on board.

Check out the cruise line website for dates and other info here.  Disney bought the rights to Star Wars for the tidy sum of $4 billion back in 2012, and it looks like they’re making good use of the investment.

The Fantasy (and her sister ship the Dream) are the newest, biggest and coolest ships in Disney’s fleet.  They sail out of Port Canaveral, due east of Orlando and Disney World.  The Disney Cruise Line official website is here.  Click on the Ships tab to get more info about the Fantasy.  If you want to go, I’d look at booking early.

#DisneyStarWarsCruise #DisneyCruise

Yep, you read it right.  Sony and Marvel have officially decided to share Spider-Man in a deal that will have him joining one of the upcoming Marvel films.

Marvel-Movie-Civil-War-Spider-Man_via screenrantMarvel’s Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal made the announcement.  You can read more here on Marvel’s website.  If Amy Pascal’s name sounds familiar to you, she recently left Sony after some rather bitchy emails she wrote were exposed in the hack attack Sony had.  But don’t cry for her; Sony gave her a sweetheart deal by funding her production company for the next four years.

So which Marvel film will get the Spidey treatment?  The Marvel announcement didn’t say, but it does say that Spider-Man will then get another film of his own, which will be released on July 28th, 2017.  That film will be a joint effort between Marvel and Pascal.  The deal may work the other way around also, according to the news release — some Marvel characters may be showing up in Spider-Man films.

ComicBookMovie.com’s Josh Wilding says the Marvel film Spidey will be showing up in is to be Captain America: Civil War.  The addition of Spider-Man to the MCU also shook up the Marvel film release scheduleThor: Ragnarok will now be out November 3, 2017; Black Panther follows on July 6th, 2018, with Captain Marvel coming out November 2nd, 2018, and then Inhumans on July 12th, 2019.  The release dates for the other upcoming Marvel films will be unchanged.

So all I need to know about Marvel films is this: is Benedict Cumberbatch still going to be Doctor Strange and will Tom Hiddleston still be Loki?  Yes?  Then all is right with my universe.

Image via screenrant.com

#Spider-Man #Marvel #CaptainAmerica

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